Dispute resolution in Chile
Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados
Bofill Escobar Abogados recently made concessions and regulated-markets specialist Loreto Silva a name partner, thereby becoming Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados ; the firm 'has the ability to handle a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases across different sectors', according to clients. The 21-strong practice is highly respected in the market for its assistance with complex, cross-border business disputes, shareholder claims and criminal investigations; recent work has included significant litigation involving the transportation, energy and natural resources, mining, construction and finance sectors. Notable clients include Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte, Laureate International Universities and Enel Generación Chile; in one recent highlight, the team acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel (Santiago Airport’s concessionaire) in a high-profile arbitration against the Government in relation to 20-year tariffs. Jorge Bofill has acted as lead counsel in numerous, high-profile public cases and regularly advises on arbitration matters, including cases before the the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce; Sebastián Yanine is 'equipped to handle bet-the-company litigation effectively'; and Daniel Praetorius 'combines deep knowledge of corporate law and white-collar expertise, which is valuable and unusual'; other names to note are Ricardo Escobar and Francisco Aninat.
The 28-strong practice at full-service powerhouse Carey is best known for advising on complex civil and commercial lawsuits, shareholder disputes, insolvency, environmental and sanction procedures, criminal trials, construction, and concession-related disputes. The team also has extensive experience in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, including investment arbitration. Highlight mandates include defending Fundación Isabel Aninat Echarrazeta (most recently in a successful Court of Appeal defence against an earlier first-instance decision), in a $300m case brought by the heirs of the founders of the foundation. The team has also defended Essity, a global producer of tissue paper, against two class actions seeking compensation due to alleged collusive activity. Aldo Molinari, Ricardo Reveco, Juan Carlos Riesco (appointed partner of the litigation group in 2018), and 'brilliant attorney' Gonzalo Fernández jointly co-lead the department; senior associate Alvaro Carreño , a white-collar expert, is also noted. Other clients include WOM, Fantástico Sur, Melón and Equitas.
'First among equals', the 30-strong disputes practice at Claro & Cia. is highly rated for complex, commercial court litigation, domestic and international arbitration, and cross-border litigation; the firm also has a robust white-collar criminal practice. High-profile clients include Publicis Groupe, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile, Greymouth Petroleum Holdings, First Solar, Agrosuper, Apple and Volkswagen. Recent matters saw Felipe Ossa lead a team acting for Alto Maipo in its dispute with Hochtief-subsidiary CNM concerning the construction of one the largest hydroelectric projects in Chile; to date the $620m case has included injunction proceedings, two emergency ICC arbitrations and a further three arbitral proceedings concerning the merits of the case. In other highlights, Cristóbal Eyzaguirre and José Miguel Huerta represented LATAM, as well as its controlling shareholders and certain executives and board members, in a civil matter initiated by a LATAM shareholder and seeking compensation for alleged antitrust infractions. Highly-rated practitioner Nicolás Luco rounds out the core team, which can also call on widely respected senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G. Santiago Bravo, Tania Villarroel, Javier Rodríguez and Álvaro Vives are the associates to note.
Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo fields lawyers who have longstanding expertise in civil and commercial litigation before the courts, state agencies and arbitral tribunals in sectors such as construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail. In ongoing headline work, senior partner Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez and Juan Francisco Asenjo are leading advice to leading global copper producer, Codelco, in a case against the Chilean General Comptroller (CGC) which seeks to annul certain CGC-decreed norms that limit the company's ability -as a public entity- to enter into contracts with third parties. Working in conjunciton with Joaquín Castillo, Gutiérrez also acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in multiple claims (aggregate value $250m) stemming from freak-flooding in Santiago in early 2016. Name partners Cristóbal Jimeno and Alfredo Waugh are also highly experienced practitioners. Associate Eugenio Valladares is noted. Other clients include Glencore International, Telefónica, Compass Group, Scotiabank, Itaú CorpBanca and Falabella.
