Bofill Mir Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

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

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Spinning out of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ mining lawyers have longstanding experience in advising on the acquisition and operation of small, medium, and large-scale mining projects in Chile (as well as cross-border matters); and the department is particularly active in the copper, gold, iron ore and lithium segments. A significant part of the firm’s recent practice has involved advising on the country’s recent Constitutional proposals, which included matters directly impacting the mining industry. Founding partner Pablo Mir is a renowned mining and natural resources law specialist who routinely advises on mining operations, financings, M&A, and engineering and construction projects; his recent accolades include being elected co-chair of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure. Notable team development during early 2023 include the promotion to partner of Alina Bendersky, who has extensive experience in permitting and special mining contracts; and the return of corporate, finance and project expert Francisco Ducci (as partner), after two years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s New York office. At senior associate level, Alonso Calderón is experienced in mining-related foreign investment projects.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir


Bofill’s team, both partners and seniors, are very willing to help clients, and they respond quickly and professionally.

A firm with a diverse team that can help with many different aspects.

Exceptionally commercial, very client oriented, and great at achieving results.

Pablo Mir is a mining great and a true leader in his field.

Key clients

EMX Royalty Corp

The Lundin Group


Mitsui & Co

Rugby Mining

Freehill Mining

Marimaca Copper Corp

Wheaton Precious Metals

Sumitomo Corp

Pampa Metals Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised EMX Royalty Corp on two transactions concerning the purchase of shares in SLM California (the owner of a 1.944% NSR royalty interest in the Caserones copper-molybdenum mine).
  • Advised Wheaton Precious Metals on the execution of a gold stream financing agreement with Rio2.
  • Advised Josemaría Resources (now Lundin Mining Corp) on the development of the large-scale Josemaria copper-gold-silver project in Argentina.

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 2

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in early 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados' ‘first-rate‘ banking and finance team advises both borrowers and lenders, including banking and financial institutions, insurance companies and investment funds, on major financings at local and cross-border levels. The department’s expertise covers project finance, corporate and structured finance, and bilateral and syndicated loans, along with the refinancing and restructuring of existing financings, and it is particularly experienced in relation to  the mining, infrastructure, insurance and energy industries. The group is co-led by name partner and longstanding banking and finance specialist Octavio Bofill; ‘excellent professionalRodrigo Saffirio, whose specialisms include project finance, corporate loans and syndicated loan agreements; and banking, finance and capital markets expert Ana María Yuri. In recent boosts to the practice, transactional specialist Feliciano Tomarelli was elevated to the partnership in January 2023; and Victoria Salazar, whose practice covers capital markets, projects and aviation law, was made director in June 2022. The team is completed by senior associates Gonzalo Barceló and Antonia Ballacey, who are both experienced in corporate financing and project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio; Ana María Yuri


A first-rate team that is made up of good lawyers with different levels of experience and specialisations, which provides a good mix to deliver a comprehensive service.’

An always available team with high technical knowledge and experience. Great availability of partners.’

Rodrigo Saffirio is an excellent professional – very concerned, focused on detail and actively involved in projects.

Rodrigo Saffirio makes sure to raise the critical points, while making them fit with clients’ needs and level of risk management.

Rodrigo Saffirio’s experience in matters is noticeable and he anticipates certain negotiations that have not been foreseen.

Key clients

Vivocorp’s ad hoc bondholders

Altis Investments

Bank of Nova Scotia

Centerbridge Partners


Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros


Energía Latina

Banco Consorcio

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate comprising Banco Consorcio and life insurance companies Bice Vida , Confuturo, Vida Security, Consorcio Seguros and CN Life on the restructuring of an ongoing financing agreement.
  • Advised Vivocorp’s ad hoc bondholders, other bondholders, and the representative of the bondholders on the legal aspects of the breach of certain obligations under bonds issued.
  • Advised a group of private investors (acting through investment bank and financial services company Altis Investment) on the development of a short-term financing agreement with Pampa Camarones.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Emerging from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s (BMAJ) 2022 dissolution, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a 12-strong corporate transactional team that consistently assists with the planning and execution of complex M&A deals, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. ‘Effective in the strategies proposed and executed‘, the group is particularly experienced in advising buyers, sellers and targets from the mining, agribusiness, energy, real estate and maritime sectors; and it is also increasingly active in relation to family offices and companies’ corporate restructurings. The department is co-led by renowned founding partner Octavio Bofill, who ‘has extensive business knowledge‘; cross-border deal specialist Ana María Yuri; and Rodrigo Saffirio, a frequent M&A adviser to national and international clients. Other active practitioners include corporate and M&A expert Feliciano Tomarelli (raised to the partnership in March 2023); and senior associate Antonia Ballacey, who focuses on corporate and transactional matters. The practice was further strengthened in June 2023 with the arrival of regulated markets’ specialist Andrea Abascal from Jara Del Favero Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio; Ana María Yuri


‘The corporate team has high-level intellectual and human qualities; and the preparation of the team stands out, both in its training and when addressing clients’ specific matters. Great performance when solving problems and effective in the strategies proposed and executed.’

