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Lembeye Abogados Offices
Francisco de Aguirre 3720, of. 43
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Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 3Founded in 2017 and demonstrating steady growth, Lembeye Abogados recruited Daniel Praetorius -the former co-head of Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' white-collar team- to lead its dispute resolution and criminal law department in 2020. 'Capable of handling the most complex scenarios', Praetorius has experience acting in various major and high-profile white-collar cases, and since his arrival at the firm his caseload has include being retained by individuals and companies in a plethora of criminal cases, including iTelecom’s defence against a major criminal anti-corruption investigation. Praetorius’ practice also includes assisting with the development and implementation of compliance programmes, in addition to conducting internal corporate investigations. Lukas Hudson, who also teaches procedural law at the Universidad Andrés Bello, provides key associate support.
‘Daniel Praetorius, who despite his youth has an important background in white-collar crime work. I think that it is Daniel’s committed character, in addition to his legal strategies, that makes Lembeye’s practice unique.‘
‘I can speak to Daniel Praetorius and his excellent service. With his character and intelligence, he is capable of handling the most complex scenarios. In addition, he is preceded by great experience in some of the most high-profile judicial cases of recent times in Chile.‘
- Defending iTelecom Holding group companies against a criminal investigation into alleged bribery during several bidding proceedings in different municipalities across the country.
Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3Lembeye Abogados‘ mining practice has significant experience in natural resource projects, from greenfield explorations to fully functioning and exporting operations. Recent highlights include acquisitions in the sector and the expansion of major mining projects and concessions. The department is also known for its advice to companies providing services to the mining industry, such as robotics, lithium processing innovators, processing equipment providers and specialty vehicle products. The natural resources and mining practice is led by dual-qualified (Canada/Chile) Rony Zimerman (a partner at Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana until April 2020), who routinely advises Canadian mining companies (among others) on their Chilean operations. Associate Lukas Hudson assists with mining-related litigation.
Apollo Gold Corp
- Assisting Angold Resources with the general operation of an exploration programme.
- Advising Andex Minerals Chile on the exercise of its option over the Anocarire Exploration Project in northern Chile.
- Advised Equus Mining on its projects, including the execution of its option over the Cerro Bayo mine project (currently held by Toronto-based Mandalay Resourses).
Chile > TMT Tier 3Lembeye Abogados TMT credentials were bolstered significantly in July 2021 when it hired former Bofill Mir Álvarez Jana partner (and public law, regulated markets and free competition expert) Guillermo de la Jara to head its team. De la Jara, a former head of the Telecommunications Undersecretariat’s legal department, has extensive experience in advising operators from the telecoms and broadcasting sectors, including providers of telephony, mobile telephony, internet and telecoms technology services, and television channel broadcasters.
Guillermo de la Jara
Televisión Nacional de Chile
Asociación Chilena de Telefonía Móvil
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
- Advised Canal 13 on regulatory matters.
- Advised Globalsat on telecoms regulation and the contracting of satellite services by the State.
- Advised IT development company Imagemaker on regulatory matters.
Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 4Growing firm Lembeye Abogados, originally founded in 2017, fields an ‘excellent corporate team‘ that combines the firm’s transactional, project development and financing practices. The recent experience of founding partner and practice head Jorge Lembeye includes advising on the structuring and the placement of funds, while additional senior expertise is provided by natural-resources specialist, dual-qualified (Chile/Canada) Rony Zimerman; Nicolás Espina‘s broad practice, in turn, encompasses M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, and general corporate law. At associate level, senior Francisco Palma has a broad corporate practice; Camila O'Shea is an active team member; and the April-2022 arrival of María Jesús Palacios from Barros Silva Varela & Vigil has further strengthened the junior ranks.
