Environment in Chile
Barros & Errázuriz's 12-strong team (many of whom previously served at the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Assessment Agency or the Environmental Superintendence) provides full life-cycle advice on projects, ranging from planning to operation to closure, including due diligence, project finance, environmental assessments, permitting issues, social conflicts and community matters. Other principal focuses include relations with local authorities, compliance issues, litigation before the environmental and ordinary courts, and enforcement proceedings. Counsel Matías Montoya, whose practice is focused on environmental assessment processes, environmental compliance, litigation and due diligence, heads up the environmental practice, and works in close association with Fernando Garrido, who leads the regulated industries department. Counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini advises on corporate matters and regulated markets, with senior associate support provided by Mara Angelini and Ignacio Urbina. Former senior associate Guillermo García left to found García Derecho & Sustentabilidad in 2019.
‘It is a small but efficient team and always available to satisfy customer requirements. One of the advantages of the team is that it is part of a law firm that is competent in several other legal service segments, such as corporate and judicial, allowing for a high-end product and service.‘
‘The legal advice provided by this firm is characterised by having different lawyers who work very closely with each other and contribute their own knowledge, criteria and points of view, giving the client the peace of mind that the required topic has been addressed comprehensively and very professionally.‘
‘The main advantage of these lawyers in the area of environmental law, in addition to their extensive knowledge of their specialty subjects, is their work experience in other public and private institutions, which grants them broad perspectives when facing problems and proposing concrete and effective solutions.‘
‘The B&E environmental law team has shown to have a great knowledge of the subjects of its specialty, good judgement to face the legal questions inherent to the environment, and great ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.‘
‘They live up to the challenges they face from environmental and regulatory issues, and they stand out for their deep mastery of environmental issues, including the most complex issues. Their best qualities are their permanently good disposition, their humility and simplicity in their professional performance, and their rigour during each assignment.‘
‘It is worth mentioning Fernando Garrido and counsel Matías Montoya for the excellence they demonstrate every day in their work as lawyers.‘
‘Fernando Garrido and Matías Montoya are outstanding.’
‘Matías Montoya is a young specialist who is a highly competent lawyer. He is outstanding in his customer service, which makes a difference when compared to several competitors.‘
Exportadora Los Fiordos
- Comprehensive and permanent advice to Oxiquim on environmental matters, including legal assistance during the Quintero environmental crisis which resulted in the intoxication of more than a 1000 people.
- Provides ongoing advice to major generating group Colbún, on the environmental evaluations of projects, compliance programmes, and defence before the environmental courts and Supreme Court, among other matters.
- Advised Exportadora Los Fiordos regarding both its compliance programmes and defence during an enforcement proceeding.
- Advised Essbio on environmental issues and the environmental impact statements concerning its plants.
- Assisted pork production company Agrícola Coexca, regarding the environmental evaluation procedures surrounding a concentrated animal feeding operation.
At full-service market stalwart Carey, the 11-strong environmental practice is led by regulatory specialist Rafael Vergara, water law expert Alberto Cardemil and environmental litigator Aldo Molinari. The team advises clients on administrative disputes, litigation, audits, land use and environmental responsibility. It also assists with obtaining Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA)-related permits, due diligence processes, compliance with international standards, financing, and legislation surrounding indigenous people, particularly the application of The Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (an international labour organisation convention). Former practice director Felipe Meneses left the firm in January 2020 to co-found LAWGIC Abogados, and was replaced in his role by senior associates Julio Recordon and Manuel José Barros. Other associates to note are water practice and agribusiness group member, Tomás de la Maza, and administrative and regulatory litigator Tomás Darricades.
‘The plus of the team is the knowledge of trends and the market standard in these matters.‘
‘The environmental legal advice is accurate and effective.‘
Compañía Minera Nevada
Empresa Eléctrica Carén
The Nature Conservancy
Sociedad Agrícola Santa Sara
Hidroeléctrica La Higuera
- Defended Empresa Eléctrica Carén against an environmental damage claim filed before the Environmental Court, concerning the operation of the Carilafquén and Malalcahuello hydroelectric power plants.