‘The level of commitment towards clients stands out – shows a willingness to seek solutions to any kind of problem that may arise, establishing multidisciplinary teams that allow global perspectives, which translate into creative and effective solutions.’

‘They know their clients very well and respond in a timely manner.’

‘The team performs very well – its review of the issues, recommendations, and how it approaches a negotiation are particularly positive.’

‘Octavio Bofill has extensive business knowledge, and therefore a very good view of both the integrity of the transaction and the details involved.’

‘Rodrigo Saffirio is meticulous in following the issues, but at the same time has a great ability to understand how they come together within the transaction as a whole.’

‘Feliciano Tomarelli shows a willingness to address all issues raised, and to respond to all kinds of concerns at all times.’

‘Senior associate Antonia Ballacey- great execution and follow up on the issues’.

Key clients

Georgia Pacific Chemicals




Energía Latina

Work highlights

  • Advised Enlasa on a transaction carried out with Empresas Gasco which resulted in the sale by Enlasa of its shares in Innovación Energía and Terminal Gas Caldera.
  • Advised Georgia Pacific Chemicals on the sale of the parent company and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising Avianca on the legal requirements for the operation of its subsidiary in Chile.

Chile > Life sciences Tier 2

The June 2023 arrival of Andrea Abascal and her team -and indeed, much of their client list- has established Bofill Mir Abogados as a significant player in the life sciences’ sector. A ‘very accurate professional with great communication skills‘ Abascal (who also heads up the firm’s public law and regulated markets practices) advises on the regulatory aspects of food, medical devices, pharmaceutical laboratories, cosmetics, biotechnology, and agricultural and livestock services. More broadly, the practice handles product registration and marketing authorisations, food product advertising and labelling, personal data protection and clinical studies, along with consumer rights’ protection, life sciences-related M&A, the design of pharmaceutical campaigns and compliance issues (among other matters). A strong second tier of advisors includes public law director Cristián Franetovic; and senior associates Pablo Nogueira (regulatory and administrative law; litigation), Jorge Tisné N (corporate and commercial law, data privacy and regulated markets) and Anamaría Verdugo (regulated markets and life sciences). On the IP-side of the practice the team can also call on Manuel Bernet P (also a June 2023 arrival from Jara Del Favero Abogados) whose experience includes advising pharma and technology companies on matters ranging from joint ventures and licensing to unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Abascal


One of the few firms in Chile to have a specialised life sciences practice.

Practical in solving problems, and it has experience in both public and private sector work.

Kindness, ethics and availability.

The level of responsiveness is outstanding.

Andrea Abascal has a very business-oriented approach and provides an excellent level of service.

Andrea Abascal is a very accurate professional with great communication skills.

Key clients

Scienza Uruguay

Abbott Laboratories de Chile

Laboratorios Recalcine

Ethon Laboratories

UC Christus Salud

Advance Scientific de Chile

Zoetis de Chile

Pharmaq Analytiq

GE Healthcare International (Agencia En Chile)


Mercado Libre

Medicina Técnica

Diamond Hemp

Edgewell Personal Care Chile


Laboratorio Chile – TEVA

Empresas Demaria

Asociación Gremial de Aseo y Desinfección de Chile


Grid Solutions


AMF Logistics

General Electric International INC, Agencia en Chile


HBC Latina

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

The largest of the firms emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in early 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados' insolvency and restructuring practice assists with all stages of insolvency procedures, including advising on the restructuring of debt, cessation of operations, and liquidations. ‘Fully committed to clients', the group’s strong background in cross-border matters facilitates its ability to assist with high-stakes Chapter 11 procedures. The team is jointly led by ‘outstanding' founding partner Octavio Bofill, who has significant experience in commercial restructurings, refinancings, and out-of-court agreements; and corporate law experts Rodrigo Saffirio and Ana María Yuri. Bofill’s recent track record includes advising the ad hoc bondholders on Vivocorp’s insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio; Ana María Yuri


This office maintains a close relationship with its clients, and is involved in all aspects of the transactions in which it participates.

It compares favourably with competitors, and one of its most distinctive elements is how it collaborates with clients.

