Firms To Watch: Environment

In March 2022, Aninat Abogados absorbed environmental law firm Ropert, Correa y Poklepovic Abogados, bringing on board the latter’s name partners  Rodrigo Ropert and Iván Poklepovic as practice heads and senior counsels; Ropert advises on Environmental Impact Assessment System matters, sectorial permits, and administrative and judicial litigation; while Poklepovic has significant experience in environmental and natural resources-related work.
Estudio Fermandois' environmental law practice was launched in August 2022 when the firm recruited Ignacio Urbina (a former Chief of Staff of the Environmental Superintendence and an expert in regulatory compliance and enforcement) as partner from Barros & Errázuriz, where he was a senior associate for nine years.
Jara Del Favero Abogados's environment and natural resources team is led by former Minister and Undersecretary of the Environment, Javier Naranjo, an April-2022 hire who has extensive administrative and environmental law experience; since his arrival Naranjo (who can also call on regulatory specialist associate Martín Esser), has been raised to the partnership - effective as of July 2023.
Ossandón Abogados' Paola Fritz -who was raised to the partnership in March 2021- is a key member of the firm’s environment and natural resources department (her experience including a stint as an advisor to the Metropolitan Region’s environmental superintendence), and advises on the environmental law aspects of administrative requests, residual waste management matters, environmental auditing reports, and defence-side matters brought before Chile’s public and judicial authorities.
Natural resources, public law, and environmental law boutique firm TM Abogados was established in June 2022 by founding partners Pablo Tejada, an environmental law, natural resources and urban planning specialist (a former director of Allende Bascuñán & Cía‘s public law and regulation team); and Pablo Méndez (previously a director at environmental specialist firm Moreno Sáez & Avilés); the pair routinely advise clients from the mining, ports, forestry, and energy sectors.

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Carey's ‘extremely professional team' is consistently sought out for its expertise in environmental impact assessments, as well as environmental sanctioning proceedings for clients from across the mining, energy, infrastructure, water utilities, aquaculture and agriculture sectors. The full-service, 15-strong environmental, indigenous and regulatory practice also acts in complex administrative disputes and environmental litigation, including defence-side work before the Environmental Courts. Among the team’s several active figures, Rafael Vergara's broad practice encompasses natural resources, mining, water rights and energy law, along with environmental, ESG and surface land issues; Alberto Cardemil is a water rights and supply expert; and co-head of the firm’s litigation group Aldo Molinari acts in administrative and environmental regulatory litigation. Both raised to partner level in late 2022, Manuel José Barros focuses on Environmental Impact Assessment System work, environmental audits, administrative proceedings, and litigation; and the ‘highly qualified' Julio Recordon is a specialist in the environmental law aspects of energy, mining, aquaculture, forestry, health and real estate projects. In August 2022, former senior associate Tomás De La Maza moved in-house at Frutura.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Alberto Cardemil; Manuel José Barros; Julio Recordon


A very large firm that covers all areas of law and an extremely professional team with business vision.

Meets the deadlines agreed with the client.

The environment team led by Julio Recordon is a very reliable group.

Julio Recordon is highly qualified, being able to provide practical solutions to complex regulatory problems.

Manuel José Barros is an excellent professional and very committed to clients – great prestige that has been earned in the field.

Key clients


Nova Austral

Empresa Eléctrica Carén (Latin American Power Group)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sonnedix, the global solar independent power producer, with its defence of a case filed before the 2nd Environmental Court, challenging the environmental approval of its Meseta de Los Andes solar PV plant.
  • Advised Empresa Eléctrica Carén (Latin America Power) on the final approval of two hydroelectric plants in the Carilafquén and Malalcahuello rivers.
  • Assisted Chilean salmon farmer and processor Nova Austral with its defence of five suits brought before the 3rd Environmental Court, challenging the imposition of sanctions by the Superintendence of the Environment.


The environment and natural resources department at FerradaNehme is particularly focused on the development and permitting aspects of complex projects; and the eight-strong team routinely works alongside its clients’ government and community relations teams to develop preventive strategies to avoid environmental conflicts. It also assists with the development of compliance programmes for clients’ environmental obligations; and the group is increasingly active in sanctioning procedures, particularly before the Superintendency of the Environment. Also of note, the practice has developed strong credentials in relation to the newly-enacted recycling and extended producer liability legislation (EPR Law). Heading up the firm’s environment and natural resources department, Patricio Leyton specialises in the development of mining and energy projects, particularly permitting and the Environmental Impact Assessment System; Valeria Ruz is experienced in permits and project development, her expertise including community relations, administrative matters and litigation; and Carola Salamanca‘s current practice includes development issues, land-use planning, and EPR Law advice. The firm’s second line of key advisers features director Claudio Tapia, a former public sector Prosecutor of sanctioning administrative procedures at the Superintendence of the Environment; and senior associate María-Pilar Dominguez, who regularly acts in high-profile environmental law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Leyton

Key clients

Andes Iron

Barrick Gold



Hochschild Mining

Teck Resources


Minera Santo Domingo

American Tower Chile III

Work highlights

  • Acting for Andes Iron in relation to a controversial and litigated project, and the filing of an appeal before the Environmental Court.
  • Defended BHP against an environmental damage lawsuit for the alleged damage that water extraction caused to the Tilopozo wetlands.
  • Providing Teck Resources with technical and strategical advice in relation to the development and processing of an environmental impact assessment.

