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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana stands out for leveraged, real estate and project finance, as well as syndicated loans, corporate recovery and insolvency matters. In capital markets, the team has a strong bond issuance and IPO practice. In finance-related equity capital markets’ highlights, the team acted as counsel to Enjoy during the financing of its affiliate Inversiones Inmobiliarias Enjoy by means of a capital increase. Illustrative of the practice’s ability to handle high-profile cross-border project financings, the team advised Canada-based Lundin Mining Corporation on the financing for its $1.8bn acquisition of an 80% stake in two Chilean copper mines from US miner Freeport-McMoran through a joint debt offering. Other impressive clients include Inversiones Alsacia, Mitsui & Co and Hidroeléctrica Ñuble. Octavio Bofill and Jorge Lembeye are recommended; and Ana María Yuri and Alejandro Álvarez are also key names.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana distinguishes itself in the market through its experience of both the domestic and international aspects of competition and trade law, including how they affect antitrust issues such as market access, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement matters. The team is also known for its competition expertise in key sectors such as media (particularly television) and the agriculture sector. Examples of media work include representing Chile’s main broadcast television channels in an FNE investigation related to an industry-wide joint telecoms infrastructure project for the transmission of digital television. Guillermo de la Jara is the key practitioner. Álvaro Jana joined Certus Business Management.

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

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana can boast strong sector expertise in energy matters: the practice regularly advises a large group of foreign and domestic energy companies and investors, including on the equity and financing aspects of projects. Large deal acquisition instructions saw the team act for Antofagasta Minerals on its approximately $1bn-plus purchase of 50% of Barrick Gold Corporation’s interest in Compañía Minera Zaldivar (the owner of the Zaldivar mine). Evidence of the team’s corporate real estate credentials included its advice to Constructora Pocuro during its acquisition of Inmobiliaria Frontera Country Club; the assistance also involved administrative and corporate law proceedings before the Superintendence of Insurance and Securities. Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill, Ana María Yuri and Jorge Lembeye are well-known names in the market.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

With a strong reputation for its experience in arbitration, Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’ ‘commitment to cases and strategies designed to meet objectives are unmatched’. The practice stands out for its frequent role as counsel in investment disputes; three of the firm’s partners act as arbitrators at the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce; and it has significant experience in construction and energy and natural resources disputes. Department head Andrés Jana (‘sharp and strategically oriented’) acted as external legal counsel to the Republic of Chile in a high-profile case initiated by the Republic of Bolivia, claiming that Chile has an obligation to negotiate Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean. Rodrigo Gilmakes clients feel very confident’ and Rodrigo Quintana ‘provides very accurate advice’.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s ‘highly efficient’ environmental law practice is part of the firm’s public law department. In transactional highlights, the team advised Antofagasta Minerals on the environmental assessment and permitting associated with its acquisition of a 50% interest in a copper mine. Guillermo de la Jara is the name to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s practice focuses on day-to-day labour law advisory work for companies in the construction, retail, mining, services, education and health sectors; it also has noteworthy experience of labour disputes before the courts and an extensive practice advising companies during collective bargaining procedures. Alejandro Álvarez is recommended. Clients include Atacama Minerals Chile, Enjoy and Ferrostaal Chile.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s ‘service is excellent; the advice is very practical and timely and the deep team also provides specialised expertise’. The firm’s projects experience includes mining, power generation facilities, ports and airports; it has a strong track record of assisting with the resolution of permitting issues and litigation, and the cross-disciplinary team also covers corporate, finance, regulatory, labour and tax matters. Highlights include advising Codelco on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant; as well as acting as general project counsel, the firm’s advice included corporate, administrative and environmental permitting issues, water rights and easements contracts. Pablo Mir is ‘a trusted advisor and provides a practical perspective on how things will play out, which is essential to planning and executing complex closings in Chile’. Alejandro Álvarez, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are also well-known advisers.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s public law practice covers administrative and environmental law issues, and it regularly advises on water rights, electricity, customs, health and urban law. Highlights include defending Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria against a complaint made before the Superintendence of the Environment in relation to environmental approval resolutions. Since the conclusion of research, Blanca Oddo has left the firm to co-found Mendoza, Oddo, Mori, Aguerrea & Gillmore Abogados.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana regularly advises financial institutions, including insurance companies, on the development and financing of major real estate projects; it also provides real estate-related tax, banking and finance, natural resources and environmental law advice. On the sell-side, the team acted for Fondo de Inversión Asset Rentas Residenciales on a share purchase agreement to acquire NRG Santa Isabel, which owns two buildings in Santiago’s city centre. Alejandro Álvarez is the name to note.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana is recommended for its experience in the regulation of telecoms, television and radio; the team’s practice covers the design and application of regulations, contract negotiations and TMT-related litigation. It acted for Chilevisión, one of Chile’s major national broadcast television channels, in relation to digital television legislation. Octavio Bofill and Guillermo de la Jara are key names.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s Guillermo Fonseca recently advised the Asociación de Aseguradores de Chile (Chile’s insurance association) on how Chile’s tax reform law would affect the insurance industry and on the taxation of products that the industry currently offers. Long-term corporate client Eléctrica Puntilla received advice on the tax aspects of the incorporation of a joint venture and associated contractual matters. Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill are noteworthy advisers.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Recommended without reservation’, Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s energy law credentials are enhanced by the firm’s public law, regulatory expertise and mining team. The practice has advised on solar and wind energy projects, as well as mini-hydro and geothermal projects; and the practice stands out for its counsel to an independent transmission company in Chile. The team advised German company Frowein & Spilker during the development, building and operation of a PV power plant, the instruction including the review of environmental and mining assessments and associated sectoral environmental permits. Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are the main contacts.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana has a broad client base, including major energy corporations and mid-size and privately-held companies; the team regularly works alongside the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution practices. Highlights include advising Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a 50% stake in Minera Zaldivar (one of the largest open-pit copper mines in Chile) from Barrick Gold; the assistance covered the due diligence process, structuring the transaction from a Chilean law standpoint and review of the closing documents. It also acted for Lundin Gold on the acquisition of an Ecuadorian mining project from Kinross; assisted Nutrex with the drafting and closing of an option and exploration agreement for mining concessions in the Andes; and advised Codelco on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant, marking the client’s first venture into the molybdenum production business. Other key clients include Lundin Mining and Minera Atacama Minerals. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

