Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

RRG Abogados ‘ compact litigation team is led by experienced partner Stefanie Ramdohr , who specialises in civil liability lawsuits involving the electricity, construction, engineering and healthcare sectors, and insurance claims.
Originally established in 2017 as Darraidou, Silva & Donoso Abogados before rebranding as Donoso & Silva Abogados, the dispute resolution practice at this specialist boutique is co-led by Rodrigo Donoso, whose broad experience covers ADR, arbitration and litigation; and former Barros & Errázuriz associate Bruno Romo, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation.
With a strong orientation towards the disputes sector where it handles contentious commercial, construction, concession, infrastructure and energy and mining matters, along with shareholder disputes, mid-2021 start up, FIX Abogados brings together corporate and real estate specialist Clemente Silva (formerly a senior associate at Morales & Besa) with disputes specialists Nicolás Zisis (formerly a senior associate at Bofill Mir Alvarez Jana Abogados), Vicente Portales and Gerardo Otero (both formerly at Claro & Cia.) and Tania Villarroel, who has an additional public policy aspect to her disputes practice.
Launched in 2021, natural resources, energy and environmental boutique IMAD Abogados recruited civil and commercial litigation specialist Claudio Matute in early 2022 from Urzúa | Matute Abogados (where he was name partner), to head-up the firm’s dispute resolution practice.
Founded in 2017, Lembeye Abogados ‘ litigation team -which is active in disputes involving construction contracts, energy projects and public works concessions- is co-led by experienced partner Daniel Praetorius , an expert in civil and criminal litigation, and administrative sanction proceedings; and senior associate Orlando Palominos , an arbitration, litigation and insolvency specialist who arrived from Morales & Besa in January 2022.
Specialised in civil, criminal, and administrative litigation, QRF Abogados (Quintana Ried Flores) was launched in early 2019 by former Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) partner Rodrigo Quintana, and Ignacio Ried and Camila Flores (both previously senior associates at BMAJ).

Dispute resolution: litigation in Chile

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

Specialist dispute resolution firm Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados houses a sizeable 22-strong team that focuses exclusively on the resolution of complex or cross-border business disputes – frequently with a high profile or of a politically sensitive nature. The practice has experienced notable growth, recently, in litigation before and against public entities (such as the Ministry of Public Works, the Comptroller General, National Economic Prosecutor and the Municipality of Las Condes), in relation to urban developments, infrastructure, antitrust matters and environmental law. The group is jointly led by Jorge Bofill , one of Chile’s most renowned litigators, particularly for white-collar matters; Francisco Aninat , who ‘attends to the needs of clients in a timely and accurate manner‘; and complex disputes and cross-border litigation specialist Sebastián Yanine . Vanessa Facuse , a former litigation division chief at the National Economic Prosecutor, is also highly regarded, as is of counsel Marcela Vega , who acts in commercial, civil, criminal and labour cases, as well as administrative matters concerning public institutions. Notable internal growth includes the elevation of criminal litigation expert César Ramos  (a hire as director from Albagli Zaliasnik in early 2021) to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Francisco Aninat; Sebastián Yanine

Testimonials

A committed and cohesive team that is professional and technically impeccable – it is capable of providing great legal advice and representation, working together with the client, while strategically addressing the different issues. The partners also work very well with the firm’s associates in their delivery of an excellent service.

The partners are directly committed to the needs of their clients – they provide comprehensive advice, respond in a timely manner, and show a unique concern for the client.

The firm recently focused on deepening its expertise in new conflicts, including areas such as digital technology, movement of international capital and environmental conflicts. Its combination of extensive litigation experience in a wide variety of highly public cases with solid training and constant assessment of future trends means it stands out from the competition.

A well-known firm in Chile, with great professional successes and excellent professionals.

Specialises in dispute resolution both in Chile and in courts of other countries, with an interdisciplinary approach, as well as being focused on business development. Its partners, led by Jorge Bofill, are among the most relevant lawyers in Chile and are constantly sought out by the press and large corporations for comments and analysis.

I would highlight Jorge Bofill and Sebastián Yanine – great lawyers, great prestige, aggressive as litigants, and highly successful.

Francisco Aninat attends to the needs of clients in a timely and accurate manner.

César Ramos is a lawyer with extensive experience in highly complex cases.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionario Costanera Norte

Inmobiliaria e Invesiones Chicureo

Enel Green Power Chile

Pablo Alcalde

Consorcio Puente Chacao

DLA – Inmobiliaria Nueva El Golf

AMC Networks Latin America

Julio Ponce Lerou

OHLA

Carlos Ríos

Javier Ríos

Grupo Auguri

Juan Emilio Cheyre

Loomis

Jonas Gómez Pacheco

Work highlights

  • Defending Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte in a massive tort case, comprising over 40 civil liability lawsuits (aggregate value $300m), which also involves arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and criminal matters.
  • Representing Grupo Auguri (GA) in administrative proceedings before the Chilean Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as proceedings before the civil courts and Court of Appeals, through which defendants seek to assert the jurisdiction of state courts against arbitration promoted by GA, in relation to the $20m Clínica Las Condes case.
  • Acted for Inmobiliaria Nueva El Golf in relation to the illegal suspension of real estate project-related works.

Carey

The weighty 25-strong practice at Chilean legal giant Carey is highly experienced in the resolution of complex civil and commercial lawsuits, including shareholder conflicts, environmental and sanctioning procedures, construction claims, and concessions-related disputes. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s leveraging the firm’s specialisms in construction, environment and consumer law, as well as regulated markets such as energy, health and pensions. The practice is jointly led by Gonzalo Fernández, who routinely acts in Chile’s most complex legal disputes; Ricardo Reveco, who ‘combines very high-level academic training with outstanding practical capabilities‘; Aldo Molinari, who undertakes administrative and environmental regulatory disputes, as well as civil and commercial litigation; and Juan Carlos Riesco, who is also a highly rate litigation partner. Within the associate pool, senior Mónica Pérez‘s broad practice includes pre-litigious advice to clients in the mining, insurance, energy,  retail and automotive sectors; and Roberto Villaseca routinely acts before both ordinary and special litigation courts. Since publication, both Pérez and Villaseca have been raised to the parntership - effective as of December 2022.

Testimonials

Great agility, flexibility, and deep knowledge of jurisprudence and procedural matters.

The litigation team comprises highly-qualified professional lawyers who quickly detect the key points within litigation, and design the tactics needed to address them.

Because the professional level of the lawyers in the team is optimal in all cases, they are able to coordinate among themselves very quickly. It is clear that the choice of lawyers here is excellent.

Ricardo Reveco combines very high-level academic training with outstanding practical capabilities and high levels of efficiency – great experience.

Key clients

Sun Dreams

AFP Provida

Nueva Unión

Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida

Codelco

Central Hidroeléctrica Chanleufu

WOM

Enel

Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Clínica Lo Curro

Bayer

Laboratorios Silesia y Andrómaco (Grünenthal)

Fantástico Sur

CAP

Catalina Abbott Kramer

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

Deloitte Auditores y Consultores

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sun Dreams in several lawsuits against the Chilean gambling regulator, in relation to the rightful application of regulations for the renewal of casino operation licenses in Chile.
  • Defended Group CAP against a lawsuit for contractual and extra-contractual civil liability, which was brought by a former CAP employee, who was the victim of a forgery and fraud.
  • Defended Bayer against a class action brought by consumer association ODECU against Bayer Chile and Arysta Lifescience Chile for several alleged infringements of the Consumer Protection Act.

Claro & Cia.

A law firm of the highest level and prestige‘, Claro & Cia. fields a powerful, 30-strong dispute resolution department that specialises in complex commercial court litigation and transnational disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. The firm additionally houses a robust white-collar crime practice. The practice is led by renowned disputes practitioner Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, whose expertise encompasses complex civil and commercial litigation (particularly in relation to banking and finance, capital markets and M&A); antitrust, competition and regulated-markets related disputes; and bankruptcy; with close support form senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G, who has longstanding litigation and arbitration experience. Also integral to the group are Energy disputes specialist Nicolás Luco; international litigation expert Felipe Ossa; and José Miguel Huerta, who specialises in litigation, antitrust, commercial arbitration and bankruptcy matters, are all also integral figures in the practice group. Recent growth includes the promotion of Santiago Bravo and Álvaro Vives to the partnership in 2020 and 2022, respectively; while at senior associate level, Javier Rodríguez, Tomás Kreft and Ignacio Orellana all have active litigation practices. Former senior associate Vicente Portales left the firm in late 2021 for Fix Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre

Testimonials

High-level team with exact professionals, who are very pleasant to deal with and always available – an outstanding practice.

A law firm of the highest level and prestige. It has been a pleasure working with them.

The team is highly experienced and multidisciplinary- unique in the Chilean market.

The Claro team offers excellent legal advice and has deep knowledge of the Chilean market. In addition, the team’s capabilities extend to complex international, multi-jurisdictional litigation cases with perfect English language capabilities and on-the-spot legal advice.

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, José Miguel Huerta and Santiago Bravo have a lot of experience, up-to-date knowledge and stay very close to their clients.

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre and José María Eyzaguirre G are exceptional lawyers, whose skills transcend the legal, as they also have a deep understanding of business – a remarkable team.

José Miguel Huerta and senior associate ‘Álvaro Vives manage their teams perfectly; and the English language capabilities are excellent. They also offer outstanding legal expertise in multinational and multi-jurisdictional litigation cases.

Key clients

Zurich Group

Samsung Electronics

Agrosuper

Apple

Apple Chile

LATAM Airlines Group

Minera Los Pelambres

Volkswagen

Alto Maipo

Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones

AFP Modelo

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chilena Consolidada Seguros de Vida in a dispute in which it is being accused by Corporación Nacional del Cobre of involvement in an alleged fraud.
  • Assisting Samsung Chile with multiple disputes with two of its distributors, which manage the company’s specialised retail-experience shops.
  • Represents Agrosuper in two class actions brought by a consumer association and the National Consumer Agency.

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

The dispute resolution and arbitration practice at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo is consistently sought out by both national and international clients for heavyweight civil and commercial litigation brought before the courts and contentious regulatory and administrative matters before various state agencies; such complex controversies routinely involve the construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance, retail and aviation sectors. The practice is jointly led at name-partner level by the firm’s senior figure, Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, a go-to lawyer for major disputes; and Cristóbal Jimeno, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, and the resolution of financial and insurance disputes arising from construction contracts. Also integral to the group are Alfredo Waugh, who focuses on civil, commercial and consumer protection litigation and arbitration; Juan Francisco Asenjo, a civil, commercial, and administrative litigation specialist; and civil and commercial litigator Joaquín Castillo (the firm’s first non-founding partner), who is increasingly involved in matters involving consumers rights. At associate level, both Jaime Elgueta (civil and commercial litigation and arbitration) and Sebastían Zamora (civil litigation - with a particular emphasis on  procedural matters), are noted.

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

Entel

Tompkins Conservation

Enjoy

Ripley Store

AFP Capital

Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos

Empresa Constructora Echeverría Izquierdo

Constructora Conpax

Agrícola Don Pollo

Falabella

Work highlights

  • Representing AFP Provida in the high-profile La Polar case, which involved breach of the corporation and capital markets laws.
  • Representing Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros in a variety of disputes against the Chilean State, which seek to annul the effects of a constitutional reform that allowed beneficiaries of life insurance contracts to withdraw 10% of their agreed pensions.
  • Co-representing Banco del Estado de Chile in LATAM Airline’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in New York.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados

Committed to its boutique status, Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados‘ specialised disputes practice is well known for complex civil and commercial law claims, including both property and consumer law matters; the eight-strong group is highly active in litigation involving the construction, banking, capital markets, mining, insurance, retail and aquaculture sectors, among others. The group, which has ‘great ability to handle highly complex conflicts‘, is jointly led by name partners Alvaro Ortúzar, who is particularly involved in appellate advocacy before the higher courts; Nicolás Vergara, an expert in shareholder, insurance and antitrust litigation; and insurance dispute (and construction and energy arbitration) specialist Cristián Boetsch. The second line of experienced practitioners includes energy, construction and insurance litigator Benjamín Morales, and Diego Navarrete, a specialist in disputes involving energy, maritime ports and commercial conflicts. At associate level, Andrés Cáceres routinely litigates construction, insurance and forestry-related cases, while María Elena Pinares is active in shareholder disputes and real estate arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Ortúzar; Nicolás Vergara; Cristián Boetsch

Testimonials

Great ability to handle highly complex conflicts, and with a lot of strategic analysis of each situation.

The team is very dedicated, has a very agile way of acting, and is very clear about the possible paths. The attention to detail and the monitoring that the lawyers do are great.

They display great technical knowledge and up-to-date handling of jurisprudence, being capable of adopting the measures required to deal with conflicts adequately. They also show interest in the problems that are presented to them, giving timely responses and complying with the agreed deadlines.

An agile, creative, solid and successful group.

We have had a very good experience with the team led by partner Cristián Boetsch, which comprises Diego Navarrete and associate María Elena Pinares. They demonstrate a great commitment to the client, resolve conflicts and adequately protect our interests.

Cristián Boetsch is very studious, intelligent, and with a global vision of cases.

We worked with Benjamín Morales and Diego Navarrete, and their level of involvement is total. They were always available, and very clear about the possible paths and solutions for our problems.

Alvaro Ortúzar is appreciated for his intelligence and strategic vision, which allows the anticipation of the next steps and their consequences; and Benjamín Morales has very deep knowledge of cases’ key elements, and is very intelligent and very clever.

Key clients

Abcdin

Antígona

Archdiocese of Santiago

Ariztia

Asociación de Canalistas del Canal Lorino

Comunidad de Aguas Canal Campino

Banco Itaú

Curacavi Town Hall

Constructora Salfa

Constructora Sigro

Cooperativa Agrícola Pisquera Elqui

El Cóndor Combustibles

Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso

Enel Green Power

Forestal Arauco

Francisco Vergara Irarrázaval

Fundación Irarrázaval

Ienergía

Ingeniería e Inversiones Lamar

Inmobiliaria Viva

Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros

María Pinto Municipality

Mina Invierno

Purefruit

Salcobrand

Sb Pay

Sura Insurance Company

Valdepeñas

Vantrust Corredores De Bolsa

WES

Work highlights

  • Represented Minera Invierno in its Supreme Court request for the annulmnent of an Environmental Court ruling which refused the approval of an $850m coal mining project.
  • Represented the Archdiocese of Santiago in a civil action brought by the surviving widow of the founder of Soprole, which sought the annulment of several contracts relating to the Isabel Aninat Canonical Foundation.
  • Representing the Municipality of Curacavi and Municipality of Maria Pinto (and over 700 hundred farmers) in negotiations and potential legal actions arising from the collapse of a tunnel in an irrigation canal.

