Firm Profile > Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría > Santiago, Chile

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
LAS CONDES, CP 7550107

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's eight-member banking and finance department has a strong market reputation for its advice to foreign and local banks and financial institutions, as well as borrowers and sponsors; its key areas range from project finance in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors to syndicated financing, aircraft finance and offshore bonds. The team is co-led by Marcelo Armas, who 'always finds solutions for complicated issues', and has a strong track record in sophisticated financings involving several jurisdictions; and Marcela Silva (partner since 2019), whose practice encompasses banking and finance, project finance, infrastructure, capital markets and insurance. Also key to the group are Andrés Sanfuentes, who was part of the Chilean counsel team to Grenergy Renovables (as borrower and sponsor) in the financing of 14 solar energy plants; and 'rising star' associate Daniel Parodi, whose practice includes the financing of aircrafts and vessels.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Armas; Marcela Silva


Very practical advice and prompt responses.

They have good response times and there is very good co-ordination with complementary teams, such as the tax group.

A very professional and competent team that is extremely helpful and demonstrates great legal knowledge and competence.

Excellent synergy between the senior partners and team associates.

Definitely compares favourably with other firms for its professionalism, attentiveness and for always being ready to help. They differ from competitors in that they convey real concern for the client’s interests.

It is a real pleasure to work with this banking and finance team, particularly with Marcela Silva.

Marcelo Armas continues to give excellent and practical advice; he understands the concerns of the international banks and always finds solutions for complicated issues.

Associate Daniel Parodi is a rising star in this field – excellent availability and client service, along with response times and willingness to support his clients.

Key clients

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Mizuho Bank

Credit Suisse


CLS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley & Co

Santander Investment

BNP Paribas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Export Development Canada

Banco Santander

Ibereólica Renovables Chile

EDF EN Chile Holding

ING Capital

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Banco Internacional

Compañía de Seguros Confuturo


DNB Bank

Société Générale

Natixis (New York branch)

Grenergy Renovables

Chile > Capital markets Tier 1

With an established presence in national and international capital markets activity, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 12-strong team has a strong reputation for the incorporation, registration, operation, merger, acquisition, transfer and liquidation of listed companies. Additional areas of expertise include the issuance, registration, placement, trading and offering of securities. The firm also has robust corporate governance and compliance practices; handles administrative proceedings before the Financial Market Commission; and assists with the creation and optimisation of structures and investment vehicles. Banking, finance and capital markets expert Marcelo Armas co-heads the practice with Andrés Sanfuentes wh brings over 30 years' practice experience to bear; Federico Grebe, who recently advised Salmones Austral on the registration of the company and its shares with the CMF; and Marcela Silva, who advises underwriters and issuers. The principal associates to note are Constanza Rodríguez, Guillermo Vial and Daniel Parodi.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Armas; Marcela Silva; Andrés Sanfuentes; Federico Grebe


Marcelo Armas is our go-to guy.

Key clients

BofA Securities

JP Morgan Securities

Merrill Lynch International

Tanner Servicios Financieros

AD Retail

Embotelladora Andina

Scotiabank Europe

Scotia Capital (USA)

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Hong Kong Branch)

Citigroup Global Markets

Itau BBA USA Securities

HSBC Securities (USA)