- Assisted Chilean environmental consultancy Sociedad de Gestión Ambiental on several investment projects.
- Defended concrete producer Melon before the Environmental Court, regarding environmental damage claims involving water, air, and soil quality.
- Defended Astaldi before the Environmental Court against a claim that it failed in its obligation to compensate relocated people, in accordance with its environmental permit.
- Assisted Compañía Minera Nevada with a petition before the Environmental Assessment Service, which requested the revision of an environmental permit, in relation to a river-related water quality baseline, water management system and water monitoring plan.
FerradaNehme's eight-strong department is highly rated for its assistance with the environmental law aspects of the development and permitting of complex projects; and it works closely with the firm's clients’ government and community relation teams on the avoidance of potential environmental conflicts. Other areas of strength include compliance programmes, sanctioning procedures and environmental litigation. The firm has also developed a strong practice in relation to recently enacted legislation on recycling and extended producer liability. Lead partner Patricio Leyton has 20 years' experience in environmental law, permitting and project development; Valeria Ruz is well respected for her legal opinions and environmental briefs; and Luis Cordero heads the public law group. Also key to the group are SEIA specialist Carola Salamanca, and environmental compliance expert Rafael Collado. María-Pilar Dominguez provides associate-level support.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Minera Santo Domingo
Enel Green Power
European Southern Observatory
- Defended Codelco against an environmental damage lawsuit.
- Acted for Stantec on the environmental assessment concerning the Quebrada Blanca copper project.
- Acted for Andes Iron before the Supreme Court regarding a copper project that has generated debate about the political role of the environmental authority within the Environmental Impact Assessment System.
- Advised mining project company Norte Abierto on the environmental assessment of the Caspiche copper mine project.
- Acted for Teck Resources in relation to a sanctioning procedure-related action.
The four-strong environmental law team at full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is one of the oldest in the Chilean legal market. It particularly stands out for its sub-specialisms, namely: local environmental matters and procedures; domestic and international M&A operations involving environmental issues; environmental litigation, both at administrative and judicial levels; and project development, including financings with environmental requirements. The group also excels in both its handling of sensitive political issues and relations with the local authorities. A renowned professor, Juan José Eyzaguirre leads the environmental and energy group in Chile, and has over 20 years' experience in natural resources and environmental law. An administrative and judicial environmental specialist, principal associate Felipe Arévalo, is also an integral team member and key contact. However, former senior associate Paulina Toro Reyes moved to Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia in December 2019.
EDF Renewables Chile
Inmobiliaria Las Salinas
Minera Salar Blanco
Productos del Mar Ventisqueros
Bodegas San Francisco
- Led the defence of COPEC in sanction procedures before the sanitary and electrical authorities concerning a fuel spill at COPEC’s facilities in Mejillones.
- Advised Inmobiliaria Las Salinas on the environmental impact assessment of a remediation project and proposed urban development.
- Advised several of Kinross Gold Corporation’s subsidiaries on environmental matters, including two lawsuits before the Environmental Court that alleged environmental damage to wetlands.
- Represented Metro before the Environmental Superintendency in relation to alleged environmental infringements.
- Defended EDF Renewables Chile against environmental infringement allegations concerning wind farm projects.
Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados has a strong reputation in the market for its assistance with the environmental law aspects of significant energy and mining projects, including environmental assessments, permitting and regulatory matters. The practice is also noted for environmental law-related disputes capabilities before the administrative authorities, as well as enforcement matters, sanctions and compliance. Additional areas of strength include assistance with environmental legal audits, negotiations with communities, and the application of both Law 19,253 and ILO Convention 169 which are concerned with the treatment of indigenous and tribal peoples. The firm fields a number of highly respected partners, including standout market figure, Javier Vergara; Mario Galindo, Cecilia Urbina and Eduardo Correa, all of whom have former experience at regulatory body CONAMA; Pablo Ortíz, formerly at the Public Ministry; along with administrative economic law specialist José Luis Fuenzalida and Winston Alburquenque who focuses on water, energy and mining.
