Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

Founded in November 2022, four-strong disputes boutique Antolín Ruiz Litigios brings together former Albagli Zaliasnik civil litigation and arbitration director, Félix Antolín, and Manuela Ruiz Q, a Santiago Court of Appeals-listed arbitrator, formerly at the now-dissolved Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana; the firm handles civil, commercial and white-collar litigation, along with arbitration and regulatory matters.
Dispute resolution and regulated markets-focused firm Chahuán Letelier Lledó acts in a wide range of litigation involving corporate law, contracts, torts, IP, and real estate; the team is co-led by name partners Pablo Letelier, a commercial litigation and arbitration expert; and former Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados associate Guillermo Chahuán.  
With substantial experience in commercial, civil and administrative litigation, the dispute resolution practice at boutique firm Donoso & Silva Abogados fields a team led by founding partner Rodrigo Donoso, whose track record includes major Competition Court cases; and civil litigation and arbitration partner Bruno Romo.
IP and dispute resolution boutique Epic Litigios & PI received a strong boost in X 2023 with the arrival of Carla Dittus, who handles civil and commercial litigtion, and domestic and international arbitration; she joins Bernardita Dittus (who handles dispute resolution, litigation and strategic consultancy on IP, unfair competition and advertising law), and of counsel Marcela Román.
Established in 2021, Fix Abogados, has notable experience in commercial and shareholder claims, as well as construction, infrastructure, energy and mining disputes, and houses several experienced practitioners, namely: insolvency specialists Clemente Silva and Gerardo Otero; civil and commercial litigator Nicolás Zisis; dispute resolution lawyer Vicente Portales; and public policy expert Tania Villarroel.
HD Legal's litigation department, which specialises in the resolution of civil and commercial proceedings, is led by founding-partner José Luis Honorato, who has 30 years’ experience in civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration; Honorato is supported by senior associate Irene Bracho, who maintains a broad disputes practice.
The litigation group at natural resources, energy and environmental law boutique IMAD Abogados is led by civil and commercial litigation expert, Claudio Matute, a 2022 partner recruit from Urzúa | Matute Abogados (where he was name partner).
May 2023 saw the formation of the civil and commercial disputes-focused Jana Leiva Litigio y Arbitraje, which also handles contentious environmental and administrative matters; the new boutique brings together the strengths of former Bofill Mir Alvarez Jana partner, Álvaro Jana; and Felipe Leiva, previously the head of civil and commercial litigation at López Escobar del Río.
Spinning out of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (PPU) in September 2023, Vial Larraín Femenías’ disputes capability is led by former PPU-practice head Jorge Vial, who has deep experience of both arbitration and litigation. He is flanked by fellow partners, Ignacio Larrain (a competition specialist with considerable disputes experience) and Jorge A Femenías (a contentious-administrative specialist with particular expertise in environmental matters). Clients identify Vial as ‘a litigator whose extensive experience allows him to defend clients effectively.’

Dispute resolution: litigation in Chile

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

Focused exclusively on complex and cross-border business disputes, Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' large 26-strong team routinely acts before domestic and foreign courts (as well as governmental authorities) in high-profile or politically sensitive claims; moreover, the group is increasingly active in litigation before and against public entities, in relation to shareholders, antitrust issues, urban development, infrastructure, and environmental law. Recent highlights include defending Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte against a massive tort case valued at over $300m, which involves over 40 civil liability lawsuits. The team is co-led by renowned commercial litigation, international arbitration and white-collar crime specialist, Jorge Bofill; cross-border litigation expert Sebastián Yanine; and Francisco Aninat, who delivers ‘outstanding performance when leading negotiations'. Other key practitioners include criminal litigation partner César Ramos; and of counsel Marcela Vega, who represents companies and individuals in commercial, civil, criminal, labour and administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Francisco Aninat; Sebastián Yanine


Testimonials

Availability, technical knowledge, good coordination, and permanent communication with the client.’

Excellent ability of the team to understand the problem and formulate the strategy.

Francisco Aninat – outstanding performance when leading negotiations before public or private entities.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte


Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Chicureo


Enel Green Power Chile


Gente Oil Pte


Consorcio Puente Chacao


AMC Networks Latin America


Julio Ponce Lerou (indirect shareholder of SQM)


Obrascon Huarte Lain Amodio (OHLA)


Constructora Trebol


Grupo Auguri


Loomis


Sterling & Wilson


Constructora Alto Maipo


Work highlights


  • Defending Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte in a massive tort case, consisting of over 40 civil liability lawsuits.
  • Acted for Grupo Auguri in successfully defeating an injunction before the Constitutional Court.
  • Acted for Enel Green Power in its claims that several energy conversion units purchased from Fimer caused serious physical and economic damage to Enel Green Power.

Carey

Market stalwart Carey fields a hefty 28-strong practice that is routinely sought out for heavyweight civil and commercial lawsuits. Its representative experience covers shareholder issues, construction claims, environmental and sanctioning procedures, and disputes related to concessions, with the team frequently leveraging the firm’s regulated markets expertise in relation to sectors such as energy, healthcare and pensions. A quartet of experienced partners spearhead the practice: departmental head and commercial and regulatory litigation specialist Gonzalo Fernández; bankruptcy and insolvency expert Ricardo RevecoAldo Molinari, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, along with administrative and environmental regulatory disputes; and Juan Carlos Riesco, whose practice encompasses civil and commercial disputes, and antitrust and regulatory litigation. In a further boost to the team's litigation capabilities and capacity, Mónica Pérez, whose broad practice covers pre-litigious advice to mining, insurance, energy, automotive and retail clients; and Roberto Villaseca, whose workload includes international trade disputes as well as bankruptcy and insolvency issues, were both promoted to partner in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

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


Key clients

Bayer


Gmac Comercial Automotriz Chile


Laboratorios Andrómaco


Bayer


Nova Austral


Deloitte


Compañía Minera Cielo Azul


Porsche Inter Auto


H&M


Sun Dreams


Teck


PepsiCo


Work highlights


  • Acted for Sun Dreams in several lawsuits before different courts (including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Tribunal) against Chile’s gambling regulator, in relation to the regulations for casino license renewals.
  • Acted for Compañía Minera Cielo Azul in three lawsuits filed by Cielo Azul for the constitution of legal mining easements.
  • Acted for Nueva Unión in a claim filed by Christie, which affects one of the largest privately-owned properties in Chile (acquired by Nueva Unión in 2009 for the development of a large mining project).

Claro & Cia.

Housing ‘expertise in complex, cross-border, multi-jurisdictional litigation', the disputes team at full-service legal powerhouse Claro & Cia. is consistently sought out to handle high-stakes commercial court litigation, international disputes, and national and international arbitration. Major clients additionally turn to the sizeable practice for its white-collar crime credentials. The principal figures are renowned civil and commercial litigation specialist, Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, whose broad practice extends to antitrust, competition and bankruptcy-related matters; deeply experienced senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G , whose expertise stretched across both litigation and arbitration; Nicolás Luco, who is particularly active in major energy disputes; arbitration and international litigation practitioner Felipe Ossa; and José Miguel Huerta, whose track record includes disputes in the US and Europe, as well as in Chile. Additional practitioners of note include key litigators Santiago Bravo (civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and antitrust); Álvaro Vives, who was raised to the partnership in 2022; recently promoted counsel Javier Rodríguez, and -at associate level- Tomás Kreft and Juan Pablo Celis. Former associate Ignacio Orellana departed the firm in August 2022 to study at Harvard Law School.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre


Testimonials

Very good teamwork. Coordinated, on time and efficient.

The human and professional qualities of all the team members are noticeable. Great expertise.

Experts with clear concepts. If clients are looking for answers, there they are. Human and professional warmth too.

It is easy to see cohesion within the entire team, from the junior associates to the more experienced lawyers.

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

Excellence and thorough knowledge of the law from all members of the team.

The team provides excellent legal advice and explicit expertise in complex, cross-border, multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Excellent team organisation and on-the-spot legal expertise with perfect English language capabilities.

Key clients

Zurich Group


Samsung Electronics


Agrosuper


Apple Inc and 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 fraud-related dispute involving the management of life and personal accident insurances.
  • Assisting Samsung Chile on multiple disputes with two of its distributors, who manage the company’s specialised ‘retail experience’ shops.
  • Representing Agrosuper in two cartel-related class actions, brought by a consumer association and the National Consumer Agency (SERNAC).

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

Great boutique firmGutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo fields an 18-strong dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration team that routinely acts in Chile’s most high-profile cases. The practice represents major domestic and international clients in complex negotiations as well as undertaking civil and commercial litigation before the courts and state agencies and handling hearings before arbitral tribunals; it is especially active in disputes involving the construction, mining, telecoms and energy sectors, as well as banking, finance, insurance and retail-related claims. The department is co-led by renowned civil and commercial litigation specialist, Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; and Cristóbal Jimeno, an expert in civil and commercial litigation, and finance, insurance and construction-related disputes. The senior team is rounded out by: Juan Francisco Asenjo, who has ‘great experience‘; Joaquín Castillo, who handles civil and commercial litigation (and arbitration), along with insurance and bankruptcy proceedings; and civil, commercial, insurance and consumer protection litigation specialist, José Tomás Barros. From the firm’s associate group, both Sebastián Zamora and Pablo Gajardo maintain noteworthy civil and commercial litigation practices.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; Cristóbal Jimeno


Testimonials

A team with great knowledge of the matters they work on, and clients are always kept informed.

They work as a team, and in meetings there are always several lawyers contributing from their own perspectives.

What stands out is the personal and direct participation of the partners in the cases, with at least two of them (and one associate) participating in the work meetings, which clients especially value.

Great commitment to the needs of clients as well as experience and knowledge, both theoretical and practical. All in all, a great boutique firm.

The plus is the personal and direct attention of the partners, who are among the best in the trial lawyer market. Outstanding partners who work directly with clients.

Extensive knowledge and very up to date. Excellent ability to adapt to the different requirements of clients, going beyond what lawyers normally do.

Cristóbal Jimeno – complete availability to meet clients’ requirements.

Juan Francisco Asenjo – great experience, very professional advice, responsible, respectful, and with a lot of knowledge.

Key clients

Codelco


Allianz Seguros


Isapre Consalud


Meridiam LATAM Holdings


Empresas CMPC


ISA Group (Colombia) – InterChile


Telefónica


Tompkins Conservation


Enjoy


Ripley Store – Comercial Eccsa


Banco Security


AFP Capital


Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos


Transbank


Constructora Conpax


Agrícola Don Pollo


EY Servicios Profesionales de Auditoría y Asesoría


Falabella


Banco Consorcio


Aguas Andinas


Work highlights


  • Represented pension fund Provida in the high-profile La Polar case, in relation to La Polar’s breach of corporate and capital markets laws.
  • Represented Compañía de Seguros de Vida BICE and Seguros de Vida Security Previsión in challenging the legality of CMF-issued instructions in relation to the implementation of a law that allowed pensioners to have early access to part of their accumulated funds.
  • Representing Agrícola Don Pollo in a large compensation case which relates to sanctioned antitrust conduct.

Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados

Fielding ‘well-prepared lawyers who are knowledgeable about their areas of practice‘, Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados acts for both domestic and foreign companies in a full range of litigation proceedings – particularly high-stakes civil and commercial disputes. Consumer law cases, administrative disputes and constitutional litigation are also areas of notable strength. Committed to retaining its boutique format, the practice also handles arbitration and ADR proceedings, including complex negotiations to resolve conflicts at the pre-tribunal stage. The department is led by name-partners Alvaro Ortúzar is a renowned arbitration and litigation specialist; Nicolás Vergara currently focuses on shareholder disputes, insurance litigation and antitrust issues; and Cristián Boetsch, whose practice takes in insurance disputes, along with construction and energy arbitration. The second line of experienced partners features Benjamín Morales, an energy, construction and insurance litigator; and Diego Navarrete, who litigates energy, marine ports, and commercial disputes involving shareholder issues and SPA agreements. From the firm’s associate pool, Andrés Cáceres -who assists with forestry, construction and insurance claims- is noted. María Elena Pinares left the firm in July 2022 to undertake an LLM at Kings College in London.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Ortúzar; Nicolás Vergara; Cristián Boetsch


Testimonials

A good law firm, with well-prepared lawyers who are knowledgeable about their areas of practice.

Easy to contact and they provide security through their knowledge.

Alvaro Ortúzar and Cristián Boetch establish good and solid professional relationships with clients.

