Electricity/oil and gas in Chile
Allende Bascuñán & Cía's energy, water and natural resources practice assists with electricity, power and water law matters, as well as photo-voltaic projects, PPAs and contentious matters in the sector. Felipe Bascuñán is the partner in charge of the energy and natural resources department; he and Mauricio Viñuela – whose practice includes real estate, administrative and environmental law – are the key contacts.
The 2020 division of Aninat Schwencke & Cia led to the energence of two firms. Aninat Abogados retains an energy-focused practice that regularly assists corporations and governmental bodies active in the water, mining, energy and gas sectors. Experienced partner and 20-year veteran, Manuel Blanco, is the principal contact.
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados' ten-strong energy department is best known for its expertise in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements. It also fields experts in the development of greenfield energy projects. Ignacio Arteaga regularly assists companies with energy matters; Luciano Cruz specialises in EPC contracts for energy facilities, PPA agreements, and energy project development; and María Fernanda Brahm M's practice includes representing clients before the Panel of Experts of Chile’s General Electric Service Law. Senior associate Pedro Lagos heads the environmental and regulatory practice.
‘They are known mainly for their knowledge of the electricity market in relation to project development and adaptability to customer needs.‘
‘It has knowledge of the energy sector, regulations, decrees and laws, and a reputation within the market and specific service areas.‘
‘They take matters as their own, managing them proactively. That makes them unique.‘
‘Ability to find alternatives to certain problems of the industry. The legal team has all the necessary expertise to attend to various legal issues.‘
‘It is a well-known firm, with dedicated professionals, who deliver quick and accurate solutions.‘
‘Well-prepared team, with extensive knowledge and availability to meet clients’ needs.‘
‘Availability and adaptability to the particular needs of the client at all times.‘
‘The outstanding advisers are Luciano Cruz, Ignacio Arteaga and senior associate Pedro Lagos.‘
- Acted for AES Gener on the acquisition and development of several wind farm projects.
- Advised Total Solar on the acquisition, development, financing and construction of portfolios of PMGD (Pequeños Medios de Generación Distribuidos) projects, which sell their power at a stabilised price.
- Advised Mainstream on the development of solar power plants and wind farms.
Baraona Fischer & Cía's energy, mining and natural resources practice advises energy producers and distributors, engineering companies and lenders on M&A, project finance and structured finance deals. It is led by experienced regulatory and transactional natural resources partner Federico Rodríguez, who is particularly focused on the energy, salmon and mining sectors. Since publication the firm has announced its division into Fischer & Cía and Baraona Marshall & Cía, effective as of 1st January 2021, with Rodriguez remaining at the latter firm.
Fondo de Inversión Privado AD Capital Tralka Energías Renovables
- Acted for Fondo de Inversión Privado AD Capital Tralka Energías Renovables on the acquisition of 18 photo-voltaic solar plants.
The ten-strong team at Barros & Errázuriz has particular expertise in the electricity sector, consistently handling a broad range of energy-related matters throughout the country. It assists domestic, regional and international market players and financiers with a range of hydroelectric, wind and solar energy projects, as well as transmission lines, particularly on energy contracts, regulatory issues, project finance and dispute resolution. Energy project expert José Tomás Errázuriz (major energy projects and associated litigation) heads the department in conjunction with energy specialist Fernando Garrido, whose practice covers energy project development and finance, litigation, and the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions (including due diligence). Lead energy counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini has a similar practice skillset. Associates Pedro Pablo Ballivian and May 2019 hire from Morales & Besa, Verónica Vergara (who has particular experience advising electricity companies), are both noted.
‘This is a very good law firm, and it is also an important partner of our company in Latin America.‘
‘It has strong professional ability and gives quick responses.‘
‘The B&E lawyers have thorough knowledge of the regulations and carry a great workload.‘
‘Fernando Garrido has great knowledge of regulations and how to deal with problems, providing innovative and efficient solutions.‘
‘Jose Tomas Errazuriz has great knowledge of the people and government agencies that are the counterparts in regulated businesses.’
‘Counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini and associate Verónica Vergara are very professional and communications with them are very smooth. I am honoured to work with them on project due diligence and project acquisitions.‘
Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional
Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos
- Advised Total Eren on the $200m purchase of 50% of the Santa Isabel solar project in the Antofagasta region.
- Advised Colbún on the negotiation of a high-value PPA with BHP Billiton.
