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Carey’s public law practice covers administrative and constitutional litigation, constitutional rights, public procurement and regulatory compliance. Recently, the team successfully defended pension fund manager ProVida in a high-profile case in which the Chilean Pensions Supervisor sought the invalidation of administrative law resolutions authorising ProVida’s merger with its parent company, MetLife. Department head Lorena Pavicbrings great experience to the group’; and Fernando García is also highly rated.

Fermandois & Compañía’s ‘accurate and reliable team’ has longstanding experience in public law litigation; it is also recommended for public law-related advisory work. The team defended Cencosud’s construction permit to build a mall and a 55-story office tower in Santiago; and acted for the Association of Banks and Financial Institutions of Chile (ABIF) before the Constitutional Court in a case –involving unconstitutionality arguments– against the Labour Reform Bill. Arturo Fermandois, Luis Hevia and Domingo Poblete are recommended.

FerradaNehme’s ‘service always meets the targets set by clients’. The practice combines its constitutional and administrative law experience with its expertise in economics and public policy analyses, particularly in regulatory matters. The public law and government practice advised the Chilean Ministry of the Treasury on a new public infrastructure fund. Luis Cordero, Josefina Court and name partner Nicole Nehme are highly rated.

Barros & Errázuriz’s practice advises on public procurement, administrative contracts, administrative sanctioning procedures and contentious administrative proceedings; marine concessions; and government liability issues. In recent mandates it advised for Laboratorios Andrómaco in a matter involving the application of fines by the Health Authority. José Tomás Errázuriz is department head and David Cademártori is ‘highly intelligent’.

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana advises on the administrative law aspects of urban law, water rights, electricity law, customs matters and health law. Recent highlights saw the team act as counsel to Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria, a subsidiary of Canada’s Lundin Mining, on an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence; the matter involved possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jaraexcels in public law’.

Guerrero Olivos’ team regularly acts for clients before the constitutional court and it has particular expertise in sectors such as pharmaceutical, financial services, utilities and transportation, as well as ports, construction and mining. Representative experience includes assisting corporate entities with government-related public law issues. Clemente Pérez and Eduardo Cordero are recommended.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uríaprovides practical analyses of technical and complex problems’. The team defended the Municipality of Las Condes in a case which involved the installation of video surveillance balloons and constitutional guarantee issues. José Luis Lara is a highly regarded public procurement and administrative law expert; and Guillermo Zavala is also a key counsel.

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada focuses on the defence of local and foreign companies against sanctioning procedures, initiated by the administrative authorities in relation to environmental legislation, health services, and waterworks and tax matters. The team acts for clients such as Aguas Andinas, Agrosuper, Philips Chilena and Fruticola Tantehue. Mauricio Viñuela is the key contact.

BAZ|DLA Piper regularly acts on public bids, contentious administrative matters and Public Procurement Court (PPC) cases. The team acted for Distribuidora de Alimentos in a case before the PPC, which concerned a governmental institution’s bidding procedure for the provision of food for public schools. Felipe Bahamondez is highly rated and senior associate Paulina Farías’ ‘experience is impressive’.

Movement in Baker McKenzie Chile’s team saw Rodrigo Benitez join Jara Del Favero Abogados, while Ignacio Naudon was promoted to local partner. The practice acted for Sierra Gorda (SG) in two administrative proceedings related to the modification of SG’s mining-project closure plan.

CMS Carey & Allende is especially visible in the telecoms, consumer products and energy sectors, as well as the travel, leisure and retail industries; and the practice regularly acts in administrative law appeals before state agencies. The team acted for Estée Lauder in acquiring the necessary permits for the installation of its distribution centre. Pabla Gaínza is an expert in public bids and Aldo Poblete is a key senior associate.

Boutique law firm Fleischmann & León Abogados was founded in 2016 following the dissolution of Reymond & Fleischmann. The practice is recommended for its experience in public work contracts and administrative law-related claims, and it has specific sector expertise in prisons, hospitals, airports, highways and public roads. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick and Juan Ignacio León Lira are recommended.

Top-notch law firmPrieto is particularly focused on public law issues in the energy sector, as well as the water industry and project development. The practice advised Portuaria Lirquen on public law issues involving its maritime concessions, including registration matters. Fernando Samaniego is ‘a reliable and skilled lawyer’ and senior associate Carolina Helfmann is also recommended.

Reymond & Cía was established following the 2016 dissolution of Reymond & Fleischmann. The practice regularly advises companies on public law litigation in relation to infrastructure projects and public-works concessions. Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez are highly regarded.

Vergara y Cia is a boutique law practice that is highly regarded for its public law experience, including regulatory assistance, in the water, mining and energy and natural resources industries. It acted for Universidad de Concepción in administrative proceedings concerning the investment of educational project funds that were provided by the Public Administration. Alejandro Vergara Blanco, Daniela Rivera Bravo and Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero are the key names.

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