Firms To Watch: Projects and infrastructure

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's projects team is led by Francisco Varela, who (in addition to corporate law work) focuses on the development of investment projects, particularly in the mining and energy sectors; Varela is flanked by fellow-name partner and real estate head José Joaquín Silva, and public and regulatory law expert Claudia Ferreiro.
Clyde & Co was established during 2022 following the merger of Grasty Quintana Majlis (previously in association with London-headquartered global law firm Clyde & Co) and Halpern Pino, the latter firm’s former name partners being construction law specialist Juan Pablo Halpern; and Arturo Pino, who advises on the acquisition, development and financing of real estate and infrastructure projects.
The projects practice at mid-sized practice CEPD saw growth during the course of 2022: real estate and infrastructure  practice co-head, construction expert, Sebastián Aninat was promoted to partner in January 2022; and that was followed with the April-hire of former Garrigues Chile associate, Francisco Irarrázaval (as a partner), to head up the energy and natural resources practice.
Emerging from the dissolution of Cubillos Evans Abogados in late 2021, Grupo Evans' project development and management practice focuses primarily on power generation infrastructure projects, along with energy transmission lines, water desalination plants, aqueducts and ports; it is also increasingly active in projects concerning hydrogen and green ammonia plants.
Co-established in 2022 by former Fleischmann y León Abogados’ founding partner, Juan Ignacio León Lira, boutique law firm Urenda León Rivas & Darraidou Abogados (ULRD Abogados) is experienced in private and public sector infrastructure work, particularly in relation to public works concessions, penitentiary infrastructure, desalination plants, highways, and telecoms.

Projects and infrastructure in Chile

Carey

Full-service market giant Carey is consistently mandated to advise on the development, financing and execution of high-stakes projects. The firm’s extremely large 47-strong infrastructure, project development and project finance practice comprises specialists in energy infrastructure, including thermoelectric, hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaic, biomass, and oil-and-gas matters. The team is also active in projects involving mining, roads, hospitals, medical centres and telecoms, as well as the industrial, housing, hospitality, ports and airports sectors. Among the practice’s several active partners, Rafael Vergara is a mining deal expert; Oscar Aitken jointly leads the firm’s construction and engineering practice alongside real estate head Juan Pablo Stitchkin; and Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante are both sought out for major energy and infrastructure projects. Also integral to the department are renowned water rights practitioner Alberto CardemilFelipe Moro, an adviser on project development and finance matters; Fernando Noriega, whose broad practice includes project finance; and José Tomás Hurley, who assists with the development of energy projects and associated infrastructure issues. Key senior associate Juan Pablo Vukasovic also has wide-ranging projects expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Óscar Aitken; Juan Francisco Mackenna; Alberto Cardemil; Felipe Moro; José Miguel Bustamante; Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Fernando Noriega; José Tomás Hurley


Testimonials

The Carey office is the one with the greatest prestige and tradition in the infrastructure area in Chile. They are very competent and very capable.’

Oscar Aitken is the best infrastructure and construction contracts lawyer in Chile. He is a leading practitioner in the sector, extremely competent and a partner of his customers. A true “trusted advisor”.

Key clients

Lima Airport Partners


Minera Centinela (Antofagasta Minerals)


Aguas Pacífico


BlackRock


Statkraft


Brookfield


Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento (CIFI)


Teck


Marimaca Copper Co


Work highlights


  • Acted as international counsel to Lima Airport Partners on the contractual strategy and preparation of the bidding documents and contracts for the airport’s expansion.
  • Advised Antofagasta Minerals on the preparation and negotiation of contracts, as well as the project management of work packages for the expansion of the Centinela development project.
  • Advised Nueva Unión (subsidiary of Teck Resources and Newmont Goldcorp) on the implementation of a mega-value copper project.

Claro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.’s large project finance and development practice has an enviable market reputation for its energy and infrastructure sector experience; more generally, its expertise ranges from project financing, development and construction issues, to operations, acquisitions, sales, and infrastructure-related public concessions. The firm’s broad offering also covers greenfield and brownfield projects, along with power plants, transmission lines and substations. It additionally houses experts in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operation and maintenance (O&M), agreements. The department’s principal figures are Rodrigo Ochagavía, who acts for energy sector-related generation, transmission and distribution companies; project finance specialists Jorge Martín and José María Eyzaguirre F; and José Luis Ambrosy and Luisa Núñez, whose broad practices take in advice on projects involving public works-related concessions in Chile. Also noted, counsel Patricio Smart's broad practice takes in EPC, construction contracts and disputes, energy and real estate matters. Former partner Ariel Mihovilovic left the firm in February 2023 to become a candidate for Chile’s Constitutional Council.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ochagavía


Testimonials

Our experience with Claro in projects is limited to M&A and some contracts related to project construction. Rodrigo Ochagavía stands out in M&A, with a lot of talent and negotiation skills.

In EPC we have worked with counsel Patricio Smart. In Claro there are very talented lawyers in corporate matters, M&A and finance. Also in litigation (local litigation and local and international arbitration). Felipe Ossa is very noteworthy in arbitration. Rodrigo Ochagavía in M&A and José Luis Ambrosy in financing.

