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Providing ‘a complete and excellent service during highly challenging matters’, with 19 lawyers Bofill Escobar Abogados is the country’s largest disputes boutique. It focuses on the resolution of complex disputes, including cross-border business matters, and has been particularly busy of late in high-profile cases in the energy and natural resources, mining, construction, finance and securities areas. The team is defending highways management group Costanera Norte in complex damages and tort claims by insurance companies arising from flooding. Other headline matters include ICC arbitration on behalf of Hyundai in relation to the $700m Chacao bridge project and criminal defence of the chairman of the Chilean senate, as well as leading roles in the La Polar, FIPES, Corpesca and Penta cases. Name partners Jorge Bofill, who is ‘extremely persuasive and effective as a litigator’, and Ricardo Escobar head the department; Francisco Aninat is ‘an extremely sharp, well prepared, and responsible litigator’; and Sebastián Yanine is ‘a sophisticated lawyer, who has a clear focus on strategy and at the same time is detail-oriented’. Daniel Praetorius and Loreto Silva are other notable practitioners.

Carey’s ‘level of service is extraordinary; it is at the highest possible level for international standards’. The practice is highly rated for complex litigation and arbitration; recent highlights include acting for major Spanish construction company, Sacyr, in a series of highway construction concessions-related claims and associated proceedings against the Ministry of Public Works; it also successfully advised Chilean real estate and construction company, Inmobiliaria Paz, in a $30m dispute with Inversiones Traf, regarding a promissory real estate sales agreement. On the arbitral front, the team is currently representing G&M and Adexus in three separate cases, along with handling associated counterclaims for damages. Gonzalo Fernández is ‘an outstanding professional, whose level of commitment, dedication and trust he inspires in clients is difficult to replicate in other professionals’; and Aldo Molinari is ‘an excellent litigator’. Ricardo Reveco is also highly rated. Ricardo Reveco handles civil, commercial, administrative and environmental cases and is highly rated; and Juan Carlos Riesco was raised to the partnership.Other active clients include Formula E, Wenco, Enel, Barrick Gold and Ewos.

Claro & Cia. is widely respected for its handling of civil and commercial law disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Other areas of strength include labour, tax and administrative litigation and the team also features lawyers with experience in white-collar crime matters. The team led advice to AES Gener on several arbitrations and court cases against Chilean energy group CGE, regarding the amendment of power purchase agreements (PPAs) pursuant to regulatory changes; and also assisted Chilean commercial bank Corpbanca with fines imposed by the local regulator (SBIF) for alleged violation of individual credit limits. Other matters include defending major poultry producer AGROSUPER in class action litigation brought by the national consumer agency, SERNAC on grounds of alleged cartel activity; and on the arbitral front, representing Publicis in $70m proceedings against its former commercial partner. José María Eyzaguirre G, practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, Felipe Ossa, Nicolás Luco and José Miguel Huerta are the names to note; while Santiago Bravo and Tomás Kreft are highly regarded associates.

Regularly advising on civil, commercial and administrative law disputes, ‘boutique powerhouseGutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo’s ‘solid team’ has broad experience, with its recent caseload involving cases in the construction, finance and mining sectors, among others. Headline matters included representing Codelco in a claim against the Chilean Comptroller General that seeks to annul decrees determining regulations to which Codelco is subject when agreeing contracts with certain third parties. Other matters include representing investment bank Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos de Inversión, as a minority shareholder in the group of companies accused of breaching Chilean capital markets regulations in the $500m Cascadas case; and Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) in civil liability cases with an aggregate value of approximately $200m and arising from flood damage in Santiago. Founding partners Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, Alfredo Waugh, Cristóbal Jimeno and Juan Francisco Asenjo, along with Joaquín Castillo, are the key advisers.

