Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Founded in 2017, specialist domestic and international disputes firm Abogabir Miranda Abogados' arbitration practice is co-led by Diego Abogabir (previously a lawyer at Jara del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados); former Alessandri & Compañía Abogados' associate, Nicolás Miranda; and Nicolás Vassallo, an October 2022 recruit from Apparcel, Uriarte & Vassallo (where he was name partner); all three have notable domestic and international arbitration experience.
Established in 2018, Frías & Lagos Abogados' arbitration offering is co-led by founding partners Nicolas Frias, an expert in dispute resolution, including arbitration; and José Tomás Lagos, who assists companies with arbitration proceedings involving mining, insurance, construction and energy disputes, as well as civil and commercial claims.
HD Legal‘s arbitration department has handled disputes in sectors ranging from industrial waste management, transportation and food, to capital markets and real estate; the practice  is led by arbitration and dispute resolution specialist, José Luis Honorato, a longstanding member of CAM Santiago’s panel of arbitrators.
May 2023 saw the formation of the civil and commercial disputes-focused Jana Leiva Litigio y Arbitraje, which also handles contentious environmental and administrative matters; the new boutique brings together the strengths of former Bofill Mir Alvarez Jana partner, Álvaro Jana; and Felipe Leiva, previously the head of civil and commercial litigation at López Escobar del Río.
January 2022 saw Larrain y Asociados Abogados promote arbitration specialist Isabel Palacios (who becomes the firm's first female partner), notably reinforcing a practice where she routinely works alongside litigation and arbitration specialist Carlos Aravena; with over 14 years’ experience, she has particular expertise in the arbitration of disputes concerning construction and public works concessions.
Routinely acting in arbitrations involving energy, construction and corporate disputes, boutique firm Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ was established in 2019 by experienced arbitrators Jorge Schenke and Ricardo Brancoli, both of whom were formerly partners at Jara Del Favero Abogados.
Spinning out of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (PPU) in September 2023, Vial Larraín Femenías’ disputes capability is led by former PPU disputes practice head Jorge Vial, who is flanked by fellow partners, Ignacio Larraín (a competition specialist with considerable disputes experience) and Jorge A Femenías (a contentious-administrative specialist); Vial has ‘vast experience in litigation and arbitration’ cases across a broad sweep of industry sectors and arbitral rules.

Dispute resolution: arbitration in Chile


Full-service legal giant Carey is consistently sought out for high-stakes national and international commercial and investment arbitrations; the sizeable, 28-strong practice is particularly experienced in arbitral disputes involving the construction, energy, mining, media and pharma sectors. The department acts under a broad range of local and international institutions, including: the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago); the International Court of Arbitration (ICC); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The team also has experience acting under United Nation Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. The group features several experienced figures, namely: renowned arbitrator and President of the Chilean Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club since 2023, Gonzalo Fernández; national and international arbitration specialist Juan Carlos Riesco; Ricardo Reveco, who acts in commercial arbitrations concerning corporate conflicts; and commercial and investment arbitration expert Aldo Molinari. The second line of active advisers features commercial arbitration practitioner Mónica Pérez, along with alternative dispute resolution specialist Roberto Villaseca, both of whom are at partner level since November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Fernández; Ricardo Reveco; Aldo Molinari; Juan Carlos Riesco; Mónica Pérez; Roberto Villaseca


Carey’s team is reliable, with extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. It quickly answers the customer’s needs.

Ricardo Reveco: in addition to litigation and conflict resolution, he knows liquidation processes and company reorganisation, which makes him unique in the market. In addition, he is a great strategist, he presents the alternatives to the client with his recommendation and advises global companies, with a presence in several jurisdictions. For this he can draw on knowledge of markets abroad, particularly New York, and speaks English.

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities

Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida

Blanco y Negro

NOKIA Solutions and Networks Chile

Piscicultura Tierra Del Fuego

Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros Generales de Chile

Work highlights

  • Representing Liberty and Mapfre in a dispute initiated by Empresa Portuaria Iquique and Iquique Terminal Internacional in relation to the amount of indemnification to be paid by the insurers for damage suffered by the Port of Iquique further to an earthquake in 2014.

Claro & Cia.

The ‘very cohesive team' at full-service law firm Claro & Cia. has an enviable market reputation for its involvement in major domestic and international arbitrations. The 30-strong department is routinely mandated for arbitral proceedings that arise under the rules of CAM Santiago, ICC, and ICSID, as well as London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) matters; and several of the firm’s practitioners are well-known CAM Santiago arbitrators. The principal figures are renowned senior partner and disputes specialist, Jose María Eyzaguirre G; Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has deep expertise in multi-front litigation and arbitration; energy arbitration expert Nicolás Luco; and Felipe Ossa, whose track record includes acting as either counsel or arbitrator in ad-hoc proceedings, as well as arbitrations under the remit of CAM Santiago, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, and the Lima Chamber of Commerce. The practice group also houses José Miguel Huerta, an expert in commercial arbitration as well as litigation, antitrust and bankruptcy; and arbitration partners Santiago Bravo and Álvaro Vives. Senior associate Felipe De Marinis also frequently appears before national and international arbitration venues.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre


A very cohesive team, from the junior associates to the more experienced lawyers.

Compared to other law firms dedicated to this area, this practice clearly has an advantage.

The pluses that this firm have are its excellence and thorough knowledge of the law.

A difference with respect to competitors is how the firm incorporates lawyers with specialties in other areas, such as corporate, tax and criminal law, into their strategy.

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


Guacolda Energía

Work highlights

  • Acting for power generation compeny AES Andes in an arbitral dispute against Compañía General de Electricidad arising from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting Samsung Electronics Chile with multiple disputes with two of its distributors.
  • Acted for Grupo Said Handal in an arbitration which concerned a family member, who triggered the dissolution of Inversiones SH Seis.

