Firms To Watch: Electricity and hydrocarbon

ACU Abogados was established in mid-2019; the firm's energy and natural resources group is led by co-founding partner Nicolás Atkinson (a former director at Aninat Schwencke & Cia), who is primarily focused on project development (waste-to-energy, wind, solar and decentralised supply models), energy contract law, regulatory issues and energy trading.
Established on the Chilean market in April 2020, Cuatrecasas bolstered its energy sector credentials in January 2021 when it hired former Guerrero Olivos partner Josefina Yávar, an expert in M&A transactions involving national and international energy projects.
Silva Ibáñez Abogados  ‘s energy and natural resources practice is led by Alfredo Montes (an associate at former firm Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva until 2018), who focuses on renewable energy projects (including environmental, mining, regulatory and permitting aspects), as well as the purchase and sale of energy projects.

Electricity and hydrocarbon in Chile

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

The five-strong department at Allende Bascuñán & Cía is highly regarded for its advice to large, non-regulated electricity consumers - such as mining, industrial and agricultural companies - which have substantial electricity requirements. Founding partner and head of the natural resources, environment and water rights practices, Felipe Bascuñán Montaner, routinely assists with the tenders, negotiations and disputes, particularly concerning power purchase agreements (PPAs); senior associate Pablo Tejada is an environmental law specialist, whose track record includes power generation and transmission line projects.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner

Testimonials

A firm that is highly specialised in energy and natural resources issues. Its attention is very personalised and it responds quickly with a high-quality service.

I have used the services of Felipe Bascuñan Montaner to negotiate electricity supply contracts. He knows this subject very well.

Key clients

Freeport-McMoRan

Lundin Mining Corporation

Electroconsultores.com

Soquimich

Viña Ventisquero

Mantos Copper

Viña Concha y Toro

Bulbo de Los Andes

Agrícola Santa Ana

Associated Universities

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

Mantoverde

Upac Trading Comercial

Exportadora Geofrut

Agrícola Geoagro

Agrícola Hacienda Huentelauquén

Work highlights

  • Advised Associated Universities on the bidding process by CORFO to establish and build an Institute of Clean Technologies.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

The sizeable energy practice at Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados has a strong name in the market for its advice on the development of greenfield energy projects, as well as the negotiation and management of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements for power plants. The group is also a go-to firm for PPAs, the operation and maintenance (O&M) of solar and wind power plants, and the representation of generation companies in regulatory and administrative proceedings before the local energy authorities; additionally it advises on the country’s electricity regulations. The practice is co-led by Ignacio Arteaga, a specialist in energy projects and associated contracts, project development and finance, and energy companies’ M&A deals; and renewable energy project expert Luciano Cruz. Providing integral support are María Fernanda Brahm, who ‘knows electricity law issues very well'; director and regulatory and environmental practice head Pedro Lagos; and regulatory expert Santiago Portaluppi F.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Arteaga; Luciano Cruz

Testimonials

This boutique firm is distinguished by its personalised treatment and the quality of its work.

Ignacio Arteaga has the great ability to understand the needs of clients, being at the forefront of the complexities of the energy market.

María Fernanda Brahm has analytical capabilities like few lawyers, which added to her knowledge of client contracts and her privileged memory, make her a great point of reference for conflict resolution.

It is a very good firm. We particularly work with María Fernanda Brahm, a specialist in electricity issues who can handle the legal requirements from memory.

María Fernanda Brahm knows electricity law issues very well – agile responses and great technical-legal management.

Key clients

SunCo

Grupo Saesa

GPG Chile

Acciona Energía

Generadora Metropolitana

Arauco Bioenergía

AES Andes

China Southern Power Grid

Mainstream

Novasources Power Services

Work highlights

  • Advised China Southern Power Grid on the bidding process for the Kimal- Lo Aguirre HVDC transmission line project.
  • Advised AES Andes on the acquisition and development of several projects.
  • Advising Andes Mining and Energy on certain aspects of the development and construction phases of a methanol-to-gasoline pilot project in southern Chile and which will use green hydrogen.

Barros & Errázuriz

Barros & Errázuriz's 'experienced' 14-strong department handles a broad range of energy-related matters, and is particularly noted for its electricity sector expertise. It has particular experience in acting for generation and transmission companies, and is increasingly active in distribution matters; the practice also encompasses negotiating energy contracts, regulatory issues, project finance, energy disputes, and energy M&A, joint ventures and acquisitions. Among the team’s several experienced advisers are founding partner and ‘brilliant, strategic adviser' José Tomás Errázuriz, who in addition to leading the firm’s dispute resolution practice, acts on energy matters; power generation and transmission project expert Fernando Garrido; and Cristóbal Pellegrini, a partner since March 2022, who has ‘a great deal of energy sector experience‘. Within the senior associate pool, Verónica Vergara advises electric companies on corporate and regulatory matters, and Pedro Pablo Balliviandelivers a first-class service'.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Garrido; Cristóbal Pellegrini

Testimonials

An experienced team that has a good command of the Chilean electricity sector. We would especially highlight its great performance in contractual matters involving regulatory issues.