Barros & Errázuriz is highly regarded for a range of civil and commercial litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration (particularly construction-related disputes), mediation proceedings, and matters involving national regulatory agencies. The team defended Santiago-based financial services firm BTG Pactual Chile against a suit filed by Inversiones Collins, a private investor, for the alleged loss of value of an investment fund. José Tomás Errázuriz, Luis Eduardo Toro, David Cademártori and Javier San Martín are highly rated; José Luis Corvalán is a key senior associate.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana distinguishes itself through its handling of International Court of Justice cases and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration and investment treaty disputes, as well as having particular niche expertise in construction-related litigation, and mining disputes. Highlights included advising the claimants on an investor-state arbitration before ICSID regarding the expropriation of 11 mining concessions. Andrés Jana, Rodrigo Gil and Rodrigo Quintana are all highly rated.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados fields lawyers who are experienced in advising on complex disputes and domestic and international arbitration. The team is particularly noted for civil and commercial litigation, including contractual disputes; it also has a robust antitrust practice. Name partners Alvaro Ortúzar, Nicolás Vergara and Cristián Boetsch are all very highly regarded; Juan Sebastián Valdés is also a key practitioner.

Pellegrini & Cía. is highly rated for commercial, construction and energy disputes. Recent matters include acting for Constructora Nuevo Maipo, a consortium comprising Germany’s Hochtief and Italy-based CMC Di Ravenna, in an international arbitration proceeding under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules that involved the construction of the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project; the team also assisted Caja de Compensación Los Andes, a non-profit organisation that provides social benefits for employees, with a joint venture agreement-related arbitration. Julio Pellegrini, Francisco Blavi and Pedro Rencoret are the names to note.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s practice includes litigious matters involving publicly-traded companies, corporate governance issues, stock regulations and contractual claims, as well as arbitration (both domestic and international) particularly involving the construction, energy and mining sectors, along with investment disputes. The team recently defended major Chilean department store chain Hites against lawsuits filed by the National Consumer Authority (SERNAC) for an alleged violation of the collective interests of consumers. Experienced advisers Enrique Alcalde and Germán Subercaseaux are both specialised in civil litigation, while Cristián Conejero Roos is ‘a well-known figure in arbitral circles’.

Baker McKenzie Chile’s ‘lawyers have great litigation skills and are able to handle complex technical matters’. The team stands out for national and international arbitration; disputes against the Chilean Government, including public law matters; and litigation involving infrastructure and major construction projects, and finance and corporate disputes. Department head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, Ignacio Naudon and associate Antonio López are the key contacts.

Highly rated for commercial and civil litigation and domestic and international arbitration, Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante’s main contacts are name partners Felipe Bulnes, Enrique Urrutia and José Manuel Bustamante. Other notable areas of strength include antitrust disputes and class actions, as well as international trade issues; the firm’s lawyers have recognised disputes expertise in the securities, insurance, energy, construction and telecoms sectors.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is experienced in litigation involving environmental matters, regulatory issues and securities; other areas of strength include tax disputes, competition law and consumer protection issues, as well as defending clients in class action litigation. Recent matters saw the team defend Kellogg’s against a claim filed by National Consumer Authority, SERNAC, for alleged infringement of consumer law regarding the country’s new sanitary regulations. The principal advisers are Raimundo Moreno, Florencio Bernales, Fernando Urrutia and Jorge Boldt.

CorreaGubbins is noted for its experience in disputes involving contracts, commercial and corporate law, telecoms, construction and financial matters. The practice also advises on class actions. It acted recently for Telefónica Chile and Telefónica Móviles Chile in filing two separate civil lawsuits seeking damages against Netline and CTR, for alleged artificial and fraudulent telephonic traffic and breach of contract. Juan Ignacio Correa and director Jorge Sepúlveda are highly rated.

Founded in 2017, López Escobar Del Río is recommended for dispute resolution involving both criminal and civil issues. The practice regularly advises on disputes involving sectors such as finance, retail, electricity and ports, as well as mining, banking, telecoms and infrastructure. Headline work saw Julián López lead the criminal defence of Empresas Penta’s controllers, who are currently under investigation for the alleged commission of tax crimes and bribery. José Ignacio Escobar ‘provides a brilliant service - he is extremely smart and accurate and knows how to handle complex situations and vast amounts of information in a calm and responsible way’, and Jorge Del Río is also widely esteemed. Felipe Leiva, who is ‘a terrific, hard-working lawyer’, joined from the former Ugarte & Leiva Abogados.

Focused exclusively on complex litigation and arbitration, Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados is particularly highly regarded for matters involving telecoms, energy and mining, antitrust, real estate and construction. The practice is also experienced in corporate and commercial disputes in the banking and securities, retail and media sectors. Esteban Ovalle, Gianfranco Gazzana and José Tomás Bulnes are all highly regarded. Former name partner Juan José Ossa was appointed as Chile’s Vice-Secretary of Justice early in 2018.