Moreno Sáez & Avilés

Exclusively focused on environmental law, boutique firm Moreno Sáez & Avilés' client base comprises major mining, energy, green hydrogen, pulp and forestry players, as well as oil and gas, port, infrastructure, fishery, real estate, waste management and chemical sector clients. The sizeable, 17-member practice is consistently sought out for its advice on environmental assessments, environmental sanctioning procedures, environmental litigation, and indigenous and citizen participation processes. The team is co-led by name partners José Adolfo Moreno, an expert in environmental and sectoral permits, enforcement procedures, and environmental litigation; energy, real estate, mining and infrastructure sector specialist Andrés Sáez, who advises on environmental permitting processes and associated judicial reviews; and regulatory enforcement and litigation expert Sebastián Avilés, whose ‘very deep strategic vision is present in all his advice'. Promoted to partner in December 2022, Luis Prieto is an urban planning and construction law expert; while at director level, Doris Sepúlveda Solar specialises in regulatory issues, sanctioning procedures, and risk assessment and compliance strategies; and Paulina Rivera Muñoz, the recently promoted Magdalena Prieto Pradenas and Paula Gajardo Matthews (a 2022 recruit from Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados) all focus on environmental law work. Former practice director Pablo Méndez left the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Adolfo Moreno; Andrés Sáez; Sebastián Avilés


The lawyers know how to weigh up complexities and have very good judgement when determining the criticality of the cases they analyse.

This team has shown an optimal level of compliance, great dedication, and exceptional professionalism.

Its work in coordination with technical advisory teams has been very good, and crucial for the progress of mining projects.

Clients feel very supported by this excellent group of professionals.

Extensive knowledge in this area, especially Sebastián Avilés and Luis Prieto, who both have outstanding expertise.

Sebastián Avilés and his team have extensive technical and legal knowledge of environmental matters.

Sebastián Avilés has an excellent ability to evaluate each situation and determine the steps to follow.

Sebastián Avilés’ very deep strategic vision is present in all his advice.

Key clients

AES Andes

Generadora Metropolitana

Albemarle Corporation

Andes Mining and Energy Corporate

Celulosa Arauco y Constitución


Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso

Terminal de Graneles del Norte

Los Andes Copper

Work highlights

  • Advised AES Andes on its portfolio’s transformation from coal thermoelectric energy to renewable energy.
  • Assisted Teminal Puerto Coquimbo (Ultramar Holding) with defending the environmental permit obtained for its port expansion.
  • Advised HIF Energy (Andes Mining & Energy) on submitting a series of environmental impact studies for its 7,500MW green hydrogen project in the Magallanes region.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The six-lawyer environment and sustainable development practice at full-service international law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has an enviable market reputation for high-stakes environmental projects. The team’s expertise takes in domestic environmental procedures (including project development and permitting issues), the environmental aspects of local and international M&A and financing deals, and high-profile administrative and judicial environmental litigation. Department head Juan José Eyzaguirre has long-established experience in major environmental projects and disputes;  Felipe Arévalo (who was raised to the partnership in January 2022), is an administrative and judicial environmental litigator; and former Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia name partner, Matías Desmadryl, is a water resources, environment and natural resources specialist. At principal associate level, Mario Mozó routinely acts on the environmental law aspects of the energy, mining, agribusiness and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Juan José Eyzaguirre; Felipe Arévalo

Key clients

Anglo American Chile

Inmobiliaria Las Salinas

Compañía Minera Maricunga

Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro

Kinross Minera Chile

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Sociedad Nacional de Oleoductos

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Minera Salar Blanco

Linde Gas Chile

Bodegas San Francisco

Sacyr Concesiones

Consorcio Eólico

Grenergy Renovables

Work highlights

  • Assisted Anglo American with the preparation and processing of an appeal (before the Executive Director of SEA), against an Environmental Qualification Resolution of the Valparaíso Region’s Environmental Assessment Commission.
  • Advised Inmobiliaria Las Salinas on the environmental impact assessment of a remediation project.
  • Leading the defence of Compañía Minera Maricunga against two environmental damages lawsuits filed by the Chilean State Defense Council before the Environmental Court.

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados' sizeable environmental and regulatory department comprises specialists in the environmental assessment of natural resources projects (predominantly mining and water) of all sizes. It also assists with obtaining the authorisations and permits required for the development, construction and operation of such projects, as well as advising on compliance issues. On the contentious front, the team regularly litigates in constitutional, administrative, civil and criminal law disputes. The team inclcudes several partners with past-public sector experience: Mario Galindo‘s career includes 10 years as a litigator at National Environmental Commission (CONAMA); Javier Vergara is a former CONAMA (Metropolitan Region) technical secretary, prosecutor and director; and Cecilia Urbina's curriculum includes being the first compliance and sanction division head at the Superintendence of the Environment (SMA). The team also includes highly-rated environmental law specialist José Luis Fuenzalida, while current litigation department head Ignacio Mujica (raised to partner in December 2022) acts in environmental damage litigation claims. At director level, Francisca Olivares routinely assists with obtaining projects’ environmental approvals and the processing of environmental and sectoral permits; and Elena Fischman focuses on environmental compliance and risks. Associate Josefa Conget acts in environmental and administrative litigation, but former senior Paula Gajardo left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mario Galindo; Javier Vergara; José Luis Fuenzalida; Cecilia Urbina

Barros & Errázuriz

With ‘expertise that is hard to find in other firms', Barros & Errázuriz's eight-strong environmental team advises on environmental assessments, permitting issues, relations with local authorities, and social conflicts and community matters. The practice also fields experts in preventive advice, compliance, enforcement proceedings and litigation before the environmental and ordinary courts (including the Supreme Court). Additionally, the team demonstrates experience in water rights law, proceedings before Chile’s health authorities, urban planning and climate change matters, along with waste management, recycling and aquaculture regulations. Fernando Garrido heads the firm’s water rights' practice; while director Matias Montoya, a former Environmental Assessment Agency general counsel, is noted for ‘his knowledge of environmental issues' and advises on environmental assessments, environmental compliance, litigation, and due diligence. In the associate team, senior Mara Angelini and Cristóbal Gil both focus on environmental issues. Former senior Ignacio Urbina moved to Estudio Fermandois in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Garrido


The ByE environmental team has expertise that is hard to find in other firms.