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia is regularly sought out for its expertise in environmental impact assessments and sanctions. The practice's advisory work further comprises the diagnosis of environmental matters and the development of strategic solutions, compliance programmes, obtaining permits and legal audits. Rodrigo Guzmán is the lead environmental law partner, with fellow name-partners Matías Desmadryl, who leads the firm's water resource work; Mario Tapia, a specialist in the fishing and aquaculture segments; and mining and energy expert Jerónimo Carcelén all involved in the sector as necessary. Litigation and conflict resolution head Eduardo Ugarte provides strong coverage of contentious matters; while key associate-level support comes from seniors Paulina Toro Reyes (who arrived from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in December 2019), Manuela Cross (litigation) and Maria Jose Sotomayer (mining); Sergio Jaque (water law), and Maria Francisca Mendoza (administrative law); along with associate Cristián Ruiz.
‘Great knowledge of their subjects – an interdisciplinary team that works very well in connecting its water and environment practice areas with the firm’s litigation department, so that anticipatory points of view are always present in their opinions and analysis.‘
‘The firm is appreciated for the great commitment of its lawyers.‘
‘Matías Desmadryl, Rodrigo Guzmán and Eduardo Ugarte make a great team.‘
Compañía Minera Zaldívar
Minera Los Pelambres
Planta Recuperadora de Metales
- Assisted Compañía Minera Zaldívar with the interpretation of environmental qualification resolutions, which were associated with a project’s water supply.
- Defended ANPAC Energía against a sanctioning procedure concerning a hydroelectric project.
- Acted for Minera Los Pelambres on the strategy, review and processing of its projects’ environmental impact statements.
Particularly active advising on the environmental legal aspects concerning the development of power plants, and industrial and telecoms facilities, recently, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a six-strong team. The practice also handles litigious matters and acts in sanctioning procedures. Gonzalo Jiménez is head of the regulatory law department, which includes the environment, energy, regulated public services and administrative law areas. Key environmental practitioners include Martín Astorga, who has some 17 years' environmental law experience - including a spell at regulatory body CONAMA; and senior associate Verónica Cuadra, who returned to the firm in late 2019 having completed her LLM studies at Cambridge University.
‘Cariola stands out in the industry for the proven experience of its partners and associates in participating in projects and environmental issues. Their opinions make a lot of sense to our business.‘
‘Cariola has the knowledge and connections to handle large, complex projects.‘
‘Gonzalo Jiménez stands out for his quality of analysis and achievement of favourable results for our company.‘
Junta de Vigilancia de la Primera Sección del Río Aconcagua
Empresa Pública de Medellín (EPM)
B Braun Medical
- Acted for Prolesur in a sanctioning process, which was initiated by the Superintendence of Environment as a result of a discharge of liquid waste into a river.
- Advised Junta de Vigilancia de la primera sección del río Aconcagua on an agreement with state copper entity, Codelco, to determine the use of the Aconcagua River’s waters.
- Acted for B Braun Medical in a sanctioning process conducted by the Health Authority, in relation to several alleged breaches at laboratories.
Cubillos Evans Abogados
Environmental law is a core practice area for Cubillos Evans Abogados. Representative work includes energy-related infrastructure projects, obtaining environmental permits, relations with indigenous communities, and high-profile litigation. The team is also highly rated for its expertise in water law and forestry matters. The key advisers include founding partner Gonzalo Cubillos (energy, environment and urban matters from both regulatory and corporate perspectives; contract negotiation), along with Fernando Molina (environment, energy and administrative law); Aurelio de Diego (legal, social and environmental project management); José Miguel Hernández (environment, natural resources and water law); and Cristóbal Illanes (energy and environmental regulatory law).
Specialist boutique Eelaw's 21-strong team is widely recognised for its expertise in climate change, circular economy issues, mining operation closures and pollution control, among other matters. Founding-partner Paulina Riquelme is experienced in a wide range of environmental law matters, including mining, energy, natural resources, aquaculture and sustainability projects. In addition, she has assisted with the development of national environmental regulations and participated in legal discussions on environmental public policy issues. Notable support is provided by senior associates Astrid Francke, who joined in late 2019 from the Environmental Assessment Service, compliance expert Carolina Häberle, and administrative law sanctioning specialist Sebastián Rebolledo.
