Bofill Mir Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

Bofill Mir Abogados
Av. Andrés Bello 2711, 8th floor
Las Condes, Torre Costanera
7550611 Santiago
Chile

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 3

The former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) split into three firms in March 2022, including Bofill Mir Abogados, which fields name partner Octavio Bofill,  a well known figure in the sector and who has particular expertise in structured finance operations. He co-heads the practice with Rodrigo Saffirio, who assists lenders with transport infrastructure, energy and mining-related financings; and Ana María Yuri, who has niche specialisation advising both real estate investment groups and energy-sector debtors, as part of her wider finance practice. The group also handles bankruptcy and restructuring. Appointed director of the corporate, energy and natural resources and project development practice in June 2022, Victoria Salazar is also experienced in financing deals; while key senior associates include Feliciano Tomarelli, who assists with both project finance and capital markets matters. Former BMAJ founding partner Alejandro Álvarez launched his own firm with José Antonio Velasco.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

World-class partners – comparable to New York offices.

Octavio Bofill has a sophisticated understanding of complex issues, great negotiation skills, and extraordinary problem-solving abilities.

Octavio Bofill is a lawyer with extensive experience, legally excellent and extremely concerned about his clients.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Following the dissolution of the former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in early 2022, the practice at the recently launched firm Bofill Mir Abogados houses considerable experience in commercial restructurings, refinancings, and out-of-court agreements. The firm retains both founding partner Octavio Bofill and corporate specialist Rodrigo Saffirio, both of whom have established track records advising primarily on the creditor side in corporate reorganisation procedures. A case in point saw both involved in advising the Chilean creditors of Latam Airlines in US Chapter 11 proceedings. Other matters include advising Transoceánica as indirect owner of 50% of Central Hidroeléctrica Chanleufu which filed for bankruptcy in 2017. Senior associate Gonzalo Barceló also has bankruptcy and restructuring experience. Former partners and fellow BMAJ bankruptcy and insolvency practice co-heads, Alejandro Álvarez and Karen Werner are now at other recently established firms.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

One of the offices emerging from the mid-2022 dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ), Bofill Mir Abogados‘ banking, finance and capital markets department is experienced in advising on major IPOs and secondary offerings, bond and share issuances, and Rule 144A/Reg.S financings and securitisations. The team is also known for assisting with the development and filings of new investment funds. Founding partner Octavio Bofill has broad capital markets expertise, although his recent caseload has primarily involved advising bondholders in the context of reorganisations, along with bond issuance and purchases; fellow partner Rodrigo Saffirio, who assists bondholder groups and also handles capital markets’ regulatory matters, is also a highly regarded practitioner, as is Ana María Yuri, who has particular expertise as regards bond issuances related to infrastructure projects and the energy sector. Senior associates Feliciano Tomarelli (dual-qualified in Chile and New York) and Victoria Salazar are also both active in securities-related matters.

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Testimonials

Octavio Bofill has outstanding intellectual ability, and is capable of offering new and valuable points of view based on his deep knowledge of law.

Work highlights

  • Advised EuroAmérica as initial purchasers of a $50.8m, 4.5% bond issuance by Humboldt Americas (due 2026).
  • Provided banking solutions provider VÖB-Service with a legal opinion regarding the safekeeping of securities under Chilean law, with a focus on the chain of custody and protection of the depositor.
  • Advised Enlasa on the preparation and structuring of a 10-year, $43.6m bond issuance (originally registered with the Chilean financial markets authority -CMF- in 2013), in coordination with BTG Pactual and Credicorp Capital.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Deriving from the dissolution of the former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) firm in early 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ corporate and M&A practice acts on major sale and acquisition transactions, including complex operations requiring the restructuring of high-value companies. The practice is led by ‘magnificent lawyer‘ founding partner and longstanding corporate law and transactional specialist Octavio Bofill. He is flanked by fellow partners Ana María Yuri, whose track record includes significant real estate, retail, energy, insurance and finance sector-related deals; and Rodrigo Saffirio, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions and also provides day-to-day corporate advice to clients. A healthy second line of support is primarily composed of Victoria Salazar, who was promoted to practice director in June 2022; and senior associate Feliciano Tomarelli, whose broad practice covers M&A, contracts, corporate restructuring and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill

Testimonials

The firm is very available to its clients and their needs.