- Acted for Coordinador Eléctrico in litigation cases against AES GENER (before the panel of experts), regarding the return of transmission tolls paid in supply contracts.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's energy practice area is a multi-disciplinary and six-strong team, led by natural resources partner Pablo Mir, that comprises members of the firm’s corporate, regulatory and dispute resolution groups. It primarily advises clients from both the conventional and non-conventional renewable energy sectors, including solar, wind energy, mini-hydro and geothermal projects. Also key to the department are Ana María Yuri, José Antonio Velasco, co-public law head Guillermo de la Jara, and arbitration specialist Rodrigo Gil. Former co-department head Rony Zimerman moved to Lembeye Abogados in April 2020.
‘The BMAJ team’s performance has been impeccable, showing strengths in understanding electrical laws, health regulations, and regulatory plans. The team has also developed strategies to suggest regulatory changes and implement them with local and government authorities.‘
‘Full involvement in the project is one of the firm’s strong points. BMAJ has been with us since the formation of the company, and they maintain weekly contact with us to understand the details of the challenges and opportunities of our projects, and to give us support whenever necessary.‘
‘The lawyers have ample knowledge of the different aspects of the business, not only focusing on the strictly legal side, but also providing insight on the commercial and economic impact and consequences of the legal implications. Within the same practice, one has access to various counsels in each specific area.‘
‘José Antonio Velasco and his team have tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in the Chilean market. He has an excellent disposition and strong communication skills. He understands our business and has provided us with invaluable guidance.’
‘José Antonio Velasco stands out for his profound understanding not only of the legal aspects but also of the business itself and clients’ idiosyncrasies. The understanding of the urgency of response even for last minute requests, and giving reliable and relevant advice to clients, allows clients to make the appropriate decisions in a timely manner.‘
‘José Antonio Velasco is our leader at BMAJ and has proven to be an excellent professional. His work has allowed us to advance our projects significantly.‘
Sprott Korea Corp
Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria
Empresa de Montajes Industriales SALFA
- Advised Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria on a long-term contract with AES Gener to supply electricity to one of its mines.
- Advised Canadian investment company Columbia Capital on the acquisition of an interest in companies developing solar photo-voltaic projects in Chile.
- Advised electrical power company Sprott Korea Corp on setting up a special purpose vehicle in Chile.
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia's team is characterised by its experience in large-scale projects, including hydropower, and geothermal, wind and solar generation. The practice also assists with complex dispute resolution matters involving environmental and regulatory issues. Name partner Jerónimo Carcelén was recently appointed President of the Board of the Chilean Geothermal Council, and Matías Desmadryl leads the firm’s water law practice.
‘This firm has great practical experience in energy issues, specifically those related to the regulation of water and electricity. Matías Desmadryl is a former General Director of Water, which gives him deep knowledge of the sector.’
‘Matías Desmadryl has great experience in the electrical and water market; he also has outstanding qualities in his understanding of problems and his recommendations have always been effective, timely, and saved us inconvenience and cost.‘
Geothermal Council Chile
Ocean Power Technology
Pacific Hydro Chile
- Advised Geothermal Council Chile on the legal and regulatory issues applicable to geothermal energy.
The 14-strong energy group at full-service market powerhouse Carey handles mandates across the oil and gas, electricity generation, transmission and distribution sectors, including project development, M&A and financing. It also has extensive experience in competitive tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, land rights, sector-specific permits, energy and power infrastructure litigation, and general regulatory matters; with further growing expertise in complex oil and gas and energy-related agreements. With 40 years' energy experience between them, energy law specialists Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante cover the entire array of sector specialisms. The pair co-head a practice group featuring a strong line of associates in Rosario Martínez, José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla, Pablo Morales and Montserrat Godoy.
‘The Juan Francisco Team, and especially associate Carmenmaría Poblete, know the practice from all angles. With this approach they offer the best advice, protecting their client while offering balanced solutions.‘
‘They have full availability, giving concise and adequate answers to problems. Additionally, they can be trusted to negotiate well.‘
Mainstream Renewable Power
Renewable Resources Group
State Grid International Development
Atlas Renewable Energy
- Advised Renewable Resources Group on a co-development agreement with Verano Capital and the development and construction of a 55MW distributed portfolio in Chile.
- Advised OPDEnergy on the acquisition of three solar photovoltaic projects.
- Advised Daelim Energy on the due diligence and acquisition of a photo-voltaic power project pipeline from Grenergy Renovables, which also included the negotiation and execution of certain contracts with Grenergy Renovables Pacific.
