Firm Profile > Barros & Errázuriz > Santiago, Chile
Barros & Errázuriz Offices
AV. ISIDORA GOYENECHEA 2939, 10TH FLOOR
Barros & Errázuriz > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
Serving both lenders and borrowers, Barros & Errázuriz fields one of the largest, most specialised banking and finance teams in Chile. With several partners practicing in the area and 20-plus lawyers with experience in financing, the practice is a market leader for energy and infrastructure project finance transactions; clients also benefit from the firm’s significant real estate, energy, environmental and regulatory groups. The firm is part of the Affinitas network, which facilitates exchanges of ideas on regional banking and finance and capital markets developments. Francisco De la Barra particularly stands out for project financing, Nicolás Balmaceda is an energy and infrastructure finance specialist, and Bernardo Simian plays a key role on local and international acquisition and corporate financings. The firm's strong second line includes cross-border expert Enrique Barros V and Vicente Cordero, who regularly acts on international matters; both made partner in July 2020; and corporate and project finance specialist, senior associate María Olga Rivera.
Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos
Linzor Capital Partners
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Sol
Fortress Investment Group
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Inmobiliaria Golden Cross
China Construction Bank
Capital markets Tier 1
Full-service firm Barros & Errázuriz fields a 22-strong group that is one of the largest, specialized dedicated capital markets team in Chile. It consistently excels in its assistance to companies, which need to obtain resources through the issuances of securities and public offering of bonds, shares and other securities. The practice is also a leading adviser to the Chilean investment funds industry, and has longstanding participation in the development of Chilean capital markets regulation through its advice to the Chilean authorities. Luis Alberto Letelier heads the capital markets department, which includes Cristián Barros, who has longstanding experience in capital markets legal advisory work; Víctor Barros (recently active in the issuance and placement of investment funds and bonds); and regulatory expert Javier Díaz. The strong second line showcases recently promoted director Juan Cristóbal Schmidt, and senior associates Juan Ignacio Galdámez and Cristián Risopatrón.
‘This is a very good firm.’
‘I have worked on a number of merger cases with this firm with great results.’
CMB-Prime Administradora General de Fondos
Picton Administradora General de Fondos
Compass Group Chile S.A. Administradora General de Fondos
Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos
Independencia Administradora General de Fondos
Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Cuprum
BTG Pactual Chile – Administradora General de Fondos
Volcom Administradora General de Fondos
Servicios Financieros Altis
Singular Asset Management Administradora General de Fondos
Caja de Compensación 18 de septiembre
Aspen Capital AGF
Consumer and advertising law Tier 1Barros & Errázuriz's 10-strong department is one of the most experienced and recognised groups in Chile. It has a strong track record in class actions and mediation processes with SERNAC, and can draw on the firm's expertise across a wide range of industries, including utilities, telecoms, education, real estate and healthcare, among others. Recent highlights saw the team represent América Móvil subsidiary Claro Chile in two class actions filed by SERNAC, in relation to service-outages in Santiago and Curanilahue. The practice is co-led by three partners with distinct but complimentary specialisms: Javier San Martín (civil and commercial disputes), Luis Eduardo Toro (bankruptcy and competition) and David Cademartori (public and administrative law). All handle assistance with consumer matters, including class action lawsuits and other actions that are filed by SERNAC and/or individuals. Key support comes from disputes practice senior associates Isidora Fernández and Cristián Pérez.
Corporate and M&A Tier 1The substantial 61-strong team at full-service, market stalwart Barros & Errázuriz is consistently involved in private acquisitions and cross-border takeovers of listed companies, acquisitions of controlling and minority interests, divestitures, and corporate restructuring programmes. The practice is also expert in establishing business structures, and it frequently assists foreign investors with establishing operations in Chile. In addition, the group has an impressive track record advising real estate and investment funds. The practice houses several impressive partners including corporate and M&A leader Pablo Guerrero, founding partner Fernando Barros (development of investment projects and corporate and financing structures), José Tomás Errázuriz – also a founding partner – who enjoys a strong market reputation, and managing partner Cristián Barros (private equity transactions). Also key to the group are fund formation and capital markets head, Luis Alberto Letelier, Bernardo Simian, Carlos Ducci, Emilio Vásquez, Sergio Eguiguren and Vicente Cordero, who made partner in July 2020. The partners are supported by a talented team of associates, with senior Lucas Marinovic foremost amongst them.
