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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is particularly well regarded for its experience in leveraged finance, real estate and project finance, and syndicated loans; the practice is also experienced in corporate recovery and insolvency matters, bond issuances and IPOs. The team recently advised Inversiones e Inmobiliaria Almonacid on refinancing and syndicating its loans. Octavio Bofill, who is ‘personally dedicated to his clients and is a great negotiator with excellent legal knowledge’, and Jorge Lembeye are recommended. Alejandro Álvarez and Ana María Yuri are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s team regularly assists with antitrust issues, such as access to markets, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement; and the practice is well known for its sector expertise in media and television, and agriculture. The team advised Chile’s largest broadcast television stations in an investigation carried out by the FNE, regarding an industry-wide joint telecoms infrastructure project for the transmission of digital television. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘level of quality is simply excellent; its lawyers know how to analyse issues, structure creative solutions and are business minded and ethical’. The team is highly rated for complex domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances; it also assists with the financial, corporate, tax, corporate governance and regulatory issues during transactions. Jorge Lembeye led advice to Brazilian energy businesses Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais and Alupar Investimento on the sale of their interests in Transchile Charrúa Transmisión, the owner and operator of a large Chilean transmission line, to Ferrovial Transco Chile; and Octavio Bofill, whose ‘knowledge of corporate law is superb and who protects his clients’, acted as Chile counsel to US private equity investor Atlas Holdings in the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of NCR Corporation’s Interactive Printer Solutions division, which involved assets in Argentina, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Alejandro Álvarez, Ana María Yuri and Rodrigo Saffirio are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s dispute resolution team is well known for its investor-state practice; it also has key expertise in construction and energy and natural resources-related litigation. Highlights included representing the Republic of Chile in an international border dispute before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Andrés Jana and Rodrigo Quintana are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s environmental law group is part of the firm’s public law department; it has extensive experience in due diligence matters, environmental compliance, litigation and environmental assessment consultations. The firm acts as ongoing counsel to Mitsui & Co, one of the largest corporate conglomerates in Japan, in the environmental aspects of the company’s prospective projects in Chile; and it recently acted for Frontera del Oro in an environmental assessment consultation for a mining expansion project. Guillermo de la Jara is recommended.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is experienced in collective bargaining matters, expatriate issues and immigration procedures; and the team regularly acts before the labour courts. The firm also fields lawyers with sector experience in construction, retail, mining, services, education and healthcare. It successfully defended Nephrocare Chile against a complex unfair dismissal claim. Alejandro Álvarez is recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for the planning, development, construction and operation of projects in Chile, such as mining, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. It also assists with project-related disputes. Recent matters saw the team advise Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a large stake in Minera Zaldivar, one of the largest open pit copper mines in Chile, from Barrick Gold; the team also provides general counsel to Pacific Hydro, a global owner, operator and developer of wind and renewable hydro-energy assets. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana advises on the administrative law aspects of urban law, water rights, electricity law, customs matters and health law. Recent highlights saw the team act as counsel to Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria, a subsidiary of Canada’s Lundin Mining, on an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence; the matter involved possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jara ‘excels in public law’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly advises financial institutions, including insurance companies, on the creation, development and financing of major real estate projects. The client base also includes international investment funds, which have major real estate investments in Chile; and the team regularly works alongside the firm’s tax, banking and finance, natural resources and environmental lawyers on real estate projects. Active clients include Fondo de Inversión Asset Rentas Residenciales, Asset Chile, Inversiones Neorentas La Serena and Constructora Pacal. Alejandro Álvarez is highly rated.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Janais incredibly responsive’ and ‘has excellent legal acumen’. The practice regularly advises telecoms and broadcasting operators, including telephone, mobile phone and internet service providers, broadcast television channels, and telecoms technology service providers. The team also assists private parties and public authorities with tariff-setting procedures and TMT-related antitrust matters, as well as TMT-related labour law issues, commercial transactions (including M&A), and insolvencies. It advised major local TV network, Chilevisión, on the drafting and negotiation of its advertising agreements, which involved regulatory and antitrust compliance issues. Octavio Bofill and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications Guillermo de la Jara are experienced in the regulatory issues surrounding the telecoms, television and radio sectors.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s tax department regularly advises on significant cross-border purchase transactions and tax planning structures, and it has particular sector expertise in mining, financial services, construction contracts, and export and import businesses. The practice advised Techpack on the tax aspects of its sale of subsidiary Alusa. Guillermo Fonseca, Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill are highly regarded.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular strengths in renewable energy and transmission issues, areas which are enhanced by the firm’s public law and regulatory team, and mining and dispute resolution practices. The team acted for Germany’s Frowein & Spilker in the development, building and operation of a PV plant. Pablo Mir is ‘very approachable and helps clients determine the best legal course of action when confronted with complex issues’. Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are also highly regarded.