‘I think it is relevant for in-house lawyers to know that there are few teams of lawyers with as deep knowledge in environmental law in our country as that of Eelaw. Based on my experience of working with Eelaw, I can account for this and the great commitment they have to their clients.‘
‘Particularly noteworthy is their regulatory knowledge, both national and comparative, their detailed management of matters discussed in Congress (legislative developments), and their continuous preparation for emerging environmental issues, such as climate change or circular economy.‘
‘The concrete application of knowledge to clients’ requirements materialises in excellent results, where the precision of the team’s analyses stands out. This methodology and professional capacity are rare in Chile.‘
‘The Eelaw team is one of excellence; they have greatly supported us in relation to international environmental law and mining law issues. They handle the legal, but also rather technical issues. I find that this team works with rigour and integrity and therefore compares favourably with other law firms.‘
‘In particular, I think that Paulina Riquelme is a professional of excellence. Colleagues from other countries, such as Estonia, USA, Norway have publicly recognised her professional skills and knowledge of the sector.‘
‘This boutique firm caters to the individual who seeks its support, meaning Paulina Riquelme will make a tailor-made response to the needs of clients.‘
‘Eelaw’s professional team is led by Paulina Riquelme, its founding partner, who is a nationally and internationally recognised lawyer in environmental matters. She is a brilliant professional, committed to her clients and their work, with an outstanding analytical capacity and deep knowledge of the various subjects that comprise environmental law.‘
Haldeman Mining Company
Cerro Negro Mining Company
Asociación de Generadoras de Chile
Coro Mining Corp
- Assists Mitsubishi Corporation with responding to various environmental challenges that arise from its mining operations.
- Provides permanent strategic legal advice to CAP Minería on compliance environmental regulations and environmental project management issues.
- Provides permanent legal advice to Sonami on environmental matters, such as mining explorations, water resources, communities and environmental regulations.
Guerrero Olivos' 11-strong department fields specialists in a range of areas, including environmental law-related litigation and transactions, regulatory compliance, wetlands and waste. The practice also assists with the environmental aspects surrounding M&A, project finance and project development. In addition, clients benefit from the firm's robust water law practice. Clemente Pérez's broad practice includes environmental assessments, litigation, regulatory issues, permits and general regulatory law. Other experienced partners are Sebastián Abogabir and Martín Santa María. Strong support is provided by recently promoted partner and co-water law department head, Benjamín Pérez, along with senior associate Felipe Frühling and associate Francisca Pellegrini.
‘This is a multi-disciplinary team with extensive experience.‘
‘Clients enjoy direct relationships with advisers and receive frank and concise answers, depending on each topic under analysis.‘
‘The environmental team is good, they are involved in technically understanding the projects and their complexities, and conducting a complete analysis to generate legal support for environmental issues. Taking the above into consideration, when compared with other law firms, they generate better support than others, given the technical involvement in the problems that arise.‘
‘The partners have extensive experience in different types of projects and installations in the energy, real estate, industrial and health sectors; they know their subjects and regulations, and generate good strategies for the development of projects and problem solving.‘
Anglo American Marketing
Corporación Reguemos Chile
Rio 2 Limited
Fundación San Carlos de Maipo
- Advising Sustentable, a local environmental consultancy firm, on several projects of national significance.
- Advised Corporación Reguemos Chile on the environmental law aspects concerning an infrastructure and renewable energy project, namely the ‘hydric highway’.
- Represented Puerto Ventanas in one of the Environmental Courts’ most controversial environmental damage cases ever, brought by fishermen unions and a local municipality.