‘There is a high level of client-team co-ordination, with high levels of commitment and compliance with legal requirements.‘
‘They have deep knowledge of the market and compare very favourably with other law firms.‘
‘B&E is not only a large law firm, it also understands perfectly well what the margin of negotiation is in a complex transaction.‘
Delta Air Lines
Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
BTG Pactual Administradora General de Fondos
BTG Pactual Renta Comercial Fondo de Inversión
CMPC – GUSCO
Data privacy Tier 1Barros & Errázuriz is highly experienced in data privacy matters, including compliance with local legislation (Law 19.629 on the Protection of Private Life), confidentiality agreements, personal data international transfer agreements, and the application of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Chile. Other key areas include companies' privacy policies and information security. José Ignacio Ovalle has over 25 years' experience in the TMT sector and is supported by senior associate Andrés Rodríguez, who previously worked as chief legal adviser at the Chilean telecoms regulator.
Environment Tier 1
Barros & Errázuriz's 12-strong team (many of whom previously served at the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Assessment Agency or the Environmental Superintendence) provides full life-cycle advice on projects, ranging from planning to operation to closure, including due diligence, project finance, environmental assessments, permitting issues, social conflicts and community matters. Other principal focuses include relations with local authorities, compliance issues, litigation before the environmental and ordinary courts, and enforcement proceedings. Counsel Matías Montoya, whose practice is focused on environmental assessment processes, environmental compliance, litigation and due diligence, heads up the environmental practice, and works in close association with Fernando Garrido, who leads the regulated industries department. Counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini advises on corporate matters and regulated markets, with senior associate support provided by Mara Angelini and Ignacio Urbina. Former senior associate Guillermo García left to found García Derecho & Sustentabilidad in 2019.
‘It is a small but efficient team and always available to satisfy customer requirements. One of the advantages of the team is that it is part of a law firm that is competent in several other legal service segments, such as corporate and judicial, allowing for a high-end product and service.‘
‘The legal advice provided by this firm is characterised by having different lawyers who work very closely with each other and contribute their own knowledge, criteria and points of view, giving the client the peace of mind that the required topic has been addressed comprehensively and very professionally.‘
‘The main advantage of these lawyers in the area of environmental law, in addition to their extensive knowledge of their specialty subjects, is their work experience in other public and private institutions, which grants them broad perspectives when facing problems and proposing concrete and effective solutions.‘
‘The B&E environmental law team has shown to have a great knowledge of the subjects of its specialty, good judgement to face the legal questions inherent to the environment, and great ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.‘
‘They live up to the challenges they face from environmental and regulatory issues, and they stand out for their deep mastery of environmental issues, including the most complex issues. Their best qualities are their permanently good disposition, their humility and simplicity in their professional performance, and their rigour during each assignment.‘
‘It is worth mentioning Fernando Garrido and counsel Matías Montoya for the excellence they demonstrate every day in their work as lawyers.‘
‘Fernando Garrido and Matías Montoya are outstanding.’
‘Matías Montoya is a young specialist who is a highly competent lawyer. He is outstanding in his customer service, which makes a difference when compared to several competitors.‘
Exportadora Los Fiordos
Real estate Tier 1
The 16-member real estate group at full-service firm Barros & Errázuriz is widely respected for its experience in transactions and real estate development financing. It has particular expertise in the residential, commercial and industrial segments, particularly on financing and investment matters, as well as multi-family developments and larger real estate projects involving the educational, agricultural, hotel, retail, casino and tourism sectors. Clients further benefit from the firm's strong tax, banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, dispute resolution and regulatory practices. José Ignacio Ovalle (project development advisory) is widely regarded as a leading real estate law adviser, Oscar Ruiz-Tagle specialises in regulatory and urban issues, and Patricio Solórzano in corporate and real estate finance and development -particularly residential, commercial and industrial real estate projects and urban titling matters. Notable support is provided by recently appointed counsel Alejandra Aránguiz and senior associate Eduardo Tirado.