Vergara Labarca Parodi

A boutique trial firm that is dedicated to its cases’, the former Vergara, Labarca & Cía reincorporated as Vergara Labarca Parodi in mid-2022, with Alejandro Parodi -‘definitely one of the best trial lawyers in Chile’– becoming a name partner. The 10-member team handles disputes involving commercial and civil law, construction, antitrust, energy and finance, as well as stock markets, shareholder conflicts, mining, environmental law and regulatory matters, with clients noting ‘they assume fewer cases in order to dedicate themselves to each one of them’. The practice is led by deeply experienced founding partner Raimundo Labarca, who has a 30-year track-record in contentious matters and is a specialist in civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative disputes. The aforementioned Parodi handles complex litigation and arbitration – again, as regards civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative matters; and José Manuel Concha acts in civil, commercial and real estate-related disputes, particularly those related to the design, construction and operation of complex engineering projects. At associate level, Raimundo Diego Labarca‘s experience also includes construction-related claims, along with tort law cases, shareholder disputes and breaches of contract. The team was strengthened with the December 2021 hires of Jaime Ríos Llaneza and María de los Ángeles Lecaros – both handle civil and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Labarca

Testimonials

Vergara y Labarca is a very good law firm, they are very efficient in their processes as well as meticulous in reviewing everything that must be presented in a trial. It compares favourably with other firms, ranking, in my opinion, at the first level for litigation in Chile. In my case, I worked with José Miguel Concha, a lawyer with an excellent manner, which allowed a fluid work process to obtain the best result to contribute to the trial, in my case the preparation of three legal opinions.

They are specialists in their subject. They also differ in that they take on fewer cases in order to grant greater dedication to each one of them. All team members are excellent.

All its members have been in the studio for some time, which makes them know each other well and complement each other as a team.

Professional excellence.

‘Vergara Labarca is the best litigation team in Chile. Its members are very experienced, methodical and creative. In my opinion they are above the other litigation studies. Only Pedro Pablo Gutierrez and Cristóbal Eyzaguirre are comparable.

They stand out for their knowledge, their rigour, their creativity and their ability to plan a litigation that involves and dismantles the strategies of their rivals. The ability of Raimundo Labarca to plan strategies; the knowledge and creativity of Alejandro Parodi; and the rigor and method of José Manuel Concha. They work with their clients, actively involving them, to achieve the best presentation of the facts in order to win litigation.’

Given the pandemic in Chile and the world, the team remained active, seeking solutions to court closures, and advancing a legal strategy that was tremendously successful.

Alexander Parodi is definitely one of the best trial lawyers in Chile and at the same time close and empathetic.

It is a boutique trial firm with great dedication to the causes and special attention to detail. They take care not to leave loose ends and to cover all scenarios and possibilities. They are always on top of their causes, their presentations are solid and consistent, the team is highly specialised and trained.

Raimundo Labarca and José Manuel Concha are two outstanding partners in their practice. They have an excellent relationship with clients and counterparties. Both are very prepared and know very well how the courts operate, develop the best strategies and at the same time make a realistic analysis of the client’s position and possibilities. They are great negotiators, but can also sustain difficult litigation with warring parties.

Key clients

Abastible

Sky Airlines

Inversiones Tricahue

Aguas Andinas

ESSAL

ARAUCO

Metro de Santiago

Teck

Balthus

Fondo Genoa

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Inversiones Tricahue obtain court protection of the interests of minority shareholders of Empresa Eléctrica Pehuenche (EEP), by prohibiting the merger between EEP and Enel Generación Chile (under the terms proposed by ENEL); value, $100m.
  • Acted for Abastible in a $1.2bn class action filed by a consumer association, Conadecus.
  • Representing Aguas Andinas (sanitary services and utilities company) in a claim filed by an environmental group.

Barros & Errázuriz

The sizeable dispute resolution practice at Barros & Errázuriz has extensive commercial litigation experience, including representing clients in cases before the country’s appeal courts and Supreme Court. The ‘highly competent' group handles mandates involving civil and commercial law, tax, bankruptcy, real estate and antitrust matters, and also has an enviable record in regulated areas such as energy and telecoms. The department is co-led by Luis Eduardo Toro, whose litigation practice covers telecoms, energy, contractual liability and damages; and name partner José Tomás Errázuriz, who has longstanding litigation expertise. The second line of key practitioners includes Javier San Martín, who focuses on dispute resolution, consumer protection law, and reorganisations and liquidations; administrative litigation specialist David Cademartori; and recently promoted partner José Luis Corvalán, who routinely acts in civil and commercial litigation. At senior associate level, Isidora Fernández is also a litigation specialist. Former senior Cristián Pérez moved in-house at Grupo Pasmar in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Tomás Errázuriz; Luis Eduardo Toro

Testimonials

A partner-led service that is highly competent and to an excellent standard of service, both professionally, ethically, and humanly.

Technically very well prepared, with excellent availability to explain the process and the advantages/disadvantages of the different strategies being followed.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria El Plomo

Colbún

HDI Seguros

Metrogas

Compañía Puerto Coronel

Essbio

Inarco

Sky Airlines

Socovesa

Annais Bartsch Casas

Cooke Aquaculture Chile

Clag

Brescia Mobilitá

Universidad Andrés Bello

Inmobiliaria Security

Correos de Chile

Veterquimica

Esval

Work highlights

  • Acted for Inmobiliaria El Plomo in three real estate-related conflicts brought by building owners.
  • Acted for Colbún in a series of suits arising from a tunnel collapse.
  • Acted for HDI Seguros in a contract resolution-related claim against SAS Institute Chile.

Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante

Specialised conflict resolution boutique Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante acts across a broad range of areas, including commercial, financial and civil litigation, national and international arbitration, ADR mechanisms, and competition-related matters. Other key segments range from class actions and consumer law, to contentious administrative procedures; energy, infrastructure and construction disputes; and bankruptcy and insolvency matters (among others). The principal practitioners are name partners Felipe Bulnes, whose track record includes numerous high-stakes cases; and Enrique Urrutia and José Manuel Bustamante, who are both construction, energy and finance litigation experts. Tomás Wolff is the litigation associate to note, with significant growth including the 2021 recruitment of former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría  disputes partner, Germán Subercaseaux. Former partner Gonzalo Vial left the firm in June 2021.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

A first-class, serious and reliable law firm', Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos houses an 18-member department that has a strong litigation track-record, frequently including disputes against the State or state agencies. Representative work includes litigation involving environmental, regulatory, energy, mining, securities and tax issues. Other areas of expertise range from construction disputes, insurance and torts, to competition and consumer protection issues, including class action defences. The litigation and arbitration practices are co-led by highly-regarded disputes specialist Florencio Bernales, who is ‘extremely focused on protecting clients’ businesses'; Fernando Urrutia is highly active in construction claims and insolvency-related proceedings; Raimundo Moreno (contractual and tort processes; unfair competition), who ‘stands out for his legal knowledge'; and Jorge Boldt , a civil and criminal law specialist. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Azar is a former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP foreign associate, while Trinidad Torres regularly seconds Bernales in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

The team is very commercial and responsive, with an international outlook that is combined with in-depth knowledge of the local market, laws and regulations – real strength across the whole team.

Direct involvement of the partners who have constant relations with the client.

Cariola is a first-class, serious and reliable law firm.

Florencio Bernales is extremely focused on protecting clients’ businesses and providing effective customer service. He has extensive litigation experience.

Raimundo Moreno stands out for his legal knowledge, empathy and for always being available for consultation – he also always tries to understand clients’ realities, making things easier for us.

Key clients

Larrain Vial

Corredora de Bolsa

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad

Google

Minera Escondida

Minera Cerro Colorado

Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex

Mercado Libre

Adidas Chile

Dreams Chile

Work highlights

  • Defended Minera Escondida against The State of Chile’s claim for alleged environmental damage caused in the Punta Negra salt flats.
  • Representing Dreams Chile in two civil cases against the Casino Superintendence, in relation to the interpretation of the procedure for renewing casino permits.
  • Represented Google in several constitutional actions that were based on alleged violations of honour, privacy, the right to emotional wellbeing and the right to be forgotten.

Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution

One of the firms emerging from the early-2022 dissolution of Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados (BMAJ), boutique outfit Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution has a ‘tremendous‘ disputes practice that is experienced in representing clients from a range of sectors in their litigious (and arbitral) proceedings in Chile, including mining, energy, retail, finance and infrastructure-related matters. The core group of practitioners – who have many years’ experience, working together – includes founding partner and domestic and international disputes expert Andrés Jana; fellow name partner Rodrigo Gil, a specialist in large-scale construction disputes; and Karen Werner, who is ‘recognised as one of the market’s most outstanding young lawyers‘. Also key to the department are Carla Dittus, who was made partner in January 2022 (while at BMAJ) and who regularly acts in conflicts before the ordinary courts of justice; and Tomás Bown, the civil and commercial litigation group’s key senior associate.

Testimonials

The group stands out for taking on complex cases, which other firms would hesitate to take on, dedicating all its efforts and professionalism to carrying out an excellent job.

A tremendous litigation team.

The team recently announced that it will form its own boutique dispute resolution office, led by Andrés Jana. I have no doubt that it will do very well – they are great lawyers.

The strong point is the great commitment to clients, and the creativity with which the lawyers approach all issues. I have been amazed at the depth of the analysis, and how quickly the team goes through all the details of each case.

An excellent dispute resolution group that is led by partners Andrés Jana and Karen Werner. Both are excellent trial attorneys and possess technical skills that set them apart from other firms in this area.

Karen Werner stands out for her intelligence, professionalism, dedication and care taken during every case in which she is in charge. The result obtained was excellent and working with her was a pleasure.

Karen Werner is recognised as one of the market’s most outstanding young lawyers.

Karen Werner is a tremendously diligent attorney who never misses a thing. No matter how many things she does in parallel, she always has everything under control. She delves deeply into cases, takes great care of clients and never strays from a matter. I have known her for many years and the evolution she has had in the market is truly remarkable.

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' litigation department focuses on resolving conflicts between shareholders and with company boards, while the group’s arbitration expertise covers public infrastructure and large-scale project concessions. The disputes group also acts in disputes involving trusts and large estates, and high-net-worth family assets, as well as civil litigation in relation to corporate governance, construction and engineering, oil and gas, and M&A matters. The practice is co-led by former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría  litigation leader, Enrique Alcalde, a civil law and litigation expert; and fellow founding partner Iván Marinovic, who undertakes complex civil litigation and white-collar investigations, along with tax, corporate, M&A and regulatory matters. The second key line features experienced civil litigators Benjamín García and Nicolás Marinovic, while Tomás Ruiz-Tagle is a specialist in public law and administrative procedures.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde; Iván Marinovic

Key clients

Federal Republic of Brazil

Tesoro Mining Chile

Heraclio Navia Navarro

Claudio Navia Palma

Paula Navia Palma

Paula Rivera Luque

Naviera Orca Chile

Administradora de Fondos Provida

Rec Bitumen

Fundación Educacional para el Desarrollo Integral del Menor

Maxi Mobility Chile II

Cabify Chile

Pasaje Bus

Work highlights

  • Assisted Naviera Orca Chile with a petition that a purchase-and-sale contract be declared null and void.
  • Acted for Rec Bitumen in prosecuting a guarantor and co-debtor, so as to enforce an outstanding payment for bitumen.
  • Assisted Pasaje Bus with a compensation claim for loss of earnings against competitor Recorrido Latinoamérica, which used a similar internet domain.

Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados

Commercial litigation and arbitration boutique Pellegrini & Cía, recently reincorporated itself as Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados, following contractual claims and unfair competition specialist Pedro Rencoret taking up a name-partner role in February 2021. The ‘highly qualified‘ 10-strong practice covers civil, commercial and financial litigation, competition issues, arbitration, ADR mechanisms, construction disputes, and class actions and consumer law. Other areas of strength range from claims involving environmental and natural resources, to banking, securities and insurance legislation, electricity and telecoms law, and contentious administrative procedures. Fellow name partner and ‘great sttrategistJulio Pellegrini is a leading name for contentious competition matters and is also particularly active in court proceedings involving construction contracts; Fernando Zúñiga frequently leads the firm’s construction disputes; and Diego Ramos is a civil and commercial litigation expert. Among the firm’s associates, Fernando Gazzella is an active litigator, while senior María Jesús Cifuentesstands out‘. Further associate growth includes the 2020 recruitment of Bernardo Aylwin from Enrique Barros & Cía, and the early 2022 recruitment of Javiera Durand from Carey.

Practice head(s):

Julio Pellegrini; Pedro Rencoret; Fernando Zúñiga

Testimonials

The team is always proactive, and also fully available for enquiries. Likewise, during the pandemic, the lawyers showed total flexibility in terms of care, and it has professionals with a vast track record and experience.

Personalised attention of the firm, since its partners are the ones who attend to the requirements or lead the teams – they also have extensive knowledge of litigation, which provides a lot of confidence in their advice and recommendations. Finally, it is an office that is characterised by its cordial treatment and excellent client service.

Highly qualified in judicial matters. What makes the practice unique is the importance the lawyers give to obtaining a solution to their clients’ problems, prioritising efficiency over other factors (for example, starting new lawsuits or unnecessarily lengthening existing ones). This makes them stand out from their competition and constitutes a novelty in this area.

They stand out for their availability to the client, demonstrating a highly specialised and personalised dedication.

A coherent and balanced team, with great leadership and rigorous advice, with the lawyers always delving into every issue in depth.

Julio Pellegrini brings his precision and sense of urgency to the table, along with his experience.

Julio Pellegrini is a great strategist, and has extensive knowledge of trials and different industries. This makes him qualify as one of the best litigators in Chile. He is capable of having a global and comprehensive vision of the problems, so as to design the best possible solution.

Diego Ramos has both hard and soft skills, and an excellent ability to visualise scenarios; and the work of associate María Jesús Cifuentes stands out, as she is always available for any request or question, gives quick and assertive responses, and demonstrates extensive knowledge in different matters, in addition to trials.

Key clients

Gasco

COPEC

Claro

Servitrans

Goycoolea Family

Camiroaga Family

Desarrollos Oriente

Laboratorio Kasem

Scotiabank

Bontempi Family

Work highlights

  • Representing Gasco in a class action initiated by Conadecus (consumer association), requesting compensation for loss allegedly caused by the Covid-19-related gas price incrementation.
  • Representing Servitrans in a dispute against the Municipality of Osorno, which concerns a construction contract for a sanitary landfill in the south of Chile.
  • Acting for the Camiroaga Family in a civil damages claim filed against the State of Chile, further to the death of TV presenter Felipe Camiroaga in a plane crash.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Fielding a 13-strong team, Baker McKenzie Chile consistently acts for both domestic and international clients in heavyweight disputes involving infrastructure projects and securities, as well as the mining and retail sectors; the office also houses a robust class action litigation capability. The dispute resolution group in Santiago is co-led by Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, 'one of the best trial lawyers in the country' (who also heads-up the firm’s regional arbitration and dispute resolution practice in Latin America); and Ignacio Naudon , whose broad disputes expertise covers infrastructure projects, construction contracts, distribution agreements, securities, corporate law and M&A. At senior associate level, Antonio López acts on infrastructure, construction, insolvency and bankruptcy-related claims.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés; Ignacio Naudon

Testimonials

An expert team in litigation, with recognised experience and very good results. The group deserves all the trust of the company I represent.

