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Garrigues Chile

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile is 'practical and efficient, and because it is involved in so many deals it has a good feel for the market'. The office has a broad finance practice, primarily handling acquisition and project finance, restructuring and corporate lending. The team has a strong lender-side client roster and acts for a number of leading banks, including National Australia Bank, Banco Santander (Chile), Scotiabank Chile, Banco del Estado de Chile, Citibank, and Banco de Chile. Indeed, in the project finance segment the team advised a syndicate of 11 banks on a $540m syndicated loan (as part of a wider $650m project financing) granted to BHP Billiton for a water desalination project and pipeline to supply Minera Spence, as well as Banco Santander et al on the $320m financing of Intervial's Rutas del Loa toll road; in the restructuring area it advised a nine-bank syndicate on Graneles del Chile's $295m corporate and financial restructuring. On the borrower side, acquisition finance mandates included advice to Jenner Renewables on the $130m financing for the acquisition of 12 solar power plants. Active across the finance sector and a 'go-to lawyer for capital markets deals in Chile', Pedro García heads the now eight-strong group which was considerably strengthened with the incorporation of Jaime de Larraechea from Cruzat, Vicuña, de Larraechea Abogados ; finance specialised, he is particularly active in cross-border transactions. Senior associate Antonio Morales and associate Francisca Ferrer   are also key team members.

Leading individuals

Pedro GarcĂ­a - Garrigues Chile

Rising stars

Antonio Morales - Garrigues Chile

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's November 2018 hire of Jaime de Larraechea from Cruzat, Vicuña de Larraechea is a notable boost to its financial and corporate practices. The 20-strong group advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations and joint-venture transactions; it is also highly regarded for advising on the acquisition of energy and mining companies and assets, and venture capital and startup investments. Recent headline transactional work saw real estate partner José Miguel Rioseco team up with practice head Luis Felipe Merino to advise asset manager Capital Advisors (and associated parties) on the $365m sale of Atton Hoteles and ManCo to AccorHotels and Algeciras. Merino also led advice to Ameris Capital on its $110m acquisition of a 49% stake in retail subsidiary Arauco Centros Comerciales Regionales. Other key practice partners include Luis Eduardo Correa and Rodrigo Fernández. Principal associate Cristobal Fainé, along with senior associates Carlos Arias, Hellen Brockway and Florencia Thorkelsen, provide a strong second line. Other clients include Capital Advisors Equity Investments, Domusvi-Geriavi, Gtd Grupo Teleductos, Arroyo Energy and Enel.

Next Generation Partners

Rodrigo Fernández - Garrigues Chile

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's caseload recently involved high-profile disputes in corporate law, energy, insurance, construction, real estate, consumer protection class actions, bankruptcies, and tax.'Experienced and insightful', Mónica van der Schraft leads the team; principal associate Cristóbal Sarralde , who arrived from Guerrero Olivos in mid-2018, is 'efficient and responsible'.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile hired experienced infrastructure lawyer and public law specialst Claudio Moraga from Estudio Miquel in Januar 2019 as team head. He joins a now eight-strong practice that is particularly strong in energy and infrastructure financing. Recent work includes advising a syndicate of 11 banks on the financing for a water desalination project and a pipeline to a copper mine. Pedro García is recommended for the financing of large infrastructure projects. Experienced senior associate Antonio Morales is also noted.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile is experienced in advising on real estate investments, acquisitions, sales and financing; the team also has a robust regulatory practice that assists with urban regulations. Recent mandates include acting for Ameris (and a public real estate fund it manages) in the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in shopping-centre operator, Arauco Centros Comerciales Regionales. José Miguel Rioseco heads the department, of which Luis Eduardo Correa and senior associate María Cecilia Morandé are also key members.

Leading individuals

Jose Miguel Rioseco - Garrigues Chile

Rising stars

María Cecilia Morandé - Garrigues Chile

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's tax practice head, the 'deeply experienced' Oscar Ferrari advises Chilean and foreign clients on the tax issues surrounding their businesses and investments; representative areas include corporate and asset restructuring, M&A, project finance and tax litigation. José Domingo Peñafiel is an experienced senior associate.

Leading individuals

Oscar Ferrari - Garrigues Chile

Rising stars

José Domingo Peñafiel - Garrigues Chile

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Electricity - ranked: tier 4

Garrigues Chile

Garrigues Chile's energy team is focused on the financing, development and regulatory aspects of large energy projects; the practice is also active in M&A work for energy and natural resources companies and private funds. Active clients include Enel Green Power Latin America, Jenner Renewables and Banco Santander, and recent mandates saw the team advise Arroyo Energy on the acquisition of two PV solar power plant projects from Pattern Energy Group and Antofagasta Minerals. Key practice contacts include Luis Felipe Merino, energy finance expert Pedro García and principal associate Cristobal Fainé.

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