- Advised Andes Mainstream on the development of a pipeline of non-conventional renewable energy projects.
- Advised SolarReserve on the sale of the Tamarugal solar photo-voltaic project to Solarpack.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' eight-member department has longstanding experience in advising on greenfield thermal power plants in Chile. It also acts for mining companies and industrial clients, which demand large blocks of energy through PPAs, and assists developers with the bidding process for the sale of energy and capacity. Gonzalo Jiménez heads the department, which includes Sergio Díez (focusing on wind farms and greenfield projects), Martín Astorga – who assists with the environmental side of energy projects – and associate Verónica Cuadra (on electricity regulations).
Metro de Santiago
- Advised Arauco on the drafting and negotiation of a long-term lease agreement, which related to Andes Mainstream’s building and operation of a wind farm.
- Advised Canadian utility company ATCO on its negotiations with Spanish company, Impulso, concerning two MoUs for the purchase and development of renewable energy greenfield projects.
- Advised EPM on the sale of a local company, which owns Parque Eólico Los Cururos.
Claro & Cia. has longstanding experience in advising several of the largest national and global players in the energy generation, transmission and distribution market. Representative work includes the development, construction, operation and financing of hydroelectric, solar, wind and thermoelectric power plants, along with the project financing and construction of oil and gas pipelines. The highly-rated team's scope of work covers corporate, regulatory and litigation issues, along with power purchase agreements (PPAs); it also has expertise in water law, assisting clients from across the mining, electric, industrial, agricultural and finance sectors with projects requiring significant water consumption. Rodrigo Ochagavía, Ariel Mihovilovic, José Luis Ambrosy, Nicolás Eyzaguirre and Luisa Núñez are all experienced partners.
CMS Carey & Allende fields a seven-strong team that assists with permits, project finance, contract negotiations, distribution matters and acquisitions. It has considerable experience in the infrastructure and renewables sectors, particularly hydroelectric and solar energy projects, as well as the construction of transmission lines. Other areas of strength include advising energy, construction and engineering companies, along with investment funds, on public energy tenders and project development, including EPC contracts, PPAs and regulatory issues. Co-founding partner Jorge Allende Zañartu and Luis Felipe Arze lead the energy group, which includes energy project expert Fernando De Cárcer, and experienced senior associate Aldo Poblete.
B O Packaging
- Advised Hidroeléctrica Lumen on the development of a run-of-the-river power plant.
- Ongoing advice to Solarpack regarding the implications of Chilean law on the $91m financing of its 123MWp La Granja solar project.
- Ongoing advice to EDEMSA regarding the now operative Cardones–Polpaico transmission line, which links Chile’s two main electrical grids.
Cubillos Evans Abogados
Cubillos Evans Abogados has a strong name in the market for its energy and water law expertise. The practice is well-known for its assistance on regulatory work, easements, permit applications, land use, forestry projects and litigation. The firm has a number of experienced practitioners, including name partners Gonzalo Cubillos and Eugenio Evans, along with partners José Miguel Hernández, Cristóbal Illanes and Aurelio de Diego.
DLA Piper Chile's six-strong energy and natural resources team is particularly focused on the development of power plants; it is also active in solar, hydro and wind power generation and transmission projects. Typical advice includes regulatory issues, due diligence, project development and finance. The practice is led by Felipe Bahamondez, who has a strong background in energy, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and José Pablo Dulanto, who is experienced in natural resources projects in the energy and mining sectors. Notable support is provided by senior associates Diego Peña and Paulina Farías.
E.ON Climate and Renewables
Gasoducto Gas Andes
EDF Energies Nouvelles
- Assisted E.ON Climate and Renewables with its launch in Chile, including ongoing legal matters.
Garrigues Chile's eight-strong department is led by Luis Felipe Merino, whose primary focus is advising in the generation segment, both conventional and renewables, as well as handling corporate, transactional and regulatory matters. Also key to the group are Pedro García and Rodrigo Fernández, both 20-year veterans of the energy and natural resources sector; and Cristobal Fainé, who was made partner in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Garrigues team has good experience.‘
‘I think the team has a good balance of skills.‘
‘Luis Felipe Merino has a great strategic sense in his way of thinking, which complements his legal training so as to evaluate complex issues well, including aspects that are not only legal but also often social, verbal and political.‘
‘Cristobal Fainé has a great work ethic and his precision and care not to leave topics open or not covered, especially in contractual negotiations, are especially valuable.‘
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Enel Green Power Latin America
JP Morgan Chase Bank
National Australia Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Currently advising Jenner Renewables on the acquisition of eight PMGD projects (Chile’s special regime for distributed generation projects) from DPP Holding Chile.
