The sizeable infrastructure, project development and project finance practice at market stalwart Carey has extensive experience in the development, financing and execution of energy infrastructure projects (thermoelectric, hydroelectric, oil and gas, wind, photovoltaic and biomass). The firm’s heavyweight projects expertise also covers mining, roads, hospitals, telecoms networks, ports, airport infrastructure, concessions, and housing and hospitality services. The ‘deeply capable‘ practice fields several leaders, namely: Rafael Vergara, who routinely advises on major mining transactions in Chile; Oscar Aitken, who co-heads the firm’s construction and engineering group alongside real estate group head Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who both advise on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects; water rights expert Alberto Cardemil, the co-head of the natural resources and environmental group; project development and finance specialist Felipe Moro; and Fernando Noriega, who focuses on project financing, banking law, lending, capital markets and foreign investment. Within the senior associate pool, Juan Pablo Vukasovic has notable projects experience, but former fellow senior Sophia Bobadilla left in February 2022.
Projects and infrastructure in Chile
Rafael Vergara; Oscar Aitken; Juan Francisco Mackenna; Alberto Cardemil; Felipe Moro; José Miguel Bustamante; Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Fernando Noriega
‘In addition to being deeply capable and professional, Carey’s lawyers really listen to its their clients, and get sincerely involved with clients’ pain points.‘
‘Not just a law firm advising on someone else’s business, but more like an extended in-house team. That makes it unique.‘
‘Carey’s team is a consolidated group with great knowledge and recognised prestige. Telematic meetings, work on shared documents and digital signatures have been innovated, which have accelerated collaboration and favoured greater coordination and joint work.‘
Lima Airport Partners
Highly Innovative Fuels
Sociedad Química y Minera
Américo Vespucio Norte
Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
- Advised Lima Airport Partners, concessionaire of Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, on the contractual strategy and preparation of the bidding documents and contracts for the expansion of the airport.
- Advised The Bank of Nova Scotia, KfW IPEX-Bank, ING Capital, MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Instituto de Crédito Oficial E P E on a $217m loan, which was granted to Ibereólica Cabo Leones II to refinance the construction of a 235MW wind farm.
- Advised Antofagasta Minerals on the preparation, negotiation and project management of the expansion of the Centinela Project, which includes a copper concentrate plant, molybdenum plant, tailings deposit, and seawater pumping systems.
Claro & Cia.
The sizeable 27-strong project finance and project development practice at market mainstay Claro & Cia. has a strong track record in the financing, development, construction, operation, acquisition, ownership and sale of energy and infrastructure projects. Representative specialisms include power plants, transmission lines and substations, and greenfield and brownfield projects undertaken on a non-recourse project finance basis. The team is also highly involved in the accords required for the development of projects, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operation and maintenance (O&M), agreements, along with transmission, interconnection, supply and power purchase contracts. The team’s recent experience also covers project bond financings and infrastructure-related public concessions. The practice is led by projects and infrastructure specialist Rodrigo Ochagavía; Jorge Martín, who advises on international infrastructure and transportation projects; and José Luis Ambrosy, who regularly acts on renewable energy and gas terminals. Also highly regarded are cross-border finance transactions expert Luisa Núñez; Ariel Mihovilovic, an energy and project finance specialist; and cross-border expert José María Eyzaguirre F. Former associate Gerardo Otero left the firm in August 2021.
Toesca Asset Management
- Advised EnfraGen Energía Sur, Prime Energía and EnfraGen Spain on the development of various renewable projects.
- Advised a syndicate of lenders, led by SMBC, on both the $335m acquisition financing for the purchase of Chilean gas company Gasmar, and the financing for the expansion of a new terminal in Mejillones.
- Advised EnfraGen on the secured financing for a greenfield solar portfolio of projects.
Larrain y Asociados Abogados
Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ 15-lawyer team has particular expertise in advising on the development, financing, construction and operation of infrastructure projects (mining, energy, ports, railways, hospitals and roads), and has seen particular recent growth in the desalinisation and seawater conveyance projects segment. The practice is co-led by renowned project development, infrastructure and energy and natural resources lawyer Jorge Granic; and Arturo Bulnes, who focuses on public service concessions, particularly toll roads, regulated services and tender offers during infrastructure projects. Also integral to the group, Carlos Aravena acts in construction contract-related litigation and arbitration; the track records of both Cristóbal Morandé and Juan Carlos Bulnes include major projects' mandates; and of counsel Ricardo Peña‘s experience covers water and port concessions. Juan de Dios Ferrada (M&A and construction matters) and Joaquín Larrain (infrastructure and energy projects) were promoted to the partnership in January 2022. At senior associate level, Javiera Méndez is experienced in regulatory and administrative law, while Francisco Cerda (tender processes and infrastructure project negotiations), returned in July 2021 from Herbert Smith Freehills‘ New York office, where he was a foreign associate.
Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic
‘Larrain y Asociados Abogados has no reason to envy the larger firms!‘
‘Proximity to the client, quality of service, and (above all) human qualities are the team’s most outstanding points.‘
‘Their strengths and skills include high-level abilities to process legal documentation and advise on project financing and purchase processes.‘
‘Compares very favourably with other offices.‘
‘The advantages of these lawyers are their effectiveness and efficiency, and they have the ability to deliver legal certainty to the client.‘
‘Vast experience in BOOT and mining matters in Chile. Incomparable.‘
‘Jorge Granic and Joaquín Larrain are excellent partners with great knowledge of BOOT matters and Chile’s laws for mining/infrastructure projects.‘
Sociedad Punta del Cobre
Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente
Flux Solar Energías Renovables
- Advised Grupo GIA on reviewing bidding rules and the development of preliminary agreements for hospital concessions.
- Advised Antofagasta Minerals on an international tender process for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 144KM seawater pumping system for its mining operations.
- Advised Gold Fields (South African mining company) on the approval for a construction and development of a mining project in Chile.
Morales & Besa
Morales & Besa‘s team has longstanding infrastructure and energy sector experience, its practice scope ranging from project development, acquisition and financing matters, to contractual, regulatory and litigation issues. In addition to acting for major energy and construction industry players, the multidisciplinary group routinely assists clients from the public works and sewage water sectors with obtaining project-related authorisations and permits. The practice is led by infrastructure and energy projects specialist Carlos Silva, while Macarena Laso heads the firm’s real estate and construction team. Partner-level growth in 2022 includes the return of Aldo Cardinali (project developments) as partner from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados, and the elevation of energy expert Juan Carlos Valdivieso. At senior associate level, Macarena López was recruited from Molina Ríos Abogados in July 2021, and focuses on projects, construction and engineering matters; and Katannya Jablonski is an energy and natural resources, regulated markets and concessions specialist. Senior James Channing left for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in the US in August 2021.
‘A team of professionals with great human qualities – a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide transactional support with great efficiency and willingness.‘
‘The team offers quick responses to client needs and excels in energy project finance.‘
Global Infrastructure Partners
EIG Global Energy Partners
Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura
- Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its investment in a portfolio of renewable projects.
- Advising Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel in relation to its concession to construct and operate a new terminal at Santiago Airport.
- Advised WPD Chile, an international wind project developer and operator, on the development of its projects in Chile.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
The 13-strong projects group at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is particularly active in the renewable energy and mining sectors. Representative expertise includes transportation infrastructure (such as toll roads, ports, airports and railways), along with social infrastructure projects involving hospitals, jails and schools. Other notable areas range from public utilities infrastructure (telecoms and water and sewerage systems) to real estate developments (hotels, buildings and urban renovation). The principal figures are natural resources and energy projects specialist Carlos Alberto Reyes; Marcelo Armas, whose practice focuses on banking, finance and capital markets; Andrés Sanfuentes, an expert in banking, finance and infrastructure projects; and Marcela Silva, whose experience includes advising on the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects (hydroelectric, solar and wind), as well as desalination plants. The senior associates to note are corporate, asset and project financing expert Daniel Parodi; Guillermo Vial, a former international associate in Corrs Chambers Westgarth's construction group in Sydney; and Mario Fava, who routinely negotiates project contracts. Since publication, Armas has left the firm with effect from January 2023.
Carlos Alberto Reyes; Andrés Sanfuentes; Marcela Silva
‘PPU is a very solid firm with very professional teams and a commercial approach towards client and transactions.‘
‘I think PPU is among the top firms in Chile for energy projects – it is my favourite. I think they have a tremendous understanding of energy regulation as well as related real estate issues.‘
‘Very prepared for all issues in the energy sector, and they always provide us with a fast, punctual and very high-quality service.‘
‘We have high levels of confidence in the team. We consider them our allies and partners rather than just lawyers or contractors.‘
‘Dedicated, experienced and with a lot of local knowledge.‘
‘Knows what is important in each situation – the team focuses on the critical points and tries to find solutions. Carlos Alberto Reyes clearly personifies this approach.‘
‘Carlos Alberto Reyes is strategic and was a true partner for our company during the preparation of a very important energy tender. He is also always available to support us with questions, queries, doubts, and preparing reports and presentations, even on very short deadlines.‘
‘Definitely the experience of Carlos Alberto Reyes is a great plus – it makes a difference when closing agreements.‘
- Advised Nordex on the negotiation of contracts for the supply and installation of wind turbines.
