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Chile > Compliance Tier 2Albagli Zaliasnik stole a march on its competitors in April 2022 with the launch of a regional digital platform –"ComplianceLatam"– that brings together the know-how and capabilities of firms in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay, as well as Chile, to promote good corporate practice, including organisational culture and regulation as related to compliance. The platform encompasses anti-corruption models, antitrust, data protection and privacy, consumer protection, corporate and labour compliance, regulatory compliance, tax compliance, corporate governance, corporate culture and human rights, as well as focusing on compliance in the digital industry and venture capital sector. Locally, the firm’s six-strong compliance practice (otherwise known as AZ Compliance) specialises in anti-corruption investigations and crime prevention models. Fusing the firm’s corporate law experience with its criminal litigation expertise, it also offers diagnostic audits, risk assessments, internal investigations and due diligence, as well as assisting with the consumer law, data protection and antitrust-related compliance programmes. Moreover, the practice also has a partnership with compliance-based whistleblowing platform, Ceptinel. The driving force behind the development of the ComplianceLatam project, managing partner Rodrigo Albagli routinely assists with corporate compliance models and legal risk management. May 2022 saw former compliance-team director Daniela Hirsch move in-house at Grünenthal; the firm has since hired former Carey senior associate, Francisca Franzani as practice director – she focuses on compliance, anti-corruption and corporate-criminal risk, and has extensive experience in internal investigations and the drafting and implementation of compliance and crime-prevention policies.
Rodrigo Albagli; Francisca Franzani
‘Solid knowledge of compliance practice, and patient and flexible.‘
Fuschs Gellona Silva
Cushman & Wakefield
- Assisted Puma with several compliance issues including the review of internal policies.
- Assisted the current compliance officer of Indumotora (a Chilean car dealership) with reviewing its company protocols.
- Assisted real estate company Actual with several compliance issues, including drafting a crime-prevention manual.
Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 2
Fielding ‘a complete range of specialists to deal with different aspects of legal problems‘, Albagli Zaliasnik‘s seven-strong white-collar litigation group handles major investigations before the Investigative Police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Guarantee Courts, Oral Courts, and the Appeal, Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Recent highlights include representing Sartor Finance Group in a large financial scandal that involves the purchase of derivatives. The firm’s litigation department is led by name partner Gabriel Zaliasnik, a former president of the Commission for the Reform of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Ministry of Justice; and experienced criminal law practitioner, Jaime Winter – recently promoted from senior associate to department director, he is also a distinguished criminal law professor at Universidad de Chile. Since publication, Winter has left to establish his own firm - effective as of March 2023.
‘Lawyers who are permanently concerned about their clients.‘
‘Solid knowledge of their subjects with optimal use of databases and data sources.‘
‘Lawyers of all ages and with a complete range of specialists to deal with different aspects of legal problems.‘
‘Constant updating of clients and the seriousness with which the issues are discussed is remarkable.‘
‘Good technological support for meetings and presentations are at a very high standard.‘
‘The most important advantage is the personal commitment of the lawyers, and the continuous dialogue with the client.‘
Sartor Finance Group
Inmobiliarias of Coquimbo
Senator Iván Moreira
National Chamber of Commerce
Corporación Municipal de la Florida
- Representing Sartor Finance Group in a large financial crime matter.
- Represented D&A licensing in an important IP case against the Chilean Copyright Society, which involves a criminal action.
- Representing Jaime Mañalich, a former Chilean Health Minister, in several criminal actions against him, in relation to the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chile > Intellectual property Tier 2
Providing ‘a very good service that is characterised by availability and efficiency‘, Albagli Zaliasnik‘s seven-member IP practice is best known for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting, complex IP litigation, patent and trade mark prosecution, and advertising law. It also fields specialists in IP-related consumer law, and competition and antitrust matters. IP group director and ‘excellent lawyer‘ Eugenio Gormáz (a partner since 2020) routinely manages large trade mark portfolios in Chile and abroad, while litigation group leader Ariela Agosin is also active in IP matters. At associate level, senior Juan Pablo Zamora and Antonia Nudman both focus on IP-related litigation and contracts work. IT, privacy and media practice director Oscar Molina and former associate Andrea Céspedes departed the firm in mid-2021 for BHP and Bitlaw, respectively. Since publication, Zamora has departed to found his own firm - effective as of November 2022.
