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Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for its ‘response times, the legal and practical effectiveness of its advice, and the solutions proposed’. The broad real estate team regularly works alongside the firm’s robust banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and regulatory groups. Its scope of practice includes real estate developments, including offices, hotels, social housing and telecoms infrastructure; and the team provides key regulatory expertise on city planning, water rights and indigenous law. It advised the World Bank on the negotiation of office leases; and acted for Almagro in the acquisition of land for prospective residential real estate projects. José Ignacio Ovalle is the recommended department head; Patricio Solórzano, who ‘serves clients effectively and commits to solving legal problems’, advises real estate companies on the structuring and development of housing, commercial and industrial real estate projects; and Oscar Ruiz-Tagle is an urban law expert.

Carey is highly rated for its experience in the development, financing, construction and sale of real estate projects; and the practice regularly assists with leases, the securitisation of portfolios and real estate asset management. The practice also has particular sector expertise in residential, commercial, hotels and casinos, as well as conservation parks, shopping centres, office buildings and educational centres. Its advice also includes the corporate, finance and tax structuring of projects and related real estate disputes. Transactional highlights saw the team advise Unicef on the acquisition of its new South American headquarters in Santiago, which included the legal due diligence of the property and negotiation of the acquisition documents. Department heads Oscar Aitken and Juan Pablo Stitchkin and counsel Eduardo Martin are highly rated.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for major real estate M&A transactions, such as the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings, and utilities’ real estate assets; the practice is also highly rated for significant real estate greenfield projects, such as industrial plants, shopping malls and data centres, and fields experts in construction-related negotiations and long leases. Ripley Corp (RC) is a regular client; the team advised RC’s subsidiaries in several real estate transactions, including lease agreements and a property purchase and sale agreement. The practice also assisted RC with its subsidiary’s acquisition of 16.5% of shopping malls-operator, Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar. Juan Pablo Matus is recommended.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is highly rated for its experience in real estate projects and property-related contracts, including construction agreements, financings and international real estate acquisitions; and the practice assists with tax structuring, environmental impact issues and partnership agreements for real estate investors. The group also has hospitality-sector expertise. Its client base includes significant international and domestic investment funds. Recent highlights saw the team advise Inmobiliaria Duero on a joint venture for the development of a residential building. José Tagle and Rafael Jiménez are the key contacts.

Baker McKenzie Chile’s experience includes due diligence work for buyers and construction agreements for developers. The team is also recommended for sell-side property work; liaising with municipalities on land usage and building permits; and financing and leasing agreements. It recently acted for Cencosud in the acquisition of several real estate properties. Senior counsel and practice head Andrés Wagner is recommended.

CMS Carey & Allende’s real estate, urban planning and infrastructure group is particularly focused on infrastructure development, urban development and related regulatory matters; the practice’s experience also includes administrative law litigation and compliance issues. The team is legal counsel to Rezepka Inmobiliaria, regarding office building, apartment and industrial warehouse centre projects; such assistance includes acting on purchases, financings, construction and sales, as well as urban and zoning legislation advice. Pabla Gaínza heads the real estate and zoning-and-sectorial regulation practices.

Guerrero Olivos represents investors, lenders and developers on real estate and hotel projects. The practice’s scope of work includes the purchase, development, and sale of buildings, real estate projects and hotels; other areas of strength include loans, sale and leaseback financings, debt capital markets issuances that are secured by real estate assets, and regulatory issues. It recently acted for Aguas Andinas’ subsidiary, Aguas Cordillera, in the complex sale of a residential site. Martín Santa María, Clemente Pérez and regulatory specialist José Gabriel Undurraga are the contacts.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr has longstanding experience in real estate projects, property finance, closing agreements, developments and real estate sales. The team advised Nueva Costanera Participaciones on the development of a real estate project comprising six buildings with a total of 78 luxury apartments; the firm’s legal assistance included the land purchase, construction agreement, the obtaining of governmental authorisations, and the sales process. Gonzalo Errázuriz is recommended.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly advises financial institutions, including insurance companies, on the creation, development and financing of major real estate projects. The client base also includes international investment funds, which have major real estate investments in Chile; and the team regularly works alongside the firm’s tax, banking and finance, natural resources and environmental lawyers on real estate projects. Active clients include Fondo de Inversión Asset Rentas Residenciales, Asset Chile, Inversiones Neorentas La Serena and Constructora Pacal. Alejandro Álvarez is highly rated.

CorreaGubbins has a well-regarded practice that advises on the design, development and legal execution of real estate projects, including housing, commercial, educational, entertainment and cultural facilities. The team also assists with the acquisition of rural land for the development of agricultural, forestry, industry, mining and energy projects, including planning and public law advice; it is particularly noted for its experience in port infrastructure matters. It acted for Fundación Adolfo Ibáñez-Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in the transfer of several pieces of land to the owners of an adjacent property for an international religious project. Carolina Squella leads the real estate and public concessions department.

Fleischmann & León Abogados emerged in the wake of the 2016 closure of Reymond & Fleischmann. The practice is noted for its advice to real estate and construction companies, as well as investment funds, which develop residential, office and commercial projects. The firm’s assistance includes tax, planning, financial and commercial law advice. Juan Ignacio León Lira is recommended.

Fontaine & Cía advises real estate and construction companies on the development of housing projects and office, commercial and industrial centres; the scope of its assistance includes planning, leases, project financing, acquisitions and sales. The team recently acted for Compañía de Seguros Confuturo in the high-profile acquisition of 10 shopping centres. Montserrat Valverde is noted for real estate project financings and developments, town planning and construction matters; Juan Eduardo Troncoso is a real estate project financing expert; and Diego Marín is well regarded for real estate development and infrastructure concessions.

Garrigues Chile’s team is experienced in office, residential, commercial and forestry projects; and the client base includes real estate investment funds and investors, real estate companies, developers and real estate service providers. Representative work includes assisting with the acquisition, development, construction and sale of real estate projects; and the practice demonstrates particular knowledge of property financings and rural real estate and agricultural land issues. It recently advised Easton Outlet on the development of an outlet shopping centre. José Miguel Rioseco is department head and Luis Eduardo Correa ‘has strong negotiation skills and provides high-quality work’.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s Hugo Prieto leads the real estate practice, which advises on the acquisition, leasing and sale of properties, as well as construction contracts and regulatory compliance in relation to real estate projects. The team recently acted for Inversiones Punta Blanca on the development of mid-sized shopping malls, which included construction agreements and administrative authorisations.

Larrain y Asociados’ practice covers matters such as title review, co-ownership regulations, collateral issues and owners’ regulations; and it is permanent counsel to Inmobiliaria PY, one of the largest real estate developers in Chile, on the acquisition, development, urban planning, construction and commercialisation of properties. José Pedro Baraona is recommended.

Morales & Besa regularly advises on the purchase, financing, development and construction of commercial, hotel, residential and housing projects; the team is also experienced in permits and infrastructure concessions, as well as the purchase, sale and lease of urban and rural land, and environmental law compliance. The team advised Constructora Ingevec, a major construction company, on several real estate transactions including the purchase of different properties and joint venture issues. Eugenio Besa, who is ‘great and provides very quick responses’, and Macarena Laso are the key practitioners.

Prieto assists with the acquisition, development and construction of large real estate projects; the scope of work includes tax planning, corporate, land use, environmental and construction issues. Highlights included advising Inversiones La Construcción on the sales agreement with Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Habitat regarding several offices, parking spaces and warehouses. Fernando Samaniego and Cristóbal Villarino are recommended.

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