Barros & Errázuriz's 'excellent' disputes team 'has specialists in a wide range of matters' and is well known for acting in contentious proceedings involving civil and commercial law, tax, bankruptcy, real estate and antitrust; the practice is particularly experienced in regulated areas such as energy and telecoms and also regularly acts in major construction project-related disputes. Active clients include Inmobiliaria El Plomo, Aguas del Valle, Colbún, Laureate International Universities, BTG Pactual Chile and Southern Cross. In recent matters the team acted for leading Brazilian investment bank, BTG Pactual, in an arbitration case brought by a private investor claiming that the breaching of an internal statute had caused a loss of investment fund value. José Tomás Errázuriz, Luis Eduardo Toro, David Cademártori and Javier San Martín are all highly-rated advisers; experienced senior associates José Luis Corvalán , Isidora Fernández and Cristián Pérez provide a strong second line.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana fields a highly regarded, 17-strong disputes practice. The civil and commercial litigation team is well known for public-interest litigation, while the firm's arbitration practice area stands out for its experience in construction, commercial law and gas, natural resource and energy disputes. Recent work saw the team advise Mineria Candelaria in a $41m claim brought by a community of fishermen alleging contamination of the waters around Punto Padro Port as a result of the incorrect loading and unloading of copper. Other matters include the successful defence of Bayer in a $1.4m tort case, representing CORFO in $40m and $150m damages claims and Minera Los Pelambres in a $10.5m civil liability case concerning water rights. The team underwent change in January 2019 when former litigation and criminal defence co-head Rodrigo Quintana exited (with former senior associates Ignacio Ried and Camila Flores) to establish QRF Abogados; the firm moved rapidly hiring former Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo senior associate, Karen Werner, as partner, the same month. A civil litigator, Werner joins a team composed of name partner Andrés Jana, who leads the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice; all-round arbitral specialist Rodrigo Gil; and domestic arbitration-focused senior associate Carla Dittus. Clients incude Bice Vida, Terra Mater, Codelco, Grupo Inmobiliaria Imagina and Enap Refinerías.
Specialist competition and disputes boutique Pellegrini & Cía. is praised for 'the teamwork and professionalism of each of its partners and associates, who are always available and fully aware of cases'. The nine-strong contentious practice specialises in complex commercial arbitration and litigation and has particular expertise in disputes involving construction, energy and complex commercial agreements; it's lawyers also have corporate governance expertise. Recent energy/constuction sector mandates include acting for major Brazilian construction company, Queiroz Galvão, in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of the La Higuera hydropower plant; and consortium Constructora Nuevo Maipo (Hochtief and CMC Di Ravenna), in ICC arbitration against Alto Maipo (AES Gener) regarding the construction of the Alto Maipo Project. Commercial litigation and arbitration specialists Julio Pellegrini and Francisco Blavi co-head the team; Pedro Rencoret is also highly regarded, particularly for contractual claims, unfair competition and disputes requiring economic analysis. Other clients include Astaldi, BUPA, Claro Chile, SALFA, CMPC and AD Capital.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 'lawyers work very well as a team and they always have quick answers to clients' questions'. The firm's commercial litigation and arbitration work regularly involves the construction and engineering, energy and mining sectors, as well as high-profile corporate disputes. Recent litigation-side work saw the hugely experienced Enrique Alcalde lead representation of major pension-fund administrator AFP Provida in civil law suits against Soquimich (SQM)'s controlling stakeholder (and related parties) arising out of the 'Cascadas' case; and ENAP in 14 environmental damage claims (aggregate value $270m) resulting from an oil spill. (However, in June 2019 Alcalde announced his departure from the firm at the end of the year so as to dedicate himself to arbitration). In arbitral matters, Cristián Conejero Roos is acting for Albermarle Lithium in a $1bn ICC dispute with CORFO concerning a preferential price clause; and Fundación de Cementerios Católicos in twin proceeedings (value: $300m) concerning the termination of a concessison agreement. Best known as an arbitration specialist, Conejero Roos' 'knowledge and insight into litigation are spectacular', while civil litigator Germán Subercaseaux (who is largely dedicated to construction, energy, natural gas and corporate disputes), is increasingly visible in arbitration matters; the two co-lead a 19-strong disputes team in which senior counsel Jaime Irarrázabal is another key figure. A strong second-tier includes, on the litigation side, senior associate Benjamin García (civil litigation) and associate Senda Villalobos (consumer law and class actions), and in arbitral matters, senior associate Gianfranco Lotito and Uruguay-qualified associate Juan Manuel Rey Jiménez de Aréchaga. Notable clients include AFP Provida, Empresa Nacional de Petróleo, Inmobiliaria Pereira, Minera Salar Blanco and Ford Motors Chile.