Key clients

Abcdin Retail Company (Yaconi-Santa Cruz Group)


Aritzia


Archdiocese of Santiago


Banco BCI


Celulosa Arauco y Constitución


Cooperativa Agrícola Pisquera Elqui


Curacaví


María Pinto Town Hall


Constructora Salfa


Constructora Sigro


Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso


Enel Green Power


Enel Generación


Engie Energía


HDMI Seguros


Inmobiliaria ISF-XVIII


Mapfre Compañía De Seguros Generales De Chile


REALE Seguros


Sura Insurance Company (Suramericana Group)


Vicente De La Fuente


Valdepeñas


BCI Seguros


Work highlights


  • Representing the Municipalities of Curacavi and María Pinto (and over 700 hundred farmers) in potential claims against Colbún (and an association of canal owners), further to the collapse of a tunnel in 2020 that closed the water flow to a valley for over 30 days.
  • Defended the Archdiocese of Santiago against the widow of the founder of Soprole, who sued for the annulment of contracts that were executed to create the Isabel Aninat Canonical Foundation (and endow it with real estate and shares in Soprole).
  • Defending Engie against a civil action brought by Zofri in relation to an accident at a site where it operated.

Vergara Labarca Parodi

With high levels of knowledge and dedication to each case taken on', Vergara Labarca Parodi (known as Vergara, Labarca & Cía until the 2022 elevation of the ‘excellent' Alejandro Parodi to name partner) focuses exclusively on litigation and arbitration. The 10-strong practice consistently litigates before Chile’s ordinary courts of justice, as well as a full range of administrative entities; notably, it is particularly selective in relation to the cases it takes on, acting almost exclusively in high-profile matters such as claims involving large monetary sums, complex issues, or sensitive disputes. The practice has enviable experience in commercial, civil, construction, antitrust, energy, finance, and stock market-related litigation, as well as expertise in shareholder, mining, environmental and regulatory matters. The team is co-headed by ‘great strategist and negotiator' Raimundo Labarca, a renowned specialist in civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation; the above-mentioned Parodi, whose sector expertise includes energy, construction, finance, mining and environment; and complex litigation expert José Manuel Concha. From the firm’s associate pool, both Raimundo Diego Labarca and Carlos Berner Zúñiga maintain noteworthy civil and commercial litigation practices.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Labarca; Alejandro Parodi; Jose Manuel Concha


Testimonials

This team is not great, it is exceptional!

Very sharp lawyers, and the service and the results are very satisfactory.

A very close team with high levels of knowledge and dedication to each case taken on.

Key clients

Forestal Arauco


Abastible


Aguas Andina


Inversiones Tricahue


Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro


Empresas Copec


Sky Airlane


Balthus Vitacura


Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos


Fondo Geona


Work highlights


  • Successfully representing Inversiones Tricahue in multiple disputes with Enel.
  • Representing Abastible in a large-value class action lawsuit.
  • Successfully represented Forestal Arauco in a longstanding property dispute.

Barros & Errázuriz

Dedicated to cases‘, the 19-strong disputes group at full-service law firm Barros & Errázuriz acts in a range of civil and commercial litigation, including domestic and international arbitration, mediation proceedings, and matters before Chile’s regulatory agencies. The practice’s representative expertise covers contentious proceedings involving civil and commercial law, tax, bankruptcy, real estate, construction, and antitrust issues; and it is particularly experienced in regulated sectors, such as energy and telecoms. The team is jointly headed by Luis Eduardo Toro, whose disputes workload covers telecoms, energy, contractual liability and damages; and name partner and dispute resolution expert José Tomás Errázuriz. Also integral to the practice, Javier San Martín focuses on disputes, consumer protection, reorganisations, and individual and company liquidation; public law head David Cademartori acts in civil and administrative litigation; and José Luis Corvalán is an experienced civil and commercial litigation practitioner. From the senior associate pool, seniors Isidora Fernández, Milton Gutcovsky and Nicole Nannig are all active litigators.

Practice head(s):

José Tomás Errázuriz; Luis Eduardo Toro


Testimonials

High level of training and experience.

Good attitude and alignment with the interests of clients.

An attentive, punctual, very understanding treatment of people who are not familiar with the legal field.

Available to clients, attentive, and dedicated to its cases.

Lawyers that stay close to their clients.

Quick responses to queries.

Luis Eduardo Toro stands out.

Key clients

Colbún


Nuevosur


Agencia de Aduana Juan Carlos Stephens Valenzuela y Compañía


Comsa SAU


Agrícola Fundo Bucalemu


Gildemeister Automotive


Automotive Kauffman, Bruno Fritsch, Guillermo Morales


Puerto Coronel Company


Courtyard Group


HDI Insurance


United Warehouse Automation Chile


La Reserva Real Estate


Sky Airlines


Chilean Post Office


Real Estate Security


HAM Chile


Scotiabank


metrogas


Aconcagua Real Estate


Travel ACE


Work highlights


  • Representing Colbún in a series of suits arising from the collapse of a tunnel (in a water channel) essential to the operation of one of its power plants.
  • Defending Nuevosur against a lawsuit for breach of contract and damages filed by Esteban Morales against the Chilean Treasury and Nuevosur for allegedly breaching a contract for the construction of a rural drinking water system.
  • Defending Agencia de Aduana Juan Carlos Stephens Valenzuela y Compañía against a civil liability claim for damages, which was filed by Orion Seguros Generales for alleged contractual breaches.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Highly committed to clients’ needs', Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' sizeable, 18-strong  practice regularly litigates against the State and its related agencies. The group’s wide-ranging practice covers environmental, regulatory, energy and mining disputes, as well as conflicts over securities, tax, construction, insurance, torts, competition and consumer protection. Its specialisms further extend to defence-side class actions. The principal practitioners are: complex disputes expert Florencio Bernales (‘a benchmark figure for litigation'); Fernando Urrutia, a specialist in construction-related cases and insolvency proceedings; Raimundo Moreno, whose experience incorporates contractual and tort claims; and white-collar crime expert Jorge Boldt. Promoted to director level during 2023, José Ignacio Azar leads the firm’s consumer law and class action practices, while at senior associate level, Trinidad Torres acts in securities' investigations and cross-border disputes, while Lorena Avendaño maintains an active civil litigation and criminal defence practice.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt


Testimonials

The dispute resolution team is very sharp and comprises true specialists in litigation.

Navigates with confidence the different areas that are associated with litigation.

Always available to collaborate with clients’ requirements, and with such friendly treatment that they fit perfectly into internal work teams.

Very confident in their work and clients are grateful to be able to count on their support.

The team is highly trained and highly committed to clients’ needs.

Florencio Bernales and Raymond Moreno stand out for their professional prowess. They have great business vision.

Florencio Bernales is a benchmark figure for litigation.

Florencio Bernales proposes innovative solutions to difficult problems.

Key clients

Larrain Vial Corredora de Bolsa


Empresa Nacional de Electricidad


BHP Billiton


Marina del Sol


Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex


Mercado Libre


Sandvik Chile


Dreams Chile


Work highlights


  • Acting for Larrain Vial (and two executives) in both an administrative investigation conducted by the CMF, and claims filed in the civil courts against the CMF (requesting the reversal of fines).
  • Represented Isapre Vida Tres before the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court, in relation to the filing of constitutional actions against it by its affiliates.
  • Represented Dreams Chile in two civil cases against the Casino’s Superintendence, in relation to the procedure for renewing two casino permits in San José de Mostazal and Punta Arenas.

Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution

Emerging from Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados (BMAJ)’s 2022 dissolution, boutique legal practice Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution is -according to one client- ‘probably the most complete dispute resolution firm around‘. With industry expertise ranging across the construction, mining, energy, real estate, financial and retail sectors, the 20-strong team  has a tight focus on the resolution of highly complex disputes and routinely handles cases before the ordinary and special courts, the Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court and the full range of administrative entities. The recent track record of ‘great lawyerAndrés Jana and fellow co-founding partner and contractual disputes specialist Rodrigo Gil includes representing Chilean governmental organisation CORFO in a $150m embezzlement dispute; while the practice of managing partner and ‘brilliant lawyerKaren Werner covers judicial conflicts, shareholder disputes, and insolvency and corporate reorganisation proceedings. Also of note, young partner Francisco Grob is a July 2022 recruit from ICSID’s World Bank Group in Washington DC; and -leading the associate level support- recently promoted practice director Tomás Bown is a civil claims expert. Carla Dittus left the firm in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Jana; Rodrigo Gil; Karen Werner


Testimonials

‘Probably the most complete dispute resolution firm around.’

A unique office with great teamwork.

What makes it unique is the level of commitment and involvement.

They treat all clients with the most seriousness and professionalism.

Solidity, professionalism and commitment.

Andrés Jana is both a great lawyer and a great team player.

Andrés Jana is a complete pleasure to work with.

Karen Werner is extraordinary – a brilliant lawyer.

Key clients

Republic of Chile


Pacal Grupo Inmobiliario and Constructora Pacal


Universidad de Chile


Sociedad Canalistas del Maipo


Liebherr Chile


Pacific Hydro Chacayes


Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros


CORFO


Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria


Fábrica de Pavimentos y Revestimientos Budnik Hermanos


Casino Luckia Arica


Universidad de las Américas


Norte Abierto


Petropower Energía


Cermaq


Work highlights


  • Acted for the Universidad de Chile in a dispute brought against the Municipality of Recoleta, in relation to the allegedly illegal construction of a university and residential accomodation.
  • Acted for Casino Luckia against the Municipality of Arica, in relation to the successful annulment of an illegally-granted gambling licence.
  • Acted for Bice Vida (and others) in a $350m real estate conflict regarding the 400-hectare Valle Grande project.

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' litigation practice routinely acts in major civil and commercial conflicts that play out before Chile’s ordinary courts of justice, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. The six-strong group also makes frequent appearances before arbitration tribunals; and is additionally expert in administrative sanctioning procedures, competition disputes, and insolvency-related claims, along with mining, water, aquaculture and consumer law-related disputes. The practice is led by Enrique Alcalde who specialises in the litigation of disputes concerning corporate governance, power and gas, M&As, and construction and engineering. Providing further partner-level support, Benjamín García ‘stands out because he focuses on keeping clients informed‘; Nicolás Marinovic's civil litigation practice covers contractual liability, torts, and real estate lease-related proceedings; and Tomás Ruiz-Tagle, whose broad caseload includes defence-side civil and administrative matters, claims against government agencies, constitutional issues, energy and natural resources-related disputes, and corporate and commercial conflicts. At associate level, Sebastián Lara Bohle regularly defends civil and commercial litigation claims; the team was strengthened with the July-2022 hire of Estefanía Klima Golborne from Bock Abogados. Since publication, the firm has also hired labour litigation specialist Cristobal Agustín Muñoz from Saavedra & Compañía Abogados - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde


Testimonials

‘Compares favourably with other law firms, as it works very precisely and provides clients with exclusive attention.

‘The work of Benjamín García stands out because he focuses on keeping clients informed, making periodic reports that give an account of the status of trials. Contingencies that arise are brought up in a timely manner, allowing clients sufficient time to evaluate possible alternatives when adopting far-reaching legal decisions.

Key clients

Tesoro Mining Chile


Ingenostrum Chile


Administradora de Fondos Provida


Naviera Orca Chile


Maxi Mobility Chile II


Cabify Chile


Marketing y Negocios


República Federativa de Brasil


Fundación Educacional para el Desarrollo Integral del Menor (Fundación Integra)


Inmobiliaria Loja II


Work highlights


  • Defended Tesoro Mining Chile against shareholder Wanaco’s request to annul a company bylaw and a claim for contractual civil liability and damages.
  • Acting for Pasaje Bus (an app for purchasing bus tickets online) in a compensation claim for loss of earnings against competitor Recorrido Latinoamérica (based upon an Appeal Court’s previous ruling).
  • Acted for Naviera Orca in seeking to have a purchase and sale contract declared null-and-void.

Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados

Focused exclusively on the resolution of complex disputes, litigation boutique Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados is routinely involved in large civil, commercial, construction, administrative, competition and insurance cases. The 12-strong team is co-led by name partners Esteban Ovalle , a renowned litigation practitioner who is consistently sought out for heavyweight mandates; and contractual-disputes expert José Tomás Bulnes, who largely acts for companies in the mining, infrastructure, energy, retail and insurance sectors on both local and cross-border contentious matters. In a boost to the practice, Oscar Lihn (who was recruited from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría back in 2020) was promoted to partner in May 2023. Key associate Santiago Morandé focuses on civil litigation, arbitration, and contentious administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Ovalle; José Tomás Bulnes


Testimonials

The level of specialisation and experience of its lawyers is superior to that of its peers.

Esteban Ovalle and José Tomás Bulnes- what clients appreciate is that they have different strengths that complement each other very well when facing highly-complex disputes.

José Tomás Bulnes has great capacity for analysis and judicial strategy.

