Dispute resolution in Chile
A constant presence acting before local and foreign courts, governmental authorities and international arbitration tribunals, specialist disputes firm Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' 21-strong practice is widely praised for its exclusive focus on the resolution of complex, cross-border business disputes and coverage of almost the full gamut of sophisticated dispute types across all sectors, including those with a high media-profile and/or politically sensitive matters such as the Pentagate and Las Cascadas cases. Of late, however, the firm's caseload has experienced particular growth in matters involving major infrastructure projects and shareholder disputes. 'One of the best litigators in Chile', Jorge Bofill's contentious practice includes securities, commercial and civil litigation, along with domestic and international arbitration, and white-collar and corporate investigations. Fellow senior founding partner Ricardo Escobar focuses on partnership conflicts, tax disputes (Escobar was formerly head of Chile's tax authority SII, from 2006-10), as well as contentious matters involving public entities or foreign investment. Loreto Silva brings enormous expertise across the construction, public works and infrastructure projects area, including disputes boards. Other highly-rated partners include Sebastián Yanine (litigation, cross-border disputes, domestic and international arbitration), Francisco Aninat (civil and commercial litigation and arbitration); and Vanessa Facuse (public law-related disputes including public planning, public concessions and competition), who made partner in October 2019. Counsel and litigator Marcela Vega, who also has a sub-speciality in internal corporate investigations, is also noted. Daniel Praetorius left for Lembeye Abogados in September 2019.
‘Bofill Escobar has lawyers who are specialised in conflict resolution in the business sector. The team of lawyers is excellent and they have strategies tailored to the case at hand. The experience of these lawyers and each of their specialties make a unique combination. The firm also has the necessary technology and materials to be able to provide the client with an excellent legal service and commitment to professional ethics.‘
‘Compared to other firms, what characterises Bofill Escobar is the quality of each of the lawyers and professional experience in litigation. They are specialised in solving complex high-profile cases, and have a clear focus on the strategy to follow, as well as the best lawyers in the litigation field.‘
‘It is an excellent and high-quality firm that compares favourably with the best law firms in the world. The difference is that it is a litigation boutique with a highly specialised team in complex litigation – amazing tacticians and a great service.‘
‘The professionalism and excellence in the resolution of disputes makes the lawyers of the firm stand out. They differ from other lawyers in the orientation they give to the cases they take, being very detailed and prepared for each scenario that may arise.‘
‘Jorge Bofill is one of the best lawyers around, with vast experience in litigation, being one of the best litigators in Chile. He is a meticulous lawyer and well prepared to face any dispute resolution. He always has a strategy to deal with the various cases that are presented.‘
‘Jorge Bofill is a leader for legal practice in Chile and is especially outstanding.’
‘Another outstanding partner is Sebastián Yanine, who is characterised by always being prepared for all scenarios that may exist. He always has a strategy and is very detailed in highly complex cases, with outstanding professionalism.‘
‘Francisco Aninat combines great legal talent with good commercial judgement. He also offers solutions and alternatives to clients. Additionally, Francisco is a person with whom clients can work at ease and he is very timely in his responses.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte
Laureate International Universities
Empresa Nacional de la Construccion Group
Enel Generación Chile
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel
Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente
Aqualia Infraestructuras Agencia en Chile
AMC Networks Latin America
Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co
Obrascón Huarte Lain
Enel Green Power Chile
Consorcio Puente Chacao
- Acted for high-ranking officers of Empresas Penta in criminal and tax cases concerning the irregular funding of political campaigns (‘Pentagate’).
- Defence counsel to Julio Ponce (one of the largest shareholders of SQM) in relation to the Cascadas case, one of the landmark securities criminal cases of the last decade.
- Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte in over 40 civil lawsuits arising from serious flooding in Santiago in 2016.
- Representation of Santiago airport’s concessionaire, Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel, in critical arbitration against the Government concerning tariffs during its 20-year concession.
- Acted for the former chairman (Pablo Alcalde) of Empresas La Polar in more than 10 damges suits arising out of the decrease in the price of shares and bonds.
The 22-strong practice at full-service market mainstay Carey has successfully litigated on behalf of global corporations, financial institutions, local companies, foreign investors and the Republic of Chile, among others. The department houses extensive experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitration across a wide range of sectors, including media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals. Its four co-heads are commercial arbitration specialist Gonzalo Fernández; insolvency, bankruptcy and construction disputes expert, Ricardo Reveco; environmental disputes and commercial arbitration specialist Aldo Molinari; and Juan Carlos Riesco, who is recommended for antitrust and regulatory litigation and arbitration, cover the waterfront of disputes matters. Strong support is provided by senior associate Alvaro Carreño, who runs the office's day-to-day white-collar crime practice, and associates Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez, who are members of the litigation and arbitration groups respectively.
‘Carey, among many other virtues, stands out for its proactivity. It really fulfils what a company expects from its law firms, namely that they take control of their lawsuits.‘
‘It is a great practice for all issues.‘
‘All the lawyers have first-class professional capacities. But not only their legal training stands out, they also show excellent co-ordination as a team, which highlights their professional strength.‘
‘Gonzalo Fernández is a brilliant lawyer.‘
Compañía Minera Nevada
Agrícola AG II
Liberty International Holdings
- Successfully acted for Compañía Minera Nevada, which is developing the Chilean side of the bi-national Pascua Lama mining project, in an environmental law case at the Supreme Court.
- Defended Fundación Isabel Aninat, a large Chilean foundation that aims to aid impoverished Chilean children, against complex legal actions filed by its founder’s heirs.
- Defended Essity, one of the main producers of tissue paper worldwide, against two class actions, which sought compensation for collusion-related damages.
- Acted for Codelco in a litigation proceeding against Linsa before the First Civil Court of Santiago, which requested the termination of a service contract and a damages award for breach of contract.
- Defended joint venture Central Hidroeléctrica Chanleufu against a claim filed by Inversiones Intercorp claiming that easements granted for the development of the project are null and void.
Disputes work has always been a core practice at market powerhouse Claro & Cia., which fields a heavyweight, 30-strong dispute resolution practice that specialises in complex commercial court litigation, arbitration and transnational litigation; the team's lawyers also regularly act (as counsel or arbitrators) in international arbitral proceedings. In addition, the firm has a robust white-collar crime practice. Senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G has acted in various renowned litigation and arbitral cases in Chile over the last 30 years. Other highly-rated partners include practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has broad experience in complex antitrust litigation and investigations, and energy arbitration and litigation specialist, Nicolás Luco. Also integral to the practice are Felipe Ossa, José Miguel Huerta and Santiago Bravo, who made partner in January 2020. Vicente Portales, Javier Rodríguez, Álvaro Vives and Juan Pablo Celis provide strong support at associate level. Tania Villarroel left for Acción Educar in July 2019.
Banco Santander (Chile)
Apple Inc / Apple Chile
LATAM Airlines Group
Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones
Grupo Said Handal
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Fund III
Central El Campesino
- Defended Chilena Consolidada Seguros de Vida against claims brought by Corporación Nacional del Cobre for involvement in an alleged fraud, which involved the management of life and personal accident insurances for trade union workers.
- Successfully defended Banco Santander against a class action filed by the National Consumer Agency, which sought the nullification of several sections of most of its residential mortgage agreements.
- Represented Apple (and local distributors of products of the same brand) in class actions brought by a consumer association claiming an alleged problem in certain iPhone models.
- Acted for Agrosuper, the largest poultry producer in Chile, in two class actions brought by a consumer association and the Consumer National Agency that related to alleged cartel participation.
- Acted for LATAM (as well as its controlling shareholders and certain executives and members of its board of directors) in a civil procedure alleging antitrust behaviour initiated by a company shareholder.
Specialist boutique Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo's 15-strong department is consistently involved in Chile's most high-profile cases on behalf of both national and international clients. It assists with complex negotiations, and civil and commercial litigation before courts, state agencies and arbitrators. Representative work includes disputes involving the construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail sectors. Senior founding partner Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez's 'strategic and pragmatic view of cases' sees him regularly act as leading counsel in headline cases in Chile. His fellow partners focus on both civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, each with differing sub-specialities: Alfredo Waugh also undertakes consumer protection; Cristóbal Jimeno is primarily active in relation to the finance, insurance and construction sectors; Juan Francisco Asenjo also handles administrative proceedings; Joaquín Castillo (insurance and bankruptcy litigation); and Eugenio Valladares – who made partner in January 2020 – construction and corporate disputes. Recent headline matters saw Jimeno lead the representation of Telefónica Móviles Chile in a complex antitrust-related damages claim by OPS Ingeniería.
‘The lawyers are highly available and contribute with professionalism and dedication. The ability to understand complex issues and litigate them in different venues is impressive.‘
‘GWJA has a very committed team, great teamwork and ability to deal with several law firms in the same case. They present creative and strategic solutions to the cases in which they are engaged.‘
‘Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez takes a strategic and pragmatic view of cases, with creative ideas.‘
‘Cristóbal Jimeno has deep knowledge of the facts of a case and a great strategical view of the issues involved in the dispute; he also has an excellent ability to co-ordinate different law firms with different interests in the same dispute.‘
‘Eugenio Valladares is very committed, has full knowledge of the facts of a case and very good availability.‘
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Meridiam Latam Holdings
Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos
Empresa Constructora Echeverría Izquierdo
Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca
Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones
Ewos Chile Alimentos
Agrícola Don Pollo
Banco Itaú – Corpbanca
- Acted for Chile’s state-owned copper mining company, Codelco, in a claim against the Chilean General Comptroller seeking to annul decrees that determine the regulations with which the company is obliged to comply.
- Acted for Douglas Tompkins Revocable Trust and family members in a lawsuit brought by one of Douglas Tompkin’s claiming the right to a share of his estate.
- Represented Advent International, which controls local casino operator Enjoy, in two administrative disputes over the legality of its licenses to manage and operate a pair of casinos in southern Chile.
- Acted for Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos de Inversión, as minority shareholder, in relation to the Cascadas case, one of the largest financial scandals in Chile in recent decades.
The 18-strong team at full-service law firm Barros & Errázuriz regularly acts in contentious proceedings involving civil and commercial law, tax, bankruptcy, real estate and antitrust; notably, it also has particular experience in regulated areas, such as energy and telecoms, and has a track record in major construction and real estate project-related disputes. Name partner José Tomás Errázuriz heads the arbitration group in conjunction with Luis Eduardo Toro, while David Cademartori heads the public and administrative law sub-group and also handles competition matters. Javier San Martín handles both civil and commercial litigation and arbitration (where he has particular construction expertise), as well as insolvency, reorganisations and class actions. Senior associate support is provided by José Luis Corvalán, Isidora Fernández, Cristián Pérez, Andrea Batarce and Arturo Fontecilla.
‘They are disciplined and studious, and capable of imaginatively solving clients’ problems, transmitting serenity and security, which allows them to be effective and professional, whether in court or during common legal advice.‘
‘The lawyers of this law firm are concerned with understanding the context of a conflict and the business and the organisational culture of the client they advise. This allows them to visualise original and tailored measures, responses and defences. This establishes a big difference with the usual legal services available in the country.‘
‘It is a very neat team, where the lawyers very intelligently look at problems from different perspectives (client, counterpart, judge), which helps understand the problem more objectively.‘
‘They excel by giving an overview of the litigation, their concern for all the details, their ability to anticipate and the giving of a feeling of security. Being always available to the client and supporting it in what it really needs – that is the key to an excellent service.’
‘The level of preparation and experience is very good, with great management and knowledge of the arbitration and trial processes. For me one of the strongest points is the proactivity and commitment that they demonstrate in their work, being professionals in the fulfilment of procedures and giving timely responses to the requirements that the client makes.‘
‘Technically they are very solid, but the service and customer orientation make the difference. Another great strength is their ability to understand the business and dynamics of the conflict when exploring options and this contributes to generating solutions.‘
‘Javier San Martin has deep experience, intuition, ability to understand the judicial process and good judgement. His motivation is vital and makes him an excellent leader in a case. His knowledge and ability to understand the conflict make him a lawyer of excellence.‘
‘Senior associate José Luis Corvalan is always available, easy to contact and with timely and precise responses at key moments. He was vital to a complex process that had limited time. Excellent disposition, goodwill and trust are key to these matters and he is simply a brilliant lawyer.‘
Inmobiliaria El Plomo
Caja de Compensación Los Héroes
Aguas del Valle
Laureate International Universities
Inmobiliaria Socovesa Santiago
Correos de Chile
- Represented ESSBIO in two class actions, filed by over 2000 residents of Coronel seeking compensation for damages caused by alleged turbidity and pollution of ESSBIO-distributed water.
- Acted for Chilean real estate company Satel in a suit filed against the Municipality of Las Condes claiming compensation for damage caused by the refusal to grant a construction permit.