I would highlight the way in which the lawyers face the requirements that arise. They always make a clear, direct and complete analysis of matters, regardless of whether the courses of action are favourable or unfavourable to the client. After that, they come up with an action plan. This seems valuable to me, since it allows us to have a realistic view of the situation.

Great commitment and proactivity from the work team, which helped us respond to complex regulatory queries involving the development of photovoltaic projects in Chile. The lawyers always provide broad points of view and help us to achieve suitable solutions.

The quality of the solutions the lawyers provide are of a very high standard, and they can achieve this thanks to efficient internal management. It is the best law firm we have ever worked with.

José Tomás Errázuriz is undoubtedly a brilliant, strategic adviser, who has great legal credentials – very dedicated and hardworking. In a completely superior category.

Cristóbal Pellegrini is a lawyer who has acquired a great deal of energy sector experience, and who accompanies us on various important matters.

Senior associate Verónica Vergara effectively helped us with complex electricity issues.

Senior associate Pedro Pablo Ballivian delivers a first-class service, coordinating all the needs of my company and delivering a response that goes beyond what is required, and with innovative solutions that are very well suited to our needs, especially due to his mastery of various legal specialties that are applicable to us.

Key clients

Kimal Consortium

Colbún

ISA

SAESA

Sungrow

EDP Renováveis

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Pacific Hydro

Renovalia

D’E Capital

Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional

WEG

Gasco

Copec-Kaufmann

Banco Itau

X-Elio

Austral Power

Levaduras Collico

Renergetica

HMV Ingenieros

Work highlights

  • Advised Yallique Consortium on a public tender process for a transmission line project.
  • Advised Colbún on the sale of all the shares of affiliate Colbún Transmisión.
  • Advised SAESA on the bidding process for wind farm deelopment projects.

Bofill Mir Abogados

Emerging from dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in mid-2022, the new Bofill Mir Abogados houses well known natural resources expert and founding partner Pablo Mir, who heads up a multi-disciplinary energy and water practice that covers EPC contracts, tender applications, regulatory issues, permits, land use, and construction and transmission-related dispute resolution. The team is also active in conventional and NCRE, solar and wind energy projects. Former regulatory and environmental practice head Guillermo de la Jara departed BMAJ in June 2021 for Lembeye Abogados, while former corporate law partner José Antonio Velasco is now at another BMAJ spin-off competitor firm.

CMS Carey & Allende

Full-service law firm CMS Carey & Allende houses a nine-strong team that consistently acts on renewable energy and power transmission projects, including the regulatory aspects of power plant developments, permits, construction contracts, sub-contracting agreements and public concession bids. It also has extensive experience in advising major energy players on acquisitions, joint venture transactions, bidding processes, PPAs, and project finance. Additionally, the team is increasingly assisting companies with green hydrogen matters. Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze both routinely advise on transmission line, electrical generation and NCRE projects, while Fernando De Cárcer's practice includes the development and financing of energy projects. The senior associate to note, Sebastián Barros brings notable expertise in transactions, project development and financing to the energy group.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z; Fernando de Cárcer

Testimonials

Specialised in contracts for the sale of energy projects, and with solid advice and a specialised service.

Always willing to provide advice with good specific knowledge in commercial, corporate and environmental procedures.

Fernando de Cárcer and senior associate Sebastián Barros are very experienced in commercial and corporate matters.

Key clients

EDEMSA

Pacific Hydro Chile

Celeo Redes Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Enagás

Hidroeléctrica Los Patos

Verano Capital

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

China Three Gorges Corporation

EDP Renewables

Promigás

Elecnor

Work highlights

  • Advised Verano Capital on its agreement with Yinson Renewables for the joint development, sale and construction of a solar portfolio of over 800MW (in Chile, Peru and Colombia).
  • Advised China Three Gorges Corporation and EDP Renewables on the competitive process to acquire a large portfolio of renewable (wind and photovoltaic) energy projects currently under development.
  • Advised Verano Capital Holding on the acquisition from RTB Energy of the Río Peuco photovoltaic project.

