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Garrigues Chile

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Garrigues Chile

Acting for Chilean and international banks doing transactions in Chile, Garrigues Chile has been active in the capital markets, recently advising both issuers and underwriters on bond issuances in the international market. The team, which ‘provides a solid level of service, providing useful insights into the resolution of delicate issues’, also advises on project and acquisition finance, corporate lending, and debt restructuring. It advised the banks, as underwriters and bondholders’ representatives, on a $612m dual-currency project bond issued by Celeo Redes on the New York and Santiago stock markets. Department head Pedro García is ‘excellent and effectively leads legal teams’; principal associate Antonio Morales is also noted.

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Pedro GarcĂ­a - Garrigues Chile

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile’s corporate M&A department is led by Luis Felipe Merino. The practice is active in domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations and joint venture transactions. It is particularly noted for the high-profile acquisition of energy companies and associated assets, where the team regularly works alongside the firm’s tax, finance and regulatory experts. Headline matters include assisting asset manager Capital Advisors with the $150m sale of its shares in Gestion y Desarrollo and Patio Comercial to leading real estate company in the shopping-centre segment real-estate company, Grupo Patio. Other recent mandates saw Merino lead advice to Chilean health insurance company Isapre Masvida on the $56m sale of its assets and clients to US company Nexus; and Rodrigo FernĂĄndez advise Danish Crown subsidiary Dat-Schaub, on the acquisition of the Chilean subsidiary of Spanish company Agrimares. JosĂ© Miguel Rioseco is also highly rated.

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Rodrigo FernĂĄndez - Garrigues Chile

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile was recently active in significant corporate conflicts, construction arbitrations and real estate disputes. Other buoyant areas are bankruptcies and strategic tax litigation. MĂłnica van der Schraft leads the dispute resolution practice and principal associate Gabriela Morales is also noted.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile’s real estate capability includes regulatory matters, tax structuring, transactional issues, financing, and commercial concerns such as sales and leasing; its client list includes investment funds, developers, construction companies and hotel operators, among others. The practice advises Chile-based hotel chain Atton Hoteles on the negotiation and day-to-day operation of its hotel management agreements, and also assisted the client with long term agreements for two new hotels in the country. JosĂ© Miguel Rioseco and Luis Eduardo Correa are highly rated, as is senior associate MarĂ­a Cecilia MorandĂ©.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Practice head at Garrigues Chile, Oscar Ferrari has extensive experience in corporate tax and tax litigation. Recent practice highlights include advising Gestora La Avanzada on the setting up of a tax-efficient investment structure; the team also provides ongoing tax advice to Santander Consumer Finance, a Chilean branch of Banco Santander. Senior associate José Domingo Peñafiel Morandé M formerly served as a tax policy adviser to the Chilean Ministry of Finance.

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Oscar Ferrari - Garrigues Chile

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José Domingo Peñafiel - Garrigues Chile

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 4

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile’s Luis Felipe Merino has extensive experience in advising energy companies on corporate issues and the development of high-profile, high-value projects; and Pedro García, who ‘consistently displays a solid grasp of strategic dimensions’, is experienced in the financing of energy projects. The team recently advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Natixis on a loan to Glenfarne Group subsidiary Prime Energía, for the expansion of a thermal power project. Senior associate Eduardo Diez is highly regarded.

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