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Carey is well known for advising on high-value, complex cases, including commercial and civil disputes; the practice’s expertise also includes criminal, labour, antitrust and tax-law issues, as well as national and international arbitration cases. Recent highlights saw the team successfully defend AFP Provida, which manages pension plans for Chilean workers, against an attempt to annul its merger with Metlife. Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari are recommended; and Ricardo Reveco is ‘an experienced litigation expert, who is always available with the best quality advice on sensitive matters’.

Focused on complex commercial litigation and international disputes, Claro & Cia. is highly rated for its experience in matters involving civil, commercial, employment and tax issues, as well as corporate, administrative and IP law. The firm also has a recommended criminal law practice, which specialises in white-collar crime; while on the arbitration side, the group is experienced in both domestic and international arbitration. It regularly acts in high-stakes arbitration proceedings and several of the firm’s lawyers act as arbitrators at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce. Litigation head and senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G has acted in some of the most renowned litigation and arbitration cases in Chile over the last 30 years. Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, Nicolás Luco, Felipe Ossa and José Miguel Huerta are also recommended practitioners.

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo is highly rated for civil, commercial, economic and administrative disputes in the finance, construction, insurance, and mining industries. Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez and Cristóbal Jimeno led advice to Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos de Inversión, a minority shareholder in a group of companies, in a high-profile case involving alleged breaches of corporation and capital markets law. Juan Francisco Asenjo, Alfredo Waugh are Joaquín Castillo are also key names.

Barros & Errázuriz’s scope of expertise encompasses civil law, commercial law, taxation, bankruptcy, real estate and construction, and competition disputes, as well as energy, telecoms , public law and class action disputes. Recent matters saw the practice act for Oxiquim, which commercialises chemical products, in a contractual claim against energy company ENEX. José Tomás Errázuriz is a renowned Chilean arbitration expert; and other recommended advisers include Luis Eduardo Toro, David Cademártori and Javier San Martín.

Bofill Escobar Abogados’ ‘team has great legal knowledge and is extraordinarily respected in court’. The practice experienced growth through the recruitment of associate Vanessa Facuse from the National Economic Prosecutor’s office; and the team has sector expertise in natural resources, energy, mining, finance and securities. It is also particularly strong in disputes involving infrastructure projects and taxation. Highlights saw the practice defend the former CEO of Corpesca, one of Chile’s largest industrial fishing firms, against accusations of making payments to members of Congress to influence their votes. Co-department heads Jorge Bofill, who ‘impresses clients with his methodology, intelligence and personality’, and Ricardo Escobar are recommended; and Francisco Aninat is ‘very valuable during complex cross-border litigation involving parallel proceedings in various jurisdictions’. Daniel Praetorius, Sebastián Yanine and Loreto Silva are also highly praised.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s dispute resolution team is well known for its investor-state practice; it also has key expertise in construction and energy and natural resources-related litigation. Highlights included representing the Republic of Chile in an international border dispute before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Andrés Jana and Rodrigo Quintana are recommended.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados has a highly regarded dispute resolution, arbitration and antitrust practice, including civil and commercial litigation that involves national and international contracts, as well as domestic and international arbitration. The team acted for Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales and Seguros Generales Suramericana in an arbitration claim against Ripley Store and Comercial ECCSA, regarding a high-value, fire-related insurance liability claim. Department head Alvaro Ortúzar, Nicolás Vergara, Cristián Boetsch, who is ‘an excellent lawyer’, and Juan Sebastián Valdés are recommended.

Pellegrini & Cía. is a boutique law firm, which specialises in complex litigation and arbitration, particularly in relation to construction, energy and complex commercial disputes. Recent matters saw the team advise a large construction company in an arbitration involving the construction of educational facilities. Julio Pellegrini is ‘one of the best litigators in the legal market’; Francisco Blavi is ‘a construction-contracts dispute expert’; and Pedro Rencoret ‘offers in-depth analysis of the law and innovative solutions’.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría focuses on complex cases, including the representation of publicly-traded companies in stock market-related cases; and international arbitrations involving construction and engineering, energy, mining, corporate law and investment arbitration. Highlights included the team acting for AFP Provida and AFP Habitat, two of the largest pension fund administrators in Chile, in Cascadas-linked proceedings against various parties for damages caused to minority stakeholders. Enrique Alcalde, who is ‘a very strong practitioner’, the ‘responsive and internationally minded’ Cristián Conejero Roos, whose ‘overall vision and attention to detail make clients feel very safe’, and Germán Subercaseaux are recommended.