‘The real estate team is very good. They are professionals with very good customer service and a sense of urgency.‘
‘They are a good team, made up of partners, senior and apprentice lawyers, who interact in a very co-ordinated way to provide the service, always ensuring that everything is validated or reviewed by the partner. It is noted that when compared to other law firms, the teamwork is noteworthy, since everything is always reviewed by at least two lawyers.‘
‘An extremely qualified team of professionals who are very motivated. There are several good firms but this is the best.‘
‘José Ignacio Ovalle is excellent, professional, dedicated, and very expert.‘
‘Patricio Solórzano has a lot of experience in the real estate business and because he constantly sees so many operations in the sector, he is able to provide very good advice. He is also very professional and ethically very correct.‘
‘In addition to being a hard worker, senior associate Eduardo Tirado is very professional in what he does. In negotiations he is a very good mediator and always achieves a solution with counterparties. Work can be delegated to him, given his experience.‘
Sura Asset Management
Independencia Administradora General de Fondos
Asset Administradora General de Fondos
Torres Unidas Chile
Compañía General Aguas Marítimas
La Casa de Piedra
Inmobiliaria Wave Spot
Jorge Figueroa Arquitectos
Tax Tier 1
Barros & Errázuriz's sizeable 17-member tax department is widely respected for its national and international tax planning strategies, as well as its tax law advice on M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and project finance. In addition, the practice has extensive experience in proceedings before Chile's IRS and tax courts; and is frequently instructed by US clients in relation to Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance processes. Founding partner Fernando Barros heads the tax practice, which also fields María Teresa Cremaschi (who has over 20 years' experience in tax matters at national and international level), and Carola Trucco (who handles the tax aspects of cross-border operations, M&A and business reorganisations). A strong second line of senior associates includes transactional tax-structuring specialist, Evelyn Sepúlveda, and tax dispute resolution expert Mauricio Bascuñán. Since publication, however, an eight strong team including Cremaschi and Sepúlveda has left for MB Abogados, effective as of March 2021.
‘The tax team is responsive and practical, and helps us to navigate the changes in Chilean tax efficiently and practically. The firm’s tax team is the best I have come across.’
‘I have been pleasantly surprised by the experience that its staff have previously had in public government entities, which allows a different vision when making decisions.‘
‘This law firm is definitely above other prestigious firms. The team is highly competent and extremely motivated, and its people are of the highest quality, both at personal and professional levels.’
‘They are able to resolve complex tax matters and are a strong competitor to peers. We have had excellent results with Carola Trucco.‘
‘Carola Trucco and Evelyn Sepúlveda are excellent at providing practical advice and navigating through confusing situations.‘
Sura Asset Management
La Casa de Piedra
MCC Corredores de Bolsa
TMT Tier 1
Barros & Errázuriz fields a four-member TMT department that is experienced in digital television permits, cloud computing, radio and satellite licenses, telecoms infrastructure regulation, and mobile and landline services. Other areas of strength include acting in relation to internet service providers, optic fibre operators, IP phone services, online content transmission, and technology agreements and transfers. With over 25 years' experience in TMT matters, José Ignacio Ovalle, recently advised OneWeb, a multinational satellite company that is developing a global network of 600 satellites, on obtaining the necessary authorisations, permits and licenses to operate satellite telecoms services in Chile. At senior associate level, Andrés Rodríguez focuses on telecoms, IT and data privacy. However, experienced associate Carolina Cabrera left in September 2019 to return to Accenture.
‘The team works in a very integrated and very practical way. I have found a prompt answer every time I needed it.‘
‘A team of professionals who not only know about the TMT sector, but also how to apply such knowledge with logic and honesty.‘
‘José Ignacio Ovalle and senior associate Andrés Rodríguez have proven to be professionals with solid knowledge and a degree of practicality, which are very useful when advising us on our affairs.‘
Andean Telecom Partners
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Having acted in many high-profile judicial and non-judicial reorganisations, as well as contentious bankruptcy law proceedings, Barros & Errázuriz enjoys a strong market reputation for bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and 'gives quick and precise answers to the problems exposed'. It advises both debtors and creditors, acts in arbitration cases (including insolvency class actions), and assists with the acquisition of assets of companies that are subject to liquidation or reorganisation procedures. The team is led by Javier San Martín, whose broad dispute resolution practice includes bankruptcy. Senior associates Cristián Pérez and José Luis Corvalán provide key support. Since publication Corvalán has been raised to the partnership, effective as of May 2021.