- Successfully acted for Laureate International Universities in constitutional actions involving educational rights.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's experienced 22-strong dispute resolution practice handles the full range of civil and commercial litigation, but its core strength and differentiator is an arbitral capability that sees the team regularly participate in significant domestic and international commercial arbitration mandates, including investment treaty disputes. The practice also has particular expertise in disputes involving the mining, construction and energy industries. Name partner and practice head Andrés Jana is an international figure and one of the region's foremost arbitrators. Rodrigo Gil also has considerable experience in investment treaty and international commercial arbitration, domestic arbitration and associated judicial issues, as well as niche specialism in cross-border construction disputes. Karen Werner, who joined as partner in 2019 from Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, leads on litigation matters and has both local and international experience in all Chile's key industries. A strong second line includes senior associates Carla Dittus, Victoria Demarchi, Nicolas Zisis and Tomás Bown.
Flughafen Zürich (Switzerland)
Gestión e Ingeniería IDC (Chile)
Publicitaria Sutil y Asociados
Empresa de Montajes Industriales SALFA
Echeverría Izquierdo Montajes Industriales
Inspectorate Servicios de Inspeccion Chile
Grupo Inmobiliaria Imagina
Importadora Café do Brasil
Inversiones San Francisco
Minera Los Pelambres
Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros
Agrícola e Inversiones Kurcula
Asociación de Consumidores de Santiago
Compañía Minera Chipana and Inversiones Nutram
Técnicas Reunidas Chile
- Representing Minera Los Pelambres (MLP) in a case brought before a civil court by 55 individuals who claim the company is illegally using water from a river, thereby affecting the plaintiffs’ water rights.
- Acting for Chilean governmental development-promotion agency CORFO in a series of long-running damages claims before the domestic courts to recover funds embezzled from the Chilean State.
- Acted for Minera Candelaria in a case brought by local fishermen alleging contamination of the waters surrounding the Punta Padrones Port due to the incorrect loading and unloading of copper.
Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante
Acting for significant corporations, state agencies and the Chilean state (among others), Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante has a strong name in the market for its experience in civil litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. The team consistently assists with high-profile class actions, antitrust cases and commercial and corporate litigation, as well as with disputes involving the telecoms, energy, insurance and construction sectors. Felipe Bulnes and Enrique Urrutia both focus on complex litigation, while José Manuel Bustamante handles both commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration; all three co-lead the department. Active on both the arbitration ad litigation fronts, younger partner Gonzalo Vial is also highly-regarded.
Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados
Committed to its boutique format, disputes specialists Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados' seven-strong department now includes five partners following the January 2020 promotion of Benjamín Morales and Diego Navarrete to the partnership. Highly-regarded for assisting both national and foreign companies with significant and complex commercial disputes, the practice is active across key areas of the Chilean economy, including regulated markets such as banking, pharmaceuticals and energy, the broad sweep of natural resources (from mining and agro-industry to aquaculture), along with construction, real estate and retail. Shareholder and insurance litigation are also strong suits and the team is equally at home with administrative and constitutional litigation, and arbitral matters. Senior partner Alvaro Ortúzar (appellate advocacy and arbitration) and fellow name partners Nicolás Vergara (shareholder disputes, insurance litigation and antitrust mandates) and Cristián Boetsch (construction and energy arbitration, insurance litigation and consumer class actions) co-lead the team.
‘They give precise and concrete answers to complex queries and are able to adequately assess the risks of the conflict that is presented to them. The firm is also agile and fully involved in the conflicts that clients present to them.‘
‘High degrees of responsiveness and professionalism, which also demonstrate a great capacity for organisation. Although it is a litigation/arbitration boutique, the lawyers motivate the client to explore pre-litigation alternative solutions and accompany the client through the process.‘
‘Competitiveness not only regarding the issues of expertise but ability also to deal with issues other than litigation (corporate and/or merger and acquisition disputes). All these qualities distinguish them in a highly competitive market that offers many alternatives.‘
‘Clients have the best impression of the service provided by the firm. The partners and lawyers of the firm are permanently available to answer clients’ queries regarding the cases they attend. Furthermore, they take great care in designing a strategy and preparing cases jointly with those who are internally in charge of managing them, making clients part of the decision-making process.‘
‘The firm excels in its strategic capacity and legal knowledge, which allows the client’s arguments and approaches to be exposed in a solid and convincing way. Two aspects stand out from other offices: Firstly, the concern for customer service. Clients have a close relationship with lawyers, who inform them periodically and fully of the progress of trials. Secondly, the ability to handle matters that are technically complex and that involve a lot of information, deciphering it into a direct and clear legal strategy that allows the presenting of the case in a way that seems convincing.‘
‘It is a firm made up of lawyers who really know the issues upon which they advise and who stand out for their accessibility.’
‘Nicolás Vergara has a long history of resolving disputes, which allows him to design and propose solutions that are tailored to his clients. As an OVB partner, he is a lawyer who is close to his clients and willing to collaborate alongside associate lawyers.‘
‘Cristián Boetsch has great technical and situation management experience, and is responsive and professional. He and his team are remarkable lawyers. They are always involved in complex arbitration cases. The whole team has a deep understanding of arbitration practice and they are always trying to make it as good as it gets.‘
‘Diego Navarrete is a lawyer who is clearly specialised in dispute resolution and has excellent analytical skills, which allow him to visualise conflicts with the necessary perspective, in order to provide plausible and exhaustive solutions. In addition, he maintains direct and constant contact with his clients, adequately monitoring the tasks assigned to advance matters.‘
Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales
- Acted for state-owned oil and gas company, ENAP, in arbitration arising out of the termination of a storage services contract.
- Acted for Constructora Sigro in six parallel arbitrations against a residential developer.
- Acted for Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales and Sura Insurance Company in an arbitration, which sought the recovery of approximately $40m in fire-related damages.
Notwithstanding the September 2020 departure of former practice co-head Francisco Blavi to join what is now Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados, competition and disputes boutique Pellegrini & Cía. is an impressive proposition. The nine-strong team is led by name partner and practice head Julio Pellegrini, a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist who handles contractual claims, torts and class actions, and has particular expertise in construction contract litigation. Fellow partner Pedro Rencoret is highly-regarded for litigation and arbitration-related contractual claims, unfair competition and disputes with a significant economic aspect. Headline mandates include acting as co-counsel to consortium Constructora Nuevo Maipo (Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna), in twin ICC arbitrations against Alto Maipo and AES related to the construction of the Alto Maipo Project. Other matters included representing Claro Chile in an Appeals Court petition and related Constitutional Court proceedings in relation to an administrative decision freezing spectrum concessions. Impressive senior associate Fernando Zúñiga has considerable breadth to his disputes practice and is a name to note. Since publication, the firm has reorganised as Pellegrini & Rencoret Abogados (effective as of February 2021), with Zúñiga concurrently ascending to the partnership.
‘They are a solid firm, specialised in highly complex issues. Their strengths are the correct diagnosis of the case and the strategy to be followed, and the combination of legal knowledge with a great capacity for teamwork.‘
‘The firm has proven to be particularly skilled in resolving technical conflicts and distinguishes itself from other highly qualified offices in its dedication to the case and to the client. They are perfectionists and know how to transform a highly complex case into something simple.‘
‘The Pellegrini team has proven to be a highly reliable team, committed to the client and working in co-ordination with all its members. The lawyers that compose it demonstrate a high level of knowledge and are constantly concerned with serving the client in the best way. Their actions during trials are always communicated to clients and they effectively anticipate the scenarios that are presented in trials.‘
‘They are a very solid team both in terms of knowledge and in internal relations. They are always available, co-ordinated and with knowledge of the strategy that they jointly design and deploy for the case. They also give quick responses to queries, do not perform unnecessary work, and take into consideration the economic aspects of their services.‘
‘Julio Pellegrini is truly impressive and is a leader in this area of practice. He is a lawyer who stands out for his ability to develop strategies, manage procedures and take cases in all their details. He understands the business world well, allowing him to better understand the real needs of a case to achieve the best possible result.‘
‘Pedro Rencoret is extremely effective and tenacious, being able to explain complex and technical issues in simple words. He is highly experienced and committed to the case, which he handles with knowledge of judges and other attorneys. He has a great capacity for work, which is well complemented by his financial knowledge.‘
- Acted as co-counsel for consortium Constructora Nuevo Maipo (comprising Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna), against Alto Maipo and AES in two international arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of the Alto Maipo Project.
- Representing Cartulinas CMPC – under the CAM Santiago rules – in arbitration against Proyectos y Montajes COMIN regarding the execution and implementation of three construction contracts.
- Represented Scotiabank in a Constitutional court case defending the student loan contracts guaranteed by the Chilean state.
Following the June 2019 departure of former practice head José Ignacio Jiménez to establish his own firm, young partner Sergio Yávar stepped up to lead the practice at Guerrero Olivos; handling complex civil, commercial and arbitral disputes, recent mandates have seen him active in sectors including mining, agribusiness, energy, retail and – notably – real estate. Yávar is also an expert in bankruptcy, liquidation proceedings and reorganization plans, and leads the firm's restructuring practice. In April 2020, the firm substantially strengthened the practice, absorbing the dispute resolution team of Della Maggiora, Eyzaguirre, Ferrada Abogados, including former name partner Benjamín Ferrada, who undertakes civil, commercial, tax and administrative litigation, and also handles complex disputes, arbitration, mediation and negotiation of all types. Associate Juan Luis Chomalí, who arrived from Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia in August 2019, is also noted.
‘They have several lawyers from different specialities and in the absence of one, there is always a partner who can contribute to solving problems. They are quick in their work and precise, with minutes understandable by laymen, but with legal precision and well-founded recommendations.‘
‘This firm stands out for its speed and rigour in assessing issues, based on which clients can make decisions.‘
Western Union International
GLL Real Estate Partners
Volvo Financial Services
RML Group International Chile
Mutual Chilena de Seguridad
Mapfre Compañía de Seguros Generales de Chile
Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales
- Represented Puerto Ventanas in a highly controversial environmental damage lawsuit.
- Acted for Haciendas Talinay in litigation against wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Chile for breach of contract and damages.
- Represented Denham Capital and Santiago Metals in a highly complex legal and mining dispute.
López Escobar del Río Leiva
Founded in 2017, specialist disputes boutique López Escobar del Río handles a broad range of contentious matters including civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, criminal law, contentious administrative proceedings, litigation before the financial markets regulator (SVS), and construction-related disputes. It particularly specializes in highly-complex proceedings and frequently advises on disputes in regulated sectors such as telecoms, finance and banking, retail, electricity and mining, among others. Senior figure Jorge Del Río has some 40 years' disputes experience in litigation, arbitration and ADR; Julián López is a highly-regarded criminal, civil and commercial litigation expert. Also key to the practice are José Ignacio Escobar (administrative, constitutional and criminal litigation) and Felipe Leiva (arbitration, civil and commercial litigation and contentious administrative disputes). The team was further boosted with the hire of Ignacio Ananías, formerly of Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados, as a senior associate in August 2019.
Carlos Eugenio Lavín
Carlos Alberto Délano
Inversiones Penta III
Grupo Ossandón Larraín
Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca
Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado
Banco de Chile
Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente
Anglo American Sur
- Acted for Empresas Penta in the high-profile criminal case surrounding the illegal financing of political campaigns known as ‘Pentagate’.
- Successfully defended Minera Escondida in arbitration against a claimant that disputed the company’s unilateral right to terminate a supply agreement.
- Defended the Ossandón Larraín family conglomerate in several judicial disputes, which involved claims over the division of family assets.
The 18-strong disputes practice at Albagli Zaliasnik is consistently involved in disputes involving administrative law, arbitration, bankruptcy, civil and commercial litigation, class actions, antitrust and consumer protection. Organizationally divided between civil and commercial litigation on the one hand, and the criminal law area on the other, the team also handles environmental, labour and tax litigation. Former senior associate Félix Antolín (civil litigation and arbitration) was promoted to director of the civil litigation and arbitration group, taking the reins from previous area head, Ariela Agosin, who nevertheless remains partner-in-charge, and is predominantly dedicated to arbitration -including as arbitrator- as well as civil litigation and regulatory matters (along with her IP-litigation specialism). Also key to the team are white-collar expert and founding partner Gabriel Zaliasnik, criminal law group director Cesar Ramos and senior associate Carolina Escandón, who focuses on preventative and pre-trial strategies, and procedural matters.
‘They are fast and organised.‘
‘High knowledge of the legal issues and different repercussions of each decision made during litigation.‘
‘Just being represented by this law firm gives a signal to counterparts of seriousness and professionalism.‘
‘Cesar Ramos stands out for his experience and knowledge. He transmits security, is solid in terms of his knowledge and assertive in the suggestions he provides and the potential scenarios to be faced. He understands that strategic communication is important for the company when facing a criminal case.‘
Fundación Isabel Aninat
Roberto Carrasco and Senator Iván Moreira Barros
National Chamber of Commerce
The President of Chile
Nexus – Isapre Nueva Mas Vida
- Acted for Chilean storage company Bodegas San Francisco in a dispute concerning the sale of land allegedly at below market price.
