Projects and infrastructure in Chile

Carey

The 47-strong projects practice at full-service legal heavyweight Carey has a long-established engineering and construction team with significant experience in industry sectors such as mining (including desalinated water facilities) ports and airports, hospitals, hotels, real estate and shipyards, along with liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, wind and solar power, hydropower, and gas-fired power plants. In recent highlights, the team assisted Lima Airport Partners (concessionaire of Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport), as international counsel, with the preparation of bidding documents and contracts for the airport's expansion. Among the several highly rated partners are: Juan Pablo Stitchkin ('a lot of knowledge and experience in construction projects') and Oscar Aitken, who jointly lead the firm’s engineering and construction group; co-heads of the natural resources and environment team, Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil; Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who are the energy group's co-heads; and co-banking and finance head, Felipe Moro. At associate level, Loreto Ribera, Sophia Bobadilla, Maximiliano Urrutia and Carmenmaría Poblete are also key practice members.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Oscar Aitken; Juan Francisco Mackenna; Alberto Cardemil; Felipe Moro; José Miguel Bustamante; Juan Pablo Stitchkin

Testimonials

The firm sends updates on legislation and information that are of interest to us on a regular and constant basis.

It is fast and timely in attending and answering specific queries or doubts.

When other lawyers have attended us, they have always been good.

The team, led by partner Juan Pablo Stitchkin, has extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry and related sectors.

Juan Pablo Stitchkin has a lot of knowledge and experience in construction projects, which has been very useful for us during a long-term project with multiple simultaneous contracts.

Key clients

Statkraft

Aguas Pacífico

Antofagasta Minerals

Lima Airport Partners

Codelco

Sonnedix

OPDEnergy

Acciona Energía

ACHS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Antofagasta Minerals with the development of a 95 ktpd copper concentrate plant, molybdenum plant, sea water pumping systems, and other relevant infrastructure for Minera Centinela.
  • Assisted Lima Airport Partners (concessionaire of Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport), as international counsel, with the preparation of bidding documents and contracts for the airport’s expansion.
  • Assisted Aguas Pacífico with the preparation of tender documents and contracts for the development of a desalination plant, cross-country piping and electrical substation.

Claro & Cia.

Fielding one of Chile’s most experienced project finance and development practices, Claro & Cia.'s 25-strong department has a market-leading reputation for its advice on the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Representative work includes assisting with the construction development and financing of power plants; transmission lines and sub-stations; greenfield and brownfield projects; negotiating and drafting engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements; transmission and interconnection contracts; and supply and power purchase agreements. Clients additionally benefit from the firm's strong credentials in litigation and infrastructure-related public concessions. Rodrigo Ochagavía has extensive project finance experience; Jorge Martín focuses on structuring, developing and financing international infrastructure and transportation projects, as well as the acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure assets; José Luis Ambrosy's broad practice includes brownfield and greenfield projects; Luisa Núñez has extensive cross-border transactions experience; and Ariel Mihovilovic is an energy and project finance expert. The strong second line of advisers includes experienced partner José María Eyzaguirre F and associate Gerardo Otero.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ochagavía

Key clients

Glenfarne Group

Mercedes Benz

AMP Capital

AES Gener

Credit Agricole

Actis GP (Atlas Renewable)

X-Elio

Intervial

Sonnedix

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Work highlights

  • Advised Empresa Eléctrica Cochrane on a $875m refinancing of existing project finance agreements.
  • Assisted Atlas Renewable Energy with the refinancing of a brownfield and greenfield project (as well as a $30m VAT facility).
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Société Générale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Bank, Caixabank and Banco Sabadell on the $398m restructuring and refinancing of a solar energy project.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

The 15-strong practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has an enviable name in the market for project development and construction in Chile, while its ‘BOOT project finance knowledge is excellent – impossible to compare with other local firms.’ The projects team has particular expertise in infrastructure projects involving the mining, energy and roads sectors, while areas of recent growth include desalinisation and seawater conveyance projects, along with hospitals, ports and railways. Infrastructure experts Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic  (‘unique and very valuable experience‘) co-head the practice, which additionally showcases litigation, arbitration and construction contract specialist Carlos AravenaCristóbal Morandé, whose practice includes project finance; Juan Carlos Bulnes (real estate, energy, mining, tourism and infrastructure projects); and of counsel Ricardo Peña, a project development expert. The firm also fields several active senior associates Joaquín Larrain (‘great lawyer‘), M&A and construction specialist Juan de Dios Ferrada and Javiera Méndez, who brings significant regulatory and administrative law experience to the group. Since publication, de Dios Ferrada and Larrain have been raised to the partnership – effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic

Testimonials

Its BOOT project finance knowledge is excellent – impossible to compare with other local firms.

Jorge Granic is a senior, professional lawyer who has unique and very valuable experience.

Jorge Granic is very senior, but also very flexible in his working style and very strong in legal aspects/knowledge; he is therefore well respected by many clients in Chile.

