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Fermandois & Cía

Chile > Public law Tier 1

Fermandois & Cía has an oustanding profile in the sector and a strong market reputation for its public law litigation credentials in particular, including major disputes before both the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court; the team is highly rated for its specialised legal opinions on significant private-public conflicts. The firm houses several constitutional and administrative law professors from the Catholic University of Chile and its principal figure, founding partner Arturo Fermandois, is a former Chilean Ambassador to the US; he specialises in public law, the regulated sectors and dispute resolution. Also integral to the practice are constitutional law specialist José Manuel Díaz de Valdés; and Domingo Poblete, whose experience includes high-stakes cases. Among the associate pool Cristóbal Zepeda‘s practice covers public law litigation, while Andrés Vodanovic‘s experience includes serving as Executive Secretary of the Constituent Process’ Council of Observers. In a significant development for a firm long specialised exclusively in public law matters, August 2022 saw the firm hire Ignacio Urbina -formerly a senior associate at Barros & Errázuriz- to head up its nascent environmental practice.

Fermandois & Cia has a highly specialized team of lawyers and researchers regularly dealing with complex cases involving public law. Its practice covers litigation before ordinary, special and arbitral courts, and, when applicable, government agencies. With two decades of experience in public law litigation, the team at Fermandois has had success in several landmark cases involving constitutional or administrative issues decided by the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

Founded in 1997, Fermandois & Cia stands out as one of the first in the country to define itself as fully specialized in public and economic regulatory law. Led by former Chilean ambassador to the United States and renowned scholar Arturo Fermandois, the firm is widely recognized for providing counsel and creative solutions for constitutional, administrative and economic regulatory issues.

The firm provides legal and strategic advice on areas that are subject to intense and evolving regulation, such as construction, banking and financial services, energy, health, concessions, infrastructure, and telecommunications, among others. Its services also include monitoring regulatory proceedings and advocacy strategies on areas facing changes to their legal or administrative regulatory framework. These services now cover new increasingly regulated areas in Chile, such as corporate governance, aviation, transportation, social security, water rights, higher education, share economy technological industries and consumer protection sectors. The firm’s corporate area provides support and follow-up services for those clients who come to it primarily seeking advice on their main line of business. Fermandois & Cia has expertise on foreign investment, international agreements, banking, mining, financial regulation, bankruptcy, international commerce and corporations. The firm is also experienced in issuing legal opinions in economic, international trade and administrative law for clients with lawsuits before international courts of arbitration, such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington, DC.

Constitutional and administrative litigation Arturo Fermandois Vohringerafermandois@fermandois.cl
Constitutional and administrative litigation Domingo Poblete Ortuzardpoblete@fermandois.cl
Economic Regulatory Law Arturo Fermandois Vohringer
Economic Regulatory Law Domingo Poblete
Dispute Resolution Luis Hevia Campusanolhevia@fermandois.cl
Dispute Resolution Domingo Poblete
Corporate Luis Hevia Campusano
International Arturo Fermandois Vohringer
International Domingo Poblete Ortuzar
Economic Regulatory Law José Manuel Diaz de Valdésjdiazdevaldes@fermandois.cl
Constitutional and administrative litigation José Manuel Diaz de Valdésjdiazdevaldes@fermandois.cl
International José Manuel Diaz de Valdésjdiazdevaldes@fermandois.cl
Other fee-earners : 5
Total staff : 11
Partners : 4