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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Regularly acting for both domestic and international banks, Claro & Cia.’s finance ‘group is outstanding’. The team’s experience includes complex syndicated and bilateral loans, public and private securities placements, liability management, securitisations, structured products and operations with derivatives; while the project finance group assists sponsors, financial institutions and insurers with the financing of aviation, maritime and highway infrastructure, mines, oil and gas refineries and telecoms projects. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic led advice AES Corporation’s local subsidiary, Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), on the $2.2bn development, construction, operational agreements and refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets. Other key matters included advising EIG Management Company and EIG Andes Financing on a $252m mezzanine senior secured credit facility granted to AME for the development of an LNG project; acting for ITAÚ CORPBANCA in the refinancing of a $465m corporate syndicated loan; and assisting Celeo Redes OperaciĂłn Chile (an affiliate of Elecnor) with an approximately $600m project bond issuance. Jorge MartĂ­n acts for multinational corporations, banks, financial advisers and monoline insurers; JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy has particular experience in public works concessions in Chile and project matters involving regulatory authorities in the Chilean securities market; andLuisa NĂșñez, Felipe LarraĂ­n, Juan LeĂłn and counsel CristiĂĄn Lagos are also all highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Jorge MartĂ­n - Claro & Cia.

José Luis Ambrosy - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Ariel Mihovilovic - Claro & Cia.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. is highly rated for significant merger clearances, competition-related litigation and negotiations with Chile’s antitrust authorities; and the practice group fields lawyers with specific industry strength in banking and finance, transportation and energy. CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre and JosĂ© Miguel Huerta, who is ‘highly committed, strategic and has excellent competition law skills’, represented Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores in a leniency application before the Chilean Antitrust Agency relating to the car carrier industry. In other matters, the team advised LATAM Airlines Group and International Consolidated Airlines Group in non-contentious proceedings initiated by the Chilean Association of Tourism Companies before the TDLC, regarding two joint business agreements. Santiago Bravo, Juan Pablo Celis and TomĂĄs Kreft are all key associates.

Leading lawyers

CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

José Miguel Huerta - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Juan Pablo Celis - Claro & Cia.

Santiago Bravo - Claro & Cia.

TomĂĄs Kreft - Claro & Cia.

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. acts in high-profile transactions for sellers, purchasers, and shareholders; the firm’s representative work includes mergers and combinations, spinoffs, tender offers, and reorganisations. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a assisted Santa Valeria with the negotiation and execution of a share purchase agreement with Bordeaux Holding, a subsidiary of United Health Group, for the sale of its equity interest in BanmĂ©dica, a Chilean public corporation; and Felipe LarraĂ­n led advice to Santiago Stock Exchange-listed Hortifrut, a producer and distributor of fresh berries, on the $400m acquisition of the acquisition of the berries business operated by Grupo Rocio in PerĂș. In other matters, the team acted for The National Association of Professional Football in the sale of sport cable network Canal del FĂștbol to Turner Broadcasting System. JosĂ© MarĂ­a Eyzaguirre B, MatĂ­as de Marchena, Luisa NĂșñez and HernĂĄn Felipe ValdĂ©s are highly rated, as are Jorge MartĂ­n, Ariel Mihovilovic and Juan LeĂłn. Counsels CristiĂĄn Lagos and Patricio Smart and senior associate JosĂ© MarĂ­a Eyzaguirre F are also key team members.

Leading lawyers

José María Eyzaguirre B - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Ariel Mihovilovic - Claro & Cia.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. is widely respected for its handling of civil and commercial law disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Other areas of strength include labour, tax and administrative litigation and the team also features lawyers with experience in white-collar crime matters. The team led advice to AES Gener on several arbitrations and court cases against Chilean energy group CGE, regarding the amendment of power purchase agreements (PPAs) pursuant to regulatory changes; and also assisted Chilean commercial bank Corpbanca with fines imposed by the local regulator (SBIF) for alleged violation of individual credit limits. Other matters include defending major poultry producer AGROSUPER in class action litigation brought by the national consumer agency, SERNAC on grounds of alleged cartel activity; and on the arbitral front, representing Publicis in $70m proceedings against its former commercial partner. José María Eyzaguirre G, practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, Felipe Ossa, Nicolås Luco and José Miguel Huerta are the names to note; while Santiago Bravo and Tomås Kreft are highly regarded associates.

