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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
EL GOLF 40, 20TH FLOOR
LAS CONDES, CP 7550107
SANTIAGO
Chile

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 1

Punching above its weight, the nine-member banking and finance team at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is consistently sought out by foreign and local banks and financial institutions, as well as by borrowers and sponsors. Core areas for the ‘best finance team in Chile’ include project finance (in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors), syndicated finance aircraft leasing and financing operations; and offshore bonds and shares issuances. The practice is co-led by highly-reputed banking, finance and capital markets specialist Marcelo Armas ; and Marcela Silva, whose track record includes the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects (from hydroelectric, solar and wind energy facilities to desalination plants). Banking, finance and infrastructure projects expert Andrés Sanfuentes is also a key senior practitioner; while at associate level, principal, Daniel Parodi, whose experience includes working as a foreign law associate in White & Case LLP‘s Miami office; and the ‘very good‘ senior, Pedro Pablo Valenzuela, who is active in banking, finance, infrastructure and capital markets matters, are both up-and-coming practitioners of note. Since publication, Armas has left the firm with effect from January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Huge knowledge of local legislation and very experienced in matters such as promissory notes and real guarantees.

The best finance team in Chile. Very experienced attorneys, with great knowledge of the industry, and their advice is always agile.

Its lawyers transmit a lot of security with their advice, and its client portfolio means the lawyers are always involved in the most relevant transactions – real experts in their field.

Great management of matters, providing us with pertinent and expeditious advice, and good connection with other team members.

Good availability, with friendly treatment. The lawyers differ from competitors due to their great professional commitment to the client’s needs.

Marcelo Armas is accessible when you need him, and provides helpful and pragmatic advice.

Senior associate Pedro Pablo Valenzuela is very good.

Key clients

The Bank of Nova Scotia

MUFG Bank

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Export Development Canada

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Scotiabank Chile

Banco Santander-Chile

Ibereólica Renovables Chile

Global Power Generation

Repsol Chile

Hidroeléctrica Río Colorado

LATAM Airlines Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as local Chilean counsel to Bank of Nova Scotia; Scotiabank Chile, Banco de Crédito de Inversiones, BTG Pactual Chile, Banco Consorcio, Banco Internacional and Banco Santander-Chile on a credit agreement to finance the acquisition of Telefónica Chile’s wholesale fibre optic network by KKR.
  • Advised BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (as lenders) on a $152m refinancing for the potential expansion of a reverse-osmosis desalination plant.
  • Advised Ibereólica Renovables Chile and Global Power Generation (as Chilean counsel to the sponsors) on the $217m senior financing of a 235MW wind farm.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 1

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘very effective M&A team’ at the Chilean office of multijurisdictional, full-service law player Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría focuses on corporate advisory and investment matters including M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs, and other strategic and financial transactions. The M&A and corporate practice is particularly specialised in deals involving the energy, finance, infrastructure, healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Among the department’s highly-rated partners: Alberto Pulido A is a senior figure of note across corporate, M&A and finance matters; particularly active, Federico Grebe is a leading M&A, private equity and corporate law expert; Andrés Sanfuentes has broad M&A-transactions experience; Carlos Alberto Reyes advises on major energy transactions; and Juan Pablo Wilhelmy is a commercial deal specialist. The second line of key advisers includes principal associate Constanza Rodríguez, whose transactional practice includes public offers; and senior associate Guillermo Vial, an increasingly integral corporate and M&A team member, particularly as regards venture capital and fintech. In 2021, the firm merged absorbed the energy and natural resources-focused Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia, while experienced partner Tomás Acosta returned to the Madrid office of allied firm Uría Menéndez after two years in Santiago. Since research concluded, the firm has hired Chile’s former ambassador to China, Luis Schmidt Montes, to lead its China Desk (effective July 2022), an initiative in which mining partner Juan Paulo Bambach is also involved.

Practice head(s):

Federico Grebe; Andrés Sanfuentes; Juan Pablo Wilhelmy; Alberto Pulido A; Carlos Alberto Reyes; José Tagle Q

Testimonials

Very professional and available, with timely knowledge and responses.

It is a very effective M&A team that is clear, direct and solves problems – very different from other teams that unnecessarily complicate certain situations just to increase work hours.

The lawyers respond very quickly and with business-oriented solutions.