B&E is characterised by its provision of available, committed and always- collaborative support.

The issues are addressed as a team, and everyone is always informed and involved in the issues – so if a B&E lawyer is absent, the service is never affected.

Knowledge of the sector, knowledge of the authorities, and commitment to the client’s objectives.

Director Matias Montoya stands out for his knowledge of environmental issues.

Matias Montoya and senior associate Mara Angelini are two outstanding lawyers, who have in-depth knowledge of their fields – their empathy makes clients feel permanently accompanied, and the advice is always adjusted to clients’ requirements very precisely.

Key clients

Austria Energy & Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Fund JV







Seché Group Chile (Soluciones Ambientales del Norte)

Coca Cola Embonor



Compañía Regional Aguas Marítimas

Empresas Gasco

Agrícola Coexca

RBT Energy/Sonnedix

Compañía Puerto de Coronel



Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium (incorporated by AE, OK and CIP) on the environmental side to the production of 100% renewable green hydrogen and green ammonia in the Magallanes Region.
  • Provided environmental advice to Albemarle Corporation in relation to mining development projects.
  • Advised Eletrans on compliance with forestry environmental commitments in relation to a transmission line.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The seven-member group at full-service law firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is best known for its environmental law advice on complex projects, including its expertise in the identification of political and social issues, as well as legal risks. The practice is also noted for its capabilities regarding the environmental law aspects of the development of energy, food and telecoms facilities; and it is increasingly sought out for high-stakes environmental litigation. The team is jointly led by industrial, energy, infrastructure and telecoms project development expert, Martín Astorga, whose practice encompasses environmental impact assessments, atmospheric emissions, territorial planning, and public contracting; and regulatory law head Gonzalo Jiménez, whose experience covers concessions, permits and other administrative authorisations. The associate ranks include senior Verónica Cuadra, who has experience advising on the recently-enacted extended producer liability (EPR) legislation (Bill N° 20.920); and Raúl Alvarez and Miguel Ortiz, who both maintain active regulatory and environmental law practices.

Practice head(s):

Martín Astorga; Gonzalo Jiménez

Key clients



Soprole/Prolesur (Fonterra)

Junta De Vigilancia De La Primera

Sección Del Río Aconcagua (Association Of Water Right Owners Of The Aconcagua River)

Vidrios Lirquén





B Braun Medical





Celulosa Arauco

Minera Cordillera

Campbell Global

New Hope


South 32

Enel Green Power

China Three Gorges Corporation

Ocean Basic Intertrade

Schörghuber Stiftung & Co Holding


Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Junta de Vigilancia de la Primera Sección del Río Aconcagua on all its environmental issues, particularly in relation to water.
  • Acted for Soprole on several environmental law matters.
  • Advised Vidrios Lirquén on the implementation of an emissions reduction system.

Echeverría Ilharreborde Scagliotti

Particularly active in the energy, aquaculture, mining and industrial sectors, Echeverría Ilharreborde Scagliotti’s ‘environmental law practice stands out from other teams’. On the contentious front, the practice’s recent mandates include sanctioning proceedings before the Environmental Superintendence, and an administrative claim involving an environmental license. The seven-strong department is co-led by two of the firm’s name-partners: the ‘very prepared, fast, intelligent and competentJose Domingo Ilharreborde focuses on the environmental assessment of energy and industrial projects, his caseload including high-stakes environmental and administrative litigation; and environmental and regulatory law specialist José Pedro Scagliotti, who routinely acts in administrative proceedings and disputes involving major energy and industrial companies. Experienced senior associate Felipe Infante specialises in environmental law, mining, energy and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

José Domingo Ilharreborde; José Pedro Scagliotti


Echeverría Ilharreborde Scagliotti’s environmental law practice stands out from other teams in this area. Despite being young lawyers, they have a lot of experience in the development and environmental evaluation of projects; and they fully understand how the Administration operates, which greatly facilitates processes before the authorities.

High levels of knowledge of environmental law.

Clear and solid in its analysis and proposals – great commitment to the client.

Full commitment to clients’ challenges and problems as clients.

Very good litigants, which means that they have a comprehensive vision of each matter in which they participate. They are also very flexible in their billing systems, and they adapt very well to the needs of clients. They are therefore able to propose different charging structures for different matters depending on clients’ requirements. Another strength of this practice is that they have a very good understanding of the technical issues of the energy industry and clients’ activities.’

Good contact networks with consultants and different authorities; and the partners are constantly involved in each of the matters on which they advise. They are also experts in environmental and regulatory matters, and they know the energy industry very well, which is why they always manage to propose practical solutions.

José Domingo Ilharreborde is very prepared, fast, intelligent and competent.

Both partner José Domingo Ilharreborde and senior associate Felipe Infante are very sharp lawyers, who are capable of identifying problems quickly and proposing answers. They also have a high degree of commitment to clients and are always available to meet clients’ requirements.

