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Baraona Fischer Spiess’ ‘advice is always commercial and the value for money is excellent’. The team has a strong reputation in the market for tax advisory work, including the tax aspects of general corporate matters, M&A transactions and financings; the practice is also highly rated for transfer pricing as well as estate planning and tax structuring. The firm’s tax litigation practice acts for both domestic and international clients before the tax authority, specialised tax tribunals, courts of appeal, the Chilean Supreme Court and the Chilean General Comptroller. It also defends tax relief claims and transfer pricing disputes, among other matters. Alex Fischer is ‘a commercial tax attorney who understands clients’ business and requirements’ and Isabel Espinoza is ‘extremely responsive and a great communicator’; the tax-compliance auditing practice is led by Boris León. Highly-regarded senior partner Juan Manuel Baraona and Carolina Collantes are also very well-regarded figures, while younger partners Isabel Espinoza and Juan Cristóbal Ortega are both gaining profile.

Barros & Errázuriz’s ‘highly accurate team’ is recommended for its design and implementation of national and international tax structuring strategies; other areas of strength include defending tax claims and litigation before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as in court; and due diligence for corporate mergers, acquisitions and purchases, and public and private bids. The practice advises Chilefilms, an audio-visual conglomerate, with its tax structure in Chile; assists regional private equity Linzor Capital Partners, which focuses on Latin America’s mid-market, with its tax issues; and provides Harvard Management Company with tax advice on investment and financing structures in Chile. Contentious highlights include acting for Compañía Puerto Coronel in a land tax claim before the tax courts. Fernando Barros, Carola Trucco and María Teresa Cremaschi are the names to note, while the key senior associates are Tomás Kovacevic and Evelyn Sepúlveda.

Carey’s managing partner Jaime Carey and Jessica Power advise domestic and foreign clients on personal and corporate tax planning, as well as local and international tax consulting. The team assisted international spirits company Bacardi with the tax aspects of the sale of its Chilean and Uruguayan subsidiaries to Argentine beverage company, Cepas Group; advised Chilean real estate company Sencorp on the sale of real estate assets, which involved several VAT issues; and acted for Graña y Montero on the tax aspects of the sale of Chilean subsidiary CAM Chile. Alejandra Risso and Mariela Riquelme are key tax and audit directors. Additional active clients include UnitedHealth, Scotiabank, Codelco, Siemens and Air Products.

The sizeable tax practice at Deloitte Legal Chile assists international investors and global, regional, and local corporations, as well as high net-worth (HNW) individuals, with tax consulting, the tax aspects of M&A deals and foreign investment transactions, and tax disputes. Recent mandates include advising a copper mining group on the tax and structuring aspects of the sale of its interest in a project, which involved its exit from a joint venture company. A deep bench includes tax practice head Joseph Courand, Hugo Hurtado, David Lagos, Paula Osorio, Ignacio Concha and Mónica Fernández; all are the names to note, along with directors Cristián Meneses and Regina Scherzer.

Highly rated for its tax law advice, multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young (Santiago)’s areas of strength include tax planning assistance, compliance issues and tax-related disputes. Pablo Greiber is the managing director for the practice’s tax division in Chile; he advises both companies and individuals on their tax issues and is particularly noted for the taxation of family businesses, corporate reorganisation-related tax planning and the tax aspects of international investments. Alicia Domínguez is particularly noted for her experience in the tax aspects of mining maters.

KPMG in Chile’s scope of practice includes tax consultancy, tax-related M&A deals and compliance issues. The team’s other areas of focus include tax disputes and conflict resolution, transfer pricing, and social security and tax-related immigration matters; it has particular sector experience in banking, mining, forestry, manufacturing, shipping and transportation, technology and energy. Francisco Lyon is senior lead partner; tax compliance expert Mauricio López ‘has very deep knowledge’; and Rodrigo Stein and Andrés Martínez, together with Alberto Cuevas and Juan Pablo Guerrero, are also key contacts.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s strengths include a specialised tax litigation team and a significant international structuring practice; and the tax transactional group regularly works alongside the firm’s finance, mining, energy and M&A teams. The practice assisted Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria (Chile) with the tax aspects of a potential share sale; and was tax counsel to BTG Pactual Group on its Chilean restructuring. Mario Silva and Guillermo Infante are experienced advisers, as are director Patricio Silva-Riesco and senior associate Javiera Suazo.

