Electricity and hydrocarbon in Chile

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's five-member team is particularly experienced in advising non-regulated, major electricity consumers - such as mining, industrial and agricultural companies that have substantial electricity needs. Typical work includes negotiating long-term contracts with generators that are essential for cost structures; and advising on tenders, negotiations and disputes involving power purchase agreements (PPAs). Felipe Bascuñán Montaner heads the firm's natural resources and energy/environment areas, as well as participating in the public law practice; and senior associate Pablo Tejada has over 13 years' experience in sector-related environmental law matters.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner

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, which will focus predominantly on solar energy and the development of sustainable energy-related applications.

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados fields experts in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements for power plants; greenfield energy project developments; and the negotiating and administration of PPAs; the team also represents clients before the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuel, the National Electric Coordinator of the National Electric System, and the Panel of Experts of the General Law of Electric Services. The 'solid and multidisciplinary' practice's key figures are: energy, commercial law and arbitration specialist Ignacio Arteaga; and the 'very attentive' Luciano Cruz, who assists with project development and finance. The second line of advisers features María Fernanda Brahm M (a partner since 2018), who acts in highly technical electricity-law disputes; and senior associates Pedro Lagos (environmental and regulatory practice head) and Santiago Portaluppi F (a regulatory expert).

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Arteaga; Luciano Cruz

Testimonials

The team is very solid and multidisciplinary, and the partners deliver highly personalised attention.

High theoretical and practical knowledge of the Chilean electricity market.

Outstanding handling of electricity market precedents; the team proposes concrete solutions and alternatives based on solid arguments.

It is a boutique firm with extensive experience in the energy sector, and which always conscientiously prepares responses to clients’ requirements.

A very cohesive team.

Great depth in the advice given.

I appreciate the reports they produce on regulatory changes in the energy sector, which are always very useful in preventing future problems.

Luciano Cruz is very attentive.

Key clients

AES Gener

GPG Chile

GNL Mejillones

Acciona Energía

SunCo

Mainstream

Arauco Bioenergía

Distributed Power Partners

Total Solar

Generadora Metropolitana

Uriel Renovables

Grupotec

AR Energía

Northstar Energy Management

Work highlights

  • Assisted AES Gener with the development of three wind farm projects.
  • Assisting GPG Chile with the financing, development and construction of several wind farm and solar projects.
  • Assisted SunCo with the acquisition and development of several distributed generation projects.

Barros & Errázuriz

With notable electricity sector expertise, Barros & Errázuriz advises domestic, regional and international market entities and financiers on a range of hydroelectric, wind and solar energy projects, along with transmission lines; typical work includes assistance with energy contracts, regulatory issues, project finance and disputes. In addition to his dispute resolution workload, founding partner José Tomás Errázuriz advises on energy projects, and Fernando Garrido has over 15 years' energy sector experience. Also integral to the practice are counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini (corporate matters and regulated markets); and senior associate Verónica Vergara (a 2019 hire from Morales & Besa) and associate Pedro Pablo Ballivian (energy, natural resources, water law and desalination).

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Combining elements of its corporate, regulatory and dispute resolution teams, Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's multi-disciplinary energy and water practice is led by natural resources partner Pablo Mir. The practice assists with due diligence, EPC contracts, tender applications and regulatory matters, along with construction and transmission-related disputes, and permitting and land use issues. It is particularly noted for conventional and non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) work, solar and wind energy projects, river and irrigation canal mini-hydro projects, and geothermal matters. Other key figures are corporate law expert José Antonio Velasco, and regulatory and environmental practice head Guillermo de la Jara. Former department co-head Rony Zimerman moved to Lembeye Abogados in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir

Key clients

Columbia Capital

Hidroeléctrica Ñuble

Sprott Korea Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisting Canada’s Columbia Capital with growing its business in Chile, through the acquisition of interests in companies that develop solar projects in the country.
  • Providing Hidroeléctrica Ñuble with ongoing corporate advice in relation to the development of its hydroelectric power plant operations in Chile.

