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Albagli Zaliasnik

Intellectual property Tier 3

Albagli Zaliasnik's 'commercial-awareness levels match international standards'. The practice is best known for anti-counterfeiting, IP disputes, patents and trade mark prosecution, along with advertising law, and IP-related competition and antitrust issues. Highlight work saw the team represent  Inversiones Santa Teresita at the Supreme Court, successfully obtaining  nine cancellation actions and multiple oppositions involving trade mark Termas de Chillán after lenghty litigation. Senior associate Eugenio Gormáz is intellectual and industrial property group director; fellow senior associate  Oscar Molina leads the IT, media and data privacy group; and Ariela Agosin oversees trade mark, patents, copyright and licensing issues, including litigation. Former associate María José Canales joined Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in August 2018.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Albagli Zaliasnik's five-strong practice group handles syndicated finance, project financing, debt restructuring, debt capital placements, securitisations, derivatives and corporate finance; Banco do Brasil, Grupo Secuoya Comunicaciones and Nexus are regular clients. Recent work includes advising Comercial e Industrial Libesa, a Chilean manufacturer, importer, and distributor of office and school equipment, on its credit refinancing with Banco Itaú; and acting for Nexus on a $30m syndicated loan. Practice director Cristián Riquelme is the key contact.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

The eight-strong team at Albagli Zaliasnik is well regarded for its assistance with antitrust compliance programmes, FNE investigations, and litigation before the TDLC, civil courts and Supreme Court. Recent work saw the team defend 111 surgeons, members of a medical association, against collusion allegations brought by the Chilean National Prosecutor's Office. Regulated markets, public economic law and competition and antitrust specialist, Daniel López , heads the team. Key support comes from leading litigator (and founding partner), Gabriel Zaliasnik, and civil litigation practice head Ariela Agosin, whose competition-related activity reaches into advertising and IP mattters.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Albagli Zaliasnik 'has a good team of lawyers that handle matters in a professional way'. The practice is experienced in assisting domestic and foreign clients with M&A, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Its advice includes negotiations, financing, taxation and corporate structures, and it fields experts in private equity and venture capital markets in Chile. Compliance services are offered through AZ Compliance. Recent matters saw the team advise Chilean technology-solutions distributor Vigatec, on its acquisition of Videojet Technologies' local operations. Rodrigo Albagli and Álvaro Rosenblut head up the practice; senior associates Arie Misraji and Jonathan Arendt are also noted. Clients include Ormat Technologies, Banco do Brasil, LG Electronics and Unifood.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Albagli Zaliasnik's disputes practice undertakes contentious administrative matters, arbitration, bankruptcy, civil and commercial litigation, and class actions; other areas of note include antitrust, consumer protection, environmental litigation, labour and tax disputes, and white-collar crime. Ariela Agosin heads the civil litigation team, of which Gabriel Zaliasnik and Daniel López are also key members; at senior associate level, Félix Antolín  and Carolina Escandón are other names to note. Key clients include WOM, Farmacolgía en Aquacultura Veterinaria, LG Electronics and Abbott Laboratories.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Albagli Zaliasnik 's labour practice focuses on hiring, compensation, termination, subcontracting and labour due diligence; other areas of strength include corporate policies, collective bargaining and litigation. Jorge Arredondo is labour group director and clients include Nokia and Pharma Investi.

For 28 years, Albagli Zaliasnik (AZ) has been dedicated to providing clients with creative and innovative solutions. AZ is a leading non-traditional law firm providing a full spectrum of legal and business services, based in Santiago, Chile. At AZ, their goal is to add value to everything they do. Keeping this in mind, they proactively work with their clients using a holistic approach in order to produce forward-thinking and ingenious results in an ever changing technology-focused world.

AZ is a full-service law firm that has various specialty practices that include banking and financial law, competition and antitrust, compliance, information technology and data protection, venture capital, insurance, environmental law and anti-counterfeiting as well as many types of litigation such as, criminal, civil and commercial, white-collar crime, extradition, and class action proceedings, among others. Furthermore, the AZ team has frequently represented key public figures, Chilean senior corporate executives, leading multinational and Chilean companies, prominent Forbes 500 individuals, and congressmen.