Key clients

Codelco


Vinci Constructions Grands Projets (Agencia en Chile)


Aes Andes


Power China


Parque Arauco


Sacyr Chile


Salfa Corp


Consultora Tecnazul Cía


Hanwha Q Cells


Elevation Investments


Banco Central de Chile


Grupo Hidromaule


CBRE Chile


Jardín Infantil Mandarino


Luisella Castaño


Macarena Schuster


Work highlights


  • Represented Luisella Castaño and Macarena Schuster (and their families) in a high-profile damages claim filed against the State of Chile in relation to a Chilean Air Force plane crash.
  • Representing Salfa Corp in a claim against the Ministry of Public Works before the ordinary Courts of Justice in relation to the construction of a public highway in the south of Chile.
  • Representing Codelco in contractual litigation against ASCH (Coldelco’s contractor for the remodelling of its corporate building).

Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados

Specialised in complex litigation and commercial arbitration, boutique firm Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados consistently represents high-profile clients in major civil, commercial and financial litigation. The firm also houses specialists with expertise in competition disputes, construction-related claims, ADR mechanisms, and class actions and consumer law. The ‘very welcoming' 12-strong group is co-led by Julio Pellegrini, who acts in commercial litigation concerning contractual claims, torts and class actions, in addition to representing companies in construction contract-related court proceedings; Pedro Rencoret, who excels in contract-related disputes, unfair competition, and claims requiring the application of economic analysis; and Fernando Zúñiga, whose track record includes international disputes. Also key to the practice, Diego Ramos participates in the majority of the firm’s mandates and investigations work. At associate level, senior María Jesús Cifuentes and Fernando Gazzella are also notable team members. Former associate Bernardo Aylwin joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP‘s New York office in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julio Pellegrini; Pedro Rencoret; Fernando Zúñiga


Testimonials

Great warmth from this team of professionals – very welcoming and make the client’s problem their own.

They work as a team- the assignment of a single professional looking after a case does not apply, as everyone gets involved!

Key clients

Isapre Cruz Blanca


Gasco


Copec


Canon


Colmena


Camiroaga Family


Compañía Minera Salares Del Norte


Francisco Ebel Vial


Claro Chile


Scotiabank


Work highlights


  • Defended Bupa (and one of its subsidiaries) against sizeable claims brought by over a thousand policyholders who sought to prevent a price adjustment that was authorised by statute further to the pandemic.
  • Representing Gasco in a class action initiated by a consumer association (Conadecus), which is demanding payment for damage allegedly caused by a Covid-19-related gas price increase.
  • Representing Copec in a class action initiated by a consumer association (AGRECU), which is demanding payment for Copec allegedly misinforming the public.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Specialising in complex litigation, Baker McKenzie Chile's 12-member group acts for both multinationals and major domestic companies in litigating class actions, as well as infrastructure, retail, securities, and mining-related disputes. Leading the dispute resolution practice in Chile, Rodrigo Díaz de Valdésstands out' for his track record in representing the Chilean State, as well as major international and local companies, in cases involving long-term energy contracts, construction, projects and investment protection issues; while the wide-ranging disputes experience of Ignacio Naudon encompasses class actions, infrastructure projects, distribution agreements, and corporate and M&A-related litigation. Of note in the Santiago office’s associate group are dispute resolution and arbitration practitioner Antonio López, and public, civil and commercial law expert Felipe Soza.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés; Ignacio Naudon


Testimonials

The team collaborates with the needs of the client.

Great availability for the client.

Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés stands out for his diligence and professionalism in handling litigation, which allows the client to feel confident that they have timely and professional legal representation.

Key clients

BTG Pactual


HDI Securities


Generalli


Bupa


Motorola Solutions


Oracle Corporation


Cencosud


AFP Habitat (ILC – Prudential)


Delibest


Principal Financial


Work highlights


  • Representing AFP Cuprum, AFP Habitat and AFP Planvital (as plaintiffs) in a lawsuit filed against PwC and La Polar’s executives for unlawfully covering up La Polar’s real financial situation.
  • Representing Cencosud in follow-on actions submitted before the Competition Tribunal by consumer association Agrecu and the Chilean Consumer Service (SERNAC) for compensation for damage caused by a hub-and-spoke cartel (for which Cencosud was sanctioned in 2019).
  • Representing tissue company Essity in follow-on actions submitted by consumer association Conadecus and SERNAC, which seek compensation for damage caused by a tissue cartel (for which Essity was sanctioned in 2020).

Bulnes & Urrutia Abogados

Further to the March 2023 departure of former name partner José Manuel Bustamante, specialist disputes boutique Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante is now known as Bulnes & Urrutia Abogados. The practice’s wide-ranging expertise covers commercial and civil litigation, financial disputes, and domestic and international arbitration, as well as competition-related claims, with the team’s specialisms also extending to class actions, contentious administrative procedures, bankruptcy and insolvency, and energy, infrastructure and construction disputes. At name-partner level, Felipe Bulnes routinely acts on the most sizeable of cases and claims, while Enrique Urrutia is a construction, energy and finance disputes specialist. Former associate Tomás Wolff departed the firm in April 2023.

Contreras Velozo

Capable of resolving complex issues', Contreras Velozo's litigation client base is primarily comprised of international public entities and multinational corporations, including Latin American governments and international organisations; the practice straddles both civil and criminal work, as well as litigation and arbitration procedures. Co-heading the firm’s civil litigation and commercial arbitration practice, Óscar Contreras Blanco maintains a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice; while Alvaro Awad focuses on disputes involving construction, infrastructure, energy and mining, along with finance, insurance, pharma, transportation, technology, and corporate law-related litigation. Raised to the partnership in January 2022, Óscar Contreras Pomés acts for both domestic and foreign clients - predominantly on contentious administrative law matters.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras Blanco; Alvaro Awad; Óscar Contreras Pomés


Testimonials

Professionals with a lot of experience and prestige, who are capable of resolving complex issues.

Very concerned about details and strategy.

Partners who actively participate in cases, together with a group of top-level associates.

Key clients

Falabella


Sanofi-Aventis de Chile


Caterpillar Financial Services


Caterpillar Leasing Chile


IIC


Banco Santander


Genzyme Corporation


Aguas Andinas


Telefónica Chile


International Finance Corporation


TEP Chile


Inmobiliaria Manquehue


Astaldi


DirecTV


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  several debt claims against Itelecom.
  • Representing Aguas Cordillera in its high-stakes civil action in Chile against Municipalidad de Lo Barnechea, further to the alleged breach of a real estate swap agreement from the 1990s.
  • Representing Orion in a subrogation claim against Costanera Norte, its subcontractor Sacyr, and the State of Chile, to recover damages paid to policyholder Telefónica, further to the 2016 overflow of the Mapocho River.

Correa Squella

Correa Squella’s ‘dynamic and compact team has a very good handling of its cases’. The seven-member litigation practice undertakes headline civil and commercial disputes, and demonstrates expertise that takes in commercial and corporate law, torts, contractual issues and class actions. The team is also active in constitutional and administrative law-related proceedings. Recent highlights include successfully acting for AFP Capital in a landmark case against La Polar and PwC that was decided unanimously by the Supreme Court. The team is co-led by ‘excellent strategistJuan Ignacio Correa, who acts in business disputes, competition claims, and regulatory conflicts; and Jorge Sepúlveda, whose track record includes representing pension fund administrators in complex financial cases.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ignacio Correa; Jorge Sepúlveda


Testimonials

The best in this area – an attentive, disciplined team that is technically impeccable.

The team is committed and puts itself in the client’s shoes.

They have clear ideas and know what is best for the client regardless of the law firm’s own interests, and its dynamic and compact team has a very good handling of its cases.

Key clients

Transelec


AFP Capital


Minera Los Pelambres


Telefónica Chile


Forestal Mininco


Cousiño Macul Group


Empresas CMPC


Chilevisión


Buses Bio Bio


Redtec


Acoforag


Work highlights


  • Successfully acted for AFP Capital in a landmark Supreme Court case against La Polar and PwC.
  • Acted for AFP Capital in a $50m lawsuit that was filed by Conadecus, the largest non-governmental consumer protection organisation.
  • Acting for forestry contractor association Acoforag in a damages lawsuit against the Government for failing to maintain public order in the south of Chile.|

Coz & Blavi

Specialised disputes boutique Coz Jofré & Blavi is now known as Coz & Blavi, following the recent departure of former name partner Álvaro Jofré. The ‘highly sophisticated firm‘ fields a five-member team that consistently acts in high-stakes litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration work. At founding partner level, the ‘truly extraordinaryFrancisco Blavi is an expert in arbitrations involving construction, energy, finance, projects, and corporate agreements; and the track record of José Coz, who has ‘a permanently strategic outlook‘, includes high-profile, very high-value disputes. Associate-level support is provided by Francisco González G, who regularly appears before local courts, the Competition Court, and the Constitutional Court; and Felipe Campos, a September-2022 hire from Alcalde & Cía.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Blavi; José Coz


Testimonials

A highly sophisticated firm- young lawyers, but with a lot of experience and dedication.

Great knowledge and experience.

Clients are very impressed by the Coz & Blavi Abogados team, as all the lawyers demonstrate knowledge of their cases, and have different skills that complement each other in an excellent way.

Key clients

Hochtief


Cmc Di Ravenna


Astaldi


Salfa


Tur Bus


Aproval


Avla


Carbonfree


Creditu


Work highlights


  • Representing a branch of the Gomez Pacheco Family in a conflict concerning a division of assets (amounting to over $1.5bn).
  • Representing Aproval, the main 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 international construction company Astaldi in an annulment proceeding before the Court of Appeals.

Cuatrecasas

The ‘dynamic team' at the Santiago office of Iberia-headquartered law firm Cuatrecasas comprises specialists in civil, commercial and administrative disputes, as well as experts in reorganisations and insolvencies, particularly in relation to complex business crises. The 14-strong group is also experienced in the private enforcement of competition law. Litigation and arbitration practice head Gianfranco Lotito (‘proactive, personalised attention and critical thinking') is an expert in disputes concerning share sales, transferable securities and company law, as well as -more generally- construction, infrastructure, and agencies and distribution; while Cristián Conejero Roos is a widely-respected commercial and investment arbitration specialist. Key support is provided by principal associate Andrés Lafuente, who acts in insolvency matters, as well as administrative proceedings before public entities.

Practice head(s):

Gianfranco Lotito


Testimonials

A dynamic team with personalised attention and constant concern.

Open to looking for new solutions and ideas.

Cuatrecasas’ way of working makes it easy for the client to review cases.

Cristián Conejero Roos’ experience in national and international arbitration gives peace of mind when entrusting the firm with these types of procedure.

Gianfranco Lotito – proactive, personalised attention and critical thinking that allow him to deliver advice to the client responsibly, informing the client of all the risks.

Principal associate Andrés Lafuente is attentive, committed and greatly involved in cases – great detail and precision in his work.

Key clients

AFP Provida


Banco Itau


Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado


Eolica Talinay


Liberty Seguros


Semi Chile


Accor Chile


AFP Planvital


Work highlights


  • Representing AFP Provida before the Supreme Court in challenging a Santigo Court of Appeals decision that rejected a motion to declare the illegality of a Transparency Council judgment.
  • Defended Banco Itau against multiple litigation cases brought by third parties, including civil and commercial claims and constitutional motions before Chile’s higher courts.
  • Represented EFE (and its related company, Ferrocarriles del Sur) in court proceedings against Consortium ECISA SICE, a contractor in charge of the restoration and construction of several rail roads.

Dentons Chile

Dentons Larrain Rencoret's ‘proactive' dispute resolution team is routinely mandated for environmental, administrative and corporate law-related litigation. Other areas of notable strength range from insurance recovery, construction and consumer law cases, to debt collection and energy disputes. Among the group’s several advisers, Gonzalo Nieto is a mining disputes specialist; and Pauline Chiffelle is experienced in disputes concerning environmental law, electricity sector claims, and civil, commercial and competition matters. Also key to the group, litigation and antitrust partner Santiago Ried is ‘a very dedicated lawyer'; while the disputes workload of recently-promoted partner Marcelo Alarcón covers infrastructure and energy project-related claims. Within the associate ranks, Fernanda Streeter is highlighted for being ‘concerned with a case’s every detail'.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Nieto; Pauline Chiffelle; Santiago Ried; Marcelo Alarcón


Testimonials

‘The Dentons team compares favourably with the teams of other law firms, in terms of level of expertise, availability and billing transparency.’

Precise work that covers all topics and details – great experience and practical knowledge beyond theory.

Always attentive to the client and proactive.

Key clients

Metso


Arysta Lifescience Chile


SumUp


Cumplo


Betchel Chile


Compañía Mineral Nevada (Barrick Gold)


Capilla Lenclos


RMC Engineering Solutions


Givaudan


FAM Latinoamerica


Despegar.com


China Railway Tunnel Group


Compañía Minera Zaldivar


Lime chile


Metra Desarrollo Inmobiliario


Brit Insurance


Zelle International


TSK Chile


Atlas Copco


Work highlights


  • Represented Arysta Lifescience Chile in its defence to a claim brought by Sofruco for alleged damage caused by the application of a pesticide.
  • Obtained a favourable ruling for Compañía Minera Nevada (as defendant), in a tort liability claim filed by two Chilean citizens seeking compensation for damage to their properties (allegedly arising from the construction of a road).
  • Defended Compañía Minera Zaldívar against three tort liability claims filed by seven Chilean families and eight contractor company workers who sought compensation for a bus accident.