Leading lawyers

CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

NicolĂĄs Luco - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Santiago Bravo - Claro & Cia.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. regularly advises on the environmental side of construction projects involving renewable energy, hydro, thermo-electric and combined-cycle power plants, as well as transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines. The practice advised Chilean miner Anglo American Sur on the environmental aspects of several matters, including the modification and maintenance of pipelines that carry mineral pulp, tailings and recycled water. NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre is highly regarded.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s widely respected IP group regularly assists with patent and trade mark registration matters. The team also fields advisers experienced in IP-related litigation, while on the non-contentious side it assists with the IP aspects of high-profile M&A deals. Notable sector strength includes technology, pharmaceutical, mining, cosmetics and agriculture, along with the tobacco, food and beverage industries. The ‘highly professional’ Felipe Claro heads up the IP practice group and has extensive experience in advising national and multinational clients; counsel Paulina Bardón is trade mark head; Claus Krebs, Trinidad Rojas and Mahish Sadarangani are all key associates. Practice clients include The Coca-Cola Company, British American Tobacco, HanesBrands and HBO Ole Partners.

Leading lawyers

Felipe Claro - Claro & Cia.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. has very highly-rated project finance and project development practices, which advise on the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy-related and infrastructure projects. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic acted for The AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), in the development, construction and refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; the mandate included the negotiation of both the operational and construction agreements. Other key advisers include Luisa NĂșñez, NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre, Jorge MartĂ­n and JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy; senior associates to note include Gerardo Otero and Andrea Sougarret.

Leading lawyers

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Otero - Claro & Cia.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s tax department’s ‘strength are its leadership, ethical standards and knowledge’. It provided Petrobras with tax advice on the effects of its $470m-plus sale of Chilean assets to Southern Cross; the transaction involved an indirect sale of said assets and was conducted alongside the Chilean IRS. The team also acted as tax counsel to multinational automotive retail and service company Inchcape on its acquisition of Indumotora One. Jorge Carraha is ‘a true expert’; and senior associate Nicolás Maturana is ‘an excellent professional and an up-and-coming tax specialist’.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Widely respected for its energy-sector capabilities, Claro & Cia.’s practice typically represents clients in the development, construction, operation, acquisition and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Recent mandates saw Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic lead advice AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), on all aspects of the development and $2.2bn refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; and JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy and NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre act for Elecnor-affiliate Celeo Redes OperaciĂłn Chile in a $600m project bond issue. Ambrosy’s ‘strengths include great knowledge of all the issues involved in the financing of infrastructure projects’. Luisa NĂșñez and senior associate Gerardo Otero are also highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Otero - Claro & Cia.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s practice includes advising on acquisitions, sales and the financing of mining-asset development; licensing, permits and rights of way; assisting with governmental relations and minimising environmental liabilities. The team advised Chile’s third largest copper-producer, Anglo American Sur, on filings made before the Geology and Mining National Service to move tailings from one dam to another. Nicolás Eyzaguirre is highly rated.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego Vicuña at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as ‘one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. AndrĂ©s Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is ‘not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo FernĂĄndez and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; FernĂĄndez was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. YrarrĂĄzaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo YrarrĂĄzaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., NicolĂĄs Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo GutiĂ©rrez at GutiĂ©rrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, CristiĂĄn Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & UrĂ­a and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Regularly acting for both domestic and international banks, Claro & Cia.’s finance ‘group is outstanding’. The team’s experience includes complex syndicated and bilateral loans, public and private securities placements, liability management, securitisations, structured products and operations with derivatives; while the project finance group assists sponsors, financial institutions and insurers with the financing of aviation, maritime and highway infrastructure, mines, oil and gas refineries and telecoms projects. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic led advice AES Corporation’s local subsidiary, Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), on the $2.2bn development, construction, operational agreements and refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets. Other key matters included advising EIG Management Company and EIG Andes Financing on a $252m mezzanine senior secured credit facility granted to AME for the development of an LNG project; acting for ITAÚ CORPBANCA in the refinancing of a $465m corporate syndicated loan; and assisting Celeo Redes OperaciĂłn Chile (an affiliate of Elecnor) with an approximately $600m project bond issuance. Jorge MartĂ­n acts for multinational corporations, banks, financial advisers and monoline insurers; JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy has particular experience in public works concessions in Chile and project matters involving regulatory authorities in the Chilean securities market; andLuisa NĂșñez, Felipe LarraĂ­n, Juan LeĂłn and counsel CristiĂĄn Lagos are also all highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Jorge MartĂ­n - Claro & Cia.