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

Absolutely recommended for arbitration cases‘, the 18-strong practice at boutique law firm Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo routinely acts in high-profile arbitrations involving the construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail sectors; and with arbitration constituting over 60% of the firm’s mandates, the group consistently appears before national arbitration centre CAM Santiago, as well as international forums such as the ICC and ICSID, and specific regional fora such as the The Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC). Co-leading the practice, Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez is an arbitration, civil and commercial litigation, corporate law, and insurance specialist; and Cristóbal Jimeno, whose ‘level of writing is outstanding‘, acts in financial, insurance and construction arbitrations. Also integral to the group, fellow name partner Alfredo Waugh focuses on civil, commercial and consumer protection litigation, in addition to arbitration; Joaquín Castillo is ‘a standout partner‘; and Eugenio Valladares‘ practice covers civil, commercial, construction and corporate law litigation, as well as arbitration. At associate level, both Jaime Elgueta and Siham El Masou act in arbitrations, while senior Tomás Wolff is a May 2023 hire from Bulnes & Urrutia Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; Cristóbal Jimeno


The partners are always personally involved in the case. Based on deep knowledge of the circumstances of cases, the firm is able to propose strategic solutions.

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo has renowned and highly experienced professionals who offer clients superior law services in dispute resolution.

The lawyers are very experienced in dispute resolution. They are highly skilled in both litigation and arbitration mandates, have very capable technical skills, and are emphatic in their defence of the interests of clients.

It is a boutique office that delivers a much better service than the large firms – absolutely recommended for arbitration cases. They go deep and are good negotiators.

A highly prepared team with very good command of the laws and the complex businesses that underlie the trials in which they intervene. Clients are attended directly by their partners, even in those matters that may seem minimal or irrelevant, as they prepare the legal strategy in every detail.

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, Cristóbal Jimeno and Eugenio Valladares have strategical thinking, excellent team work, and full knowledge of the cases in dispute.

Cristóbal Jimeno’s level of writing is outstanding, as is his level of understanding of cases and how to approach each point – first class.

Joaquín Castillo is a standout partner.

Key clients


Allianz Seguros

República de Ecuador

Meridiam LATAM Holdings

Empresas CMPC

ISA Group (Colombia) – InterChile


Tompkins Conservation


Ripley Store – Comercial Eccsa


AFP Capital

Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos


Constructora Conpax

Agrícola Don Pollo

EY Servicios Profesionales de Auditoría y Asesoría


Engie Energía Chile

Alto Maipo

Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution

Arising from Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados (BMAJ)’s dissolution in early 2022, the 20-strong practice at boutique firm and ‘undisputed market leader' Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution has a strong market reputation for highly complex arbitrations. The team has enviable experience in acting as lead counsel in international foreign investment arbitrations; while its recent caseload includes major disputes involving both the Chilean Government and significant mining, energy and commercial companies. Co-heading the team, Andrés Jana is ‘the most prestigious and experienced Chilean lawyer in international arbitration', his recent track record including sitting as arbitrator in eight investor-state disputes, as well as several international commercial arbitrations; and ‘outstanding' co-founding partner Rodrigo Gil, who routinely plays a leading role in the practice’s arbitration work. The second line of key partners features Karen Werner, who is particularly experienced in energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, financial services and real estate sector disputes; Carla Dittus (a partner since January 2022), who ‘stands out for her professionalism and analytical acuity'; and domestic and international arbitration expert Francisco Grob, a July 2022 recruit from ICSID’s World Bank Group in Washington DC. Director Victoria Demarchi, and senior associates Alfonso MarcosBenjamín Silva and Juan Pablo Labbé  also maintain active arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Jana; Rodrigo Gil


Knowledge, reputation and personal involvement of partners in cases, and they win cases that are both large and complex. Up to date on the latest international arbitration trends, as well as knowledge of the world’s arbitrators – undisputed market leader.

Involvement, preparation and study of the cases – not only of what clients give them, as they know how to ask for background information that is sometimes ignored, in order to have clarity on the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

Probably the most solid and experienced team in dispute resolution in the whole of Chile.

The team from Jana & Gil is not only the leading Chilean arbitration team but also the leading Latin American arbitration team. It plays on the world stage and does it very well. The team is highly experienced and sophisticated, and combines vast experience in international arbitration with creative and innovative thinking.

Andrés Jana is the most prestigious and experienced Chilean lawyer in international arbitration – he has accumulated enormous experience.

Andres Jana is among a small handful of top arbitrators worldwide. He is a creative and analytical thinker, has great advocacy skills, and is admired by his clients. He excels both as arbitrator and counsel – and in both roles is better prepared than most.’

Rodrigo Gil is an excellent litigator and a very decisive lawyer – a well-versed advocate who is outstanding.

Carla Dittus stands out for her professionalism and analytical acuity.

Key clients

Republic of Chile, Ministerio de Obras Públicas

Empresa de Montajes Industriales SALFA

Antofagasta Minerals

Panama Canal Authority


Barrick Gold Corp

Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria

Innovación Energía

Work highlights

  • Currently advising a major mining company in a $240m dispute concerning a power purchase agreement with the subsidiary of a Chilean electrical distributor, which filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in Delaware (US).
  • Providing ongoing co-counsel to the Panama Canal Authority in ICC arbitrations (totalling $4.2bn) against international construction consortium GUPC, in relation to the Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Successfully represented a French electrical company in a $10m arbitration (under Stockholm Chamber of Commerce rules) against a Russian electrical manufacturing company, which concerned the improper collection of guarantees within the framework of a joint venture agreement.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados

Achieving ‘very favourable results in arbitrations', boutique firm Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados is widely respected for its representation of national and international companies in high-stakes domestic and international commercial arbitration. The nine-strong group is co-led by founding partners Alvaro Ortúzar, who has over 40 years’ experience in both arbitration and litigation, and is ‘one of the most respected lawyers in Chile'; Nicolás Vergara, a specialist in arbitrations involving shareholder issues, insurance and contracts; and Cristián Boetsch, who is a construction, energy and insurance disputes expert (as is younger partner Benjamín Morales). Also key to the group, Diego Navarrete's recent track record includes playing a leading role in a major ICC arbitration. Key associate Andrés Cáceres is a construction, insurance and forestry sector disputes expert.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Ortúzar; Nicolás Vergara; Cristián Boetsch


A small team in which all the lawyers are exceptional – great handling of economic issues, which allows them to stand out in arbitration cases.

Obtains very favourable results in arbitrations.

Gives special and meticulous attention to cases, keeping clients abreast of the entire course of the arbitration process, and taking into consideration clients’ input and feedback at various stages.

