Note from Before moving our operations to Cartagena, we contacted Sr. Alberto, who speaks excellent English, regarding costs and time required to incorporate. We are pleased to report that both were less than previously stated. Refreshing!

Dear fellow Businessmen, Dr. Alberto Marenco
(Versión Español)


Welcome to Cartagena. As a graduate of the University of Cartagena, and a practicing attorney in Cartagena for the past 20 years, permit me to offer a quick overview of the legalities in establishing an maintaining businesses in Cartagena. If you have formed a business in other Central or South American countries, I think you will be pleased with what you are about to learn.

Cartagena is the safest and most functional seaport on the Colombian Caribbean Coast. We are in an area of industrial development. Industries include: chemical, fishing and tourism, among others. Here you can get highly qualified workers at a low price, compared with many other countries, and therefore, our production costs are very favorable. If you are looking for a paradise in which to retire, Cartagena is one of the most beautiful and quietest cities in the world. The cost of living is very low.

To start a business in Colombia, no special permission is required. Simply ask for a Business Visa at the Colombian Consulate in your country. Once in Colombia, your passport along with your business visa, is all that is needed to create an association, company, open a Bank account, or engage in any kind of business. Repatriating money is very easy. Cartagena has many international banks which can send your money to wherever you designate. Once your business is in operation it's very easy and in-expensive to renew your visa. After living here, a short time, you can obtain a foreigner identity card.

We are specialists in drawing up contracts, and we can advise you regarding all types of business transactions. We are equally experienced in: real estate, societies, monetary investments, civil weddings, inheritance, wills, and any other type of legal issue: civil, public, private, administrative or commercial.

I will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have. Just send me an E-mail. I'm looking forward to welcoming you to my beautiful City of Cartagena, on the Caribbean.

Alberto Marenco
License of Attorney: 21628 C.S.J.
Calle Real del Cabrero 41-147 Casa 3 Cartagena