‘The team gives quick and precise answers to the problems exposed.’
‘They have good business knowledge.’
‘This is an empathetic and experienced group.’
‘Javier San Martin has excellent knowledge of different bankruptcy processes, which is favorable when analyzing the alternatives and scenarios to which a client could be exposed.’
Sociedad Contractual Minera El Toqui
Remates San Isidro
Exportadora Natural Chile
Competition and antitrust Tier 2
Barros & Errázuriz is a widely esteemed full-service law firm that has longstanding experience in antitrust matters in Chile, including major cases before the TDLC, FNE investigations , merger control matters and compliance. It particularly stands out for its expertise in the telecoms sector but has also been involved in market investigations involving the water and sewage, gas and card payment sectors. The nine-strong group is led by litigation and arbitration specialist Luis Eduardo Toro; long specialized in competition matters he leads on all matters. Key support comes from senior associate Francisco Bórquez, who focuses exclusively on competition law. The team can also call on the extensive experience of senior partner, dispute resolution expert José Tomás Errázuriz, particularly in relation to regulated sectors such as telecoms and energy. Since publication Bórquez has been raised to the partnership, effective as of May 2021.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is a very good team, with high knowledge of this area and very good management and communication with the authorities. It is important to point out and congratulate the good response time to enquiries.’
‘The practice is very favourable as it has a team of people led by professionals with previous experience in regulatory bodies.’
‘They have an excellent strategic capacity and business vision, which makes them comprehensive advisers. In free competition, they have also been involved in key cases and know the authorities well.’
‘It compares favourably given the strong relations of the firm with companies from various industries.’
‘Luis Eduardo Toro’s qualities are being always available to clients and solving any doubts and queries that arise in different cases.’
‘Francisco Bórquez is the senior associate who looks after our day-to-day operations, with immediate availability for clients and always updated on different cases. He is an outstanding lawyer for free competition issues.’
‘Francisco Bórquez stands out for his commitment and in-depth knowledge of free competition law, nationally and internationally, and from the perspective of both the business and the regulator. He is very complete, committed and with great delivery – a high level lawyer!’
Sociedad Austral de Electricidad
Compliance Tier 2Barros & Errázuriz's sizeable team undertakes compliance assessments and implements best practices for its corporate clients as well as evaluating corruption and corporate governance risks, both legal and reputational in relation to M&A and financing deals. The compliance practice's broad offering also covers crime prevention, capital markets, data protection, consumer protection, and competition, labour, public and environmental law. In addition, it assists with adopting measures once infractions are identified, defending clients in proceedings involving compliance violations. The core of the team is made up of insurance and finance regulatory expert Javier Díaz, who is also a corporate compliance and governance specialist; firm managing partner and all-round corporate advisor Cristián Barros, and recently promoted capital markets and compliance director Juan Cristóbal Schmidt.
‘It is a very consolidated team and very strong in each area it develops. The firm has a strong commitment and values what teamwork is, complementing each other very well, especially the work between partners, directors and associate attorneys. All of them, through their experience and knowledge, have directly contributed to the client to deliver solid responses to the requirements presented to them. This value as a team is something that sets it apart from other firms.’
‘The degree of knowledge and how they apply their knowledge in various areas are fantastic.’
‘I must highlight partner Javier Díaz and director Juan Cristóbal Schmidt; and the associate attorneys have done a great job over time, showing great concern and willingness to help us.’