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is one of the best trial lawyers in the country; together with Ignacio Naudon they make a great team.

Key clients

Bupa

HDI Securities

Isapre Consalud

Essity

Motorola Solutions

Oracle Corporation

Cencosud

AFP Habitat

Alicopsa

Trend Micro

Work highlights

  • Defended Cencosud against four follow-on class actions, which claimed compensation for damages caused by a hub-and-spoke cartel, for which Cencosud was sanctioned in 2019 by the Antitrust Court.
  • Defended Essity (formerly known as SCA) in two class actions, which claimed compensation for damages, further to the tissue cartel with CMPC, which was sanctioned by the Antitrust Court.
  • Represented pension fund administrators FP Cuprum, AFP Habitat and AFP Planvital in a lawsuit filed against PwC and La Polar’s executives for damages caused by their unlawful covering up of La Polar’s real financial situation.

Correa Squella

Housing 'a strong team with extensive experience', Correa Squella consistently acts in significant civil and commercial disputes, as well as constitutional and administrative law-related proceedings, and demonstrates specialist capability particularly as regards commercial and corporate law, contracts, torts and class actions. The practice is co-led by the hugely experienced Juan Ignacio Correa, a business disputes, regulatory conflicts and free competition expert; and civil and commercial dispute specialist Jorge Sepúlveda (at partner level since 2019), who 'provides a first-class service'. The associate to note, Tamara De Beer, is ‘smart, efficient and always available to assist'.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ignacio Correa; Jorge Sepúlveda

Testimonials

Top-level litigators, who are very knowledgeable about organisational cultures. They understand the business of being a litigator for a corporation.

Accessible at any time, this is a strong team with extensive experience.

A very orderly, methodical and diligent team. As clients, we feel very comfortable with its work.

Correa Squella provided us with dynamic and clear advice even in the middle of the Covid-19 emergency. The lawyers successfully assisted us with a highly complex litigation case – a compact group that is able to analyse multiple options so as to implement the right course of action – definitely one of the best firms in Chile.

Juan Ignacio Correa and Jorge Sepúlveda are very professional, creative and available to their clients.

Their attorneys are very well prepared in civil and regulatory issues. Our main contact is Jorge Sepúlveda, who has solid legal and litigation skills. Jorge provides a first-class service – I like his global vision of problems and his ability to strategise.

Jorge Sepúlveda is a great professional – his most outstanding qualities are his determination and clarity when facing different kinds of situations- he fits our business very well.

Associate Tamara De Beer is smart, efficient and always available to assist.

Key clients

AFP Capital

Minera Los Pelambres

Transelec

Telefónica Chile

Forestal Mininco

Cousiño Macul Group

Empresas CMPC

Editorial Catalonia

Compañía Minera Paguanta

Minera Santa Fe

Chilevisión

Redtec

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for AFP Capital in a landmark case against La Polar and PwC, gaining a unanimous 5-0 decision by the Supreme Court.
  • Represented Transelec, a provider of high voltage systems, in a dispute against the Electricity and Fuel Superintendency (before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court).
  • Represented Telefónica against Voissnet, a VoIP provider, reducing abuse of dominant position-related damages by 80%.

Coz & Blavi

Established as Coz & Jofré in 2020 by José Coz and Álvaro Jofré (both formerly of Oddo & Cía), this specialist dispute resolution subsequently re-branded as Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados, further to the incorporation of Francisco Blavi (from Pellegrini & Cía), later the same year, since when the firm has consolidated its market position. Complex litigation specialist Blavi also acts in domestic and international arbitrations involving the construction, energy and finance and corporate sectors; Jofré’s disputes experience ranges across construction, agriculture, mining and regulated markets-related work, along with disputes involving high-profile individuals and families’ interests in companies; and Coz is a litigation and arbitration expert, with a growing reputation for both strategy and procedural matters. However, associate Benjamín Letelier  moved to Schenke Brancoli Abogados in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Blavi; José Coz; Alvaro Jofré

Testimonials

Assertive and strong strategy from the beginning that left the start of the litigation on a good footing.

Clear, concise and direct presentations that allow the transmission of the main elements of the strategy and evidence, while maintaining the interest and attention of the parties and the judge.

High-level oral presentations from great procedural strategists, which is hard to find in large corporate firms – true involvement of the partners in the work of the case and its details and strategy, which is often lost in the large firms.

We entrust the most complex litigation cases to the team and its lawyers always obtain the best results. Their understanding of the complexities of our business is immediate and the ability to achieve judicial results impeccable.

The main thing is the creativity and depth with which they face and solve cases, either from a legal point of view or from a negotiation standpoint. I would also highlight the commitment and availability of the partners to get personally and directly involved in each action carried out.

Legal knowledge and the ability to understand business and the clients’ realities, and creativity in dealing with cases – a great team.

José Coz and Alvaro Jofré really complement each other, which allows them to provide an excellent service.

Personalised attention from Francisco Blavi – he is 100% personally involved and gives all his energy to cases.

Key clients

Carbonfree

Grenergy

TUR BUS

Hochtief

CMC Ravenna

Salfa

Astaldi

AFP Capital

AFP Cuprum

AFP Provida

AFP Habitat

AFP Planvital

AFP Modelo

FIMER

AVLA

APROVAL

Bisquertt

Motta

Agrícola Robledal

Masterfibra

Innovation Health

AGESA

Apiux

E-shopping

Work highlights

  • Representing a branch of the Gomez Pacheco Family in a conflict concerning the division of high-value assets.
  • Representing APROVAL, an association of milk producers in Chile, in a high-profile dispute resolution proceeding initiated against The Not Company (for commercialising the product Not Milk).
  • Representing major Chilean construction company, SALFA, in several dispute resolution proceedings.

Cuatrecasas

Established in Chile since 2020, Iberian law firm Cuatrecasas‘ litigation and arbitration practice comprises former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría practitioners Cristián Conejero Roos, a litigation, international arbitration and ADR expert; and national and international court and arbitration proceedings specialist, Gianfranco Lotito. Arguably better known for their arbitral specialisation, the pair are nevertheless well-versed in litigious proceedings, their expertise encompassing contentious civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative issues. Recent work ranges from banking and finance litigation, securities, and regulatory investigations, to trade mark infringements, administrative proceedings, and insurance law and consumer law mediation proceedings for clients from across the  banking, finance and insurance sector, pension funds, transport entities, and infrastructure, energy and industrial companies. Primary support comes from principal associate Andrés Lafuente who frequently acts in contentious insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Conejero; Gianfranco Lotito

Key clients

AFP Provida

Banco Itaú

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

Eólico Talinay

Liberty Seguros

Semi Chile

Accor Chile

Work highlights

  • Representing AFP Provida before the Supreme Court in challenging a decision of the Santiago Court of Appeals that rejected a motion to declare the illegality of a Transparency Council (CPLT) judgment.
  • Defended Banco Itaú against multiple complex litigation cases brought by third parties, including civil and commercial claims and constitutional motions before Chile’s higher courts.
  • Represented Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (and its related company Ferrocarriles del Sur) in court proceedings against consortium ECISA SICE, a contractor in charge of the construction of several railroads.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Always concerned with finding prudent and beneficial solutions‘, the 12-member dispute resolution team at Dentons Larrain Rencoret is experienced in both court procedures and arbitration. Its disputes expertise covers environmental issues, administrative law, corporate matters and insurance recovery, along with energy, construction, consumer law and debt collection. The core team comprises Gonzalo Nieto, a projects-related disputes expert; Pauline Chiffelle, who undertakes environmental, electricity, civil, commercial, and competition-related litigation; and dispute resolution, litigation and antitrust specialist Santiago Ried. Notable growth includes the January-2022 elevation to the partnership of the ‘outstandingMarcelo Alarcón, who focuses on disputes involving civil and commercial law, and infrastructure and energy projects; and construction and project disputes specialist Ignacio Vargas. At associate level, Gonzalo Varela focuses on defence-side civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Nieto; Pauline Chiffelle; Santiago Ried; Marcelo Alarcón

Testimonials

An exceptionally professional and prepared team. Dentons is one of the offices against which I have had to litigate, where the lawyers do not leave details to chance, and each of their presentations is precise and complete.

The team of lawyers have shown their absolute knowledge and mastery of our matters. Excellent responses and collaboration.

High-quality advice and the fees are reasonable. Compared to other firms on the market, I find the work of the Dentons’ litigation practice to be the best value for money.

Dentons has diligently dealt with the different disputes that have arisen with my business. I want to highlight the commitment and professionalism of the lawyers. Regardless of the amount or nature of the conflict, they are always concerned with finding prudent and beneficial solutions.

Its strength is that it has young and committed partners, and when a new dispute arises, the firm forms interdisciplinary teams with other areas of the office, generating a comprehensive approach to the conflict.

The Dentons litigation team provides outstanding advice on both the merits of a dispute and aspects of the judicial process. The lawyers correctly anticipate the movements of the other party and the judicial decisions of the courts. Compared to other firms, I believe that they are far superior when it comes to satisfying the expectations between what is demanded and what the courts will finally grant.

The lawyers against whom I have had to litigate are Santiago Ried and Marcelo Alarcón. I only have good words for them, both in form and substance. Regarding the former, he was open to negotiate and his conduct was proper throughout the procedure. Regarding the latter, I want to emphasise that during each appearance, his preparation and knowledge were solid.

Marcelo Alarcón has been outstanding in his advice, both in response times and in their quality. He is a committed and willing lawyer. No matter how many emails or messages are sent to Marcelo, he always answers each and every one of my questions very quickly, and with complete, prudent and assertive answers.

Key clients

Compañía Minera Nevada

Compañía Minera Zaldivar

Botanics

Atacama Minerals Chile

Andes Foods

Bechtel Chile

Anasac Chile

Metso Outotec Chile

Daniel Matus

Flavio Larenas

RMC Engineering Solutions

FAM Latinoamerica

Cumplo

Denis Lebret

British Columbia Securities Commission

Lime Chile

Forum Servicios Financieros

Arysta Lifescience Chile

Brit Insurance

Zelle International

Amazon Web Services

Work highlights

  • Defended Compañía Minera Zaldivar against three tort liability claims filed by seven Chilean families and eight workers of a contractor company, which requested compensation further to a bus accident that took place while returning from the Zaldivar Mine.
  • Defended Anasac against an ordinary proceeding for civil liability, which arose from alleged damage to the claimant’s crops.
  • Acted for Compañía Minera Nevada and the British Columbia Securities Commission in preparing their defence and claiming the Chilean courts’ incompetence to resolve the matter, culminating in the Securities Commission being excluded from the proceedings in Chile.

Guerrero Olivos

Always providing good advice‘, the seven-member team at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos consistently acts before the civil, constitutional and arbitral courts for clients drawn from across a broad range of sectors; nevertheless, it is particularly noted for construction, energy, mining, and food and agribusiness-related disputes. The practice is led by Sergio Yávar, who specialises in highly complex civil and commercial trials and arbitrations, as well as insolvency proceedings; while Benjamín Ferrada handles civil and commercial lawsuits, constitutional claims, tax and regulatory litigation, and has an ‘outstanding ability to develop conflict management strategies‘. Constanza Urzúa and Andrés Cuevas are both active dispute resolution associates.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada

Testimonials

The entire team made itself available and has been continuously present as progress has been made. Clarity in the objectives, and good transmission of information and strategy, with confidence that the team fully understands the assignment. The lawyers have also managed remote technologies perfectly.

A multidisciplinary team, which provides comprehensive advice.

Proximity, trust and knowledge of the local market, with the team of advisers always providing good advice.

The difference lies in how the issues raised by clients are treated – very clear about the decisions made, and the pros and cons of each one.

Great knowledge and handling of legal matters, with the ability to create and develop a successful strategy to resolve conflicts and reach an optimal result.

Benjamín Ferrada stands out for his outstanding ability to develop conflict management strategies. He thinks outside conventional limits, creating innovative proposals that achieve adequate and successful resolutions of disputes. Also noteworthy is his proximity to the client and the agile and prompt responses, always being available or accessible for any requirement.

Benjamín Ferrada – strategy, clarity, trust and respect for the client and its in-house counsels. On all occasions, an excellent relationship has been achieved.

An associate with a great future is Andrés Cuevas.

Key clients

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción

Compañía General de Electricidad

Naturgy Group

Arysta Lifescience Chile

Enaco

Empresas Carozzi

Agrícola y Frutícola Quihua

Forestal y Agrícola Yukón

Bitumix

Santiago Metals

Denham Capital

Cuprum Resources Chile

Fundación San Carlos Del Maipo

Gersa

Szturmak

Gravetal Bolivia

Mutual De Seguridad Cámara Chilena de la Construcción

Farm Melozal

Federación Chilena De Bridge

OLX Autos

Walker Arangua Family

State Of Chile

Mutual De Seguros De Chile

Work highlights

  • Acted for Chilean economic development agency, CORFO, in civil litigation before the Court of Appeals, which related to a Constitutional Protection Remedy.
  • Successfully acted for Fundación San Carlos de Maipo (non-profit entity) before the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the development of significant conservation and environmental projects.
  • Acted for US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital and Santiago Metals in a highly complex legal and mining dispute worth $20m.

López Escobar del Río Leiva

Specialised disputes boutique López Escobar del Río Leiva is consistently sought out for complex civil and criminal litigation, particularly in relation to the commercial and financial sectors, as well as retail, power generation, ports, mining, banking and infrastructure. The founding partners constitute an impressive quartet: Jorge del Río has longstanding experience in litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution and ADR matters; Julián López is a litigation expert whose practice includes civil and commercial matters but who is probably best known for his penal practice; José Ignacio Escobar‘s track record includes leading the criminal legal defence (alongside López) of Penta Group’s controllers; while Felipe Leiva is a public sector-related arbitration, dispute resolution and litigation specialist. The firm’s second line of litigators includes criminal litigation senior associate Ignacio Ananías, while counsel Soledad Krause (civil, administrative, and criminal litigation) is an October-2021 hire from Gandarillas Montt Del Rio & Krause, where she was name partner.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Del Río; Julián López; José Ignacio Escobar; Felipe Leiva

Testimonials

We have very good relationships with this team.

Key clients

Carlos Eugenio Lavín

Carlos Alberto Délano

Empresas Penta

Inversiones Penta III

Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca

Municipalidad de Vitacura

Délano Méndez Family

Bakkavor

BHP Billiton

Minera Escondida

Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado

Banco de Chile

Quiñenco

Banco Itaú

Yarur Tomic Family

Grupo Ulma, S.Coop

Della Schiava Roth Family

Work highlights

  • Currently in charge of the legal defence of Empresas Penta and Inversiones Penta III, in relation to the Penta group case, which involved an investigation into the alleged commission of tax crimes and bribery.
  • Defended Salmones Camanchaca against a criminal investigation into water pollution charges.
  • Acted for Municipalidad de Vitacura in relation to alleged embezzlement of public funds and bribery.

