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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos expanded its team with the hire of Miguel Coddou, as senior counsel, from Garnham Abogados, Mori & Humphreys; a former general counsel in Chile at international banks, Rabobank Chile, RBS and AMB AMRO Bank Chile, he has extensive experience in financing structures, banking matters and corporate governance. The team advised Banco de Cr√©dito del Per√ļ on loan agreements granted to Empresas Iansa; and acted for BNY Mellon Australia on an international debt offering. Roberto Guerrero V, Sebasti√°n Yunge and Jorge Delpiano are highly rated. Other experienced practitioners include Juan Enrique Allard, Hern√°n Felipe Err√°zuriz, Clemente P√©rez and Pedro Lyon.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos has a well-regarded practice for competition law enforcement, merger review, complex litigation, and antitrust compliance programmes. The team advised a foreign company on the competition law aspects of an acquisition of a convenience store chain. Pedro Pellegrini is recommended and senior associate Jaime Barahona is a former deputy national antitrust prosecutor.

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

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos regularly advises on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance and private equity matters; and the team was recently particularly active in energy, TMT and food-and-drink sector deals. The team acted for FEMSA on the acquisition of grocery-chain Big John; and advised longstanding client Compa√Ī√≠a General de Electricidad on a high-value corporate reorganisation, which was announced by its main shareholder, Spanish company GNF. The firm is also Banco de Cr√©dito del Per√ļ‚Äôs key counsel in Chile, while other notable clients include Aguas Andinas, Volvo Financial Services and Inversiones Norte Sur. It recently launched Tvalora, which provides asset, project and enterprise valuation services, transfer-pricing consultancy, and financial and business management advice. Jorge Delpiano advises large Chilean corporations such as Telef√≥nica; Roberto Guerrero V is regularly involved in major cross-border M&A deals; and Juan Enrique Allard is a TMT and regulatory specialist. Private equity and mining law expert Pedro Lyon and Pedro Pellegrini are also highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

Next generation lawyers

Macarena Ravinet - Guerrero Olivos

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ dispute resolution practice is regularly involved in significant ongoing litigation and arbitrations in Chile; and it is highly experienced in disputes involving the regulated sectors, such as insurance, finance, mining and renewable energy. The team successfully represented Chilena Consolidada in a civil lawsuit filed against reinsurance company Atrium and reinsurance broker Cooper Gay for full payment of a reinsurance policy; and acted for Haciendas Talinay, a property and project developer, in breach of contract and damages litigation against Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas. José Ignacio Jiménez is recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Cristóbal Sarralde - Guerrero Olivos

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ environmental law department encompasses transactional and regulatory issues, including permits, environmental assessments and relations with the environmental authorities, sanctions procedures and environmental litigation. The firm also has a capable water law practice. It advised Fundación San Carlos de Maipo on the environmental law aspects of the acquisition of a large wetland. Other matters saw the team assist local investment bank Banmerchant with the environmental license for a project, which comprises 450 sites. Martín Santa María, Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Clemente Pérez - Guerrero Olivos

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ team is particularly focused on patent and trade mark filing and prosecutions. The practice acted for Shan Foods in the filing and prosecution of a cancellation action against the registration of the trade mark SHAN in Chile; it also advised Gazprom on the registration of its trade marks in Chile. Other highlights saw the team act for Azul Azul in the filing of infringement lawsuits, predominantly involving counterfeit sport accessories. The client list also includes Radio Mitre, Columbia Power Technologies, Solvay and Thyssenkrupp. Jorge Garay and Felipe Garay are the key contacts.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos recently absorbed boutique law firm Estudio Garc√≠a de la Pastora, which was well known for labour law. The practice acts for Universidad Finis Terrae, one of Chile‚Äôs most prestigious private universities, on day-to-day labour matters, particularly regarding collective bargaining. Roberto Guerrero del R√≠o is a key partner who is ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô; and senior associate Santiago Do√Īa is recommended for labour disputes, due diligence procedures and collective bargaining.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos regularly acts for Chilean and international project developers in energy, mining and real estate projects. The recommended advisers are natural resources and infrastructure specialist Clemente Pérez, mining expert Pedro Lyon and project finance specialist Sebastián Yunge, along with real estate and environmental law expert Martín Santa María and energy projects specialist Sebastián Abogabir.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ team regularly acts for clients before the constitutional court and it has particular expertise in sectors such as pharmaceutical, financial services, utilities and transportation, as well as ports, construction and mining. Representative experience includes assisting corporate entities with government-related public law issues. Clemente Pérez and Eduardo Cordero are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Eduardo Cordero - Guerrero Olivos

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos represents investors, lenders and developers on real estate and hotel projects. The practice’s scope of work includes the purchase, development, and sale of buildings, real estate projects and hotels; other areas of strength include loans, sale and leaseback financings, debt capital markets issuances that are secured by real estate assets, and regulatory issues. It recently acted for Aguas Andinas’ subsidiary, Aguas Cordillera, in the complex sale of a residential site. Martín Santa María, Clemente Pérez and regulatory specialist José Gabriel Undurraga are the contacts.

Leading lawyers

Martín Santa María - Guerrero Olivos

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is ‚Äėa great law firm that leaves clients feeling very pleased with its work‚Äô. It handles the day-to-day corporate and TMT matters for Telef√≥nica Group, Chile‚Äôs largest telecom operator; and assists multinational media company Bloomberg with TMT issues, such as VoIP and biometric systems. The practice group also includes public law and regulatory experts; and its other key clients include Jala Software, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Yahoo! TMT group leader Juan Enrique Allard, Eduardo Cordero and Jos√© Gabriel Undurraga are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Juan Enrique Allard - Guerrero Olivos

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ tax practice advises international funds on tax issues and assists clients with the tax aspects of reorganisations. The team recently advised BCI Group on matters related to the country’s tax reform. Pedro Pellegrini and senior associate José Miguel Prieto are the names to note.

Next generation lawyers

José Miguel Prieto - Guerrero Olivos

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

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

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) expertise; the firm also has a robust practice in water law, land and mining rights, project financing and carbon credit deals. The team acted for international energy group Gas Natural Fenosa-GNF in several transactional and regulatory matters, including biddings and PPAs; it also recently acted for longstanding client Compa√Ī√≠a General de Electricidad-CGE in several energy regulatory and corporate matters, including the due diligence process for the acquisition and development of energy projects. Energy and natural resources and infrastructure head Clemente P√©rez, Hern√°n Felipe Err√°zuriz and Sebasti√°n Abogabir are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Sebasti√°n Abogabir - Guerrero Olivos

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

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos acts on the development and operation of significant mining projects in Chile. The practice also represents mining companies in complex disputes, and is highly rated for its experience in foreign investment, acquisitions, joint ventures, due diligence and environmental law issues. Other areas of strength include project finance, public law, and environmental and tax matters. Recent highlights saw the team advise Asian investor Simbalik Group on the development of a ‚ā¨500m lithium mining project; it also provides ongoing advice to US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital, and its Chilean subsidiary Santiago Metals, on exploration activities. Pedro Lyon, senior counsel Marco Zavala and senior associate Benjam√≠n P√©rez are highly regarded.

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