Senior associate Joaquín Larrain is a great lawyer who has a great working attitude, and will work even at midnight and weekends.

Key clients

Gold Fields

Empresas CMPC

Empresas La Polar

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Ferrovial Airports International

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Global Via

Grupo Abertis

Consorcio Salud Santiago Oriente

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium (comprising Marubeni Corporation and Transelec Rentas Holding) on the bidding process conducted by Codelco to build, finance, operate and own a desalinisation plant.
  • Advised South African mining company Gold Fields on the construction and development of Chile’s Salares Norte mining project.
  • Advised Grupo Abertis on a tunnel-related bidding process and construction contract.

Morales & Besa

The transactional practice for Morales & Besa‘s sizeable 22-strong group (‘focused lawyers with great experience in projects‘) is consistently involved in high-end projects, including structuring, development, acquisition, sale and financing matters. The firm’s robust regulatory practice advises on due diligence processes, bidding participation, negotiating with the authorities, and litigation. The client base includes entities from several regulated sectors, such as energy, construction, public works and sewage water. Regularly leading multidisciplinary teams, infrastructure and energy specialist Carlos Silva advises on a project’s full chain; José Miguel Carvajal is a banking and finance expert; Myriam Barahona (‘outstanding problem-solving abilities‘) focuses on banking, finance and project finance work; and Macarena Laso is real estate and construction head. Strong support is provided by public works concessions and regulatory expert Katannya Jablonski. Former senior associate Javier Balbontín left the firm in January 2021, since when -in May- the firm has hired Macarena López  from Molina Ríos Abogados. Since publication, the firm has hired mining and environmental practitioner Aldo Cardinali (from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados) as a partner – effective as of Janaury 2022; his practice also encompasses project development matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Silva

Testimonials

Focused lawyers with great experience in projects -the quality of the work is also excellent.

Solid teams, with excellent command of the subjects they advise on.

Constantly available with clear and complete explanations. Unlike other firms,, there is a 24/7 approach towards solving problems.

The M&B team stands out for its knowledge of project finance in Chile.

Highly knowledgeable about the public works concessions industry – this team stands above teams from other law firms.

The accessibility of the partners and associates stands out, in addition to the analytical capacity they have.

What makes this practice unique is its experience and knowledge of concessions in Chile.

Myriam Barahona has outstanding problem-solving abilities.

Key clients

Sungrow

Engie Latam

Scatect Solar

Banco Security

Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura

Dutch Investment Fund Capital Partners

Ferrovial

Sonnedix

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud

Efacec

ISA Intervial

EIG Global Energy Partners

WPD

Meridiam Infrastructure

DNB Bank ASA

Work highlights

  • Advising Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel on the construction  and operation of a new terminal at Santiago Airport, including recent bidding processes and financing matters.
  • Advised an international banking consortium (comprising IDB Invest, KfW IPEX-Bank, DNB, CaixaBank and MUFG) on the senior financing for the construction of a renewable energy portfolio.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks and insurance companies (including Banco de Crédito e Inversiones and Principal Compañía de Seguros de Vida Chile) on the construction financing granted to Belfi-Belsaco Consortium for a toll road concession.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

With a longstanding presence in Chile's projects space, international law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría houses a 13-member department that is particularly noted for its projects expertise in the renewable energy and mining sectors; other notable areas range from transportation infrastructure (toll roads, ports, airports, and railways) to social infrastructure (hospitals, jails, schools), public utilities infrastructure (telecoms, water/sewerage systems and energy), and real estate developments (hotels, buildings, urban renovation). Carlos Alberto Reyes, who 'focuses on what is important and seeks solutions', has vast experience in the development, permitting, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of electricity, water and mining projects; Marcelo Armas assists with banking, project-related finance and capital markets issues; Andrés Sanfuentes' broad workload also covers infrastructure projects; and the 'always attentive' Marcela Silva (a partner since January 2019) advises on the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects and desalination plants. The senior associates to note are Mario FavaDaniel Parodi and Guillermo Vial.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Marcelo Armas; Andrés Sanfuentes; Marcela Silva

Testimonials

Besides the trust they give me, the service and availability are top.

The quality of the work is excellent.

It is a leading law firm in this sector – an excellent team.

Great knowledge of the market and quick availability.

All of them are excellent – good teamwork, knowledge of different topics, and lawyers who behave decently when interacting with other participants.

Carlos Alberto Reyes is a lawyer who gives me a lot of confidence; he focuses on what is important and seeks solutions.

Marcela Silva was always attentive to questions, delivered opinions and answers on time, and brought in experts who made us feel comfortable as lenders.

