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Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for the regulatory aspects of telecoms and technology matters, and the scope of the team’s advice includes judicial, administrative and antitrust proceedings. On the transactional side, the practice acted for Claro Chile (CC) in a merger process involving different telecoms companies, as part of a corporate reorganisation. It also assisted CC with regulatory issues, such as new licenses, service agreements, antitrust matters and telecoms infrastructure. Other active clients include DirecTV, Red Televisión and Torres Unidas. José Tomás Errázuriz and José Ignacio Ovalle are the recommended names.

Carey’s lawyers are specialised in telecoms, media, technology, internet, data protection and IT matters; and the practice group handles regulatory, corporate, financial and contractual issues, as well as TMT-related disputes and antitrust matters. It advised Motorola Solutions on regulatory issues; and assisted Wom with the corporate and regulatory aspects of its mobile telephone and trunking operations in Chile. The client list also includes VTR GlobalCom, TVO Holdings, Televisa and GoGo Air. The ‘outstanding’ and ‘dedicated’ Alfonso Silva, and of counsel Eduardo Martin, are both highly rated.

Baker McKenzie Chile’s clients include internet-based services and e-commerce platforms, network infrastructure and tech-hardware businesses. The range of work covers data security, internet-based services, e-commerce, telecoms, cloud-based services, and the internet of things. It advises Telecom Italia Sparkle on an ongoing basis regarding its operations in Chile; and Toshiba Americas, FedEx Corporation and Alcatel Lucent are also clients. Antonio Ortúzar Jr, León Larrain and Diego Ferrada are all recommended.

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Janais incredibly responsive’ and ‘has excellent legal acumen’. The practice regularly advises telecoms and broadcasting operators, including telephone, mobile phone and internet service providers, broadcast television channels, and telecoms technology service providers. The team also assists private parties and public authorities with tariff-setting procedures and TMT-related antitrust matters, as well as TMT-related labour law issues, commercial transactions (including M&A), and insolvencies. It advised major local TV network, Chilevisión, on the drafting and negotiation of its advertising agreements, which involved regulatory and antitrust compliance issues. Octavio Bofill and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications Guillermo de la Jara are experienced in the regulatory issues surrounding the telecoms, television and radio sectors.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for its advice to telecoms, IT, media and internet companies on investments in local companies, joint ventures, transactional IP and litigation; the practice is also experienced in the regulatory side of IT and media projects, as well as data processing, large infrastructure projects with technology components, and TMT-related corporate matters. The team recently advised CNN Chile on corporate issues, and assisted Multichannel with corporate and regulatory matters. Other active clients include Turner Broadcasting, Google, Nokia, IBM and Discovery Communications. Rodrigo Lavados is the technology, privacy and media group head; and Francisco Illanes is also a key adviser.

FerradaNehme is widely recognised for its expertise in regulated markets, including the telecoms sector; and the team regularly advises on high-profile investigations involving cable, fixed and mobile telecoms, including antitrust matters. On the transactional side, the practice assists with the development of technology projects and general media and communications issues; it also advises on digital strategies that incorporate data processing technologies, in addition to IP, data protection and privacy issues, technological services-related transactions, and associated litigation. VTR Comunicaciones is a major client; and Nicole Nehme and Stella Muñoz are highly rated figures.

García Magliona y Cía Abogados is noted for its advice on telecoms, media, technology, data protection, and computer-crime; the practice is also noted for the IP side of TMT matters. The team acted for Falabella Group on software licensing agreements with major software and technology suppliers; and assisted Airbnb.com with issues involving public policy and government relations. Managing partner Claudio Magliona, Nicolás Yuraszeck and Giovanni Donati are the names to note.

Guerrero Olivos is ‘a great law firm that leaves clients feeling very pleased with its work’. It handles the day-to-day corporate and TMT matters for Telefónica Group, Chile’s largest telecom operator; and assists multinational media company Bloomberg with TMT issues, such as VoIP and biometric systems. The practice group also includes public law and regulatory experts; and its other key clients include Jala Software, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Yahoo! TMT group leader Juan Enrique Allard, Eduardo Cordero and José Gabriel Undurraga are recommended.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados is recommended for its regulatory, compliance, licensing and litigation experience in the entertainment, sports and software industries, particularly in relation to international clearance issues for movies and video games. It also handles the regulatory aspects of telecoms, radio and television-related matters. The team advised KLI Records on sub-licensing issues, such as the synchronisation of songs for television, film, advertisements and video games. Rodrigo Velasco A is highly regarded.

CMS Carey & Allende’s transactional highlights included advising longstanding client Sonda on the acquisition of ATIVA, a Brazilian IT company. The firm also has strong telecoms credentials. Ramón Valdivieso is a telecoms and IT law expert.

Estudio Jurídico Otero’s team is specialised in licensing and software development agreements, technological platforms and data protection matters; it is also highly rated for its advice on technology contracts, internet issues and computer-crime, as well as TMT-related IP, unfair competition and consumer protection law issues. Macarena López is recommended.

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