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Carey’s ‘level of service is excellent and the team is very skilful’. The antitrust practice group handles merger control, collusion, abuse of dominance and compliance; has extensive experience representing domestic and international clients in litigation before the Antitrust Court (TDLC) and the Supreme Court, and in investigations before the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE); and regularly represents clients in regulatory matters. Recent headline work includes defending Cencosud in an investigation against three supermarkets for alleged price-fixing by the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE). It also assisted Maersk Line A/S and Hamburg Süd, which recently merged, in a concentration proceeding before the FNE; this was one of the first concentration proceedings before the authority under the new merger control regime that came into force in 2017. The co-department heads are Claudio Lizana, who ‘has the expertise to anticipate possible problems and deal with them in advance’, and Lorena Pavic. Francisca Levin, José Pardo, Camila Albornoz and Carolina Veas are experienced associates.

Claro & Cia. is highly rated for significant merger clearances, competition-related litigation and negotiations with Chile’s antitrust authorities; and the practice group fields lawyers with specific industry strength in banking and finance, transportation and energy. Cristóbal Eyzaguirre and José Miguel Huerta, who is ‘highly committed, strategic and has excellent competition law skills’, represented Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores in a leniency application before the Chilean Antitrust Agency relating to the car carrier industry. In other matters, the team advised LATAM Airlines Group and International Consolidated Airlines Group in non-contentious proceedings initiated by the Chilean Association of Tourism Companies before the TDLC, regarding two joint business agreements. Santiago Bravo, Juan Pablo Celis and Tomás Kreft are all key associates.

FerradaNehmeprovides an excellent service that quickly provides sound, business- orientated advice’. The team is widely respected for merger control matters, compliance and regulatory issues, IP-related competition issues and high-profile cases before the TDLC and the FNE. It regularly assists clients in the telecoms, technology and banking sectors. Recent work saw the team defend Walmart Chile (and parent company Walmart), against an FNE investigation into alleged price fixing collusion and subsequent FNE claim before the TDLC. It also advised Grupo Luksic subsidiary, port operator Antofagasta Terminal Internacional, in a non-contentious proceeding before the TDLC that aimed to modify the restrictions on vertical integration. Founding partner Nicole Nehme and of counsels Sander van der Voorde and Benjamín Mordoj are highly rated. Sebastián Dufeu, Diego Hernández and Josefina Campos are key practice directors.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia is highly regarded for its advice on litigation before Chile’s Competition Court and regularly assists with M&A merger clearances and compliance issues. The group has acted for Telefónica Group, Chile’s main telecoms company, in a number of competition cases. Arturo Costabal is the name to note; Javier Velozo left in July 2018 to establish Contreras Velozo.

Always delivering brilliant service’, Barros & Errázuriz excels in handling litigation and administrative procedures; is experienced in investigations by the authorities; and provides compliance advice to companies acting in the Chilean market. The firm has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, retail, media, food and beverage, and energy industries; and is regarded as ‘standing out’ for telecoms-related matters. It recently assisted AT&T with a notification before the FNE, regarding its acquisition of sole control of Time Warner. José Tomás Errázuriz, Luis Eduardo Toro and David Cademártori are the principal practitioners; and senior associates Francisco Bórquez and José Luis Corvalán are also noted.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ ‘advice takes into account commercial drivers’. The team is highly regarded for merger control matters; has significant strength in cartel and abuse of dominance cases; and assists with IP-related competition matters. The team also has a large base of consumer goods clients. Mandates include advising American Airlines on a joint business agreement requiring FNE approval; and Time Warner on the Chilean aspects of its merger with AT&T. Juan Cristóbal Gumuciofavourably impresses’.

Pellegrini & Cía. regularly assists its clients in cases involving exclusionary practices and regulatory proceedings; and the firm is active in the design and implementation of compliance programmes for national and multinational companies. It is also experienced in acting before the TDLC and Supreme Court, as well as the FNE. The team represented the Chilean Association of Tourism Companies, which filed a petition before the TDLC requesting the examination of the competitive effects of joint business agreements signed by Latam Airlines. The team is co-led by founding partner Julio Pellegrini and Pedro Rencoret; Francisco Blavi is also highly regarded.

Prieto’s ‘highly regarded team’ is regularly involved in high-profile litigation cases before the TDLC, particularly in the retail, energy and transport sectors; and assists with cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations conducted by the FNE. The firm also has a robust merger control practice and provides ongoing pre-emptive advice and implements compliance programmes for companies and trade associations. Recent work includes acting for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha against an FNE claim filed against six maritime transport companies for allegedly agreeing tender terms for the inter-oceanic transport of cars; the matter was one of the first multi-jurisdictional leniency cases in Chile. The department is led by the ‘impressive’ Benjamín Grebe; Manfred Zink is a key senior associate.

Baker McKenzie Chile regularly acts in antitrust cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and unfair competition matters. The practice is also active in merger control proceedings and assists with compliance issues. It acted for an association of franchisees in litigation proceedings against a franchisor and suppliers. Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés and Diego Ferrada are highly rated; and senior associate Juan Ignacio Donoso is a former FNE deputy Antitrust Division head.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s antitrust team is known for its competition expertise in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, automobiles, media and telecoms, and it stands out for its international trade remedy experience. Guillermo de la Jara led advice to Fresenius Medical Care Chile on an unfair competition claim filed against it by a Chilean competitor. The practice also advised major Mexican steel producer Deacero in its defence against dumping charges. Octavio Bofill is the key adviser.