Garrigues Chile

Fielding ‘a team that brings together talent and diversity at the highest level', Garrigues Chile's recent caseload includes significant corporate and commercial disputes as well as construction and real estate litigation. Other active areas range from consumer protection class actions, insurance claims and antitrust disputes, to tax conflicts and administrative law-related litigation. ‘An excellent litigator and strategic adviser', dispute resolution head Mónica van der Schraft is highly regarded and maintains a broad litigation practice. Notable growth in the practice group includes the January-2023 promotion of civil and commercial disputes specialist Cristóbal Sarralde to counsel; and the elevation of José Joaquín Verdugo -whose track record takes in mining, construction, energy and corporate law-related disputes- to principal associate.

Practice head(s):

Mónica van der Schraft


Testimonials

A team that brings together talent and diversity at the highest level.

For companies with a strong commitment to raising ESG standards, having firms that share and promote such values is essential.

Excellent coordination between the different members of the team, who are capable of understanding and resolving complex cases, achieving satisfactory results for clients.

They differ in that they adapt to different negotiation environments, achieving favourable results for their clients.

Monica van der Scharft is both an excellent litigator and strategic adviser.

Counsel Cristóbal Sarralde should be highlighted for his extensive knowledge and decision-making powers.

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ eight-strong disputes practice routinely appears before Chile’s civil and constitutional courts, particularly in relation to construction and real estate litigation, as well as disputes concerning mining, energy, agribusiness, retail, life sciences, and food and beverages. The dispute resolution group is led by Sergio Yávar, an expert in civil claims, commercial disputes and insolvency proceedings; while the broad practice of ‘very good strategistBenjamín Ferrada includes civil and commercial disputes, constitutional matters, tax-related claims and regulatory litigation. Associate-level support is provided by civil and commercial litigation practitioner, Andrés Cuevas; the arbitration focused Agustín Bulnes (a July 2023 hire from Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial); and junior team-member Rosario Díaz, whose caseload includes consumer law-related individual and collective litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada


Testimonials

Very good availability and knowledge of the law.

A team that is very available to its clients and gives quick responses.

Benjamín Ferrada has great technical knowledge in this area, and stands out for his creativity and ability to design unique strategies for specific cases.

Benjamín Ferrada is a very good strategist.

Key clients

Santiago Metals


Denham Capital


Compañía General de Electricidad


Naturgy Group


Corporación de Fomento de la Producción


Cuprum Resources Chile


Empresas La Polar


Industrial Centec


Arysta Lifescience Chile


ENACO


Empresas Carozzi


Falabella Inmobiliario


Bitumix


Forestal y Agrícola Yukón


Szturmak family


Walker Arangua family


Federación Chilena De Bridge


Inversiones Alfalfal


OLX Autos


Webclass Learning Management System


Quanta


Cap Vert Energie


Autofact Chile


Mutual De Seguros De Chile


Farm Melozal


Western Union


Work highlights


  • Acted for US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital and Santiago Metals in a complex contractual dispute involving a copper project.
  • Acted for Compañía General de Electricidad in a civil lawsuit against Enel Generación Chile.
  • Acted for the country’s economic development agency, CORFO, in a dispute before Santiago’s Appeals Court which concerned an education sector-related bidding process conflict.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Housing ‘a team of lawyers at the highest level', Larrain y Asociados Abogados is routinely mandated on commercial, civil, bankruptcy, tax and administrative litigation. The nine-member team also acts in disputes brought before Chile’s Consumer Agency, SERNAC, in relation to the energy, water, sanitation and public services sectors. José Pedro Baraona has a strong track record in litigation; Carlos Aravena acts in disputes involving public infrastructure works; and Isabel Palacios -a partner since January 2022- specialises in civil and commercial cases. Tax expert Víctor Manuel Avilés is also a key contentious practitioner. In the associate ranks, seniors César Vásquez and Claudio Torres, along with Macarena Gonzalez, Catalina Cortez, and 2022 hire from Andrade Leiva AbogadosDaniela Baron all maintain litigation-focused practices.

Practice head(s):

José Pedro Baraona; Carlos Aravena; Isabel Palacios


Testimonials

Professionals, who are studious, proactive, empathetic and clear.

Clear collection and billing system.

A team of lawyers at the highest level.

José Pedro Baraona leads his team very well.

Key clients

Grupo SAESA


Banco Consorcio


Condominio Parque Monasterio


San Sebastian Inmobiliaria


AIM Fútbol


Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Norte Express


FLSmidth


Sociedad Punta del Cobre


Industrias Vinicas


Work highlights


  • Acted for Sociedad Punta del Cobre in a constitutional action filed by residents of Tierra Amarilla (a town in northern Chile).
  • Advised Grupo SAESA in judicial proceedings against the National Consumer Service (SERNAC), in relation to supply disruptions.
  • Representing FLSmidth in several lawsuits, including against Transportes y Servicios J&K and Iremin.

Morales & Besa

Notably active on behalf of international clients, Morales & Besa's large commercial and civil litigation practice covers disputes between contractors and infrastructure project owners, as well as class actions filed by final owners against construction companies. Recent mandates further include a tort case for a major bank, along with administrative disputes and civil liability claims. Group head Gonzalo Cordero is an expert in litigation, national and international arbitrations, reorganisations and insolvency; while Juan Ignacio Eymin -who has been director of the judicial group since the beginning of 2022- appears before a range of courts, from first instance tribunals to the Supreme Court. Senior litigation associate Nicolas Corbeaux ​​is experienced in ADR, and civil and commercial procedures.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cordero


Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud


Banco de Crédito e Inversiones


The Associated Press


Constructora Ingevec


Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura


Cencosud Retail


Corona Corredores de Seguro


Icemarket


Work highlights


  • Representing BCI in two claims which were initiated by the victim of a fraud (committed by a third party).
  • Representing SCMS in a damages claim initiated by a subcontractor for the early termination of an EPC contract for the construction of the Felix Bulnes Hospital.
  • Representing AP in a damages claim made by one of its former star photographers, which could potentially impact the relationship between photographers and news agencies generally, as well as the interpretation of Chile’s IP laws.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The September 2023 departure of practice head Jorge Vial  and fellow partner Ignacio Larraín  to establish their own firm means in conjunction with director of the contentious administrative and regulatory practice Jorge Femenías means the dispute resolution practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is undergoing a period of transition. Capable senior associate Manuela Cross has been raised to practice director and has experience on mandates concerning construction, infrastructure and consumer protection, along with the the energy and entertainment sectors, insurance-related claims, and litigation concerning real estate disputes, and civil and commercial conflicts. She can call on the deep expertise of senior counsel Jaime Irarrázabal; along with the assitance of counsel Guillermo Zavala on both litigation before the ordinary courts and contentious administrative matters. Josefa Larraín was a 2022 departee for Albagli Zaliasnik.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial


Testimonials

The team is very professional and stands out for the quality of service and availability to take on assignments with excellent professionalism.

Key clients

Metro


Despegar.com


Scarlet Star Group


Ibereólica Cabo Leones II


GPG Solar Chile 2017


Forum (BBVA)


Arrigoni


Enap


Minera Los Pelambres


Municipalidad de Santo Domingo


Prieto Abogados

The ‘top-level team‘ at full-service practice Prieto Abogados consistently acts before Chile’s ordinary courts in energy, construction, real estate and retail-related disputes. Other areas of increasing strength include claims and disputes involving the transportation, mining, agriculture, finance, healthcare and software sectors. The firm also houses public law litigation specialists. The combined litigation and arbitration department is co-led by Fernando Samaniego, who acts primarily in real estate, construction and antitrust litigation; and real estate, construction and energy arbitration expert, Alberto González V. At counsel level, Juan Pablo Riesco assists with claims involving public law, consumer rights, real estate, construction and energy, while Agustín Prado and Cristóbal Ipinza are the associates to note. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of white-collar litigator and economic criminal specialist María Jesús Becerra, formerly of Parraguez & Marín – effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Samaniego; Alberto González V


Testimonials

Prieto Abogados stands out for its teamwork, which gives clients full confidence.

Great level of service.

Fluid communication and quality information, along with other soft skills that lead to a good collaborative relationship with clients.

Prieto’s litigation team is of high quality – strong commitment to the client.

Great knowledge of clients that have their headquarters in another country and have different cultures.

Brings together a top-level team to address and resolve through excellence clients’ conflict resolution and litigation requirements.

The entire stands out for its ability to work very well as a team.

Key clients

Engie Energía Chile


Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte


Huawei


Plaza (Falabella Group)


Delivery Hero (PedidosYa)


VivoCorp


Aguas Andinas (Veolia Group)


YPF Chile


Banco Internacional


Metro (Santiago’s Subway)


Cosmo Consult Chile


Work highlights


  • Acted for Engie Energía Chile, Central Termoeléctrica Andina, Inversiones Hornitos, and Electroandina in their unlawful-conduct claim against GasAtacama Chile.
  • Defending YPF Chile against a torts law liability claim by 1652 artisanal fishermen, further to an oil spill at a plant in Cullen.
  • Defended Metro against a constitutional protection action which requested suspension of extension works to Line 2 of the Santiago Subway due to the alleged risk of collapse.

Ugarte & Correa

Housing ‘a go-to practice for complex cases', boutique law firm Ugarte & Correa has a successful track record in litigation before Chile’s lower courts, Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court, as well as in disputes before the Chilean Antitrust Tribunal and various administrative bodies. Its broad expertise ranges from commercial litigation involving mining, construction, shareholder claims, energy, concessions and infrastructure, to arbitration award enforcements and insolvency. The core team comprises renowned litigation and arbitration practitioner José Joaquín Ugarte; fellow name partner Pablo Correa, who has ‘great case management skills'; and Liat Tapia, a specialist in commercial and investment disputes in the mining, construction and energy sectors. Currently working as a foreign associate in King & Spalding LLP's international arbitration group in New York, senior associate Karl Conrads is expected back at the firm during the second half of 2023.

Practice head(s):

José Joaquín Ugarte; Pablo Correa; Liat Tapia


Testimonials

A relatively young firm that, in a few years, has established itself as a go-to practice for complex cases.

Stands out for its excellent team, which is detail-oriented, very well trained, and leaves nothing to chance.

Three top-level partners who are directly involved in the day-to-day management of cases, which is not very common in other firms. The associates are also excellent – dedicated and with vast legal knowledge.

Key clients

Albemarle


ICOM


Desarrollos Renovables Latinoamérica


CAP (Empresa Eléctrica San Victor)


SENCORP


Voith


Gallagher


Massai


Brink’s


Asociación Canal De Las Mercedes


Agroriego Tattersall


Coexca


Work highlights


  • Acting for Albemarle in public law litigation, further to a lawsuit that was submitted by a group of Congresswomen against CORFO, as a result of lithium contracts that were agreed between the Chilean Government (through CORFO) and Soquimich.
  • Acted for Asociación Canal de las Mercedes in a dispute that arose further to the collapse of a tunnel in an aqueduct that irrigates a highly fertile valley in Chile.
  • Acted for Constructora Alturas del Sur in a dispute that arose after the termination of six construction contracts.

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial

A highly specialised boutique firm that takes on cases and clients very selectively‘, Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial‘s dispute resolution department has experienced marked growth in construction and unfair competition cases. The team also remains consistently active in relation to civil, commercial and financial disputes, contentious administrative claims, and class actions and consumer law matters. Co-leading the group, Gerardo Ovalle is an expert in construction, unfair competition and tort cases; while the ‘very transparent, clear and availableFernando Salas routinely acts in major civil litigation. Also integral to the practice, fellow name partner Anibal Vial handles both contractual and tort claims, while Miguel Dibarrart maintains a similarly active litigation practice. At associate level, Camila Becker is the key name, but Agustín Bulnes left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Ovalle; Fernando Salas


Testimonials

A very solid team, with partners and associates at different stages of their personal and working lives, which ensures a healthily diverse mix of points of view and experiences. A team with strong ethical values and business perspectives – pragmatic and realistic in its proposed solutions.

Studious and intelligent people who get highly involved in the issues.

A highly specialised boutique firm that takes on cases and clients very selectively. Good mix between being studious and having a business outlook.