Carey

Fielding a 12-member energy group, full-service legal giant Carey is consistently sought out by foreign and local companies for major energy project developments in Chile. The practice is active on various fronts, ranging from oil and gas, and electricity generation, transmission and distribution, to project development, M&A and financing; it also has extensive experience in competitive tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, regulatory matters, land rights, sector-specific permits, energy and power infrastructure litigation, and general regulatory matters. The practice is co-led by highly-rated partners Juan Francisco Mackenna (past President of the IBA's Power Law Committee); and regulatory and energy project development specialist José Miguel Bustamante. The second line of strong energy sector advisers includes experienced associates José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla, Pablo Morales and Montserrat Godoy.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Mackenna; José Miguel Bustamante

Key clients

State Grid International Development

COPEC

Renewable Resources Group

Codelco

Teck

Mainstream Renewable Power

OPDEnergy

Sonnedix

Daelim Energy

Trina Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised State Grid International Development on the acquisition of Sempra Energy’s interest in Chilquinta Energía and Tecnored (an electricity-sector construction and infrastructure services company), and a 50% interest in Chilquinta holdings in Eletrans power transmission companies.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power (and its subsidiaries in Chile) on a NCRE portfolio project financing.
  • Assisted OPDEnergy (through subsidiary OPDEnergy Generación) with an approximately $103m financing granted by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (senior loan) and Banco Security (VAT loan) for the development of two renewable energy projects.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The six-member team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is widely respected for its experience in greenfield renewable energy projects, such as mini-hydro plants and solar and wind farms; and it regularly assists major mining companies and industrial clients seeking guaranteed large blocks of energy through PPAs. Experienced partner Gonzalo Jiménez (litigation involving energy and fuel supply contracts) leads the practice, which also fields Sergio Díez, who has vast experience in wind farm greenfield projects; and Martín Astorga, who is highly regarded for his experience in the environmental aspects of energy projects. At associate level, senior Verónica Cuadra advises on electricity and environmental regulation.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Jiménez

Key clients

ATCO

Metro de Santiago

Enel

Shandong Gold

BO Paper

COEXPAN

Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

Maersk

IBM

Nutreco – Skretting

Work highlights

  • Advised ATCO on its strategy to adapt a greenfield solar-power plant project to existing zoning restrictions.
  • Acted for BO Paper, a producer and seller of paper for newspapers in Chile, in an arbitration against AES Gener for the termination of a PPA.
  • Advised Shandong Gold on the negotiation of a PPA between Minera Andina del Sol  (Argentina) and Compañía Minera Nevada (Chile), a subsidiary of Barrick Gold, which involved the sale, purchase and exportation of energy.

Claro & Cia.

Housing a sizeable 25-strong department, Claro & Cia. is widely respected for its advice on energy generation, transmission and distribution matters, including the development, construction, operation and financing of hydroelectric, solar, wind and thermoelectric power plants; the team is also consistently sought out for the project financing and construction of oil and gas pipelines. Additionally, the practice handles PPAs; corporate, regulatory and litigation issues; and fields water law specialists who advise across the mining, electricity, agricultural and finance sectors (in relation to projects requiring substantial water consumption). With extensive energy-related finance experience Rodrigo Ochagavía leads the practice, which additionally showcases José Luis Ambrosy (corporate finance, brownfield and greenfield projects and capital markets); cross-border finance and transactional specialist Luisa Núñez; and energy and project finance expert Ariel Mihovilovic. Focused on M&A, restructuring, project finance and corporate matters, Gerardo Otero is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ochagavía

Testimonials

A very solid team when it comes to negotiating energy contracts. Its key members have a lot of experience in the industry (they are not theoretical).

They are great for negotiating contracts, proposing solutions and improvements, and assessing the risks – they make a very good team.

Clearly excellence in the work they do.

It is a team with a lot of experience and a focus on business issues.

Compares very favourably with the teams of other firms.

Great ability to respond quickly and expeditiously to requirements, delivering deep analyses of the issues raised.

Rodrigo Ochagavía is a very solid lawyer with great knowledge; he is also a very good negotiator.

Ariel Mihovilovic is an excellent lawyer, who is commercially focused.

