Firms To Watch: Environment

Upon its establishment in 2021, IMAD Abogados was saw the arrival of Domingo Irarrázaval  (previously at Aninat Abogados) as a name partner; his track record includes advising various industries on a broad array of environmental matters, including the design of environmental assessment strategies, community relations, and sanctioning procedures.
Elevated to the partnership in early 2021, Ossandón AbogadosPaola Fritz  -whose career includes working as environmental adviser to the Mayor of the Metropolitan Region- focuses on the environment-related administrative requests and defences brought before both public and judicial authorities, along with environmental auditing reports and waste management issues.
Founded in June 2022, TM Abogados is an environmental law, public law and natural resources boutique that brings together environmental specialists Pablo Tejada (formerly a senior associate at Allende Bascuñán & Cía) and Pablo Méndez (formerly a director at Moreno Sáez & Avilés), as partners, with UAB professor of administrative, environmental and water law, Christian Rojas Calderón, as of counsel.

Environment in Chile

Carey

The 12-member environmental practice group at full-service firm Carey comprises ‘very good professionals who give very appropriate legal advice‘. The team routinely advises on environmental impact assessments and environmental sanctioning proceedings, with its clients including mining, energy, infrastructure, water utilities, aquaculture and agriculture industry businesses. It also has extensive experience in water rights. Moreover, the firm’s environmental litigation practice, alongside the firm’s dispute resolution group (co-led by environmental disputes specialist Aldo Molinari), handles complex environmental litigation, including defences before the environmental courts. The department is co-led -in conjunction with Molinari- by Alberto Cardemil, who leads the firm’s water and agribusiness practices; and Rafael Vergara, who is experienced in regulatory and environmental evaluation processes. Within the senior associate pool, Tomás De La Maza is a water, agribusiness and corporate law expert, while Manuel José Barros and Julio Recordon both ‘stand out for their availability and flexibility‘.

Testimonials

Carey’s environmental team is made up of very good professionals who give very appropriate legal advice; and as a full service office, the environmental team understands business in its broadest sense.

Wide range of experts in different areas, who collaborate in search of viable solutions.

Senior associates Manuel José Barros and Julio Recordon both stand out for their availability and flexibility to meet the needs of our company.

Manuel José Barros is an excellent professional, who focuses on our business and understands environmental issues very well.

Professionalism and knowledge of specific issues with detailed reviews and advice on the entire process. We would highlight the work of Manuel José Barros.

Key clients

Codelco

Teck Resources

Mainstream Renewable Power

Melón

Sonnedix

Ferrero Rocher Group

Empresa Eléctrica Carén

Work highlights

  • Advised Sonnedix on a financing-related environmental assessment for a solar plant development.
  • Assisted Mainstream Renewable Power with the environmental assessment of wind farms.
  • Assisted Distributed Power Partners Holding with analysing the water supply for the development of the first and second phases of its green hydrogen project in Mejillones.

FerradaNehme

Particularly focused on the development and permitting of complex projects, FerradaNehme's ‘unique' practice covers the full range of environmental law issues; clients also benefit from the group’s ability to work alongside the firm’s government and community relations teams on the development of preventive strategies to avoid environmental conflicts. Additionally, it is increasingly active in both litigation and sanctions procedures before the Superintendence of the Environment (SMA); and the firm houses specialists in the recently enacted Recycling and Extended Producer Liability Law. The environment and natural resources practice is led by Patricio Leyton, who has longstanding experience in environmental matters; younger partners Valeria Ruz and Carola Salamanca  both advise on permits and project developments. At associate level, senior Claudio Tapia's previous experience includes prosecuting administrative sanctioning procedures at the SMA, while María-Pilar Dominguez is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Leyton

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the commitment to the client, the search for solutions and the flexibility way of working.

An office that provides a lot of thoughtful insight.

The lawyers with whom I have worked show empathy and commitment beyond what is expected. The outstanding lawyers are Patricio Leyton, Carola Salamanca and Valeria Ruz.

Key clients

Andes Iron

Barrick Gold

BHP

Norte Abierto

Teck Resources

Hochschild Mining

Codelco

Minera Santo Domingo

Work highlights

  • Assisted Andes Iron with litigation before the Environmental Court and Supreme Court, in relation to a highly controversial project.
  • Acted for Barrick in the Supreme Court appeal of the Superintendency of the Environment’s sanctioning of the Pascua Lama Project through total and definitive closure.
  • Assisted BHP with a mining project-related sanctioning procedure initiated by the Environmental Superintendence.

Moreno Sáez & Avilés

With ‘great technical knowledge of the environmental law regulations‘, Moreno Sáez & Avilés‘ specialist 16-strong practice is constantly sought out for its expertise in environmental assessments, sanctioning procedures and litigation by a broad client base drawn from the mining, energy, forestry, oil-and-gas and ports sectors, as well as major infrastructure, real estate, waste management and chemical industry players. The department is jointly led by Sebastián Avilés, who routinely defends clients against regulatory enforcement and sanction procedures before the Environmental Superintendence, as well as litigation before the Environmental Tribunals and the Supreme Court; José Adolfo Moreno, who focuses on permits, enforcement procedures and litigation; and Andrés Sáez, who has ‘very good technical management of environmental matters‘. At associte director level, Doris Sepúlveda Solar is a compliance specialist, while Luis Prieto acts in environmental litigation. Former senior associate Daniela Luza left the firm for the Metropolitan Region’s Environmental Assessment Service in late 2021; Pablo Méndez joined as practice director in August 2021 but subsequently departed to establish TM Abogados in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Avilés; José Adolfo Moreno; Andrés Sáez

Testimonials

‘I believe that the great difference between this firm and others is the constant search for alternative and creative solutions to our challenges and problems. These are not manual or by-the-book solutions, and they come in part from the public and private past of its members, use of technologies, total availability, contacts with peers and academic relationships.

Great technical knowledge of the environmental law regulations, with direct links between the partners that can be seen in the strategies, reports and minutes. The team is also stable and there is no high turnover of lawyers as at other firms, where teams sometimes change without prior notice and without knowledge of the CVS of the new team members.

I think each partner brings different perspectives, meaning the entire firm stand out for its excellence, commitment and dedication – especially oriented towards client-defined results.

