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Advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, and local companies, Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for both transactional matters and corporate law advice. The team regularly advises on cross-border M&A deals, including takeovers of listed companies, acquisitions of controlling and minority interests, divestitures, and corporate restructuring programs; and it offers specialist expertise in the setting up of business structures and associations, including advice on joint venture and shareholder agreements. Key practice contacts include Pablo Guerrero, who advised MATCO Cables, Ingeniería e Inversiones et al in the acquisition of Gerdau Chile; Bernardo Simian, who advised Torres Unidas Chile on the sale of its subsidiaries in Chile, Colombia and Peru to Andean Tower Partners; and Carlos Ducci, who assisted NYSE-listed, Puerto Rican transaction-processing business Evertec with it acquisition of Chilean payment processing and software services company, PayGroup. The three co-direct the department in conjunction with Emilio Vásquez. Other work has seen the practice involved in multimillion-dollar deals in the entertainemt, energy and financial sectors, among others. Additional key figures include name partners José Tomás Errázuriz and Cristián Barros, who along with Luis Alberto Letelier, are reported as ‘excellent lawyers’; and recently-promoted partner Sergio Eguiguren. Senior associates Vicente Cordero Becker and Lucas Marinovic are also noted. Former managing partner Gonzalo Molina left the firm in June 2018 to pursue business opportunities outside the legal sector.

Absolutely a top-tier law firm for M&A’, Carey is widely respected for its experience in structuring M&A deals. The practice advises multinationals, funds and foreign companies investing in the country, along with local companies expanding their businesses in Chile and the region, on the full range of transactional matters and company law. It can assemble multidisciplinary teams so as to manage issues such as tax structuring, financing and corporate governance issues, as well as handling the establishment of partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The firm also fields lawyers with sector expertise in mining, infrastructure, energy, and finance, as well as construction, healthcare, telecoms and aquaculture. Headline work saw managing partner Jaime Carey team up with Cristián Eyzaguirre and Francisco Guzmán to advise UnitedHealth Group on its $2.7bn acquisition of Chilean healthcare company, Banmédica, which has a presence in Chile, Colombia and Peru. ‘Well known in the market’, Salvador Valdés assisted Brookfield Asset Management with the $1.3bn sale of its 27.8% stake in Transelec to China Southern Power Grid International, a state-owned company. Other key matters include advising Scotiabank on its $2.2bn acquisition of a majority stake of BBVA Chile, which saw Scotiabank become the third largest private-sector bank in Chile. Claudio Lizana, Pablo Iacobelli and Guillermo Acuña are also highly rated, along with Marcos Ríos, the ‘inestimableJorge Carey, Francisco Ugarte, Jorge Ugarte, and Cristián Figueroa, who is ‘a very capable lawyer’. Patricia Silberman is a key counsel.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ M&A practice undertakes joint venture development, private equity and venture capital deals, and domestic and cross-border acquisitions of private and public companies. Other areas of strength include complex corporate mergers and spin-offs, and corporate restructuring transactions. The firm has recently advised on deals in sectors such as mining, energy, infrastructure, banking, and media, along with aquaculture, healthcare, retail and agribusiness. Headline mandates included assisting Rabobank Chile with the restructuring of its entire Chilean operation, thereby permitting the bank to retain its license and maintain its financing activities in the country. On the transactional front, the team assisted Turner International Latin America with its $400m purchase of pay-TV sports channel Canal del Fútbol (CDF); Goldcorp with its acquisition of a 50% stake in Compañia Minera Casale from Barrick Gold and Kinross; and Compañía Minera Milpo with the sale of its Chilean subsidiary Minera Rayrock to Minera Cielo Azul. Other notable matters include advising Enel Generación Chile with the complex and sizeable corporate reorganisation of the Enel Group in Chile. The recommended names are Gerardo Varela, Juan Pablo Matus, José Luis Letelier, Sergio Díez and Cristián Herrera as well as Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Gonzalo Grez. Other notable clients include Ripley, Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), SAP Agencia en Chile, Goldcorp, Principal Financial Group Interconexión Eléctrica and The Coca-Cola Company.

