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Carey’s group covers all areas of antitrust law and regulatory matters, including litigation before the Antitrust Court (TDLC), civil courts and the Supreme Court, as well as investigations by the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE). It is also recommended for assisting with the approval of complex M&A deals and joint ventures before the TDLC. In addition the practice assists clients with designing compliance programmes and codes of good practice, and benefits from the firm’s strong corporate, finance, tax and public law departments. Co-department head Claudio Lizana successfully led advice to global beer brewer SABMiller (SAB) on a joint voluntary notification that sought the FNE’s approval of SAB’s sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev; and co-department head Lorena Pavic defended Cencosud against a headline case submitted by FNE against Cencosud and two other supermarkets for alleged price collusion.

Claro & Cia. is highly rated in the market for its antitrust and competition law credentials. The team regularly assists with high-profile merger clearances; it is also recommended for competition-related litigation, including the defence of clients’ business interests before the TDLC, and negotiations with the country’s antitrust authorities. Particular sector strengths include energy, banking and finance and transportation. It recently acted for a Chilean bank in a voluntary procedure before the FNE, which concerned a domestic bank’s joint venture and related to the credit and debit card markets. Cristóbal Eyzaguirre is recommended and José Miguel Huerta is also highly rated.

FerradaNehme fields two partners and several associates, who focus exclusively on competition and regulatory matters, particularly in relation to the telecoms and energy sectors; and the team regularly assists with high-profile cases before the TDLC and the FNE. Recent highlights saw the team act for Walmart Chile and its parent company in the FNE’s headline investigation into an alleged collusion between several supermarket chains; it also advised CAP Acero, a Chilean steel producer, on unfair trade practices it faced from Chinese and Mexican steel producers, including filing a claim for provisional and definitive antidumping measures. Founding partner Nicole Nehme has an extensive litigation practice; Nehme is ‘not only an outstanding practitioner, but also a remarkable adviser and an extremely prudent, well-rounded professional’. Sander van der Voorde is a compliance and merger control expert; Benjamín Mordoj, who is ‘an amazing antitrust lawyer’, and Sebastián Dufeu are recommended practice directors; and Diego Hernández and Josefina Campos are notable senior associates.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia is ‘highly recommended for its knowledge of competition issues and the expertise of its team’. The firm regularly represents significant companies in major cases before Chile’s Competition Court; the team is also recommended for compliance work and M&A clearances, including representations before the FNE. Recent matters have involved the telecoms, transportation, financial services, franchising and gas-distribution sectors. The practice defended Telefonica Moviles, Chile’s largest telecoms provider, against several claims, including a case brought against it (and Chile’s other main telecom providers) by three mobile virtual network (MVN) operators for alleged abuse of dominant position, including price discrimination and margin squeeze issues. Javier Velozo has ‘extraordinary competition law experience’; and Arturo Costabal is ‘a great negotiator’. Rodrigo Donoso and Pablo Pardo are well-known antitrust litigators.

Barros & Errázuriz is frequently involved in major matters before the TDLC. The practice’s experience includes merger clearance work, compliance issues and the growing area of cartel leniency cases; and it also has particular telecoms sector expertise, as well as knowledge of the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, media, food and beverage, and energy sectors. The team defended Coca Cola Embonor against a lawsuit filed before TDLC by several fast-food chain franchisees for alleged abuse of dominant position and price discrimination. Luis Eduardo Toro, José Tomás Errázuriz and David Cademártori are recommended; associate Francisco Bórquez previously worked in FNE’s litigation department.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ practice strengths include merger control matters, cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and the interplay between competition law and IP rights. Recent matters saw the team defend Unilever Chile against a lawsuit for alleged exclusionary conduct in relation to exclusive distribution schemes, conditional rebates and shelf space. Juan Cristóbal Gumucio is highly rated.

Boutique law firm Pellegrini & Cía. is experienced in exclusionary practices and regulatory proceedings, and the firm is very active in the design and implementation of compliance programmes for national and multinational companies. The practice ‘provides a first-rate legal service and works very well as a firm’; it regularly advises consumer and commercial data-group, Equifax, on antitrust and competition law. Recent matters saw the team represent the Chilean Association of Tourism Companies in a petition before the TDLC; this requested examination of the competitive effects of joint business agreements between airlines, which would allow them to co-ordinate prices, revenues and schedules. Julio Pellegrini, who is ‘very adept at developing successful legal strategies’, Pedro Rencoret and Francisco Blavi are recommended.

Prieto is ‘characterised by the care its capable, professional and experienced lawyers have for their clients’. The practice recently acted in high-profile litigation cases before the TDLC, involving the retail, dairy products, energy and transport sectors. It also advised on several cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations conducted by the FNE; assisted with M&A issues during FNE investigations and complex merger approvals cases before the TDLC; and implemented compliance programmes for companies and trade associations. Recent work includes defending supermarket chain SMU against FNE’s claim of alleged infringement of merger approval conditions imposed by the TDLC. Benjamín Grebe is ‘an excellent practitioner’ and Manfred Zink is a highly regarded senior associate.

