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Carey’s public law group is experienced in administrative and constitutional litigation as well as advising on constitutional rights, public procurement issues, regulatory compliance, and legislative and regulatory enactment. The team frequently acts before the Public Procurement Court, the Constitutional Court, the Transparency Council and the General Comptroller of the Republic (GCR); indeed recent work included assistance to Red Salud UC Christus with the preparation and filing of objections (and associated hearings before the GCR) against administrative acts issued by the Superintendence of Health. The ‘very capableLorena Pavic is department head; Ignacio Gillmore is also highly rated.

Focused on administrative and constitutional law, Fermandois & Cía has a strong name in the market for both public law disputes and advisory work. The client list is varied but draws particularly on sectors such as mining, real estate and construction, along with banking and finance. The names to note are Arturo Fermandois, Luis Hevia and Domingo Poblete.

FerradaNehme is ‘well connected to emerging trends and legislation’ and is highly rated for combining its constitutional and administrative law expertise with the firm’s experience in economics and public policy analysis, particularly regarding regulatory matters. Highlights include representing the National Copper Corporation of Chile in a leading public law case, which involved an audit carried out by the Chilean General Comptroller Office of the Republic that challenged the payment of retirement benefits to a former director. Luis Cordero, the recently promoted Josefina Court and founding partner Nicole Nehme are all active and well regarded in the sector; Pilar Soffia was promoted to director.

Barros & Errázuriz’s constitutional, administrative law and economic regulation practice covers public procurement issues, administrative contracts, and administrative sanctioning procedures – particularly regarding the natural gas, telecoms, electricity, water, sewerage, health and education sectors. Other areas of strength include contentious administrative proceedings and administrative tariff procedures. Key clients include Colbún, Esval, Aguas del Valle, Aramark and Nuevo Sur. José Tomás Errázuriz and David Cademártori are the key names.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s public law group incorporates the firm’s administrative law, environmental and regulated markets’ practices. Areas of note include the public law aspects of water rights, electricity law, customs law, health law and urban development law, as well as public law litigation and the public law issues surrounding major projects. The team acted for Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria in an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence regarding possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields lawyers who are experienced in public procurement, urban planning, regulatory issues and complex public law litigation, among other matters. José Luis Lara led the defence of Canal 13 against a petition contesting a public bid convened by the Municipality of Olumé, regarding a licence for the television broadcasting and artistic production of a folk music festival. Other notable clients include Inmobiliaria Casa de Italia, Cerro Bayo Mining Company, Universidad Central de Chile and Banco Santander Chile. Guillermo Zavala is the key counsel.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía regularly assists clients with the sanctioning procedures originated by Chile’s administrative authorities, particularly regarding electric transmissions issues, social security benefits, environmental legislation and health services. Firm co-founder Mauricio Viñuela heads the public law department. Clients include Associated Universities, Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, Universidad del Desarrollo and Plásticos Petroflex.

Baker McKenzie Chile has broad experience in both constitutional litigation and in advising on public law issues involving regulated markets. The team assisted pensions fund administrator Planvital with the filing of an action for fundamental rights protection, regarding a public tender for new customers’ portfolios. Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés heads the firm’s dispute resolution, public law and antitrust practice; he is ‘a very charismatic leader, who is not only a skilful litigant, but also has great analytical skills’. Ignacio Naudon is also an experienced adviser in this sector.

CMS Carey & Allende is particularly active in the telecoms, consumer product and energy sectors as well as the travel, leisure and retail industries. Representative work includes advising on public bidding procedures and infrastructure tenders, such as those for hospitals and prisons. Pabla Gaínza and senior associate Aldo Poblete are the names to note.

DLA Piper BAZ|NLD’s recent experience includes advising Distribuidora de Alimentos on a judicial action filed before Tribunal de Contratación Pública, which objected to the result of a bid involving the provision of food for public schools. Felipe Bahamondez and senior associate Paulina Farías are the key contacts.

Boutique law firm Fleischmann & León Abogados is highly rated for its experience in infrastructure and construction projects, including advising on concessions, public work contracts, negotiations and administrative law-related claims. Key clients for the ‘reliable team’ include Constructora Ageovial, Brotec Construcción and Sacyr. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick and Juan Ignacio León Lira are ‘both committed to the cause’.

Guerrero Olivos is particularly noted for its representation of clients before Chile’s constitutional court. The team is also known for its sector expertise in construction, mining, pharmaceutical and financial services, along with utilities, transportation and ports. Clemente Pérez and Eduardo Cordero are well regarded.

Prieto is recommended for its assistance with the public law aspects of energy sector matters. The team acted for Engie Energía in illegality claims that were filed against the Tocopilla Municipality, one of which involved private entities paying for public duties. Fernando Samaniegohas great experience and a very strategic vision’; Benjamín Grebe is widely praised; and senior associate Carolina Helfmann, who was recently appointed director of the firm’s regulatory and public law practice group, is ‘highly competent’.

Reymond & Cía is experienced in the public law issues surrounding infrastructure and construction projects, public works and mining concessions, including contentious matters and international public law. Alfonso Reymond Larraín, Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez and Camilo Silva Correa are highly rated.

Boutique law firm Vergara y Cia is well known in the market for its experience in public law. The scope of its practice ranges from regulatory advice to contentious public law; and the firm fields lawyers with specific sector expertise in mining, water and energy and natural resources. The names to note are Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Daniela Rivera Bravo and Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero.

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