Firm Profile > Claro & Cia. > Santiago, Chile

Claro & Cia.
AV. APOQUINDO 3721, 14TH FLOOR
CÓD POSTAL 755 0177
SANTIAGO
Chile

Banking and finance Tier 1

One of the oldest, most prestigious law firms in Chile, Claro & Cia.'s banking and finance group comprises 29 lawyers, including seven partners. It is well known for the design and structure of sophisticated financial products and innovative banking transactions, which have become standard in the Chilean banking and financial markets. The firm has several highly respected partners, including Rodrigo Ochagavía, who is experienced in regulated sectors such as energy, mining, pension funds, banking and insurance; and Jorge Martín, who is recommended for international infrastructure and transportation project financing. Other key partners include project finance specialist José María Eyzaguirre B and Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has a broad banking and finance practice, along with project finance specialists José Luis Ambrosy and Ariel Mihovilovic. At counsel level, Jaime Salas focuses on energy and project finance.

Testimonials

Highly professional, and experts in financing and energy issues.’

The best team in the Chilean market for sure! Claro has the best associates and partners and gives full commitment.’

Recommended for their high degree of commitment, knowledge of issues and for having specialists in all subjects within the team.’

Great for their willingness and commitment to deliver quality work, as well as their deep knowledge of subjects and consistent attempts to find applicable solutions.’

Personalised attention – they are available all the time.’

Great for availability and the reliability of a job well done.’

Superb partners, with exceptional negotiation skills and knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

AES Gener

Mercedes Benz

Latam Airlines

Intervial

Citigroup Global Markets

Sonnedix

Toesca

Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores

Agrosuper

Actis

Capital markets Tier 1

The sophisticated practice at Claro & Cia. typically represent key parties in all types of significant local and international securities transactions, regulatory compliance and associated corporate governance issues. Handling public and private offerings (IPOs, equity and investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings), project bonds, securities exchange listings, exchange offers, cash and debt tender offers and hybrid securities, the team is praised for its design and structuring of securities transactions. Rodrigo Ochagavía has extensive capital markets experience, particularly in relation to regulated sectors such as energy, mining, pension funds, banking institutions and insurance companies; while José Luis Ambrosy's clients include leading corporates, banks and underwriting firms. Also key to the practice are experienced partners Felipe Larraín and Juan José León, along with counsels Cristián Lagos and Jaime Salas.

Testimonials

Claro is extremely efficient. They know their clients and are able to understand their needs and propose concrete solutions.’

They have great knowledge and the fully committed team partners are motivated to succeed.’

Claro has the best lawyers in the market.’

It is a team that is capable of quickly responding to customer needs. Compared to other teams, it stands out for its extensive knowledge of the topics on which it provides advice.’

They are simply the best.’

José Luis Ambrosy is practical, efficient and accurate. Working with this team is always a pleasure.’

Rodrigo Ochagavía is innovative and able to find solutions to complex issues.’

José Luis Ambrosy is a reliable and great team worker.’

Key clients

AES Gener

Tecno Fast

Banco del Estado de Chile

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

Toesca S.A. Administradora General de Fondos

Actis

Energía Llaima

Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores

Parque Arauco

Nutrien

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Fielding a 14-strong department, Claro & Cia. has long been a market leader for competition and antitrust matters and enjoys close relations with the antitrust authorities. Key areas of strength include high-profile cases involving horizontal and vertical integration, collusion, price discrimination, major merger control filings and settlement agreements, antitrust investigations, and regulatory compliance. Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has broad experience in complex antitrust litigation and investigations, including cross-border cases, co-leads the department with José Miguel Huerta, who has acted for clients in Chile, US and Europe in government proceedings and investigations involving mergers and cartels. Key contentious support is provided by Santiago Bravo, who was made partner in January 2020, and associate Álvaro Vives.

Key clients

Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores

LATAM Airlines

Empresas CMPC / CMPC Tissue

Agrosuper

Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional

Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

Asociación de Industriales Pesqueros

Entel PCS Comunicaciones

Banco Itaú Corpbanca

Nutrien

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

High-end market mainstay Claro & Cia. has participated in most of Chile's landmark transactions over the past 20 years. It fields a 33-strong department that advises on all aspects of M&A, including share and asset deals, cross-border mergers, takeovers and exchange offers. In corporate matters, the team assists with the negotiation of domestic and international agreements for the purchase and sale of goods, distribution strategies, imports and exports, and supply and engineering, procurement and construction contracts. Team head José María Eyzaguirre B is recommended for tender offers, public transactions and corporate governance issues; Cristóbal Eyzaguirre's broad expertise facilitates a constant role in complex M&A transactions; and Rodrigo Ochagavía has extensive M&A experience, particularly in the energy, pensions and insurance sectors. Also key to the group are energy law expert Matías de MarchenaFelipe LarraínHernán Felipe Valdés and José Luis Ambrosy, along with Ariel MihovilovicJuan León and recently promoted partner José María Eyzaguirre F. While more active on finance matters than M&A of late, counsel Jaime Salas is also noted.