Key clients

Anglo American

SQM (Soquimich)

Aqua Chile

Salmones Aysén

Embotelladora Andina




Fotovatio Renewable Ventures

Sociedad Industrial y Minera Los Esteros (Greenrec Lepanto)


Agrícola San León

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American on the environmental assessment of a $3bn project for the Los Bronces mine.
  • Defended Salmones Aysén against a sanctioning procedure before the Environmental Superintendence, further to certain alleged breaches to environmental authorisations (caused by a salmon escape in 2019).
  • Advised Re-Ciclar (a joint venture between Coca-Cola Andina and Embonor) on the design of its environmental assessment strategy.


The large, 12-strong team at boutique law firm Eelaw routinely acts on the environmental law aspects of significant projects; and it stands out in the market for being specialised in mine closure regulations. The group is also routinely sought out to advise on the environmental impact assessment of projects and the management of permits, as well as acting in defence-side environmental and sectoral sanctioning proceedings, particularly before the Superintendence of the Environment. The practice is additionally experienced in litigating matters before the Environmental Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. The wide-ranging practice of department leader Paulina Riquelme includes environmental compliance strategies, waste regulations, contaminated site remediations, emissions-related compensation, and litigation and administrative procedures. Key support comes from senior associates Jorge Brower, who focuses on the environmental law aspects of mining projects, and Camila Martínez, a former Superintendency of the Environment lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Riquelme


Great for personalised attention, perseverance, and monitoring of environmental issues.

Solid availability – there is always a team member that will attend to clients’ requirements.

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

Lithium Chile

Sociedad Nacional de Minería

Haldeman Mining Company

Grupo Minero Las Cenizas

Mitsubishi Corporation

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Cerro Negro Mining Company

Dell Chile

Marimaca Copper Corp


Minera Tres Valles

Confederación de Producción y Comercio

Continental Compañía de Seguros

Aguas CAP

Puerto Las Lozas

Work highlights

  • Provided Mainstream Renewable Power with environmental legal advice on the permitting for the construction and operation of renewable energy projects in Chile.
  • Advising Compañía Minera del Pacífico on environmental regulation compliance and environmental project management issues (in relation to its mining sites).
  • Assisting Sonami associates (small, medium and large-scale mining companies) on different environmental matters, such as mining exploration, water resources, community issues and environmental regulations.

Grupo Evans

Emerging from the dissolution of Cubillos Evans Abogados in late 2021, Grupo Evans' six-member environmental law practice comprises partners and associates, whose careers include working at governmental agencies and public institutions. The team assists with project developments’ day-to-day issues, and is increasingly active in environmental damage actions, in addition to routinely advising governmental agencies on the assessment of current regulations. Other areas of notable strength are sustainability, recycling, clean energy, and waste management and recovery. With ‘vast experience', Fernando Molina has wide-ranging experience in environmental, regulatory and energy matters; while Aurelio de Diego is a former director of Endesa Chile's hydroelectric and non-conventional renewable energy projects for Latin America. At of counsel level, Yordana Mehsen Rojas advises primarily on project development, and Gianfranco Riaglianti is a sustainability and waste management specialist. Names to note in the associate group include Nicolás Galli, whose focus is on obtaining environmental and sectoral permits, defence-side sanctioning procedures, and litigation against the environmental authorities; and Elisa Anguita, who specialises in environmental, administrative and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Molina


Very good litigants.

Knows very well the subjects in which they are expert.

At a very good level compared to other firms in this area.

Within the team there is a real working community, and the relationship with clients becomes almost like a daily routine. The lawyers manage to understand the issues consulted upon very well – therefore, their success levels are very high.

Lawyers with the necessary skills to reach favourable rulings and beneficial agreements – knowledgeable and proactive.

Excellent strategists, especially Fernando Molina.

Fernando Molina attends to clients personally, has vast experience, and performs very well.

Fernando Molina’s main qualities are his great level of preparation and his valuable experience in environmental law matters. His availability has practically no limits and his personal qualities are many.

Key clients


GNL Quintero

Eletrans II

Vías Chile – Abertis Group

AES Andes


IADB – Chilean Ministry of Environment

Sociedad de Fomento Fabril – Sofofa

Sociedad Agrícola Kuriñanko

Inmobiliaria Teja Sur




Work highlights

  • Advised energy company AES Andes on sustainability, green taxation, and waste management issues.
  • Obtained a ruling against the State Defence Council on behalf of Inmobiliaria Teja Sur and in relation to an urban wetland.
  • Advised Colbún on the revision and drafting of environmental impact assessment and environmental impact studies for its renewable projects.

Guerrero Olivos

With ‘a lot of experience in environmental and administrative issues', Guerrero Olivos' environmental and water law practice covers environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and the environmental and law aspects of energy, mining, and construction project development. It also advises on the environmental due diligence for M&A deals. A quartet of partners co-lead the practice: Clemente Pérez, who assists with regulatory work, environmental litigation, M&A-related environmental issues, and the environmental side to high-stakes real estate and energy projects; Sebastián Abogabir, a specialist in environmental assessments for non-conventional energy projects; water law expert Benjamín Pérez; and Martín Santa María, who advises on the environmental assessment of project development and urban planning. At associate level, senior Francisca Pellegrini's practice includes compliance and permitting issues, while Antonia Ibarra regularly assists with energy project-related environmental and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

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


The Guerreros Olivos team has a lot of experience in environmental and administrative issues. Its knowledge and monitoring of problems that arise is highly valued.

This team is committed – solid actions, proposals and innovation.

Clemente Pérez stands out.