Claro & Cia. acts in high-profile transactions for sellers, purchasers, and shareholders; the firm’s representative work includes mergers and combinations, spinoffs, tender offers, and reorganisations. Rodrigo Ochagavía assisted Santa Valeria with the negotiation and execution of a share purchase agreement with Bordeaux Holding, a subsidiary of United Health Group, for the sale of its equity interest in Banmédica, a Chilean public corporation; and Felipe Larraín led advice to Santiago Stock Exchange-listed Hortifrut, a producer and distributor of fresh berries, on the $400m acquisition of the acquisition of the berries business operated by Grupo Rocio in Perú. In other matters, the team acted for The National Association of Professional Football in the sale of sport cable network Canal del Fútbol to Turner Broadcasting System. José María Eyzaguirre B, Matías de Marchena, Luisa Núñez and Hernán Felipe Valdés are highly rated, as are Jorge Martín, Ariel Mihovilovic and Juan León. Counsels Cristián Lagos and Patricio Smart and senior associate José María Eyzaguirre F are also key team members.

Highly respected in the market, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields lawyers with deal experience in sectors such as energy and mining, technology and pharmaceutical. Recent highlights for the practice include Juan Pablo Wilhelmy advising Tal and El Rocío on the merger of Talsa Chile II with Hortifrut; Juan Francisco Gutiérrez leading advice to Inversiones TV-Medios on the acquisition of a significant stake in Inversiones Canal 13’s share capital from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; and the team acting for electricity company Generadora Metropolitana on its $300m acquisition of Chilean power generating company, ESSA. Corporate, M&A and private equity expert Federico Grebe, whose experience includes acting as counsel to Walmart Chile on the sale of its financial services and credit card business to bank BCI and Andrés Sanfuentes, who advised ENAP in the restructuring of the equity interests of GNL Quitnero, are other key names to note, along with energy-transactions expert Carlos Alberto Reyes, who recently acted for Sybac Solar on the sale of 10 photovoltaic projects to private equity investment fund AD Capital, Rafael Jiménez, who regularly advises international business groups with interests in the region, and corporate and M&A specialist Alberto Pulido.

Acting for local and international clients Baker McKenzie Chile assists with regional and multinational cross-border deals in Chile. Typical work includes structuring and the negotiation, documentation and closure of corporate, M&A and private equity transactions, with the support -as required- of the firm’s significant finance, capital markets and tax capabilities. Recent mandates saw the practice advise PE firm Broodstock Capital on the acquisition of a majority holding in water treatment and recirculation-systems company Billund Aquakulturservice and its Chilean subsidiary; counsel Capital Markets Financial Services on its $80m acquisition of Viña Centro (ownoer of the Paseo Viña Centro mall); and assist US stock photo agency Getty Images with the acquisition of the business assets of its Latin American third-party distributor. León Larrain is team head; Jaime Munro, Fernando Castro, Diego Ferrada are also experienced advisers; and Jorge Álvarez is a highly regarded senior associate.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; it also assists with related financial, tax and corporate governance matters and regulatory issues. Recent mandates saw name partner and practice co-head Octavio Bofill advise two subsidiaries of Chilean food and beverage conglomerate CCU, on the $36.7m sale of baked-goods company Alimentos Nutra Bien to Mexican bakery conglomerate Grupo Bimbo (although as of May 2018, it appears that the transaction has been halted by competition regulator, FNE). His fellow departmental co-head, Alejandro Álvarez, assisted Pacific Hydro with the $43.7m acquisition of the equity interest in the 111MW power generation plant Pacific Hydro Chacayes held by Astaldi-affiliate, Cachapoal Inversiones. Ana María Yuri, Rodrigo Saffirio and recently promoted partner José Antonio Velasco are highly rated practitioners. Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Corporate and M&A is a key practice area for CMS Carey & Allende. The practice is highly regarded for complex transactions, examples including unsolicited tender offers, debt restructuring, and international expansion plans through acquisitions. Highlight mandates saw the team advise Enagás Chile on the complex $530m restructuring of GNL Quintero’s capital stock; act for Promigas on its $250m tender process to acquire the entire shareholding of Gasvalpo, a key player in the residential gas distribution sector; and assist Sun International and Inversiones Pacífico Sur with the increase of their stakes in casino operator Sun Dreams, via the acquisition of 19.3% stake previously held by Entretenimientos del Sur. Name partner and departmental co-head Jorge Allende D led on both the Enagás and Sun International deals; his fellow co-head, Ramón Valdivieso advised Sonda on the $120m sale of its I-Med subsidiary to tech-focused PE-firm, Accel-KKR. Luis Felipe Arze has also had a busy year, handling matters for new clients Promigas, Ramondin and Europastry. Other notable contacts include Fernando de Cárcer and Jorge Allende Z together with recently promoted partner Diego Rodríguez and senior associate Ignacio Errazquin.