Prieto regularly acts before arbitrators and ordinary courts, particularly on disputes involving the energy, construction, real estate and retail sectors. The team is also increasingly involved in contentious insurance, transportation and healthcare-related matters. Recent work saw the team represent four electrical power generating companies in their $160m claim against GasAtacama Chile for alleged unlawful conduct. Alberto González V, Fernando Samaniego and Claudio Undurraga are the key contacts; while at associate level, Juan Pablo Riesco is also noted.

Specialising in civil and commercial litigation, Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados’ practice covers disputes involving banking and finance, ownership rights, environmental infringements, natural resources and mining-related matters, and regulatory issues. The team also assists foreign companies with disputes over Chile-located assets. Pedro Pablo Vergara, Fernando Rabatand Hugo Rosende Álvarez are all experienced practitioners.

Excellent in all respects’, Albagli Zaliasnik strengthened its team with the hire of senior associate Félix Antolín from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana. The team’s scope of work includes white-collar matters, corporate law disputes and administrative law claims. It is also noted for its representation of large media bodies in contentious proceedings that arise from tender offers. ‘The excellent professional’ Ariela Agosin is director of the civil litigation team. Founding partner Gabriel Zaliasnik and Daniel López are also key practice members.

In addition to commercial and civil litigation, FerradaNehme’s practice frequently handles energy and environmental law-related issues and TMT disputes, as well as being ‘go-to’ for antitrust and public law issues. The team’s recent experience includes acting for Walmart subsidiary, Líder, in a class action filed by SERNAC for alleged consumer law infringements. Nicole Nehme is ‘recommended for her deep knowledge, business acumen, strategic vision and thoroughness’; practice directors Nicolás Ubilla and Rafael Collado are also highly regarded.

A boutique law firm dedicated to litigation and dispute resolution, Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause’s practice covers civil litigation and arbitration, administrative proceedings, antitrust law and bankruptcy proceedings. Highly-rated name partners Cristián Gandarillas, Soledad Krause, Paulo Montt and Gabriel del Río are particularly active with clients from the international banking, real estate, transportation and energy sectors.

Guerrero Olivos’ dispute resolution practice ‘achieves the perfect combination between a boutique and a large law firm in terms of level and breath of service’. It regularly assists with significant litigation and arbitration in Chile, particularly regarding sectors such as insurance, finance, mining and renewable energy. José Ignacio Jiménez is highly regarded; and recently promoted Sergio Yávar C, who specialises in complex civil, commercial and arbitral trials, and restructuring and insolvency proceedings, is also noted. Practice clients include British American Tobacco, Mapfre, Empresas La Polar, and Santiago Metals.

Boutique firm Harasic Medina Dal Pozzo & López is particularly active on disputes in the finance, mining and TMT sectors. ‘Major figure’ Davor Harasic is a white-collar expert; Iván Harasic litigates civil, commercial, criminal, and competition law disputes; and Gissella López regularly acts as an arbitrator in civil and commercial cases. Other key contacts include Gonzalo Medina and Sebastián Dal Pozzo.

Larrain y Asociados regularly assists with highly complex arbitration and litigation in sectors including infrastructure and construction, energy, insurance and public works. The team acted as counsel to the highway-concession holder in an arbitral claim against the State of Chile concerning the application and interpretation of a contractual procedure to increase toll rates. Carlos Aravena and José Pedro Baraona are the main contacts.

Morales & Besa’s ‘top-notch legal team’ is experienced in disputes involving construction, consumer protection issues, administrative law and post-M&A matters. The team’s recent highlights include acting for Grupo Corona in a series of claims filed by Agencias Briner Corredores de Seguros (both in the civil courts and in arbitration) for alleged, unpaid fees and damages resulting from an association agreement. Gonzalo Corderohas a very practical approach’.

Morales & Besa - Spanish translation: El "equipo legal de primer nivel" de Morales & Besa tiene experiencia en disputas relacionadas con la construcción, problemas de protección del consumidor, derecho administrativo y asuntos posteriores a las fusiones y adquisiciones. Entre los puntos destacados del equipo figura la representación al Grupo Corona en una serie de demandas presentadas por Agencias Briner Corredores de Seguros (tanto en los tribunales civiles como en el arbitraje) por supuestos honorarios impagos y daños resultantes de un acuerdo de asociación. Gonzalo Cordero "tiene un enfoque muy práctico".