Key clients

Manulife Investment Management

Experian Group

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago

Viacom CBS

HAL Investments

Inmobiliaria Algeciras

Inversiones Altair

RWE Renewables Americas

The Rohatyn Group

Indra Sistemas

Under Armour

Vitamina Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Experian Group on the acquisition of a controlling stake (67%) in Servicios de Información Avanzada Comercial y Financiera.
  • Advised ViacomCBS on the acquisition of Red de Televisión Chilevisión.
  • Assisted the Santiago, Lima and Bogota stock exchanges on their $620m integration of the three stock exchanges.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a go-to mining practice for M&A and project finance-related due diligence, negotiating transactions involving mining issues, and drafting mining contracts. It also assists with mining disputes and compliance audits; and the sizeable 13-strong practice is able to leverage the firm’s widely respected environmental, water and energy credentials for mining matters. Heading the firm’s mining and natural resources group, Juan Paulo Bambach has longstanding experience in natural resources and corporate law; and mining and energy law specialist Jerónimo Carcelén joined in May 2021, following the firm’s merger with Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia (CDGT). Key associate-level support is provided by senior Natalia Czwiklitzer, who focuses on M&A mining and energy transactions; Felipe Ossa P, who handles mining-related regulatory issues and advises mining companies on their corporate, M&A and financing matters; and María José Sotomayor (at CDGT (until 2021), an expert in mining properties, contracts and litigation. Former senior principal Cristina Olavarría left the firm in January 2022 for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Juan Paulo Bambach; Jerónimo Carcelén

Key clients

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co

Sumitomo Corporation

Kinross Gold Corporation

Resource Capital Funds

Minera Salar Blanco

Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro

Anglo American Chile

Dorado Exploraciones

Dorado Resources

Nova Royalty

Gold Hart Mining Corporation

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

Minera Las Cenizas

Latin Mineral Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo Metal Mining Co and Sumitomo Corporation on their sale of a 45% participation in Sierra Gorda Project to South 32.
  • Advised Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro (subsidiary of Kinross) on the process of reopening the La Coipa Project.
  • Advising Codelco on the Rajo Inca Project, which involves the expansion and operational continuity of the El Salvador mining project.

Chile > Environment Tier 1

The ‘first-class‘ environmental law team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría routinely advises on environmental matters and procedures, including project development and permitting, and is also sought out for the environmental legal issues associated with the development of technically and politically complex projects. Other areas of strength range from M&A and finance deals involving environmental matters, to administrative and judicial environmental litigation. Environmental and energy group leader in Chile, Juan José Eyzaguirre, has enviable experience in major environmental projects and conflicts; and principal associate Mario Mozó has a broad environmental law practice. The firm considerably expanded its environmental law credentials in May 2021 when it merged with former Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia firm, adding water resources head Matías Desmadryl to the bench; and internally, the team grew through the promotion of administrative and judicial environmental litigator Felipe Arévalo to the partnership in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan José Eyzaguirre; Matías Desmadryl; Felipe Arévalo

Testimonials

A first-class team at the national level.

Excellent attention and advice from the team, with tremendous knowledge of the topics consulted upon.

The PPU team has extensive experience in environmental issues and the processing of permits. In addition to knowledge, the lawyers have a great capacity for work, which is appreciated when response times are limited.

‘Thanks to the lawyers’ experience, they have the ability to understand business problems and help define strategies to deal with situations.

A great ability to formulate natural resources strategies, including proper implementation.

Certainty and assertiveness in the team’s analysis and ability to predict results, which allows for the defining of appropriate strategies early on.

High levels of understanding of the regulations associated with water issues, which implies management not only of the legal issues, but also technical ones.