The partners are fully committed to clients.

An outstanding partner in this office is Octavio Bofill, particularly for transactions that present challenges.

An office with extensive experience in bankruptcy and restructuring. Great experience and know-how on the part of its partners and professionals. It’s a solid office with a lot of prestige and that ensures confidence in its advice; moreover it has demonstrated an important capacity to advise their clients in complex and high-pressure processes such as bankruptcy and restructuring scenarios.

The partners and lawyers of this office have a lot of experience and give confidence in their professional advice. In particular, I highlight the partners Octavio Bofill and Ana María Yuri, for their great legal knowledge and ability to lead complex processes related to bankruptcies, restructuring, and corporate conflicts, with a great ability to advise and advise clients in complex negotiations.

Key clients

LATAM ad hoc bondholders

Vivocorp ad hoc bondholders


Work highlights

  • Advised LATAM Airlines’ ad hoc bondholders on the Chilean legal bankruptcy aspects of the airlines’ Chapter 11 process.
  • Assisted Vivocorp’s ad hoc bondholders with an in-court reorganisation proceeding.
  • Advised several construction sector clients on insolvency procedures.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana during 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados houses a 12-strong department that is experienced in both equity and debt capital markets matters (both at domestic and international levels). Its specialisms comprise IPOs and secondary offerings, bond and share issuances, Rule 144A/Reg.S financings, and securitisation work. The team is co-led by founding partner Octavio Bofill, whose recent workload includes advising bondholder groups on their rights during company reorganisations (including Chapter 11 processes), and assisting with the purchase and issuance of bonds; bond issue expert Rodrigo Saffirio; and Ana María Yuri, whose broad transactional practice includes capital markets’ matters. Senior associate Gonzalo Barceló is experienced in debt issuances and securitisations. Since publication, the practice has been strengthened further with the return of Andrea Alarcón as associate practice director - effective as of October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio; Ana María Yuri


‘The team is highly professional and committed to the legal advice it provides.’

‘Always willing to keep clients updated on the rules.’

‘Frequent and permanent contact throughout the process. Communication through different channels (telephone, WhatsApp, emails) to resolve the doubts that arise very quickly, and to make the decisions that must be made in a more than timely manner.’

Key clients

LATAM ad hoc bondholders

Vivocorp ad hoc bondholders

Club de Campo Granadilla

EF Securitizadora


Work highlights

  • Advised EF Securitizadora on the structuring, registration and placement of Empresas Iansa’s $35m securitised bond issuance.
  • Advised BK on its registration before Chile’s Financial Market Authority.
  • Advised the LATAM Airlines ad hoc bondholders on LATAM Airlines’ insolvency procedure.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 3

Arising from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s dissolution during 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados’ five-member labour and employment practice covers domestic and cross-border transactional advice, as well as hirings, terminations and collective bargaining. The ‘always available’ team also assists with compliance work, while the department’s litigators act in claims involving anti-union practices, violations of fundamental rights, unjust dismissals and labour benefits. The team is co-led by Pablo Gutiérrez, who has over 20 years’ experience in labour, employment and social security matters; and recently-elevated partner Luis Alberto Cruchaga O, who advises on hirings, dismissals, immigration and corporate labour matters. At senior associate level, Rafael Sandoval’s broad practice includes labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gutiérrez; Luis Alberto Cruchaga


They take the time to study the internal realities of companies and provide responses that are tailored to clients’ needs. Their answers are not generic, but elaborated according to the company’s own contexts and cultures.

The availability of the firm’s labour partners is outstanding, and they are always available to attend to queries with really excellent response times.

Great capabilities and strategic outlook. Very up to date on the matters on which they provide advice.

Resolves issues – great teamwork between the internal and external lawyer.

Availability, timely advice, commercial vision and knowledge. Good negotiators and litigants too.

Pablo Gutiérrez, Luis Alberto Cruchaga and senior associate Rafael Sandoval stand out for their ability to resolve issues, and they really get involved with client teams.

Pablo Gutiérrez and Luis Alberto Cruchaga have the ability to produce strategies according to what was requested by the client, and they achieve better results than what was expected.

Pablo Gutiérrez always keeps clients informed regarding the progress of the matter and meets deadlines in a timely manner.

Key clients

Ferrostaal Chile


Río Blanco


Bakelite Synthetics Chile

DMC Mining Services

Sociedad De Procesamiento De Molibdeno

Yusen Logistics Chile

Sociedad Contractual Minera Candelaria

Liebherr Chile

Energía Latina


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Comercial Bores

Bureau Veritas Chile

Farmacias de Similares Chile

Arrigoni Metalúrgica

Universidad de las Américas

Work highlights

  • Advises Ferrostaal Chile on its day-to day labour law issues.
  • Advises Enjoy on labour matters on a permanent basis.
  • Advises Grupo Río Blanco on labour matters on a permanent basis.