Key clients

CaixaBank

DNB Bank ASA

KfW Ipex-Bank

Natixis, New York Branch

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Société Générale

MUFG Bank

BNP Paribas

Export Development Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Mizuho Bank

Ibereólica Renovables Chile

EDF EN Chile Holding

ING Capital

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Banco Internacional

Compañía de Seguros Confuturo

Banco Santander

Scotiabank Chile

Grenergy Renovables

Ardian

Work highlights

  • Advised Ardian on a joint venture with CMB Prime for the acquisition of a 33% stake (owned by Brookfield) in Américo Vespucio Express and Túnel San Cristóbal.
  • Advised Cabo Leones I on the drafting and negotiation of a turbine supply and installation agreement for the expansion of the Cabo Leones I wind farm.
  • Advised Caixabank, DNB Bank ASA, KfW Ipex-Bank, Natixis (New York Branch) Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Société Générale and MUFG Bank (as lenders) on a loan for the financing of a NCRE portfolio.

Barros & Errázuriz

Consistently advising developers, sponsors, constructors, operators, suppliers and financiers, Barros & Errázuriz‘s large practice assists with sizeable and complex developments and financings of infrastructure (tendering processes and public and private works concessions) and energy (renewables, conventional and transmission) projects, along with mining companies’ desalination projects. Clients also benefit from the firm’s litigation practice that can boast both domestic and cross-border expertise. With approximately 24 years’ experience, Nicolás Balmaceda is a cross-border project finance specialist; Francisco De la Barra, who ‘always provides excellent advice‘ is an infrastructure and energy project expert; and Fernando Garrido and counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini advise on energy generation and transmission projects. Elevated to the partnership in July 2020, Enrique Barros V is noted for renewable power project financings, while the key senior associates are María Olga Rivera and Diego Ovalle. Since publication, both Pellegrini and Rivera have been raised to the partnership – effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Balmaceda; Francisco de la Barra

Testimonials

Very good internal co-ordination; the whole team are aware of the details of the project.

The staff is available at all times to solve doubts and issues.

Total involvement in the projects, particularly Francisco de la Barra, who has thorough knowledge of an operation’s every detail and always provides excellent advice.

Good ability to adapt quickly to working during the pandemic; they were able to carry out their work without lowering the quality of the service they provided in person.

Key clients

Compañía Portuaria Mejillones

Mitsui & Co

Kauffman

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Banco Security

Atlas Energy

Caitan

Pacific Hydro

Interchile

Copec

Fiera Infraestructure

Constructura San José

Mercado Libre

Grupo Cobra

Agrosonda

Iridium

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Complejo Los Libertadores

Belfi

Korea Overseas

Work highlights

  • Advised Compañía Portuaria Mejillones and Terminal Graneles del Norte on a bid surrounding the shipment of copper concentrate.
  • Assisted Iridum Concesiones de Infraestructura with the pre-qualification of a health facility concession programme (held by Ministerio de Obras Públicas).
  • Assisted Banco de Crédito e Inversiones with preparing a long-term project financing for the construction of a public work, which is destined to improve Santiago’s public transport system.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Fielding seven partners, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' large practice is consistently sought out for major energy and mining projects, as well as for its assistance with significant infrastructure and real estate work. In energy projects, the group's expertise includes greenfield matters, while in projects and infrastructure it acts for a diverse range of entities, including multinational mining companies and industrial clients. The principal figures are Carlos Pérez-Cotapos (foreign investment projects); managing partner Juan Pablo Matus, whose broad practice includes real estate and infrastructure projects; M&A specialist Cristián Herrera; natural resources and mining co-head Gonzalo Grez; regulatory law department head Gonzalo Jiménez; and Rodrigo Sepúlveda, whose broad practice includes project finance. Growth in the department includes the elevation of Tomás Vidal (commercial, corporate and real estate advice) to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Juan Pablo Matus; Cristián Herrera; Gonzalo Grez; Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda; Tomás Vidal

Key clients

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group

Compañía Minera Cordillera Chile

Bergbau Wagen

Work highlights

  • Assisted Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group in relation to the development of a concession for the bicentennial cable car project.
  • Advised Google on obtaining an experimental telecoms concession to land a submarine cable between the US’ San Francisco and Chile’s Valparaiso.
  • Advised Compañía Minera Cordillera Chile on obtaining legal mining judicial easements over an area of approximately 100 hectares of superficial land for the protection and development of mining pits, and the construction of a storage facility (among others).

Fleischmann & Román Abogados

Boutique law firm Fleischmann & León Abogados houses an ‘agile and flexible‘ team that has substantial experience in private and public sector infrastructure projects that involve public works concessions, penitentiary infrastructure, energy and airports, along with desalination plants, mining, highways and telecoms. It also has a robust projects-related disputes practice. Recent highlights include advising Vial and Vives-DSD on the construction of the headline Mapa de Celulosa Arauco project (reportedly the second largest infrastructure investment being executed in Chile). With over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure and construction work, Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick, who ‘stands out for his strategic vision‘, is a civil and construction law and dispute resolution expert; and fellow founding partner Juan Ignacio León consistently advises on construction, real estate, public works concessions and mining projects. However, since publication the early-2022 departure of León (to Ontier Chile), has seen Paulo Román Reyes  (a 2019 arrival from the former Aninat Schwencke & Cia) take on a name-partner role with the firm reorganised as Fleischmann & Román Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick

Testimonials

The longstanding infrastructure experience of this agile and flexible team affords them strategic advantages.

