Projects and infrastructure in Chile


Carey's 47-strong projects practice -including seven partners- 'offers good transactional support and is very knowledgeable about Chile's engineering and construction industry'. It also has significant experience in industry sectors such as mining, ports and airports, hospitals, hotels, real estate, and shipyards. In energy, the team fields experts in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, wind, solar and hydro power, and gas-fired power plants. Recent work saw the team advise state-owned copper mining company, Codelco, with the structuring of the bidding documents and contracts under a build, own, operate and transfer structure for the development of a $1bn desalination plant. In other highlights, the team acted for Transelec, through its affiliate Transelec Concesiones, on the $375m project financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of four transmission lines and their related facilities, including substations. Co-head of the firm’s engineering and construction group, Oscar Aitken 'has great knowledge of the legal issues commonly seen in the construction and mining industries in Chile'; while energy group head Juan Francisco Mackenna 'knows the market very well and provides the best solutions'. Other key advisers are environment and natural resources practice head, Rafael VergaraJuan Pablo Stitchkin (co-head, engineering and construction / real estate groups), Felipe Moro (project finance), José Miguel Bustamante (energy group co-head), and Alberto Cardemil (head of the water and agribusiness practice groups). Senior associates Carmenmaría Poblete  and Fernando Noriega are also noted. Other active clients include Brookfield, Antofagasta Minerals, Total and Sierra Gorda.

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.'s 16-strong, highly-rated, project finance and development practice advises on the development, construction, operation, acquisition, divestment, ownership and financing of energy and infrastructure projects; it also acts in project-related disputes. Clients include AES Gener, Intervial Chile, Glenfarne Group, Energía Llaima and InterEnergy Holdings; recent matters saw the team act for Alto Maipo (and sponsor AES Gener) on the $3bn refinancing of a 531MW hydroelectric project involving two run-of-river facilities. It also assisted Deutsche Bank Securities, as lender, with the $115m financing for 12 photovoltaic (PV) projects. 'A standout practitioner' who is 'deeply experienced', practice head Rodrigo Ochagavía focuses primarily on project finance and transacctions, especially in regulated sectors; other key advisers include Jorge Martín (concessions and transactional project matters), Luisa Núñez (cross border corporate and project finance, energy), José Luis Ambrosy (corporate and project finance) and Ariel Mihovilovic (energy and project finance). Gerardo Otero is a key associate.

Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa is 'speedy, efficient and adapts to clients' needs'. The 10-strong practice has a strong reputation in the market for its assistance to financiers, investors and developers with the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Key clients include Intervial, WPD Chile, Banco Security, Globalvía and Meridiam Infrastructure; the team is representing the latter, a major infrastructure investor and the concessionaire of a major, $200m hospital project in relation to issues caused by the insolvency of Italy-based constructor Astaldi. It also advised EIG Global Energy Partners, and its Chilean subsidiaries, on a $127m project financing for the Cerro Dominador power plants project. Carlos Silva (infrastructure and energy projects development), José Miguel Carvajal and Myriam Barahona (both focusing on project finance) head the practice. Also highly regarded are Eugenio Besa (transactions, project finance) and Macarena Laso (public concessions, real estate, construction and infrastructure), while notable associates include James Channing (construction, real estate, project finance), who 'does a good job', Javier Balbontín (project finance), and Sebastián Leyton (energy, natural resources, projects).

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is widely respected for its experience in Chilean projects, particularly in relation to renewable energy and mining. Additional infrastructure areas include transportation, hospitals, schools, telecoms, water and sewerage systems, and real estate development. The 10-strong team acts for clients including Antofagasta Minerals, Intervial Chile and Sacyr Concesiones Chile; indeed, recent mandates include assisting Antofagasta affiliate Minera Centinela with the $117m sale of Centinela Transmisión (which owns three transmission lines), to Red Eléctrica Chile. Other work saw the team advise Intervial and Cintra Servicios de Infraestructura, as members of a consortium that participated in the bidding process for a highway concession. Carlos Alberto Reyes (energy transactions, project development and finance) and Andrés Sanfuentes (banking, finance and infrastructure projects) co-lead the team. Senior associates Daniel Barros and Guillermo Vial (who both focus on infrastructure, project finance and capital markets), Catalina Silva (infrastructure, projects and finance) and Mario Fava (energy and natural resources) constitute a strong second tier.

