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Carey is ‘a strong, reliable firm with excellent professionals’. The highly rated practice covers oil and gas, power purchase agreements (PPAs), transmission and distribution, and energy project development; it also assists with M&A, financing, litigation and regulatory aspects. The team acted for San Juan (Latin America Power) in the execution of PPAs with Metro, the state-owned company that operates Santiago’s subway. Other highlights saw the team advise Andes Mainstream on a successful energy supply bidding process; and it acted for Trina Solar in a joint venture with Grenergy Renovables for the development, construction and operation of two solar plants. Department heads Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who ‘enjoys excellent relations with clients’, are recommended; water law expert Alberto Cardemil is ‘a very good, reliable and loyal lawyer’.

Claro & Cia. is recommended for its advice to national and global clients, which generate, transmit and distribute energy. Representative experience includes the development, construction, operation and financing of hydroelectric, solar, wind and thermoelectric power plants. In cross-border matters, the team has acted in the project financing and construction of oil and gas pipelines between Chile and Argentina; and the firm’s energy practice also covers corporate law, regulatory issues and litigation. Rodrigo Ochagavía is highly rated for his experience with generator, transmission and distribution companies; and project finance expert José Luis Ambrosy and Nicolás Eyzaguirre are also recommended.

Prieto has longstanding expertise in the energy, gas and water and sewage sectors; the practice has robust experience in advising developers and owners on renewable energy projects, and its regulatory and litigation team regularly acts on administrative procedures, disputes and arbitrations in the energy sector. The team acted for Engie Energía Chile in an electricity transmission-line project bidding, which aimed to select a strategic partner for its subsidiary Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte; the firm’s role included assisting with the transference of shares to the awarded bidder and corporate governance issues. The key advisers include Claudio Undurraga, Jaime Ríos and Fernando Bravo, along with Juan Tagle and José Andrés Pascual.

BAZ|DLA Piper has a highly regarded practice for renewable energy generation, particularly in relation to electric power plants, bidding procedures, power supply issues and price regulation issues. The practice prepared a legal report for EDF Energies Nouvelles on new legislation that amended the General Electricity Law. Team head Felipe Bahamondez is focused on energy production and natural resources matters, particularly solar power plants. Counsel Blanca Palumbo is an electricity law specialist.

Barros & Errázuriz advises all segments of the electricity market, including generator, transmission and distribution companies; it also assists with the regulatory, finance, transactional, environmental law, contentious and tax issues of projects, as well as procurement and supply contracts. It acted for Interconexión Eléctrica’s subsidiary, Interchile, in obtaining project financing from a syndicate of local and international banks to finance the construction of power transmission projects in Chile. José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido are recommended.

CMS Carey & Allende’s energy team benefits from its strong corporate, regulatory, construction, and administrative law abilities; and it is well known for its experience in generation, transmission and distribution issues. The team acted for EDEMSA-Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios in the construction of a new energy transmission line; and also advised Socer on the project financing of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant. The recommended names are Jorge Allende Z, Luis Felipe Arze, Aldo Poblete and Fernando de Cárcer, who is ‘a great lawyer and an excellent negotiator’.

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) expertise; the firm also has a robust practice in water law, land and mining rights, project financing and carbon credit deals. The team acted for international energy group Gas Natural Fenosa-GNF in several transactional and regulatory matters, including biddings and PPAs; it also recently acted for longstanding client Compañía General de Electricidad-CGE in several energy regulatory and corporate matters, including the due diligence process for the acquisition and development of energy projects. Energy and natural resources and infrastructure head Clemente Pérez, Hernán Felipe Errázuriz and Sebastián Abogabir are recommended.

Developments in Larrain y Asociados’ practice saw Cristóbal Morandé make partner. The practice advises on the development of industrial projects and environmental evaluations, and is well regarded for its knowledge of the regulations that govern the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the transportation and distribution of gas. Highlights included the team acting for Duke Energy International in the sale of its assets in Chile. Jorge Granic and of counsel Ricardo Peña are highly rated.

Morales & Besa regularly advises on renewable energy developments, transmission and distribution issues, and upstream and downstream oil-and-gas matters, as well as litigation, M&A deals, financings and regulatory matters; in the water sector, the practice advises investors and operators of water distribution and treatment operations. The team advised the lenders on a financing for Santiago Solar for the construction of a 115MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant. Carlos Silva and Eugenio Besa are the key contacts.