BNP Paribas Securities Corp

Mizuho Securities USA

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Santander Investment

BNP Paribas

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago

Bolsa de Valores de Lima

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 30-strong Chilean M&A and corporate team at tri-national (Chile-Colombia-Peru) firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is widely respected for its assistance with corporate advisory matters, M&A, joint ventures, spin-offs, and other significant strategic transactions; it is highly specialised in the energy, finance, forestry, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. The practice showcases several experienced partners, including M&A, private equity and corporate law specialist Federico Grebe; Juan Francisco Gutiérrez, whose practice includes the purchase of shares and assets; Andrés Sanfuentes (broad M&A experience); energy transactions expert Carlos Alberto Reyes; commercial transactions specialist Juan Pablo Wilhelmy; and Alberto Pulido A (corporate law, M&A and financing). Clients additionally benefit from the presence of ‘excellent‘ corporate and M&A partner Tomás Acosta, who relocated to Santiago in 2019 for four years from the Madrid office of allied firm Uría Menéndez. Also well regarded are principal associate Constanza Rodríguez (M&A, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance); and senior associate Guillermo Vial, who advises on infrastructure and projects. In May 2021, the firm merged with Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, best known for its strong focus on energy and natural resources; the merger added 32 lawyers to the firm’s overall bench, including partners Jerónimo Carcelén, a mining law expert, and fishing and aquaculture law specialist Mario Tapia. It is with sadness that we report that, since publication, Juan Francisco Gutierrez has passed on.

Practice head(s):

Federico Grebe; Andrés Sanfuentes; Juan Pablo Wilhelmy; Alberto Pulido A.; Carlos Alberto Reyes; Tomás Acosta


Client-focused and detail-oriented team that provides extremely professional service in a timely manner.

A true pleasure to work with the team.

The firm is highly responsive and understands the issues facing institutional investors, addressing them up front.

Proactive and creative in providing advice. The team knows how to translate legal concepts for North American investors, and is well connected, and really understands the Chilean market and market practice – we were very impressed.

Experience was seamless and of higher quality than New York law firms!

Great for the legal technical quality of its lawyers, the knowledge of the sector and the country, the availability of Uría in Spain, and the speed and flexibility in making decisions.

Carlos Alberto Reyes is able to transcribe very complex technical terms into actionable plans.

Tomás Acosta is excellent in getting things done smoothly and efficiently; he is also very responsive and meets set deadlines.

Key clients

Sumitomo Chemical Company

PSP – Office D’Investissement des Regimes de Pensions du Secteur Public


Mutua Madrileña

AD Retail

Salmones Austral

Mitsubishi Corporation

DT Rigel

Banco Santander

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago

Bolsa de Valores

Under Armour


Inmobiliaria Algeciras

Inversiones Altair


Servicios Equifax Chile


Grupo Ibereólica Renovables

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

The nine-strong mining department at full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is able to rely upon the enviable support of the firm's market-leading environmental, water and energy practices. In recent highlights, the team advised Fondo de Inversión Privado Lantánidos on the sale of the mining and private equity Rare Earth Project (Proyecto Biolantánidos) to Hochschild. With longstanding experience in natural resources and corporate law, Juan Paulo Bambach, who led on the foregoing deal, consistently negotiates and closes complex mining-related transactions. The practice can also call on highly regarded senior counsel Juan Irarrázabal, whose practice covers corporate and commercial law, energy, mining, environmental law and non-profit institutions; senior associate Cristina Olavarría, Bambach's "right hand" and key support during transactions and related contractual matters; and principal associate María Paz Pulgar, co-ordinator of the firm's natural resources department. May 2021 saw the firm shake up the market when it merged with local firm Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, which combined mining law experience with water, environmental, public law, and disputes expertise; the tie-up adding 32 lawyers to the firm’s overall bench, including partners Jerónimo Carcelén, a mining law expert, water law specialist Matías Desmadryl, and fishing and aquaculture law expert Mario Tapia.

Practice head(s):