AZ is one of the only law firms in Chile that has a skilled team which expertly mixes business with litigation. They regularly advise on complex cross-border transactions, have profound knowledge and experience within regulated markets, and are experts in preventative and criminal compliance.

Main areas of practice
Arbitration: AZ practices national and international arbitration, both commercial and investment arbitration, throughout diverse industries and sectors. With significant experience both in Chile and abroad, they advise companies regarding conflicts in connection with infrastructure and energy projects, construction, oil & gas, mining, concessions, societies, among others. Moreover, some of their lawyers are arbitrators in relevant conflicts and are frequently speakers at important arbitration events across the region.

Corporate: AZ has expansive experience in corporate counseling for domestic and foreign companies. Its corporate group stands out for its quality and the team’s professional knowledge. Recognized as leaders in preventive analysis, AZ offers a broad experience and a clear path with the incorporation and development of legal entities and international businesses.

Compliance: In response to an increase in the quantity and complexity of the legal regulation of economic activities, both at a general level and more strongly in those called ‘regulated industries’, AZ offers a preventive and systematic legal risk management program focused on the implementation of internal compliance controls and executive and officer training. AZ develops compliance strategies for clients in various industries, in the public and private sectors. Compliance is more than adhering to the rules or responding to issues after the fact, AZ treats compliance as a strategic instrument of corporate management.

Intellectual and industrial property: AZ is one of the main players in intellectual property matters in Chile hailed for its stand-out performances in pharmaceutical patent litigation, as well as oppositions and cancellation actions of all kinds. Its IP counsel is complete with regulatory advice. AZ’s IP department has extensive expertise in anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation, data protection and privacy, copyright, domain names, and a variety of patent and trademark matters (both prosecution and contentious). AZ’s IP practice is also at the forefront of new legal fields for Chile such as advertising law (AZ is a founding member of GALA, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance).

Labor and employment: AZ’s prominent labor and employment department is known throughout Chile and Latin America in the areas of litigation and collective bargaining specifically including dispute settlement, lawsuits and labor claims for national and international clients. AZs most recent project has been involved with implementing and advising on matters relating to the new Inclusion Law which was passed during 2018. This law encourages the hiring and incorporating of people with disabilities into the workforce.

Litigation: AZ’s litigation group is one of its most renowned practice areas, due to the complexity of the cases handled by the firm. The different types of conflicts and disputes their clients face, both domestically and internationally, have enabled AZ’s team to adapt to and successfully perform in various intricate legal scenarios. AZ is considered one of the most prestigious firms in Chile in litigation matters, its lawyers are valued not only for their ability in designing strategies and adopting decisions prior to trial, but also for their skills and capacity to obtain the best possible outcome for their clients.

Life sciences: AZ handles several cases related to life sciences conflicts, regulatory issues of the pharmaceutical industry and patent infringement. AZ actively participates in the designing and drafting of regulations in the pharmaceutical, biological and biotechnological fields alongside key industry players and represents its clients’ interests in front of the health authorities, patent authorities, and the Chilean competition authorities.

Mergers and acquisitions: AZ’s corporate team has extensive experience in the practice of corporate mergers and acquisitions, counseling clients in structuring, planning, and execution of regional and global acquisitions; with a particular focus on retail, food and beverage, energy, and real estate deals. AZ has represented sellers, buyers, venture capitalists, investment funds, private equity players and financial backers in various transactions such as mergers, divesting, reorganization, acquisitions and other types of corporate deals.

Public: AZ has vast experience in the area of public law, providing advice in administrative law, constitutional litigation, governmental contracts, administrative claims, regulatory processes, and governmental advisory. As established experts in this area, AZ constantly counsels prominent clients in front of the Chilean Authorities, the State Controller and the Chilean Constitutional Court.

Real estate: AZ’s real estate practice offers institutional knowledge and experience across an extensive array of property transactions in all stages of the project development. By collaborating with the firm’s corporate, tax, environmental, and litigation practices, AZ is able to assist purchasers, sellers, developers, borrowers, and lenders in the acquisition, financing, sale, development, and leasing of commercial, industrial, residential, leisure, and multifamily properties.