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘service is excellent and clients receive clear and practical answers that are also timely’. The firm fields lawyers, who are experienced in the financing of mining projects, exploration issues, project development and acquisitions, as well as permits, construction and project closures; the mining team also regularly works alongside the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution practitioners. Highlights saw the team advise 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. It also acted for Molyb (Codelco) in the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant; advised New Gold on the sale of its 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project to Goldcorp; and is regular counsel to Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile on corporate matters, taxation, service contracts, permits, easements and mining rights. The client list also includes New Gold, Asset Chile, Laguna Gold and Kissner Milling Company. For some clients, Pablo Mir is ‘one of the finest Chilean lawyers around; he is always responsive, organised and practical’. Rony Zimerman is also highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Based in Chile but a member of London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street, Francisco Orrego Vicuña is a highly regarded arbitrator who has handled disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as cases relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He sits on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators’ list. Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s founding litigation and arbitration partner Andrés Jana is closely involved, as a member or delegate, in major arbitral forums including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA. Carey represented the Republic of Chile in an ICSID arbitration over alleged breach of the Spanish-Chilean BIT, with chairman Jorge Carey and Gonzalo Fernández acting alongside Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Arturo Yrarrázaval Covarrubias leads on arbitration matters at Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva. Other key contacts include Felipe Ossa at Claro & Cia.; Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo; and Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera, who serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

Leading local practitioners

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is particularly well regarded for its experience in leveraged finance, real estate and project finance, and syndicated loans; the practice is also experienced in corporate recovery and insolvency matters, bond issuances and IPOs. The team recently advised Inversiones e Inmobiliaria Almonacid on refinancing and syndicating its loans. Octavio Bofill, who is ‘personally dedicated to his clients and is a great negotiator with excellent legal knowledge’, and Jorge Lembeye are recommended. Alejandro Álvarez and Ana María Yuri are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s team regularly assists with antitrust issues, such as access to markets, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement; and the practice is well known for its sector expertise in media and television, and agriculture. The team advised Chile’s largest broadcast television stations in an investigation carried out by the FNE, regarding an industry-wide joint telecoms infrastructure project for the transmission of digital television. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

[back to top]

