Firm Profile > FerradaNehme > Santiago, Chile

SANTIAGO, 7560970

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Fielding an 18-strong team, FerradaNehme is 'a go-to firm for all antitrust issues' and is very highly-ratedfor its advice on significant cases before both the TDLC and the FNE. The practice is also noted for merger control, compliance and regulatory issues, and the competition law aspects of IP matters and the team can draw on lawyers with specific sector expertise in banking and finance, technology and telecoms. Recent headline matters include representing Walmart Chile in a leading cartel case involving the poultry market and which will see the TDLC define the boundaries between licit conduct and concerted practices in relation to alleged hub-and-spoke schemes (where several vehicles pool assets together). The team also assisted Chile's Economic Development Agency, CORFO, in its claim  before the FNE in relation to the $4.1bn acquisition by Tianqi Lithium of a minority shareholding in Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile. Name partner Nicole Nehme is 'simply outstanding'; she co-leads the practice with Benjamín Mordoj and Diego Hernández , both recently made partners. The group was further strengthened with the hire of Mabel Ahumada from the FNE as director; also noted are  directors Sebastián Dufeu, Tomás Pérez and Josefina Campos. Clients include Abengoa Energía, Acciona Infraestructura, COPEC,  Transelec,  JBS, Nestlé Chile and VTR.

Environment Tier 1

FerradaNehme is particularly focused on the environmental law aspects of the development of complex projects, including the design and implementation of permit strategies and the filing and management of critical permits. The seven-strong team also assists with the avoidance of potential environmental conflicts, including establishing relations with the authorities and engagement with local communities; and has developed a practice advising on recently enacted recycling and extended producers' liability legislation. Recent mandates include representing state-owned mining company Codelco, in a protection action brought by a fishermen’s union against the Environmental Authority and thirteen major companies (of which Codelco is one), concerning the environmental impact of longstanding extractive and power-generation activity in the Puchuncavi zone; it is the largest environmental suit in the country. Other notable clients include BHP, Copec, Andes Iron, Enel Green Power, Anglo American and Royal Gold. Permitting and project development-focused Patricio Leyton heads the team; he is highly regarded for his negotiation skils.  Also very well regarded, Valeria Ruz 's practice spans community relations, advisory, administrative matters and litigation. Former practice director and environmental-impact-assessment-system specialist Carola Salamanca  was made partner in mid 2018.

Public law Tier 1

FerradaNehme is highly rated in the market for its constitutional and administrative law expertise; the practice's scope includes advisory work, contentious matters, regulatory issues and public policy analysis. Notable clients include CORFO, Andes Iron, Principal Financial Group Chile, Colbun and VTR Comunicaciones; the team recently assisted the latter on judicial and administrative procedures which questioned the legality of the Chilean Telecommunications Agency’s decision to freeze the commercial use of spectrum concessions on the 3.5 GHz band. The firm's public law and government practice is co-led by Luis Cordero and Josefina Court; experienced practice directors Pilar Soffia and the recently promoted José Tomás Correa are also key contacts.

TMT Tier 2

FerradaNehme is widely respected in the Chilean legal market for its antitrust and regulatory advice within the telecoms sector; in media, the practice advises on both regulatory and transactional matters, including broadcasting regulation, IP issues, digital TV, internet protocol television, and over-the-top services and platforms. In other technology sectors, it also assists with data and privacy regulation. Key clients include VTR Comunicaciones, Walmart Chile, Redbanc, Transbank and Falabella; the team advised the latter on the development of a business to consumer e-commerce marketplace platform for customers in several Latin American countries. The team heads are Nicole Nehme and Stella MuñozBenjamín Mordoj and Sebastián Morales were made partner and senior associate, respectively. Director Sebastián Dufeu and associate Víctor Andrade are also key team members.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

FerradaNehme's 'very professional team' has been active of late in environmental and mining law cases, class actions, complex public law litigation, unfair competition, and white-collar and civil litigation matters, including in the telecoms and  retail sectors. Name partner Nicole Nehme has recognised litigation skills, both Nicolás Ubilla and the 'outstandingRafael Collado were made partners, and Marcela Rodríguez is a well-regarded practice director. Clients include Barrick Gold, Andes Iron, VTR Comunicaciones, Redbanc and CODELCO.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

FerradaNehme 'provides high-quality legal services and is solutions-oriented'. Name-partner Rodrigo Ferrada and corporate practice director Mario Valderrama are the team's principal contacts, while recently promoted partner Rafael Collado heads the compliance practice. The group advised French event organiser GL on its acquisition of Chilean competitor FISA. Other active clients include Senvion, Fitch Ratings, Capstone Mining and Acciona Industrial.

The firm : Founded in 2000, FerradaNehme is a multi-specialist law firm with an outstanding position in the Chilean market of legal services, particularly in complex areas of legal practice, such as competition and regulated markets, environmental law, litigation, public law, TMT, corporate, consumer law and compliance. In such areas, FerradaNehme is generally recognised as one of the most highly recommended firms in the handling of difficult challenges, on behalf of Chilean and international companies and institutions participating in a wide variety of markets and industries, as well as governmental institutions.

Currently, the firm is positioned among the most sought after firms of the country, given its professional capacity and its unique integrated offer approach, its numerous highly qualified professional and administrative staff, and their individual and collective experiences. Its strategy is to further develop ‘niches’ within its main areas of practice, thereby taking full advantage of the specific expertise of its individual lawyers. Examples include the consumer law, compliance, technology and energy practices, among others. In less than 20 years, FerradaNehme has become one of Chile’s leading and most successful law firms. This is the result of the dedication and excellence of FerradaNehme’s collaborators, the recognition of our clients, and the remarkable results obtained in cases.