Aninat Schwencke & Ciaprovides all-round excellent work and the team is great value for money’. The energy department is well known for its experience in transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution issues. Recent work saw the team advise Acciona Energía Holdings Chile on the development of its PV projects. Nicolás Atkinson is ‘one of the leading energy lawyers in the country’.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of engineering, construction and procurement agreements, and regularly advises on the development of greenfield energy projects. Other areas of strength include PPAs, interconnection agreements for transmission systems, project finance structures, and regulatory matters. The team acted for Spanish utility company Acciona Energía in the due diligence, acquisition and development of several solar and wind farm projects. Ignacio Arteaga, Luciano Cruz and Ricardo Irarrázabal are recommended.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular strengths in renewable energy and transmission issues, areas which are enhanced by the firm’s public law and regulatory team, and mining and dispute resolution practices. The team acted for Germany’s Frowein & Spilker in the development, building and operation of a PV plant. Pablo Mir is ‘very approachable and helps clients determine the best legal course of action when confronted with complex issues’. Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are also highly regarded.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos acts for foreign and local companies in greenfield renewable energy projects, such as mini-hydro, solar and wind farms, and also assists with regulatory aspects, project financing and dispute resolution issues. Recent matters saw the team advise Metro, a government-owned company which operates Santiago’s underground, on an energy and capacity supply agreement with Latin America Power. It also regularly advises a high-profile private equity fund on its energy projects. Gonzalo Jiménez, Sergio Díez, Gerardo Varela and Martín Astorga are recommended.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría regularly acts in the acquisition and sale of oil, fuel and electricity, and advises on the environmental law aspects of energy projects; the practice also covers energy-related M&A, project financing and regulatory issues. The team recently advised ABR Energía Distribuida on the negotiation and drafting of contracts for a landfill biogas project. Juan José Eyzaguirre is highly rated and Carlos Alberto Reyes ‘has a strong business understanding of the energy market’.

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada regularly advises on PV and wind projects and mini hydro-electric power plants. In electricity law matters, the team reviews transmission contracts and is experienced in water law issues. It advises Bravo Energy on an ongoing basis in relation to tenders and contracts for industrial oil treatment and fuel sales. Other active clients include Transnet, Philips Chilena and Electroconsultores.com. Felipe Bascuñán ‘gives appropriate and quick responses that suit corporate needs’; public law head Mauricio Viñuela ‘understands the issues that arise’; and Alejandro Romero is also a key name.

Cubillos Evans Abogados is recommended for its experience in energy generation and electricity transmission projects, PPAs, bidding procedures, regulatory issues, project financing and contentious energy matters. Electricity law experts Gonzalo Cubillos and Eugenio Evans, whose ‘service and advice is very good’, are recommended.

Garrigues Chile’s energy department is led by Luis Felipe Merino, who is experienced in regulatory and transactional matters in the power sector. The team advises energy producers and distributors, engineering companies and lenders on M&A, project finance and structured finance deals; and it is experienced in PPAs, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, operation and management agreements, and transmission and interconnection agreements. The team provided corporate, financial and regulatory advice to MC Andes Power Chile, a Chilean subsidiary of Marubeni, on the development of a PV solar energy power plant.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s recent experience included acting for China National Electric Engineering Chile in the construction and development of hydroelectric plants; the team also advised Joule Chile on the water use rights for the development of hydroelectric projects in Chile. Hugo Prieto is recommended.

Jara Del Favero Abogados distinguishes itself through its water law expertise in relation to hydroelectric power generation. Gabriel Del Favero and senior associate Hipólito Zañartu, who has ‘deep knowledge of mining law matters’, are recommended.

Highly rated for its mining law expertise, Núñez, Muñoz Abogados’ lawyers are also recommended for energy and natural resources issues, regulatory issues and environmental law. Name partners Patricia Nuñez and Rodrigo Muñoz are highly regarded.

Rodriguez Rosende Abogados regularly advises power generation companies on the construction and financing of plants; and the firm’s scope of practice includes environmental approvals, electricity concessions, water rights, renewable energy agreements and the construction of power transmission lines. It also acts in disputes brought by power companies before Chile’s Experts Panel – a body constituted in 2004 to resolve conflicts in the Chilean electricity sector. Recent matters saw the team advise Puerto Ventanas on the negotiation of an amendment of a PPA. Eduardo Rodríguez del Río, Hugo Rosende Hernández and Eduardo Rodríguez Ugarte are recommended.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s practice covers project finance, permits, administrative law procedures, power plant construction agreements, due diligence processes and litigation. The team acted for Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén on the development of a hydroelectric project. Sergio Orrego is team leader.