‘Responses that are always fast, efficient and assertive.‘
‘Its answers are fast and well supported, and they emit clear and complete concepts – the attention is first class!‘
‘Great for its preparation, service and speed.‘
‘Provides a very good service that is characterised by availability and efficiency.‘
‘Swift responses and flexibility.‘
‘Very good and handles its clients very well. Relatively young lawyers who know a lot about law and the areas they work in, and they have good contacts and handle new technologies well.‘
‘Eugenio Gormáz is an excellent lawyer as well as being a very present partner.‘
‘I work with Eugenio Gormáz and senior associate Juan Pablo Zamora, who are always attentive to our requirements and with good results.‘
Mapuche Economic Confederation
- Assisted Mapuche Economic Confederation with registering the “SELLO MAPUCHE” certification mark.
- Assisted Whole Foods with filing strategic trade mark applications to ensure that its name is sufficiently protected from third parties in Chile.
- Assisted Twitch Interactive with filing strategic trade mark applications to ensure that its name is sufficiently protected from third parties in Chile.
Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 3The regulated markets and public and competition law group at Albagli Zaliasnik handles preventive advice, antitrust compliance programmes, merger control issues and investigations before the FNE, along with matters before Chile’s competition and Supreme Courts. The 'innovative' practice is jointly led by name partner and litigation-group director Gabriel Zaliasnik, whose caseload includes antitrust cases; and civil litigation and arbitration leader Ariela Agosin, who, additionally maintains an active IP practice. Energy, oil and gas and natural resources expert, Antonio Rubilar, was promoted to director in May 2021, while senior associate Matías Edwards is a September 2020 returnee from the FNE.
Ariela Agosin; Gabriel Zaliasnik
‘AZ has an innovative communication style that is easily distinguished from other law firms.‘
‘The way it has modernised its legal practice without the advice losing quality is noted. The team is also made up of young people who allow the companies they advise to have a more genuine vision of the changes that the country and the world have been experiencing.‘
‘They are very concerned to understand our business, and make practical and applicable recommendations.‘
‘Great availability and determination.‘
‘The knowledge and prestige of the partners, including Gabriel Zaliasnik, are great assets to the firm. The associate lawyers also have a lot of knowledge of their respective areas, along with an excellent disposition to resolve queries in relation to the work entrusted.‘
The Not Company
Empresas La Polar
- Represented WOM on the mandatory merger-control process for the subsidiaries of Liberty Latin America and América Móvil (VTR and Claro Chile).
- Acted for Abbot Laboratories Chile in a consultation proceeding before Chile’s Competition Court, filed by Chilean wholesale distributor Socofar, in relation to allegedly discriminatory pricing practices.
- Successfully acted for UNACEM (and its whole economic group) before the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office, on the merger control process concerning its acquisition of Spanish cement consortium Cementos La Unión.
Chile > Consumer and advertising law Tier 3Albagli Zaliasnik‘s clients benefit particularly from the firm being a founding member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, which affords access to a network of law firms in over 65 countries. Locally, the six-member consumer and advertising law team is led by trade mark and patent expert Eugenio Gormáz , with competition, dispute resolution and IP specialist Ariela Agosin also regularly involved in advertising law and consumer law cases. At associate level, senior Dafne Guerra ‘s practice includes both litigation and consumer law-related corporate advice; the practices of fellow senior Juan Pablo Zamora , and associate Gonzalo Bravo , also take in consumer law. Former IT, privacy and media director, Oscar Molina , moved in house at BHP in August 2021.
‘Good analysis and understanding of our business.‘
‘Albagli’s team has extensive experience in the field of advertising.‘
‘Incredible expertise, and very knowledgeable and practical.‘
‘The lawyers know their stuff – my absolute go-to firm in Chile.‘
‘Both Ariela Agosin and Eugenio Gormáz have unique knowledge and experience in the area. Their answers are clear, direct and timely.‘
International Trademark Association
The Trade Desk
McCann World Group
The Pokémon Company International
Havas Creative Group
Little Caesar Enterprises
Empresas La Polar
Industrias San Miguel
- Successfully assisted Empresas La Polar with an ex-officio action by CONAR against the internet advertising of underwear products for children.
- Assisted Little Caesar Enterprises (an American multinational pizza chain) with reviewing the advertising campaign of LC and Warner Brothers, in relation to a new Batman film.
- Advised US company Snap on several issues surrounding Chilean cryptocurrency regulation, particularly cryptocurrency advertisements.