Regulatory: AZ’s practice in competition and regulatory matters encompass all fields of antitrust law and regulated markets, both preventively, in investigations conducted by the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office and in litigation. AZ’s Regulatory Group specializes in representing clients from the Pharmaceutical Industry, notably with relation to pharmaceutical patents protecting generic drugs, bioequivalents and biosimilars.

Tax: AZ handles tax planning and defense in eventual conflicts, in a way that is focused on each stage of their clients’ lives. They provide strategic tax planning, investment tax modelling, tax advice on financing, tax structuring on acquisition, divestment and sale of companies, intra-group and family offices re-structuring, as well as tax litigation. Its goal is to help their clients to shift from a traditional compliance model, to one that is fully integrated within all areas of business.

Key clients:  Abbott Laboratories, LG Electronics, Louis Vuitton, Walmart Inc., Hasbro, Netflix, Nissan, Fila, Metro S.A., Heavenward S.A. (Mistubishi Chile), Ormat Technologies, Banco do Brasil, Cushman & Wakefield, FOX Latin-American Channels, Unifood / Mesoamerica, Mega Pharma, Laboratorios Saval, The State of Israel, Senator Ivan Moreira, Gasmar S.A., Aguas Andinas, Nokia, Secuoya Grupo de Comunicaciones, Inmobiliarias Amsal, Grupo Araucana, Vigatec (Danaher).

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Rodrigo Albagli
Banking and Finance law Cristian Riquelme
Banking and Finance law Natalia Ramos
Compliance Rodrigo Albagli
Compliance Jaime Winter
Competition and Antitrust Daniel Lopez
Corporate Rodrigo Albagli
Corporate Álvaro Rosenblut
Corporate Cristián Riquelme
Energy and Natural Resources Antonio Rubliar
Environmental Law Antonio Rubliar
Immigration Jorge Arredondo
Intellectual and Industrial property Eugenio Gormáz
Intellectual and Industrial property Oscar Molina
Israel Practice Rodrigo Albagli
IT and Data Protection Oscar Molina
Labor and Employment Jorge Arredondo
Life sciences Eugenio Gormáz
Life sciences Ariela Agosin
Litigation Gabriel Zaliasnik
Litigation Ariela Agosin
Litigation César Ramos
Litigation Félix Antolín
Mergers and Acquisitions Rodrigo Albagli
Mergers and Acquisitions Álvaro Rosenblut
Mergers and Acquisitions Arie Misraji
Public Law Daniel López
Real Estate Álvaro Rosenblut
Real Estate Arie Misraji
Tax Camilo Béjar
Venture Capital Rodrigo Albagli
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ariela Agosin  photo Ariela Agosin Partner
 Rodrigo Albagli  photo Rodrigo Albagli Founding Partner / Managing Partner
 Eduardo Anguita  photo Eduardo Anguita Senior Associate
 Félix Antolín  photo Félix Antolín Senior Associate and Director of the Civil Litigation and Arbitration Group
 Jorge Arredondo  photo Jorge Arredondo Senior Associate and Director of the Labor and Employment Group
 Camilo Béjar  photo Camilo Béjar Senior Associate and Director of the Tax Group
 Stephanie Cruz  photo Stephanie Cruz International Senior Associate and Director of Pro Bono
 Carolina Escandón  photo Carolina Escandón Senior Associate
 Eugenio Gormaz  photo Eugenio Gormaz Senior Associate and Director of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Group
 Daniela Hirsch  photo Daniela Hirsch Senior Associate and Director of the European Desk
 Daniel Lopez  photo Daniel Lopez Partner
 Arie Misraji  photo Arie Misraji Senior Associate
 Oscar Molina  photo Oscar Molina Senior Associate and Director of Privacy, IT and Data
 César Ramos  photo César Ramos Senior Associate and Director of Criminal Litigation
 Cristián Riquelme  photo Cristián Riquelme Partner
 Alvaro Rosenblut  photo Alvaro Rosenblut Partner
 Antonio Rubilar  photo Antonio Rubilar Senior Associate
 Jaime Winter  photo Jaime Winter Senior Associate
 Gabriel Zaliasnik  photo Gabriel Zaliasnik Founding Partner
Total staff : 80
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