Electricity/oil and gas in Chile
Allende Bascuñán & Cía's practice ranges from advising on electricity, power and water law to PV projects and PPAs. Recent matters saw the team assist Lundin Mining with the modification of a PPA. Felipe Bascuñán heads the energy and natural resources department, of which Mauricio Viñuela is also a key member. Clients include Freeport-McMoRan, Lundin Mining (Minera Candelaria and Minera Ojos del Salado) and Soquimich.
Aninat Schwencke & Cia regularly advises corporations and governmental bodies that are active in the water, mining, energy and gas sectors. Recent matters saw the the team advise Canadian Solar on the sale of special purpose vehicles that have developed solar PV plants in Chile. Clients include Red Eléctrica de España, Acciona Energía and Latin America Power. Manuel Blanco is the key contact. Former practice head Nicolás Atkinson left the firm to establish Atkinson Costabal Undurraga & Achurra Abogados.
Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados
Baraona Fischer & Cía advises energy producers and distributors, engineering companies and lenders on M&A, project finance and structured finance deals. The team advised private investment fund AD Capital Tralka Energías Renovables on the acquisition of 10 PV solar plants in central Chile. Federico Rodríguez heads the team.
Barros & Errázuriz's 'results-oriented team has superb technical and business understanding, coupled with thoroughly creative legal thinking'. Its electricity-sector experience includes energy contracts, regulatory issues, project financing and dispute resolution, as well as a particular specialisation in energy generation and transmission matters. Other key areas include renewables and -in the water segment- the practice has become increasingly involved in desalination projects. Recent mandates saw the team advise Colbún on the reorganisation of its transmission assets. Department head José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido are the main contacts; senior associate Cristóbal Pellegrini 'has great business sense' and is 'outstanding for negotiating major contracts'; and Pedro Pablo Ballivian is also a key associate. Other clients include Interconexión Eléctrica and Saesa.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana distinguishes itself through its expertise in renewable energy and transmission matters; the team regularly assists with due diligence and regulatory issues, equity structures, financing, public law, mining work and litigation. Recent highlights saw the team advise Innovación Energía (a joint venture between Energía Latina and Empresas Gasco), on the development of an electricity generating plant. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are widely respected advisers. Alejandro Álvarez, Ana María Yuri and José Antonio Velasco are also key team members. Former of counsel María Paz Cerda left for AES Gener. Other clients include Pacific Hydro, Oceanus Power & Water and Eléctrica Puntilla.
The scope of practice at Carey ranges from oil and gas matters and electricity generation, transmission and distribution, to project development, M&A and financing; other areas of expertise include regulatory matters, land rights and governmental concessions. The client list includes Codelco, CVC Capital Partners, Trina Solar Holding, S-Energy and OPDE Chile and Distributed Power Partners. Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante head the 14-strong practice group. Recent mandates saw Mackenna lead advice to CVC Capital Partners on the local aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Gas Natural Fenosa from Spanish oil-and-gas company, Repsol. Electricity highlights included Bustamante acting for Codelco in the negotiation of its power purchase agreements (PPA) with Engie for fulfillment of the power supply requirements of its Chuquicamata and Gaby mines. Rosario Martínez, José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla and Montserrat Godoy are also key associates.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is particularly well known for its advice on greenfield thermal power plants; the practice is also increasingly active in assisting foreign and local companies with mini-hydro, solar and wind farms developments. Clients include Metro de Santiago, Enel Distribución and BHP Billiton; recent work saw the team advise Empresas Públicas de Medellín on the development and operation of Parque Eólico Los Cururos, a wind farm in northern Chile. Gonzalo Jiménez is the name to note.
The 'brilliant' 12-strong team at Claro & Cia. focuses on energy and infrastructure transactions, including M&A, project finance and project development. Representative work includes power plant and transmission line projects; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements; transmission and interconnection contracts, supply agreements and PPAs. Active clients include SunEdison, First Solar and Rabobank, and one recent mandate saw the team assist AES Gener, as sponsor, with the restructuring of the $3bn financing of hydroelectric project Alto Maipo. It also assisted InterEnergy with a framework agreement with Spanish developer Grenergy for the acquisition of photovoltaic (PV) solar projects. Rodrigo Ochagavía, Ariel Mihovilovic, José Luis Ambrosy, Nicolás Eyzaguirre and Luisa Núñez are all very highly-rated practitioners.
CMS Carey & Allende's energy team handles the corporate, environmental, regulatory, construction-related and administrative law aspects of the sector, regularly assisting with generation, transmission and distribution matters; it has also been particularly active in the renewable energy segment. Clients include Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia, Radiant Sky Energy, Elecnor España and Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA); the team recently advised the latter on a new transmission line that will contribute to the connection of Chile's Central and Norte Grande interconnected energy systems. Jorge Allende Allende Z, Luis Felipe Arze and Fernando De Cárcer are all highly rated; Aldo Poblete is an experienced and well-regarded senior associate.
Cubillos Evans Abogados
Cubillos Evans Abogados fields experts in both energy and water law and the 'efficient team achieves excellent results for clients'. The practice group's expertise includes the obtaining of easements, permit applications, land use issues, regulatory work, forestry projects, and litigation. Active clients include Latin America Power, SCL Energía Activa, Chilquinta Energía, Colbún and WPD Chile; the team advised the latter on electricity concessions and easements in relation to the development of its wind farm projects. The key advisers are José Miguel Hernández, Eugenio Evans, Cristóbal Illanes, Aurelio de Diego and Gonzalo Cubillos.
DLA Piper (Chile) is experienced in advising on energy project developments, including solar PV projects; the team's expertise covers energy, environmental and regulatory law issues, as well as the financing and construction of projects. Notable recent mandates included acting for Brazil's Atiaia Energia on the sale of Atiaia Energía Chile to China International Water & Electric. The practice comprises Felipe Bahamondez and José Pablo Dulanto, along with Diego Peña and regulatory associate Paulina Farías.
Garrigues Chile's energy team is focused on the financing, development and regulatory aspects of large energy projects; the practice is also active in M&A work for energy and natural resources companies and private funds. Active clients include Enel Green Power Latin America, Jenner Renewables and Banco Santander, and recent mandates saw the team advise Arroyo Energy on the acquisition of two PV solar power plant projects from Pattern Energy Group and Antofagasta Minerals. Key practice contacts include Luis Felipe Merino, energy finance expert Pedro García and Cristobal Fainé, who was made partner in October 2019.
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is particularly noted for its advice on hydroelectric and thermo-electric plants, natural gas projects and wind farms. Ongoing work includes regular advise to Joule Chile on the constitution of water rights for hydroelectric projects in the country. Hugo Prieto is the name to note.
Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its experience in non-conventional renewable energy; the practice also assists with water, land and mining rights, project finance, EPC and PPA contracts, and energy M&A. Clients include Pacific Hydro Chile, Gas Natural Fenosa, I Squared Capital and China Southern Power Grid (CSG); headline mandates included acting as local counsel (in conjunction with global law firm Linklaters), to CSG on its $1.3bn acquisition of Brookfield’s 27.8 per cent interest in Chilean transmission company, Transelec. Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are experienced advisers; Felipe Frühling is the associate to note.
Honorato Delaveau 'has a full understanding of the electricity marketplace; its lawyers know the key players and which opportunities are worth pursuing'. The team is experienced in advising on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of energy and water projects; its notable clients include Innergex Renewable Energy (IRE) and Obras Especiales Chile. The team assisted Canada's IRE on a joint venture partnership with Chilean counterpart Energia Llaima. Gonzalo Delaveau 'not only knows how to do the job, he also anticipates events'; Rodrigo Delaveau is an of counsel to note.
Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres is highly regarded for water law matters, such as the establishment of water rights, acquiring permits and Water Code authorisations; the team also advises on water right agreements for hydroelectric power generation. Name partner Gabriel Del Favero and consultant Hipólito Zañartu Rosselot are both contacts. However, in October 2019 the firm announced the incorporation of Marcelo Madrones, the former fiscal of Chile's Energy Ministry as head of the firm's energy and natural resources department; he has particular strength in regulatory matters across the sector. Clients include Antofagasta Minerals, Devon Inversiones and El Olivar de Manatiales are clients.
Long known for its projects expertise, especially on the finance side, Larrain y Asociados Abogados is also well regarded for its advice on the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the transportation and distribution of gas. It also assists clients -particluarly large water treatment companies- on water law-related issues. Recent mandates included advising BHP Billiton on an international tender to secure the water supply for a mine project, which involved connecting a desalination plant with the mine site and electric transmission facilities. The hugely experienced Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are highly rated; as is transactional of counsel Ricardo Peña who has an impressive track record in energy matters. Other significant clients include Ferrovial Airports International, Antofagasta Minerals and Pacific Hydro Chile.
Morales & Besa 'provides its clients with a very positive experience'. Perhaps best known for transactional energy matters the practice nevertheles advises on all development, construction, financing and operational phases, including PPAs, interconnection and tolling agreements, and fuel supply, as well as EPC and O&M contracts. Highlight work included advising X-Elio (a global company that specialises in the development, design, construction, maintenance and operation of photovoltaic plants), on interconnection and tolling agreements for the Uribe Solar PV plant. Eugenio Besa's 'experience is invaluable and he is a good negotiator', Carlos Silva is also a key contact, and the 'very supportive' Sebastián Leyton and Verónica Vergara, who 'has great vision', are both experienced associates. Clients include EIG, Sonnedix, WPD, Crea Energía and Acciona Energía.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises on complex energy transactions, including M&A, project financing, off-taking agreements, onshore and offshore EPC contracts, and O&M and PPA agreements. Key clients include EDF Chile, Antofagasta Minerals, Red Eléctrica de España and Transelec. Recent mandates saw the team advise Central El Campesino on the acquisition of Eléctrica Santiago, which owns four thermoelectric power plants. Carlos Alberto Reyes heads the energy and projects department, and Eduardo Escalona leads the energy and regulated markets group; both are well regarded.
Prieto Abogados has longstanding experience in the energy, gas, and water and sewerage sectors. The firm fields lawyers with energy-sector M&A, regulatory and litigation expertise and the team regularly advises developers, owners and investors - particularly on renewable energy projects. Notable clients include Solar E, General Electric Capital, Electrogas and Engie Energía Chile; the team assisted the latter with the closing acquisition documentation for the Los Trigales wind-energy project in southern Chile. The team also advised Empresa Depuradora de Aguas Servidas Mapocho-Trebal (EDAM), which is part of the Suez Group, on an EPC contract for the replacement of Archimedes screw pumps at a waste water treatment plant. Claudio Undurraga, Fernando Bravo, Juan Tagle and José Andrés Pascual are the main contacts; experienced associates Camila Kutz and Alejandra Bañados provide a strong second line.
Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann
Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann 'knows the technical and regulatory issues of Chile's electricity market very well'. The practice group's experience includes project development, regulatory issues, corporate matters and dispute resolution; it recently advised AELA Generación on the amendment of various PPAs. María Isabel Rojas Sanhueza and Jorge Quintanilla Hernández are both highly regarded, as is Bernardo Busel Niedmann, who was appointed chairman of the Energy Council of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce in March 2019. Former partner Daniela Martínez Gutiérrez left the firm to become an independent advisor. Key clients include Mainstream Renewable Power Chile, Enel Green Power Chile, Bekaert Combustion Technologies and First Solar.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr is highly regarded for its advice on the development of energy projects, including water rights, energy litigation, PPAs and permits. Recent mandates saw the team advise Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén on the development of the Perquilauquén Medio Hydroelectric Central project; other clients include Enel Generación Chile, Soquimich Comercial, Agrosuper and Global Energy Services Siemsa. Team leader Sergio Orrego 'leaves clients feeling totally confident in him'; Sebastián García and Javiera Vicuña are the associates to note.