Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

The Chilean member-firm of the Lexwork International law firm association of mid-sized legal practices, Chirgwin‘s corporate and M&A department is led by managing partner Andrés Chirgwin, who has longstanding experience in M&A, foreign investment, and corporate and contractual law.
The relatively recently-established corporate practice at Garnham Abogados is led by Daniela Gazmuri (a partner since September 2020), whose wide-ranging practice covers M&A and capital markets, as well as corporate law and financial regulatory advice.
The corporate and M&A team at mid-sized law firm Lavin Abogados & Consultores is led by corporate, civil and tax law specialist, Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez Barros, who acts for clients from the renewable power, agriculture, fishing and healthcare sectors (among others).
Misraji&Béjar was co-launched by former Albagli Zaliasnik associate Arie Misraji in April 2020; name partner Misraji routinely advises on M&A, venture capital, investment funds, corporate structuring, complex contracts and asset restructuring.

Corporate and M&A in Chile

Barros & Errázuriz

On an equal footing with top-tier law firms in New York' according to one client, Barros & Errázuriz's sizeable team regularly advises on private acquisitions, sales, cross-border takeovers of listed companies, corporate restructuring programmes, and acquisitions of controlling and minority interests. The practice is co-led by corporate department head and renowned M&A expert, Pablo Guerrero and Bernardo Simian, whose practice takes in both M&A and foreign investment. Other key partners include tax leader Fernando Barros; managing partner and capital markets specialist Cristián Barros; and corporate law, foreign investment, M&A and joint venture practitioners Emilio Vásquez and Carlos Ducci. Sergio Eguiguren, Vicente Cordero and Luis Alberto Letelier are also all experienced M&A advisors, while dispute resolution leader José Tomás Errázuriz additionally advises on corporate law. Experienced in the acquisition and sale of companies, Lucas Marinovic was promoted to partner in March 2022, and counsel Daniela Peña assists with corporate law, M&A and restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Guerrero; Bernardo Simian


‘B&E’s M&A team is deep and highly involved, from its associates to partners.’

‘The lawyers are exceptional.’

‘A very high level of expertise and experience in the legal side to M&A processes.’

‘Excellent advisers beyond the contractual issues of a transaction, since they have excellent commercial and business sense.’

‘The breadth of the experience is unequaled, meaning the practice has an advantage over the lawyers of other local firms.’

‘One of the few practices in Chile that can be placed on an equal footing with top-tier law firms in New York.’

Key clients

Familia Del Río

Mitsui & Co

Virutex Ilko


Softys (CMPC Tissue)

Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company

Grupo Inder

Holding GAC


Brightstar Capital Partners


BTG Pactual

Red Megacentro

Toesca Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised the Del Rio family on the business combination of the automotive business of Derco Group with Inchcape.
  • Advised Mitsui & Co on the acquisition of 27,5% of Aker Mainstream Renewables’ shares.
  • Advised Virutex Ilko on the drafting, negotiation and execution of a share purchase and shareholders’ agreement for the sale of 60% of Virutex Ilko’s shares.


Market leviathan Carey fields ‘lawyers with deep knowledge, specialisation and experience in M&A issues‘. The huge, 64-strong team is consistently involved in the structuring of headline M&A deals, including takeovers through public offerings, minority share purchases, acquisitions of companies and asset-packages, private equity deals, and asset purchases during insolvency processes and in the context of reorganisations. The firm’s numerous active practitioners included senior partner Jorge Carey, whose broad practice encompasses M&A, and corporate and business law; managing partner Jaime Carey T who routinely assists with landmark international transactions; Pablo Iacobelli – ‘the best M&A lawyer in Chile‘; and Salvador Valdés, who frequently acts for investment and private equity funds on the acquisition of strategic companies. Francisco Ugarte, Marcos Ríos and Cristián Figueroa, along with Cristián EyzaguirreJorge UgarteAlejandra Daroch and Jaime Carey A are also highly-regarded M&A specialists; Guillermo Acuña advises on the corporate side of aviation matters; Patricia Silberman is ‘creative and commercial‘; and Francisco Guzmán assists with M&A, venture capital and private equity deals. Josefina Marshall is the senior associate to note. Former partner Claudio Lizana  departed to establish his own practice in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Iacobelli; Salvador Valdés; Francisco Ugarte; Marcos Ríos; Guillermo Acuña; Cristián Eyzaguirre; Jorge Ugarte; Francisco Guzmán; Cristián Figueroa; Patricia Silberman; Alejandra Daroch; Jaime Carey Jr.


‘Lawyers with deep knowledge, specialisation and experience in M&A issues.’

‘Exceptional treatment, and extraordinary work and results – analytical and with knowledge of the market and its trends.’

‘Clearly a great option for the implementation of projects at an international level.’

‘Great knowledge of the market and its trends, great listening skills, and strategists by nature.’

‘Carey has the deepest bench in Chile – commercial, resourceful and creative in its approach, and very deal-friendly.’

‘The M&A team works seamlessly and in true partnership with other regional firms on multi-jurisdictional deals.’

‘Pablo Iacobelli is first and foremost the best M&A lawyer in Chile. With his easy demeanour Pablo is effective in achieving what the client needs – a smart, no nonsense lawyer.

Patricia Silberman is technically very good – she is also creative and commercial.

Key clients

Enel Chile

The Bank of Nova Scotia



Omers Infrastructure Chile


PSP Investments

Black Diamond Capital


Nippon Ham

Grupo Axo

IFC and Calverton

Christus Health


Tengram Capial Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Enel Chile on the bidding process to sell its corporate interest in Enel Transmisión Chile for $1.35bn.
  • Advised The Bank of Nova Scotia on the acquisition of a 16.76% stake in Scotiabank Chile (and other Chilean subsidiaries) from the Said family.
  • Advised Hapag-Lloyd on the approximately $1bn acquisition of the port terminals and inland logistics business of SAAM, a Chilean listed multinational company that provides foreign trade services.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos houses a practice group 44-strong (including 11 partners) that covers the full range of corporate and M&A work. The group’s representative expertise ranges from joint ventures and private equity / venture capital deals, to the acquisition of private and public companies, domestic and cross-border transactions, corporate mergers and spin-offs, and corporate restructurings. The firm fields multiple highly-rated partners, including: corporate law and contracts specialist Sergio Díez; Gerardo Varela, whose M&A track record includes energy, retail and aquaculture sector deals; Cristián Herrera, an adviser on corporate and transactional laws (as well as foreign investment and securities regulations); corporate, commercial, real estate and M&A expert, Juan Pablo Matus; and Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who assists with corporate, natural resources and mining law matters. Senior partner Francisco J Illanes, José Luis Letelier and Gonzalo Grez are additional key practitioners, along with younger partner Andrea Saffie. The first line of advisors was further strengthened in July 2023 with the hire of Nicolás Lustig, who returns to private practice after more than 15 years in various in-house positions – most recently some eight years at BHP. Within the firm’s senior associate ranks, María Francisca Salas and Sergio Balharry both advise on M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Díez; Gerardo Varela;Cristián Herrera; Juan Pablo Matus; Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Gonzalo Grez; Andrea Saffie


Great knowledge and advice.

Solid experience.

The team is made up of top-notch attorneys who are highly knowledgeable, highly trained, and have extensive experience to deliver their legal advice.

The advantage of the Cariola team for us is that they have deep knowledge of the business that our company develops, so their advice is very complete and incorporates the commercial elements that are relevant to the projects.

Key clients

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Multiexport Foods

América Móvil (Claro Chile)



Ripley Inversiones II

Luz del Sur



AI Capital Investment

Río King

Work highlights

  • Advised Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile on an integration agreement with Christus Chile and Red de Salud UC Christus Salud.
  • Advised Multiexport Foods on the sale of 24.5% of its shares in Salmones Multiexport to Cargill (USA), and the sale of an additional 1.13% to Mitsui (Japan).
  • Advised América Móvil (Claro Chile) on its joint venture with Liberty Latin America (VTR) to combine their respective operations in Chile on a 50/50 basis.

Claro & Cia.

Widely-lauded for its sophistication, Claro & Cia. is particularly well known for its M&A work involving publicly-listed clients. The large practice is routinely mandated to advise on significant acquisition agreements, in relation to cross-border mergers, share and asset deals, takeovers and exchange offers; and the team’s expertise covers due diligence and structuring work, along with negotiations and complex drafting. The department’s principal figures include senior partner and renowned M&A specialist José María Eyzaguirre B who advises on cross-border deals, tender offers, public transactions and corporate governance; Rodrigo Ochagavía, whose track record is particularly strong as regards energy sector-related clients including generation, transmission and distribution companies; Matías de Marchena, who is experienced in M&A, corporate finance and capital markets; and cross-border transactions expert Felipe Larraín. Also key to the group, Juan José León‘s broad practice covers restructuring work, and José María Eyzaguirre F, a former visiting attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s New York office. Also of note, counsel Patricio Smart specialises in corporate law, M&A, project finance and energy. Former partner Ariel Mihovilovic  left the firm in February 2023 to become a candidate for Chile’s Constitutional Council.

Practice head(s):

José María Eyzaguirre B


Claro y Cia has been working with us for decades. They care about knowing the client and their industry well. They are capable of bringing business solutions to the table that make business operations viable and create value for customers.

They always work in pairs of partners and associates, their involvement is active and purposeful. They have a business vision that goes beyond purely legal issues.