Barros & Errázuriz

The 26-strong team at Barros & Errázuriz advises developers, sponsors, constructors, operators, suppliers and financiers on the development and financing of large infrastructure and energy projects. Clients include Mitsui & Co, Banco Santander and Interchile; and recent highlights include advising Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente (as project company), and Sacyr Concesiones and Aleatica (as sponsors), on the long-term project financing for an urban toll road concession. Eperienced partners Nicolás Balmaceda, Francisco De la Barra and Fernando Garrido are all highly regarded; following Gonzalo Molina's retirement from the practice, Bernardo Simian has moved from the firm's M&A group to replace him. A strong second line is made up of energy-head Cristóbal PellegriniMaría Olga Rivera and Enrique Barros V.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' client base for projects includes private equity funds, mining companies and industrial entities. Representative work includes advising on the development and construction issues of power plant and transportation projects, as well as M&A, financing and planning aspects. Recent mandates saw the team advise Chile's Banco de Crédito e Inversiones on the financing for a 20MW hydroelectric generation plant. Senior and managing partner José Luis Letelier, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Juan Pablo Matus are the key contacts, along with Cristián Herrera, Gonzalo Grez, Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda.

Fleischmann & León Abogados

Fleischmann & León Abogados is experienced in advising on infrastructure projects involving public works' concessions, prisons, energy, airports, highways and telecoms, including contentious issues. Clients include Grupo Netglobalis, Brotec Construcción, Sacyr and OHL Industrial; recent madates include advising Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón II on a tunnel concession agreement. Hernán Fleischmann ChadwickJuan Ignacio León Lira and Juan Diego Rabat Celis are all experienced advisers.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Projects work is a core specialty at Larrain y Asociados Abogados. The practice handles public infrastructure and toll road concession bids, and the operation of public works under concession; in the energy segment, it assists with hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects, wind farms, PV plants and transmission facilities, and LNG terminals and gas pipelines. Notable clients include Albemarle, Reden Solar, Epsylon Infraestructura and Ferrovial Airports International; the experienced team recently assisted the latter with a public tender for the construction of transmission facilities. Arturo BulnesJorge Granic and of counsel Ricardo Peña are the key advisers.

Prieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados advises both private and public sector clients on tender matters, construction issues and project development; the practice has particular expertise in the energy, gas, and water and sewage treatment sectors. Clients include Solar E, Empresa Depuradora de Aguas Servidas Mapocho-Trebal and Engie Energía Chile; the team recently advised the latter on the due diligence and closing documents for a wind energy project acquisition. Claudio Undurraga, Fernando Bravo, José Andrés PascualPatricio Prieto L and Cristóbal Villarino are the key contacts; Camila Kutz and Nicolás Yuraszeck are the associates to note. Jaime Ríos left for Ríos & Llaneza.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for its mining sector expertise; the practice has also grown more active in renewable energy projects, desalination plants, ports and roads. Clients include Mantos Copper, Macquarie Capital, Xiana Mining and Camposol; the team advised Mantos with a tender for two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the expansion of mineral processing plants. Mirco HilgersJaime Munro and Diego Ferrada are the principal contacts; Francisco Nualart, Santiago Vial and Andrés Lecaros are the associates to note.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular expertise in mining-related projects, but the practice is also well known for advising on power generation facilities, ports, airports, and real estate developments. Significant clients include  Innovación Energía (IE), Oceanus Power & Water, EuroAmérica, Ferrostaal and Eléctrica Puntilla; the team assisted IE, a joint venture between Energía Latina and Empresas Gasco, with the development of an electricity generation plant. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill and Alejandro Álvarez are all highly regarded. Ana María Yuri and José Antonio Velasco are also key contacts.