Key clients

Glenfarne Group

InterEnergy

Engie

AES Gener

Actis GP

Sonnedix

X-Elio

Work highlights

  • Assisted Empresa Eléctrica Cochrane with a $875m refinancing of its existing project finance agreements.
  • Advised Atlas Renewable Energy on the refinancing of both the Javiera brownfield project and Sol del Desierto greenfield project.
  • Advised a series of financial institutions (led by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank) on the $398m restructuring and refinancing of a solar energy project and nameplate wind power generation facility.

CMS Carey & Allende

The nine-member department at CMS Carey & Allende advises a broad client portfolio on power transmissions, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and related water rights issues. It also assists with permits, regulatory issues, project finance and contract negotiations, along with generation and distribution matters; and has considerable experience in the infrastructure and renewables sectors. Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze both advise on transmission line, electrical generation and NCRE matters; Fernando De Cárcer is an energy-related project specialist; and senior associate Sebastián Barros' practice also includes energy and natural resources work. Former senior associate Aldo Poblete departed in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z; Fernando de Cárcer

Key clients

EDEMSA- Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios

Pacific Hydro Chile

Celeo Redes Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Enagás

Verano Capital

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Sociedad Agrícola y Forestal Santa Elena

Work highlights

  • Advised Verano Capital on the sale of a portfolio of several photovoltaic projects.
  • Advised Pacific Hydro on the acquisition of two photovoltaic projects in northern Chile.
  • Advised Porsche Aktiengesellschaft on the development of a joint venture project to produce green hydrogen together with Siemens and AME.

Cubillos Evans Abogados

Cubillos Evans Abogados has longstanding expertise in project-related regulatory and energy issues; and the practice is well known for big-ticket wind, solar and hydro projects, and power acquisitions and sales. On the regulatory side, the team assists with generation, transmission and supply matters, as well as related community issues. In addition to its successful private practice, the firm is active on the public policy front through its participation in the Association for Renewable Energies (Acera), the Association for Small-Medium Hydroelectric Generators (Apemec) and the Chilean Association of Energy Law (Aderen). The practice is co-led by Eugenio Evans (projects, regulatory matters and litigation); José Miguel Hernández, who advises along the entire power value chain; and renewables expert Cristóbal Illanes, a partner since July 2019. The senior associates to note are regulatory specialists Rafael Fernández and Gustavo Benítez, and investment project expert Diego Valenzuela.

Practice head(s):

José Miguel Hernández; Eugenio Evans; Cristóbal Illanes

Testimonials

The team is made up of highly qualified lawyers in their respective areas.

Always available to resolve clients’ doubts.

Strong technical knowledge and vast experience.’

Great for availability, high levels of technical knowledge and deep understanding of the electricity business.

Technological management of tools applied to customer needs.

They have a great team that has a lot of technical knowledge of environmental and territorial issues.

Great handling of issues and comprehensive advice.

The team of engineers complements the vision of the lawyers, and is a plus when evaluating projects.

Key clients

AES Gener

Eletrans II

Eletrans III

Besalco Energía

Celeo Redes

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Solarcentury Chile

RTB Energy

WPD

Ferrovial

Esteyco Chile

Mainstream Renewable Power

RWE Chile

Crea Energía

ENGIE Energía Chile

Transelec

Statkraft Chile

Pacific Hydro

Work highlights

  • Advised Eletrans on the administrative requirements and filings surrounding transmission projects.
  • Advising Besalco Energía (construction, real estate and project developer) on strengthening its energy business, including developing hydroelectric power plants.
  • Assisted AES Gener with pursuing a sustainable strategy that includes objectives such as the decarbonisation of the electricity supply, reducing the carbon footprint of its portfolio, and strengthening its investment grade.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Dentons Larrain Rencoret's 'solid and reliable' four-member energy team advises energy companies on their day-to-day regulatory issues, and non-energy companies (including mining companies) on compliance with energy regulations. Its experience in both electrical and oil and gas regulations covers the generation, transportation and distribution of energy, as well as natural gas suppliers; while on the transactional side, the practice is active in NCRE projects. Energy projects specialist Enrique Benítez ('deserves clients' confidence') heads the group, which includes electricity-regulation and energy litigation expert Pauline Chiffelle and Marisol Ceballos, who specialises in energy, corporate law and foreign investment.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Benítez; Marisol Ceballos; Pauline Chiffelle

Testimonials

This team is very solid and reliable.