Key clients

Glenfarne Group


AES Gener


Toesca Asset Management


Enfragen


Prime Energía


Credit Agricole


Actis GP (Atlas Renewable)


X-Elio


Intervial


Eurus


SAAM Ports


Work highlights


  • Assisted JP Morgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, Santander Investment Securities, and SMBC Nikko Securities America with structuring the $1.2bn financing to Alfa Desarrollo for the acquisition of Colbún Transmisión.
  • Advised EnfraGen on a secured financing for a greenfield solar PV portfolio.
  • Advised AES Andes and Alto Maipo on restructuring a financing with US International Development Finance Corporation, DNB Bank ASA, Itaú Corpbanca, Bci (and others), in connection with a Chapter 11 procedure before the US Bankruptcy Court.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

A go-to firm for project development, financing and construction, Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ areas of recent growth range from desalinisation and seawater conveyance projects, to mining industry-related matters. Other recent highlights cover highways and toll roads, ports, bridges, hospitals, public concessions, industrial facilities and the energy sector in general. The 15-strong group advises on all stages of projects, its expertise covering ownership structuring, permits and community engagement plans, as well as related disputes. Widely-respected project development, infrastructure and energy and natural resources specialist Jorge Granic co-leads the team in conjunction with Arturo Bulnes, who advises on projects involving the concession of public works and services. Other highly-regarded advisers include construction contract-focused litigator Carlos Aravena; of counsel Ricardo Peña, who routinely structures energy and infrastructure projects; Cristóbal Morandé and Juan Carlos Bulnes, who both act on a broad range of project matters; infrastructure and energy project specialist Joaquín Larrain; and Juan de Dios Ferrada, who regularly structures complex project partnerships and joint ventures. Associates Javiera MéndezFrancisco Cerda, José Spoerer and Michelle Inzunza are all active team members.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic


Testimonials

For project Finance, project development, project execution legal advice, Jorge Granic and Joaquin Larrain are our go-to figures.

Key clients

Antofagasta Minerals


Flux Solar Energías Renovables


Metka EGN


Reden Solar


Grupo Abertis


Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Aconcagua


Various Highway Concessionnaires


Sociedad Concesionaria Región Sur


Sociedad Punta del Cobre


Generadora Metropolitana


Work highlights


  • Advised Grupo GIA and Sociedad Concesionaria Región Sur on the bidding and awarding process for the concession contract for the execution, repair, conservation and operation of public hospital projects.
  • Advised Antofagasta Minerals on the international tender process for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a seawater duct and pumping system.
  • Advising Generadora Metropolitana on the contract management of its Los Vientos gas conversion EPC Project and CEME 1 (large solar project) plant construction.

Morales & Besa

The large projects team at full-service outfit Morales & Besa particularly stands out for its infrastructure credentials in relation to project development, acquisitions, financing, contracts, regulatory issues and related litigation. The multidisciplinary group’s recent track record includes mandates involving airports, solar power plants, PPP projects, toll roads, and renewables. The practice is also increasingly expanding its market share of engineering, procurement and construction matters. Heading the practice, Carlos Silva’s experience covers the gamut of project issues, from structuring to development, financing and M&A work; real estate and construction department leader Macarena Laso assists with corporate transactions, along with the structuring, acquisition and financing of public infrastructure projects; and Myriam Barahona and Eugenio Besa are both project finance experts. The next line of partners features recently-elevated Juan Carlos Valdivieso, who acts on energy and infrastructure-related transactional and regulatory aspects; and 2022-returnee and projects specialist Aldo Cardinali. Within the firm’s senior associate pool, Macarena López is noted for projects, construction and engineering matters, while Nicolás Corbeaux specialises in construction disputes. Former senior associate  Katannya Jablonski left for the General Directorate of Concessions in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Silva


Testimonials

Diligence, coordination, speed, and consistency to the work.

Great human qualities and willingness to answer questions at all times.

Finds creative solutions.

Key clients

Global Infrastructure Partner


ADP International


Meridiam Infrastructure


Vinci


ISA (Intervial)


Globalvía


WPD


Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura


Acciona Infrastructura


EFACEC


Work highlights


  • Currently advising Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud on the development of the Félix Bulnes Hospital project.
  • Advised Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel and its shareholders on the construction and operation of a new terminal at Santiago Airport.
  • Advised Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Aconcagua (a toll road company that is part of the Globalvia group) on the refinancing of its existing debt with local banks.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's sizeable 20-strong projects practice acts in a wide range of areas, particularly in the renewable energy, mining and water sectors. Its expertise covers negotiating project contracts, environmental assessments, permitting, and community affairs. The team also assists with the negotiation of partnerships, strategic alliances and joint ventures with third parties, as well as project acquisitions and sales. On the infrastructure side, the team is active in transportation, hospitals, schools, telecoms, real estate developments, and water and sewerage systems. The practice is jointly led by transactions and development expert Carlos Alberto Reyes; banking, financial and infrastructure project specialist Andrés Sanfuentes; and Marcela Silva, whose practice covers the lender-side of mining, infrastructure and energy project financing. The second line of key advisers includes Daniel Parodi (promoted to director in early 2023); and senior associates Guillermo Vial (complex projects), and construction and engineering-focused Mario Fava. In early 2023, former practice co-head Marcelo Armas retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Andrés Sanfuentes; Marcela Silva


Testimonials

Projects and infrastructure teams must have experience in M&A operations and financing of different types of assets and projects in the electricity sector. From my point of view -and after 30 years in the market- PPU has the most experienced and talented team to negotiate asset purchase and sale contracts, PPA’s and financing.