Baker McKenzie Chile is highly regarded for its experience in infrastructure arbitration, corporate disputes, and finance and securities litigation; and the team regularly acts in arbitration, class actions and disputes against the government. The practice represented a Chilean affiliate of Italy-based Astaldi, globally known for public infrastructure and large-scale civil engineering works, in arbitration against Chile’s largest copper company, Codelco, which involved a mining-related breach of contract and damages case. Department head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is recommended.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is particularly experienced in disputes involving infrastructure, securities, labour law, civil liability and torts. In the high-profile Cascadas case, the team defended financial services firm Larrain Vial and two of its executives against fines imposed by Chile’s securities and insurance regulator (SVS). Raimundo Moreno, Florencio Bernales and Fernando Urrutia are recommended.

Focused on highly-complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, CorreaGubbins is recommended for disputes involving commercial and corporate law, telecoms, construction and financial law. In the headline La Polar case, the team acted for AFP Capital, a Chilean pension fund, against La Polar, (the fourth largest department store in Chile) and its main executives, to recover investment-loss damages. The team is led by senior associate Jorge Sepúlveda, and Juan Ignacio Correa is also a key name.

Part of the ACLA alliance of specialist dispute firms which has a member firm in each of the Pacific-Alliance nations, Ovalle Ossa Gazzana & Bulnes Abogadosprovides excellent legal service and impresses clients with its in-depth analysis of each issue’. The practice has experience in disputes involving construction, energy, antitrust and real estate, as well as corporate and commercial litigation in the mining, banking, retail, media and consumer goods sectors. Esteban Ovalle is a former Carey litigation partner; and Juan José Ossa, who is a former national director of SERNAC (Chile’s consumer protection agency), is ‘a well-prepared professional’. Gianfranco Gazzana and José Tomás Bulnes are also highly regarded.

Prieto regularly represents longstanding clients before arbitrators and the ordinary courts in disputes involving the energy, construction, real estate, and retail sectors; and recently the practice saw growth in its insurance and transportation-related disputes work. At Supreme Court level, it successfully defended power transmission group Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte (TEDN), against lawsuits brought against it by Minera Pampa Fénix, which requested the nullity of resolutions authorising TEDN to constitute an electric easement. Alberto González V is ‘a skilful lawyer, who generates confidence’; and Fernando Samaniego and Claudio Undurraga are also key advisers.

Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados’ civil and commercial litigation practitioners regularly appear before the civil and arbitration courts, including the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The firm fields lawyers with significant expertise in disputes involving banking and finance, regulatory issues, ownership rights and environmental law, as well as natural resources and mining. The recommended partners are Pedro Pablo Vergara, Fernando Rabat, Hugo Rosende Álvarez and Pablo Rodríguez Grez.

Vergara, Labarca & Cía is highly rated for its experience in litigation and arbitration in relation to contractual, construction and shareholder disputes, as well as claims involving commercial, financial and constitutional issues. The client base includes significant Chilean and foreign corporations and its lawyers are experienced in the telecoms, mining and banking sectors, as well as electricity, construction, infrastructure and transport. Arturo Vergara and Raimundo Labarca are highly-rated practitioners.

Albagli Zaliasnik is ‘a great firm and its lawyers are team players who have a great mix of experience and proficiency’. It regularly acts in complex corporate disputes, administrative law cases and white-collar crime. The practice defended the interests of LG Electronics (LG) in Chile in a series of legal actions, involving criminal, civil and labour law issues. Litigation group head Gabriel Zaliasnik is ‘well prepared for civil litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime matters’; newly promoted partner and public and regulatory affairs and antitrust litigation group head Daniel López is recommended for civil litigation and regulatory matters in the pharmaceutical industry; and Ariela Agosin is an IP expert and civil litigation group head.

Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante’s areas of expertise include commercial and civil litigation, domestic and international arbitration, and antitrust disputes. Representative litigation work includes class action disputes, international trade and anti-dumping and government-related claims. The firm also has sector expertise in insurance, energy and environmental law, infrastructure and construction, securities, and telecoms. Felipe Bulnes, Enrique Urrutia and José Manuel Bustamante are recommended.

CMS Carey & Allende grew the practice through the hire of dispute resolution practice head Jorge Vial from Morales & Besa. The team recently acted for Minera Meridian (Yamana Gold) in a series of lawsuits related to El Peñon Gold Mine, before both the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Chile. Senior associates Cristián Urzúa, María José Larraín, and Rodrigo Campero are also recommended. Urzúa is ‘strategic and has sound knowledge’; and Campero ‘has excellent skills’. Since the conclusion of research, Cristián Urzúa has left to extablish his own firm Urzúa Abogados

FerradaNehme is experienced in disputes involving TMT and energy regulatory matters, environmental law and antitrust issues, as well as public law, and commercial, civil and criminal disputes; the firm also has a sub-department, which combines compliance and crime prevention programmes. The team acted for VTR Comunicaciones in an arbitration proceeding, initiated by Televisión Interactiva and Filmocentro Televisión (jointly known as Grupo TVI), for the alleged non-performance of an agreement. Nicole Nehmesolves issues for her clients first and foremost’; and director Nicolás Ubilla is also highly rated.