Chile > Life sciences Tier 3The six-member life science and patent practice at Albagli Zaliasnik is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and beverage, agro-industrial and pesticide sectors; the team’s scope of work ranges from administrative and sanitary registrations, to litigation, patent-related filings and prosecution issues. Senior partner Ariela Agosin, who heads the firm’s competition law and regulation group, also maintains a strong IP practice; and IP director Eugenio Gormáz focuses on trade marks, copyright and patents. At senior associate level, Dafne Guerra handles pharmaceutical-related public law matters. Former partner Daniel Lopez recently left to become an international consultant at Pan American Health Organization in Washington DC.
- Representing multinational pharmaceutical company, Mega Labs, in several investigations to determine its compliance levels.
- Successfully assisted pharmaceutical laboratory FAV with a patent infringement claim.
- Defended Abbott Laboratories against a lawsuit filed by Bayer over the rights to oral contraceptives.
Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 4The 12-strong corporate department at Albagli Zaliasnik is experienced in both major restructurings, and local, regional and global acquisitions; the practice group also houses capability in the private equity and venture capital markets, routinely working with private investment funds, government agencies, incubators and start-ups. The team also acts on deal-related financing and taxation issues, as well associated labour, environmental, real estate, antitrust, compliance and IP matters. Founding partner Rodrigo Albagli's practice includes M&A and corporate and regulatory compliance; Álvaro Rosenblut is an expert in business matters, M&A, partnerships, real estate law, and civil and commercial contracts. At associate level, the 'exceptional' Eduardo Anguita was promoted to director of the corporate, M&A and compliance practice in early 2021, and key senior Stephanie Cruz advises on international corporate and commercial law.
Rodrigo Albagli; Alvaro Rosenblut; Eduardo Anguita
‘I see the M&A group as equivalent to any of the largest offices in Chile, that is, front-line and capable of closing any company merger or purchase.‘
‘Technically excellent, committed and with a great sense of urgency. It provides a comprehensive service that generates confidence and is a guarantee of a good job done.‘
‘Great commitment, skills and availability.‘
‘AZ is a multidisciplinary team, which really is a differentiator from other firms, because its advice is comprehensive and with excellent results.‘
‘Immediate responses and professionalism.‘
‘The commitment of director Eduardo Anguita to advance matters, clear up doubts and finalise requests is very remarkable. We feel very supported and safe with his advice when acquiring companies.‘
‘Director Eduardo Anguita is exceptional.‘
Comercial e Industrial Libesa
- Advised Betterfly Chile on the acquisition of technology and software developer companies Kunder, HeyPay, Sociedad Pagadora and Conecten.
- Advised Scale Capital on the sale of Soluciones En Minería y Energía.
- Advised Empresas Indumotora on the purchase of shares in Chilean carsharing company Awto during a Serie A investment round.
Chile > Data privacy Tier 4Albagli Zaliasnik‘s six-member IT, media and data privacy department, led by IP, tech and data group partner Eugenio Gormaz, regularly acts for high-profile clients such as Mitsui, Accenture and LG Electronics on data protection matters; and the firm currently acts as a partner firm of the Chilean Chapter of IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). The broad practice of recently promoted senior associate Juan Pablo Zamora covers data privacy compliance; but in mid-2021, both former IT, privacy and media director, Oscar Molina , and associate Andrea Céspedes, exited the firm, with Molina going in-house at BHP.
DiDi Chuxing Technology Co
- Prepared a report for WOM on the guidelines to be followed when using a firewall and AI for instant messaging.
- Assisted Verisure with a data privacy compliance process.
- Advised Heavenward Ascensores on contractual negotiations involving data protection issues.
Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4
The civil litigation and arbitration practice at Albagli Zaliasnik fields experts in both commercial and investment disputes, particularly in relation to infrastructure, construction, oil and gas, mining and concessions; the team’s expertise includes preventive stages, pre-trial negotiations and strategy definition aspects. The practice is led by senior partner Ariela Agosin, whose broad practice covers both litigation and arbitration. At senior associate level, Francisco Fuentes is a civil and financial litigation and arbitration specialist, while Carolina Escandón acts in civil, commercial, financial and natural resources disputes. Former director Félix Antolín left the firm to co-found Pereira Antolín in December 2021.
‘The firm focuses not only on the law but also on practical aspects, looking for new and timely ways in terms of conflict resolution, which constitutes a differentiating element and adds value.‘
Nexus Chile Health
Isapre Nueva Masvida
Mutual de Seguridad CChC
Tetra Pak de Chile Comercial
Roberto Guzman Lyon
Bodegas San Francisco
Empresa Nacional del Petróleo
Sociedad Industrial Pizarreño
Ralei Development Group
- Defending Nexus and Isapre Nueva Masvida against a claim brought by Empresas Masvida, which is currently pending definition by the Court of Appeals of Santiago as to whether the Civil Court should handle the process.