Carey

Full-service law firm Carey fields a 13-strong energy group that consistently acts for developers and financial entities on some of the country’s major energy, gas and oil projects, Examples include coal, natural gas, hydroelectric power, liquefied natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal, and floating storage and regasification unit projects; the team’s full-service offering also covers regulatory issues, project development, and the negotiation of energy supply agreements. The practice is jointly led by Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who both focus on energy regulatory matters and energy projects; and mining and energy project specialist José Tomás Hurley (elevated to the partnership in November 2021). At senior associate level: Pablo Morales focuses on energy projects, while Carmenmaría Poblete‘s practice includes advising on the development, acquisition and financing of renewable energy projects.

Testimonials

Lawyers who know the market and business well, and have a pro-business vision that allows flexibility in certain situations.

Remarkable experience in regulatory issues and those associated with the energy market.

Carey’s team is characterised by its notable commercial focus, which is usually out of the box. It provided us with support on project development and financing issues, providing commercial solutions that have facilitated the progress of transactions.

Carey’s lawyers, in addition to their professional excellence, make a difference through their human qualities, commitment to clients, and thorough understanding of the market and energy business. I would highlight  partners Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Tomás Hurley, along with associate Carmenmaría Poblete.

The leading partners in this area are Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who bring significant experience in the development, financing and acquisition of renewable energy projects. Their outstanding commercial approach means they are a very important support for our business.

Key clients

Sonnedix Chile

Acciona Energía Global

Atlas Renewable Energy

Celeo Redes Chile

Mainstream Renewable Power

Sierra Gorda

Codelco

Renewable Resources Group

OPDEnergy

Daelim Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Celeo Redes Chile on the acquisition of Colbún Transmisión, a Colbún subsidiary and large transmission company.
  • Assisted Sonnedix Chile with the financing granted by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and DNB Bank ASA (senior loan) and Banco Security (VAT loan) for the development and construction of a solar photovoltaic plant.
  • Assisted Acciona Energía Global with the negotiation of a transmission line-related share purchase agreement.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The recent track record of Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' seven-strong group includes advising on gas pipelines, coal-fired power plants developments, and energy companies’ M&A. Its experience also includes the financing for a marine natural gas regasification terminal, PPA contracts, non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) projects, green hydrogen production; and energy supply contract-related arbitrations. Heading the practice, Gonzalo Jiménez's experience includes assisting local electricity-consuming companies with tender processes; Sergio Díez is a specialist in wind farm greenfield projects; and Martín Astorga is noted for the environmental aspect of energy projects. Key associate Verónica Cuadra routinely advises on electricity regulations.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Jiménez

Testimonials

Very strong corporate and natural resources practices, with good support in other areas as well.

The lawyers have always provided a personal touch, as well as great responsiveness – second to none!

Key clients

ATCO

Kelar

Metro de Santiago

Soprole

Brookfield

Nutreco

BO Paper

Vidrios Lirquén

Himin Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising ATCO on the best strategy for its energy projects in Chile.
  • Acting for Metro de Santiago on electricity law matters.
  • Advised Himin Solar Group on the acquisition of a photovoltaic plant.

Claro & Cia.

Leveraging its market-leading project finance and project development expertise, Claro & Cia. houses a go-to practice for the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Representative specialisms range from power plants (hydro, wind and solar), to transmission lines and sub-stations, gas plants and liquified gas terminals. The team also has extensive experience in regulatory matters, and routinely works alongside the firm’s arbitration and litigation groups on energy-related disputes. Heading up the 27-strong department, Rodrigo Ochagavía regularly advises on the negotiation and structuring of offtake agreements and energy financing: José Luis Ambrosy's broad experience includes renewable energy and gas terminals; Ariel Mihovilovic is an energy and project finance specialist; and Luisa Núñez and José María Eyzaguirre F are both cross-border transactions experts. Former associate Gerardo Otero left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ochagavía

Testimonials

The Claro team has a lot of knowledge of the matters on which it advises. It collaborates a lot and directly with our company team – the quality of the work is impeccable.

It is a team with a lot of legal and technical knowledge.

Ariel Mihovilovic knows our business, the counterparties and the authorities very well, and the work generated is of great quality.

Key clients

Glenfarne Group

State Grid

Toesca Asset Management

AES Andes

Interenergy

Actis GP

X-Elio

Enfragen – Prime Energía

Aker Horizons

Eurus

Work highlights

  • Advised EnfraGen Energía Sur, Prime Energía and EnfraGen Spain on the development of a pool of renewable projects that were financed with a $1.05bn bank debt package.
  • Advised State Grid International Development on the purchase of Naturgy’s equity interests in Compañía General de Electricidad and CGE Servicios (as well as Chilean subsidiaries).
  • Assisted JP Morgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, Santander Investment Securities and SMBC Nikko Securities America with structuring the $1.2bn financing to Alfa Desarrollo for the acquisition of Colbún Transmisión.