Juan Paulo Bambach; Juan Irarrázabal

Key clients

Kinross Gold Corporation

Fondo De Inversión Privado Biolantánidos

Energía Valhalla

Minera Salar Blanco

Resource Capital Funds

Anglo American Chile

Batteryone Royalty Corp

Sumitomo Metal Mining Chile

Minera Gold Fields Salares Norte

Latin Minerals Chile

Chile > Environment Tier 1

With one of the oldest environmental law departments in the Chilean legal market, full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is consistently sought out for highly complex environmental projects and conflicts that attract substantive media coverage. Representative areas include local environmental procedures (such as project development permitting); environmental legal issues surrounding the development of politically complex projects; M&A and finance-related environmental matters; and administrative and environmental litigation. Heading the environmental and energy group in Chile, Juan José Eyzaguirre has longstanding experience in substantial environmental projects and conflicts. At principal associate level, Felipe Arévalo has over ten years’ experience in high-profile administrative and judicial environmental litigation, while Mario Mozó focuses on the environmental legal issues surrounding transactional and contentious matters. In May 2021, the firm blindsided the market when it merged with local firm Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, which has substantial expertise in EIAs and sanctioning procedures. The merger added 32 lawyers to the firm’s overall bench, including partners Jerónimo Carcelén, a mining law expert, water law specialist Matías Desmadryl, and fishing and aquaculture law expert Mario Tapia, considerably expanding the practice’s capacities and expertise. Since publication, Arévalo has been raised to the partnership, effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan José Eyzaguirre


Mario Tapia is an excellent lawyer, with vast knowledge and experience – one can trust his advice.

Matías Desmadryl has great knowledge of water and environmental law, and of the technical issues associated with these matters.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Las Salinas

Sociedad Nacional de Oleoductos


Minera Salar Blanco

Kinross Gold Corporation

Bodegas San Francisco

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP)

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajero Metro

Empresa Eléctrica de Magallanes


Samsung C&T Corporation

Agrícola Cahuel

Consorcio Eólico

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

With a longstanding presence in Chile's projects space, international law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría houses a 13-member department that is particularly noted for its projects expertise in the renewable energy and mining sectors; other notable areas range from transportation infrastructure (toll roads, ports, airports, and railways) to social infrastructure (hospitals, jails, schools), public utilities infrastructure (telecoms, water/sewerage systems and energy), and real estate developments (hotels, buildings, urban renovation). Carlos Alberto Reyes, who 'focuses on what is important and seeks solutions', has vast experience in the development, permitting, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of electricity, water and mining projects; Marcelo Armas assists with banking, project-related finance and capital markets issues; Andrés Sanfuentes' broad workload also covers infrastructure projects; and the 'always attentive' Marcela Silva (a partner since January 2019) advises on the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects and desalination plants. The senior associates to note are Mario FavaDaniel Parodi and Guillermo Vial.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Marcelo Armas; Andrés Sanfuentes; Marcela Silva


Besides the trust they give me, the service and availability are top.

The quality of the work is excellent.

It is a leading law firm in this sector – an excellent team.

Great knowledge of the market and quick availability.

All of them are excellent – good teamwork, knowledge of different topics, and lawyers who behave decently when interacting with other participants.

Carlos Alberto Reyes is a lawyer who gives me a lot of confidence; he focuses on what is important and seeks solutions.

Marcela Silva was always attentive to questions, delivered opinions and answers on time, and brought in experts who made us feel comfortable as lenders.

Key clients



KfW Ipex-Bank

Natixis, New York Branch

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Société Générale


BNP Paribas

Export Development Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Mizuho Bank

Ibereólica Renovables Chile

EDF EN Chile Holding

ING Capital

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Banco Internacional

Compañía de Seguros Confuturo

Banco Santander

Scotiabank Chile

Grenergy Renovables


Chile > Real estate Tier 1

The six-strong team at full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has an enviable name in the market for its assistance to international real estate investment funds, with particular experience in residential condominiums, apartment and office buildings, shopping centres, hotels, and urban and rural real estate developments. Clients additionally benefit from the team's ability to advise on financing and tax structures, real estate-related M&A matters, environmental impact studies, and property investors' partnership agreements. Team head José Tagle, who 'finds solutions where usually there are none', is highly rated for real estate transactions, investment funds, urban law, corporate real estate law, and the purchase and sale of assets and company shares. Significant support is provided by senior associates María Eugenia Badilla Lepe (preparation of title studies, sale and purchase agreements, lease contracts and registry matters); and Cristóbal Uriarte ('solid knowledge of the real estate business'), who focuses on both the development of real estate projects and real estate-related M&A.

Practice head(s):

José Tagle


The team provided a very thorough review and synthesis of its findings in an easy-to-understand manner and to a very tight timeline.

