Marcela Cristina Blanco

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Marcela Cristina Blanco


Carrera 10 No. 97a-13
Oficina 707 Torre A
Edificio Bogota Trade Office
+57 (601) 3906506
‘Outstandingly, Marcela Blanco and associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez carry out their practice with good, objective and comprehensive communication.’ 
- Legal500 Latin America 2024


Multifaceted bilingual international attorney, licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia, Marcela Cristina Blanco is knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions and cross-border disputes.

Fluent in Spanish and English, Ms. Blanco counsels corporate clients in governance, entity formation, and relevant local and international jurisdictional regulations and heads the Diaz Reus Bogotá office.

Experienced in partnership transactions, shareholder meetings, customs issues, and legal research, Ms. Blanco is skilled in drafting commercial contracts such as supply, service, sales, distribution, licensing, and inter-company agreements.

She is also a skilled adviser and negotiator in international contract disputes, and represents Diaz Reus clients in international and domestic litigation and arbitration in Colombia and the U.S.

For the past three years, she has co-authored the chapter on “Business Crime in Colombia” for The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.



Areas of Practice

Business & Finance Transactions
Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
Fraud & Asset Recovery
Intellectual Property
International Government Relations
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
Personal & Business Services
Regulatory Compliance


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, JD
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, Master in Corporate Law
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, LL.B

Certifications & Specializations

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)


  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • Colombia

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 8th Annual Latinoamericano Arbitration Conference
  • Fecoljuegos Trade Fair: Federación Colombiana De Empresarios De Casions Y Bingos

Professional Recognition

  • Co-author of “Business Crime in Colombia” The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London, (2014, 2015 Eds.)


  • Legal500 Latin America 2024: Compliance and White-Collar Crime; and Corporate & M&A, Colombia.
  • Best Lawyers in Colombia 2024: Corporate & Mergers & Acquisitions Law; and Criminal Defense
  • Leaders League 2023: Compliance; and White-Collar Crime, Colombia.
  • Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers 2017-2023, Arbitration; Litigation.