Key clients

Enel Green Power

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Engie Energía Chile

Porto San Giorgio

Liberty Compañía de Seguros

Enel Generación

Empresa Nacional de Petróleo

Constructora Mar Cantábrico

Constructora SIGRO

Urbana ED

Vantrust Corredores de Bolsa

Cámara de Comercio de Santiago

Work highlights

  • Representing SURA (and a consortium of other insurance companies) in an arbitration against SMU, further to damage caused during the social unrest of 2019.
  • Representing Enel Green Power in an arbitration against several companies (owned by the Phoenix Group), seeking termination of an option contract to explore the feasibility to build and develop wind farms.
  • Representing Porto San Giorgio in international arbitration proceedings (under ICC Rules), which seek to obtain the annulment of several capital increases.

Barros & Errázuriz

Full-service Chilean law firm Barros & Errázuriz fields a 19-strong dispute resolution practice that acts in a range of civil and commercial litigation-related domestic and international arbitrations; and in addition to housing several arbitration counsels, the practice includes experienced arbitrators. The ‘highly-qualified' department regularly represents clients in major construction project-related arbitrations and is increasingly involved in commercial disputes involving shareholder and share purchase agreements. Recent matters include high-stakes proceedings before CAM Santiago, ICC, and the Chamber of Commerce of México. The practice is jointly led by commercial arbitration expert and ‘exceptional lawyer', Luis Eduardo Toro; and founding partner and José Tomás Errázuriz, who is ‘capable of anticipating opponent’s moves with his unique skills'. Other experienced arbitration partners include Javier San MartínDavid Cademartori and José Luis Corvalán; while at senior associate level, Isidora Fernández, and the recently-promoted Nicole Nannig and Milton Gutcovsky all act in arbitration proceedings. Former associate Cristián Pérez left for an in-house role at Grupo Pasmar during 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Tomás Errázuriz; Luis Eduardo Toro


The work team is very solid on issues that are generally not well known. It has very good availability, teamwork, constant collaboration, and a lot of discipline.

Billing issues are negotiable, and there are very few firms with this level of knowledge.

The team is highly qualified – the firm integrates lawyers from various disciplines to face complex lawsuits, and who are skilled at finding national and comparative doctrine and jurisprudence.

They try to understand clients’ business and take it from from there, which for a client is a very interesting and appreciated exercise in empathy. They are also flexible on fees, depending on the scenario and contingencies that are faced, balancing the positions and strategies of defence/action with the costs of litigation.

José Luis Corvalán and Javier San Martín stand out for their commitment to the client’s cause, as well as their willingness to move away from standard responses to seek ingenious solutions.

José Luis Corvalán and Javier San Martín won’t hesitate to take tough stands to protect clients’ interests. They are skilled at handling jurisprudence and very tactical during the preparation of evidence. They spend a lot of time preparing their client’s cause, displaying serious and deep work.

José Tomás Errázuriz is capable of anticipating opponent’s moves with unique skills.

Luis Eduardo Toro is an exceptional lawyer, who has great judicial knowledge and is a very pleasant character.

Key clients


Consorcio Montec Bueno

Universidad Finis Terrae

Mutual UC

Ameris UPC Departamental I

Ameris UPC Departamental II

Mercado Libre

Inmobiliaria Ingeval Las Condes

Work highlights

  • Rrepresenting Colbún in a lawsuit against Codelco for the reimbursement of the carbon tax paid by Colbún for emissions produced by a thermoelectric plant.
  • Representing Consorcio Montec Bueno in a claim filed against Compañía Minera del Pacífico for alleged breach of a contract for a duct to transport iron-ore pulp.
  • Representing Universidad Finis Terrae in an arbitration claim, which was filed by Inmobiliaria Altura for alleged breach of contract.

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

Excellent in dealing with very complex cases', boutique firm Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados focuses exclusively on the resolution of complex or cross-border business disputes. It consistently acts in major international investment and commercial arbitrations, as well as domestic matters; moreover, the group’s caseload frequently encompasses high-profile or politically-sensitive issues. The team is also regularly sought out to set aside international arbitral awards before the Santiago Court of Appeals. The recent track record of name partner and renowned litigation and arbitration specialist, Jorge Bofill, includes domestic and investment arbitrations, along with the annulment of international commercial arbitration awards; Sebastián Yanine is a delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (alongside other Chilean arbitration practitioners) since 2022; and Francisco Aninat (who demonstrates ‘complete understanding of the problems that arise in arbitration') is a recently-elected member of the National Football Association (ANFP)’s arbitration tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Francisco Aninat; Sebastián Yanine


A team of lawyers that works very well, on time, and in a coordinated, orderly manner.

Solid understanding of the stages and procedures that are necessary to arbitration, which means they provide an excellent service.

Excellent in dealing with very complex cases.

Very professional and always manages to handle complex issues, technically, legally and financially.

A solid multidisciplinary and multicultural team that strongly contributes to the success of cases.

What makes the difference from other firms is its availability, legal capabilities, mastery of the legal doctrine, and commercial sense.

Alternative proposals in case of blockage and a team with great diversity and an efficient methodology. Great ability to convince.

Francisco Aninat – clear and complete understanding of the problems that arise in arbitration, and solid and compelling writings.

Key clients

Gente Oil Ecuador Pte

Obrascón Huarte Laín Amodio

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Enel Green Power Chile

Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente


ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción

Industria Metalúrgica Ursus Trotter

Grupo Auguri


Sterling and Wilson

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel in an arbitral proceeding against the Ministry of Public Works to obtain recognition of overhead costs and damages for the construction of cargo terminals at Santiago’s international airport.
  • Acted for Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) in an international commercial arbitration wherein EGPC claims that several energy conversion units purchased from Fimer caused serious physical and economic damage.
  • Acted for Gente Oil Ecuador Pte in an international commercial arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, further to the latter’s alleged breach of an exploration and exploitation contract.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The 18-member arbitration practice at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has a strong track record for major arbitrations involving international infrastructure disputes, shareholder conflicts, and mining companies’ energy-supply contracts. The arbitration group, which includes two CAM Santiago arbitrators, is jointly led by national and international litigation and arbitration specialists Florencio Bernales and Fernando UrrutiaRaimundo Moreno, whose track record includes CAM Santiago proceedings, as well as investment arbitrations under the ICSID rules; and Jorge Boldt, who maintains an arbitral practice in addition to his litigation, compliance and criminal liability caseload. Growth in the group includes the January 2023 promotion of José Ignacio Azar to director; while at senior associate level, Trinidad Torres and Lorena Avendaño regularly second Bernales and Boldt (respectively) in arbitration proceedings. Former senior associate José Pedro Villablanca joined Frías & Lagos Abogados as a partner in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Acting for Campbell (an English fund with investments in Chile), which partnered with a Chilean businessman and bought several pieces of land in Chile, in relation to a business dispute-related motion to appoint an arbitrator.