Very good in the technological side, fast billing and adequate responses to our legal requirements.

Strong legal knowledge combined with tax law expertise.

Great for attention to detail, provision of thorough documentation and impressive analysis of real estate matters.

José Tagle and senior associate are industry leaders in natural resources-related real estate; their ability to review quickly, digest and provide summaries of complex real estate matters is extremely helpful, given we are often working under less than ideal timelines.

José Tagle finds solutions where usually there are none.

Even though he is still young, Cristóbal Uriarte has solid knowledge of the real estate business, is actively involved in the issues, and delivers timely and clear answers.

Key clients

Deka Inmobilien


Abu Dhabi Investment Authority


Credicorp Capital

Desarrollos Inmobiliarios

Inmobiliaria Duero

Penta Las Americas

Grupo Patio

Inmobiliaria Algeciras

Core Capital Safi

Vivo Corp

Corp Group

Moonvalley Capital y Asesorías

GLL Real Estate Partners

Hancock Timber Resource Group

Folium Capital

Orica Chile Distribution

Grupo Urbana

Ensamble Desarrollos Inmobiliarios

Constructora Sanavi

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

With a longstanding tradition of advising on insolvency matters, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría consistently assists with transactions involving bankruptcy issues, such as risk analysis, liquidation and reorganisation proceedings, cross-border insolvency, and defending creditors. The insolvency practice fields a mixed team, comprising partners and associates who are dedicated to financing, litigation and M&A. For over 30 years, Andrés Sanfuentes has advised significant national and foreign companies on major M&A, insolvency, financing and capital markets transactions. Jorge Vial, in turn, recently participated in two major cross-border insolvency procedures, as well as two substantial reorganisations. Their fellow co-heads are Ignacio Larraín (litigation, arbitration, competition law and insolvency), and well-known figure, managing partner Marcelo Armas (banking, finance and capital markets). Senior associate Guillermo Vial -a member of the banking, finance and capital markets teams, and infrastructure and projects groups- is also active in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Armas; Andrés Sanfuentes; Jorge Vial; Ignacio Larraín

Key clients

AD Retail

United Sistema de Tuberías


Aircastle Advisor

SMBC Leasing and Finance

Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

Ilustre Municipalidad de Santo Domingo

Minera Florida

Grupo Isolux Corsan

Mutual de Seguros

Inversiones Nómade

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 'competition team is always available, pragmatic and understands its clients' needs'. The practice was recently particularly active in proceedings before the TDLC, while in merger control transactions, the team consistently works in conjunction with the FNE. Other areas of note are FNE investigations, compliance programmes and general competition law counselling. Overseeing the team, Ignacio Larraín (who 'always completes the tasks entrusted, even in adverse situations') has knowledge of both Chilean and European competition law, including major competition litigation, merger-control matters and compliance. Strong support is provided by senior associate Álvaro Espinosa, 'one of the key members of the antitrust defence team', along with associates Gabriel Budnik and Catalina Montero.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Larraín


This team is very complete. It has highly competent professionals who are well prepared to advise us on various issues, especially regarding the regulation of specific industries such as telecoms and the media.

The competition team is always available, pragmatic and understands its clients’ needs.’

They stand out from other firms.

Good relationship and communication with the client at all times, in addition to presenting the risk scenarios clearly.

Great for professional qualities, work ethics and technical knowledge.

Very specialised and rigorous in their analysis.

I would highlight the excellent work of key partner Ignacio Larraín and senior associate Álvaro Espinosa, who is one of the key members of the antitrust defence team.’

Ignacio Larraín always completes the tasks entrusted, even in adverse situations.