Collaboration with the team is always successful.

Enrique Benítez knows the sector perfectly.

Enrique Benítez is tremendously proactive, experienced, has very good judgement, and deserves clients’ confidence. My company will follow him wherever he is.

Key clients

ENGIE

Energía De La Patagonia

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Abengoa Chile

Atacama Minerals Chile

Alstom Chile

Work highlights

  • Asisted ENGIE with mining property title studies and construction permits, including considering the electricity regulatory framework.
  • Assisted Energía Patagonia with the early stages of a hydroelectric project, which included advising on environmental obligations and permits, as well as relations with the electricity sector authorities.
  • Assisted Air Products with its first steps in the Chilean market, which included reviewing Chile’s engineering standards (in relation to LNG, LPG and electrical projects in which pressure vessel equipment is used).

DLA Piper Chile

'With commitment and responsibility from both partners and associates', the seven-strong energy and natural resources team at DLA Piper Chile focuses on the development of power plants, as well matters in the energy transmission and distribution segments. Heading the firm's energy and natural resources practice group, Felipe Bahamondez has substantial experience in energy, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects; he regularly advises on matters involving electricity power plants (particularly solar). Key senior associate-level support is provided by Diego Peña, who has notable energy and infrastructure experience; and Paulina Farías (energy, natural resources and regulatory matters). Former partner José Pablo Dulanto left the firm in January 2021 to re-establish NLD Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez

Testimonials

Commitment and responsibility from both partners and associates.

Client satisfaction is essential to them.

They clearly prioritise clients’ needs, in addition to having strong experience in several areas.

Key clients

CarbonFree Technology

RWE Renewables Chile

SUSI Partners

Colbún

Solarcentury

Sonnedix

Gasoducto Gas Andes

Work highlights

  • Advising CarbonFree Technology on all stages of the development of its photovoltaic power plants, from due diligence through to the acquisition and execution of the EPC and operational agreements.
  • Advising Sonnedix UK Services on its day-to-day legal issues, and regulatory and construction matters, as well as the review and negotiation of development agreements for the construction of the Atacama Solar project.
  • Assisted Solarcentury Chile with submitting an offer during the bidding process (carried out by the Ministry of National Assets) to obtain a public land concession for the development of three solar energy projects.

Garrigues Chile

The multidisciplinary team at Garrigues Chile has substantial expertise in the financing, development and regulatory aspects of large energy projects: it also has extensive experience in M&A work for energy and natural resources companies and private funds. Luis Felipe Merino, who advises on project development and energy project-related corporate issues, leads a practice group which includes: Cristobal Fainé (partner as of January 2020); energy project finance expert Pedro GarcíaRodrigo Fernández, who has notable relationships with several energy sector companies; and renewables expert Antonio Morales. At senior associate level, Francisco Irarrázaval focuses on power regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Merino

Key clients

AMP

Arroyo Energy

Atlas Renewable Energy

Banco Santander-Chile

Banco de Chile

Colbún

Credit Agricole

Empresa Eléctrica Puente Alto

ENAP

Entrevientos

Intervial Chile

JP Morgan Chase

Inversiones Fotovoltaicos

Langa

Marubeni Corporation

Mizuho

Natixis

SMBC

Terna

Work highlights

  • Advised the banks, including BNP Paribas, Intesa San Paolo, JP Morgan, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Scotia Capital (among others) on a complex project financing granted to Prime Energía, EnfraGen Spain, and EnfraGen Energía Sur.
  • Advised AMP Capital on a $280m mezzanine financing granted to Mainstream Renewable Power for the construction and operation of wind and solar project portfolios in Chile.
  • Retained by Intervial to provide a legal report on the relationship between the  regulatory framework applicable to power transmission facilities and public works concessions in Chile.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.'s four-member department regularly advises on significant projects, particularly in relation to hydroelectric plants, wind farms, thermo-electric generation and natural gas; its assistance includes construction issues, permitting, property title studies, negotiating easements, contracts for the provision and supply of electricity, EPCs and project financing. The practice of group head Hugo Prieto encompasses corporate law, M&A, foreign investment, mining law and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Prieto