The firm has in-depth knowledge of the construction sector and associated legal and contractual issues.

Provides accurate, complete and relevant advice at all stages; their advice and support has always been of great value.

Communication is constant and fluid; undoubtedly, the firm, through its accessibility and knowledge, provides us with greatly added value when making strategic decisions.

The firm is distinguished by its dedication to clients and their projects.

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick stands out for his strategic vision and personalised attention

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick deserves a special mention; he is a very complete lawyer who combines extensive knowledge of the construction sector with deep legal knowledge. He studies the issues thoroughly, opens up different options and possibilities, and always has both negotiation and conflict in mind.

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick is very flexible, intuitive and a fighter; he never loses perspective of what is important and knows how to simplify the complex. It is a privilege to have his advice.

Key clients

Echeverría Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción

Ferrovial

Aguas de Antofagasta

Vial y Vives – DSD

ICIL – ICAFAL

Sociedad Concesionaria Teleférico Bicentenario

Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta G-21

INIMA – CVV

Sociedad Concesionaria BAS

Fleischmann Mineria y Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Advising Vial and Vives-DSD on the construction of the Mapa de Celulosa Arauco project, which is (reportedly) the second largest infrastructure investment that is being executed in the country.
  • Advised Sociedad Concesionaria Teleférico Bicentenario on the development of the concession of Chile’s first cable car for public transport.
  • Advised Aguas de Antofagasta on the development of a seawater desalination plant in Chile’s mining region.

Guerrero Olivos

Housing a 17-member department, Guerrero Olivos' principal areas of work cover project finance, infrastructure projects, power plants, and LNG re-gasification terminals. The firm's representation is full-service, from the commencement of projects until post-operation stages, including due diligence processes, incorporating special purpose vehicles, and drafting and negotiating credit agreements; it also fields experts in energy supply, EPC, O&M, and build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements. Clemente Pérez has substantial experience in public works and international projects, while Sebastián Abogabir  advises energy companies and international lenders on energy projects. At associate level, Francisca Pellegrini regularly advises energy developers and lenders; and Felipe Frühling assists local and international clients with project finance, developments and acquisitions. Former partner Macarena Ravinet left the firm at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir

Key clients

Texas Pacific Group

Engie Group

Natixis, New York Branch

Modjeski and Masters

Sonnedix Group

Scotta Group

Quanta Services

Deutsche Bank

M&G

Next Energy

Teleférico Bicentenario

Cap Vert Energie

INSO

Cap Vert Energie

Lader Energy

Solek

Work highlights

  • Advised Modjeski and Masters (global bridge engineering firm), on the reconstruction of Chile’s Cau Cau bridge.
  • Advised INSO (Italian construction and infrastructure company) on the design and construction of a new public hospital in Chile’s Chillán.
  • Advising Sustentable, a local environmental consultancy firm, on several projects, particularly transportation, energy and infrastructure projects.

Molina Ríos Abogados

With ‘great prestige in the projects sector‘, the fifteen-member infrastructure and construction department at Molina Ríos Abogados has substantial experience in construction, public and private contracts, PPP projects, and energy and infrastructure mandates, including financing and contentious aspects. It typically advises on large projects involving public infrastructure, desalination plants, wind farms, photovoltaic plants and hospitals, along with airports, highways and mining infrastructure; and its track record includes advising OHL (Spanish global construction corporation) for over 20 years. The highly regarded name partners are engineering and construction projects specialist Victor Ríos (‘a very well-known lawyer‘); and Carlos Molina (litigation of construction and public works concessions). The second line of advisers comprises litigator Felipe Correa, a partner since 2019. However, senior associate and engineering and construction project adviser Macarena López left the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Victor Ríos

Testimonials

The firm’s service is very professional, efficient and effective; and their work always yields good results. They are also timely, available and accurate in their recommendations.

Undoubtedly one of the offices with the most experience and knowledge of ​​large projects in Chile.

Its longstanding experience is highly evident; the team has great prestige in the projects sector, and it knows how both the construction industry and state apparatus work, thereby allowing very in-depth advice on highly complex projects, which are ultimately successfully executed.

In Chile, it is practically the best office around, and it offers a very personalised and agile service.

Victor Ríos is a very well-known lawyer who has great technical and engineering knowledge, in addition to legal expertise.

Carlos Molina has extensive experience in different types of projects, as well as legal and technical knowledge of even the most complex projects – a very good adviser.

Felipe Correa is a lawyer that I highly recommend -always ready to attend to the needs of different projects.

Among the associates, I especially recommend Macarena López.