Morales & Besa

Fielding an 11-strong commercial and civil litigation practice, Morales & Besa's recent caseload includes administrative disputes and civil liability claims, along with class actions regarding alleged construction defects and several Transparency Law-related claims. The practice is co-led by Gonzalo Cordero, a specialist in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, as well as antitrust matters; and recently promoted associate practice-director Juan Ignacio Eymin, who undertakes litigation and ADR matters involving civil, commercial, administrative and arbitration proceedings. At senior associate level, Nicolas Corbeaux is on hand for civil and commercial procedures, and arbitration. However, Orlando Palominos left the firm January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cordero; Juan Ignacio Eymin

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Cencosud Retail

The Associated Press

Constructora Ingevec

Charrúa Transmisora de Energía

Alto Jahuel Transmisora de Energía

Kuden

Corporación Wikimedia Chile

Specialized Bicicletas

Intertek Caleb Brett Chile

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco de Crédito e Inversiones in two claims, which were initiated by a victim of fraud (that was committed by a third party).
  • Representing Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud in a damages claim initiated by subcontractor NBI for the early termination of an EPC contract for the construction of the Felix Bulnes Hospital.
  • Represented The Associated Press in a damages claim made by one of its former star photographers, which could potentially impact the relationship between photographers and news agencies, as well as the interpretation of IP laws in Chile.

Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados

Boutique litigation practice Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados fields a nine-strong practice that has substantial experience in civil, commercial and construction disputes, as well as administrative litigation, insurance claims, and competition and antitrust matters; recent highlights include acting for SalfaCorp in a significant highway construction contract dispute. The group is co-led by former Carey partner and litigation heavyweight, Esteban Ovalle, who has developed an enviable reputation over the course of more than 25 years’ contentious practice; and fellow name partner José Tomás Bulnes, who undertakes litigation, arbitration and neogtiations, is consistently involved in complex cases. Experienced senior associate (and former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría lawyer) Oscar Lihn, focuses on both litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Ovalle; José Tomás Bulnes

Testimonials

Very good communication at all levels, very trustworthy and great inclusion of the client.

Very available to clients.

Key clients

Consultora Tecnazul Cía

Hanwha Q Cells

Teck

Grupo Hidromaule

Codelco

Parque Arauco

Aes Gener

Sacyr Chile

SalfaCorp

Elevation Investments

Vinci Constructions Grands Projets

Astaldi Sucursal Chile

VCGP-Astaldi Ingeniería y Construcción

Jardín Infantil Mandarino Limitada

Luisella Castaño, Macarena Schuster and their families

Work highlights

  • Acted for SalfaCorp in a public highway construction contract dispute.
  • Acted for Luisella Castaño and Macarena Schuster (and their families) in a damages claim filed before the Chilean civil courts against the State of Chile, which related to a plane crash.
  • Defended Grupo Hidromaule (GH) against a group of irrigators, who claimed that five contracts should be declared null and void.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Key disputes areas for full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría include energy contracts, entertainment-sector matters, insurance claims, and construction arbitration disputes. Other areas of strength include controversies related to concessions, infrastructure, real estate, and general civil and commercial issues. The ‘excellent‘ 14-strong practice is led by former founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados, Jorge Vial, who has ‘a well-known track record in litigation‘. He is backed by a strong line of senior associates includes Isidora GutiérrezJosefa Larrain and Manuela Cross, who all handle civil and commercial litigation, along with Catalina Amenabar (particularly on arbitral matters). Former partner Germán Subercaseaux, senior associate Sophie Hellmich and principal associate Senda Villalobos all left the firm during 2021, the latter taking up an in-house role at Banco Santander.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial

Testimonials

A firm that has a portfolio of very important clients, which allows its lawyers to gain extensive experience. They have in-depth legal knowledge, and the work is dedicated, deep and very oriented towards delivering a good service.

The advice is always well founded and very accurate. It is one of the most experienced litigation teams in Chile, and the lawyers have excellent availability and client skills.

The litigation team is made up of excellent lawyers, who have complete knowledge of their areas, as well as an agile use of technological tools that allows them to provide services in an efficient and timely manner. It is a cohesive team that has been able to adapt to new realities and has proven to be capable of working remotely flawlessly.

Characterised by excellent service, which is tailored to the needs of the company. The strengths are the lawyers’ vocation for work and effective responses to current business problems.’

Great breadth of focus, and what makes the firm stand out is the warmth of its people and professionalism. It has been able to adapt to the new working conditions very quickly, and has maintained the same level of service that characterises it.

Very personalised attention –  they put themselves in our shoes. The lawyers attend to any query quickly, providing very timely information.

Jorge Vial is a renowned local lawyer, with a well-known track record in litigation and solid knowledge of civil and procedural law – great technical management, agility, the ability to propose real solutions to the problems analysed, and a comprehensive view of law.

Jorge Vial and his team are very good at what they do, as well as being dedicated and diligent.

Key clients

ABCDIN

Metro

Minería Activa

Minera Meridian

Isabel Blanco P

Inversiones Baiona

Consorcio

Despegar.com

Municipalidad de Santo Domingo

Forum Servicios Financieros

Work highlights

  • Defended Distribuidora de Industrias Nacionales (ABCDIN), which recently completed a reorganisation procedure, against a group of creditors’ civil claim for damages further to a refinancing contract entered into by ABCDIN.
  • Defended Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro against Corporación Nacional de Consumidores y Usuarios de Chile (a consumer association), which filed a lawsuit alleging non-compliance with the consumer protection legislation.
  • Defended Minería Activa against Madesal, which filed a preliminary action requesting production of documents in relation to investments made in a lanthanide extraction project.

Prieto Abogados

Deploying 'solid strategies that achieve good results', Prieto Abogados' six-member dispute resolution group frequently acts before both ordinary courts and arbitrators in disputes concerning the energy, construction, real estate and retail industries; moreover, it is increasingly active in insurance, transportation, healthcare, telecoms, and banking-related claims. The group is also active in public law litigation. The practice is co-led by real estate, construction and antitrust litigator Fernando Samaniego, and arbitration expert Alberto González V. Experienced counsel Juan Pablo Riesco handles public law, consumer rights, real estate, construction and energy matters, but senior associate Cristóbal Jiménez left to pursue his LLM in March 2021. Former practice co-head Claudio Undurraga  passed away in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Samaniego; Alberto González V

Testimonials

The Prieto litigation team stands out for the experience and professionalism with which it approaches cases.

Manages to deploy solid strategies that achieve good results. The lawyers are always available and attentive to collaborating on whatever is necessary, and with a good level of involvement from the partners.

Key clients

Engie Energía Chile

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Huawei

Plaza (Falabella Group)

HDI Seguros

VivoCorp

Aguas Andinas

YPF Chile

Banco Internacional

Delivery Hero

Empresas Torre

Work highlights

  • Representing four electrical power generating companies (which are part of Engie Group) in their unlawful conduct claim against GasAtacama Chile.
  • Defended Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida against a complaint filed by the Director of Municipal Works of the Municipality of La Florida for allegedly incurring an infraction of the General Law for Urbanism and Construction.
  • Defended GWC Inversiones and Inversiones Ferroviarias Bolivianas against CB Inversiones T e I’s  lawsuit, which alleged presumptive breach of contract.

Ugarte & Correa

Offering 'a highly sophisticated disputes and litigation service', boutique firm Ugarte & Correa fields a 12-strong team that has particular expertise in commercial litigation, the enforcement of arbitration awards, requests of administrative bodies, antitrust disputes and insolvency claims. Name partner José Joaquín Ugarte is a widely respected litigation and arbitration specialist, while his fellow name partner, the ‘very skilful and tenaciousPablo Correa has litigating experience from the lower courts to the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The second line of key practitioners features commercial and investment disputes specialist, Liat Tapia; a 2020 hire from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, she is a highly-regarded up-and-comer who made partner in February 2022. At senior associate level, Karl Conrads is the name to note; he is active in construction, energy, mining and financing disputes.

Practice head(s):

José Joaquín Ugarte; Pablo Correa; Liat Tapia

Testimonials

Ugarte & Correa offers a highly sophisticated disputes and litigation service. The lawyers are creative and ostensibly more innovative than other litigation firms in their approach to cases.

Pablo Correa is a young lawyer with exceptional knowledge of the law, and very intelligent and creative in his strategies; and his way of relating to the client is sincere and direct.

Pablo Correa is very skilful and tenacious in setting his goals, always modelling several scenarios so as to achieve the same goal. He is very committed to his cases, without ever losing the objectivity of his position; and he is loyal and honest in his arguments, always using the law in the best way. When I think of a trial lawyer for complex and difficult cases, I only think of him.

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

Energia de la Patagonia y Aysen

Work highlights

  • Acted for Albemarle in connection with public law litigation that was commenced by a group of Congresswomen against CORFO, in relation to lithium contracts between the Chilean government (through CORFO) and Soquimich (SQM), with SQM attempting to bring Albemarle into the proceedings.
  • Acted for Asociación Canal de las Mercedes in a dispute, which arose from the collapse of a tunnel in an aqueduct that irrigates a fertile valley in Chile.
  • Representing Desarrollos Renovables Latinoamérica, which develops renewable energy projects, in a lawsuit arising from differences in the execution of a purchase agreement.

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial

Fielding ‘one of the best trial teams in the country‘, Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial‘s eight-member dispute resolution group is active in civil, commercial and economic litigation, domestic and international arbitration,  antitrust and competition claims, contentious administrative procedures, and class actions and consumer law issues. The practice, which also covers bankruptcy and insolvency work, and appellate and Supreme Court litigation, is co-led by Gerardo Ovalle, who is experienced in construction, unfair competition and tort cases; and complex civil litigation specialist Fernando Salas. The second line of experienced practitioners includes fellow name partner Anibal Vial, who is ‘a top-level lawyer, who develops clear and well-defined strategies‘, and Miguel Dibarrart, who routinely acts before Chilean courts and domestic and international arbitration tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Ovalle; Fernando Salas

Testimonials

An in-house lawyer should know that Yrarrázaval is a firm that is dedicated exclusively to litigation, arbitration and complex conflicts – a highly specialised firm that has specific knowledge of litigation matters and (almost) non-existent conflicts of interest.

A very good dispute resolution team that involves the client in the decision making, always presenting every possible alternative and option; and the lawyers always understand the client’s final intention, which makes it much simpler to expedite disputes.

A team that is always available and with high-quality legal advice – and at reasonable fees. This firm’s litigation practice is simply excellent.

One of the best trial teams in the country. It has a creative way of working, and is very adept at conflict prevention through negotiations.

Gerardo Ovalle’s and Fernando Salas’ professionalism make the firm unique. Right from the beginning there was no stone left unturned in looking for the best and most comprehensive strategies to ensure a successful result.

Gerardo Ovalle stands out, and he is very skilful at negotiating.

We worked with Fernando Salas and the results obtained were very good – we can trust the quality of the work.

Anibal Vial clearly stands out for his knowledge of litigation, arbitration and conflicts involving economic matters and free competition, and the results from working with him have been excellent. He is a top-level lawyer, who develops clear and well-defined strategies.

Key clients

RMD Kwikform

Burger Grúas

Claro Comunicaciones

SMU

Worley Parson

Inmobiliaria San Genaro

Ab-InBev Chile

B-Wise

Clariant

At-Pac Doka Chile

DOM

Universidad de los Andes

Hoteles Temporent Hotel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Claro Comunicaciones in a $41m telecoms dispute.
  • Acting for Hotel de Departamentos Temporent in a tort case.
  • Represents RMD Kwikform in an international bankruptcy dispute.

Albagli Zaliasnik

The civil litigation and arbitration practice at Albagli Zaliasnik fields experts in both commercial and investment disputes, particularly in relation to infrastructure, construction, oil and gas, mining and concessions; the team’s expertise includes preventive stages, pre-trial negotiations and strategy definition aspects. The practice is led by senior partner Ariela Agosin, whose broad practice covers both litigation and arbitration. At senior associate level, Francisco Fuentes is a civil and financial litigation and arbitration specialist, while Carolina Escandón acts in civil, commercial, financial and natural resources disputes. Former director Félix Antolín left the firm to co-found Pereira Antolín in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ariela Agosin

Testimonials

The firm focuses not only on the law but also on practical aspects, looking for new and timely ways in terms of conflict resolution, which constitutes a differentiating element and adds value.

Key clients

Nexus Chile Health

Isapre Nueva Masvida

Mutual de Seguridad CChC

Graneles Switzerland

Tetra Pak de Chile Comercial

Roberto Guzman Lyon

Bodegas San Francisco

Abbott Laboratories

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Empresas Pizarreño

Sociedad Industrial Pizarreño

Ralei Development Group

Hera Management

Fortunata

Verisure Chile

Work highlights

  • Defending Nexus and Isapre Nueva Masvida against a claim brought by Empresas Masvida, which is currently pending definition by the Court of Appeals of Santiago as to whether the Civil Court should handle the process.
  • Acted for Mutual in its lawsuit against Chile’s Servicio Nacional de Salud for the non-payment of over $40m for medical-care-related reimbursements.
  • Assisted Graneles Switzerland with its lawsuit against Golure for the non-payment of $3m.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados

'Transmitting security and confidence at all times', Alessandri & Compañía Abogados' four-member litigation department is experienced in resolving civil and commercial disputes, particularly in relation to technology, capital markets, insurance, construction, transport and manufacturing. Additionally, the group is active in IP conflict resolution, litigation over product liability, and defending administrative claims. The practice is led by corporate and litigation specialist Raúl Montero, whose 'experience and practical knowledge are highly noteworthy'; while Luis Fuentes and Patricio Rámila are recently promoted senior associates, both of whom focus on civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Montero

Testimonials

The litigation team has the highest level of expertise, transmitting security and confidence at all times.

The experience and practical knowledge of Raúl Montero are highly noteworthy.

Key clients

Inversiones Cururo

Abendrot

Inversiones Viento Norte

Verifone

Inmobiliaria Alto Linares

Red Televisiva Megavisión

Wacker Neuson

Susana Mutinelli Anchubidart

Rentokil Initial Chile

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inversiones Cururo, Abendrot and Inversiones Viento Norte in its pre-trial defence to settle shareholders’ differences.
  • Acted for Verifone in its successful judicial defence against an unfair competition claim.
  • Assisting Inmobiliaria Alto Linares with its strategy planning for pre-civil trial precautionary measures concerning contractual issues.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

'Capable of handling all types of cases, regardless of their complexity', Allende Bascuñán & Cía's dispute resolution group has longstanding experience in administrative proceedings, appeals and Supreme Court matters. The  five-member practice focuses on disputes involving civil and commercial issues, administrative law, mining, financial markets and agricultural matters. The team is led by 'excellent litigator' José Alberto Allende (appointed partner in early 2021), who focuses on civil and aviation litigation, arbitrations, class actions, and contentious administrative procedures; while Andrés Garrido is an experienced labour litigator. Procedural law expert Sergio Avilés, and Rosario Besa, who is active in corporate and real estate litigation, are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

José Alberto Allende; Andrés Garrido

Testimonials

Extensive experience in litigation, but the most remarkable thing is that despite this, the fees are reasonable. It is a very good option for first-class legal services at a reasonable price.