Mainly his experience and his focus on “adding value” to the transaction.

Experienced team in projects and infrastructure. Great capabilities in complex document management and project approach. Organized and efficient closing procedures and great client service in general. Reasonable fees for excellent product.

Marcela Silva, great team management skills. Knowledgeable and excellent communication. Ignacio Chomali, organised and responsive. Keeps the rhythm and things moving forward, great deal timing and proactive.

Work highlights


  • Advised Minera Salar Blanco on the consolidation by Lithium Power Investment of up-to 100% of the equity ownership of the Salar Blanco lithium project (through a three-party cross-border merger and stock acquisition arrangement).
  • Advised Cintra on its participation (as a member of a consortium with Globalvia) in the tender process launched by the Chilean Ministry of Public Works for a concession for the improvement, repair, maintenance and operation of Route 78 Santiago–San Antonio.
  • Advised lender Natixis (New York branch), on the financing of a solar portfolio consisting of 13 photovoltaic projects.

Barros & Errázuriz

Fielding ‘a very good team with excellent advisers’, Barros & Errázuriz’s large team is consistently involved in the development and financing of sizeable infrastructure and energy projects in Chile. On the development side, the group’s infrastructure capabilities include tender processes and public and private works concessions in relation to highways, prisons, seaports, airports, and logistics centres; while in the energy space the practice is frequently involved in both generation and transmission projects. The team is also active in mining companies’ desalination projects. Nicolás Balmaceda, who has longstanding experience in industrial, infrastructure, energy and real estate projects co-leads the practice with Francisco De la Barra, an expert in project developments and financings, and infrastructure-related transactions. Fernando Garrido, who focuses on power generation and transmission projects is also a key practitioner; as are recently-promoted partners Cristóbal Pellegrini, who advises major energy companies; and María Olga Rivera, whose experience includes the acquisition of electricity companies. Diego Ovalle and Nicole Ubal are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Balmaceda; Francisco de la Barra


Testimonials

A team with many resources.’

A very good team with excellent advisers who handle issues well.

Senior associate Nicole Ubal is a very good adviser.

In the contractual sphere, the Barros & Errazuriz team is very strong and has a highly qualified team; and with a very good disposition.

Francisco de La Barra: he is a highly qualified lawyer who has a global view of the project – which allows him to provide excellent advice.

 

Key clients

Austria Energy


Ökowind


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Fund


Agrosonda


Atlas Energy


Banco Security


Caitan


Compañía Portuaria Mejillones


Compañía de Petróleos de Chile (COPEC)


Delta Airlines


Esval


Compañía Regional Aguas Marítimas (Cramsa)


Grupo Cobra


Interchile


Iridium


Kaufmann Ventures


Mercado Libre


Mitsui & Co


Oxiquim


Pacific Hydro


Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Complejo Los Libertadores


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Vías Chile


De Capital


Gasco


Compañía Constructora Belfi


Yallique Consortium


Work highlights


  • Advised Conexión Kimal Lo Aguirre, Transelec and China Southern Power Grid International on the Kimal-Lo Aguirre HVDC Transmission Line Project.
  • Advised Austria Energy, Ökowind and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Fund on an association for the joint development of a large-scale project for the production of renewable green hydrogen and green ammonia.
  • Advised investors HSBC Global Asset Management (UK), Citicorp Trustee (Singapore) and HSBC Life (International) on power generation projects in Chile.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ sizeable projects department is widely respected for its experience in mining, energy and telecoms projects. The firm also houses specialists in infrastructure and real estate; and its full-service offering comprises planning, development and construction issues, along with M&A and financing work. Among the group’s several active advisers, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos acts on mining projects; Sergio Díez’s broad practice includes PPP, EPC and O&M contracts; managing partner Juan Pablo Matus is a real estate and infrastructure project expert; and Cristián Herrera has notable infrastructure project experience. Also integral to the group are Mining law specialist Gonzalo Grez is also integral to the group, as are regulatory law department leader Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda, whose practice covers renewable energy and Public Works’ Concessions law-related infrastructure financing. Associate Verónica Cuadra is active in regulatory, environmental and energy law work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Juan Pablo Matus; Sergio Díez; Cristián Herrera; Gonzalo Grez; Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda


Key clients

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group


Scotiabank Chile


Banco BICE


Google


GNL Talcahuano


Inversiones Marina del Sol


ATCO


Nutreco


Maersk


Work highlights


  • Advised Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group on the bidding process for a public work (Construcción Teleférico Pio Nono, Parque Metropolitano de Santiago), which involved the design and construction of an urban cable car.
  • Advising GNL Talcahuano on an LNG project in Concepción.
  • Advised Scotiabank Chile (as value-added tax lender, on-shore security agent and account agent) on the credit facilities to finance the construction and development costs of  photovoltaic power projects.