Providing ‘complete guidance on arbitration issues', Cuatrecasas' practice comprises experts in international disputes that arise from construction and engineering contracts, energy agreements, and international sales and supplies. The 13-strong team also acts in arbitrations involving international investment protection, services contracts, shareholder and company disputes, and M&A and joint ventures. Clients additionally appreciate the group’s specialist knowledge of other Latin American jurisdictions, particularly Colombia, Mexico and Peru , where the international firm has offices. The department is led by former ICC Secretariat Counsel for Latin America, Cristián Conejero, who routinely acts for major companies in high-stakes commercial and investment arbitrations. Further support at partner level is provided by Gianfranco Lotito, whose wide-ranging practice also covers domestic and international arbitration work; and recently-promoted partner Juan Manuel Rey, whose international arbitration caseload encompasses disputes concerning M&As, share agreements, and construction, infrastructure and concession contracts. Valentina Alamo, whose career includes a stint in Paris at the ICC, is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Conejero


Provides complete guidance on arbitration issues, and excellent support when handling problems and lawsuit strategy.

A lot of experience in international arbitration and professionals of a very good level.

Juan Manuel Rey knows and handles his areas of expertise very well and he is very punctual and specific.

Key clients

International Consortium Metro De Lima


Work highlights

  • Acted for international consortium, Metro de Lima, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru, which concerned delays to the construction of Lima’s second subway line.

Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados

Routinely mandated on high-profile domestic and international commercial arbitrations, the 12-strong practice group at specialist dispute resolution boutique Ovalle & Bulnes Abogadosstands out for having absolute mastery of its cases'. The group particularly stands out for its construction-related arbitration expertise, as well as corporate, energy, mining and insurance disputes. The team is jointly led by Esteban Ovalle, a former Carey partner with longstanding experience in construction and energy arbitrations, and who is frequently appointed as a CAM Santiago arbitrator; and fellow name partner and contractual disputes specialist José Tomás Bulnes, whose 'oratorical ability to make his case is outstanding'. In a boost to the team, litigation and arbitration specialist Oscar Lihn was recently raised to the partnership. Associate Santiago Morandé focuses on arbitration, civil litigation and contentious administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Ovalle; José Tomás Bulnes


Stands out for having absolute mastery of its cases, both in handling the facts and evidence, as well as in defining the strategy and legal arguments.

O&B compares very favourably with other large Chilean firms.

A team that is greatly involved in cases, with deep technical knowledge and attention to detail.

Key clients


Vinci Constructions Grands Projets

Aes Andes

Power China

Parque Arauco

Sacyr Chile

Salfa Corp

Consultora Tecnazul Cía

Hanwha Q Cells

Elevation Investments

Banco Central de Chile

Grupo Hidromaule

CBRE Chile

Jardín Infantil Mandarino

Luisella Castaño, Macarena Schuster and their families

Work highlights

  • Representing a joint venture between Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Astaldi (CJV) in its arbitration and litigation claims against subcontractors, which relate to the construction of Chile’s international airport.
  • Representing Codelco in a dispute with Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, which was hired as the main contractor for the renewal of a crushing system.
  • Representing Sacyr Chile in a claim brought against the Chilean Ministry of Public Works in relation to the construction of a major infrastructure project.

Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados

Specialised in commercial arbitration and litigation, boutique law firm Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados fields ‘one of the best in the market for dispute resolution and arbitration'. Recent mandates have seen the nine-strong team acting in arbitrations related to the mining, construction, infrastructure, telecoms, real estate and sectors. The group is co-led by arbitration expert Julio Pellegrini, who is also an arbitrator for CAM Santiago and the National Centre for Construction Arbitration (CNA); and Fernando Zúñiga, who regularly appears before domestic and international arbitral tribunals (under a variety of rules). Also integral to the practice, Pedro Rencoret, a name partner since early 2021, is experienced in arbitration regarding contractual claims, unfair competition, and disputes involving the application of economic analysis; and Diego Ramos (and associate Fernando Gazzella) who both act in domestic and international arbitrations. Former associate Bernardo Aylwin is currently a foreign associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (since September 2022).

Practice head(s):

Julio Pellegrini; Fernando Zúñiga


Excellent legal team – one of the best in the market for dispute resolution and arbitration.

Direct partner involvement ensures quality and the billing is reasonable. It is also up to date on both gender parity and the use of technology.

Differs in its quality, which is superior, and the responses are very quick.

Key clients

China Harbour Engineering Company

Gold Fields

Quanta Services

Bueno Engenharia E Construção


Inmobiliara Punta Pite



Isapre Cruz Blanca


Work highlights

  • Representing China Harbour Engineering Company (and its Chilean subsidiary) in a CAM Santiago arbitration proceeding against Terminal International San Vicente, in relation to construction works.
  • Representing Gold Fields in a dispute against Sigdo Koppers which concerns the Salares Norte Proyect in Chile’s Atacama region.
  • Representing Quanta Services’ subsidiary in Chile in arbitration proceedings against CGE concerning the construction of six electric power plants.

Vergara Labarca Parodi

Litigation and arbitration boutique Vergara Labarca & Cía is now known as Vergara Labarca Parodi further to the 2022 exit of co-founding partner Arturo Vergara, who is currently an independent disputes adviser and arbitrator; and the adding of practice co-head Alejandro Parodi (civil and commercial arbitration, and constitutional and administrative litigation) as name partner. The resulting 10-strong team has broad experience in international arbitration proceedings, including both ICC and CAM Santiago matters; and is particularly active in construction, contractual, shareholder and energy disputes. The team’s other co-heads are ICC arbitrator Raimundo Labarca, whose considerable track record as a party counsel includes numerous complex arbitration cases; and civil and commercial arbitration expert José Manuel Concha, who primarily acts in construction and real estate disputes. In the firm’s associate pool, both Carlos Berner Zúñiga and Gonzalo Santini (a 2022 recruit and former Carey associate) are civil and commercial arbitration practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Labarca; Alejandro Parodi; José Manuel Concha


This law firm is small, but its members are of exceptional quality. The service is very deep and the results are very good.