Guerrero Olivos

Key areas of work for the 18-strong team at Guerrero Olivos are energy regulatory matters, international energy deals and energy-related transactions, along with acting before local regulators and the specialised Energy Experts Panel; the practice also assists with private and public energy tendering, energy project development and energy project finance. The practice is co-led by Clemente Pérez (energy transactional and regulatory matters) and Sebastián Abogabir, who assists energy companies and international lenders with energy deals, regulatory energy work and due diligence processes. The associates to note are Francisca Pellegrini and Felipe Frühling - both regulatory experts; while team growth includes the September 2020 recruitment of associate Andrea Olea (electricity energy regulations and hydrocarbons) from the National Energy Commission's legal department.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir

Key clients

IDB Invest

Texas Pacific Group

Engie Gas Chile

Engie Energía

Natixis (New York branch)

Goldman Sachs

Celeo Redes

Transelec

Sonnedix Chile Holding

Scotta Group

Quanta Services

Deutsche Bank

M&G

Next Energy

Compañía General de Electricidad

Cap Vert Energie

350 Renewables

Asociación de Vehículos Eléctricos de Chile

Sungrow

Lader Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising multinational solar-power producer Sonnedix Group on potential acquisitions and the co-development of solar projects, bidding processes, energy concessions, and regulatory and day-to-day assistance.
  • Advised US fund Texas Pacific Group on the international $700m acquisition of nine energy projects from Chinese group, Trina Solar.
  • Advised British investment manager, M&G, on the $300m international energy financing granted to PowerTree for the acquisition, construction and operation of 37 ground-mounted solar projects in Chile.

Honorato | Delaveau

The six-strong team at Honorato | Delaveau regularly assists with the acquisition and development of renewable energy and water projects, including construction, operation and maintenance matters. An energy, water, and natural resources lawyer for over 20 years, team head Gonzalo Delaveau advises particularly with regard to renewable energy projects; engineering and construction leader Juan Ignacio Peña assists with generation and transmission projects; and Matias Langevin (previously a partner at Morales & Besa), is an energy project finance expert. At senior associate level, Antonia Vial assists with developing and financing renewable energy projects (particularly distributed generation projects).

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Delaveau

Testimonials

Great experience in the sector.

Good business acumen.

Very supportive at all stages, and very flexible and collaborative on fee arrangements.

Detail oriented when conducting legal due diligence and able to spot red flag issues!

Key clients

Banco Security

Consorcio Constructor BOV

EDF Renewable Energy

Innergex Renewable Energy

Energía Llaima

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

HydroQuebec

Consorcio Constructor BYO

Central Nueva Frontera

Obras Especiales Chile

Aediles Capital

Desjardins

Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy and Energía Llaima on the acquisition of PV Salvador, a 68MW solar project.
  • Assisted EDF EN with regulatory matters.
  • Assisted Consorcio Constructore BOV, a joint venture between Obras Especiales and Valko, with the construction of Central Hidroeléctrica Los Lagos.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

The eight-member department at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has a strong name in the market for its work in energy and natural resources-related industries, such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and water. The team consistently advises on gas and energy projects, the desalinisation and conveyance of water, and the distribution of water and gas to residential customers; it also fields experts in gas supply, re-gasification and LNG contracts. In addition, the team has a strong track record in regulatory and contractual energy and gas supply litigation and claims. Jorge Granic is a widely respected energy and natural resources, project development and infrastructure lawyer; and the broad experience of Cristóbal Morandé (a partner since 2017) includes regulated services and natural resources, energy law and project finance. Further senior input comes from of counsel Ricardo Peña (project development), while a strong second line of advisors includes associates Joaquín Larrain (project development and regulatory aspects) and Javiera Méndez, a National Energy Commission deputy legal head until 2019. Former of counsel Cristián Araya moved to Albagli Zaliasnik in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Key clients

BHP

Transchile Charrúa Chile

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Emoac

Generadora Metropolitana

Reden Solar

Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato

Interchile

Work highlights

  • Advised Emoac, a subsidiary of Empresas Copec, on a PPA with major energy provider Colbún.
  • Advised BHP on a large, private energy supply tender.
  • Advised Metka EGN on the acquisition of a 119MW solar photovoltaic project.