Matías Desmadryl and Juan José Eyzaguirre stand out as top-level experts.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Las Salinas

Mineras Los Pelambres

Sociedad Nacional de Oleoductos

Codelco

Compañía Minera Maricunga

Engie Energía Chile

Minera Salar Blanco

Agrícola Campanario

Kinross

Empresas CMPC

Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro

Matetic Wine Group

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Agrícola El Cerrito

Bodegas San Francisco

Aquafarms

Consorcio Eólico

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards

Work highlights

  • Advised Inmobiliaria Las Salinas on the environmental impact assessment of a remediation project and subsequent urban development.
  • Advised Minera Los Pelambres on the development and implementation of an action plan to maintain the water supply of a mining project.
  • Advised fuels-distribution group, SONACOL on an oil pipeline project, which is designed to provide jet fuel for the expansion of Santiago’s international airport.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Chile > Real estate Tier 1

Working ‘tirelessly to exceed expectations', the real estate department at full-service law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has extensive experience in real estate project developments and transactions - particularly in relation to residential condominiums, apartment and office buildings, shopping centres and hotels - as well as all types of developments involving urban and rural real estate. Heading the group, real estate transactions expert José Tagle has broad experience in real estate investment funds, urban law and corporate real estate law. Key support is provided at associate level by principal María Eugenia Badilla Lepe, an active adviser on residential, office, commercial, mixed-use, investment and rental real estate projects; and senior Cristóbal Uriarte, who focuses on real estate project development and real estate-related M&A.

Practice head(s):

José Tagle

Testimonials

Very fast responses and with strong industry knowledge.

The group is very results based and works tirelessly to exceed expectations.

The lawyers are able to explain very complex situations to non-lawyers extremely well and ensure that they are providing exactly what the client needs.

What is important for us is that in the same firm there are skills from different areas, as one starts with the hiring of the firm in one area but it then becomes necessary to consult other areas to resolve different issues. That integration is very good in this firm.

We deal with senior associate Cristóbal Uriarte, who is very responsible and diligent with his response times, which is of vital importance to us; and he always delivers documents that are clear and precise.

José Tagle and Cristobal Uriarte represent an excellent bilingual team with a lot of knowledge of the industry.

Key clients

Deka Immobilien

DWS|RREEF Management

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Jamestown

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

Inmobiliaria Azul

Hancock Timber Resource Group

Folium Capital

Orica Chile Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Corpgroup Activos Inmobiliarios on the sale of the Vista 360 building in Las Condes.
  • Advised Deka Inmobiliaria Chile One on the acquisition of offices in the Titanium Building.
  • Advised Bopp Chile on the sale of property Sitio B in Quilicura to Sinovac Biotech (Chile), for the installation and development of a vaccine plant.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

The eight-member team at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría routinely leads bankruptcy law-related matters involving risk analysis, liquidation and reorganisation proceedings, cross-border insolvencies, and creditor defence work. In recent highlights, the group acted for creditors during LATAM Airlines’ reorganisation process; and advised AD Retail on its debt restructuring. The practice co-leads are Andrés Sanfuentes, who has longstanding experience in assisting both domestic and international companies with insolvency issues, in addition to M&A, financing and capital markets transactions; and Jorge Vial, whose track record includes major, cross-border insolvency matters, as well as reorganisations. Additional partner-level support is provided by Ignacio Larraín, an expert in litigation, arbitration, competition law and insolvency, while Guillermo Vial is the team’s senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

An expert team, with well-defined and complementary roles to cover all the needs of the practice in each matter that we entrust to it.

The lawyers take on each of our assignments with great commitment and responsibility, regardless of the size or complexity, adapting their advice to the structure of our needs. This flexibility, added to the technical solvency and timeliness of their responses to our requirements, make them unique in relation to other firms.

Partner Ignacio Larraín is an expert lawyer in these matters, who also provides a timely strategic perspective to support decision making. He stands out for his solid and agile responses to our requirements and very high level of availability and participation in the work. His direction is also perceived through the management and involvement of the entire team.

Key clients

AD Retail

Scotiabank

Aircastle Advisor

SMBC Leasing and Finance

Indra Chile

Ilustre Municipalidad de Santo Domingo

Minera Florida

Grupo Isolux – Corsan

Distribuidora de Industrias Nacionales

Créditos Organización y Finanzas

Work highlights

  • Advised AD Retail on the restructuring of its debt.
  • Acting for Scotiabank in relation to reorganisation proceedings initiated by LATAM Airlines in the US.
  • Acting for Aircastle Advisor in relation to reorganisation proceedings initiated by LATAM Airlines in the US.