Highly regarded for its tax law experience, global multidisciplinary firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores y Compañía Limitada’s representative expertise includes international taxation issues, the tax aspects of financing deals, restructuring work and M&A transactions. Other areas of particular strength include transfer pricing, tax compliance and sector-related litigation. Francisco Selamé and Sandra Benedetto are the main contacts.

Baker McKenzie Chile’s ‘strong team’ is highly regarded for advising on the tax aspects of M&A deals, including cross-border transactions. The team also assists with tax disputes, transfer pricing, estate planning and general tax advisory matters. Team head Alberto Maturana is an international taxation consultancy expert who is ‘a great partner to clients’, of counsel Sergio Illanes is an experienced practitioner, and associate Sebastian Coloma is also well regarded.

CMS Carey & Allende’s recent experience includes advising Grupo Inso Chile (a consortium that includes Inso, Condotte and Cossi), on the tax investment structuring issues arising from the award of the contract for the design and construction of a new hospital in southern Chile. Diego García is in charge of the tax group; and Cristóbal Groetaers and Gastón Gallegos are senior associates to note.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is well known for its expertise in the tax structuring of acquisitions and restructuring of investments in Chile. The department is also noted for mining-related taxation and has a growing tax litigation practice. It acted as tax advisors to Goldcorp in the structuring and implementation of a joint venture with Barrick which involves one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in the world. Francisco Illanes and Javier Cerón are the recommended names.

Claro & Cia.’s tax department’s ‘strength are its leadership, ethical standards and knowledge’. It provided Petrobras with tax advice on the effects of its $470m-plus sale of Chilean assets to Southern Cross; the transaction involved an indirect sale of said assets and was conducted alongside the Chilean IRS. The team also acted as tax counsel to multinational automotive retail and service company Inchcape on its acquisition of Indumotora One. Jorge Carraha is ‘a true expert’; and senior associate Nicolás Maturana is ‘an excellent professional and an up-and-coming tax specialist’.

Practice head at Garrigues Chile, Oscar Ferrari has extensive experience in corporate tax and tax litigation. Recent practice highlights include advising Gestora La Avanzada on the setting up of a tax-efficient investment structure; the team also provides ongoing tax advice to Santander Consumer Finance, a Chilean branch of Banco Santander. Senior associate José Domingo Peñafiel Morandé M formerly served as a tax policy adviser to the Chilean Ministry of Finance.

Prieto’s ‘team has deep knowledge of its clients’ business’. The scope of the practice includes tax litigation and tax planning for family offices and individuals, including corporate reorganisations, real estate matters and inheritance taxes. The team includes practitioners with expertise in the tax structuring of investments, particularly new projects involving foreign parties investing in sectors such as energy, ports and public utilities, as well as the financing of such projects. Recent work saw the team advise Chilean-based company Watt’s on the tax structuring aspects of its acquisition of Danone’s business operations in Chile. Mario Gorziglia and Leonidas Prieto are highly regarded and Cristián Bay-Schmith has been made partner.

Tax Advisorsgives an excellent service thanks to its deep knowledge of tax issues and its ability to deal with complex matters that involve regulatory, commercial and civil problems’. The practice is noted for corporate and family tax planning; and the team provides tax consultancy services both at national and international levels. Other areas of focus include the tax aspects of acquisitions and investments, and transfer pricing. Christian Blanche Reyes and Benjamín Bernstein are ‘both very committed and highly qualified in tax matters’.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía regularly advises family offices on the tax aspects of their day-to-day business and the purchase and sale of assets; the firm also has a tax litigation practice. The team recently advised Córpora Group on the tax consequences arising from its sale of Inesa Chile and Inesa Argentina to third parties. Francisco Allende, Carolina Gazitúa and Gonzalo Garfias are the main advisers. Other key clients include Inzpiral Group Chile, Chilink, Indiver, Renner Herrmann and Liventus.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘lawyers and specialists are always available for clients’. The practice regularly advises on the tax planning structures surrounding significant cross-border transactions, particularly in the mining, financial services and construction sectors, as well as on matters involving export and import entities. The team assisted Pacific Hydro with the determination of an efficient tax structure for the purchase of a major energy company in Chile. Guillermo Fonseca and associate Jorge Valenzuela are the key contacts.