Key clients

Comercializadora Nutreco Chile

Banco Santander

HAL Optical Investments

The Walt Disney Company

TWDC Enterprises 18



Compañía General de Electricidad

Sociedad de Inversiones Los Orientales


Cosco Shipping Lines / Cosco Shipping Ports

Shanghai International Port (Group) Co


Hutchison Ports Development

Orient Overseas Container Line

PSA i-Tech

Qingdao Port International

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Under Armour Europe

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 2

The eight-member labour and employment practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría covers sophisticated day-to-day and transactional advice, as well as strategic assistance during conflicts with both unions and individual employees; typical work ranges from due diligence-related labour aspects, transaction structuring, defending clients’ interests during labour trials, and collective bargaining. The practice is co-led by Paulina Miranda (the first female partner in the multi-jurisdictional firm’s Santiago office), who focuses on international employment law, as well as new areas such as #MeToo, gender pay gaps, the gig economy, AI, diversity, data privacy, internal investigations and compliance; and practice director Sergio Montes (at Eyzaguirre Burlé Montes & Ossa until 2019), who is a highly rated labour and social security law expert. Former senior associate Andrea Papi left the firm in October 2020. Since publication, Montes has been raised to the partnership, effective January 2022.Specialist labour and employment law firm Salinas Toledo Abogados was launched in 2019 by employment litigation expert Jaime Salinas, the first labour arbitrator appointed by the Labour Bureau to resolve disputes between trade unions and companies. Salinas is a former labour practice director at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, from where María Francisca Montenegro and Francisco Ruay also joined as partners in 2019; today the eight-strong team consistently advises national and multinational employers on a wide range of global employment law and human resources matters. Sebastian Fernandez is another experienced litigation practitioner, while senior associate Isaías Rodríguez Reyes was recruited in late 2020 from Sáez & Fernández.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes


Great for experience, communication and diligence.

Excellent service with clear and concise communications.

With full knowledge of the applicable regulations, this team is both accurate and efficient.

The team led by Paulina Miranda and Sergio Montes has great experience, and knows how to focus its advice on the applicable legal framework.

Paulina Miranda has vast experience in multinational issues, is easily accessible, and actively participates in the sensitive issues of our company.

Sergio Montes has great oral and communication skills, and knows how to structure defences successfully.

Key clients

Anglo American








The Walt Disney Company

NTT Chile





Laboratorio Saval

Practice head(s):

Jaime Salinas


These lawyers stand out for their comprehensive knowledge of the law, which they put at the service of the client through personalised attention.

The team comprises excellent professionals, with extensive experience in complex judicial, union and labour matters.

The work team is very good, and super clear and transparent when considering the options you have in work situations.

Professionally, they are very good and have solid experience in this area.

It is certain that with them the work will be good.

Jaime Salinas is a highly experienced lawyer.

María Francisca Montenegro is an excellent lawyer and very professional; it is clear that she has experience in trials, since the results with her have been very favourable for my company.

Sebastian Fernandez is also a great lawyer, with a lot of experience; and it shows that he has vast knowledge of doctrine, which is why he contributes a great deal during controversial matters.

Key clients

Zara Chile

Zara Home (Inditex)


Servicio De Registro Civil E Identificacion

Grupo Defensa Deudores

Sociedad De Inversiones Y Asesoria Ibañez


Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados/Comercial Kaufmann

Transportes Interandes

Legrand Bticino



Transportes Transvip

Saba Estacionamientos

Opticas Antofagasta

Grupo Cobra

Gsi Ingenieria



Computer Generated Solutions

Chile > Public law Tier 2

The six-strong public law team at full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a strong name in the market for its contentious administrative disputes experience, including complex litigation before the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals and Public Procurement Tribunal; it has also been active in relation to contract bids, urban affairs and public procurement matters. With 'deep knowledge of the regulations and administrative procedures', José Luis Lara's main area of practice are administrative law, public procurement and constitutional law; and with over 30 years' experience, senior counsel Guillermo Zavala specialises in public procurement, municipal law, state contracts, customs and ports. Other notable team members are senior associates Matías Larroulet and Florencia Portales, while former senior Diego Miranda left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Lara


The firm’s public law work team is of the highest quality.

Both the lead partner and team lawyers have solid knowledge in this area.

Stands out for understanding the details of each case that is presented to the team, no matter how diverse.