Lavin Abogados & Consultores

The eight-member department at boutique law firm Lavín Abogados & Consultores specialises in natural resources, environment, and energy and power work; typical areas include power generation plants and electric transmission lines, permits, energy concessions and energy infrastructure, along with related dispute resolution, regulatory, mining, corporate law and tax issues. The team has particular experience in the alternative energy and power segments, being involved regularly in non-renewable energy and transmission work. Founding partner Julio Lavín leads the natural resources department, which includes alternative power-infrastructure transactions and corporate law expert, Pedro Pablo Gutierrez Barros; renewable energy and power sector leader, Roberto Sepúlveda; and maritime concessions' regulatory expert Andrés Del Favero.

Practice head(s):

Julio Lavín; Roberto Sepúlveda; Andrés del Favero; Pedro Pablo Gutierrez Barros

Key clients

Ecology & Environment

OMX Operaciones Marítimas

Aguas Pacífico

Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra (Freeport McMoRan)

Sociedad Contractual Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Guacolda Energía

AES Gener

Golden Sun

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Atria Energia

Antofagasta Minerals

Puerto de Mejillones

Terminal de Graneles del Norte

CTR

Essal

Colbún

Copiaport -E

Aguas Andinas

ODP Energy

Enex (Shell)

Hanwha Q Cells

Belectric

Trina Solar

Belectric Chile Energía Fotovoltaica

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanwha Q Cells with the due diligence surrounding a series of photovoltaic projects to be developed throughout Chile.
  • Assisted Aguas Pacífico with developing the Aconcagua Project, a desalination plant to be constructed and operated in the Puchuncaví Municipality (Valparaiso Region).
  • Advised Golden Sun on developing a 250MW solar farm, an electrical substation, and a transmission line to the National Electrical System in the Region of Atacama.

Morales & Besa

The energy practice at full-service firm Morales & Besa covers transactional work (handled jointly with the firm’s projects, banking and finance, and M&A departments), as well as regulatory and commercial advice involving energy project developments. The five-member group is co-led by Carlos Silva, who focuses on the infrastructure and energy sectors, particularly PPP projects; and 'prominent lawyer' and senior associate Juan Carlos Valdivieso (who was general counsel at Primer Energía until February 2020). Additional partner-level support is provided by Eugenio Besa, while associate Constanza Araya (a June-2020 arrival from Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann) advises on energy and natural resources matters. Energy-focused associate Raimundo Ruiz was hired from Bertrand-Galindo, Barrueto & Barroilhet in February 2021 following the departure of former associates Gabriela Leaño and Augusta Quiñones, who both moved in house during the course of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Silva; Juan Carlos Valdivieso

Testimonials

Deep knowledge and experience in the industry, which allows them to provide solid advice and detect complex risks in the operations upon which they advise.

The in-depth and technical knowledge of the lawyers on the team that advises us is remarkable.

Their technical knowledge of the electricity and energy market adds to the expertise of its members, which allows them to contribute with innovative solutions to various issues that ultimately facilitate project financing.

Good experience in the area of ​​energy and natural resources, especially energy.

Lawyers with commercial focus.

Senior associate Juan Carlos Valdivieso is a prominent lawyer‘.

Juan Carlos Valdivieso has unraveled many complex negotiations and stands out for his ability to negotiate and discuss complex legal issues.

