Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Dentons Larrain Rencoret‘s dispute resolution practice, coordinated by Marcelo Alarcón (who was promoted to partner in January 2022) is experienced in arbitrations concerning environmental, administrative and corporate law, as well as insurance recovery, construction, consumer law, debt collection and energy disputes.
Founded in 2018 by Nicolas Frias (director of the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile’s procedural law department) and José Tomás Lagos (a former Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos senior associate), Frías & Lagos Abogados is increasingly active in arbitration work, its experience including primarily energy and construction matters.
Guerrero Olivos‘ team is co-led by Sergio Yávar and Benjamín Ferrada, who both act in complex disputes, including high-profile arbitration cases; they are particularly active in arbitral matters in the highly regulated sectors, such as mining, real estate, infrastructure and energy.
Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ arbitration practice focuses on representing clients from the construction, mining, infrastructure, energy and public works sectors, particularly in relation to disputes between contractors and construction companies, and concessionaires’ cases against construction businesses and The Public Works Ministry.
Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes was launched in April 2021 by three former partners of Reymond & Cía, including arbitration expert Rodrigo Riquelme ; the practice is experienced in national and international arbitrations involving different departments of the Chilean State, and which relate to concession and construction contracts.
Vásquez Urra Abogados  was founded in 2019 by former Baraona Fischer & Cia director Ricardo Vásquez Urra  , who (in addition to his broad arbitration expertise) is on the list of arbitrators at CAM Santiago, ICSID, and the Beijing Arbitration Commission (Beijing International Arbitration Centre).

Dispute resolution: arbitration in Chile

Carey

The large, 25-member arbitration practice (including four partners) at market stalwart Carey has enviable experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations. The ‘unique‘ group acts before both local and international institutions, such as the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago),  the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as under United Nation Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules; and has extensive experience in arbitrating disputes in the media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors. The principal figures are: Gonzalo Fernández (recently re-elected by the ICC as an ICA member in Paris for 2021- 2023), who ‘has a deep understanding of arbitration‘; Ricardo Reveco, an expert in commercial arbitrations involving corporate conflicts; Aldo Molinari, who focuses on commercial and investment arbitrations; and ‘outstanding practitionerJuan Carlos Riesco. Key associate Mónica Pérez has a broad domestic and international commercial arbitration practice. Since publication Pérez has been raised to the partnership - effective December 2022.

Testimonials

The arbitration practice is unique for its interdisciplinary team, and needless to say it has vast experience in national and international arbitrations, and investment arbitrations. They also have four teams that can each take on complex arbitrations quickly, practically and creatively, while carefully guiding the client.

Excellent technical knowledge, with personalised service, great availability and understanding of clients.

The team is extremely responsive and proactive, with deep knowledge of the law, while also being very business oriented and practical.

Gonzalo Fernández has a deep understanding of arbitration and complex disputes. He has a very sharp mind and the rare ability to present difficult and technical arguments clearly to audiences and tribunals.

Juan Carlos Riesco is outstanding for his brilliant approach to very complex cases. Juan Carlos is a very intelligent person who can reduce complex problems into simple and understandable explanations, a very exceptional quality in cases involving great detail and highly technical matters. He is clear and direct with clients and proposes creative solutions, always thinking outside of the box.

Key clients

Sun Latam

Liberty and Mapfre

Worley

Work highlights

  • Acted for Worley International Services in a procedure before Santiago’s Court of Appeal involving the setting aside of an international arbitration award.
  • Acted for insurance companies Liberty and Mapfre in a dispute initiated by Empresa Portuaria Iquique and Iquique Terminal Internacional, which concerned indemnification to be paid by the insurers for earthquake-related damage.

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.'s weighty, 30-strong practice is routinely sought out for its expertise in domestic and international arbitration. The practice group’s lawyers consistently act as counsel in arbitral proceedings under the rules of CAM Santiago, ICC, ICSID and The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), while several of the firm’s practitioners also act as CAM Santiago arbitrators. The litigation and arbitration practice is led by Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who specialises in complex and multi-front litigation and arbitration; senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G is a renowned litigator; Nicolás Luco is experienced in energy arbitration; Felipe Ossa is an international litigation and arbitration expert; and José Miguel Huerta's broad practice includes commercial arbitration. The second line of experienced advisers includes Santiago Bravo (a partner since early 2020); while at senior associate level, Felipe De Marinis regularly acts before arbitral tribunals. Vicente Portales  left the firm in September 2021 for Fix Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre

Key clients

AES Andes

Samsung Electronics Chile

Grupo Said Handal

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

ADP International

Vinci Airports

Alto Maipo

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Fund III

Petroquim

Guacolda Energía

Work highlights

  • Acting for AES Andes in an arbitration against Compañía General de Electricidad, which concerns the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Assisting Samsung Chile with multiple disputes against two of its distributors.
  • Assisted the Said Handal Family, which holds significant stakes in various Chilean industrial and financial companies, with initiating an arbitration against one of the family members who triggered the dissolution of Inversiones SH Seis (as a means to obtaining a higher sale price for his stake).

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

Fielding an 18-strong arbitration practice, specialist boutique Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo is a go-to firm for high-profile contentious matters, with arbitration work currently constituting over 60% of the firm’s workload; the group consistently represents both national and international clients in complex disputes involving the construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail sectors. In addition to acting before national arbitration centres (such as CAM Santiago), it appears before international forums such as the ICC, ICSID, and Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC). The practice is jointly led by renowned dispute resolution name partners Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, who routinely acts in high-profile and sensitive disputes; and Cristóbal Jimeno, who assists with construction contract-related claims. Key support is provided by civil, commercial and administrative litigation specialist Juan Francisco Asenjo, and retail and telecoms sector expert Joaquín Castillo (the firm’s first non-founding partner); along with associates Jaime Elgueta (civil and commercial litigation and arbitration), and Sebastían Zamora, a procedural law expert.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; Cristóbal Jimeno

Key clients

Codelco

Allianz Seguros

Glencore International

Meridiam LATAM Holdings

Empresas CMPC

ISA Group (Colombia) – InterChile

Telefónica

Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones

Tompkins Conservation

Enjoy

Ripley Store – Comercial Eccsa

AFP Capital

Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos

Empresa Constructora Echeverría Izquierdo

Constructora Conpax

Agrícola Don Pollo

Falabella

Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados (BMAJ) during 2022, Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution houses one of Chile’s foremost arbitral practitioners, co-founding partner Andrés Jana (‘a recognised arbitrator and counsel worldwide‘), who has vast experience in domestic and international disputes involving commercial, investment and international public law issues, before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and ICSID. Jana is joined by Rodrigo Gil, who has longstanding experience in contractual disputes under international commercial arbitration rules (ICC, UNCITRAL and CAM Santiago), as well as in ad-hoc and national arbitrations; and younger partners Karen Werner  (included in CAM Santiago’s list of Young Arbitrators); and Carla Dittus , who routinely acts in national and international arbitrations, and who made partner in January 2022 (while at BMAJ). Rounding out the current senior team is Francisco Grob, who joined the firm as a partner from his position as legal counsel at ICSID’s World Bank Group in July 2022. At senior associate level, Victoria Demarchi acts in both commercial and investor-state disputes; Alfonso Marcos‘ experience includes ICC, ICSID and CAM Santiago cases; Benjamín Silva is a former international associate at Baker Botts (UK) LLP‘s London office; and arbitration expert Juan Pablo Labbé joined pre-split BMAJ in December 2021 from Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos. Nicolás Zisis did not join the new firm, leaving for Fix Abogados in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Jana; Rodrigo Gil; Karen Werner; Carla Dittus

Testimonials

The domestic and international arbitration team’s work is extraordinary and very up to date, with a very in-depth analysis of matters that left us very satisfied. I understand that this year the lawyers will form their own boutique dispute resolution office and I think it will be very successful!