Clyde & Co Chile

The four-member practice at what is now Clyde & Co Chile (following the August-2022 merger of Grasty Quintana Majlis -in association with Clyde & Co- and Halpern Pino) routinely advises on hydroelectric plant, wind farm, thermo-electric generation and natural gas projects. Its experience includes construction issues, permits, property title studies, easements, electricity supply contracts, EPC agreements, and project finance; and the group is particularly focused on projects involving the development of new technologies that will expand Chile’s energy grid. The practice is led by Hugo Prieto, who has significant experience in the natural resources and energy sector, while associate José Francisco Osman also regularly advises on energy project development.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Prieto

Key clients

Indumotora Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Indumotora Group with a power purchase agreement.

DLA Piper Chile

DLA Piper Chile's eight-member team is particularly experienced in power plant developments, as well as sectors such as energy transmission and distribution. Its specialisms cover decentralisation, battery storage, mini-grids, energy efficiency regulations, and energy-related digitisation regulation. Leading the group, Felipe Bahamondez is an energy, natural gas and LNG project specialist; while the ‘very capable' Diego Peña, promoted to partner in January 2022, is experienced in energy project development. Key senior associate Paulina Farías assists with energy, natural resources and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez

Testimonials

DLA Piper Chile provides us with global intelligence on our business with legal materials and alerts, adding a lot of value to our business.

Energy and natural resources (electricity and hydrocarbon) is a highly regulated market that requires specialist advisers to ensure that projects can be carried out. These legal advisers are constantly up to date on all modifications made in this area and provide prompt responses.

The law firm has adapted very well to the new times, especially taking technology into consideration. Covid-19 has not been a pretext to decrease the quality and delivery time of the work.

Balance between experience and youth, specialists, excellent availability, clear answers, good legal advice, and commitment to the company and its protection.

Ability to understand problems and seek appropriate solutions.

Commercial and strategic support beyond pure legal advice, favouring fluidity during the negotiation of contracts in favour of the client.

We worked with Diego Peña, who, thanks to his knowledge of the electricity market, manages to recognise opportunities for the use of artificial intelligence and big data.

Diego Peña is very capable and has the ability to understand problems, seeking solutions that make the business viable without neglecting the responsibilities of the client.

Key clients

CarbonFree Technology

Constructora Excon

Agrofruta

Work highlights

  • Advised CarbonFree Technology on new regulations issued by the Electric Authority for the stabilised price regime, as well as the transition to a new price regime (among others).
  • Provides ongoing advice to Constructora Excon on energy efficiency regulation.
  • Advised Agrofruta on the process of migrating from the regulated customer regime, including negotiating the terms and conditions of the PPA with an energy generator.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Dentons Larrain Rencoret's energy team routinely assists both energy and non-energy companies with regulatory issues. The group’s electricity and oil-and-gas expertise ranges from the generation, transportation and distribution of energy, to matters involving natural gas suppliers. It also acts on NCRE projects. Enrique Benítez's practice focuses on the regulatory and contractual aspects of electricity and gas projects; Marisol Ceballos is an energy sector specialist; and Pauline Chiffelle is a key member of the firm’s energy, environment and natural resources (and litigation groups).

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's energy team advises on the financing and development of major energy projects, including relevant regulatory aspects. Recent work includes both transmission line and solar power plant projects; the team’s espertise also covers PPAs, along with fuel supply, EPC, O&M, transmission, and gas transportation and supply agreements. Department head Luis Felipe Merino is an electricity generation project expert; Cristobal Fainé advises on energy and corporate law; Pedro García assists with energy finance; and Rodrigo Fernández is noted for deals involving renewable energy assets. Former senior associate Francisco Irarrázaval moved to Coeymans, Edwards, Poblete & Dittborn in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Merino

Key clients

Gtd Intesis

Agrosuper

Arroyo Energy

Gasmar

Guacolda

Nala Renewables

Empresa Eléctrica Puente Alto

Work highlights

  • Advised GTD Intesis on the implementation of a power service to allow clients to install and operate solar panels to produce their own power supply and inject surplus energy into the distribution grid.
  • Advised a consortium (Nala Renewables, Korkia and Moon Valley Capital) on the acquisition of a portfolio of PMGD projects from Solek Group.
  • Advised Arroyo Energy on the acquisition of Gasmar (a large LPG terminal on the South American Pacific coast) from Empresas Gasco and Empresas Copec.