Baker McKenzie Chile's team has been particularly active in class action cases and is noted for its cross-border litigation expertise; significant clients include Astaldi, Oracle, Cencosud and Aguas Antofagasta. The practice defended pension fund administrator AFP Habitat (AFP) in a class action filed by Chilean consumer protection association, ODECU, which claimed that AFP increased commission fees without consumers' consent. Department head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés and Ignacio Naudon are the main contacts; Antonio López is the associate to note.
Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante
Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante's 'high-quality partners give very personalised attention to clients, making this firm a very unique law boutique'. It fields lawyers with experience in both civil litigation and domestic and international arbitration; representative work includes class actions and antitrust cases as well as litigation in the energy, insurance, construction and telecoms sectors. Name partners Felipe Bulnes, Enrique Urrutia and José Manuel Bustamante are all highly rated; Gonzalo Vial was made partner in 2018.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is 'an excellent law firm for large and complex cases, and its ability to integrate teams is exceptional'. The practice is experienced in advising on litigation involving environmental law, regulatory issues, securities, tax, competition law and consumer protection issues, and is also well known for class action defences. Recent work saw Florencio Bernales advise broker Larrain Vial (and two of its executives) in administrative litigation against $40m in fines imposed by the SVS as a result of the Cascadas case; Raimundo Moreno assist Girsa with several debt collection actions filed against the Municipality of Valparaíso; and Fernando Urrutia act for CDM in an easment dispute with state-entity, CDE. Jorge Boldt , who made partner in 2018, is the other key contact; senior associate José Ignacio Azar is also noted. Clients include BHP Billiton, KPMG Chile, IBM Chile, Ripley and Google.
Correa Squella's dispute resolution and antitrust department is led by the 'passionate and dedicated' Juan Ignacio Correa. The practice is highly regarded for disputes involving contracts, torts, commercial and corporate law, telecoms, construction and financial law; it is also active in class actions. Headline work includes acting for AFP Capital in a claim against Empresa La Polar (and its executives) arising from the company's 2011 fraud scandal. Litigation director Jorge Sepúlveda, who was raised to the partnership in July 2019, is also well regarded. Other clients include Antofagasta Minerals and Telefónica Chile.
López Escobar del Río
López Escobar del Río 'has brilliant lawyers who have a unique and very clear perception and handling of every case'. The firm was founded in 2017 and specialises in highly-complex proceedings before ordinary, special and arbitral courts and the administrative authorities. The practice regularly advises on disputes involving telecoms, finance and banking, retail, electricity, mining and infrastructure, among other areas; and active clients include Minera Escondida, Anglo American Sur and Constructora Pérez y Gómez. Headline matters saw Julián López lead the criminal defence of Carlos Alberto Délano and Carlos Eugenio Lavín, and Empresas Penta, in an investigation into alleged tax crimes and bribery. Focused on criminal, contentious administrative and constitutional cases, José Ignacio Escobar'can handle the most complex trials without ever losing his vision, and knows how to win'. Name partner Jorge Del Río and Felipe Leiva are also key contacts; both undertake arbitration, civil and commerical litigation and contentious administrative disputes. Senior associate Andrés Fuchs' practice combines litigation and competition work.
Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados
Ortúzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados has a strong reputation in the market for its assistance with high-profile disputes, including domestic and international arbitration. Representative work includes advising on civil and commercial litigation, including contractual disputes and antitrust cases, and the team has acted on matters involving the pharmaceutical and transport sectors. Name partners Alvaro Ortúzar, Nicolás Vergara and Cristián Boetsch are all highly-rated practitioners; Juan Sebastián Valdés is an experienced associate.
Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados
A member of the ACLA alliance of specialist dispute-resolution firms, eight-strong boutique Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados handles complex and significant litigation and 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. The team's current caseload includes ongoing construction disputes, damages and compensation claims, ICC arbitration for contractual non-fulfillment and water-rights disputes, among other matters. Founding partner Esteban Ovalle is 'an all-round contentious heavyweight' with over 25 years' experience. Litigation specialist Gianfranco Gazzana and José Tomás Bulnes (who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, construction law and arbitration), are both emergent practitioners of note.
