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Carey’s recent highlights saw the team advise Total SunPower, as sponsor and parent company of Total SunPower El Pelícano, on the development and financing of the construction, commission, operation and maintenance of a 100MW photovoltaic (PV) plant and its related transmission lines and civil engineering works. Other matters included the team’s assistance to Asociación Chilena de Seguridad with the preparation of contracts and tender documents for the construction of a new workers’ hospital in Chile; while in lender-side work, it acted for Banco Security and Banco Consorcio in the financing of the development, construction and commissioning of two distributed-generation PV facilities. The department is headed by Rafael Vergara, Oscar Aitken and Juan Francisco Mackenna, alongside Alberto Cardemil, Felipe Moro, José Miguel Bustamante and Juan Pablo Stitchkin. Juan Guillermo Levine retired from the practice.

Claro & Cia. has extensive experience in the corporate organisation and financing of projects, including environmental and tax matters, in relation to toll roads, airports, `maritime ports, mines, oil and gas refineries, gas pipelines and telecoms; the team also assists with infrastructure-related public concessions. The practice advised InterEnergy Holdings on the acquisition of the interests of Proyecto Raki and Proyecto Huajache, two companies which own a wind farm. Rodrigo Ochagavía, Jorge Martín, Matías de Marchena, Luisa Núñez and José Luis Ambrosy are the recommended advisers.

Morales & Besa’s ‘lawyers work fast, know their projects and and give good advice’. The firm is highly rated for its infrastructure credentials; it regularly advises on major transactions for significant local and international developers and banks, and its scope of practice covers bidding processes, developments, project structuring, financings, and M&A deals. Highlights included advising the lenders on the financing to Santiago Solar for the construction of a 115MW PV power plant; the team also provides ongoing assistance to Solairedirect with the structuring and development of PV projects in Chile, including rights over land, concessions, permits, mining rights and project agreements. Carlos Silva, Myriam Barahona, José Miguel Carvajal and Macarena Laso are highly rated. Other key contacts include Eugenio Besa and Matías Langevin.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is recommended for the acquisition and sale and financing of energy projects. The team has particular expertise in the electric generation and transmission sector; and is also active in public tenders. It was counsel to Ardian France in the takeover of Ataca Solar Holdco, the owner of three PV power plants. Carlos Alberto Reyes is highly rated for high-profile energy and natural resources transactions and developments.

Barros & Errázuriz has extensive experience in advising local and multinational clients on infrastructure projects, project finance and cross-border projects; and it regularly assists with complex tendering processes and public and private works concessions. Acting as Chilean counsel, the team recently advised the senior lenders in a long-term project financing related to an electric transmission line. Gonzalo Molina, Nicolás Balmaceda and Francisco De la Barra and Fernando Garrido are highly rated.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for its advice on infrastructure projects in relation to planning, development, construction, M&A and financing. The practice regularly acts for a private equity funds on power plant projects; and is well known for its advice to mining companies and industrial clients. The team recently acted for Chilean banks Itaú Corpbanca and Banco Security in the financing of a PV power project. José Luis Letelier, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and provides excellent advice’, and Juan Pablo Matus, together with Cristián Herrera, Gonzalo Grez, Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda are recommended.

Prieto is well reputed for its experience in energy and infrastructure projects. The team regularly represents private and public sector clients in tender processes, construction issues and project development; and it fields lawyers with robust regulatory and litigation experience. It acted for Engie Energía Chile in the drafting and negotiation of a hydrated lime supply agreement. The key names are Juan Tagle, Claudio Undurraga and Fernando Bravo.

Traditionally strong in the mining sector, Baker McKenzie Chile’s projects practice is led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr and Jaime Munro, along with Mirco Hilgers and Diego Ferrada. The team is also well regarded for renewable energy, infrastructure and road projects, and its assistance includes matters such as due diligence, contract review, environmental compliance and financing. It acted for Rockwood Litio in a project to increase a plant’s lithium carbonate production capacity.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for the planning, development, construction and operation of projects in Chile, such as mining, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. It also assists with project-related disputes. Recent matters saw the team advise Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a large stake in Minera Zaldivar, one of the largest open pit copper mines in Chile, from Barrick Gold; the team also provides general counsel to Pacific Hydro, a global owner, operator and developer of wind and renewable hydro-energy assets. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are recommended.

CMS Carey & Allende’s projects team is complemented by the firm’s robust corporate, regulatory, construction and administrative law practices, and it is particularly noted for energy-related projects. The team advised Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios on the construction of a transmission line which will connect two energy systems; the team also acted for Socer on the development of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant project. Other clients include Ormat Technologies, Samsung Engineering, Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia and Enagas. Jorge Allende Z, Luis Felipe Arze and Pabla Gaínza are highly regarded practitioners.

Boutique law firm Fleischmann & León Abogados was founded in 2016 following the dissolution of Reymond & Fleischmann. The team is experienced in projects involving airport infrastructure, energy, roads, prisons and telecoms, as well as project-related litigation, arbitration and mediation. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick, who ‘has great technical and legal knowledge’, is recommended for infrastructure and construction projects in both the public and private sectors; and Juan Ignacio León Lira ‘always gives accurate advice’.

Guerrero Olivos regularly acts for Chilean and international project developers in energy, mining and real estate projects. The recommended advisers are natural resources and infrastructure specialist Clemente Pérez, mining expert Pedro Lyon and project finance specialist Sebastián Yunge, along with real estate and environmental law expert Martín Santa María and energy projects specialist Sebastián Abogabir.

Larrain y Asociados is experienced in advising national and international companies on public infrastructure and toll road project bids; tender processes for electric transmission facilities; lender-side financings; and project-related disputes. In energy work, the team is recommended for the development, financing, construction and operation of hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects, wind farms, PV plants and transmission facilities, liquefied natural gas terminals, and gas pipeline projects. The team advised Anpac Energía on the development of several wind farm projects and mini-hydro power plants, including regulatory matters. Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic are recommended.

Molina Ríos Abogados is recommended for its experience in construction law and engineering and infrastructure projects. Victor Ríos is well known for his expertise in international contracts, tenders and arbitration work, particularly regarding large engineering and construction projects for hospitals, power stations, mining, gas pipelines, highways and airports; and Carlos Molina is also highly rated.

Reymond & Cía opened its doors following the dissolution of Reymond & Fleischmann in 2016. The practice, which includes public law specialists, is noted for projects-related dispute resolution in relation to infrastructure, public works and mining concessions; it also has a noteworthy domestic and international arbitration capability. Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez are highly regarded.

Boutique law firm Ríos Tagle Alessandri Romero & Benítez advises on infrastructure, mining, energy and real estate projects in Chile. In construction and engineering matters, the team is experienced in tenders and bids, contract negotiations, claim management, and litigation and arbitration. On the energy side, the practice assists with generation and transmission matters, as well as petroleum, gas plant and transport projects. Enrique Benítez Urrutia, Sebastián Alessandri Balbontín and Mario Romero Castro, who is ‘hardworking, meticulous and affable’, are recommended.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr recently advised Enel Generación Chile on water supply-related administrative law issues, regarding a combined cycle thermoelectric power plant; it also acted for MBI and Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar on the development of a new shopping centre, including the construction agreement. Sergio Orrego is the key practitioner.

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