Chile > Real estate Tier 3

The real estate department at Bofill Mir Abogados is a core part of the firm’s corporate offering and assists at all stages of real estate work, including the real estate aspects of agricultural and energy projects. Its advice ranges from the negotiation and execution of financing agreements, to construction matters and day-to-day advice on operational requirements. Other key areas include obtaining permits for project developments, and the execution of leasing agreements. The principal figures are Ana María Yuri, whose broad practice covers real estate, construction and projects; founding partner and real estate project finance specialist Octavio Bofill (the pair, highlighted 'for their extensive legal knowledge and ability to lead highly complex negotiation processes’; and Rodrigo Saffirio, whose experience includes property sales, property finance, and real estate-related asset agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ana María Yuri; Octavio Bofill; Rodrigo Saffirio


An office with extensive experience in corporate and real estate law. Great experience and know how on the part of its partners and professionals. They are able to understand the needs and culture of clients and seek legal alternatives to reach commercial agreements. Solid office with a lot of prestige and that gives a lot of confidence in its advice.

The partners and lawyers of this office have a lot of experience and give confidence in their professional advice. In particular, I would like to highlight the partners Octavio Bofill and Ana María Yuri, for their extensive legal knowledge and ability to lead highly complex negotiation processes.

Key clients



Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros


Grupo Río Blanco




Agrícola Sol de Victoria

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to Neorentas on the real estate and corporate legal aspects of its daily operations, which include two large shopping centre projects.
  • Advised Bice Vida on the financing for real estate projects.
  • Advised Ecomac on its subsidised housing projects.

Chile > Tax Tier 3

Emerging from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s March 2022 dissolution, Bofill Mir Abogados’ ‘very decisive’ six-member tax department has significant international taxation experience. The group also regularly advises on restructurings, M&A-related tax structuring, tax disputes, and national and international planning, and is particularly noted for its tax advice to mining sector clients. Guillermo Fonseca focus on transactional matters from a tax perspective; and the practice of recently-elevated partner Jorge Valenzuela incorporates investment structuring advice for international entities. 2022 also saw senior tax associate Josefina Da-Bove re-join the firm from an in-house position in August, following the departure of former fellow senior Paris Norambuena in April. Since publication, Fonseca and Valenzuela have left to establish their own firm - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Fonseca; Jorge Valenzuela


Very decisive and good at explaining to clients how to resolve tax law cases.

Attentive, decisive, and with extensive knowledge.

Key clients


Mitsui & Co

Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros




High Service

Rio Blanco Agricola

Lundin Mining

Recorrido Latin America

Work highlights

  • Advised EMX Royalty Corp and Altus Strategies on the tax considerations of the purchase of shares in Sociedad Legal Minera California.
  • Advised Mitsui Mineral Resources Development Latin America on a range of tax matters.
  • Assisted Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros with the tax aspects of the financing structure for the expansion of Plaza Maule Shopping Centre.

Chile > Environment Tier 4

Unwinding from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados‘ five-lawyer environmental law practice has extensive mining, infrastructure and energy industry expertise. Its assistance covers both environmental compliance and enforcement work, ranging from permits, presentations to the Environmental Assessment Service and Environmental Superintendence, and environmental law-related due diligence for project financings and acquisitions. The team is led by founding partner and renowned mining and natural resources specialist, Pablo Mir; and the practice of recently-promoted director Cristián Franetovic encompasses environmental issues, natural resources, regulatory matters and public law.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir; Cristián Franetovic


What makes this office unique is how it gets to know clients and how it coordinates its work on different issues – this really makes the difference.’

‘Solves problems, and the teamwork between the internal and external lawyers is great.

Cristián Franetovic becomes part of the client’s team in order to resolve problems.

Key clients

Viña von Siebenthal

EMX Royalty Corp


Frontera Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Viña Von Siebenthal on an environmental compliance programme.
  • Advised EMX Royalty Corp on an environmental due diligence process.
  • Advised Cesmec on a bidding process, overseen by the Ministry of the Environment, for a gas monitoring system certification in a highly contaminated industrial complex.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

Chile > Public law Tier 4

Bofill Mir Abogados' public law department consists of experts in constitutional and administrative proceedings and evidences a caseload that extends to judicial reviews, as well as litigation before the local courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court and Constitutional Court. The group is led by Cristián Franetovic, whose practice includes administrative law and litigation, regulatory matters, and environmental law. Senior associate Pablo Nogueira, whose career includes working at the Superintendence of Pensions and General Secretariat of the Presidency, provides key support, while name partner Octavio Bofill brings additional senior involvement in the sector. Former practice leader Jorge Barrera and senior associate Daniela Severin both recently departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Franetovic


The Bofill team delivers comprehensive advice on public law. It stands out from other firms for its knowledge, but also for the years spent in advising  clients.