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 'team guarantees that its advice and responses to enquiries are timely, accurate and reliable'. The seven-strong practice routinely participates in major, global merger-control transactions that impact upon Chile; and its recent track record also includes acting in major cartel investigations and proceedings before the TDLC. Heading up the department, Ignacio Larraín has ‘very broad and in-depth knowledge of both Chilean and European competition law' and is an expert in potential cartels, abuse of dominance issues, merger control matters, TDLC procedures, investigations and compliance programmes. At associate level, Catalina Montero 'demonstrates excellent communication skills'. However, former senior Álvaro Espinosa moved in house at Mercado Libre in June 2021, and Gabriel Budnik is currently undertaking an LLM at UC Berkeley.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Larraín

Testimonials

The PPU team guarantees that its advice and responses to enquiries are timely, accurate and reliable.

The lawyers are permanently available to their clients – great experience, knowledge and efficiency.

Great availability and attention outside of working hours.

The PPU competition law team is a highly professional and very competent unit. In a recent competition law compliance project, its lawyers demonstrated great legal knowledge and competence, while also providing very practical advice. Also, the English language skills of each team member stand out, thereby ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation.

Quick response times made working with the team a very pleasant experience.

Ignacio Larraín has a very broad and in-depth knowledge of both Chilean and European competition law, along with strong industry experience, which he is able to demonstrate.

Ignacio Larraín and associate Catalina Montero deserve special credit. They are highly responsive, understand both the law and how to engage with the regulators to advocate on behalf of clients, provide sound guidance, and are a pleasure to work with.

Strong support was provided by the very knowledgeable Catalina Montero, who demonstrates excellent communication skills with the client.

Key clients

Comercializadora Nutreco Chile

Banco Santander

The Walt Disney Company

HAL Optical Investments

Discovery

Valmet Oyj

Neles Corporation

Suez

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Indra Sistemas Chile

Compañía General de Electricidad

Work highlights

  • Assisted Discovery with the regulatory aspects surrounding a transaction involving the acquisition of the business, operations and activities that constitute the WarnerMedia segment of AT&T.
  • Advised Suez and Veolia Environnement in relation to their worldwide merger transaction in the water treatment industry, which involved antitrust issues.
  • Advised HAL in relation to a worldwide merger transaction, which involved antitrust-related issues.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 2

With ‘deep knowledge of the applicable legal framework‘, full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 10-strong labour and employment practice that is expert in hirings, terminations, unfair dismissals, HR company policies, internal investigations, due diligence and internal employment audits. Other notable areas include restrictive covenants, subcontracting, labour taxes, compensation packages, collective bargaining, union relations, labour litigation, expatriate issues, social security and M&A-related labour matters. The practice is co-led by Paulina Miranda  (the first female partner in the firm’s Santiago office), an international employment law specialist, who also focuses on growing areas such as #MeToo, gender pay gaps, gig economy issues, AI, diversity, data privacy, internal investigations and compliance; and ‘great litigatorSergio Montes , who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022. The practice of key associate Aref Cosma  covers labour, social security and immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes

Testimonials

Deep knowledge of the applicable legal framework and experience in handling complex issues.

I have received very good service from all the members of the PPU workforce. The partners are very involved in the topics, and the associates have a good command of different topics – they also give practical solutions.

Paulina Miranda has extensive national and international experience, which is an asset for us given the multinational nature of our company.

Practice director Sergio Montes is a great litigator, who is very prepared when facing trials. He has very successfully handled our complex litigation.

Paulina Miranda and Sergio Montes are always available for any questions. It is very easy to access them and get accurate answers.

Key clients

Anglo American

Sap Chile

Novartis

Codelco

Mutual de Seguros

Laboratorios Saval

Hancock

Alcon

NTT Chile

Metro

Telepizza

Ipsos

Yamana Gold

Ascendal Punta Arenas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Codelco Chile in several labour trials, including four critical labour claims against two key union leaders.
  • Advised Minera Meridian on a collective bargaining process involving its largest union at El Peñon Mine.
  • Advised Vitamina on Covid-19 measures, furloughs and other pandemic-related labour issues.

