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Carey’s ‘does an outstanding job across the board; the team always ensures the right lawyers are available to answer clients’ questions and provides a very high level of Chilean legal knowledge’. The firm’s broad practice covers oil and gas, transmission and distribution matters, and energy project development, including tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, and litigious and regulatory matters. Other areas of strength include land rights, electric and maritime concessions, indigenous affairs and water rights. Recent transactional highlights include advising Masisa on the $15m sale of its CoGen power plant to Neoelectra, which included both biomass and water supply agreements; and acting for Sonnedix Chile Holding on the $11.8m acquisition of a majority stake in Cox Energy Chile. Juan Francisco Mackenna, JosĂ© Miguel Bustamante, and water law specialist Alberto Cardemil are the names to note.

Widely respected for its energy-sector capabilities, Claro & Cia.’s practice typically represents clients in the development, construction, operation, acquisition and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Recent mandates saw Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic lead advice AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), on all aspects of the development and $2.2bn refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; and JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy and NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre act for Elecnor-affiliate Celeo Redes OperaciĂłn Chile in a $600m project bond issue. Ambrosy’s ‘strengths include great knowledge of all the issues involved in the financing of infrastructure projects’. Luisa NĂșñez and senior associate Gerardo Otero are also highly regarded.

Prieto has longstanding experience in the energy (including renewable energy), gas and water and sewage sectors. The firm also fields lawyers with regulatory and litigation experience, including administrative procedures, and handles the full range of disputes and arbitration in the energy sector. A team led by Jaime RĂ­os advised Portuguese electricity and natural gas transport-infrastructure operator, Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN Portugal), on its $180m acquisition of a 42.5% stake in Electrogas’ share capital. Juan Tagle led advice to Brookfield Asset Management PICA on a complete due diligence of the Chilean assets of TerraForm Power; while Fernando Bravo and JosĂ© AndrĂ©s Pascual are advising Engie EnergĂ­a Chile on the $10m EPC contract and all necessary permitting for the development of an ash deposit project dubbed "Cerro Gris". Senior partner Claudio Undurraga is also a key contact.

Barros & Erråzuriz advises on energy contracts, regulatory issues, project finance and dispute resolution. The team has particular expertise in acting for generation and transmission companies and is also noted for its experience in the renewables sector, where it has advised on a range of hydroelectric, wind and solar-energy projects. Headline matters saw Fernando Garrido lead a team advising Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA) on all aspects - regualtory, contractual, electrical, environmental etc.- of the development of the $1.2bn Cardones-Polpaico transmission line. Name partner José Tomås Erråzuriz is also a key contact, and Cristóbal Pellegrini is a well-regarded senior associate.

CMS Carey & Allende fields lawyers who are specialists in generation, distribution and transmission matters. In a highlight mandate, Luis Felipe Arze led advice to ElĂ©ctricas de MedellĂ­n (IngenierĂ­a y Servicios) on the construction of the $1.2bn Cardones-Polpaico transmission line, which will help connect Chile’s northern and central energy grids. Jorge Allende Z, Aldo Poblete and Fernando de CĂĄrcer are also key advisers.

DLA Piper BAZ|NLD ‘has strong and excellent technical knowledge’ and provides ‘accurate advice’. The practice is particularly noted for the development of power plants and associated infrastructure matters and has been heavily involved in transactional activity in the solar generation sub-sector, of late. The practice also participates in cross-border and regional energy transactions and disputes as part of the firm’s regional network. Department head Felipe Bahamondez is a well-known specialist in natural resources and regulatory matters. Diego Peña and Paulina FarĂ­as are notable senior associates.

Regularly advising large local and international energy companies in Chile, Guerrero Olivos fields ‘a very good team of lawyers’ who are experts in energy (including non-conventional renewable energy and carbon credit deals), environmental matters (including land and mining rights) electricity and water law, regulatory issues and project finance. Hernán Felipe Errázuriz is highly rated and Sebastián Abogabir ‘knows how to solve problems’.

Larrain y Asociados ‘provides good-quality work that is precise and delivered on time for a reasonable cost’. The firm’s energy and natural resources expertise includes mining, oil and gas, electricity and water and the practice recently acted for Sonnedix on the development of several solar plants in northern Chile, including associated regulatory matters. Jorge Granic is widely respected, particularly on the finance-side; CristĂłbal MorandĂ© is ‘serious and available’; of counsel Ricardo Peña is also a key member of the practice.