They do an excellent job and are especially meticulous and detailed, explaining every aspect to the client – this is highly valued and important.

Great for availability and deep knowledge of regulations and administrative procedures – compares very favourably.

José Luis Lara’s deep knowledge of the regulations and administrative procedures, as well as the main players in the Chilean environment, are huge pluses.

Key clients

Sun Dreams Closed Corporation

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile-RED


Sistema de Empresas Públicas

Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado

DHL Express (Chile)

Inmobiliaria Pereira Limitada – Grupo Espacios

Inmobiliaria del Puerto



Ministerio de Minería

Chile > Tax Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 12-strong specialised tax group (including an in-house accountant) is widely respected for its assistance with corporate and private wealth matters, domestic and international tax planning and structuring, tax litigation, and administrative procedures before the tax authorities. Tax consultancy work, M&A, legal opinions on anti-avoidance rules, international restructuring and double taxation treaties are also key areas for the practice. Jointly heading the department are Mario Silva (corporate/personal taxation, tax planning, and corporate restructuring) and Guillermo Infante ('strategic outlook and attention to detail'), a specialist in M&A, and the finance, energy and natural resources sectors. The second line of advisers showcases principal associates Arturo Selman (tax disputes head) and tax planning specialist Magdalena Munita Irarrázaval, who has 'a deep understanding of the law'.

Practice head(s):

Mario Silva; Guillermo Infante


Excellent professional quality, with high levels of technical and practical knowledge of legal and tax matters at both Chilean and international levels.

Highly personalised attention and great willingness to serve us as clients.

Great knowledge of the law, the regulator and our business.

Since we started working with this firm we have not looked for other lawyers in this area – there is no need to.

Guillermo Infante has a strategic outlook and attention to detail, along with a deep understanding of the law, and our company and its needs.

Principal associate Magdalena Munita Irarrázaval has a deep understanding of the law, the regulator and our company; she actively participates with our members to help them understand the most practical aspects of restructuring, and always answers quickly and with great dedication.

Key clients

LATAM Airlines



Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

DiDi Mobility Information Technology

Isapre Cruz Blanca

Chile > Data privacy Tier 3

Full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría houses a 'dedicated and responsible' data privacy group that acts for major radio and television media companies, large banks, global payment method companies and other online businesses on personal data matters. Eduardo Escalona, who is particularly focused on the energy and TMT sectors, and Ignacio Larraín (competition and compliance) are in charge of the practice's Digital Desk initiative. A key senior associate within the firm’s Chilean competition and economic regulation team, Álvaro Espinosa is also part of the TMT practice; but former senior associate Camilo Mardones left in June 2020 to move in house at Engie Chile.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Escalona


They are a very dedicated and responsible team that knows this work area very well.

Ability to explain complex issues from experience and knowledge.

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Twenty-First Century Fox

Banco Santander Chile



Metro / Metro Pago

Anglo American

Instituto Internacional de las Artes Culinarias y Servicios

UC Christus Servicios Clínicos

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Key areas of work for Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 'committed' 14-strong team include construction, energy, entertainment and insurance disputes, as well as real estate, concessions and infrastructure, and civil and commercial claims. Practice head Jorge Vial ('one of the best in Chile in this field'), who regularly handles foreign and domestic arbitrations, joined the firm in May 2020 from Vial Larraín Abogados, where he was founding partner. Notable associate-level support is provided by Catalina Amenabar, who has both local and international experience under CCI, CIADI, UNCITRAL and CAM/CCBC rules (among others); and Josefa Larraín, who undertakes litigation, arbitration and negotiation as part of a dedicated disputes' practice.

Spanish major Cuatrecasas entered the Chilean market in April 2020, hiring a key, high-profile disputes group from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, consisting of Cristián Conejero, a former ICC Secretariat Counsel for Latin America and who has a length trajectory in arbitral matters; Gianfranco Lotito, who undertakes both Chilean and international court and arbitration proceedings; and senior associate Juan Manuel Rey, an expert in both international arbitration and ADR. The seven-strong team manages international disputes arising from building and engineering contracts, energy agreements, international investment protection, international sales and supplies, and services contracts; other areas of expertise include disputes involving M&A, joint ventures, shareholders, agencies and commercial distribution.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial


A very committed team that is tremendously knowledgeable in its areas and with extensive knowledge – better than many teams from other firms.