Andrés Jana stands out for his enormous experience in international arbitration. He is a recognised arbitrator and counsel worldwide.

Andrés Jana stands out for his high-level technical knowledge, handling of relevant issues, and quick understanding of cases perfectly.

Karen Werner is a member who handles arbitration very well – she also works as an arbitrator at CAM Santiago. Karen is creative and highly detailed, and has quickly established herself in the local market as one of the most well-known litigators around.

Senior associate Benjamín Silva impresses with his knowledge of international arbitration. You can tell he has experience in working on complex cases. I highly recommend him.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados

'Undoubtedly one of the best dispute resolution boutiques in Chile', Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados houses an eight-strong arbitration and ADR team that consistently handles significant domestic and international arbitrations; its enviable client base covers the construction, energy, pharmaceutical, banking, real estate, mining, insurance and retail sectors. The group is jointly led by renowned practitioner Alvaro Ortúzar, who acts as counsel in civil and commercial arbitrations, as well as arbitrator in CAM Santiago-appointed disputes; Nicolás Vergara, a specialist in shareholder, insurance and contract disputes; and Cristián Boetsch, who is currently focused on construction and energy arbitration mandates, along with insurance disputes. The second line of key practitioners features Benjamín Morales, who is active in energy, construction and insurance arbitration (and is a CAM Santiago Young Arbitrator since 2021); and Diego Navarrete, whose recent caseload includes domestic and international arbitrations involving commercial matters, shareholder disputes, and sales and purchase agreements. Key associate Andrés Cáceres acts in construction, insurance and forestry-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Ortúzar; Nicolás Vergara; Cristián Boetsch

Testimonials

A multidisciplinary team that adapts perfectly to the cases it handles.

A phenomenal team, with attorneys who have a thorough understanding of the law and their clients’ industries. They are very transparent, honest and diligent – undoubtedly one of the best dispute resolution boutiques in Chile.

In addition to knowing the law in depth and excelling in their intelligence, the lawyers have in-depth knowledge of their clients’ industries, which allows them to offer the best solutions for them.

Understood the situation very well and clearly anticipated all the different views, which is vital for these conflicts, in addition to understanding the arbitration world in depth.

Alvaro Ortúzar – intelligence, strategic vision, knowledge and a lot of leadership.

Cristián Boetsch – intelligence, ability to understand situations, strategic vision and very educated.

Nicolás Vergara – execution capacity, knowledge of industries and great analysis capacity.

Availability and the permanent presence in the office of Diego Navarrete, among others, were undoubtedly great contributions.

Key clients

Porto San Giorgio

Sura

Liberty

Enel Green Power

Constructora Sigro

Red Christus UC

Surfrut

Banco Itaú

Work highlights

  • Representing insurance companies Liberty and Sura, which had jointly insured a mall, in arbitration against Ripley; the claim seeking approximately $40m damages further to a fire.
  • Representing Enel Green Power (EGP) in an arbitration against several companies owned by the Phoenix Group, with EGP seeking termination and damages of an option contract to explore the feasibility to build and develop wind farms.
  • Representing Porto San Giorgio in international arbitration proceedings against majority shareholders, with a view to obtaining the annulment of several capital increases (as well as damages for breach of a shareholder agreement).

Vergara Labarca Parodi

Long a leading firm in the sector, ten-strong disputes boutique Vergara Labarca & Cía reincorporated as Vergara Labarca Parodi in mid-2022, as co-founding partner Arturo Vergara transitioned out of the firm (although he remains active as an independent advisor and arbitrator in national and international disputes). The group nevertheless retains formidable arbitral capability – both local and international – particularly as regards construction, contractual, shareholder and energy disputes. Senior partner for both litigation and arbitration, Raimundo Labarca has over 30 years’ experience, routinely coordinates arbitrations involving multiple jurisdictions, has a strong reputation for strategy and also sits as an arbitrator in ICC cases. A partner at the firm for 15 years, Alejandro Parodi‘s arbitration expertise covers civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative matters, and he also has considerable knowledge of antitrust, regulated markets and public law. José Manuel Concha rounds out the core senior team with his specialisation in disputes concerning the design, construction and operation of engineering projects, along with expertise in concessions, real estate and health services. At associate level, Raimundo Labarca Braun is also involved in the firm’s most significant cases and the team was further strengthened with the 2021-hire of Jaime Ríos Llaneza, formerly at Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Labarca

Testimonials

A “boutique” firm with real orientation to the needs of its client. Good and quick understanding of the situations presented for analysis and their complexities.

This firm has an exclusive dedication to a defined number of cases during the year, which assures clients total involvement.

The arbitration processes that are generated from the negotiations of acquisitions of companies or groups of companies are unique due to the type of industry and type of negotiation. There are very few firms that have their knowledge of arbitration under ICC rules; and their step-by-step successes to achieve the objectives.

Personalised attention and dedication regarding the matter under discussion and regarding the legal strategy.

We don’t use anyone else for arbitration.

It is important to highlight the closeness that exists and the handling of confidential issues, we believe that it is a differentiating factor.

Their kindness and respect for people stand out, the partner Alejandro Parodi has good management of interpersonal relationships at all levels with our organisation.

A very well prepared and committed team. They are very committed to clients. Stay with them for the medium-long term and get involved in the different issues.

They have a great ability to “integrate” into our company and understand our particularities, processes and operation in general and in detail. A very organised team with clear requests and no need to collect or track progress.

Vergara Labarca is a small team of highly qualified lawyers, of excellence, very competent, in my opinion the best law firm in the country. Their sense of judicial strategy is what most distinguishes and stands out. They are rarely wrong about that. Raimundo Labarca is the key figure.

Our participation in arbitrations is of an economic-financial nature. In this regard, this office stands out for (1) the knowledge of its lawyers regarding economic and accounting aspects; (2) the very good interaction with them to clarify legal aspects of the case; (3) their good knowledge and communication with the key people of the company they represent, all of which contributes to a better and faster understanding of the case on our part; and (4) their willingness to cooperate in obtaining information.