Key clients

RMD Kwikform


Burger Grúas


Claro Comunicaciones


SMU


Worley Parson


Hansalia


Ab-InBev Chile (Cervecerías Chile)


B-Wise


Agrícola Valles del Sur


At-Pac Doka Chile


DOM


Universidad de los Andes


Hoteles Temporent Hotel


Mapam


David del Curto


Inmobiliaria Bio Bio


Union Comercial Unimesa


Work highlights


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

Albagli Zaliasnik

The civil litigation and arbitration group at Albagli Zaliasnik acts for clients from a range of sectors, including retail, insurance, finance, transportation, logistics, energy, real estate, and construction. The 11-strong team additionally litigates disputes involving unfair competition, IP, consumer protection and corporate law, as well as telecoms and technology-related claims. In addition to IP and competition matters, Ariela Agosin's practice covers civil, commercial and regulatory litigation, and founding partner Gabriel Zaliasnik is a renowned criminal litigation specialist. December 2022 saw civil litigation and arbitration expert Francisco Fuentes promoted to director; while at senior associate-level, Josefa Larraín arrived from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in August 2022, replacing former senior Carolina Escandón  who departed the firm the same month.

Practice head(s):

Ariela Agosin


Key clients

Nexus


Mutual de Seguridad


National Petroleum Company (ENAP)


Grupo Unacem


Work highlights


  • Acted for The National Petroleum Company (ENAP), in relation to its claim over a large plot of land in Maipú (Santiago), which is illegally occupied by a group of about 15 people.
  • Assisted health insurance company Nexus Group with undertaking a series of legal actions against Empresas Masvida (including a forced liquidation).
  • Assisted social security administrator Mutual de Seguridad with filing four debt recovery-related lawsuits.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados' litigation practice houses experts in civil and commercial disputes involving insurance, construction, technology, capital markets, manufacturing and transport. The team is also well known for its experience in IP disputes, consumer law claims, and defence-side administrative claims brought by the sanitation authorities, sectorial regulators, undersecretariats and other government agencies. Practice head Raúl Montero maintains a broad litigation practice; and is flanked by civil and commercial litigation specialist Patricio Rámila (raised to the partnership in March 2023), and experienced senior associate Luis Fuentes.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Montero


BACS Abogados

Producing ‘excellent work at the highest level‘, BACS Abogados predominantly acts in commercial and contractual litigation, while also handling disputes that arise from professional negligence. The firm is additionally experienced in class actions, as well as cases with potential political sensitivities. The team is co-headed by the ‘truly brilliantEsteban Barra, who acts for major companies from the healthcare, pharma, mining, fishing, and construction industries; and director of the firm’s civil litigation, commercial and construction practices, Francisco Bassi.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Barra; Francisco Bassi


Testimonials

BACS provides the highest quality services.

Ability to deal with highly complex problems intelligently and efficiently.

A team that knows each other perfectly and achieves results that clients are more than satisfied with.

Key clients

Lumina Copper


Besalco


Dragados


Prize


Banco Itaú


Iberdigest Group


Gravetal


Grupo Bavaria


Pampa Camarones


Viñedos Valle de Casablanca


Work highlights


  • Represents Guillermo Portales and Patricio Silva-Riesco, both directors of Cementerio Metropolitano (CM), in litigation stemming from a series of disagreements between CM partners.
  • Representing Viñedos Valle de Casablanca in a tort suit for damages brought against a law firm (and one of its partners) for professional negligence.
  • Representing Powerteck in a civil claim against InterChile for breach of contract-related damages.

CMS Carey & Allende

CMS Carey & Allende‘s ‘extremely agile‘, six-strong litigation practice handles preventive pre-trial negotiations as well as fully-fledged judicial actions ranging from torts to civil, administrative and commercial lawsuits (including environmental and sanctioning procedures). The team also assists with consumer-protection class actions, bankruptcy proceedings, and shareholder and company-board conflicts; it demonstrates particular sector expertise with regard to mining, energy, retail, finance, telecoms and infrastructure. The dispute resolution department is co-led by Rodrigo Campero, who ‘produces excellent work‘; and civil, commercial and administrative litigator Stephan Luhrmann, who additionally leads the firm’s regulatory litigation and environmental practices. Associate Carla Cortés, who is experienced in contract-related civil liability claims and competition disputes, joined from PAGBAM Schwencke Chile in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Campero; Stephan Lührmann


Testimonials

‘The office is extremely agile and of excellent professional quality.’

‘Compared to other firms, they have a top-quality service.’

‘The team always keeps clients informed of any movement in cases and answers queries immediately.’

‘They take cases personally, thus identifying with the client’.

‘Clear definition of what must be done and speed in the execution – particularly partner Stephan Lührmann’.

‘The partner that stands out for quality and client service is Stephan Lührmann.’

‘Rodrigo Campero keeps clients informed at all times and produces excellent work.’

Key clients

ATC Sitios de Chile


Universidad San Sebastián


SFA (NFM Group)


Nol-Tec Chile Ingeniería


Agrícola La Maison


Werco Trade


Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro


Sparta


Hacienda Inmobiliaria


Pronova Consultores


Virbac-Centrovet


Bob Rental


Derco


Unilever


Work highlights


  • Assisted SFA (NFM Group) with filing negligence-related civil legal actions against a laboratory.
  • Defended Universidad San Sebastián against Inmobiliaria Cummings’ attempt to enforce a land sale contract despite project development conditions not being met.
  • Defended Agrícola Pacífico Sur (and Humberto Fischer Llop) against a claim that they wrongfully diminished the value of Porkland shares, through alleged unlawful capital increase agreements (and other alleged unlawful acts).

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co was founded in August 2022, further to the merger of Chilean firms Grasty Quintana Majlis (previously already in association with UK-headquartered Clyde & Co) and Halpern Pino. The eight-strong litigation and arbitration team handles corporate disputes, contractual liability, insurance claims, bankruptcy and torts. The ‘unique' team’s principal figures are founding partner and complex disputes specialist, Arturo MajlisJorge Meneses, who fuses his dispute resolution experience with public law expertise; and Marcelo Guerrero, an expert in corporate disputes, civil law conflicts, and bankruptcy proceedings. At senior associate level, Andrés Cabello are both experienced Francisco Jiménez litigators.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Meneses


Testimonials

Great strategic vision on conflict resolution.

Clarity and order so as to achieve the proposed strategy, and permanent communications.

Compares very favourably with other firms.

The team’s responses are efficient, fast, timely, and accurate; and if its presence is needed on a Sunday morning, clients know they can count on the team.

This practice is unique because it offers superior standards of diligence in relation to the client-lawyer relationship; and its professional skills are backed up by extensive experience in international and national contexts.

An extensive and profound relationship of trust is established with clients as a result of the distinctive attentiveness to detail and client service.

Arturo Majlis and Jorge Meneses incorporate expertise and skilled teamwork into their legal practices.

Jorge Meneses – great vision in terms of how to approach and resolve disputes, transmitting security and confidence, which is very important for in-house lawyers.

Key clients

Feller Rate Clasificadora de Riesgo


Laboratorio Maver


Minera Tres Valles


Catalina Parra


Alberto Parra


Renato Traverso


Tepillé


Constructora Bimoli


Orión Seguros Generales


Inversiones Punta Blanca


Equinox Chile


Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture


Verificación e Inversiones Publicitarias


IPAL


Cisco Systems


Bridgestone Chile


Work highlights


  • Representing Feller Rate in relation to the La Polar case, a major accounting fraud that occurred in 2011.
  • Acting for Renato Traverso (and his companies Plásticos Pet and Traverso), in a lawsuit that was filed by Manuel Cuesta (a former partner), in relation to a complex real estate sale.
  • Acting for Catalina Parra and Alberto Parra, both children of the poet Nicanor Parra, in various inheritance-related judicial proceedings.

FerradaNehme

Delivering ‘exceptional client service', FerradaNehme's complex litigation practice focuses on litigating disputes involving consumer, environmental and telecoms law, along with civil matters, unfair competition and construction-related disputes. Co-leading the seven-strong team, Nicole Nehme is a longstanding competition and regulatory law specialist; Nicolás Ubilla, who is ‘a very complete, detail-oriented adviser', has substantial civil, commercial, and economic litigation expertise; and Marcela Rodríguez's career includes working as a clerk (investigating lawyer) for the Ministers of the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice. At director level, Pablo Cornejo also assists with civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Nehme; Nicolás Ubilla; Marcela Rodríguez


Testimonials

Very complete, exceptional client service that is hard to find in other offices.

Very detailed advice.

Nicolás Ubilla is a very complete, detail-oriented adviser, who anticipates all contingencies that may exist in a controversy.

Nicolás Ubilla – excellent client service, and always quick to answer any questions, queries or requirements.

Key clients

VTR Comunicaciones


Walmart Chile


Televisión Nacional de Chile


Pasmar Group


WSP Consulting Chile


WSP Chile


American Tower Chile II


Andes Iron


Servicio de Salud de Aysén


Work highlights


  • Representing Pasmar Group in a damages lawsuit against Jean Jano Kourou, Inmobiliaria Mall Plaza de Los Ríos, and Inmobiliaria Tres Ríos.
  • Representing TVN in a breach of contract claim against Compañía Chilena de Televisión.
  • Representing Servicio de Salud de Aysén in a civil indemnity lawsuit filed by Besalco, in relation to the development of the Reposición Hospital Cochrane, XI Region project.

Fleischmann & Román Abogados

Boutique firm Fleischmann & Román Abogadosstands out from its peers for its construction industry knowledge'. The 14-strong practice is also well known for projects-related disputes, civil and commercial claims, and litigation involving infrastructure, energy, finance, mining, public works, shareholder issues and bankruptcy. The principal figures are Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick, who has an enviable track record in public works-related contractual disputes between construction companies and the Chilean State; and experienced litigator Paulo Román Reyes (a name partner since 2022). Notable growth includes the December 2022 hire of construction and commercial disputes specialist Orlando Palominos (‘among the best lawyers around') as a partner from Lembeye; former partner Juan Carlos Flores recently departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick; Paulo Roman Reyes; Orlando Palominos


Testimonials

Always available and understands the needs of clients.

Quickly gets on board for difficult issues and provides sound advice, particularly in connection with construction contracts and claim management.

Stands out from its peers for its construction industry knowledge and the ability to react quickly to different and demanding requests.

The know-how acquired by litigating construction lawsuits (many against the Chilean state) places it in a cutting-edge position on the market.

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick’s meticulous, structured, professional and very collaborative work favours the co-working that clients expect from a law firm.

Orlando Palominos – clients are thrilled with the service and advice he provides. Clients would not hesitate to entrust any trial to him He is a talented, serious, rigorous and reliable person. Among the best lawyers around.

Orlando Palominos understands the difficulties that clients face and provides advice that protects their interests.

Orlando Palominos is remarkable thanks to his analytical capacity, knowledge of the law that is way above his peers, his ability to communicate difficult ideas in clear language, and his availability to answer requests and questions.

Key clients

Codelco


Inprolec


Avla


First Aval


Fondo de inversión Privado MDPR


Grupo SEK


Unión Española


Globe


Papelara


Aulas hospitalarias


Forestal Terrasur


Sucesion Roger Neumann


U-Payments


Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Aconcagua


Grupo Jedimar


Blue Express


Isotron Chile


Empresa Eléctrica Caren


Consorcio Cosal-Kalam


Work highlights


  • Representing CODELCO in a dispute, which was commenced by a services provider that is claiming compensation for alleged contractual breaches.
  • Representing Claro Vicuña Valenzuela (further to its appointment by a liquidator and creditors) in a proceeding against the Chilean State to recover damages resulting from the latter’s alleged breach of a construction contract.
  • Representing Grupo SEK in different disputes regarding the legality of permits for the Santa Laura Stadium (home to the Unión Española Soccer Club).

Frías & Lagos Abogados

Frías & Lagos Abogados' ‘technical quality and availability stand out'.  Since the firm’s establishment in 2018 (further to the dissolution of Frias, Lagos Maira & Vial), the dispute resolution practice has represented several major companies in the litigation and arbitration of energy, construction and civil liability disputes. The five-member team is co-led at founding partner level by the ‘strategic, attentive and decisive' disputes expert Nicolas Frías; and litigation, arbitration and ADR specialist José Tomás Lagos, whose litigation experience covers construction, stockholder agreements, mining, torts, and damages claims. In March 2023, former Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos associate José Pedro Villablanca -who acts in commercial, civil, labour and administrative litigation, as well as contractual and non-contractual liability disputes- joined as partner.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Frías; José Tomás Lagos


Testimonials

Great human and professional qualities.

What stands out is the promptness of service, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind.

Precise and concise, they get straight to the point – they do not waste time on formalities or topics lacking in content, as they are diligent and proactive.