Key clients

Santiago Airport Construction Consortium

Acciona

Ohl

Eiffage

Mainstream Renewable Power

Ide Technologies

Engie

Grupo San José

Emin

Ava Montajes

Work highlights

  • Advised the Constructor Consortium (comprising Groupe ADP and Vinci Airports) on an important investment development involving the Santiago Airport.
  • Assisting Mainstream Renewable Power with the construction of the Condor portfolio, which involves the injection of 571MW into Chile’s power system.
  • Assists OHL (a Spanish global construction corporation) on an ongoing basis, including advising on the construction of both the Curicó Hospital and Gustavo Fricke Hospital.

Prieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados‘ 21-strong department has enviable projects expertise in a range of sectors, such as infrastructure (ports and desalination plants), energy (including clean energy) and mining, along with gas, water and sewage, and commercial and residential buildings. The practice’s principal practitioners are Nicolás Yuraszeck (partner as of March 2020), who is particularly noted for tender processes and contract negotiations surrounding BOT, EPC and O&M agreements; M&A head Juan Tagle; and tax specialist Mario Gorziglia. Also integral to the practice are corporate and energy leader Fernando Bravo, and José Andrés Pascual (construction projects, financing, and fuel supply and transportation contracts). Additional experienced support is provided by counsel Isabel Monge, who is active in project finance. Since publication: we are saddened to note that co-foundng partner and former practice co-head, Claudio Undurraga  passed away in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Tagle; Nicolás Yuraszeck; Mario Gorziglia

Key clients

Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Engie Energía Chile

Toboso Asesorías

Watt’s

Solar E

PedidosYa Chile

Ventus Energía Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Advising Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi on a natural resources project, which includes a bidding process and negotiation of the construction and O&M agreements for a water desalination plant.
  • Advised Toboso Asesorías on its negotiations with Empresa Constructora DLP for the construction of a shopping centre called Power Center Patio Riesco.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on a wide range of issues concerning the acquisition and development of multiple renewable energy generation projects.

Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV

Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV's 'results-oriented' projects team predominantly advises on the development, financing, refinancing and acquisition of public and privately-owned projects; the firm also fields highly regarded construction litigation specialists. Public and private infrastructure project expert Álvaro Mendoza Negri focuses on highways and energy projects; and with vast experience in infrastructure, construction and public works, José Manuel Valencia ('great for quality legal advice') is a specialist in litigation, arbitration, and the transactional side to concessions and mining projects. At director level, Cristina Santibáñez Boric leads the high complexity litigation and arbitration practice; and Alfredo Vial Rodriguez, a former legal head at the National Roads and Highways Bureau, joined in 2018 as infrastructure director.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Valencia; Álvaro Mendoza Negri

Testimonials

Great experience and engineering and construction law expertise.

Solid professional training coupled with very pleasant lawyers who are always available.

This is a highly professional team with high technical knowledge of construction law.

The AMLV team delivers solid legal and practical knowledge, and its agile team’s responses are always prompt.

A solid team that stands out for its strategic and comprehensive vision of matters, with exceptional quality and legal rigour – a neat, meticulous and results-oriented service.

The attorneys have a high level of involvement and commitment to projects; and they quickly adjusted to new communication systems during the pandemic, showing willingness to deliver their services via different channels, such as virtual media, messages and calls, among others.

José Manuel Valencia stands out for his experience in matters involving infrastructure, both public and private – he is great for quality legal advice and strategic vision when facing highly complex situations.

Director Alfredo Vial Rodriguez has vast experience in the public sector, and in the construction and development of infrastructure projects; he is strongly focused on early conflict intervention, with outstanding interpersonal skills and legal and technical knowledge.

Director Cristina Santibáñez Boric is a lawyer with vast litigation experience.

Key clients

Ingeniería Civil Vicente

Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción

Constructora IS

Constructora Melendez

Empresa Constructora Tricam

Constructora Pitagora

APIA

Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

Constructora Lago Riñihue

Arrigoni Ingeniería y Construcción

SICOMAQ

Work highlights

  • Advised Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción on the execution of a contract.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power Chile on the development of the design and construction project phases of various NCRE projects throughout Chile.
  • Advises Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción on  the design and construction of concessioned public works, including the construction of a cableway system.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile's Santiago office has a traditionally strong presence in the mining sector, but it has also developed a projects practice in renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal; and in relation to major infrastructure projects, the team is experienced in a wide range of areas, from desalinisation and mining plants to ports, roads, and energy. The seven-strong team is co-led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr, who has over 25 years' experience in natural resources and large-scale projects; and mining specialist Mirco Hilgers. The second line of advisers comprises experienced partner Sebastian Vivanco, whose practice includes project finance, and key associates Cristóbal Larrain and Santiago Vial.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Ortuzar Jr; Mirco Hilgers

Testimonials

Great for quick responses, accompaniment of client and follow-up of issues.

Agile and large team with specialisations in various subjects.

We appreciated its cordiality, support and respect towards clients.

Quick handling of matters, availability, empathy and commitment to the client.

Associate Santiago Vial is highly attentive to clients.