Fleischmann & Román Abogados

With extensive private and public infrastructure sector experience, boutique law firm Fleischmann & Román Abogados advises on projects both from the outset of development phases and -on the contentious side- from the initiation of claims. At ‘a very high level’, the firm’s specialisms range from public works concessions, to projects involving penitentiaries, energy, airport, desalination plants, mining, highways and telecoms. One recent highlight saw the group advise global specialty chemicals company, Albermarle, on the development of lithium exploitation facilities. The practice is jointly led by founding partner Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick, an expert in transactional and contentious infrastructure and construction projects; and litigation and arbitration specialist Juan Diego Rabat Celis. In the firm’s associate pool, Mariajosé Pérez Jiménez’s disputes practice covers construction and public works concessions. The department's strength was further boosted with the notable December 2022 hire of construction disputes' specialist Orlando Palominos (from Lembeye) as a partner.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick; Juan Diego Rabat Celis


Testimonials

This practice is at a very high level.

Great proximity to clients and immediate availability to meet clients’ requirements.

‘The team is very well balanced in terms of experience and they have knowledge of the different situations that clients can face.

A team that is far superior to that of other law firms.

The practice is very transparent in everything it does – clients highlight the billing where they behave impeccably. They also incorporate excellent young talent that adds a lot of value.

Experience and good availability, they are always there. Other firms have partners who are never available; in this practice it is the opposite, partners are always involved when needed.

It is an extraordinary team led by Hernán Fleischmann, an expert in the Construction industry for decades. The team -in the projects area- has been strengthened over time with the partners Juan Diego Rabat and lately with Orlando Palominos, so the team led by Hernán is first class, added to a dozen high standard associates. The Fleischmann y Román team is comparable to top level offices in this area such as Dentons Larraín Rencoret, Carey y Cía, Larraín y Asociados.

They know the industry in its different legal dimensions, both accompanying the bidding processes, the day-to-day of construction works, its trials and arbitrations both as parties, as well as in the capacity of arbitrator. Hernán Fleischmann leads all these actions, with excellent results and good references from his clients. They differ from their competitors in the agility of their responses, and in being clear strategists, an issue that is appreciated in trials.

Key clients

Consorcio OSSA Pizzaroti


Ferrovial Construcción Chile


Vial y Vives – DSD


ICIL-ICAFAL


Sociedad Concesionaria Túnel El Melón II


Aguas de Antofagasta


Albemarle


Fleischmann Chile


Claro Vicuña Valenzuela


STR Power Chile


Cobra Montajes, Servicios y Agua


Constructora De Vicente


Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo


Constructora de Pavimentos Asfálticos Bitumix


Terranova Technologies


Grupo Azvi


Work highlights


  • Assisting Grupo Azvi with the negotiation of the EPC contract for the Balmaceda Airport.
  • Assisting R&Q Ingeniería with the study and development of a private initiative filed before the Ministry of Public Works to launch a desalination plant under the Concession Law regulations.
  • Assisting Albermarle with a series of projects and contracts concerning the development of facilities to continue exploiting lithium in northern Chile.

Guerrero Olivos

Great for its commitment to clients’, Guerrero Olivos’ 16-member department routinely advises on the financing and development of significant energy and infrastructure projects, as well as the acquisition and sales of projects. On the energy side, the team is highly experienced in solar, wind, power plant, green hydrogen and LNG regasification terminal projects. The firm’s expertise further extends to projects involving desalination and water supply facilities, transport infrastructure (roads and -more recently- cable cars), and social infrastructure such as hospitals. The practice’s key advisers are energy and infrastructure project expert Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir, who acts for energy companies and international lenders on the financing, development and permitting of non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) projects; Miguel Coddou, who assists with lender-side project financings; and recently-raised partner Felipe Frühling, whose energy sector credentials encompass solar power and green hydrogen projects. Promoted to partner in January 2023, Benjamín Novoa is a project finance expert, while senior associate  Francisca Pellegrini specialises in the development of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir; Miguel Coddou; Felipe Frühling


Testimonials

Great for its commitment to clients and the desire to make improvements constantly, addressing any weaknesses – this is thanks to its knowledge of the client’s business, and the firm’s approach to success and minimising of risks.

Always accompanies the client closely which is important.

A clear commitment in relation to billable hours, sending details before invoicing, which also marks a difference from other firms.

The lawyers stand out for their attention, dedication to each matter, and their true commitment to the client.

Clients can observe an integrated team; and within the organisation, there is a dedication to clients from the beginning through to the end of the instruction.

Clemente Pérez stands out for his professionalism and legal knowledge.

Key clients

Engie Austral


Copenhagen Infrastructure NMF I Coöperatief


Sonnedix Group


Solek


Akuo Energy


FINSO


R&Q Concesiones


M&G


NextEnergy Capital


Teleférico Alto Hospicio Iquique


Cap Vert Energie


oEnergy


Natixis, New York Branch


Matrix Renewables


BNP Paribas


Banco Santander


Fluxys


Work highlights


  • Advised Engie Austral on the assessment for a private initiative of a public work concession for the city of Coyhaique to provide district energy for heating (to replace wood burning).
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure NMF I Coöperatief on several public tender processes launched by the Ministry of National Assets to award land for the development of renewable energy projects.
  • Advised R&Q Concesiones on the sale of a private initiative called Road Concession Chile Longitudinal Route.