I would say that the main quality is the confidence the lawyers project.

I have a very good impression of the team, which currently represents our company in a highly complex litigation, and its advice has always been very complete – great connectivity too, which allows it to be attentive to our requirements.

Always available and with great capacity to adapt to different challenges.

Reliable, honest, transparent and highly professional. Capable of handling all types of cases, regardless of their complexity. I want especially to mention José Alberto Allende, who has helped me with several highly complex cases, where we have always obtained good results.

Excellent litigator José Alberto Allende has great legal knowledge and is a great strategist, which always gives us peace of mind to make decisions. He transmits serenity and confidence, which allows us to evaluate our scenarios correctly. The rest of the team is young, dynamic and always available.

José Alberto Allende is an exceptional lawyer, whose advice is always complemented with a business vision, which makes it very comfortable to work with him. The rest of the team is also very valuable, working in an orderly and coordinated manner, and making efficient use of time – highly recommended.

Highly competent and versatile, which allows it to provide high-quality advice, regardless of the complexities of the issues. I would highlight José Alberto Allende and senior associate Sergio Avilés, who are great professionals and people.

Key clients

Anglo American

Air Canada

Constructora Ignacio Hurtado

TNT Express

Korean Air

Fedex Express Chile

Copa (Compañía Panameña de Aviación)

Grupo Corpora

Air France

KLM

Agrícola Lomas de Maitenes

Ethiopian Airlines

Phillips

Work highlights

  • Representing Copa Airlines in all its consumer law disputes in Chile.
  • Acted for Air Canada on liability claims brought by beekeepers after the death of bee colonies that were transported to a Canadian airport.
  • Acted for global mining company Anglo American when one of its local branches was sued by a former contractor for alleged breach of a construction contract.

BACS Abogados

The five-member dispute resolution practice at BACS Abogados is highly active in financial crime matters, with recent highlights including disputes in the mining, technology and consumer protection sectors. Representative experience includes defending Julián Moreno de Pablo (a former La Polar financial products manager) against civil lawsuits. The group is led by Esteban Barra, who specialises in contractual and civil liability matters; with further partner-level support provided by Miguel Schürmann, an expert in civil, criminal and administrative sanctioning work; and experienced litigator Alejandro Awad. Experienced senior associate and civil team director, Francisco Bassi Díaz, (contracts, civil liability, administrative sanctioning and construction law) is also on hand for complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Barra

Key clients

Julián Moreno de Pablo

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

Dragados (Agencia en Chile)

Powerteck

ODECU

Appsys

Omar Oyarce Stecher

Grupo Bavaria

Pampa Camarones

Banco Itaú

Work highlights

  • Defended Julián Moreno de Pablo, an engineer and former manager of financial products at Chilean retail company La Polar, against civil lawsuits initiated by pension fund administrators for alleged participation in civil, criminal, and administrative crimes.
  • Acted for the Organisation of Consumers of Chile in a collective lawsuit for violation of the collective interest of consumers against Banco Santander Chile.
  • Acted for Omar Oyarce Stecher in a high-profile plagiarism case.

CMS Carey & Allende

Regularly acting before Chile;s Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, CMS Carey & Allende‘s seven-member litigation group handles post-M&A disputes, tort actions, consumer protection, insolvency, corporate governance, public procurement and white-collar crime, for a client base drawn particularly from the construction, energy, telecoms, real estate and retail sectors. The dispute resolution and compliance groups are led by Rodrigo Campero, who undertakes both litigation and arbitration and demonstrates ‘detailed knowledge of clients’ cases‘; while the ‘highly efficient and proactiveStephan Luhrmann (a partner since early 2021) heads the firm’s regulatory litigation and environmental departments. Key associate Hugo Ojeda (civil and commercial litigation; administrative sanctioning processes), is currently undertaking his LLM.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Campero

Testimonials

A good team that is very agile and very present.

Solutions that are provided in advance and that anticipate the responses of counterparts.

The litigation group at CMS Carey & Allende is a high-quality team, with extensive legal knowledge and a strong commitment to attending to cases.

I have worked with Rodrigo Campero on various matters. I have an excellent opinion of him. He is very dedicated to clients, and has great soft skills, detailed knowledge of clients’ cases and extensive legal knowledge.

Stephan Luhrmann is highly efficient and proactive.

Stephan Luhrmann is an exceptionally clear lawyer.

Key clients

Virbac-Centrovet

Agrícola Pacífico Sur

ATC Sitios de Chile

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Universidad San Sebastián

Derco

Bob Rental

Sociedad Eléctricas de Medellín

Agrícola Santa Irene

Municipalidad Quintero

Praubos

AndesCycles

Compañía Chilena de Capitales

Inversiones DJF

Galilea (Ingenieria y Construcion)

Hacienda Inmobiliaria

Unilever Chile

Work highlights

  • Defended Virbac-Centrovet against a tort action, which alleged the illegal sale of a product that was allegedly manufactured using a product patented by the plaintiff.
  • Defended Agrícola Pacífico Sur (APS) and Humberto Fischer Llop against a tort action, which alleged that APS and Fischer (together with three other defendants) wrongfully diminished stock participation in Porkland through alleged illegal capital increase agreements.
  • Acted for Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro in a tort action against 214 former employees, who misused the workers’ compensation system.

Cisternas y Compañía Abogados

Achieving ‘impressive results‘, the 15-strong practice at Cisternas y Compañía Abogados is regularly sought out for its assistance with the prevention and resolution of large-scale disputes, including civil, commercial, administrative and criminal matters. The department is led by name partner Gonzalo Cisternas, a complex dispute resolution specialist; Luis Masferrer is a former head of Chile’s National Intelligence Agency; and Katherine Hyde (a partner since mid-2020) acts in both corporate and civil litigation. Former consultant Jean Pierre Matus left the firm in late 2021 upon his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cisternas

Testimonials

The firm stands out for its ability to anticipate potential judicial results, presenting various strategies in its approach to lawsuits, which has assisted with obtaining favourable results.

Shows great collaboration in its regular reporting of the status of trials, allowing us to have sufficient background information that allows us to opt for a particular legal strategy, while weighing the advantages and disadvantages.

They are able to take on a large volume of cases in a short period of time and before different courts.

Team work that allows not only great coordination, but also facilitates impressive results.

The firm’s lawyers, in particular, Gonzalo Cisternas and Katherine Hyde, meet high standards of professionalism, with great knowledge of the matters and extensive judicial experience as litigators. They also display personal knowledge of each trial they are commissioned on, since they know all details and dates with precision.

Key clients

National Association of Professional Football

University of Concepción

Concepción Lottery

Consorcio Tecdra

Municipality of Lo Barnechea

Municipality of Ñuñoa

Concesión Estacionamientos Municipales de Vitacura

Grupo Gac

Contatto

Corporación Municipal de La Florida

Embotelladora Dos Banderas

Work highlights

  • Defence counsel to the National Association of Professional Football’s board of directors against a lawsuit alleging forced contract compliance and non-contractual civil liability.
  • Acted for The University of Concepción in several legal proceedings that required procedural, corporate, civil, IP and criminal law expertise.
  • Acts for the Concepción Lottery on a wide range of civil and commercial matters before the courts.

Clyde & Co Chile

Clyde & Co Chile‘s litigation and arbitration department acts in disputes involving corporate issues, contractual liability, insurance, tort claims and bankruptcy. The group is jointly led by founding partner Arturo Majlis, who 'has gravitas and decades of experience'; Jorge Meneses, who combines his civil and commercial litigation practice with public law expertise; and Marcelo Guerrero, a recently promoted partner whose litigation experience includes working at the State Defence Council. At associate level, senior Andrés Cabello acts in civil and arbitral disputes, as well as public law proceedings, while Francisco Jiménez is a civil law litigator.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Majlis; Jorge Meneses; Marcelo Guerrero

Testimonials

The team is very commercial and responsive, with an international outlook that is combined with in-depth knowledge of the local market, laws and regulations – real strength across the team.

The professionalism of the team is enhanced by the firm’s well-balanced and diverse group of individual lawyers.

Comprises a responsive and cohesive group of lawyers that exhibit the social, cultural and political experience necessary to manage complex issues, and identify and bring forth solutions.

Critical and detailed examination of facts, solutions and measures that have clarified misunderstandings, cleared obstacles and extended bridges for points of conflict, working vigorously toward the resolution of the case.

Arturo Majlis and Jorge Meneses have offered proven and reliable support in a solid and straightforward manner. They implement a steady management approach, and are efficient and goal oriented. In their service and attention to the client, they offered support and guidance whenever concerns or doubts needed to be addressed, incorporating logical and structural steps aimed to bring solutions.

Arturo Majlis has gravitas and decades of experience that are allied to a very commercial approach.

Key clients

Feller Rate Clasificadora de Riesgo

Laboratorio Maver

Minera Tres Valles

Catalina Parra

Alberto Parra

Renato Traverso

Marion Silberstein

Andrés Pérez Cruz

Tepillé

Constructora Bimoli

Orión Seguros Generales

Inversiones Punta Blanca

Nike de Chile

Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture

Verificación e Inversiones Publicitarias

Farmacias Omari

IPAL

Cisco Systems

Bridgestone Chile

Work highlights

  • Representing the older children (Catalina Parra and Alberto Parra) of the famous poet Nicanor Parra in various judicial proceedings related to Parra’s inheritance, the nullity of his will, and the accountability of the executor and administrator of his assets.
  • Acted for Constructora Bimoli in a conflict that arose after the termination of a construction contract with the National Kindergarten Board.
  • Acted for Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture in a conflict with the Municipality of Curarrehue over the payment for a municipal patent of a fish farming facility.

Contreras Velozo

A boutique that is dedicated to contentious issues‘, Contreras Velozo‘s six-member disputes team demonstraates both criminal and civil litigation expertise; it frequently acts for international public entities, as well as multinational corporations, including Latin American governments and international organisations. The civil litigation and commercial arbitration practices are co-led by Oscar Contreras, ‘one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with in Latin America‘ according to a client, and who has enormous civil, commercial and anti-turst litigation experience; and fellow partner Alvaro Awad, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Additional name partner-level support is provided by Francisco Velozo, who heads the firm’s complex criminal litigation team, alongside key associate Natalia Diuana.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras; Alvaro Awad

Testimonials

A small but excellent team, combining the experience of the two main partners with a group of younger lawyers. They are detailed, fast and have imaginative solutions, as well as a great sense of judicial strategy.

Contreras Velozo is a boutique that is dedicated to contentious issues. The firm has assembled a great team that responds quickly, and with a sense of security that I don’t find in other offices.

It is a dedicated firm with extensive experience in highly complex litigation, resulting in precise and well-argued defences.

Great knowledge, experience, determination and effectiveness. Their lawyers communicate well and convey security, and are always available and serious. They keep their promises and deadlines.

‘Óscar Contreras is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with in Latin America.

Differs from others in that it is a smaller team but very accessible – I highly rate Óscar Contreras, Francisco Velozo and associate Alvaro Awad.

On the side of the partners, I would highlight Óscar Contreras for civil and commercial matters and Francisco Velozo for criminal issues, as well as Alvaro Awad, who is a great lawyer.

Direct work with partners and associates, and in collaboration with the client. Partners such as Óscar Contreras and Francisco Velozo stand out, in addition to Alvaro Awad.

Key clients

Falabella

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 the Inter-American Development Bank and BID Investment in the collection of several debts in Chile against Itelecom.
  • Defended Aguas Manquehue against the collective claim of condominium Hacienda de Chicureo (along with 76 other claimants), which filed a consumer protection action that was based on the alleged imposition of an adhesion agreement.
  • Retained by Banco Santander to defend its investment fund Santander Plusvalía against a construction defects claim involving the Parque Praguer building.

FerradaNehme

The eight-strong, complex-litigation department at FerradaNehme leverages the firm’s enviable expertise in antitrust, competition and economic regulatory matters to advise a broad clientele primarily on disputes concerning civil and consumer law issues, environmental law, regulated market matters (particularly telecoms) and unfair competition. The group is jointly led by competition and regulatory expert Nicole Nehme; civil, commercial, and economic litigation specialist Nicolás Ubilla; and Marcela Rodríguez (promoted to partner during 2021), who routinely acts in large civil, commercial and consumer disputes. Also on hand is civil and commercial litigator Pablo Cornejo, a recently promoted associate director of the contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Nehme; Nicolás Ubilla; Marcela Rodríguez

Testimonials

A good understanding of what is at stake when it comes to complex negotiations. The team understands that a legal response can be focused on different points of interest.

A great team, with great knowledge and adequate advice – very attentive to the difficulties of our company.

Nicolás Ubilla has deep knowledge of administrative law issues, which allows clients to be calm in the face of highly complex issues – always aware of the latest rulings and resolutions of the authorities.

Solid knowledge, experience and personalised attention from Nicolás Ubilla.’

Key clients

VTR Comunicaciones

Walmart Chile

Canal 13

Televisión Nacional de Chile

Pasmar

WSP Consulting Chile

WSP Chile

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

American Tower

Work highlights

  • Representing VTR in a class action lawsuit that was filed by The National Consumer Service SERNAC for alleged violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
  • Acted for VTR (Pay-TV operator in Chile) in a commercial dispute with The Walt Disney Company, which concerned the terms and conditions under which a new distribution agreement would be signed by VTR in relation to the Fox channel portfolio.
  • Represented Pasmar in a shopping mall-related unfair competition complaint against Grupo Jano, which was based on systematic and continuous infringements of the Chilean Unfair Competition Act.

Fleischmann & Román Abogados

Following the early 2022 departure of Juan Ignacio León, the former Fleischmann & León Abogados elevated civil and commercial litigation practitioner Paulo Román Reyes to name partner, reincorporating itself as Fleischmann & Román Abogados, which is best known for disputes involving infrastructure, construction, public works and mining concessions. Fellow founding partner and infrastructure and construction specialist Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick is experienced in the resolution of domestic and international disputes concerning mining and energy projects, roads, airports and other civil infrastructure, along with real estate. Recent growth also saw the firm recruit infrastructure and construction disputes partner Juan Carlos Flores from Abogabir Miranda Abogados in January 2022.