Raimundo Labarca and José Manuel Concha are extraordinarily good, as is the work of Alejandro Parodi.

Key clients

Grupo Lactalis


Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

Aguas Andina


Empresas Copec

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro


Inversiones Tricahue


Work highlights

  • Represented Celulosa Arauco y Constitución in a $280m construction arbitration with Sigdo Koppers.
  • Represented Aguas Andinas in a commercial arbitration with Canadian company, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp, which concerned the sale of Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios Los Lagos (ESSAL).
  • Represented the Latalis Group in an international commercial arbitration before the ICC, in relation to the purchase of a dairy company in Chile (La Vaquita).

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial

One of the best in Chile in terms of arbitration', Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial's coverage encompasses both investment and commercial international arbitrations, with the team’s sectoral expertise covering construction, energy, telecoms and finance in particular. The team is co-led by professor of international arbitration at the Catholic University School of Law, Gerardo Ovalle, who in addition to acting as counsel in ICC matters, is frequently appointed as an arbitrator; and Fernando Salas (‘excellent reputation'), a regular presence in CAM Santiago and ICC arbitral tribunal arbitrations. The next line of key practitioners features ‘excellent negotiator' Anibal Vial, whose broad practice also includes ICSID cases; and Miguel Dibarrart, who appears before both domestic and international arbitration tribunals. Agustín Bulnes is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Ovalle; Fernando Salas


The level of involvement in understanding what is in dispute and how to address it are characteristic of the firm.

The arbitration is guaranteed to be in the hands of very knowledgeable and fair professionals, which is key to justice being served.

Lawyers at the firm have quick minds and are open to learn subjects that might be foreign to them.

Key clients

Fourcade & Co

Zurich Chile Seguros de Vida

RMD Kwikform


Claro Comunicaciones

Worley Parson



Constructora Gestion Uno

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Fourcade in ICC arbitration against Ferrovial Agroman.
  • Acted for Zurich Seguros de Vida in an arbitration against pension fund administration companies.
  • Successfully acted for RMD Kwikform in an arbitration against Sacyr.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Acting for both domestic and international clients, Baker McKenzie Chile's specialised national and international arbitration practice is particularly active in disputes involving construction, infrastructure projects, securities and mining. The 13-strong group, which is additionally experienced in high-stakes investment arbitrations, is headed up by well-known arbitral practitioner Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, who also leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Chile. Providing key partner-level support, Ignacio Naudon has broad expertise in both national and international arbitration concerning infrastructure projects, construction contracts and distribution agreements; and within the Santiago office’s associate group, both Antonio López and Arantxa Ereche Tuzzini participate in construction-related arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés


Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the various procedures available to defend clients’ legal positions. The recognition of his experience is also made evident by how the different participants in the process react, even those sitting on the other side of the table.

Key clients

General Electric


MSL Technology

Vestas Wind Systems

Bain & Company

Sierra Gorda



Ohio National

The Rohatyn Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for US-based insurer Ohio National in an international investment dispute.
  • Representing Italian construction company Astaldi in an international arbitration dispute against its joint venture partner, in relation to the expansion of Santiago’s International Airport.
  • Representing The Rohatyn Group and the Wild Matalón brothers in an international investment dispute.

Bulnes & Urrutia Abogados

Specialist conflict resolution firm Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante is now known as Bulnes & Urrutia Abogados, following the March 2023 departure of former name partner José Manuel Bustamante for Barros Silva Varela & Vigil. The remaining practice has notable experience in both domestic and international arbitrations; and it further comprises practitioners that regularly sit as arbitrators. The firm’s principal figures are domestic and international arbitration practitioner Felipe Bulnes, and fellow name partner Enrique Urrutia, who is a specialist in heavyweight arbitration proceedings. Former associate Tomás Wolff exited the firm in May 2023.

Coz & Blavi

Specialised disputes boutique Coz Jofré & Blavi is now known as Coz & Blavi following the January 2023 depature of former name partner Álvaro Jofré to found Jofre & Cia. The remaining team, which ‘performs terrific work as local counsel in international arbitrations', regularly represents client companies in significant arbitration proceedings, both in Chile and elsewhere. José Coz is particularly active in arbitrations involving corporate issues, mining, construction and energy; while the caseload of fellow name partner Francisco Blavi (a former Pellegrini & Cía partner with ‘extensive experience in litigation and arbitration') includes both national and international litigation, while his arbitration practice takes in ad-hoc procedures as well as ICC, UNCITRAL and CAM Santiago arbitrations. Associates Francisco Gonzalez and Philip Campos also maintain active arbitration practices. Former associate Benjamín Letelier exited the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Blavi; José Coz


Skilful management of local law, precise understanding of the construction market, and legal precision. The team is incredibly reliable and performs terrific work as local counsel in international arbitrations.

The team is incredibly reliable and performs terrific work as local counsel in international arbitrations.

Specialised and quality advice in relation to the resolution of disputes.

Key clients






CMC Di Ravenna



AFP Capital

AFP Cuprum

AFP Provida

AFP Habitat

AFP Planvital

AFP Modelo




Work highlights

  • Representing AFP Capital, AFP Cuprum, AFP Habitat, AFP Modelo, AFP Planvital and AFP Provida in a high-profile arbitration concerning legislation that authorised pension fund withdrawals.
  • Representing Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna in a major international arbitration proceeding under ICC Rules and concerning the construction of a hydropower project.
  • Representing Carbonfree in several dispute resolution proceedings involving its energy portfolio in Chile.

Enrique Barros & Cía

Highly focused on national and international arbitration work, Enrique Barros & Cía fields lawyers with wide-ranging experience in disputes, in relation to construction, public works concessions, technology, transport and insurance. The team also acts in arbitrations concerning foreign investment, corporate disputes, shareholder agreements, supply contracts, and international trade. The firm is led by renowned name partner Enrique Barros Bourie, a former President of the Chilean Bar Association, whose track record includes acting as arbitrator at fora including CAM Santiago, ICSID and the ICC. In a significant boost to the team, arbitration expert Jorge Jaramillo Selman and the former legal head of the General Directorate of Public Works Concessions was hired as a partner in July 2022. From the associate ranks, both Andrés Germain and Mariana Tupper are active in national and international arbitrations, while Felipe Chahuán is noted for his assistance with legal opinions.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Barros Bourie

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's ‘fantastic team' focuses on a range of areas, including corporate disputes and major construction arbitrations, while clients notably benefit from the firm’s enviable international network. In recent work, the team acted in an international dispute involving a concessionaire, as well as a major claim concerning a mining company. The first Chilean female arbitrator to be appointed as president of an ICC arbitral panel, dispute resolution leader Mónica van der Schraft has a strong and lengthy track record in high-stakes arbitration proceedings. In January 2023, Cristóbal Sarralde (‘very committed to his work'), and José Joaquín Verdugo, who are both experienced in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, were promoted to counsel and principal associate, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mónica van der Schraft


A fantastic team with very pleasant lawyers.