- Acted for Mutual in its lawsuit against Chile’s Servicio Nacional de Salud for the non-payment of over $40m for medical-care-related reimbursements.
- Assisted Graneles Switzerland with its lawsuit against Golure for the non-payment of $3m.
Chile > Labour and employment Tier 4Albagli Zaliasnik fields specialists in compensation, hiring and termination processes, subcontracting, due diligence and corporate policies. It is also experienced in collective bargaining involving the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, banking, technology, and oil and gas sectors; while the team is additionally sought out for its litigation credentials. The group is led by labour law compliance and labour litigation specialist, Jorge Arredondo (a partner since mid-2020). Key support is provided by associate Felipe Neira, who primarily focuses on the individual and collective aspects of labour matters. Former director of the compliance practice Daniela Hirsch moved in house at Grünenthal in May 2022.
Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Empresa Turbus Unifood Holding
Fábrica de Pavimentos y Revestimientos Budnik Hermanos
Instituto Nacional de Ortodoncia
Comercial e Industrial Plásticos Hoffens
Chile > Venture capital Tier 4Albagli Zaliasnik's venture capital department has significant experience in acting for angel investors, investment companies, private investment funds and incubators. The group is additionally sought out for its expertise in relation to early, mid- and late-stage start-up companies, particularly in Europe, the US, South America and Israel. The principal advisers are firm managing partner partner Rodrigo Albagli, whose vast practice covers VC and private equity work; and corporate director Eduardo Anguita, who advises clients throughout the investment life cycle, from initial capitalisations in companies to sale stages. At associate level, Alvaro Glisser also advises on VC-related transactions.
‘In relation to start-ups, the team not only excels in its theoretical knowledge, but also in its practical application. This allows clients a wide portfolio of solutions that can be prioritised according to their advantages and disadvantages.‘
‘Great proximity to clients and proactivity.‘
Chile > Tax
Albagli Zaliasnik > Firm Profile
For 30 years, Albagli Zaliasnik (AZ) has been dedicated to providing clients with creative and innovative solutions. We are a leading non-traditional law firm providing a full spectrum of legal and business services, based in Santiago de Chile. At AZ, our goal is to add value to everything we do. Keeping this in mind, we proactively work with our 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 is organized into three major practice groups: corporate, litigation and intellectual and industrial property. Within these core groups, we have various speciality practices that include banking and financial law, competition and antitrust, compliance, information technology and data protection, labor and employment law, venture capital, real estate law, tax law, public law, insurance, anti-counterfeiting and international commercial law as well as many types of litigation such as, criminal, civil and commercial, domestic and international arbitration, white-collar crime, extradition, and class action proceedings, among others.
AZ is one of the only law firms in Chile that has a skilled team which expertly mixes business with litigation. We regularly advise on complex cross-border transactions, have profound knowledge and experience within regulated markets, and are experts in preventative and criminal compliance. As a result of increased globalization, Chile and Latin America have implemented extensive regulatory requirements which increase the risk for national and international corporations to operate within these markets. For AZ, compliance is more than adhering to the rules or responding to issues after the fact, we treat compliance as a strategic instrument of corporate management.
At AZ, we think and work globally. We are one of the only law firms in Chile with a specialized in-house international team made up of tri-lingual lawyers and a support staff hailing from all corners of the world. Our concrete network of associate firms located in 65 different jurisdictions across the globe allows us to seamlessly work wherever our clients’ needs take them regardless of where they are located in the world.
Diversity and inclusion: At the start of 2019, AZ created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Since the inauguration, the committee has put on four different diversity workshops within the firm for all employees, not just lawyers, partnering with the local Chilean diversity promotion NGO Acción Empresas (http://accionempresas.cl/). Subsequently, due to our continued partnership with Acción Empresas, we have signed on as their chief legal representative (pro bono) in all sorts of matters.
Here in Latin America, and especially within Chile, the legal market lacks diversity. In AZ, we can proudly say that with us, that is not the case. Close to 50% of the AZ workforce is made up by women, the majority of our lawyers are under the age of 35, and we currently employ eight immigrants from different countries. Due to this dynamic make up, we have decided to promote what makes us different from the rest by formally creating a group of people within the firm dedicated to protecting AZ’s diverse ways.
