TMT in Chile
Barros & Errázuriz's 'strength is characterised by its professionalism and common sense when formulating strategy'. The TMT practice covers internet service providers, digital television permits, cloud computing, telecoms infrastructure regulation, data privacy, and mobile and landline services. Other areas of strength include IP issues, satellite licenses and complex technology agreements. Claro Chile, DirecTV, Omnispace, Accenture, Towercom and Everis are all clients, and recent work saw the team advise Claro Chile on mobile permits and authorisations, regulatory issues, and technology negotiations. Other matters include assisting Gastronomia y Negocios (Chile's largest franchisor of quick service restaurants), with the negotiation and drafting of IT agreements. José Tomás Errázuriz and José Ignacio Ovalle head the team, of which senior associates Carolina Cabrera and recently promoted Andrés Rodríguez are also members.
Carey 'has proven to be a trusted partner; everyone is responsive and speaks excellent English'. The practice fields lawyers who are specialised in telecoms media, technology contracting, the Internet of Things (IoT), online content transmission (OTT), online platforms, cloud technologies, robotics and blockchains, along with cryptocurrencies, algorithms, artificial intelligence, data protection and cybersecurity. The team's ongoing mandates include advising Wom (formerly known as Nextel Chile) on the corporate, regulatory, financing and antitrust aspects of its mobile telephone and data transmission operations in Chile; and British Telecom on all its day-to-day activities in the coucntry, including electronic signature queries and applications for telecoms concessions. Inria Chile is also a client. Alfonso Silva, Guillermo Carey and counsels Eduardo Martin and Paulina Silva are all highly regarded advisers; Javier Undurraga and Raúl Mazzarella are the associates to note.
Baker McKenzie Chile is widely respected for its advice on complex telecoms infrastructure, big data, data security and international data flow, internet-based services, e-commerce, and IoT. The client list includes Iridium Communications (Iridium), Discovery Education, DocuSign, Airbnb, Motorola Solutions and Sony Music Chile; the team assisted Iridium with the installation of a satellite teleport, which included telecoms regulatory advice as well as customs assistance. Diego Ferrada and associate Jorge Álvarez are the principal advisers.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's TMT sector experience includes the handling of regulatory issues, contract negotiations and TMT-related litigation; the group also works extensively on TMT projects with public authorities. Active clients include Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN), Grupo Copesa, Globalsat Latam and Pacal Grupo Inmobiliario; the team recently assisted Chile's state television broadcaster, TVN, with permit applications for the operation of satellite transmission data services from the Telecommunications Secretariat. Guillermo de la Jara and Octavio Bofill lead the team.
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos 'has deep understanding and knowledge of technology'. The practice is experienced in advising IT, telecoms, media and internet companies on their investments in Chilean companies, joint ventures, transactional IP matters and TMT-related litigation; the department also has a robust IT and media-related regulatory practice and assists with data processing, large infrastructure projects involving technology companies, and TMT corporate matters. The client list includes names such as Turner Broadcasting, Fox International Channels, Google, Comscore. and Chilevisión. Highlights included assisting Turner International Latin America with the acquisition of Canal del Fútbol from the Chilean Football Association along with the Chilean League's transmission rights for 15 years. Technology, privacy and media group head Rodrigo Lavados has 'proven experience in contracts with software companies'.
FerradaNehme is widely respected in the Chilean legal market for its antitrust and regulatory advice within the telecoms sector; in media, the practice advises on both regulatory and transactional matters, including broadcasting regulation, IP issues, digital TV, internet protocol television, and over-the-top services and platforms. In other technology sectors, it also assists with data and privacy regulation. Key clients include VTR Comunicaciones, Walmart Chile, Redbanc, Transbank and Falabella; the team advised the latter on the development of a business to consumer e-commerce marketplace platform for customers in several Latin American countries. The team heads are Nicole Nehme and Stella Muñoz; Benjamín Mordoj and Sebastián Morales were made partner and senior associate, respectively. Director Sebastián Dufeu and associate Víctor Andrade are also key team members.