Key clients

Puerto Ventanas

TransAntartic Energy (TAE)

SCA Atacama Kozan

P&G Larraín

Empresas Carozzi

Rio 2

Fundación San Carlos de Maipo


Bodenor Flexcenter

Empresas Ariztía

Mainstream Renewable Power

AAKTEI Energía




Cap Vert Energie

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundación San Carlos de Maipo, a non-profit entity that owns the Batuco Wetland, on developing an environmental protection and education project.
  • Acted for TAE in an environmental litigation, in relation to the final development stage of the 8.14MW Embalse Bullileo run-of-the-river power station.
  • Advised Empresas Carozzi on obtaining the environmental license for a project called Cambio Tecnológico del Sistema de Tratamiento de Riles del Complejo Industrial Nos.

Lawgic Abogados

Launched in January 2020, natural resources and environmental boutique Lawgic Abogados acts for both domestic and international companies from the mining, energy, industry, aquaculture, agri-business, desalination, tourism, and real estate sectors. The group covers the gamut of environmental legal issues, while being increasingly active in administrative and judicial environmental disputes in relation to clients’ major investment projects. Founding partner and environmental practice head Felipe Meneses (a former director of Carey‘s environmental practice) is an environmental, indigenous, and regulatory law specialist; while both Agustín Walker (a former Núñez Muñoz Abogados of counsel) and Sebastian Del Campo (a former Carey senior associate) are water law experts. Key associate support is provided by Constanza Pelayo whose environmental law practice covers project development, regulatory compliance audits, environmental due diligence, and Environmental Impact Evaluation System procedures. Former fellow-associate Rodrigo Quezada exited the firm for the Comisión Nacional de Energía in August 2022, since when the firm has hired Josefina Barriga Martínez from consultancy WSP - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Meneses; Sebastian Del Campo; Agustín Walker

Key clients


Renewable Energy Group




Cox Energy



Inmobiliaria Cumbre



Work highlights

  • Acting for major salmon producer, Mowi, against the Superintendence of the Environment in seeking the Environmental Courts declare a fine null and void.
  • Defended Peteroa Energy against a constitutional action filed by the Mayor of the Peñaflor Municipality, which requested the suspension of construction works.
  • Defending Statkraft Eólico against an administrative process initiated by an NGO, which seeks to obtain the revocation of three administrative resolutions issued by the Environmental Service that approved modifications to three wind projects.

Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados

Fielding ‘professionals with extensive experience in environmental work', Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados' 13-strong environmental and natural resources department is increasingly active in environmental assessment work. The team also regularly defends clients against project developments’ administrative special procedures before the Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court and Environmental Court. It additionally advises on compliance with Chile’s environmental legislation. Jointly leading the department, former Environmental Assessment Agency regional director Edesio Carrasco focuses primarily on environmental and sectorial permits, energy, land-use planning and industrial project development; while former Ministry of the Environment’s legal division head, Rodrigo Benítez is a specialist in the environmental assessment of mining, energy, infrastructure and agro-industry investment projects. At associate level, Graciela Venegasprovides great support'; Carlo Sepúlveda focuses on administrative and environmental law, and environmental litigation at administrative and court levels; and Ingrid Henríquez advises on environmental, urban, energy and health law.

Practice head(s):

Edesio Carrasco; Rodrigo Benítez


Absolutely committed to clients and it has a very balanced team that covers both technical and legal aspects).

Up to date on the issues and with great strategic vision.

Well prepared to understand clients’ requirements, the team understands technical issues and their legal impact very well.

Professionals with extensive experience in environmental work, in-depth knowledge of the issues, and well-founded opinions that are close to reality (and above all implementable).

The great attention paid to clients is a real attribute.

The team is versatile in environmental issues, and resolves queries and reviews reports in a very short time, which is essential for firms and projects.

Highly efficient and effective in the work it does. The biggest plus is its great handling of technical issues in the environmental space, and its strategic view of the processes.

Edesio Carrasco and Rodrigo Benítez really stand out, and associate Graciela Venegas provides great support.

Key clients

Socovesa Sur

EDF Renewables Chile


Puerto Caldera

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Sierra Gorda SCM

Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta de la Fruta

Obrascón Huarte Lain



Work highlights

  • Advising Compañía Minera del Pacífico on the environmental assessments for all its projects.
  • Advised Conexión Energía on the environmental assessment of the Kimal-Lo Aguirre transmission line project.
  • Advised Aguas Pacífico on the environmental approval of the San Isidro-Quilapilún project, which allows desalinated water to be conveyed through two regions to supply the Metropolitan Region’s northern area.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's public law and environmental department fields experts in environmental assessments, compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations, and sanctioning proceedings before Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment and Environmental Protection Agency. The team is co-led by public and regulatory law specialist, Claudia Ferreiro, whose practice takes in projects’ environmental impact assessments, defences before state agencies, concession-granting procedures and environmental litigation; and Felipe Riesco, whose past experience includes serving as both Ministry of the Environment Undersecretary and legal advisor to the Superintendency of the Environment. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Vial focuses on regulatory and environmental issues, while Esteban Carmona advises on regulatory public law and administrative sanctioning processes.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Ferreiro; Felipe Riesco

Key clients

CMPC Maderas


Inversiones Rentas Inmobiliarias

Inversiones Pacífico Sur

Hot Chili

Club Andino Osorno


Rucalhue Energía

EL Zorro Sociedad Contractual Minera

Putaendo River Supervisory Board

Salmones Blumar

Municipality of Puerto Natales

Work highlights

  • Assisting Statkraft with a hydroelectric power plant’s conflict with an indigenous community, further to alleged environmental impacts not foreseen in the environmental assessment.
  • Advising CMPC Maderas on the environmental assessment of the modernisation and expansion of a Los Angeles manufacturing plant project.
  • Successfully defended Inversiones Rentas Inmobiliarias against a protection action that was filed against several real estate companies claiming that certain projects would destroy a wetland called Sargento Silva.