Baker McKenzie Chile
Baker McKenzie Chile's 13-strong department focuses on complex disputes involving infrastructure projects, securities and class actions, as well as the mining and retail sectors. The firm's Latin American regional practice head for disputes matters, both arbitration and litigation, Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés demonstrates 'an innate talent for negotiating and generating agreements'. The Santiago-based practice group includes Ignacio Naudon, whose disputes practice focuses on infrastructure projects, construction contracts, distribution agreements, securities, class actions and the negotiation of settlement agreements. Senior associate Antonio López's disputes practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation; he also leads the office's insolvency and bankruptcy practice and associated litigious proceedings.
‘Unlike other law firms, Baker Mackenzie’s attorneys are committed to the client’s interest and demonstrate that the work is actually performed by the appropriate expert.‘
‘The attorneys at Baker Mackenzie demonstrate that they are willing to attend to the client’s queries and even provide information that allows the client to understand the legal issues at stake, even without the client asking the question.‘
‘The proactivity of Baker Mackenzie’s attorneys is an aspect that should be highlighted. The team is also highly experienced and has great strategic vision to deal with problems. Its international experience means the lawyers have a plus over teams from other offices.‘
‘Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is a highly qualified lawyer with an innate talent for negotiating and generating agreements. He also shows a great interest and ability to listen to the client, thereby facilitating the understanding of all the variables at stake. He is able to incorporate the knowledge of the client’s professional team into his experience and demonstrates his knowledge and experience in a way that transmits tranquility to the client and meets the objectives defined by the client. In addition, his experience improves the client’s position in the face of a conflict.‘
‘Ignacio Naudon perfectly handles this area of practice, understands the problems of his clients and is able to give specialised advice.‘
SCM Lumina Copper Chile
Testa Wines of the World
Black and Decker
Haldeman Mining Company
- Defended major pension fund administrator AFP Habitat against a claim that a 1980 decree should be declared unenforceable because it violates property rights.
- Representing Chile’s three large pension fund administrators (as plaintiffs) in a case filed against executives of PwC and La Polar for damages caused by their unlawful cover up of La Polar’s real financial situation.
- Defended major retailer Cencosud against a class action alleging that the terms and conditions of Cencosud’s e-commerce website “Paris.cl” were illegal and abusive.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 17-strong team regularly handles litigation involving environmental, regulatory, energy, mining, securities and tax-related disputes, along with construction, insurance, tort, competition and consumer protection claims. Compliance and white-collar crime are areas of recent growth for the firm. Seasoned practitioner Florencio Bernales leads the disputes team; a contentious all-rounder, he handles both litigation and arbitration. Fellow partner Raimundo Moreno (civil litigation and arbitration), Fernando Urrutia (particularly construction cases and insolvency proceedings), and Jorge Boldt (complex litigation, arbitration, corporate investigations and criminal compliance) are the other key contacts. A strong second tier includes senior associates José Ignacio Azar, José Manuel Donoso and Trinidad Torres.
‘Working with this firm gives me peace of mind that they will do an excellent job and defend the interests of the entity I represent in the best ways. They have a lot of knowledge in their area and contribute to the solution of problems in a very adequate way (unlike other firms that make matters more complex), with great negotiation skills in reaching agreements. They maintain an excellent level of communication with the client, which allows for working in a very co-ordinated way.‘
‘Excellent level of communication with the client. Great theoretical, practical and jurisprudence knowledge of subjects, which gives a lot of peace of mind. They are facilitators of agreements and search for solutions, and provide dedication, knowledge and speed.‘
‘The firm has a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers. Issues that affect clients can be addressed in depth with specialists from each area. They are effective and quick to visualise all aspects of cases.‘
‘They always act with strict adherence to ethics and morals. In this, they differ from many other law firms that base their practices on aggressiveness and intimidation, without due knowledge. They also have a number of highly qualified attorneys who form a critical mass, which allows them to keep all their cases up to date and with adequate knowledge of each case.‘
‘The lawyers of the firm are noted for their professionalism and ethics and are morally outstanding, with important connections in the political, business and legal world.‘
‘Its great asset is being focused on adherence to the law and good practices.’
‘They understand in depth their clients’ businesses and can advise on creative and intelligent solutions. They have also developed wide experience in arbitration and the resolution of economic and legal conflicts between partners.‘
‘Partners Fernando Urrutia and Florencio Bernales are recognised for being firm, professional and of good judgement, both in legal and commercial aspects.‘
Larraín Vial Corredora de Bolsa
Summer Walker Tompkins
Banmédica & Vida Tres
- Represented Google in several constitutional actions based on alleged violations of honour, privacy and the right to emotional well-being.
- Acted for Endesa in three cases arising from petitions to annul water-use rights for a proposed hydroelectric power station.
- Acted for stockbroker Larraín Vial (and two of its executives) in an administrative investigation related to the high-profile Cascada case conducted by Chile’s Securities and Insurance regulator.
Correa Squella focuses on highly complex litigation and arbitration proceedings and is particularly noted for cases involving contracts, torts, commercial, corporate and finance law, class actions, and telecoms and construction-related matters. Founding partner Juan Ignacio Correa has enormous disputes experience; he and 'first class litigator' Jorge Sepúlveda – who made partner in July 2019 – co-lead the group.
‘We value the excellent and first-hand service provided by Correa Squella. The partners are always available, as well as the rest of the team. The firm has wide knowledge about the law but also an integral view of the conflict. All in all we are very happy with the service.‘
‘Jorge Sepúlveda is a first-class litigator who is very well prepared. He is smart and creative about the different strategies to satisfy our needs.‘
Minera Los Pelambres
Cousiño Macul Group
- Acted for AFP Capital against La Polar, PwC and others, related to the retail’s obtaining illegal financial advantages by refinancing its customers’ credit card debt without their knowledge.
Best known for its strong orientation towards the projects sector, the 11-strong team at boutique firm Fleischmann & León Abogados is recommended for the resolution of disputes – via mediation, litigation or arbitration – related to infrastructure, construction, public works and mining concessions. The key contacts are name partners Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick (civil and administrative law, domestic and international litigation and arbitration, particularly in relation to infrastructure and construction) and Juan Ignacio León Lira (domestic and international arbitration and litigation as part of a wider practice focused on construction, real estate, concessions and mining), along with construction specialist Juan Diego Rabat Celis, who has a strong background in infrastructure-related arbitration and litigation. Paulo Román Reyes, who joined as partner from the former Aninat Schwencke & Cia in June 2019, focuses on civil and commercial litigation, insurance and arbitration. Senior associate Cristóbal Marimón Mourgues is also noted.
‘They have excellent strategies for litigation, as well as extensive experience and technical mastery in legal and financial matters. They also have extensive experience in arbitration litigation involving public works’ concession contracts.‘
‘This is a highly trained team of lawyers, not only in legal matters, but also for technical knowledge. They find quick solutions to complex problems and are much better than any other office we have worked with.‘
‘The firm has the ability to anticipate the difficulties that arise in arbitration and provide ingenious solutions to problems; and the lawyers give personalised attention to their clients, compared with other law firms. It is also a consolidated team that knows its work very well, has an excellent attitude when facing challenges, and the lawyers treat the problems presented as if they were their own.‘
‘The firm shows great experience and knowledge in litigation, and provides solutions. Its professionals demonstrate dedication and a personalised treatment, always adapting to our requirements.‘
‘The firm is appreciated for its closeness to clients and willingness to meet our requirements, especially Juan Diego Rabat Celis, with whom we have resolved various disputes. They are people who always answer our calls and are available to talk.‘
‘Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick has great technical and legal expertise and negotiating strategy. He is a tremendously intelligent and analytical lawyer, which allows him to define strategies and anticipate scenarios so as to go forward in the case.‘
‘Juan Ignacio León Lira is a very analytical and methodical lawyer, who does not leave details to chance. This allows us to gather all the information in the case and give it the best use so as to achieve the best outcome at trial.‘
‘New partner Paulo Román Reyes is highly recognised in the market for his expertise in civil and commercial matters.‘
Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción
Jaime Salazar Parraguez
Empresa Constructora Tara-Compu
Echeverria Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción
Colegio Internacional SEK Chile
Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex
Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón II
Sociedad Concesionaria Aeropuerto Araucanía
Sociedad Concesionaria Concesiones Urbanas
- Successfully defended agricultural entrepreneur Jaime Salazar against an environmental damage claim.
- Acted for Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción in aclaim against the Chilean State related to a public works construction agreement.
- Acted for Echeverría Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción in a case against the Chilean Treasury for breaches of a theatre construction contract.
The 2019 arrival of former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría partner, disputes heavyweight Enrique Alcalde, (along with former senior associate – now partner – Benjamin García) marked a step change in the disputes profile of the former Marinovic & Asociados, a medium-sized firm now reincorporated as Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados. The pair have joined a team that specialises in civil litigation claims and arbitration led by founding partner Iván Marinovic, a seasoned litigator, particularly in civil, commercial, tax and real estate matters. The broad offering also handles shareholder disputes, insolvency, and environmental and construction-related claims. Other key contacts include Nicolás Marinovic (civil litigation cases concerning contractual liability, torts, real estate leasing proceedings and complex arbitration) and Javier González Echávarri (dispute resolution as part of a broader corporate practice).
‘They are a great, specialised litigation team that compares very favourably with other teams.‘
‘Enrique Alcalde is an extraordinary lawyer with corporate experience and today dedicated to academia and litigation.‘
Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues
Inmobiliaria Del Inca
Naviera Orca Chile
Sucesión Carmen Palma
- Acted for REC Bitumen against a Chilean company in a breach of contract case related to bitumen sales.
- Represented major pension fund administrator, AFP Provida, in civil cases arising from the high-profile Cascadas case, claiming compansation for damages allegedly caused to the minority stakeholders of publicly-owned companies as a result of fraud.
- Acted for Inmobiliaria Pargua in arbitration seeking the dissolution of a closed company.
Arbitration is at the heart of the disputes practice for noted corporate player Morales & Besa, although the ten-strong team also handles civil and commercial litigation, construction disputes, antitrust claims, contentious administrative proceedings and white-collar matters; of late it has been particularly active in infrastructure disputes related to public concessions and the energy sector. Practice head Gonzalo Cordero's disputes experience covers construction, consumer protection, high-profile administrative litigation and arbitration. Notable support is provided by senior associates Orlando Palominos (arbitration, litigation and insolvency), and Juan Ignacio Eymin (litigation and ADR, with a focus on civil and administrative procedures).
‘They are an excellent team, provide us with a very good service, are very personalised, and are always available to answer the phone or answer questions.‘
‘Morales & Besa stands out among our legal advisers for the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of their legal opinions. Unlike other law firms, all of excellent quality, Morales & Besa has forged an excellent professional relationship with us, providing advice on corporate and judicial matters, and collaborating on the resolution of disputes that arise from contracts.‘
‘The feature that stands out is the professional quality of the lawyers who provide us with advice. We have always received excellent professional advice, which gives us confidence and security in making our decisions. This continuous advice is fundamental to our management as a company.‘
‘Senior associate Orlando Palominos has strong expertise in litigation and civil law, outstanding knowledge of the law and an ability to think in practical terms. Orlando was very responsive; he understood the task perfectly and delivered the result within a short time. The work product was very clear so we are very satisfied with it and, overall, with the service we received. As opposed to other lawyers, Orlando worked closely with us and provided preliminary drafts with outside-the-box thinking in seeking solutions to our concerns, discussing them on a regular basis.‘
‘We are very happy with the relationship we developed with senior associate Orlando Palominos. He is a lawyer that stands out from his peers, thanks to his ability to combine a deep theoretical understanding with practical and down-to-earth solutions, tailored for business and the needs we presented. He is also always available to answer our questions, is very approachable and has no problem in receiving new ideas or comments on his work and is always looking for the best way to advise..‘
‘This team has an outstanding senior attorney in knowledge and customer service called Orlando Palominos. He is one of the main reasons why I use Morales & Besa.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Sociedad Concesionaria Puente Industrial
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel
Universidad de Chile
- Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud, the holder of the concession to build and operate the Félix Bulnes Hospital, in a $200m construction arbitration with Astaldi.
Ortiz y Cia
Seven-strong disputes boutique Ortiz y Cia is 'a reference in criminal law in Chile'. Long at the forefront of white-collar criminal matters across a broad swathe of sectors including capital markets, competition, health, environmental, IP and IT, as well as matters of administrative probity, the practice is complemented by a sub-practice handling criminal prevention advisory services and legal opinions for cases of high complexity. Founding partner Luis Ortiz Quiroga is a doyen of Chilean criminal law; he remains both active and particularly sought-after for case analysis and strategy. Twenty-five year veteran Leonardo Battaglia undertakes civil and commercial litigation but comes increasingly to the fore in white-collar matters, where he is both well-respected and well-regarded by peers. Cristián Muga Aitken and Rodrigo Avila also attract praise; each has over twenty years' contentious experience.
Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados
Dispute resolution specialists Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados recently reincorporated as Ovalle & Bulnes Abogados, following the July 2019 departure of former name partner Gianfranco Gazzana to become head of legal at Itaú Chile. The eight-strong boutique, a member of the ACLA regional alliance of specialist dispute-resolution firms, undertakes significant and complex litigation, as well as both domestic and international arbitration. Highly proficient in the regulated sectors – notably energy, mining, telecoms, banking and media – the firm has also developed particular niche-expertise in projects, infrastructure and construction conflicts; it is also active in antitrust matters. With approaching 30 years’ disputes experience, 'trusted advisor' Esteban Ovalle is a contentious heavyweight of note; he handles litigation, arbitration and mediation/ADR. Fellow name partner José Tomás Bulnes focuses on civil and commercial litigation, construction law and arbitration. Key second-line support comes from senior associate Sofía Montero and recent hire Dione Meruane, who arrived from Mena y Guijón Abogados in September 2019 – both handle litigation and arbitration. Other associate movements saw the departure of Isabel Cordero, who moved in-house at Falabella.
‘The firm has adequate knowledge of the judicial strategy and is creative in its solutions.‘
‘The team is very good and professional and analyses the different sides of complex cases. It also has extensive experience in complex arbitrations.‘
‘An agile team with great strength and dedication to defending the interests of its clients. It has great knowledge of litigation in the construction industry, making them sophisticated advisers. In addition, they are complete lawyers who are able to understands aspects of both corporate and civil law in depth.‘
‘José Tomás Bulnes stands out for his availability, diligence and knowledge of litigious matters.‘
‘Esteban Ovalle and José Tomás Bulnes distinguish themselves through discipline and strong case analysis.‘
‘Esteban Ovalle is a trusted advisor, who always shows benefits and risks (in a better way than other litigants who rather show the benefits of their strategy and do not show the risks).‘
Full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 20-strong litigation and arbitration department that focuses on complex, high-impact or highly sensitive cases. Areas of strength include disputes involving corporate law, construction and engineering, investment arbitration, energy, natural gas, electricity and mining. The team has undergone significant change over the last reporting period with, firstly, the departure of Enrique Alcalde and former senior associate Benjamin García for start-up boutique Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados in mid-2019; and subsequently the departure of Cristián Conejero Roos to re-join Cuatrecasas at its new Santiago office, taking former senior associates Gianfranco Lotito and (Uruguay qualified) Juan Manuel Rey Jiménez de Aréchaga with him, in April 2020. Following the latter departure, the firm moved rapidly with the mid-May hire of the founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados, Jorge Vial, as the new head of its disputes practice. A procedural specialist with over 30 years' litigation experience, Vial arrived with five associates, boosting the contentious group to 20 lawyers. The practice also retained its key litigation partner, Germán Subercaseaux, who is particularly noted for litigation involving contractual liability, torts and internal investigations, as well as arbitration. Key support comes from principal associate and consumer law and class action specialist, Senda Villalobos, and senior associate Sophie Hellmich, who are both noted. Having rejoined from Three Crowns LLP in London in 2019, former senior associate Liat Tapia subsequently moved to Ugarte & Correa in early 2020.
‘Strong dedication and commitment to the client.‘
‘They are a sharp, methodical team that is very attentive to details. With great disposition, we are very satisfied with their work.‘
‘Their level of professionalism shows that they are attentive to the times of the client.‘
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Tanner Servicios Financieros
Minera Salar Blanco
- Defended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in a case initiated by Elsa Vergara to recover a significant piece of land sold to the University.
- Acted for Coasin in a $52m unfair trade lawsuit against VeriFone (provider of digital payment terminals) for the early termination of a distribution contract.
- Defended Tanner Services Financieros against a lawsuit brought by the National Consumer Service arising from a purported violation of the legislation regulating the lifting of mortgages and loan guarantee pledges.
The seven-strong disputes team at full-service Prieto Abogados, although small, nevertheless constitutes a core practice area for the firm. Consistently acting before arbitrators and ordinary courts in disputes involving energy, construction, real estate and retail, the practice has experienced an uptick in contentious matters, particularly in regulated sectors such as insurance, transportation, healthcare, telecoms and banking. The team is led by seasoned litigator Fernando Samaniego, who has a certain focus on real estate and construction conflicts and anti-trust litigation, while also fielding the highly experienced partners Alberto González V (arbitration, particularly in real estate, construction and energy disputes) and Claudio Undurraga (utilities, energy, infrastructure and anti-trust litigation). At associate level, the key names are Juan Pablo Riesco (civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy and competition) and Cristóbal Jiménez (administrative, civil and commercial litigation; civil responsibility; and arbitration).
‘What makes them unique is that they have a lot of experience and ability to understand conflicts with complex technical and regulatory characteristics, such as in the electricity and gas business, as well as in construction contracts. They also know that in these types of conflicts it is necessary to work as a team with engineers, economists, and other experts that allow the presentation of an optimal case, and they know how to direct and lead these multi-disciplinary teams.‘
‘They stand out for being very professional, intelligent and professional lawyers, but they have their egos under control. This allows them to hear and make the right decisions, without trying to impose a preconceived hypothesis (something that occurs a lot in the world of litigation lawyers). Also, the litigation team partners have known each other for many years and are a very focused team and work as a very collaborative team.‘
‘They have a large team in which everyone is very involved in the matter. They differ in that all its members are capable of giving assertive and agile responses to client requirements.‘
‘Fernando Samaniego is an excellent lawyer, who is very trustworthy and prudent.‘
‘Juan Pablo Riesco is an extraordinary lawyer, faultless with his advice, and fast and reliable.‘
Engie Energía Chile
Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte
- Represented four electrical power generating companies in their unlawful conduct claim against GasAtacama Chile.
- Acted for industrial minerals supplier Sibelco Chile in a breach-of-contract proceeding against transport company, Depetris Deflorian Hermanos.
- Defended Inversiones Ferroviarias Bolivianas and GWC Inversiones against a suit brought by CB Inversiones T e I, which claimed a presumptive breach of contract.
With former name partner Herman Chadwick’s appointment as President of Chile’s Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CAM), Chadwick & Reymond has reverted to Reymond & Cia. The boutique nevertheless retains its strong reputation for litigation against the state in relation to public works’ concessions, construction disputes, and conflicts arising from public and private infrastructure. The 10-strong practice group also acts in disputes in the energy, health, real estate and corporate sectors, as well as on family estate matters. The practice is co-led by 30-year disputes veteran, Alfonso Reymond Larraín, and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez – fundamentally a public law expert who specializes in litigation and arbitration (domestic and international), related to infrastructure, construction, and private and public concessions. Despite the loss of Ignacio Vargas Roco, who moved to Dentons Larrain Rencoret in December 2019, the practice has been reinforced with the raising of construction and disputes specialists Camilo Silva Correa and Diego Fuentes González to the partnership in mid-2020; and the hire of the highly regarded Adolfo Wegmann (civil responsibility, construction contracts, engineering and infrastructure projects, and associated litigation and arbitration), as a consultant.
‘Strong experience of the local construction market, including knowledge and analysis of the laws, regulations and codes that govern Chilean regulations. They participate in forums, meetings and other training platforms, sharing knowledge and experience.‘
‘Its technical and methodological knowledge of the activities of the construction industry makes communication easy between the construction company and this firm, correctly permeating the solutions to be applied to projects.‘
‘They maintain very positive results for our company, and they are valued as great strategists and litigants. The firm stands out because clients are served by its partners directly.‘
‘They are lawyers who are specialised in litigation and arbitration in the construction and concessions sector. They represent a boutique office and what differentiates them from other partners is the fact that they are staffed by partners and not by younger attorneys.‘
‘Their lawyers stand out for being very dedicated to cases and serving them directly.‘
‘I highlight Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez. Both partners are litigants, who complement each other very well – Alfonso for his experience, and Rodrigo for his skill in the courts and knowledge.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista Vespucio Oriente
República Federativa Brasil
Consorcio Hospital de Talca
Sociedad Concesionaria Rutas del Pacífico Ruta 78
Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista de los Andes
Consorcio Embalse Chironta
Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción
Universidad Gabriela Mistral
Sociedad Concesionaria Rutas del Algarrobo
Banco Santander (Chile)
Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta de Nahuelbuta
- Acted for Besalco Construcciones in its claim for higher construction costs against Inmobiliaria y Desarroladora El Remanso, related to the construction of a residential luxury condominium.
Ugarte & Correa
Disputes boutique Ugarte & Correa fields a team that is now 10-strong and which acts in both domestic and international arbitration, and commercial litigation. It is particularly active in disputes related to construction, infrastructure and concessions, along with shareholder claims, damages litigation, inheritance issues, class actions and antitrust matters. The team is co-led by highly-regarded name partners José Joaquín Ugarte (domestic and international arbitration; commercial, civil and antitrust litigation) and Pablo Correa (litigation and arbitration – primarily in relation to construction, projects, infrastructure, concessions and mining; civil, commercial and financial litigation). Moreover, the team has been substantially reinforced with the late 2019 and early 2020 hires of senior associates Karl Conrads (arbitration) and Liat Tapia (commercial and investment disputes, arbitration) from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's arbitration group; and more recently, the contracting of arbitral expert Crescente Molina, who has just completed his doctorate at Oxford University.
‘Liat Tapia is an excellent civil litigation associate, keeps the client informed of the case and establishes optimal litigation strategies.‘
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
- Represented global lithium producer, Albemarle, in construction arbitration.
Vergara, Labarca & Cía
Seven-strong specialist boutique Vergara, Labarca & Cía is highly respected for its experience in civil and commercial law disputes and in construction and infrastructure-related litigation in particular; the team is also noted for shareholder and finance disputes as well as claims involving transport, telecoms, mining and electricity, and also handles cases related to capital markets or competition/antitrust issues. Highly-regarded name partner Raimundo Labarca has a 30-year track record in contentious matters; he co-leads the practice with younger partner Alejandro Parodi, who focuses on complex litigation and arbitration in civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative matters. The pair can also call on the deep experience of name partner Arturo Vergara.
‘Vergara Labarca is one of the few law firms where the lawyers are all experienced. They are partners who are personally dedicated to serving their clients and preparing the trial strategy. They are able to internalise the smallest details of their clients in order to understand the culture and objectives of their clients. Relationships with its partners is a fundamental part of the success that can be obtained in a trial. Their way of working is unique among all the legal practices I have had to work with.‘
‘The level of experience and dedication they give to each of the cases they carry out is special. They do not skimp on strategies and accurately report to clients at every stage of trials. With them we have achieved 100% success in each trial they have worked on.‘
‘This is a boutique firm, with lawyers who give exclusive dedication when they take care of matters. It is impressive how quickly they create a global vision of the issue raised and their capacity to understand all levels involved, not only the legal but also technical and financial issues, among others.‘
‘They are lawyers concerned with the quality of their work but are also straightforward attorneys who connect with their clients and immediately understand their needs and how to satisfy them. They are not like many lawyers who act as if they are more important than their clients.‘
‘They are studious, rigorous and detail-minded attorneys who get personally involved.‘
‘It is a balanced team that has brilliant strategists and excellent day-to-day procedural managers. They have an incredible ability to synthesise the facts and contracts, presenting the essence of litigation to the judge in a simple and irrefutable way. ‘
‘Raimundo Labarca gives peace of mind at each stage of a trial. He and Alejandro Parodi are the best litigation strategists I have ever met.‘
‘Alejandro Parodi very favourably impresses with his work and is also strategic and creative.‘
Arrigoni Ingeniería y Construcción
- Acted for state copper producer Codelco in litigation against insurers Chilena Consolidada for alleged fraud involving a health insurance-related public bid.
- Represented Abastible (a large player in Chile’s domestic gas-supply industry) in a suit against competitors Gasco and Lipigas concerning the payment and reimbursement of guarantees given by clients.
- Acted for Inversiones Tricahue, a minority shareholder in Enel’s subsidiary Pehuenche (a hydro-electric producer), in its claim that Enel mismanaged Pehuenche and acted abusively and for its own benefit.
Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial
Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial is entirely dedicated to contentious matters – litigation, arbitration, ADR – and competition matters. The seven-strong dispute resolution practice is particularly active in construction disputes and unfair competition cases, while on the arbitral front, the team is also experienced in energy, telecoms and finance-related disputes. Recent matters range from representing LATAM Airlines in its restructuring process in New York, to arbitration against the provincial Government of Cuenca, Ecuador. Experienced practice co-heads Gerardo Ovalle (particularly construction, unfair competition and tort cases), and Fernando Salas (complex civil litigation – both contract and tort cases), handle the full range of disputes work. Further partner-level input comes from Anibal Vial (complex civil and commercial litigation).