González & Rioseco’s department head Andrés Rioseco is experienced in proceedings before the Chilean Competition Tribunal and the Supreme Court, as well as advising clients during FNE investigations and on merger notification and other transaction-related procedures. Representative experience includes defending foreign and national companies against claims involving alleged collusion, abuse of dominant position, antidumping, unfair competition and damages following antitrust liability; the team also assists with regulatory compliance matters. Francisco González is another notable name.

Guerrero Olivos’ practice covers merger reviews and compliance programmes, antitrust disputes and competition law enforcement matters. The service is ‘beyond excellent’ and ‘response times always great’. The principal advisers are Pedro Pellegrini and senior associate Jaime Barahona, a former deputy national antitrust prosecutor at the FNE. Recent matters include advising Empresas Carozzi with an FNE investigation into alleged collusive conduct. Corporate partner Jorge Delpiano also has a high-profile role in competition work.

Morales & Besa has been active, recently, advising on the country’s new pre-merger control regulations, as well as assisting with complex cases brought before the Competition Tribunal by the FNE. Supported by senior associate and practice head María José Henríquez, the well-regarded Gonzalo Cordero led advice to Spanish toll roads and infrastructure operator, Abertis Infraestructuras, on the pre-merger filing resulting from Italian toll road manager Atlantia’s public tender offer for the company, which was subsequently overtaken by a counterbid by ACS Group subsidiary, Hochtief, for which the team also handled the filing. The practice group’s growing workload saw the firm hire Claudia Arce O from the FNE’s litigation and anti-cartel division in early 2018.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s ‘team is extremely accurate in its advice and reacts promptly to clients’ requests’. Following Ricardo Riesco’s exit to pursue a visiting scholarship at Columbia University, Ignacio Larraín was promoted to competition law group director in Chile. The practice’s recent highlights include acting as counsel to German multinational chemical company, Linde, on the filing and antitrust issues related to its merger with Praxair. Álvaro Espinosa Vásquez is a key senior associate. Other active clients include Fox International Channels US, Banco Santander and Samsung Electronic Chile.

Ugarte Ried y Correa’s lawyers have significant experience in antitrust litigation, merger control, authority-led investigations, and leniency, along with class actions and damages, unfair competition, and compliance. José Joaquín Ugarte regularly acts for companies from a broad range of industries before the FNE, TDLC and the Supreme Court; and Santiago Ried is experienced in cases involving alleged cartels and abuse of dominant positions, as well as merger clearance matters and compliance issues.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s practice group handles merger control assessments and notifications, and distribution policies and strategies. The team also regularly assists with international unfair competition matters, including anti-dumping and safeguard cases; and advises on the implementation of compliance programmes. Nicholas Mocarquer and Gonzalo Rencoret recently assisted The Dow Chemical Company with the FNE’s approval of the $130bn mega-merger with E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company. The practice also acted for US-headquartered global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly, in an FNE investigation into alleged anti-competitive restrictions surrounding the bidding for the purchase of certain drugs. Also noted, Sergio Orrego and Rodrigo de Alencar are ‘both highly experienced’.

The practice group at Albagli Zaliasnik fields experts in the design and implementation of antitrust compliance programmes; handles the competition law aspects of IP matters and antitrust litigation; and has particular expertise representing clients from the pharmaceutical industry. Recent mandates include defending Chilean medical equipment company Importadora y Distribuidora Arquimed, against an unfair competition lawsuit. Name partner Gabriel Zaliasnik and head of the firm’s antitrust, regulatory and public affairs litigation group, Daniel López, are both highly rated.

Bordoli Doren Abogados is well known in the market for its assistance with FNE investigations and TDLC cases; and the practice group has particular sector-specific experience in banking, energy, retail and transportation. Carla Bordoli is a market regulation, competition and public procurement expert; Cristián Doren is also a well-known adviser.

Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn’s name partner Juan Enrique Coeymans leads the antitrust and competition department. He advises on cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as providing ongoing compliance advice, and has strong sector experience in retail and distribution, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and real estate. Recent matters include advising construction company Besalco in a public works bid-rigging case against a number of asphalt producers.

The ‘attentive team’ at CorreaGubbinsprovides a very good service’. ‘Service oriented’ name partner Juan Ignacio Correa co-leads the department with senior associate Jorge Sepúlveda, and recent mandates saw the practice advise state-owned entity Empresa Portuaria San Antonio in a TDLC consultation process regarding conditions imposed for the concession and construction of the largest port project in South America. Name partner Martín Gubbins, who is ‘at the top of his game’, is noted for cross-border cases, while Carolina Squella is a port regulations specialist and has experience of state-owned companies.

The recently formed Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial is focused exclusively on litigation, arbitration and antitrust matters. All four founding partners – Arturo Yrarrázaval, Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, Fernando Salas and Anibal Vial, (formerly of Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva) – have some engagement with competition matters and the team recently advised trade association Cámara Chilena de la Construcción on producing a new antirust guide for its members.

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