A highly qualified and diverse team that is characterised by being achievement-oriented through collaboration and allowing the critical aspects of the company’s challenges to be identified.

A team that stands out for its responsibility and understanding of clients’ requirements.

Sebastián Avilés is an excellent partner.

We have never seen issues being delegated to other lawyers that José Adolfo Moreno is not aware of. His mastery of our issues allow him to speak properly and clearly about even the smallest details of our mandates.

Andrés Sáez provides an excellent service and very good technical management of environmental matters – a lot of experience in environmental evaluations and the Authority’s criteria.

Key clients

AES Andes

Albermarle

Puerto Mejillones

Antofagasta Minerals

Andes Mining and Energy Corporate

Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

COPEC

Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Empresas Ariztía

Corporación Chilena del Cobre

Los Andes Copper

Salmones Camanchaca

Compañía Minera Nova Ventura

Lundin Mining

ENEA Ciudad Aeropuerto

Cruzados SADP

Salmones Austral

Cal Austral

Molibdenos y Metales

Work highlights

  • Assisted AES Andes with a portfolio transformation from coal thermoelectric energy to renewable energy.
  • Assisted Puerto Mejillones with the approval of a compliance programme which related to an environmental sanctioning procedure.
  • Assisted Empresa Portuaria de Valparaíso with its judicial review defence for two projects.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The ‘first-class‘ environmental law team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría routinely advises on environmental matters and procedures, including project development and permitting, and is also sought out for the environmental legal issues associated with the development of technically and politically complex projects. Other areas of strength range from M&A and finance deals involving environmental matters, to administrative and judicial environmental litigation. Environmental and energy group leader in Chile, Juan José Eyzaguirre, has enviable experience in major environmental projects and conflicts; and principal associate Mario Mozó has a broad environmental law practice. The firm considerably expanded its environmental law credentials in May 2021 when it merged with former Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia firm, adding water resources head Matías Desmadryl to the bench; and internally, the team grew through the promotion of administrative and judicial environmental litigator Felipe Arévalo to the partnership in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan José Eyzaguirre; Matías Desmadryl; Felipe Arévalo

Testimonials

A first-class team at the national level.

Excellent attention and advice from the team, with tremendous knowledge of the topics consulted upon.

The PPU team has extensive experience in environmental issues and the processing of permits. In addition to knowledge, the lawyers have a great capacity for work, which is appreciated when response times are limited.

‘Thanks to the lawyers’ experience, they have the ability to understand business problems and help define strategies to deal with situations.

A great ability to formulate natural resources strategies, including proper implementation.

Certainty and assertiveness in the team’s analysis and ability to predict results, which allows for the defining of appropriate strategies early on.

High levels of understanding of the regulations associated with water issues, which implies management not only of the legal issues, but also technical ones.

Matías Desmadryl and Juan José Eyzaguirre stand out as top-level experts.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Las Salinas

Mineras Los Pelambres

Sociedad Nacional de Oleoductos

Codelco

Compañía Minera Maricunga

Engie Energía Chile

Minera Salar Blanco

Agrícola Campanario

Kinross

Empresas CMPC

Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro

Matetic Wine Group

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Agrícola El Cerrito

Bodegas San Francisco

Aquafarms

Consorcio Eólico

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards

Work highlights

  • Advised Inmobiliaria Las Salinas on the environmental impact assessment of a remediation project and subsequent urban development.
  • Advised Minera Los Pelambres on the development and implementation of an action plan to maintain the water supply of a mining project.
  • Advised fuels-distribution group, SONACOL on an oil pipeline project, which is designed to provide jet fuel for the expansion of Santiago’s international airport.

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados' practice advises both domestic and foreign companies on the environmental assessment of significant projects, as well as assisting with authorisations for the development, construction and operation of projects, along with compliance matters and dispute resolution. The 45-strong practice (which includes several partners with relevant, past public sector experience) is jointly led by Javier Vergara, a former National Environment Commission (CONAMA) technical secretary, prosecutor and director of the Metropolitan Region; Mario Galindo, whose career includes ten years litigating at CONAMA; and mining, water and energy law expert Winston Alburquenque. Other highly regarded advisers include: Cecilia Urbina, the former first Superintendence of the Environment (SMA) compliance and sanction division head; José Luis Fuenzalida, who is ‘creative when solving complex problems'; ‘excellent partner' Pablo Ortíz; and Eduardo Correa, an ex-legal head for CONAMA’s Metropolitan Region. At senior associate level, Paula Gajardo leads the firm’s communities and sustainable development work; and Francisca Olivares routinely assists with the environmental approval of projects, and the processing of environmental and sectoral permits. Former senior Pablo Méndez left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mario Galindo; Javier Vergara; Winston Albuquerque

Testimonials

The team is very diverse in terms of its specialisms, and its vision of topics considers all the professional aspects.

Versatile, immediate response capacities, problem-solving skills, and absolute availability for the client from the team.

Immediate and permanent accessibility – the lawyers treat the client as if it is the only important one, so that the client feels that all the team’s energies are given to that client.

Very strong commitment to clients and their business.

Jose Luis Fuenzalida connects with clients – great response speeds, solid legal approach, anticipation of scenarios and good team management.

Jose Luis Fuenzalida has an excellent approach and is creative when solving complex problems. He is also capable of suggesting various alternatives with excellent risk analyses. On a human level, his cordiality and kindness stand out.

Pablo Ortíz is an excellent partner and very responsible.

Barros & Errázuriz

The 13-strong environmental  practice at Barros & Errázuriz covers a broad range of issues, from environmental assessments, permitting, social conflicts and community matters, to relations with local authorities, compliance, litigation before the environmental and ordinary courts, and enforcement proceedings. The ‘highly specialised‘ group’s experience also covers waste management and recycling regulations, proceedings before the health authorities, mining and industrial safety regulations, urban planning and climate change. The firm additionally fields a robust water-rights practice. The department is co-led by counsel Matias Montoya , a former Environmental Assessment Agency legal head, and energy sector expert Fernando Garrido. At senior associate level, environmental law specialist Mara Angelini  ‘stands out for her ability to solve highly complex problems'. Former fellow senior, Ignacio Urbina left to open an environmental practice at Fermandois & Cía in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Garrido; Matías Montoya

Testimonials

The team is very competent from a legal point of view.

