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Allende Bascu√Ī√°n & C√≠a's practice ranges from advising on electricity, power and water law to PV projects and PPAs. Recent matters saw the team assist Lundin Mining¬† with the modification of a PPA.¬†Felipe Bascu√Ī√°n¬†heads the¬†energy and natural resources department, of which¬†Mauricio Vi√Īuela¬†is also a key member. Clients include Freeport-McMoRan,¬†Lundin Mining¬†(Minera Candelaria and Minera Ojos del Salado) and¬†Soquimich.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia¬†regularly advises corporations and governmental bodies that are active in the water, mining, energy and gas sectors. Recent matters saw the the team advise Canadian Solar on the sale of special purpose vehicles that have developed solar PV plants in Chile. Clients include Red El√©ctrica de Espa√Īa,¬†Acciona Energ√≠a and Latin America Power. Manuel Blanco¬†is the key contact. Former practice head Nicol√°s Atkinson¬†left the firm to establish Atkinson Costabal Undurraga & Achurra Abogados.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados is experienced in advising on the development, construction, financing, operation and sale of solar parks, wind farms and thermoelectric power plants. Ignacio Arteaga E, Luciano Cruz M and María Fernanda Brahm M are the principal contacts.

Baraona Fischer & Cía advises energy producers and distributors, engineering companies and lenders on M&A, project finance and structured finance deals. The team advised private investment fund AD Capital Tralka Energías Renovables on the acquisition of 10 PV solar plants in central Chile. Federico Rodríguez  heads the team.

Barros & Err√°zuriz's 'results-oriented¬†team has superb technical and business understanding, coupled with thoroughly creative legal thinking'. Its electricity-sector experience includes energy contracts, regulatory issues, project financing and dispute resolution, as well as a particular specialisation in energy generation and transmission matters. Other key areas include renewables and -in the water segment-¬† the practice has become increasingly involved in¬†desalination projects. Recent mandates saw the team advise Colb√ļn on the reorganisation of its transmission assets. Department head¬†Jos√© Tom√°s Err√°zuriz¬†and¬†Fernando Garrido¬†are the main contacts; senior associate Crist√≥bal Pellegrini 'has great business sense' and is 'outstanding for negotiating major contracts'; and Pedro Pablo Ballivian¬†is also a key associate. Other clients include Interconexi√≥n El√©ctrica and Saesa.

Bofill, Mir & √Ālvarez Jana¬†distinguishes itself through its expertise in¬†renewable energy and transmission matters; the team regularly assists with due diligence and regulatory issues, equity structures, financing, public law, mining work and litigation. Recent highlights saw the team advise Innovaci√≥n Energ√≠a (a joint venture between Energ√≠a Latina and Empresas Gasco), on the development of an electricity generating plant.¬†Pablo Mir¬†and Rony Zimerman¬†are widely respected advisers. Alejandro √Ālvarez, Ana Mar√≠a Yuri¬†and Jos√© Antonio Velasco¬†are also key team members. Former of¬†counsel Mar√≠a Paz Cerda left for AES Gener. Other clients include Pacific Hydro, Oceanus Power & Water and El√©ctrica Puntilla.

The scope of practice at Carey ranges from oil and gas matters and electricity generation, transmission and distribution, to project development, M&A and financing; other areas of expertise include regulatory matters, land rights and governmental concessions. The client list includes Codelco, CVC Capital Partners, Trina Solar Holding, S-Energy and OPDE Chile and Distributed Power Partners. Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante head the 14-strong practice group. Recent mandates saw Mackenna lead advice to CVC Capital Partners on the local aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Gas Natural Fenosa from Spanish oil-and-gas company, Repsol. Electricity highlights included Bustamante acting for Codelco in the negotiation of its power purchase agreements (PPA) with Engie for fulfillment of the power supply requirements of its Chuquicamata and Gaby mines. Rosario Martínez, José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla and Montserrat Godoy are also key associates.

Cariola D√≠ez P√©rez-Cotapos¬†is particularly well known for its advice on greenfield thermal power plants;¬†the practice is also increasingly active in assisting foreign and local companies with mini-hydro, solar and wind farms developments. Clients include Metro de Santiago, Enel Distribuci√≥n and BHP Billiton; recent work saw the team advise Empresas P√ļblicas de Medell√≠n on the development and operation of Parque E√≥lico Los Cururos, a wind farm in northern Chile. Gonzalo Jim√©nez¬†is the name to note.