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. regularly advises on projects, particularly in relation to hydroelectric plants, wind farms, thermo-electric plants and natural gas, including construction, permitting, property title studies, negotiating easements, contracts for the provision and supply of electricity, EPCs and project financing. The experienced Hugo Prieto handles power and mining matters as part of a wider corporate practice.
- Ongoing counsel to Joule Chile in relation to the constitution of water rights for the development of hydroelectric projects.
Guerrero Olivos' sizeable 16-strong team is led by experienced partners Clemente Pérez (project development, environmental disputes, public works concessions and regulatory law) and Sebastián Abogabir (energy, environment and water law). The practice acts on the project development, financing and permitting of energy and non-conventional renewable energy projects, energy-related M&A, regulatory compliance, and private and public-bidding rounds and concession matters. Notable support comes from senior associate Felipe Frühling and associate Francisca Pellegrini.
‘We appreciate its solid knowledge, speed and effectiveness.‘
Natixis (New York)
Corporación Reguemos Chile
Vitol Tank Terminals International
Compañía General de Electricidad
Pacific Hydro Chile
Asociación de Vehículos Eléctricos de Chile
Trans Antartic Energía
Cap Vert Energie
Sonnedix Chile Holding
- Advised non-profitable corporation, Reguemos Chile, on the development of an ambitious infrastructure and renewable energy project – the ‘hydric highway’ – which plans to transport water from rainy areas.
- Advised Dutch independent energy storage provider VTTI, on a private bidding process for the sale of 37% of liquified natural gas company, GNL Mejillones.
- Advised Natixis on international energy project financings (to US energy investor Arroyo and French energy generation company Reden Solar) for the acquisition and development of solar projects.
Honorato | Delaveau regularly assists with the development, construction, operation and maintenance of energy and water projects. Gonzalo Delaveau has over 20 years' experience in energy matters; engineering and construction head Juan Ignacio Peña's practice includes the development and implementation of generation (including hydro, solar and wind) and transmission projects. The firm hired Matias Langevin from Morales & Besa, which has strengthened its energy project finance expertise, and associate Antonia Vial (a transactions specialist) joined from Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados.
‘Great industry and sector knowledge, with responsive, decision makers who navigate the key processes.‘
‘Timely responses and the lawyers are flexible and co-operative on fee arrangement. They also take the initiative to share local updates regarding projects.‘
‘I recommend the firm for being co-operative and detail-oriented, with profound knowledge of local practices.‘
‘A great team with great knowledge of the market.‘
‘What sets Honorato Delaveau apart is its great customer service, which is greatly appreciated.‘
‘A highly competent practice that is well connected.‘ They are well-respected lawyers. I would recommend Gonzalo Delaveau to any company wanting to invest in Chile. He is not only a very good lawyer but he also brings solid and valuable business expertise to the mix.‘
‘Gonzalo Delaveau has a superior and global knowledge of the industry.‘
EDF Renewable Energy
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Consorcio Constructor BYO Limitada
Central Nueva Frontera
Obras Especiales Chile S.A.
- Advised China-Lac Industrial Cooperation Investment Fund Co on the acquisition of approximately 40% of Rucalhue, a 90MW hydro generation project.
- Advised Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Santander on the placement of a green hybrid subordinated bond, which was issued by AES Gener.
- Assisted EDF with regulatory matters.
In early 2020, Jara del Favero Abogados and Ried Fabres unwound their 2018 tie-up (as Jara del Favero & Ried Fabres) and reverted to their former independent status. The former, long-known for its role in the mining sector, has energy sector deal experience that includes energy bidding rounds, energy purchase agreements, and drilling and EPC contracts. Mid-2019 hire Marcelo Mardones – a former head of legal at the Ministry of Energy – leads the practice which was further strengthened with the incorporation of Martín Esser, who has both energy and environmental expertise, from Essbio. Partner-level support is provided by Felipe Ovalle.
