Alfonso Plana

  • Beachhead Advisor, Colombia

Alfonso is NZTE's first Beachheads Advisor in Colombia. He is a partner in the law firm, Ari Consulting Group SAS, which he founded in 2011 together with other lawyers. 

Alfonso has practiced international business law with a focus on financing and banking law. He specialises in aircraft leasing and financing as well as in aviation regulatory matters. Alfonso actively participates in cross-border mergers and acquisitions in areas covering aviation telecommunications and the oil and mining industries. He participated in complex negotiations with governments. 

Alfonso has a post graduate degree in Administrative Contract Law and obtained an LL.M. in Air and Space Law from Leiden University in The Netherlands. His name appears in Who’s Who of Avisation Lawyers and he participates as speaker in the Association of Latin American Airlines (ALTA). 

Based on his experience in international business law, Alfonso is able to provide support to New Zealand companies that are looking into partnerships in Colombia. His experience in the Colombian aviation sector will benefit New Zealand companies that have products and services in that sector. 

As well as being a lawyer, Alfonso is also a successful blueberry grower. 

Advisory areas

International business law, aircraft leasing and aviation regulatory matters, cross-border merger and acquisitions.

Sector experience

Aviation, Financial Services.


Alfonso has specific experience working within the Andean Community, of which Colombia is a member State.


Read more about Alfonso on LinkedIn.