Molina Ríos Abogados

Molina Ríos Abogados’ sizeable infrastructure and construction team is widely rated for its experience in projects, construction, public and private contracts, PPPs, and energy and infrastructure-related work. ‘A great national benchmark’ for infrastructure and projects, the team’s recent experience includes the development of large projects involving airports, desalination plants, wind farms and photovoltaic plants. Its track record additionally covers hospitals, transmission lines, highways, mining, and public infrastructure. Practice head and current president of The Chilean Society of Construction Law, Victor Ríos, is ‘a widely recognised expert’ in engineering and construction projects; and Carlos Molina and Felipe Correa are both infrastructure and construction project specialists. In the firm’s senior associate ranks, Catalina Binder’s practice covers the infrastructure and pharma sectors, while Jaime Uribe’s experience includes complex engineering, construction, mining, infrastructure and project finance contracts.

Practice head(s):

Victor Ríos


Testimonials

Very efficient management.

Great knowledge of the market and development work.

Solid experience, knowledge and dedication to cases.

Key clients

Efe Chile


Aes Gener (Aes Andes)


Powerchina


Red Eléctrica Internacional – Redeia


Skipper


Vias Chile


Black & Veatch


Vinci


Engie Energy


Acciona


OHLA


Grupo San José


Mainstream Energy


Eiffage


Ide Technologies


Parque Arauco


Work highlights


  • Acting for the Constructor Consortium (comprising Group ADP, Vinci Airports and Astaldi), on an investment in Santiago Airport.
  • Advising OHLA (Spanish global construction corporation) on  construction projects.
  • Advising Mainstream Renewable Power on the construction of the Condor Portfolio, which involves the injection of 571MW into the power system.

Prieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados’ large projects and infrastructure practice is consistently sought out to advise on the development, implementation, financing and acquisition of heavyweight projects. Recent workloads cover transmission lines, renewable energy, mining, construction and toll roads. A quartet of principal advisers co-lead the practice. Juan Tagle’s experience includes power plants (particularly renewables), transmission lines, ports, mining and desalination construction projects; banking and finance team leader Mario Gorziglia is a project finance expert; Nicolás Yuraszeck K has longstanding experience in construction projects, tender processes, project finance, regulatory issues, and related M&A deals; and counsel Isabel Monge is experienced in the financing of mining, electricity transmission and renewable energy projects. The associate to note, Emilio Del Real, advises on project financing, tender processes and construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Juan Tagle; Nicolás Yuraszeck; Mario Gorziglia; Isabel Monge


Key clients

Bonatti International


EDP Renewables


Plaza Maule


DP World


Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi


AngloAmerican


Engie Group


Pacific Hydro


Sigdo Koppers


Rockville


Electrogas


Aguas Andinas


Solar E


Societe Generale.


Natixis


BNP Paribas


Export Finance Australia


Work highlights


  • Advised Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi on the bidding processes (and negotiation of construction and operation and maintenance agreements) for a water desalination plant.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the negotiation and execution of a turbine supply agreement with Goldwind for the Lomas de Taltal project.
  • Advising Pacific Hydro Chile on the negotiation of construction and operation agreements for the Desierto de Atacama photovoltaic power project.

Abogados MLV

The successor firm to the former Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV, Abogados MLV‘s projects practice predominantly assists with the development, financing, refinancing and acquisition of sizeable public and privately-owned projects. The department is also experienced in construction and major infrastructure projects-related litigation, including disputes arising from public concessions and mining issues. In addition to complex litigation, Jose Manuel Valencia advises on public works contracts, concessions and mining contracts; and commercial and corporate law head Álvaro Mendoza Negri acts on a range of infrastructure projects. At director level, Alfredo Vial Rodriguez is a construction contract expert; and Cristina Santibáñez Boric assists with litigation related to civil works, infrastructure and engineering and public works. At associate level, Nicole Camilli Santiago is a key infrastructure and litigation team member, but Alejandro Merino Capurro moved in house at Icafal Ingeneiría y Construcción in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Valencia Cerasa; Alvaro Mendoza Negri; Alfredo Vial Rodríguez


Key clients

Ingenieria Civil Vicente


Icafal Ingeniería Y Construcción


Constructora IS


Empresa Constructora Tricam


Sociedad Anónima De Obras Y Servicios Copasa (Agencia En Chile)


Sociedad Ingeniería, Construcción Y Maquinarias (Sicomaq)


Consorcio Copasa-Corsán Corviam Dos


Constructora Pitagora


Apia


Mainstream Renewable Power Chile


Arrigoni Ingenieria Y Construcción


Aldesa Chile


Patio Riesco


Saba


Peugeot Chile


National Automotive Association Of Chile (ANAC)


Constructora San Ignacio


Constructora Pitagora


Work highlights


  • Advising Ingenieria Civil Vicente on the execution of the Río Hollemberg – Río Pérez Road (Stage II) construction project.
  • Advised Icafal Ingeniería Y Construcción on the design and subsequent construction of infrastructure for a mega cableway system.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power Chile on a renewable energy project called Puelche Sur.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile’s five-member group is best known for its mining-sector credentials. The firm’s projects practice is also increasingly active in relation to renewable energy (solar, wind and geothermal), desalination plants, and port and road projects. The department is co-led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr, who has longstanding experience in natural resources and large-scale projects; and mining project specialist Mirco Hilgers. Experienced in energy, environmental and mining work, associate Santiago Vial re-joined the team in October 2022 (further to completing a Master’s Degree in London).

