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Allende Bascuñán & Cía. is a medium size law firm with more than 25 years of experience in legal practice. With particular strengths in Tax, Energy and Natural Resources, Aviation, Public Law, Labour Law and Litigation. During the last few years, it has developed its professional expertise and legal team by encouraging the continuing education of its partners and associates, both in Chile and abroad. The firm is characterized for providing their clients an excellent and personalized service. Also it stands out for having several of their lawyers working in the academic field, as professors at the most prestigious universities in the country and by participating in international conferences and legal associations. Allende Bascuñán & Cía. is part of a broad and reliable network of law firms in Latin America and the most important trade and financial centers of the world.

Areas of practice

Tax: Under the leadership of Francisco Allende, partner and co-founder with more than 30 years of experience, the Tax Department has undertaken a process of continuous growth and development, by increasing the number of both partners and associates. The provision of legal services of excellent quality, such as tax planning and tax law general counselling to Chilean and foreign clients in matters related to foreign investments, M&A, corporate taxation, VAT, corporate restructuring, personal taxation and inheritance tax, constitutes the reason why the firm's reputation is recognized by both clients and other firms.

Energy and Natural Resources: The firm gives permanent and complete advice in energy and water rights matters to clients from different industry sectors, positioning itself as an expert and leading organization in such issues. Allende Bascuñán & Cía. has an extensive experience in this area, providing expert advice to mining and industrial companies in Chile on tender processes, negotiation and subscription of PPA, negotiation and drafting of electric transmission contracts and development and implementation of renewable energy power projects. Allende Bascuñán & Cía. Also has a extensive experience in water rights, including the analysis and strategic planning for this source in all kind of projects, their complete approval process before the Chilean Water Authority, the structuring of sales and acquisitions of rights of use and supply, processing of forced or voluntary water easements, strategic analysis for the viability of water supply for investment projects, administrative and judicial litigation to obtain water rights and authorizations and resolution of conflicts between private parties.

Corporate, M&A and Aviation: This department provides a full range of services in the corporate area, such as mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganizations; constitution, amendments and liquidation of all kinds of companies and corporations; negotiation of shareholders agreements; advice to boards of directors, preparation of minutes and corporate compliance; advice on foreign investment vehicles; joint ventures negotiation with domestic and foreign partners; negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts and construction contracts. We are a highly recognized firm among the aviation industry, with a strong experience in certifying domestic and foreign airlines before the Chilean authorities, and in the defense of airlines in passengers and cargo claims.

Public Law: Since the early 90's, Chile has undergone an increased growth in its government administration. This, together with a sustained specialization of regulatory activity in different areas of the economy has enhanced the relevance of legal advice in public law matters. The firm's consultancy includes companies and private entities in matters such as: administrative recruiting, administrative legal activity dispute and control, administrative contentious proceedings, state responsibility, advice on the permissions and administrative authorizations processes and defense in procedures of control and punishment.

Litigation and Arbitration: For more than 20 years this department has been dedicated to assist clients of different sectors before civil courts all around the country. Civil and commercial contracts, forced expropriations, patrimonial responsibility, administrative and contentious administrative appeals, arbitral procedures, recognition, invalidation, granting, foreign awards procedures, voluntary jurisdiction procedures and judgments relating to heredities and testaments.

Labour and Employment: This area provides a complete legal counselling in labour and employment matters, most of the clients have managed their labour issues for more than ten years with the firm. Individual contracts, settlements of employment relationship, collective bargaining, work accidents, immigration, labour litigation, fines and resolutions claims from the Work Direction. Also, the firm has a vast experience in high complexity trials involving sharing defense strategies with clients.

Partners: 9

Other fee-earners: 15

Total staff: 35

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