Moreno Sáez & Avilés
At boutique firm Moreno Sáez & Avilés, the 15-strong team's assistance includes project development, audits, permits, compliance programmes, administrative sanctions, damages litigation and community relations. The principal contacts are name partners Sebastián Áviles, Andrés Sáez and José Adolfo Moreno, all of whom have public sector experience at Chile's Environmental Assessment Agency. Strong senior associate support is provided by Magdalena Prieto Pradenas, Doris Sepúlveda Solar, Máximo Nuñez; further growth at this level was achieved in 2019 through the recruitment of Paulina Rivera, Luis Prieto and Gonzalo Ugarte from Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, the Environmental Tribunal and Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, respectively.
Empresa Portuaría Valparaíso
Andes Mining and Energy Corporate
Compañia de Petróleos de Chile (COPEC)
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución
Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi
Grupo Ibereólica Renovables
Los Andes Copper
- Defended Grupo Ibereólica Renovables against an administrative sanctioning procedure related to an energy project.
- Defended Celulosa Arauco y Constitución against an environmental damage liability suit involving the death of massive numbers of fish in the Cruces river.
- Defended Alto Maipo against an Environmental Superintendence’s sanctioning procedure for fourteen alleged environmental permit infringements.
Schultz Carrasco Benitez's practice is led by Edesio Carrasco, a former Chilean Environmental Assessment Agency legal division head; and Rodrigo Benítez, who previously served as both vice minister and legal division head at the Ministry of the Environment. The team is highly rated for its experience in environmental audits and project assessment of projects, as well as community matters and the principles of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention. The firm fields a strong second line through senior associate Alejandra Estay, and associates Ingrid Henríquez (who joined from Moreno Sáez & Avilés in October 2019), Ana Sas, Carlo Sepúlveda and Graciela Venegas. Estay, Sepúlveda and Venegas can all draw on past experience at the Chilean Environmental Assessment Agency.
‘The ability to truthfully interpret problems distinguishes the group from other law firms.‘
‘Its main difference with other law firms is the customisation of services and the ability to find solutions in the short term.‘
‘An excellent work team with competent professionals who are committed to their clients. They clearly provide a more personalised service than other law firms and show good co-ordination between their members.‘
‘This office stands out because in its team two characteristics come together that are often found separately, but not together. These are legal rigour and strategic capacity. They also differ in that they have innovative approaches to addressing problems. It is common for other law firms to be able to identify risks, but their conservative approaches prevent them from identifying innovative solutions.‘
‘Great team – I have worked mainly with Edesio Carrasco but I know that his partner Rodrigo Benítez is also great. I really like that they have the experience of having been on the other side, that is, they worked in the audit entities and therefore they really know how the inspection entities work and so they suggest the best answers. Furthermore this is a newer area of law in our country and therefore larger firms do not necessarily have better people. You require a team with more specific knowledge and the team of Schultz Carrasco and Benitez have it.‘
‘Edesio Carrasco stands out above the rest because he worked in the Environment Ministry and therefore is much better prepared than other lawyers, knowing the state apparatus from the inside, which allows him to prepare the best defence strategy and to anticipate how the authorities will react. That is very valuable both for obtaining permits and for facing sanctioning processes. They are really special – you don’t need a bigger firm or a second opinion.’
‘Edesio Carrasco has extensive expertise of the legal issues surrounding indigenous communities, and has a pragmatic and timely approach.‘
‘Rodrigo Benítez has solid experience in environmental regulations and the evaluation of projects for environmental qualification. He has great analytical capacity and risk identification skills, but also proposes innovative solutions.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio Oriente
Aguas de Antofagasta
Compañía Minera del Pacífico
Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro
Jaime Illanes y Asociados-EPSA
- Assisted Inmobiliaria Aitué with the environmental assessment of a real estate project.
- Currently advising Compañía Minera del Pacífico on both the environmental assessment of projects and in relation to ongoing environmental compliance issues.
- Acted for major copper producer Sierra Gorda in an Environmental Court judicial defence against a claim which sought to overturn the company’s environmental permit.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's seven-strong practice regularly advises on significant mining, energy and other investment projects. Its assistance includes environmental impact assessments, obtaining environmental permits, compliance issues, sanctioning processes and litigation. Recent work includes assistance with waste management issues, emissions, air quality and water law; and the practice has grown its practice in new areas, such as odour regulation, emergency radiation control, and indigenous regulatory issues. Practice head Ignacio Urrutia is an environmental, regulatory and energy and natural resources specialist.