The team has extensive experience in arbitration; it is also very sharp in its analysis of cases and applies good strategies.

High-quality team.

Jorge Vial stands out – he is very smart and skilled.

Jorge Vial is considered one of the best in Chile in this field.

Key clients

SQM (and subsidiaries)

Sembcorp Industries

Aegion Corporation (and subsidiaries)

Yamana Gold

The Walt Disney Company


Pampa Camarones

Red Electrica del Norte



Practice head(s):

Cristian Conejero


Great legal knowledge and experience.

Cristián Conejero is the key figure.

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's litigation department primarily handles civil and commercial matters, particularly in relation to the energy, entertainment, insurance, infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors. The former founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados, Jorge Vial, who joined the firm in 2019 bringing five associates with him, is head of the disputes practice; and has vast experience as a litigator before the Supreme Court and appellate courts, as well as first instance civil courts. Key support comes from principal associate Senda Villalobos, a consumer law and class action specialist, and senior associate Sophie Hellmich. However, former partner Germán Subercaseaux moved to Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante in mid-2021..

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial

Key clients

Compañía de Seguros Generales Consorcio

Yamana Gold


Red Eléctrica del Norte

Pampa Camarones

Club de Polo y Equitación San Cristóbal

Kinross (Maricunga y Salar Blanco)

Grupo Telepizza

Samsung Metals

Grupo Santo Tomas (Universidad Santo Tomas)

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 3

The 11-strong energy and projects practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría combines substantial knowledge in electricity-related regulatory matters with broad experience in complex energy-related transactions; typical work ranges from M&A, energy project finance and off-taking agreements to onshore and offshore EPC, O&M and PPA contracts. The department is co-lead by electricity-market transactional specialist Carlos Alberto Reyes, and generation, transmission and distribution expert Eduardo Escalona. Reyes has vast experience in energy-related M&A, project finance and contracts, along with oil and gas projects; while Escalona's experience includes project development, international tenders, public policies, and disputes before the Electricity Experts Panel. In May 2021, the firm substantially expanded its overall offering when it merged with what is now the former Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, which had substantial experience in large-scale projects and complex disputes; the merger brought on board a 32-strong team, including partners Jerónimo Carcelén, a mining law expert, water law specialist Matías Desmadryl, and fishing and aquaculture law expert Mario Tapia.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Eduardo Escalona


The PPU team has very strong legal knowledge.

Eduardo Escalona is a committed adviser and electricity sector connoisseur; he gave us very good advice!

Eduardo Escalona stays very personally involved at all stages.

Eduardo Escalona stands out for his public sector background.

Key clients


Neot Capital

Anglo American Sur

Red Eléctrica Chile


Ministerio de Energía

Elecnor Chile


Antofagasta Minerals

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Espejo de Tarapacá – EDF Andes

Chile > TMT Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields an 11-member group that includes TMT and corporate lawyers, as well as banking, competition law and data privacy experts. The regional TMT practice heads are Eduardo Escalona, a specialist in the economic regulation of public services, who focuses on TMT matters (as well as energy), and Ignacio Larraín, the current head of the firm's Chile competition law team. Escalona and Larraín are also in charge of the firm’s recently established digital desk initiative. Álvaro Espinosa, a senior associate within the Chilean competition and economic regulation team, is also part of the TMT practice.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Larraín; Eduardo Escalona