Chile > Public law Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría‘s nine-strong public law practice acts for a broad range of clients on a range of work, but it particularly stands out for its expertise in administrative law-related dispute resolution, including major litigation before the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals and Public Procurement Tribunal. Other recent work includes successfully advising on a bid for a concession over land on which a wind farm will be constructed; and the team is increasingly active in public procurement matters. Practice leader José Luis Lara  focuses primarily on advising both public and private entities on administrative and constitutional law and public procurement issues; public law is also the main practice area of highly experienced senior counsel Guillermo Zavala . Dispute resolution director and counsel Jorge Femenías , a 2021 hire from ICFF Abogados; and experienced senior associates Matías Larroulet  and Florencia Portales , are the other team members to note.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Lara

Testimonials

The firm’s lawyers transmit an excellent predisposition towards adopting our company’s usual practices, as well as high levels of knowledge in regulatory matters and public law, particularly in relation to ​​telecoms and antitrust.

Excellent quality and services, with extensive knowledge of the subjects consulted upon and the practical application of sector knowledge. Proximity to the client in relation to the strategy and approach.

Extensive knowledge of the practical application of the rules, which makes the analysis and proposed strategy accurate. We also appreciate the direct involvement of the partner in charge of the matter.

José Luis Lara and senior associate Florencia Portales have both demonstrated extensive knowledge in regulatory matters and public law. We highlight their proactivity in advancing our interests, as well as their efficiency and speed in the face of urgent queries, and clear and complete answers. We especially value their direct approach to authorities and government agencies.

Key clients

Municipalidad Las Condes

Fresenius Kabi Chile

UC Christus

ENAP

SAP

Fundación Imagen Chile

Comercial Kaufmann

Metro

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones La Cumbre

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Municipality of Las Condes in relation to complex disputes and trials with private entities.
  • Advised Fresenius Kabi Chile on a dialysis treatments’ tender issued by Fondo Nacional de Salud.
  • Assisting UC Christus with a sanctioning procedure initiated by a public health clinic further to an alleged breach of a tendered contract.

Chile > Tax Tier 2

The specialised tax practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría focuses on domestic and international tax planning and structuring, along with complex corporate and private wealth matters. It is also sought out for tax litigation, and administrative procedures before the Chilean tax authorities; additionally, a significant part of the group’s work includes tax consulting, legal opinions, and the tax aspects of M&A deals. The practice is co-led by Mario Silva, an expert in corporate and personal taxation, tax planning, and corporate restructuring; and M&A transactions specialist Guillermo Infante, who has finance, energy and natural resources sector expertise. Principal associate and tax disputes leader Arturo Selman ‘helps resolve issues quickly‘, but in February 2022, fellow principal Magdalena Munita Irarrázaval departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Infante; Mario Silva

Testimonials

I appreciated the team’s simplicity in dealing with difficult issues in order to seek our understanding.

The team with which we work maintains high levels of commitment, answering our questions and preparing our interventions in a very professional manner.

Our experience has been very positive in terms of availability and willingness to attend to our matters.

Principal associate Arturo Selman and his team have constantly supported us, not only from a legal point of view, but also in meeting deadlines and answering questions.

The one who makes a difference is Arturo Selman- he is the point of contact that we have and helps resolve issues quickly – since he knows our business well, communication is fluid.

Arturo Selman has great knowledge of this area and an interest in supporting clients.

Key clients

América Móvil

Avery Dennison Chile

Territoria Apoquindo

Kaufmann

Isapre Cruz Blanca

Natura Cosméticos

Clinica Alemana

Work highlights

  • Advised Territoria Apoquindo on the management of VAT that accumulated during the construction and development of a real estate project.
  • Assisting Avery Dennison Chile with challenging a transfer pricing adjustment.
  • Advised America Móvil on the tax structuring of a joint venture with Liberty Latin America.

Chile > Data privacy Tier 3

An excellent team with impeccable knowledge‘, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría‘s data privacy group is part of the firm’s broad TMT practice. Acting for high-profile clients such as Diageo Chile, The Walt Disney Company and Banco Santander-Chile, the team’s wide expertise includes data privacy and data processing matters, and it has additional specialisms in big data, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and analytics. The firm’s digital desk initiative is co-led by TMT and energy sector expert, Eduardo Escalona, and competition law leader Ignacio Larraín. Former senior associate Álvaro Espinosa moved to Mercado Libre in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Escalona; Ignacio Larraín

Testimonials

Excellent team with impeccable knowledge, and very commercial and responsive.

Very transparent when communicating estimates and billing.

The lawyers understand how European and Anglo-Saxon clients want to receive information and advice – so they advise within the LATAM context but make the assistance understandable and useful for foreign clients.

