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Carey has significant experience in industry sectors such as mining, shipyards, ports and airports, hospitals, and real estate, as well as in power and renewable energy – including wind, solar and hydro power. Recent highlight mandates include advising Asociación Chilena de Seguridad on the legal structuring of a major hospital expansion project; and assisting a major power transmission line company with the project finance for transmission lines and substation construction projects. Rafael Vergara, Oscar Aitken and Juan Francisco Mackenna are all highly active and well regarded, as are Alberto Cardemil, José Miguel Bustamante, and Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Felipe Moro is singled-out as ‘a very good lawyer who has great understanding of his clients’ needs’;

Claro & Cia. has very highly-rated project finance and project development practices, which advise on the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy-related and infrastructure projects. Rodrigo Ochagavía and Ariel Mihovilovic acted for The AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), in the development, construction and refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; the mandate included the negotiation of both the operational and construction agreements. Other key advisers include Luisa Núñez, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, Jorge Martín and José Luis Ambrosy; senior associates to note include Gerardo Otero and Andrea Sougarret.

Morales & Besaprovides very quick response times and excellent value for money and industry knowledge’. The team advises significant developers, banks and other financial institutions in the infrastructure and energy sectors, handling the structuring and managing of public work concession contracts, the obtaining of authorisations and permits, along with bidding processes and financing transactions. Recent mandates saw Carlos Silva lead advice to Italy’s Astaldi on the public bidding process for a PPP dam in Chile’s Valparaíso region. Myriam Barahona, who ‘has a lot of experience and always resolves problems’, is highlighted; other key practitioners include José Miguel Carvajal - Macarena Laso, Eugenio Besa and Matías Langevin. The partners can also call on a genuinely strong senior associate bench where Sebastián Leyton, Ignacio Delpino, Ignacio Menchaca G, Javier Balbontín H and James Channing E are all noteworthy.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s ‘level of work is excellent’. The practice is particularly experienced in renewable energy and mining sector projects, as well as transportation, public utilities and social infrastructure, and real estate developments. Headline mandates saw Andrés Sanfuentes lead advice to consortium-member Transdev Group regarding its participation in a public works bidding process to gain the construction concession for the proposed Teléferico Bicentenario cableway in Santiago. Other work included Juan Paulo Bambach’s advice to Lithium Power International on the due diligence surrounding a lithium project and subsequent joint venture. Carlos Alberto Reyes and Marcelo Armas are highly rated; and senior associates Daniel Barros, Marcela Silva, who is ‘an excellent lawyer’, Guillermo Vial and Mario Fava, are also experienced advisers.

Barros & Errázuriz is ‘very pro-business and flexible in finding alternatives to meet clients’ demands’. The firm is well known for its ongoing involvement in major infrastructure projects the length of Chile, including energy and renewable energy, transmission lines, toll roads, and telecoms and transport infrastructure. The team acted for Abertis Group, which controls the operators of the Autopista del Sol, Autopista Los Libertadores, Rutas del Pacífico, Autopista Central, and Autopistas Los Andes highways, in corporate, contractual and project financing matters. Department head and ‘skilled negotiator’ Nicolás Balmaceda ‘has a good understanding of construction and commercial markets, including Chilean and international business practices’; while Francisco De la Barra is ‘fully committed to clients and focuses on the key issues to achieve closing in time’. Other highly regarded advisers include power specialist Fernando Garrido, along with senior associates María Olga Rivera, Cristóbal Pellegrini and Enrique Barros. Former managing partner Gonzalo Molina left the firm in June 2018 to pursue business opportunities outside the legal sector.

Regularly acting for mining companies, industrial clients and private equity funds, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is highly regarded for infrastructure matters, including power plants and transportation projects; the scope of the team’s advice includes development and construction issues, M&A, financing and planning matters. A strong bench at the partner level includes José Luis Letelier, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Juan Pablo Matus, together with Cristián Herrera, Gonzalo Grez, Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda.

Fleischmann & León Abogados is well known for its construction and infrastructure development expertise and its lawyers have ‘good technical knowledge’. The team’s experience includes projects involving airports, energy, prisons, roads, and telecoms infrastructure as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation. Recent mandates include advising Sacyr Chile on construction works for the Coquimbo municipality town hall building. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick ‘looks for simple solutions to complex issues’; and Juan Ignacio León Lira ‘always gives accurate advice’.