‘JdF has a very solid practice and good knowledge of the regulations of specific sectors – the lawyers’ advice is a very precise and valuable tool.‘
‘The professionals are highly trained in their areas of expertise.‘
Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields nine lawyers who are widely recognised for their work in energy and natural resources-related sectors, such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and water. It has particular expertise with M&A deals in the energy space, tender and bidding processes, energy project development, and regulatory matters. Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are highly-rated partners. Morandé recently led advice to Transchile Charrúa Chile on a memorandum of understanding and build–own–operate–transfer agreements for the construction of a transmission line and substation. Key support is provided by of counsels Ricardo Peña and Cristián Araya, along with August 2019 associate hire Javiera Méndez – formerly deputy legal head at the National Energy Commission – and fellow associates Joaquín Larrain and Francisco Cerda.
‘It is a very good team, with great expertise in the area.‘
‘A great team with solid experience in the world of energy and hydrocarbons.‘
‘Jorge Granic is the best lawyer we know in Chile. He has excellent knowledge, capability and experience, and he is well respected in the industry. He has been involved in at least three remarkable BOOT projects for mining sector-related power generation and water desalination, both for the off-taker and developer side, which also makes him special.‘
‘Jorge Granic is the best lawyer in Chile for energy and related issues. He is a great adviser.‘
‘We receive personalised and exceptional attention from of counsel Ricardo Peña, who always gives the best advice in the interest of the client. He prepares accurate analyses and very good recommendations. He stands out from other lawyers. Associate Joaquín Larrain is also highly recommended.‘
Transchile Charrúa Chile
Ferrovial Airports International
- Advised Empresas GASCO on the acquisition of a PV power generation project in the Atacama Region.
- Advised TamaKaya Energía (a power generation company wholly owned by BHP Billiton), on contractual and regulatory matters.
- Advised Atacama Solar, a subsidiary of Sonnedix, on the development of a 150MW solar PV plant, one of the largest energy projects under development in Chile.
- Advised Minera Centinela on a tender process for the development, construction and operation of a PV solar project.
Lavín Abogados & Consultores
Lavín Abogados & Consultores is a seven-strong boutique that works across the natural resources, environmental law, and energy and power sectors, particularly non-renewables and transmission projects. The team assists with permits, energy concessions, energy infrastructure projects, and related disputes or regulatory issues, and is also distinguished by its particular experience in maritime concessions. The principal contacts are natural resources department head Julio Lavín, Roberto Sepúlveda (in charge of the department's renewable energy and power sectors), and maritime concessions' regulatory specialist Andrés Del Favero.
National Assets Ministry
Ecology & Environment
OMX Operaciones Marítimas
Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra
Sociedad Contractual Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi
Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte
Puerto de Mejillones
Terminal de Graneles del Norte
- Advised Aguas Pacífico on a desalination plant project, which included a maritime concession and the associated environmental permitting process and strategy.
Morales & Besa's five-member practice, led by experienced partners Eugenio Besa and Carlos Silva, is best-known for its transactional energy work and involvement in the developmental, construction, financing and operational phases of projects. Areas of expertise include project agreements for private PPAs, interconnection and tolling agreements, and fuel supply, EPC and O&M contracts. The team has undergone some change. Following the departures of former associate Verónica Vergara, who joined Barros & Errázuriz in mid-2019, and senior associate Sebastián Leyton – who became head of legal at the Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles in January 2020 – the firm hired the former general counsel of Primer Energía, Juan Carlos Valdivieso, as a senior associate in March. Further associate-level support is provided by Gabriela Leaño and Augusta Quiñones.
‘The team excels in industry knowledge, commercial approach, responsiveness and client management, and is an absolute dynamite practice. They properly manage tasks with a good ratio of partners and associates and as a result, the fees are reasonable and appropriate.‘
‘They consistently deliver and have proven to be one of our key trusted advisers in Chile.‘
‘Each member of the team strives to form a relationship with its clients. The individuals are skilled in their practice and promptly tend to our matters. They also have a creative approach that assists in closing transactions and are on top of all the details.‘
‘The team has diverse capabilities, including taxes, permits, regulatory elements and financial activities.‘
EIG Global Energy Partners
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation
Celeo Redes Chile
- Acted for Celeo Redes on the issuance of a private project bond for the financing of two greenfield projects and one operational project, comprised of transmission lines and substations.
- Advised EIG Global Energy Partners on the acquisition process for three solar plant towers.
- Advised X-Elio on the negotiation of tolling and interconnection agreements for operational and future projects, as well as related regulatory matters.
Full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is best-known for transactional energy work, including M&A, project finance, off-taking agreements and onshore and offshore EPC contracts, along with O&M agreements and PPA contracts. Carlos Alberto Reyes is recognised as a strong transactional energy practitioner, while Eduardo Escalona is an energy regulatory expert.