Key clients

LATAM Airlines Group



AES Andes


Grupo Said


HIG Capital (Global)

Gloria Foods


Work highlights

  • Advised LATAM Airlines Group (and its affiliates) on the reorganisation of its global business under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
  • Advised SM-SAAM on the sale of Chilean logistics and port services group SAAM to Hapag-Lloyd.
  • Assisted British automotive company Inchcape with the acquisition of Chilean counterpart Derco.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

With 'deep and comprehensive knowledge of various jurisdictions', Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 23-strong M&A and corporate practice is highly focused on corporate advisory work (both contractual and commercial), as well as major investment operations, such as M&A deals, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs and other significant strategic transactions. The firm also houses specialists in a range of sectors, particularly energy, finance, technology, forestry and agriculture, along with infrastructure, healthcare and pharma. The group fields several experienced partners, namely: M&A, private equity and corporate law specialist Federico Grebe; Andrés Sanfuentes, who maintains a wide-ranging M&A practice; commercial transactions expert Juan Pablo Wilhelmy; and experienced corporate law, M&A and financing practitioner Alberto Pulido A. Also integral to the department, Carlos Alberto Reyes is an energy and mining-project specialist, while Nicolás Santana (a former international associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s New York office), was raised to partner in early 2023. At non-partner level, director Constanza Rodríguez's practice incorporates M&A, capital markets and corporate law; while principal associate Guillermo Vial focuses on corporate law, M&A, infrastructure, project finance and capital markets. Since publication, Vial has been raised to the partnership - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Federico Grebe; Andrés Sanfuentes; Juan Pablo Wilhelmy; Alberto Pulido A; Carlos Alberto Reyes; Nicolás Santana


‘Great for the coordination of teams in different jurisdictions and their ability to attend in a very effective way the legal challenges that arise at the same time in the Colombian, Peruvian and Chilean jurisdictions.’

‘Deep and comprehensive knowledge of various jurisdictions that makes it very competitive with other law firms.’

Key clients


Minsait Payments Systems Chile

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, Bolsa de Valores

FIP IG Capital

HAL Investments

Inmobiliaria Algeciras Limitada and Inversiones Altair

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd and Sumitomo Corporation

MSB – Salar Blanco

Minera Las Cenizas

Kongregate Inc.

Vitamina Holding


Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo Metal Mining Co and Sumitomo Corporation on the sale of their 45% stake in the Sierra Gorda Mining Project.
  • Assisted (in Santiago, Lima and Bogotá) the Santiago, Lima and Colombian Stock Exchanges with the process of integrating the three stock markets.
  • Advised Interchile in relation to ISA Inversiones Chile’s capital increase and division into two different companies.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Acting for both domestic and international clients, Baker McKenzie Chile has over 40 years’ experience in advising on cross-border deals involving Chile - including M&A, joint ventures, and other commercial transactions. During the course of the last year the sizeable practice group has been particularly active in both investment fund structuring and M&A transactions involving substantial industrial and residential real estate components. The teams’ recent track record also includes mandates involving the insurance and finance sectors, as well as ongoing advice to clients from the natural resources, telecoms, energy, technology and consumer products sectors. The practice is co-led by Jaime Munro and Fernando Castro, who ‘do a great job'; while Diego Ferrada is highly experienced in M&A, including stock and asset transactions, and Sebastian Vivanco's broad practice also includes M&A work. At of counsel level, Leon Larrain has over 30 years’ experience in transactional matters. Associates Verónica Barrios, Macarena SalazarCristobal Larrain and Martin Müller are all also active on corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Munro; Fernando Castro; Diego Ferrada; Sebastián Vivanco


Jaime Munro and his team go above and beyond to help clients complete transactions in a timely manner, suggesting terms and solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

Jaime Munro and Fernando Castro do a great job and they always respond promptly to questions.

The team is tremendously dedicated, creative and has a very good knowledge of the business that allows us to achieve good agreements and correctly translate them into the documentation. They are a great support in the negotiation and in seeking alternative solutions to the problems that arise in the process.

Jaime Munro’s direct involvement in the deals, with his knowledge and experience, is really a plus compared to the industry where issues are often delegated to less experienced lawyers. His strategic business vision is always a plus.

Key clients


Credicorp Capital



Seguros Vida Security Previsión

Jamaica Producers Group

Mantos Copper

Grupo Security

Securitizadora Security


Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill on the acquisition of 24.5% of the shares of Salmones Multiexport (Multi X), a subsidiary of Multiexport Foods.
  • Advised Credicorp on a transaction involving both the incorporation of a new public investment fund and securing investments by institutional investors.
  • Advised Arval on the acquisition of the remaining 49.9% of shares that were held by Inversiones Juan Yarur in Arval Relsa, Rentaequipos Leasing, Comercializadora de Vehículos, Rentaequipos Leasing Perú, and Arval Relsa Colombia.

Bofill Mir Abogados

Emerging from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s (BMAJ) 2022 dissolution, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a 12-strong corporate transactional team that consistently assists with the planning and execution of complex M&A deals, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. ‘Effective in the strategies proposed and executed‘, the group is particularly experienced in advising buyers, sellers and targets from the mining, agribusiness, energy, real estate and maritime sectors; and it is also increasingly active in relation to family offices and companies’ corporate restructurings. The department is co-led by renowned founding partner Octavio Bofill, who ‘has extensive business knowledge‘; cross-border deal specialist Ana María Yuri; and Rodrigo Saffirio, a frequent M&A adviser to national and international clients. Other active practitioners include corporate and M&A expert Feliciano Tomarelli (raised to the partnership in March 2023); and senior associate Antonia Ballacey, who focuses on corporate and transactional matters. The practice was further strengthened in June 2023 with the arrival of regulated markets’ specialist Andrea Abascal from Jara Del Favero Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio; Ana María Yuri


‘The corporate team has high-level intellectual and human qualities; and the preparation of the team stands out, both in its training and when addressing clients’ specific matters. Great performance when solving problems and effective in the strategies proposed and executed.’

‘The level of commitment towards clients stands out – shows a willingness to seek solutions to any kind of problem that may arise, establishing multidisciplinary teams that allow global perspectives, which translate into creative and effective solutions.’

‘They know their clients very well and respond in a timely manner.’

‘The team performs very well – its review of the issues, recommendations, and how it approaches a negotiation are particularly positive.’

‘Octavio Bofill has extensive business knowledge, and therefore a very good view of both the integrity of the transaction and the details involved.’

‘Rodrigo Saffirio is meticulous in following the issues, but at the same time has a great ability to understand how they come together within the transaction as a whole.’

‘Feliciano Tomarelli shows a willingness to address all issues raised, and to respond to all kinds of concerns at all times.’

‘Senior associate Antonia Ballacey- great execution and follow up on the issues’.

Key clients

Georgia Pacific Chemicals




Energía Latina

Work highlights

  • Advised Enlasa on a transaction carried out with Empresas Gasco which resulted in the sale by Enlasa of its shares in Innovación Energía and Terminal Gas Caldera.
  • Advised Georgia Pacific Chemicals on the sale of the parent company and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising Avianca on the legal requirements for the operation of its subsidiary in Chile.

CMS Carey & Allende

Fielding ‘an outstanding team for corporate and M&A work’, CMS Carey & Allende‘s 19-strong practice is regularly involved in significant domestic and international M&A transactions. The group specialises in first-of-its-kind deals, including unsolicited tender offers and international expansion plans (via acquisitions); additionally, it is particularly well known for its expertise in the energy sector. The Santiago office also houses specialists in financial services, manufacturing, IT, telecoms, infrastructure and utilities, along with real estate, construction, life sciences, and hospitality and leisure. The practice is co-led by managing partner and M&A expert Ramón Valdivieso; and Jorge Allende D, who ‘undoubtedly stands out for his strategic vision‘. Other highly-regarded partners include Luis Felipe Arze, an adviser to multinationals, corporations, start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors regarding M&A matters; and Fernando De Cárcer, whose broad practice takes in M&A work. At senior associate level, Sebastian Barrosprovides an impeccable service‘ and Enrique Vergara is experienced in M&A, corporate law and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Valdivieso; Jorge Allende D


100% availability from the transaction team, which prepares properly for meetings through rigorous study of the relevant documents.

Provides advice that is of high quality.

An outstanding team for corporate and M&A work, and they help clients successfully navigate complex transactions.

Puts together interdisciplinary and diverse teams (depending on the client’s needs) that complement each other very well.’

The ability to collaborate with clients’ internal teams and with other specialists really makes a difference for clients. They have also placed an intense focus on diversity and inclusion, which clients think is excellent.

Luis Felipe Arze delivers high-quality advice, and the work of Jorge Allende D and Fernando De Cárcer is outstanding.

Jorge Allende D undoubtedly stands out for his strategic vision, negotiating ability, and technical excellence. He generates trust both internally and with counterparts – an extraordinary lawyer for M&A.

Sebastián Barros is a senior associate who provides an impeccable service.

Key clients




OnNet Fibra

Verano Energy

Mérieux NutriSciences Chile



CB Investment

Main Street Capital Corporation


Fondo de Inversión Privado Victoria II

Banco Santander Chile

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on the Chilean aspects of its $3.2bn acquisition of Spanish fertility clinic company, Ivirma Global.
  • Advised KKR and OnNet Fibra on the M&A aspects of the acquisition of Entel Chile’s fibre optic network.
  • Advised Porsche on the execution of option agreements for the acquisition of green hydrogen production and the purchase of 12.5% of HIF Global.


The 19-strong corporate and M&A practice at the Chilean office of Iberian law firm Cuatrecasas is consistently mandated on major M&A deals, joint ventures, distressed deals, commercial agreements, and asset and business transfers. Indeed, the team has undoubtedly punched above its weight during the course of 2022, registering a deal volume second only to the market’s largest full-service players. Beyond the strictly transactional sphere, other areas of strength include licensing, corporate restructuring (including due diligence), and contract drafting and negotiating. The office additionally specialises in private equity and venture capital investment matters. Coordinator of the corporate, M&A, banking, finance and capital markets practices, Roberto Guerrero V is a well-known expert in corporate restructuring, corporate governance, and domestic and international M&A; and Macarena RavinetJosefina Yávar and Tomás Kubick are also active M&A partners. Corporate and M&A partner Alfonso Ugarte relocated to the firm’s New York office in September 2022, since when (in May 2023) Fernanda Anguita -who advises technology, insurance, infrastructure, and food and beverage companies on corporate, contractual, and transactional matters- has been promoted to senior associate. Since publication, the practice group has been further strengthened with the hire of Michel Diban, formerly corporate/M&A practice co-head at Morales & Besa; concurrently, it also hired labour litigation specialist Raúl Fernández Toledo – previously at his own firm, Saez & Fernandez Abogados – to develop the office’s labour practice (both incorporations are effective as of December 2023).

