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Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. 'has deep knowledge of the Chilean labour market, so advises not just from a technical point of view, but also from a practical standpoint'. The team has been particularly active in collective negotiations and union relations of late; it also acts in complex, labour-related litigation, employee hiring and termination issues, workplace health and safety and labour-related immigration matters. The team recently assisted Minera Tres Valles with a collective bargaining procedure. Labour group leader Christian Alvarado 'always delivers accurate and timely responses', and Patricio Riquelme  is an experienced associate. Other clients include Ericsson Chile,  Nike de Chile and Parque Arauco.

Insurance Tier 3

The team at Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. undertakes policy development and analysis for individuals and companies, advises insurance companies and brokers on structuring complex transactions, handles regulatory matters, and also represents insurance companies in insurance claims. Clients include Metlife Chile Seguros, Finameris Servicios Financieros and Orion Seguros Generales; the team provides ongoing advice to the lattter regarding recovery claims, particularly in relation to air, land and maritime transportation insurance. Alejandro Quintana, Eduardo Marchi and Jorge Meneses are the names to note.

Mining Tier 3

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s Hugo Prieto heads up the mining practice. The four-strong group is experienced in mining title reviews, concessions, option and royalty agreements, financing, and project development, and also advises on easements, mining-related M&A, construction and dispute resolution. Via it's wholly owned subsidiary, Tecnomin, the firm also advises natonally on all technical aspects of mining concessions and their maintenance.  Clients include Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles, Sumitomo Metal Mining Chile, Vale Exploraciones Chile and Cobalteras. Senior associate José Francisco Osman is also noted.

Real estate Tier 3

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.'s typical work includes advising on conveyancing, construction agreements, real estate joint ownership regulations and finance contracts. Key clients include Inversiones Punta Blanca and Inversiones e Inmobiliaria el Rosal; other clients include Froimovich, which the team recently advised on long-term office lease contracts. Hugo Prieto heads the practice and José Francisco Osman is a noteworthy associate.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. regularly advises on debt and capital issuances, syndicated and bilateral credit, and project financing; the team is also increasingly assisting start-up companies and venture capital firms with investment structuring and financing. Active clients include Valley Rubber (Chile), an affiliate of an Alabama-based rubber solutions company, and Chilean mining company SCM Tres Valles (SCM). The team recently acted for the latter on its $15m refinancing of both existing, uncommitted stock and a working capital financing facility. Office manageing partner Juan Turner and Franco Acchiardo are the principal contacts.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. 'takes care to understand all the issues before delivering advice'. With a track record of deal expertise in sectors including agriculture, mining, finance, retail, technology and venture capital, the practice is experienced in joint ventures, mergers, corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. Clients include Clairvest Group, Ericsson Chile, Nike and Bridgestone Chile; and recent matters include assisting Kapin Capital Fund with the acquisition of a 34 per cent stake in MbM Group. Juan Turner 'has deep knowledge, not just of corporate and commercial matters, but also of the Chilean market overall'.  Franco Acchiardo and Hugo Prieto , along with senior partners Arturo Majlis and Michael Grasty are also experienced advisers.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.'s 'specialist team has experience of complex matters'. The practice group includes experts in both (civil and commercial) litigation and arbitration, with representative experience including bankruptcy disputes, contractual claims, torts and energy litigation. The client list includes Universidad de Ciencias de la Informática, Banco Falabella, Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida, Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles and PwC's Chilean branch. Recent matters saw the team advise ratings agency Feller Rate Clasificadora De Riesgo on its alleged role in the 2011 La Polar accounting fraud scandal. Eduardo Marchi is practice head while Jorge Meneses leads on contentious public law matters. Arturo Majlis is also a key adviser.

Tax Tier 4

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is primarily focused on legal tax compliance (including tax auditing procedures), VAT, inheritance, international taxation, corporate income, and individual taxation; the practice is also active in M&A tax structuring. Mónica Justiniano leads the group and Felipe Errázuriz is an experienced associate.

Electricity/oil and gas

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is particularly noted for its advice on hydroelectric and thermo-electric plants, natural gas projects and wind farms. Ongoing work includes regular advise to Joule Chile on the constitution of water rights for hydroelectric projects in the country. Hugo Prieto is the name to note.


Grasty Quintana Majlis is a law firm founded in 1987 in Santiago, Chile. The firm provides high level services, both domestically and abroad, with an emphasis on corporate law and M&A, private wealth and conflict resolution. Our success over the years is based on our excellent work, a personalized service and the confidence of our clients, whom have grown and developed throughout the years, together with us.

Corporate/M&A: Grasty Quintana Majlis represents Chilean and foreign investors in M&A transactions, successfully directing and coordinating the negotiation and execution of simultaneous acquisitions of companies in different countries in Latin America and designing sophisticated and innovative corporate structures for such purpose.

Natural Resources, Energy & Mining: we have an extensive experience in mining, where we advise our clients in the development, exploration, exploitation, financing and sale of mining projects, and in the obtaining of the permits that are necessary to construct, install and operate these projects, both legally and technically through our affiliate company TECNOMIN. Regarding our energy practice, we have participated in several power projects, including hydro, thermo, wind and solar power plants, where we represent clients in each stage, from securing rights and permits over the land, the negotiation and execution of the project financing and the construction of these projects.

Real Estate: the firm has advised important real estate development and construction projects, including the purchase and sale of real estate, land allotment, development of industrial real estate and shopping malls throughout Chile. Likewise, we have participated in different projects and contracts in connection with the development of infrastructure and public works, as well as structuring the financing and securitization for these projects.

Tax: our tax team has a stand out practice for its expertise in taxation planning and the design and optimization of corporate structures. Our advice includes the representation of our clients before taxation authorities and the Courts of Justice. We provide taxation counsel to foreign investors, collaborating in the determination of options for the organization and project financing and we concretely support the implementation of the respective project.

Labour & Employment: the labour group has vast experience in collective negotiation processes for large companies and highly complex litigation as well as day-to-day counsel to companies on diverse matters, including contracting of national and foreign staff; remuneration structuring; individual and collective employee benefits; internal compliance with current regulations; resolution of disputes with unions; investigative processes initiated before administrative authorities; and the termination of employment relations.

Litigation & Arbitration: the firm has a specialized team both in ordinary Courts and in arbitral and mediation processes, including before ICSID and the ICC. Our litigation team works together with other areas of the firm, combining their litigation capacities with negotiation skills, to achieve excellent results in the resolution of disputes that affect our clients.

Criminal/White Collar: our team provides specialized counsel in litigation related to criminal matters and economic or property related crimes. Our attorneys are known for its relevant experience, litigating as complainants or in defence in the principal processes that have taken place in Chile in the past years.

Compliance: our firm has developed a compliance practice that covers a broad range of matters from a preventive standpoint, including corporate governance, corporate criminal liability, consumer law and antitrust.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate /M&A /Finance Franco Acchiardo E:
Corporate /M&A /Finance Juan Turner E:
Labour and Employment Christian Alvarado E:
Real Estate Hugo Prieto E:
Natural Resources, Mining & Energy Hugo Prieto E:
Tax Mónica Justiniano E:
Criminal /White Collar Jorge Meneses E:
Civil Litigation Eduardo Marchi E:
Public Law Jorge Meneses E:
Antitrust Jorge Meneses E:
Compliance Juan Turner E:
Compliance Jorge Meneses E:
Other fee-earners : 19
Total staff : 46
Partners : 10