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘level of quality is simply excellent; its lawyers know how to analyse issues, structure creative solutions and are business minded and ethical’. The team is highly rated for complex domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances; it also assists with the financial, corporate, tax, corporate governance and regulatory issues during transactions. Jorge Lembeye led advice to Brazilian energy businesses Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais and Alupar Investimento on the sale of their interests in Transchile Charrúa Transmisión, the owner and operator of a large Chilean transmission line, to Ferrovial Transco Chile; and Octavio Bofill, whose ‘knowledge of corporate law is superb and who protects his clients’, acted as Chile counsel to US private equity investor Atlas Holdings in the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of NCR Corporation’s Interactive Printer Solutions division, which involved assets in Argentina, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Alejandro Álvarez, Ana María Yuri and Rodrigo Saffirio are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s dispute resolution team is well known for its investor-state practice; it also has key expertise in construction and energy and natural resources-related litigation. Highlights included representing the Republic of Chile in an international border dispute before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Andrés Jana and Rodrigo Quintana are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s environmental law group is part of the firm’s public law department; it has extensive experience in due diligence matters, environmental compliance, litigation and environmental assessment consultations. The firm acts as ongoing counsel to Mitsui & Co, one of the largest corporate conglomerates in Japan, in the environmental aspects of the company’s prospective projects in Chile; and it recently acted for Frontera del Oro in an environmental assessment consultation for a mining expansion project. Guillermo de la Jara is recommended.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is experienced in collective bargaining matters, expatriate issues and immigration procedures; and the team regularly acts before the labour courts. The firm also fields lawyers with sector experience in construction, retail, mining, services, education and healthcare. It successfully defended Nephrocare Chile against a complex unfair dismissal claim. Alejandro Álvarez is recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for the planning, development, construction and operation of projects in Chile, such as mining, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. It also assists with project-related disputes. Recent matters saw the team advise Antofagasta Minerals on the purchase of a large stake in Minera Zaldivar, one of the largest open pit copper mines in Chile, from Barrick Gold; the team also provides general counsel to Pacific Hydro, a global owner, operator and developer of wind and renewable hydro-energy assets. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez, Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana advises on the administrative law aspects of urban law, water rights, electricity law, customs matters and health law. Recent highlights saw the team act as counsel to Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria, a subsidiary of Canada’s Lundin Mining, on an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence; the matter involved possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jara ‘excels in public law’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly advises financial institutions, including insurance companies, on the creation, development and financing of major real estate projects. The client base also includes international investment funds, which have major real estate investments in Chile; and the team regularly works alongside the firm’s tax, banking and finance, natural resources and environmental lawyers on real estate projects. Active clients include Fondo de Inversión Asset Rentas Residenciales, Asset Chile, Inversiones Neorentas La Serena and Constructora Pacal. Alejandro Álvarez is highly rated.

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

The team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Janais incredibly responsive’ and ‘has excellent legal acumen’. The practice regularly advises telecoms and broadcasting operators, including telephone, mobile phone and internet service providers, broadcast television channels, and telecoms technology service providers. The team also assists private parties and public authorities with tariff-setting procedures and TMT-related antitrust matters, as well as TMT-related labour law issues, commercial transactions (including M&A), and insolvencies. It advised major local TV network, Chilevisión, on the drafting and negotiation of its advertising agreements, which involved regulatory and antitrust compliance issues. Octavio Bofill and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications Guillermo de la Jara are experienced in the regulatory issues surrounding the telecoms, television and radio sectors.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s tax department regularly advises on significant cross-border purchase transactions and tax planning structures, and it has particular sector expertise in mining, financial services, construction contracts, and export and import businesses. The practice advised Techpack on the tax aspects of its sale of subsidiary Alusa. Guillermo Fonseca, Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill are highly regarded.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular strengths in renewable energy and transmission issues, areas which are enhanced by the firm’s public law and regulatory team, and mining and dispute resolution practices. The team acted for Germany’s Frowein & Spilker in the development, building and operation of a PV plant. Pablo Mir is ‘very approachable and helps clients determine the best legal course of action when confronted with complex issues’. Rony Zimerman and Jorge Lembeye are also highly regarded.

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

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘service is excellent and clients receive clear and practical answers that are also timely’. The firm fields lawyers, who are experienced in the financing of mining projects, exploration issues, project development and acquisitions, as well as permits, construction and project closures; the mining team also regularly works alongside the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution practitioners. Highlights saw the team advise 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. It also acted for Molyb (Codelco) in the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant; advised New Gold on the sale of its 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project to Goldcorp; and is regular counsel to Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile on corporate matters, taxation, service contracts, permits, easements and mining rights. The client list also includes New Gold, Asset Chile, Laguna Gold and Kissner Milling Company. For some clients, Pablo Mir is ‘one of the finest Chilean lawyers around; he is always responsive, organised and practical’. Rony Zimerman is also highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Based in Chile but a member of London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street, Francisco Orrego Vicuña is a highly regarded arbitrator who has handled disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as cases relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He sits on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators’ list. Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s founding litigation and arbitration partner Andrés Jana is closely involved, as a member or delegate, in major arbitral forums including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA. Carey represented the Republic of Chile in an ICSID arbitration over alleged breach of the Spanish-Chilean BIT, with chairman Jorge Carey and Gonzalo Fernández acting alongside Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Arturo Yrarrázaval Covarrubias leads on arbitration matters at Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva. Other key contacts include Felipe Ossa at Claro & Cia.; Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo; and Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera, who serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

Leading local practitioners

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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