Key clients

Jorge Luis Sampaoli Diaz


Lenergía Chile


Muebles Undurraga


Arturo Forster de la Barra


AVLA Insurance Group


Hemisferio Sur


Laboratorio Clínico Blanco


Vergara Fabres


Arquitectura y Construcción


Ticnow


Inmobiliaria ISA


Pedro Claudio Belmar Inversiones


Municipalidad de Tirúa


TÜV Rheinland


Ascui Murillo


Work highlights


  • Representing the Municipality of Tirúa in a tort claim, which was filed by victims and relatives of victims of a 2017 traffic accident.
  • Represented Lenergía Chile in filing an injunction for the seizure of several electric permits, which were issued by CGE.
  • Represented Jorge Luis Sampaoli (and his assistants, Sebastián Beccacece and Jorge Desio) in a lawsuit against ANFP for breach of contract and torts.

Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río Abogados

Specialist disputes firm Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río Abogados has a significant track record in complex civil and commercial litigation, shareholder claims, construction and engineering disputes, consumer law class actions, and regulatory litigation. The practice’s principal figures are Cristián Gandarillas, who has longstanding experience in civil and commercial litigation (as well as arbitration); regulatory and competition disputes specialist, Paulo Montt; Gabriel del Río, whose workload incorporates criminal and administrative sanctioning litigation; and administrative and constitutional disputes practitioner James Black. At associate level, Manuel de la Prida, Daniela Herrera and Agustín Risco are all active litigators, while Manuel Sotelo and Francisca Sandoval are 2022 hires from Colombara Estrategia Legal and QRF Abogados (Quintana Ried Flores), respectively.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Gandarillas; Paulo Montt; Gabriel del Río


Key clients

Banco Itaú


Banco Scotiabank


CTF Tecnología


Nuevos Desarrollos I y II


Primus Capital


Castro y Tagle


Banco Bice


Quipasur- Casas del Valle


Osoji Robotics Corporation


Cadem


Manuel Ossandón Larraín


Minera Salar Blanco


Securitas


Aerovías Dap


Knightead Capital


Toesca Asset Management


Empresa Nacional del Petróleo


Empresa Nacional de Minería


Asociación de Futbol Profesional


Centro de Arbitraje y Mediación de la Cámara de Comercio de Santiago


Exportadora Quintay


Forestal Arauco


Metrogas


Work highlights


  • Acted for Banco Itaú in several breach of contract-related judicial disputes.
  • Assisted Banco Scotiabank with a nullity of obligations-related lawsuit.
  • Acted for CTF Tecnología in a lawsuit and injunctive relief for unilateral termination of a distribution contract with Huawei.

Harasic ǀ Barros

Emerging from the dissolution of Harasic Medina & Dal Pozzo in early 2022, ‘top-level litigation boutique' Harasic ǀ Barros specialises in complex civil, criminal, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation. The five-member group also provides preventive advice on potential conflicts, and assists with the resolution of disputes at early stages. a well-known senior figure in the disputes field, Davor Harasic is ‘probably the best litigator in the country'; Ivan Harasic is an expert in civil and commercial claims, as well as criminal disputes; and Natalia Barros routinely litigates a broad range of contentious matters, while being increasingly focused on institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Davor Harasic; Ivan Harasic; Natalia Barros


Testimonials

The team is very competent and carries out its work promptly; and the level of involvement of the partners in all aspects, both civil and criminal, marks a difference from other law firms.

Shows commitment during all stages of litigation, always acting proactively and creatively.

Stands out for its availability, involvement and creativity. A top-level litigation boutique.

Letelier Campora

Providing ‘comprehensive advice to clients‘, the litigation practice at boutique firm Letelier Campora (previously known as Loy Letelier Campora) encompasses all stages of litigation, including pre-trial negotiations, trial documentation and preparation, remedies before the Courts of Appeals and Chilean Supreme Court, and enforcement proceedings. The group has been particularly active in construction, commercial and financial services disputes, as well as forestry-related claims over the couorse of the last year. The team is co-led by name partners Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier, who ‘take care of their clients in an extraordinary way‘. Former associate Rocío Nalda departed to found her own firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Campora; Juan Pablo Letelier


Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the ability to provide comprehensive advice to clients.

Very aware of the public nature of civil trials and, consequently, they are careful to analyse their arguments, not only in the light of each specific case, but also in the light of the client’s general strategy, bearing in mind other judgments.

The solid legal knowledge of Francesco Campora stands out, especially in civil litigation, and this is particularly noticeable during negotiations.

López Escobar del Río

Specialised litigation boutique López Escobar del Río Leiva is now known as López Escobar del Río, following the May 2023 departure of former name partner Felipe Leiva to establish his own firm. With ‘the ability to address both civil and criminal issues with great agility‘, the practice comprises specialists in criminal, civil, and administrative litigation; and is particularly experienced in disputes involving the commercial and financial sectors – as well as retail, power generation, ports, mining, banking, and infrastructure. All three founding partners are key practitioners: Jorge del Río has over 40 years’ experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration; and both Julián López and José Ignacio Escobarreally stand out‘. Former counsel Soledad Krause departed for an academic position in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Del Río; Julián López


Testimonials

A very good law firm with the ability to address both civil and criminal issues with great agility and thoroughness.

Excellent preparation and professional quality.

Compares favourably with other firms due to its ability to work collaboratively as a team with other law firms.

Key clients

Banco de Chile


Work highlights


  • Acting for Banco de Chile in a proceeding involving a claim for over $900m.

Molina Ríos Abogados

The 14-strong practice at Molina Ríos Abogados stands out for civil and commercial litigation that involves the construction and public-works concession aspects of reservoirs, gas pipelines, railway constructions, and public buildings, as well as disputes concerning airports, wind farms, photovoltaic plants and highways. The team is additionally experienced in insurance-related litigation. Name partner and practice leader Carlos Molina acts in disputes involving civil and commercial law, construction, insurance, projects, and finance; Felipe Correa is a litigation, arbitration and mediation specialist; and Rachid Ruiz has a significant track record in litigation before the ordinary justice courts, as well Chile’s superior courts.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Molina


Key clients

Mainstream


OHLA


Acciona


Vinci Construction Grands Projects


Astaldi


Grupo San José


Mapfre


Eiffage


Emin


Solunion


Applus


Ingevec


Consructora Armas


Besalco


Banco Santander


Mpm


Engie


Work highlights


  • Acting for Acciona Construcción in a civil lawsuit for damages, direct costs, and general expenses (arising from the construction and expansion of a hospital in Putaendo).
  • Acting for Grupo San José in a civil lawsuit which concerns the construction of the Ovalle public hospital.
  • Assisting Acciona and Copasa with the pursuit of extra costs and damages from the Health Ministry, further to the construction of a major urban public hospital.

Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ

The 13-strong group at boutique law firm Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ is particularly active in civil and commercial litigation, as well as environmental disputes. Founding figures Jorge Schenke, who focuses on litigation and civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional matters; and ‘efficient and well-prepared lawyerRicardo Brancoli, are both former Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres partners. Nicolás Prado, who acts in civil, commercial, administrative, constitutional, environmental and antitrust disputes, was promoted to the partnership in early 2022; while competition policy and litigation lawyer Enrique Vergara joined from the Competition Court, where he served as President until 2022. Associate Camila Pozo litigates civil, commercial, and administrative matters, but Benjamín Letelier exited the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Schenke; Ricardo Brancoli; Nicolás Prado


Testimonials

‘A team with various specialties that allow it to understand client companies’ requirements comprehensively.’

‘The team is quick to respond and has a reasonable billing and pricing regime.’

‘With respect to other offices, it stands out for the cost, efficiency and quick responses.’

Key clients

San Francisco Investment (Sun Dreams)


Del Monte Fresh Produce Chile


Aguas Andinas


T4F Chile


Soprole


Essal


Arauco


Forestal Russfin


Ecomac (Gestion y Desarrollo)


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


Arch Comunicaciones Chile


Trends Industriales


Casino de Juegos Valdivia


Casino de Juegos Iquique


Constructora Altius


Rolando Varela


Soprole S


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


María Paz Calleja


Constructora Altius


Cristian Grohnert


Mónica Henzi


Termofrio


Jaime Díaz


Inversiones KB


Inmobiliaria Agrícola Los Huapes


Consorcio Besalco Arauco


Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP)


Federación de Fútbol de Chile


Abbott Laboratories Chile


Laboratorios Recalcine


Engie Energía Chile


The Fruit Link


Eral Chile


Minera Algorta


Luis Meza Videla


Comercial Mahuida


Recondrilling Chile


Austral Berries


Punto Eléctrico (Sociedad Comercial Herratun)


Spacezat Tecnology


Antonio Puntí (Vineyard Punti Ferrer)


Sociedad Productora de Eventos Anden Limitada


Productora de Eventos La Morada del Cajón


Francisca Riesco


Bapa S.A.


La Finca Teno


Fiberglass


Cientochenta Grados


Tricapitals International


Cinthia Nallar


Curacaribs


Work highlights


  • Defending Arch Comunicaciones Chile against Samsung Chile’s claim for the collection of 146 pending invoices for products allegedly delivered under a distribution contract.
  • Acted for Inmobiliaria Los Silos III in opposing a wetland declaration by Chile’s Environment Ministry.
  • Defended Abbott Laboratories Chile against unfair competition claims brought by M Kaplan Y Cia for deciding to cease providing it with medical cardiac technology products.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's litigation practice is notably active in construction disputes that involve proceedings before public authorities, such as the General Comptroller of the Republic and Municipalities. Other areas of strength range from real estate, environmental and mining-related disputes, to claims involving administrative law, procurement issues, competition law, and energy. Department head Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes is a construction litigation specialist; and fellow name partner Juan Carlos Dörr Zegers is a well-known civil and commercial law practitioner. In a significant boost to the ranks, Juan Pablo Morales, who has experience in both Chile’s ordinary and special courts, was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes; Juan Pablo Morales Barros


Key clients

SQM


Sony


Tánica


Grupo Marina


Agrícola Valle Nuevo – AGSA


Enel Generación Chile


Cintac


Aceros AZA


Servicios Alimenticios Hendaya


Inmobiliaria y Constructora Matilde


Inmobiliaria Bulnes


Inmobiliaria E3


BCI Seguros Generales


Thomson Reuters


Elanco


Cultivos Yadrán


Work highlights


  • Defending SQM against an action for alleged breach of contract brought by a former contractor.
  • Acted for Enel Generación, as plaintiff, in a tort claim filed against the Municipality of Coronel and its mayor.
  • Defended Aceros AZA against a lawsuit for alleged breach of contract brought by a former cargo carrier.

Abogabir Miranda Abogados

The ‘excellent litigation lawyers' at dispute resolution boutique Abogabir Miranda Abogados are specialists in civil and commercial litigation, regulatory and administrative disputes, bankruptcies, corporate conflicts, and shareholder issues. White-collar crime is also an area of strength, as is litigation related to the construction, energy, environmental, and insurance and reinsurance sectors. Name partners Diego Abogabir and Nicolás Miranda are the principal figures, both of whom have significant litigation and arbitration experience; while civil and commercial litigation practitioner Nicolás Vassallo, an October 2022 partner brought in from his own former firm (Apparcel, Uriarte & Vassallo), is ‘a great disputes lawyer'. The team has since been furhter strengthened with the hire of experienced senior associate Maximiliano Silva H, a contentious administrative law specialist who also has knowledge of procedural and white-collar matters, from Jara Del Favero Abogados del Favero in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Diego Abogabir; Nicolás Miranda; Nicolás Vassallo


Testimonials

Demonstrates experience and knowledge in a wide range of litigation.

Vast and meticulous understanding of litigation issues.

Excellent litigation lawyers, who combine quality and flexibility in their fees, seeking alignment of their interests with the client’s.

Key clients

Besalco


Empresas CMPC


DP World


Banco Itaú Corpbanca


SMU


Compañía Cervecerías Unidas (CCU Holding)


Siemens


Noi Hotels


Hanwha Q Cells


Work highlights


  • Defended Besalco against former contractor Ariterra in several damages proceedings.
  • Defending CMPC Tissue (“Softys”) against a commercial dispute filed by Compañía General de Electricidad, in relation to the recalculation of electricity services.
  • Acting for DCS Conglomerate in pursuing a loan granted to Victoria Yáñez.

Abogados MLV

Recently emerging from the now-dissolved Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV, Abogados MLV predominantly litigates in relation to infrastructure and public works contracts (including before arbitration venues), and distinguishing itself through ‘deep knowledge and longstanding experience‘, with the six-member team frequently acting in disputes involving mining issues, mining contractors and public concessions. Jose Manuel Valencia routinely litigates cases concerning the execution of public works contracts, concessions and mining agreements; and director Cristina Santibáñez Boric is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner with knowledge of both arbitration and litigation. At associate level, Nicole Camilli Santiago is a noteworthy infrastructure litigation expert. Former associate Alejandro Merino Capurro moved in house in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jose Manuel Valencia; Cristina Santibáñez Boric


Testimonials

Great professionalism and special attention throughout the process.

Lawyers all down the line, from the partners, through to directors, associates, and the team of assistants and paralegals, are aware of cases, which makes it much easier to share information when preparing a defence strategy.