Practice head(s):

Roberto Guerrero V

Key clients

Costa Verde Aeronáutica

Banco Santander Chile

Empresas CMPC

Array Technologies

Compañía General De Electricidad

Sociedad De Inversiones Norte Sur



Acciona Energía Chile

TVO Sport


Sociedad De Inversiones Tajamar

Kayyak Ventures


Lorentzen Investment Group


Banco Inversis


Asesorías E Inversiones Ohlstedt


Work highlights

  • Advising Costa Verde Aeronáutica on the approval of the reorganisation plan for the LATAM Airlines Group.
  • Advising Banco Santander Chile, as financial adviser and administrator of the public offer for the acquisition of Enel Transmisión Chile shares.
  • Advising CMPC Group on the capital increases of five subsidiaries of the group in the pulp, forestry, real estate and construction businesses.

Guerrero Olivos

Fielding ‘connoisseurs of corporate procedures', Guerrero Olivos's 18-strong practice advises on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A, corporate restructuring, and joint ventures; and its full-service assistance ranges from due-diligence processes through to post-closing agreements. The department also has particular strength in highly-regulated sectors, such as TMT, energy, mining, financial services, and food and drink. The nucleus of the practice comprises four key partners: Jorge Delpiano, who advises on M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate governance; mining related M&A and private equity specialist Pedro Lyon; the experienced Juan Enrique Allard, whose ‘treatment of clients is exceptional'; and local and international M&A expert Pedro Pellegrini. Also key to the team, recently-elevated partner César Gálvez has an ‘exemplary work drive', while Benjamín Novoa - raised to the partnership in January 2023 - focuses on financial services sector-related corporate work. Senior associate Sebastián Marambio specialises in corporate law, M&A and consumer matters.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Delpiano; Pedro Lyon; Juan Enrique Allard; Pedro Pellegrini


‘The team has always played a dominant role in the largest M&A operations.’

‘Works very cohesively, which gives clients a global view of the issues at hand, always achieving good results.’

‘Availability of each lawyer to answer concerns promptly and accurately, generating mutual trust in the work conducted together.’

‘The GO team has great experience in the PMGD sector.’

‘Connoisseurs of corporate procedures, corporate financing, taxation, and sales processes in Chile.’

‘A high-level professional reputation in Chile and all the services that a company might demand.’

‘Juan Enrique Allard is a person who is very close to his clients and his treatment of clients is exceptional.’

‘César Gálvez is a person with an extraordinary charisma and exemplary work drive – professionally very competent, assertive, and always defending clients’ positions, delivering objectivity to each process.’

Key clients

Telefónica Group

Empresas Carozzi


Trans Antarctic Energía

Akuo Energy

EIG Global Energy Partners


Galgo Capital


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Matrix Renewables Chile

Nala Renewables

Nextenergy Capital




Weg Capital

Farm Capital


Work highlights

  • Assisted Chilean food company Empresas Carozzi on the acquisition of ice cream company Lecherías Loncomilla.
  • Advised EIG Global Energy Partners and Fluxys on the acquisition of an 80% equity stake in GNL Quintero from Enagas and Omers.
  • Advised Telefónica Chile on the acquisition (through its subsidiary OnNet) of fibre optic assets from Entel.

Morales & Besa

The 21-strong corporate and M&A practice at Morales & Besa is regularly sought out by international buy-side clients to act as lead counsel on heavyweight acquisition transactions outside of Chile. Other areas of notable strength include major private equity transactions and complex mergers; while the firm’s enviable client base comprises energy, infrastructure, mining, construction and retail companies, as well as investment banks and private equity funds. At founding partner level, Guillermo Morales advises both domestic and multinational corporate clients on the execution of private acquisitions and sale deals, along with public tender offers, mergers, and restructurings; and Eugenio Besa specialises in commercial, financial and foreign investment work. The pair co-lead the team with Michel Diban (corporate and commercial matters – predominantly M&A); with further key partner level involvement provided by current managing partner, Macarena Laso, and Álvaro Barriga, whose practice is centred on corporate and M&A matters. Experienced senior associate Vicente Valdés focuses on commercial law, M&A and capital markets’ matters. Since publication, Diban has left the firm and Valdés has been raised to the partnership - effective as of December 2023 and March 204, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Morales; Eugenio Besa

Key clients

Global Infrastructure Partners




Enel X Chile


Sungrow Power Chile


Patria Investments

Macquarie Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Global Infrastructure Partners, which (through a special vehicle) acquired 49% in Chile Renovables from AES Andes, a large Chilean wind farm.
  • Advised AKKR on the acquisition of Aspel companies in Mexico and Colombia.
  • Advised Cencosud on the purchase of 67% of The Fresh Market Holdings.

Prieto Abogados

The 29-strong practice at full-service firm Prieto Abogados has an enviable M&A track record in major cross-border deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures; and during 2022, the firm was particularly active in deals involving the insurance, energy, banking, utilities and sanitary sectors. The multidisciplinary M&A team additionally leverages support from the firm’s tax, labour, corporate, environmental and litigation departments. The practice is co-led by M&A, joint venture and bidding process expert, Juan Tagle; and Fernando Bravo, who routinely advises energy sector clients. A further line of experienced partners features energy and natural resources sector expert, José Andrés Pascual; the recently-promoted Isabel Wolleter, who works on both capital markets and corporate and M&A matters; and corporate law, M&A, and infrastructure and construction project practitioner, Nicolás Yuraszeck. At non-partner level, counsels Federico Rodríguez and Maite Larrañaga, along with senior associates Aníbal Larrain and Andrés Laymuns (a July 2022 returnee from Anglo American), are additional active advisers.

Practice head(s):

Juan Tagle; Fernando Bravo

Key clients

Rockville Energy Holdings

DP World Chile

Paysafe Merchant Services Corp

Bice Inversiones

Anglo American Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Rockville Energy Holdings on the acquisition, construction and operation of 20 solar generation plants.
  • Advised DP World Chile on the development of a container depot terminal and storage facility in San Antonio.
  • Advised specialised payments-platform, Paysafe Merchant Services Corp, on the $441m acquisition of SafetyPay from Safety Pay.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

The sizeable corporate department at Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados houses experts in cross-border M&A transactions, predominantly in the energy, infrastructure and retail sectors. The team is also increasingly active in M&A deals involving digital companies, such as e-commerce operations and app-related start-ups. The group is led by Arnaldo Gorziglia, whose broad expertise encompasses M&A, corporate restructuring, capital markets, and infrastructure project financing; fellow name partner Ignacio Arteaga is a commercial, corporate and business specialist; while the 'outstanding' Luciano Cruz is a commercial law and energy expert. Also integral to the group, Andrés Ossandón is tax law head, while Cristián Carpentier -who was promoted to director in October 2022- has significant experience in M&A, and reorganisation and restructuring agreements.

Practice head(s):

Arnaldo Gorziglia


‘A coordinated group and very client friendly.’

‘One of the differences is the willingness to listen and work together with the client to achieve the objectives.’

‘Qualities – availability, solid advice, and good knowledge of the regulations.’

‘Luciano Cruz is outstanding.’

Key clients



Sembrador Capital de Riesgo



AES Andes


Sumitomo Chemical Chile

Andes Mining and Energy

Highly Innovative Fuels

Work highlights

  • Advised electricity distribution company Sociedad Austral de Electricidad on the acquisition of public Chilean company, Enel Transmisión Chile, from Enel Chile.
  • Advised Walmart Chile on the planning and implementation of a reorganisation, which comprised a reverse merger (with its parent company Inversiones Australes Dos) into Walmart Chile.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the acquisition of three wind farms.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

The sizeable corporate practice at Barros Silva Varela & Vigil houses industry expert in telecoms, mining, energy, pharma and real estate and whose expertise encompasses corporate governance, family offices, and cross-border transactions. The group is co-led by name partner Jorge Vigil, who specialises in M&A, restructurings, and complex contract negotiations; and M&A, corporate governance, joint venture and corporate law expert, Rodrigo de Alencar (a 2022 partner recruit from Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr). At non-partner level, corporate law director Sebastián Barros Campino advises on M&A and investment funds; while senior associate Josefina Castro's recent experience includes serving as legal counsel to Latin America Power. Former senior associate Felipe Valle F departed the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vigil; Rodrigo de Alencar


We are a Japanese listed company with a wholly owned subsidiary in Chile. A problem arose in the relationship with the minority shareholders of the sub-subsidiary. This firm – BSVV- is a referral from a Japanese corporate law firm; they have come up with an excellent plan, and I trust them.

Due to the differences in culture and business practices between Chile and Japan, we sometimes have conflicting opinions, but I am very grateful to the lawyers in charge for their polite responses. Rodrigo de Alencar B is the key partner for us.

Key clients

Phoenix Tower International

Outsourcing Inc

Papa John’s

Aguas San Pedro


Aguas y Riles



Agrícola Huinca

Wherex – SAFE issuance

Martino y Alonso

De Lage Landen Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Tower International on the acquisition of a portfolio of over 4000 telecoms towers from WOM.
  • Advised Outsourcing Inc on the acquisition of the remaining stake in a target company.
  • Advises Papa Johns’ on all of its corporate law requirements.

DLA Piper Chile

The ‘extremely agile, collaborative and proactive' corporate and M&A practice at DLA Piper Chile consistently acts on substantial M&A transactions, including due diligence processes and post-closing actions. The 23-strong team is also experienced in corporate governance and venture capital matters; while clients additionally appreciate the group’s technology, and energy-and-natural-resources' sector expertise. The corporate practice is led by M&A, corporate governance and venture capital specialist, Matías Zegers; while fellow partner Marco Salgado's track record includes several public and private M&A transactions; and Diego Noguera's expertise encompasses M&A, compliance, corporate governance and family wealth-related work. In 2023, Jorge Timmermann, who advises on both M&A and shareholder agreements, was appointed as the firm’s emerging growth and venture capital regional co-leader for LatAm.

Practice head(s):

Matías Zegers


‘An extraordinary ability to connect the dots, and very agile in its diagnosis and proposal of innovative solutions.’

‘The team has special experience in this space since it contains a vision that is not only in accordance with the national context, but includes international best practices.’

‘Always has innovative solutions that are in line with clients’ corporate strategies.’

‘The team is extremely agile, collaborative and proactive.’

‘Good industry knowledge – added to this is the team’s always very resolute and conclusive attitude.’

‘Matías Zegers has experience and knowledge that give clients a lot of confidence and peace of mind.’

