Firm Profile > Cisternas y Compañía Abogados > Santiago, Chile

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

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Dispute resolution is the central practice at Cisternas y Compañía Abogados where the 19-strong practice group acts primarily in complex civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Practice head and name partner Gonzalo Cisternas undertakes arbitration and litigation -particularly in relation to commercial and economic matters- as part of a broader corporate practice. Other key figures include Luis Masferrer (complex litigation and strategy), who returned to the firm in October 2019 after a period as head of Chile's National Intelligence Agency; and consultant Jean Pierre Matus, a 30-year veteran of criminal law recognised for his case analysis and strategy. Corporate and civil litigator Katehrine Hyde was raised to the partnership in September 2020.

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They are litigation experts in civil and commercial matters, with extensive experience in all civil and arbitral judicial instances.’

It is a boutique firm that gives 24/7 dedication to its clients, with which it forms a strong bond.

The practice is determined in its provision of high-quality standards, including the timely management of cases and delivery of sound and solid reports for the resolution of controversies.

We always obtains responses according to expectations.

The legal team maintains permanent communications with the client, fields specialists in various matters, and is always available upon request, with concrete responses.

Gonzalo Cisternas is dedicated to his clients and Jean Pierre Matus is one of the best professionals in the country and a great expert in legal reports.

Key clients

Chilean Army

National Association of Professional Football

University of Concepción Corporation

Concepción Lottery

Otto Dörr

Andrés Zarhi (Mayor of the Municipality of Ñuñoa)

Online Data Processing Service

Tecdra Consortium

Virginio Gómez Professional Institute


Municipality of Lo Barnechea

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– along with Jean Pierre Matus as senior consultant and advising attorney. 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 Jean Pierre Matus, Domingo Hernández, Hugo Muñoz, Alfredo Larreta and Luis Masferrer, professionals specializing in negotiations and litigation.

The firm, which was established 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. Early this year, the firm joined the Chilean Institute of Rational Business Administration (Icare) and the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile (Asech).

Partners Gonzalo Cisternas and Katherine Hyde, with consultant Jean Pierre Matus Acuña and attorneys Luis Masferrer Farias, Alfredo Larreta Granger, Iván Alcayaga Jara, Mauricio Cisternas López, and María José Prieto Mallet, are part of the dispute resolution team.

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
Dispute Resolution Jean Pierre Matus +56 2 24255000
Tax Mauricio Cisternas +56 2 24255000
Labour Law Iván Alcayaga +56 2 24255000
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mauricio Cisternas photo Mr Mauricio Cisternas Lawyer
Mr Gonzalo Cisternas photo Mr Gonzalo Cisternas Managing Partner
 Domingo Hernández  photo Domingo Hernández Consultant
 Katherine Hyde  photo Katherine Hyde Partner
 Alfredo Larreta  photo Alfredo Larreta Consultant
 Juan Pablo Lorenzini  photo Juan Pablo Lorenzini Partner
 Luis Masferrer  photo Luis Masferrer Consultant
 Jean Pierre Matus  photo Jean Pierre Matus Consultant and Director of Studies
 Hugo Muñoz  photo Hugo Muñoz Consultant
Partners : 3
Consultant : 5
Total staff : 15