Practice head(s):

Antonio Ortuzar Jr; Mirco Hilgers


Testimonials

This legal practice in infrastructure and projects in Chile stands out for having the best lawyers in the field, including partners Antonio Ortuzar Vicuña and Mirco Hilgers. Their recognition and leadership both nationally and internationally position them as indisputable benchmarks in legal advice for large-scale infrastructure projects. Their extensive experience in regulations and specific infrastructure legislation in Chile sets them apart in the industry. The team has a unique combination of talent and experience in the field of infrastructure and projects in Chile. Their in-depth knowledge of local regulations and their ability to negotiate and structure agreements make them valuable resources for clients. Compared to other firms, this practice stands out for the leadership and recognition of those mentioned in the field of infrastructure and projects. They have invested in advanced technology to improve efficiency in case management and industry-specific legal research. In addition, they have promoted diversity and inclusion in their team, recognising the importance of different perspectives in the legal advice of infrastructure projects. Their collaborative approach and ability to quickly adapt to regulatory changes in Chile set them apart from other law firms in the country.

The partners Antonio Ortuzar Vicuña and Mirco Hilgers stand out in the firm thanks to their efficiency, speed and solid technical training in infrastructure projects. They differentiate themselves from their competitors by their agile approach and ability to provide fast and accurate legal solutions.’ In addition, they stand out for their commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in the legal team, which allows them to approach challenges from different perspectives. Their experience and specialised skills make them leaders in the industry. Other outstanding associates complement the team, further strengthening the firm’s capacity in infrastructure and projects.

Key clients

Ferrovial Aeropuertos España


Nordex USA


Energía Viva


Emeco


Macquarie Bank


Aenza


Cargill


Deutsche Pharma


Gilbarco Andina Latin America


Battery Mineral Resources


Orica Chile


Work highlights


  • Advised Ferrovial Aeropuertos España, which creates sustainable infrastructure in order to deliver mobility services, on the due diligence for an infrastructure project.
  • Advising Nordex USA on the construction of wind farms.
  • Advised Energía Viva on the development of small hydrological projects in southern Chile.

CMS Carey & Allende

The nine-strong practice at CMS Carey & Allende is routinely mandated at the outset of projects, as well as during post-operation stages. The team covers the structuring, development, acquisition, sale and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as due diligence processes, special purpose vehicle incorporations and credit agreements. The Santiago office also houses experts in power-purchase, EPC, O&M and build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s litigation credentials, both at local and cross-border levels. Heading the team, Luis Felipe Arze is an NCRE project expert; Jorge Allende Z assists with energy and mining projects; and Fernando De Cárcer advises on infrastructure-related public and private tender processes. A ‘great lawyer’, Sebastián Barros is an active project development and financing-focused senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Arze


Testimonials

Great dedication and understanding of the issues discussed during negotiations.

Defends all points very well and handles transactions competently – speedy responses too.

Senior associate Sebastián Barros stands out for his great knowledge of EPC issues. Very good during negotiations, with speedy and full knowledge of each section of the contract. A great lawyer.

Key clients

The Blackstone Group


Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA)


Pacific Hydro Chile


Celeo Redes Chile


Hidroeléctrica Lumen


Enagás


Dekra


Verano Energy


Porsche Aktiengesellschaft


China Three Gorges


Promigás


Elecnor


KKR


Suez Chile


Solarpack


OnNet fibra


Work highlights


  • Advised OnNet on the telecoms, M&A and financing aspects of the acquisition of Entel Chile’s fibre optic network.
  • Advised Verano on the acquisition and subsequent development of a portfolio of 15 solar projects.
  • Advised Porsche on the execution of option agreements for the acquisition of green hydrogen production.

Dentons Chile

Dentons Chile’s ‘projects and infrastructure team is particularly strong’. The nine-member group regularly advises on toll roads, airports, ports, rail (and light-rail systems), and water desalination plants. On the energy side, the department’s advice ranges from liquefied natural gas to projects for petrochemical terminals, power plants and wind power; and the group’s representative expertise includes development, finance, contracts, tenders and related disputes. Infrastructure project specialist José Manuel Larraín, whose experience includes advising bidders on concession projects for bridges, tunnels, hospitals and prisons; recently-promoted partner Ignacio Vargas, who has ‘a great future ahead of him’; and banking and finance department leader Felipe Rencoret, are the principal practitioners.

Testimonials

The Dentons projects and infrastructure team is particularly strong.

A very cohesive group with good knowledge of the industry – managed to take advantage of the emergence of Chinese clients in a very good way.

Ignacio Vargas stands out!