‘Marco Salgado is an extraordinary enabler and articulator of solutions. He not only connects clients with people within DLA, but also with other actors in the local ecosystem, adding value through such regional connections.’

‘Due to his great availability, clients always highlight Jorge Timmermann.’

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy


The Live Green Company


Makros (Deloitte)

International Flavors & Fragance

Advent International



American Tower Corporation

Inversiones Aguas Metropolitanas

Aguas Andinas

MoneyGram (MGO)


Grupo Cobra

Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on the acquisition of all the shares of Aela Generación and Aela Energía.
  • Advised Chilean start-up Talana on the acquisition of Key Clouding (Tescloud).
  • Advised The Live Green Company on the structuring, negotiation and execution of the acquisition of four Chilean food industry companies.

Dentons Chile

Dentons Chile's sizeable Santiago team is consistently mandated to advise on complex transaction structuring and due diligence processes and the office also routinely leverages Dentons‘ enviable global expertise as required for major cross-border deals. Office managing partner José Manuel Larraín has extensive M&A experience; the track record of banking and finance leader Felipe Rencoret includes experience of large-scale transactions; Karlfranz Koehler advises on corporate law, business structuring and M&A; and energy co-head Marisol Ceballos is also a key corporate-group member. Other active advisers include fintech group co-leader Ignacio Pera; and Luis Izquierdo, whose advisory practice ranges from business formation and structuring, to the negotiation of principal agreements. Former senior associate Elio Castro moved in house at an asset management firm in June 2022.

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile fields corporate law, M&A, governance and finance specialists who have substantial experience in energy, telecoms, real estate and private equity matters, with the 21-strong M&A department particularly active in domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, and joint ventures. With over 25 years’ experience in corporate and M&A, practice head Luis Felipe Merino routinely advises on cross-border deals; Rodrigo Fernández's recent caseload includes energy, telecoms, entertainment and construction sector mandates; Jaime de Larraechea is a corporate transactions specialist; and Cristóbal Fainé advises on energy and corporate law. Principals Hellen Brockway and Carlos Arias, along with senior Constanza Velásquez, are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Merino

Key clients

Credit Suisse

GL events


Arroyo Energy

Bemobi Mobile Tech

Nala Renewables

Empresas Gasco

Mac Clure Lyon


Work highlights

  • Advised Nala Renewables on the acquisition of a portfolio of photovoltaic projects in Chile from Solek.
  • Advised Empresas Gasco on a competitive process in which it participated alongside Energía Latina to acquire 50% of Inersa and Terminal Gas Caldera.
  • Advising Mac Clure Lyon on the sale of Lecherías Loncomilla and ice-cream brand “San Francisco” to food company Carozzi.

HD Legal

The former Honorato | Delaveau reorganised as 'HD' in March 2023, the new platform now housing sister entities HD Compliance and HD Systems as well as core legal division, HD Legal. The firm's corporate practice handles general corporate matters, M&A, shareholder agreements, and corporate governance, and is also experienced in company reorganisations, divisions, dissolutions and liquidations, along with joint ventures and due diligence processes. Gonzalo Delaveau consistently advises on corporate, financial and commercial matters, while Matias Langevin is an international M&A specialist. Key associate support comes from a strong group of seniors, namely: Paulina Castro, an expert in corporate affairs and IT; Andrea Alarcón, whose practice takes in complex corporate and M&A work; and Ignacio Araya Paredes (a September 2022 hire from Banco Central de Chile) who primarily acts for fintech companies.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ experienced corporate department specialises in M&A, restructuring, day-to-day corporate activities, and asset purchases and sales; and the 15-strong group is particularly active in construction, infrastructure and energy-related M&A deals. The group is jointly led by Arturo Bulnes, whose M&A experience covers the infrastructure, transportation, retail and services industries; and Jorge Granic, an adviser to mining and energy players on corporate and finance matters. Cristóbal Morandé, whose recent track record includes M&A deals involving power, real estate, and commercial infrastructure; Juan Carlos Bulnes, who routinely acts for fund managers and tourism operators; and of counsel Ricardo Peña, a longstanding expert in gas-related matters, are all additional partner level practitioners with considerable experience. Notable growth during 2022 includes the promotion of ‘extraordinary negotiatorJuan de Dios Ferrada to partner, and the arrival of ‘great recent addition‘, associate Andrés del Sante from Claro & Cia.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic


A team that works very well.

A very dedicated team of professionals.

Provides a dedicated service with full availability to resolve all kinds of problems.

Fully dedicated to meeting clients’ needs with the ability to resolve complex and adverse situations.

The team of professionals is totally dedicated and 100% present throughout assignments.

All the professionals on the team have great knowledge of their work.

Juan de Dios Ferrada is a trusted adviser, who understands clients’ business, inspires confidence, and is an extraordinary negotiator.

Associate Andrés del Sante is a great recent addition.

Key clients

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Minera Centinela

Metka EGN

ICAFAL Inversiones


Asmin Industrial

CHL Capital

Gold Fields

Work highlights

  • Advised CHL Capital on the purchase of Embotelladora Metropolitana (on behalf of Inversiones Andalucía).
  • Advised Copec on the due diligence, negotiation and signing of an agreement with BX Private Investment Fund and Inversiones Blue to acquire Blue Express.
  • Advised Icafal Inversiones on the purchase (secondary acquisition) and subscription (primary acquisition) of a stake in Tritec-Intervento.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Delivering ‘great local support through a very full-service approach', Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's 21-member team is regularly mandated by significant domestic and international companies on M&A, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, and corporate restructurings, along with general corporate law assistance. Gonzalo Rencoret provides day-to-day assistance to large companies; Nicholas Mocarquer has extensive experience in M&A deals and public tender offers; the broad practice of the ‘outstanding' Sergio Orrego incorporates shareholder agreements and joint ventures; and Felipe Rencoret is similarly experienced in heavyweight transactions. Notable growth for the group includes the promotion of corporate and M&A practitioner Rafael Rencoret to partner in January 2023. At associate level, senior Bernardita Schmidt also maintains an active corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Rencoret; Nicholas Mocarquer; Sergio Orrego; Felipe Rencoret


Very good professionals whose advice and guidance can be trusted.

Technologically up to date. It has a team of lawyers that specialise in various topics such as environmental legislation, electricity, and company purchases (among others). Another important aspect is that every time clients call, they are answered.

A firm that works as a team with good coordination between the lawyers.

Provides great local support through a very full-service approach.

Great negotiation and response skills.

Responsiveness, availability and a lot of clarity – services and documents that are of quality.

The Urenda team delivers what clients need with great technical expertise.

Sergio Orrego is trustworthy, outstanding as a negotiator, skilful, and intelligent – irreplaceable.

Key clients



Eli Lilly



Dow Chemical

Grupo Ferrero

Yamana Gold


Thomson Reuters



FMC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Yamana Gold on the Chilean legal aspects of a transaction, under which Gold Fields acquired all of Yamana’s outstanding common shares.
  • Advised BHP on the acquisition of an interest in Filo Mining, which is developing a copper-gold-silver project.
  • Advised Banco de Chile, Scotiabank Chile, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, Banco Itaú Corpbanca, Banco Estado and Nexus on the sale of all the shares in Nexus to Indra.

Albagli Zaliasnik

Albagli Zaliasnik’s corporate practice acts for both domestic and foreign companies on corporate advisory matters. The 12-strong team is also on hand to structure, plan and execute local and cross-border M&A deals, and has particularly expertise in relation to the  retail, energy, manufacturing, real estate, and food and beverage sectors. The department additionally advises venture capitalists, investment funds, private equity players and financial backers on transactions. Founding partner Rodrigo Albagli, whose broad expertise incorporates M&A, private equity and corporate restructuring; and Álvaro Rosenblut, who delivers ‘great corporate law work‘ are the key practice figures. Stephanie Cruz, who assists transnational clients with corporate, contractual and regulatory matters, provides key support and was promoted to legal and business director in December 2022. The team was strengthened further with the August 2023 hire of Vicente Martínez Wilson as a senior associate; his experience encompasses M&A, contracts, compliance, project finance, real estate, energy and natural resources,

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Albagli; Álvaro Rosenblut; Stephanie Cruz


Good availability and timely responses.

Always up to date, shares information with clients, and helps clients be aware of any changes.

Knowledgeable, which gives clients security and confidence.

Very up-to-date on technology and Chile’s constantly-changing laws.

Clients wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Speed, tranquility during decision-making, and each partner has tremendous support from the team behind it.

Provides a very good service.

Great corporate law work from Álvaro Rosenblut.

Key clients

Betterfly Chile

Unacem Chile


Alfred H Knight Group


HCS Capital Partners

Grupo Tarragona

Comercial e Industrial Libesa

Work highlights

  • Advised Betterfly Chile on its acquisitions of technology and software developer companies.
  • Advised Unacem Chile on the acquisition of a cement plant.
  • Advised the Alfred H Knight group on the legal due diligence to acquire Asmin Industrial.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados' ‘very robust team' houses experts in share and asset-purchase contracts, as well as shareholder and transitional services agreements. The 13-strong corporate and M&A practice also advises on tax and environmental due diligence work. Felipe Cousiño is an international transactions specialist of note, while Fernando Jamarne routinely advises on major M&A deals. Key growth for the team includes the March 2023 promotion to partner of José Antonio Cuadra who ‘gets good results' and is a regular adviser on both foreign investment and M&A matters. Former associates Nicole Cartier and Gabriel Arancibia  departed the firm during 2022.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Cousiño; Fernando Jamarne


A very robust team that allows access to various specialisms.

The attention is very personalised and professional.

José Antonio Cuadra collaborates a lot and gets good results.

Key clients

The Silk Road Fund

AB Inbev Chile

Johnson & Johnson

The Ardonagh Group-Price Forbes

Windin Capital


Indigo Partners

Rentokil Initial

Moody’s Investors Services

Engenis (Healthatom)

Work highlights

  • Advised Windin Capital on the acquisition of three companies that own wind energy projects.
  • Advised private equity firm Indigo Partners on a minority investment by American Airlines in JetSMART.
  • Advised Comercial TC Pavements on its agreement to acquire the shares and assets of TCPavements.