Key clients

Aguas Pacífico

Nordex Energy Chile

Gilbarco Andina Latin America

Siemens Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Aguas Pacífico on the bidding processes for several mining project-related desalinisation plants.
  • Advising Nordex Energy Chile on the development of a wind power park, named Los Olmos.
  • Assisted the Gilbarco Groiup with the setup of both its corporate offices and special warehouses and workshop operations, such facilities involving highly complex infrastructure.

Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's sizeable team of corporate, regulatory and natural resources lawyers has a strong track record in the planning, development, construction and operation of projects in Chile. Clients also benefit from the firm's disputes credentials, which cover design, construction and contractual issues; and notable sector expertise includes mining, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and real estate developments. The firm's key figures are Pablo Mir (international projects covering Latin America' Southern Cone, Canada, Australia, China and South Korea); and corporate co-heads Alejandro Álvarez (infrastructure and energy projects) and Octavio Bofill (infrastructure project financing and contractual aspects). Providing additional partner-level support are Ana María YuriRodrigo Saffirio and José Antonio Velasco. Former partner Rony Zimerman left the firm in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir; Octavio Bofill; Alejandro Álvarez; Ana María Yuri; José Antonio Velasco

Key clients

Coro Mining

Compañía Minera Cielo Azul

Eléctrica Puntilla

Republic of Chile, Ministerio de Obras Públicas (Ministry of Public Works)

Echeverría Izquierdo Montajes Industriales

Work highlights

  • Advised Compañía Minera Cielo Azul (Coro Mining) on the $30m purchase of remaining shares in NewCo Marimaca.
  • Advising Eléctrica Puntilla (and its subsidiaries) on both the contracts for its day-to-day operations and the development of new electricity projects.
  • Acted for the Chilean Government (Ministry of Public Works) in a proceeding concerning the construction of a large suspension bridge between Pargua and the island of Chiloé.

CMS Carey & Allende

Housing a 10-member department CMS Carey & Allende handles both the financial side of projects, as well as the legal aspects surrounding project developments, ranging from feasibility and pre-contract studies to construction, operation and transfer issues. With notable specialisations in the energy, agribusiness and telecoms sectors, examples of work areas include power transmission, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and water rights. Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze co-head the infrastructure and projects group, which includes experienced partners Pabla Gaínza (public work concessions, surface property analysis, easements and land use conversion); and Fernando De Cárcer (public and private tendering for infrastructure works). Sebastián Barros is the senior associate to note, while former senior associate Aldo Poblete left the firm in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z; Luis Felipe Arze

Testimonials

One of the most outstanding aspects of the advice provided by CMS is the availability of the staff and the rate/availability ratio.

The team was always 100% available to clarify and support any type of doubt and need, even supporting us on very complex technical issues.

Always going that extra mile, which is essential to every client.

One of the most outstanding aspects of the team is its availability to clients, and great willingness to attend to all enquiries in an efficient and timely manner, in addition to its solid knowledge of the market and sector.

Ability to understand and advise on the commercial and technical aspects of our business.

The advice provided stands out in the legal market for its deep commitment to the issues on which they advise, allowing a close relationship with the client that facilitates the work of the different companies and areas involved.

The CMS C&A team, led by Luis Felipe Arze and associate Sebastián Barros, stands out for its thorough knowledge of project-related legal matters.

Luis Felipe Arze has demonstrated his ability to lead in various legal areas; he has a thorough understanding of our operations and maintains a close relationship, which we highly value.

Key clients

Suez Chile

The Blackstone Group

EDEMSA- Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios

Pacific Hydro Chile

Celeo Redes Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Enagás

Dekra

Hidroeléctrica Los Patos

Cosemar

Verano Capital

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised The Blackstone Group (Blackstone) on the acquisition of a stake in US investment fund FRS Capital, which will lead to Blackstone gaining an indirect shareholding in Carrix, a container terminal operator in the Americas.
  • Advised Celeo Redes Chile on the international tender process for a construction project involving the expansion of Chile’s main power transmission grid.
  • Advised Verano Capital on the sale of a portfolio of several small and medium photovoltaic projects.

DLA Piper Chile

Fielding a ten-strong team, DLA Piper Chile has substantial experience in the projects and infrastructure space, including the development of power plants and energy, infrastructure and real estate projects. Heading the firm’s energy and natural resources group, Felipe Bahamondez has a strong profile for energy, natural gas and LNG projects, as well as infrastructure mandates; and Rodrigo Álvarez has over 20 years’ experience in advising on real estate matters. The associates to note are seniors Diego Peña (energy and infrastructure) and Paulina Farías (energy, natural resources and regulatory matters), along with Claudio Sepúlveda, who assists with bidding processes and construction contracts. Former projects co-head José Pablo Dulanto departed the firm in February 2021. Since publication, Peña has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Alvarez; Felipe Bahamondez

Key clients

CarbonFree Technology

Sonnedix UK Services

Work highlights

  • Advised CarbonFree Technology on the development of photovoltaic power plants, from the due diligence processes to the acquisition and execution of the EPC and operation agreements.
  • Assisted Sonnedix UK Services with regulatory and construction matters, and the review and negotiation of development agreements for the construction of a large solar plant to be built in Chile.