Key clients

WPD

Cerro Dominador

EIG Global Energy Partners

Sungrow

Sonnedix

Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional

Prime Energía

CIFI

Acciona Energía

Banco Security

DNB Bank

Enel Generación Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of international banks (IDB Invest, KfW IPEX-Bank, DNB, CaixaBank and MUF) on the financing for the second phase of Mainstream Renewable Power’s Andes Renovables power generation portfolio.
  • Advised the Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (which is responsible for the operation and co-ordination of Chile’s power grid) on the review and assessment of bids for the tender of the 2018 national transmission system expansion plan.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks (DNB Bank, Instituto del Crédito Oficial and CaixaBank) on energy and regulatory matters concerning the expansion of Parque Eólico Cabo Leones (owned by Ibereólica Renovables Chile and EDF.)

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The 11-strong energy and projects practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría combines substantial knowledge in electricity-related regulatory matters with broad experience in complex energy-related transactions; typical work ranges from M&A, energy project finance and off-taking agreements to onshore and offshore EPC, O&M and PPA contracts. The department is co-lead by electricity-market transactional specialist Carlos Alberto Reyes, and generation, transmission and distribution expert Eduardo Escalona. Reyes has vast experience in energy-related M&A, project finance and contracts, along with oil and gas projects; while Escalona's experience includes project development, international tenders, public policies, and disputes before the Electricity Experts Panel. In May 2021, the firm substantially expanded its overall offering when it merged with what is now the former Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, which had substantial experience in large-scale projects and complex disputes; the merger brought on board a 32-strong team, including partners Jerónimo Carcelén, a mining law expert, water law specialist Matías Desmadryl, and fishing and aquaculture law expert Mario Tapia.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Eduardo Escalona

Testimonials

The PPU team has very strong legal knowledge.

Eduardo Escalona is a committed adviser and electricity sector connoisseur; he gave us very good advice!

Eduardo Escalona stays very personally involved at all stages.

Eduardo Escalona stands out for his public sector background.

Key clients

Falabella

Neot Capital

Anglo American Sur

Red Eléctrica Chile

Melón

Ministerio de Energía

Elecnor Chile

Proa

Antofagasta Minerals

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Espejo de Tarapacá – EDF Andes

Work highlights

  • Assisted Falabella with designing and developing the bidding process to choose an energy supplier.
  • Assisting Neot Capital with the delivery of a fleet of electric buses to RedBus for the RED transport system.
  • Advised Anglo American on the development and execution of an electromobility project for its mining operations.

Prieto Abogados

The 'very strong' 22-member energy and natural resources department at Prieto Abogados has longstanding experience in the energy, oil, gas and the water and sewage sectors. In recent years, the firm has also become a leader for assisting clients with the development of innovative technologies, including advice on energy storage, hydrogen fuel and renewables. The practice includes five co-heads: M&A leader and 'great negotiator' Juan Tagle, who advises on energy-related M&A; Claudio Undurraga, an active member of the firm's energy and arbitration groups; the 'very diligent and detailedJosé Andrés PascualFernando Bravo ('knowledge and common sense'); and recently appointed partner Nicolás Yuraszeck ('great expertise in construction contracts'). Leading the second line of advisers is Alejandra Bañados, who was appointed counsel as of January 2021. In addition to expanding its mining law capabilities, the March 2021 incorporation of a former Baraona Fischer & Cía team, comprising counsel Federico Rodríguez and senior associates Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría, further boosted the firm's solar, thermal and hydro project practices. However former associate Camila Kutz moved to Cuatrecasas as a senior in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

Great knowledge of this area, with partners who are very involved in the whole process.

Great availability of resources.

Very strong team in various areas.

Great involvement of partners, providing high-quality advice and meeting demanding deadlines.

Juan Tagle is a great negotiator and understands complex concepts and structures. I like to have him by my side when there are negotiations with international lawyers, since he has the personality to speak to them as equals.

José Andrés Pascual is very diligent and detailed – leaves no stone unturned.

Fernando Bravo is great for knowledge and common sense when there are problems.

Nicolás Yuraszeck has great expertise in construction contracts and is a tough negotiator.