Claro & Cia.

The seven-strong environmental law team at full-service firm Claro & Cia. is regularly sought for its assistance with the environmental aspects of major projects. Clients, such as Anglo American Sur, InterEnergy Holdings and Biomar Chile, further benefit from the group’s sector expertise in energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, and water resources. The team features Nicolás Eyzaguirre, who acts for both domestic and international clients on natural resources and environmental law, along with energy, M&A, and litigation; recently-promoted partner Joaquín Rodríguez, whose career includes a stint as visiting lawyer in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP‘s New York office; and senior associate Tomás Darricades, a former litigator for Chile’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita

InterEnergy Holdings

Biomar Chile

Cristalerías de Chile

Actis GP (Atlas Renewable)

Grupo Gloria – Perú

Lesaffre Industrial Chile

Fundición Talleres

Esco Elecmetal

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 several information requests made by the Environmental Superintendence.
  • Advised Cristalerías de Chile on the submission of several observations on an Atmospheric Prevention and Decontamination Plan that was proposed for the Valparaiso Region.

DS Abogados

Recent highlights for DS Abogados' four-member environment department include the design and execution of environmental and administrative strategies to permit and build real estate and logistics projects. Other matters for the group include defence-side work before Chile’s environmental authorities and courts, in addition to assisting communities with the submission of complaints against an illegal real estate project. The team is co-led at senior-partner level by Enrique Oyarzún Iglesias, whose recent experience includes extended producer responsibility issues, and hazardous waste and logistics-related projects; and environmental and regulatory law expert Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen. In October 2022, former senior associate Hugo Frías departed the firm for an in-house role at Anglo American.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Oyarzún Iglesias; Jorge Ignacio García Nielsen


A team with excellent knowledge and skills.

Proactivity, quick responses, and active problem solving.

Flexible solutions that are adapted to the client’s business.

Key clients

Empresas FG


Inmobiliaria Los Hualves

Andina Ingredients

Viña Santa Carolina

Rocas del Mar


Aguas Patillo

Agrícola Tralcán


Comunicación y Telefonía Rural

Odfjell Vineyards

Empresas Makro

Corporación Adelanto Farellones

CE – Constructora

Catamutún Energía

Corporación Educacional Federico Froebel

Viña Indómita


Agrícola Antumalal

Viña Indómita


Work highlights

  • Provided Legrand-Bticino with strategic environmental legal advice and the administrative defence of a new wrapping and packaging regulation.
  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Los Hualves with submitting constitutional actions in relation to ‘agrihood’ projects.
  • Defended Inmobiliaria Makroceano against the Forest Authority’s environmental damage complaints.

Dentons Chile

The seven-strong environmental law team at Dentons Chile routinely advises on mining, water and electricity matters, as well as issues and negotiations concerning community relations. The ‘extraordinary' group also acts in disputes before ordinary, appeal and arbitral tribunals, as well as defence-side administrative processes. Heading the environment and natural resources department in Chile, José Ignacio Morán is particularly active in water issues; Gonzalo Nieto and Pauline Chiffelle both assist with mining, environmental, natural resources matters, along with litigation; and José Domingo Villanueva (who was raised to the partnership in January 2023) advises on the regulatory aspect to environmental and natural resources matters. In the firm’s associate ranks, Jaime Cruzat (mining litigation, environmental and natural resources law), Blanca Dominguez (environmental and regulatory issues) and Cristián Vial (water, environmental and mining law) are also active team members.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Morán


The Dentons environmental law team is extraordinary and always exceeds expectations.

Clearly a team that has the capacity to cover all the edges of environmental matters, as well as natural resources such as water, mining and energy.

Quick to respond and knows the industries that its clients operate in very well, particularly the mining, energy, agriculture and agro-industrial sectors.

Key clients

International ESG Fund

Compañía Minera Arqueros

Compañía Minera Nevada


Agrícola Puente Viejo

Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén

Inmobiliaria Las Brisas de Santo Domingo

Generadora Metropolitana

Rockcheck Group

Compañía Minera Zaldívar

Barrick Servicios Mineros

Agrícola Palma de Aculeo

Carsol Fruit

Bechtel Chile

Metra Inmobiliaria

National Astronomical Observatory of China

Consorcio Lácteo

Work highlights

  • Advised Carsol Fruit on the environmental strategy for the environmental evaluation of a water dam.
  • Advised a multinational energy company on the water, environmental and regulatory aspects of a green hydrogen development.
  • Advised Bechtel Chile Bechtel Chile on  a sanitary/environmental inspection process, in relation to the operation of its liquid waste management at a construction site.

Lavin Abogados & Consultores

Lavin Abogados & Consultores' specialised environmental law team is well known for its advice on large-scale projects’ environmental impact assessments; environmental permits; defence-side audit and sanctioning procedures; and the implementation of environmental compliance programmes. It also defends high-stakes environmental damage claims. In addition to founding partner Julio Lavín's environmental law expertise, he is experienced in maritime and aquaculture concessions, mining, energy, utilities, and the wine exportation, and forestry and paper industries; Andrés Del Favero's wide-ranging experience covers large-scale infrastructure projects involving mining and maritime concessions. Key practice support comes from senior associates Gonzalo Lavin, whose practice includes community relations; Javiera Catalán, who focuses on administrative law matters; and Arturo Lavín, whose practice takes in environmental issues, maritime and aquaculture concessions, and mining and water law.