Garrigues Chile

Housing a 10-member team, Garrigues Chile's projects expertise ranges from development issues to bidding, financing, contracts and regulatory matters. The 'solid and highly knowledgeable' department is headed up by Pedro García, a specialist in project finance, regulatory work and bidding processes, while public law head Claudio Moraga (construction contracts, regulatory issues, litigation and bidding) is also a key department member. Further support is provided by energy project finance expert Antonio Morales, who was made partner in January 2021; and senior associates Francisco Irarrázaval (energy specialist), Francisca Ferrer (project finance) and Federico Espinosa, who recently returned from an internship in Milbank's New York project finance department.

Practice head(s):

Pedro García; Claudio Moraga

Testimonials

When it comes to projects and infrastructure, the Garrigues team of lawyers is solid and highly knowledgeable.

They show that being an international office is an advantage when dealing with international counterparts – they make great contributions and have a lot of specific experience in this area.

Garrigues’ preparation of written material for the evaluation of tenders is excellent.

Great ability to process large volumes of information in relatively short times; in the case of large tenders, this is an enormously valuable asset.

An excellent team with great commitment.

Garrigues’ work is exceptional in this area, with their knowledge of contracts and financing structures at a very high level.

Claudio Moraga is a lawyer who does an excellent job as team leader.

Pedro García is a team leader and professional with extensive knowledge; he is both thoughtful and creative in the search for solutions.

Key clients

Allianz

AMP

Arroyo Energy Partners

Banco Santander-Chile

Cintra-Ferrovial

Credit Agricole

Intervial

Mizuho

Natixis

Scania

SMBC

Scotiabank

Sociedad Concesionaria Runa Nahuelbuta

Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta del Algarrobo

Sociedad Concesionaria Rutas del Desierto

Sociedad Concesionaria Teleférico Bicentenario

Work highlights

  • Advised Intervial, as bidder in the public tender for the new Talca-Chillán toll road concession, which was launched by the Ministry of Public Works.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley and Scotiabank on a debt issuance by Metro de Santiago (operator of the subway system in the metropolitan region of Santiago), to finance Line 2 and 3’s extension, and Line No 7’s creation.
  • Advised the Ruta Nahuelbuta concessionaire (and its sponsors Besalco and Belfi) on a financing surrounding a 55km toll road concession granted by BCI, Banco del Estado de Chile, Confuturo and Principal.

Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes

Chilean law firm Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes was launched in April 2021 by three former partners of Reymond & Cía, namely Rodrigo Riquelme, Camilo Silva and Diego Fuentes, but without former senior partner Alfonso Reymond Larrain. The department is best known for complex contractual and dispute-related negotiations involving different departments of the Chilean State. Its particular areas of expertise include public works concessions, construction-related public and private infrastructure, energy, public health services, project development and financing. 'Simply the best', Riquelme focuses on disputes involving public works concessions, infrastructure, and construction and engineering projects; Silva is experienced in engineering, construction and service contracts; and Fuentes is a construction law and dispute resolution expert.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Riquelme

Testimonials

Lawyers with extensive experience in the field, solid academic training, and good judgement when resolving the doubts and needs of clients; and they know how the industry works, which is key to obtaining good results.

The team shows a remarkable integration of legal experience and technical construction knowledge, which is difficult to find in the market.

They are involved not only at the level of macro concepts, but when approaching a case they begin to discuss and analyse the technical and constructive aspects that have caused the issue in question.

A boutique firm in the area of ​​projects and infrastructure, with highly specialised lawyers, in relation to both public and private contracting.

Sophisticated management of projects and infrastructure work.

The firm has extensive experience in large infrastructure and construction projects in Chile. Their main strength lies in the fact that they know the construction sector in depth, which allows them to delineate successful legal strategies for the cases in which they participate.

Rodrigo Riquelme is simply the best.

Rodrigo Riquelme is recognised for his ability to define successful strategies during highly complex cases.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Dentons Larrain Rencoret fields a ‘very complete‘ 10-strong team that advises on all stages of projects, including assistance with development issues, financing, contracts, tenders and disputes. Sector areas of expertise include toll roads, ports, rail, light rail systems and water desalination plants; and in energy, the firm’s projects work includes LNG and petrochemical terminals, power plants and wind power. The experience of office managing partner José Manuel Larraín includes PPP and BOT projects for Chile’s public and private sectors; Marisol Ceballos is a corporate law, foreign investment and energy sector specialist; and senior associate Ignacio Vargas‘ ‘litigation skills stand out'. Since publication, Vargas has been raised to the partnership - effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Larraín; Ignacio Vargas

Testimonials

Dentons has specialists for each phase of the process, and the different legal aspects are co-ordinated through a contact person who gives continuity to the process and guides us perfectly. This is a very complete team with solid experience.

Very practical lawyers who are methodical when it comes to determining strategies to solve problems.

Available 24/7 to resolve queries and questions that clients have.