Alvarez Abogados

One of the firms to emerge from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s (BMAJ), Alvarez Abogados' corporate law practice covers M&A, bidding processes, and contractual matters. It also provides ongoing advice to a range of companies on their activities in Chile. Founding partner Alejandro Álvarez has significant experience in domestic and cross-border investment projects involving the energy, construction, real estate and finance sectors; while fellow partner José Antonio Velasco advises on both M&A transactions, and local and international contracts. Corporate law specialists Manuel Sánchez and Joaquín Recart were both raised to the partnership in September 2022, while Sebastián Sánchez Gutiérrez was promoted to senior associate.

Aninat Abogados

Frequently leveraging the firm’s tax, regulatory and competition capabilities during transactions, the ‘high-level work team' at Aninat Abogados regularly acts for start-ups, family offices and operating companies on complex, mid-market matters. The team is led by name-partner and longstanding corporate law specialist Luis Aninat, who particularly acts for clients from the finance, natural resources, real estate, construction, infrastructure, technology and communications sectors. Aninat is supported by fellow partner María Eugenia Sabbagh, who leads the firm’s venture capital and private equity offering; while associate Miguel Dumay‘s broad practice includes corporate law, M&A, asset restructuring, and corporate relations.

Practice head(s):

Luis Aninat


A high-level work team that is fully involved in resolving the needs of clients with great human and professional qualities.

Great level of detail in the search for solutions.

Key clients

Ecom Brasil

Inversiones y Comercio Eurofrance

Citroën Chile


Parque del Sendero


Inversiones Alkasa

Kavak (Uvi Tech Chile)



Almácigo – Cuesta Blanca

Fincar (holding of Citroën and Mundo Crédito)

Viña Casas del Toqui

Viña Bisquertt

Industrias Amesti

Mineria Activa


In Store Media

Inversiones Rendic

Morgan Inmobiliaria


Inversiones Lo Recabarren



Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of ECOM Energía Chile and ECOM Generación on the sale of both companies to Empresas Lipigas.
  • Advising Dreams, a casino operator in Chile, on all its corporate legal matters.
  • Assisted Uvi Tech Chile with its launch of operations in Chile.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co was established in August 2022, further to the combination between Chilean firms Grasty Quintana Majlis (previously already in association with UK-headquartered Clyde & Co) and Halpern Pino. The ‘exceptional' nine-strong corporate group comprises experts in M&A transactions, joint ventures, and corporate reorganisations and demonstrates particular sector experience ranging from mining, insurance, agriculture and finance, to public concessions, the retail sector, technology and venture capital. Practice head and corporate and M&A specialist Franco Acchiardodoes not neglect any aspect of client service'; and Hugo Prieto focuses on corporate matters, M&A, foreign investment, mining law and real estate. At associate level, both José Tomás Sáez and Nicolás Adriasola (the latter a 2022 recruit from MBC Abogados) are active on corporate mandates. Former managing partner Juan Turner departed for an in-house role in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Franco Acchiardo


Efficient, and its time is dedicated to achieving excellence, transferring a large part of such efficiencies to clients. In this sense, the corporate group of Clyde & Co Chile (ex-Grasty) is the best available alternative in the market.

A cohesive team, where there is more than one associate who knows the matter, and the partner is always available and willing to respond promptly, while remaining the visible face for the entire operation.

Pro-business, the lawyers delve into business models, know the market, and have extensive contact networks and knowledge of the local ecosystem (business and legal).

Key clients

MBM Group


Caja de Ahorros de Empleados Públicos

Euler Hermes North America Insurance

Nike Retail

Nike International


Laboratorio Maver

Agrícola Cran Chile

Lentes Galileo Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised MBM Group on the sale of MBM shares (owned by Inversiones Arriagada & Lama, Inversiones TAO and C3 Logistics) to Inversiones Mavedi.
  • Advised Bancame on a corporate restructuring matter.
  • Advised Caja de Ahorros de Empleados Públicos on both its restructuring and corporate governance modernisation.


The ‘always available' corporate and M&A team at mid-sized firm CEPD handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Its representative experience covers share and asset purchases, spin-offs and carve-outs, along with restructurings, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnership agreements and corporate governance; the group is particularly experienced in the regulatory aspects of the real estate, energy, water, IT, healthcare and pharma sectors. Tomás Poblete focuses on M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, foreign investment structuring, and general corporate law; Alejandro Edwardshas solid experience in transactions'; and Arturo Poblete is a corporate and commercial law, M&A, venture capital and private equity specialist. Senior associate Magdalena Eyzaguirre moved to Holland & Knight LLP, Miami, as an international law clerk in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Poblete; Alejandro Edwards; Arturo Poblete


The lawyers are always available, and their legal and strategic analysis of matters is always accurate.

Gives a lot of confidence to clients.

High-level technical quality combined with the commercial capacity to deliver solutions to problems.

Key clients

Ad hoc group of unsecured creditors of LATAM Airlines Group

Quest Capital

Grenergy Renovables



Frontal Trust

Falcom Asset Management


Almar Water Solutions

Semillas SZ

GSI Capital

Minera Los Pelambres

Club de Polo y Equitación San Cristóbal

Icafal Inversiones

Shareholders of Empresas Subsole

Socofar – Farmacias Cruz Verde

Work highlights

  • Advised a large group of unsecured creditors of LATAM Airlines in connection with various Chilean law aspects of the entity’s reorganisation process.
  • Advised Merama on brand acquisitions in Chile, including baby products retailer Bebesit.
  • Advised Almar Water Solutions on the acquisition of a 50% stake in sanitary company Aguas San Pedro.


FerradaNehme's ‘capable, agile and flexible' corporate law and M&A practice routinely leverages the firm’s specialisms in tax, securities and banking law during transactions to act forthe firm’s client portfolio derived primarily from the regulated sectors - including finance, renewable energy, environmental services, mining and steel sectors, as well as public transportation, IT and the beverage industry. The team is co-led by founding partner and business law expert, Rodrigo Ferrada in conjunction with recently promoted partner and ‘soul of the team', Juan Andrés Bretón, who advises on private and corporate law. At non-partner level, Andrés Pérez is an experienced corporate law director; while former senior Roberto Carrillo – who assists with M&A deals and general corporate law- was promoted to director May 2023. A July-2022 associate recruit from Garrigues Chile, Luciano Pardo is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ferrada; Juan Andrés Bretón


Very good coordination among the team, which provides very efficient communication with clients, regardless of who is reviewing the issue.

Great ability to put themselves in the client’s position and thus understand what the client needs.

Capacity for empathy that is superior to other law firms.

Very professional, capable, agile and flexible.

Human warmth, technical preparation, and affection for the work done.

Excellent people both personally and at work.

Juan Andrés Bretón stands out as the soul of the team.

Key clients

Capstone Copper Group

Acciona Industrial

Abengoa Energía Atacama CSP

Cervecería Chile


Comercial y Distribuidora Bertonati

Fitch Group



Gasoducto del Pacífico

Natura & Co

Redbus Urbano

Neogen Corporation


Grenke Group

Galanz Group

Office of Scientific and Technological Research of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Labruyère Group

Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato

Innovación Social y Fundraising

Enable Chile

Sunset Sociedad Anónima Comercial Industrial y de Servicios

SG Soluciones


Magna Tyres

Work highlights

  • Advised Redbus Urbano on the implementation of an adjudicated public bid to provide public transportation services (buses) in Santiago.
  • Advising the Capstone Copper Group on an ongoing basis.
  • Assisted Enable Chile with drafting and negotiating a service agreement.

Jara Del Favero Abogados

Jara del Favero Abogados' sizeable corporate and M&A practice routinely assists companies with their ongoing corporate affairs, restructurings, corporate development planning, M&A, and cross-border transactions. Specialised in commercial and corporate law, Sven Herlin leads the firm’s real estate and M&A offerings, and Felipe Ovalle heads up the financing, corporate, infrastructure and labour practices. Also key to the team, Alvaro Caviedes' experience includes both M&A issues and corporate governance work. In January 2023, real estate and corporate law practitioner Julio Trucco was raised to partner, while associate Marina Junge ​​-who also advises on commercial, corporate and real estate law- is also noted. Regulated markets’ specialist Andrea Abascal left he firm in June 2023.


A multidisciplinary office that adapts to clients’ needs‘, Lembeye houses a 12-strong corporate practice that advises on the full scope of corporate work; its expertise ranges from complex M&A and corporate restructuring, to incorporations, corporate governance and day-to-day corporate advisory matters. The team is led by founding partner Jorge Lembeye, who consistently leads advice on the firm’s most significant corporate mandates; and dual-qualified (Chile and Canada) Rony Zimerman, who is well known for his advice to Canadian companies (and their Chilean subsidiaries) on corporate matters. Key support comes from younger -but nevertheless experienced- partner, Nicolás Espina, who advises on M&A, corporate law and venture capital; and associate practice director Francisco Palma. However, associate Camila O’Shea left to undertake her LLM in July 2022, while María Jesús Palacios P moved in house at CMPC in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Lembeye


Very good practices and very collaborative.

A multidisciplinary office that adapts to clients’ needs, both in terms of budget and billing, as well as in the way it works.

Quick and efficient in its responses.

Jorge Lembeye provides comprehensive responses to all company needs, and his availability at all times and speed of response stand out.

Key clients

Biwo Renovables

Biwo Investment

Fondo de Infraestructura

CMS Energy


Dental Bascuñan

Equus Resources Pty


ARTL Chile Auditores

Vascular Surgery Unit of Clínica Alemana of Santiago

Corporación Ciudades

Inversiones Marchigüe

Corporación Centro Nacional de Inteligencia Artificial

Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative

International Tire Repair Solutions (2012) Inc

Motion Metrics Inc

Motion Metrics Latam

Summit Nanotech Corporation

AKI KB Minibodegas



Polynatural Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Biwo (as seller), on the negotiation of a framework agreement for the disposal of a portfolio of project companies.
  • Advised Fondo de Infraestructura on a capital increase for approximately $415m.
  • Assisted CMS Energy (as seller) with the negotiation of a share purchase agreement for the sale of three ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant projects in Chile.

