Firms To Watch: TMT

Exclusively advising technology companies, Dentons Larrain Rencoret's TMT department consistently acts for start-ups, digital platforms, and payment solutions and insurtech companies on the regulatory, licensing and data privacy issues surrounding the development of novel products.

TMT in Chile

Barros & Errázuriz

The four-member group at Barros & Errázuriz routinely acts for fixed and mobile operators, satellite operators, and free-to-air (FTA) and paid television services on complex TMT matters. Internet service providers, over-the-top (OTT) service providers, technology providers, telecoms infrastructure companies, and e-commerce and social media platforms also regularly turn to the ‘very determined' practice. Typical work ranges from the processing and obtaining of regulatory permits and licences, including the legal requirements to operate and provide services in Chile. The team has also experienced substantial growth in major technology projects. Heading the department, José Ignacio Ovalle provides ongoing advice on the full range of telecoms and technology-related regulatory and commercial aspects; and at senior associate level, Andrés Rodríguez focuses his practice on telecoms, IT and data privacy work.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Ovalle

Testimonials

The B&E team is highly knowledgeable, not only in the legal aspects applicable to business, but also the client’s business itself.

Very determined to resolve all the client’s issues.

The team is well versed in Chile’s TMT regulatory issues and guides client companies towards their obligations.

Great availability and knowledge from senior associate Andrés Rodríguez.

Key clients

NTT Data

DirecTV

Universidad San Sebastián

ATP Partners

Compañía Portuaria Mejillones

Mundo Pacífico

Coda Payments

SITA Group

CCAF Los Héroes

Lycamobile

Hewlett Packard

Tencent

Webdox

Hilti

Gastronomía y Negocios

Stonepeak

Weg

Telefonica Global Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advises NTT Data Chile on its daily legal requirements, particularly the implementation of innovative technological projects.
  • Advising DirecTV on several matters concerning the operation of TV services.
  • Advised Universidad San Sebastián on the implementation of a huge technology project.

Carey

The 13-member department at legal giant Carey consistently advises on significant TMT-related regulatory, corporate, financial and contractual issues, including the multi-jurisdictional management of cross-border projects. The ‘powerful‘ practice’s representative expertise covers technology contracting, internet and net neutrality, Internet of Things (IoT) and OTT matters, along with online platforms, cloud technologies, robotics and blockchain. Other areas of strength include smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, algorithms, AI, data protection and cybersecurity. The practice is jointly led by Alfonso Silva, an expert in telecoms sector-related regulatory and transactional issues; IP expert Guillermo Carey, whose broad expertise covers licensing, e-commerce, technology transfers, and distribution and franchise agreements; and telecoms regulatory counsel Eduardo Martin. At associate level, senior Raúl Mazzarella‘s TMT practice includes blockchain and cryptocurrency work, while recently promoted director José Ignacio Mercado focuses on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues.

Testimonials

Carey is unique in the sector for its prestige, experience and ability to adapt to various challenges and scenarios. It is difficult to think of legal teams as powerful or more powerful than Carey in this area.

Alfonso Silva’s experience and knowledge of the sector are excellent. He stands out for his innovative vision and ability to find solutions for different situations.

The knowledge of Eduardo Martin and Alfonso Silva stand out. Both propose innovative ideas based on their proven experience in telecoms.

Key clients

WOM

Blanco y Negro

Fondo de Infraestructura

BT

Grupo Werthein

Itrend

Liberty Chile

SBA Communications

Intelsat

Hewlett Packard Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Assists WOM with the corporate, regulatory, financing, compliance and antitrust aspects of its mobile telephone and data transmission operations in Chile.
  • Advised Grupo Werthein on the Chilean aspects of its acquisition of Vrio Corp.
  • Advising Fondo de Infraestrctura on the corporate, financial and regulatory issues surrounding the development and implementation of the Humbolt Submarine Cable Project.