Compared to other law firms, it is very positive to have a team of professionals who have been working together for a long time and who remained unchanged over time. This greatly facilitates teamwork.

Key clients

Ingenieria Civil Vicente


Icafal Ingenieria Y Construccion


Constructora IS


Constructora Melendez


Empresa Constructora Tricam


Sociedad Anonima De Obras Y Servicios Copasa, Agencia En Chile


Sociedad Ingenieria Construccion Y Maquinarias – Sicomaq


Consorcio Copasa-Corsan-Corviam Dos


Constructora Pitagora


Apia


Mainstream Renewable Power Chile


Arrigoni Ingenieria Y Construccion


Aldesa Chile


Patio Riesco


Claro, Vicuña, Valenzuela


SABA


Work highlights


  • Acting for Claro Vicuña Valenzuela in a civil case against the Ministry of Public Works for breach of a construction contract.
  • Acting for Icafal in a lawsuit before the Chilean Treasury for damages and increased costs, in relation to the construction of the Tierra de Campeones Stadium in Iquique.
  • Acted for Tricam in relation to The Ministry of Public Works’ alleged breach of contract, which concerned the improvement and paving of route J-55.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Achieving ‘favourable results through the articulation of strong arguments', Allende Bascuñán & Cía's five-strong disputes practice is experienced in contentious matters involving civil and commercial law issues, aviation and administrative law. The team also acts in litigation concerning mining, agriculture and the financial markets; and its track record incorporates appearances in civil and administrative proceedings throughout Chile, as well as appeal and Supreme Court work. The team is led by disputes specialist José Alberto Allende, who is a ‘great strategist', while at senior associate level, Sergio Avilés is ‘a fantastic asset'.

Practice head(s):

José Alberto Allende


Testimonials

‘Versatility and ability to cover different types of conflicts, regardless of their nature.’

‘Clients always have a very good experience with this firm. It is a cohesive team that understands business and can quickly understand clients’ needs.’

‘Very easy to work with and it achieves favourable results through the articulation of strong arguments.’

‘Professionals that are highly trained and always available’.

‘José Alberto Allende is an excellent litigator, with a lot of legal and practical knowledge. Great strategist and excellent negotiator – highly recommended’.

‘José Alberto Allende – not only is he very intelligent, but he personally takes on assignments. Although he relies on his team, he is always present during the handling of the matter’.

‘José Alberto Allende is a powerful leader, with the ability to make decisions under pressure. Great attention to detail, client service, and value for money.’

‘Senior associate Sergio Avilés is a fantastic asset – very helpful in handling matters’.

Key clients

Anglo American


Air Canada


Constructora Ignacio Hurtado


TNT Express


Korean Air


Fedex Express Chile


Copa (Compañía Panameña de Aviación)


Trane


Air France


KLM


Agrícola Lomas de Maitenes


Ethiopian Airlines


Phillips


Fundación Las Rosas


Work highlights


  • Acting for Philips in a lawsuit filed by the National Consumer Corporation of Chile (Conadecus) for the manufacture and sale of defective products between 2008 and 2021.
  • Acting for Air Canada in different claims raised by Honey Group Chile, after its bees were found dead (further to air transportation to Canada).
  • Defended Anglo American against a breach of contract case that was brought by SIM Ingeniería.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

Displaying ‘a willingness to fight for clients’ interests', Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados' litigation and dispute resolution practice comprises specialists in energy, urban law and antitrust-related disputes. The litigation practice is led by conflict resolution specialist María Fernanda Brahm who focuses on litigation, regulatory matters and environmental claims. In a boost to the team, Andrés Del Real, who is experienced in civil, commercial and regulatory litigation, as well as constitutional and administrative proceedings, was promoted to director in October 2022; while associate Santiago Portaluppi acts in environmental and constitutional disputes.

Practice head(s):

María Fernanda Brahm


Testimonials

Anticipation, flexibility and brilliance.

Great experience, – always seeks to understand the state of the matter and hash out potential scenarios.

A team that is prepared and always willing to face emergency issues.

Able to advise on alternative scenarios very quickly.

A willingness to fight for clients’ interests.

Delivery of critical and strategic analysis, which is transmitted in simple language, but with a willingness to listen to other approaches from the client.

Adapts to the needs of clients (including billing issues). Great speed in communications and proposals, and they anticipate and follow up on all relevant issues, so that the client can obtain the best possible result.

Director Andrés Del Real and his team give excellent, efficient and very fast advice, and always with the utmost ease and flexibility.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio Oriente


DPP Holding Chile


Constructor Atacama


Generadora Metropolitana


Sembrador Capital de Riesgo


Entav International


DirecTV


Work highlights


  • Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio Oriente in a matter before the Technical Panel for Concessions and concerning a discrepancy arising with the Ministry of Public Works.
  • Assisting DPP Holding Chile and the Chilean Association of Renewable Energies and Storage with a highly technical matter that involved both electricity and antitrust issues.
  • Acting for Generadora Metropolitana in relation to a trial before the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, which was brought by two hydroelectric companies against the National Commission of Energy (with a view to to overruling a regulation concerning liquefied natural gas in the national electricity market).

Cáceres y Cáceres

Fielding ‘lawyers with notable coordination and teamwork skills‘, boutique firm Cáceres y Cáceres focuses on disputes involving construction businesses, real estate investors, family offices, investment funds, and the retail sector. Delivering ‘extremely creative and effective solutions‘, commercial damages and liability specialist Carlos Cáceres Burgos is experienced in breach of contract litigation; and Ziad Manzur is ‘a great connoisseur of the judicial and court system‘. At associate level, Héctor Cáceres Contador acts in commercial contract-related claims, while Cristóbal Jara's broad practice also incorporates disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Cáceres Burgos; Ziad Manzur


Testimonials

Knowledge, strategy, collaboration and availability.

A group of lawyers with notable coordination and teamwork skills, which makes them very powerful.

Exceptional ability to work in a team and tackle large projects with multiple edges. Strong ability to coordinate with other firms.

Great team of professionals with diverse personalities who are very concerned about responding to their clients promptly.

Exceptionally strong work capacity and the ability to sustain a high level of work. Good mix of professional talent and quality people.

Carlos Caceres Burgos – excellent strategy.

Carlos Caceres Burgos’ in-depth knowledge places him among a select group of lawyers who offer extremely creative and effective solutions.

Ziad Manzur – great knowledge. A great connoisseur of the judicial and court system and process.

Key clients

AZVI Chile


Latinoamericana


Inmobiliaria Agua Pura


Corporación Nacional De Consumidores Usuarios


Trinidad Irarrázaval


Paulina Wilckens


Carolina Varela


Comercializadora Dvn Jeans


Inversiones San Andrés


Vicente Caruz


Inmobiliaria E Inversiones Parque Mallinco


Inmobiliaria Ochoquebradas


Asesoría y Gestión La Higuera


Nayra Ilic Garcia


Perry Hirsch


Telxius Cable Chile


Michel Durand


Inversiones San Joaquín


Dominga Sotomayor


Work highlights


  • Defending Inmobiliaria Agua Pura against a conflict with Bullrock, its real estate project development partner.
  • Representing Asesorías y Gestión La Higuera in the reorganisation proceedings of Swell Capital, which involves filing a claim for breach of the reorganisation agreement.
  • Defending the Irarrázaval and Navarro families against a claim to stop a real estate project that is currently being developed in front of their properties (without the necessary permits and in breach of current regulations).

Cisternas y Compañía Abogados

Always willing to meet clients’ requirements', Cisternas y Compañía Abogados' 10-strong team is highly focused on the prevention and resolution of large-scale disputes. Name partner Gonzalo Cisternas, who ‘stands out for his solid knowledge', is experienced in both complex litigation, and domestic and international arbitration work; and Katherine Hyde is a civil and commercial litigation specialist. Former partner Luis Masferrer and associate Franco Aracena both departed the firm during 2022 to establish their own separate firms.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cisternas; Katherine Hyde


Testimonials

It is possible to achieve true teamwork with this team – they have initiative, keep the client informed, and propose different solutions that take into account the different edges.

Responds quickly to clients’ requirements – great quality and efficiency.

Reliable, fast and always responds on time.

The lawyers on the team are well trained and know what they are doing. They keep clients updated on the status of the process and answer questions in a short timeframe.

In relation to other larger firms, it is easier to communicate with this one. They are always willing to meet clients’ requirements.

Gonzalo Cisternas stands out for his solid knowledge and because he is always available to his clients.

Clear in their opinions, while Katherine Hyde stands out.

Katherine Hyde is a professional who stands out for her collaborative skills and constant follow-up to cases.

Key clients

ANFP (National Professional Football Association)


Vega Monumental


Lotería


Corporación Municipal de La Florida


Comercializadora Better Food Chile


Peluquerias Integrales (Palumbo)


Global Media


TECDRA


Universidad de Concepción


Concesionaria de estacionamientos Alonso de Córdova


Municipalidad de Zapallar


Hong-Kong Rengo


Work highlights


  • Provided Corpgroup with conflict prevention assistance in Chile, which derived from a Chapter XI process in the Federal Court of Delaware.
  • Defended ANFP against a forced contract compliance suit, as well as a damages claim for non-contractual civil liability.
  • Defended Cerro Dominador against a breach of contract claim.

CEPD

CEPD's ‘skilled lawyers' are experts in civil and commercial litigation, who consistently act in disputes involving real estate, land use, construction, investment funds, and family businesses. The six-strong team also assists with shareholder claims. Co-leading the group, name partner Juan Enrique Coeymans is a specialist in civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, and antitrust; while ‘impressive litigator' María José Larraín  -the firm’s first female partner- has a track record that includes complex construction disputes. Experienced associate María José Berger handles civil and commercial litigation, along with ADR matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Coeymans; María José Larraín


Testimonials

The firm has a team of skilled lawyers and very good client service.

María José Larraín is an impressive litigator, whose deep knowledge of legal institutions makes her strategies successful.

Key clients

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards


Buscalibre


Inversiones Conquista


Inmobiliaria Desarrollo Industrial Dos


American Tower Corporation (ATC Sitios de Chile)


Inmobiliaria Illahuapi


MDPR


Inmobiliaria Triangular


Inmobiliaria Almazara


RTU Arquitectos


Work highlights


  • Acted for Viña Luis Felipe Edwards in an ownership recovery action.
  • Acting for Buscalibre.com (a Chilean online bookseller) in consumer protection cases.
  • Acted for Inversiones Conquista in a nullity claim.

Colombara Estrategia Legal

The first legal practice in Latin America to incorporate itself in the "Metaverse", boutique firm Colombara Estrategia Legal was founded by domestic and international  litigation expert Ciro Colombara, further to the 2022 dissolution of Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers (RCZ). The 10-strong team focuses on defence-side civil, commercial and economic litigation, particularly in relation to the sanitation, energy, mining and construction sectors. The group also includes former RCZ complex-litigation director Aldo Díaz (now a partner), who is experienced in civil and commercial disputes, ADR, and administrative litigation; and former RCZ associate Anna Albano, who is the firm’s litigation chief. Former associates Manuel Sotelo and Ana Catalina Lea-Plaza departed the firm during 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Díaz


Testimonials

The team stands out for its professionalism in dealing with defence-side issues.

Strong experience in complex cases where, in addition to knowledge, strong management of complex situations is required.

The firm’s relationships with clients is excellent. There is always someone available in the team, either to report case news or answer questions that arise – the experience with this firm is excellent.

Lama Abogados

Specialist dispute resolution and arbitration firm Lama Abogados fields an ‘excellent team that is sharp and very well prepared'. The eight-strong group handles litigation involving engineering, construction, insurance, telecoms, and IT issues. It also assists with procedures before administrative bodies, unfair competition actions, and consumer law and class actions. The practice is led by founding partner and ‘extraordinary litigator', Nicolás Lama, who acts in civil and commercial litigation, along with bankruptcy matters; while at associate level, Joaquín Sánchezhas a promising future'.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Lama


Testimonials

Excellent team that is sharp and very well prepared.

The Lama Abogados team has shown proactivity, seriousness and rigorous knowledge of  litigation.

Anticipates the milestones of litigation and how it should be developed based on the case in question.

Key clients

OHL Servicios Ingesan – Agencia en Chile


Equitas Management Partner


Inmobiliaria Santander


Supermercados Montserrat


Industrias Campo Lindo


IKA Infraestructura


Artecola


Costa Austral


GBV Capitales


Tecnogrúas


Abertis Company


UV Latam Chile


Empresas Armas


Interchile


Work highlights


  • Representing OHL Servicios Ingesan (Agency in Chile) in a lawsuit against the Municipalidad de Chillán (for its failure to pay two invoices).
  • Representing IKA Infraestructura in over 30 fee collection-related civil lawsuits.
  • Representing Costa Austral in its request for the voluntary liquidation of its assets.