Key clients

Consorcio Inti Punku


Intervial Chile


Solek Chile Holding


Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente


Banco De Crédito E Inversiones


Vial y Vives


Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Norte Express


CJR Renewables


Grupo TSK


Sociedad Concesionaria Autopistas De Antofagasta


Tewoo Group


Work highlights


  • Currently advising the Inti Punku Consortium on the works to build the New Terminal of the Jorge Chávez Airport in Peru’s Lima.
  • Advised Intevial Chile on the preparation of a public tender before the Ministry of Public Works for the award of a public works concession contract for Ruta 5 tramo Castro-Chonchi.
  • Advised Solek Chile Holding on the development and construction of photovoltaic energy parks.

DLA Piper Chile

The 10-strong projects practice at DLA Piper Chile advises both domestic and multinational companies on the development, acquisition, sale and financing of substantial energy and infrastructure projects (particularly wind and solar). The team is also able to leverage the expertise of the firm’s colleagues in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for regional projects. The core group of principal advisers consists of Felipe Bahamondez, an expert in energy, natural gas and LNG projects; Rodrigo Álvarez, whose track record includes over 100 commercial, housing and industrial project developments in Chile; and recently-elevated partner and energy and infrastructure specialist, Diego Peña. Former counsel Paulina Farias left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez; Diego Peña; Rodrigo Álvarez


Testimonials

The team is agile and flexible so as to accommodate ones times and needs.

Diego Peña and associate Roberta Andreani generate a sense of tranquility for us, a feeling that we are in good hands that accompany us in the challenges we face. The clarity and level of detail of his work is exceptional!

DLA Piper Chile stands out in the Chilean market as a full-service law firm that is still small enough to keep a close touch with its clients. It has the best of both worlds, full-service quality with a blend of boutique availability and dedication to its clients.

Diego Peña’s responsiveness, reliability, and professionalism, coupled with his was unwavering commitment, proved that he is a shining example of a new generation of partners for the 21st century. His unparalleled negotiation skills, enhanced with cutting-edge business solutions, enabled a collaborative conversation with our counterpart and, as a result, a mutually beneficial agreement. In summary, a key player who deserves admiration.

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy


CarbonFree Technology


SUSI Partners


Work highlights


  • Advising CarbonFree Technology on the development of photovoltaic power plants.
  • Advising SUSI Partners on the execution of a framework agreement with Biwo Renovables and Latsolar Energy Investment (for the purchase, development, construction, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of power plants).
  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy (as borrower) on the structuring and execution of a $803.1m refinancing of its assets in Chile.

Garrigues Chile

Well known for energy and infrastructure projects, Garrigues Chile’s sizeable department fields specialists in developments, bids, financings, project contracts, and regulatory matters. The Santiago office is also able to leverage the firm’s impressive global network on behalf of Chilean clients, as well as international clients operating in Chile. Department head Pedro García specialises in the development and financing of infrastructure and energy projects; Antonio Morales is a renewable energy project finance expert; and the projects practice of public law head and of counsel Claudio Moraga covers construction contracts, regulatory issues, litigation and bidding processes. In the firm’s associate ranks, senior Ignacio Vargas and Santiago Mesía both advise lenders, borrowers and sponsors on energy and infrastructure, along with corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Pedro García


Testimonials

One of the most experienced in Chile for project financing.

A lot of commercial knowledge and knows the most relevant players in the market, which makes it easier to carry out transactions.

Pedro García stands out for his great knowledge, not only of financing, but also of projects and energy in general.

Key clients

Nala Renewables


Toesca Créditos Energía Renovable Fondo de Inversión


Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura


The Bank of Nova Scotia


Scotiabank Chile


BNP Paribas


Andean Telecom Partners Chile


Langa Chile


Work highlights


  • Advised Nala Renewables Chile on a $112m financing for the construction, operation and development of solar photovoltaic plants.
  • Advised Toesca Créditos Energía Renovable Fondo de Inversión on a secured corporate loan that was granted by Banco de Crédito e Inversiones.
  • Advised Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura on a credit agreement for the construction, operation and development of solar photovoltaic plants.

Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes

Established during 2021 by former Reymond & Cía partners, Rodrigo RiquelmeCamilo Silva and Diego Fuentes, Riquelme, Silva & Fuentes houses specialists in projects surrounding the construction of public works, as well as public work concessions. The group’s expertise encompasses complex infrastructure involving hospitals, airports, prisons and dams, along with sizeable real estate developments. In addition to complex disputes, Riquelme focuses on public works concessions, infrastructure, and large construction and engineering projects; Silva is experienced in engineering, construction and services contracts; and Fuentes specialises in construction law and dispute resolution. Associate counsel Felipe Montoya Aguilera, a specialist in civil litigation and arbitration, completes the team.

Work highlights


Alcalde & Cía.