‘Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial is a boutique firm highly specialized in complex litigation and free competition, which has partners with a lot of experience and prestige. Unlike other firms, With Y&Cía, one can trust that more than one partner will be directly involved in each assignment, which gives a great guarantee in complex cases where the joint view is usually especially important. To us, as lawyers specialized in corporate / M&A, we have had to refer many clients to them when business does not go well and they end up in litigation. Many of these matters we have entrusted to Y&Cía, who have always responded in a very timely manner (an issue that is rarely seen in the market) and with a very high-quality standard, it is probably one of the best conflict resolution teams in Chile.’
‘I believe that the great ability to work as a team, the deep knowledge they have in procedural and civil matters, their experience in dealing with highly complex cases (even as cross-border components) and their great knowledge of the arbitrators and the national arbitration circuit and international (being two of its very prestigious referee partners), are the greatest qualities that could be highlighted in the team, in addition to the great human quality of each of its members. I believe that unlike some of their competitors, at Y&Cía they take on every case they take with great commitment, whether it is a simple query or a complex case. In other words, when you entrust them with a case or query, you are sure that the partners are always going to be very involved, who assume responsibility for cases down to the smallest details. With regard to the litigation team, it is worth highlighting Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, Gerardo Ovalle, Fernando Salas and Aníbal Vial.’
‘Team with absolute dedication to solving complex problems. They have a particular advantage whenever conflicts have a complex economic component. Nobody understands economic issues like they do, which gives them a great advantage in this type of case.’
‘It is a small and dedicated team. It is common to see more than one partner involved in cases. Therefore, it is difficult to separate between partners and associates.’
‘Thorough knowledge of the case, and creativity in the proposal.’
‘Fernando Salas has personally dedicated himself to studying the case and carrying out all the procedures and occupying all the legal and procedural tools available and necessary to obtain a successful result.’
‘The team has a business oriented and preemptive approach which allows us to have less claims and a reduced complexity of issues from a business perspective.’
‘Our commercial and disputes partner excels in business understanding, making him a key component of the clear, timely and focused advisory provided.’
‘They have a good synergy, with different specialists whose background is varied and with a good level of depth. They do well in the relationship with the counterpart, be they courts or third-party lawyers. They compare very favorably with experiences hiring other teams from other firms.’
‘The lawyers of this firm are excellent people. They take care to advise in a timely and clear manner, with great criteria, attending to the particularities of what they have seen of me and my family as clients. They are very professional in their treatment, discreet, technically very robust and timely.’
Fourcade & Co
- Co-counsel (with IP specialists Silva), to Claro Comunicaciones regarding a $41m dispute brought by collection society, EGEDA, and arising from allegedly unpaid royalties.
- Represented RMD Kwikform in a domestic construction arbitration against Sacyr for the value of lost equipment and leasing rent.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados
In addition to its experience and profile in trade mark, patent, unfair competition, software and internet-related litigation, Alessandri & Compañía Abogados' seven-strong dispute resolution practice group has particular experience in civil and commercial disputes involving capital markets, insurance, construction, transport and manufacturing. The practice group also evidences strength in arbitration and consumer and regulatory law. Partner Raúl Montero is supported by civil and commercial litigation associates Patricio Rámila and Luis Fuentes, who also handle alternative dispute resolution and administrative sanctioning matters, repsectively.
‘The team engages deeply to give us reliable advice that is tailored to our needs.‘
‘The dispute resolution team works in perfect sync with that of IP and new technologies, and with an interdisciplinary approach, in-depth knowledge of the law and jurisprudence. They have provided us with creative approaches to solving problems effectively and quickly.‘
‘Communication with Raúl Montero is always direct and very fluid and he responds to our queries and requirements in a complete and quick way. He is a skilled litigator, who has vast experience and an exceptional capacity for argumentation and strategy.‘
‘Raúl Montero is highly-skilled, well-reputed in the market, and an excellent advocate for our company.‘
Johnson & Johnson de Chile
Red Televisiva Megavisión
Ascensores Otis Chile
- Acted for Ascensores Otis Chile (and its controllers), in a contract-related suit filed against public company Metro.
Allende Bascuñán & Cía's six-strong practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, along with disputes concerning mining law, financial markets and agriculture, among other areas. Andrés Garrido and Felipe Allende are the partner-level contacts, while senior associates José Alberto Allende (civil and aeronautical litigation, arbitration, class actions and contentious administrative procedures), and Sergio Andrés Avilés (civil and commercial litigation) are also integral to the practice group. Longstanding former partner Alejandro Romero moved to McKay y Cía. as of counsel in 2019.
‘It is a team of very professional, informed people who have given us the information on time and in a responsible manner. This has generated a relationship of trust with them.‘
‘They are agile, strong in specific knowledge and practical experience, have very good strategic ability, and fully follow up on the issues. They are also transparent when reporting on the state of affairs, risks and opportunities, prepare very well for meetings and show versatility without losing quality.‘
‘The firm’s advice on administrative law has been highly professional, specialised and effective in its results.‘
‘Senior associate José Alberto Allende has been outstanding, supporting us in complex litigation; he has been able masterfully to handle all the technical aspects of the case, analyse all possible scenarios, anticipate the facts, define the best strategy to face the trial, and finally achieve a very convenient agreement with the other party. He has been of great support to us in a rather complex litigation that was very financially difficult. Having reached an agreement with the plaintiffs was a really important milestone for us.‘
Constructora Ignacio Hurtado
Inmobiliaria Geo 5
Fedex Express Chile
Bravo Energy Chile
Grupo Más Errázuriz
Lomas de Maitenes
- Defended Anglo American in a claim by a former contractor alleging breach of a construction contract.
Dispute resolution is the central practice at Cisternas y Compañía Abogados where the 19-strong practice group acts primarily in complex civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Practice head and name partner Gonzalo Cisternas undertakes arbitration and litigation -particularly in relation to commercial and economic matters- as part of a broader corporate practice. Other key figures include Luis Masferrer (complex litigation and strategy), who returned to the firm in October 2019 after a period as head of Chile's National Intelligence Agency; and consultant Jean Pierre Matus, a 30-year veteran of criminal law recognised for his case analysis and strategy. Corporate and civil litigator Katehrine Hyde was raised to the partnership in September 2020.
‘They are litigation experts in civil and commercial matters, with extensive experience in all civil and arbitral judicial instances.’
‘It is a boutique firm that gives 24/7 dedication to its clients, with which it forms a strong bond.‘
‘The practice is determined in its provision of high-quality standards, including the timely management of cases and delivery of sound and solid reports for the resolution of controversies.‘
‘We always obtains responses according to expectations.‘
‘The legal team maintains permanent communications with the client, fields specialists in various matters, and is always available upon request, with concrete responses.‘
‘Gonzalo Cisternas is dedicated to his clients and Jean Pierre Matus is one of the best professionals in the country and a great expert in legal reports.‘
National Association of Professional Football
University of Concepción Corporation
Andrés Zarhi (Mayor of the Municipality of Ñuñoa)
Online Data Processing Service
Virginio Gómez Professional Institute
Municipality of Lo Barnechea
- Permanent legal advice (since 2010) regarding complex legal disputes to the municipality of Ñuñoa; including three current civil lawsuits of significant financial importance.
CMS Carey & Allende's Rodrigo Campero (who made partner in 2019) leads the five-member dispute resolution department. IThe practice group has particular litigation expertise in construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, post-M&A disputes and torts; other notable areas include IP infringement, consumer protection, insolvency, public procurement and white-collar crime. The group also has a significant arbitration practice. Ferdinand Schnettler moved in house at Salmones Caleta Bay in April 2020, since when, former senior consultant and practice director Stephan Luhrmann -who focuses his on civil, commercial, administrative and environmental litigation- has been made up to partner (effective Janaury 2021).
Agrícola Pacífico Sur
Nol-Tec Chile Ingeniería
ATC Sitios de Chile
Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro
Universidad San Sebastián
Sociedad Contractual Minera Vilacoll
- Acted for Inso Chile in a public bid-related litigation.
Disputes is a core practice at Contreras Velozo which fields a 12-strong team divided between the civil litigation, commercial arbitration and dispute resolution group, co-led by Óscar Contreras Blanco and Álvaro Awad Sirhan; and the criminal litigation practice led by Francisco Velozo. Contreras focuses on complex civil litigation and international and domestic arbitration, as well as commercial law matters, antitrust and competition; Awad also handles civil and commercial litigation, and competition, and is building a profile for his arbitration work. Velozo's white-collar practice has a particular focus on economic crimes, and also reaches into insolvencies and intellectual property rights infringement.
Sanofi-Aventis de Chile
Caterpillar Financial Services
Caterpillar Leasing Chile
Interamerican Investment Company
International Finance Corporation
Centro Nacional de Despacho de Carga
Empresa Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos
Universidad del Pacífico
Fernando Baldrich y Compañía
Always On Servicios Digitales
- Defended Aguas Manquehue against a collective consumer-protection claim brought by condominium Hacienda de Chicureo (along with 76 other claimants), in relation to the alleged imposition of a rate hike-related adhesion agreement.
Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados
The departure of José Clemente Coz and Álvaro Jofré Serrrano from the former Oddo & Cía in early 2020, and the subsequent arrival of Francisco Blavi from Pellegrini & Cía in September, has resulted in the founding of a new -currently four strong- micro-boutique: Coz Jofré & Blavi Abogados. The firm handles civil and commercial litigation, local and international arbitration, contentious administrative proceedings and specialist engineering and construction litigation in cases with criminal liabilities. All three partners have impressive track records at leading firms: Coz and Jofré are both civil law / procedural specialists whose expertise reaches into penal matters. Blavi's growing reputation has ensured a strong caseload, particularly in arbitral and/or construction related matters; his most recent appointment being as an expert witness on Chilean law in an international arbitration under ICC rules regarding the construction of five power plants. Blavi has also been active in domestic arbitration, co-leading, for example, the representation of SALFA in a case under CAM Santiago rules.
‘Francisco Blavi impresses with his legal knowledge and detailed handling of the different sides of the case. He provides outstanding hands-on service, focusing on the right aspects of a case and every single detail, leaving nothing to chance. He is extremely well prepared and always available to the client.‘
CMC Di Ravenna
- Acting as co-counsel for Constructora Nuevo Maipo, a consortium composed by Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna in two international arbitration proceeding under ICC Rules against Alto Maipo and AES, in connection with the construction of the Alto Maipo Project.
- Representing construction company Astaldi and its local subsidiary Astaldo Cachapaolin a consolidated international arbitration brought by Pacific Hydro for alleged defects in the construction of a power plant.
- Representing Salfacorp subsidiaries Inmobiliaria Aconcagua and Constructora Novatec in a class action claim for construction defects in two buildings; currently pending before the Supreme Court.
Spanish-major Cuatrecasas ended speculation regarding its entry into the Chilean market in April 2020 with the opening of a Santiago office, based -initially- upon the hire of a key disputes group consisting of Cristián Conejero Roos, Gianfranco Lotito and senior associate Juan Manuel Rey from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. The seven-strong team has notable capability across civil, commercial and competition litigation, as well as both domestic litigation and international arbitration. Office managing partner Conejero Roos is a well-known figure in arbitral circles - as reflected by the firm's decision to also appoint him global co-head of it's international arbitration practice. Lotito's has broad litigation expertise which includes contentious administrative issues, particularly in relation to financial disputes' he too handles arbitral cases, particularly post-M&A conflicts, corporate disputes, and construction and public infrastructure-related matters. Uruguay-qualified senior associate Rey is an up-and-coming international arbitration specialist with experience across the region.
Professional, committed, methodical; they have a great attitude and are detail oriented as well as strategic.
Cristián Conejero and Gianfranco Lotito lead the team in a great way and they have helped us a lot.
Banco Itaú / Corpbanca
Tanner Servicios Financieros
Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE)
Compañia de Aceros del Pacífico (CAP)
- Representing AFP Provida in a Supreme Court challeng to a Santiago Court of Appeals’ ruling that rejected a motion declaring the illegality of a ruling by Chile’s Council for Transparency (Consejo para la Transparencia – CPLT) requiring the release of certain, commmercially sensitive information.
- Representing Banco Itaú in multiple complex litigations brought by a third party and involving civil and commercial claims, and constitutional motions, before Chile’s higher courts.
- Acting for numerous clients – including from the paper and pulp, transportation, energy and construction sectors – in multimillion-dollar arbitrations (both domestic and international) seated at CAM Santiago.
FerradaNehme's team is co-led by experienced practitioners Nicolás Ubilla and Rafael Collado, who both made partner in 2018. As well as handling commercial and civil matters, recent matters have seen the 10-strong team particularly active in contentious constitutional and environmental issues and telecoms and energy-sector related litigation. Disputes resolution practice director Marcela Rodríguez is another key member of the group, which can also call on leading competition figure, name partner Nicole Nehme.
Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile
Corporación de Fomento de la Producción
Financial Market Commission
- Represented Codelco in a criminal action against its former CEO, Nelson Pizarro, for corruption.
Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause
Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause evolved into Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause, following Soledad Krause's 2019 departure for the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce. Now nine strong, the dedicated disputes boutique covers the gamut of contentious matters: civil, commercial and contractual litigation; domestic and international arbitration; construction disputes, bankruptcy-related proceedings, competition, contentious administrative procedures, securities and regulatory litigation, environmental litigation, ADR, and corporate/family disputes. Name partners Cristián Gandarillas (civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy proceedings), Paulo Montt (civil, commercial, competition and regulatory litigation), and Gabriel del Río (civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, criminal law and contentious administrative proceedings), are all experienced frontline practitioners.
- Advising RTHO Elektrische in a domestic CAM Santiago arbitration against General Electric concerning early contract termination.
- Representing a shareholder in Gesex in arbitration against the majority of shareholders that seeks the company’s dissolution due to infringements of the shareholders’ agreement.
- Representing one of the co-defendants in litigation brought by the former owners of the mining companies that owned lithium rights in Salar de Maricunga which seeks annulment of the SPA via which Minera Salar Blanco obtained said rights.
Harasic Medina & Dal Pozzo
Harasic Medina & Dal Pozzo has a strong name in the market for civil and criminal litigation and has been active, recently on mandates in the transportation, ports, retail and mining sectors. The team also assists with disputes in heavily regulated markets -notably banking and finance, electricity and telecoms- and also handles competition matters, contentious administrative procedures, class actions, and compliance and internal investigations. Senior figure Davor Harasic has enormous experience and prestige in both white collar and civil matters. Ivan Harasic, Gonzalo Medina and Sebastián Dal Pozzo are all experienced practitioners.
Universidad de Chile
Anglo American Sur
The nine-strong disputes practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has extensive litigation and arbitration experience in sectors such as construction, financial services, energy, public works and real estate. The team is co-led by experienced partners Carlos Aravena, an arbitral specialist particularly active in construction, infrastructure and projects matters; and litigant José Pedro Baraona, who focuses primarily on representing construction companies, highway concession holders and government agencies in civil suits against the State of Chile and the Public Works Ministry. Partners Pedro Zelaya (insurance and civil liability, litigation and domestic and international arbitration) and Víctor Manuel Avilés (litigation as part of a broader tax and energy practice) are also key to the group; as are specialist disputes associates Isabel Palacios and César Vásquez who focus on public concessions, and construction and civil engineering, respectively.
‘This team of professionals demonstrates great experience and ability in interpreting our requirements to satisfy our queries successfully.‘
‘They demonstrate excellent experience and professionalism.‘
‘What makes this firm unique, versus other law firms, is its excellent teamwork, being always committed to the cause, and very professional and well prepared. Furthermore, they have a very important quality, which is to empathise with the client’s problem and to find the best way to solve their problem, considering the characteristics of the case and the client’s particularities.‘
Corporación de Fomento de la Producción
Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé
Minera Altos de Punitaqui Limitada
Condominio Parque Monasterio
San Sebastian Inmobiliaria
- Acted for Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé in a lawsuit against the State of Chile, which concerned cost overruns incurred during the construction of an airport.
Molina Ríos Abogados
Molina Ríos Abogados fields a 13-member disputes practice. Its strong arbitral capabilities have seen the team particularly active in cases at Santiago's Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CAM), as well as undertaking a series of cases arising from Chilean governmental infrastructure concessions. Carlos Molina undertakes arbitrations regarding civil and commercial law, primarily regarding the construction, insurance, projects and finance sectors. Fellow name partner Victor Ríos is also an arbitration expert; while March 2019 partner-appointments, Felipe Correa (litigation, arbitration and mediation, particularly in relation to construction, infrastructure, concessions and public works), and Rachid Ruiz (commercial, labour and regulatory litigation; and administrative disputes and claims - especially in relation to engineering projects, construction, insurance, and public and private works' concessions) are also integral members of the practice.
‘This is a multidisciplinary team with expert knowledge of concessions with the State of Chile, which it manages in a very good way and beyond what other offices offer.‘
‘They build positive relationships, which lead to positive results.‘
‘The dedication of the lawyers allows a fluid relationship, in which the client receives ongoing advice. The team’s co-ordination is excellent and tends to obtain the best results.‘
‘This is a boutique office that is very efficient in the resolution of disputes related to public contracts; it is great for its extensive knowledge of both the law and Chile’s practices and customs, as well as the bodies before which disputes arise.‘
‘Clients get easy access to partners, with superb management of the procedural strategy and spectacular exposition of arguments.‘
‘Carlos Molina is an outstanding litigation partner.‘
Grupo San José
- Represents VGCP (comprising multinational construction companies Vinci and Astaldi) in disputes, which arose from the construction of Santiago International Airport.
PAGBAM Schwencke Chile
Partner Andrés Sepúlveda leads the five-strong practice at the former Schwencke & Cía - now known as PAGBAM Schwencke Chile following its November-2020 tie-up with Argentine full-service heavyweight, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen. The team acts for a number of major corporates, including leading global copper producer, state owned-entity Codelco (in a series of ongoing multimillion-dollar litigations); and the local entity of multinational baking group, Bimbo (in a tort case for damges against TV station Canal 13). With over a decade's experience, particularly in the mining, construction, automotive and advertising sectors, Sepúlveda advises clients on a broad range of disputes including civil and commercial litigation; contentious bankruptcy and reorganization matters; antitrust, consumer protection and product liability litigation; and securities and torts - along with disputes arising from shareholders agreements. Senior associate Gustavo Delgado handles civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration, and -as leader of the firm's public law practice- also undertakes administrative litigation; his experience includes project and construction controversies, contract disputes, torts, and securities and corporate governance litigation.
Ideal (Grupo Bimbo)
Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex
TD Advanced Solutions
Moeckel & Weil
- Representing Codelco in a $17m claim filed by IMS, a distributor of specialty clothing for the mining sector, seeking that the court require the company to honour a supply contract.
- Representing Codelco in a $40m damages claim filed by engineering company Indak for contractual breaches.
- Representing Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex in institutional arbitration against Comercial de Servicios Automotrices, for breach of franchise contract.
- Representing Inmobiliaria Altos de Reñaca in a claim against it for construction defects
Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados
Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados has a solid name in the market for civil and commercial disputes -frequently involving the banking and finance, natural resources, environmental law and mining sectors- as well as regulatory issues; the team also has a robust international arbitration capability. Pedro Pablo Vergara can draw on over 35 years' disputes experience; he co-heads the practice with Fernando Rabat, himself a 20-year-plus veteran of the sector; both handle litigation and arbitration; civil law specialist Hugo Rosende Álvarez also intervenes in significant and complex litigation.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's full service offering includes a six-strong disputes practice with considerable litigation experience across construction and real estate matters, unfair competition, breach of contract, torts, consumer protection law, water rights and administrative law. Civil law specialist Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes heads the department, which also fields founding partner Juan Carlos Dörr Zegers and experienced associate Juan Pablo Morales.
Agrícola Valle Nuevo
Servicios de Ingeniería
Servicios y Soluciones Integrales
Sociedad Áridos y Pétreos Maipo
BCI Seguros Generales
Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar
- Acted for Agrícola Valle Nuevo in a claim against three other real estate companies seeking compensation for unfair competition-related damages.
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados fields six attorneys who specialise in environmental, energy, real estate, infrastructure and corporate disputes. Partner-in-charge María Fernanda Brahm M handles civil, commercial, energy, construction, real estate and labour disputes, and is also noted for her technical grasp of competition cases in paticular. Key support comes from senior associate Andrés Del Real (arbitration and litigation in civil, commercial, and regulatory matters; constitutional and administrative proceedings), and associate Santiago Portaluppi (environmental and constitutional disputes; regulatory procedures).
‘The team has the particularity that it investigates the client very well and takes a lot of time and dedication to really understand what the underlying problem is, including the technical and non-legal aspects. This means that the lawyer-client communication is much more expeditious and in the same language that the client uses to develop his business. A special mention to María Fernanda Brahm M and associate Santiago Portaluppi.‘
Acciona Energía Chile
Sumitomo Chemicals Chile
- Represented Walmart Chile in environmental proceeding related to the construction and operation of a distribution centre.
Chaves Awad Contreras & Schürmann was renamed as BACS Abogados in February 2020, following the departure of former name partner, seasoned criminal specialist Miguel Chaves (to establish Chaves Abogados). The specialised dispute resolution practice's broad offering covers contentious administrative matters and criminal defence, as well as civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and ADR. Knowledgeable practice head Esteban Barra (civil and commerical llitigation, particularly in relation to healthcare and pharmaceutical; and arbitration) leads the eight-strong team which also includes experienced managing partner Miguel Schürmann, whose disputes' expertise includes criminal defence.
Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato
Confuturo Compañía de Seguros de Vida
Fundación Chilena de Enfermedades Lisosomales
- Represented Besalco Dragados in an arbitration related to a hospital construction project.
Balbontin Linazasoro & Cia.
With almost 30 years' in the market, disputes firm Balbontin Linazasoro & Cia., is 'a tried-and-trusted resource' for a full array of contentious matters, from civil, commercial and criminal cases to administrative regulatory and sanctioning matters, fundamental rights and constitutional law. Nevertheless, it is arguably white-collar defence for which the firm is best known; recent matters saw senior founding partner Carlos Balbontin and Waldo Bown act for an investment company belonging to a major, Chilean family-holding in relation to the Cascadas case. Carolina Obreque is also dedicated to the white-collar segment; while name partner Gonzalo Linasazoro is a civil law expert of note. Contentious administrative and constitutional litigation before the higher courts constitute the focus of well-known public law expert Jorge Correa Sutil; a former Minister of the Constitutional Court, he also undertakes arbitration.
- Acting for Celulosa Arauco in the criminal proceedings related to illegal logging in one of the company’s forests near Constitución, southern Chile.
Founded in 2005, 14-strong criminal law specialists BCP Abogados specializes in highly complex litigation, defence against white-collar economic and tax charges, contentious administrative cases and civil litigation. This primary focus is complemented y a notable compliance area that focuses on preventative strategies in accordance with law 20,393 regarding criminal liability of legal entities. All three partners: Matias Balmaceda Mahns (criminial procedure, litigation, compliance and public criminal defence), Francisco Cox Vial (the only Chilean attorney to have litigated before the International Criminal Court) and Juan Ignacio Piña Rochefort (complex litigation in criminal, punitive administrative and civil liability law; crime prevention and corporate integrity strategies), have over 20 years' experience. Senior associate Iván Millán heads up the compliance unit.
‘A very good team with experience in complex litigation and great support from seniors, with extensive experience in criminal and compliance matters.‘
‘It is a cohesive team, with common guidelines and strategies, and high professional commitment. This is a team that we trust to provide quality service.‘
‘It is great for professionalism, empathy and simple solutions.‘
‘A consolidated team that is specialist in criminal matters, with extensive experience in matters of greater complexity.‘
‘The lawyers are available and attentive in dealing with the affairs of their clients and assume professionalism and responsibility.‘
‘Francisco Cox Vial is a lawyer who gives us full confidence and has high technical knowledge.‘
‘Excellent work experience with Francisco Cox Vial, who is very skilful and with a wide range of knowledge in constitutional matters and internal investigations.‘
‘Matías Balmaceda Mahns stands out.‘
Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos
Mario Olavarría, Mayor of the Municipality of Colina (2000-2020)
Marcela Cubillos, Minister of Education
- Defended water company ESSAL in investigations initiated by the Public Prosecutor’s office in relation to alleged criminal environmental infractions.
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia
The disputes team at natural-resource specialists Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia focuses on complex conflicts, including environmental litigation and contentious administrative matters, disputes with a public or regulatory aspect, and constentious construction, projects and infrastructure issues. The four-strong litigation and conflict resolution team is led by Eduardo Ugarte who has over twnety years' experience in civil, commercial and arbitral litigation. Senior associate Manuela Cross focuses on strategizing negotiation and conflict resolution in civil, commercial, and environmental matters, both in and out court. The practice is best known for disputes where the name partners can bring to bear their specializations in the mining and energy, water resources, regulatory and environmental, and fishing and aquaculture sectors, respectively.
‘It compares favourably compared to other law firms and it was great to work with this team. Generally speaking, it was a very professional and transparent job from the start. With the negotiations completed, a trial that could have lasted years was avoided.’
‘Eduardo Ugarte stands out for his high level of negotiation skills, seriousness and professionalism.‘
Club Social y Deportivo Colo Colo
Pacific Hydro (Chile)
Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón
- Representing CODELCO before the Supreme Court in relation to the operational continuity of the Radomiro Tomic Division due to environmental and community objections.
Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn
Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn's clients are predominantly medium-sized companies, individuals and investment funds. The practice's civil and commercial litigation expertise includes disputes involving shareholders, real estate, construction and investment funds. Well known for his profile in competition work, Juan Enrique Coeymans also heads the firm's disputes practice, covering civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly in relation to regulated markets. Key support comes from associate María José Berger, who similarly handles civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, and also has expertise in construction cases.
‘This firm has prestigious lawyers who act in a variety of cases.‘
‘The lawyers in the firm have a lot of experience and have a fairly definitive curriculum vitae. They are very committed and are willing to attend to requests in a very expeditious way. On the other hand, it is the same partners who personally handle the cases, which makes me feel very confident.‘
‘Juan Enrique Coeymans has the experience to navigate through the system and get the right outcome, foreseeing the difficulties and counterarguments, which allows for the creation of a solid argument base, while also flexible enough to make sure we cover all angles and potential outcomes.‘
‘Juan Enrique Coeymans has good experience in the field, not only from a legal point of view but also regarding the tactics required to get the best outcome in disputes. His team is also very knowledgable and goes beyond the requirements to find different angles to improve positions and strengthen arguments.‘
Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Flores del Maipo I
CLAS Ingeniería Eléctrica e Inversiones
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
Inmobiliaria Mar Jónic
Inmobiliaria y Constructora Patagon Land
Inversiones Bazaya Chile
Inmobiliaria y Constructora DMS
BGI Desarrollos Inmobiliarios
- Represented MDPR, a real estate developer, in two breach of construction agreement claims against Constructora Colcún.
DLA Piper Chile regularly handles complex commercial and civil law disputes - most recently in the technology, pharmaceutical, food and transportation sectors. Counsels Macarena Iturra, who has a civil and commercial focus within a broader litigation and arbitration practice (and is particuarly noted for her trial expertise); and Ricardo López who handles civil litigation and administrative procedures (particularly cases related to civil liability, pharmaceutical regulatory matters and consumer law), co-head the arbitration and litigation team. The practice's offering was augmented notably in September 2019 with the opening of a white-collar practice under the leadership of counsel Ignacio Schwerter, who joined from Cortés & Rodriguez.
‘They have a team with interesting specialties, which makes me feel well represented and translates into concrete results with very high effectiveness in the trials that we have had to face.‘
‘Their strength is knowing my business. Being a fairly technical area, it is vital to speak to people who can understand the problem and define a solution.‘
‘The litigation group stands out for its professionalism, agility, creativity and passion in each of the trials that it carries out for its clients, always showing possible alternatives and bringing up the risks in advance, which allows them to anticipate the opposition’s actions. It is a serious and honest law firm.‘
‘The team responds on time, has a good understanding of tax issues, and compared to other law firms, DLA manages to resolve issues that other law firms fail to.‘
‘Counsel Ricardo López is an excellent professional and a person with principles and values that it is not always possible to find in lawyers who belong to important firms. Ricardo has the necessary skills and abilities to retain his client, always delivering timely and concrete solutions to problems that arise within the company.‘
Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro
- Acted for Deoleo and Velarde Hermanos, as claimants, in a damages suit against Canal 13 further to unfounded claims by the channel’s TV show Contacto regarding Chile’s olive oil industry.
The dispute resolution practice at Garrigues Chile is led by the highly knowledgeable Mónica van der Schraft, who has considerable experience in complex litigation and arbitration, as well as out-of-court dispute resolution and international mediation processes, and acts for a broad spectrum of clients in corporate disputes, particularly in the mining, construction and insurance sectors. Notable support is provided by principal associate Cristóbal Sarralde (complex litigation and arbitration - both domestic and international- regarding civil and commercial issues). Recently promoted senior associate José Joaquín Verdugo (currently undertaking his LLM in London), is also an integral member of the team, which additionally handles antitrust litigation.
‘The firm gives invaluable support.‘
‘I am more than satisfied with the very empathetic and personalised assistance they gave us.’
González & Rioseco
González & Rioseco has been particularly active in media litigation involving high-profile libel suits and torts, recently, on behalf of clients such as newspaper El Mercurio and broadcaster TVN. The seven-strong team more generally advises on complex civil and commercial litigation, arbitration (involving the construction, utilities and infrastructure sectors, among others) and legal opinions. Senior partner Francisco González has over three decades' experience in complex disputes matters; fellow founding partner Andrés Rioseco focuses on competition matters, including litigation before the TDLC.
Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones
Televisión Nacional de Chile
Banco de Chile
Empresa Portuaria de Antofagasta
Moller y Pérez Cotapos
Constructora Larraín Domínguez
- Acted for Moller & Pérez Cotapos (as plaintiff) in a public hospital-related construction contract dispute.
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.'s wide dispute resolution practice covers bankruptcy, contractual matters, torts and energy disputes, among others. Jorge Meneses leads on contentious administrative, public and regulatory law matters, as well as on insurance claims. Founding partner Arturo Majlis also plays a crucial role in this department, as do senior consultant Jorge Burgos (former Chilean Ambassador to Ecuador), and litigation consultant Marcelo Guerrero. Former practice head Eduardo Marchi left in July 2019 to found Marchi & Cía..
‘They maintain communication with their own various specialist lawyers and copy them in communications to allow from the beginning, the rapid contribution of ideas and comments.‘
‘They are precise and answer all our doubts.‘
‘High availability not only of the senior and junior lawyers, but also of the partner in charge. They show meticulousness and rigour when analysing each topic. They give their opinion, without fear, about the probable progress or prognosis of a legal action.‘
Feller Rate Clasificadora de Riesgo.
PwC Consultores Auditores
Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles
Claudia Hites and Mónica Hites
Catalina Parra y Alberto Parra
Andrés Pérez Cruz
Comercial Kendall Chile
Williamson Balfour Motors
Inmobiliaria Inersa Limitada
Nueva Inmobiliaria Korlaet
- Representing PricewaterhouseCoopers Chile in its defense against administrative charges made by Chilean Securities Superintendence for its role in the Cascadas case, namely its alleged breach of accounting rules.
Particularly active in arbitration, Lama Abogados nevertheless has a full spectrum disputes offering that includes specialised litigation in regulated industries such as telecoms, insurance and IT. As a specialist disputes boutique, the firm advocates alternative dispute resolution over the courtroom, when possible. Firm founder and civil, commercial and bankruptcy expert, Nicolás Lama, leads the 10-strong litigation, ADR, insolvency and restructuring practice. Joaquín Sánchez is the associate to note.
‘They have a cohesive team of professionals who constantly interact to face cases with a broader perspective, seeking to cover all possible strategies that need to be reviewed and openly pose them to the client in order to generate well-informed courses of action.‘
‘They have the willingness, concern and availability to face matters in the best possible way. The lawyers also have the ability to propose strategies and tactics according to the reality of each process and with the precision required to take safe steps during the progress of each case, always carrying out a comprehensive analysis of the different possible courses of action.‘
‘The team works in co-ordination and they all handle the details of cases, compared to experiences with other lawyers; and they have better day-to-day follow-up in customer relations and delivery of relevant information.‘
‘Some qualities to point out are good strategy planning, communication of actions and joint decision making.‘
‘I really enjoyed working with this practice. They always promptly returned my phone calls and answered all my questions. They know their business.‘
‘My experience was mostly with Nicolás Lama. He was very responsive and managed the legal work in an excellent manner. He leaves a great impression.‘
Equitas Management Partners
Industrial y Comercial Mantos Group
Servicios a la Mineria Gluf
Universidad San Sebastián
Inversiones Don Paco
- Acted for OHL Servicios-Ingesan in its objection to a bidding process before the Court of Public Procurement.
Letelier & Núñez Abogados
The dispute resolution practice at six-strong corporate boutique Letelier & Núñez Abogados focuses primarily on commercial arbitration and litigation. It has been active, of late, in matters involving the manufacturing, consumer products, energy and media sectors, among others. Experienced name partners Max Letelier and David Núñez focus on arbitration and commercial litigation, respectively, as part of their broader corporate practices.
‘The practice has a good overview of cases and their implications, with a correct understanding of the causes and possible solutions.‘
‘It provides a successful evaluation of costs and benefits, with the ability to empathise and objectively attend to the needs of the client.‘
‘The team shows commitment and dedication beyond the fees, with knowledge beyond the legal aspects.‘
Loy Letelier Campora
The small, four-strong disputes team at Loy Letelier Campora packs considerable punch. Experienced young practice co-heads Francesco Campora and Juan Pablo Letelier (formerly a founding partner at Ovalle, Ugarte & Letelier) both have over 15 years in the sector and focus primarily on commercial and investment arbitration in construction, energy, infrastructure and M&A disputes. In addition to representing clients in litigation and arbitration, the department also undertakes claims and disputes administration, ensuring legal involvement from the very beginning of a contractual conflict.
‘Highly studious lawyers for dispute resolution; they are constantly updated and their knowledge, both nationally and internationally, are put into practice by means of first-rate writings and arguments. They are highly trained and retain up-to-date people.‘
‘They are very competent, and aggressive as necessary. They are relatively young but have the level of experience necessary to deal with difficult cases. They have formed a strong litigation firm and come from larger firms where they always handled complex issues.’
‘It is a practice that is small in size but very solid, and run by partners who are highly trained and knowledgeable in international arbitration and in a wide variety of industries. The partners are personally involved in the care of all matters from the beginning and serve the client directly. If a client is looking for a firm that handles its cases as if it were the only and most important issue, Loy Letelier Campora is the best option.‘
‘They are a powerful and strong team. They are intelligent, strategic, sensitive to the company’s commercial incentives, and they are effective. In addition, they are always accessible and the partners personally take charge of the issues, from start to finish. At the end, fees are flexible, clear and reasonable, and they are a pleasure to work with. In comparative terms, they seem to me better prepared, dedicated and effective than the vast majority of lawyers we have had to meet, including some of the largest offices in the country. Some of them live off their brand more than what they actually do.‘
‘LLC is a firm of excellence, with attorneys who are brilliant and committed to the success of its clients. They are also proactive and agile and provide a service in accordance with best practices, standing out for the legal quality of their presentations, in form and substance. They are an excellent team.‘
‘Juan Pablo Letelier and Francesco Campora are both characterised by their intellectual speed, by their deep analysis and by the quality and depth of their judicial presentations. It is rare to receive drafts of writing that are so neat, so well worked and ordered. They certainly stand out in the market, they have a great presence and a promising future awaits them.‘
‘Francesco Campora is a lawyer with many years of experience, who enjoys great prestige, not only locally but internationally. He is a benchmark in international arbitration and constantly participates as a speaker in international events on this matter. We recommend him whenever we have client issues in Chile and the feedback we receive is exceptional. Francesco combines legal strength and rigour with a deep understanding of business and an incredible practicality – qualities that make him simply brilliant.’
‘Francesco Campora is outstanding; he is dedicated to his work and one of the reference lawyers of his generation in this area, including at a regional level. He has the ability to explain things simply, clearly and with practical and strategic guidance. He is notoriously intelligent and dominates in this area, but is not arrogant; he also has creative ideas, always shows interest and empathy, and has a wide international network of contacts.‘
Ortiz González Luarte Abogados
The former Ortiz González Abogados is now the eight-strong Ortiz González Luarte Abogados, following the incorporation of new name partner, Jaime Luarte Julio, who brings expertise in project finance, engineering and construction as part of his wider corporate practice. A corporate boutique, the firm's three-strong disputes group is notable for covering both civil and white-collar matters. Practice head Rodrigo Ortiz Krause has been active, recently, in both civil and criminal litigation associated with insolvency cases; he also handles corporate investigations.
‘They are very good professionals.‘
‘What makes them stand out is that they are a young team, but already have experience. They understand the problems that are presented to them and charge affordable fees, without incurring other high costs.‘
‘I have the best of the impressions of this firm. It is a serious, responsible and very professional practice, with extensive experience in resolving disputes. I highly recommend them for this type of legal advice.’
‘Rodrigo Ortiz Krause has outstanding professional and human qualities.‘
Banco Itaú Corpbanca
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones
Fresenius Medical Care
María Loreto Ried U
- Acted for Banco de Crédito e Inversiones in a corporate investigation surrounding the insolvency of Clinica del Maule.
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers
Dispute resolution is a core practice at Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers which fields a 16-strong team that specialises in civil, commercial, criminal and financial litigation, including arbitration. Name partners Ciro Colombara (civil, constitutional and criminal law, human rights and bankruptcy), who achieved a qualified suspension of the charges representing the first company tried under criminal liability legislation; Ignacio Rivadeneira (complex litigation, conflict prevention and resolution; arbitration), and Rodrigo Zegers R (complex disputes and white-collar crime), who has extensive public sector experience, including at the State Defence Council; along with Ramón Domínguez (litigation related to civil, commercial, labour, administrative, constitutional and insurance matters), are all experienced partners. Key second-line support comes from practice director Aldo Díaz who focuses on complex litigation.