Availability and willingness to respond and attend to clients. Senior associate Pablo Nogueira stands out.

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Assisted Enjoy with an administrative sanctioning procedure carried out by the Superintendence of Gaming Casinos against Casino Puerto Varas.
  • Retained as permanent adviser to airline Avianca in relation to procedures involving governmental authorities, as well as regulatory matters.
  • Represented Socicam in a public law nullity action against a decree that terminated the municipal concession of a bus terminal.

Chile > Competition and antitrust

Bofill Mir Abogados has placed itself firmly on the map for competition and anti-trust matters with the September-2023 hire of Manfred Zink as director of the firm's nascent antitrust and economic regulation practice; his experience includes almost a decade at various department's of the Fiscalia Nacional Economic, Chile's Antitrust Agency.

Firm overview: Bofill Mir Abogados has built a multidisciplinary firm backed by more than 30 years’ experience in the practice of law and the work of a team of specialized lawyers with training based in excellence.

The delivery of comprehensive legal services in the different areas of law combines with its international experience, understanding of the different industries and business perspective. The trust and continuity of its clients – local and international, public and private companies – and the recognition of the main legal rankings are palpable evidence of Bofill Mir Abogados’ professional standards.

In this new stage, with a renewed outlook, they continue advising its clients to navigate increasingly demanding markets and regulatory environments, while moving forward at the pace of the new dynamics of the legal industry.

Recent developments of the firm include:

  • The addition of Andreas Pierotic as of counsel and the launch of the Asian capabilities practice, Andreas has spent a 20-year career in commercial and legal matters with Asia and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
  • The addition of an outstanding life sciences team, led by new partner Andrea Abascal. With broad administrative law and regulatory law matters, she is also leading the public law and regulatored markets practice.
  • The launch of an Intellectual property, data and technology practice led by new partner, Manuel Bernet.
  • The incorporation of Tomás Pérez, partner in charge of restructuring and relaunching the litigation practice of Bofill Mir Abogados. In a few months, a team of five experienced lawyers was formed.
  • In addition, in August 2023 Manfred Zink was added to the team as a director in antitrust. He counts, among others, with a decade of experience holding various positions at the Chilean antitrust agency (Fiscalía Nacional Económica).
  • The mining and natural resources practice has been strengthened with the appointment of two new partners, Alina Bendersky and Francisco Ducci, and the Corporate/M&A and Financing area has been boosted with the appointment of partner Feliciano Tomarelli. They all share in common their postgraduate degrees from leading US universities and their extensive work in cross-border transactions.

International internship programme: The launch of an out-of-the-box programme to promote and support their lawyers to undertake internships in leading firms, initially focused on Latin American jurisdictions. This is to encourage professional and cultural exchange while their lawyers acquire new tools, their commitment and talent is recognised and they open their doors for lawyers from other countries to live this experience at Bofill Mir Abogados’ offices.

International work: Regarding its international presence and relations, Bofill Mir Abogados is one out of 11 Chilean law firms recognized by Chambers and Partners in the category “International & Cross-Border Capabilities” for its track record advising international and multinational clients. This section highlights the law firms that offer the best experience to clients regarding advice with international components.

The firm’s ability to find solutions at this level relies in their long-term relationships with leading international firms based in The United States and Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. Thus, several of their members have been part of foreign associate and secondment programs abroad.
Likewise, a representative sample of the team – trained in the most prestigious universities in the country – has pursued studies in some of the most important law schools in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Languages: Spanish, English, German and French.

Ave. Andrés Bello 2711, 8th floor, 7550611
Las Condes, Santiago
Región Metropolitana, Chile
Tel: +56 2 2757 7600

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Octavio Bofill +562 2 2757 7671
Mining and Natural Resources Pablo Mir +562 2 2757 7672
Tax Jorge Valenzuela +562 2 2757 7674
Labour and Employment Pablo Gutiérrez +562 2 2757 7825
Public Law, Regulated Markets and Life Sciencies Andrea Abascal +562 2 2757 7619
Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Manuel Bernet +562 2 2757 7621
Executive Director Joaquín Pérez +562 2 2757 7845
Marketing and Communications Natalia Medina +562 2 2757 7828