Key clients

Experian Colombia

Despegar.COM

TEG Holing PTE

Instituto Internacional De Artes Culinarias y Servicios

Cooperativa de Servicios Médicos Sermecoop

JOKR

Diageo Chile

The Walt Disney Company

ViacomCBS

Discovery Inc

Banco Santander-Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Experian Colombia with a detailed analysis of the regulations on the treatment of commercial personal data.
  • Provided TEG Holing PTE with a legal opinion on data privacy laws.
  • Ongoing advice to Instituto Internacional De Artes Culinarias y Servicios on data privacy regulations.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

The broad arbitration expertise housed at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría covers significant disputes involving construction, energy, entertainment, insurance, real estate, and concessions and infrastructure, along with civil and commercial claims. The 'high-level' 14-member group is led by 'prestigious and trustworthy lawyer' Jorge Vial (a former founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados), who routinely acts in major domestic and international arbitrations. Within the associate pool, Catalina Amenabar acts in commercial and investment arbitrations, and is a Young Arbitrator at CAM Santiago; and Josefa Larraín 'manages the arbitration rules and their practices with outstanding wisdom'.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial

Testimonials

The most unique or exceptional thing about this team of lawyers is the excellent combination of legal professionalism of the highest level, warmth and simplicity in all the attention they provide, and excellent service in the processes – we have total trust in them as they are real advisers.

Excellent client service, commitment and passion in the cases they lead – detail and thoroughness in the legal and strategic analyses involved.

Good global and strategic advice, and the ability to anticipate the possible resources/actions of the client’s counterpart.

A firm with several specialties in law. This means that the client’s advice is not limited to specific queries, but rather a comprehensive evaluation/advice can be made considering other strategic legal issues.’

A high-level team that is led by Jorge Vial, a lawyer and professor with knowledge of the law of judicial practice like few others in Chile. A good teacher, who is also a good litigator, does not happen very often – only with the best of practitioners.

Jorge Vial has the excellent ability to answer questions at all times. he understands that management times and deadlines can be demanding, and he always makes himself available by responding to the client’s needs. Jorge does not limit himself to what he is consulted upon, but he makes sure to consider all the relevant aspects of the case. The result is that Jorge gives a complete strategic opinion.

Jorge Vial – great experience and soft skills, which together with his specialised legal knowledge make him a prestigious and trustworthy lawyer.

Associate Josefa Larraín is an innate leader of knowledge and processes – she manages the arbitration rules and their practices with outstanding wisdom.

Key clients

SABA

The Walt Disney Company

Grupo Konectanet

Minera Florida

Algeciras Holding

Yamana Gold

Consorcio Seguros Generales

Rema Tip Top of North America

Telepizza

ValleyFresh (Australia)

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Walt Disney Company in an arbitration arising from contractual negotiations involving Disney Plus Cable TV programming and local cable TV provider, VTR.
  • Acted for Yamana Gold in a contract-related CAM Santiago arbitration.
  • Acted for ValleyFresh (Australia) in a breach of contract arbitration against Chilean fruit producer and exporter, Exportadora Solymar.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Key disputes areas for full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría include energy contracts, entertainment-sector matters, insurance claims, and construction arbitration disputes. Other areas of strength include controversies related to concessions, infrastructure, real estate, and general civil and commercial issues. The ‘excellent‘ 14-strong practice is led by former founding partner of Vial Larraín Abogados, Jorge Vial, who has ‘a well-known track record in litigation‘. He is backed by a strong line of senior associates includes Isidora GutiérrezJosefa Larrain and Manuela Cross, who all handle civil and commercial litigation, along with Catalina Amenabar (particularly on arbitral matters). Former partner Germán Subercaseaux, senior associate Sophie Hellmich and principal associate Senda Villalobos all left the firm during 2021, the latter taking up an in-house role at Banco Santander.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vial

Testimonials

A firm that has a portfolio of very important clients, which allows its lawyers to gain extensive experience. They have in-depth legal knowledge, and the work is dedicated, deep and very oriented towards delivering a good service.

The advice is always well founded and very accurate. It is one of the most experienced litigation teams in Chile, and the lawyers have excellent availability and client skills.