The practice at Larrain y Asociados ranges across public infrastructure and toll road bids; tender processes for electric transmission facilities; and the financing of such projects through bank loans or the issuance and placement of debt instruments in the local and international markets. Other areas of strength include hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects, wind farms, solar plants, LNG terminals and gas pipeline projects. Arturo Bulnes, Jorge Granic and of counsel Ricardo Peña are the key contacts.

Advising both private and public-sector clients on tenders, construction issues and project development, Prieto is particularly experienced in energy and infrastructure projects, including power projects, renewable and non-renewable energy, and gas, water and sewerage matters. The team advised Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte (and its sponsors), on the negotiation of the financing for the construction, development and operation of a trunk electricity transmission line. The principal practice contacts are Juan Tagle, Claudio Undurraga and Fernando Bravo. José Andrés Pascual, Jaime Ríos, Juan Tagle and Patricio Prieto L are also highly rated, along with Cristóbal Villarino, Gerardo Cruzat and José Andrés Pascual. Camila Kutz is a key senior associate.

Baker McKenzie Chile specialises in international energy, mining and infrastructure projects, including renewable energy and road projects. Antonio Ortúzar Jr regularly advises mining clients on greenfield and brownfield projects, including assisting with acquisitions and financing, as well as handling exploitation, operation and closing issues. Jaime Munro, Mirco Hilgers and Diego Ferrada are also experienced practitioners.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s projects experience includes major mining projects, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. The practice advised Barrick Gold Corporation on a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp for the operation of a gold and copper deposit project. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez and Rony Zimerman are highly regarded; Jorge Lembeye left to found Lembeye & Cía.

CMS Carey & Allende’s ‘team is always very confident in its advice’. Jorge Allende Z has strong expertise advising on the construction and operation of power generation plants and associated transmission lines. Other key practitioners include Luis Felipe Arze, Pabla Gaínza and Fernando De Cárcer. The team advised EDEMSA- Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios on the construction of a new transmission line.

DLA Piper BAZ|NLD is particularly recommended for power plant and energy projects. Felipe Bahamondez is an energy, natural gas and LNG project specialist, and counsel Mauricio Halpern is noted for the corporate law and project financing aspects of energy and infrastructure development projects. At senior associate level, Diego Peña and Paulina Farías are both highly regarded.

Guerrero Olivos’ infrastructure project experience includes highways, airports, power plants, industrial plants, re-gasification terminals, and water desalination plants; with the team handling the financing, acquisition, development and operational aspects of projects. Clemente Pérez, Pedro Lyon, Sebastián Yunge, Martín Santa María and Sebastián Abogabir are the names to note.

Honorato Delaveau’s areas of particular strength include project finance work for banks, mining and electricity projects, and other infrastructure-related development matters. Gonzalo Delaveau advised Chile’s Banco de Crédito e Inversiones on the project financing for the construction and operation of a PV solar generation plant. His fellow name partner José Luis Honorato is also a key adviser.

Molina Ríos Abogados has a strong name in the market for construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Victor Ríos is highly rated for large engineering and construction projects involving power stations, mines, gas pipelines, highways, airports and hospitals; and Carlos Molina is noted for his advice on construction and public works concessions.

The practice group at Reymond & Cía handles all aspects of infrastructure projects, construction and public work concessions, as well as project-related arbitration, litigation and mediation. Typical market segments include penitentiaries, energy, airport, highways, desalination plants and mining. Alfonso Reymond Larraín, Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez and Camilo Silva Correa are highly rated.

Ríos Tagle Alessandri & Romero is experienced in infrastructure, mining, energy and real estate projects in Chile, including the development of generation and transmission infrastructure along with petroleum and gas plants and transportation projects. The team’s work regularly involves tenders and bids, contract negotiations, litigation and arbitration, and claim management. Sebastián Alessandri Balbontín is noted for his experience of power plant and electricity-substation construction projects; Mario Romero Castro is also a key contact. Former name partner Enrique Benítez Urrutia joined Larraín Rencoret Urzúa.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s recent experience includes advising Desarrollos Inmobiliarios y Constructora Valle Grande on a large real estate development in Santiago – involving 20,000 houses, a lagoon and schools, among other features. Sergio Orrego is the main adviser; and Sebastián García, Javiera Vicuña and Peter Faille are the key associates in a strong second tier.

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