The eight-strong team at Prieto Abogados is 'usually well informed about almost every important case in Chile, even when not directly involved'. The practice regularly acts before arbitrators and ordinary courts, particularly in disputes involving the energy, construction, real estate and retail sectors; the practice has also recently been active in insurance and healthcare-related matters. Recent headline mandates saw Alberto González V (arbitration, particularly in real estate, construction and energy disputes) and Fernando Samaniego (real estate, construction and anti-trust litigation) advise four electrical power generating companies (including Engie Energía Chile), in a $160.2m damages claim against GasAtacama Chile for unlawful conduct in relaton to the reporting of generation data. Other work saw González and Samaniego team up with senior partner Claudio Undurraga (utilities, energy, infrastructure and anti-trust litigation) to advise GWC Inversiones in a $21m damages claim for presumptive breadch of contract. Associate Juan Pablo Riesco is also a key team member. Clients include Engie Energía Chile, Huawei, Aguas Andinas, VivoCorp, Watt's and Sibelco Chile.
Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados
Rodríguez, Vergara & Cía, Abogados is highly regarded for civil and commercial disputes involving natural resources, banking and finance, environmental law, mining, and regulatory issues; the firm also has significant international arbitration expertise. Recent matters include the defence of GasAtacama Chile in a $160m damages case brought by four generating companies in relation to illegal conduct in the reporting of subsidiary Central Atacama's generating data. Other typical work includes advising foreign investors on disputes involving assets in Chile. Pedro Pablo Vergara, Fernando Rabat, Hugo Rosende Álvarez and Pablo Rodríguez Grez are the principal contacts.
Albagli Zaliasnik's disputes practice undertakes contentious administrative matters, arbitration, bankruptcy, civil and commercial litigation, and class actions; other areas of note include antitrust, consumer protection, environmental litigation, labour and tax disputes, and white-collar crime. Ariela Agosin heads the civil litigation team, of which Gabriel Zaliasnik and Daniel López are also key members; at senior associate level, Félix Antolín and Carolina Escandón are other names to note. Key clients include WOM, Farmacolgía en Aquacultura Veterinaria, LG Electronics and Abbott Laboratories.
Particularly active in project and construction-related litigation of late, Aninat Schwencke & Cia acts for a diverse clientele including Codelco, Fitch Ratings Chile, Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex and WPP Group. Recent matters saw the team defend Codelco against a claim by MS, a distributor of specialised mining clothing, which sought to enforce the performance of a supply contract. Department head Paulo Román is 'always available to provide swift responses and solutions', senior associate Gustavo Delgado leads the public litigation team and Andrés Sepúlveda is a bankruptcy and insolvency associate of note.
CMS Carey & Allende's litigation department handles construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, post-M&A disputes, IP infringement, consumer protection, insolvency, public procurement, and white-collar crime. Active clients include Sun Dream, Jacobs Chile, Banco Sabadell, Interaseo Chile and Agrícola Pacífico Sur. Recently promoted partner Rodrigo Campero leads the group; his practice focuses primarily on civil, commercial litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy; associate Ferdinand Schnettler is also well regarded.
Contreras Velozo acts for high-profile clients such as Sanofi-Aventis de Chile, Caterpillar Financial Services, Banco Santander and Telefónica Móviles Chile (Movistar); the team recently defended the latter against a consumer class action that alleged the interruption of mobile telephone services. Óscar Contreras Blanco, who is 'very detail oriented', and Álvaro Awad Sirhan co-head the civil litigation and commercial arbitration practice, while Francisco Velozo leads the criminal litigation group. The July 2018 arrival of Javier Velozo and Pablo Pardo from Aninat Schwencke & Cia brings additional (primarily competition-related) litigation expertise and capacity to the firm.
FerradaNehme's 'very professional team' has been active of late in environmental and mining law cases, class actions, complex public law litigation, unfair competition, and white-collar and civil litigation matters, including in the telecoms and retail sectors. Name partner Nicole Nehme has recognised litigation skills, both Nicolás Ubilla and the 'outstanding' Rafael Collado were made partners, and Marcela Rodríguez is a well-regarded practice director. Clients include Barrick Gold, Andes Iron, VTR Comunicaciones, Redbanc and CODELCO.
Fleischmann & León Abogados' 'team demonstrates analytical capacity, legal and technical knowledge, strategic vision, and an ability to address complex problems'. It is highly rated for dispute resolution work involving infrastructure, construction, public works and mining concessions; active clients include Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón II, Constructora Tara Compu and Sacyr. Recent work saw the team act for ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción in the enforcement of a hotel construction agreement with Inmobiliaria Posh. Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick has 'outstanding intelligence, which allows him to anticipate scenarios and stay one step ahead', while fellow name-partner Juan Ignacio León Lira is 'a dedicated, analytical lawyer with great vision'. Construction specialist Juan Diego Rabat Celis joined as a partner from Molina Ríos Abogados and senior associate Cristóbal Marimón Mourgues was hired from Sacyr Chile.