Key clients

Codelco

Groupe Lactalis

Arauco

Abastible

Empresas Copec

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Aguas Andinas

Alstom

Transap

Gisa 21

Work highlights

  • Acted for Groupe Lactalis in its conflict with La Vaquita before an arbitration panel appointed by the ICC.
  • Acted for Inversiones Tricahue in its shareholder-related dispute with Enel Chile and Empresa Eléctrica Puhuenche, which included requesting the appointment of an arbitrator to resolve the conflict.
  • Representing Dynal Industrial (Dynal) in a conflict with its shareholders because Dynal was fined by the Antitrust agencies for collusion.

Barros & Errázuriz

The 21-strong dispute resolution group at Barros & Errázuriz has extensive experience in undertaking arbitration proceedings before different venues, with the practice’s recent track record including the representation of clients in major construction project-related arbitrations, as well as commercial disputes involving shareholder and share purchase agreements. The practice is co-led by founding partner and Chilean arbitration expert José Tomás Errázuriz  ; and disputes specialist Luis Eduardo Toro  . Also integral to the practice, public law leader David Cademartori   acts in arbitration matters involving administrative law, construction and antitrust issues; Javier San Martín   has broad experience in arbitration involving contractual and consumer law, bankruptcy, construction and commercial matters; and recently promoted partner José Luis Corvalán   also acts in domestic and international commercial arbitration. The team also houses several active arbitration associates; namely, senior Andrea Batarce , along with Cristián Pérez , Isidora Fernández  and Milton Gutcovsky  (who joined in late 2020 from Covington & Burling LLP‘s New York office).

Practice head(s):

José Tomás Errázuriz; Luis Eduardo Toro

Testimonials

Great legal and strategic support during litigation.

Excellent willingness to collaborate with internal lawyers and other teams from our company.

In my opinion, what makes B&E’s arbitration practice stand out is the synergy generated with other lawyers of the firm, who are specialists in issues that are tied to disputes – this ensures sophisticated, multidisciplinary and technically robust advice, and undoubtedly adds value.

A technically solid team.

Luis Eduardo Toro and associate Isidora Fernández are great for complex disputes – very skilful in strategy and solid in procedural knowledge.

José Luis Corvalán is always available, developing our strategy hand-in-hand with the firm’s specialist energy and M&A teams.

Associate Milton Gutcovsky provides good service.

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

The 25-member specialist disputes boutique Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados (‘far superior to other firms‘), focuses exclusively on significant and cross-border business disputes and frequently acts before both local and foreign courts and arbitrators, governmental authorities and international arbitration tribunals in high profile and or politically sensitive matters. The principal figures are Jorge Bofill, whose track record includes acting before both ICSID and the ICC; Sebastián Yanine, a specialist in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations; and Francisco Aninat, who focuses on the resolution of complex business disputes, particularly through commercial arbitration and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Sebastian Yanine; Francisco Aninat

Testimonials

The work was tremendously professional, with many hours dedicated to understanding the case, which was not easy – there is no doubt that the lawyers fully understood the problem. These are very professional and serious people.

Permanent communication with the client and good availability to answer questions – a very professional outfit.

The BES team offers something different, particularly its unique combination of white-collar, infrastructure and arbitration professionals.

A small office with excellent professionals.

Far superior to other firms with which I have worked.

Great knowledge of the legal and strategic commercial institutions of the business world, analytical depth and creativity.

Jorge Bofill is a benchmark partner who consistently acts in high-profile cases.

Francisco Aninat has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration matters.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Salud Siglo XXI

Obrascón Huarte Laín Amodio

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Enel Green Power Chile

Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente

Dominion

Carlos Ríos

Javier Ríos

Express de Santiago Uno

Industria Metalúrgica Ursus Trotter

Grupo Auguri

Colbún

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel in an arbitral proceeding against the Ministry of Public Works, which was initiated to obtain full recognition of overhead costs and damages associated with additional works at Santiago’s International Airport.
  • Acted for Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) in an arbitration claim involving physical and economic damage to EGPC.
  • Acted for Carlos Ríos and Javier Ríos (owners of Inversiones Alsacia and Express de Santiago Uno) in ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Chile for breaching the Free Trade Agreement with the Republic of Colombia.

Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante

Boutique firm Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante consistently acts in substantial domestic and international arbitrations, and houses several practitioners who act both as arbitrators at national and international institutions and in ad-hoc hearings. Felipe Bulnes is a domestic and international arbitration specialist of note; Enrique Urrutia routinely acts in complex arbitration proceedings; and José Manuel Bustamante‘s practice includes commercial arbitrations under Chilean arbitration legislation, along with UNCITRAL and ICC matters. Key associate and former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría lawyer Tomás Wolff‘s experience includes ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and CAM Santiago disputes. Former partner Gonzalo Vial left the firm in June 2021.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Arbitration is a core area for full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos and the 18-strong practice has longstanding experience in complex arbitral cases involving international infrastructure disputes, shareholder disputes, and mining companies’ energy supply contracts, among other matters. The arbitration group, which comprises partners who are 'personally involved in every case' and includes two CAM Santiago arbitrators, is co-led by Florencio Bernales, the current chair of the Chilean Bar’s Arbitration Commission; Fernando Urrutia , a construction arbitration expert; Raimundo Moreno , whose recent caseload includes investment arbitrations; and Jorge Boldt, who is active in both civil and criminal matters. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Azar is a former foreign associate in the international arbitration and dispute resolution group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's New York office, while Trinidad Torres' recent experience includes seconding Bernales in a number of significant arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

Working with the Cariola Diez Perez-Cotapos team has several advantages: partners who are personally involved in every case, so I know that if I ask them at any time about the status of a case, they will answer me immediately; they share with the client the judicial strategy, which is especially valuable; and the price-quality ratio of the service is very good.

They are highly committed lawyers, very responsible, and with clear knowledge not only of the substantive regulations, but also litigation strategies. All our cases are entrusted to them.

Key clients

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Retained by a US law firm (as local counsel) in an investment arbitration carried out before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
  • Acted for KPMG Auditores Consultores in an arbitration involving the liability of former shareholders.

Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados

'Always concerned about achieving a good result in the shortest possible time', specialist disputes boutique Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados houses a nine-strong practice group that is active in domestic and international commercial arbitration, including significant complex construction, energy and real estate-related disputes. The department is led by former Carey partner, Esteban Ovalle, who 'combines deep knowledge of the law with great litigation skills' and is also is also a CAM Santiago arbitrator; and fellow name partner and complex arbitration specialist José Tomás Bulnes, who 'stands out for his creative outlook'. Providing key support at senior associate level is Oscar Lihn (a 2019-hire from Herbert Smith Freehills in New York), who focuses on both litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Ovalle; José Tomás Bulnes

Testimonials

Very close relationships with the client, great team work, and always in constant search of new strategies and ideas. The firm encourages constant brainstorming between the client and the firm.