Magliona Abogados

Fusing specialisms in technology and IP with public policy and government relations, Magliona Abogados‘ TMT practice covers media, telecoms, e-commerce, technology and data centre-related matters. Clients also appreciate the group’s expertise in venture capital, fintech, cybersecurity and data protection regulations. The key practitioners are managing partner Claudio Magliona , whose broad practice includes technology, fintech, telecoms, computer crime, film distribution, and licensing and software development agreements; digital security expert Giovanni Donati  ; and Nicolás Yuraszeck  , who focuses on new technologies, IP and telecoms law. Associate director Carlos Araya   assists with intellectual and industrial property matters, while of counsel Pedro Huichalaf   is experienced in telecoms, new technologies and cybersecurity market regulations. Associate Karla Cid ‘s experience includes acting as a consultant to Microsoft Chile legal adviser, while Bárbara Reyes ‘ practice covers policy matters, compliance and government relations.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Magliona; Nicolas Yuraszeck; Carlos Araya; Pedro Huichalaf

Testimonials

I am satisfied with its services, which are highly specialised – it is difficult to find a team of lawyers with such capabilities.

Excellent quality team, with technical, legal and business knowledge in this area. There is no team that can be compared with this level of quality and service – personalised, 24/7 attention.

The team is characterised by quick and clear responses to our requests, adapting to our local and corporate requirements.

The plus of the staff at Magliona Abogados is that it provides quick responses to our requests and concerns.

The Magliona law firm manages my company’s telecoms regulatory needs in a very professional manner.

Partners Claudio Magliona and Nicolas Yuraszeck, and director Carlos Araya, are outstanding – an excellent service, complete knowledge of the market, TMT, quality work, and a willingness from each of them to advise with strategic and business vision.

Bárbara Reyes and Claudio Magliona are two extremely willing professionals, who are always attentive to our needs, professional, and learn about our realities and requirements.

Key clients

Google

Coordinador Electrico

Ascenty

Airbnb

VTEX

Inswitch

NTT

Data Luna

Directv

Vitamina

Hexagon

Netflix

Infobip

Compatel

Voz Digital

CorreosChile

Orange

Kaszek

Mercadolibre

MercadoPago

Dlocal.com

Amazon Prime

Payku.cl

Autodesk

ComparaOnline

StubHub

Dafiti

Falabella

Kavak

Work highlights

  • Assists Google (on an ongoing basis) with public policy issues and its government relationships.
  • Advising Amazon Studios on movie production agreements.
  • Advising Netflix on production agreements.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Advising a broad portfolio of TMT clients (including internet-based services and e-commerce giants), Baker McKenzie Chile's practice consistently assists with projects involving digital tools, network infrastructure companies and media platforms. The group’s credentials further extends to data security, international data flow, internet-based services, data centres, big data, and IoT matters. It also advises on the licensing and implementation of new telecoms infrastructure in Chile, while clients additionally benefit from the Santiago office’s leveraging off the firm’s enviable global network. The practice is led by Diego Ferrada, who, in addition to being a corporate law specialist, advises large telecoms and technology companies on regulatory matters and transactions. Former associate Jorge Álvarez recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ferrada

Testimonials

The team is extremely knowledgeable and accurate in the advice it provides.

The lawyers  are detailed and provide prompt responses consistently for all areas.

Always responds promptly and diligently, meets time expectations, and is proactive.

The lawyers know how to communicate the message, assistance and action plan clearly and effectively.

Key clients

SES

Red Clara

Space X

Honeywell

Caterpillar

AP Wireless

Verizon

Work highlights

  • Advised global satellite owner and operator SES on the installation of a satellite ground station in Chile.
  • Assisting Starlink with obtaining regulatory (telecoms) licences for its satellite operations in Chile.
  • Advised Caterpillar on a technology system supply agreement with Codelco for its Ministro Hales Mine in Chile.