Exportadora Los Fiordos
Dispute resolution Tier 2
The 18-strong team at full-service law firm Barros & Errázuriz regularly acts in contentious proceedings involving civil and commercial law, tax, bankruptcy, real estate and antitrust; notably, it also has particular experience in regulated areas, such as energy and telecoms, and has a track record in major construction and real estate project-related disputes. Name partner José Tomás Errázuriz heads the arbitration group in conjunction with Luis Eduardo Toro, while David Cademartori heads the public and administrative law sub-group and also handles competition matters. Javier San Martín handles both civil and commercial litigation and arbitration (where he has particular construction expertise), as well as insolvency, reorganisations and class actions. Senior associate support is provided by José Luis Corvalán, Isidora Fernández, Cristián Pérez, Andrea Batarce and Arturo Fontecilla. Since publication Corvalán has been raised to the partnership, effective as of May 2021.
‘They are disciplined and studious, and capable of imaginatively solving clients’ problems, transmitting serenity and security, which allows them to be effective and professional, whether in court or during common legal advice.‘
‘The lawyers of this law firm are concerned with understanding the context of a conflict and the business and the organisational culture of the client they advise. This allows them to visualise original and tailored measures, responses and defences. This establishes a big difference with the usual legal services available in the country.‘
‘It is a very neat team, where the lawyers very intelligently look at problems from different perspectives (client, counterpart, judge), which helps understand the problem more objectively.‘
‘They excel by giving an overview of the litigation, their concern for all the details, their ability to anticipate and the giving of a feeling of security. Being always available to the client and supporting it in what it really needs – that is the key to an excellent service.’
‘The level of preparation and experience is very good, with great management and knowledge of the arbitration and trial processes. For me one of the strongest points is the proactivity and commitment that they demonstrate in their work, being professionals in the fulfilment of procedures and giving timely responses to the requirements that the client makes.‘
‘Technically they are very solid, but the service and customer orientation make the difference. Another great strength is their ability to understand the business and dynamics of the conflict when exploring options and this contributes to generating solutions.‘
‘Javier San Martin has deep experience, intuition, ability to understand the judicial process and good judgement. His motivation is vital and makes him an excellent leader in a case. His knowledge and ability to understand the conflict make him a lawyer of excellence.‘
‘Senior associate José Luis Corvalan is always available, easy to contact and with timely and precise responses at key moments. He was vital to a complex process that had limited time. Excellent disposition, goodwill and trust are key to these matters and he is simply a brilliant lawyer.‘
Inmobiliaria El Plomo
Caja de Compensación Los Héroes
Aguas del Valle
Laureate International Universities
Inmobiliaria Socovesa Santiago
Correos de Chile
Labour and employment Tier 2
Barros & Errázuriz's seven-strong employment and immigration department is best known for the full-service nature of its advice on employment matters. It assists with day-to day issues, labour-related M&A aspects, collective bargaining, labour disputes and labour audits. Areas of recent growth for the department include immigration and compliance work. The practice advises national and international companies from a broad swathe of industries including education, manufacturing, finance and telecoms. Experienced partner Juan Cristóbal Iturrate heads the labour and employment department, which also fields senior associates María Fernanda Espinosa (who has over 10 years' employment law experience), and 'excellent adviser' Carolina Carrillo.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great for knowledge, case management, trust and availability, with good judgement and quality of advice.‘
‘Committed, available and always collaborative.‘
‘A very good service – I always have support for any eventuality that arises.‘
‘The team is proactive in analysing and suggesting actions for the implementation of regulatory changes. In addition, the quality of the responses to client requirements is solid and with excellent results.‘
‘A team with deep knowledge of its subjects, efficient in its responses and quick to propose effective solutions. They also show deep knowledge of various industries and with an enormous degree of efficiency.‘
‘Juan Cristóbal Iturrate and senior associate María Fernanda Espinosa stand out for their technical quality, and for proposing practical solutions with effective results. Furthermore, the team’s attorneys are always available to meet the client’s requirements, engaging in the particularities of the company’s business and the risks inherent in the business.‘
‘Juan Cristóbal Iturrate knows the Chilean market very well, as well as the complexities of work that facilitates any legal requirement.‘
‘Senior associate Carolina Carrillo is an excellent adviser.‘
Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita
Cristalerías de Chile
Hewlett-Packard / Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Fundición de Talleres
Vestas Turbinas Eólicas
Moneda Asset Management
Cooke Aquaculture Chile
Inmobiliaria Imsa – Adportas
Bruno Fritsch Automotora
Projects and infrastructure Tier 2
Regularly advising on large and complex infrastructure and energy project transactions in Chile, Barros & Errázuriz's 25-strong team acts for developers, sponsors, constructors, operators, suppliers and financiers on public and private works concessions, and energy generation and transmission and desalination projects, among others. In addition, the firm fields a strong litigation team with both local and cross-border experience. Nicolás Balmaceda focuses on structured, cross-border project financing; Francisco De la Barra has an active project finance practice; Fernando Garrido and counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini are energy generation and transmission project experts; while Enrique Barros V, who made partner in July 2020, focuses on infrastructure and financing. María Olga Rivera and Diego Ovalle provide notable senior associate support.