AZ is one of the leaders in the wave of change that is coming to Chile and LatAm in general when it comes to diversity in the legal profession.
Pro bono: AZ is a proud founding member of Fundación Pro Bono Chile and signatory of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas which is powered through the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in New York, USA. As such, pro bono matters are at the core of AZ’s firm values, which we instill into our associates and partners.
Although pro bono work is voluntary for the members of the firm, we support and promote the provision of pro bono services by our associates. The firm also expects partners to actively supervise the work of its associates, and expects new attorneys to work on at least one pro bono matter within their first year of incorporation.
One of the values of the firm in general is to promote the principles of diversity and non-discrimination. These principles are also materialized through pro bono work, since this allows access and coverage to the problems of legal relevance that Albagli Zaliasnik seeks to contribute to solve.
Through pro bono work, all the lawyers in the office are given the possibility of providing representation in cases that require access to justice, providing the special attention and emphasis that these cases need given their social relevance. It is also possible to fulfill one of the tasks of the essence of the lawyer; this is to work “for the good” or in Latin “pro bono”, considering it to be sufficient motivation for the members of the study to participate actively to give access to justice to people, non-governmental organizations and vulnerable groups or sectors that require it.
Examples of key clients for AZ: Airbus, Walmart Inc, Empresas La Polar, Mitsubishi, Thompson Reuters, Louis Vuitton, Mega Pharma, WOM S.A., Pharma Investi, Abbott Laboratories, Cushman & Wakefield, Banco do Brasil, Fox Latin-American Channels, Fila, Puma, Nokia, Grupo Secuoya, Hasbro Inc., Laboratorios Saval, Aguas Andinas, Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, Gasmar S.A., among many others.
|Managing partner, Israel Practice, Venture Capital||Rodrigo Albagliemail@example.com|
|Litigation, Public Law, Competition and Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Gabriel Zaliasnikfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Life sciences, Litigation, Competition and Antitrust||Ariela Agosinemail@example.com|
|Corporate, M&A, Tax, Real Estate||Álvaro Rosenblutfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Labor and Employment||Jorge Arredondoemail@example.com|
|Intellectual and Industrial property, Life Sciences||Eugenio Gormázfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Compliance, Criminal Law||Jaime Winteremail@example.com|
|Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Law||Carolina Escandonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Energy and Natural Resources, Project Finance, Public Law||Antonio Rubliaremail@example.com|
|Civil and Commercial Law, Arbitration||Francisco Fuentesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Compliance, Corporate, Technology||Eduardo Anguitaemail@example.com|
|Corporate, Regulatory, Pro Bono||Stephanie Cruzfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tax, International Tax Law, Transfer Pricing||David Anceloviciemail@example.com|
|Competition and Antitrust, Compliance, Life Sciences||Matias Edwardsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Rodrigo Albagli||Founding Partner / Managing Partner||View Profile|
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|Jorge Arredondo||Partner and Director of the Labor and Employment Group||View Profile|
|Stephanie Cruz||Senior Associate and Director of Pro Bono||View Profile|
|Matías Edwards||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Carolina Escandón||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Francisca Franzani||Francisca Franzani leads our firm’s az Compliance Group. Francisca focuses her practice…||View Profile|
|Francisco Fuentes||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Eugenio Gormaz||Partner and Director of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Group||View Profile|
|Dafne Guerra||Senior Associate||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresTotal staff : 85
LanguagesFrench German English Hebrew Italian Portuguese Spanish Chinese (Mandarin)
MembershipsInternational Trade Mark Association (INTA) International Bar Association (IBA) Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) ASIPI Nextlaw Global Referral Network ABA (American Bar Association) AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) LESI (Licensing Executives Society International) International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
OtherPartners : 8 Lawyers : 45
Compliance Latam – Novel platform launched by Albagli Zaliasnik with presence in 15 Latin American jurisdictions.3rd August 2022 In the beginning of 2022, az | albagli zaliasnik, together with nine leading firms in the region, officially launched the Compliance Latam digital platform. The platform specializes in issues and cases related to regulatory compliance in the broadest sense: crime prevention, personal data protection, ESP (environmental, social and governance) issues.
Doing business in ChileThis guide has been prepared by Albagli Zaliasnik with the objective of providing our domestic and foreign clients – as well as the law firms worldwide that may need assistance for their clients – with a precise tool that summarises the essential aspects for the formation and development of commercial activities in Chile.