Very good availability from lawyers who answer quickly.

Professionally, they are really committed to clients – without a doubt their support is above expectations and very detailed.

Great ability to explain matters in non-legal terms to people who are not lawyers.

Mónica van der Schraft has the ability to understand very complex and technical topics with impressive speed.

Principal associate Cristóbal Sarralde is really precise and very committed to his work. If he says that he is going to send something on a date, he always complies.

Cristóbal Sarralde is totally proactive and always manages to move matters forward, which makes the work flow with great agility and fluidity.

Letelier Campora

Fielding ‘lawyers who are highly prepared in complex areas', Letelier Campora's arbitration team is well known for engineering and construction disputes in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. It is also active in commercial disputes concerning the pharma, food, financial services, and logistics and distribution industries. The group is co-led by name-partners Juan Pablo Letelier , who ‘pays extreme attention to detail'; and Francesco Campora, who ‘handles arbitration matters with a lot of skill'. The pair's recent track record includes being appointed arbitrators in major CAM Santiago arbitrations. Former associate Rocío Nalda left the firm in June 2022 to launch Nalda Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Campora; Juan Pablo Letelier


A team that reflects how the partners are – very prepared, friendly, and always attentive to queries; and if they do not have the information to hand, they will obtain it as soon as possible – very transparent, which gives clients a lot of confidence when working with them.

The added bonus is how friendly they are – they give their full attention.

Dedication – lawyers who are highly prepared in complex areas. A firm that compares very favourably with other firms.

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' six-strong team is experienced in conflicts involving shareholders and company boards, as well as arbitrations concerning public infrastructure, large-scale project concessions, construction, engineering, M&A, and oil and gas, aas swell as trusts, estates, and high-net-worth family assets. The dispute resolution and arbitration team is led by Enrique Alcalde, one of 20 members of the Arbitral Commission for the Chilean Public Concession System (since 2018), whose track record also includes being a CAM Santiago arbitrator in several contract liability proceedings. Younger partners include former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría associate Benjamin García; complex arbitration specialist Nicolás Marinovic; and Tomás Ruiz-Tagle Barros, whose experience includes working for the Chilean Government for several years. At associate level, Estefanía Klima Golborne is a July 2022 hire from Bock Abogados, while Sebastián Lara Bohle defends civil and commercial matters before the arbitration courts.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde


Enrique Alcalde is highly appreciated.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Pargua

Inmobiliaria Zurich III

Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues

Work highlights

  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Pargua with a counterclaim in relation to a partner initiating arbitration proceedings that sought the company’s dissolution.
  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Zurich III with a counterclaim further to a partner initiating arbitration proceedings that sought dissolution of the company.
  • Filed a counterclaim on behalf of J Mandujano (a shareholder in Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues), in relation to another shareholder’s arbitration seeking dissolution of the company.

Ugarte & Correa

The disputes practice at Chilean boutique Ugarte & Correa is consistently involved in major arbitrations. The 11-strong group is experienced in handling large cases under a range of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNICTRAL, and CAM Santiago, as well as ad hoc matters. Its practitioners also frequently sit as arbitrators in commercial disputes and demonstrate particular expertise in energy, mining, and construction cases, as well as mandates involving finance, shareholder disputes, M&A, infrastructure and technology. The practice is co-led led by well-known arbitration specialists and name partners José Joaquín Ugarte and Pablo Correa, along with recently-promoted partner Liat Tapia. Karl Conrads is currently working as a foreign associate in King & Spalding LLP's New York international arbitration group.

Practice head(s):

José Joaquín Ugarte; Pablo Correa; Liat Tapia


The work process they have is methodical and systematic, which reduces the possibility of errors that can be made in a trial or arbitration, and which allows the evaluatiion of various scenarios and thus making the best decision taking into account both economic and legal fields. That is the strongest point of Ugarte and Correa.

The main lawyers take the entire case, which means that they are 100% involved in the case, they know the exact detail.Pablo Correa has great analytical skills, is fast and assertive.Liat Tapia, very intelligent, methodical and persistent in completing tasks. Associate Gonzalo Cruz is quick to understand technical matters, which allows a more thorough analysis of the subject in question.

Key clients


Desarrollos Renovables Latinoamérica

CAP (Empresa Eléctrica San Victor)




Asociación Canal De Las Mercedes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Albemarle in an arbitration that will define the commission calculation basis that it should pay to the Chilean state for lithium exploitation until the finalisation of a mining concession in 2044.
  • Acted for Desarrollos Renovables Latinoamérica in a sales agreement-related arbitration.
  • Acted for Sencorp in disputes over construction contracts.


CEPD's civil and commercial litigation practice covers shareholder issues, along with disputes concerning real estate, land use, construction, investment funds and family businesses. The ‘very attentive' six-member team is co-led by name partner Juan Enrique Coeymans, who frequently sits as arbitrator at CAM Santiago; and the firm’s first female partner, María José Larraín (‘highlighted for her negotiating skills'), who is a civil and commercial disputes specialist. At associate level, ‘excellent lawyer' María José Berger focuses on civil and commercial litigation, in addition to arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Coeymans; María José Larraín


CEP’s litigation team is characterised by its high and excellent degree of commitment to solving various problems that go beyond what is strictly litigious – it generally makes new and innovative proposals for the solution of conflicts, always favouring the most optimal result for what is required.

Speedy responses and solutions.

Very attentive and orderly, with a fast and efficient service, and very client oriented.