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.'s 'specialist team has experience of complex matters'. The practice group includes experts in both (civil and commercial) litigation and arbitration, with representative experience including bankruptcy disputes, contractual claims, torts and energy litigation. The client list includes Universidad de Ciencias de la Informática, Banco Falabella, Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida, Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles and PwC's Chilean branch. Recent matters saw the team advise ratings agency Feller Rate Clasificadora De Riesgo on its alleged role in the 2011 La Polar accounting fraud scandal. Eduardo Marchi is practice head while Jorge Meneses leads on contentious public law matters. Arturo Majlis is also a key adviser.
The nine-strong team at Guerrero Olivos acts for clients including Puerto Ventanas, ENACO, BCI Asset Management, Volvo Financial Services and La Polar. Recent work includes defending US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital and Santiago Metals against actions concerning the validity of certain mining-related lease agreements (aggregate value of $20m), brought by minority shareholders. Practice head Sergio Yávar handles complex civil, commercial and arbitral disputes and is an expert in bankruptcy, liquidation processes and reorganization plans. Former departmental head Disputes practice head José Ignacio Jiménez left the firm in June 2019 to establish his own disputes boutique, Jimenez y Cia Abogados.
Harasic Medina Dal Pozzo & López
Harasic Medina Dal Pozzo & López is 'highly committed to its cases'. The practice regularly advises on civil and criminal litigation involving sectors such as retail, transportation, ports and mining, along with heavily regulated markets such as banking and finance, electricity and telecoms; notable clients include Universidad de Chile and Scotiabank and Anglo American Sur. The team defended the latter against claims that it had fraudulently filed civil and criminal actions against Tranex. Davor Harasic is a well-known figure in the disputes sector; Ivan Harasic is 'great at explaining complex details'. Sebastián Dal Pozzo and Gonzalo Medina are also highly regarded. Gissella López left for a teaching role.
The seven-strong practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados acts in significant commercial, civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative law disputes; the practice is also particularly focused on representing clients in relation to infrastructure and construction, mining, energy and public works. Recent matters saw the team act for highway-concession holder SC Autopista Costa Arauco, in a $12m arbitration claim against the State of Chile concerning additional road-safety works. Practice head Carlos Aravena is 'an excellent lawyer who gives clients confidence because he knows what he is talking about'; José Pedro Baraona is also a key adviser. Associate Isabel Palacios is also 'one to watch'.
Morales & Besa's 'thorough and knowledgeable practice' covers civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, construction disputes, antitrust claims, administrative law litigation, and white-collar matters. The client list includes Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud, Universidad de Chile and ABB Chile. The nine-strong team's recent work included representing Santiago airport concessionaire Nuevo Pudahuel in a $300m royalty-related dispute against the Ministry of Public Works. Practice head Gonzalo Cordero and senior associate Orlando Palominos are the names to note.
Chadwick & Reymond
Chadwick & Reymond , formerly known as Reymond & Cía, is 'a highly professional and dedicated practice that is quick to adapt to clients' needs'. The firm is highly rated for litigation against the state in relation to construction matters and public works concessions, as well as disputes between private companies. The practice recently acted for a concessionaire company AVO I in a $35m challenge to allegedly arbitrary instructions imposed by Chile's Ministry of Public Works. Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez head the team, which has been boosted by the 2018 arrival of César Pérez Burgos -as a partner- from Salfacorp, coupled with the return of Felipe Duhalde Vera from studies in the US. The firm's second tier, comprising senior associates Diego Fuentes González and Ignacio Vargas Roco (who specialise in construction and public concession / PPP disputes, respectively), is also noted.