Magliona Abogados

Magliona Abogados' ‘brilliant', 10-strong team has significant experience in corporate and contractual matters, including joint ventures, M&A, and due diligence processes; its expertise includes advising on corporate structures and negotiating shareholder agreements. The principal figures are corporate and real estate specialist Juan Pablo Montiel; Giovanni Donati; who focuses on civil and commercial law; and managing partner Claudio Magliona, who ‘has extensive experience and contacts'. At director level, Carolina Abarca advises on the terms and conditions of brands’ online sales; and Karla Cid‘s broad expertise includes undertaking corporate law work.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Magliona; Juan Pablo Montiel; Giovanni Donati; Carolina Abarca; Karla Cid;


The team is brilliant and mixes the great experience of Claudio Magliona with the firm’s brilliant junior lawyers.’

Claudio Magliona has extensive experience and contacts that make it very easy to work with him – he is also very available and able to advise at all times.

The speed and simplicity for day-to-day work makes working with the Firm a plus for us.

Claudio Magliona demonstrates a level of knowledge and detail that makes a difference. Straightforward and direct, he makes decision-making much simpler.

Key clients



Icestar Latam


J&J Personal Care


The Chemist Group



Globalization Partners

Wados. Wados



Smart Mining

Icon Group

Owens Corning






Work highlights

  • Advising Owens Corning on corporate matters.
  • Ongoing advice to Johnson & Johnson regarding corporate and transactional matters in Chile.
  • Ongoing advice to Sucden regarding its corporate affairs.

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' ‘very organised' team regularly works alongside the boutique firm’s real estate, tax, disputes and mining colleagues on corporate matters, and acts for a portfolio of clients comprising private individuals, family offices, and international and domestic companies. The corporate practice is co-led by Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra, whose experience includes deals involving corporate structuring advice; Javier González Echávarri , whose wide-ranging practice encompasses corporate law, M&A, finance and dispute resolution; and Alberto Polette Zaldívar, who advises on corporate, venture capital and mining law. In a boost to the team, former senior associate Tomás Polette Zaldívar, a specialist in business organisations and corporate finance, was raised to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra; Javier González Echávarri; Alberto Polette Zaldívar


What clients like the most is that the teams are more personalised than the competition. Large firms have larger teams with less experienced attorneys, but in M&A, this firm’s partners attend clients directly – and it shows.

Every time clients involve them, they end up in a better scenario than at the start, which speaks of their ability to make things happen. Personalisation and efficiency – and the relationship is fluid, with responses prioritised according to clients’ urgency.

Regarding the strengths of the team, clients mainly highlight their great knowledge of corporate law and the fact that recommendations do not come only from the legal point of view, but also with commercial perspectives. That makes them a very good partner for clients.

A very organised team, with a good approach and collaborative – uses modern tools for the billing process, which is greatly appreciated.

Compared to other law firms, they are very fast in their response times, and deliver a super-personalised treatment. The same lawyers always attend clients and they do not change over time as happens with other firms.

Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra is a very available lawyer who understands clients’ business, and his key virtues are proactivity and order. He also manages his areas of expertise in a great way.

Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra is a person with a great network that is always available to his clients.

‘Alberto Polette Zaldívar, Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra and Tomás Polette Zaldívar are a tremendous support to clients’ business.’

Key clients

Moncuri Group

Mineral Forecast


Mediterráneo Automotores

Maxi Mobility Chile II

Cabify Chile




Arrayán Asset

Human Forest

Work highlights

  • Assisted Grupo Moncuri with incorporating special vehicles and the corporate structuring of an energy subsidiary (among other matters).
  • Assisted Human Forest with corporate governance work during a capital increase.
  • Ongoing advice to Cabify Chile on its everyday corporate law needs.

NLD Abogados

The ‘very committed team' at NLD Abogados is experienced in both M&A transactions and due diligence processes. The firm’s client base spans several industries, including private equity, and the corporate group is able to tap into the wider firm’s expertise in banking, finance, capital markets, corporate governance, compliance, and venture capital. The nine-strong team is co-led by co-managing partners Paulo Larraín, whose track record includes several public and private acquisitions of companies and assets; and José Pablo Dulanto, whose practice encompasses M&A, natural resources, and general commercial work. Other active advisers include Manola Quiroz, who focuses on corporate law, M&A, capital markets and regulatory issues; and recently-elevated partner José Miguel Diez, a 2022 GC hire from Grupo Norte Grande.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Larrain; José Pablo Dulanto


A very committed team with quick response capacities

Creative in the search for solutions.

Speed, efficiency, and very good negotiation experience.

Experience, speed and efficiency.

Paulo Larraín – senior, creative and resourceful in finding solutions.

Manola Quiroz – very committed, responsible and precise.

Key clients

Linzor Capital Partners

Emergent Cold



Riverwood Capital Partners


Humus Capital Partners

Victoria Capital Partners


Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to all the shareholders of Katari on a majority share sale to Australia-based hotel platform Baillie Lodges.
  • Advised the shareholders of Komax on the sale of all their shares in Komax Chile, Komax Perú and SiSi (Uruguay) to Mexico’s Grupo Axo.
  • Acted as lead counsel for Waterlogic/Culligan on the purchase of 50.001% of Mas Pura, a water purification business in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panamá, Perú and Hong Kong.

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile‘s corporate and M&A law practice houses expertise in private equity, project development, and debt and equity matters. On the transactional front, the six-member team advises foreign and local investors, family offices, multinational companies, along with hedge and private equity funds, on their acquisitions in Chile. The group also assists target companies and entrepreneurs with selling their companies, as well as with the incorporation of strategic partners. Co-heading the group, Juan P Schwencke‘s track record includes various major M&A deals, while Francisco Prado has significant experience in cross-border and restructuring transactions. Experienced associate Martin Casse also maintains a wide-ranging transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Juan P Schwencke; Francisco Prado

Key clients






Glade Brook

Fundación Inria

South Am Freeze Dry

Austral Capital Partners

H.G. Kaufman Group

Cacao Paycard

Tres Mares

Hellman & Friedman


Group M Chile

TD Advanced Technology Chile



Griffin Global Asset Management

MIS Inversiones


Aspen Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Austral Capital with exiting from US-based company Scanntech Holdings.
  • Assisted Austral Capital with exiting from Chilean-based company Multicaja.
  • Assisted Aspen Capital Investment Fund with acorporate restructuring of its business.

Ried Fabres

With ‘deep knowledge of the legislation', the nine-member group at Ried Fabres has significant experience in advising companies on corporate issues, as well as undertaking local and cross-border M&A transactions. The practice, which is particularly active in finance sector-related deals, is co-led by corporate law and M&A expert Cristián Fabres; former Santiago Stock Exchange in-house counsel, José Miguel Ried; and recently-promoted partner Jaime Hirschberg, whose track record includes leading advice on several corporate and M&A transactions. At associate level, María Paz Navarrete Sordo, a 2022 hire from Puga Ortiz, advises on M&A, joint ventures, business restructurings, corporate due diligence, and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Fabres; José Miguel Ried; Jaime Hirschberg


Excellent knowledge of the laws of Chile, good attitude to work, and knows when to insist on obtaining documents and when not, knowing how to differentiate important risks from trivial ones.

Experts in the organisation of financial and banking services companies – guarantees correct alignment with Chilean laws and regulations.

Deep knowledge of the legislation, and longstanding experience in managing and conducting sensitive issues that make up the day-to-day running of a company, predominantly financial monitoring.

Key clients


BCI Group

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Administradora de Fondos Invinsa

BICE Inversiones Administradora General de Fondos


Embotelladora Andina

Ameris Capital

Itaú Corpbanca and affiliates

Deutsche Bank (Chile)

Grupo Revex

LarrainVial Asset Management Administradora General de Fondos


Grupo Phoenix

Small World Financial Services

Bice Chileconsult Asesorías Financieras

Endurance Investments

Grupo MBO


Administrador Financiero de Transantiago

Former Shareholders of Automotriz Servimaq


IMI Bank

Transportes Anycar


Grupo TGRT


Albion Growth

Work highlights

  • Advised Fondo de Inversión Bci Eurocorp Renta Residencial Preferente on the acquisition of preferred shares of Arrendamientos Residenciales.
  • Advised Fondo de Inversión Bci Rentas III on the sale of all its shares in Chilean company Centro de Bodegaje Los Valles.
  • Advised the shareholders of Servimaq Group (a Chilean car dealership holding) on the sale of all the shares owned in (and issued by) Automotriz Servimaq.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's ‘fast and efficient' department is experienced in business reorganisations, M&A, international investments, joint ventures, and venture capital. The nine-strong group also advises on general corporate law, contract reviews, shareholder agreements, and corporate governance; it is particularly noted for its assistance to aviation industry clients with their day-to-day corporate and regulatory requirements. The corporate law department is co-led by founding partner Felipe Allende, who is a well-known cross-border aviation-sector expert; and José Luis Ibáñez, an experienced adviser on corporate contracts, incorporations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Allende; José Luis Ibáñez


The team is very well trained, and patiently advises and guides clients throughout the entire negotiation process.

Excellent attention and legal guidance, with fast response times.

A diverse team for different areas of law and the firm’s response times are very good.

Gives advance notice of important deadlines that clients must meet in order to be in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Fast and efficient, and of good quality.

Felipe Allende has vast experience in different areas, including aviation and corporate law – shows genuine interest in the client.

What stands out the most is Felipe Allende’s availability to attend to matters.

Felipe Allende and José Luis Ibáñez are very good lawyers and excellent people.

Key clients

Ingeniería y Construcción Mas Errázuriz

Proyekta Desarrollo

Federal Express

Renner Group


Tea London


Constructora Ignacio Hurtado


Atlas Air



Qatar Airways

Air Canada

Buses Hualpén

Cargolux Airlines

Talbot Hoteles

Servicios Pucalán

Agrícola El Carmen

Agrícola Covadonga

Revista Industrial Legal

Work highlights

  • Advised Talbot Hotels International on the acquisition of a hotel in Orlando, Florida (in association with another hotel group).
  • Advised Air Canada on the analysis of changes to both the Chilean Consumer Protection Law and the Chilean Aviation Code.
  • Advised Indura on several public and private bidding and gas supply contracts with hospitals and industrial clients, as well as several real estate purchase agreements.