‘Great support on environmental issues.‘
‘Human and empathetic, without forgetting to be professional.‘
Consorcio Kospo Samsung
Trade Association of Pork Producers of Chile
Governmental Agency of Climate Change and Sustainability
ENEL Generación Chile
Sociedad Vinícola Miguel Torres
Dow Química Chilena
Comunidad Santo Tomás
- Assisted Dow Química Chilena with waste management law compliance.
- Advised ENEL Generación Chile on the relocation of a watershed’s water rights.
- Acted for ASPROCER, the Chilean Federation of Pork Producers, on the analysis of Chile’s new odour regulations.
Baker McKenzie Chile
Highly rated for its energy and mining sector expertise, Baker McKenzie Chile's environmental law team was formally created in 2014. The practice regularly assists with issues such as air, water and soil-related pollution prevention measures, as well as permitting and impact studies and environmental compliance. Mining and energy project specialist Mirco Hilgers has considerable experience regarding environmental permits, water usage rights, environmental contingencies and due diligence.
Suez Water Technology and Solutions
Natural Resources Global Capital Partners
BHP Billiton Foundation
- Provides ongoing environmental law support to Energía Viva, which carries out technical and economic studies for power generation sites and projects.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's five-strong environmental practice area is an integral part of the firm’s full-service offering and is particularly experienced in advising on the interaction between environmental law and public and administrative law. The team has been active, recently, in matters involving environmental compliance, due diligence for major transactions, environmental litigation, water rights, and ongoing environmental advisory. Guillermo de la Jara leads the practice group, which also includes administrative and regulatory senior associate Cristián Franetovic.
Other key lawyers:
‘They conducted an impeccable due diligence for a complex project. The great strength of the Bofill team is that its lawyers understand local problems and have a good network of contacts. Similarly, they are always attentive to response times and answer all clients’ questions. They inspire a lot of confidence and seriousness and have a high professional level.‘
‘The most important thing is their responsiveness and professionalism. They do not leave any loose ends and are very careful. Professionals who have values and ethics always distinguish themselves.‘
‘It is great for the professionalism and involvement of the team, as well as its speed in understanding the projects they are working on and flexibility in the face of changes as the negotiations of the parties progress.‘
‘Clients rate the speed of response and strict compliance with the deadlines set by companies to comply with project schedules.‘
‘They have the ability to deal with complex problems and extensive expertise in matters of administrative law that complement very well with the firm’s expertise in environmental matters. Unlike other firms, BMAJ is concentrated on public and regulatory law and this makes them a particularly strong team for contentious issues, since they face each problem with a breadth of knowledge that is not present in other firms.‘
‘It is made up of a significant number of lawyers, including its partner in charge of this area, Guillermo de la Jara. I would also highlight senior associate Cristián Franetovic, whose expertise includes depth of knowledge, both at the transactional level (due diligence) and advising companies on environmental contentious issues. This said combination ensures creativity when facing an environmental problem. He also has detailed knowledge of urban and municipal law that often involve problems of an environmental nature.‘
‘Guillermo de la Jara and senior associate Cristián Franetovic stand out strongly.‘
Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria
Pacal Grupo Inmobiliario
Altis Principal Investments
Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria
Aurelio San Nicolás Rosique
Tatiana Guillón Moretti
Compañía de Seguros Confuturo
Frutícola Río Blanco
- Acted for Lundin subsidiary Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria as co-counsel in a sanctioning procedure involving alleged breaches of mining project-related environmental agreements.
The eight-strong team at full-service law firm Claro & Cia. consistently advises on environmental law-related judicial procedures, transactions and contracts in relation to the mining, sanitary and energy sectors, among others. Experienced partner and natural resources group head Nicolás Eyzaguirre's broad practice includes environmental law expertise. Senior associate support is provided by Joaquín Rodríguez.