Ugarte & Correa
Boutique firm Ugarte & Correa -formerly Ugarte Ried y Correa- is well respected for its arbitration and litigation experience in relation to construction, infrastructure and concessions; other areas of strength include shareholder disputes, energy arbitration, class actions and antitrust litigation. Recent matters saw the team represent global specialty chemicals company Albemarle in arbitration concerning the construction of a plant. José Joaquín Ugarte and Pablo Correa are the names to note. Clients include Albemarle, Enex, Mandalay Resources and Caterpillar.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr fields a six-strong practice group with experience in real estate, environmental, energy and administrative law, as well as competition matters; the practice is also noted for construction disputes, consumer protection law claims and arbitration. Recent matters saw the team act for SQM, as plaintiff, in a Supreme Court action against the State of Chile (and certain private companies), which successfully sought the annulment of resolutions that wrongfully granted water-rights. Highly-regarded practice head Juan Carlos Dörr Bulnes leads on all matters. At associate level, Juan Pablo Morales is also noted but Fabiola Schencke exited to state consumer-rights entity, SERNAC.
Vergara, Labarca & Cía
Vergara, Labarca & Cía’s Seven-strong specialist boutique Vergara, Labarca & Cía is highly respected for its experience in civil and commercial law disputes in general 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. Highly-regarded name partners Arturo Vergara and Raimundo Labarca are 'pillars of the dispute resolution market'.
Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial
Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial 'provides an excellent balance between experienced lawyers and young talented litigators'. The six-strong practice has been particularly active in construction and unfair competition cases, while in arbitration the team is well known for construction, energy, telecoms and finance-related disputes. It recently acted for Claro Comunicaciones in a $41m telecoms dispute involving alleged unpaid royalties. Gerardo Ovalle, whose 'work is outstanding and extremely focused on details', co-leads the team in conjunction with Fernando Salas. Anibal Vial is also a key adviser.
Abogabir Miranda Abogados' 'team works in a very professional and efficient manner, and handles itself really well in local courts'. The recently formed dispute resolution boutique specialises in civil, commercial and criminal litigation, competition law claims and consumer disputes, including arbitration. Recent highlights saw the team act for Inmobiliaria Farellones in arbitration against a contractor regarding the construction of six buildings. Name partners Diego Abogabir and Nicolás Miranda previously worked at Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres and Alessandri & Compañía Abogados, respectively; Abogabir is 'outstanding' and Miranda 'proposes smart solutions'.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados 'delivers a high-quality service'. Raúl Montero, who 'really understands clients and what they need', heads the litigation and arbitration department, which is particularly experienced in disputes involving the technology, environmental, healthcare, automotive, insurance and construction sectors. The practice is also noted for unfair competition and IP disputes. Clients include Johnson & Johnson de Chile, Publimetro and Sedgman Chile.
The seven-strong practice at Allende Bascuñán & Cía is focused on civil and commercial litigation as well as disputes involving mining law, financial markets and agriculture, among others. Ongoing work includes advising Copa Airlines on any consumer law disputes it faces in Chile. Alejandro Romero, Andrés Garrido and Felipe Allende are the principal contacts. Other clients include AngloAmerican, Phillips Chilena, Air Canada, Fedex Express Chile and Grupo Más Errázuriz.
Araya & Cía. Abogados
The disputes practice at Araya & Cía. Abogados distinguishes itself through its expertise in international trade litigation, particularly in relation to agricultural products; sector clients include Exportadora Frutamérica, Schreiber Foods International and Dyd Cargo. Matías Araya and recently promoted partner Sebastián Norris are the names to note.
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados is 'appreciated for its effort and commitment'; the eight-strong practice is particularly experienced in advising on disputes involving construction contracts and energy matters. Practice head María Fernanda Brahm M is the key contact, with both Ignacio Arteaga E and Arnaldo Gorziglia noted for arbitral matters. Clients include Walmart, Parque Arauco, SAESA and Acciona Energía.
Chaves Awad Contreras & Schürmann
Chaves Awad Contreras & Schürmann is 'made up of very good professionals who are extremely proactive and focus passionately on resolving conflicts'. The practice regularly advises on breach-of-contract and damages cases involving the mining, fishing and construction sectors, and the civil litigation team is increasingly specialised in healthcare and pharmaceutical-related disputes. Recent matters include defending a Chilean mining company against a supplier's payment claim. Esteban Barra Olivares is 'extremely responsible'.