Baker McKenzie Chile is recommended for complex antitrust litigation, merger control matters, market investigations and compliance assistance. The team defended its client against a headline FNE cartel claim, which involved price fixing and market share allocation issues. Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés and Ignacio Naudon are recommended. Former competition co-head José Joaquín Ugarte and former senior associate Santiago Ried exited to launch Ugarte Ried y Correa.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s team regularly assists with antitrust issues, such as access to markets, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement; and the practice is well known for its sector expertise in media and television, and agriculture. The team advised Chile’s largest broadcast television stations in an investigation carried out by the FNE, regarding an industry-wide joint telecoms infrastructure project for the transmission of digital television. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

With the departure of former name partner Gissella López to co-found Harasic Medina Dal Pozzo & López, Bordoli Doren y López has become Bordoli Doren Abogados. A boutique firm, it is highly recommended for the representation of clients in FNE investigations and TDLC hearings. In a Supreme Court case, the team defended the health insurance sector regulator, the Superintendencia de Salud, against a private mailing company’s antitrust claim regarding the notification of modifications to health insurance contracts. Carla Bordoli is a widely esteemed practitioner and Cristián Doren is also highly rated.

Barros Letelier & González recently split into three firms, including disputes and antitrust boutique González & Rioseco. It ‘performs brilliantly under pressure, has very good response times and is always available for clients’ queries’. Representative experience for the team includes cartel-related matters, abuses of dominant position and horizontal agreements, as well as regulatory procedures, anti-dumping and unfair competition. A ‘recognised competition lawyer in Chile’, Andrés Rioseco has significant experience in competition law proceedings, investigations and M&A matters before the FNE; he ‘understands the interaction between competition law and telecoms regulation’ in particular. Francisco González is also recommended.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s practice covers high-profile merger clearance matters, exclusionary conduct issues and competition compliance programmes. Recent matters saw the team act for Grünenthal Chile (GC) in relation to a lawsuit filed by FNE against GD Searle; this was based on alleged patent-related exclusionary conduct against GC. Following Ricardo Riesco’s June 2017 departure to become a visiting professor at Columbia University, senior associate Ignacio Larraín is the key contact.

Ugarte Ried y Correa was co-formed by Baker McKenzie’s former competition co-head and ‘extraordinary lawyer’ José Joaquín Ugarte and former senior associate Santiago Ried, together with arbitration specialist Pablo Correa, previously a senior associate at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. The practice is experienced in merger control matters, investigations, cartel issues, leniency procedures and abuse of dominant position claims; it also assists with compliance programmes. Highlights included defending the firm’s client against a high-profile cartel case.

Albagli Zaliasnik’s ‘team is quick to comprehend high-level technical issues and has the capacity to produce simple solutions’. The firm fields experts who design and implement antitrust compliance programmes; and the team also handles unfair competition matters related to industrial and intellectual property, as well as antitrust litigation. In addition, the firm has specific expertise in pharmaceuticals, life sciences and telecoms. Highlights included defending Importadora y Distribuidora Arquimed against a competitor’s lawsuit alleging unfair competition in the distribution of medical devices for laboratory use in Chile. Recently-promoted partner Daniel López focuses his practice on developing antitrust compliance programmes for clients; and name partner Gabriel Zaliasnik ‘stands out as an excellent orator’ who ‘arrives as prepared as is possible’.

CorreaGubbins’ department is co-led by Juan Ignacio Correa and senior associate Jorge Sepúlveda. Recent matters saw the team act for Empresa Portuaria Antofagasta (EPA), the public port in charge of the administration of the Port of Antofagasta, before the TDLC on a port terminal concessionaire’s request to lift restrictions affecting the concessionaire. Martín Gubbins and port regulations specialist Carolina Squella are the names to note.

Guerrero Olivos has a well-regarded practice for competition law enforcement, merger review, complex litigation, and antitrust compliance programmes. The team advised a foreign company on the competition law aspects of an acquisition of a convenience store chain. Pedro Pellegrini is recommended and senior associate Jaime Barahona is a former deputy national antitrust prosecutor.

In late 2016, Barros Letelier & González divided into three firms, one of which, Letelier & Núñez Abogados, was founded by Max Letelier and David Nuñez. The practice is well regarded for its assistance before the antitrust authorities. It is also experienced in advising on the antitrust issues during M&A deals; acts on vertical and horizontal integrations; and advises on tariff issues.

Morales & Besa recently hired former FNE anti-cartel unit head, María José Henríquez, as a senior associate. Active areas of work for the team include compliance with competition law regulations, complex investigations, M&A competition matters and litigation. The practice advised US truck manufacturer Navistar International on the Chilean competition law implications of its strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus. Gonzalo Cordero is recommended.

Noguera, Larrain & Dulanto (NLD)’s areas of experience include compliance programmes, antitrust damages actions, leniency applications, abuse of dominance investigations and merger clearances before the competition authorities. The team recently successfully closed an investigation by the Chilean Competition Agency regarding a distribution agreement among pharmaceutical market competitors. Department head Nicolás Lewin is ‘up to date on the most recent developments of competition and antitrust case law on a worldwide basis’; and of counsel Fernando Araya is ‘highly respected by the antitrust community’.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s practice covers merger control matters as well as international unfair competition issues, such as anti-dumping. The team acted for Gerdau Aza (alongside CAP Acero), in a joint dumping conduct claim against Mexican steel company DeAcero. Nicholas Mocarquer and Gonzalo Rencoret are the key contacts.

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva is recommended for its representation in cases before the Chilean Antitrust Commission on proposed acquisitions; the team also regularly defends cases before Chile’s competition authorities. Former justice of the Chilean Competition Tribunal Arturo Yrarrázaval and highly-rated litigator Gerardo Ovalle are recommended.

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