Performs a great service, not only providing legal advice, as it also gets involved in technical issues for which the team has a great understanding.

This is a highly specialised team, which covers all kinds of advice, from environmental assessments, contractual issues on how to regulate investment projects, relationships with the authorities, permitting, and judicial-environmental issues.

A very available and reliable team, from which I have always received accurate and timely answers – I fully trust its work.

I can count on the team in any circumstance – great willingness to go one step further to solve problems for clients and solid knowledge that means we are receiving first-level advice.

I would especially like to point out senior associate Mara Angellini, who stands out for her ability to solve highly complex problems, finding points of agreement with the counterpart, her excellent approach, and (above all) for her extensive knowledge of legal and technical matters – she understands the needs that we have as clients in depth.

Mara Angellini stands out for her great knowledge of matters, in addition to her good relations with the Environmental Authority, which makes very fluid all exchanges with them – she has always been of great help.

Key clients

ISA

Soluciones Ambientales del Norte

Coexca

Agrícola Topocalma

Agrícola San Ricardo

Agrícola Reserva Llancay

Mercado Libre

Elecnor

Microsoft

Indesa

Gasco

Levaduras Collico

Eletrans

Viña Montgras

Work highlights

  • Defended Colbún against two environmental damage lawsuits filed by a group of neighbours (from the commune of Coronel) in relation to the operation of the Santa María Thermoelectric Power Plant.
  • Assisted Interchile with an enforcement proceeding before the Environmental Superintendence.
  • Assisted Soluciones Ambientales del Norte, which operates a major safety landfill for hazardous wastes disposal, with environmental and regulatory matters.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

With ‘solid mastery of specific issues‘, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' six-strong practice is particularly noted for its environmental law advice on the development of industrial and telecoms facilities. Recent highlights include assisting ENEX with defending a sanctioning process initiated by the Environmental Superintendence for alleged non-compliance with light-pollution emission standards. The practice is co-led by Martín Astorga, who has longstanding experience in public and environmental law regulations, particularly environmental impact assessments (EIAs), atmospheric emissions and territorial planning; and energy, environmental and regulatory expert Gonzalo Jiménez (environmental impact studies, concessions and permits). At associate level, senior Verónica Cuadra is ‘accurate in her advice‘, while Raúl Alvarez and Miguel Ortiz are both active members of the firm’s regulatory and environmental law practices.

Practice head(s):

Martín Astorga; Gonzalo Jiménez

Testimonials

Solid mastery of specific issues and strong relations with the Public Ministry gave us security to carry out official procedures.

Stands out from other firms we have worked with.

This environmental team has been essential for the development of our project. Staying on top of the regulations and keeping us updated have been fundamental for us.

Solid opinions from different practice areas of the firm during the preparation of defence strategies and a great level of interest in the factual circumstances of the client’s business.

Availability to answer queries and requests, as well as technical knowledge – special mention to Martín Astorga.

Martín Astorga is a very reliable professional, who provides security for a project’s implementation, thanks to his collaboration with other departments of the firm.

Martín Astorga and senior associate Verónica Cuadra are outstanding.

Verónica Cuadra is accurate in her advice and efficient in her use of time and resources.

Key clients

ESMAX

IBM

Junta de Vigilancia de la Primera Sección del Río Aconcagua

Vidrios Lirquén

IANSA

Nutreco

Medtronic

ATCO

B Braun Medical

ENEX

Enel

Contopsa

Imerys

BHP Billiton

Celulosa Arauco

Minera Cordillera

New Hope

South 32

Sacyr Agua

Work highlights

  • Assisted Enel, which requested a report on the strategy required to face the emergency use of diesel at the San Isidro Power Plant.
  • Assisted Vidrios Lirquén with three matters, including the presentation of a letter of pertinence confirming that modifications did not need to be environmentally evaluated.
  • Assisted South 32 with a due diligence process for the purchase of a significant stake in Minera Sierra Gorda, which involved assessing the environmental conditions for the operation of a tailings dam.

Echeverría Ilharreborde Scagliotti

The ‘highly specialised team for environmental and regulatory matters‘ at Echeverría Ilharreborde Scagliotti is highly focused on the energy, aquaculture, mining and industrial sectors. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s ability to leverage its significant litigation background during complex sanctioning procedures and litigation before the Environmental Superintendence and Environmental Courts. The practice is jointly headed by environmental and administrative litigation expert Jose Domingo Ilharreborde (‘the best environmental lawyer I know‘) and José Pedro Scagliotti, who focuses on defence-side environmental and regulatory law cases. At associate level, the senior to note is Felipe Infante, who is experienced in the environmental assessment of projects.

Practice head(s):

José Domingo Ilharreborde; José Pedro Scagliotti

Testimonials

A very cohesive team with strong participation from both partners and associates, the latter also at a very good level.

A highly specialised team for environmental and regulatory matters, which is very committed to the deadlines and the requirements of clients.

One great quality is the availability of the partners, who are always present at different stages of projects, without delegating the entire task to junior associates – this undoubtedly distinguishes them.

An agile service that is personalised, of high technical quality, and very committed.

José Domingo Ilharreborde is the best environmental lawyer I know – very solid and with an understanding of the coexistence and coordination between business and environmental protection.

José Pedro Scagliotti is a younger partner, but with a vision similar to that of José Domingo Ilharreborde – both are excellent professionals.

Felipe Infante is a senior associate with a lot of knowledge.

José Domingo Ilharreborde, José Pedro Scagliotti and Felipe Infante are great professionals. The speed and assertiveness of their advice, and how they accompany clients during decision making, are unlike other lawyers who tend not to take positions.