‘Dedicated to the work it does – a great team with good delegation of functions, which makes the processes very fluid.‘
‘We have important projects and need a team of lawyers to manage these contracts for us – and they do it in the best way. This is very important because we can turn to them for all the legal aspects that we need to cover, and they do it in a very expert way.‘
‘The Lembeye group of lawyers is expert in corporate matters, has a deep understanding of the regulatory compliance framework of the company sector in which I work, and works in a serious, efficient, creative, and rigorous manner. I can affirm that it is a group of top-level professionals, which takes great care in preparing contracts, and with partners and associates offering the same dedication and speed, and always maintaining great proximity to the client.‘
‘Lembeye has an excellent corporate team, including both established lawyers and other younger people.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye is a great lawyer, with an impressive capacity for work but also with an inventive, creative and managerial capacity that make him stand out from his peers.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye has outstanding ability to generate solution strategies for the problems presented. Great knowledge is manifested in his field of expertise and complementary areas. Jorge also manages to permeate the rest of the team with the same passion that he displays through his work.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye stands out not only for his expertise, but also for his role as leader and strategic legal adviser, imprinting high levels of trust onto his clients through his actions.‘
‘Nicolás Espina is a very good adviser.‘
Corporación Centro Nacional de Inteligencia Artificial
AKI KB Minibodegas
Compañía Minera Cerro Bayo
Minera Carbones del Sur
Minera Equus Chile
Motion Metrics Latam
Summit Nanotech Corporation
Prodiel Agencia en Chile
Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative
Fondo de Infraestructura
- Advised Biwo Renovables and Biwo Investment (as sellers) on the negotiation of a framework agreement to acquire a 200+MW portfolio of distributed solar and wind assets in Chile.
- Advised AKI KB Minibodegas on its acquisition of the assets of Ministorage Santiago.
- Ongoing general corporate advisory to Novamper Chile and the Chilean branch of Spanish solar-farm development company, Prodiel.
Chile > Public law Tier 4Lembeye Abogados recruited Guillermo de la Jara in July 2021 (from the former Bofill, Mir, Álvarez & Jana) to head up the firm’s TMT, public law, regulated markets and competition law practice. De la Jara routinely advises on administrative law, as well as contentious administrative disputes before the higher courts of justice, special courts and decision-making bodies, such as the Constitutional Court. He also has extensive experience in assisting public and private sector clients with regulated matters concerning state powers, public contracts, administrative sanctions, and interactions with public agencies.
Guillermo de la Jara
Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Asociación Nacional de Diálisis Independiente
Itelecom Holding Chile
Sociedad Agrícola Mesquihué
Fondo de Infraestructura
- Advised the Universidad Alberto Hurtado on several matters concerning the regulations for higher education.
- Advising Biwo Renovables on the development of electricity generation projects, which includes different requests to the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels.
- Assists Asociación Nacional de Diálisis Independiente (on an ongoing basis) on regulatory and public law matters.
Chile > Venture capital Tier 4The four-member venture capital team at Lembeye Abogados advises both founders and investment funds on strategic investments, liquidity-related M&A deals and the public offering of securities. The team assists throughout start-ups’ life cycles, including advising on the structuring and formation of operating companies; corporate, tax and labour issues; and stock option plans, investment rounds and internationalisation issues. The practice is co-led by Nicolas Espina, who routinely advises fund managers on the establishment of both public and private funds, and Jorge Lembeye (‘a lawyer you can trust'), whose broad practice includes the structuring and placement of highly complex funds.
Nicolas Espina; Jorge Lembeye
‘Special proximity with their clients: they have contributed to the development of our company by cultivating long-term relationships that are based on trust and appreciation.‘
‘A cohesive, stable and energetic team, that is focused and very successful in venture capital matters. I would say that it is one of the few offices in Chile that stands out in this respect, and it has a good nose for determining the strategies that VC companies require, which are not the same as those of large companies. They know this difference perfectly, and adapt and charge in a flexible way.‘
‘I have been working with Jorge Lembeye and his team for several years, and I appreciate their work enormously.‘
‘Compares favourably, largely thanks to its leading partner Jorge Lembeye, who has a complete vision of the businesses on which he advises. He is a lawyer you can trust, and who has in-depth knowledge of market regulations, new technologies and new industries that are launched in Chile and the world.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye, whom I have known for quite some time, is a lawyer of experience and prestige, with deep legal knowledge and a great business vision, which is appreciated in this area of the economy that is expanding rapidly in our country.‘
‘I would highlight the deep knowledge of Nicolás Espina, who managed to find plausible and beneficial solutions that were very positive for our company.‘
Loyal Global Solutions
- Advised Loyal Global Solutions on the formation and incorporation of two companies.
- Advised Polynatural Holding on its second round of investment.
- Advised Blue Rock on its investment through a SAFE agreement in both Racional (a platform that provides investment advice) and Elevva (a company with retail, e-commerce and finance experience).