A highly professional and specialised team, which I have witnessed as an expert in several trials – enormous capacity for work and innovative defence strategies.

A firm where all the members of the team, both partners and associates, are highly trained to develop cases successfully; and they are always concerned about achieving a good result in the shortest possible time, considering that legal disputes cause inevitable emotional wear.

Stands out from other firms for its use of innovative practices and technological tools for the exchange of information.

The lawyers of this firm have a lot of experience in this legal area, which is possible to appreciate from the first contact you have with them.

Dedication and professional qualities from Esteban Ovalle, a professional with a long career and well-known prestige. He combines deep knowledge of the law with great litigation skills.

Esteban Ovalle is a lawyer with a lot of experience, but who at the same time continues to maintain empathy with the client, which allows the confidence that things are being done well and that the result will be as expected.

José Tomás Bulnes is an excellent professional, who stands out for his creative outlook and knowledge/management of a great deal of jurisprudence.

Key clients

Consultora Tecnazul Cía

Hanwha Q Cells

Teck

Codelco

Vinci Constructions Grands Projets (Agencia en Chile)

Astaldi Sucursal Chile

VCGP-Astaldi Ingeniería y Construcción

AES Andes

Parque Arauco

Sacyr Chile

SALFA Corp

Elevation Investments

Grupo Hidromaule

Jardín Infantil Mandarino

Work highlights

  • Representing joint venture VCGP-Astaldi Ingeniería y Construcción (CJV), as contractor for the construction of the Chilean International Airport Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez, in its arbitration and litigation cases against subcontractors.
  • Representing Consultora Tecnazul in a proceeding to vacate an award granted in an international commercial arbitration (seated in Santiago and under Ecuadorian law).

Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados

Expert in cases involving great complexity‘, boutique commercial litigation and arbitration firm Pellegrini & Cía. reincorporated as Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados following Pedro Rencoret‘s becoming a name partner in February 2021. The practice is well known for its arbitration credentials involving construction contracts, but it also acts in energy and telecoms-related matters. The seven-member team is co-led by founding partner and ‘good strategistJulio Pellegrini, who is ‘a leader in this area‘; and Fernando Zúñiga , who is ‘very good at leading arbitrations‘ – his former experience includes time at White & Case LLP‘s Paris office where he focused on major-case strategy. The second line of key practitioners includes Diego Ramos (promoted alongside Zúñiga in late 2020), whose practice also includes domestic and international arbitration. At associate level, Fernando Gazzella regularly assists Pellegrini when sitting as arbitrator, while Bernardo Aylwin (previously at Enrique Barros & Cía until June 2020) assists with the litigating of significant domestic arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Julio Pellegrini; Fernando Zúñiga

Testimonials

A small team that is expert in cases involving great complexity.

Its work was always adjusted to our budget; and as for billing, it was always clear and on time.

The characteristics that stand out are the excellent business vision, that is, the lawyers manage to understand not only the legal aspects but also the substance of our business and the problem itself, which in this case had many emotional components.

Great legal strategy, always looking for the right solution.

Brilliant coordination through which we managed to reach a solution that exceeded even our initial expectations, and without leaving the counterpart injured along the way.

Julio Pellegrini is a good strategist and a good conflict resolver. He helps conflicts end in a good way and with a comprehensive perspective.

Julio Pellegrini is a leader in this area. Experience, trial leadership ability, negotiating skills and knowledge of law.

Fernando Zúñiga is very good at leading arbitrations.

Key clients

Quanta Services

Bueno Engenharia e Construção

Inmobiliara Punta Pite

Copec

Salfacorp

CMPC

Isapre Cruz Blanca

Iandes

Rodriguez Cano-Bezanilla’s Family

BUPA

Work highlights

  • Representing US construction company Quanta Services in arbitration against CGE over the construction of six electric power plants in different Chilean cities.
  • Representing Bueno Engenharia e Construção and Bueno Ingeniería y Construcción Chile (as guarantors of obligations assumed by Consorcio Montec-Bueno in a construction contract) in a domestic arbitration.
  • Representing Copec in an ad-hoc arbitration proceeding (under CAM Santiago Rules) against Transbank, which concerns breaches of a financial services contract.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Fielding a 14-strong, specialised local and international arbitration practice, Baker McKenzie Chile is appreciated for its 'availability and personalised attention', and well known for disputes involving infrastructure projects, securities and mining. In addition to his practice as an arbitrator, 'committed' group head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés leads the firm’s Latin American regional arbitration and dispute resolution practices; and Ignacio Naudon handles disputes concerning infrastructure projects, construction contracts, distribution agreements, securities, corporate law and M&A. With broad experience in both national and international arbitration, associate Antonio López has a particularly strong infrastructure and construction disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés

Testimonials

The firm represents availability and personalised attention.

In relation to strengths and skills, availability and agility of responses can be noted. In short, it compares favourably with other firms.

The team stands out for its personalised attention, work efficiency levels, and delivery of adequate answers within the required timescales.

The team has been doing a very good job in our case.

Each member of the team has demonstrated a good attitude.

What distinguishes the litigation and arbitration team is that it is able to serve foreign clients from different countries.

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is committed and actively participates in the design of strategies.

Ignacio Naudon is very judicious and manages work teams of younger lawyers very well.

Key clients

General Electric

Voith

Grupo Security

Clairvest Group

Bain & Company

Sierra Gorda

Astaldi

THB Corredores

Ohio National

Schindler Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Ohio National in an international investment dispute against the Chilean State, further to legislative bills that allowed pensioners to withdraw up to 10% of pension funds administered by private companies.
  • Represented Astaldi in an international arbitration dispute against its joint venture partners, in relation to the execution of an EPC contract for the expansion of Santiago International Airport.
  • Represented Sociedad Concesionaria Punilla in a claim against the State of Chile before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, which concerns the development of the La Punilla dam.

Cuatrecasas

Established in Chile since April 2020, Cuatrecasas' 'arbitration practice is top notch, with a tremendous team of market leaders'. The group specialises in international disputes involving building and engineering contracts, energy agreements, international investment protection, and international sales and supplies. Other areas of expertise include claims involving service contracts, M&A, joint ventures, commercial distribution, and shareholder and company disputes. The team is led by commercial and investment arbitration specialist Cristián Conejero, a former ICC Secretariat Counsel for Latin America, whose 'seniority when handling cases is clear'. He is flanked by Gianfranco Lotito, a domestic and international arbitration expert of increasing stature; and 'tremendous lawyer' Juan Manuel Rey (promoted to the partnership in April 2022), who routinely acts in disputes concerning construction and infrastructure contracts, concession agreements, share contracts, and power purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Conejero

Testimonials

‘The Cuatrecasas arbitration practice is top notch, with a tremendous team of market leaders led by Cristián Conejero. We have worked several cases with the firm, and the knowledge and handling of cases is impeccable.