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Key clients

DP World

Empresas AquaChile

Itaú Unibanco and Banco Itaú Chile

Uber

Agrosuper

Australis Seafoods

Hortifrut

Nutrien

Sempra Energy

Canal del Fútbol

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Disputes work has always been a core practice at market powerhouse Claro & Cia., which fields a heavyweight, 30-strong dispute resolution practice that specialises in complex commercial court litigation, arbitration and transnational litigation; the team's lawyers also regularly act (as counsel or arbitrators) in international arbitral proceedings. In addition, the firm has a robust white-collar crime practice. Senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G has acted in various renowned litigation and arbitral cases in Chile over the last 30 years. Other highly-rated partners include practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has broad experience in complex antitrust litigation and investigations, and energy arbitration and litigation specialist, Nicolás Luco. Also integral to the practice are Felipe OssaJosé Miguel Huerta and Santiago Bravo, who made partner in January 2020. Vicente PortalesJavier RodríguezÁlvaro Vives and Juan Pablo Celis provide strong support at associate level. Tania Villarroel left for Acción Educar in July 2019.

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Key clients

Zurich Group

Banco Santander (Chile)

Agrosuper

Apple Inc / Apple Chile

LATAM Airlines Group

Massiva

Volkswagen

Alto Maipo

Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones

Itaú

AES Gener

Publicis Groupe

Grupo Said Handal

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Transmisora Mejillones

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

SNC Lavalin

Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Fund III

Central El Campesino

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

With one of Chile’s most experienced project finance and project development practices, Claro & Cia.'s 20-strong department is highly rated for its assistance with the construction and development of power plants, transmission lines and sub-stations, as well as the financing of greenfield and brownfield projects on a non-recourse project finance basis. Additional areas of note are the negotiation and drafting of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, operation & maintenance (O&M) agreements, interconnection contracts, and supply and power purchase agreements. Rodrigo Ochagavía's projects experience includes the regulated sectors, notably energy, ports and concessions; Jorge Martín also has a strong concessions sector background; and Luisa Núñez is a cross-border transactions specialist who is active on projects matters. Other highly-rated partners include José Luis Ambrosy, who advises leading project sponsors and developers; and energy and project finance expert, Ariel Mihovilovic. Experienced associate Gerardo Otero is noted.

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Key clients

AES Gener

Intervial Chile

Glenfarne Group

Actis GP

Energía Llaima

Natixis

Cristalerías Group

Sonnedix

InterEnergy Holdings

EIG Management Company

Intellectual property Tier 2

Claro & Cia.'s full-service IP practice group is experienced in advising on traditional areas such as brands and patents. Other notable areas include advertising, software, data protection, and IP-related unfair competition and transactional IP-matters, along with consumer law, and food, technology and healthcare sector-related regulatory issues. The team has also developed a strong presence in relation to the agricultural, clothing and footwear, cosmetics, mining, pharmaceuticals and tobacco sectors. Unsurprisingly, given the firm's broader dispute resolution capabilities, it has a significant IP litigation track record. Department head Felipe Claro advises on highly complex -and frequently novel- IP matters; key support is provided by counsel Paulina Bardón, senior associate Claus Krebs, and associates Mahish Sadarangani and Bryan Kernitsky.

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Testimonials

The firm has a very good IP practice.

The team is very friendly and always concerned about giving top-quality service.

When it comes to individuals, what I like most is how quickly they respond to our requests.

Key clients

American Airlines

General Electric

HanesBrands

The Coca-Cola Company

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

UCB Biopharma

Weir Group

HP Hewlett Packard Group

Facebook

Mars

Mining Tier 2

Elite firm Claro & Cia.'s broad service offering includes an eight-strong mining practice that is well-known for its assistance with mining-related financing, project development, M&A procedures, and contentious matters in the industry. It also advises on mining regulatory matters, including the environmental law aspects of mining projects. The broad practice of the firm's natural-resources group head, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, covers advice to local and foreign companies developing projects in the mining, energy, water, forestry and oil sectors; key associate-level support comes from Joaquín Rodríguez, an experienced senior in the natural resources group, whose practice is primarily transaction-driven.

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Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

Minera Freeport-McMoRan South America

Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra

North American Salt Company

Agrosuper

Cristalerías de Chile

Elecmetal

Toesca

Glenfarne Group

Tax Tier 2

Claro & Cia.'s 11-strong group, plus a further three tax accountants, advise on a broad range of tax advisory and transactional matters, along with an increasing number of tax cases before the recently created tax courts. The practice is particularly active in relation to the banking, retail, aeronautics and maritime sectors. Clients also benefit from the firm's full-service expertise in M&A, capital markets and project finance. Regularly advising both corporate and family office clients, Jorge Carraha is the experienced tax department head; while at senior associate level, the tax focused Nicolás Maturana has been active in transactional and litigation matters of late - and also has knowledge of wealth management.

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Testimonials

The team’s strengths and key capabilities are its broad experience and provision of service with high ethical standards. It is also committed to its clients.

‘A highly specialised and reliable team that avoids generating expectations and bases opinions on reality. It compares very favourably with other firms.

Excellence service and their well-known leadership is always present during the firm’s high-level legal performance.

A great team – the commitment and availability to solve the client’s problems can be seen. They have technical knowledge and experience of complex subjects.

Jorge Carraha is an highly experienced professional in the Chilean market. His vast experience gives clients confidence in his good professional judgement. He also knows what clients expect from his legal advice and we feel that he is committed to the company’s interests.

Jorge Carraha has formed a team of very committed and hardworking young professionals. Jorge’s dedication and expertise in the matter is evident, which he has managed to transmit to his team.

Jorge Carraha has great availability and is very much in tune with the changes that have taken place in the world and in Chile regarding how to face tax problems – good team management too.

Senior associate Nicolás Maturana has a great future and is attentive to clients’ needs and provides clear solutions.

Key clients

Nutrien

Asesorías e Inversiones Benjamín

Said Group

Sudamericana Agencia Aéreas y Marítimas

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Parque Arauco

Sempra Energy

Tánica

Occidental Chemical Chile

Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores

Environment Tier 3

The eight-strong team at full-service law firm Claro & Cia. consistently advises on environmental law-related judicial procedures, transactions and contracts in relation to the mining, sanitary and energy sectors, among others. Experienced partner and natural resources group head Nicolás Eyzaguirre's broad practice includes environmental law expertise. Senior associate support is provided by Joaquín Rodríguez.

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Testimonials

Knows the business in depth and compares favourably to others.

Creative approach, strong technical knowledge and fast response times.

They have great experience, knowledge, professionalism and practicality, and are very collaborative.

Nicolás Eyzaguirre is very accurate in his legal understanding of the issues involved and promotes case analysis with lots of practical, factual involvement.

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

DP World

Cristalerías de Chile

Elecmetal

Quimetal

Agrosuper

Biomar Chile

Toesca

Actis

Glenfarne Group

Electricity/oil and gas

Claro & Cia. has longstanding experience in advising several of the largest national and global players in the energy generation, transmission and distribution market. Representative work includes the development, construction, operation and financing of hydroelectric, solar, wind and thermoelectric power plants, along with the project financing and construction of oil and gas pipelines. The highly-rated team's scope of work covers corporate, regulatory and litigation issues, along with power purchase agreements (PPAs); it also has expertise in water law, assisting clients from across the mining, electric, industrial, agricultural and finance sectors with projects requiring significant water consumption. Rodrigo Ochagavía, Ariel Mihovilovic, José Luis Ambrosy, Nicolás Eyzaguirre and Luisa Núñez are all experienced partners.

Since its founding in 1880, Claro & Cia. is one of the most prestigious law firms in Chile. Our seal is an innovative, reliable and highly qualified style.

With a diverse group of lawyers, Claro & Cia. is prepared to take part in all the areas in which legal advice is required, offering its clients a comprehensive support for the realization of their projects. Its practice in banks and financing, in aspects of corporate, reorganizations and acquisitions (M & A) in securities markets, Chilean and global, as well as its recognized experience in litigation and arbitration, are particularly emblematic and remarkable. In all of them, and in the others that its offers to its clients as part of its integral service, its professionalism, creativity and solidity characterize it.

Claro & Cia. represents clients with interests in very diverse areas, such as: Administrative and Constitutional, Transportation, Free Competition, Litigation and Arbitration, Banking, Project Financing, Mining, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment, Insurance, labor, criminal and administrative sanctions, intellectual property and new technologies, international trade, economic regulation, tax law, telecommunications, sports and entertainment, real estate development, tourism, hotels and casinos, among others.

Claro & Cia. has an undisputed leadership in the Chilean legal market and has stood out for the high legal and ethical standards with which it provides legal services in the most complex commercial transactions and in judicial and arbitration conflicts. The loyalty of our clients, as well as the international recognition obtained by the firm and its lawyers, such as Chambers & Partners “Best Firm of the Year in Chile” granted in 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2010 and Client Service, 2019; Latin Lawyer “Best Transaction of the Year in Corporate Finance, 2013”; Latin Lawyer “Best Transaction of the Year, in the best operation of M & A, 2012”; IFLR “M & A Best Transaction of the Year, 2012”; IFLR “Best National Firm of the Year, 2012” prove it.

Experience, reliability, excellence and leadership are the principles that guide Claro & Cia., within a framework of ethical rigor and social responsibility with its people and the environment in which it operates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance José María Eyzaguirre B
Banking and finance Rodrigo Ochagavía
Banking and finance José Luis Ambrosy
M&A, corporate José María Eyzaguirre B
M&A, corporate Felipe Larraín
M&A, corporate Matías de Marchena
M&A, corporate Hernán Felipe Valdés
M&A, corporate José Luis Ambrosy
Project finance Rodrigo Ochagavía
Project finance Jorge Martín
Project finance Luisa Núñez
Project finance José Luis Ambrosy
Litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Eyzaguirre
Litigation and arbitration Nicolás Luco
Litigation and arbitration Felipe Ossa
Litigation and arbitration José Miguel Huerta
Tax Jorge Carraha
Environmental Nicolás Eyzaguirre
Intellectual property Felipe Claro
Intellectual property Paulina Bardón
Antitrust/competition Cristóbal Eyzaguirre
Antitrust/competition José Miguel Huerta
Energy – electricity Rodrigo Ochagavía
Energy – electricity Nicolás Luco
Labor Hernán Felipe Valdés
Labor Juan Pablo Cabezón
Mining and natural resources Nicolás Eyzaguirre
Reorganization and Insolvency, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Business Organizations Ariel Mihovilovic
Criminal, Litigation, Data Protection and Cybersecurity, Administrative Law and Administrative Procedural Law, Constitutional Alex Van Weezel
Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Reorganization and Insolvency, Business Organizations Juan León
Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Derecho Societario, Business Organizations José María Eyzaguirre F
Litigation, Administrative Law and Administrative Procedural Law, Arbitration, Antitrust and Economic Regulation Santiago Bravo
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr José Luis Ambrosy  photo Mr José Luis Ambrosy Partner
 Santiago Bravo photo Santiago Bravo Partner
Mr Juan Pablo Cabezón  photo Mr Juan Pablo Cabezón Associate.Significant practice areas include: Labor & Employment, Litigation.
Mr Jorge Carraha  photo Mr Jorge Carraha Partner
Mr Felipe Claro  photo Mr Felipe Claro Partner
Mr Cristóbal Eyzaguirre  photo Mr Cristóbal Eyzaguirre Partner
Mr Nicolás Eyzaguirre  photo Mr Nicolás Eyzaguirre Partner
 José María Eyzaguirre G photo José María Eyzaguirre G Senior Partner
Mr José Miguel Huerta  photo Mr José Miguel Huerta Partner
Mr Felipe Larraín  photo Mr Felipe Larraín Partner
Mr Juan Leon  photo Mr Juan Leon Partner
Mr Nicolás Luco  photo Mr Nicolás Luco Partner
Mr Jorge Martín  photo Mr Jorge Martín Partner
Mr Ariel Mihovilovic  photo Mr Ariel Mihovilovic Partner.Significant practice areas include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Organizations, Project Finance ,…
Mrs Luisa Núñez  photo Mrs Luisa Núñez Partner
Mr Rodrigo Ochagavía  photo Mr Rodrigo Ochagavía Partner
Mr Felipe Ossa  photo Mr Felipe Ossa Partner
Mr Hernán Felipe Valdés  photo Mr Hernán Felipe Valdés Partner
Mr Matías de Marchena  photo Mr Matías de Marchena Partner
Mr Alex van Weezel  photo Mr Alex van Weezel Partner.Significant practice areas include: Litigation, Criminal Law, Administrative Penalties.
Other fee-earners : 95
Total staff : 156
Partners : 21