‘Knows the business in depth and compares favourably to others.‘
‘Creative approach, strong technical knowledge and fast response times.‘
‘They have great experience, knowledge, professionalism and practicality, and are very collaborative.‘
‘Nicolás Eyzaguirre is very accurate in his legal understanding of the issues involved and promotes case analysis with lots of practical, factual involvement.‘
Anglo American Sur
Cristalerías de Chile
- Defended Anglo American Sur against an environmental damage claim involving alleged damage to Andean meadows and wetlands.
CMS Carey & Allende fields a three-strong practice group that advises on environmental impact assessments in relation to mining, power plant and high-voltage power line projects. Its assistance includes procuring environmental permits and environmental law-related administrative and judicial litigation. Senior associate Aldo Poblete heads the team, with the contentious capability boosted by the April-2019 hire of Stephan Lührmann as disputes practice director, from Urrutia & Cia; he focuses primarily on contentious administrative matters and environmental litigation.
Antofagasta Railway Company
Khiron Life Sciences
Sociedad Agrícola y Forestal Santa Elena
Municipalidad de Quintero
Aluma Systems Servicios Chile
Municipalidad de Puchuncaví
- Advising Inversiones Alxar on various environmental matters, including the development of mining activities in environmentally-protected areas and compliance issues.
Correa Squella's four-strong practice assists with litigation in a broad range of administrative and judicial matters, as well as the establishment of projects in a variety of sectors including pulp and paper, water, mining, energy, real estate, agriculture and wineries. Department head Claudia Ferreiro can call on a decade's experience at various energy, sanitary and environmental-related government agencies. Associate hires in 2019 included public law all-rounder, Juan Francisco Sánchez, who re-joined from FerradaNehme, and Catalina Eggers, previously at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana.
‘Correa Squella is an office that is small in size but has great strength in some areas. It has a very professional and specialised environmental law practice, which competes with the environmental law teams of larger offices and also clearly with boutique offices (small and medium), which are dedicated exclusively to environmental law.‘
‘The lawyers in this office have a close and direct relationship with clients. The area is led by partner Claudia Ferreiro, who has many years of experience and prior knowledge from her work in environment-related government agencies.‘
‘The practice is supported by associate Catalina Eggers, who has vast experience in environmental law, as well as in other areas of regulation. Catalina stands out for her exceptional rigour when analysing complex issues, and offers practical solutions to the problems that clients pose. She has great potential to stand out among the new generation of prominent attorneys in this area.‘
‘Associate Catalina Eggers is a lawyer with strong capacity in energy and environmental law. She has particularly strong research and writing skills, and can grasp new concepts quickly. She also has an excellent ability to work in a team, and is great with clients.‘
Viña Cousiño Macul
Pedro de Valdivia Group
Agrícola La Islita
Minería y Medio Ambiente
- Led a community’s opposition to a high-end real estate development, which allegedly did not undertake the required environmental impact assessment.
Larrain y Asociados Abogados
The nine-strong department at Larrain y Asociados Abogados is experienced in the environmental law aspects surrounding energy, mining, oil and gas, electricity and water-related matters. Typical work includes obtaining environmental permits, ascertaining the performance of environmental standards, environmental auditing, and acting in investigations and environmental damage claims. The practice also has substantial water law expertise. Experienced partners Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé head the group.
Ferrovial Airports International
Pacific Hydro Chile
Andes Mining & Energy
Sociedad Punta del Cobre
- Advising Sonnedix on environmental law issues concerning the development of solar plants in northern Chile.
Boutique law firm Lavin Abogados & Consultores fields nine lawyers, including partners Julio Lavín, Andrés Del Favero and Roberto Sepúlveda, who are highly specialised in environmental law. Representative work includes environmental impact assessments, permits, sanctioning procedures, compliance programmes, environmental damage claims, and project-related issues. The practice has particular sector expertise in the maritime, electricity, sanitary services, mining, agribusiness, paper and forestry sectors. Key support comes from senior associate Gonzalo Lavin, who handles corporate, regulatory and environmental matters.
Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos
CopiaPort-E Operaciones Marítimas
Comunicación y Telefonía Rural
- Assisted CMPC Papeles with an environmental audit of the environmental permits of its Chilean-based packaging plants.