José Luis Ambrosy - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Ariel Mihovilovic - Claro & Cia.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. is highly rated for significant merger clearances, competition-related litigation and negotiations with Chile’s antitrust authorities; and the practice group fields lawyers with specific industry strength in banking and finance, transportation and energy. CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre and JosĂ© Miguel Huerta, who is ‘highly committed, strategic and has excellent competition law skills’, represented Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores in a leniency application before the Chilean Antitrust Agency relating to the car carrier industry. In other matters, the team advised LATAM Airlines Group and International Consolidated Airlines Group in non-contentious proceedings initiated by the Chilean Association of Tourism Companies before the TDLC, regarding two joint business agreements. Santiago Bravo, Juan Pablo Celis and TomĂĄs Kreft are all key associates.

Leading lawyers

CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

José Miguel Huerta - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Juan Pablo Celis - Claro & Cia.

Santiago Bravo - Claro & Cia.

TomĂĄs Kreft - Claro & Cia.

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. acts in high-profile transactions for sellers, purchasers, and shareholders; the firm’s representative work includes mergers and combinations, spinoffs, tender offers, and reorganisations. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a assisted Santa Valeria with the negotiation and execution of a share purchase agreement with Bordeaux Holding, a subsidiary of United Health Group, for the sale of its equity interest in BanmĂ©dica, a Chilean public corporation; and Felipe LarraĂ­n led advice to Santiago Stock Exchange-listed Hortifrut, a producer and distributor of fresh berries, on the $400m acquisition of the acquisition of the berries business operated by Grupo Rocio in PerĂș. In other matters, the team acted for The National Association of Professional Football in the sale of sport cable network Canal del FĂștbol to Turner Broadcasting System. JosĂ© MarĂ­a Eyzaguirre B, MatĂ­as de Marchena, Luisa NĂșñez and HernĂĄn Felipe ValdĂ©s are highly rated, as are Jorge MartĂ­n, Ariel Mihovilovic and Juan LeĂłn. Counsels CristiĂĄn Lagos and Patricio Smart and senior associate JosĂ© MarĂ­a Eyzaguirre F are also key team members.

Leading lawyers

José María Eyzaguirre B - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Ariel Mihovilovic - Claro & Cia.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. is widely respected for its handling of civil and commercial law disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Other areas of strength include labour, tax and administrative litigation and the team also features lawyers with experience in white-collar crime matters. The team led advice to AES Gener on several arbitrations and court cases against Chilean energy group CGE, regarding the amendment of power purchase agreements (PPAs) pursuant to regulatory changes; and also assisted Chilean commercial bank Corpbanca with fines imposed by the local regulator (SBIF) for alleged violation of individual credit limits. Other matters include defending major poultry producer AGROSUPER in class action litigation brought by the national consumer agency, SERNAC on grounds of alleged cartel activity; and on the arbitral front, representing Publicis in $70m proceedings against its former commercial partner. José María Eyzaguirre G, practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, Felipe Ossa, Nicolås Luco and José Miguel Huerta are the names to note; while Santiago Bravo and Tomås Kreft are highly regarded associates.