A doyen of international arbitration, Francisco Orrego Vicuña of 20 Essex Street is regularly appointed either to serve as arbitrator or to act as tribunal member in high-profile disputes in forums such as the ICC, the LCIA, UNCITRAL and the ICDR (where he is on the energy arbitrators’ list). Andrés Jana heads the investment treaty focused arbitration practice at Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana; he is ‘a highly regarded international arbitration expert’ whose clients include the Republic of Chile and Quiborax (recently representing the latter in an ICSID dispute relating to the confiscation by Bolivia of 11 mining concessions). Claro & Cía.’s Felipe Ossa has acted as counsel in ad hoc as well as ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations. Other senior arbitration specialists in the country include Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera, who serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce; Jorge Carey, the chairman of Carey; and Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva founding partner Arturo Yrarrázaval Covarrubias.

Leading local practitioners

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana stands out for leveraged, real estate and project finance, as well as syndicated loans, corporate recovery and insolvency matters. In capital markets, the team has a strong bond issuance and IPO practice. In finance-related equity capital markets’ highlights, the team acted as counsel to Enjoy during the financing of its affiliate Inversiones Inmobiliarias Enjoy by means of a capital increase. Illustrative of the practice’s ability to handle high-profile cross-border project financings, the team advised Canada-based Lundin Mining Corporation on the financing for its $1.8bn acquisition of an 80% stake in two Chilean copper mines from US miner Freeport-McMoran through a joint debt offering. Other impressive clients include Inversiones Alsacia, Mitsui & Co and Hidroeléctrica Ñuble. Octavio Bofill and Jorge Lembeye are recommended; and Ana María Yuri and Alejandro Álvarez are also key names.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana distinguishes itself in the market through its experience of both the domestic and international aspects of competition and trade law, including how they affect antitrust issues such as market access, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement matters. The team is also known for its competition expertise in key sectors such as media (particularly television) and the agriculture sector. Examples of media work include representing Chile’s main broadcast television channels in an FNE investigation related to an industry-wide joint telecoms infrastructure project for the transmission of digital television. Guillermo de la Jara is the key practitioner. Álvaro Jana joined Certus Business Management.

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

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana can boast strong sector expertise in energy matters: the practice regularly advises a large group of foreign and domestic energy companies and investors, including on the equity and financing aspects of projects. Large deal acquisition instructions saw the team act for Antofagasta Minerals on its approximately $1bn-plus purchase of 50% of Barrick Gold Corporation’s interest in Compañía Minera Zaldivar (the owner of the Zaldivar mine). Evidence of the team’s corporate real estate credentials included its advice to Constructora Pocuro during its acquisition of Inmobiliaria Frontera Country Club; the assistance also involved administrative and corporate law proceedings before the Superintendence of Insurance and Securities. Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill, Ana María Yuri and Jorge Lembeye are well-known names in the market.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