CMS Carey & Allende

CMS Carey & Allende's 'team combines commercial and corporate skills with specific regulatory knowledge'. The practice covers power transmission, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and related water rights; it has particular specialisation in energy, agribusiness and telecoms projects. Clients include Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia, WPD and Solarpack; in recent work, the team advised construction company EDEMSA regarding a new transmission line that will help connect two of Chile's energy networks. Jorge Allende Z, Luis Felipe ArzeFernando De Cárcer and Pabla Gaínza are experienced practitioners.

DLA Piper Chile

DLA Piper (Chile) assists with the development of a range of projects, including PV power plants, desalination facilities and real estate. The team advised SLM NX Uno de Peine on the development of the NX project, a joint venture for the development of a potassium and lithium project; its assistance included advice on environmental permits and mining options. Felipe Bahamondez, José Pablo Dulanto and Rodrigo Alvarez are all experienced practitioners.

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its advice on highways, airports, power plants, industrial facilities, NLG re-gasification terminals and water desalination plants. Active clients include I Squared Capital, Building Energy, Andean Tower Partners and Santiago Metals. In recent work the team advised Sumitomo on a potential joint venture with Codelco for lithium exploration. Sebastián Yunge, Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are the principal contacts; Martín Santa María and Pedro Lyon are also experienced advisers.

Molina Ríos Abogados

Molina Ríos Abogados has longstanding experience in construction, energy and infrastructure projects, including PPP matters. It has advised on projects involving highways, railways, ports and airports, hospitals, gas pipelines, aqueducts and power stations, among other areas. Recent work includes assisting Spain's Acciona with the construction of major public hospitals. Victor Ríos, Carlos Molina, Felipe Correa -who made partner in October 2019-  and senior associate Jaime Uribe are the names to note.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados advises on the planning, financing, construction and contentious aspects of projects in the real estate, ports and mining sectors, among others. Recent matters include assisting Bravo e Izquierdo with a mixed housing and hotel project contract. Juan Pablo Halpern is highly regarded and real estate specialist Arturo Pino was made partner in 2018.

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile hired experienced infrastructure lawyer and public law specialst Claudio Moraga from Estudio Miquel in Januar 2019 as team head. He joins a now eight-strong practice that is particularly strong in energy and infrastructure financing. Recent work includes advising a syndicate of 11 banks on the financing for a water desalination project and a pipeline to a copper mine. Pedro García is recommended for the financing of large infrastructure projects. Experienced senior associate Antonio Morales is also noted.

Honorato | Delaveau

Honorato Delaveau advises on the construction and financing aspects of hydroelectric, thermoelectric, wind and solar generation plants; it also has expertise in easements in relation to gas, mining and water projects. Name partners Gonzalo Delaveau and José Luis Honorato are experienced practitioners.

Reymond & Cia.

Chadwick & Reymond is focused on litigation with the state that involves construction materials and public works concessions, as well as disputes between private companies; the team acted for Constructora Salfa in its claim against the Ministry of Public Works for payment for a public bridge's construction. Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme Yáñez are the main advisers.

RTA Abogados

At RTA Abogados (formerly known as Ríos Tagle Alessandri & Romero), Sebastián Alessandri Balbontín is experienced in power plant and electric substation construction projects; Mario Romero Castro's practice includes construction, urban planning, project-related disputes and the development and financing of real estate projects. Clients include Tattersall Gestión de Activos, Lafitte Chile and Motopartner.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's recent experience includes advising Enel Generación Chile on the provision of water for its thermoelectric power plant. Sergio Orrego leads the team; Gonzalo ErrázurizIgnacio Urrutia and Felipe Rencoret are also key contacts.