The 'brilliant' 12-strong team at¬†Claro & Cia. focuses on energy and infrastructure transactions, including M&A, project finance and project development. Representative work includes power plant and transmission line projects; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; operation and maintenance (O&M)¬†agreements; transmission and interconnection contracts, supply agreements and PPAs. Active clients include SunEdison, First Solar and Rabobank, and one recent mandate saw the team assist AES Gener, as sponsor, with the restructuring of the $3bn financing of hydroelectric project Alto Maipo. It also assisted InterEnergy with a framework agreement with Spanish developer Grenergy for the acquisition of photovoltaic (PV) solar projects.¬†Rodrigo Ochagav√≠a, Ariel Mihovilovic,¬†Jos√© Luis Ambrosy, Nicol√°s Eyzaguirre¬†and¬†Luisa N√ļ√Īez¬†are all very highly-rated practitioners.

CMS Carey & Allende's¬†energy team handles the corporate, environmental, regulatory, construction-related and administrative law aspects of the sector, regularly assisting with generation, transmission and distribution matters; it has also been particularly active in the renewable energy segment. Clients include Hidroel√©ctrica Do√Īa Alicia,¬†Radiant Sky Energy, Elecnor Espa√Īa and El√©ctricas de Medell√≠n Ingenier√≠a y Servicios (EDEMSA); the team recently advised the latter on a new transmission line that will contribute to the connection of Chile's Central and Norte Grande interconnected energy systems.¬†Jorge Allende Allende Z, Luis Felipe Arze¬†and¬†Fernando De C√°rcer¬†are all highly rated;¬†Aldo Poblete¬†is an experienced and well-regarded senior associate.

Cubillos Evans Abogados¬†fields experts in both¬†energy and water law and the 'efficient team achieves excellent results for clients'. The practice group's expertise includes the obtaining of easements, permit applications, land use issues, regulatory work, forestry projects, and litigation. Active clients include Latin America Power,¬†SCL Energ√≠a Activa,¬†Chilquinta Energ√≠a, Colb√ļn and WPD Chile; the team advised the latter on electricity concessions and easements in relation to the development of its wind farm projects. The¬†key advisers are Jos√© Miguel Hern√°ndez,¬†Eugenio Evans,¬†Crist√≥bal Illanes,¬†Aurelio de Diego¬†and Gonzalo Cubillos.

DLA Piper (Chile)¬†is experienced in advising on energy project developments, including solar PV projects; the team's expertise covers energy, environmental and regulatory law issues, as well as the¬†financing and construction of projects. Notable recent mandates included acting for Brazil's Atiaia Energia on the sale of¬†Atiaia Energ√≠a Chile to China International Water & Electric. The practice comprises¬†Felipe Bahamondez¬†and¬†Jos√© Pablo Dulanto, along with¬†Diego Pe√Īa¬†and regulatory associate Paulina Far√≠as.

Garrigues Chile's energy team is focused on the financing, development and regulatory aspects of large energy projects; the practice is also active in M&A work for energy and natural resources companies and private funds. Active clients include Enel Green Power Latin America, Jenner Renewables and Banco Santander, and recent mandates saw the team advise Arroyo Energy on the acquisition of two PV solar power plant projects from Pattern Energy Group and Antofagasta Minerals. Key practice contacts include Luis Felipe Merino, energy finance expert Pedro García and Cristobal Fainé, who was made partner in October 2019.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is particularly noted for its advice on hydroelectric and thermo-electric plants, natural gas projects and wind farms. Ongoing work includes regular advise to Joule Chile on the constitution of water rights for hydroelectric projects in the country. Hugo Prieto is the name to note.

Guerrero Olivos¬†is highly regarded for its experience in non-conventional renewable energy; the practice also assists with water, land and mining rights, project finance, EPC and PPA contracts, and energy M&A. Clients include Pacific Hydro Chile,¬†Gas Natural Fenosa, I Squared Capital and¬†China Southern Power Grid (CSG); headline mandates included acting as local counsel (in conjunction with global law firm¬†Linklaters), to CSG on its $1.3bn acquisition of Brookfield‚Äôs 27.8 per cent interest in Chilean transmission company, Transelec.¬†Clemente P√©rez¬†and Sebasti√°n Abogabir¬†are experienced advisers;¬†Felipe Fr√ľhling¬†is the associate to note.