The scope of Guerrero Olivos’ practice includes M&A and private equity deals (including cross-border transactions), corporate restructuring, corporate incorporations and corporate governance issues. Alongside an international law firm, Roberto Guerrero V advised China Southern Power Grid on its first M&A transaction in Latin America, which involved the $1.3bn purchase of an interest in ETC Transmission Holdings, the parent company of Transelec (the largest pure-play power transmission company in Chile) from Brookfield Infrastructure. Jorge Delpiano, Juan Enrique Allard, Pedro Lyon, Pedro Pellegrini and Macarena Ravinet are all experienced advisers.

Regularly acting in private and public acquisitions, Morales & Besa’s practice handles mergers, tender offers, hostile takeovers, and capital markets matters. Recent matters saw Michel Diban lead advice to Accel-KKR group on its $120m acquisition of the I-Med Group; while on the capital markets front Guillermo Morales led on two series of global debt offerings, totalling $1.54bn and €700m (2017), and $2bn and €830m (2018), respectively. In other matters, Macarena Laso acted for Team Foods Colombia, through its Chilean subsidiary BredenMaster, on the sale of its bakery business line to Grupo Castaño. Eugenio Besa and Carlos Silva are additional principal contacts. José Miguel Carvajal - Matías Langevin and Álvaro Barriga, along with senior associate María Teresa Manubens B, are also highly regarded.

Prieto acts in complex, high-profile cross-border deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures, with the practice recently assisting on transactions involving the insurance, social security funds management and energy sectors; retail and food are additional areas of particular industry expertise. The corporate practice group also has considerable compliance capability. Recent mandates saw Jaime Ríos and Cristóbal Villarino lead advice to Portuguese electricity and natural gas transport-infrastructure operator, Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN Portugal), on its $180m acquisition of a 42.5% stake in Electrogas, which operates a gas pipeline in central Chile; and Inversiones La Construcción (and affiliate Empresas Red Salud), on the $120m sale of I-Med (and several other companies) to ACCEL-KKR Group. Juan Tagle, Fernando Bravo, Gerardo Cruzat, José Andrés Pascual and Patricio Prieto L are the key names.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia’s ‘dedicated group of lawyers delivers on time and helps clients get deals done’. The client base includes multinational companies, investment funds and private equity funds, and international and local investors, which the team advises on acquisitions in Chile, as well as related financing arrangements, capitalisations, and operating and partnership agreements. Other areas of note include advising the sellers on dispositions and the incorporation of strategic partners. Juan Pablo Schwencke is team leader, Arturo Costabal is ‘a great negotiator’, and Luis Alberto Aninat and Manuel Blanco are also highly rated.

BAZ|DLA Piper recently merged with NLD Abogados to become DLA Piper BAZ|NLD, bringing in Paulo Larrain, Diego Noguera and José Pablo Dulanto from NLD Abogados. Advising domestic and international companies on their commercial operations in Chile, the practice is highly regarded for M&A transactions and due diligence processes; it also has notable experience in venture capital and corporate governance issues. Recent matters saw corporate head Matías Zegers lead advice to The Coca Cola Company (and its bottling companies, Andina and Embonor), on their $80m acquisition of Chilean food retailer Comercializadora Novaverde (best known for its Guallarauco brand). Additional contacts include the widely respected partner Marco Salgado; the team has also been further strengthened with the arrival of counsel Mauricio Halpern, formerly general counsel at retailer SMU. Key support comes from senior associates Diego Peña, José Tomás Ureta and Jorge Timmermann.

Garrigues Chile’s corporate M&A department is led by Luis Felipe Merino. The practice is active in domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations and joint venture transactions. It is particularly noted for the high-profile acquisition of energy companies and associated assets, where the team regularly works alongside the firm’s tax, finance and regulatory experts. Headline matters include assisting asset manager Capital Advisors with the $150m sale of its shares in Gestion y Desarrollo and Patio Comercial to leading real estate company in the shopping-centre segment real-estate company, Grupo Patio. Other recent mandates saw Merino lead advice to Chilean health insurance company Isapre Masvida on the $56m sale of its assets and clients to US company Nexus; and Rodrigo Fernández advise Danish Crown subsidiary Dat-Schaub, on the acquisition of the Chilean subsidiary of Spanish company Agrimares. José Miguel Rioseco is also highly rated.