Vergara y Cia regularly acts for HydroChile on energy law; and the team recently advised Saferay on solar plant-related contracts. It also has a robust water law practice. Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Daniela Rivera Bravo and Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero are the key contacts.


Mining

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Baker McKenzie Chile is highly rated for its assistance to mining companies on transactional, regulatory and operational matters. The team advised Redpath Mining on the review of its agreements with SCM for services in the Teniente Mine; and acted for Rockwood Litio on its expansion in the Atacama salt flat and the La Negra facility. It also assisted Guanaco Compañía Minera with the closing of its acquisition of the Amancaya mining project; and acted for Haldeman Mining Company, a producer of copper cathodes and sulphuric acid, in the negotiation and acquisition of mining company Minera Michilla from copper mining group Anotfagasta. Other active key clients include Sierra Gorda, Exxon Mobile and Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation. Antonio Ortúzar Jr and Mirco Hilgers are recommended.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘service is excellent and clients receive clear and practical answers that are also timely’. The firm fields lawyers, who are experienced in the financing of mining projects, exploration issues, project development and acquisitions, as well as permits, construction and project closures; the mining team also regularly works alongside the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution practitioners. Highlights saw the team advise Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a 50% stake in Minera Zaldivar, one of the largest open-pit copper mines in Chile, from Barrick Gold. It also acted for Molyb (Codelco) in the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant; advised New Gold on the sale of its 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project to Goldcorp; and is regular counsel to Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile on corporate matters, taxation, service contracts, permits, easements and mining rights. The client list also includes New Gold, Asset Chile, Laguna Gold and Kissner Milling Company. For some clients, Pablo Mir is ‘one of the finest Chilean lawyers around; he is always responsive, organised and practical’. Rony Zimerman is also highly rated.

Carey’s highly-rated practice covers the metallic and non-metallic mining industries, including water law issues, land-use surface rights and environmental-law matters; it also assists with contracts and financing. The team acted for Teck Quebrada Blanca in the expansion of its $6.2bn hypogene project, including mining legal-easement trials against the State of Chile for the right to use surface land. It also advised Teck Relincho on a high-value copper project, which included mining concessions, surface land and environmental matters; acted for Quantum Pacific Exploration in an agreement with Asset Chile to finance an exploration programme in northern Chile; and advised Kinross on the corporate restructuring of its mining assets. Other active clients include Codelco, Minera Valle Central, Kinross and Antofagasta Minerals. Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil and counsel Francisco Corona are the key names.

One of the leading firms in Chile’, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos regularly advises foreign and local clients on the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects and worksite closures; and the practice also acts on acquisitions and sales of mining companies and assets. The team advised Trimetals Mining Chile on the amendment to a mining-concession option agreement. It also acted for FQM Exploration (Chile) on the sale of mining properties; acted for Minera Juncal y La Flora, a subsidiary of Silver Standard, on the negotiation, structuring and drafting of a mining-concession sales agreement; and assisted Gold Fields with the exercise of several mining option agreements related to its Salares Norte project. The client list also includes Rio Tinto, First Quantum, Goldcorp and Mineral Mining. Carlos Pérez-Cotapos is ‘an excellent partner to clients on Chilean deals, provides great service, and has in-depth mining knowledge’. Gonzalo Grez is also recommended.

Núñez, Muñoz Abogados is highly regarded for its advice on mining law, including transactions, financings and projects. The firm also has a robust regulatory practice and assists with the environmental law aspects of mining projects. Other typical work includes mining concessions and easements, and mining sector-related M&A transactions and financings. Patricia Nuñez, Rodrigo Muñoz and Andrés Verdugo are highly rated practitioners.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is recommended for its mining-related project finance, contracts and disputes experience. Recent matters saw the team advise Barrick Gold on a joint venture with QPX for the development of mining projects in Chile; it also acted for Wu Ling Power Corporation on due diligence for the acquisition, through a tender process, of Pacific Hydro, which has assets in Brazil, Chile and Australia. In addition, the practice acts for BHP Billiton, Lithium Power International, Teck and Sumitomo Metal Mining. Juan Paulo Bambach heads the mining and natural resources group and Juan Irarrázabal is a key senior counsel.