With extensive experience in concessions and infrastructure work, Alcalde & Cía.'s seven-member team routinely advises on infrastructure projects in the mining, public works, energy and ports sectors (among others). The group is jointly led by name partner Enrique Alcalde Undurraga, a construction, infrastructure, corporate law and concessions specialist, who regularly acts as lead counsel on high-profile projects; and Carolina Candia Manríquez, whose broad practice covers construction and infrastructure contracts for public and private works.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde Undurraga; Carolina Candia Manríquez


Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados

Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados' sizeable corporate and project development practice routinely leads advice on the development, construction, financing and operation of transmission lines, wind and photovoltaic farms, and hydropower generation and thermoelectric power plants. Heading up the team, Arnaldo Gorziglia is a longstanding infrastructure project finance expert; while the broad practices of fellow name partner Ignacio Arteaga and Luciano Cruz also cover project development and finance work. Recently-promoted director Cristián Carpentier maintains an active energy and infrastructure project finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Arnaldo Gorziglia


Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio Oriente


Grupo Costanera Norte


Acciona Energía


Global Power Generation


AES Andes


Saesa


Frontal Trust


Sunco


Sociedad Concesionaria Los Lagos


China Southern Power Grid International


Work highlights


  • Advised electricity distribution company Sociedad Austral de Electricidad on the acquisition of Enel Transmisión Chile.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the negotiation, drafting and closing of a green loan facility for $250m, which was granted by Scotiabank Chile.
  • Advised Engie Energía Chile on the acquisition of three wind farms.

Lembeye

Lembeye‘s ‘excellent and very complete team’ acts for domestic and international companies throughout projects’ lifecycles. The team’s experience covers development and financing issues, as well as construction and operational aspects. The eight-strong group is particularly active in project finance and development work, including EPC and O&M contracts. Founding partner and practice head Jorge Lembeye advises on M&A, project finance, developments and capital markets; while dual-qualified (Chile/Canada) Rony Zimerman is a noted mining-projects specialist. Nicolás Espina also assists with project development matters, while associate Camila O’Shea‘s practice includes energy and infrastructure projects’ work.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Lembeye


Testimonials

An excellent and very complete team.

Deep knowledge of the industry, speedy responses, support during negotiations, and quality work.

Good practices and very collaborative.

Lembeye is a multidisciplinary office that adapts to the needs of the client, both in terms of budget and billing (as well as in how it works).

Quick and efficient in their responses.

Jorge Lembeye provides comprehensive responses to clients’ needs – his availability at all times and quick responses stand out.

Key clients

Prodiel


Biwo Investments


CMS Energy


Fondo de Infraestructura


Tritec-Intervento


Movyon


Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas Limitada


Itelecom


Angold Resources


Rio Explorations


Equus Mining


Southern Gold


Nutrex


Southern Cone Energy


Ferrovial


Andex Minerals


DIMISA


Work highlights


  • Advised Novamper Chile and Prodiel Agencia en Chile on the negotiation of EPC and O&M agreements, in relation to for the construction and operation of four renewable energy projects.
  • Advised CMS Energy, as seller, on the negotiation of a lease agreement and permits for the sale of three ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plant projects in Chile to Sungrow Power Chile.
  • Assisted Biwo, as sellers, with the negotiation of a framework agreement for the disposal of a 200MW portfolio of distributed solar and wind assets in Chile to SUSI Partners.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

The nine-strong team at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr is mandated at all stages of projects, its advice encompassing public and private bidding processes, corporate structures, and construction and financing contracts. It also assists with related tax, labour and environmental law issues, as well as obtaining permits and authorisations. In terms of sector expertise, the department covers power generation, NCRE, mining, infrastructure, and real estate. Sergio Orrego, whose track record incorporates industrial, infrastructure, mining and energy projects; and fellow projects partner Gonzalo Errázuriz, are the principal practitioners. Also key to the team: Ignacio Urrutia is an environmental law expert and Felipe Rencoret is also active in projects and infrastructure-related work.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Orrego; Gonzalo Errázuriz


Key clients

Consorcio Kospo Samsung


Royal Gold


Yamana Gold


Agrichile (Ferrero)


Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén


Desarrollos Inmobiliarios y Constructora Valle Grande


Inversiones AGSA


Administradora Next Capital


Echeverría Izquierdo Ingeniería y Construcción


Grupo Marina


Inmobiliaria Parque Embajadores


Inmobiliaria E3


Enel Generación Chile


Work highlights


  • Provides ongoing assistance to Consorcio Kospo Samsung, in relation to a gas-based thermoelectric power plant in northern Chile.
  • Advising Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén and Empresa Eléctrica San Víctor on the development of a run-of-the river power plant in the Aysén region.
  • Advised Cintac on the negotiation and execution of several EPC agreements for the construction of photovoltaic power and generation plants.

Urzúa

Following a rebranding, the former Urzúa Abogados and is now simply called Urzúa (as of July 2023). The ten-strong practice is experienced in projects across a range of sectors, notably mining, aquaculture, energy and energy generation (including water, solar and wind), along with industrial projects; it is also particularly active in project-related disputes. The group is led by name partner, and project, engineering and construction law disputes expert, Cristian Urzua.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Urzúa


Key clients

Edemsa


BHP Billiton


Australis


Elecnor


Worley


Jacobs


Solarpack


Interaseo


Elecnor Chile


Arcadis


Graña Montero Vial y Vives DSD


Distrocuyo


Andes del Sur


Gran Solar


Solek


Constructora ABN


Constructora GGL


Envis


Work highlights


  • Acting for Solek in the construction of solar energy projects (and related disputes).
  • Acting for Elecnor Chile in Covid-19 claims in relation to the construction of two transmission energy projects.
  • Acting for Bechtel in litigation against subcontractors regarding a mining project.