Cisternas y Compañía Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

Cisternas y Compañía Abogados
Rosario Norte 532, Office 1303 Las Condes,

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Always willing to meet clients’ requirements', Cisternas y Compañía Abogados' 10-strong team is highly focused on the prevention and resolution of large-scale disputes. Name partner Gonzalo Cisternas, who ‘stands out for his solid knowledge', is experienced in both complex litigation, and domestic and international arbitration work; and Katherine Hyde is a civil and commercial litigation specialist. Former partner Luis Masferrer and associate Franco Aracena both departed the firm during 2022 to establish their own separate firms.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Cisternas; Katherine Hyde


It is possible to achieve true teamwork with this team – they have initiative, keep the client informed, and propose different solutions that take into account the different edges.

Responds quickly to clients’ requirements – great quality and efficiency.

Reliable, fast and always responds on time.

The lawyers on the team are well trained and know what they are doing. They keep clients updated on the status of the process and answer questions in a short timeframe.

In relation to other larger firms, it is easier to communicate with this one. They are always willing to meet clients’ requirements.

Gonzalo Cisternas stands out for his solid knowledge and because he is always available to his clients.

Clear in their opinions, while Katherine Hyde stands out.

Katherine Hyde is a professional who stands out for her collaborative skills and constant follow-up to cases.

Key clients

ANFP (National Professional Football Association)

Vega Monumental


Corporación Municipal de La Florida

Comercializadora Better Food Chile

Peluquerias Integrales (Palumbo)

Global Media


Universidad de Concepción

Concesionaria de estacionamientos Alonso de Córdova

Municipalidad de Zapallar

Hong-Kong Rengo

Work highlights

  • Provided Corpgroup with conflict prevention assistance in Chile, which derived from a Chapter XI process in the Federal Court of Delaware.
  • Defended ANFP against a forced contract compliance suit, as well as a damages claim for non-contractual civil liability.
  • Defended Cerro Dominador against a breach of contract claim.

Cisternas y Compañía Abogados is a legal services office founded in 2000 with the aim of contributing to the prevention and resolution of large-scale and complex disputes from the perspective of the law and the parties’ interests. Dispute resolution, including civil, commercial and criminal litigation is its hallmark practice, offering a perspective capable of anticipating scenarios in the development of lawsuits and advising the attorneys involved on the course of action, proposing solutions in line with clients’ interests in the framework of the applicable law and higher court jurisprudence on the matter.

The firm concentrates on the prevention and resolution of disputes, with a team of highly skilled professionals in the prevention of business risks, the design of dispute resolution models and their administration, negotiation and in specialties inherent to business activities.

Cisternas y Compañía Abogados has consolidated a work methodology based on in-depth study of the commission to undertake a full design of the problem and to project all potential scenarios and results arising from different legal courses of action, anticipating the preparation of the briefs, reports and evidence needed to support the legal strategy and engage in daily follow-up of their evolution in court, in addition to the effects that legal proceedings might have on public opinion when they are characterized by certain connotations given the nature of the conflict and the parties’ positions.

Three partners lead the management of the law firm –Gonzalo Cisternas Sobarzo, Juan Pablo Lorenzini Paci and Katherine Hyde. The profile of the Cisternas y Compañía Abogados team members is characterized by their profound knowledge of law, academic excellence and specialization and a track record in the public and private sectors that positions them as references in litigation within their respective practice areas.

The complex cases are faced by the law firm’s partners with an integral and strategic perspective. They assign responsibilities and oversee the execution of the actions of the team of attorneys.

This year, the firm promoted Katherine Hyde to a partner level position. Until now she served as deputy legal director of the office, a position that she will continue to exercise. Hyde specializes in tax reorganization and planning, civil contracting, investment projects, as well as corporate, administrative and compliance law.

The firm also has restructured its team of consultants, who are recognized for their public, private, and academic careers. The lawyers are Domingo Hernández, Hugo Muñoz and Alfredo Larreta, professionals specializing in negotiations and litigation.

The firm, which was established over 20 years ago, focuses on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in business, and on practice areas including corporate counseling, litigation, labor, tax, intellectual property, free competition, and criminal litigation. The firm recently joined the Chilean Institute of Rational Business Administration (Icare) and the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile (Asech).

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Gonzalo Cisternas +56 2 24255000
Dispute Resolution, Corporate Katherine Hyde +56 2 24255000
Competition and Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources Juan Pablo Lorenzini +56 2 24255000
Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance Alfredo Larreta +56 2 24255000
Tax Mauricio Cisternas +56 2 24255000
Labour Law Iván Alcayaga +56 2 24255000
Partners : 3
Consultant : 4
Total staff : 15