‘They are knowledgeable about the market and very professional in their way of working.‘
‘The B&E team has a lot of experience in infrastructure projects, but even better a lot of adaptability to shape adequately the particular needs of our company and business. We have no direct experience with teams from other companies except the counterparts of the companies that finance us and we see superior skills in B&E.‘
‘Francisco de la Barra is very available, as well as being highly knowledgeable about the market and the projects and infrastructure practice space.‘
‘Francisco de la Barra has great business skills; these are the primary differentiator for counterparty attorneys, who are often only skilled in legal issues.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Sol
Empresa Constructora Belfi
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Complejo Los Libertadores
Public law Tier 2
The seven-strong group at Barros & Errázuriz acts on a wide range of public matters, with a particular focus on constitutional and administrative law and economic regulation matters (public procurement and administrative contracts). It's partners also have expertise in administrative sanctioning procedures, marine concessions and government real estate. In addition, the firm has extensive experience in contentious work involving government agencies. The team is led by name partner and arbitration expert José Tomás Errázuriz, and includes David Cademártori, who is highly rated for matters involving the water and wastewater services, gas, energy and telecoms sectors. Litigation and arbitration specialist Andrea Batarce , who focuses on engineering and construction matters, provides support at senior associate level.
Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios Esval
Antin Infrastructure Partners
Compañía Minera Arbiodo
Independencia Administradora General de Fondos
Inmobiliaria El Plomo
Inmobiliaria Coloso Con Con
Sembcorp Aguas Chacabuco
Sembcorp Aguas Santiago
Sembcorp Aguas Lampa
Venture capital Tier 2
Full-service legal practice Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for its expertise in corporate, M&A and financing matters, along with significant knowledge of the VC ecosystem and latest legal trends. The four-strong VC group, which includes two partners, advises national and international start-ups and investors on the planning and development of businesses and projects, as well as the growth and finance of companies, and subsequent exit phases. It advises clients from several industry sectors, such as AI and technology, food and beverage, retail, fintech, and media and entertainment. Sergio Eguiguren leads the practice, and Luis Alberto Letelier is highly active in major transactions involving the investment funds sector. Strong support is provided by senior associate Lucas Marinovic, who is experienced in assisting entrepreneurs with starting up and growing their businesses; and associate Juan Sebastián Alonso, who acts for local and international entrepreneurs and investors.
Insurance Tier 3
One of the largest and most prominent full-service firms in the Chilean market, Barros & Errázuriz is experienced at advising insurance companies on the incorporation and establishment of insurance companies, corporate governance matters, and the disposition of large blocks of shares in insurance companies. The team also assists with insurance-related litigation. Carlos Ducci heads the insurance department and Javier Díaz is the firm’s insurance regulatory expert. Key associate support is provided by Jorge Covarrubias.
Mining Tier 3Barros & Errázuriz's practice is experienced in advising on multiple mining sector-related contracts, including mining concessions, project financings and acquisitions, due diligence, permits, leasing contracts and judicial defences. The team also provides mining advice in relation to water rights, energy issues, community relations, ports, real estate, environmental matters and regulatory issues. The broad practices of experienced partners Fernando Garrido, Pablo Guerrero, Emilio Vásquez and Francisco de la Barra involve mining sector matters.
