Mr Cristóbal Eyzaguirre > Claro & Cia. > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile
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Mr Cristóbal Eyzaguirre
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.
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The large, 18-strong practice at full-service legal heavyweight Claro & Cia. has an enviable track record in high-profile cases involving horizontal and vertical integration, collusion and price discrimination issues. It is also widely respected for its expertise in merger control filings and settlement agreements, with clients additionally appreciative of the team’s regular interactions with Chile’s antitrust authorities. The antitrust practice is co-led by highly-rated litigator Cristóbal Eyzaguirre and José Miguel Huerta, an expert in government proceedings and investigations concerning mergers and cartels. Also integral to the department are litigation, arbitration and antitrust expert Santiago Bravo (at partner level since 2020); and Álvaro Vives (elevated to the partnership in January 2022), who assists with merger-control matters, regulatory issues, cartels and abuse of dominance work. At associate level, Juan Pablo Celis (government enforcement proceedings and investigations into merger control and cartels), and Tomás Kreft (who focuses on litigation, arbitration and antitrust law), are the names to note.
Claro & Cia.‘s weighty, 30-strong practice is routinely sought out for its expertise in domestic and international arbitration. The practice group’s lawyers consistently act as counsel in arbitral proceedings under the rules of CAM Santiago, ICC, ICSID and The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), while several of the firm’s practitioners also act as CAM Santiago arbitrators. The litigation and arbitration practice is led by Cristóbal Eyzaguirre, who specialises in complex and multi-front litigation and arbitration; senior partner José María Eyzaguirre G is a renowned litigator; Nicolás Luco is experienced in energy arbitration; Felipe Ossa is an international litigation and arbitration expert; and José Miguel Huerta‘s broad practice includes commercial arbitration. The second line of experienced advisers includes Santiago Bravo (a partner since early 2020); while at senior associate level, Felipe De Marinis regularly acts before arbitral tribunals. Vicente Portales left the firm in September 2021 for Fix Abogados.
The 10-strong bankruptcy and restructuring practice at market-mainstay Claro & Cia. is particularly focused on complex restructuring work at both local and cross-border levels. The department is led by civil and commercial litigation and arbitration expert Nicolás Luco, with close support from a number of senior colleagues. Head of the firm’s M&A practice, José María Eyzaguirre B has a strong track record on the restructuring side, and recently played a key role in LATAM Airlines’ worldwide restructuring strategy. Head of the firm’s dispute resolution department, Cristóbal Eyzaguirre is also integral to the practice; in addition to contentious aspects he also had considerable experience of reorganisations in general. Additional key assistance is provided by cross-border transactional expert Felipe Larraín; and José Miguel Huerta, whose specialisms include bankruptcy work. At the junior partner level, Santiago Bravo is regularly involved in major restructuring cases.
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 Martín; José 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.
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