Guerrero Olivos’ dispute resolution practice is regularly involved in significant ongoing litigation and arbitrations in Chile; and it is highly experienced in disputes involving the regulated sectors, such as insurance, finance, mining and renewable energy. The team successfully represented Chilena Consolidada in a civil lawsuit filed against reinsurance company Atrium and reinsurance broker Cooper Gay for full payment of a reinsurance policy; and acted for Haciendas Talinay, a property and project developer, in breach of contract and damages litigation against Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas. José Ignacio Jiménez is recommended.

At the start of 2017, Harasic & Lopez broke up by common consent; white-collar specialist Davor Harasic and Iván Harasic, along with civil law expert Gissella López, formerly at Bordoli Doren y López Limitada (now known as Bordoli Doren Abogados) teamed up with penal specialists Dal Pozzo & Medina Abogados to form Harasic Medina Dal Pozzo & López. It is highly rated for its litigation credentials and has expertise in cases involving the finance sector, as well as other regulated industries.

López Escobar Del Río was formed in early 2017 after Harasic & Lopez split up and Julián López and José Ignacio Escobar joined up with former DyP Abogados partner, Jorge Del Río. The ‘practice inspires confidence and calm in clients’; and its lawyers are experienced in high-profile banking and finance, retail, ports, mining, telecoms and infrastructure disputes.

Morales & Besa’s practice includes construction law and consumer protection cases. The team acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel, the Santiago airport concessionaire, before the Concessions Technical Panel, in a matter to determine a concession contract royalty payable to the Chilean Government. Gonzalo Cordero is ‘a thoughtful attorney, who is precise and straightforward’. Jorge Vial exited for CMS Carey & Allende.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ recent experience included acting for Datapro, a banking software provider in an arbitral damages claim concerning a terminated licence agreement. Department head Raúl Montero, Arturo Alessandri, Felipe Cousiño and Fernando Jamarne are the key names.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia has a ‘well prepared and very assertive team’. Litigation and dispute resolution head Paulo Román’s practice includes breach of contract disputes and commercial arbitration, and his ‘performance is always impeccable’. The team recently represented state-owned copper mining company Codelco in a costs dispute, held before the Arbitration Centre of the Chilean Chamber of Commerce.

Araya & Cía. Abogados is known for its disputes experience in the global agricultural industry. The team successfully acted for Chile’s fresh produce exporting company, Exportadora Frutamérica, in arbitration against a North American fruit business. Matías Araya is department head.

In 2016, Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers and global law firm DLA Piper LLP (US) entered into a co-operation agreement; the new firm is known as BAZ|DLA Piper and its disputes practice includes complex M&A-related arbitration proceedings and defending clients’ constitutional and regulated rights before Chile’s highest courts. The team successfully acted for Spanish food group Deoleo (producer of Carbonell olive oil), and Chilean distributor Velarde Hermanos, in a damages claim against a Canal 13 TV show which made unfounded claims against Chile’s olive oil industry and the quality of the Carbonell product. Marco Salgado is recommended.

Founded in late 2015, Contreras Velozo recently acted for Fernando Baldrich y Compañía in arbitration against Banchile, which sought a declaration of non-performance and damages against Banchile’s active trading desk division. Civil dispute resolution head Óscar Contreras and criminal dispute resolution head Francisco Velozo are highly rated.

Barros Letelier & González recently split up into three firms, including Enrique Barros & Cía. Renowned jurist, name partner Enrique Barros, is highly rated for his domestic and international arbitration expertise. Barros is ‘the pre-eminent lawyer for clients who need an expert to testify on Chilean law matters’.

In 2016, boutique law firm Fleischmann & León Abogados was founded after the break-up of the former Reymond & Fleischmann. The practice is specialised in litigation involving construction, public works concessions, and mining, both in the public and private sectors. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick is ‘fast, strategic and deep in his analyses, and Juan Ignacio León Lira is ‘a standout lawyer’.

Founded in 2015, Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause is highly regarded for its experience in civil litigation, arbitration, administrative law cases, antitrust and bankruptcy proceedings. Clients praise the practice for ‘excellent service levels that fulfil all clients’ expectations’. The team represented Itaú Corpbanca (IC) in arbitration with Datapro concerning IC’s termination of an integrated banking system license. Cristián Gandarillas is ‘a very strong, strategic litigator who reaches solutions when others fail’; and Soledad Krause is ‘an outstanding professional who has great litigation skills’. Paulo Montt and Gabriel del Río are also recommended.