We have a strong interest and dedication towards diversity and inclusion, and we can present the best results in gender equality. We are part of the Gender Equity Initiative in Chile, a public-private partnership supported by the World Economic Forum and Inter-American Development Bank, which seeks to reduce the gender gap and improve economic growth. Moreover, we have recently adhered to the Principles of Women Empowerment, which allow us to participate in the WinWin Program sponsored by the European Union and developed by both the International Labour Organization and ONU Women.

Main areas of practice
Competition/antitrust: The firm receives a huge quantity of work, such as legal opinions and surveys; mergers and acquisitions; voluntary and mandatory pre-merger filings; antitrust investigations and litigation; strategic advice; negotiation with antitrust authorities; economic advice provided together with the country’s most renowned economists; development and implementation of compliance programs, among others. We have recently hired an internal economist to this group of professionals.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Diego Hernández, Benjamín Mordoj

Energy (electricity and gas):  The firm advises regulated industries on almost every market area. Given the multidisciplinary requirements of energy law, the energy law practice group is founded on the pillars of economic regulation, public and environmental law matters. It works in close collaboration with the litigation and corporate practice groups, with the assistance of four partners: Nicole Nehme, Luis Cordero Patricio Leyton and Benjamín Mordoj. The firm advises public authorities, as well as electricity generation, transmission, and distribution companies, and is actively participating as a consultant in the vibrant renewable energy market. Additionally, the firm advises several oil and gas companies.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Benjamín Mordoj

Environment and natural resources: The firm is regularly engaged in the most challenging issues concerning environmental permits; approval and development of natural resources projects in areas of mining, energy, waste management, among others; drafting and review of environmental impact studies and declarations; marine concessions; negotiation with local communities; advice on environmental and natural resources issues and renewable energy; among others.
Contacts: Patricio Leyton, Valeria Ruz

Dispute resolution: The growth of this practice has been remarkable. It currently handles civil, commercial, economic, procurement, administrative and constitutional litigation before Civil Courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court, and specialised litigation before special courts; administrative proceedings before regulatory authorities; arbitration and mediation.  The goal here is to avoid repetitive or volume work, only accepting high profile and complex cases, always interacting with other areas of practice, considering the natural complexities of each industry.
Contacts: Nicolás Ubilla, Rafael Collado, Nicole Nehme

Corporate/M&A: The practice remains a boutique-like endeavor , focusing on mergers and acquisitions, transaction finance, capital markets, foreign investment, contracts and related transactions. Regularly advising national and international companies when confronted with substantial work matters, through the drafting of sophisticated and innovative contracts, memoranda and legal opinions.
Contacts: Rodrigo Ferrada, Juan Andres Breton

TMT: This practice is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals with concrete experience, dedication, and expertise. Has represented clients before sectorial authorities, also participating in the most relevant cases subject to the decision of the Chilean Antitrust Court, both in voluntary and mandatory cases related to telecoms. The practice has advised on the development of technology, telecoms and media projects, with a diverse legal approach as well as other business, economic and regulatory considerations. It has been involved in digital strategies incorporating data processing technologies (i.e., big data, cloud services, cybersecurity, eBanking), as well as in issues connected to personal data protection, transactions involving technological services, and in litigation arising from these matters.
Contacts: Stella Muñoz, Nicole Nehme

Public and government: The core focus of this practice is providing dedicated advice and opinions to the Central Government and its agencies, as well as for private organisations and institutions in a broad range of areas including banking, health care, environment, consumer regulation, pensions, and other matters.  Provides also regular advice to foreign governments, in the design of new regulatory frameworks and institutions.
Contacts: Luis Cordero, Josefina Court

Compliance: The firm believes that incorporating programs concerning criminal, antitrust, consumer, data or environmental compliance, constitutes an essential preventive mechanism for companies. This practice is responsible for the implementation and constant update of compliance programs in the most diverse fields of expertise. The firm also provides all educational and control materials required by clients; it is an expert in the required training for the continued improvement of the internal practices and culture of companies. The advice includes all aspects of compliance programs; on their institutional, behavioral, or procedural dimensions.
Contact: Rafael Collado

Senior partner: Nicole Nehme
Managing partner: Rodrigo Ferrada

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition/antitrust Nicole Nehme E:
Economic regulation Nicole Nehme E:
Environmental Patricio Leyton E:
Public law Luis Cordero E:
Corporate Rodrigo Ferrada E:
Corporate Juan Andrés Bretón E:
Litigation Nicolás Ubilla E:
Consumer Stella Muñoz E:
Compliance Rafael Collado E:
TMT Stella Muñoz E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rafael Collado  photo Mr Rafael Collado
Miss Josefina Court  photo Miss Josefina Court
Mr Diego Hernández  photo Mr Diego Hernández
Mr Patricio Leyton  photo Mr Patricio Leyton
Mr Benjamín Mordoj  photo Mr Benjamín Mordoj
Mrs Stella Muñoz  photo Mrs Stella Muñoz
Mrs Nicole Nehme  photo Mrs Nicole Nehme
Mrs Valeria Ruz  photo Mrs Valeria Ruz
Mrs Carola Salamanca  photo Mrs Carola Salamanca
Mr Nicolás Ubilla  photo Mr Nicolás Ubilla
Other fee-earners : 45
Total staff : 87
IBA (International Bar Association)
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