Barros & Errázuriz
Barros & Errázuriz's sizeable practice consistently acts for developers, sponsors, constructors, operators, suppliers and financiers on the development and financing of large infrastructure and energy projects in Chile. Representative specialisms include complex tendering processes and public and private works (highways, prisons, seaports and land terminals, airports, parking areas and logistics centres), along with energy and transmission energy projects. The group is also routinely involved in large desalination projects. The practice is co-led by infrastructure and financing expert Nicolás Balmaceda, and Francisco De la Barra, who has an active project development and finance practice. The second line of practitioners includes energy generation and transmission project experts Fernando Garrido and Cristóbal Pellegrini, who was promoted to the partnership in March 2022 alongside María Olga Rivera, who advises on ports sector matters and cross-border project financings for infrastructure and energy projects. Senior associate Diego Ovalle 's broad practice also takes in projects work.
Nicolás Balmaceda; Francisco de la Barra
‘The team has helped us respond to complex regulatory queries related to the development of photovoltaic projects in Chile, and they always provide broad points of view, helping us to achieve suitable solutions.‘
‘The quality of the solutions the lawyers provide and their responses are of a very high standard, and they can achieve this thanks to their efficient internal management.‘
‘The best law firm we have ever worked with, and with a large legal team that specialises in multiple areas.‘
‘The lawyers demonstrate a great ability to find solutions that facilitate complex M&A operations, which gives us peace of mind as developers and a guarantee of quality for the buyers of our developments.‘
‘The team has a lot of experience in infrastructure projects, which is not abundant in the sector.‘
‘Great-quality client service and availability to meet requirements.‘
‘Deep knowledge of the matters on which the lawyers work. The team differs from competitors in its attitude and good interpersonal relationships – I would highlight Francisco de la Barra in this regard.‘
‘Cristóbal Pellegrini stands out for his perfect understanding of the problems we raise, integrating certain answers that go beyond the questions asked.‘
Compañía Portuaria Mejillones
Compañía de Petróleos de Chile
Constructora San José
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Complejo Los Libertadores
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Advised the Yallique Consortium (comprising Transelec, ISA Inversiones Chile and China Southern Power Grid International), on its incorporation so as to present a proposal during the tender process for the awarding of a transmission line project.
- Advised Sociedad Concesionaria Puente Industrial on a credit agreement with Banco del Estado de Chile and Banco Security to finance part of an investment concerning a public works concession.
- Advised Interchile on the issuance of its project bonds.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos
The 20-strong team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ has a strong track record in greenfield energy, telecoms and mining projects, as well as being active in infrastructure and real estate matters. Being full-service, the practice’s infrastructure expertise includes planning, development and construction issues, as well as M&A and financing. The group is jointly led by seven partners: mining expert Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; managing partner Juan Pablo Matus, who advises on corporate matters, M&A and real estate law; Cristián Herrera whose broad practice includes infrastructure projects; natural resources and mining co-leader Gonzalo Grez; regulatory law head Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda, who acts on the financing of electricity distribution and generation projects; and commercial, corporate and real estate specialist Tomás Vidal (a partner since 2020). Associates Verónica Cuadra, Daniela Fierro and Cristóbal Herrera are also key team members.
Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Juan Pablo Matus; Cristián Herrera; Gonzalo Grez; Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda; Tomás Vidal
Banco del Estado de Chile
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones
Inter-American Investment Corporation
Consortium comprising Colbún, EDF and Sigdo Koppers
Consortium comprising dnata and Cargo Mobility
Compañía Minera Cordillera Chile
- Advised Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group on its participation in the bidding process for a construction contract, which involves the design and construction of an urban monocable system.
- Advised Inter-American Investment Corporation and the Inter-American Development Bank on a $125m financing to Engie Energía Chile for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a renewable energy project.
- Advised a consortium, comprising Colbún, EDF and Sigdo Koppers, on the tendering process for new transmission assets.
Recent activity for the 16-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos focuses on project finance, infrastructure projects, power plants, and LNG regasification terminals. Representative expertise covers due diligence processes, credit agreements and special purpose vehicle incorporations. The practice also houses specialists in collateral packages, along with energy supply matters, and EPC, O&M, and build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements. The practice is co-headed by Clemente Pérez, a specialist in renewable energy and infrastructure projects, public works concessions and regulatory law; energy projects specialist Sebastián Abogabir; Miguel Coddou, who acts for international lenders; mining and venture capital partner Pedro Lyon; and Benjamín Pérez, who is active in mining-related activities. Among the firm’s associates, senior Benjamín Novoa‘s practice includes project finance, while Francisca Pellegrini acts for energy developers and lenders. Raised to partner in February 2022, Felipe Frühling assists with project finance, developments and acquisitions.
Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir; Miguel Coddou; Pedro Lyon; Benjamín Pérez
Consorcio Banchile – Andes Solar
Natixis (New York)
- Advising the Chilean affiliate of FINSO on the contracts and litigation processes surrounding the construction of a public hospital in southern Chile.
- Advised R&Q Concesiones on the sale of the Road Concession Chiloe Longitudinal Route project to Patria Investments.
- Advising a not-for-profit corporation called Reguemos Chile on an infrastructure and renewable energy project, which plans to transport water from rainy areas.
Molina Ríos Abogados
Molina Ríos Abogados‘ 11-strong practice has notable expertise in large-scale projects, construction, public and private contracts, PPP matters, and energy and infrastructure work. Its large projects’ experience ranges from international airports, desalination plants, wind farms and photovoltaic plants, to mining infrastructure, hospitals, highways and public infrastructure. Elected President of the Chilean Society of Construction Law in September 2021, practice leader Victor Ríos ‘ ‘knowledge of how to do business in Chile is an essential part of his excellent performance‘; Carlos Molina has longstanding experience in large infrastructure and construction projects involving technical legal issues and litigation, arbitration and claims; and Felipe Correa is a construction and infrastructure specialist. At senior associate level, Jaime Uribe has notable projects expertise, and Catalina Binder is a 2021 recruit from the Public Works Concessions Technical Panel. Former senior Macarena López departed the firm in May 2021.
‘A team that stands out from its peers. It works fast, adapts to the client’s technology and is diverse in its makeup.‘
‘The Molina Ríos team, from its partners to its associates, is specialised in construction matters, with extensive technical knowledge of all relevant issues. The lawyers also have excellent relationships with clients, understanding their needs and the timelines required.‘
‘A boutique firm that is highly specialised in projects and infrastructure, and with knowledge of both the regulations that regulate these sectors and the key agents involved.‘
‘Decisive in managing the issues and problems that arise, and with a high level of practical sense.‘
‘Victor Ríos’ knowledge of how to do business in Chile is an essential part of his excellent performance – great knowledge of the authorities and the day-to-day frameworks.‘
‘The professionals are available and committed. I would highlight Víctor Ríos and Carlos Molina for their national and international careers and great experience.‘
Parque Arauco Chile
Grupo San José
Mainstream Renewable Power
- Designated as the exclusive legal adviser to a constructor consortium, comprising Group ADP and Vinci Airports regarding the development of Santiago Airport.
- Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on the construction of the Condor portfolio, which involves the injection of 571MW into the power system.
- Acting for Spanish global construction corporation OHLA (formerly known as OHL) on an ongoing basis and in relation to various projects.
The 21-strong practice at Prieto Abogados consistently advisers developers and owners on the development, financing and acquisition of large projects within the infrastructure and energy markets. Its expertise covers projects for toll roads, ports, water desalination plants and hospitals, along with pipelines, power plants, wind power and energy storage. The practice is jointly led by Juan Tagle , who advises clients from the projects, infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors; Mario Gorziglia , whose broad practice includes project finance; and projects and infrastructure specialist Nicolás Yuraszeck . Also key to the group, counsel Isabel Monge assists with project financings, while associate Emilio Del Real acts on construction projects, tender processes and project finance. Notable recruitment includes hiring Federico Rodríguez (power generation and mining matters) as counsel in March 2021 from Baraona Marshall & Cía, but former senior associate Camila Kutz moved to Cuatrecasas in August 2021. Former practice co-head Claudio Undurraga passed away in July 2022.
Juan Tagle; Nicolás Yuraszeck; Mario Gorziglia
‘Excellence, professionalism and vast experience in the energy sector.‘
‘The projects team at Prieto Abogados is highly efficient and provides a quality service. The lawyers understand the client’s business and are therefore creative when it comes to finding solutions and closing deals.‘
‘The plus is the quality of the team and the permanent and foolproof availability of Nicolás Yuraszeck.‘
‘Counsel Federico Rodríguez is a very experienced energy lawyer.‘
Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi
DP World Chile
Engie Energía Chile
Banco Crédito e Inversiones
Export Finance Australia
5B International Holdings
Gestio I Serveis Trade Center
- Advised a consortium of banks (including Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, BNP Paribas, Export Finance Australia, ING Capital, MUFG Bank, Natixis, Société Générale and Finnvera) on the granting of a $850m project finance debt facility to Mantoverde.
