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Baker McKenzie Chile


Partner. Mr. Vivanco is the leader of the Banking & Finance Practice Group in Chile.


Mr. Vivanco has 24 years of experience and he specializes in banking regulatory, derivatives, and project financing.

He has a long experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting financial transactions, and tailoring such transactions to clients’ legal, regulatory and business requirements.

Practice Focus

Mr. Vivanco has acted for banks, merchants and other financial institutions, as well as for corporate users of credit in all types of banking and finance transactions and matters in Chile.

Representative Legal Matters:

  • Advised Capstone Copper Corp., as borrower, in the amendment and extension of Capstone corporate revolving credit facility up to USD 600 million with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Bank of Nova Scotia, ING Capital LLC, National Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch, Citibank N.A., Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada (as lenders).
  • Advised Scotiabank Chile in the refinancing of loans granted by Banco de Sabadell S.A., Miami Branch and Scotiabank Chile to Transchile Charrúa Transmisión S.A. and the increase of the loan facility up to USD 115 million. Transchile Charrúa Transmisión S.A. owns and operates the 2x220kV power transmission line with a length of approximately 204 kilometers.
  • Advised PNC Bank, N.A in a USD 6.2 million medium-term loan insured by the Export-Import Bank for the purchase of forklift equipment granted to the Colombian company Royal Rental Colombia S.A.S. and secured by guarantees of Multitecnica S.A. and Arrendamiento de Máquinas Royal Rental S.A.
  • Advised Société Générale, as lender, in a USD 29.5 million refinancing between Su-Bus Chile S.A., one of the operators of the Santiago Public Transportation System, (as lessee) and Arrendamiento Mercantil S.A. (as lessor) of 200 diesel Volvo buses.
  • Advised Natixis, New York Branch (as Coordinating Mandated Lead Arranger, Structuring Bank, Administrative Agent and the Green Loan Coordinator) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. New York Branch (as Mandated Lead Arranger) on an approximately USD 146 million credit agreement to finance the development, construction, ownership and operation of the Centella and Tap Mauro power transmission line projects in Chile by Centella Transmisión, S.A., a subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A. The credit facility is intended to be categorized as a green loan in accordance with the green loan principles.

Related Expertise: 


Spanish - English


  • Carnegie Mellon University (M.S. Public Policy & Administration, summa cum laude) (2003)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (LL.B., magna cum laude) (1997)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Sebastián VivancoBaker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile‘s nine-strong multi-disciplinary group is experienced in structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of banking, financing and capital markets deals. Its expertise ranges from project finance, corporate loans and refinancing, to acquisition finance, derivatives, securitisations and regulatory advice. The practice’s key figures are Sebastián Vivanco, whose track record includes project finance transactions, including syndicated loan agreements and local security packages; of counsel León Larrain, an expert in telecoms, securities and real estate projects; and corporate finance and securitisation specialist Jaime Munro. Within the firm’s associate ranks, senior Cristóbal Larrain regularly works with the firm’s New York team on corporate and project financings across the Lat Am region; and Jose Ignacio Berner acts for Chilean and international companies on banking and finance matters.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Acting for both domestic and international clients, Baker McKenzie Chile has over 40 years’ experience in advising on cross-border deals involving Chile – including M&A, joint ventures, and other commercial transactions. During the course of the last year the sizeable practice group has been particularly active in both investment fund structuring and M&A transactions involving substantial industrial and residential real estate components. The teams’ recent track record also includes mandates involving the insurance and finance sectors, as well as ongoing advice to clients from the natural resources, telecoms, energy, technology and consumer products sectors. The practice is co-led by Jaime Munro and Fernando Castro, who ‘do a great job‘; while Diego Ferrada is highly experienced in M&A, including stock and asset transactions, and Sebastian Vivanco‘s broad practice also includes M&A work. At of counsel level, Leon Larrain has over 30 years’ experience in transactional matters. Associates Verónica Barrios, Macarena SalazarCristobal Larrain and Martin Müller are all also active on corporate issues.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Baker McKenzie LLP’s prevalence across Latin America, with multiple offices, coupled with an established Latin America-focused team in the US, provides it with genuine credibility and a slew of impressive engagements. It has especially strong banking and finance teams in Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, among other offices. It previously advised Banco Davivienda on the $906m refinancing of the Rumichaca-Pasto 4G toll road in Colombia. Buenos Aires partner Gabriel Gomez Giglio is chair of the Latin America banking and finance team, which includes Juan Carlos de los Heros Echecopar in Lima. Sebastian Vivanco, León Larrain and Jaime Munro are key figures in Santiago, notably for corporate lending and project finance; the firm recently advised the banks on the $146m credit facility to finance the Centella and Tap Mauro power transmission line projects in Chile. Bogota’s Ricardo Trejos Robledo is noted for project finance and acquisition finance. Former Bogota partner Carolina Duque left the firm in January 2023.