Cristián Conejero is a lawyer with a lot of knowledge and arbitration experience. His seniority when handling cases is clear and clients always listen carefully to him. In my experience as a co-counsel, he has proven to be super- involved and hands on, reviewing each page of the file.

Juan Manuel Rey is a tremendous lawyer, who is knowledgeable about the details of cases and always attentive.

Key clients

International consortium Metro De Lima (ACS, Fcc, Webuild, Cosapi, Ansaldo and Hitachi)

Work highlights

  • Acted for international consortium Metro De Lima (ACS, Fcc, Webuild, Cosapi, Ansaldo and Hitachi), in relation to a dispute with the Republic of Peru.

Enrique Barros & Cía

The eponymous boutique of former Supreme Court justice and President of Chile’s Colegio de Abogados, Enrique Barros Bourie, the 11-strong Enrique Barros & Cía has a strong -although not exclusive- orientation towards arbitral matters. Barros himself is largely dedicated to sitting as a sole arbitrator or arbitral panel member – with professional colleagues describing him as ‘the most respected arbitrator in the country‘; while the broader team is, in turn, perhaps best known for its production of legal opinions or reports –such as in the $38m Lactalis case– and associated investigations, rather than acting as party counsel. The key figures here are experienced associates Andrés Germain (national and international arbitration, investigations and partitions); Felipe Chahuán (investigations and legal opinions), and Mariana Tupper (national and international arbitration, and corporate law).

Practice head(s):

Enrique Barros Bourie

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's arbitration caseload ranges from corporate disputes to large construction arbitrations; recent highlights include acting in a shareholder dispute concerning the development of solar power plants in Chile, claims concerning Covid-19 lockdown-related lease agreements, and a public works concession conflict. The dispute resolution practice is led by 'highly-experienced lawyer and arbitrator' Mónica van der Schraft, who has 30 years' disputes experience - a track record that includes being the first female Chilean arbitrator to be appointed president of an ICC arbitral panel. Support at associate level is provided by principal, Cristóbal Sarralde, who has substantial experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings; and senior José Joaquín Verdugo, who is routinely involved in high-profile disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mónica van der Schraft

Testimonials

Garrigues’ practice is based on having lawyers who are very detailed in their review of technical arbitration issues.

The lawyers do not leave anything undone, and maintain a good relationship with all parties on a constant basis.

Solid knowledge and experience in arbitration matters, with top-level associates who get deeply involved in cases, gaining a thorough understanding of the issues being addressed. Dedicated and always attentive to clients’ requirements.

Garrigues gave us very good advice during the first stage of voluntary talks between the parties.

Garrigues is undoubtedly a great law firm in Chile. Our experience of working with its lawyers is that they have great professionalism, dedication to the cases, a thorough understanding of the events that occur and a broad spirit of collaboration, all of which facilitate the achievement of the objectives. I would also highlight that the firm has a high degree of knowledge of our industry, which allows it to handle cases properly.

Monica Van der Schraft is a highly experienced lawyer and arbitrator, who has a very affable, thoughtful, courteous attitude, and (most importantly) in-depth knowledge of the processes, as well as the different types of cases that are faced.

Mónica Van der Schraft and senior associate José Joaquín Verdugo form a great work team, are always willing to help, and they have a lot of knowledge about their profession.

Mónica Van der Schraft and José Joaquín Verdugo are very knowledgeable, passionate about what they do, dedicated and open to listening to clients’ concerns. They know a lot about different subjects – in particular, I have worked with them on issues involving construction contract disputes where they demonstrated a broad command of the subject.

Loy Letelier Campora

With ‘vast experience in arbitrations in domestic and international venues‘, boutique firm Loy Letelier Campora houses specialists in construction disputes involving the mining, energy, industrial, commercial and infrastructure sectors; the team is also highly involved in the finance and forestry industries, as well as pharmaceuticals, food and transport-related disputes. The practice is co-led by name-partners and ‘excellent professionalsFrancesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier; both are arbitrators within CAM Santiago’s senior pool, while Campora’s track record also includes being appointed as sole arbitrator in an ICC case. Associate and former Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana disputes lawyer, Rocío Nalda, joined the group in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Campora; Juan Pablo Letelier

Testimonials

The team is made up of a group of lawyers who demonstrate experience and knowledge of different practices, showing themselves to be very solid in handling arbitrations.

The members of the firm have high levels of knowledge of the arbitration process, as well as the laws that govern this practice. They have people who work in different areas, which gives them a comprehensive view of conflicts, while being able to analyse them from different points of view; and the analysis and planning of the case allows them to position themselves advantageously, providing security to the client.

The team has vast experience in arbitrations in domestic and international venues. The lawyers take a straightforward approach to technical areas due to their knowledge of engineering and construction concepts, which allows them to set up an efficient and effective technical-legal work team quickly.

A boutique and highly specialised team that combines legal knowledge, handling of arbitrations, knowledge of the industry (construction) and complex technical matters. The main partners of the firm participate directly in the matters entrusted to the firm.

The lawyers work collaboratively and handle technology very well, thus facilitating the achievement of the desired objectives. Although they have high standards, the billing is quite reasonable, and they do things in a simple, open and transparent way, which puts them above other firms.

Both Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier have extensive experience in arbitration, which leaves the client feeling confident about the process.

In addition to their training and vast professional experience in trials and arbitrations, Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier stand out for their thorough knowledge of complex construction and assembly projects, which is not easily found in other firms. The understanding that Francesco and Juan Pablo have of engineering and construction allow easy attorney-client communication.

‘Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier have experience as party lawyers in both institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations. Juan Pablo handles concepts such as critical path and slack very well in terms of construction planning and scheduling, while Francesco Campora is always up to date on civil law matters. They are both excellent professionals.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a CAM Santiago arbitration against a Chilean consortium.
  • Acted in a CAM Santiago arbitration concerning a real estate sale contract.

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' 'very strong' practice is experienced in arbitrations involving public infrastructure, large-scale project concessions, trusts, construction, engineering, M&A, and oil and gas. The dispute resolution and arbitration team is led by 'exceptional lawyer and civil law professor', Enrique Alcalde , a former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría dispute resolution head and one of the exclusive 20 members of the Chilean Public Concession System’s Arbitral Commission. Additional support is provided by civil litigation experts Benjamin García and Nicolás Marinovic ('an extraordinary lawyer with a lot of knowledge of contentious matters'), the experience of both including being on the arbitrator's roster of the Santiago Court of Appeals for 2020-2021.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde

Testimonials

The firm is full service, and the truth is that as a counterparty the firm did an excellent job.

Very good lawyers for conflicts.

‘The plus is the mix between the firm’s experience and trajectory, including young lawyers who have great knowledge in litigation matters.

