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Carey fields two partners and five associates exclusively devoted to environmental and regulatory matters. The practice advised Kinross, CMM and Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro on the closing phase of two mines in relation to environmental approvals already granted; it also assisted Pattern Energy with a legal feasibility analysis of several renewable energy projects in northern Chile, including obtaining the environmental permits, concessions and easements for the construction and operation of power plants. Other renewable energy-related work included advising Conejo Solar on the environmental law aspects of the construction and operation of a photovoltaic (PV) power plant. Department heads Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil, as well as Juan Francisco Mackenna, are recommended.

FerradaNehme focuses particularly on project development and permitting, including the application and administration of critical permits and the development of compliance programmes for clients’ environmental obligations. The team defended its client’s environmental permit before the Supreme Court in a case that involved highly topical indigenous community consultation issues. Patricio Leyton is highly rated.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a broad practice that covers domestic environmental procedures and the environmental aspects of transactions and projects, often at international levels; the practice is also recommended for the contentious side of environmental law (including public law issues). Significant clients include Andes Iron and Compañía Minera Nevada. Juan José Eyzaguirre is recommended.

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados’ typical environmental practice instructions involve the energy and mining sectors and include strategic advice during project development; assessment, compliance (an area that was recently especially busy) and enforcement procedures; and environmental litigation, including criminal environmental matters. Javier Vergara and dispute resolution expert Mario Galindo are recommended. Eduardo Correa and José Luis Fuenzalida (also known for energy and natural resources matters) are highly rated for project development work. Cecilia Urbina is ‘brilliant for compliance advice’ and Pablo Ortíz is a key litigator. Winston Alburquenque is energy and natural resources department head.

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán, Schaeffer & Tapia has ‘an impressive name in the market for accurate advice that clients can rely upon’, and the firm is particularly noted for its legal assistance on energy and mining sector-related environmental law issues. The team also has considerable experience in water law rights and fields lawyers with solid contentious credentials. Rodrigo Guzmán is recommended.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has built up particular experience advising on the environmental law aspects of the development of power plants; it also regularly assists with public law issues. The practice advised Compañía Minera Paguanta (Herencia Resources) on a mining project for the extraction of silver, zinc, lead and gold; the firm’s recent mandates include indigenous community issues heard before the Environmental Court. Gonzalo Jiménez and environmental and regulatory law specialist Martín Astorga are key contacts.

CorreaGubbins has a core team of environmental law specialists who advise on environmental assessments, health and safety matters, water issues and noise pollution. Contentious highlights include defending Porkland Chile against odour-emission claims before the Environmental Court. Martín Gubbins is recommended.

Cubillos Evans Abogados’ practice is highly regarded for its strategic advice during environmental assessments, obtaining environmental permits, environmental and community conflict resolution, and environmental compliance. It is also recommended for litigation before the Environmental Tribunal and administrative authorities, and stands out for its experience in forest law issues. Former Barros & Errázuriz partner Gonzalo Cubillos, Fernando Molina, water law expert José Miguel Hernández and Arturo Urzúa are all recommended.

Guerrero Olivos’ environmental law group covers transactional and regulatory issues during different stages of projects, such as during development and when permits are obtained. Cross-border highlights include advising Global Power Generation on the acquisition of part of a wind power project (the first acquisition made by the non-conventional renewable energy arm of Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa); the environmental law issues included complex, indigenous land and coastal issues. The team also provides Sustentable (one of the country’s most important environmental consultancy firms) with regular legal counselling, and recently assisted it with solar projects. Clemente Pérez, and Martín Santa María are recommended, and Sebastián Abogabir made partner.

Jara Del Favero Abogados saw growth in early 2016 when it welcomed senior associate Rodrigo Benítez back to its environment department from Baker McKenzie. The team advised Rockwood Lithium on the environmental impact assessment for an ecosystem permit; in mining-related matters it assisted Minera Antucoya to ensure its compliance with environmental law requirements. Gabriel Del Favero Valdés and Julio Lavín Valdés are recommended.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr regularly advises on environmental issues relating to waste management, environmental damage liability, indigenous matters, and electricity and maritime concessions; the team has also developed specific experience in emissions compensation. Recent mandates include advising Empresa Nacional de Electricidad during the handling of environmental permits for satellite re-gasification plants in relation to long-term liquefied natural gas and natural gas supply contracts. Ignacio Urrutia is team leader.

Araya & Cía. Abogados stands out for its work with Chile’s agricultural exporting companies and agricultural associations. Jorge García acts on significant socio-environmental conflicts in Chile, predominantly involving mining projects; and Sebastián Leiva mainly focuses on water rights and environmental litigation.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cía Abogados is recommended for its defence of entrepreneurial matters before the regulatory and environmental authorities, and stands out for its mining, energy and infrastructure sector expertise. Ricardo Irarrázabal S and Ignacio Arteaga are recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s team regularly acts on regulatory matters, environmental assessments and project management compliance. It recently acted in relation to the environmental aspects of infrastructure projects. Environmental practice head Rodrigo Benitez was head of the legal division of the Ministry of Environment between 2010 and 2014.

Barros & Errázuriz’s recent matters included advising Colbún during the environmental evaluation of an amendment to a hydroelectric project; it also acted for ISA on a power trunk transmission line project aimed at connecting Chile’s two electric grids. José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido are highly rated.

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s ‘highly efficient’ environmental law practice is part of the firm’s public law department. In transactional highlights, the team advised Antofagasta Minerals on the environmental assessment and permitting associated with its acquisition of a 50% interest in a copper mine. Guillermo de la Jara is the name to note.

Carey & Allende’s environment team is particularly visible in the real estate, chemicals, education, energy and mining sectors. It advised new client Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia on the environmental impact assessment of its hydroelectric power plant project. Senior associate Aldo Poblete leads the environment law practice and Pabla Gaínza is recommended for environmental evaluations for infrastructure, industrial, real estate and mining projects.

Claro & Cía.’s ‘excellent and reliable team’ represented repeat client Anglo American during the sale of its interest in Anglo American Norte, which operates two copper mines; the assistance included a preliminary environmental assessment of the facilities before the bidding process started and the client was also assisted with remediating the environmental breaches that were detected during due diligence. Nicolás Eyzaguirre is ‘a great lawyer’.

Morales & Besa regularly advises on the environmental regulations of investment projects in the mining, energy, sanitary and infrastructure sectors, including the requisite environmental legal due diligence. The team also assists with environmental impact assessments and statements, as well as environmental legal audits that verify compliance with the environmental, health and labour safety regulations of projects. The practice recently advised on the environmental issues surrounding a share purchase agreement for a winery. Carlos Silva is recommended.

Prieto y Cía.’s practice distinguishes itself through its defence against environmental law prosecutions; it also acts in relation to environmental permits and liability issues, and handles environmental compliance and regulatory requirements. The team acted for E.CL before the Environmental Superintendency in relation to an alleged breach of compliance with regulations governing the operation of thermoelectric plants. Alejandro Ruiz deserves mention.

Urrutia & Cía has a strong track record for advising on environmental permits and licensing procedures; environmental impact studies; air and natural resources regulations; waste and landfill facilities; and hazardous wastes. The firm also has a noteworthy environmental litigation practice. Senior partner José Antonio Urrutia is the key contact.

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