Guerrero Olivos is particularly noted for TMT-related public law and regulatory issues. Active clients include Caterpillar, Bloomberg, Jala Software, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Yahoo! and Western Union; the group also advises Chile's largest telecoms operator, Telefónica Group, on day-to-day TMT matters, including its relations with the Undersecretary of Telecommunications and Chile's Comptroller General, as well as in disputes and regulatory matters. Juan Enrique Allard leads the TMT group; Eduardo Cordero and José Gabriel Undurraga are also key contacts.
Magliona Abogados, formerly known as García Magliona y Cía Abogados, is 'an expert law firm that works fast and deep, and understands the technology business'. It is highly regarded for its assistance with IP-related TMT matters as well software licensing, technology contracts, data processing platforms, electronic contracts, data protection, privacy policies, and security and IT crime. Clients include Ascenty, Autodesk, Airbnb, VTR and Orange and Netflix; ongoing work includes advising another high-profile client, Google, on an ongoing basis regarding public policy and government relations, including data centre permits, copyright law, cloud computing issues and computer crime legislation. Claudio Magliona, Nicolas Yuraszeck and Giovanni Donati are all experienced practitioners.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados is experienced in regulatory, compliance, licensing and litigation matters involving the entertainment, sports and software sectors, particularly in relation to international clearance for movies and video games; the team also advises on telecoms, radio and television. Data privacy and cybersecurity are other specializations of note. Clients includeTeléfonica Chile, Alibaba Chile, Twitter and Netflix; and recent work saw the team advise Canal del Fútbol on media technology matters, including digital platforms and the taking down of unauthorised internet material. Rodrigo Velasco A is an experienced adviser.
CMS Carey & Allende is highly regarded for its assistance with regulatory compliance as well as the development of local telecoms infrastructure; the practice has also expanded its scope to content and data protection. Clients inculde Broota, I-Med, Asociación FinTech de Chile and Sonda; the team advised the latter on an IT-services contract with Corporación de Fomento de la Producción for a business desk platform project. Ramón Valdivieso and recently promoted Diego Rodríguez head the team.
Contreras Velozo advises major Chilean players on TMT-related regulatory, antitrust, corporate and dispute-resolution issues. The practice acts for Telefónica Chile (Movistar), Multicaja, Direct TV, Alianza contra la Piratería and AméricaEconomía; it recently assisted Movistar with a major data-breach case affecting the Chilean telecom industry. Francisco Velozo is a key name and Javier Velozo was recently hired from Aninat Schwencke & Cia.
Best known for its work in this sector, Ecija Otero is highly specialised in licensing and software development agreements, technological platforms, data protection, privacy policies, technology contracts, internet, and computer crimes; the team also assists with the protection of TMT-related IP rights, as well as related areas such as unfair competition and consumer protection law. Macarena López heads the firm’s technology and IP group. In a significant development in late September 2019, the firm announced it's association with Spanish firm ECIJA, which has been growing strongly in the Americas, most notably in the Central American region.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's client list includes Samsung Electronics Chile, AT&T, Equifax Chile and Anda Technologies; another significant client is Fox Networks Group, which is advised on streaming and OTT platforms, digital television-related retransmission fees and advertising issues. Eduardo Escalona and Alberto Pulido A are the names to note.
Prieto Abogados advises on the corporate, M&A, financing, tax, dispute resolutions and public law aspects of TMT work; notable clients include Telcordia Technologies, Empresas Red Salud, Multitiendas Corona and MediaPro Chile; the practice also recently became Huawei (Chile)'s principal day-to-day legal adviser for contractual matters, compliance, government authority relations, and TMT-related litigation. Mario Gorziglia is telecoms and technology leader and Cristóbal Villarino advises foreign companies on the provision of web services in Chile. Gerardo Cruzat and senior associate Juan Andrés Ilharreborde are also key team members.