Key clients

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

AES Andes

DP World

GTD Teleductos

Comfrut

Solek Group

Arroyo Energy Group

Servicios Industriales B y B Nets

Anglo American Sur

Guacolda Energía

Transelec

Salmones Aysén

Work highlights

  • Assisted ENAP with its judicial defence before the Environmental Court and the Supreme Court against the decision of the Superintendence of the Environment to reopen a sanctioning procedure and file new pollution-related charges against the company.
  • Advised AES Andes on a joint venture transaction for the development of an energy project portfolio.
  • Defended GTD Teleductos against an environmental restoration action filed by different fishermen’s associations before the Environmental Court of Antofagasta, which concerned the laying of a submarine fibre-optic cable.

eelaw

Providing ‘great legal advice on environmental matters', boutique firm Eelaw's sizeable 19-strong practice routinely assists with the environmental impact assessments of projects and permitting issues, as well as the implementation of projects throughout the construction, operation and closure stages. The group also defends clients against environmental and sectoral sanctioning proceedings. Team head Paulina Riquelme is ‘the best environmental lawyer in Chile'. At senior associate level, Jorge Brower specialises in mining-related environmental issues, and Pedro Bravo is an expert in administrative law and administrative sanctioning proceedings. Recent growth includes the recruitment of ‘very good‘ senior associates Giancarlo Camillieri and Camila Martínez, from Morales & Besa and the Superintendence of the Environment, respectively. Former senior Astrid Francke departed the firm in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Riquelme

Testimonials

The Eelaw team is an expert in mining issues and, in this sense, has a deep understanding of the environmental and sectoral compliance frameworks. I think it is a great team that keeps us up to date on all the relevant advances in environmental legal matters that concern us.

Great legal advice on environmental matters, excelling for its knowledge of the issues and depth of analysis.

‘The team is agile and exhaustive in its analysis of the subjects. Able to report things in great detail.’

I would stress that Eelaw is very agile in its work and it dealt very well with the technological changes imposed by the pandemic, which allowed us to maintain fluid contact and resolve legal issues with considerable agility. On the other hand, Eelaw is very unbureaucratic and pragmatic, with the necessary skills to maintain speedy work.

Expert, young and intelligent lawyers who seek solutions.

High degrees of both theoretical and practical specialisations in environmental matters, particularly in relation to sectorial permitting issues.

Paulina Riquelme is a top-level professional, who is very studious, a perfectionist and intelligent. A great lawyer, who gives us great confidence in everything we undertake further to her advice. For us, she is the best environmental lawyer in Chile and a solid leader.

A very solid team with very good lawyers like senior associate Jorge Brower, who stands out for detailed follow-ups on the review of environmental processes. Senior associates Camila Martínez, Pedro Bravo and Giancarlo Camillieri are also very good.

Key clients

Sociedad Nacional de Minería

Haldeman Mining Company

HMC

Mitsubishi Corporation

Dell Chile

Cerro Negro Mining Company

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Asociación de Generadoras de Chile

Marimaca Copper Corp

Minera Tres Valles

Confederación de Producción y Comercio

Continental Compañía de Seguros

Grupo Minero Las Cenizas

Aguas CAP

Puerto La Lozas

Work highlights

  • Ongoing assistance to Compañía Minera del Pacífico regarding environmental regulation compliance matters and the environmental project management of its mining sites.
  • Ongoing assistance to associate members of the Sociedad Nacional de Minería (SONAMI) -including small, medium and large-scale mining companies- on various environmental matters, such as mining explorations, water resources, community issues and environmental regulations.
  • Advised Marimaca Copper Corp on Chile’s mining closure legislation.

Grupo Evans

One of the firms emerging from the dissolution of Cubillos Evans Abogados in late 2021, Grupo Evans retains a six-strong environmental law practice that has longstanding experience in the regulatory and environmental aspects of major projects in Chile. The group, co-led by environmental, regulatory and energy specialist Fernando Molina and engineer Aurelio de Diego, also routinely undertakes local community liaison to prevent environmental and social conflicts. Providing key support, of counsels Yordana Mehsen Rojas and Gianfranco Riaglianti (who joined from Chile’s Environment Ministry in August 2021), advise on project development-related environmental issues, and sustainability and waste management issues, respectively; and senior associate Nicolás Galli (a recent hire from Pfeffer & Asociados) focuses on regulatory and contentious administrative matters. Former associate Angeles Mas recently moved into the public sector at the Tercer Tribunal Ambiental.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Molina; Aurelio de Diego

Key clients

GNL Quinteros

Eletrans II

Metro de Santiago

AES Andes

Colbún

German International Cooperation Agency – Chilean Ministry of the Environment

Codelco – Chuquicamata Division

Aramark

Sociedad de Fomento Fabril – Sofofa

Vías Chile – Abertis Group

Work highlights

  • Advising trade federation Sofofa on certain environmental initiatives, including reports on the declassification and use of waste as products or by-products (among others).
  • Assisting Eletrans with the installation of various transmission lines throughout the country, including claims before the environmental courts.
  • Advised Colbún on the revision and drafting of the environmental impact assessment for the Horizonte wind project.

Guerrero Olivos

The 13-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos acts on a broad range of environment matters, with particular focus on M&A-related environmental work, litigation and regulatory compliance. It also fields specialists in wetlands, waste management, water rights and the environmental aspects of project finance and development. Among the firm’s several experienced partners, Clemente Pérez is consistently involved in major projects; Martín Santa María specialises in the environmental assessments of projects, environmental litigation, and urban planning; Benjamín Pérez is a water law expert; and Sebastián Abogabir is an ‘extraordinarily complete adviser' whose practice encompasses energy, natural resources, water law and environmental matters. Within the associate pool, Francisca Pellegrini advises on the environmental aspects of project finance and M&A, and project-related environmental assessments, and Antonia Ibarra is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Martín Santa María; Sebastián Abogabir; Benjamín Pérez

Testimonials

We have been working with Guerrero Olivos for many years, so it has thorough knowledge of the structure of our company, as well as its particularities – these are invaluable aspects.

Lawyers with a lot of experience in environmental issues and very clear in explaining the details.

Works with great perseverance, interest and creativity on our behalf. The team’s involvement and achievements will be of great importance for the region as well as the country, which must be regulated and protected.

Clemente Pérez and associate Antonia Ibarra show great commitment and interest in working with clients, as well as the regional authorities.

Sebastian Abogabir combines deep technical-legal knowledge with understanding of our business and a deep network of contacts. He is pragmatic, pro-business and has good judgement, which make him an extraordinarily complete adviser. He also shows a deep commitment to all the projects in which he is involved.

I would highlight Benjamín Pérez for his technical and legal knowledge, as well as his willingness, commitment, responsibility, diligence and punctuality.

