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DLA Piper (Chile)

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile)

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm has since changed its name to DLA Piper (Chile). In addition to traditional banking and finance matters, the nine-strong practice group stands out for its experience in advising funds and angel investors on venture capital in Chile; it also regularly deals with national business promotion agency CORFO (particularly in regard to funding applications and credit lines), and has a robust banking regulatory practice. Recent mandates include advising Komax (as borrower) on a $49.5m syndicated loan from Banco Santander, Banco Consorcio and Banco BTG for the financing of outstanding debt and a company acquisition; and Devlabs in day-to-day matters related to the operation of its CORFO-backed fund, Fondo de Inversión Privado Outlier Seed Fund I (and associated capital calls). The group has also been active acting on behalf of banks, assiting Banco San Juan International, for example, with its registration as a foreign financial institution. Experienced practice co-heads Matías Zegers and Paulo Larrain are the key contacts; they're best known for banking, finance and venture capital, and acquisition and project financing and capital markets, respectively. Also noted is Mauricio Halpern , whose finance and capital markets practice is tempered by his extensive former experience in-house.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile)

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile). Recent work includes advising Cornershop Technologies on obtaining FNE approval of the sale of its operative companies in Chile to WalMart. Felipe Bahamondez  heads the regulated markets and antitrust group. Key support comes from experienced counsel Blanca Palumbo, a former reserve member (ministro suplente) of the Tribunal de Libre Competencia; and Carolina Bawlitza, who joined the firm in August 2018 after six years at the FNE.

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

DLA Piper (Chile)

In 2018,¬†BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larra√≠n & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile). The practice, which 'really understands its clients', has a strong team for M&A deals, including due diligence matters; it is also noted for its particular experience in venture capital, corporate governance and compliance matters. Headline work saw practice co-head Mat√≠as Zegers lead the team advising Cornershop on the $225m sale of its operating companies in Chile to Walmart, including the antitrust aspects. His fellow practice head, Paulo Larrain, advised Zurich Group on the $137m acquisition of EuroAmerica Administradora de Fondos and the portfolio of individual and life insurance of Euroamerica Seguros de Vida. Other key advisers include Jos√© Pablo Dulanto¬†and Marco Salgado (who 'really goes the extra mile for his clients'), and counsels¬†Manola Quiroz¬†and Mauricio Halpern. Senior associates Diego Pe√Īa¬†and Jorge Timmermann¬† are also key team members. Jos√© Ureta left to move in-house. Clients include L‚ÄôOreŐĀal, Zurich Group,¬†Codelco, Infosys and Victoria Capital Partners.

Leading individuals

Paulo Larrain - DLA Piper (Chile)

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper (Chile)

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile).  The office's disputes practice 'adapts as required to specific client requirements'; its workload  includes complex commercial and civil matters, defending constitutional rights, and consumer protection claims. Recent matters saw the team act for Metrogas in a gas explosion-related claim. Macarena Iturra and 'excellent professional' Ricardo López are highly regarded counsels and key practice contacts. In a further development as of September 2019, the office has opened a white-collar practice under the leadership of new counsel Ignacio Schwerter, who is also active in compliance matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile) is 'always there for its clients'. The practice advises on day-to-day labour-law issues, collective bargaining, employment law disputes, compensation schemes, and corporate immigration issues. The team recently acted for Mostos del Pacífico in complex litigation that was brought by its former general manager, following the termination of his employment agreement. Department head Luis Parada 'really stands out because of his deep legal knowledge'; of counsel Juan Pablo Mesías, previously at KPMG in Chile, and labour litigation specialist Alfonso Bustamante, formerly of Lahaye & Bustamante, joined the practice, while Ramón Domínguez  left for Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile) assists with the development of a range of projects, including PV power plants, desalination facilities and real estate. The team advised SLM NX Uno de Peine on the development of the NX project, a joint venture for the development of a potassium and lithium project; its assistance included advice on environmental permits and mining options. Felipe Bahamondez, José Pablo Dulanto and Rodrigo Alvarez are all experienced practitioners.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile)'s practice covers bidding procedures, concessions, public law litigation and representation before the administrative authorities. The team acted for an online Chilean professional education institute in a constitutional injunction filed against the National Accreditation Commission for the arbitrary application of new education-sector legislation. Felipe Bahamondez, counsel Ricardo López and senior associate Paulina Farías are the main advisers.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile)'s real estate practice ranges from tax planning, title searches and urban planning to the construction and commercialisation of projects, as well as acquisition and sales. Recent mandates saw the team  assist the Larrain Villablanca family with the acquisition of agricultural real estate in southern Chile. Rodrigo Alvarez heads the real estate and construction group; María Teresa Fernández was promoted to counsel.

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile)¬†advises on tax law issues across a wide range of sectors and has been assisting¬†its clients with tax matters that arose further to the Chilean Government's recent tax reform. Other matters include advising Uber Chile on the tax issues surrounding the development of its operations in Chile.¬†Rodrigo √Ālvarez¬†is the key contact;¬†Miguel Zamora left to join Chile's IRS.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)

Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile)¬†is experienced in advising on energy project developments, including solar PV projects; the team's expertise covers energy, environmental and regulatory law issues, as well as the¬†financing and construction of projects. Notable recent mandates included acting for Brazil's Atiaia Energia on the sale of¬†Atiaia Energ√≠a Chile to China International Water & Electric. The practice comprises¬†Felipe Bahamondez¬†and¬†Jos√© Pablo Dulanto, along with¬†Diego Pe√Īa¬†and regulatory associate Paulina Far√≠as.

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Mining - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)

DLA Piper (Chile)¬†regularly advises on¬†exploration and exploitation mining concessions and mining contracts, as well as project development and contentious matters; the team has particular expertise in the lithium segment. Recent matters saw the team act for Cominor in the sale of a 50 per cent ownership stake in Minera Pompeya to Minera Mantos de Oro. SIMCO and Desarrollos Mineros are also clients. Jos√© Pablo Dulanto¬†is department head and¬†Claudio Sep√ļlveda¬†is a notable associate.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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  • Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (‚Äú CMB ‚ÄĚ) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqu√© on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (‚Äú Communiqu√© ‚ÄĚ), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqu√© entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (‚ÄúFTS‚ÄĚ) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept.¬†
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the ‚ÄúDanish Beneficial Ownership Cases‚ÄĚ, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.