‘Undoubtedly, the experience with the Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers team is optimal; it is very skilled.‘
‘Our experience with the Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers team has been excellent. Personally, I believe that the strong point of the teams is the high technical knowledge of matters, in addition to the permanent involvement of the partners in their respective areas. Unlike other law offices of similar size, this involvement of the partners is highly valued by our company.‘
‘The lawyers of the firm stand out through their high commitment to the tasks entrusted to them, their attention to keeping the client informed and high levels of legal knowledge.’
‘Good legal knowledge with understanding of business and solid experience and the ability to negotiate.‘
‘Ciro Colombara and director Aldo Díaz are very concerned with timely reporting of the progress of matters, answer all queries, and are always informed and available to answer calls.‘
Recoleta City Hall
Minera Los Pelambres
The Rental Store
Rodriguez Rosende Abogados
All three partners at Rodriguez Rosende Abogados - Eduardo Rodríguez del Río, Eduardo Rodríguez Ugarte and Hugo Rosende Álvarez count dispute resolution as part of their core practice. Rodríguez del Río is a contentious veteran with over 40 years' experience; while Rodríguez Ugarte (arbitration, litigation, private law and energy law), and Rosende Álvarez (arbitration, litigation, commercial law and energy law), can both draw on over 15 years' disputes experience. Work for key client AES Gener, includes tort and contractual liability litigation; and the practice is particularly known for its experience and expertise in the energy, port and railway sectors.
Ferrocarriles Del Pacífico
- Acted for Siegwerk Chile in its breach of contract claim against Banco Santander.
Schenke Brancoli Abogados
Litigation and energy boutique Schenke Brancoli Abogados opened its doors in April 2019, a spin-off from the former Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres, where both Jorge Schenke and Ricardo Brancoli spent over a decade as partners. Schenke focuses on civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation; Brancoli, in turn, has extensive experience dealing with complex, civil, commercial and environmental litigation cases, and also undertakes arbitration. The team can also call on the expertise of former Dean of the Universidad Gabriela Mistral Law School, associate Hipólito Zañartu, in relation to civil, mining, water, electrical and economic administrative law. However, associate and specialist litigator Carmen Schälchli left the firm for independent practice in March 2020.
‘A team that is involved in clients’ needs in a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary way.‘
‘A good level of leadership and delegation of functions during the development of the case and search for alternatives, without losing the involvement of the team at all times‘.
‘Personalised assistance, with easy access to the key lawyers. Compares favourably with other teams, and it is highly professional and academic which translates into confidence‘.
‘High professional levels and experience and strategic skills in relation to solutions, flexibility, adapting to clients and problems, and knowledge of the channels, processes and multidisciplinary options. The lawyers generate a high-level of trust based on commitment, study, knowledge and commitment to the case, and being accessible to the client‘.
‘They inspire confidence and handle the issues they deal with very well.’
‘What makes Jorge Schenke different, regardless of his great legal knowledge, is his great empathy and knowledge of the environment in which clients move.‘
‘Jorge Schenke and Ricardo Brancoli are distinguished for their personalised attention and subject knowledge.‘
Camila Michelini Fernández
Stephanie Asthon y César López
The Fruit Link
Víctor Valverde Palma
Del Monte Fresh Produce Chile
Agrícola Santa Anselma
- Represented Abbot Laboratories in a filing against a resolution made by Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service authorizing the provision of confidential commercial information.
Founded in 2017 by Diego Abogabir and Nicolás Miranda (formerly of Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres and Alessandri & Compañía Abogados, respectively), Abogabir Miranda Abogados counts dispute resolution as its core practice. The team handles civil and commercial, administrative/public law, white-collar and consumer law litigation, arbitration and internal corporate investigations. Associate Cristóbal Morandé B moved to Lavin Abogados & Consultores in July 2019.
‘The team works in a very professional and efficient manner, and handles itself really well in local courts‘
Araya & Cía. Abogados
Primarily known for its expertise in international trade and agricultural law matters, Araya & Cía. Abogados' contentious offering includes civil, commercial, labour and penal litigation, contentious insolvency matters and domestic arbitration. The team's forté, however, remains disputes related to its core practices: Matías Araya is a specialised arbiter of the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation, while international trade specialist Sebastián Norris is experienced in international litigation and arbitration.
Baraona y Cía Abogados
Founded by former Dean of Law at the Universidad de los Andes and member of the Supreme Court, Jorge Baraona González, Baraona y Cía Abogados was effectively a sole practitioner office before its notable expansion with the arrival of a six-strong group of lawyers, led by Jorge Baraona Correa, from the former Villarroel, Lecaros, Aste y Baraona Abogados (now Villarroel, Lecaros y Aste) in late 2019. In addition to litigator Baraona Correa, the group also included of counsels Jaime Alcalde S and Juan Luis Goldenberg S, who both handle litigation, arbitration and insolvency. The seven-strong team is primarily focused on disputes concerning civil and commercial law, bankruptcy, administrative law and construction.
‘They are excellent, neat and fast. They operate the law to the finger and provide efficient and attentive service.‘
‘Seriousness, commitment, punctuality and efficiency – a great team!‘
‘They know their subject matter and provide solutions quickly that are well explained and, naturally, turn out to be correct. These attributes are found in the team, which stands out from the teams of others firms.’
‘Their lawyers stand out for the fact that they have longstanding experience in contentious issues, to which they add solid academic backgrounds – several of the lawyers are doctors of law and professors from prestigious universities. Having both qualities in the same lawyers is not at all frequent. We can also highlight their speed in responding to problems and provision of well-founded solutions.‘
‘Jorge Baraona González is very attentive and always aware of our needs. He is clear in his explanations and we can rest on his criteria and the handling of our affairs as if they were his own.‘
Paramount Servicios Industriales
Servicios Intraholding Manquehue
Registros de Chile
Boutique law firm Cáceres y Cáceres has over two decades' experience in complex civil and commercial dispute resolution. The team has particular expertise in the construction, audit, retail and life science sectors. The key names are twenty-year veteran Ziad Manzur (arbitration and litigation, particularly regarding commercial contracts), Héctor Cáceres Contador (commercial contract dipsutes – particularly those with a public law aspect) and commercial damages and liability expert Carlos Cáceres Burgos.
‘The service is very personalised and compares very favourably with lawyers from other law firms.‘
‘The attorneys are very professional and make clients feel that their case and success are really important to them and that they have the tools to reach a good end.‘
‘The team is very dedicated to its cases.‘
‘The plus is that this is a proactive law office, with a clear strategy that is based on real events, and it is of a size that makes us feel like important clients without doubts about victory.‘
‘Ziad Manzur, is a very insightful attorney who is attentive to dates and details.‘
‘Ziad Manzur is able, honest and has impressive skills.‘
‘Carlos Cáceres Burgos is a clear, intelligent, sharp and strategic lawyer.‘
‘Héctor Cáceres Contador, Carlos Cáceres Burgos and Ziad Manzur impress for their great commitment to clients, depth with which they analyse the issues and the quality of their recommendations.‘
Ecija Otero was the result of a 2019 merger between well-known local firm Estudio Otero, and Spain's ECIJA – which has since also entered into associations in Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil. The practice handles civil, commercial, labour and administrative litigation, as well as constitutional law matters and disputes involving regulated sectors. 25-year disputes veteran Rodrigo Nelson focuses on complex disputes related to regulated markets, construction, corporate conflicts, mining and insurance; he also handles bankruptcy matters.
Energias Renovables Fotones de Chile
Victor Rissetto Vaccarezza
Automovil Club de Chile
Frías & Lagos Abogados
Frías & Lagos Abogados has experienced steady growth in disputes involving electricity, construction, oil and gas, corporate governance and civil liability (including several arbitrations), since its 2018 reorganization. Founding partner Nicolas Frías and José Tomás Lagos (a former Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos senior lawyer) co-head the dispute resolution group. Recent matters include a high-profile private client case representing former Chilean football coach Jorge Luis Sampaoli in a breach of contract suit against national football association ANFP.
‘They have excellent lawyers, who jointly review briefs and cases. They dedicate time to clients to jointly evaluate and improve cases, have an excellent legal background, and keep abreast of national jurisprudence.‘
‘They have thorough knowledge of the laws and give us the assurance that we will obtain the best possible results. They also keep in constant communication with us, keeping us informed of the steps taken, and they constantly monitor cases.‘
‘Nicolas Frías and José Tomás Lagos spend time with their clients, are very receptive to comments made, and are very good lawyers.‘
Jorge Luis Sampaoli Diaz
Pellet Calefaccion y Bioenergia
Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Tulahuén
Manuefactura de muebles Undurraga
Arturo Forster de la Barra
Agricola Chile Bolen
Laboratorio Clinico Blanco
Traditionally best-known for its tax expertise, Garnham Abogados has ample capability in litigation, the resolution of civil and commercial conflicts, and handling bankruptcy procedures. Recent matters also include representing Integramédica in a mediation process before the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chambers of Commerce. Civil, commercial and administrative litigation specialist Simón Zañartu leads the practice.
‘Garnham Abogados provides a legal service that is of excellent quality. They are responsible and committed, very thorough and with a remarkable follow-up to the topics that are entrusted to them.‘
‘They are highly skilled litigants, who are in-depth connoisseurs of the law and the courts. They provide a very personalised and rigorous service with excellent customer service.‘
‘I dare say that what makes this team particular is the personal attention that Simón Zañartu provides to clients. His abilities include advance analysis of the situation and the mapping of a clear strategy that considers all possible scenarios. This provides the client with clarity and generates real expectations regarding the outcome of the situation.‘
‘Simón Zañartu is outstanding; despite his young age, he is a true veteran; his experience in arbitration, insolvency and tax law, among other qualities, means he gives quick and very accurate advice.‘
Sociedad Austral de Electricidad
Empresa Eléctrica de la Frontera
Rentas y Desarrollo Aconcagua
BUPA Compañia de Seguros de Vida
Doosan Bobcat Chile
The disputes team at the Chilean office of UK-headquartered multinational insurance specialists Kennedys is led by Gian Carlo Lorenzini, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly insurance defence and insurance-related litigation, as well as consumer protection matters. Jose Antonio Gutierrez and experienced of counsel Ricardo Peralta both handle arbitration.
Estudio Navarro Abogados
Best-known as a labour and employment law firm, Estudio Navarro Abogados has a notable litigation practice that acts for leading domestic companies in the energy, metallurgy, pharmaceuticals, construction, banking and financial services, transportation, and food and agricultural production industries, among others. The four-strong practice group is led by Catalina Navarro (litigation, economic crimes and public-private coordination), who spent over a decade in the public sector – notably at the Prosecutor's office of the Economic Crimes Unit of the Public Ministry; and Carlos Vernaza, who focuses on economic and transnational criminal matters.
‘The team with which I had to interact showed strong co-ordination throughout the trial we faced.‘
‘The team is very concerned with details and all a case’s edges and carries out a very comprehensive analysis.‘
‘Catalina Navarro and Carlos Vernaza are professional, experienced, meticulous and persevere in their strategy. They make a very good legal team.‘
‘Carlos Vernaza and Catalina Navarro are very qualified and technically very good. Their rigour with detail and management of strategies have given me the best experience in terms of defending the interests that I entrusted to them.‘
Sociedad de Ingeniería y Proyectos Olivares y Veragua
Montajes del Pacífico
Sociedad Comercializadora y de Servicios Macal
Odis Chile Seguridad
Institute for Agricultural and Livestock Research
Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND)
A well-established firm with almost 20 years in the market, Pumpin, Dorfman, Nasser, Diaz (PDND) has a diversified legal offering, including labour and real estate, but it is primarily – some 70% – dedicated to dispute resolution and litigation, particularly in relation to insurance matters and consumer issues. Mauricio Dorfman (civil liability, litigation and arbitration as part of a wider corporate practice), insurance specialist Marcelo Nasser, Gabriel Pumpin (civil and commercial law, insurance, consumer protection and civil liability), and Ignacio Díaz (commercial, transport, insurance and consumer protection law), co-lead the group.
‘I have had excellent results with this firm; it is a very good team that truly satisfies the client. The lawyers are responsive from the moment of consultation, which facilitates the work of the applicant. They have lawyers of all specialties, so the scope of the advice is broad, without having to have a different firm for each specialty.‘
‘They are always available and have extensive subject knowledge.‘
‘PDND is characterised by having a diverse team in its specialisms that is highly qualified. The team is very good and first class in its various disciplines. What makes it different from other firms is the level of commitment of the partners to address clients’ problems directly.‘
‘They have strong academic and, above all, practical knowledge, which helps to provide innovative solutions to different problems.‘
‘Excellent legal team with experience- they give confidence.‘
‘Mauricio Dorfman is an exceptional trial attorney. He and Marcelo Nasser have great experience and are very easy to deal with.‘
Iquique Port Company