They know the construction, infrastructure, energy and public works concessions industries very well; they also have experience in negotiation and conflict prevention, as well as in litigation and arbitration, which make them very complete lawyers for these areas.

Can approach matters from a global perspective, which allows their strategies to contemplate one or more alternatives, granting different possibilities to present to the clients – not all firms specialising in projects have teams as complete and multidisciplinary as Dentons.

José Manuel Larraín has extensive experience in project matters.

Marisol Ceballos has enormous professionalism and commitment to clients: she accompanies us during any problem or query, giving us complete and effective solutions.

Ignacio Vargas is a young lawyer, whose litigation skills stand out, and he has participated in multiple instances in public hearings before the Technical Panel on Concessions, as well as in arbitration and litigation. Despite his age, he handles in-depth legal and technical aspects very well- an outstanding senior associate in this area.

Key clients

Sistemas SEC

Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente

Sociedad Concesionaria Autopistas de Antofagasta

China Railway Tunnel Group

Yutong

Tewoo Group Co

Transportes JLVP

Volvo Brasil

Sociedad Concesionaria Autopistas de Antofagasta

Volvo Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente with its dispute with the Ministry of Public Works over the change in the design of a connection link between concessioned highway Vespucio Oriente I and Costanera Norte.
  • Successfully represented SCAA (on behalf of the concessionaire), as plaintiff, in an arbitration proceeding for additional works and extra costs incurred during a public highway’s construction.
  • Assisted China Railway Tunnel Group with contractual matters concerning extension works to Santiago’s Line 2.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

With longstanding experience in project finance, the 10-member practice at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr advises a large number of foreign and local clients on the development and financing of projects involving power generation (particularly NCRE matters), mining, infrastructure and real estate, including contentious issues. Sergio Orrego has notable expertise in wind farms and run-of-the-river power plants; Gonzalo Errázuriz is a real estate project expert; Ignacio Urrutia is on hand for project-related environmental law aspects; and a partner since 2017, Felipe Rencoret is active in projects and infrastructure work.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Orrego

Key clients

Consorcio Kospo Samsung

Royal Gold

Yamana Gold

Global Energy Services Siemsa

Enel Generación

Invercap

Energía de la Patagonia y Aysésn

Desarrollos Inmobiliarios y Constructora Valle Grande

Inversiones AGSA

Aveng Construcciones Chile

Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén

Administradora Next Capital

Inmobiliaria Cosnav

Echeverría Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción

Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar

Frutícola Agrichile

Inmobiliaria Parque Embajadores

Inmobiliaria E3

Work highlights

  • Assisted Kelar with general project issues, including environmental matters, obtaining administrative permits, administrative litigation, and other matters.
  • Advised Inmobiliaria Valle Grande on the development of a 660-hectare real estate development in Santiago.
  • Advised Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén on the development of a 20MW run-of-the-river power plant project.

Urzúa Abogados

A ‘very good and agile’ boutique legal practice, the former Urzúa Matute –now Urzúa Abogados– is exclusively focused on projects and construction and engineering law (including related arbitration and litigation), with notable sector experience in mining, aquaculture, energy transmission and energy generation (including water, solar and wind). Name partner Cristián Urzúa, ‘a lawyer who combines great commercial orientation with technical knowledge and experience in infrastructure projects‘ advises owners and contractors from projects’ early stages, from the preparation of contracts and their performance to litigation or arbitration. Since publication, former name partner Claudio Matute has left (effective January 2022) leading to the firm’s reorganisation under its new name.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Urzúa

Testimonials

The team is highly trained and gives accurate and authoritative answers. The  performance levels are very high- far above any other law firm we have worked with.

Great collaboration with the projects team, both at technical and commercial levels, in addition to having deep knowledge about how to execute projects.

We appreciate their concern for details, deep knowledge of our contracts and thorough industry knowledge.

An important partner to us – a small but very good and agile team.

Despite being a small law firm, the quality of its service is equal to or better than that of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Chile.

Cristián Urzúa has great ability and guides his clients very well.

I would definitely recommend ‘Cristián Urzúa to any company for project or related arbitration and litigation issues.

Cristián Urzúa is a lawyer who combines great commercial orientation with technical knowledge and experience in infrastructure projects, both during contractual phases and litigation stages. The attention is very personalised and Cristián is always available; he is also a very transparent person, with whom it is easy to achieve a relationship of trust – this makes working together much easier.

Key clients

Edemsa

BHP Billiton

Australis

Elecnor

Worley

Jacobs

Solarpack

Interaseo

Elecnor Chile

Central Rucalhue-China International Water & Electric Corp

Graña Montero Vial y Vives DSD

Work highlights

  • Advised BHP Billiton on the construction of a mining project.
  • Acted for Elecnor Chile in COVID-19-related claims concerning the construction of two transmission energy projects and two wind power plants.
  • Acted for Worley in a claim against  Chilean mining company, Codelco, which concerned a feasibility study involving the Andina mine’s growth.