Grupo Evans

The division of Cubillos Evans Abogados in late 2021, saw the new Grupo Evans retain a major energy law practice under the joint leadership of Eugenio Evans , José Miguel Hernández  and Cristóbal Illanes , who combine longstanding expertise in the regulatory and energy aspects of substantial project developments to provide a full spectrum offering in the sector. The team, which distinguishes itself due to the presence of engineers at all levels (partner, director and associate), is particularly active in the country’s government-led decarbonisation objectives, as well as having a reputation for big-ticket wind, solar, hydro and power sector-related acquisitions and sales. Furthermore, with the March-2022 incorporation of Sebastián Yunge  (formerly a longstanding partner at Guerrero Olivos), it can also now address the corporate, transactional and financing aspects of projects in the sector. On the regulatory side, the group is active in power generation, transmission and supply matters, along with related community relations work. At senior associate level, Rafael Fernández  leads the firm’s electricity concessions work, and Elías Soto  is an energy and natural resources litigator. Diego Valenzuela moved to BACS Abogados as counsel in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

José Miguel Hernández; Eugenio Evans; Cristóbal Illanes

Testimonials

Great experience in the electricity industry, with its attention focused on the needs of our company through the delivery of a flexible, reliable and quality service.

Cristóbal Illanes and senior associate Rafael Fernández are lawyers with great client orientation, who are always available to solve problems or doubts, and with extensive experience working in the field, which has allowed us to obtain excellent results in closing contracts. Their commitment and extensive knowledge of the electricity market has made them a fundamental pillar in the development of our projects.

Key clients

Eletrans

AES Andes

Anglo American Chile

Energía Llaima

Besalco

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Sonnedix

RTB Energy

WPD

WEG Capital

EDF

Atlas Renewable Energy

Trinergy

Work highlights

  • Advised Eletrans on the administrative requirements and filings for transmission projects.
  • Advised Besalco on the development of hydroelectric power plants.
  • Assisted AES Gener with the permits, territorial work and easement agreements surrounding five wind generation projects and their subsequent connection to the National Grid.

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' large 18-strong department is highly experienced in the development of energy projects in the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. It also assists final consumers with the negotiation of their PPAs; the practice’s expertise also covers contractual structures, finance and business plans, along with interactions with local communities and authorities. The team is additionally sought out for its advice on regulatory processes, such as energy and transmission planning, law-making procedures, public bids, and controversies before the local regulator and Expert Energy panels. The practice is jointly co-led by experienced figures Sebastián Abogabir, who acts for energy companies and international lenders on energy deals; and Clemente Pérez, an energy deal and regulatory specialist. Felipe Frühling, who ‘provides a quality service', was made partner in March 2022, while associates Francisca Pellegrini and Andrea Olea  both work on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Abogabir; Clemente Pérez

Testimonials

Great expertise in legal advice for companies involved in renewable energy. It is also very strong in drafting contracts for M&A operations.

It is a team with a good approach to its clients and it is easy to contact.

‘Clemente Pérez is an excellent professional when it comes to complex M&A processes.

Clemente Pérez and Felipe Frühling have very good expertise in the energy sector, and in the administrative processes that are required during the development of a project.

Felipe Frühling is experienced and provides a quality service.

Key clients

Sonnedix Group

Engie Gas

IDB Invest

Acciona

Hydrogéne de France

Maire Tecnimont Group

AES Gener

Nextenergy

M&G Limited

Natixis (New York)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Solarpack

Solek

Akuo Energy

Grenergy

RWE Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised energy generation company Sonnedix on a supply tender process.
  • Advised Matrix Renewables on the acquisition of several solar projects (owned by Canadian Solar) as well as photovoltaic projects that are part of the future acquisition of a portfolio of up to 25 projects from Verano Capital.
  • Advised oEnergy on the signing of a framework contract for the creation of a joint venture with Blue Elephant Energy for the development of a PMGD project.

Honorato | Delaveau

The considerable experience of Honorato | Delaveau‘s energy group covers investments, project developments, and the financing and acquisition of transmission and distribution projects, as well as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and fossil fuel power plants. Practice head Gonzalo Delaveau has a highly active energy, water, and natural resources practice, while engineering and construction group head Juan Ignacio Peña is a specialist in the development of generation (including hydro, solar and wind) and transmission projects. Also key to the team, Matias Langevin (a former Morales & Besa partner) advises on the project finance aspects of energy and natural resources matters. Since research concluded, the firm has hired Mauricio Riesco (effective as of September 2022); formerly the senior legal counsel at Antofagsta Minerals, he arrives as director of the mining, energy and natural resources team, and notably consolidating the firm’s engagement with the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Delaveau