Key clients

American Tower Corporation

Sociedad de Rentas CRUG

Inmobiliaria Terrazas de Chamisero

Constructora Besalco

Inmobiliaria Canal Beagle

Constructora CNB

Guzmán Nieto Family

Inmobiliaria Power Center (Grupo Pasmar)

Work highlights

  • Defended American Tower Corporation (ATC) in an arbitration brought by Jaime Gandarillas, lessor of a property where ATC installed a mobile telephone tower, for the payment of alleged outstanding rent.
  • Acted for Sociedad de Rentas CRUG (as plaintiff) in an arbitration against Nilontraro for the project finance-related payment of alleged unpaid interest, penalties and expenses.
  • Acted for Inmobiliaria Terrazas de Chamisero in an arbitration concerning the construction of the fourth stage of the Terralta residential project in Chamisero.

Contreras Velozo

With significant experience in both national and international arbitrations, Contreras Velozo's six-member group is particularly active in construction, finance and energy-sector disputes, generally being sought out for complex, large scale matters, including multi-party and multi-contract procedures, as well as injunctive relief work. Jointly leading the practice, civil litigation and local and international arbitration specialist Óscar Contreras Blanco is ‘a brilliant lawyer who sees the whole picture'; while Alvaro Awad has a track record that includes acting as arbitrator and counsel in numerous arbitral proceedings (both ad hoc and institutional). Providing further support is Óscar Contreras Pomés, whose broad practice includes the arbitration of commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras Blanco; Álvaro Awad; Óscar Contreras Pomés


The Contreras Velozo team is undoubtedly one of the best in Chile.

The arbitration team, led by partners Óscar Contreras Blanco and Álvaro Awad, are characterised by their focus on clients’ needs, both technical and economic.

Óscar Contreras Blanco is a brilliant lawyer who sees the whole picture – not only the litigation, but also all the corporate background that litigation can generate.

Key clients


Andes Inversiones Deportivas

Unión La Calera

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Banco Santander

Genzyme Corporation

Aguas Andinas (Aguas Barcelona)

Telefónica Chile

International Finance Corporation

TEP Chile

Inmobiliaria Manquehue



Sigdo Koppers

Centro Nacional de Despacho de Carga

Mercado Libre


Empresa Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos

GNL Quintero

Universidad del Pacífico

Fernando Baldrich y Compañía

Always On Servicios Digitales

Banco Security

Work highlights

  • Representing Italian-based company Sorgent.e in an ICSID investment arbitration against Honduras, which relates to an electric power plant contract.
  • Represented three siblings from the Pirazzoli Labarca Family in an institutional multi-party and multi-contract arbitration before CAM Santiago against their other three siblings, in relation to the interpretation of the holding’s corporate governance rules, its administration and future division.
  • Representing Telefónica in an ad hoc arbitration against its distributor, Comercial BBC, in relation to the alleged breach of a massive sales and distribution agreement.

Fleischmann & Román Abogados

Specialised projects and dispute resolution boutique firm Fleischmann & Román Abogados fields a 14-strong team that is particularly noted for arbitrations involving infrastructure, construction, energy and finance, along with mining, public works, shareholder issues, and general commercial disputes between private parties. The group is jointly led by Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick, who has longstanding experience in disputes involving construction and concessions; fellow name partner Paulo Román Reyes, an expert in contractual disputes, enforcing rights under highly innovative contracts, and construction claims; and Orlando Palominos Aravena, a former Lembeye senior associate, whose December 2022 arrival as partner strengthens the firm’s offering in construction and general commercial disputes, as well as international arbitration. Benjamín Jordán, Juan Zulic del Canto and Mariajosé Pérez Jiménez are all key associates.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick; Paulo Roman Reyes; Orlando Palominos Aravena


A close team that is always available and able to understand the needs of clients. The lawyers quickly get on board with difficult issues and provide sound advice, particularly in connection with construction contracts and claim management.

Stands out from their peers thanks to their knowledge of the construction industry and ability to react quickly and clearly to different and demanding requests.

Specialised in arbitration and litigation, which marks a difference from other teams from the moment that its partners are in charge of each case, supported by lawyers of excellence. Great ability to explain the problem and different scenarios to clients, who finally feel supported by their lawyers.

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick’s team is probably one of the strongest in the industry, and fundamentally leveraged by Hernán’s own experience and skills.

Orlando Palominos Aravena – clients are thrilled with the service and advice he provides. He is able to understand the difficulties that clients face and provides advice that protects clients’ interests and fosters a proper relationship with counterparties. Orlando is remarkable thanks to his analytical capacity, knowledge of the law that is superior to his peers, and ability to communicate difficult ideas in clear language.

Paulo Roman Reyes is a good litigator – great legal knowledge, and a practical approach with which he defends his clients with impetus.

Clients single out Paulo Roman Reyes and his litigation and arbitration team, which includes associate Benjamín Jordán – outstanding in their work.

Benjamín Jordan stands out for investing countless hours to understand all the technical details fully, carefully reviewing all the documentation, requesting all necessary backups, and drafting in an outstanding way.

Key clients

Ferrovial Construcción Chile

Claro Vicuña Valenzuela


Grupo Azvi

Isotron Chile

Sociedad Concesionaria Aeropuerto Regional de Atacama

Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón II

BEC Industrial


Venteko Montajes

Wsp Chile

BHP Chile

Litostroj Power

U Payments

North Minerals

Consorcio Valle Hermoso

Work highlights

  • Representing Claro Vicuña Valenzuela in a major arbitration against an affiliate of A-Port (the concessionaire of the Iquique Airport), which concerns the early termination of an EPC contract.
  • Representing Inprolec in an arbitration proceeding against Compañía General de Electricidad, in relation to the alleged breach of three contracts for the construction of electricity substations.
  • Acting for BEC Ingenieria y Construccion in an arbitration concerning the construction of a dam.

Guerrero Olivos

Fantastic to work with‘, Guerrero Olivos‘ dispute resolution practice is routinely engaged for significant domestic and international arbitration cases. The team acts in disputes arising from highly regulated sectors, such as mining, infrastructure and energy; and it further has a strong track-record in real estate, agribusiness, and food and drink-related matters, along with corporate disputes concerning shareholder agreements, and M&A and joint venture-related disputes. The seven-member group is jointly led by Sergio Yávar (who ‘knows the law and applicable precedents very well‘), and Benjamín Ferrada, whose broad disputes practices cover complex arbitration work. At associate level, Constanza Urzúa regularly acts in major arbitration cases and the team was further strengthened with the hire of arbitration-focused Agustín Bulnes from Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada


Clients are very pleased with the results.