Garrigues Chile was recently involved in significant corporate conflicts, construction arbitrations, real estate litigation, bankruptcies and strategic tax disputes. Department head Mónica van der Schraft joined from Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos in 2016; she acts in mining, construction, insurance, competition and corporate disputes.

Founded when Barros Letelier & González split up in 2016, boutique firm González & Rioseco’s ‘team is always available and committed to cases’. It fields lawyers who have longstanding experience in representing clients in both national and international arbitration and disputes, including media-related litigation and complex civil and commercial litigation; and the ‘very responsive and helpful’ practice’s scope of expertise also covers civil, administrative and tax law disputes. Francisco González is ‘a very good litigator and international arbitrator, with a keen sense of strategy’; and Andrés Rioseco is also highly rated.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is recommended for its specialised civil and commercial litigation group, which acts before the ordinary courts, as well as in arbitral and mediation matters. The team defended Universidad de Ciencias de la Informática (UCINF) against a class action brought against it by SERNAC on behalf of students, regarding an alleged breach of Consumer Protection Law. Claudio Feller, Eduardo Marchi and Jorge Meneses are the names to note.

Jara Del Favero Abogados is well known for acting in complex litigation before civil, criminal and administrative courts, as well as on appeals. The team acted for Emasa, as plaintiff, in a breach of purchase agreement case that involved complex financial and accounting issues. Jorge Schenke Reyes is ‘a great fighter who works tirelessly’; and Ricardo Brancoli Bravo is a well-regarded senior associate.

Larrain y Asociados is regularly involved in significant commercial, civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative law disputes, regarding construction, mining, energy and public works. The practice represented construction company Acciona Infraestructuras in arbitration against the project owner of a hydroelectric plant, and which involved an early contract termination claim. Carlos Aravena and José Pedro Baraona are recommended.

In late 2016, Barros Letelier & González split up into three firms, one of which was Letelier & Núñez Abogados. The firm is recommended for its arbitration and competition law credentials. Max Letelier and David Nuñez are highly experienced practitioners.

Noguera, Larrain & Dulanto (NLD)’s ‘service is very good and highly personalised’. The practice is noted for its strengths in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as labour law disputes, including expertise in industrial accidents and consumer law. The firm also has specific insurance industry expertise and is recommended for liability-related claims; it recently acted for a retail company in several consumer law lawsuits, which involved interest rate issues. Ramón Domínguez ‘has wide knowledge of civil, judicial and labour law, and applies such knowledge to individual cases’.

Reymond & Cía emerged from the break-up of Reymond & Fleischmann. The practice is experienced in disputes in infrastructure, construction, public works and mining concessions; and it also acts in white-collar and securities litigation. Alfonso Reymond Larraín has significant litigation and national and international arbitration experience; and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez, who ‘has great strategic experience’, is well regarded for disputes involving infrastructure, concessions and large construction and engineering projects.

Rodriguez Rosende Abogadosprovides a direct and personalised service that makes a difference to clients’. The firm has specific industry expertise in energy, ports, infrastructure, pension fund management and hotels. It acted for private pension fund manager AFP Cuprum (the Fund) in a civil lawsuit for damages caused to the Fund by fraud. Eduardo Rodríguez del Río has ‘wide experience of complex matters’ and Hugo Rosende Hernández has ‘deep knowledge’. Eduardo Rodríguez Ugarte is also recommended.

Founded in 2015, Ugarte & Leiva Abogados is highly regarded for engineering construction disputes; the practice is also experienced in commercial, mining, energy and retail-related claims. Clients rate the team as ‘excellent; its fantastic litigators produce high-quality work and they are willing to work non-stop if the client requires’. The practice acted for Aberdeen Chile Fund against retail-company La Polar, and its main executives, for compensation related to a high-profile accounting scandal. Eduardo Ugarte’s ‘capacity to understand core legal problems and provide solutions is astonishing’; and Felipe Leiva is ‘a well-prepared, excellent lawyer’.

Boutique firm Ugarte Ried y Correa was co-formed by Baker McKenzie’s former co-litigation and arbitration head José Joaquín Ugarte and former senior associate Santiago Ried, and arbitration specialist Pablo Correa, previously a senior associate at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. It specialises in complex litigation and antitrust cases; on the arbitral side, the team recently acted as co-counsel to an industrial company in a construction-related arbitration.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr fields lawyers with expertise in real estate, energy, environmental law, and administrative and competition law; the practice also acts in consumer-protection law claims, and has a robust arbitration practice. The team defended Indura against Tecnofer’s claim for compensation for alleged contractual breach of a confidentiality agreement. Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes is team leader.

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s experience includes construction, energy, telecoms and finance-related arbitrations. Gerardo Ovalle is experienced in construction, unfair competition and tort cases; Fernando Salas is a recommended litigator; and Arturo Yrarrázaval and Francisco Ruiz-Tagle are well known arbitrators.

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