Baraona Marshall & Cía

The eight-member corporate and M&A group at Baraona Marshall & Cía acts for domestic and international clients on their general corporate law requirements, including commercial contracting, compliance, labour law, venture capital, and relations with clients, suppliers and authorities. The team also handles M&A, joint ventures, asset sales and purchases, and bidding processes and tender offers. Juan Pablo Baraona has longstanding experience in cross-border transactions involving company restructurings; and fellow name partner Raúl Marshalldemonstrates an interest and commitment that goes beyond economics'. Also key to the practice, Rodolfo Vega's broad practice incorporates M&A, private equity and joint ventures, while Trinidad Saenz and Juan José Grez are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Baraona; Raúl Marshall


Commitment and involvement in the business. The lawyers propose solutions, instead of only complying with what is requested – a very pleasant team to work with.’

Raúl Marshall demonstrates an interest and commitment that goes beyond economics, as he is very interested in understanding clients’ business.

Its 24/7 availability brings the firm even closer to clients, since it is always available for clients, even outside of working hours.

Key clients

Bunzl (UK)

WS Audiology


TMF Group


Grupo Psinet

Banco BCI (Chile)

Gestion Solar

Astaldi Concessioni – Chilean Agency (WeBuild Group)

Digital Bridge Group (EEUU)

Inmobiliaria Oriente

Inversiones Huaral

Itaú Unibanco

Inmobiliaria Azul

Deportes Estadio Español de Las Condes

Ethiopian Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Bunzl on the acquisition of its subsidiaries in Chile.
  • Provides general corporate advice to Astaldi, in relation to its role as a shareholder of Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud (the SPV incorporated for the construction of a medical facility).
  • Advises Rexnord’s Chilean subsidiary on corporate law matters.

Contreras Velozo

Capable of quickly understanding clients’ needs’, Contreras Velozo's six-member corporate team acts for companies on contract negotiations, corporate structures and major M&A deals. The group is particularly active in relation to the international finance, mining equipment leasing, and pharma sectors. The practice is co-led by name partner Óscar Contreras Blanco, who routinely advises on domestic and international transactions; and Alvaro Awad, a civil and commercial law practitioner with ‘unparalleled knowledge'. Associate Magdalena Paul's practice is centred on M&A, and corporate and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Contreras Blanco; Alvaro Awad


The Contreras Velozo team is capable of quickly understanding clients’ needs, which allows it to give correct and effective responses to matters.

Highly experienced partners who work directly on issues, while supported by highly-trained associates.

Characterised by advice that comprises insight into how the client works and thinks.

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Amaro Family (TEP Chile)

Inter American Investment Corporation



Pirazzoli Family

Mercado Libre

Mercado Pago










Work highlights

  • Retained by the Amaro Group to negotiate with the Cueto family (LATAM Airlines) regarding the division and sale-purchase agreement for Costa Verde Aeronáutica (LATAM’s holding company), in order to reorganise its investment.
  • Acting for three siblings from the Pirazzoli Labarca family on the negotiation and execution of a Memorandum of Understanding, in order to regulate the holding’s corporate governance rules, administration and future division.
  • Advised Mercado Libre on the formalisation of guarantees granted by its chilean subsidiary, Mercado Libre Chile.

Deloitte Legal Chile

Key areas for the multidisciplinary team at Deloitte Legal Chile include corporate restructuring and commercial law services; the acquisition, sale and merger of companies; and purchases and sales of minority shareholdings. During cross-border transactions, clients additionally benefit from the firm’s legal services network, which is present in over 80 countries. The team’s principal figures are Ruby Soteras, whose experience includes acting for clients from the banking, mining, energy, payments and healthcare sectors; along with director José Tomás Lavín Burgos and senior associate Oscar Cáceres, who are 2022 recruits from Garrigues Chile and Barros Silva Varela & Vigil, respectively. Former senior manager Carla Fortes departed the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ruby Soteras; José Tomás Lavín Burgos; Oscar Cáceres Venegas

Key clients

Clean Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Clean Capital on the ongoing operation of PV plants in Chile, including devising a corporate legal structure and corporate governance mechanism for a new Chilean subsidiary of the group.
  • Providing legal services (through an LPO model) to Transbank.

Eluchans Abogados

The 19-strong team at  Eluchans Abogados covers a broad range of corporate law work, including corporate structures, governance, shareholder agreements, and joint ventures. The M&A practice also undertakes domestic and cross-border agreements, private capital transactions, due diligence, divestments and carve-outs; it is particularly active in bank-related M&A. The principal figures are: name partner and civil and commercial law specialist, Edmundo Eluchans; Ricardo Ihnen, an adviser on corporate and business law (including tax issues); Guillermo Malatrassi, who has extensive corporate practice experience; Tzu-Hsin Shen, a specialist in corporate law, M&A and foreign investment; and Fernando Lathrop, who routinely acts for family companies. Associate Pablo Corvalán Duran assists with corporate and tax planning aspects. Since the conclusion of research, Lathrop has announced his departure to establish his own firm - effective as of October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Edmundo Eluchans; Ricardo Ihnen; Tzu-Hsin Shen; Guillermo Malatrassi

Key clients

Empresas Indumotora

Envases del Pacífico

Grupo Diversur (Fantasilandia, Happyland)

Work highlights

  • Ongoing assistance to Kia Chile and Empresas Indumotora regarding their corporate law needs.
  • Ongoing assitance to Envases del Pacifico with its corporate law needs.
  • Ongoing assistance to Grupo Diversur with all its corporate law needs.

Fischer y Cía

Delivering timely and high-quality solutions', the recent track record for Fischer y Cía's 11-member practice encompasses a broad array of corporate work and transactions, including the acquisition of companies and assets, mergers, divisions, and reorganisations. Corporate practice head Cristóbal Herrera has substantial experience in general corporate work, capital markets, financing and derivatives; while former Prieto Abogados' partner Gerardo Cruzat heads up the transactional side of the practice. At associate level, senior Carla Piedra's workload covers both corporate matters and project finance; while Raúl Campaña assists with M&A, restructuring, and day-to-day issues.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Herrera; Gerardo Cruzat


The firm has excellent knowledge of corporate and M&A issues, as well as great capacity for complex work.

The firm’s lawyers are very willing to meet the needs of clients, delivering timely and high-quality solutions.

Key clients


Servicios Financieros Progreso

CMA Clínica Costanera

LC Waikiki

Samsung Electronics

General Motors


MBC Abogados

The 11-strong corporate department at MBC Abogados is particularly well known for its handling of complex real estate sector deals. The firm’s client portfolio further includes major companies from the retail, healthcare, investment fund, hospitality, and food and beverage industries. Leadership of the practice is shared between founding partner Carolina Menichetti, whose broad practice covers corporate reorganisations, M&A, and company and asset purchases and sales, along with joint ventures, shareholder agreements, and public and private investment fund structuring; and former Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos associate Benjamín Salas, who was raised to the partnerhsip back in 2019. Senior associates Sybil O’Reilly, Florencia Grez and Guillermo Bobenrieth are also all key team members.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Menichetti; Benjamín Salas

Key clients

Grupo Patio

Rentas Patio I

Inversiones Santa Teresita

Comercial K

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Discovery

Patricio Lioi y Compañía

Work highlights

  • Advising Grupo Patio, and its controlling shareholders, on both a capital increase and the negotiations with the new and current investors that acquired the newly-issued shares.
  • Advised Rentas Patio I on both the corporate restructuring of certain assets and the negotiations with Fondo de Inversión Credicorp Capital Patio Renta Industrial I (the Fund) for the sale to the Fund of all Kansas’ shares.
  • Acted for Patricio Lioi y Compañía on the acquisition of Newseg, which specialises in the sale of industrial safety clothing and articles.

Ossandón Abogados

The eight-member corporate department at Ossandón Abogados has a notable track record in advising family offices and Chilean companies on commercial matters, particularly in relation to real estate, construction, agriculture, warehouses, mining, residential waste collection, and vineyards, among other market segments. Jointly leading the ‘very collaborative' group, Marko Jürgensen Kroneberg is a corporate, real estate and tax law specialist; and founder and senior partner Roberto Ossandón provides real estate and commercial law advice to companies and educational foundations. The practice is further supported by experienced corporate partners Josemaria Romero EvansRoberto Grant Gajardo and Monserrat Alarcón.

Practice head(s):

Marko Jürgensen Kroneberg; Roberto Ossandón


Very collaborative, willing to work with other offices, and very close to its clients.

Excellent willingness to work with the client, always available, and very knowledgeable about industry.

Key clients

Empresas FPY and related family office (Francisco Perez Yoma)

Grupo Urbaser Danner

Norsemont Mining

Exportadora Prize

Taco Bell

Exportadora Prize

Alto Los Nogales (Family Office Montes Lira)

Inmobiliaria Fundamenta

El Chamisero Inmobiliaria

Mersan (Grupo Navarro)

VKR Holding

Bernardo Ossandón Larrain

Work highlights

  • Advised Alto Los Nogales and Inmobiliaria Fundamenta on an association to develop a luxury real estate business.
  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Fundamenta with the corporate restructuring of the group.
  • Advised Carlos Montt on the sale of forest and farming business assets.

Russi & Eguiguren | Quadrant

Russi & Eguiguren | Quadrant is frequently involved in major local and cross-border M&A transactions. The nine-strong term advises on private transaction purchases and sales, joint ventures, cross-border partnership agreements, and acquisitions of controlling and minority interests. Recently, the firm expanded its client portfolio to incorporate significant family offices. Jointly leading the group, Carlos Russi has longstanding experience in corporate and M&A, foreign investment, and mining matters; fellow name partner Alberto Eguiguren is a corporate, M&A, investment and capital markets expert; and José Miguel Sanhueza's wide-ranging practice includes corporate governance issues. Director-level growth for the team includes the recruitment of Jaime Salas (August 2022) and Matías Ignacio Murúa (April 2023) from Claro & Cia. and Nelson Contador & Compañía Abogados, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Russi; Alberto Eguiguren; José Miguel Sanhueza


A very professional team that is efficient and available, and produces great legal work.

Key clients

Marubeni Corporation


Australis Mar

Aviasur (Drake Enterprises)

Papa John’s (Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatamala, Spain, Portugal, UK)

Aguas Antofagasta (Grupo EMP)

Sandvik Group

JX Nippon Mining & Metals

Medismart (Medical Solutions)

Norte Grande,

Pampa Calichera

Potasios de Chile

Sociedad de Inversiones Oro Blanco

Nitratos de Chile

Disal Ambiental Holding

DP World Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Medismart (Medical Solutions) on the due diligence processes for two M&A transactions with Chilean companies.
  • Ongoing advice to Aviasur on all corporate aspects of its operations.
  • Advised Medismart on its merger with Telesalud in the local Latin American market.

