Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados > Las Condes, Chile > Firm Profile

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' partner-heavy practice covers a range of conflicts between shareholders and the boards of incorporated companies; and is widely lauded for its experience in disputes involving public infrastructure and large project concessions, as well as litigation concerning trusts, large estates, and high-net-worth family assets. In addition, the team acts in litigation concerning oil-and-gas matters and M&A. Seasoned litigator Enrique Alcalde (formerly head of litigation at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría until 2019) now leads his firm's dispute resolution and arbitration team, while fellow founding partner Iván Marinovic is highly regarded for complex civil litigation and white-collar investigations. Additional, younger -yet nonetheless key- practice members include Benjamín García (contractual liability, torts, environmental law, estate-related proceedings and construction disputes); and Nicolás Marinovic, who is experienced in land expropriation cases. Public law and administrative proceedings expert Tomás Ruiz-Tagle arrived from a post in the Chilean Government in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde

Key clients

Administradora de Fondos Provida

Rec Bitumen

Naviera Orca Chile

Pasaje Bus

Maxi Mobility Chile II

Cabify Chile

Heraclio Navia Navarro

Claudio Navia Palma

Paula Navia Palma

Fundación Educacional para el Desarrollo Integral del Menor (Fundación Integra)

Pablo Brenner Ferrer

Work highlights

  • Acted for major Chilean pension fund administrator in Chile, AFP Provida, in civil lawsuits arising out of the high-profile Cascadas case, which involved manipulation of the securities market.
  • Acted for Pasaje Bus, an online bus ticket app, in a compensation claim for loss of earnings against competitor Recorrido Latinoamérica, which used a similar internet domain to capture customers.
  • Successfully acted for petroleum wholesaler Rec Bitumen in a contractual claim.

Chile > Real estate Tier 2

Advising investors, lenders, and other key real estate players, Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados' seven-strong group has substantial experience in urban planning and development, land parcelling, lot divisions, land use changes and concessions, along with expropriations, property easements and water rights. Other areas of strength include real estate, construction and environmental-related permits, as well as regulatory matters and compliance with land use regulations. The principal advisers are real estate head Juan Carlos Méndez (over 30 real estate projects during 2020); founding partner Iván Marinovic Pacey, who adds notable gravitas to the team; and senior associate Domingo Edwards, who is active in corporate, real estate and zoning matters, as well as project finance and developments.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Méndez; Iván Marinovic Pacey; Domingo Edwards


The level of knowledge here is very high.

The team at all levels, including partners, is strongly involved in solving the challenges posed in the best possible way – a clear difference from other firms.

Its commitment, added to its extensive legal expertise and very good interpersonal skills, make the firm and its real estate group ideal allies for us.’

They reacted very well to the pandemic by incorporating technological facilities, and the diversity of the team has also increased.

Juan Carlos Méndez knows the law related to real estate like the back of his hand; he also has the best interpersonal skills that I have ever seen in any lawyer, practice or firm.

Juan Carlos Méndez is key to solving, in a more friendly way, situations that could be much more complex – his commitment is absolute, it is as if he is another member of our company, and his honesty and ethics are flawless.

Senior associate Domingo Edwards is a great lawyer, who proposes innovative solutions and provides very interesting perspectives on the various problems we face.

Key clients

Magal Group

Boetsch Group

Carmell Grupo Inmobiliario

Multiespacios Chile


Panorámica Pucón

Moncuri Group

Inmobiliaria Dora


Compass Group

Power China

Engel & Völkers

Work highlights

  • Advised Inmobiliaria Dora on negotiations with Brazil’s Odata, which concerned the leasing and subsequent sale of land (where a large data centre in Chile will be built).
  • Advised Boetsch on the acquisition of the land on which it will build new social integration projects.
  • Advised Inmobiliaria Zurich-Grupo Carmell on the sale of the second stage of a mixed-use project to Rentas Cuarto Cententario.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados is regularly sought out for high-stakes arbitrations involving public infrastructure/project concessions, construction and engineering, oil and gas, M&A, and trusts and large estates. Leading the team is arbitration, civil law and litigation specialist Enrique Alcalde, a former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (PPU) dispute resolution head (and since 2018 one of only 20 members of the Arbitral Commission for the Chilean Public Concession System). Providing integral support are fellow name partner Nicolás Marinovic, whose practice regularly includes complex arbitrations; and Benjamin García (a partner since 2019), who also worked with Alcalde at PPU and is an appointed arbitrator on the Santiago Court of Appeal arbitration roster.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Alcalde

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Pargua

Inversiones y Rentas Quimán

Inmobiliaria Zurich III

Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues

Work highlights

  • Acted for Inmobiliaria Pargua in a complex arbitration seeking a limited liability company’s dissolution, due to serious violations of a partner’s obligations.
  • Acted for Inversiones y Rentas Quimán, as shareholder in Importadora Café Do Brasil, in arbitration to determine the value of the ownership rights of a departing partner.
  • Assisted Inmobiliaria Zurich III, which has a 56% stake in Inmobiliaria Encomenderos, in arbitration proceedings, following differences between partners.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

At boutique law firm Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados, the 'very diligent and technically competent' corporate group regularly advises on complex contractual aspects, from due diligence to optimising legal structures, company restructurings and M&A. Project development and corporate-structures specialist Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra, who regularly advises on deals involving venture capital and international entrepreneurship; and M&A expert Javier González Echávarri, co-lead the corporate practice. Also key to the group is corporate law and natural resources specialist Alberto Polette Zaldívar, whose recent experience includes advising Moncuri Group on several matters, including the incorporation of special-purpose vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Martín Vilajuana De la Cuadra; Javier González Echávarri; Alberto Polette Zaldívar


The team is very diligent and technically competent.