CMS Carey & Allende

The seven-member practice at CMS Carey & Allende's seven-strong group handles a broad range of IT and telecoms matters, including infrastructure deployment, the procurement of licences and concessions, and regulatory compliance. It also has notable payments-sector expertise, while TMC-related M&A, data protection and fintech are additional key areas. The group is jointly led by managing partner and co-head of the firm’s corporate/M&A group, Ramón Valdivieso, a former general manager for telecoms company Telex Chile; and Diego Rodríguez, a go-to adviser for fintech work. Telecoms specialist Ignacio Errazquin is also integral to the team. Former senior associate Alejandro Celedón left the firm in October 2021 for Chilean multinational IT company, SONDA.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Valdivieso; Diego Rodríguez

Testimonials

Great response speeds, depth of analysis, and very notable soft skills.

Diego Rodríguez has great knowledge of his clients’ business, excellent regulatory management, and a pro-business orientation – he is also trustworthy.

Diego Rodríguez is appreciated for how close he stays to his clients.

Key clients

KKR

Sonda

Pago Fácil

Locales Conectados

QMC Telecom

American Tower

Asociación de empresas Fintech de Chile

Cardda

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on telecoms M&A and financing matters, in relation to the acquisition of a majority stake in Telefónica Chile’s fibre optic network.
  • Advised QMC Telecom on its launch and expansion plans in Chile.
  • Advised Cardda on regulatory matters.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' sizeable TMT department is sought out by IT, telecoms, media and internet companies for its advice on joint ventures, investments, disputes and transactional IP matters. The firm also fields regulatory specialists in relation to IT and media projects, while additional specialisms include data processing, along with infrastructure projects involving technology components and corporate issues. The firm’s technology, privacy and media group is co-led by software and database expert, Rodrigo Lavados, who additionally assists with IP work; and Francisco Illanes, who also leads the financial, banking and capital markets group. Among the firm’s senior associate pool, Gabriel Pensa's practice includes IT, telecoms and data protection work. Felipe Fernández exited the firm to join Ernst & Young (Santiago) in November 2021.

FerradaNehme

The seven-strong TMT practice of FerradaNehme consistently advises on telephony markets, pay-TV, internet and FTA television, e-commerce, data protection, and cross-border transactions involving technological services. Other areas of expertise range from technological transformation processes, to compliance, antitrust, IP, IT law, tariff-setting processes, and related administrative procedures and litigation. Group head Nicole Nehme   has longstanding regulatory law and telecoms expertise; consumer law specialist Stella Muñoz   is active in TV broadcasting regulation work; and of counsel Sebastián Dufeu  assists with telecoms-related actions and investigations brought before the Chilean Antitrust Court. Recently promoted associate director Sebastián Morales  is a telecoms regulatory expert; while at senior associate level, Nicolás Morales  regularly advises television market clients, and Catalina Frigerio  -who joined from Amazon Spain in April 2021- focuses on preventative advice. Former director Jessica Matus left the firm in May 2021 to join the Internet Society’s Chilean Chapter.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Nehme

Testimonials

Perfect mix of academia, judicial rigour and understanding of the internal operations of business, as well as its interrelation with free competition and public law.

Great ability from this team of telecoms, free competition and public law professionals.

Key clients

VTR Comunicaciones

Liberty Latin America

Asociación Chilena de Telecomunicaciones

Televisión Nacional de Chile

Canal 13

Chilean Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation

Falabella

Transbank

Novo Nordisk

Aguas Andinas

Work highlights

  • Commissioned by the Ministry of Science to review and strengthen the governance and legal framework of Observa, a recently launched digital platform.
  • Acting for VTR Comunicaciones in a commercial dispute with The Walt Disney Company, which concerns the terms and conditions of a new distribution agreement.
  • Acting for Liberty Latin America (LLA) on a merger control proceeding before the FNE for the approval of a  joint venture agreement, which combines the Chilean operations of LLA and America Movil.