Larrain y Asociados’ ‘solid corporate team’ acts in large and complex transactions in Chile, including acting for international clients such as Glencore and Cinemark, and the practice has particular expertise in energy and natural resources and infrastructure-related deals. In other areas, it acted for Leonidas Vial (through Rentas ST) in its recent partnership with the Ossandon Larrain family (through Inversiones Lomas de La Dehesa and Inmobiliaria el Peñón) for the development of a residential project in Santiago. Department head Arturo Bulnes is ‘highly capable’, Jorge Granic is ‘excellent’, and Juan Carlos Bulnes and Cristóbal Morandé are also experienced advisers. Of counsel Ricardo Peña is ‘recommended for his expertise, commitment, general knowledge, advice and availability’.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s corporate and M&A team provides general corporate assistance to major domestic and international companies. Representative work includes M&A deals, shareholders agreements, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Nicholas Mocarquer, Gonzalo Rencoret and recently promoted partner Felipe Rencoret assisted BHP with the internal restructuring of certain subsidiaries in Chile, including the incorporation of a new entity, a reinvestment of profits and a capital increase. Other key work included assisting The Dow Chemical Company with the implementation in Chile of its mega-merger with DuPont. Sergio Orrego and Rodrigo de Alencar are the principal contacts.

Albagli Zaliasnik advises both local and foreign clients in M&A deals; and the practice distinguishes itself through its strong expertise in food and beverage sector deals. Typical work includes assisting with negotiations, financing, taxation and corporate structures, and recent matters include advising Heladerías Savory (HS) and major Chilean restaurant group Unifood, on the sale of a majority stake in HS to private equity group Mesoamérica. Álvaro Rosenblut leads the M&A group and founding partner Rodrigo Albagli is the other key contact; senior associates Arie Misraji and Jonathan Arendt are also both noted.

Acting for multinationals and private equity firms, Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ practice covers contract negotiations, including share and asset purchase agreements and shareholder agreements, as well as the legal, tax and environmental due diligence. Representative experience includes acquisitions, sales; and the firm has deal experience in industries such as financial services, construction, mining, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages. Working in conjunction with a US law firm, the team recently assisted US-based private firm Indigo Partners with the launching of a low-cost airline in Chile. Managing partner Arturo Alessandri, Fernando Jamarne and Felipe Cousiño are the names to note.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados fields lawyers with considerable transactional experience, particularly those involving the energy and infrastructure sectors; the team is also noted for cross-border deals and reorganisations. The team recently advised investment fund Fondo Agrodesarrollo on the sale of its stake in Chilean company Trehualemu through an LBO structure. Arnaldo Gorziglia C heads the corporate practice group and Luciano Cruz specialises in commercial and financial transactions, including M&A deals and the development and construction of projects.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s ‘solid corporate team’ has extensive experience in M&A transactions. Typical deal experience includes joint ventures, mergers (including conflict scenarios and distressed assets), corporate reorganisations and acquisitions, with the team active in transactions involving the agricultural, mining, finance, retail and technology sectors. Recent matters include advising Inersa Group on the acquisition of a 33% stake in a company that operates a popular independent Chilean newspaper; the team’s assistance included the due diligence process and the negotiation of the acquisition documents. Franco Acchiardo has ‘excellent knowledge of commercial law and is highly responsive’; Arturo Majlis, Hugo Prieto and Juan Turner are also names to note.

Honorato Delaveau is particularly focused on significant mid-market corporations, as well as local and foreign private equity funds acquiring Chilean assets and business with a regional (Peru-Colombia) presence or the potential to expand. The team advised Spanish governmental entity COFIDEX (and its fund FIEX), on the acquisition (in conjunction with Spanish infrastructure company Globalvias), of 100% of the shares in Ruta 160, a highway in southern Chile. Gonzalo Delaveau ‘has excellent knowledge of clients’ deals’; José Luis Honorato and Sebastián Delpiano are also widely respected.

Founded in 2010 to advise clients in the real estate sector, MB Abogados has expanded its client portfolio to include companies from industries such as retail, healthcare, investment funds, hospitality, and food and beverages. The team acted as counsel to Hospitality Services (a Chilean company that provides business solutions to major tourism companies and luxury hotels), regarding a joint venture with real estate investing company Inversiones Raberzo for the development of a prime location conference centre. Carolina Menichetti is ‘a great lawyer in every sense’; and Ignacio Bolelli is also a principal contact.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía stands out for its aviation law expertise; the firm also fields lawyers with deal experience in the chemicals, insurance, construction, technology, agriculture and real estate, sectors. Current matters include ongoing advice to Federal Express regarding corporate and commercial matters; the team also regularly assists Indura (part of the Air Products Group), with gas supply agreements, public and private bids, and other services agreements. Team head Felipe Allende D and José Luis Ibáñez are the key advisers. Other key clients include Atlas Air, Lufthansa Cargo and Peruvian Airlines.