Advising both local and foreign companies, Reymond & Cía stands out for complex litigation and arbitration disputes involving infrastructure, construction, public works and mining concessions. The firm has significantly strengthened its contentious capabilities with the hire of two partners over the course of the last year. Recognised litigators and practice co-heads Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez can now draw on the additional specialist contentious construction expertise of Camilo Silva Correa and César Andrés Pérez, who joined the firm from engineering company Salfacorp in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Recent matters include representing Autopista Vespucio Oriente in an $8.5m demand against the Chilean state; Hospital Regional de Talca in a $47m case against the national Servicio de Salud; and Besalco in a $21m suit against Grupo Penta regarding the construction of a real estate project. The firm has also substantially increased its cohort of associates with five new hires, Ignacio Vargas Roco foremost among them for contentious matters.

Rodriguez Rosende Abogadoshas excellent knowledge of clients’ businesses’. The team regularly undertakes litigation involving the energy and infrastructure sectors, and the firm has a robust arbitration practice. It represented B. Bosch in an arbitration, which arose from the alleged non-compliance of a supply contract of electrical towers. Eduardo Rodríguez Ugarte ‘has great experience’; and Hugo Rosende Álvarez is ‘trusted by clients because of how he analyses risks and makes recommendations’.

Ugarte Ried y Correa is a boutique practice that is recommended for complex dispute resolution, arbitration and antitrust matters – particularly those involving the construction, infrastructure and insurance sectors – as well as cases involving insolvency, securities and consumer law. It defended lithium producer Albemarle in a high-profile arbitration involving the construction of a key plant. José Joaquín Ugarte and Pablo Correa are the names to note.

Particularly active, recently, in construction disputes, the team at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr also assists with consumer protection law cases and has a robust arbitration practice. Recent matters saw the team act for Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile, as plaintiffs, in an action brought against the State of Chile (and other private company defendants), seeking the annulment of 12 resolutions that granted water rights. Name partner Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes is highly rated.

Vergara, Labarca & Cía’s litigation and arbitration practice is highly regarded for civil law disputes, such as contractual and tort liability, construction and infrastructure law claims, and shareholder conflicts, as well as contentious commercial and finance law matters. Additional sector strengths include telecoms, mining, electricity, and transport. Name partners Arturo Vergara and Raimundo Labarca are both ‘high-profile figures’ in the contentious area.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía focuses on civil and commercial litigation, including disputes involving mining law, finance and agriculture; and the team assists Copa Airlines with its consumer law disputes. Alejandro Romero is the principal contact.

Aninat Schwencke & Cia represents major local and international blue-chip companies, principally in proceedings involving civil and commercial litigation, consumer law, and construction and tax cases. Other key areas include environmental disputes, competition law and contentious administrative matters. Paulo Román is the name to note.

Led by Matías Araya and associate Sebastián Norris, Araya & Cía. Abogados’ contentious practice is particularly recommended for international trade litigation in the global agricultural sector. The team acted for Comercial Greenvic in cross-border litigation, involving large numbers of unpaid fresh fruit shipments exported from Chile to Ecuador.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados advises retail companies and shopping centre operators on contractual, consumer protection and tax law disputes. The team also assists companies from the agriculture, telecoms, energy and natural resources sectors with litigation. Practice head María Fernanda Brahm M made partner in January 2018.

CMS Carey & Allende’s key advisers are of counsel Luis Vidal, who is recommended for insolvency and arbitration, and senior associate Rodrigo Campero. The team is well regarded for insurance and construction-related disputes, but lost former dispute resolution group head Jorge Vial, who exited to establish a boutique firm.

Chaves Awad Contreras & Schürmann fields experts in civil, criminal and administrative-law litigation; the team was recently active in matters involving breach of contract and damages cases in industries including mining, fishing and construction, as well as healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Esteban Barra Olivares is highly rated. Contreras Velozohas a very practical approach’. The team is highly rated for its advice to international public entities and multinational corporations. Its recent experience includes defending Telefónica Móviles Chile against a consumer class action filed by SERNAC for the alleged interruption of mobile telephone services, text messages and internet. Óscar Contreras is ‘a highly respected lawyer in Chile’; and Francisco Velozo is ‘counted on by clients’.