A very strong law firm, since it has lawyers with vast experience, such as Enrique Alcalde, as well as the younger generations. In short, it is a highly recommended firm to hire for arbitration.

Enrique Alcalde is an exceptional lawyer and civil law professor, who has written legal books and articles on new, modern topics that present important challenges. He is also an arbitrator in highly complex civil and commercial disputes, and his rulings are of high quality.

Nicolás Marinovic is an extraordinary lawyer with a lot of knowledge of contentious matters.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Pargua

Inversiones y Rentas Quimán

Inmobiliaria Zurich III

Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues

Viñedos Familia Chadwick

Rubio versus Rubio

Flores con Osorio

Don Toribio

Inversiones Oriente

Work highlights

  • Acted for Inmobiliaria Pargua in an arbitration seeking a limited liability company dissolution due to serious violations of one of the partners’ obligations.
  • Acted for Inversiones y Rentas Quimán (shareholder in Importadora Café Do Brasil, a closed company with stakes in the food industry), which seeks either dissolution of the closed company or exclusion of the other shareholder.
  • Acted for Inversiones Oriente, which agreed to buy several units/apartments in a new real estate project in the municipality of Macul from Laguna Centro I, which failed to deliver the apartments on the stipulated date (in addition to other contract breaches).

Molina Ríos Abogados

The eight-member arbitration group Molina Ríos Abogados routinely acts for international corporations in major domestic and international arbitration proceedings involving construction, large engineering works, infrastructure projects, renewable energy, and insurance and reinsurance. 'One of the best in the country’, the practice is led by arbitration disputes specialist Carlos Molina, 'a great litigant and excellent arbitrator'; fellow name partner and 'outstanding lawyer' Victor Ríos is well known for arbitrations against the Ministry of Public Works concerning infrastructure projects; and Felipe Correa (a partner since 2019) is founder of the CAM Santiago’s Young Arbitrator Forum and 'has outstanding judicial intelligence'.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Molina

Testimonials

The arbitration and litigation team at Molina Ríos is one of the best in the country.

Lawyers who are permanently litigating, serious and successful in the cases they carry out.

Molina Ríos houses great strategists in litigation management; with in-depth knowledge of both the rules that govern the procedures and the merits of the matter. Immediate access to lawyers and partners.

Molina Ríos is a prestigious office that is recognised for both litigation and arbitration, and it has provided the company with an outstanding service for many years. Our in-house lawyers know that with Molina Rios they have the absolute certainty that things are going to turn out well and that they are experts in arbitration matters, especially their main partner Carlos Molina.

We have witnessed the seriousness with which attorney Carlos Molina performs his role as arbitrator, which has made him one of the most sought-after arbitrators, due to his experience, but also due to his sense of justice.

Carlos Molina is a great litigant and excellent arbitrator, but at the same time very willing to reach agreements when the case warrants it. He has solid judicial knowledge and a great nose as a litigant. We trust him for his vast experience and seriousness.

Víctor Ríos is an outstanding lawyer in these matters. Together with Felipe Correa, they make a great team.

Felipe Correa is a very diligent lawyer, who, along with having solid knowledge, has outstanding judicial intelligence.

Key clients

OHLA

Acciona

Vinci

Grupo San José

Mapfre

Eiffage

Emin

Solunion

Engie

Applus

Constructora Armas

Construmed

MPM

OHL Industrial

Work highlights

  • Representing VGCP (comprising multinational construction companies Vinci and Astaldi, and Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel), in disputes arising from the construction of Santiago’s new airport.
  • Representing multinational construction company Acciona in an institutional arbitration process in which international highway company Globalvia is seeking damages.
  • Defending Acciona Concesiones against a second arbitration brought by Globalvia at the CAM Santiago.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The broad arbitration expertise housed at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría covers significant disputes involving construction, energy, entertainment, insurance, real estate, and concessions and infrastructure, along with civil and commercial claims. The 'high-level' 14-member group is led by 'prestigious and trustworthy lawyer' Jorge Vial (a former founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados), who routinely acts in major domestic and international arbitrations. Within the associate pool, Catalina Amenabar acts in commercial and investment arbitrations, and is a Young Arbitrator at CAM Santiago; and Josefa Larraín 'manages the arbitration rules and their practices with outstanding wisdom'.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial

Testimonials

The most unique or exceptional thing about this team of lawyers is the excellent combination of legal professionalism of the highest level, warmth and simplicity in all the attention they provide, and excellent service in the processes – we have total trust in them as they are real advisers.

Excellent client service, commitment and passion in the cases they lead – detail and thoroughness in the legal and strategic analyses involved.

Good global and strategic advice, and the ability to anticipate the possible resources/actions of the client’s counterpart.

A firm with several specialties in law. This means that the client’s advice is not limited to specific queries, but rather a comprehensive evaluation/advice can be made considering other strategic legal issues.’

A high-level team that is led by Jorge Vial, a lawyer and professor with knowledge of the law of judicial practice like few others in Chile. A good teacher, who is also a good litigator, does not happen very often – only with the best of practitioners.

Jorge Vial has the excellent ability to answer questions at all times. he understands that management times and deadlines can be demanding, and he always makes himself available by responding to the client’s needs. Jorge does not limit himself to what he is consulted upon, but he makes sure to consider all the relevant aspects of the case. The result is that Jorge gives a complete strategic opinion.

Jorge Vial – great experience and soft skills, which together with his specialised legal knowledge make him a prestigious and trustworthy lawyer.

Associate Josefa Larraín is an innate leader of knowledge and processes – she manages the arbitration rules and their practices with outstanding wisdom.

Key clients

SABA

The Walt Disney Company

Grupo Konectanet

Minera Florida

Algeciras Holding

Yamana Gold

Consorcio Seguros Generales

Rema Tip Top of North America

Telepizza

ValleyFresh (Australia)

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Walt Disney Company in an arbitration arising from contractual negotiations involving Disney Plus Cable TV programming and local cable TV provider, VTR.
  • Acted for Yamana Gold in a contract-related CAM Santiago arbitration.
  • Acted for ValleyFresh (Australia) in a breach of contract arbitration against Chilean fruit producer and exporter, Exportadora Solymar.

Ugarte & Correa

Housing a 12-member group, boutique firm Ugarte & Correa is highly focused on complex energy, mining and construction arbitration; and routinely handles large cases administered under different arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and CAM Santiago, as well as ad hoc proceedings. The department is jointly led by name partners José Joaquín Ugarte, who is 'appreciated for his leadership'; fellow name partner and arbitration expert Pablo Correa; and dual-qualified (Chile and New York) commercial and investment disputes specialist Liat Tapia, a 2020 hire from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and partner since February 2022. Senior associate Karl Conrads is currently undertaking an LLM at Harvard.

Practice head(s):

José Joaquín Ugarte; Pablo Correa; Liat Tapia

Testimonials

I have worked with many law firms and the experience with Ugarte & Correa has been outstanding, not only because of its lawyers’ high level of knowledge and specialisation, but also because of their approach and constant availability to respond, clarify and improve the cases in which they intervene.