- Advised Pacific Hydro Chile on the bidding process (and construction and operation agreements) for the construction of a photovoltaic power project.
- Advising Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi on the bidding process (and construction and operation and maintenance agreements) for a water desalination plant.
Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV
Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV‘s ‘excellent legal team‘ consistently advises on the development, financing, refinancing and acquisition of large projects, including mining, energy and hydroelectric projects for private companies, as well as on public works such as highways, bridges and stadiums. The department is also active in the private concessions market (highways, hospitals and airports), as well as construction-related litigation. Jose Manuel Valencia ‘has in-depth knowledge of the construction sector‘; Alvaro Mendoza Negri routinely advises energy and electricity sector companies; and infrastructure director Alfredo Vial Rodríguez ‘s career includes working at the Ministry of Public Works. Fellow director Cristina Santibáñez Boric leads the high complexity litigation and arbitration practice, while Alejandro Merino Capurro and Nicole Camilli Santiago are key associates.
José Manuel Valencia; Alvaro Mendoza Negri; Alfredo Vial Rodríguez
‘The team is excellent, multidisciplinary and highly professionally trained.‘
‘Always resolves our conflicts, and the firm has a wide variety of advisers for different infrastructure projects – demonstrable experience in the area.‘
‘A team with good legal support but also with practical experience, especially for administrative cases, which were excellently covered by the group.‘
‘The firm has several favourable characteristics when contrasting them with other law firms: permanent presence of partners in all meetings, the constant follow-up on cases, the impeccable language used in its official documents, and the excellent administrative, legal and technical team that accompanies the group in its efforts with proven excellent results.‘
‘Excellent legal team – the partners are supported by area directors who manage a team of lawyers with different technical and legal expertise, depending on the case in hand.‘
‘José Manuel Valencia has in-depth knowledge of the construction sector and contracts with the State.‘
‘José Manuel Valencia is a very experienced professional and successfully leads his team.‘
‘Director Cristina Santibañez Boric’s analysis has great depth, while Nicole Camilli Santiago is a young lawyer with an enormous capacity for work who has grown professionally over the years.‘
Ingeniería Civil Vicente
ICAFAL Ingeniería Y Construcción
Empresa Constructora TricamObras y Servicios Copasa (Agencia En Chile)
Construcción y Maquinarias (Sicomaq)
Consorcio Copasa-Corsán Corviam Dos
Mainstream Renewable Power Chile
Arrigoni Ingenieria y Construcción
Constructora Lago Riñihue
- Advised ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción on a contract signed with the Public Works Ministry, which involves the management of claims.
- Advised ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción on the construction of a cableway system.
- Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on a renewable energy project.
Baker McKenzie Chile
The six-member practice at Baker McKenzie Chile has a strong reputation for its mining sector expertise, but it is increasingly active in energy and renewable energy projects (solar, wind and geothermal), desalinisation plants, and major infrastructure projects involving ports and roads. The team is also able to leverage projects-related expertise and best practices from across the firm’s enviable regional and international networks. The group is co-led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr, whose practice includes project finance and major infrastructure projects (mining, energy and telecoms); and Mirco Hilgers, who specialises in natural resources projects, particularly mining. Associate Santiago Vial is currently studying a Master’s Degree in London.
Antonio Ortuzar Jr; Mirco Hilgers
Gilbarco Andina Latin America
- Advised Grupo Pochteca on the due diligence for the acquisition of Ixom Chile (the Chilean subsidiary company of Ixom Holdings) and Ixom International Holdings.
- Advised Gilbarco Latin America Andina on different matters, including in relation to its commercial offices, and special warehouse and workshop operations.
- Advises Deutsche Pharma on a wide range of matters, including administrative law matters.
CMS Carey & Allende
CMS Carey & Allende fields experts in both the financial and legal-regulatory aspects of development projects. The 11-strong department’s specialisms include the feasibility and pre-contract management aspects of construction, operational and transfer issues; and in addition to major project financings, the team assists with power transmission, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and water rights. The practice is led by Luis Felipe Arze, who is particularly active in non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) projects, while Jorge Allende Z regularly advises on energy and mining projects. Also key to the group, Fernando De Cárcer assists with public and private tendering processes for infrastructure works; and senior associate Sebastián Barros is experienced in transactions, financings and project development.