Honorato Delaveau 'has a full understanding of the electricity marketplace; its lawyers know the key players and which opportunities are worth pursuing'. The team is experienced in advising on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of energy and water projects; its notable clients include Innergex Renewable Energy (IRE) and Obras Especiales Chile. The team assisted Canada's IRE on a joint venture partnership with Chilean counterpart Energia Llaima. Gonzalo Delaveau 'not only knows how to do the job, he also anticipates events'; Rodrigo Delaveau is an of counsel  to note.

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres¬†is highly regarded for water law matters, such as the establishment of water rights, acquiring permits and Water Code authorisations; the team also advises on¬†water right agreements for hydroelectric power generation. Name partner Gabriel Del Favero¬†and consultant Hip√≥lito Za√Īartu Rosselot¬†are both contacts. However, in October 2019 the firm announced the incorporation of Marcelo Madrones, the former fiscal of Chile's Energy Ministry as head of the firm's energy and natural resources department; he has particular strength in regulatory matters across the sector. Clients include Antofagasta Minerals,¬†Devon Inversiones and¬†El Olivar de Manatiales are clients.

Long known for its projects expertise, especially on the finance side,¬†Larrain y Asociados Abogados is also well regarded for its advice on¬†the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the transportation and distribution of gas. It also assists clients -particluarly large water treatment companies- on water law-related issues. Recent mandates included advising BHP Billiton on an international tender to secure the water supply for a mine project, which involved connecting a desalination plant with the mine site and electric transmission facilities. The hugely experienced Jorge Granic¬†and Crist√≥bal Morand√©¬†are highly rated; as is transactional of counsel Ricardo Pe√Īa who has an impressive track record in energy matters. Other significant clients include Ferrovial Airports International, Antofagasta Minerals and Pacific Hydro Chile.

Morales & Besa 'provides its clients with a very positive experience'. Perhaps best known for transactional energy matters the practice nevertheles advises on all development, construction, financing and operational phases, including PPAs, interconnection and tolling agreements, and fuel supply, as well as EPC and O&M contracts. Highlight work included advising X-Elio (a global company that specialises in the development, design, construction, maintenance and operation of photovoltaic plants), on interconnection and tolling agreements for the Uribe Solar PV plant. Eugenio Besa's 'experience is invaluable and he is a good negotiator', Carlos Silva is also a key contact, and the 'very supportive' Sebastián Leyton and Verónica Vergara, who 'has great vision', are both experienced associates. Clients include EIG, Sonnedix, WPD, Crea Energía and Acciona Energía.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Ur√≠a¬†advises on complex energy¬† transactions, including M&A, project financing, off-taking agreements, onshore and offshore EPC contracts, and O&M and PPA agreements.¬†Key clients include¬†EDF Chile,¬†Antofagasta Minerals,¬†Red El√©ctrica de Espa√Īa and¬†Transelec. Recent mandates saw the team advise Central El Campesino on the acquisition of El√©ctrica Santiago, which owns four thermoelectric power plants.¬†Carlos Alberto Reyes¬†heads the energy and projects department, and Eduardo Escalona¬†leads the energy and regulated markets group; both are well regarded.

Prieto Abogados¬†has longstanding experience in the energy, gas, and water and sewerage sectors. The firm fields lawyers with energy-sector M&A,¬†regulatory and litigation expertise and the team¬†regularly advises¬†developers, owners and investors - particularly on renewable energy projects. Notable clients include Solar E,¬†General Electric Capital, Electrogas and¬†Engie Energ√≠a Chile; the team assisted the latter with the closing acquisition¬†documentation for the Los Trigales wind-energy project in southern Chile. The team also advised¬†Empresa Depuradora de Aguas Servidas Mapocho-Trebal (EDAM), which is part of the Suez Group, on an EPC contract for the replacement of Archimedes screw pumps at a waste water treatment plant.¬†Claudio Undurraga,¬†Fernando Bravo, Juan Tagle¬†and¬†Jos√© Andr√©s Pascual¬†are the main contacts; experienced associates Camila Kutz¬†and Alejandra Ba√Īados provide a strong second line.

Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann 'knows the technical and regulatory issues of Chile's electricity market very well'. The practice group's experience includes project development, regulatory issues, corporate matters and dispute resolution; it recently advised AELA Generación on the amendment of various PPAs. María Isabel Rojas Sanhueza and Jorge Quintanilla Hernández are both highly regarded, as is Bernardo Busel Niedmann, who was appointed chairman of the Energy Council of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce in March 2019. Former partner Daniela Martínez Gutiérrez left the firm to become an independent advisor. Key clients include Mainstream Renewable Power Chile, Enel Green Power Chile, Bekaert Combustion Technologies and First Solar.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y D√∂rr¬†is highly regarded for its advice on¬†the development of energy projects, including water rights,¬†energy litigation, PPAs and permits. Recent mandates saw the team advise Empresa El√©ctrica Perquilauqu√©n on the development of the Perquilauqu√©n Medio Hydroelectric Central project; other clients include¬†Enel Generaci√≥n Chile,¬†Soquimich Comercial, Agrosuper¬†and Global Energy Services Siemsa. Team leader¬†Sergio Orrego¬†'leaves clients feeling¬†totally confident in him';¬†Sebasti√°n Garc√≠a¬†and Javiera Vicu√Īa¬†are the associates to note.

Vergara y Cia¬†is well respected for its expertise in¬†solar plants, M&A-related energy matters, water law and regulatory issues. The names to note are Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Daniela Rivera Bravo¬†and Gonzalo Mu√Īoz Escudero.


Mining

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Baker McKenzie Chile has a longstanding track record of assisting large and medium-sized mining companies with transactional, regulatory and operational matters. Notable clients include KGHM International, Mantos Copper, Minera Michilla, Atacama Pacific Gold, Xiana Mining and Orestone Resources. Recent mandates saw the team advise KGHM International on two large-scale opencast mining operations in Chile and act for Xiana Mining on the acquisition of Minera Altos del Punitaqui’s copper-gold operations in the country. In other matters, the practice assisted Orestone Resources with its option to purchase a medium-sized copper mining project in Copiapó. Santiago managing partner Antonio Ortuzar Jr. heads the mining practice and Mirco Hilgers advises on the formation, maintenance and development of foreign mining companies and their Chilean subsidiaries; Francisco Nualart and Santiago Vial are notable associates.

Bofill, Mir & √Ālvarez Jana's specialist, seven-strong mining team regularly works alongside the firm's regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution departments. Recent work highlights included advising Japanese mining company Sumitomo Metal Mining on its acquisition of 30 per cent of the Quebrada Blanca mine from Canadian mining company Teck Resources; and acting for¬†Molyb (Codelco) on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant. It also assisted¬†Australia-based private equity group EMR Capital with its $230m acquisition of the Cerro Colorado mine from BHP Billiton.¬†Pablo Mir¬†and Rony Zimerman¬†are highly-rated advisers, and¬†Felipe Allende¬†is noted for financing, transactional and contractual matters. Other team members include senior associates Joaqu√≠n Perez¬†and Teresita Gonz√°lez.

Carey is widely respected for its advice to companies, sponsors and lenders on large mining projects, including assistance with mining, water, and land use surface rights as well as financing, litigation, environmental and community issues. Active clients include Teck Resources, Codelco, Barrick, Minera Valle Central, Kinross and Aftermath Silver. Notable recent mandates saw the eight-strong team advise Teck Quebrada Blanca on the expansion of its hypogene project, which included mining legal-easement disputes against the Chilean state; and assist Codelco with the development of a copper project in northern Chile. Other significant work includes advising Tianqi Lithium on its agreement to acquire a 24 per cent stake in SQM for over $4bn. Rafael Vergara is 'an excellent lawyer', and Alberto Cardemil and counsel Francisco Corona are also highly regarded.

