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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada

In early 2017, Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada grew its team when corporate and aviation industry expert José Luis Ibáñez returned to the firm as partner from an in-house role. The practice is well known for its aviation sector expertise; it also assists with technology, construction, agriculture and real estate-related deals. Clients regard the group as being ‘extremely professional, and providing appropriate response times and value for money’. The team advises Federal Express on an ongoing basis in corporate, commercial and aviation matters; and it recently acted for regular client Renner Herrmann on the corporate reorganisation of Chilean subsidiaries. Felipe Allende heads the team.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada’s team has particular sector expertise in mining, agriculture, science, aviation, and construction. It assisted Philips Chilena with its restructuring, which involved modifications to individual and collective contracts. Andrés Garrido is highly rated.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada focuses on the defence of local and foreign companies against sanctioning procedures, initiated by the administrative authorities in relation to environmental legislation, health services, and waterworks and tax matters. The team acts for clients such as Aguas Andinas, Agrosuper, Philips Chilena and Fruticola Tantehue. Mauricio Viñuela is the key contact.

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada’s ‘tax team has the rare combination of experience, huge technical capability, a pro-active service approach, and value-led charging’. The firm acts in complex tax matters, such as the business reorganisations of significant investment groups and sales of companies in the healthcare, aquaculture, construction and mining sectors. The practice is also experienced in assisting family offices (private wealth-management entities) with their ongoing businesses. Francisco Allende is ‘hugely experienced in domestic and international tax matters’; and Gonzalo Garfias ‘has an incredible depth of knowledge’. Carolina Gazitúa is also a key contact.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 4

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada regularly advises on PV and wind projects and mini hydro-electric power plants. In electricity law matters, the team reviews transmission contracts and is experienced in water law issues. It advises Bravo Energy on an ongoing basis in relation to tenders and contracts for industrial oil treatment and fuel sales. Other active clients include Transnet, Philips Chilena and Felipe Bascuñán ‘gives appropriate and quick responses that suit corporate needs’; public law head Mauricio Viñuela ‘understands the issues that arise’; and Alejandro Romero is also a key name.

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