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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 highly-regarded practitioners regularly advise on the offering and structuring of sophisticated financial products; assist with day-to-day regulatory financial matters; and act for financial institutions and corporate entities in the financing of M&A deals and restructurings. Other areas of strength include project financings, including toll road concessions, energy, mining and pipeline projects; the negotiation of master derivative agreements; and asset-backed securitisation transactions; and the team has longstanding expertise in major project financings. It advised Credit Suisse on the structuring and implementation of local security documents for a $60m trade finance deal. Jaime Munro, León Larrain, Sebastián Vivanco and Fernando Castro are highly rated.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is recommended for complex antitrust litigation, merger control matters, market investigations and compliance assistance. The team defended its client against a headline FNE cartel claim, which involved price fixing and market share allocation issues. Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés and Ignacio Naudon are recommended. Former competition co-head José Joaquín Ugarte and former senior associate Santiago Ried exited to launch Ugarte Ried y Correa.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is highly rated for public M&A deals in Chile, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters. The practice also has robust private equity experience, including deal structuring, regulatory advice and funds. It advised cement maker Lafarge Holcim on the sale of a majority stake in Chilean business, Cemento Polpaico; it also acted for Chilean asset manager Credicorp Capital in a joint venture with US-based Greystar Real Estate for the acquisition, development, construction and management of residential projects. Corporate and M&A group head León Larrain and capital markets and private equity leader Jaime Munro are recommended, along with Fernando Castro and Diego Ferrada.

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León Larrain - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is highly regarded for its experience in infrastructure arbitration, corporate disputes, and finance and securities litigation; and the team regularly acts in arbitration, class actions and disputes against the government. The practice represented a Chilean affiliate of Italy-based Astaldi, globally known for public infrastructure and large-scale civil engineering works, in arbitration against Chile’s largest copper company, Codelco, which involved a mining-related breach of contract and damages case. Department head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is recommended.

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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’s practice has strong ties to several industry sectors but the practice is also increasingly active advising pharmaceutical companies. Recent highlights saw the team act for Andromaco Research in the assignment and protection of IP assets, including trade marks and patents. Valentina Venturelli is highly rated for patent law, but Juan Francisco Reyes exited the firm to set up his own practice.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for cross-border executive transfers and multinational company employment matters; the practice also distinguishes itself through its labour law-related mining sector expertise. Andres Valdes led the defence of Trane de Chile against an employee’s work accident damages claim.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Traditionally strong in the mining sector, Baker McKenzie Chile’s projects practice is led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr and Jaime Munro, along with Mirco Hilgers and Diego Ferrada. The team is also well regarded for renewable energy, infrastructure and road projects, and its assistance includes matters such as due diligence, contract review, environmental compliance and financing. It acted for Rockwood Litio in a project to increase a plant’s lithium carbonate production capacity.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

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.

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Andrés Wagner - Baker McKenzie Chile

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Chile

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.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for tax planning solutions during cross-border transactions, tax dispute resolution, transfer pricing advice and estate planning. Clients of the practice include Abbott Laboratories, Goldcorp, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Grupo Security. Alberto Maturana is highly rated for international taxation consultancy and the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, and has significant experience advising foreign investors; of counsel Sergio Illanes is also a key member of the practice.

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Ignacio Gepp - Baker McKenzie Chile

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is highly rated for its assistance to mining companies on transactional, regulatory and operational matters. The team advised Redpath Mining on the review of its agreements with SCM for services in the Teniente Mine; and acted for Rockwood Litio on its expansion in the Atacama salt flat and the La Negra facility. It also assisted Guanaco Compañía Minera with the closing of its acquisition of the Amancaya mining project; and acted for Haldeman Mining Company, a producer of copper cathodes and sulphuric acid, in the negotiation and acquisition of mining company Minera Michilla from copper mining group Anotfagasta. Other active key clients include Sierra Gorda, Exxon Mobile and Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation. Antonio Ortúzar Jr and Mirco Hilgers are recommended.

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Antonio Ortúzar Jr - Baker McKenzie Chile

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