With a strong reputation for its experience in arbitration, Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’ ‘commitment to cases and strategies designed to meet objectives are unmatched’. The practice stands out for its frequent role as counsel in investment disputes; three of the firm’s partners act as arbitrators at the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce; and it has significant experience in construction and energy and natural resources disputes. Department head Andrés Jana (‘sharp and strategically oriented’) acted as external legal counsel to the Republic of Chile in a high-profile case initiated by the Republic of Bolivia, claiming that Chile has an obligation to negotiate Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean. Rodrigo Gilmakes clients feel very confident’ and Rodrigo Quintana ‘provides very accurate advice’.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s ‘highly efficient’ environmental law practice is part of the firm’s public law department. In transactional highlights, the team advised Antofagasta Minerals on the environmental assessment and permitting associated with its acquisition of a 50% interest in a copper mine. Guillermo de la Jara is the name to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s practice focuses on day-to-day labour law advisory work for companies in the construction, retail, mining, services, education and health sectors; it also has noteworthy experience of labour disputes before the courts and an extensive practice advising companies during collective bargaining procedures. Alejandro Álvarez is recommended. Clients include Atacama Minerals Chile, Enjoy and Ferrostaal Chile.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s ‘service is excellent; the advice is very practical and timely and the deep team also provides specialised expertise’. The firm’s projects experience includes mining, power generation facilities, ports and airports; it has a strong track record of assisting with the resolution of permitting issues and litigation, and the cross-disciplinary team also covers corporate, finance, regulatory, labour and tax matters. Highlights include advising Codelco on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant; as well as acting as general project counsel, the firm’s advice included corporate, administrative and environmental permitting issues, water rights and easements contracts. Pablo Mir is ‘a trusted advisor and provides a practical perspective on how things will play out, which is essential to planning and executing complex closings in Chile’. Alejandro Álvarez, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are also well-known advisers.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s public law practice covers administrative and environmental law issues, and it regularly advises on water rights, electricity, customs, health and urban law. Highlights include defending Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria against a complaint made before the Superintendence of the Environment in relation to environmental approval resolutions. Since the conclusion of research, Blanca Oddo has left the firm to co-found Mendoza, Oddo, Mori, Aguerrea & Gillmore Abogados.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana regularly advises financial institutions, including insurance companies, on the development and financing of major real estate projects; it also provides real estate-related tax, banking and finance, natural resources and environmental law advice. On the sell-side, the team acted for Fondo de Inversión Asset Rentas Residenciales on a share purchase agreement to acquire NRG Santa Isabel, which owns two buildings in Santiago’s city centre. Alejandro Álvarez is the name to note.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana is recommended for its experience in the regulation of telecoms, television and radio; the team’s practice covers the design and application of regulations, contract negotiations and TMT-related litigation. It acted for Chilevisión, one of Chile’s major national broadcast television channels, in relation to digital television legislation. Octavio Bofill and Guillermo de la Jara are key names.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s Guillermo Fonseca recently advised the Asociación de Aseguradores de Chile (Chile’s insurance association) on how Chile’s tax reform law would affect the insurance industry and on the taxation of products that the industry currently offers. Long-term corporate client Eléctrica Puntilla received advice on the tax aspects of the incorporation of a joint venture and associated contractual matters. Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill are noteworthy advisers.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Recommended without reservation’, Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana’s energy law credentials are enhanced by the firm’s public law, regulatory expertise and mining team. The practice has advised on solar and wind energy projects, as well as mini-hydro and geothermal projects; and the practice stands out for its counsel to an independent transmission company in Chile. The team advised German company Frowein & Spilker during the development, building and operation of a PV power plant, the instruction including the review of environmental and mining assessments and associated sectoral environmental permits. Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are the main contacts.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana has a broad client base, including major energy corporations and mid-size and privately-held companies; the team regularly works alongside the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution practices. Highlights include advising Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a 50% stake in Minera Zaldivar (one of the largest open-pit copper mines in Chile) from Barrick Gold; the assistance covered the due diligence process, structuring the transaction from a Chilean law standpoint and review of the closing documents. It also acted for Lundin Gold on the acquisition of an Ecuadorian mining project from Kinross; assisted Nutrex with the drafting and closing of an option and exploration agreement for mining concessions in the Andes; and advised Codelco on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant, marking the client’s first venture into the molybdenum production business. Other key clients include Lundin Mining and Minera Atacama Minerals. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

A doyen of international arbitration, Francisco Orrego Vicuña of 20 Essex Street is regularly appointed either to serve as arbitrator or to act as tribunal member in high-profile disputes in forums such as the ICC, the LCIA, UNCITRAL and the ICDR (where he is on the energy arbitrators’ list). Andrés Jana heads the investment treaty focused arbitration practice at Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana; he is ‘a highly regarded international arbitration expert’ whose clients include the Republic of Chile and Quiborax (recently representing the latter in an ICSID dispute relating to the confiscation by Bolivia of 11 mining concessions). Claro & Cía.’s Felipe Ossa has acted as counsel in ad hoc as well as ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations. Other senior arbitration specialists in the country include Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera, who serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce; Jorge Carey, the chairman of Carey; and Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva founding partner Arturo Yrarrázaval Covarrubias.

Leading local practitioners

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Alvarez Jana

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