Araya & Cía. Abogados is well known for its assistance to companies in the agricultural, fruit growing and wine industries, including advising foreign investors on how to acquire property, tax declarations and compliance issues. The team’s client list includes Berdafruit Company, Exportadora Propal and Camposol. Senior partner Matías Araya and associate Sebastián Norris are the key contacts.

Baraona Fischer Spiess’ practice undertakes M&A deals, business associations, joint ventures and tenders, along with sales and asset purchases and bidding processes, among other matters. The team advised Optym USA on its establishment in Chile through via subsidiary Optym Chile, which included tax compliance matters. Juan Pablo Baraona and Max Spiess are the team heads; Raúl Marshall is ‘an experienced attorney’; Cristóbal Herrera is ‘very client focused’; and Federico Rodríguez is also very highly regarded. Additionally, in September 2018, the firm hired experienced transactional practitioner Alfonso Ugarte – formerly of Claro & Cia. – as a partner, adding notable expertise and capacity to the team.

Growing firmBarros Silva Varela & Vigil is focused on M&A advice to non-bank financial institutions, private equity entities and investment funds. The 10-strong team’s recent experience includes the complete restructuring of the corporate governance of non-bank financial institution, COOPEUCH, the largest cooperative entity in Latin America; as well as acting for Ameris Capital on its $30m acquisition of a stake in a large Chilean shopping centre. Jorge Vigil L, Francisco Varela and Fernando Barros are the key contacts.

Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn is ‘a great firm that responds very quickly’. Alejandro Edwards, who is ‘efficient, practical and very good at what he does’, and Tomás Poblete assist Chilean and foreign clients with public and private M&A deals, reorganisations, corporate restructuring, partnerships, and joint ventures. Other areas of note include shareholder agreements, strategic alliances, and venture capital and private equity projects. The team recently advised Chilean company Cannagrow on a joint venture with Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation; the assistance included the incorporation of an SPV and a shareholders’ agreement.

Deloitte Legal Chile’s corporate team fields experts in corporate legal matters and the scope of the practice includes both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. It also regularly assists new companies when commencing their operations in Chile; and it stands out for its assistance with forensic anti-bribery and corruption matters. Working in conjunction with the firm’s tax and labour law groups, the team recently advised pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi on how best to restructure its holdings in Chile. Ignacio Concha leads the corporate practice, while Rodrigo Yañez is an anti-bribery, corruption and compliance expert.

FerradaNehme’s corporate practice is led by director Mario Valderrama, who recently joined from Chilean Securities Regulator, SVS. The team regularly advises Fitch Chile on the negotiation of contracts with Chilean issuers; and recently assisted Senvion with the negotiation of service and turbine supply agreements regarding wind farm projects. The firm also has a robust compliance practice.

García Magliona y Cía Abogados’ corporate and M&A practice group ‘provides excellent service’ and is particularly focused on the technology and service sectors. In addition, the team’s representative deal experience includes sectors such as finance, online real estate platforms and food logistics. It handles Johnson & Johnson’s corporate and transactional matters in Chile, including agreements with clients and suppliers and labour issues; and it advised Credibanco on the establishment of a credit card processing company in Chile. Claudio Magliona and Giovanni Donatihave significant skills’, and Juan Pablo Montiel was promoted to partner.

Established by the merger of Jara Del Favero law firm and Ried Fabres in August 2018, Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados regularly assists with M&A deals as well as restructuring work and reorganisations; the team also advises foreign clients on their investments in Chile. Recent mandates include advising Emaresa, Ingenieros y Representaciones on its $15m acquisition of Chilean company Vapor Industrial. Felipe Ovalle, Gabriel del Favero and Rafael Valdivieso are the main contacts.

In addition to advising on high-profile transactions, Letelier & Núñez Abogados assists local and foreign clients with issues involving securities, antitrust, insurance, corporate governance, financing, and infrastructure. The team acted for construction-materials producer Volcán (a Santiago Exchange-listed company) in the acquisition by its subsidiary Inversiones Volcán, of a 45 percent interest in construction-mortar manufacturer, Solcrom, from Inversiones Grupo Saint-Gobain. Max Letelier and David Núñez are the key advisers.

Marinovic & Asociados’ team specialises in providing general corporate counselling and advises on complex contractual themes, legal corporate structures, restructuring matters, and M&A transactions. Andes Mining and Energy (AME) is a client; as is the Irish company SumUp, which the practice assisted with a joint venture agreement and a shareholders’ agreement. Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra and Alberto Polette Zaldívar are highly regarded.

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