Cisternas y Compañía Abogados fields a sizeable, 18-strong practice group in this, it's core area of dispute resolution. Recent matters include ongoing legal advisory to the Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (including representation in complex administrative and criminal litigation); undertaking a legal report on the scope of Article 155 of the Procedural Criminal law code on behalf of Chile's Chamber of Deputies; and advising GyM in arbitral matters related to a breached obligation. As regards criminal matters, the team is also active in relation to the Cascadas, Penta and Corpesca cases. With almost 20 years' experience, practice head Gonzalo Cisternas is active in complex dispute matters, particularly in the corporate area and those with an economic component; his practice also covers both local and international arbitration. The team can also call on Jean Pierre Matus who joined the firm as a consultant in October 2018; a criminal law specialist with over 25 years' experience, he has been a member of the Supreme Court of Justice (‘abogado integrante’) since 2015. Clients include Universidad de Concepción, Inmobiliaria Vallauri, Servicio de Procesamiento de Datos en Línea (SERPEL), and Consorcio TECDRA.
Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn
Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn's 'team gives a very personalised service and is super-quick when clients need a fast turnaround'. The practice has civil and commercial litigation expertise - notably, in relation to shareholder disputes, real estate and investment funds - and has been particularly active of late in construction-related disputes; it recently assisted real estate developer MDPR with two breach of construction-agreement claims. Juan Enrique Coeymans is 'a hard worker and always available'.
In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile). The office's disputes practice 'adapts as required to specific client requirements'; its workload includes complex commercial and civil matters, defending constitutional rights, and consumer protection claims. Recent matters saw the team act for Metrogas in a gas explosion-related claim. Macarena Iturra and 'excellent professional' Ricardo López are highly regarded counsels and key practice contacts. In a further development as of September 2019, the office has opened a white-collar practice under the leadership of new counsel Ignacio Schwerter, who is also active in compliance matters.
Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause
Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause is well known in the market for dispute resolution; the practice handles both civil litigation and arbitration, antitrust, administrative law, and bankruptcy. Current matters include ongoing representation of Banco Itaú Corpbanca in an administrative case regarding student-credit agreements. All four name partners - Cristián Gandarillas, Soledad Krause, Paulo Montt and Gabriel del Río are widely respected in the sector.
Garrigues Chile's caseload recently involved high-profile disputes in corporate law, energy, insurance, construction, real estate, consumer protection class actions, bankruptcies, and tax.'Experienced and insightful', Mónica van der Schraft leads the team; principal associate Cristóbal Sarralde , who arrived from Guerrero Olivos in mid-2018, is 'efficient and responsible'.
Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres' dispute resolution practice undertakes matters ranging from contract breaches, mining-and-metals litigation and consumer protection issues, to real estate and construction claims and professional services disputes. Jorge Schenke heads the litigation, arbitration and negotiations department, of which Ricardo Brancoli is also a key member.
Letelier & Núñez Abogados
Letelier & Núñez Abogados acts in litigation involving the manufacturing, consumer products, energy and media sectors, among others. Representative experience includes disputes involving corporate and transactional matters, antitrust, construction and general commercial law. David Núñez and Max Letelier are both experienced practitioners and act for clients including CMPC, Tresmontes Lucchetti and El Mercurio.
Marinovic & Asociados has 'easy-to-engage-with multilingual partners and staff'; the practice assists with complex civil and commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, insolvency, environment and construction-related claims, and tax matters. Iván Marinovic Pacey heads the group; Nicolás Marinovic Vial and Javier González Echávarri are also key contacts. Clients include Grupo La Polar, Rubis Energie and Cabify Chile.
Molina Ríos Abogados
Molina Ríos Abogados' 'very professional team' regularly advises on infrastructure-project arbitration. In recent matters, the practice represented Acciona Infraestructura in a debt dispute involving the construction of a children's hospital. Carlos Molina, Victor Ríos and Felipe Correa -who made partner in October 2019- are the key advisers.
Ortiz González Abogados
Rodrigo Ortiz Krause is dispute-resolution head at boutique firm Ortiz González Abogados. The practice has been active in matters involving banking, real estate, healthcare and securities, of late - as well as the defence of private individuals in fraud cases. Headline matters saw Ortiz represent Alvaro Desmadryl in a series of white-collar and insolvency actions against investment group Arcano. Other clients include Banco Itaú Corpbanca, Grupo EULEN and Fresenius Medical Care.
Rodriguez Rosende Abogados' litigation and arbitration practice assists with civil, contractual, commercial, and labor law issues; the team also advises on power and insurance-related disputes and administrative law claims. Eduardo Rodríguez Ugarte and Hugo Rosende Álvarez are the highly-regarded name partners.