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos's TMT department acts for clients from across the TMT spectrum, including the telecoms, technology, and social media sectors; areas of particular growth for the practice include data privacy, cybersecurity and regulatory work, including data centres’ regulatory requirements. The practice is jointly led by Juan Enrique Allard, who is sought out by Chilean and foreign companies (and law firms) to advise on day-to-day issues, as well as data privacy, IT, cybersecurity and new technological platforms; Eduardo Cordero, whose regulatory practice covers acting for telecoms companies on tariff setting processes; and public law specialist José Gabriel Undurraga. At associate level, senior Diego Morandé is IP head, specialising in new technologies and data privacy; and Alejandra Leiton assists with regulatory, compliance and data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Allard; Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Key clients

Telefónica Group

Softcell Technologies Global Private

Genius Sports

Western Union International

Novator Partners

WOM

Globalstar

Newegg

Starz

DXC Technology

Webtoon Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon on TMT, regulatory and data privacy matters in Chile.
  • Advised US cable and satellite television network, Starz, on the implementation of video on-demand services in Chile, along with other corporate regulatory work.
  • Advised Globalstar on obtaining a concession to operate phone satellite services (via the Chilean regulator).

Bofill Mir Abogados

During the course of 2022, the former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) split into three firms, one of which, Bofill Mir Abogados, remains active in TMT-related regulatory and contractual issues, as well as dispute resolution. The newly launched practice fields founding partner Octavio Bofill, who is active across an array of telecoms work; and at associate level, seniors Daniela Severin, a former FNE lawyer, and Pablo Nogueira, a public law and regulated markets specialist. Junior associate Jaime Ayala provides additional support, but former partner Guillermo de la Jara exited BMAJ in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill

Contreras Velozo

The expertise of Contreras Velozo‘s eight-strong practice spans criminal, antitrust, administrative and ordinary proceedings, in addition to day-to-day advisory matters and assistance with projects, transactions, IP issues and data privacy; the firm has longstanding relationships with telecoms provider Movistar, as well as regional online commerce and payments ecosystem, Mercado Libre. The principal practitioners are Francisco Velozo , who leads the firm’s telecoms and media and criminal litigation practices; telecoms-related competition law specialist Javier Velozo ; and antitrust and regulated markets expert Pablo Pardo . At associate level, the broad practice of Natalia Diuana  includes acting for telecoms companies.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Velozo; Javier Velozo; Pablo Pardo

Key clients

Telefónica (Movistar)

Mercado Libre

Exacta

Integra Metrics

Chileactores

AmericaEconomía

DirecTV

Alianza contra la Piraterìa

Zumpago

Fivana

Work highlights

  • Assisted Chileactores in lawsuits against GTD (and others) regarding the enforcement of audio visual performers’ rights.
  • Assisted Movistar with two related cases that concern the deployment of 5G networks.
  • Representing the regional operator of people meter, Exacta, in a dispute over a Chilean people meter tender organised by TV Channels.

ECIJA Otero

The result of a 2019 merger between domestic practice Estudio Jurídico Otero and Spain-based, TMT-focused multinational firm ECIJA, ECIJA Otero‘s track record includes media and entertainment production-related matters, digital services and cloud computing issues. The department’s principal figures are Gerardo Otero, whose broad practice includes specialisms in new technologies and IT; Spain-qualified corporate, M&A and foreign investment expert Alfredo Moreno; and Dolores Echeverría (a partner since late 2020), who has longstanding experience in corporate and IT work.

Gutiérrez & Arrieta

Boutique law firm Gutiérrez & Arrieta routinely acts for small companies and start-ups, as well as large companies, regarding electronic payments, technology contracts, e-commerce, incorporating electronic signatures in Chile, and data protection. The practice’s track record also includes software contracts for major banks. The department is co-led by current President of the Chilean Institute of Law and Technology, Rodrigo Gutierréz Morán, who is experienced in electronic payment systems and the implementation of technological solutions, particularly within the banking and finance sector; and telecoms and data protection expert Raúl Arrieta Cortés. Associate Diego Cordoba Yukic  is also an active TMT team member.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Gutiérrez Morán; Raúl Arrieta Cortés

Testimonials

Extensive experience and knowledge of the regulatory aspects of the banking and fintech industries.

