Mr Cristóbal Eyzaguirre > Claro & Cia. > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Claro & Cia.
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Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, Antitrust and Economic Regulation, Reorganization and Insolvency, Banking and Finance, Constitutional, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions.




Cristóbal Eyzaguirre has specialized in complex and multi-front litigation and arbitration in Claro & Cía., having an active practice and recognized experience as a litigator and corporate advisor in the areas of banking, finance, antitrust, capital markets and reorganizations; he is a professor of Civil Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a permanent advisor to the board of the Santiago Stock Exchange, a member of the boards of the nonprofit organizations Fundación Educacional Claro Vial and Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia and a member of the Permanent Advisory Council of Universidad Católica’s Law School.

He joined Claro & Cía. in 1988. Then he worked in Shearman & Sterling, New York, between 1994 and 1995. From 1997 to December 2003 he worked in in Citigroup, where he was Managing Director, General Counsel and Compliance Director for all its operations in the 23 Latin American countries where Citigroup was present at the time (based in the U.S.).

Upon returning to Chile, he rejoined Claro & Cía. in 2004, as a partner. A few years later, Cristóbal was recognized by Revista Capital as the best attorney in the country for three consecutive years –2010 to 2012– in accordance with the ranking prepared in consultation with the legal directors of IPSA companies (i.e., the 30 largest companies listed in the Chilean stock market), which was discontinued after 2012.

Cristóbal has been recognized among the top bands of Litigation, Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Antitrust and Mergers & Acquisitions practice areas by the Chambers and Partners publication; he has also been featured in other leading specialized publications, such as Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Latin Lawyer and Who’s Who Legal.

Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, besides being Civil Law professor in Universidad Católica, was previously a professor at the LL.M. on Corporate Law programs of both Universidad Católica, where he lectured on Insolvency and Reorganizations, and Universidad de los Andes, where he lectured on Capital Markets and Corporate Governance. Cristóbal has authored several publications relevant to his areas of practice and academic activity. He is an author of the book “Cumplido Laws. Juridical Analysis of Law N° 19.407, which Modifies Multiple Statutes in Order to Ensure Greater Respect for People’s Rights” (Ed. Conosur, 1991). He is also co-author of the Chilean chapter of the book “Reform and Renewal. Current Regulatory Developments in Latin American Capital Markets” (edited by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1996); of the Chilean chapter of the book “Anti-Money Laundering: International Law and Practice” (edited by Wouter H. Muller, Christian H. Kälin and John G. Goldsworth, 2007); of the article “Monopolistic Collusion, Proof of Collusion, Conduct Parallelism and Additional Factors” (published in Revista Anales Derecho UC Temas de Libre Competencia No. 2, 2008); of the article “Expansion and Limits of Objective Good Faith -in relation to the ‘Project of Latin American Principles of Contract Law’” (published in Revista Chilena de Derecho Privado, No. 11, 2013); and of the Chilean chapter of the yearbook “Americas Restructuring Review 2020” (edited by Richard J. Cooper and Lisa M. Schweitzer and published in the United Kingdom by Global Restructuring Review, 2019).


Spanish and English.


Cristóbal Eyzaguirre holds a J.D. from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, having received the Tocornal and Pedro N. Montenegro awards, granted to the best student of his class, 1991; and an LL.M. at Harvard Law School (1994), for which he received the Fulbright Scholarship.   He was elected President of the Catholic University Law School Association in 1990.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Competition and antitrust

(Leading individuals)

Cristóbal EyzaguirreClaro & 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

(Hall of Fame)

Cristóbal EyzaguirreClaro & 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 > Banking and finance

The large banking and financing  department at full-service firm Claro & Cia. is a go-to practice for creditors, debtors, financiers and agents in relation to the development and implementation of both domestic and international banking and financial deals. The team’s expertise ranges from syndicated loans and LBOs, to structured products, derivatives and financial guarantees; it also demonstrates an enviable energy and infrastructure project-financing practice. Reflecting these capabilities, a stellar-year saw the practice lead advice to LATAM Airlines on its $3.7bn DIP loan agreement, including regional coordination of the matter across eight jurisdictions. Among the group’s several esteemed partners are prominent banking and finance specialist Rodrigo Ochagavía; Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who assists with banking and finance matters (in addition to complex litigation); Jorge Martín, a specialist in project finance and bank and non-bank financing; and José Luis Ambrosy, whose broad practice covers corporate finance, international financing and capital markets deals. Also integral to the group are project finance lawyer José María Eyzaguirre F and M&A leader José María Eyzaguirre B. Former partner Ariel Mihovilovic  left the firm in February 2023 to become a candidate for Chile’s Constitutional Council.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Cristóbal EyzaguirreClaro & Cia.

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.