Garrigues Chile

Recent disputes work for Garrigues Chile's 'committed litigation group' includes major corporate conflicts, consumer protection class actions, and construction and real estate litigation, along with environmental, antitrust, tax and administrative law disputes. The dispute resolution department is led by the 'always clear and measured' Mónica van der Schraft, a seasoned litigator whose practice ranges from corporate, construction and antitrust litigation to insurance, mining, environment and real estate disputes. Key associate-level support is provided by the 'very attentive and diligent' principal Cristóbal Sarralde, who handles civil and commercial disputes; and senior José Joaquín Verdugo, a civil lawsuit specialist.

Practice head(s):

Mónica van der Schraft

Testimonials

A team that accompanies clients throughout the process, explaining all the different stages and keeping clients informed.

At Garrigues, I found a committed litigation group that is extremely professional and with the highest ethical standards.

A very strong team, with creative solutions to problems.

This young team, led by the always clear and measured Monica Van der Schaft, has been fundamental in our search for solutions.

Principal associate Cristóbal Sarralde is very attentive and diligent.

Senior associate José Joaquín Verdugo explains things very clearly, prepares clients, and keeps them very informed – excellent command of English.

José Joaquín Verdugo is extremely professional and diligent.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

The nine-strong practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has a strong track record in commercial civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative disputes. The team is particularly focused on clients from the construction, mining, infrastructure, energy and public works sectors; and is increasingly active in disputes before Chile’s consumer agency (SERNAC). The group is co-led by José Pedro Baraona, whose practice centres on civil trials against the State of Chile and the Public Works Ministry, and arbitration expert Carlos Aravena. The firm also fields tax litigator Víctor Manuel Avilés; Pedro Zelaya, whose recent work includes protection of collective interests suits; and civil and commercial trial specialist Isabel Palacios, the firm’s first female partner as of January 2022. At associate level, seniors César Vásquez and Claudio Torres, along with Macarena Gonzalez, are all key team members.

Practice head(s):

José Pedro Baraona; Carlos Aravena

Testimonials

Accessible and always available.

A very good work team that is studious, innovative, persevering and clear, and empathises with the client’s problems.

Key clients

Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé

Grupo SAESA

Banco Consorcio

Condominio Parque Monasterio

San Sebastian Inmobiliaria

AIM Futbol

Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Norte Express

Work highlights

  • Represented Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé in a lawsuit against the State of Chile, which concerned cost overruns incurred during the construction of an airport in Chiloé.
  • Represented Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Norte Express, which has been sued by 50 alleged users of the Vespucio Norte concession highway under the Consumer Protection Law.
  • Acting for Grupo SAESA in judicial proceedings against the National Consumer Service (SERNAC), which concerned certain supply disruptions caused by a period of bad weather in 2017.

Molina Ríos Abogados

Boutique law firm Molina Ríos Abogados litigates a range of civil and commercial issues, but is particularly well known for disputes concerning construction and public works concessions for airports, power generation plants, highways, reservoirs, gas pipelines, railway constructions and public buildings. The seven-strong department is led by name partner Carlos Molina, who 'stands out as a skilled negotiator and great litigator', and acts in civil and commercial law, construction, insurance, finance and projects-related disputes. Also integral to the group are Felipe Correa, who is experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation; and Rachid Ruiz , who handles regulatory commercial, labour and administrative law disputes. Associate Benjamín Reutter left the firm to establish the Nonn Project in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Molina

Testimonials

We evaluate its work very positively; it is a serious firm with great professional prestige.

A boutique office, which provides a fast and personalised service, and I would highlight its flexibility and ability to generate strategies depending on each particular case.

Lawyers whose main characteristics are their availability and involvement in each of the issues they are in charge of. They also stand out for their great knowledge of the public works sector and their litigation experience within the sector.

Molina Ríos are excellent strategists in the management of litigation, and with deep knowledge of both the procedural and substantive rules – a first-class service for reasonable fees.

What makes the lawyers stand out is their great experience in the infrastructure sector – the firm’s outstanding lawyers are Carlos Molina, Rachid Ruiz and Felipe Correa.

Carlos Molina is a lawyer with a lot of experience and knowledge, and who stands out as a skilled negotiator and great litigator in arbitration, disputes and insurance matters.

Felipe Correa is a great lawyer, who has intelligence and empathy that stand out.

Rachid Ruiz is a lawyer with solid and deep knowledge.

Key clients

OHL

Acciona

Vinci Construction Grands Projects

Astaldi

Grupo San José

Mapfre

Eiffage

Emin

Solunion

Applus

Ingevec

Cosntructora Armas

Besalco

Banco Santander

Mpm

Engie

Work highlights

  • Representing OHL in a lawsuit against the Ministry of Public Works for cost overruns during the construction of the Chacrillas Reservoir.
  • Acted for Acciona Construcción in a lawsuit for damages against the Aconcagua Region Public Health Service, in relation to the construction and remodelling of the Philippe Pinel Psychiatric Hospital in Putaendo.
  • Acted for Grupo San José Construction Group in a lawsuit for damage caused during the construction of a hospital in Ovalle.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Leveraging the firm’s expertise in real estate, administrative and environmental law, mining, competition and energy, Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr acts on a broad range of litigious matters. The five-member practice is led by Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes, whose track record includes representing companies before the ordinary, special and appeal courts, as well as the Supreme Court and governmental regulatory agencies, and who is increasingly active in construction disputes. Further partner-level support is provided by civil and commercial law specialist Juan Carlos Dörr Zegers, who is active in litigation and arbitration. Juan Pablo Morales is an experienced dispute resolution associate.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes

Key clients

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

Sony Chile

Tánica

Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar

Agrícola Valle Nuevo

Enel Generación Chile

Cintac

Aceros AZA

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Representing Agrícola Valle Nuevo (as plaintiff) in an unfair competition damages action against three other real estate companies.
  • Defended Inmobiliaria Loma La Cruz (a subsidiary of Tánica) against a redhibitory defect action, which was initiated by a natural person claiming that a high-end apartment had defects that diminished its value.
  • Representing ENEL (as plaintiff) in a lawsuit filed against the Municipality of Coronel (and its Mayor) for tortious damages, following the illegal closure of an ash landfill.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

The four-member litigation and dispute resolution group at Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados consistently represents both plaintiffs and defendants before Chilean judges, the Courts of Appeal and the Chilean Supreme Court; the practice is particularly active in regulated areas, such as energy, urban law and antitrust. The team is headed by María Fernanda Brahm, who has vast experience in energy law disputes. Key support at associate level is provided by senior Andrés Del Real who acts in civil, commercial and regulatory-related litigation; and Santiago Portaluppi, a public law expert.

Practice head(s):

María Fernanda Brahm

Key clients

Walmart

Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio Oriente

Constructor Atacama

SunCo

Global Power Generation Chile

INACAP

ACCIONA

Andean Truffles

Generadora Metropolitana

ACERA

Work highlights

  • Represented Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente in a discrepancy claim against the Ministry of Public Works, regarding the legality and relevance of compensation for additional works ordered on the basis of public interest and urgency.
  • Representing DPP Holding Chile and the Chilean Association of Renewable Energies and Storage (Asociación Gremial-Acera), before the Chilean Antitrust Court, in relation to price mechanisms for distributed generation power plants.
  • Representing Generadora Metropolitana in a trial before the Chilean Antitrust Court about LNG technical regulations in the Chilean electricity industry.

Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV

Best known for construction disputes, Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV‘s six-member litigation department consistently handles claims involving construction and infrastructure projects in the private and public sectors, including disputes over mining issues and mining contractors. The practice is co-led by construction and infrastructure specialist Jose Manuel ValenciaAlvaro Mendoza Negri, whose broad practice covers energy and electricity sector clients; and practice director Cristina Santibáñez Boric, ‘a highly recognised lawyer in Chile‘. Also key to the team is infrastructure practice director Alfredo Vial Rodriguez; while at associate level, Nicole Camilli Santiagohas great work capacity levels‘ and Alejandro Merino Capurro litigates public works lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Valencia Cerasa; Alvaro Mendoza Negri; Cristina Santibañez Boric

Testimonials

The law firm demonstrates excellent levels of knowledge in highly complex matters, especially in administrative and procedural details. I enjoyed witnessing a team of lawyers that is trained at the best universities in the country, diverse in its composition, and with gender parity.

The firm stayed very close to our company from Day One and there was always someone attending to our requirements. The partners are directly involved in the case or litigation, which we greatly appreciated. It is a highly technological team with excellent collaborators.

The lawyers are characterised by friendliness and availability that we have not seen in other law offices; and the entire conflict and litigation resolution team has verifiable experience in the areas of administrative law, public works contracts, civil contracts and arbitrations of all kinds. This variety ensures a first-class service, which is fast, forceful and with excellent legal foundations. In addition, the results were always positive for our company – highly recommended.

The AMLV office is known for its experience and knowledge of the matters on which it acts. The group maintains a close relationship with us as clients and the relationship is very fluid and dynamic.

José Manuel Valencia Cerasa stands out for his great experience and leadership capacity.

Director Cristina Santibañez Boric is a highly recognised lawyer in Chile.

Cristina Santibáñez Boric stands out for the depth of her analysis.

Young associate Nicole Camilli Santiago has great work capacity levels and has really grown professionally.

Key clients

Ingeniería Civil Vicente Icafal Ingeniería Y Construcción

Constructora IS

Constructora Meléndez

Empresa Constructora Tricam

Obras y Servicios Copasa (Agencia En Chile)

Sociedad Ingeniería, Construcción y Maquinarias (Sicomaq)

Consorcio Copasa-Corsán Corviam Dos

Constructora Pitagora

Apia

Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

Arrigoni Ingenieria Y Construcción

Aldesa Chile

Patio Riesco

Constructora Lago Riñihue

Constructora Eldu

Saba

Geometra

Work highlights

  • Acted for Consorcio CVV-Ingetal on a breach of contract claim against Metropolitan Health Care Service, in relation to the construction of Eastern Island Hanga Roa’s Hospital.
  • Acted for Claro Vicuña Valenzuela in a civil case against the Ministry of Public Works for breaching a construction contract.
  • Acted for Ecisa in a matter involving design and engineering flaws at The Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre, the matter including the bankruptcy of Ecisa’s company in Chile.

Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn

Providing 'agile, innovative and effective advice', Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn's expertise covers civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, including disputes involving shareholders, real estate, land use, construction, investment funds and family businesses. The practice is jointly led by litigation, arbitration, competition, and civil and commercial law specialist Juan Enrique Coeymans; and civil and commercial disputes expert María José Larraín (the firm’s first female partner and a July 2020 hire from former disputes firm Vial Larraín Abogados), 'whose defence strategies are always strong and grounded'. Key associate María José Berger is active in construction-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Coeymans; María José Larraín

Testimonials

This firm provides agile, innovative and effective advice.

María José Larraín is a lawyer with extensive and deep legal knowledge, and whose defence strategies are always strong and grounded, as well as being novel and creative. Her work is practical and efficient, and she is highly committed to clients, and with very good and prompt availability.

Key clients

American Tower Corporation

Forum Servicios Financieros

RTU Arquitectos

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards

Inmobiliaria Illahuapi

Farmacias Cruz Verde

MDPR

CLAS Ingeniería Eléctrica e Inversiones

Buscalibre

Work highlights

  • Acted for American Tower Corporation in several claims filed by different players against the construction of telecoms towers at different sites.
  • Acted for Viña Luis Felipe Edwards in an ownership recovery action for over 245 hectares of premium wine land, which involved litigation that went up to the Supreme Court.
  • Represented Cruz Verde (FEMSA’s subsidiary) in its settlement agreed with Chilean consumer protection agency, SERNAC, which concerned a class action for antitrust violations.

Frías & Lagos Abogados

The five-member practice at Frías & Lagos Abogados routinely acts in substantial litigation involving financial commercial and civil claims, as well as construction, energy, and urban and real estate law-related disputes. Other key areas include unfair competition, industrial property litigation, and class actions and consumer protection. The dispute resolution department is co-led by its founding partners: conflict resolution specialist, Nicolas Frías, who is ‘very intelligent, serious and precise‘; and ‘tremendously strategic lawyerJosé Tomás Lagos, an arbitration, litigation and ADR expert.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Frías; José Tomás Lagos

Testimonials

This team of lawyers provides solutions to problems, including different alternatives – strong ethical values too that allow clients to have full confidence in what they say about a problem and how to resolve it.

A robust team of lawyers that understands the laws very well and is very thorough in its actions. I can count on these lawyers for any questions, and know that I will be listened to and that I will receive very serious and precise information – very organised and we receive factual information and reports via the web in a very transparent manner.

I believe that the plus of this law firm is its specific knowledge of litigation involving different countries and jurisdictions, as well as its strong negotiating skills.

Compares favourably with lawyers from other teams as they become deeply involved with the cases and are committed to the result, focusing on providing a solution from all angles and analysing al external issues that arise.

Stands out for its availability and permanent dedication to cases and the client, investigating even the smallest detail. I would also highlight the fact that the team handles North American legislation very well, and was able to litigate effectively -through its correspondents- in New Jersey.

I believe that the plus of this law firm is its specific knowledge of litigation involving different countries and jurisdictions, and also its strong negotiating capabilities.

Nicolas Frías is a warm and supportive person, as well as being very intelligent, serious and precise, and with great legal knowledge.

José Tomás Lagos is a tremendously strategic lawyer- he takes a clear position and is a great litigator.

Strong personal treatment and focus from Nicolás Frías and José Tomás Lagos.

José Tomás Lagos attaches great importance to clients’ cases, gets personally involved, and delivers long-term strategies for trials in order to achieve good negotiating positions.

Key clients

Jorge Luis Sampaoli Diaz

Lenergía Chile

Inmobiliaria Chamisero Real Estate

Inversiones Tulahuén

Muebles Undurraga

Arturo Forster de la Barra

AVLA Insurance Group

Hemisferio Sur

Laboratorio Clínico Blanco

Familia Vergara Fabres

Arquitectura y Construcción

Exportadora Ovalle

Ticnow

Inmobiliaria ISA

Pedro Claudio Belmar Inversiones

Municipalidad de Tirúa

Work highlights

  • Representing the Municipality of Tirúa in a tort claim filed by victims (and relatives of victims) of a traffic accident that occurred in 2017.
  • Assisted Lenergía Chile with the filing of an unprecedented injunction, which involved the seizure of several electricity permits issued by CGE.
  • Represented Jorge Luis Sampaoli and his assistants (Sebastián Beccacece and Jorge Desio) in a lawsuit against ANFP (Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional) for breach of contract and torts.

Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río Abogados

Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río Abogados‘ specialist conflict resolution practice fields four partners namely: Cristián Gandarillas, who has significant experience in litigation and dispute resolution involving civil and commercial matters, bankruptcy, and company restructuring procedures; Paulo Montt, who acts in civil, commercial, regulatory and antitrust litigation, as well as arbitral matters; Gabriel del Río, an expert in civil and commercial disputes, criminal litigation, administrative law sanctioning, and national and international arbitration; and James Black, who focuses on the resolution of civil and commercial disputes, as well as administrative and constitutional matters.