The service is consistent throughout the service delivery.

Octavio Bofill is a magnificent lawyer, but also a great adviser on different corporate matters.

Octavio Bofill is a professional with many skills. His knowledge of the legal framework is remarkable but he is also fluent in at least three languages and a great counsellor in non-legal matters too, as he has genuine concern for social and environmental matters.

Senior associate Feliciano Tomarelli is a very reliable lawyer.

Work highlights

  • Advised Stockholm stock exchange-listed Epiroc on the acquisition of 100% of the stock and assets of Chilean company Mining Tag.
  • Advised Jorge Pacheco Alvarado, a partner in Grupo Oxxean, a shipping, port and logistics group of companies) on the restructuring, assigning and division of the group between its owners, Jorge and Ivar Pacheco.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Having emerged from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados remains committed to major mining transactions. The practice’s expertise includes the financing, licensing, development, production, regulatory and compliance aspects of mining projects, with the team also advising mining companies on a daily basis on general corporate issues. A very well-known figure in mining circles, founding partner Pablo Mir has profound experience in the sector; key senior associate support comes from Alina Bendersky, who has a focus on mining property issues; she returned to BMAJ in late 2021 from an in-house position, remaining with Mir at the new operation in 2022. Former senior associate Joaquín Perez, who returned to the firm as legal manager in June 2022, also has significant expertise and know-how in the mining and natural resources segments.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir

Testimonials

The team, led by Pablo Mir, delivers an excellent, timely, and professional service.

The lawyers are responsive to companies, both small and large. My experience with them for over well more than a decade has been excellent throughout, and industry contacts throughout the law firm have resulted in important business opportunities.

All the lawyers provide a timely and high-quality service.

Chile > Public law Tier 3

Further to the departure of former practice head Guillermo de la Jara in June 2021, Bofill Mir Abogados was one of three firms to emerge from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022; its public law department is now led by name partner Octavio Bofill. The team regularly assists with judicial reviews and litigation before the constitutional courts, as well as handling public procurement issues. Bofill oversees regulatory matters; and the practice of recently promoted director Cristián Franetovic includes urban planning and the regulation of sanitary and electrical public services. At senior associate level, Pablo Nogueira is the key figure and acts in constitutional and administrative litigation. Former practice head Jorge Barrera left in October 2022 (he is currently teaching in the US); and senior associate Daniela Severin also departed, moving into the public sector at Sistema de Empresas Públicas (SEP) in June.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill

Testimonials

A team comprising expert lawyers in different subjects, who work very well together, utilising the knowledge and experience of each team member.

Always available to meet with other public law-related real estate players to discuss and seek solutions.

Excellent knowledge of public law and how to approach public officials.

A good, full service.

Senior associate Cristián Franetovic has very clear knowledge of public law and is always available to find solutions.

Chile > Real estate Tier 3

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados retains expertise in advising life insurance, construction and finance sector clients on real estate investments, project development, leasing agreements and negotiations. Founding partner Octavio Bofill is an expert in real estate project finance, particularly when part of an M&A transaction; Ana María Yuri assists insurance companies and investment funds with real estate matters; and Rodrigo Saffirio is experienced in property sales, real estate asset-related contracts and real estate financing.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill

Testimonials

A team that is extremely concerned with details.

An excellent firm that delivers quick and objective responses. As we are a foreign company, we need support on various issues in a clear and simple way, and the firm offers us exactly what we request.

They teach us not only the risks of an operation, but also how to mitigate them.

Ana María Yuri understands clients’ concerns very well, and is able to present clients’ issues to counterparts.