Practice head(s):

Julio Lavin; Andrés Del Favero


A very good team and there is a lot of coordination between the participants involved.

Great knowledge of the subjects covered and a great way of approaching cases.

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

Inmobiliaria Príncipe de Gales

Hanwha Q-Cells Chile

Forestal Russfin

Patagonia Ridge

Del Monte Fresh Produce (Chile)

Inmobiliaria Manantial

Inversiones Almería

Agrícola Los Batros

St Andrews Smoky Delicacies

Chile Panel

Work highlights

  • Advised CMPC Papeles on an international environmental audit of all of the environmental permits of its plants in Mexico, Peru and Argentina.
  • Advised Aguas Décima on the modification of its environmental authorisations to expand Valdivia’s sewage treatment plant.
  • Advised Somarco on regularising its environmental infringement situation.

Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s four-member team has notable experience in substantial environmental projects. Its expertise covers both environmental and regulatory aspects, including environmental assessments of projects, environmental litigation, and enforcement and sanctioning processes. The team additionally advises on urban matters, water issues, mining law and public contracts. Recruited as a partner in early 2022 for the firm’s environmental, mining, and natural resources practice from Infante Valenzuela Molina AbogadosAldo Cardinali‘s recent experience includes providing environmental assessment advice to mining companies KGHM and Minera Carrizalillo. Former senior associate María Francisca Bannura left hte firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Cardinali

Key clients

KGHM Minera Carrizalillo

Las Cenizas, SCM Franke

Rio Tinto Exploration

The Republic of Chile – Ministry of Finance

EOSOL New Energy

Estabanell & Pahisa

Aconcagua Foods

Global Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Provided KGHM and Minera Carrizalillo with environmental assessment advice.
  • Assisted Las Cenizas SCM Franke with obtaining environmental permits for the operational continuity of the Franke mine.
  • Acted as special local counsel to the Republic of Chile and the Ministry of Finance, in relation to the issuance and global offering of the world’s first sovereign sustainability-linked bonds.

Prieto Abogados

One of the best with which clients could work‘, Prieto Abogados‘ energy-focused-environmental law team consistently participates in environmental assessment processes throughout Chile. The team additionally houses real estate industry experts, while also being active in environmental law-related sanctioning proceedings. The practice group’s recent mandates include assisting with environmental damages actions before Chile’s environmental courts in relation to soil, underground water and infrastructure, among other matters. Recently-promoted partner and practice head Agustín Martorell is an ‘exceptional lawyer‘, whose experience encompasses the mining, energy, infrastructure, and fishing and aquaculture sectors; while counsel and former Environmental Assessment Service legal department head, Romina Tobar, is an April 2023 recruit. In the associate pool, Ignacio Matte advises on environmental law and regulatory issues. Former associates Andrés Maldini and Isabel Becerra both departed the firm during 2022.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Martorell


Compared to other firms, Prieto’s environment and energy group is one of the best with which clients could work.

Great knowledge of the industry, as well as regulatory issues – very beneficial from a client’s point of view.

In addition to having a highly disciplined and expert team in its fields, the practice has a close relationship with both people and government agencies, which gives its legal and regulatory knowledge an advantage.

A team of lawyers that stands out for its excellent work, providing a personalised and high-level service compared to firms of the same type.

Prieto’s environmental practice is characterised by being led by a partner Agustín Martorell with extensive experience and knowledge of environmental issues, procedures and strategies – one of the best environmental practices on the market.

Agustín Martorell is an exceptional lawyer in terms of his knowledge of the industry as well as legal knowledge.

Agustín Martorell is a serious lawyer, with a lot of experience and professionalism, as well as deep knowledge of environmental institutions and procedures.

Agustín Martorell is characterised by his high level of knowledge, and dedication and commitment to clients – delivers an excellent service in the field of environmental law.

Key clients

Engie Energía Chile

Conexión Kimal–Lo Aguirre

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros

Verano Capital Holding

Solek Chile Services

Inmobiliaria Vivo Santiago

Engie Austral

Eduardo Kohn

DP World Chile

Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zona Franca de Iquique with its claim against Engie in the Environmental Court for significant environmental damage to soil and water.
  • Advised Conexión Kimal–Lo Aguirre on the regulatory and environmental aspects of a power transmission project.
  • Assisted Metro with a sanctioning procedure that concerned charges for non-compliance with noise-emission standards.

Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados

Specialised environmental, water rights and energy law firm Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados' team consists of experts in the mining, ports, agribusiness, utilities, construction, infrastructure, and electricity generation and transmission sectors. It also routinely assists with investment project-related complaints, lawsuits, and dispute resolution at administrative and judicial levels. Jointly leading the practice, Dino Pruzzo is experienced in Environmental Impact Assessment matters and defending companies involved in Superintendency of the Environment administrative sanction procedures; and Javier Ruscica is an expert in the assessment and modification of environmental projects, proceedings to obtain sectoral permits, and maritime concession awards. The senior associate to note is Astrid Francke, whose practice includes contentious-administrative proceedings before Chile’s Environmental Courts.

Practice head(s):

Dino Pruzzo; Javier Ruscica


The strength of the team is its focus on natural resources and the environment.

Great ability to analyse specific subjects that require a high degree of specialisation.

What differentiates the team from its competitors is its professionalism, good treatment of clients, and seriousness.

