Firm Profile > Barros & Errázuriz > Santiago, Chile

Barros & Errázuriz
AV. ISIDORA GOYENECHEA 2939, 10TH FLOOR
LAS CONDES
SANTIAGO
Chile

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.

Key clients

Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos

Vías Chile

Linzor Capital Partners

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Santander

Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Sol

Fortress Investment Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Inmobiliaria Golden Cross

China Construction Bank

Latin Gaming

Volta

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.

Testimonials

This is a very good firm.’

I have worked on a number of merger cases with this firm with great results.’

Key clients

Vías Chile

CMB-Prime Administradora General de Fondos

Inmobiliaria Manquehue

Empresas CMPC

Picton Administradora General de Fondos

Compass Group Chile S.A. Administradora General de Fondos

Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos

Larrain Vial

Independencia Administradora General de Fondos

Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Cuprum

BICE Inversiones

BTG Pactual Chile – Administradora General de Fondos

Volcom Administradora General de Fondos

Servicios Financieros Altis

JP Morgan

Singular Asset Management Administradora General de Fondos

Moneda

Neorentas

Geopark

Insight

Asset AGF

Caja de Compensación 18 de septiembre

Aspen Capital AGF

Security Inversiones

Consumer and advertising law Tier 1

Barros & 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.

Key clients

Correos de Chile

Essbio

Socovesa

Aconcagua

Constructora Loga

Bruno Fritsch

Laureate International

Mapfre

Mediland

Caja de Compensación Los Héroes

Aguas del Valle

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 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 LetelierBernardo Simian, Carlos DucciEmilio 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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Delta Air Lines

Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos

CMPC Tissue

Saesa

Total Eren

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Santander

AVLA

BTG Pactual Administradora General de Fondos

BTG Pactual Renta Comercial Fondo de Inversión

CMPC – GUSCO

Salmones Iceval

Agrosuper

Data privacy Tier 1

Barros & 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.

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Key clients

DirecTV

Didi

JP Morgan

Caja Los Héroes

Oneweb

Everis

Claro Chile

Lycamobile

Horizon Wireless

Fanatiz

Falabella

Omnispace

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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Oxiquim

Colbún

Essbio

Exportadora Los Fiordos

Interconexión Eléctrica

Agrícola Coexca

Eletrans

Agrícola Topocalma

Levaduras Collico

Agricob

Total Eren

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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Sura Asset Management

Independencia Administradora General de Fondos

Asset Administradora General de Fondos

Torres Unidas Chile

Compañía General Aguas Marítimas

Ameris Capital

Inmobiliaria Vision

Inmobiliaria Icom

Scotiabank

La Casa de Piedra

Inmobiliaria Wave Spot

Inmobiliaria AGSA

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 BascuñánSince publication, however, an eight strong team including Cremaschi and Sepúlveda has left for MB Abogados, effective as of March 2021.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Sura Asset Management

Harvard Management

Agrosuper

AquaChile

BTG Pactual

Grupo Patio

Total Eren

Fanatiz

La Casa de Piedra

MCC Corredores de Bolsa

Esmax

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.

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Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Claro Chile

DirecTv

Horizon Wireless

Hispasat

Andean Telecom Partners

Falabella

OneWeb

Lycamobile

Fanatiz

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chipax

Fintonic

Seidor

Everis

PayJoy

DiDi

Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

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.

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Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Credicorp Capital

Sociedad Contractual Minera El Toqui

Inversiones Montemar

Socovesa

Mapfre

Vertice

Comsa

Remates San Isidro

BanColombia

Eloísa

Exportadora Natural Chile

Interchile

Inmobiliaria Fuenzalida

Interacid

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.

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Testimonials

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!’

Key clients

Agrosuper

Sociedad Austral de Electricidad

DirecTV

Contempora

Embonor

Soprole

Inversiones GAC

BTG PACTUAL

Carlyle Group

CMA CGM

Compliance Tier 2

Barros & 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.

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Chipax

Exportadora Los Fiordos

Agrícola Coexca

Fintonic

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 FernándezCristián Pérez, Andrea Batarce and Arturo Fontecilla. Since publication Corvalán has been raised to the partnership, effective as of May 2021.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Inmobiliaria El Plomo

Caja de Compensación Los Héroes

Aguas del Valle

Claro Chile

Consorcio Macul

Colbún

Inmobiliaria Socovesa

Laureate International Universities

ESSBIO

Satel

DirecTV

Oxiquim

Inmobiliaria Socovesa Santiago

Constructora Aconcagua

Galmez Group

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 adviserCarolina Carrillo.