The ten-strong team at Barros & Errázuriz has particular expertise in the electricity sector, consistently handling a broad range of energy-related matters throughout the country. It assists domestic, regional and international market players and financiers with a range of hydroelectric, wind and solar energy projects, as well as transmission lines, particularly on energy contracts, regulatory issues, project finance and dispute resolution. Energy project expert José Tomás Errázuriz (major energy projects and associated litigation) heads the department in conjunction with energy specialist Fernando Garrido, whose practice covers energy project development and finance, litigation, and the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions (including due diligence). Lead energy counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini has a similar practice skillset. Associates Pedro Pablo Ballivian and May 2019 hire from Morales & Besa, Verónica Vergara (who has particular experience advising electricity companies), are both noted.
‘This is a very good law firm, and it is also an important partner of our company in Latin America.‘
‘It has strong professional ability and gives quick responses.‘
‘The B&E lawyers have thorough knowledge of the regulations and carry a great workload.‘
‘Fernando Garrido has great knowledge of regulations and how to deal with problems, providing innovative and efficient solutions.‘
‘Jose Tomas Errazuriz has great knowledge of the people and government agencies that are the counterparts in regulated businesses.’
‘Counsel Cristóbal Pellegrini and associate Verónica Vergara are very professional and communications with them are very smooth. I am honoured to work with them on project due diligence and project acquisitions.‘
Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional
Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos
Barros & Errázuriz > Firm Profile
Barros & Errázuriz Abogados has developed a strong full-service, business-oriented practice with a mix of local and international clients, advising multinational corporations, financial institutions and local companies on a broad range of matters. The firm specializes in antitrust, arbitration, banking and finance, capital markets, compliance, dispute resolution, environmental, energy, infrastructure, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, public law, real estate, tax, telecommunications, , and venture capital. It provides legal services for clients on their international operations and has close links with firms in Latin America, the US and Europe.
Beside its Network with international firms, it is a member of Affinitas, Latin American alliance composed of four leading law firms in each of the jurisdictions where they operate. Since its creation in 2004, Affinitas has been considered the most potential network in the region, due to the relevance and importance of each of its member firms.
Main areas of practice
Antitrust: the firm has a distinguished record in advising on major cases before Chilean antitrust agencies. It has been retained in several regulated areas and transactions requiring merger control structure and agreements to ensure full compliance with the relevant legislation.
Banking and finance: the firm handles a broad range of issues, including secured and syndicated loans, transactions and guarantees, structured finance, project finance, leasing and tax-based finance.
Capital markets: the firm has been involved in ADR programs, bond offerings, IPOs of local companies and tender offers of publicly-traded companies. With high expertise in securities law, it has advised several traded companies, stockbrokers and a large portion of Chilean mutual and close-end investment funds.
Compliance: the firm provides advice related to the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and internal procedures in relation to corporate compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to commercial activities, and to corporate governance, risk management and anti-corruption practices.
Corporate: the firm has acted as counsel in areas including real estate and construction, stock brokerage and investment funds, pharmaceuticals, media enterprises (TV), private ports, hotels and tourism, agriculture and forestry, among others.
Energy and natural resources: with a strong practice, the firm acts as counsel to electricity generating companies, water, sewage and gas companies.
Environment and sustainable development: the firm advises on compliance with environmental regulations in the development of electrical, shipping, mining, forestry, real estate, chemical and concession projects.
Infrastructure: as a regular player in the largest infrastructure transactions in Chile, the firm has advised sponsors, public works concessionaires and lenders in connection with, inter-urban and urban highways, prisons, ports, airports, and energy and mining facilities.
Innovation and entrepreneurship: Barros & Errázuriz has committed to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Firm maintains a close contact with different incubators, accelerators and investors from our country and industry, highlighting our work with StartUp-Chile, the leading accelerator in Latin America, with which we coordinate the delivery of advice and mentoring to the StartUp-Chile Entrepreneur Network.
Insurance: the firm offers continuing legal advice to international clients with participation in local insurance companies, as well as to foreign reinsurance entities operatin in Chile.
Labour and employment: the firm possesses exceptional expertise in matters including collective bargaining, union affairs, litigation and due diligence processes for private and state-owned firms.