Luis Felipe Arze
‘The Carey & Allende team has extensive knowledge of the energy and oil and gas sectors in Chile. The level of expertise is excellent, and the lawyers are well connected in the sector – a very complete team.‘
‘Lawyers who stand out for their high levels of knowledge of the issues being dealt with, their willingness to respond to queries raised, and their speed in responding.‘
‘Their lawyers’ dedication was outstanding, which translated into an excellent outcome.‘
The Blackstone Group
Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA)
Pacific Hydro Chile
Celeo Redes Chile
China Three Gorges Corporation
- Advised Verano Capital Holding on its agreement with Yinson Renewables for the joint development, sale and construction of a solar portfolio of over 800MW in Chile, Peru and Colombia.
- Advised KKR on the financing, M&A and telecoms aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in Telefónica Chile’s existing fibre optic network.
- Advised Cosemar (Chilean household and industrial waste management company) on its sale to EBI Operations.
DLA Piper Chile
Routinely acting for infrastructure and energy companies, financial institutions, institutional investors, sponsors and contractors, DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘specialist advisers' act across a range of domestic and cross-border projects and infrastructure matters. The eight-member group has particular experience in the development of power plants and energy projects, but is also active in energy transmission and distribution, infrastructure and real estate matters. The practice is co-led by project development, energy and natural resources specialist, Felipe Bahamondez, and real estate and taxation expert Rodrigo Álvarez. Strengthening the firm’s practice further, energy project expert Diego Peña was made partner in January 2022, while at senior associate level, Paulina Farías is active in energy, natural resources and regulatory matters.
Felipe Bahamondez; Rodrigo Alvarez
‘Specialist advisers who ensure that projects are completed, with lawyers who are constantly up to date on all developments in this area and provide prompt responses.‘
‘The law firm has adapted very well to recent times, especially in relation to technology. COVID was not used as a pretext to decrease the quality and delivery times of the work.‘
‘Good balance between experience and youth – specialists with excellent availability, clear answers, good legal advice, and commitment to clients and their protection.‘
‘Commercial and strategic support beyond pure legal advice, favouring fluidity when negotiating contracts in favour of the client.‘
‘Highly qualified group with a level of response according to the needs of the client. For our project we had to coordinate the advice of the DLA Chile office with our lawyers in New York and the communication was very fluid.‘
‘They had incredible flexibility when coordinating calls or meetings with clients in different jurisdictions at the same time. Finally, I would highlight the team’s understanding of cutting-edge products in the M&A world.‘
‘Ease of communication, availability and a very good level of English facilitated negotiations with our foreign clients and other affiliates.‘
‘Diego Peña was very professional at all times and provided us with very personalised advice according to the complexity of the transaction.‘
- Assisted CarbonFree Technology with the development of photovoltaic power plants.
- Advised SUSI Partners on the execution of a framework agreement with Biwo Renovables for the purchase, development, construction, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of power plants.
Dentons Larrain Rencoret
Dentons Larrain Rencoret's projects and infrastructure practice routinely advises on projects involving toll roads, ports, light rail systems and water desalination plants. In the energy sector, the team’s projects assistance covers liquefied natural gas and petrochemical terminals, power plants and wind power. The practice is co-led by infrastructure projects expert José Manuel Larraín, whose track record includes PPP, BOT and concession projects; and former senior associate Ignacio Vargas, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022 and has substantial experience in the public and private infrastructure sectors. Providing additional partner-level support, Marisol Ceballos routinely acts for clients in the energy, construction, telecoms and technology sectors.
José Manuel Larraín; Ignacio Vargas
‘Partners with solid knowledge of infrastructure projects and very good availability.‘
‘Lawyers with special knowledge of concessions law and other regulations associated with infrastructure projects and public works concessions, along with good coordination skills since there are multiple teams that work on these projects.‘
‘The Dentons Larrain Rencoret team has great capacity for both analysis and collaboration with experts from other specialties – I think this makes it a great firm.‘
‘Determined to earn a name within infrastructure projects, with partners that have knowledge of the field and very good availability.‘
‘Very good professional attention, competitive prices, and quality work teams.‘
‘Great for the involvement of the partners, the good personal and professional training of their lawyers, speed of response, flexibility and competitiveness of their fees – solid experience in the infrastructure sector and road concessions.‘
‘José Manuel Larraín and Ignacio Vargas have excellent knowledge.‘
‘Ignacio Vargas is really methodical and analytical. He is really a good lawyer.‘
Solek Chile Holding
Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente
China Railway Tunnel Group
Vial y Vives DSD
Autopistas De Antofagasta
- Advising Sistemas SEC on an ongoing basis, including civil, infrastructure, commercial, administrative, tax, and judicial matters.