Morales & Besa’s Carlos Silva advises several infrastructure and energy project developers on the structuring and financing of their projects; managing partner Eugenio Besa is also a primary contact for energy matters. Recent matters include advising WPD Chile on structuring wind farm projects; and acting for X-Elio (formerly known as Gestamp Solar) on the negotiation and drafting of interconnection agreements for a photovoltaic (PV) project.

Allende Bascuñån & Cía assists with water rights, electricity and power matters, particularly regarding transmission and interconnection issues. The team also advises on PV projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs); clients include Electroconsultores, which it advises on negotiations and contractual issues on an ongoing basis. Felipe Bascuñån is team head and Mauricio Viñuela is also well regarded. Key support comes from associate Daniel Gallardo B, Luis Fernando López C and Agustín Alessandri B.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia’s practice covers energy-related transactions and regulatory issues, as well as energy disputes. The team’s representative experience includes advising on the development of PV projects. Nicolás Atkinson is the name to note.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados is recommended for EPC contracts, transmission issues, energy project financing, greenfield energy matters, and PPAs, as well as project development and project-acquisition agreements and LNG sector issues. The team advised Acciona Energia on the negotiation of a PPA to supply renewable energy to Chilean retailer Falabella. The names to note are Ignacio Arteaga E, Luciano Cruz and MarĂ­a Fernanda Brahm M, along with associate Ignacio DĂ­az S. Ricardo IrarrĂĄzabal left the firm to become Undersecretary at the Ministry of the Environment.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for renewable energy and transmission matters; and the practice is supported by the firm’s regulatory, dispute resolution and mining law groups. Working in conjunction with an Australian law firm, the team advised Pacific Hydro on the implementation of an international banking consortium’s $500m global funding for a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Chile and Australia. Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman and of counsel María Paz Cerda are the recommended advisers; Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos acts on an ongoing basis for private equity fund Southern Cross Group, which as part of its portfolio undertakes greenfield thermal power plant development in Chile. The practice is increasingly active advising both foreign and local companies on developing greenfield renewable energy projects, such as mini-hydro, solar and wind farms. Gonzalo Jiménez and Martín Astorga are experienced practitioners.

Cubillos Evans Abogados’ department heads are JosĂ© Miguel HernĂĄndez, Eugenio Evans, Arturo UrzĂșa and Aurelio de Diego. The practice group’s workload includes electricity transmission and energy generation projects. Other representative areas are project finance, bidding procedures, energy-related disputes and regulatory issues, and PPAs. Ongoing mandates include advising WPD Chile on its energy matters, particularly regarding electricity concessions and easement negotiations. Gonzalo Cubillos is also highly rated.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s energy practice covers M&A transactions, project finance, off-take agreements, onshore and offshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, and operation and maintenance agreements, as well as energy regulatory matters. Recent matters include advising EDF Energies Nouvelles and Parque Eólico Cabo Leones I on the financing for a wind farm. Carlos Alberto Reyes and Eduardo Escalona are the key advisers.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr advises on project finance, obtaining permits, administrative procedures, and power plant construction agreements. Other areas of note include water rights related to the development of projects and contentious energy matters. Recent mandates include advising Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén on the development of a hydroelectric project. Managing partner Sergio Orrego is highly regarded, and Sebastiån García and Javiera Vicuña are notable associates.

Baraona Fischer Spiess advises energy producers and distributors, engineering companies and lenders on M&A, project finance and structured finance deals; the team has been particularly active in clean energy matters. Federico RodrĂ­guez is experienced in energy-related regulatory and transactional matters.

Garrigues Chile’s Luis Felipe Merino has extensive experience in advising energy companies on corporate issues and the development of high-profile, high-value projects; and Pedro García, who ‘consistently displays a solid grasp of strategic dimensions’, is experienced in the financing of energy projects. The team recently advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Natixis on a loan to Glenfarne Group subsidiary Prime Energía, for the expansion of a thermal power project. Senior associate Eduardo Diez is highly regarded.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. provides ongoing advice to Joule Chile on the constitution and development of water use rights for the development of hydroelectric projects in Chile. In the electricity sector, the practice advises on hydroelectric and thermo-electric plants, wind farms, and natural gas projects. Hugo Prieto and managing partner Juan Turner are the principal contacts.

Honorato Delaveau is experienced in advising on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of energy projects, including solar generation. The practice also handles energy-M&A, finance and regulatory matters. The key names are Gonzalo Delaveau and of counsel Rodrigo Delaveau.

The recently formed Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados is highly regarded for the establishment of water rights, obtaining Water Code-related permits, and acting before courts and governmental agencies. The team also assists with the creation of water user organisations and agreements for water use rights for hydroelectric power generation. Gabriel Del Favero and senior associate Hipólito Zañartu are experienced advisers.

Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann’s ‘provides a good, valuable service’. The firm’s energy law expertise includes projects, regulatory matters, corporate issues, and litigation. The practice is assisting Andes Power (on an ongoing basis) with the development of a hydroelectric plant in southern Chile. Bernardo Busel Niedmann is ‘attentive to clients’ needs and adapts to their requirements’; Daniela MartĂ­nez GutiĂ©rrez ‘knows the regulations well and identifies the key issues for clients’; and Jorge Quintanilla HernĂĄndez is also an experienced practitioner.

Rodriguez Rosende Abogados recently assisted DERCO with the negotiation and execution of a PPA with Enel DistribuciĂłn Chile. The team also acts in energy-related disputes. Eduardo RodrĂ­guez del RĂ­o, Hugo Rosende HernĂĄndez and Eduardo RodrĂ­guez Ugarte are the names to note.

Vergara y Cia fields energy law practitioners whose expertise includes solar plant development and transactional energy matters. The firm is also noted for water law issues and regulatory matters. The principal advisers are Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Daniela Rivera Bravo and Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero.


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With ‘great technical quality and sense of clients’ business needs’, Baker McKenzie Chile has longstanding experience in advising mining companies on their transactional, regulatory and operational needs. Representative work includes assisting with greenfield mining projects; and the firm’s regional practice stands out for its Latin America coverage. Highlights included advising on an agreement to acquire a precious metals asset portfolio (made up of royalties, streams and precious metal off-takes); assessing mining-environmental issues in relation to an environmental preservation project; and assisting with legal mining easements. Antonio OrtĂșzar Jr is recommended for the development of major mining projects; and Mirco Hilgers advises on the formation, maintenance and development of foreign mining companies’ Chilean subsidiaries. Associate Francisco Nualart has mining projects experience, including contracts for the acquisition, sale and exploitation of mining assets.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s mining team can draw on the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution groups regarding its clients’ projects in Chile and Latin America. In recent matters the team acted for Barrick Gold Corporation (as part of a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp), regarding the operation of a gold and copper deposit project in northern Chile; advised Nutrex, a US-based mining exploration company on its acquisition of mining concessions and project assets; and assisted Laguna Gold with the acquisition of Chile’s El Toqui underground mine. Other active practice clients include Exeter Resource Corporation, Allied Salt, Rio Explorations, Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile, and Codelco. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly rated; senor associate Felipe Allende is ‘one to watch’.

Carey advises foreign and local mining companies, sponsors and lenders on significant mining projects. The practice group’s scope ranges across metallic and non-metallic mining sectors, and handles mining, water, and land use rights, as well as environmental, community and technical and regulatory issues. It recently advised Codelco on the development of its Radomiro Tomic copper project in northern Chile; and advised Kinross on the constitution of a group of mining concessions. Other highlights include advising Teck Quebrada Blanca on the expansion of its hypogene project; the assistance included mining legal easements litigation against the State to obtain the right to use surface land for additional project expansion and new facilities. Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil are ‘truly fantastic’; and Francisco Corona is a key counsel.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is particularly noted for the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects, as well as worksite closures and associated matters. It is also recommended for the acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets (including copper, gold, silver, nitrates, iron ore, coal and salt), and mining-related litigation. The team acted for Goldcorp in the acquisition of a 50% stake in Compañia Minera Casale from Barrick Gold and Kinross; was legal counsel to Compañía Minera Milpo in the negotiation, drafting and execution of the sale of its Chilean subsidiary Minera Rayrock to Minera Cielo Azul; and advised Hudbay Minerals on the negotiation, structuring and drafting of a mining-option purchase agreement between Hudbay Chile and D&G. Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Gonzalo Grez are the principal contacts.

Renowned boutique NĂșñez Muñoz Abogados has a strong name in the market for its assistance with mining law. Representative work includes mining-related M&A transactions and financings, as well as projects and regulatory matters. The team also assists with mining concessions and easements, and the environmental law side to mining projects. Patricia Nuñez is a ‘leading name’, and Rodrigo Muñoz and AndrĂ©s Verdugo are also experienced practitioners.

Highly rated for mining-related contracts, finance and disputes, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s Juan Paulo Bambach heads the firm’s mining and natural resources group; he led advice to Minería Alxar during the due diligence for the acquisition of mining company Cerro Colorado via a tender process. The team also acted for Barrick Gold on a mining option agreement; and assisted Monarca Chile with two mining projects. Senior counsel Juan Irarrázabal and senior associates María Paz Pulgar and Cristina Olavarría are the other key advisers.

