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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz is regularly involved in complex banking and finance transactions. The team is recommended for secured, corporate and syndicated loans; cross-border transactions; sophisticated guarantee agreements; and bond placements. It is also highly regarded for structured finance, project finance, leasing and acquisition finance. Highlights saw the team advise Interconexión Eléctrica, through its subsidiary Interchile, on a long-term project financing for the construction of power transmission projects in Chile; it also acted for BTG Pactual-Cayman Branch on an extension of a solar energy plant-related bridging loan. Banking and finance experts Gonzalo Molina, lender-counsel team head Francisco De la Barra and debtor-counsel team head Nicolás Balmaceda are recommended, as is Luis Alberto Letelier who leads the capital markets team. Cristián Barros, Víctor Barros and Javier Díaz are also key names. The firm is the local member of Affinitas, a regional alliance of law firms.

Leading lawyers

Gonzalo Molina - Barros & Errázuriz

Next generation lawyers

María Olga Rivera - Barros & Errázuriz

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz is frequently involved in major matters before the TDLC. The practice’s experience includes merger clearance work, compliance issues and the growing area of cartel leniency cases; and it also has particular telecoms sector expertise, as well as knowledge of the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, media, food and beverage, and energy sectors. The team defended Coca Cola Embonor against a lawsuit filed before TDLC by several fast-food chain franchisees for alleged abuse of dominant position and price discrimination. Luis Eduardo Toro, José Tomás Errázuriz and David Cademártori are recommended; associate Francisco Bórquez previously worked in FNE’s litigation department.

Leading lawyers

Luis Eduardo Toro - Barros & Errázuriz

Next generation lawyers

Francisco Bórquez - Barros & Errázuriz

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for all phases of acquisitions, sales and mergers of companies, including private acquisitions during cross-border takeovers of listed companies, acquisitions of controlling and minority interests, divestitures, and corporate restructuring programmes. The practice is also recommended for foreign investment projects in Chile and regularly assists several funds with high-profile transactions. Highlights saw the practice advise Chilean companies Indumotora Corp and Empresas Indumotora –collectively known as Grupo Indumotora (GI), on the sale to Inchcape of GI’s outstanding capital stock in several companies; it also advised Carlyle Peru Fund on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Gastronomía y Negocios, Chile’s largest fast food and casual dining franchise operator, including the due diligence process, transaction and financing documentation. Pablo Guerrero is practice group leader and capital markets practice head; Cristián Barros is a well-known private equity adviser; Víctor Barros is recommended for corporate law, capital markets, financing and M&A; and Nicolás Balmaceda regularly advises on corporate law, M&A and financing transactions, and has particular infrastructure expertise. Fernando Barros, Luis Alberto Letelier, Bernardo Simian, Gonzalo Molina, Carlos Ducci and José Tomás Errázuriz are also highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Barros - Barros & Errázuriz

Pablo Guerrero - Barros & Errázuriz

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz’s scope of expertise encompasses civil law, commercial law, taxation, bankruptcy, real estate and construction, and competition disputes, as well as energy, telecoms , public law and class action disputes. Recent matters saw the practice act for Oxiquim, which commercialises chemical products, in a contractual claim against energy company ENEX. José Tomás Errázuriz is a renowned Chilean arbitration expert; and other recommended advisers include Luis Eduardo Toro, David Cademártori and Javier San Martín.

Leading lawyers

Luis Eduardo Toro - Barros & Errázuriz

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz regularly participates in the review of environmental issues in relation to domestic and foreign transactions, including advising clients on indigenous and community issues; the practice is also experienced in acting before the Environmental Commission and Environmental Courts. Recent matters saw the team advise on the environmental evaluation of a power transmission line project. José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido are the lead environment practice partners.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz regularly acts for its clients on the incorporation of insurance companies in Chile; the practice also advises shareholders on their interests in local insurance companies; assists foreign reinsurers with Chilean legal matters, including regulatory issues; and acts in claims which involve the adjustment process and insurance sector litigation. The team advised MassMutual International on the sale of its stake in Chilean life insurance company, Compañía de Seguros CorpVida; and acted for Consorcio Internacional de Aseguradoras de Crédito on the incorporation of credit insurance company CESCE Chile Aseguradora. José Tomás Errázuriz and Carlos Ducci are the key contacts.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

The practice at Barros & Errázuriz covers collective bargaining issues, the defence of labour law claims and due diligence during M&A deals. Other key areas for the group include executive contracts in relation to corporate acquisition and sales processes, and corporate advice on individual labour and social security legislation. The team acted for Hewlett-Packard in a collective bargaining process. Juan Cristóbal Iturrate is highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Juan Cristóbal Iturrate - Barros & Errázuriz

Next generation lawyers

María Fernanda Espinosa - Barros & Errázuriz

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz has extensive experience in advising local and multinational clients on infrastructure projects, project finance and cross-border projects; and it regularly assists with complex tendering processes and public and private works concessions. Acting as Chilean counsel, the team recently advised the senior lenders in a long-term project financing related to an electric transmission line. Gonzalo Molina, Nicolás Balmaceda and Francisco De la Barra and Fernando Garrido are highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Nicolás Balmaceda - Barros & Errázuriz

Next generation lawyers

María Olga Rivera - Barros & Errázuriz

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz’s practice advises on public procurement, administrative contracts, administrative sanctioning procedures and contentious administrative proceedings; marine concessions; and government liability issues. In recent mandates it advised for Laboratorios Andrómaco in a matter involving the application of fines by the Health Authority. José Tomás Errázuriz is department head and David Cademártori is ‘highly intelligent’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Barros & Errázuriz

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.

Leading lawyers

José Ignacio Ovalle - Barros & Errázuriz

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Barros & Errázuriz

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.

Leading lawyers

José Ignacio Ovalle - Barros & Errázuriz

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Cabrera - Barros & Errázuriz

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for tax structuring and implementation at national and international levels; and the practice also advises on compliance with the US’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The practice regularly advises British American Tobacco Chile on its tax issues in Chile; and assists Chilefilms with its tax structure in Chile. The group is also experienced in acting before Chile’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the tax courts. Fernando Barros, Carola Trucco and María Teresa Cremaschi are recommended. The firm is also the local member of both Affinitas and the tax-focused Taxand alliance.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Barros - Barros & Errázuriz

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz advises all segments of the electricity market, including generator, transmission and distribution companies; it also assists with the regulatory, finance, transactional, environmental law, contentious and tax issues of projects, as well as procurement and supply contracts. It acted for Interconexión Eléctrica’s subsidiary, Interchile, in obtaining project financing from a syndicate of local and international banks to finance the construction of power transmission projects in Chile. José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido are recommended.

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