Leading lawyers

CristĂłbal Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

NicolĂĄs Luco - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Santiago Bravo - Claro & Cia.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. regularly advises on the environmental side of construction projects involving renewable energy, hydro, thermo-electric and combined-cycle power plants, as well as transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines. The practice advised Chilean miner Anglo American Sur on the environmental aspects of several matters, including the modification and maintenance of pipelines that carry mineral pulp, tailings and recycled water. NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre is highly regarded.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s widely respected IP group regularly assists with patent and trade mark registration matters. The team also fields advisers experienced in IP-related litigation, while on the non-contentious side it assists with the IP aspects of high-profile M&A deals. Notable sector strength includes technology, pharmaceutical, mining, cosmetics and agriculture, along with the tobacco, food and beverage industries. The ‘highly professional’ Felipe Claro heads up the IP practice group and has extensive experience in advising national and multinational clients; counsel Paulina Bardón is trade mark head; Claus Krebs, Trinidad Rojas and Mahish Sadarangani are all key associates. Practice clients include The Coca-Cola Company, British American Tobacco, HanesBrands and HBO Ole Partners.

Leading lawyers

Felipe Claro - Claro & Cia.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia. has very highly-rated project finance and project development practices, which advise on the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy-related and infrastructure projects. Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic acted for The AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), in the development, construction and refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; the mandate included the negotiation of both the operational and construction agreements. Other key advisers include Luisa NĂșñez, NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre, Jorge MartĂ­n and JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy; senior associates to note include Gerardo Otero and Andrea Sougarret.

Leading lawyers

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Otero - Claro & Cia.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s tax department’s ‘strength are its leadership, ethical standards and knowledge’. It provided Petrobras with tax advice on the effects of its $470m-plus sale of Chilean assets to Southern Cross; the transaction involved an indirect sale of said assets and was conducted alongside the Chilean IRS. The team also acted as tax counsel to multinational automotive retail and service company Inchcape on its acquisition of Indumotora One. Jorge Carraha is ‘a true expert’; and senior associate Nicolás Maturana is ‘an excellent professional and an up-and-coming tax specialist’.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Claro & Cia.

Widely respected for its energy-sector capabilities, Claro & Cia.’s practice typically represents clients in the development, construction, operation, acquisition and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Recent mandates saw Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a and Ariel Mihovilovic lead advice AES Corporation subsidiary Alto Maipo, and AES Gener (as sponsor), on all aspects of the development and $2.2bn refinancing of a 531MW hydropower plant and related interconnection and transmission assets; and JosĂ© Luis Ambrosy and NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre act for Elecnor-affiliate Celeo Redes OperaciĂłn Chile in a $600m project bond issue. Ambrosy’s ‘strengths include great knowledge of all the issues involved in the financing of infrastructure projects’. Luisa NĂșñez and senior associate Gerardo Otero are also highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

NicolĂĄs Eyzaguirre - Claro & Cia.

Rodrigo OchagavĂ­a - Claro & Cia.

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Otero - Claro & Cia.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s practice includes advising on acquisitions, sales and the financing of mining-asset development; licensing, permits and rights of way; assisting with governmental relations and minimising environmental liabilities. The team advised Chile’s third largest copper-producer, Anglo American Sur, on filings made before the Geology and Mining National Service to move tailings from one dam to another. Nicolás Eyzaguirre is highly rated.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego Vicuña at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as ‘one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. AndrĂ©s Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is ‘not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo FernĂĄndez and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; FernĂĄndez was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. YrarrĂĄzaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo YrarrĂĄzaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., NicolĂĄs Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo GutiĂ©rrez at GutiĂ©rrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, CristiĂĄn Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & UrĂ­a and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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