Juan David Velasco Kerguelen , 2013

Juan David Velasco Kerguelen received his Juris Doctor degree (2007) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law with honors (2010) from Universidad de los Andes School of Law in Colombia.  He was awarded a laureate mention for his J.D. thesis “Taxation in the Colombian Free Trade Zones: Analysis of the latest domestic legal framework reform under the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.”  He also earned a Master of Laws in Taxation (2012) from Boston University School of Law, for which he was designated an LL.M. Scholar and received a scholarship grant for his studies from the Boston University School of Law Scholar Committee.

Juan David began working as a legislative liaison intern for the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia, in which he supported, among others, the legislative process of the latest fundamental tax reform in Colombia, in force to date.  Afterward, he joined the law firm of Cahn-Speyer, Paredes & Asociados in Bogotá D.C., where he began his experience formulating corporate and tax recommendations for implementing cross-border and multi-jurisdictional legal structures.  Later on, he joined the law firm of Rodriguez-Azuero Abogados, where he was in charge of coordinating tax and legal services.  His duties included advising international clients on: (i) cross-border mergers and acquisitions; (ii) international trade and customs; (iii) international taxation; (vi) foreign exchange and foreign direct investment (FDI) regulation and compliance; and (vii) alternative financing options, project finance and banking law.  

Along with his experience in the private sector, he has largely been involved in the non-profit sector.  At Rodriguez-Azuero Abogados, he was designated head of the Pro-Bono Department, where he coordinated the pro-bono legal services rendered through the private-sector ABA-advised Colombian Pro-Bono Foundation, an initiative of the largest law firms in Colombia in order to provide free legal services to the population in need and low-income social entrepreneurs.  As a result of his work, he was nominated as Colombian Pro-Bono Lawyer of the Year 2010 by his peers at the Colombian Pro-Bono Foundation.  At The Fletcher School, he wishes to expand his knowledge about International Business Law and International Economic Law and Policy. 

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