CMS Carey & Allendehas excellent mining sector expertise’. The firm regularly advises mining companies on acquiring mining-related property and projects, concessions, regulatory and environmental issues, easements and related contentious proceedings. Recent matters saw the practice advise Compañía Minera Sierra Norte on the acquisition of the Diego de Almagro project, which is expected to have substantial copper reserves; it also advised Solarpack Chile on the constituting of mining concessions which will protect the subsoil of solar energy projects. Jorge Allende Z is recommended. Other clients include Hidroeléctrica Los Patos, Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia, Arica Solar 1, María Elena Solar and Ormat Technologies.

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán, Schaeffer & Tapia is highly regarded for its mining-sector transactional work and mining-related disputes and arbitration. The practice’s work includes concessions, contracts and mining developments. Name partner Jerónimo Carcelén is the recommended practitioner.

Claro & Cia. advises some of the US’ and the world’s largest metallic and non-metallic mining companies. Representative work includes assisting with acquiring the permits for the development, construction, operation and closing of mining sites; acquisitions, sales and financings of mining assets both in Chile and abroad; advising on relations with governmental authorities; and assisting with strategies to minimise potential environmental contingencies. The practice advised Soquimich, the second-largest lithium carbonate producer in the world, on the acquisition of 50% of Minera Exar. Nicolás Eyzaguirre is the key name.

Guerrero Olivos acts on the development and operation of significant mining projects in Chile. The practice also represents mining companies in complex disputes, and is highly rated for its experience in foreign investment, acquisitions, joint ventures, due diligence and environmental law issues. Other areas of strength include project finance, public law, and environmental and tax matters. Recent highlights saw the team advise Asian investor Simbalik Group on the development of a €500m lithium mining project; it also provides ongoing advice to US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital, and its Chilean subsidiary Santiago Metals, on exploration activities. Pedro Lyon, senior counsel Marco Zavala and senior associate Benjamín Pérez are highly regarded.

Jara Del Favero Abogados’ mining and water department is experienced in all stages of mining projects, including mineral exploration, concessions, easements, and the development, financing, construction and commercial operation of projects. The team acted for Antofagasta Minerals in several matters, including mining trials, easement constitution and exploration concessions, as well as M&A deals with mining companies. Gabriel Del Favero and Felipe Ovalle are recommended; as is Ramón Jara, who is a former vice-president of the National Mining Society, and advises on the structuring and financing of large mining projects. Other active clients include Minera Centinela, Rockwood Litio, Algorte Norte and Monsanto Chile.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr regularly acts for mining companies in significant projects; the firm’s scope of advice includes assisting with negotiations, foreign investment, financings, construction issues and operational matters. The team recently assisted Aveng Construcciones Chile with a public contract bid for works to be carried out in Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine, the largest open-pit copper mine in the world; the team also acted for BHP Billiton in the review of a prospective request for a mining-works exploration permit. Sergio Orrego is recommended.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s mining group is led by Hugo Prieto. It advises Chilean and foreign mining companies on the development, exploration, exploitation, financing and sale of mining projects, as well as the acquiring of permits. The team advised Tecnomin on mining concessions.

Larrain y Asociados advises significant mining companies on mining projects in Chile; the practice’s scope of assistance includes the survey, exploration, development, operation and construction stages, and the acquisition of mining companies and mining assets. The team also assists clients with project financings, option agreements, the construction of treatment plants, and agreements for the development of technology for the mining industry, as well as proceedings to create mining rights of way and the tax structures required by mining companies. Recent work saw the practice act for FF Minerals in two civil proceedings related to the use of an easement and the embargo of minerals. Transactional highlights included the team’s advice to Sociedad Punta del Cobre on the development of a copper mining project. Jorge Granic is recommended.

Prieto acts for mining companies in mineral tenure matters, due diligence issues, joint ventures and options, and the acquisition of companies and projects. Recent mandates included the practice’s advice to Engie Energía Chile on various matters, including mining easements and concessions; the team also acted for Sibelco Chile in the negotiation and drafting of a limestone supply contract with Codelco. Juan Tagle and the ‘particularly good’ Alberto González E are highly rated; Camila Kutz is a key associate.

Vergara y Cia fields lawyers who have strong expertise in mining concessions and easements, as well as contractual issues, public law matters and the water law aspects of mining projects. The team acted for energy company Hidro Aconcagua on mining law issues, including processing applications for mining concessions. Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero and Daniela Rivera Bravo are recommended.


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