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Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 2019 arrival of former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría partner, disputes heavyweight Enrique Alcalde, (along with former senior associate – now partner – Benjamin García) marked a step change in the disputes profile of the former Marinovic & Asociados, a medium-sized firm now reincorporated as Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados. The pair have joined a team that specialises in civil litigation claims and arbitration led by founding partner Iván Marinovic, a seasoned litigator, particularly in civil, commercial, tax and real estate matters. The broad offering also handles shareholder disputes, insolvency, and environmental and construction-related claims. Other key contacts include Nicolás Marinovic (civil litigation cases concerning contractual liability, torts, real estate leasing proceedings and complex arbitration) and Javier González Echávarri (dispute resolution as part of a broader corporate practice).


They are a great, specialised litigation team that compares very favourably with other teams.

Enrique Alcalde is an extraordinary lawyer with corporate experience and today dedicated to academia and litigation.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Pargua

Inmobiliaria Los Queltehues

Inmobiliaria Del Inca

Naviera Orca Chile

Sucesión Carmen Palma

Pasaje Bus

Real estate Tier 3

Boutique law firm Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados has a group of seven practitioners that advise on all stages of real estate projects, including assistance with construction, environmental law, permits and regulatory issues. The team is also expert in compliance matters involving land use regulations, and real estate litigation regarding zoning and land-use decisions. Real estate head Juan Carlos Méndez Montero has comprehensive knowledge of the sector and led over 20 completed real estate projects during 2019. Name partner Iván Marinovic Pacey and senior associate Domingo Edwards Morel both have extensive experience in the sector.


The full availability of Marinovic’s lawyers is highly relevant. The closeness of the work team to clients is also essential, which allows the law staff to better understand problems and seek timely solutions. This is an experienced team, with professionals with various specialties who give excellent advice.

They have a very cohesive team. It is clear that there is a lot of internal communication and that they complement each other very well. You can see that there is appreciation and respect. It seems to me that the degree of internal co-ordination exceeds that of other firms, especially the very large ones, where I have sometimes been able to notice disagreements and delays.

They handle matters perfectly. In transactions with other companies or private parties, when there have been discrepancies with lawyers from other firms, the attorneys at Marinovic have always ended up being right.

The plus of the lawyers of this office is that they are a small team that serve their clients in a personalised way.

Juan Carlos Méndez Montero has proven to be very efficient in meeting the large number of legal requirements of real estate companies. He always responds quickly and accurately, meeting the deadlines of the industry. He is an excellent lawyer, who is a hard worker, knows a lot and also has a spectacular way of handling people. The latter makes things much easier in complex processes, where the counterparty does not always have the best disposition.

Iván Marinovic Pacey has shown great experience in the workplace. I think he always has the last word on strategic decisions and is a good guide for younger lawyers.

Senior associate Domingo Edwards Morel also knows a lot about this area. He always responds quickly and you can see the positive effort he makes to meet our needs in a timely manner.

Key clients

Magal Group

Boetsch Group

Carmell Real Estate

Multiespacios Chile

Panorámica Pucón

Moncuri Group

Parque Futangue

Inmobiliaria Dora


Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Compact, 14-strong Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados has a healthy breadth to its service offering and houses considerable expertise on, among other areas, corporate and transactional work. The five-strong practice group handles the  gamut of corporate matters, with typical work ranging from complex contractual issues and due diligence operations to the development of optimum legal structures, M&A, associated financing and restructuring mandates. Martín Vilajuana de la Cuadra and Javier González Echávarri lead the group, with corporate law and natural resources expert Alberto Polette Zaldívar also an integral member of the team. Bench strength was further bolstered by the August 2019 arrival of associate Tomás Ruiz-Tagle Barros.


They provide a great service and have a first-rate team. I highlight the speed with which they respond to our requirements, a quality that in many other offices does not occur.

They are highly qualified lawyers from a legal point of view, but also have  great knowledge of business. The advice they give goes beyond what one would expect, including ideas about business strategies, something that does not usually happen.

We always have someone available to help us quickly with our legal needs, which we deeply value. They are a real team, you can see the internal co-ordination and communication, which is not the case with other law firms, where if a lawyer is not there, no one can replace him or her.

The firm has a highly qualified team of lawyers. Our experience, to date, has been excellent. The great virtue of their lawyers is that their advice is not just purely legal, since they are involved in our business as if they were part of the company and deliver very good legal and commercial advice and strategies.

The deadlines are always kept, which we value very much. Likewise, their internal organisation is remarkable. If for some reason the lawyer who usually attends us is not available, the one who replaces him is equally or more aware of our business.

They really are a team. They greatly helped us with a complex operation, where their contribution was essential to close the deal on the terms that we wanted. Lastly, being a boutique office, we are always attended by its partners, which rarely happens in offices with a large number of lawyers.

Martín Vilajuana De la Cuadra is highly qualified and has a lot of experience in corporate matters, contracts, M&A and venture capital. More than our lawyer, it is as if Martín is part of our company, since important decisions always require his advice. Although I highlight Martín’s extensive legal knowledge and experience, I would also highlight his soft skills, which are not common in this area.

Martín Vilajuana De la Cuadra has extensive experience in corporate issues, M&A and venture capital. He has become a fundamental part of our team. Beyond his knowledge and qualities as a lawyer, I highlight the service he provides us with. This is very relevant for this profession, where egos often dominate.

Key clients

Distribuidora de Papeles

Tec Pro Group

Grupo Moncuri

Kuack Media Group Chile

Inmobiliaria Encomenderos

Glovo App Chile



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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Enrique Alcalde  photo Mr Enrique Alcalde Partner
 Benjamín García  photo Benjamín García Partner
 Javier González  photo Javier González Partner
 Iván Marinovic  photo Iván Marinovic Founding Partner
 Alberto Polette Zaldívar  photo Alberto Polette Zaldívar Partner
 Martín Vilajuana  photo Martín Vilajuana Partner