Ossandón Abogados

Ossandón Abogados' five-member litigation team ‘understands the civil litigation courts very well'. Best known for engineering, construction and real estate disputes, the practice has extended its expertise to cover medical negligence, transportation disputes, product liability, and consumer protection. Litigation department head Joaquín Montero  is ‘a dedicated and in-depth professional'; and providing additional partner-level support, Eduardo Spichiger 's track record incorporates consumer associations’ collective claims against banks, while Viviana Brito has a niche speciality litigating on behalf of real estate and construction companies.

Practice head(s):

Joaquín Montero; Eduardo Spichiger


Testimonials

The Ossandón team understands the civil litigation courts very well, which allows them to design very good legal strategies.

Proven abilities in the use of IT, which allows the clients to free themselves from certain lengthy and tedious activities during the preparation and presentation of documentary evidence.

The diligence and knowledge of the firm in construction contracts stands out.

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


  • Defended Socovesa against Arauco Health Service, which claimed compensation for delays to the construction of a hospital in the city of Cañete.
  • Defended Socovesa Sur against 58 plaintiffs who claimed the payment of compensation for the alleged existence of defects in their homes.
  • Defended Constructora Novatec (Salfa Corp Group) against various lawsuits to obtain the repair of construction problems in owners’ apartments.

Parraguez & Marín

Specialised in the resolution of legal disputes, Parraguez & Marín's acts at all stages of legal cases, its assistance covering strategic analysis, negotiations, conflict prevention, mediation, and litigation before Chile’s courts; the 10-strong team is especially active in mining, construction, transportation and media-related cases. At name-partner level, Gustavo Parraguez routinely litigates financial, commercial, and energy and natural resources disputes; Francisco del Río's broad practice includes corporate and construction claims; and Rodrigo Marín and José Monrroy are highlighted as ‘dedicated to their cases'. At associate level, Javiera Mena's practice encompasses administrative litigation, consumer law and public procurement. Former associates Josefina Trujillo and Alberto Rodríguez left to establish their own respective firms.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Parraguez; Francisco del Río; Rodrigo Marín


Testimonials

A proactive, responsible and professional firm, which carefully studies each topic that clients entrust to it.

Proactivity and professionalism.

Actively collaborates with clients, advising preventively to avoid contingencies; and, in case they occur, they deliver excellent results.

Key clients

BHP Billiton


Falabella


Principal (Principal Financial Group)


AFP Cuprum


Red Televisiva Megavisión


Antofagasta Minerals


Enjoy


Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia


Compañía de Servicios industriales


Enaex


Sociedad Agrícola Norte Chico


FAM América Latina Maquinaria


Transporte de Combustible de Chile


Ameco Chile


Transitmar


Cámara Nacional de Comercio


Compañía de Servicios Industriales


Work highlights


  • Represented Falabella in a civil liability suit for alleged pre-contractual liability, in relation to the award of a cybersecurity contract that was frustrated due to Covid-19.
  • Representing Camila Valentini in her civil liability damages suit against an urban transportation bus driver and a transportation concessionaire, further to an accident in which she lost her arm.
  • Represented Antofagasta Railway Company in a damages claim brought by an individual, who claims to have suffered lead contamination when he lived in the vicinity of the railroad’s facilities as a child.

Abdala y Cia

Abdala y Cia's litigation department covers disputes involving state-owned companies, casinos, telecoms players, commercial malls, and construction. The eight-strong department is led by Michele Daroch Sagredo, an expert in complex civil banking and financial law-related litigation before both the civil courts and administrative entities; José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu is the firm’s employment litigation leader; and the broad practice of founder and managing partner Ricardo Abdala Hirane also incorporates disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Michele Daroch Sagredo


Key clients

Sun Dreams


Chillan Casino Resort


Ovalle Casino Resort


Ufinet Chile Networks


IFX


R&Q Ingenieria


Centropuerto


BAU


Banco de la Nación Argentina


Work highlights


  • Acted for Sun Dreams in a $70m case, which sought to nullify an administrative decision to approve modifications to a casino project in Pucón.
  • Represented Ovalle Casino Resort in a series of legal actions deployed to support a Municipality of Ovalle action intended to prevent the illegal availability of slot machines in the city of Ovalle which were causing significant losses to Ovalle Casino’s activity.
  • Acted for Banco de la Nación Argentina in a reorganisation procdure involving Aceros Chile.

Aguad Bañados Izquierdo Abogados (ABI Abogados)

Obtaining ‘very favourable results‘, Aguad Bañados Izquierdo Abogados (ABI Abogados)' conflict resolution practice is consistently mandated to litigate civil and commercial disputes involving finance, mining, energy, services, construction and real estate. The firm’s disputes expertise also covers the hotel, tourism, retail and technology sectors. Litigation group director Francisco Bañados G assists with civil, commercial, bankruptcy and criminal matters; Alejandra Aguad D is a civil litigation expert; and Eduardo Izquierdo B is the firm’s labour practice group director. Senior associate-level support is provided by José Joaquín Meza Maggi.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Bañados G; Alejandra Aguad D; Eduardo Izquierdo B


Testimonials

A strong point is the trust generated in clients, both with respect to legal and procedural knowledge, as well as its sense of responsibility during the procedures.

Definitely stands out from other firms.

Great speed of response, legal knowledge and responsibility.

Obtains very favourable results.

A highly competent office.

Responds to queries quickly and with technical quality. A proactive office that supports clients in the search for effective legal solutions.

Eduardo Izquierdo B’s actions before the courts demonstrate his ability.

Francisco Bañados G always responds to queries with speed and quality.

Key clients

Tanner Servicios Financieros


Tanner Leasing


Maestra Group


AVLA Compañía de Créditos y Seguros (and related companies)


Servicios Financieros Factor Plus


Proinvest Promotora de Inversiones


Parque Zoológico BuinZoo


Mecalux Chile


ECIJA Otero

Recent highlights for the four-member dispute resolution department at ECIJA Otero include representing Microsoft Chile in several defence-side legal actions. The team is led by Rodrigo Nelson, who has longstanding experience in litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings (both at national and international level). Nelson’s track record includes complex disputes involving construction, corporate conflicts, mining, insurance and damages claims. Providing associate-level support, Jaime Silva Bruce is experienced in civil, labour and criminal law-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Nelson


Testimonials

‘The team that is always innovating and transmits confidence and security during each step of the process.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation


Microsoft Chile


Ricoh Chile


Business Software Alliance


Viajes El Corte Inglés


Isotron Chile (Grupo Isastur)


Grupo Herce


Rissetto Family


Toralla


Mateco Chile


Work highlights


  • Acting for Microsoft Chile in claims concerning consumer issues.
  • Acting for Ricoh Chile in administrative litigation initiated by the National Customs Service of Chile.
  • Defending Ricoh Chile against legal actions involving civil actions, administrative law matters, and labour and bankruptcy proceedings.

Garnham Abogados

With ‘great knowledge of procedural law', Garnham Abogados' litigation department predominantly focuses on civil and commercial conflicts (before both ordinary courts and arbitration tribunals), along with bankruptcy-related litigation. The four-member group is routinely active in disputes related to the healthcare, mining, construction and electrical-services' sectors. Litigation and arbitration group head Simón Zañartu is an expert in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, while Ignacio Saavedra provides senior associate-level support.

Practice head(s):

Simón Zañartu


Testimonials

Great knowledge of procedural law, which allows the firm to propose more creative ideas.

Efficiency and creativity – always available and up to date with topics.

Key clients

Asociación Nacional de Futbol Profesional


Sociedad Austral de Electricidad and subsidiaries


Salfacorp and subsidiaries


Sánchez Cano


Hyundai Doosan Infracore Chile


Statkraft Eólico


Aramark


Work highlights


  • Represented Empresa Eléctrica La Frontera in a civil lawsuit for fire-related damages.
  • Acted for Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional in a procedure against the General Treasury of the Republic, which concerned alleged improper charges.
  • Represented Sociedad Austral de Transmisión Troncal in a civil lawsuit for liability damages, further to a delay in an electricity sector-related construction matter.

Lembeye

Lembeye‘s dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation) and criminal law department is led by Daniel Praetorius, a January 2020 partner-hire from Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados who undertakes both civil and criminal litigation, as well as defence in administrative sanctioning proceedings. Completed by  associate Lukas Hudson, the niche, two-member team is particularly active in disputes involving construction contracts and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Praetorius


Key clients

Condominio P1-Marbella


Itelecom


Work highlights


  • Representing Inversiones y Asesorias en Telecomunicaciones e Informática in three executory proceedings initiated by the Interamerican Investment Corporation.
  • Acting for Itelecom in a trial initiated by the City Council of Iquique for alleged breach of contract.
  • Defending Itelecom against an executory claim filed by Trilinc which argues that the company breached its duty to pay a debt into a specific bank account.

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile routinely acts for large companies in major disputes. The department has been particularly active, recently, on behalf of  state copper-company CODELCO in litigation against former contractor companies. The broad practice of name partner Juan Pablo Schwencke encompasses international litigation; however, former counsel and public law and litigation department head Gustavo Delgado left the firm in July 2022 to undertake an LLM in Paris.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Schwencke


Key clients

CODELCO


Kantar IBOPE Media


Empresa Nacional de Energia Enex


Viveros Richter Chile


Moeckel & Weil


GroupM Chile (WPP Group)


Lucy Cominetti


Felipe Fernández


Brian Urrutia


Karina Araya


Constructora Santolaya


Inmobiliaria Trinitarias


Inmobiliaria Sanzio


Inmobiliaria Altos de Reñaca


Work highlights


  • Representing CODELCO in litigation against INDAK, a former vendor that is demanding compensation for contractual breaches.
  • Representing CODELCO in litigation against DIIT, a former vendor that is demanding compensation for contractual breaches.
  • Defending Moeckel & Weil against Revestimientos Sintéticos’ unfair competition claim.

Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND)

The eight-member litigation team at Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND) focuses on civil, commercial and labour-related litigation, as well as administrative proceedings before the Financial Market Commission, the Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions of Chile, and other regulatory bodies. The practice is jointly led by name-partners Marcelo Nasser - a specialist in insurance, consumer protection, and civil and commercial law; Mauricio Dorfman, who ‘knows what needs to be done'; land and maritime transport expert Gabriel Pumpin; and Ignacio Díaz, who handles contentious consumer protection, commercial, transport and insurance issues.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Dorfman; Ignacio Díaz; Marcelo Nasser; Gabriel Pumpin


Testimonials

‘Great experience – a team that knows what to do.’

‘Quick and effective solutions.’

‘Excellent ability to resolve conflicts.’

QRF Abogados (Quintana Ried Flores)

Launched in 2019, QRF Abogados (Quintana Ried Flores) houses specialists in litigation, ADR, and white-collar crime. The ‘excellent' 12-strong team is co-led by the firm's trio of name-partners: former Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) partner Rodrigo Quintana, and Ignacio Ried and Camila Flores (both previously senior associates at BMAJ). Quintana is also a former political and legislative adviser to Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ried routinely acts in major criminal and civil cases; and Flores is particularly experienced in contractual liability lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Quintana; Ignacio Ried; Camila Flores


Testimonials

A very good work team that is serious and competent.

Excellent team, highly dedicated to clients’ needs, and with short response times and efficient use of resources.

Friendly and extremely professional attention.

Reymond Abogados

One of the greats in the country‘, Reymond Abogados fields experienced trial lawyers who routinely act in complex civil conflicts. Established in 2019, the firm’s expertise encompasses nullity trials, lease contract terms, medical negligence, and contractual liability, breaches and damages. The key names at founding-partner level are former Reymond & Cía partners Alfonso Reymond Villegas , (‘a benchmark for litigation and conflict resolution‘), and project-related disputes expert Alfonso Reymond Larraín; and Bernardo Rosenberg Pérez, whose track record encompasses litigation before both first instance courts, the Courts of Appeals and Chile’s Supreme Court. Experienced associate Josefa del Pilar Barrientos also assists with the resolution of corporate conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Reymond Villegas; Bernardo Rosenberg Pérez; Alfonso Reymond Larraín


Testimonials

A mix of young lawyers with leadership skills, knowledge and autonomy. Lawyers with great experience and a lot of knowledge – this firm compares equally to the highly regarded law firms in the country.

Always up to date with the latest developments in the legal system.

One of the greats in the country – dedication to work, honesty when facing clients, and intelligent and competent lawyers for each assignment.

Key clients

Euro Construcción del Grupo Eurocorp


Outlet Medina


Joaquín Astaburuaga Ossa


Vitacura Brokers


Coruro Drilling


Lenin Guardia


Work highlights


  • Acting for Vitacura Brokers in relation to the collection of fees.
  • Represented Joaquín Astaburuaga Ossa in his claim for joint and several liability, further to a climbing accident.