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Baker McKenzie Chile

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile’s ‘level of service of is high and the firm’s lawyers always respond quickly to clients, providing detailed explanations’. The team advises leading foreign banks and financial institutions on the offering and structuring of financial products, including specialised legal opinions. Its scope of work includes project finance (particularly toll road concessions, energy, mining, and pipeline projects), the financing of M&A transactions, master derivative agreements and day-to-day regulatory financial matters. Asset-backed securitisation transactions are a particular area of strength. Recent headline matters saw the practice group, working in conjunction with the firm’s Peru office, advise Mizuho Bank on a $125m cross-border syndicated refinancing to Banco de Credito e Inversiones; Banco Security, as borrower, on a $30m corporate loan from Wells Fargo; and Sierra Gorda SCM (a joint venture of KGHM and Sumitomo Group companies) on the Chilean-law aspects of the amendment and restatement of $1bn of loan documents. Department head Sebastián Vivanco and ‘fantastic business partnerLeón Larrain are both highly regarded, as are key partners Jaime Munro and Fernando Castro.

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Sebastián Vivanco - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile regularly acts in antitrust cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and unfair competition matters. The practice is also active in merger control proceedings and assists with compliance issues. It acted for an association of franchisees in litigation proceedings against a franchisor and suppliers. Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés and Diego Ferrada are highly rated; and senior associate Juan Ignacio Donoso is a former FNE deputy Antitrust Division head.

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Juan Ignacio Donoso - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

Acting for local and international clients Baker McKenzie Chile assists with regional and multinational cross-border deals in Chile. Typical work includes structuring and the negotiation, documentation and closure of corporate, M&A and private equity transactions, with the support -as required- of the firm’s significant finance, capital markets and tax capabilities. Recent mandates saw the practice advise PE firm Broodstock Capital on the acquisition of a majority holding in water treatment and recirculation-systems company Billund Aquakulturservice and its Chilean subsidiary; counsel Capital Markets Financial Services on its $80m acquisition of Viña Centro (ownoer of the Paseo Viña Centro mall); and assist US stock photo agency Getty Images with the acquisition of the business assets of its Latin American third-party distributor. León Larrain is team head; Jaime Munro, Fernando Castro, Diego Ferrada are also experienced advisers; and Jorge Álvarez is a highly regarded senior associate.

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Jaime Munro - Baker McKenzie Chile

León Larrain - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Jorge Álvarez - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile’s ‘lawyers have great litigation skills and are able to handle complex technical matters’. The team stands out for national and international arbitration; disputes against the Chilean Government, including public law matters; and litigation involving infrastructure and major construction projects, and finance and corporate disputes. Department head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, Ignacio Naudon and associate Antonio López are the key contacts.

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Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Ignacio Naudon - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for its expertise in brand protection and enforcement issues, the IP aspects of life sciences and healthcare matters; and the practice group’s members have sector expertise in the retail, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, fashion, and foods and beverage industries. Valentina Venturelli is highly rated for patent and regulatory advice, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry; and senior foreign associate Grelis Marcano Quintero is a trade mark expert who is highly regarded for brand management and enforcement issues.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is best known for advising on complex cross-border executive transfers and multinational company employment matters; in addition, the team acts in high-value, complex litigation for employers. The practice is also noted for specialised mining-related employment matters, including complex collective bargaining procedures, compensation packages for international executives and global mobility issues. Andres Valdes is the key practitioner.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile specialises in international energy, mining and infrastructure projects, including renewable energy and road projects. Antonio Ortúzar Jr regularly advises mining clients on greenfield and brownfield projects, including assisting with acquisitions and financing, as well as handling exploitation, operation and closing issues. Jaime Munro, Mirco Hilgers and Diego Ferrada are also experienced practitioners.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile’s team is particularly recommended for sell-side real estate deals; it also has expertise in dealing with municipalities regarding land usage and building permits on an ongoing basis. In addition, it assists with leasing, the financing of real estate projects and developers’ construction agreements. Senior counsel Andrés Wagner heads the firm’s real estate practice group in Santiago; he is primarily focused on property development and has particular expertise in hospitality and tourism matters.

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Andrés Wagner - Baker McKenzie Chile

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile has a diverse portfolio of clients in sectors such as internet-based services and e-commerce, network infrastructure and hardware; and the team has extensive experience in telecoms’ regulation, outsourcing, privacy, data protection and security, e-commerce and consumer protection. The team acted for Motorola Solutions in the acquisition of Interexport (including its telecommunications, services and integrations divisions, Mobilink and Quorum II), which provides communications systems and solutions to government agencies, public safety and enterprise customers in Chile. Diego Ferrada and senior associate Jorge Álvarez are highly rated.

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Diego Ferrada - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile’s ‘strong team’ is highly regarded for advising on the tax aspects of M&A deals, including cross-border transactions. The team also assists with tax disputes, transfer pricing, estate planning and general tax advisory matters. Team head Alberto Maturana is an international taxation consultancy expert who is ‘a great partner to clients’, of counsel Sergio Illanes is an experienced practitioner, and associate Sebastian Coloma is also well regarded.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Chile

With ‘great technical quality and sense of clients’ business needs’, Baker McKenzie Chile has longstanding experience in advising mining companies on their transactional, regulatory and operational needs. Representative work includes assisting with greenfield mining projects; and the firm’s regional practice stands out for its Latin America coverage. Highlights included advising on an agreement to acquire a precious metals asset portfolio (made up of royalties, streams and precious metal off-takes); assessing mining-environmental issues in relation to an environmental preservation project; and assisting with legal mining easements. Antonio Ortúzar Jr is recommended for the development of major mining projects; and Mirco Hilgers advises on the formation, maintenance and development of foreign mining companies’ Chilean subsidiaries. Associate Francisco Nualart has mining projects experience, including contracts for the acquisition, sale and exploitation of mining assets.

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Antonio Ortúzar Jr - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Francisco Nualart - Baker McKenzie Chile

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