Abdala y Cia

The Chilean partner of the DRT International Law Firm & Alliance, Abdala y Cia‘s ‘fantastic‘ corporate and M&A department regularly assists domestic and international companies with corporate issues. The commercial and corporate governance practices are led by founder and managing partner, Ricardo Abdala Hirane, whose broad practice incorporates public and private tenders. Associate Nicolás Abdala Ready is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Abdala Hirane


Abdala’s team is fantastic and can handle a multitude of complex issues.

Without a doubt it compares favourably, not only because it has excellent lawyers, but also because of the lawyers’ degree of involvement and great personal qualities.’

Excellent people with magnificent treatment of clients and quick responses – particularly Ricardo Abdala Hirane.

Key clients

R&Q Ingeniería

Ovalle Casino Resort

Plaza Maule

Jazmine Chebar



French Beauty

Group Cepas (Bacardi)

Vicherat & Pradenas

Transportes Centropuerto

Mundos del Vino


Embajada y Consulado de Argentina

Ufinet Chile

IFX Chile Networks

Work highlights

  • Advising transportation company Centro Puerto on an ongoing basis.
  • Provides legal advice on an ongoing basis to international clothing brand Jazmine Chebar.
  • Advised R&Q Ingeniería’s shareholders on corporate matters.

Aguad Bañados Izquierdo Abogados (ABI Abogados)

Fielding ‘a team that is dedicated to clients', Aguad Bañados Izquierdo Abogados (ABI Abogados)' practice advises on corporate and M&A matters involving a range of sectors, predominantly construction, real estate, mining and energy. The group is jointly led by experienced partner Alejandra Aguad D, who -in addition to assisting with M&A and corporate and commercial work- directs the firm’s legal and compliance practice; and founding partner (and labour practice director), Eduardo Izquierdo B, who also undertakes corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Alejandra Aguad D; Eduardo Izquierdo B


Personalised attention and immediate response times.

Availability to talk about emergencies and strategies at any time.

A team that is dedicated to clients.

A very competent office. Responds to queries quickly and with technical quality. It is a proactive office that supports clients in the search for effective legal solutions.

Alejandra Aguad D responds to corporate enquiries with speed and quality.

Key clients

Barrick Group

Mattel Chile

Tetra Pak de Chile Comercial

Accor Group

GPS Chile

Maestra Group

Parque Zoológico Buin Zoo

Enertron Energía y Generación

Morteros Transex

TK Elevadores Chile

Envases Atlas Inmobiliaria Piedra Viva

Fluence Energy Chile

Inmobiliaria y Constructora Horizonte

Bravo Héroes Chile

The Chemours Company Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Buin Zoo on the transfer of a white rhinoceros species from Chile to Ukumari Park in Colombia, which included the negotiation and review of agreements and contracts.
  • Advised Maestra on an agreement to co-develop a rent-stabilised residential real estate investment fund.
  • Advised Maestra on an investment in a multi-family project, comprising 280 apartments, 94 parking lots, 51 warehouses, and 20 commercial premises.

ACU Abogados

ACU Abogados' corporate and M&A practice is particularly experienced at advising multinational companies and foreign investors in Chile, in addition to the firm's domestic client base which is largely drawn from the energy, forestry, retail, food and wine sectors, along with investment companies. The corporate, M&A and venture capital practice is led by former Aninat Abogados‘ partner Pablo Undurraga; while fellow founding partner Santiago Achurra is an expert in corporate law, M&A and cross-border transactions (particularly international clients’ investments in Chile). Associates Clemente De Andraca and Francisca Urrutia also maintain active corporate law practices.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Undurraga; Santiago Achurra


The team is very professional, responds quickly to queries, and makes clients feel very well represented.

‘The ACU work team compares very positively to other law firms.

The novelty of ACU that clients appreciate is that it presents the exact costs of the service in a very clear and transparent way when requested.

Key clients


San Clemente

Canadian Solar



The Rohatyn Group


Séché Environnement

Viña Requingua

Kapin Capital

GPS Property

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Telmed on the sale of all its shares to Atrys Health.
  • Advised GPS Property on the acquisition of a 40% stake in Ágora Corredores de Seguros.
  • Advised Canadian Solar on the acquisition of solar power generation facilities.


ECIJA Otero was established in 2019 when domestic practice Estudio Jurídico Otero combined with Madrid-headquartered firm ECIJA, which in turn -in March 2023- entered into a strategic alliance with Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing LLP as part of its international growth strategy. The Santiago office's eight-strong corporate department, co-led by commercial law and M&A practitioner Alfredo Moreno and Dolores Echeverría (employment, commercial and IT law), acts for large Chile-based and international corporations, along with venture capital and private equity investors, on domestic and cross-border transactions; the group has particular expertise in innovation-driven sectors, such as technology, start-ups, clean energy, financial services and life sciences. Associates Javier Sabido Guerra and María Jesús Palacios complete the team.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Moreno; Dolores Echeverria


The ECIJA legal team is very proactive, anticipating the needs of clients.

Organised corporate documentation and finds ways to make improvements to corporate practices.

Alfredo Moreno and associate María Jesús Palacios are super-clear and provide fast answers.

Proactivity, organisational skills, clarity and quality that are much higher than in other firms.

Key clients

Reale Chile Seguros Generales

Renovalia Group

Hotusa Group

Comdata Group

Daf Chile

SSC Chile

Ricoh Chile

Automóvil Club de Chile

Soltec Chile

Cobra Group

The Valley Chile

Mateco Chile

San Jose Tecnologías Chile

Ansaldo Energía (Agencia en Chile)

Work highlights

  • Advised Comdata on the restructuring (at both corporate and commercial levels) of its Chilean subsidiary.
  • Advised Megafy, which began as a sole Chilean enterprise, on the process of becoming part of an international holding.
  • Advised Renovalia Group on the debt held between the Spanish parent company and the Chilean company, which presented a complex legal challenge due to the value of the operation and the companies involved.

Montt Perez-Cotapos Abogados

Montt Perez-Cotapos Abogados has been active in transactions in an array of sectors, recently -including technology, investment banking, energy, construction, vineyards and cemetery parks- with the three-member team’s wide-ranging assistance involving drafting, negotiations, due diligence and closing. The department is co-led by Sebastián Pérez-Cotapos, an experienced corporate practitioner with know-how regarding corporate matters, capital markets, M&A, energy, contracts, financing, and cross-border transactions; and fellow name partner Santiago Montt, who focuses on corporate law, contracts, financing, real estate and construction.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Pérez-Cotapos; Santiago Montt

Key clients

Trina Solar



Genesis Ventures




Indomita Wine Company Chile

Bearing Lithium


Shtang International

Funeraria Ivan Martinez

Helix Resources Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bearing Lithium with the sale of its shareholding (through its local SPV LI3) in Chilean company Minera Salar Blanco.
  • Acting for Picton on its day-to-day corporate matters.
  • Assisted Shtang International with the sale of its shareholding in local company Shtang Chile to Surinnova.

Ortiz González Luarte Abogados

Particularly active on behalf of foreign corporations’ Chilean interests, Ortiz González Luarte Abogados houses experts in share purchases and company acquisitions, along know-how regarding foreign investment, corporate governance, and collaboration agreements. The team, which offers ‘very comprehensive advice', is jointly led by Jaime Luarte, a specialist in M&A, real estate, international trade, and construction and engineering; and fellow name partner Marcos González, who advises on real estate, banking, natural resources and foreign investment.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Luarte; Marcos González


Offers very comprehensive advice, with great knowledge of clients’ business and very good response times.

The added value is that they know clients’ business and the people that work within the client companies very well, which allows them to review the legal aspects from a commercial perspective and know where to extend their efforts during complex negotiations.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Corpbanca

Gourmet Trading Co

De la Mare Family Office

Arauco Group


Parque Eólico Ovejera Sur


EBCO Group

PSF Darío

PSF Don Humberto

Corporación Chilena de la Madera (Chilean Timber Corporation Trade Association)

Icafal Group

Patagonia Baker Lodge

Agrosonda Group

Gavin Jacobs

Otaq Group

IE Renovables

Servicios Forestales y de Exposiciones

Centro de Innovación de la Madera (Wood Innovation Center)


Corporación El Canelo

Blueblack Global

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Central Hidroeléctrica Río Mulchén

Work highlights

  • Advised EBCO Group and Agrosonda Group on the acquisition of Central Hidroeléctrica Río Mulchén.
  • Provides ongoing legal advice to Parque Eólico Ovejera Sur on corporate matters.
  • Provides ongoing legal advice to E2E, a joint venture between Arauco Group and ETEX Group.

Silva Ibáñez Abogados

Particularly active in complex cross-border deals, Silva Ibáñez Abogados' 'tremendously cohesive' M&A group routinely advises on company mergers, joint ventures, the acquisition and sale of shares and assets, and restructurings. The six-member team is co-led by founding partner and corporate law specialist Luis Fernando Silva; and experienced partner Gonzalo Gutierrez (a former associate in Paul Hastings LLP‘s New York corporate practice group). Santiago Allamand and Daniela Faúndez are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Silva; Gonzalo Gutiérrez


The team is tremendously cohesive – each lawyer on the team is an important part of the operation, fulfilling different roles.

Not only handles the legal issues, but also the commercial and practical implications – on this point they stand out from other lawyers. They also use a data and document storage system that is very efficient.

Very good at handling information that is explained in a simple and practical way.

Key clients

Atacama Invest


SCS Piping Technologies Holdings

Universidad de los Andes

Atacama Copper Foils

360 Clean Energy

E Management

Grupo Sunergy

Work highlights

  • Advised Atacama Invest on the merger of its multi-family residential private fund with a real estate public fund (managed by Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos).
  • Advising Universidad de los Andes on the formation and estabishment of the Center of Interventional Medicine for Precision and Advanced Cellular Therapy.
  • Advised E Management on the sale of four photovoltaic solar projects to Trina Solar Systems (Chile).