Key clients

Minera Los Pelambres

Aguas de Antofagasta


Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta G-21

Pares & Alvarez

Grupo FG


Grenergy Renovables Pacific

Transmisora Valle Allipén

San Juan

Work highlights

  • Providing Minera Los Pelambres with strategic environmental advice regarding the construction of a complementary infrastructure project.
  • Advised Aguas de Antofagasta on the environmental assessment of a desalination plant expansion project.
  • Acting for Transelec in an administrative claim for the rejection of the environmental authorisation for an electrical substation and electrical transmission line.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile's environmental law practice routinely leverages the firm’s well-known mining law prowess. The team’s coverage includes assessments regarding compliance with environmental regulations and administrative procedures to obtain permits. In cross-border environmental work, clients additionally benefit from the Santiago office’s membership of the firm’s global and Latin America environment practices. Heading up the group, Chilean mining law expert Mirco Hilgers also has extensive experience in natural resources, energy and infrastructure work. During 2022, senior associate Santiago Vial (mining projects) re-joined the firm (further to completing a Master’s Degree in London), while former associate Rosario Preuss departed for an in-house role at Innergex.

Practice head(s):

Mirco Hilgers

Key clients

Battery Mineral Resources Corporation

Eléctrica Cipresillos

Fortescue Metals Group

Trafigura PTE

Ferrovial Aeropuertos España

Aguas Pacífico

Mantos Copper

Cargill Inc

Haldeman Mining Company

Santiago Agrisupply

KGHM International

Deutsche Pharma


Credicorp Asset Management

Gilbarco Latin America SRL

Live Oak Energy Investors

Minera Altair

San Miguel Industrias Pet

Unilever Chile

BHP Billiton Market



Pochteca Chile

G+E GTEC Holding

Marubeni Corporation


Colgate Palmolive Comercial

Work highlights

  • Advised Battery Mineral Resources Corporation (BMRC) on the review of various environmental matters, in relation to BMRC’s Chilean subsidiary (Minera BMR) becoming a pivotal shareholder of Minera Altos Del Punitaqui.
  • Advising Aguas Pacífico on the construction and operation of a desalination plant, which includes the issuance (and compliance with) of environmental permits.
  • Assisted Fortescue Metals Groups with the review of the environmental aspects of the development of a green hydrogen industry in Chile.

Bofill Mir Abogados

Unwinding from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ five-lawyer environmental law practice has extensive mining, infrastructure and energy industry expertise. Its assistance covers both environmental compliance and enforcement work, ranging from permits, presentations to the Environmental Assessment Service and Environmental Superintendence, and environmental law-related due diligence for project financings and acquisitions. The team is led by founding partner and renowned mining and natural resources specialist, Pablo Mir; and the practice of recently-promoted director Cristián Franetovic encompasses environmental issues, natural resources, regulatory matters and public law.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir; Cristián Franetovic


What makes this office unique is how it gets to know clients and how it coordinates its work on different issues – this really makes the difference.’

‘Solves problems, and the teamwork between the internal and external lawyers is great.

Cristián Franetovic becomes part of the client’s team in order to resolve problems.

Key clients

Viña von Siebenthal

EMX Royalty Corp


Frontera Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Viña Von Siebenthal on an environmental compliance programme.
  • Advised EMX Royalty Corp on an environmental due diligence process.
  • Advised Cesmec on a bidding process, overseen by the Ministry of the Environment, for a gas monitoring system certification in a highly contaminated industrial complex.

IMAD Abogados

Launched during 2021, IMAD Abogados' four-member team is experienced in water, mining and environmental matters, particularly in relation to major projects. Its expertise ranges from environmental impact statements and permits, to the administrative and judicial defence of clients’ interests before the Environmental Administration, Environmental Courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. The group also assists with sanctioning proceedings. The wide-ranging practice of name partner Domingo Irarrázaval (a former Aninat Abogados lawyer) includes environmental assessment strategizing and community relations.

Practice head(s):

Domingo Irarrázaval

Key clients

Besalco Energías Renovables

Acuícola e Inversiones Nalcahue

Sociedad Comercial Agrícola y Forestal Quimey Co

Piscicultura Loncotraro

Algas Chañaral

Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca

Compañía Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo

Frutera Aguas Blancas

Servicios e Inversiones Gestion Ambiental

Work highlights

  • Assisting Acuícola e Inversiones Nalcahue with defending the environmental authorisation of two aquaculture projects (before the Administrative Authority, Environmental Court and Supreme Court).
  • Advising Compañía Minera Teck on water, mining and environmental regulatory matters.
  • Defended Besalco Energías Renovables’ interests against several claims filed against the environmental authorisation of an electricity project.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's five-lawyer practice routinely advises on major mining and energy investment projects. Its assistance covers environmental impact assessments, obtaining and maintaining environmental permits and environmental compliance. The group also acts for both claimants and defendants during administrative sanctioning proceedings before the environmental, health and water authorities. The team is led by regulatory and environmental law specialist Ignacio Urrutia, whose career includes eight years at Chile’s environmental agency (then known as the National Environment Commission); he is supported by key associate Javiera Vicuña whose practice takes in water, energy and mining law.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Urrutia

Key clients

Aceros AZA

Viña Miguel Torres

Dow Chemical Company

Asociación Gremial de Productores de Cerdos de Chile

Next Minerals

Agricola AASA

Sony Chile


Work highlights

  • Acted for Aceros AZA n several administrative sanctioning proceedings before the Health Authority.
  • Assisted EcoAZA with obtaining its permits.
  • Acted for Viña Miguel Torres, which submitted claims before several authorities, in relation to the effect of a tannery’s putrid odours on its vineyard property.