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Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Embonor

DirecTv

BTG Pactual

Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita

Cristalerías de Chile

Hewlett-Packard / Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bayer

Mapfre

Didi

Teleperformance Chile

Fundición de Talleres

Vestas Turbinas Eólicas

Sally Beauty

Diario Financiero

Grupo Axity

Moneda Asset Management

Pro Drilling

Cooke Aquaculture Chile

Stars Investments

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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Total Eren

Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Sol

Saesa

Empresa Constructora Belfi

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Repsol

Iridium

Oxiquim

D’E Capital

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Complejo Los Libertadores

Inmobiliaria Icom

Mercado Libre

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.

Key clients

Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios Esval

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Oxiquim

Compañía Minera Arbiodo

Independencia Administradora General de Fondos

Inmobiliaria El Plomo

Metrogas

Essbio

Aramark

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.

Key clients

Compañía de Seguros de Vida Consorcio Nacional de Seguros

Fanatiz

Zippedi

Alza

Conversica

Vestuá

Inversiones y Asesorías As de Guía

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.

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Key clients

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros de Vida

BTG Pactual Chile

Contempora Servicios Financieros

Avla

Colmena Seguros de Vida

Consorcio Financiero

Mining Tier 3

Barros & 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.

Key clients

Minera Las Cenizas

McArthur Investments

Prodrilling

Sumitomo Corp

Interacid

Enami

Caitán

Bitumix

Trafigura

Compañía Portuaria Mejillones

Noracid

Electricity/oil and gas

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 & BesaVerónica Vergara (who has particular experience advising electricity companies), are both noted.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Colbún

Total Eren

Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional

SAESA

Eletrans

ISA InterChile

CMPC

Sungrow

Repsol

Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos

D’E Capital

Sagittar

HMV

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.

Pro Bono
The firm has a commitment to provide pro bono legal services to people and institutions in need.

International work
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Fernando Barros
Competition/antitrust - Energy/Natural resources - TMT José Tomás Errázuriz
Capital Markets Cristián Barros
Corporate/M&A Pablo Guerrero
Real Estate - Urbanism - TMT José Ignacio Ovalle
Competition/antitrust Luis Eduardo Toro
Corporate/M&A Carlos Ducci
Corporate/M&A Emilio Vásquez
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
Tax Carola Trucco
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 Sergio Eguiguren
Corporate/ M&A Vicente Cordero
Banking & Finance/ Projects Enrique Barros
Photo Name Position Profile
 Francisco Bórquez  photo Francisco Bórquez Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz 
 Nicolás Balmaceda  photo Nicolás Balmaceda Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Enrique Barros photo Mr Enrique Barros Partner
 Víctor Barros  photo Víctor Barros Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Fernando Barros  photo Mr Fernando Barros Founding partner  Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Cristián Barros  photo Cristián Barros Managing Partner Partner, Barros & Errázuriz
Mr David Cademartori  photo Mr David Cademartori Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Vicente Cordero  photo Mr Vicente Cordero Partner
 José Luis Corvalán  photo José Luis Corvalán Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz 
 María Teresa Cremaschi  photo María Teresa Cremaschi Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Javier Díaz  photo Javier Díaz Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Francisco De la Barra  photo Mr Francisco De la Barra Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Carlos Ducci  photo Mr Carlos Ducci Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Sergio Eguiguren  photo Mr Sergio Eguiguren Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 José Tomás Errázuriz  photo José Tomás Errázuriz Founding partner  Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 María Fernanda Espinosa  photo María Fernanda Espinosa Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz 
Mr Fernando Garrido  photo Mr Fernando Garrido Partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Pablo Guerrero  photo Mr Pablo Guerrero Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Juan Cristóbal Iturrate  photo Juan Cristóbal Iturrate Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Luis Alberto Letelier  photo Mr Luis Alberto Letelier Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Mr Lucas Marinovic  photo Mr Lucas Marinovic Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz 
Mr Matias Montoya  photo Mr Matias Montoya Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz 
 José Ignacio Ovalle  photo José Ignacio Ovalle Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Cristóbal Pellegrini  photo Cristóbal Pellegrini Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz (2003).
 María Olga Rivera  photo María Olga Rivera Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz
Mr Óscar Ruiz-Tagle  photo Mr Óscar Ruiz-Tagle Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Javier San Martín  photo Javier San Martín Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Juan Cristóbal Schmidt  photo Juan Cristóbal Schmidt Counsel, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Evelyn Sepúlveda  photo Evelyn Sepúlveda Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz 
Mr Bernardo Simian  photo Mr Bernardo Simian Partner, Barros & Errázuriz (1998).
 Patricio Solórzano  photo Patricio Solórzano Partner, Barros & Errázuriz 
Mr Eduardo Tirado  photo Mr Eduardo Tirado Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz
Mr Luis Eduardo Toro  photo Mr Luis Eduardo Toro Partner,  Barros & Errázuriz.
Mrs Carola Trucco  photo Mrs Carola Trucco Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
 Emilio Vásquez  photo Emilio Vásquez Partner, Barros & Errázuriz.
Director : 5
Associates : 108
Others : 76
Total staff : 212
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