González & Rioseco

Well known for its media-related litigation expertise, González & Rioseco‘s track record includes libel claims and torts involving large newspapers; and beyond its civil and commercial litigation work, the team is also active in arbitration. The names to note are Francisco González, who has longstanding experience in disputes involving regulated markets and construction claims, as well as contract-related litigation, antitrust disputes and arbitration; and fellow founding partner Andrés Rioseco, who routinely handles proceedings before the Chilean Competition Tribunal and Supreme Court. Thomas Bullemore is currently of counsel while he completes his MPhil at Oxford University; associate Catalina Escobar acts on both civil and commercial litigation.

Jara Del Favero Abogados

Jara del Favero Abogados houses several experts in civil and commercial disputes, administrative claims, and competition and antitrust litigation; the practice additionally acts in commercial and investment arbitrations. The department is co-led by Manuel Jimenez, an expert in mediation, arbitration and competition law, who routinely acts for agro-industry and pharmaceutical laboratory clients; and Manuel Bernet who was raised to the partnership in July 2022 and whose litigation experience covers the food, biotechnology, gambling, and agricultural and livestock-services industries. Key associate support is provided by senior Maximiliano Silva H (contentious administrative matters), a late-2021 recruit from the legal department of Chile’s Ministry of Health; civil and commercial litigation expert Ramón Jara C; and Pablo Alarcón , who handles civil, constitutional, and antitrust and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Jimenez; Manuel Bernet

Key clients

General Electric International (Chile)

Grid Solutions Chile

Emaresa

Pacavi International

Antofagasta Minerals

Hoteles de Chile

Monsanto Chile

Bayer Chile

Aztrazeneca

International Schools Partnership

Time for Fun

Cox Energy GD

EDF Energy

Sun Dreams International

AYCA

Chilfresh

Inversiones San Silvestre

Inmobiliaria Momentum Technonicol Italia

Zoetis de Chile

Oz Net

Inamar Vapor Industrial

AGFA Healthcare Chile

Work highlights

  • Acted for Servicios en Accionamiento y Control Automático in several crossed suits in different courts and proceedings (IP, civil and administrative), which were brought by Industrial Support Company.
  • Acted for Cox Energy GD in civil court proceedings against Walmart for damages arising from the destruction of a renewable energy plant during acts of vandalism in October 2019.
  • Acted for Aztrazeneca in eleven claims of illegality filed against the Council for Transparency, after ordering the disclosure of information that concerned contracts for the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines.

Lama Abogados

Specialised civil and commercial conflicts boutique Lama Abogados frequently acts in disputes involving the telecoms, insurance, environment and IT sectors. Other areas of expertise include unfair competition, insolvency, consumer law, class actions, and civil, commercial and corporate arbitrations. Founding partner Nicolás Lama's practice covers civil and commercial litigation, as well as bankruptcy cases; key associate support comes from the experienced Joaquín Sánchez.

Loy Letelier Campora

The four-member litigation team at boutique firm Loy Letelier Campora has a strong track record in disputes involving the forestry, finance and infrastructure sectors, with the group also acting for wealthy individuals in high-profile claims. The practice is co-led by name partners Francesco Campora, a domestic and international litigation and arbitration specialist whose practice focus covers mining, energy, M&A, financial and construction-related disputes; and Juan Pablo Letelier, whose recent experience includes acting for a security company in accountancy-related tort litigation. Recent growth includes the January 2022 hire of dispute resolution-focused associate Rocío Nalda from the former Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Campora; Juan Pablo Letelier

Testimonials

Loy Letelier Campora stands out for its very professional personalised service – always looking for innovative and successful legal strategies, and the team always maintains good relationships and delivers quick responses.

Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier are professionals with high intellectual levels, and with advice that always has added value beyond just answering what clients asks.

Work highlights

  • Represented Alejandro Parra (on a pro-bono basis) in a real estate sale contract dispute.

Ossandón Abogados

Offering creative solutions that reflect its knowledge of law and various court rulings‘, Ossandón Abogados‘ litigation team has longstanding experience in engineering, construction and real estate-related disputes. The department is led by Joaquín Montero Ossandón, who acts for major construction and real estate companies in commercial and civil trials, including urban law and concessions-related judgments. In key growth for the practice, arbitration specialist Eduardo Spichiger B and construction litigation expert Viviana Brito C were both elevated to the partnership in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Joaquín Montero; Eduardo Spichiger

Testimonials

The firm’s litigation team stands out from other law firms that I have met in that it works together and coherently, offering creative solutions that reflect its knowledge of law and various court rulings. In addition, I constantly receive various emails with updated information on the status of my cases.

The lawyers always respond very quickly to my requirements and queries, with solid and informed responses – great for the personalised, partner-level attention, availability, dedication, clarity and intelligent strategies.

They work as a team, demonstrating coordination and the professional dedication of each practice member.

‘An active, creative legal team that has vast knowledge of the technical areas involved in litigation – great learning ability, cordial, diligent and continuous 24/7 availability.

Ability to integrate the team with client executives and internal staff in a collaborative, participatory and creative manner – extraordinary ability to act quickly in the event of legal emergencies.

Disputes are addressed in a realistic manner, with strategies taken in conjunction with clients and without creating false expectations.

Direct contact with clients and professionalism when dealing with litigation, as well as clarity when explaining the strategies and steps to follow.

Efficient and timely attention, and I would highlight the expertise of partners Joaquín Montero and Viviana Brito C, who have personally handled my lawsuits.

Key clients

Salfa Corp

Besalco

Socovesa

Inmobiliaria Aconcagua

Inmobiliaria Almagro

Inmobiliaria PY

Inmobiliaria Fundamenta

Constructora Novatec

Latam Airlines

Salinas y Fabres

Velux

Banco Estado

Tezman

Bosca

Emo Trans Chile

Work highlights

  • Acted for Besalco in its damages claim against the Public Works Ministry, which was based on delays that occurred during works on Puente Bicentenario in Concepción
  • Acted for Socovesa Ingeniería y Construcción in a claim against the Health Service, which imposed fines because of the delay to hospital works, which were necessary because of the 2010 earthquake.
  • Defended Inmobiliaria Fundamenta against a property-related claim brought by Rentas Falabella.

Parraguez & Marín

Parraguez & Marín's large litigation practice is particularly experienced in disputes involving the construction, mining and media sectors. Among the firm's several specialist practitioners, Gustavo Parraguez acts in financial, commercial, and energy and natural resources-related disputes; Rodrigo Marín is a labour, environmental and administrative law expert; Francisco del Río is active in financial, commercial, corporate and construction litigation; José Monrroy focuses on mining, criminal and labour litigation, along with administrative procedures; and Josefina Trujillo‘s practice covers civil, commercial and constitutional litigation. Associates Javiera Mena and Alberto Rodríguez are also key litigation team members.

Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes

Established in April 2021 by three former Reymond & Cía partners (Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez, Diego Fuentes González and Camilo Silva Correa), Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes houses an eight-strong practice that litigates in relation to concessions and construction contracts, both before local courts, as well as in national and international arbitration tribunals. Practice leader Riquelme, who 'offers an excellent service through his deep knowledge of international law', is a specialist in disputes involving infrastructure, construction, and private and public concessions; Fuentes is a construction law and dispute resolution expert; and Silva routinely acts in major construction-litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez

Testimonials

Rodrigo Riquelme offers an excellent service through his deep knowledge of international law and his background in national and international arbitrations.

Rodrigo Riquelme dedicates his legal knowledge to finding important solutions, demonstrating his ability to apply comparative law.

Rodrigo Riquelme is a very solid lawyer with great knowledge; he is also a very good negotiator, who has an established reputation at a national level for positive results and his high level of specialisation in public law.

Key clients

República Federativa de Brasil

Universidad Gabriela Mistral

Constructora Arauco – Trébol

Sociedad Comercial IMS

Herman Chadwick Larraín

Consorcio Hospital Regional Talca

Inmobiliaria Townhouse Parque Casanova

Deloitte Advisory

Banco Santander Chile

Tyco (Johnson & Johnson)

Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados

Dispute resolution boutique Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados houses specialists in civil and commercial litigation, who frequently appear before Chile’s civil courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as arbitral tribunals; the firm’s track record including disputes involving banking and finance, natural resources, mining and environmental matters. The team also has regulatory law and international arbitration expertise. The principal figures are Pedro Pablo VergaraFernando Rabat and Hugo Rosende Álvarez, who all have significant disputes experience.

Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ

Boutique legal practice Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ was founded in 2019 by former Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres partners Jorge Schenke and Ricardo Brancoli, who are both experienced in high-stakes cases involving civil liability issues, capital markets' matters, and environmental and commercial law. Schenke is also active in administrative and constitutional matters, while Brancoli additionally assists with criminal cases and arbitrations, liquidations and labour law issues. Former associate Nicolás Prado, whose broad practice covers civil, commercial, administrative, constitutional, environmental and antitrust litigation, was elevated to the partnership in early 2022; since when the team has been further strengthened with the June-2022 hire of associate Benjamín Letelier  from Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Schenke; Ricardo Brancoli; Nicolás Prado

Key clients

San Francisco Investment (Sun Dreams)

Del Monte Fresh Produce Chile

Aguas Andinas

T4F Chile

Soprole

Essal

Arauco

Forestal Russfin

Ecomac

Pacific Hydro Chile

Menta Chile

José Antonio Echavarri P

Víctor Valverde Palma

Ingeniería y Construcción Ingesal

Camila Michelini Fernández

Rolf Gremler Zeh

Constructora Pucará

Stephanie Asthon

César López

Servimak

Inmobiliaria KCP

Sodeco

Felipe Letelier

CNA Chile

Etersol

Manuel José, Felipe, Andrés Matías, Tomás, todos de apellido De Tezanos Pinto.

Arch Comunicaciones Chile

Trends Industriales

Casino de Juegos Valdivia

Casino de Juegos Iquique

Constructora Altius

Rolando Varela

Soprole

Agrícola y Lechera La Greda

Comercial Cascadas

Reinsa

Cristián Grohnert (Termofrio)

Bioamérica

Sergio Díaz (Grupo FIDES)

Jaime Maturana

Günther Goecke

María Eugenia Prieto

Raúl Zilleruelo

Doña Carne

Arlette Adauy

Arauco Inmobiliaria

Lía Gavilán

Olivares de Quepu

Verónica Stein

Inmobiliaria Los Silos III

Luis Hernán González

Agrícola Pacífico Sur

Inmobiliaria KCP

Servimak

María Paz Calleja

Mónica Henzi

Jaime Díaz

Inversiones KB

Inmobiliaria Agrícola Los Huapes

Consorcio Besalco Arauco

Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional

Federación de Fútbol de Chile

Abbott Laboratories Chile

Laboratorios Recalcine

Roberto Dabed

Inmobiliaria Andina

Jacqueline Núñez

Productora de Eventos La Morada

Work highlights

  • Defending Arch Comunicaciones Chile against Samsung’s claim for the collection of 146 pending invoices for products delivered under a distribution contract.
  • Defended Abbott Laboratories de Chile against an unfair competition claim brought by M Kaplan y Cia.
  • Acted for Trends Industriales, the owner of a water desalination plant project, in relation to attempts to invalidate the resolution of its environmental classification.

Abdala y Cia

Abdala y Cia‘s eight-strong practice acts for companies from a diverse range of sectors, including telecoms, finance, commercial malls, construction, and casinos and resorts, as well as state-owned entities; the firm is also the Chilean member of the Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance, which has a strong reputation for investigations and white-collar matters. The group is jointly led by 'outstanding lawyer' Michele Daroch Sagredo, who litigates civil law, banking, financial and regulatory issues; José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu, an employment litigator; and founding partner Ricardo Abdala Hirane who is also active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Michele Daroch Sagredo

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and planning of detailed legal and procedural strategy.

Great human qualities of all the lawyers who participated in our dispute, from the youngest associate to the partners themselves.

Abdala’s team is very professional and concerned about what it does – this is why we have chosen it over other law firms.

The lawyers stand out because they are always very involved in our problems, particularly Ricardo Abdala Hirane, José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu and Michele Daroch Sagredo.

Excellent contact with Ricardo Abdala Hirane, José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu and Michele Daroch Sagredo. Michele was the one who carried out our day-to-day work and is an outstanding lawyer.

Key clients

Sun Dreams

Chillan Casino Resort

Ovalle Casino Resort

Distribuidora de productos alimenticios Leon Parro

Ufinet Chile Networks

IFX

R&Q Ingenieria

Centropuerto

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sun Dreams in a $70m case to nullify an administrative decision to approve modifications to a casino project in Pucón.
  • Represented Ovalle Casino Resort in legal actions to support the Municipality of Ovalle’s intention to prevent the illegal use of slot machines in the city of Ovalle.
  • Assisted Banco de la Nación Argentina with the reorganisation of Aceros Chile.

Abogabir Miranda Abogados

Established in 2017, disputes boutique Abogabir Miranda Abogadosshows a lot of creativity‘ and is highly active in domestic and international dispute resolution, particularly construction litigation, as well as claims concerning energy contracts, chemical storage agreements and fraud. Previously at Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres and Alessandri & Compañía Abogados, respectively, Diego Abogabir and Nicolás Miranda both act in civil and commercial litigation, arbitrations, public law disputes, and white-collar crime matters and corporate investigations. Contentious administrative partner Juan Carlos Flores left the firm in January 2022, since when the firm has hired Nicolás Vassallo Fernández as a partner – effective as of October 2022. Formerly at his own firm, Vassallo's experience includes experience in both the judiciary and at international private practice firms.

Testimonials

The firm has extensive knowledge of this area, shows a lot of creativity when it comes to resolving situations, and provides personalised attention.

Nicolás Miranda and Diego Abogabir are lawyers who have extensive experience in conflict resolution, significant knowledge of our matters, and very good court management skills.

Baraona y Cía Abogados

Baraona y Cía Abogados' seven-strong group focuses on litigation concerning inheritance law, bankruptcies and tort liability, as well as agro-industry-related disputes. The practice is headed by Jorge Baraona González, whose recent experience includes representing a large group of owners in two significant claims against energy distributor CGE, further to a massive fire in central Chile in 2017; while fellow partner Jorge Baraona Correa acts in litigation, and regulatory and administrative conflicts. Active litigation associate Francisca Barros was recruited in early 2021 from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, while former of counsel Jaime Alcalde S left to establish Alcalde Goldenberg Abogados in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Baraona Gonzalez

Key clients

Salmones Aysén

Empresas Ariztía

Isolux Ingeniería  (Agency in Chile)

Camila Alid

Servicios Intraholding Manquehue

Inmobiliaria El Carmen

Importadora Teksa

ICONSA

Sociedad Real y Cía

Work highlights

  • Representing Inmobiliaria El Carmen and others (a group of owners) in seeking to enforce the tort liability of CGE and its executives, further to an enormous fire.
  • Representing Isolux Ingeniería (Agency in Chile) and bankruptcy trustee Camila Alid in a clawback action within an insolvency litigation proceeding.
  • Representing Elizabeth Adauy in seeking several Elizabeth Adauy y Compañia estate sales revocations, nullities and unenforceability decisions.