An office that gives the client an advantage and goes far beyond legal defence work, since the lawyers get involved in such a way that they manage to deepen matters to admirable levels, improving the defences which they handle.

Without a doubt, all the members of the team are lawyers of great prestige and professionalism.

Great commitment from the team, which is fully involved in the client’s case and plans the strategy carefully.

José Joaquín Ugarte is appreciated for his leadership, the confidence he inspires, and his ability to see the strengths and weaknesses of all the parties involved in the conflict.

Pablo Correa, in each meeting, call and mail, demonstrates his skills and knowledge.

Key clients

Albemarle

Essity

Voith

Asociación Canal de las Mercedes

Fleishmann

Desarrollos Renovables Latinoamérica

Mandalay Resources

ICOM

Caterpillar

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Sigma Energía

Coexca

ACF Minera

Gesex

Saba

Energía De La Patagonia y Aysén

Work highlights

  • Acted for Albemarle in an international arbitration against state entity CORFO, which will define the commission calculation basis that Albemarle should pay to the Chilean state for lithium exploitation.
  • Acted for Asociación Canal de las Mercedes in a dispute arising from the collapse of an aqueduct tunnel .
  • Acted for Santa Elvira on its arbitration claim for reimbursement from Codelco for unpaid executed work.

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial

The eight-member dispute resolution department at Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial is particularly active in conflicts involving the construction, energy, telecoms and finance sectors; furthermore, it fields specialists in both investment and commercial international arbitration. The practice is jointly headed by Gerardo Ovalle, who ‘deserves to be highlighted for his way of handling proceedings‘ and has considerable IIC arbitration experience; and domestic and international arbitration expert Fernando Salas, who is ‘creative when proposing trial and negotiation strategies‘. Also integral to the group is the ‘outstandingAnibal Vial, who acts in complex cases before arbitral tribunals. Associate Miguel Dibarrart is currently undertaking an LLM at Columbia Law School.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Ovalle; Fernando Salas

Testimonials

Great attention to detail, preparation at every stage of the proceeding, and excellent teamwork.

An in-house lawyer should know that this is a firm that is dedicated exclusively to arbitration, litigation and complex conflicts. It is therefore a specialised firm, which clearly favours it over other offices, since it has specific knowledge of litigation matters and almost non-existent conflicts of interest.

The firm’s lawyers are all litigators and many of them are arbitrators. This helps because it gives them a different experience in each case. In turn, they are a team that has both renowned and highly experienced arbitrators, and younger lawyers (40-45 years old) who are experts in what they do.

Attorney Gerardo Ovalle stands out for his professionalism, commitment to work, attention to detail, and strategic planning of cases. Associate Miguel Dibarrart also stands out.

A group of lawyers from different specialties, who allow us to look at the conflict from different points of view and achieve good results. Gerardo Ovalle deserves to be highlighted for his way of handling proceedings.

Great level of involvement from the remarkable Gerardo Ovalle.

Fernando Salas is someone who gives you full confidence. His knowledge is excellent and he is creative when proposing trial and negotiation strategies according to the needs of the clients.

Aníbal Vial clearly stands out for his knowledge in litigation matters, arbitration and conflicts involving financial matters and free competition. Working with him, the results have been excellent – an outstanding lawyer.

Key clients

Fourcade & Co

Chilena Consolidada Seguros de Vida

RMD Kwikform

Burger Grúas

Karamtara Engineering

Viveros Copequen

Worley Parson

Inmobiliaria San Genaro

Clariant

Laguna Centro 1

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Fourcade in an ICC international arbitration against Ferrovial Agroman.
  • Acted for Chilena Consolidada Seguros de Vida in an arbitration against Pension Fund Administrator companies.
  • Successfully advised RMD Kwikform in an arbitration against Sacyr.

Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn

Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn consolidated its litigation and arbitration practice in 2020, when it hired civil and commercial disputes specialist María José Larraín (the firm’s first female partner) from Vial Larraín Abogados; her experience includes major disputes before arbitral panels, while fellow co-head and name partner Juan Enrique Coeymans is one of the youngest lawyers on the Santiago Chamber of Commerce’s list of arbitrators. The wider practice is active in conflicts involving shareholders, real estate, construction, investment funds and family businesses. Experienced associate María José Berger provides key support in significant arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Coeymans; María José Larraín

Testimonials

Great strategic depth deployed in arbitrations, implementing a strong, fast, united and clear approach.

What differentiates it from other firms is the detail employed and the professional and personal handling of conflicts.

The ability to generate alternative solutions to conflicts and articulate them without losing the advantage, over and over again, is remarkable.

The lawyers have the ability to understand the needs of the client. Through this approach, we achieved a better agreement than originally planned.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Flores del Maipo I

Familia Guzmán Nieto

Constructora Besalco

Inmobiliaria Rentas Souper

Besalco

TMF Chile Asesorías Empresariales

Work highlights

  • Represented the members of the Guzmán Nieto Family (co-owners of a 55-hectare industrial plot in Santiago) in a land division dispute before an arbitrator.
  • Represented Inmobiliaria Rentas Souper in a contract termination-related arbitration.
  • Acted for Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Flores del Maipo I in an arbitration against a construction company.

Contreras Velozo

Acting as both counsels and arbitrators, Contreras Velozo‘s team has extensive experience in both national and international arbitrations, particularly highly complex and large-scale cases, such as multi-party and multi-contract procedures, as well as sensitive injunctive relief; the group’s expertise covers several industries, including construction, financial services and energy. The practice is co-led by Oscar Contreras  and Alvaro Awad , who ‘outclass competitors‘. Contreras acts in cases involving breach of contract, torts, shareholder disputes, unfair competition, along with constitutional, administrative and public law issues; while Awad has considerable experience in both ad hoc and institutional arbitral proceedings and was recently appointed Regional Representative for Latin America for the ICC’s Young Arbitrators Forum.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras; Álvaro Awad

Testimonials

This office has a very competent and qualified team – great lawyers who are outstanding in their respective areas of interest.

Great knowledge of the cases and with very good management of the law.

The dispute resolution team is highly efficient and professional.

Contreras Velozo, although a boutique, punches well above its weight. It is our go-to firm in Chile – skilled lawyers and trusted counsel who are able to assess risk, map out and implement an effective strategy, and deliver outstanding results.

An extremely collaborative team that blends lawyers of different experience levels seamlessly. They are likewise incredibly connected, not only within Chile but internationally as well. They are top notch.

The dispute resolution team is highly efficient and professional in my experience. The response speed and quality are at the best level that I have found in Chile, a country where I have had interests for over 12 years; and the relationship with the client is close, cordial and professional.

Álvaro Awad is a great professional, who is clear in explaining the points and efficient in response times.