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company



Banco Santander-Chile


Rappi SAS

Iberoamericana Radio Chile

Bío Bío Comunicaciones

Compañía Chilena de Comunicaciones


Canal 13

Red Televisiva Megavisión

Iberoamericana Radio Chile

Ministry of Energy

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

The international arbitration practice at Iberian giant Cuatrecasas has benefitted from the firm’s significant recent expansion across Latin America, exemplified by the opening of new offices in Lima, Santiago and Bogota in 2020. The return of Cristián Conejero to the firm to lead the Santiago office and co-head the international arbitration practice has strengthened the firm's arbitral capabilities notably. Conejero works on multiple domestic and international arbitrations, covering commercial and investment treaty disputes. Alfonso Iglesia heads the litigation and arbitration practice in Madrid and has more than 25 years' experience advising on national and international arbitrations; he specialises in civil liability, construction and engineering law, primarily representing Spanish and foreign companies in both local and international matters. The practice group's current workload includes advising Sociedad Concesionario Metro De Lima, a consortium involved in the development of Lima's metro, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru. The team is also advising on a number of confidential matters, with construction a prominent feature of its caseload. Other key figure in the team include Domingo Rivarola in Peru, and younger partners René Irra de la Cruz and Gianfranco Lotito, in Mexico and Chile, respectively. At associate level, principal Rodrigo Rabines in Mexico City and senior Juan Manuel Rey in Santiago de Chile are both also noted.

Practice head(s):

Cristián Conejero; Alfonso Iglesia


‘The team is  actively involved with their clients and are always readily available.’

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionario Metro De Lima

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is the first major Ibero-American law firm, with offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru. Uria Menendez also brings to the firm its network of offices.

Areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: advises banks on syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing and the development of the innovative financial structures and products, represents underwriters and issuers in the placement of bond and securities in Chile and abroad.

Competition: antitrust, including investigations by authorities, litigation concerning cartels and abuse of dominance, consultations on M&A operations, settlements, audits on level of compliance and legal reports.

Corporate and M&A: all aspects of corporate law, including business integrations, tax matters, structuring and implementing public tender offers and the acquisition and sale of listed companies, restructurings, national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and business reorganization proceedings.

Dispute resolution: prevention and resolution of civil and criminal disputes involving complex legal and technical issues for national and international clients spanning a wide range of industries.

Energy, mining and natural resources: highly specialized lawyers provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others.

Infrastructure and projects: advising companies involved in toll roads and ports and purchasers and sellers; participated as counsel in financing; and on the privatization of public utilities and ports.

Intellectual property/life sciences: all aspects of intellectual property, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, copyrights, sports and entertainment matters, litigation, unfair competition, pharmaceutical licensing and health registrations.

Labor: litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety.

Private clients and family: long-term all inclusive legal advice, in accordance with the highest international standards, for business families on the development of estate planning structures.

Public law: long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.

Real estate: shopping mall planning and construction, superstore construction, real estate trusts and leasing, long term lease agreements, due diligence, real estate guarantees, regulatory issues and local permits.

Tax and international trade: structuring domestic and international operations and transactions involving foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange, tax planning, customs consulting and tax litigation.

TMT (technology, media and telecommunications): advising multinational media and technology companies in all their regional legal matters, from software licenses and TV formats to customs matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Co-chairs M Armas
Co-chairs M Acero
Banking, finance and capital markets M Armas
Competition I Larraín
Corporate/M&A JF Gutiérrez
Corporate/M&A F Grebe
Corporate/M&A A Pulido
Corporate/M&A JP Wilhelmy
Corporate/M&A CA Reyes
Dispute resolution E Alcalde
Dispute resolution C Conejero
Dispute resolution G Subercaseaux
Energy, mining and natural resources JJ Eyzaguirre
Energy, mining and natural resources JP Bambach
Energy, mining and natural resources CA Reyes
Infrastructure and projects A Sanfuentes
Infrastructure and projects CA Reyes
IP/life sciences A Pulido
Labor P Miranda
Private client and family JF Gutiérrez
Public law JL Lara
Real estate J Tagle
Tax and international trade M Silva
Tax and international trade G Infante
TMT A Pulido
TMT E Escalona
Other fee-earners : 367
Total staff : 615
Partners : 52