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy

EDF Renewable Energy

Aediles Talinay

Aediles Capital

Energía Llaima

Gestión de Proyectos Electricos

Consorcio Constructor BOV

Antuko

PV Salvador

Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on the remaining 50% of Energía Llaima.
  • Advised Gestión de Proyectos Eléctricos on the financing, refinancing and restructuring of credits granted by Banco BICE.
  • Successfully represented Energías Renovables Fotones de Chile in a two-year arbitration proceeding that was initiated by Enel Green Power del Sur.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados houses several experts in the oil and gas, electricity and water sectors. Acting for both large and small companies, the eight-strong practice covers various aspects of gas and energy projects, the desalinisation and conveyance of water, and the distribution of water and gas to residential customers. It also has enviable specialisms in gas supply, re-gasification and LNG contracts, as well as the administrative and regulatory issues surrounding Chile’s energy and gas industries, and energy and gas supply disputes. The practice is co-led by renowned energy and natural resources, project development and infrastructure specialist Jorge Granic; and Cristóbal Morandé, whose experience includes a wide range of major projects. The second line of key advisers features of counsel and gas expert Ricardo Peña; project development and regulatory specialist Joaquín Larrain; and associates Javiera Méndez (a former National Energy Commission deputy legal head) and Francisco Cerda, a 2021 returnee after a stint as foreign associate in Herbert Smith Freehills‘ New York office.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Testimonials

What makes the practice unique is that it provides advice that seeks to solve problems. The lawyers become legal advisers on the problems that clients have, which makes them very useful. This ability to put themselves in the client’s shoes and seek solutions is very attractive where basic legal solutions do not exist.

What sets these lawyers apart is their ability to find solutions.

They are very good lawyers for energy, electricity and hydrocarbon matters.

The firm has a very complete team, with partners and associates of excellent quality – above all they are good at negotiating, and they do not get stuck in small issues that are without importance.

The biggest difference with the other firms I have worked with is the dedication and direct involvement of its partners, as well as the availability and closeness to the business of its associates.

Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are excellent partners, Jorge being one of the best lawyers in the Chilean market.

Cristóbal Morandé has great technical knowledge combined with a business vision. Available to his clients, reliable, and an integral part of both our legal and commercial team.

Javiera Méndez is an excellent associate who comes from the regulatory world and has adapted perfectly to the private world.

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Generadora Metropolitana

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Transchile Charrúa Chile

Centella Transmisión

Metka EGN

Emoac

Reden Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised Reden Solar on the purchase of several solar plants in Chile.
  • Advised BHP Billiton on a tender process and agreements concerning an off-grid supply of energy for BHP mining operations (generated by renewable non-conventional power plants).
  • Advised Emoac on several agreements concerning different businesses, including a power purchase agreement with Cerro Dominador.

Lavin Abogados & Consultores

With an impressive client roster, boutique law firm Lavín Abogados & Consultores houses a six-strong team that specialises in energy, natural resources, environmental law, power and mining; the practice's focus comprises energy-related concessions, M&A deals, corporate law, dispute resolution, contracts, permits and regulatory matters. Co-heading the group, Roberto Sepúlveda is predominantly involved in renewable energy infrastructure-related transactions, due diligence processes, and the environmental assessments of large-scale power and transmission facilities; and Pedro Pablo Gutierrez Barros is an expert in alternative power infrastructure deals and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Sepúlveda; Pedro Pablo Gutierrez Barros

Key clients

Copiaport -E

Ecology & Environment

OMX Operaciones Marítimas

Aguas Pacífico

Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra

Sociedad Contractual Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Guacolda Energía

AES Gener

Golden Sun

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Atria Energia

Emelva

Antofagasta Minerals

Puerto de Mejillones

Terminal de Graneles del Norte

CTR

Essal

Colbún

Copiaport -E

Aguas Andinas

Hanwha Q Cells

OPD Energy

Pacific Hydro

Patria Investments

Engie Energía Chile

Enex

Empresa Eléctrica del Puente Alto

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanwha Q Cells with both the due diligence and acquisition negotiations for a series of photovoltaic projects.
  • Advised Aguas Pacífico on the electrical concession and easements for the Aconcagua Project, an inverse osmosis desalination plant.
  • Assisted OPD Energy with obtaining an electrical concession for the Alcones project, a 90MW solar power plant with an electrical substation and transmission line.