Key clients

Engie Energía Chile

Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile

Transelec

YPF Chile

Electrogas

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

China Yangtze Power Co

Engie LatAm

General Electric Capital

Aguas Andinas

Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Solar E

Viña Santa Carolina

Suez

Central Termoeléctrica Andina

Inversiones Hornitos

Sociedad Inmobiliaria Correa y Compañía

Work highlights

  • Advising Engie Group on a wide range of issues surrounding the acquisition and development of multiple renewable energy generation projects.
  • Advised Aguas Andinas, Chile’s largest sanitation company and the controlling shareholder of Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos (ESSAL), on the sale of a 51% stake in ESSAL to Canada’s Algonquin Power & Utilities.
  • Advised Electrogas on the regulatory and antitrust aspects of the 2020 Open Season Process for gas transportation services.

Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados

Founded in mid-2019, Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados' small but active energy team is led by Francisco Brotfeld (a former senior in-house counsel at power transmission company Transelec), who has vast experience in the electricity sector. The practice focuses on both transmission clients and generation companies; while, regarding generation projects, the team is involved from a project's outset, its assistance consisting primarily of regulatory advice. The team is also experienced in decarbonisation matters, including clean energy project developments and energy conversion work, as well as energy sector M&A.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Brotfeld

Testimonials

A professional team with solid knowledge of business and  client needs.

Knows how to adapt to the different requirements of a company.

Personalised, efficient, fast service, with very good handling of the issues.

Francisco Brotfeld has excellent availability.

Work highlights

  • Advised Generadora Metropolitana on the connection process for the Central Sol del Loa photovoltaic project, .
  • Defended Acciona’s interests in relation to a fine imposed on the Romero Photovoltaic Park by the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels (SEF).
  • Advised Generadora Metropolitana on the development of the CEME1 solar plant project.

Quintanilla Abogados

Further to the 2020 departures of former partners Bernardo Busel Niedmann (to the Danish Energy Agency) and María Isabel Rojas Sanhueza, Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann is now known as Quintanilla Abogados. A specialised regulated industries boutique, the firm retains a significant electricity law profile, which covers project development, regulatory matters, corporate law and litigation. Jorge Quintanilla Hernández is a recognised electricity regulations specialist.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's six-member energy practice covers the full gamut of projects work, including risk analysis, due diligence for asset acquisitions, contracts, and strategic alliances and joint ventures; the team also assists with the environmental impacts of projects, obtaining permits, taxation, financing, corporate governance, and dispute resolution and administrative procedures. Sergio Orrego ('excels in negotiation skills') regularly leads teams on major transactions, such as the creation of natural parks and innovative NCRE projects. Notable support is provided by Ignacio Urrutia (previously at CONAMA, the Government Environmental Assessment Service's predecessor agency), and associates Javiera Vicuña and Macarena García. However, Sebastián García left in November 2020 to co-found García, Mayol, Sepúlveda, Correa Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Orrego

Testimonials

Always responds very professionally but with a more personalised treatment than the large firms, where this is lost.

Outstanding professionals for knowledge and negotiation skills.

Very happy with this firm.

This firm has the unique quality of making clients feel confident that their proposals really are the best way forward.

I received an extremely complete and up to date proposal in relation to the development of my project; I have never received such detailed analysis from other firms.

I would certainly recommend this firm because my experience was outstanding and very personalised.

Sergio Orrego is very professional and serious, and excels in negotiation skills.

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

  • Advised Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén on the tender process for the construction of a power plant in the Aysén region.
  • Advised Cintac on the execution of several agreements for the construction of photovoltaic power generation plants.
  • Acted for María Paz Baraona in a legal action against Compañía General de Electricidad (CGE) for damages, which concerned CGE’s obligation to maintain the safety of the electricity distribution system.

Vergara y Cia

Boutique legal practice Vergara y Cia has longstanding expertise in electrical concessions, day-to-day assistance, supply contracts, regulatory work and litigation. Clients also benefit from the group's complementary specialisms in energy-related M&A, solar plants, mining and water issues, and administrative law. Widely respected name partner Alejandro Vergara Blanco is a water and electricity law expert, with support provided by experienced partner Gonzalo Muñoz Escudero and associate Juan Andrés Rojas Briones.