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A ‘highly professional, diligent and high-quality firm’, Barros & Errázuriz field a seasoned team of telecoms, media, technology and data privacy experts. The practice’s scope of work covers radio licences, telecoms infrastructure regulation mobile and landline services and internet service providers. Other areas of strength include satellite TV permits, cloud computing and complex technology agreements, along with data privacy and information security compliance policies. The team advises communication company Claro Chile on an ongoing basis on matters such as digital and cable television, infrastructure, public tenders, and regulatory issues; it also assists Banco BTG Pactual with cloud computing projects, including defining strategies to comply with the national banking regulations for cloud computing. José Tomás Errázuriz is a Chilean telecoms expert and José Ignacio Ovalle has broad TMT experience. Carolina Cabrera is an experienced senior associate. Other key clients include Deutsche Telekom, DirecTV, Fanatiz and Everis Chile.

Carey fields a group of lawyers who are highly specialised in telecoms media, technology, internet, data protection, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, crypto currencies and IT matters. Work highlights include advising British Telecoms on the day-to-day regulatory and labour aspects of its activities in Chile, including electronic signature issues and telecoms’ concession applications. The team also acted for Motorola Mobility in litigation proceedings against Scale, its main marketing contractor. Alfonso Silva, who is ‘singled out for seeing the big picture’, is recommended for the regulatory and transactional aspects of the telecoms sector; and Eduardo Martin is director of regulatory matters. Other active clients include WOM (formerly known as Nextel Chile), VTR GlobalCom, Timwe, Nintendo Corporation and Zerofox.

Baker McKenzie Chile has a diverse portfolio of clients in sectors such as internet-based services and e-commerce, network infrastructure and hardware; and the team has extensive experience in telecoms’ regulation, outsourcing, privacy, data protection and security, e-commerce and consumer protection. The team acted for Motorola Solutions in the acquisition of Interexport (including its telecommunications, services and integrations divisions, Mobilink and Quorum II), which provides communications systems and solutions to government agencies, public safety and enterprise customers in Chile. Diego Ferrada and senior associate Jorge Álvarez are highly rated.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice head (and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications), Guillermo de la Jara is well known for providing administrative and regulatory advice to companies. The team acted for Globalsat Latam in its bid to Chile’s public procurement system to provide satellite communications services across the country. Octavio Bofill is also a key contact. Other notable clients include Televisión Interactiva and Antofagasta Minerals.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos assists foreign and domestic IT, telecoms, media and internet companies with the technology components and corporate aspects of their investments in local companies; handles joint ventures, transactional IP and litigation; and undertakes regulatory-related IT and media projects. Recent mandates saw the team advise Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile on the sale of a 33 percent stake in Canal 13, a significant local TV station, to Luksic Group. Rodrigo Lavados and Francisco Illanes are the names to note. The client list also includes Turner Broadcasting, Fox International Channels, Google, Nokia, Chilevision and IBM.

Providing great value for money’, FerradaNehme’s specialised team advises on the regulatory, administrative, competition, litigation, corporate, IP and consumer issues associated with activity in the communications sector. It advised VTR on the tariff procedure for fixed-line telephony services. Stella Muñoz has strong experience in telecoms regulations; and Nicole Nehme is a competition and regulatory expert. Director Sebastián Dufeu, of counsel Diego Pardow and associate Víctor Andrade are also highly regarded.

Magliona Abogados advises telecoms, media and technology companies on licensing software agreements; agreements relating to data centre, cloud computing, advertising and TV programmes; and TMT public policy issues. The team assisted Airbnb with public policy matters; and also advised Autodesk, a multinational software corporation, on negotiating software licenses in Latin America. Claudio Magliona is ‘truly brilliant’; Nicolás Yuraszeck and Giovanni Donati are the other highlighted advisers.

Guerrero Olivosprovides an excellent all-round service’. Well known in the industry, Juan Enrique Allard leads the TMT group and can draw on partner level support from public law and regulatory experts Eduardo Cordero (a former adviser to the Ministry of Telecommunications), and José Gabriel Undurraga. The practice advises Telefónica Group, Chile’s largest telecoms operator, on its day-to-day TMT issues, including corporate, regulatory and dispute resolution matters. Other active clients include Caterpillar, Bloomberg, Yahoo!, Western Union and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

CMS Carey & Allende’s technology, media and communications practice has significant telecoms and regulatory compliance experience; and it recently expanded its scope to include content and data protection. It can also draw on the regional expertise of sister offices in Colombia, Mexico and Perú. In recent matters, the team advised Sonda on the sale of its subsidiary I-MED, the largest connected health network in Spanish-speaking Latin America, to Accel-KKR, a US-based global technology-focused investment firm. The main contacts are Ramón Valdivieso and senior associate Diego Rodríguez.

Estudio Jurídico Otero’s Macarena López heads the firm’s technology and IP practice. The team advises on licensing and software-development agreements, technology platforms and data protection, along with internet issues, computer crime, and IP, unfair competition and consumer protection law.

Prieto is well regarded for its telephony-sector expertise: the team is experienced in public auctions and negotiations with telephony concessionaires, and knowledgeable regarding the regulatory framework in Chile. It successfully advised Telcordia Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish company Ericsson, on two bids before the Chilean Telecommunications Department for the appointment of the number-portability system’s administrator. Mario Gorziglia and Cristóbal Villarino are the key practitioners.

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