Morales & Besa

Full-service law firm Morales & Besa fields a five-member group that is experienced in energy-related transactions (including complex PPA structures), for which it can leverage the firm’s expertise in projects, M&A and banking and finance; it also regularly assists with the regulatory side of energy transmission and generation project developments. Recent highlights saw the team advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its investment in a portfolio of renewable projects. The practice is co-led by Juan Carlos Valdivieso (a general counsel at Primer Energía until February 2020), who was promoted to partner in January 2022; and Carlos Silva, whose practice includes major energy transactions. At associate level, both Constanza Araya and Raimundo Ruiz (a February 2021 hire from Bertrand-Galindo, Barrueto & Barroilhet) assist with energy-related regulatory and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Silva; Juan Carlos Valdivieso

Key clients

Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional

DNB Bank

Atlas Renewable Energy Chile

Global Infrastructure Partners

Acciona Energía

X-Elio

Caixa Bank

Banco Security

Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of four international banks (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, DNB Bank, MUFG Bank and Instituto de Crédito Oficial), on the restructuring of loans granted to PE Cabo Leones III for the construction and development of stages I and II of a wind power plant.
  • Assisted the World Bank with an industry and regulatory study that aimed to produce a report that promotes the green hydrogen sector.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its investment in a portfolio of renewable projects.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's energy and projects department fuses its electricity-related regulatory expertise with experience in structuring major energy deals, including M&A and energy project finance transactions, off-take agreements, PPAs, and EPC and O&M contracts. In recent highlights, the team advised Anglo American on the development and execution of an electromobility project for its mining operations, and assisted CBRE Chile with a private tender process to supply energy to 55 buildings. The practice is jointly led by Carlos Alberto Reyes, who has longstanding experience in high-profile natural resources, energy, and oil-and-gas transactions and developments; and regulatory energy specialist Eduardo Escalona, an experienced adviser on tariff processes, PPA-related tenders and project development whose ‘knowledge and experience instil confidence'.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Eduardo Escalona

Testimonials

Our experience with this team has been impeccable when it comes to electrical matters. This firm accompanied us during the negotiation of the electricity supply for our group with excellent levels of advice and enormous commitment – and at a very good price too.

It is important to recognise the market knowledge that PPU’s energy experts have, with technical expertise that goes hand in hand with practical experience.

Commitment from the partners to be available on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to being very good technically, we believe that they are lawyers who are approachable and committed to the needs of our company. Carlos Alberto Reyes and Eduardo Escalona are good examples of these characteristics.

Eduardo Escalona commits himself and intervenes personally in matters. His knowledge and experience instil confidence.

Key clients

Falabella Group

CBRE Chile

Transelec

Compañía General de Electricidad

Ministerio de Energía

Anglo American

Neot Capital

ISA InterChile

Elecnor Chile

Nordex Energy Spain

Work highlights

  • Advised Falabella Group on the bidding process for the supply of its facilities in Chile and Peru.
  • Advised CBRE Chile on the planning and execution of a private tender process to supply energy to 55 CBRE-associated buildings.
  • Advising Anglo American on the development and execution of an electromobility project for its mining operations.

Prieto Abogados

One of the most prestigious firms around for energy work‘, Prieto Abogados is a go-to practice for energy and natural resources sector-related regulatory matters, including applications for licenses, enforcement matters involving regulatory bodies, administrative and antitrust law, and litigation and arbitration. It also consistently advises on an enviable pipeline of renewable energy projects, as well as headline M&A deals in the energy space. The practice’s principal figures are ‘outstanding lawyer‘ and M&A head Juan Tagle, whose broad practice covers electricity generation, distribution and transmission markets, and natural gas transportation and distribution; corporate law head Fernando Bravo; compliance leader José Andrés Pascual; and Nicolás Yuraszeck, who is ‘helpful beyond his mandate‘. In March 2021, the practice recruited counsels Federico Rodríguez (natural resources-related regulatory and transactional matters), and Andrea Von Chrismar (‘excellent for regulatory, environmental and energy matters‘) from the former Baraona Fischer y Cía and Quintanilla Abogados, respectively, while former associate Camila Kutz departed the practice in June 2021. Former practice co-head Claudio Undurraga passed away in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Tagle; Fernando Bravo; José Andrés Pascual; Nicolás Yuraszeck

Testimonials

The team is very broadly educated across a lot of disciplines, very knowledgeable of the wider energy market, and ready to help with an extremely wide variety of queries – Prieto is a top-end firm.

The team is multidisciplinary, with excellent professionals in each practice. In the area of energy, the lawyers demonstrate comprehensive knowledge, which facilitates the analysis of cases from different perspectives. According to my experience with other firms, Prieto stands out for its quality of service, disposition, speed and integrity. I assure you that this is one of the most prestigious firms around for energy work.

High technical and legal quality from these lawyers.

From the client’s point of view, this is a cohesive team of professionals, which generates certainty and credibility, and the lawyers stand out for their mastery of their subjects.

