Mr Rodrigo Ochagavía > Claro & Cia. > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Reorganization and Insolvency, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Business Organizations.
Energy, Financial Services and Fintech, Pension Funds, Investment Funds and Private Equity, Private Client and Wealth Management, Infrastructure and Transportation, Construction, Healthcare.

Position

Partner

Career

Rodrigo Ochagavía has extensive experience in Corporate Finance, including Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Energy.

He has represented a broad range of clients, including lenders, borrowers, purchasers, sellers, governments, investors, financial advisers, issuers, credit enhancers and underwriters. In the energy sector he has represented generators, transmission and distribution companies.

He was one of the two most voted Chilean lawyers in a survey conducted by Latin Lawyer in 2003 choosing the twenty best Chilean lawyers under forty years of age. He also has been chosen as one of the leading Chilean practitioners in Banking and Finance, Projects, Energy and Mergers and Acquisitions by Chambers and Partners; in Banking and Capital Markets by Who’s Who Legal; and in Banking and Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions by IFLR.

Is a professor of Business Law at the Law School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Master in Business Law at Universidad de los Andes.

He is a member of the Chilean Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

He joined Claro & Cia. in 1997 and became partner in 2001. He was previously with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, 1996-1997 and Carey & Cia. in Chile,1990-1995.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Education

LL.M., University of Chicago Law School, Fullbright, Presidente de la República and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Scholarships, 1996.

J.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Rodrigo OchagavíaClaro & Cia.

Claro & Cia.‘s sizeable, almost 30-strong, banking and financing practice has an enviable track record in terms of structuring complex financial products and banking deals. The team’s representative expertise ranges from multilateral and cross-border financings, to project finance, structured solutions and lending. Key figures in the department include Rodrigo Ochagavía, whose specialisms include corporate and project finance, banking, capital markets and energy; senior partner and head of the firm’s M&A practice José María Eyzaguirre B, whose expertise also takes in banking, finance and capital markets; and Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who -while best known for his  highly-rated litigation practice- also advises on banking, finance, capital markets and reorganisations. Other names to note are banking and finance and project finance expert Jorge MartínJosé Luis Ambrosy (corporate finance, capital markets and international finance transactions); energy and project financing specialist Ariel Mihovilovic; and José María Eyzaguirre F, who is active in project finance. In 2021, former counsel Jaime Salas moved to Boza & Muirhead Abogados, while former associate Gerardo Otero left to co-found financial-data platform, Aevum.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Rodrigo OchagavíaClaro & Cia.

The 36-strong M&A group at renowned blue-chip player and market stalwart Claro & Cia. routinely assists with due diligence and structuring issues, negotiations, and the drafting and completion of complex acquisition agreements, including share and asset deals, cross-border mergers, takeovers and exchange offers; it is particularly well known for its M&A work involving publicly-listed clients. The practice is led by renowned M&A partner José María Eyzaguirre B, who focuses on complex cross-border transactions, with a specific focus on tender offers, public transactions and corporate governance issues; Rodrigo Ochagavía, an M&A expert in deals involving regulated sectors such as energy, pension funds and insurance; energy M&A specialist Matías de Marchena; and Felipe Larraín, who is active in cross-border transactions involving foreign investors. Also integral to the practice are: Ariel Mihovilovic, who primarily advises on the acquisition and sale of energy sector assets; funds specialist Juan José León; and cross-border transactions expert José María Eyzaguirre F. Counsel Patricio Smart is also noted.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Rodrigo OchagavíaClaro & Cia.

The sizeable 27-strong project finance and project development practice at market mainstay Claro & Cia. has a strong track record in the financing, development, construction, operation, acquisition, ownership and sale of energy and infrastructure projects. Representative specialisms include power plants, transmission lines and substations, and greenfield and brownfield projects undertaken on a non-recourse project finance basis. The team is also highly involved in the accords required for the development of projects, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operation and maintenance (O&M), agreements, along with transmission, interconnection, supply and power purchase contracts. The team’s recent experience also covers project bond financings and infrastructure-related public concessions. The practice is led by projects and infrastructure specialist Rodrigo OchagavíaJorge Martín, who advises on international infrastructure and transportation projects; and José Luis Ambrosy, who regularly acts on renewable energy and gas terminals. Also highly regarded are cross-border finance transactions expert Luisa NúñezAriel Mihovilovic, an energy and project finance specialist; and cross-border expert José María Eyzaguirre F. Former associate Gerardo Otero left the firm in August 2021.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

(Hall of Fame)

Rodrigo OchagavíaClaro & Cia.

Leveraging its market-leading project finance and project development expertise, Claro & Cia. houses a go-to practice for the development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, ownership and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Representative specialisms range from power plants (hydro, wind and solar), to transmission lines and sub-stations, gas plants and liquified gas terminals. The team also has extensive experience in regulatory matters, and routinely works alongside the firm’s arbitration and litigation groups on energy-related disputes. Heading up the 27-strong department, Rodrigo Ochagavía regularly advises on the negotiation and structuring of offtake agreements and energy financing: José Luis Ambrosy‘s broad experience includes renewable energy and gas terminals; Ariel Mihovilovic is an energy and project finance specialist; and Luisa Núñez and José María Eyzaguirre F are both cross-border transactions experts. Former associate Gerardo Otero left the firm in August 2021.

Chile > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Rodrigo Ochagavía   – Claro & Cia.

The 14-member practice at full-service firm Claro & Cia. has a market-leading reputation for designing and structuring complex securities transactions that involve multilateral financings and cross-border capital flows. Representative work includes local and international securities deals, regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues in relation to IPOs, debt offerings, project bonds, securities exchange-listings, exchange offers, hybrid securities, and cash and debt tender offers. The group is co-led by Rodrigo Ochagavía  , who has extensive capital markets experience – particularly in the energy, mining, pension funds, banking and insurance sectors; and capital markets, corporate finance and general corporate specialist José Luis Ambrosy  , who has ‘vast knowledge‘. Additional integral members of the department include cross-border transactions experts Felipe Larraín   and Luisa Núñez    (‘a very solid lawyer, technically’), along with Juan José León , who focuses on banking and capital markets regulations. Cristián Lagos   is the counsel to note, his broad corporate practice including securities law matters and capital markets offerings; while Nicolás Aspillaga   (capital increases) and María Jesús Argandoña   (local bond issuances) are both active associates.