Cariola D√≠ez P√©rez-Cotapos¬†assists foreign and local clients on the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects,¬† as well as worksite closures and associated issues; it also advises on significant acquisitions and sales of mining companies and assets. The team acted for¬†Appian Capital Advisory on its acquisition of a 30 per cent stake of the outstanding share capital of Compa√Īia Minera Caserones from Minera Auromin; and Goldcorp on the contribution of Minera Eton (owner of the Caspiche Project), to Compa√Īia Minera Casale.¬†Carlos P√©rez-Cotapos¬†and Gonzalo Grez, along with senior associate Crist√≥bal Herrera, are the names to note. Key clients include Rio Tinto, Goldcorp, Hudbay Minerals,¬†BHP, Planta Recuperadora de Metales and Mineral Mining.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría 'has extremely deep knowledge of the Chilean mining market'. The practice is widely respected for its experience in the contractual, finance and dispute resolution issues surrounding mining projects, and acts for high-profile clients such as Sumitomo Metal Mining, Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), Lithium Power International (LPI), Gold Fields Chile, Andex Minerals and Sierra Gorda. Recent mandates include advising LPI on its acquisition of an additional interest in Minera Salar Blanco; and assisting MSB with the development of a lithium project in northern Chile. Juan Paulo Bambach heads the mining and natural resources group; senior counsel Juan Irarrázabal is highly regarded; and 'excellent lawyer' María Paz Pulgar (who coordinates the natural resources department), and Cristina Olavarría, are both experienced senior associates.

Claro & Cia.'s nine-strong mining practice handles regulatory issues, finance, project development, disputes and M&A for a clientele including Anglo American, SQM, Elecmetal, Glenfarne Group, LafargeHolcim Group, and Quimetal Industrial. Recent matters included advising Minera Freeport-McMoRan South America on the negotiation, drafting and execution of a farm-out agreement entered into with Japanese corporation ITOCHU. Practice head Nicolás Eyzaguirre is a 'deeply experienced and knowledegeable' regarding the sector. Senior associate Joaquín Rodríguez is also noted.

CMS Carey & Allende¬†advises on the acquisition of mining properties, establishment of electricity supply contracts,¬† and permits and mining easements among other matters, as well as having considerable relevant expertise in environmental regulation, water rights and other public law issues. Recent mandates saw the team advise Compa√Ī√≠a Minera Sierra Norte on establishing legal mining easements for the construction of a 60km aqueduct.¬†Jorge Allende Z, senior associate Aldo Poblete¬†¬†and associate Manuel Ponce constitute the core team and key advisers. Other notable clients include Solarpack Chile,¬†Hidroel√©ctrica Lumen and Inversiones Alxar.

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its assistance with significant mining-related development projects, transactions and corporate restructuring, as well as having expertise in matters including exploration agreements, environmental permits, easements and water rights. Mining and regulatory law expert Pedro Lyon leads the practice with key support coming from  Marco Zavala and senior associate Benjamín Pérez. Key clients include Santiago Metals.

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres¬†'has a deep and wide understanding of the legal system applicable to natural resources, which enables it to manage very complex matters'. The practice assists with all stages of mining projects, ranging from mineral exploration to obtaining concessions and constituting¬† mining easements; other areas of strength include the development, financing, construction and commercial operation of projects. Antofagasta Minerals,¬†Minera Centinela and¬†SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile (SCM) are active clients; the team advises SCM on an ongoing basis in relation to the Caserones mining project.¬†Gabriel Del Favero and Felipe Ovalle¬†are highly rated; consultant Hip√≥lito Za√Īartu is also a key contact, but former associate Javier Ruscic left to establish PRB Abogados in mid-2019.

Renowned specialist boutique¬†N√ļ√Īez Mu√Īoz Abogados is highly rated for its mining law experience. Typical work includes assisting with joint ventures and shareholder agreements, asset acquisitions, mining-related M&A and financing, projects and regulatory issues. Other areas of strength are mining concessions and easements, water rights, environmental issues, and property rights and land easements.¬†Patricia Nu√Īez, Rodrigo Mu√Īoz¬†and Andr√©s Verdugo¬†are the key contacts. Key associate Juan Luis Castell√≥n is also noted.