Chile > TMT Tier 3

During the course of 2022, the former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) split into three firms, one of which, Bofill Mir Abogados, remains active in TMT-related regulatory and contractual issues, as well as dispute resolution. The newly launched practice fields founding partner Octavio Bofill, who is active across an array of telecoms work; and at associate level, seniors Daniela Severin, a former FNE lawyer, and Pablo Nogueira, a public law and regulated markets specialist. Junior associate Jaime Ayala provides additional support, but former partner Guillermo de la Jara exited BMAJ in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 4

Emerging from dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in mid-2022, the new Bofill Mir Abogados houses well known natural resources expert and founding partner Pablo Mir, who heads up a multi-disciplinary energy and water practice that covers EPC contracts, tender applications, regulatory issues, permits, land use, and construction and transmission-related dispute resolution. The team is also active in conventional and NCRE, solar and wind energy projects. Former regulatory and environmental practice head Guillermo de la Jara departed BMAJ in June 2021 for Lembeye Abogados, while former corporate law partner José Antonio Velasco is now at another BMAJ spin-off competitor firm.

Chile > Environment Tier 4

Emerging from the disollutio of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ environmental practice is led by founding partner Pablo Mir, a well-known mining and natural resources project development expert. The team’s experience includes environmental due diligence for major transactions; projects-related environmental compliance; enforcement and litigation matters, water rights regulations; and ongoing environmental advice. Key support is provided by senior associates Cristián Franetovic, an environmental compliance and enforcement specialist, and public law expert Pablo Nogueira. Former practice leader Guillermo de la Jara left BMAJ for Lembeye Abogados in June 2021.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 4

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a labour and employment department that routinely advises mining, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and entertainment sector clients on workforce practices, immigration, compliance, and negotiations with senior executives and trade unions. It also assists with labour-related litigation and M&A-related labour issues. The practice’s lead partner, Pablo Gutiérrez advises on hirings, compliance, workforce analyses and transaction-related labour issues, while workforce specialist Luis Alberto Cruchaga was raised to the partnership in January 2022. Key senior associate Rafael Sandoval is active in compliance, due diligence, trade union relations, representation before judicial bodies, and corporate immigration.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gutiérrez; Luis Alberto Cruchaga

Testimonials

Great agility and knowledge of jurisprudence and the difficulties of Chile’s labour judicial system.

A cohesive team that delivers a high-quality service and client satisfaction.

A professional, multidisciplinary team with extensive experience – stands out for its dedicated and personalised attention.

The professionals have extensive experience in various fields, standing out for their personalised attention and advising in a timely manner.

The team has extensive work experience, in addition to knowing the particular industry in which it has been asked for advice.

Pablo Gutiérrez and his team are very serious, educated and available.

Pablo Gutiérrez and Luis Alberto Cruchaga provide quick responses to our requirements with high knowledge levels of labour matters.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a projects team that features name partners Octavio Bofill (infrastructure project financing and contractual aspects) and Pablo Mir (international projects covering Latin America’ Southern Cone, Canada, Australia, China and South Korea). Rodrigo Saffirio advises lenders on transport infrastructure, energy and mining-related financings; and Ana María Yuri assists both real estate investment groups and energy sector debtors.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir; Octavio Bofill; Alejandro Álvarez; Ana María Yuri

Chile > Tax Tier 4

In the wake of the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados retains a five-member tax team that is active on the tax aspects of restructuring, along with tax planning, litigation, and transactional and international taxation. The firm’s lead tax partner is Guillermo Fonseca , who specialises in taxation issues for the financial and insurance industries, and is experienced in cross-border operations, M&A operations and tax structuring. The recent track records of both Jorge Valenzuela  (promoted to partner in January 2022 while still at BMAJ) and senior associate Paris Norambuena , include tax-related litigation and transactional matters.

Testimonials

Good command of the subject.

Experience and good judgement.

A very conservative team that cares about the interests of clients, and is very well connected with important law firms in other countries. The service in general is very good.

The team is very knowledgeable about tax laws and regulations. In particular, Guillermo Fonseca and his right-hand adviser, senior associate Paris Norambuena, stand out.