BAZ|DLA Piper recently merged with NLD Abogados to become DLA Piper BAZ|NLD, and which in the contentious area, signified the arrival of litigator Ramón Domínguez. The team’s experience includes complex commercial matters, the defence of constitutional and regulated rights, and consumer protection cases. It recently represented Uber Chile before the Appeals Court of Temuco in the successful rejection of a constitutional action filed by Temuco’s Union of Taxi Drivers which sought to forbid Uber’s operations in the city. Marco Salgado is another key contact and counsel Macarena Iturra joined from Albagli Zaliasnik.

Fleischmann & León Abogados is a go-to boutique law firm for public and private sector-related litigation in construction, public works concessions and mining. The team acted for Fe Grande Maquinarias y Servicios in a significant arbitration damages claim against Codelco. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick ‘has great technical and legal knowledge’; and Juan Ignacio León Lira ‘stands out as a lawyer who studies the issues in depth’.

Garrigues Chile was recently active in significant corporate conflicts, construction arbitrations and real estate disputes. Other buoyant areas are bankruptcies and strategic tax litigation. Mónica van der Schraft leads the dispute resolution practice and principal associate Gabriela Morales is also noted.

Specialising in the prevention and resolution of disputes, González & Rioseco is highly regarded for its advice on civil and commercial litigation, along with national and international arbitration. The team also handles administrative proceedings in the energy, telecoms and port sectors. ‘Fine lawyer’ Francisco González and Andrés Rioseco are the names to note.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s Eduardo Marchi, Jorge Meneses and Claudio Feller lead the dispute resolution group; Marchi is ‘held in particularly high esteem’. Highlights included representing insurance company Metlife Chile Seguros in different arbitration proceedings involving its rejection of insurance coverage. Senior partner Arturo Majlis is another experienced adviser.

Honorato Delaveau specialises in the representation of corporate and individual clients in cases involving corporate, contractual, capital markets, real estate, construction, and energy matters. The team recently advised the claimants in an arbitration against Inmobiliaria Plaza Manquehue II and Fondo de Inversion Inmobiliaria Capital Advisors Fundación Parques Cementerios regarding the calculation of breach-of-contract damages. José Luis Honorato is ‘a very reliable arbitrator’.

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados recently acted for Emasa, Equipos y Maquinarias in its civil claim against the sellers of Central Frenos for breaching their purchase agreement; the case involved complex financial and accounting issues. Jorge Schenke Reyes and Ricardo Brancoli Bravo are highly regarded.

Founded in 2015, Lama Abogados’ disputes expertise includes the construction, engineering and natural resources, insurance, and telecoms sectors. The practice also has considerable experience in international and domestic arbitration. Name partner Nicolás Lama is the key contact.

Letelier & Núñez Abogados acts in disputes involving corporate, M&A and antitrust issues, as well as construction, partnership, contractual, and general commercial law matters. The practice advised Inversiones D y V on a lawsuit against Itaú CorpBanca for allegedly breaching a long-term contract for the provision of financial advisory services. David Núñez and Max Letelier are the principal practitioners.

Marinovic & Asociados assists with civil and corporate law disputes, as well as contentious labour law matters, tax cases, administrative law claims, and bankruptcy issues. The practice is also noted for real estate disputes, and consumer and antitrust litigation. Iván Marinovic Pacey and Nicolás Marinovic Vial are the key advisors.

Palma Abogados is noted for arbitral matters, labour disputes and civil and commercial lawsuits. Other areas of strengths include contentious tax law cases and insurance claims. Juan Eduardo Palma J ‘has excellent judgment’ and René Echeverría P is also a notable contact.

Ugarte & Asociados.provides a prompt, highly focused service’. The team stands out for disputes involving the construction of large engineering works. The ‘first class’ Eduardo Ugarte is known for his experience in long term-supply agreements and the defence of banking entities in class actions. Former name partner Felipe Leiva left for López Escobar Del Río.

Arturo Yrarrázaval, Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, Fernando Salas, Anibal Vial, formerly of Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva, recently formed Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial, which focuses exclusively on litigation, arbitration and antitrust matters. On the arbitral side, the team is noted for construction, energy, telecoms and finance-related matters. The firm’s client list includes Claro Comunicaciones, RMD Kwikform, CryptoChile and Vicapital.

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