The six-strong team at Prieto Abogados assists with financing agreements, project development, easement procurement, and environmental and antitrust matters; it is particularly active in mining issues related to port, energy and infrastructure projects. Recent mandates include advising Transmisora El√©ctrica del Norte on several mining concession and easment matters related to the financing agreements for a power transmission project. Other ongoing work includes assisting Prospecta, Agricola Talinay and Compa√Ī√≠a Minera Do√Īa Francisca mining patent reviews. Firm managing partner Alberto Gonz√°lez E and transactional specialist Juan Tagle are both highly regarded. Key support comes from experienced senior associate Camila Kutz. In addition, the July 2018 arrival of Agust√≠n Martorell from Claro & Cia. as director of the environmental practice has further strengthened the firm's offering. Other clients include Americas Energy Fund, VivoCorp and Puerto Lirqu√©n.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr advises on every stage of mining projects, including title reviews, purchase options, financing, joint ventures and exploration agreements; the team also assists with  easements, water rights and permits. Active clients include BHP, Royal Gold, Minera Escondida and Amerigo Resources; recent matters saw the team advise BHP on the proposed $320m sale of its Cerro Colorado mine. Managing partner Sergio Orrego is team leader.

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia has a strong reputation in the market for mining transactions and related litigation, arbitration and regulatory issues. Typical work includes M&A deals, contractual agreements, development projects and mining concessions. Jerónimo Carcelén is the name to note.

DLA Piper (Chile)¬†regularly advises on¬†exploration and exploitation mining concessions and mining contracts, as well as project development and contentious matters; the team has particular expertise in the lithium segment. Recent matters saw the team act for Cominor in the sale of a 50 per cent ownership stake in Minera Pompeya to Minera Mantos de Oro. SIMCO and Desarrollos Mineros are also clients. Jos√© Pablo Dulanto¬†is department head and¬†Claudio Sep√ļlveda¬†is a notable associate.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s Hugo Prieto heads up the mining practice. The four-strong group is experienced in mining title reviews, concessions, option and royalty agreements, financing, and project development, and also advises on easements, mining-related M&A, construction and dispute resolution. Via it's wholly owned subsidiary, Tecnomin, the firm also advises natonally on all technical aspects of mining concessions and their maintenance.  Clients include Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles, Sumitomo Metal Mining Chile, Vale Exploraciones Chile and Cobalteras. Senior associate José Francisco Osman is also noted.

Honorato Delaveau¬†is 'well known in the market and very experienced'. The practice undertakes matters ranging from investments, the purchase and sales of mining companies and project finance, to mining concessions, permits, water rights and EPCs. Recent mandates included advising Canada's Camrova Resources on the acquisition of Compa√Īia Minera Oximin.¬†Gonzalo Delaveau¬†is 'a seasoned mining lawyer who brings a wealth of experience to the firm and his clients'; Rodrigo Delaveau¬†¬†is a well-regarded of counsel. Other clients include Los Andes Copper, Herencia Resources Chile, Minera Colliguay and Turnbrook Mining.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados 'has deep knowledge of the sector, availability and good delivery'. The team advises on the survey, exploration, development, operation and construction of mining projects and the acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets; the team also assists with project financing, option agreements and rights of way. Codelco, Atacama Solar and BHP Billiton are clients; the practice assisted state-owned entity Codelco on a joint venture with Pucobre for the exploration and development of a copper mining project. The 'highly experienced' Jorge Granic is 'a trusted individual who advises not only on technical matters, but also business in general'; Cristóbal Morandé is also a key name.

Morales & Besa advises on the establishment of mining property rights and incorporation of mining entities, mining agreements, permits, project financing and administrative law issues. The team recently advised BHP subsidiary MEL, on mining agreements with Orica Chile. Eugenio Besa heads the department and Lorena Barrientos is an experienced counsel. Other clients include Arena Minerals and BHP.

Ossa Alessandri Abogados 'co-ordinates very well with its clients'. The practice advises on major projects, option agreements, mining properties and titles, as well as related litigation. Los Andes Copper, Turnbrook Mining and Herencia Resources are clients. Recent mandates include advising Minera Santa Julia on two easement disputes against Glencore and the Chilean state. Francisco Ossa is the key name.

Perhaps best known for its particular prowess in water law,¬†Vergara y Cia has longstanding experience in assisting with the full range of mining matters, from contracts, easements and concessions, to public and administrative law matters, water law and mining-related disputes. Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Gonzalo Mu√Īoz Escudero¬†and Daniela Rivera Bravo are the key contacts. Clients include Teck Quebrada Blanca.


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