M&A Abogados is characterized by its 24/7 availability. Additionally, it has experienced and talented lawyers who have made it possible to carry out the projects and tasks that we entrust to them as clients.

The fees are reasonable and the diversity of their service is wide.

Its difference is in the quality of its professionals and their approach to the client.

In terms of technology, they are at the forefront. They have omnichannel communication with clients, and they adapt quickly to new trends using state-of-the-art technology. This compares positively with other law firms that are generally more rigid and have a hard time adapting to new trends.

What distinguishes them is their willingness, proactivity and good judgement when solving problems.

Has a holistic view of the issues with highly trained professionals in all areas, which makes them approach matters from different perspectives, ultimately enriching the final result.

Martín Vilajuana De la Cuadra has deep expertise in the startup world, his assistance ranging from legal issues to purely financial and networking issues.

Key clients


Human Forest

Tecpro Group

Maxi Mobility Chile II

Cabify Chile

Inmobiliaria Encomenderos

Atlas Bank

Moncuri Group

Mantos Grandes Resources Chile

Training Competence

Kuack Media Group Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Grupo Moncuri, a multi-investment Chilean family office, with the incorporation of special purpose vehicles.
  • Assisted Human Forest (a zero-emission and app-supported e-bike service company) with corporate governance matters, as well as the development of its appropriate corporate structure.
  • Advised Grupo Tecpro (a group of four integrated-services companies providing infrastructure services and industrial solutions) on a due diligence and compliance exercise for each of the companies.

Leading boutique law firm based in Chile with experience in local and international markets.

Marinovic & Alcalde has been recognized for performing its work with diligence and energy, set on the different objectives pursued by its clients.

The firm has a team of highly qualified lawyers, who stand out for commitment and provide personalized attention whilst consistently on the lookout for practical and timely solutions to the clients’ true needs within a rapidly changing market. Commitment goes beyond the legal scope, achieving an accurate understanding and support of all clients’ businesses.

Areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: Marinovic & Alcalde has extensive expertise in operations of structured credits, investment and divestment projects by investment managers and investment banks in both regulated – such as infrastructure projects- and the private equity area. Likewise, the firm stands out in the legal counsel in mergers and acquisitions of both public and close corporations – with a marked regulatory emphasis – and corporate restructuring, including real estate planning, the creation, and development of family offices and succession planning.

Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution area has an experienced team of lawyers specialized in the resolution of civil and commercial conflicts before the Ordinary Courts of Justice, the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our team regularly represents clients in complex conflicts relating to construction, real estate, mining, energy, water rights, education, telecommunications, and food industries, among others.

In addition, the dispute resolution team has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings. We regularly bring cases before the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and we have represented our clients in international arbitration proceedings.

Real estate law: We have a solid reputation in the real estate market (national and international), representing clients in important transactions in recent years. The advice in this practice area includes the planning of the respective project -in conjunction with the clients- and the design of the best development structure.

Among other efforts, it is worth mentioning the formation of plots of land, their purchase, subdivision, and division into lots; title deed studies; corporate aspects in the formation of associations or consortiums for their development; design of the tax structure adjusted to each project; aspects related to permits and authorizations of municipal, ministerial, and other agencies; financing of projects, design of a system of operation and co-ownership; specific regulatory advice and analysis in matters of urban development and, in general, all appropriate matters up to the project’s full commercialization.

Energy, mining and natural resources: Our firm advises national and foreign companies on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, energy, water rights corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others.

We have participated in due diligence of mining concessions, water rights, projects, acquisitions and sales of mining companies and other assets, as well as in the development and operation of small and large projects.

Our work includes: (i) the advice in preparing legal investment vehicle strategies; (ii) the incorporation of mining or special companies; (iii) project finance; (iv) drafting and negotiation of all kinds of contracts and joint ventures; (v) surface property issues (easements); (vi) incorporation of mining concessions; (vii) permits and authorizations; (viii) mining litigations; (ix) acquisition of water rights; (x) community relations; (xi) regulatory and environmental issues.

Marinovic & Alcalde provides comprehensive advice for compliance with standards in the development of electric, port, mining, forestry, real estate, salmon, chemical and concessions projects, among many others.

Corporate / M&A Martín Vilajuana De la Cuadra – Mail: – Phone number: +56222461515
Dispute resolution Nicolás Marinovic – Mail: – Phone number: +56222461515
Real estate law Juan Carlos Méndez Montero – Mail: – Phone number: +56222461515
Energy, mining and natural resources Alberto Polette Zaldívar – Mail: – Phone number: +56222461515
Dispute resolution / Corporate Enrique Alcalde Rodríguez - Mail:
Corporate / M&A Tomás Ruiz Tagle Barros - Mail: