Mr Fernando Garrido > Barros & Errázuriz > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Barros & Errázuriz
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Work Department


  • Partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Barros & Errázuriz.


  • Partner, Barros & Errázuriz (2010).
  • Foreign Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, United States (2009-2010).


Spanish and English


  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


  • Law School, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile (magna cum laude), 2002.
  • M., Columbia University, New York, United States, 2009.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

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.

Chile > Environment

(Leading individuals)

Fernando GarridoBarros & Errázuriz

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.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

(Leading individuals)

Fernando GarridoBarros & Errázuriz

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.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

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.