- Assisted Intervial Chile with preparing a public tender before the Ministry of Public Works for a highway-related public works concession contract.
- Assisted Solek Chile Holding with the contractual aspects of the Curicura, El Conquistador and Ovalle Norte photovoltaic parks.
Fleischmann & Román Abogados
Fleischmann & León Abogados is now known as Fleischmann & Román Abogados, following the recent departure of former founding partner Juan Ignacio León. The boutique law firm remains dedicated to construction, infrastructure, public works concessions, litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution; the team advises on both public and private law, and throughout all development stages, covering negotiations, bids, and final execution. The practice of name partner Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick predominantly focuses on both transactional and contentious infrastructure and construction work, in relation to mining, roads, airports, reservoirs, hospitals, energy, highways, tunnels, and real estate. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Orlando Palominos from Lembeye Abogados, as a partner – effective December 2022.
Garrigues Chile‘s 10-strong practice ranges from development and bidding matters, to financing, major project contracts and regulatory issues. It also advises on the acquisition of infrastructure assets. Heading the team, Pedro García is an expert in project finance, regulatory matters and bidding processes, while of counsel and public law department leader, Claudio Moraga, is on hand to assist with construction contracts, regulatory issues, project-related litigation and bidding work. Also integral to the practice is renewable energy project finance specialist Antonio Morales, who was made partner in 2021. Former senior associates Federico Espinosa and Francisca Ferrer both recently left the firm to join Cuatrecasas and Prime Energía, respectively.
Pedro García; Claudio Moraga
‘Great administrative law expertise with depth in infrastructure and construction concession contracts, and solid experience in claims with builders and the Administration.‘
‘Good knowledge of both public law and commercial law, with the ability to analyse and search for solutions to the difficulties that arise in this industry.‘
‘Demonstrates high levels of availability and easy access for troubleshooting.‘
‘Lawyers who are very willing to seek alternative solutions to problems, in addition to delivering speedy responses.‘
‘Absolutely compares favourably with other firms’ teams. The experience of of counsel Claudio Moraga positions them at a higher level than the rest of the law firms in the market.‘
‘The presence of Claudio Moraga equates to provision of legal advice that is difficult to match. From my point of view, he is the most reputable lawyer in administrative law, specifically the laws and regulations associated with infrastructure concession projects in Chile. Having him is a competitive advantage and he has great personal qualities which mean clients have very comfortable relationships with Garrigues.‘
Arroyo Energy Partners
EFE (Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado)
Sociedad Concesionaria Runa Nahuelbuta
Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta del Algarrobo
Sociedad Concesionaria Teleférico Bicentenario
The Bank of Nova Scotia
- Advised a syndicate of banks (led by Itaú Corpbanca) on a $135m project financing loan that was granted to Sociedad Concesionaria del Norte to finance the construction of a new mining road.
- Advising Parque Eólico El Arrayán on the negotiation of a long-term O&M contract with Siemens Gamesa for the operation and maintenance of a wind farm.
- Advised Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, BNP, Paribas DNB Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a $200m financing for Fontus Prime Solar to continue the construction of solar power plants in Chile.
Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes
Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes was launched in April 2021 by three former Reymond & Cía partners, Rodrigo Riquelme, Camilo Silva and Diego Fuentes. It has experience in public contracts, particularly projects involving the construction of public works and public work concessions. It is also highly focused on advising clients on their relations with the State of Chile, and has a robust disputes practice. Heading the ‘highly specialised' team, Riquelme specialises in infrastructure and construction, and private and public concessions; he also frequently acts in complex disputes involving infrastructure and large-scale construction and engineering projects. Riquelme is supported by fellow founding partners Silva (engineering, construction and service contracts), and construction law and disputes specialist Fuentes.
‘It is evident that the team works cohesively and all the firm’s members are knowledgeable.‘
‘Up-to-date knowledge and monitoring of cases that are significant to the industry.‘
‘Highly experienced construction lawyers.‘
‘Great understanding of construction, which allows them to design and implement adequate legal strategies.‘
‘A recent firm but with highly experienced lawyers in the construction space.‘
‘High levels of understanding of construction, which allows them to design and implement adequate legal strategies.‘
‘Rodrigo Riquelme’s performance as a professional is at a high level, and with a strategic vision and very good treatment of both clients and collaborators.‘
‘Rodrigo Riquelme is a highly skilled professional, with a strategic vision and very good attitude towards clients and collaborators.‘
Ruta Del Limarí
Consorcio Embalse Chironta
Besalco Construcciones – Besalco Montaje
Rutas del Algarrobo
Autopista de los Andes
Sacyr Concesiones Chile
Empresa Constructora Trébol – Arauco
Consorcio Hospital de Talca
- Advised Consorcio Hospital Regional de Talca on its relations with The Maule Health Service, which concerned a hospital building contract.