Sergio Yávar and his litigation team at Guerrero Olivos are fantastic to work with. They listen carefully to clients’ positions, really dig deep into the history of the dispute to grasp the facts, and then offer excellent (winning) advice and guidance throughout long arbitration processes.

Sergio Yávar and associate work great as a team. Sergio knows the law and applicable precedents very well, and argues them all the way to success.

Key clients

Fomento Económico Mexicano


Quanta Services


Compañía General de Electricidad

Naturgy Group

Gravetal Bolivia

Finso Chile

Inmobiliaria Caleuche

SAMEX Canada

Santiago Metals

Cruzat Inversiones

AZ Group


Empresas Carozzi

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Mexican multinational FEMSA in five international arbitration proceedings.
  • Acted for Cimenta in a breach of contract arbitration proceeding against Orpea Grouppe.
  • Acted for Quanta Services in a construction contract-related international arbitration.

Molina Ríos Abogados

Fielding ‘a highly motivated team that produces great results', Molina Ríos Abogados is best known for domestic and international arbitrations involving construction, major engineering works, infrastructure projects, renewable energy, and insurance and reinsurance. The 14-strong team is co-led by Carlos Molina, an expert in arbitrations concerning construction and public works’ concessions for airports, highways, reservoirs, gas pipelines, railways, and public buildings; and fellow name partner Victor Ríos (‘applies creativity to cases'), who is highly regarded for engineering and construction project-related disputes. The department also includes litigation, arbitration and mediation specialist Felipe Correa, along with disputes expert Rachid Ruiz. In a significant development, since publication the firm has announced a strategic alliance (launched as of March 2024), with the UK-based Fenwick Elliott LLP - specifically in relation to energy and projects work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Molina; Víctor Rios


Extensive experience in the public contracting of infrastructure works, which is recognised across the board by multinational infrastructure developers, as well as public entities (Ministry of Public Works, state railways and the General Directorate of Concessions).

Key promoters of more modern, collaborative contracts.

In terms of construction, they have extensive expertise and knowledge of the industry, identifying problems without requiring further explanations, which clearly favours the defence of clients’ interests.

Key clients


VCGP (Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Astaldi)



Sociedad Concesionaria San José






Ohl Industrial


Constructora Armas


San José Constructora Chile


Banco Santander

Work highlights

  • Representing VGCP (comprising multinational construction companies Vinci, Astaldi and Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel) in an airport construction-related dispute.
  • Defending multinational construction company Acciona in a CAM Santiago arbitration against Globalvia, which is pursuing damages.
  • Defending Mainstream against subcontractor Inprolec’s claim for alleged damage resulting from the construction of an electrical substation.

Morales & Besa

The 10-strong practice at full-service firm Morales & Besa is routinely mandated for 'bet-the-company' national and international arbitrations. Recent matters include acting for concessionaires and a copper producer in high-stakes disputes; and -while the group is active across several sectors- it has notable expertise in disputes involving energy and infrastructure projects. The department is headed up by construction arbitration specialist Gonzalo Cordero (‘crucial to disputes'), whose career includes a stint as a lawyer for the Ministry of National Assets’ Prosecutor’s Office. Cordero is supported by director Juan Ignacio Eymin and senior associate Nicolas Corbeaux, both of whom maintain arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cordero


The experience with M&B is very professional and focuses on working closely with clients. Regarding other firms, the difference in the M&B team is that it shares all relevant information in order to solve problems.

Shows a genuine interest in the entrusted case; and within the team, its leader Gonzalo Cordero is crucial to disputes.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud

Work highlights

  • Representing Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud, the concessionaire in charge of Hospital Félix Bulnes, in a breach of contract arbitration against Astaldi (Chile branch).
  • Representing Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel, concessionaire of Santiago’s international airport, in a contract-related claim against the Ministry of Public Works.
  • Acting for Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud in relation to overrun costs incurred as a result of pandemic-related contract modification instructions issued by the Chilean Government.

Prieto Abogados

Full-service law firm Prieto Abogados fields a five-member team that regularly appears before arbitrators in disputes related to energy, construction, real estate and retail. It is also increasingly active in arbitrations involving mining, agriculture, investment funds, finance, healthcare and software. The group is jointly led by Fernando Samaniego, who is frequently appointed as arbitrator in construction disputes; and ‘great lawyerAlberto González Vidal, who is a real estate, construction and energy disputes expert. Key support is provided by counsel Juan Pablo Riesco and associate Agustín Prado, who both act in civil and commercial proceedings before the arbitration courts.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Samaniego; Alberto González Vidal


In addition to being very well prepared on the substantive aspects, the team is very client friendly, as well as being very receptive to the comments and suggestions that clients make.

Commitment to the case and great collaborative work with clients’ internal lawyers).

The team has the ability to listen and understand technical issues, and then transform them into legal arguments. In conversations with them, and thanks to their approach, the arguments are strengthened, which allows clients to achieve very satisfactory results in arbitrations.

The Prieto Abogados team has always stood out for its proactivity and desire to collaborate with clients at all stages of the arbitration process.

The service provided is excellent, always attentive to the needs of the client, and they provide a clear and effective strategy for conflict resolution, which accounts for the knowledge and experience they have.

Alberto González Vidal is an excellent professional, who is very accurate in his opinions and legal strategies.

Alberto González Vidal is a great lawyer and also an excellent person. Friendly in his approach and well prepared on the fundamental issues. Knows the regulations and also clients’ business, which is very important as it gives clients confidence.

Prieto’s dispute resolution and arbitration team, led by Alberto Gonzalez Vidal, provides excellent support during complex matters. Such support has not only been in arbitration matters but also in potential friendly exit options.

Key clients

Engie Energía Chile

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte



Delivery Hero (PedidosYa)


Aguas Andinas (Veolia Group)

YPF Chile

Banco Internacional


Cosmo Consult Chile

Work highlights

  • Acting for GTA Chile against Sociedad Eléctrica de Medellín in a CAM Santiago arbitration concerning an alleged breach of an electromechanical assembly contract.
  • Acting for Machiels Groups in its enforcement of a private fund purchase agreement against Equitas Capital, Recycling Corp and others, which includes a procedure for the appointment of an arbitrator.
  • Acting for Mall Plaza Group in the enforcement of eight claims against MTEK, further to the failure of a CAM Santiago mediation proceeding.