CMS Carey & Allende fields lawyers who advise on mining sector contracts and projects and who have experience in mining concessions, easements and related contentious proceedings. The team advised Compañía Minera Sierra Norte on the acquisition of the Diego de Almagro gold-copper project and assisted Solarpack Chile with several solar energy projects, which included advising on the constitution of mining concessions that aim to protect the project’s subsoil. The recommended advisers are Jorge Allende Z and senior associate Aldo Poblete.

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmån & Tapia is well known in the market for mining sector-related transactional work, as well as associated litigation (including bankruptcy issues), arbitration, and regulatory issues. Representative work includes mining development projects, mining concessions and agreements. Jerónimo Carcelén is the highly rated name partner.

Claro & Cia.’s practice includes advising on acquisitions, sales and the financing of mining-asset development; licensing, permits and rights of way; assisting with governmental relations and minimising environmental liabilities. The team advised Chile’s third largest copper-producer, Anglo American Sur, on filings made before the Geology and Mining National Service to move tailings from one dam to another. Nicolás Eyzaguirre is highly rated.

Guerrero Olivos regularly assists with the development and operation of significant mining projects in Chile, as well as complex transactions and corporate restructuring. The practice recently advised Santiago Metals on the implementation of a copper project – the assistance including due diligence, and option purchase and exploration agreements, along with environmental authorisations, mining easements, and water rights. Pedro Lyon, recently promoted partner Marco Zavala and senior associate BenjamĂ­n PĂ©rez are the names to note.

Established via an August 2018 merger, Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados is highly regarded for its advice on the development, financing, construction and commercial operations of projects, as well as on mineral exploration, concessions and constituting mining easements. The team also assists with the protection of mining concessions, both before the courts and governmental agencies, as well as legal assistance in mining litigation before the civil courts. Ramón Jara, Gabriel Del Favero and Felipe Ovalle are all highly rated; senior associate Hipólito Zañartu provides key support. Clients include Antofagasta Minerals and Minera Centinela.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr is noted for its assistance to significant mining companies with foreign investments, as well as financings and construction-related matters. The team acted for Next Minerals on several matters regarding its interest in a mining purchase option agreement; and advised BHP on the review of BHP Chile’s standard confidentiality agreement for exploration matters. Managing partner Sergio Orrego is highly regarded.

CorreaGubbins’ mining practice includes representing clients before government agencies and courts, negotiating and drafting joint ventures agreements, and advising on mining project finance. It also assists with mining-related liabilities, filing mining concessions, obtaining surface rights for the exploration and exploitation of mining projects; and mining closure regulations. The key practitioners are Martín Gubbins and senior associate Marcelo Mardones.

DLA Piper BAZ|NLD’ department head JosĂ© Pablo Dulantois experienced in advising on copper and gold projects, as well as iodine, lithium and nitrate mining. The team advised Cominor on the amendment of an exploration and development agreement regarding gold and silver mines. Other notable clients include Cosayach, SCM Atacama Kozan and SIMCO.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s Hugo Prieto leads the firm’s mining practice, which advises on mining-title reviews, mining concession due diligence, option and royalty agreements, and financing. Other areas of strength include project development, land use and easements; environmental, permitting and regulatory matters; transactional matters, mining-related construction and dispute resolution issues. The team recently advised Tecnomin on the constitution of cobalt-related mining concessions.

Honorato Delaveau regularly advises clients on mining projects, including the granting of mining concessions, rights of way and water rights; administrative, regulatory and environmental permits; and engineering and procurement contracts. The team advised Turnbrook Mining on the negotiation of an investment and shareholder agreement with mining-sector focused Resources Capital Fund. Gonzalo Delaveau and Rodrigo Delaveau are the recommended practitioners.

Larrain y Asociados ‘provides very strategic, commercial advice’. The team assists with the survey, exploration, development, operation and construction of mining projects, as well as the acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets, and project financings. It acted for Sociedad Punta del Cobre on the development of a ‘fine copper’ mining project, which included assisting with the financing and construction of the plant, the constitution of mining easements, and relations with local communities. Jorge Granic and CristĂłbal MorandĂ© are noteworthy advisers.

Prieto recently advised Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte on several matters, including mining property issues, potential conflicts, and easements. Other active clients include Engie Energía Chile, VivoCorp, Americas Energy Fund II, and Prospecta. Juan Tagle, Alberto Gonzålez E are highly rated; and Camila Kutz is a key associate.

Vergara y Cia’s practice is highly rated for its legal assistance with mining easements and concessions. Other areas of strength include mining-related public law issues, water law issues in relation to mining projects, and contracts. The names to note are Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero and Daniela Rivera Bravo.


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