Mr Álvaro Vives > Claro & Cia. > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Claro & Cia.
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Litigation, Antitrust and Economic Regulation, Arbitration.




Álvaro Vives focuses on Antitrust, Arbitration and Litigation.

In antitrust matters, he has represented clients in governmental investigations and judicial proceedings related to cartels, abuse of dominance, merger control and regulatory recommendations.  He has also provided preventive advice regarding contracts and commercial policies, and has taught executives and employees about antitrust issues. He also has experience in civil, commercial, and constitutional litigation.

Since 2014 he is a Civil Law professor at the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He worked as an associate at Claro & Cía. between 2011 and 2013.  Later, from 2013 to 2016, he clerked at the Chilean Competition Tribunal, participating in contentious and non-contentious proceedings involving both regulated and non-regulated industries.  Furthermore, between 2017 and 2018 he worked as a visiting attorney in the litigation department at Shearman & Sterling.  He rejoined Claro y Cía. in 2018 and became partner in 2022.

He is admitted to practice in Chile since 2012 and in the State of New York, USA, since 2018.


Spanish and English.


JP, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2011.

Recipient Tocornal and Pedro N. Montenegro, Ponticificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Law, granted to the best student of his class, 2009.

Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School, 2017 (Becas Chile y Fulbright). Dean´s Scholar awarded in the international arbitration, professional ethics and analytical methods courses for lawyers

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Competition and antitrust

(Next Generation Partners)

Álvaro VivesClaro & Cia.

Fielding a sizeable, 23-strong free competition and economic regulation practice, Claro & Cia. is consistently sought out for high-stakes matters involving collusion, price discrimination, and horizontal and vertical integration issues. The firm also houses a go-to team for complex merger-control work. The principal figures are renowned litigation and arbitration specialist Cristóbal Eyzaguirre; and José Miguel Huerta, whose track record encompasses high-profile investigations into mergers and cartels. The second line of key advisers features antitrust, litigation and arbitration practitioner Santiago Bravo, a former international associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s New York office; and Álvaro Vives (a partner since early 2022), whose antitrust experience includes government investigations and judicial proceedings involving cartels, abuse of dominance, merger control and regulatory recommendations. Within the associate pool, Juan Pablo Celis assists with government enforcement proceedings and investigations, while Tomás Kreft‘s practice covers antitrust law, in addition to litigation and arbitration.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Álvaro VivesClaro & Cia.

Housing ‘expertise in complex, cross-border, multi-jurisdictional litigation‘, the disputes team at full-service legal powerhouse Claro & Cia. is consistently sought out to handle high-stakes commercial court litigation, international disputes, and national and international arbitration. Major clients additionally turn to the sizeable practice for its white-collar crime credentials. The principal figures are renowned civil and commercial litigation specialist, Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, whose broad practice extends to antitrust, competition and bankruptcy-related matters; deeply experienced senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G , whose expertise stretched across both litigation and arbitration; Nicolás Luco, who is particularly active in major energy disputes; arbitration and international litigation practitioner Felipe Ossa; and José Miguel Huerta, whose track record includes disputes in the US and Europe, as well as in Chile. Additional practitioners of note include key litigators Santiago Bravo (civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and antitrust); Álvaro Vives, who was raised to the partnership in 2022; recently promoted counsel Javier Rodríguez, and -at associate level- Tomás Kreft and Juan Pablo Celis. Former associate Ignacio Orellana departed the firm in August 2022 to study at Harvard Law School.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

Legal market powerhouse Claro & Cia. fields a sizeable reorganisation and insolvency team that covers the gamut of insolvency matters and is consistently sought out for high-level restructuring work (both domestically and internationally). In what probably constitutes the most high profile matter of recent years, the team is currently co-lead advisor (in conjunction with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton) on the multibillion-dollar bankruptcy and restructuring process of LATAM Airlines, the first Chapter 11 proceedings of a public company in Chile. More typically, representative work includes advising company clients on the restructuring and rescheduling of their liabilities, along with negotiating payment and creditor agreements, and assisting creditors with insolvency proceedings and reorganisation agreements. Department head Nicolás Luco is a civil and commercial litigation and arbitration specialist; M&A leader José María Eyzaguirre B is notably active in major restructurings; and Rodrigo OchagavíaCristóbal Eyzaguirre and Santiago Bravo all assist with reorganisation and insolvency matters. Also integral to the department are cross-border expert Felipe Larraín; José Miguel Huerta, whose wide-ranging practice covers bankruptcy work; and bankruptcy and restructuring specialist José María Eyzaguirre F. Raised to the partnership in January 2022, Álvaro Vives is also active in the sector.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The ‘very cohesive team‘ at full-service law firm Claro & Cia. has an enviable market reputation for its involvement in major domestic and international arbitrations. The 30-strong department is routinely mandated for arbitral proceedings that arise under the rules of CAM Santiago, ICC, and ICSID, as well as London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) matters; and several of the firm’s practitioners are well-known CAM Santiago arbitrators. The principal figures are renowned senior partner and disputes specialist, Jose María Eyzaguirre G; Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who has deep expertise in multi-front litigation and arbitration; energy arbitration expert Nicolás Luco; and Felipe Ossa, whose track record includes acting as either counsel or arbitrator in ad-hoc proceedings, as well as arbitrations under the remit of CAM Santiago, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, and the Lima Chamber of Commerce. The practice group also houses José Miguel Huerta, an expert in commercial arbitration as well as litigation, antitrust and bankruptcy; and arbitration partners Santiago Bravo and Álvaro Vives. Senior associate Felipe De Marinis also frequently appears before national and international arbitration venues.