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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' sizeable, 21-strong practice 'provides an attentive service'. The group demonstrates considerable specialisation in matters ranging from the structuring of corporate loans, acquisition finance and restructuring / refinancing, to project finance, and regulatory advice. Lender-side clients include Wells Fargo, China Development Bank, Deutsche Bank, Banco ConsorcioBanco Estado, Banco Security, Rabobank Chile and local financial powerhouse Larraín Vial. Recent work in the acquisition finance segment saw the team advise lender CITIC Bank International regarding a syndicated facility agreement for the purchase of a stake in chemicals conglomerate  SQM; refinancing matters included assisting Graneles de Chile with its $300m corporate and financial restructuring process; while in the project finance front, the team advised Cap Verte Energie with a $20m project refinancing for the construction and operation of three NCRE projects in Chile. The department is led by Jorge Delpiano, managing partner Roberto Guerrero V, project finance expert Sebastián Yunge and senior counsel Miguel Coddou , who is 'extremely solid in finance and banking issues'. Also key to the team are: recently promoted partner Macarena Ravinet , TMT-focused Juan Enrique Allard  and private equity / venture capital specialisedPedro Lyon .

Leading individuals

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

Next Generation Partners

Macarena Ravinet - Guerrero Olivos

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' practice covers antitrust matters, merger control, preventative cartel behaviour and corporate compliance programmes; it is also experienced in investigatory proceedings before the FNE. The client list includes Antofagasta Minerals, Hertz Chile and Volvo Financial Services Chile; recent work includes defending a not-for-profit lending institution against an abuse-of-dominance case. Pedro Pellegrini is head of the combined competition, corporate governance and compliance practice. He is supported by extremely experienced senior associate Jaime Barahona; 'amazing and a pleasure to work with', his experience includes 15 years in different roles at the FNE and its preceding regulators.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' 'super-efficient, top-quality team is a real pleasure to work with'. the 34-strong practice group is highly regarded for M&A, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and private equity and venture capital advice. Notable clients include Citic Bank International, Qanta Services, Amazon, Facebook and Telefónica Group. Reflecting increased Chinese outbound-investment into Latin America, the practice recently advised China Southern Power Grid (in conjunction with a London-headquartered global law firm) on the $1.3bn acquisition of Canadian private equity investor Brookfield’s 27.8 per cent stake in Chilean transmission company Transelec. In other matters, the practice assisted Falabella, the largest retail company in Chile, and local energy distribution and transmission company CGE, with their respective corporate reorganisations. Pedro Lyon 'not only gives good advice and strategy, he also has a hands-on approach to finding the best solution'. Other highly rated advisers are Juan Enrique Allard, Jorge Delpiano, Roberto Guerrero V, Pedro Pellegrini and Macarena Ravinet. Senior associates Tomás Kubick and Josefina Yávar are also experienced corporate practitioners.

Leading individuals

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

Next Generation Partners

Macarena Ravinet - Guerrero Olivos

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

The nine-strong team at Guerrero Olivos acts for clients including Puerto Ventanas, ENACO, BCI Asset Management, Volvo Financial Services and La Polar. Recent work includes defending US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital and Santiago Metals against actions  concerning the validity of certain mining-related lease agreements (aggregate value of $20m), brought by minority shareholders. Practice head Sergio Yávar handles complex civil, commercial and arbitral disputes and is an expert in bankruptcy, liquidation processes and reorganization plans. Former departmental head Disputes practice head José Ignacio Jiménez  left the firm in June 2019 to establish his own disputes boutique, Jimenez y Cia Abogados.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos¬†assists with the environmental law aspects of transactions, as well as advising on permits and representing its clients before the environmental authorities; the practice also has experience in¬†water law. Recent mandates include advising multinational mining company Rio 2 on the indirect acquisition (via merger) of Minera Atacama Pacific Gold, a transaction with environmental sensitivities due to its proximity to the Marcunga salt flats; ongoing matters include representing Puerto Ventanas in the multiparty lawsuit brought by a fishermen's union in relation to environmental damage in Puchuncavi municipality and assisting Banmerchant in relation to the El Alto project, a mandate that resulted in the establishment of a new legal figure, "conservation easement" (implemented by Law No. 20,930) and involving the establishment of a non-profit foundation to manage the easement accord. Mart√≠n Santa Mar√≠a (head of the environmental and real estate practices), Sebasti√°n Abogabir (co-head of the firm's energy and water law practices) and Clemente P√©rez¬†(co-head of the firm's energy and infrastructure practices) are the key contacts. Specialised senior associates Benjam√≠n P√©rez (water law and mining) and Felipe Fr√ľhling (environment and energy & natural resources) consitute a strong second line. Clients include China Southern Power Grid, Gas Natural Fenosa Group and Anglo American.