Key clients

Puerto Ventanas

Aconcagua

Rio 2

SCA Atacama Kozan

Empresas Carozzi

Hacienda Chorombo

Fundación San Carlos de Maipo

Hydrogéne de France

Copenhagen Infrastructure Energy Transition Fund I K/S

P&G Larraín

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the investment into two companies to develop a large green hydrogen project in Chile.
  • Advising Fundación San Carlos de Maipo (a non-profit entity), which owns the Batuco Wetland, on developing an environmental protection and education project that will be open to the community.
  • Assisted the Antofagasta Minerals Group (through Antofasta Minerals and Minera Los Pelambres) with defending water rights against third parties.

LAWGIC Abogados

Natural resources and environmental boutique Lawgic Abogados was established in early 2020 by current environmental practice head Felipe Meneses (project development, territorial planning, feasibility studies, community matters and disputes); and Sebastian Del Campo and Agustín Walker, who co-lead the firm’s water-rights law practice. Meneses is a former environmental team director from Carey, where Del Campo was senior associate, and Walker is a former Núñez Muñoz Abogados of counsel. The team - whose sector expertise covers mining, energy, industry, tourism, real estate and aquaculture - is increasingly active advising clients in the water desalination and green hydrogen production segments. At associate level, the practice houses environmental law specialist Constanza Pelayo, and water and natural resources law expert Rodrigo Quezada (a 2021 hire from the former Cubillos Evans Abogados). Former counsel Cristian Franz recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Meneses; Sebastian Del Campo; Agustín Walker

Testimonials

A highly specialised team in the different areas of environmental law, with a marked focus on resolving contingencies and solving related problems.

Very quick and accurate in their responses, excellent command of English, and very focused on providing agile and creative solutions.

Key clients

Mowi

SGA

Renewable Energy Group

Statkraft

Latin America Power

Huneeus Wines

Agrícola Walnuss

Comité Mantagua 12010

Hotel Le Reve

Los Maitenes Solar

Inversiones Cisnes

Inversiones Marchigue

CEP&D Abogados

Agrícola Pitreño

HIF

Cosayach

Work highlights

  • Acting for MOWI (as claimant) against the Superintendence of the Environment in its request of the Environmental Courts that a fine imposed for alleged environmental damage bedeclared null and void.
  • Advising Statkraft on the preparation and execution of a water law strategy for the development of several hydroelectric power plants.
  • Assisted Unifrutti Chile with the legal due diligence concerning water rights for agricultural projects.

Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados

Housing several lawyers with previous experience at environmental agencies, Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados' ‘longstanding experience in advising clients on environmental matters is invaluable'. Key areas of work include the design and environmental assessment of projects, along with judicial and administrative lawsuits, and compliance with environmental legislation. The group is co-led by Edesio Carrasco, whose practice includes environmental and sectoral permits, energy matters, land use planning, and the development of industrial projects; and Rodrigo Benítez, an expert in the environmental assessment of investment projects, ‘who deeply understands the regulations'. The senior associates to note are former Environmental Assessment Agency lawyers Carlo Sepúlveda and Graciela Venegas, along with environmental, urban, energy and health law expert Ingrid Henríquez.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Benítez; Edesio Carrasco

Testimonials

They excellently combine professional experience with academic knowledge, providing solid advice that is grounded in what is actually possible to obtain in practice.

They know the behaviour of the public sector very well, especially in environmental matters, which adds value to their work; and the team’s longstanding experience in advising clients on environmental matters is invaluable.

Excellent work that is very precise and technical – very good teamwork.

The team is very knowledgeable about environmental regulations and their application processes, as well as having practical experience and knowledge of various industries. It is also recognised that the lawyers have begun to incorporate technology into their case analysis and processing procedures.

An exceptional group, which facilitates communication and collaborative work between the different players associated with projects.

Excellence and constant updating – the lawyers are professionals who are always up to date. Likewise, they have experience in the public sphere, which allows them to give clients a panoramic vision. I would highlight both partners Rodrigo Benítez and Edesio Carrasco.

Both Rodrigo Benítez; Edesio Carrasco stand out for their negotiating skills and strategic outlook. Additionally, senior associate Ingrid Henríquez stands out for her ability to work in a team and be strategic.

Edesio Carrasco has great capacity for analysis, legal knowledge, creativity and rigour in the presentation of arguments.; and Rodrigo Benítez’s public experience means he deeply understands the regulations upon which he advises. His availability, professionalism and ability to reach agreements that are favourable to clients stand out.

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

EDF Renewables Chile

Aguas Pacífico

Consejo Minero

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Inmobiliaria Aconcagua

Codelco

Reden Solar

ABN Inmobiliaria

Work highlights

  • Advised Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro on several matters involving compliance with public and environmental regulations, particularly the obtaining of an environmental licence for the future Line No 7 and improvements to existing lines.
  • Advised Compañía Minera del Pacífico on the drafting of its EIA, which is intended to replace its tailings disposal method.
  • Successfully defended Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Camino Nogales-Puchuncaví against a constitutional action for protection of rights filed by a group of neighbours against the construction of Phase 2 of the Nogales-Puchuncaví highway, alleging environmental illegalities.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's six-member environmental law department handles environment assessments, compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations, litigation before the specialised courts and the Supreme Court, and sanctioning proceedings before the Superintendency of the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The practice is co-led by Felipe Riesco, a former Ministry of Environment Undersecretary, and environmental law specialist Claudia Ferreiro, who joined from Correa Squella in May 2021. Also integral to the team are regulatory law practice director Carolina Matthei, and senior associate José Ignacio Vial, who recently joined from the Environmental Assessment Service’s (SEA) litigation and invalidation department.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Riesco; Claudia Ferreiro

Testimonials

The environmental team stands out for being always up to date with regulations, rulings and doctrine. In addition, it always provides strategic solutions to cases, which are designed to achieve the best result for the client.

Commitment, quality and strategy at levels that are above what other firms display.

The BSVV team provide solid advice that is based on the public and private experience of its members.

José Ignacio Vial provides excellent advice on environmental regulations. His long stint at EAS gives him an insider’s view of the workings of environmental regulations, which is rare.