Morales & Besa's broad practice covers environmental evaluations, administrative and sanctioning administrative proceedings, environmental permits, and the implementation of the Extended Producer Liability Law. Another area of note is the application of sectoral regulations in the sanitary, telecoms and aquaculture industries, among others. Promoted to practice director in July 2020, team leader Paloma Infante is a former Environment Ministry legal division head.
‘A very proactive team that is attentive to detail.‘
‘Extensive knowledge of the subject, with efficient and effective management of matters.‘
‘They are always available and have wide experience.‘
‘Paloma Infante excels with her knowledge and experience.‘
Corporación Altos del Cantillana
Gestión Ambiental Consultores
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Goverment of Chile
National Electric Coordinator
- Assisted Team Foods with environmental matters surrounding the implementation of the Extended Producer Liability Law, which is regulated by the Recycling Promotion Law.
Prieto Abogados' five-strong environmental department has significant experience in assisting companies before the environmental courts, has particular expertise in aquaculture matters and is known for preparing legal opinions on environmental matters. Senior associate Agustín Martorell leads the department and is primarily focused on project development and representation in permitting and administrative procedures, and environmental assessment processes, among other matters. Partner-level oversight and support is provided by Juan Tagle.
‘Appreciated for staying close to the client and the team’s flexibility and adaptability – committed and meticulous.‘
‘Senior associate Agustín Martorell is very knowledgeable in the topics about which clients ask for advice, and is able to deliver effective and timely solutions. He is also very capable of identifying legal problems where others do not see them, and thus is able to contribute with a comprehensive vision.‘
Engie Energía Chile
Cofradía Nautica del Pacífico
Engie Energía Chile
Compañía Minera Inés de Collahuasi
- Defended Engie Energía Chile against an environmental judicial action brought by local communities that challenged the environmental permit for a major wind farm project.
Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados
Pruzzo Ruscica Brotfeld Abogados was founded in June 2019 by Dino Pruzzo and Javier Ruscica (both formerly associates at Jara Del Favero Abogados), and Francisco Brotfeld, who previously worked at power transmission company, Transelec. In October 2019, the firm also hired former Jara Del Favero Abogados name partner Gabriel Del Favero as a senior consulting lawyer. The team is experienced in the mining and power sectors, and is also growing its infrastructure and industrial sector expertise.
‘One of the elements to highlight within PRB is the accessibility that the client has to the entire team, not only with the junior lawyers but directly with the partners, who have a practical approach when advising companies, taking special consideration that each one of their counsels harmonises not only with the law, but also with the client’s business and the good practices of the industry.‘
‘They stand out for their precise analysis, covering of different angles, professionalism and very good treatment of the client. They take the proper time to find out in detail about the situation and to explain the position and discuss the best way forward.‘
‘In addition to the team’s thorough knowledge of the issues that are in their area, the firm’s attorneys, and especially its partners, stand out for continuously accompanying the client in the development of the consultancy. It is especially notable the speed with which they answer the questions that the client may have regarding issues that are within the scope of a contracted service and even those outside of it.‘
‘The team advises and supports me in the management of environmental legal issues and territorial titles in relation to the execution of a major mining development project. The advice is very personalised.‘
‘They have great knowledge of the specific areas in which they work and are very up-to-date, especially on environmental issues.‘
‘We can assert with total conviction that the lawyers that make up this firm, Dino Pruzzo, Javier Ruscica and Francisco Brotfeld are high-level professionals, who demonstrate a great analytical capacity when facing problems, as well as being creative in proposing solutions.‘
‘They stand out for their friendly treatment, great empathy with the client’s interests, and give quick and precise responses, which add value to internal processes. We consider that they provide a comprehensive service, in which they engage with high professionalism the problems that arise, achieving results in an efficient and collaborative manner.‘
Minera Los Pelambres
Olivares de Quepu
Central Hidroeléctrica Cumpeo
Empresa Eléctrica Carén
Sociedad Concesionaria Teleferico Bicentenario
- Advising Minera Los Pelambres on construction project-related strategic and environmental issues.