- Advised Besalco & Arrigoni on a mining project.
- Assisted Sociedad Concesionaria Rutas del Limarí with a claim concerning a public works concession.
Bofill Mir Abogados
Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a projects team that features name partners Octavio Bofill (infrastructure project financing and contractual aspects) and Pablo Mir (international projects covering Latin America’ Southern Cone, Canada, Australia, China and South Korea). Rodrigo Saffirio advises lenders on transport infrastructure, energy and mining-related financings; and Ana María Yuri assists both real estate investment groups and energy sector debtors.
Pablo Mir; Octavio Bofill; Alejandro Álvarez; Ana María Yuri
Ontier Chile (the Santiago branch of the London-headquartered international firm) houses an infrastructure and projects department that is led by Juan Ignacio León Lira , a former founding partner of Fleischmann & León Abogados, who has vast experience in infrastructure matters in the private and public sectors. León’s advice covers bidding processes, negotiations, financings, audits and related claims, while his track record includes advising on public concessions such as airports, highways, penitentiary infrastructure, desalination plants, and projects involving the mining and energy sectors. Recent highlights include advising Aguas de Antofagasta on the construction of a desalination plant.
Juan Ignacio León Lira
Aguas de Antofagasta
Icafal Ingeniería y Construcción
Parque Solar Quetena
- Advised Icil-Icafal, which was hired by Celulosa Arauco y Constitución, on the design, engineering, supply, construction, assembly, testing and commissioning of a new railway junction (among other matters).
- Advised Aguas de Antofagasta on the construction of a desalination plant for the production of drinking water.
- Advised Sociedad Concesionara BAS on a penitentiary infrastructure programme.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's projects group advises both foreign and domestic clients on developing and financing projects involving power generation (particularly NCRE), mining, infrastructure and real estate. Its advice extends to bidding processes, corporate structures, tax regimes and labour issues, along with environmental impact matters, financing, disputes and obtaining permits. The practice is co-led by industrial, infrastructure, mining and energy project specialist Sergio Orrego; and Gonzalo Errázuriz, who is also an experienced projects partner. Also key to the team are environmental law expert Ignacio Urrutia, and Felipe Rencoret, who acts on both infrastructure and projects matters.
Sergio Orrego; Gonzalo Errázuriz
Consorcio Kospo Samsung
Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén
Desarrollos Inmobiliarios y Constructora Valle Grande
Administradora Next Capital
Echeverría Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción
Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar
Inmobiliaria Parque Embajadores
Enel Generación Chile
- Advising Consorcio Kospo Samsung on a gas-based thermoelectric power plant.
- Assisting Inmobiliaria Valle Grande with a large real estate development in Santiago, which involves over 20,000 houses, a lagoon and schools.
- Advised Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén (and its subsidiary Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor) on the development of a 3MW run-of-the-river power plant.
The former Urzúa Matute is now known as Urzúa Abogados, following the exit of former name partner Claudio Matute in January 2022 for IMAD Abogados. The remaining eight-strong practice is closely focused on projects and construction-and-engineering law, including related claims, ADR, arbitration and litigation (and in particular construction disputes). It is particularly active in projects involving aquaculture, energy transmission and generation (including water, solar and wind), aquaculture and mining. It’s involvement in the latter segment looks set to increase with the August-2022 hire of former BHP legal manager, Daniel Weinstein, to further develop the firm’s mining-sector engagement. Name partner Cristian Urzua, a projects, engineering, and construction expert, handles construction disputes, litigation and arbitration, throughout the development, construction and operational phases of projects’ lifecycles.
‘The quality of the firm’s professional services is excellent.‘
‘A firm that has enhanced professional and personal relationships with clients.‘
‘The firm tailors itself to its clients firm, and Cristián Urzúa is an outstanding professional who has great knowledge of different areas and a creative, flexible and proactive approach.‘
‘Cristián Urzúa is a great specialist in this area.‘
Graña Montero Vial y Vives
Consorcio Andes del Sur
- Advised BHP Billiton on the bidding process, contract negotiations, and contract and claim management surrounding the construction of a mining project.
- Acting for Elecnor Chile in Covid-19 claims associated with the construction of two transmission energy projects and two wind plants.
- Acted for Arcadis in an arbitration against Chinese company CHEC, which concerned an engineering dispute over the design for a reservoir constructed for the Chilean Government.