Key clients

Junta de Vigilancia Río Putaendo

Pilmaiquén (Statkraft)

Central Rucalhue Energía

Inmobiliaria Alto Maullín

EL Zorro Sociedad Contractual Minera

Atacama Energy

Allibera Solar

Inversiones Rentas Inmobiliarias

Inversiones Pacífico Sur

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Putaendo River Oversight Board with supervising the correct evaluation of the Las Tejas Mining Prefeasibility Exploration Project.
  • Defended Empresa Electrica Pilmaiquen before the Environmental Court against a claim filed by indigenous communities that inhabit the area where the Los Lagos Hydroelectric Power Plant is being built.
  • Defended Racalhue Energía in an appeal for protection that was filed by the municipalities of Santa Bárbara and Quilaco, which aimed to stop the works and have the project re-evaluated by the SEA.

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.'s environmental group consistently advises on projects from environmental perspectives; and it is able to leverage the firm’s sector specialisms in energy, mining, water resources, fish farming, forestry and agriculture. Recent highlights including representing Anglo American Sur in an environmental damage claim filed by the State of Chile. The natural resources group is led by Nicolás Eyzaguirre, who ‘stands out for his knowledge'; bolstering the team’s offering, former senior associate Joaquín Rodríguez -who has a transactions-driven profile- was made partner in January 2022, and former Superintendency of the Environment trial lawyer Tomás Darricades was rehired in July 2021 from Moreno Sáez & Avilés.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Testimonials

The strengths of the team can be seen from the quality of its work. The drafting, presentations, contracts and documents of all kinds are well above expectations, and this is noticeable in relation to other offices.

The legal service from Claro’s environmental team meets the expectations that we have as a company, impeccably fulfilling our objectives.

Great for the experience of the team and its high levels of proactivity when requiring a quick response.

Accurate and extensive knowledge about current regulations and changes to them.

Solid knowledge regarding historical cases on the application of the regulations, which helps project in the best way the interpretation and application of environmental regulations.

Quick and timely responses to clients’ requirements.

Nicolás Eyzaguirre stands out for his knowledge and work capabilities, as well as for the quality of the work. He is a precise, detailed lawyer.

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita

InterEnergy Holdings

Biomar Chile

Cristalerías de Chile

Actis GP

Yura

Lesaffre Industrial Chile

Goodyear

FMC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Anglo American Sur in an environmental damage claim filed by the State of Chile before the Second Environmental Court.
  • Assisting Viña Santa Rita with the regularisation of its wine production plants in different Chilean cities.
  • Assisted Actis GP with preparing a legal memorandum that explains the applicable regulations to agricultural communities in Chile, and how to obtain the necessary permits and authorisations for the development of power plant projects.

DS Abogados

DS Abogados‘ ‘first-rate environmental team‘ specialises in environmental compliance and assessments, administrative defences and permitting; and its sector expertise ranges from real estate, agriculture and logistics, to mining, forestry, energy, infrastructure and water treatment. The five-member practice is co-led at senior partner level by Enrique Oyarzún Iglesias , whose recent track record includes extended producer responsibility matters and hazardous waste projects; and Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen , who is ‘without a doubt the best lawyer we know for environmental matters‘. At senior associate level, Hugo Frías  is an environmental and regulatory expert, and Eduardo Ecclefield  advises on renewable power generation projects.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Oyarzún Iglesias; Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen

Testimonials

DS Abogados has a first-rate environmental team, with an extraordinary ability to anticipate risks and legal contingencies, and provide us with quick and effective responses and solutions.

The team has managed to give us confidence and security that we have not seen in any other environmental team in Chile today.

DS Abogados is characterised by its senior team of lawyers, with clients always attended directly by its partners. This makes it a unique firm in the way it relates to clients and other advisers.

The legal and technical knowledge that the team has is difficult to find in other firms; and its use of technology stands out, as does its flexibility in adjusting to the requirements of clients.

Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen is a lawyer whose commitment to his clients is difficult to find in other lawyers. In addition, he stands out for the extraordinary strategic direction of their cases, since he has not only solid legal knowledge, but also a deep understanding of eminently technical matters.

Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen stands out for his unfailing commitment, and for managing to solve our problems quickly and effectively.

Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen is without a doubt the best lawyer we know for environmental matters – he takes a penetrating look at our operations and businesses, has solid legal knowledge, and an incredible ability to understand and assimilate highly complex technical issues. At the same time, he handles government and community issues in an extraordinary way.

Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen, Hugo Frías and Enrique Oyarzún Iglesias are always available to help us in each of their specialised areas – this makes a real difference, is valued, and increasingly difficult to find in the legal industry.

Key clients

Empresas FG

Michelin

Andina Ingredients

Viña Santa Carolina

Agrícola Tralcan

Frusan

Comunicación y Telefonía Rural

Francisco de Borja Coo Lyon’s Estate

Empresas Makro

Consorcio Minero San Luis

Athink

Acciona Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Andina Ingredient against environmental procedures initiated by the Superintendence of Environment and Health.
  • Advised Michelin on the Extended Producer Responsibility Law for its recycling plant project in Antofagasta.
  • Assisted Viña Santa Carolina with its environmental defence against the Superintendence of Environment and Cauquenes Community.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Providing ‘standout environmental advice', Dentons Larrain Rencoret has longstanding experience in advising on mining, water, electricity, and community relations matters, as well as assisting with the resolution of conflicts and defending administrative processes. Water law specialist José Ignacio Morán leads the firm’s environment and natural resources department both locally and on a regional basis across Latin America and the Caribbean. Also in the Santiago office, Enrique Benítez advises on developing energy, oil and gas, mining, and agricultural projects; and Gonzalo Nieto and Pauline Chiffelle predominantly assist with mining and litigation work. At associate level, senior José Domingo Villanueva focuses on regulatory issues, while Jaime Cruzat advises on water rights.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Morán

Testimonials

A wide variety of specialists who are always available to guide the client towards obtaining the necessary information so as to define its strategy for every case.

A practice that seeks to innovate in this area – for example, it is developing client strategies with ESG criteria, in addition to having grown the team recently.

Standout environmental advice for mining and energy projects.

A very solid environmental practice, where partners work on issues at all stages, which is not very common in other offices and distinguishes them.

José Ignacio Morán is great for his commitment and dedication to projects, including projects of public interest.