Dispute resolution and arbitration: the firm acts in a wide range of cases before civil courts and regulatory agencies. It specialises in commercial litigation, insolvency and coporate restructuring cases. It also counsels several clients in local and internacional arbitrations.
Water rights: the firm gives advice in wide variety of matters related to water rights as a key asset of many industries.
M&A: as one of the firm’s core practice areas, the firm has been involved in many of the largest M&As in Chile, including private acquisitions in cross-border takeovers of listed companies, acquisitions of controlling and minority interests, divestitures and corporate restructuring programmes.
Real estate: the firm represents a variety of clients in all major real estate activities. It has been involved in several major real estate developments during the last decade in Chile.
Tax: the firm draws on rich experience in advising on tax planning and tax litigation. It also advises clients on incorporations, acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations, with a strong practice in private stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, private equity funds and cross-border transactions.
Telecommunications and technology: the firm has advised clients including mobile services, IP telephony, 3G, long distance, internet services, rural telephony, satellite and broadcast television services. It is involved in relevant regulatory issues of telecommunication industry, before the Antitrust Commission and the Courts of Justice. Additionally, it has a deep experience in the negotiation closing of transactions in connection with new information technologies.
Public law: provides permanent legal advice to private parties and government agencies in a wide range of constitutional and administrative law matters, including regulatory issues.
The firm has a commitment to provide pro bono legal services to people and institutions in need.
The firm has extensive experience in cross-border transactions involving financing, corporate restructuring, M&A, foreign investments and international joint ventures. Over the past year it has handled some of the largest cross-border transactions in Chile, including toll road financing, international bidding process of utilities companies and liquidation of foreign investment funds.
|Competition/antitrust - Energy/Natural resources - TMT||José Tomás Errázuriz|
|Capital Markets||Cristián Barros|
|Real Estate - Urbanism - TMT||José Ignacio Ovalle|
|Competition/antitrust||Luis Eduardo Toro|
|Dispute resolution||Luis Eduardo Toro|
|Banking & Finance/ Projects||Nicolás Balmaceda|
|Capital Markets||Luis Alberto Letelier|
|Tax||María Teresa Cremaschi|
|Banking & Finance||Bernardo Simian|
|Capital markets||Víctor Barros|
|Real Estate - Urbanism||Patricio Solórzano|
|Real Estate -Urbanism||Óscar Ruiz-Tagle|
|Energy/Natural Resources - Environment||Fernando Garrido|
|Labor and employment||Juan Cristóbal Iturrate|
|Public law - Dispute resolution||David Cademartori|
|Capital Markets - Compliance||Javier Díaz|
|Dispute resolution||Javier San Martín|
|Banking & Finance/ Projects||Francisco de la Barra|
|Corporate/ M&A||Vicente Cordero|
|Banking & Finance/ Projects||Enrique Barros|
|Francisco Bórquez||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Nicolás Balmaceda||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Enrique Barros||Partner||View Profile|
|Víctor Barros||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Fernando Barros||Founding partner Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Cristián Barros||Managing Partner Partner, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr David Cademartori||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Vicente Cordero||Partner||View Profile|
|José Luis Corvalán||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|María Teresa Cremaschi||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Javier Díaz||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Francisco De la Barra||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Carlos Ducci||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Sergio Eguiguren||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|José Tomás Errázuriz||Founding partner Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|María Fernanda Espinosa||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Fernando Garrido||Partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Pablo Guerrero||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Juan Cristóbal Iturrate||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Luis Alberto Letelier||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mr Lucas Marinovic||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Matias Montoya||Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|José Ignacio Ovalle||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Cristóbal Pellegrini||Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz (2003).||View Profile|
|María Olga Rivera||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Óscar Ruiz-Tagle||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Javier San Martín||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Juan Cristóbal Schmidt||Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Evelyn Sepúlveda||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Bernardo Simian||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz (1998).||View Profile|
|Patricio Solórzano||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Eduardo Tirado||Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz||View Profile|
|Mr Luis Eduardo Toro||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Mrs Carola Trucco||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
|Emilio Vásquez||Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresDirector : 5 Associates : 108 Others : 76 Total staff : 212
LanguagesSpanish English German French
OtherPartners : 23
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