Prieto Abogados' sizeable 20-member department has an established practice in the energy, gas and water and sewage sectors. It is experienced in advising developers and owners on clean energy projects, such as mini-hydro, photo-voltaic and wind farms. It also assists clients with the development of innovative technologies for the sector, including advice on energy storage, hydrogen fuel and renewables. M&A head Juan Tagle is also active in the energy and natural resources team, and Claudio Undurraga is an energy and arbitration specialist. Tagle advises on power plant construction, gas and electricity purchase contracts, joining ventures and bidding; he also has knowledge of the ports sector. Also key to the group are compliance head José Andrés Pascual, and recently appointed partner, projects and infrastructure head Nicolás Yuraszeck, who advises on construction projects, financing transactions, and contracts ranging from EPC and O&M agreements to fuel supply and transportation contracts. Experienced associate Camila Kutz is a name to note. Since publication the practice has been boosted substantially with the incorporation of a team from the former Baraona & Fischer comprising Federico Rodríguez, who arrives as counsel, and senior associates Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría in March 2021; the group has particular experience in generation projects (solar, thermic and hydro), as well as mining (notably the lithium segment).
Engie Energía Chile
Redes Energeticas Nacionais
China Yangtze Power Co
Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi
Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte
General Electric Capital
Americas Energy Fund I
Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica Transemel
Compañía de Seguros Confuturo
- Advised Portugal’s power transmission and gas transportation group, Redes Energéticas Nacionais on the acquisition of Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica Transemel.
- Advised Aguas Andina during ongoing negotiations with a local AES Gener Group subsidiary that is developing a landmark hydroelectric project.
- Advised Engie Energía Chile on a build, operate, own and transfer (BOOT) agreement with Albemarle, for the development of a transmission line and two related substations.
- Advised Solar E on the acquisition of two companies, including Los Girasoles (owner of a solar power plant project).
Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann
Specialised regulated industries boutique Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann fields a nine-strong department that has a significant electricity law profile. The integrated practice covers project development, regulatory matters, corporate law and litigation. Electricity regulations specialist Jorge Quintanilla Hernández, Bernardo Busel Niedmann (chairman of the AmCham Energy Council since March 2019), and corporate group leader María Isabel Rojas Sanhueza are all experienced partners. Of additional interest, the firm states itself to be the first Chilean law firm explicitly to declare a non-discrimination policy regarding sex, gender and sexual identity, political opinion, nationality and ethnicity.
Mainstream Renewable Power Chile
El Pelicano Solar Company
Enel Green Power Chile
EDF Renewables Chile
- Assisted EDF Renewables Chile with project development-related regulatory issues and dispute resolution matters.
- Advised AELA Generación on energy regulatory matters that included multi-jurisdictional issues.
- Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on interconnection contract negotiations with CGE, BHP, Transelec, Minera El Abra, Engie and Eletrans.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's six-strong energy projects group assists with asset acquisitions, strategic alliances, environmental impacts, permits, taxation and project finance, along with disputes, administrative procedures, corporate governance, and operational matters. Energy and natural resources practice head Sergio Orrego is recommended for energy project developments (power plants, transmission lines and mining), and has a particular focus on NCRE projects, such as wind farms and run-of-the-river power plants. Also key to the group are Ignacio Urrutia, who formerly worked at CONAMA (predecessor agency to the Government Environmental Assessment Service), and associates Sebastián García and Javiera Vicuña.
‘It has an excellent team with very specific specialties.‘
‘A team that generates confidence.‘
‘The contribution of this firm is absolutely positive and the results achieved very satisfactory.‘
‘Sergio Orrego’s performance and personal dedication set him apart from other experiences of mine where these responsibilities were delegated to others.‘
Consorcio Kospo Samsung
Enel Generación Chile
Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén
Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén
Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor
- Advised Invercap and Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén on the sale of one of its subsidiaries, which owns a 20MW run-of-the-river power plant project in southern Chile.
- Advised Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén, and its subsidiary (Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor), on the development of a 17 MW run-of-the-river power plant in the Aysén region.
- Advised InfraPartners Management Korea and GNL Ameris on the acquisition of 37% of GNL Mejillones (which operates a re-gasification terminal), from Codelco.
Vergara y Cia
Boutique law firm Vergara y Cia has a strong name in the market for its experience in M&A-related energy transactions, solar plants, mining and water law; the firm also has a robust regulatory practice. Experienced name partner Alejandro Vergara Blanco is a highly-rated water and electricity law specialist.