In addition to 24/7 availability and great experience, the group always delivers simple and transparent proposals.

The team is highly professional, with experts in technology issues, who are very proactive.

The team understands our business, which is a great advantage and delivers value.

Willingness to meet our requirements and always present.’

The lawyers have solid knowledge in the TMT space.

Extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, which means the work always includes a vision that allows the team to anticipate the reaction of the authorities and the market.

Rodrigo Gutiérrez Morán always finds solutions to situations.

Lembeye Abogados

Lembeye Abogados TMT credentials were bolstered significantly in July 2021 when it hired former Bofill Mir Álvarez Jana partner (and public law, regulated markets and free competition expert) Guillermo de la Jara to head its team. De la Jara, a former head of the Telecommunications Undersecretariat’s legal department, has extensive experience in advising operators from the telecoms and broadcasting sectors, including providers of telephony, mobile telephony, internet and telecoms technology services, and television channel broadcasters.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo de la Jara

Key clients

Canal 13

Televisión Nacional de Chile

Imagemaker

Globalsat

HÜGGA

Asociación Chilena de Telefonía Móvil

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Canal 13 on regulatory matters.
  • Advised Globalsat on telecoms regulation and the contracting of satellite services by the State.
  • Advised IT development company Imagemaker on regulatory matters.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Acting for major clients such as The Walt Disney Company, ViacomCBS and Discovery, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields an 11-member group with vast TMT, corporate law and regulated markets expertise. Clients additionally appreciate the group’s ability to leverage the experience of its banking, competition law and data privacy colleagues. Jointly in charge of the firm’s recently established digital desk initiative are Eduardo Escalona, who is an expert in the economic regulation of public services; and Ignacio Larraín, the firm’s Chile competition law leader. Former senior associate Álvaro Espinosa departed the firm in 2021 to join Mercado Libre Chile.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Escalona; Ignacio Larraín

Testimonials

The team stands out for its professionalism in the area and for obtaining good results in the process.

The lawyers are very professional and work very well together as a team.

The team has very good work levels and the right attitude towards the client. I would especially highlight the work of Eduardo Escalona.

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

ViacomCBS

Discovery

Experian Colombia

Banco Santander

Spotify

Rappi

Iberoamericana Radio Chile

Metropago

Metro

Ministry of Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisting The Walt Disney Company with telecoms and network regulatory issues in Chile (among other matters).
  • Advised Viacom on its acquisition of Chilevisión.
  • Assisted the Ministry of Energy with the preparation of a proposal for public regulations on the interoperability of Chile’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Prieto Abogados

The eight-member practice at Prieto Abogados is particularly noted for its telephony sector experience. The team’s expertise includes public actions conducted by Chilean State's telecommunications agency, SUBTEL; negotiations with telephony concessionaires; and the regulatory framework for companies providing telephony services in Chile. The practice is also routinely involved in TMT-related M&A transactions. Heading up the telecoms and technology team, Mario Gorziglia is a telephony sector specialist who counts Telcordia Technologies among his standing clients; and lead compliance partner José Andrés Pascual, who assists national and international clients with online delivery services, including contract reviews, and regulatory and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mario Gorziglia; José Andrés Pascual

Key clients

Huawei (Chile)

Iconectiv (Telcordia Technologies Chile)

Mediapro Chile

Pedidos Ya

Delivery Hero

Paysafe Merchant Services Corp

Dispatchtrack

Radio Victoria

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediapro Chile on the acquisition of the commercial and broadcasting rights for Chile’s national football teams for the qualifying period leading up to the conclusion of the 2026 Canada/US Football World Cup.
  • Successfully assisted Telcordia Technologies Chile with a bid before the Chilean Telecommunications Department (SUBTEL) for the appointment of the administrator of the Number Portability system for 2020-2025.
  • Advised Dispatchtrack on the acquisition of Beetrack, a software as a service company in Chile that offers logistics technology.