Oscar Contreras and Alvaro Awad are exceptional lawyers and tacticians. They outclass competitors in both their responsiveness and attention to detail. Despite having a heavy workload, one is consistently left with the impression that your case matters most to them. They provide excellent client service day-in day-out.

Key clients

Falabella

Campos de Chile

Andes Inversiones Deportivas

Unión La Calera

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Banco Santander

Genzyme Corporation

Aguas Andinas

Telefónica Chile

International Finance Corporation

TEP Chile

Inmobiliaria Manquehue

Astaldi

DirectTV

Sigdo Koppers

Centro Nacional de Despacho de Carga

Mercado Libre

Rappi

Empresa Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos

GNL Quintero

Universidad del Pacífico

Fernando Baldrich y Compañía

Always On Servicios Digitales

Banco Security

Work highlights

  • Representing Chilean football cub Unión La Calera and its holding company Andes Inversiones Deportivas, in a multi-party and multi-contract CAM Santiago arbitration against the club’s former owners.

Coz & Blavi

Established in early 2020 as Coz & Jofré by José Coz and Álvaro Jofré (both previously at Oddo & Cía), and reincorporated as Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados later that year following the arrival of Francisco Blavi as partner from Pellegrini & Cía, this specialised disputes boutique focuses on litigation, and international and domestic arbitration. Coz is ‘capable, transparent and strategic‘; Jofre’s experience includes high-profile and complex arbitrations; and Blavi acts in arbitrations involving the construction, energy and finance sectors, as well as on corporate agreements. However, associate Benjamín Letelier moved to Schenke Brancoli Abogados in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Blavi; José Coz; Alvaro Jofré

Testimonials

Very capable and dedicated people – a results-oriented team.

Young, available and very dedicated. A law firm that is truly capable of asking the right questions and guaranteeing the punctual execution of all necessary actions. The lawyers offer guidance based on both experience and mastery of arbitration procedures.

A smaller firm compared to large corporate firms, but it has proven to be great for direct, transparent, continuous and in-depth attention.

The team stands out for the marked strategic structure among its members, from those who contribute in substantive, procedural matters to those who lead in oral litigation.

A particularly strong team that allowed us to obtain a good result for our dispute.

The lawyers methodically analyse, without prejudice, all the information available from each party, and they have in-depth knowledge of the laws and procedural procedures. The firm compares advantageously with other offices that we have known.

José Coz was a real success. Capable, transparent and strategic, he never tried to disfigure reality in pursuit of one result or another, but instead guided us through the pros and cons of the litigation until its successful conclusion. The experience with this firm has been particularly different from, and closer to, our previous relationships with large corporate firms.

Francisco Blavi, José Coz and Alvaro Jofré have an unusual interpretive and analytical capacity, with great knowledge of Chilean and North American laws and procedural procedures.

Key clients

Carbonfree

Grenergy

Hochtief

CMC Di Ravenna

Salfa

Astaldi

AFP Capital

AFP Cuprum

AFP Provida

AFP Habitat

AFP Planvital

AFP Modelo

Bisquertt

Innovation Health

Work highlights

  • Represented AFP Capital, AFP Cuprum, AFP Habitat, AFP Modelo, AFP Planvital and AFP Provida in a high-profile arbitration, which related to legislation that authorised the withdrawal of 10% of pension funds.
  • Represents ASTALDI in a major international arbitration proceeding under the ICC Rules, concerning the construction of a hydropower project.
  • Represents Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna in a major international arbitration proceeding under the ICC Rules, concerning the construction of a hydropower project.

Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s 11-member practice is particularly noted for infrastructure and construction-related disputes. Recent highlights include acting for the concession holder for the operation of Santiago’s civil airport, which was impacted by the pandemic and reduced air traffic, suffering huge losses. The practice is led by Gonzalo Cordero (‘stands out for his assessment of conflicts‘), whose experience includes working in the international arbitration and trade law groups at White & Case LLP‘s Washington DC office. Primary support comes from fellow partner Juan Ignacio Eymin and senior associate Nicolas Corbeaux, both of whom have broad disputes practices that includes arbitration proceedings. Former senior associate Orlando Palominos left for Lembeye Abogados in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cordero; Juan Ignacio Eymin

Testimonials

Morales & Besa has a very large and diverse team in terms of knowledge, which contributes to providing a complete solution to complex matters.

The team’s work is very well coordinated by both the partner in charge of the department and senior associates; and the firm has strong multi-service credentials, while its global view of business helps to make better decisions.

Gonzalo Cordero has a broad view of the trials he is in charge of, and he stands out for his assessment of conflicts and their viability.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud

Global Vía

Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile

Hitachi Power Grids

Cencosud Retail

COPESA

Constructora Ingevec

Work highlights

  • Representing Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel before the Concession Technical Panel and the Arbitral Commission in a claim against the Ministry of Public Works for the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on a concession contract.
  • Representing Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud in an arbitration against Astaldi Sucursal Chile, which relates to the execution and early termination of an EPC Contract for the construction of a large public hospital in Santiago.
  • Representing Global Vía in an arbitration against Acciona, which concerns breaches of representations and warranties within a public works concession purchase agreement.

Prieto Abogados

The seven-member arbitration practice at Prieto Abogados, routinely acts in retail, energy, construction and real estate-related arbitrations; its recent workload also includes insurance, transportation, healthcare, telecoms and banking matters. The practice is co-led by Fernando Samaniego, whose experience includes acting as sole arbitrator in construction disputes as well as acting as party counsel; and arbitration specialist Alberto González V, who 'has superior legal skills'. The 'always available' Juan Pablo Riesco was promoted to of counsel in November 2021; but former senior associate Cristóbal Jiménez left to pursue an LLM in the UK. Former practice co-head Claudio Undurraga  passed away in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Samaniego; Alberto González V

Testimonials

High-level commitment to the case, ability to join an ongoing team quickly, and excellent ability to reconcile legal and commercial strategies so as to propose a business-oriented approach.

Very good legal and strategic judgement.’

Fernando Samaniego and Alberto González V are both excellent. Fernando, because he has an acute analysis of the cases from various perspectives and raises points that go unnoticed by others; and Alberto, because he has superior legal skills and an excellent ability to articulate arguments directly.

I worked with Fernando Samaniego and and Alberto González V, who are both very experienced and with excellent legal credentials.

Of counsel Juan Pablo Riesco is always available to resolve concerns.

Work highlights

  • Representing Compañía de Seguros Generales Suramericana in its defence against a lawsuit filed by Surlat Industrial and Surlat Comercial  for forced fulfilment of an insurance contract and compensation.
  • Defended Compañía de Seguros Generales Suramericana against Inversiones Futuro’s arbitral case for compliance with an insurance contract for two buildings that suffered damage further to a flood.
  • Acted for Empresas Torre, a manufacturer of library items, in a conflict that broke out between the shareholders of the company and which led to a request before the ordinary courts for the designation of an arbitrator to resolve the dispute.