The litigation team is made up of excellent lawyers, who have complete knowledge of their areas, as well as an agile use of technological tools that allows them to provide services in an efficient and timely manner. It is a cohesive team that has been able to adapt to new realities and has proven to be capable of working remotely flawlessly.

Characterised by excellent service, which is tailored to the needs of the company. The strengths are the lawyers’ vocation for work and effective responses to current business problems.’

Great breadth of focus, and what makes the firm stand out is the warmth of its people and professionalism. It has been able to adapt to the new working conditions very quickly, and has maintained the same level of service that characterises it.

Very personalised attention –  they put themselves in our shoes. The lawyers attend to any query quickly, providing very timely information.

Jorge Vial is a renowned local lawyer, with a well-known track record in litigation and solid knowledge of civil and procedural law – great technical management, agility, the ability to propose real solutions to the problems analysed, and a comprehensive view of law.

Jorge Vial and his team are very good at what they do, as well as being dedicated and diligent.

Key clients

ABCDIN

Metro

Minería Activa

Minera Meridian

Isabel Blanco P

Inversiones Baiona

Consorcio

Despegar.com

Municipalidad de Santo Domingo

Forum Servicios Financieros

Work highlights

  • Defended Distribuidora de Industrias Nacionales (ABCDIN), which recently completed a reorganisation procedure, against a group of creditors’ civil claim for damages further to a refinancing contract entered into by ABCDIN.
  • Defended Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro against Corporación Nacional de Consumidores y Usuarios de Chile (a consumer association), which filed a lawsuit alleging non-compliance with the consumer protection legislation.
  • Defended Minería Activa against Madesal, which filed a preliminary action requesting production of documents in relation to investments made in a lanthanide extraction project.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's energy and projects department fuses its electricity-related regulatory expertise with experience in structuring major energy deals, including M&A and energy project finance transactions, off-take agreements, PPAs, and EPC and O&M contracts. In recent highlights, the team advised Anglo American on the development and execution of an electromobility project for its mining operations, and assisted CBRE Chile with a private tender process to supply energy to 55 buildings. The practice is jointly led by Carlos Alberto Reyes, who has longstanding experience in high-profile natural resources, energy, and oil-and-gas transactions and developments; and regulatory energy specialist Eduardo Escalona, an experienced adviser on tariff processes, PPA-related tenders and project development whose ‘knowledge and experience instil confidence'.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Eduardo Escalona

Testimonials

Our experience with this team has been impeccable when it comes to electrical matters. This firm accompanied us during the negotiation of the electricity supply for our group with excellent levels of advice and enormous commitment – and at a very good price too.

It is important to recognise the market knowledge that PPU’s energy experts have, with technical expertise that goes hand in hand with practical experience.

Commitment from the partners to be available on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to being very good technically, we believe that they are lawyers who are approachable and committed to the needs of our company. Carlos Alberto Reyes and Eduardo Escalona are good examples of these characteristics.

Eduardo Escalona commits himself and intervenes personally in matters. His knowledge and experience instil confidence.

Key clients

Falabella Group

CBRE Chile

Transelec

Compañía General de Electricidad

Ministerio de Energía

Anglo American

Neot Capital

ISA InterChile

Elecnor Chile

Nordex Energy Spain

Work highlights

  • Advised Falabella Group on the bidding process for the supply of its facilities in Chile and Peru.
  • Advised CBRE Chile on the planning and execution of a private tender process to supply energy to 55 CBRE-associated buildings.
  • Advising Anglo American on the development and execution of an electromobility project for its mining operations.

Chile > TMT Tier 3

Acting for major clients such as The Walt Disney Company, ViacomCBS and Discovery, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields an 11-member group with vast TMT, corporate law and regulated markets expertise. Clients additionally appreciate the group’s ability to leverage the experience of its banking, competition law and data privacy colleagues. Jointly in charge of the firm’s recently established digital desk initiative are Eduardo Escalona, who is an expert in the economic regulation of public services; and Ignacio Larraín, the firm’s Chile competition law leader. Former senior associate Álvaro Espinosa departed the firm in 2021 to join Mercado Libre Chile.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Escalona; Ignacio Larraín

Testimonials

The team stands out for its professionalism in the area and for obtaining good results in the process.

The lawyers are very professional and work very well together as a team.

The team has very good work levels and the right attitude towards the client. I would especially highlight the work of Eduardo Escalona.