Cáceres y Cáceres

Boutique legal practice Cáceres y Cáceres is highly experienced in civil and commercial dispute resolution, with particular expertise in litigation concerning construction, investment funds, retail, life sciences and audit firms. The key practitioners at partner level are Carlos Cáceres Burgos and Ziad Manzur, who both act in civil, commercial and administrative litigation before the ordinary and arbitral courts.

Colombara - Estrategia Legal

Unwinding from the former Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers (RCZ), national and international litigation specialist Ciro Colombara launched Colombara – Estrategia Legal in mid-2022, bringing former RCZ complex litigation director Aldo Díaz on board as partner. The new firm remains committed to complex litigation cases, but also intends to focus on new technologies; and located in the Metaverse, is the first firm in Latin America to operate a virtual office. Associate support comes from civil and commercial litigator, Manuel Sotelo, and on the penal side, Ana Catalina Lea-Plaza, a former adjunct prosecutor at the Ministerio Público.

DLA Piper Chile

DLA Piper Chile fields a five-strong team that is experienced in high-profile cases before both the judicial courts and arbitral tribunals; its disputes coverage includes commercial and civil matters, and defending constitutional and regulated rights. The firm also houses sector specialisms in technology, food and transportation. Former counsel and practice head Macarena Iturra left to establish her own firm in January 2022, leaving banking and finance partner Mauricio Halpern as interim head; with key support provided by criminal trial counsel Ignacio Schwerter, and associates Vesna Torrens and Andrea de la Vega, who both act in dispute resolution and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Halpern

Key clients

Needish (Groupon)

Antraco Chemie-Handelsges

Constructora Excon

Antarctic Sea Fisheries

AyV Ingeniería

MBI Inversiones

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Groupon in a trial against The National Consumer Services (SERNAC), in connection with alleged abusive clauses on its website.
  • Represented Constructora Excon before the Courts of Appeals of Antofagasta, which involved an employee who claimed forced Covid-19 vaccination by the company, thereby affecting his constitutional right to life, physical and psychological integrity, and freedom of conscience.
  • Acted for Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Cerro Colorado in its lawsuit against Royal for breaching a lease-purchase option contract.

Del Río Izquierdo Abogados

The litigation and conflict resolution practice at Del Río Izquierdo Abogados is experienced in civil and commercial litigation (as well as arbitration), in relation to the financial, mining, energy, construction, real estate, tourism, retail and technology sectors; moreover, its expertise also extends to bankruptcy procedures and composition agreements. Director of the litigation group, Francisco Bañados G, is experienced in civil, commercial, bankruptcy, labour and criminal procedures; María Alejandra Aguad is a compliance specialist; and Eduardo Izquierdo is a litigation, labour and real estate law expert. The practice of senior associate José Joaquín Meza Maggi also covers litigation, arbitration and ADR work.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Bañados; María Alejandra Aguad; Eduardo Izquierdo

Key clients

Tanner Servicios Financieros

Maestra

Avla Compañía de Créditos y Seguros

Servicios Financieros Factor Plus

Proinvest Promotora de Inversiones

Diana Miryam del Carmen Valenzuela Méndez

Work highlights

  • Assisted Diana Valenzuela Méndez with demanding the nullity of a corporate modification.

ECIJA Otero

The Chilean office of leading Spanish firm ECIJA since 2019, ECIJA Otero's five-member dispute resolution department has significant experience in complex litigation. The practice is led by Rodrigo Nelson, who specialises in litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings, both national and international; his expertise also covers disputes involving regulated markets, construction, corporate conflicts, mining and insurance. At associate level, Jaime Silva Bruce represents national and international businesses in civil, labour and criminal law litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Nelson

Testimonials

Transmits trust and responsibility – we are always happy to work with this firm.

Great availability and empathy from the firm’s members, particularly Rodrigo Nelson- very involved, knows our businesses and needs in depth, so as to be able to support decision making with his strong level of understanding.

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Chile

Ricoh Chile

Rissetto Family

Rissetto Inhertiance Succession

Business Software Alliance

Herce Group Chile

Toralla

Evolution Fooding

Mateco Chile

Work highlights

  • Defended Microsoft Chile against legal actions, which sought to remove personal data from internet search engines.
  • Defended the Rissetto Family against an ownership claim concerning approximately 50,000 hectares.
  • Representing Grupo Herce Chile in unresolved claims brought by the Municipality of Santiago, which relate to the restoration and expansion project of the National Heritage Public School of Application of Santiago.

Gamboa, Fuenzalida, Sanfeliú & Ugarte Abogados

The six-member team at specialist disputes boutique Gamboa, Fuenzalida, Sanfeliú & Ugarte Abogados is highly focused on the electricity, energy and construction sectors; its experience covers representation before the civil courts, Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as before arbitrators. The civil litigation practice is led by national and international litigation and arbitration specialist, Rodolfo Fuenzalida, whose experience encompasses civil, commercial, public and regulatory law, along with construction and engineering matters. Key associate Sebastián Liona frequently works alongside Fuenzalida on dispute resolution and arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Fuenzalida

Key clients

Interchile

Construcción y Montajes Ocegtel

Aldo Motta Camp

Starco/Demarco

KDM Energía

Aquavant

COZ y Cía

Work highlights

  • Acting for Interchile in multiple civil cases, including complaints by the Chilean Forest Corporation for alleged Chilean forestry law breaches.
  • Represented Construcción y Montajes Ocegtel against Albemarle Corporation for the payment of an arbitration award.
  • Defending Aldo Motta against civil claims filed by Chilean Pension Funds Administrators, which relate to the high-profile Cascadas case.

Garnham Abogados

In addition to being known for its tax expertise, Garnham Abogados fields a four-strong disputes practice that predominantly focuses on the litigation and resolution of civil and commercial conflicts, as well as bankruptcy-related matters. It is also active in litigation involving the healthcare, mining, construction and electricity sectors. The litigation and arbitration group is led by civil, commercial and administrative litigation specialist, Simón Zañartu ('stands out for his commitment'), who routinely acts before ordinary courts and arbitration tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Simón Zañartu

Testimonials

Professionals who are very committed to their cases, with extensive handling of the issues and security in the strategies implemented.

The lawyers are extremely fast, dealing with situations quickly, and they continually report on legal or jurisprudential developments in the country.

Responsible and ethical – the team has a close relationship with clients and is very good at strategy management.

Simón Zañartu stands out for his commitment and deep knowledge of the cases he takes on.

Key clients

Asociación Nacional de Futbol Profesional

Sociedad Austral de Electricidad

Salfacorp

BUPA Chile

Sánchez Cano

Doosan Bobcat Chile

Statkraft Eólico

Sistema de Transmisión Troncal

Inmobiliaria y Constructora Pie Andino

Work highlights

  • Represented Empresa Eléctrica La Frontera in a civil lawsuit for damages, further to fires that occurred in Chile in 2014.
  • Acting for Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional against the General Treasury of the Republic in a claim for improper charges.
  • Represented Empresa de Montajes Industriales Salfa in a civil lawsuit for damages, further to the death of a worker who died in a traffic accident during violent protests.

Harasic ǀ Barros

Spinning out of Harasic Medina & Dal Pozzo (HMDP) in March 2022, five-strong complex-litigation boutique Harasic ǀ Barros was jointly founded by Davor Harasic, who litigates civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative litigation matters; civil, commercial, criminal and antitrust specialist Ivan Harasic; and former HMDP senior associate Natalia Barros, who acts in criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative litigation. Further to the separation, former HMDP name partners Gonzalo Medina and Sebastián Dal Pozzo launched their own firm Dal Pozzo & Medina Abogados.

Kennedys

The Chile office of UK-headquartered insurance law specialists Kennedys is sought out for professional liability disputes, as well as damages claims arising from industrial and environmental accidents. The litigation department is headed by Gian Carlo Lorenzini, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and consumer protection, in addition to insurance defence and insurance-related litigation; while insurance and reinsurance practice leader Mario Diemoz specialises in insurance claims, coverage disputes and policy wording-related issues. Former partner José Antonio Gutierrez  and of counsel Ricardo Peralta Velenzuela  recently departed the firm to re-launch Peralta, Gutiérrez y Asociados (known as Peralta & Gutiérrez until mid-2019).

NLD Abogados

Relaunched in early 2021, NLD Abogados‘ five-member team is regularly mandated for commercial and civil litigation, arbitrations, ADR mechanisms, bankruptcies, product defect liability, misleading advertising claims and class actions. The group is also active in conflicts over IP rights, corporate responsibility and construction, along with administrative sanctioning procedures. Upon the firm’s reopening, it hired both DLA Piper Chile‘s former counsel Ricardo López (as partner), who focuses on civil judicial matters, contractual and non-contractual liability, construction claims, commercial and consumer law issues, and arbitration; and associate Felipe Riedel, who acts predominantly on civil and commercial judicial matters, consumer law, bankruptcy proceedings and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo López

Testimonials

Multisectoral knowledge and with good relations among its peers – highly qualified lawyers, who give preferential treatment to their clients, with both availability and a sense of urgency.

A team that stands firm on key points, approaching risks in a timely manner.

Ricardo López is highly qualified, analytical and methodical, and with a vast understanding of the legal and judicial environment. Multiple negotiation and litigation skills make him an outstanding attorney.

Ricardo López has solid knowledge and is able to assume different roles, as needed – flexible and precise.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Metrogas

Empresa de Transportes de Pasajeros Metro

Adexus

Renta Nacional de Seguros

H Van Wijnen

Galeria Cima

Inprovider

MBI and others

Work highlights

  • Assisted Laboratorio Chile with a claim filed against the Central de Abastecimiento del Sistema Nacional de Servicios de Salud (CENABAST), as a result of certain illegalities committed by CENABAST during the bidding process for the provision of medicines.
  • Represented H van Wijnen in a claim for breach of obligations, which arose from the international sale of goods.
  • Assisted Adexus with a claim for compensation for alleged contractual liability that was established by the National Public Health Fund.

Ortiz González Luarte Abogados

Ortiz González Luarte Abogados' dispute resolution department has a strong track record in major civil, criminal, commercial and administrative proceedings. The firm also has a robust commercial arbitration practice. The arbitration and litigation team is led by name partner Rodrigo Ortiz Krause, whose broad expertise includes commercial litigation, criminal matters and bankruptcy proceedings. At associate level, Gabriela Contreras is currently active in insolvency matters, while Francisco Galaz is another key litigation team member.

Ossa Alessandri Abogados

Boutique practice Ossa Alessandri Abogados is experienced in disputes concerning civil, commercial, bankruptcy and restructuring agreements, antitrust and mining matters; the team also demonstrating experience in arbitration proceedings and mediation processes, whether advising plaintiffs or defendants. Recent work includes defence work for major local and foreign companies from the engineering and construction, mining and banking sectors. The practice's principal figures are civil and commercial litigation expert Francisco Ossa, and associate María José Santibáñez who acts in litigation and arbitration, as well as insolvency proceedings. Francis Lackington has left the firm.

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile, the result of a late 2020 tie-up with leading Argentine corporate firm Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen, fields a five-member group that increasingly acts in projects and construction-related litigation and arbitration - with recent experience includes acting for CODELCO in litigation against former contractor companies. The public law and litigation departments are led by counsel Gustavo Delgado, a civil and commercial litigation and arbitration expert, who is particularly focused on administrative and public law controversies. Former associate Sebastian Ruiseñor moved in house at Empresa Nacional del Petróleo in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Delgado

Key clients

CODELCO

Kantar IBOPE Media

Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex

Inmobiliaria Altos de Reñaca

Viveros Richter Chile

Moeckel & Weil

Lucy Cominetti

Situ

Work highlights

  • Representing CODELCO in litigation against INDAK, a former vendor that is demanding compensation for contractual breaches.
  • Acting for CODELCO in litigation against DIIT, a former vendor that is demanding compensation for contractual breaches.
  • Acting for Kantar IBOPE Media in a claim for contractual breaches against La Red broadcasting.

Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND)

Highly focused on dispute resolution and litigation, the seven-member practice at Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND) has extensive experience in civil, commercial, labour, and administrative litigation and arbitration; and it is particularly active in relation to insurance industry matters and consumer issues. The practice is co-led by name partners Mauricio Dorfman, who is 'always ready to clarify doubts'; civil, commercial, insurance, consumer protection and civil liability law expert, Marcelo Nasser; Gabriel Pumpin, a land and maritime transport specialist; and Ignacio Díaz, who specialises in commercial law, transport, insurance and consumer protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Dorfman; Marcelo Nasser; Ignacio Díaz; Gabriel Pumpin

Testimonials

The lawyers understand lawsuits very well and make excellent recommendations.

This office, compared to others with which we have worked, has always been distinguished by its transparency and timely information regarding ongoing issues, follow-up meetings, clear and timely billing, and punctual reports.

Creative, efficient and effective, with reasonable fees and a willingness to develop long-term relationships.

Recognised and creative knowledge from excellent, expert lawyers who have strong judicial experience.

A professional team with proven performance. We have worked with these lawyers on more than one occasion, and it has the necessary technology and know-how.

A team with members who are always willing to meet client requirements in an agile and personalised manner. We would particularly highlight Gabriel Pumpin and Mauricio Dorfman.

Willingness to review situations that may affect our organisation, allocating enough time to make the regulations known in a clear and timely manner. Our relationship is  mostly with Mauricio Dorfman, who is always willing to provide a good service. Generally, I would indicate that clarity, timeliness and availability are the elements that distinguish our legal advisers.

Mauricio Dorfman is an excellent point of contact, who has excellent availability and is always ready to clarify doubts.

Urzúa Abogados

Following the departure of Claudio Matute, the former Urzua Matute Abogados reincorporated as Urzúa Abogados in January 2022, since when the boutique has nevertheless returned to a two partner set up with the hire of former BHP legal manager Daniel Weinstein to deepen the firm’s engagement with the mining sector. The firm is highly specialised in the construction disputes sector where it has built a strong reputation for its specialist expertise in contentious matters -litigious or abitral- related to infrastructure, engineering and projects. Name partner Cristián Urzúa (a former CMS Carey & Allende arbitration and litigation director) is an experienced projects litigator, while key associate Carolina Cáceres is also on hand to assist with construction and engineering-related disputes.

Zegers Abogados

Spinning out of Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers (RCZ), nascent boutique Zegers Abogados was launched in May 2022 by former RCZ founding partners Rodrigo Zegers Reyes, who in addition to his criminal litigation practice acts in civil and commercial arbitration and litigation involving bankruptcies; and complex litigation specialist Ignacio Rivadeneira. Both have strong track records in their respective contentious disciplines. The team was further strengthened in late July 2022 with the hire of senior associate Teresa Parga Figueroa who focuses on commercial-economic law.