José Ignacio Morán is a skilful, agile, flexible and creative lawyer, who has the ability to design strategies with a broader perspective, which is greatly appreciated since he sees things that others do not. He also has solid academic experience.

Senior associate José Domingo Villanueva is an important player in ​​the environment space, with extensive experience in environmental assessment and permitting matters.

I have been advised on environmental matters and regulations by José Domingo Villanueva, whom I have known professionally for many years – he has a great deal of experience in these matters.

Key clients

Minera Nittetsu Chile

Empresas Coipsa

Metra Inmobiliaria

Generadora Metropolitana

Tewoo Group

Grupo Agrosuper

Inmobiliaria Las Brisas de Santo Domingo

National Astronomical Observatory of China

Energía de la Patagonia y Aysen

Compañía Minera Zaldivar

Barrick Gold

DLS Desarrollos Logísticos

Molinos Cunaco

Compañía Minera Zaldívar

Agrícola Palma de Aculeo

Servicios e Inversiones del Norte

Agrícola Pruitt Land and Timber

Agrícola Lurín del Sur

Work highlights

  • Advised Tewoo Group on preparing the Aguas Blancas Operational Continuity project for entry into the environmental impact assessment system.
  • Advised Grupo Agrosuper on the environmental assessment of projects.
  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Las Brisas de Santo Domingo with obtaining the permits (from different authorities) necessary to operate facilities (parks, restaurants, aviaries and stores) that complement its larger real estate project.

Lavin Abogados & Consultores

Boutique firm Lavin Abogados & Consultores houses specialists in EIAs for large-scale projects, environmental permits, sanctioning, and environmental compliance. It also acts in environmental damage proceedings, and is sought out for legal opinions on project-related environmental contingencies. Renowned founding partner Julio Lavín has broad sector experience in maritime and aquaculture concessions, mining, energy and utilities; and Andrés Del Favero acts on infrastructure projects involving mining and maritime concessions. Supporting at senior associate level, Gonzalo Lavin‘s recent experience includes being seconded (part-time) to Empresas CMPC for environmental matters; while Javiera Catalán‘s administrative law practice also sees her active on environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Julio Lavín; Andrés Del Favero

Key clients

Empresas CMPC

Aguas Andinas

Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos

Aguas Décima

Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe

Sociedad Marítima y Comercial Somarco

RR Wine

Hanwha Q-Cells Chile

Forestal Russfin

PV

Patagonia Ridge

Inmobiliaria Príncipe de Gales

Work highlights

  • Assisted Empresas CMPC with an environmental audit of the plants of subsidiary CMPC Maderas, comprising three sawmills, two remanufacturing plants and a plywood plant.
  • Defending Sociedad Marítima y Comercial Somarco against a sanctioning process initiated by the Superintendence of the Environment, where the company risks fines, revocation of environmental authorisations and closure of an establishment.
  • Assisted Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe with preparing a report on the remediation of mining environmental liabilities.

Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s environmental law practice routinely acts on complex environmental projects in both the public and private sector; it is particularly focused on the environmental assessment of projects, enforcement and sanctioning processes, along with environmental litigation. The group also fields specialists in public contracts, and water and mining law. Aldo Cardinali joined the environmental, mining, and natural resources department as partner in January 2022 from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados; and is supported by associate María Francisca Bannura, whose recent experience includes transaction-related environmental matters. Former team leader and director Paloma Infante M, senior associate Giancarlo Camillieri and associate Josefina Derpich, all departed the firm during 2021.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Cardinali

Testimonials

A good and timely professional service, and the team handles different areas of law according to our requirements.

The team is always available when needed.

Key clients

Sungrow

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

DNB Bank

ONG Ranita de Darwin

World Bank Group

SK Engineering & Construction

Constructora Ingevec

Caixabank

KfW Ipex-Bank

Scotiabank Chile

DIF

Ardian

Braux

Grupo EOSOL

Work highlights

  • Advised BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs & Co, Mizuho Securities USA, Santander Investment Securities and Scotia Capital (USA) (as initial purchasers) on the issuance and placement of ENAP notes, which included assistance with environmental aspects.
  • Currently assisting Tepual as technical advisor of the Corporation for the Development of the Zapallar Bureau, in the process of declaring an area located in the Zapallar Coast (Valparaiso Region), as a protected zone.
  • Assisted Sungrow Power Group with the preparation of a red flag report, which concerned the legal due diligence for the environmental and mining aspects of a potential acquisition of PMGD projects.

Prieto Abogados

Known for its energy expertise, Prieto Abogados' ‘very good environmental practice' is active in environmental cases and sanctioning proceedings before Chile’s environmental courts. The team is also experienced in litigation before the country’s environmental administrative agencies, and assists with the environmental aspects of transactions, along with environmental compliance programmes. Promoted to partner in January 2022, practice leader Agustín Martorell, who ‘knows environmental issues and clients’ business very well', advises on environmental assessments, trials and sanctioning. At associate level, Andrés Maldini, who focuses on the environmental aspects of transactions, joined recently from Baraona Marshall & Cía, while Isabel Becerra is a key environmental and regulatory team member.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Martorell

Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals, with quick and correct answers.

Prieto has a very good environmental practice that deals with major clients and important matters – a team that has grown in numbers and specialisms significantly in recent years.

Its professionalism and fulfilment of assumed tasks are remarkable.

Agustín Martorell is an excellent adviser, who is efficient and cautious, and gives elaborate answers with deep analysis that contain not only opinions, but usually jurisprudence and recommendations.

The partner in charge of the area, Agustín Martorell, is a very good lawyer, who is detailed and deeply involved in matters. He knows environmental issues and clients’ business very well, and is capable of detecting the risks clearly.

Agustín Martorell has very good knowledge of environmental administrative procedures.

Key clients

Eduardo Kohn

Mall Plaza

Aguas Andinas

Watts

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Vivocorp

Essal

Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico

Engie Energía Chile

Inmobiliario Desarollo Urbano

Work highlights

  • Assisted Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte with an administrative sanctioning proceeding before the Environmental Agency for three alleged environmental breaches involving the Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte transmission line.
  • Defending Vivocorp against two environmental claims presented to the Environmental Assesment Service in relation to the Centro Comercial Mall Vivo Santiago Etapa II project.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the environmental  aspects to its energy transition process, which resulted in the restructuring of its energy matrix.

Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados

Established as recently as 2019, specialised environmental, water rights and energy practice Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados fields an eight-strong team that is particularly focused on the mining, electricity generation and transmission, ports, agribusiness, utilities, construction and infrastructure sectors; in addition, the firm recently created an active sectoral and regulatory litigation department. The group is jointly led by two former Jara Del Favero Abogados associates: Dino Pruzzo, whose track record includes the assessment, development and modification of investment projects, as well as defending against administrative sanctioning and contentious-administrative proceedings before the Environmental Courts; and Javier Ruscica, who assists with environmental projects, permits and maritime concessions.

Practice head(s):

Dino Pruzzo; Javier Ruscica

Testimonials

Very available to its clients and their needs.

The lawyers explain complex legal aspects to clients in a simple way, and with great humility and empathy. I would particularly highlight Javier Ruscica.

Key clients

San Juan

Muelles de Penco

AES Andes

Olivares de Quepu

Frutexsa

Hidroeléctrica Cumpeo

Aguas de Antofagasta

Inmobiliaria FG

Grenergy Renovables Pacific

Huertos de María Pinto

Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta G-21

Pares y Álvarez

Minera Los Pelambres

Sunsweet Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted power generation company San Juan with a punitive proceeding commenced by the Superintendency of the Environment for the alleged failure to comply with its obligation to replant individual cactus specimens as established by the Environmental Qualification Resolution.
  • Assisted Muelles de Penco, a port services company, with processing the amendment and renewal of a maritime concession to operate a dock for the loading and unloading of bulk grain ships.
  • Assisted Chilean electric-power generator AES Andes with processing the amendment of a maritime concession for the installation of seawater intake and discharge pipelines for a desalination plant.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Benefiting from renowned mining-sector credentials, Baker McKenzie Chile's six-member environmental law practice covers a range of issues, such as pollution prevention measures affecting the air, water and soil, as well as permitting and impact studies. It also assists with compliance assessments regarding environmental regulations, along with the various permit-related administrative procedures. The practice is led by mining law specialist Mirco Hilgers, with associate-level support provided by Santiago Vial (mining, infrastructure and corporate law), and Rosario Preuss, whose practice includes the environmental and regulatory law aspects of projects.

Practice head(s):

Mirco Hilgers

Key clients

Battery Mineral Resources Corporation

Electrica Cipresillos

Fortescue Metals Group

Trafigura PTE

Powerchina

Aguas Pacífico

Mantos Copper

Gilbarco Andina Latin America

Haldeman Mining Company

Santiago Aggrisupply

Battery Mineral Resources Corporation

Electrica Cipresillos

Fortescue Metals Group

Trafigura PTE

Powerchina

Aguas Pacífico

Mantos Copper

Gilbarco Andina Latin America

Haldeman Mining Company

Work highlights

  • Advised both Weston Energy and Battery Mineral Resources Corporation on the latter (through its Chilean subsidiary Minera BMR) becoming a pivotal shareholder of Minera Altos Del Punitaqui.
  • Advised Eléctrica Cipresillos on self-reporting issues concerning the felling of forests and related environmental and criminal matters, including procedures before the Chilean Environmental Authorities.
  • Advised Fortescue Metals Groups on the environmental aspects of green hydrogen investments in Chile.

Bofill Mir Abogados

Emerging from the disollutio of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ environmental practice is led by founding partner Pablo Mir, a well-known mining and natural resources project development expert. The team’s experience includes environmental due diligence for major transactions; projects-related environmental compliance; enforcement and litigation matters, water rights regulations; and ongoing environmental advice. Key support is provided by senior associates Cristián Franetovic, an environmental compliance and enforcement specialist, and public law expert Pablo Nogueira. Former practice leader Guillermo de la Jara left BMAJ for Lembeye Abogados in June 2021.

CMS Carey & Allende

CMS Carey & Allende‘s environmental law practice is particularly noted for its assistance with projects requiring government authorisation, the team routinely interacting with regional communities. Its expertise also includes the environmental assessments of power plant and mining projects. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s robust environmental dispute resolution and litigation practice, which is able to leverage its colleagues’ administrative law expertise. Growth within the team includes the elevation to partner in early 2021 of Stephan Lührmann, who focuses on environmental litigation before the courts and administrative authorities.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' practice is particularly focused on the environmental law issues surrounding the energy and gas sectors. Representative work covers advice on environmental permits, assessing environmental standards, environmental auditing, and environmental damage claims. The firm also houses water law expertise. The principal advisers are energy and natural resources expert Jorge Granic, along with Cristóbal Morandé and Joaquín Larrain, partners at the firm since 2017 and 2022, respectively. Additional support is supplied by experienced of counsel and project development specialist Ricardo Peña, and associate Javiera Méndez (energy and gas, public law and regulated services).

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

The five-member group at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr is experienced in the environmental law aspects of mining and energy investment projects, with its expertise covering due diligence, EIA stages and environmental permits. The team is also experienced in administrative sanctioning and legal reclamation processes before the Environmental, Health and Water authorities, as well as judicial phases before the Environmental Courts and the Supreme Court. Practice leader Ignacio Urrutia‘s ‘technical levels are remarkable', while Javiera Vicuña assists with water, energy, mining and corporate matters. Former associate Macarena García departed the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Urrutia; Sergio Orrego

Testimonials

Lawyers who maintain good relationships with clients – communication that is clear and direct, and with an orderly billing process.

Ignacio Urrutia’s technical levels are remarkable and he proposes clear and precise solutions.

Key clients

Aceros AZA

Asociación Gremial de Productores de Cerdos de Chile

Sociedad Vinícola Miguel Torres

Petroquímica Dow

Enel Generación Chile

Inmobiliaria Viña del Mar

Agricola AASA

Agrícola Jacques y Lorenzini

Next Minerals

Eco Aza

Sony Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aceros Aza with the development of a new project to increase scrap processing (hydraulic press), considering the potential environmental impact and regulations.
  • Advising ASPROCER on the rulemaking process of the national odours emissions regulations.
  • Assisted Sociedad Vinícola Miguel Torres with achieving a ruling from the Supreme Court ordering a tannery to take measures to stop emitting odours.