CorreaGubbins assists multinational energy, technology and service companies with their tax matters; domestically, the team advises HNW families, top-tier executives and companies from the mining, construction and asset management sectors. The team advised a Spanish renewable energy company on the most tax-efficient legal corporate structure for a joint venture. Eduardo Torretti and senior associate Sebastián Martínez-Conde are experienced practitioners.

DLA Piper BAZ|NLD recently assisted local construction equipment company Janssen with a tax efficient structure for its sale of shares and in subsequent restructuring and reorganisation procedures. Rodrigo Álvarez and Miguel Zamora are highly regarded.

Fontaine & Cía’s ‘team is very professional and diligent and it offers a brilliant service’. The firm’s key clients are from the real estate and construction sectors. The practice is primarily focused on providing ongoing tax advice, handling reorganisations and tax disputes, and providing international tax assistance. Hernán Fontaine Talavera and Astrid Hardessen Lazo are the names to note.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s practice covers the tax effects of complex transactions, income and inheritance tax analysis, the taxation of companies, investigations before the Chilean Tax Service, tax compliance and tax litigation. Department head Mónica Justiniano, who ‘has great knowledge and technical ability’, has extensive experience in tax compliance and tax planning matters; and Felipe Errázuriz is a notable associate.

Acting for domestic and international corporations, individuals and family offices, Guerrero Olivos is noted for its work on the tax aspects of transactions, tax restructuring and tax planning, particularly regarding the energy, real estate and mining sectors. Pedro Pellegrini is ‘extremely responsive and gives all the support that businesses require’; José Miguel Prieto is a highly regarded senior associate.

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados’ tax department advises both Chilean and foreign companies on tax reorganisations and also assists individuals, companies and business groups with tax planning. In the firm’s core sector, natural resources, it also has particular expertise in the tax structuring of project financings. Rafael Valdivieso is the principal adviser.

Letonja & Cia. recently spun off from Cabello Letonja & Cia. The team, which is ‘recommended for combining technical knowledge with business acumen’, recently successfully acted for state-owned Television Nacional de Chile in an audit process before the Chilean IRS, where the company was required to justify a tax loss. Alexander Letonja is ‘a very skilled lawyer’; and Kristofer Letonja is another key contact.

Morales & Besa devises and implements creative tax solutions for foreign direct investments and cross-border financings, with a particular focus on project finance deals in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The team also assists with planning, tax compliance and tax litigation. Francisca Pérez and senior associates María José Becker S and Jaime Rosso G are the names to note.

Recabarren & Asociados was founded by former Ernst & Young (Santiago) professionals. The practice is highly regarded for assisting with the tax issues surrounding restructuring matters, corporate tax and family office-related issues; it also has robust tax litigation and international tax advisory capabilities. Richard Haensel, Álvaro Pérez and Soledad Recabarren are experienced practitioners.

Founded in 2016, Ulloa & Cía’s primary clients are Chilean HNW families and their family offices; the practice also assists investment banks, real estate companies and other Chilean corporations with the tax aspects of their day-to-day business. Nicolás Ulloa is recommended for the creation of tax law solutions, particularly regarding corporate and inheritance restructuring; and Adriana Zaidan leads the international tax law department.

Always available when required’, Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr’s practice handles day-to-day tax analysis regarding corporate income, capital gains, and domestic and foreign loans and profit distributions, among other matters. It also assists with the tax issues associated with employee and expatriate status, restructuring, tax audits and procedures before the Chilean tax authorities, and tax litigation. Gonzalo Rencoret is highly regarded.

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