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  1. Energy and natural resources: electricity
  2. Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
  3. Leading lawyers
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Leading lawyers

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    • Jorge Allende Z - CMS Carey & Allende
    • José Miguel Bustamante - Carey
    • Gonzalo Cubillos - Cubillos Evans Abogados
    • Nicolás Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.
    • Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados
    • Juan Francisco Mackenna - Carey
    • Rodrigo Ochagavía - Claro & Cia.
    • Claudio Undurraga - Prieto

Next generation lawyers

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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.

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