Juan Tagle is an outstanding lawyer.

Nicolás Yuraszeck is responsive, with a strong ability to coordinate with the various Prieto teams – he is also knowledgeable, attentive to detail and helpful beyond his mandate.

Counsel Federico Rodríguez is great for his proactive communication and strong business development support skills.

Counsel Andrea Von Chrismar is excellent for regulatory, environmental and energy matters. She knows her subjects perfectly and her recommendations are not merely theoretical – quick and appropriate responses too.

Key clients

Engie Energía

Transelec

YPF Chile

Electrogas

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Sigdo Koppers Ingeniería y Construcción

Rockville Energy

GasValpo

Limes Renewables

STE Energy

Tralka AD Capital

5B International Holdings

Aguas Andinas

Solar E

Pacific Hydro Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Rockville Capital Group on the creation and development of a large PMGD and PMG fund.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the development of its renewables portfolio.
  • Advised Pacific Hydro Chile on the bidding process and negotiation of construction and operation agreements for the construction of the Desierto de Atacama photovoltaic power project.

Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados

Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados was founded in mid-2019 and houses a practice that specialises in environmental matters, water rights and energy work, particularly in relation to projects involving mining, ports, and electricity generation and transmission, as well as agribusiness, utilities, construction and infrastructure. The energy and natural resources group is headed by Transelec’s former senior in-house counsel, Francisco Brotfeld, a power sector specialist who advises on both transactions and regulatory matters, such as open access, bidding and tariff processes, along with filings before the Experts Panel. Brotfeld also advises electrical companies on the development of renewable energy projects. Additional partner-level support comes from Javier Ruscica. Of counsel Carmen Schälchli moved in house at Minera Los Pelambres in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Brotfeld

Testimonials

A young and well-prepared law firm that is well versed in its areas. The lawyers’ youth gives them drive during projects, but it does not affect the good quality of the advice they provide.

Close and informal treatment, taking care of the advice with rigour and precision.

Personalised attention, good management and resolution skills at a fair price.

The lawyers have very good electricity sector knowledge, especially transmission matters – better than many other offices.

Very willing to understand the problem to be solved, with in-depth analysis of laws and regulations. Good network of contacts to complement the information required and the different points of view involved.

Francisco Brotfeld has the ability to take problems forward.

Quintanilla Abogados

Specialist energy and regulated markets firm Quintanilla Abogados routinely acts for major generation companies on the development of non-conventional renewable energy matters, as well as advising transmission companies as clients. The team’s expertise ranges from project development and regulatory matters, to corporate law and energy-related dispute resolution. Regularly assisting companies before the Electricity Law Expert Panel, name partner Jorge Quintanilla Hernández has longstanding experience in the electrical, natural gas and sanitation industries; senior associate Andreina Martínez focuses on electricity regulatory matters and the development of energy projects.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

The six-strong energy team at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr handles the full range of projects work, including due diligence during asset acquisitions, joint ventures, and assessing the environmental impact of projects on indigenous people and protected areas. It also assists with obtaining permits, project financing, and dispute resolution and administrative procedures. The energy and natural resources practice is led by energy projects specialist Sergio Orrego, while Ignacio Urrutia‘s career includes eight years at CONAMA, predecessor agency to the current Environmental Assessment Service. Associate Javiera Vicuña routinely acts on water, energy, mining and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Orrego

Testimonials

Sergio Orrego is a great negotiator – we worked together on a NCRE contract, where his skill and knowledge were very important.

Sergio Orrego is great for his discretion and professional qualities, but above all his human values – a very good negotiator who knows what to sacrifice to reach the objective.

Key clients

Consorcio Kospo Samsung

Enel Generación Chile

Invercap

Cintac

Aceros Aza

Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén

SQM

Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén

Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor

Work highlights

  • Assisting Consorcio Kospo Samsung with a $400m gas-based thermoelectric power plant project in northern Chile.
  • Advising Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén (and its subsidiary Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor) on the development of a 3MW run-of-the-river power plant in the Aysén region.
  • Advised Cintac on the negotiation and execution of several EPC and BOS agreements for the construction of photovoltaic electric power generation plants.

Vergara y Cia

Boutique law firm Vergara y Cia is widely respected for its assistance with day-to-day energy matters, electrical concessions, supply contracts, regulatory issues and energy sector-related dispute resolution. The team is also active advising on energy M&A deals and solar plants, as well as energy-related mining, water and administrative law issues. The principal practice figures are name partner Alejandro Vergara Blanco, a water and electricity law specialist; and Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero, who acts for public bodies, private companies and water user entities.