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

ViacomCBS

Discovery

Experian Colombia

Banco Santander

Spotify

Rappi

Iberoamericana Radio Chile

Metropago

Metro

Ministry of Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisting The Walt Disney Company with telecoms and network regulatory issues in Chile (among other matters).
  • Advised Viacom on its acquisition of Chilevisión.
  • Assisted the Ministry of Energy with the preparation of a proposal for public regulations on the interoperability of Chile’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Employment >

Housing a nine-member team, international law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is well known for its expertise in the incorporation, registration, operation, transfer and liquidation of capital markets-related entities. Other areas of notable strength include the issuance, registration, placement, trading and offering of securities. The firm also has robust corporate governance and compliance practices. The practice is co-led by Marcelo Armas , whose track record includes complex financings involving several jurisdictions; Marcela Silva, an expert in advising underwriters and issuers of shares and bonds; and Andrés Sanfuentes, who has over 30 years’ experience in capital markets transactions. Experienced partner Federico Grebe is also active in capital markets deals; while principal associates Constanza Rodríguez  (IPOs and debt issues) and Daniel Parodi (bond issuances) are also key figures in the practice. Since publication, Armas has left the firm with effect from January 2023.

The 13-strong projects group at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is particularly active in the renewable energy and mining sectors. Representative expertise includes transportation infrastructure (such as toll roads, ports, airports and railways), along with social infrastructure projects involving hospitals, jails and schools. Other notable areas range from public utilities infrastructure (telecoms and water and sewerage systems) to real estate developments (hotels, buildings and urban renovation). The principal figures are natural resources and energy projects specialist Carlos Alberto Reyes; Marcelo Armas, whose practice focuses on banking, finance and capital markets; Andrés Sanfuentes, an expert in banking, finance and infrastructure projects; and Marcela Silva, whose experience includes advising on the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects (hydroelectric, solar and wind), as well as desalination plants. The senior associates to note are corporate, asset and project financing expert Daniel ParodiGuillermo Vial, a former international associate in Corrs Chambers Westgarth's construction group in Sydney; and Mario Fava, who routinely negotiates project contracts. Since publication, Armas has left the firm with effect from January 2023.

Key clients

Bank of America

JP Morgan

Tanner Servicios Financieros

The Bank of Nova Scotia

BNP Paribas Securities Corp

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup Global Markets

AD Retail

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago

Salmones Austral

Work highlights

  • Advised BofA Securities, JP Morgan Securities, Banco BTG Pactual (Cayman Branch) and Larraín Vial  Corredora de Bolsa on a $1.1bn common stock offering by Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile.
  • Advised Tanner Servicios Financieros on establishing a new bond facility (for up to approximately $750m), as well as on two issuances with an aggregate value of $161m.
  • Acted as Chilean counsel to Securities Inc, JP Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities USA and Scotia Capital (USA), as initial purchasers, on the issuance of $500m in notes by Chile’s  Corporación Nacional del Cobre (CODELCO).

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Reyes; Andrés Sanfuentes; Marcela Silva

Testimonials

PPU is a very solid firm with very professional teams and a commercial approach towards client and transactions.

I think PPU is among the top firms in Chile for energy projects – it is my favourite. I think they have a tremendous understanding of energy regulation as well as related real estate issues.

Very prepared for all issues in the energy sector, and they always provide us with a fast, punctual and very high-quality service.

We have high levels of confidence in the team. We consider them our allies and partners rather than just lawyers or contractors.

Dedicated, experienced and with a lot of local knowledge.

Knows what is important in each situation – the team focuses on the critical points and tries to find solutions. Carlos Alberto Reyes clearly personifies this approach.

Carlos Alberto Reyes is strategic and was a true partner for our company during the preparation of a very important energy tender. He is also always available to support us with questions, queries, doubts, and preparing reports and presentations, even on very short deadlines.

Definitely the experience of Carlos Alberto Reyes is a great plus – it makes a difference when closing agreements.

Key clients

Nordex

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordex on the negotiation of contracts for the supply and installation of wind turbines.

Chile > Venture capital

The venture capital practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría consistently advises start-ups, VC funds and investors (as well as companies with corporate VC initiatives) on fundraising rounds, exits, corporate governance, due diligence, regulatory work, and internationalisation processes.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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