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Lembeye Abogados Offices
Francisco de Aguirre 3720, of. 43
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Founded in 2017, young law firm Lembeye Abogados was joined in January 2020 by the 'very competent' Daniel Praetorius (formerly co-head of Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' white-collar department) as partner and head of the firm's new dispute resolution and criminal law practice. Notwithstanding the department's nascency, the 'very personalised practice' has already acted for individuals and companies in several significant criminal cases, including defending Itelecom in a high-profile criminal investigation into alleged bribery in bidding proceedings.
‘The lawyers here have created a very personalised practice, in which they personally attend to their clients.‘
‘I have called on weekends and after hours; and even when my attorney was on vacation, he did not fail to answer my call and take care of the problem. This is extremely unusual, some partners don’t even give out their cell phone numbers, they just provide the associates’ information.‘
‘Daniel Praetorius has always been keenly aware of what is going on, our needs and priorities. Daniel cares and does the work.‘
‘Daniel Praetorius is a very competent lawyer, with a lot of experience and good academic training; without a doubt, this means the firm can take on professional challenges with the conviction that they will be in the hands of an expert lawyer.‘
- Defended Itelecom against a criminal investigation into alleged bribery involving bidding proceedings.
In April 2020, Lembeye Abogados ('very responsive and knowledgeable about mining and resources') hired Rony Zimerman ('goes above and beyond') from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (where he was a partner for 15 years) to lead its six-strong natural resources and mining practice. Dual-qualified (Canada/Chile), Zimerman advises multinationals on their investments in natural resources, along with assisting Canadian mining companies with their operations in Chile. Most recently, his extensive experience includes advising Canada-listed Angold Resources on its acquisition of the Dorado concessions from Chilean entity, Compañía Minera Cerro el Diablo.
‘Very responsive and knowledgeable about mining and resources.‘
‘Provided very good legal advice and work; they also helped us with practical matters in Chile, such as finding local geologists, connecting us to other industry players, and helping co-ordinate permits required for travel during Covid. Essentially they helped provide eyes and ears on the ground.‘
‘Their knowledge of the North American regulatory/legal environment helps them understand exactly what we need at the local level.‘
‘Up to speed with all the latest developments and always available whenever needed.‘
‘Rony Zimerman is legally qualified locally (as well as in Canada), and has worked in Canada and understands the global mining sector and multi-jurisdictional issues.‘
‘Rony Zimerman is very responsive and easy to communicate with, and assists us with a multitude of issues we run into (not being locally based). He goes above and beyond to make sure we have a local presence, and to help us solve problems (no matter how large or small).‘
Apollo Gold Corp
- Advised Angold Resources on its acquisition of the Dorado concessions from Chilean entity Compañía Minera Cerro el Diablo, a subsidiary of Cerro Mining (formerly Capella Resources).
- Assisted Apollo Gold Corp with a number of matters, including the legal review of the Apollo and San Carron concessions located in the El Indio gold belt in Northern Chile.
- Advises Equus Mining/Southern Gold on its mining projects in Chile.
Chile > Venture capital Tier 4With vast experience in corporate and financial matters, Lembeye Abogados‘ VC team advises both founders and investment funds on PE and VC operations, strategic investments and liquidity events through M&A deals or the public offering of securities. Nicolas Espina assists entrepreneurs and start-ups throughout their entire growth stage, from the raising of seed capital to their internationalisation processes. Jorge Lembeye provides further partner-level support. Francisco Palma joined as associate from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in July 2020.
Nicolas Espina; Jorge Lembeye
‘The team manages to provide a high quality of service for early stage startups, good collaboration and affordable cost for companies of our size.‘
‘Managed to serve us with a good understanding of the requirements of a startup, with a good sense of urgency, and they helped us overcome cultural and linguistic barriers.‘
‘The team is of excellent quality, with attention to detail, and communication is proactive.‘
‘Superior to other well-known firms for service and rates.‘
‘The experience of the partners gives them prestige; and they are more down-to-earth than firms that perhaps sell the brand more than the product itself.‘
‘Stands out for its service, how fast the lawyers work and the level of detail with which they analyse solutions.‘
‘The level of involvement of its partner lawyers is constant and it shows in the responses.‘
‘The quality of junior lawyers is also very good and they are quickly integrated into the culture of the firm.‘
The Live Green
Loyal Global Solutions
- Advised Polynatural Holding (a Chilean AgroTech startup that develops natural food additives that delay degradation in food) on its first round of investments.
- Advised The Live Green Co on its first round of investments.
- Advised Somos Fans on the constitution of a subsidiary in Chile and its startup, including the opening of bank accounts, hiring of accountants, initiation of activities and other legal actions.
Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 5‘A growing practice that has incorporated lawyers of great national prestige‘, Lembeye Abogados was founded in 2017 by Jorge Lembeye, former partner at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana, from which Nicolás Espina was hired as partner in 2019 to strengthen the corporate and M&A department, and from where dual-qualified (Canada / Chile) natural resources partner Rony Zimerman and senior associate Francisco Palma also arrived in 2020. Lembeye, whose broad commercial practice spans finance, project financing, capital markets and M&A, also assists with the structuring and placement of funds. Since publication the firm has added two further associates to the practice as of April 2022; namely, María Jesús Palacios and María Trinidad Silva, from Barros Silva Varela & Vigil and Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr, respectively.
‘A young and well-contacted team; they are well informed and respect agreements and committed timescales.‘
‘A growing practice that has incorporated lawyers of great national prestige – it will soon become a very important firm in Santiago.‘
‘Very connected, highly motivated, and serious and reliable professionals.‘
‘Great knowledge in the corporate area and their client service is very remarkable – they are always available.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye is a very competent leader.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye is very prominent in seeking solutions to conflicts, has experience and knowledge, and is clear and direct in what he does.‘
‘Jorge Lembeye and Nicolás Espina stand out.‘
‘Nicolás Espina is always available for clients.‘
Aki Kb Minibodegas
Asoc Gremial Diálisis Independiente
Autostrade Tech (Agencia en Chile)
Barron Vieyra International
Business News Americas
Itelecom Holding Chile
Fondo de Infraestructura
Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas
ARTL Chile Auditores
Empresa Nacional del Petróleo
- Advised Aki KB Minibodegas on the acquisition of key storage facilities.
- Advised, alongside Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Business News Americas on the sale of a majority stake in BNamericas to investment fund Endicott Growth Equity Partners.
- Assisted Biwo Investment and Biwo Renovables (as sellers) with the negotiation of a share purchase agreement for the sale of five ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plant projects in Chile.