Leading individuals

Clemente Pérez - Guerrero Olivos

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' 'very professional team' is experienced in advising on trade mark and patent prosecution, IP litigation, IP contracts, technology transfer and data privacy, among other specialisations. Recent amtters saw the team active in the digital sector, advising Burn to Give (an app that converts calories burned during exercise into nutrition for children in need), on filing its trade mark. Bioagro and Pernod Ricard are other active clients. Senior associate Diego Morandé M , who 'shows a high level of professionalism' heads up the IP practice; former senior counsel Marcos Morales has left the firm.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos advises on labour agreements, due diligence, social security, compliance, collective bargaining, union relations, and labour-related litigation. Senior counsel Rocío García de la Pastora heads the labour, employment & migration group, which acts for clients including Carozzi, Artel, Pandora Jewellery and SMU.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its advice on highways, airports, power plants, industrial facilities, NLG re-gasification terminals and water desalination plants. Active clients include I Squared Capital, Building Energy, Andean Tower Partners and Santiago Metals. In recent work the team advised Sumitomo on a potential joint venture with Codelco for lithium exploration. Sebastián Yunge, Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are the principal contacts; Martín Santa María and Pedro Lyon are also experienced advisers.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

In addition to advisory and contentious matters, the practice at Guerrero Olivos undertakes law-infringement prevention, the implementation of compliance programmes, and enforcement proceedings before the authorities and courts of law. Recent work includes assisting BCI Bank with public procurement matters. Eduardo Cordero and José Gabriel Undurraga are experienced practitioners.

Next Generation Partners

Eduardo Cordero - Guerrero Olivos

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' 'impressive practice' covers real estate transactions, projects and regulatory matters, including zoning, urban planning and permitting issues. Clients include GLL Real Estate Partners, CBS Real Estate Developers and Inmobiliaria Box; the team assisted the latter with the acquisition of sites for various residential buildings projects. Martín Santa María is highly rated; while Tomás Rosemary is an associate of note. Former associate Macarena Montt left to move in house at Patagonland Inmobiliaria in July 2019.

Leading individuals

Martín Santa María - Guerrero Olivos

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is particularly noted for TMT-related public law and regulatory issues. Active clients include Caterpillar, Bloomberg, Jala Software, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Yahoo! and Western Union; the group also advises Chile's largest telecoms operator, Telefónica Group, on day-to-day TMT matters, including its relations with the Undersecretary of Telecommunications and Chile's Comptroller General, as well as in disputes and regulatory matters. Juan Enrique Allard leads the TMT group; Eduardo Cordero and José Gabriel Undurraga are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Juan Enrique Allard - Guerrero Olivos

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos' senior associate José Miguel Prieto leads the tax group. The practice advises on M&A-related tax advice, and assists higher net worth individuals and foreign corporations with tax compliance issues; it also defends IRS tax claims and advises international funds on the tax structuring of their investments in Chile. Clients include Andean Tower Partners, Banco Santander and Santiago Metals.

Rising stars

José Miguel Prieto - Guerrero Olivos

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Electricity - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos¬†is highly regarded for its experience in non-conventional renewable energy; the practice also assists with water, land and mining rights, project finance, EPC and PPA contracts, and energy M&A. Clients include Pacific Hydro Chile,¬†Gas Natural Fenosa, I Squared Capital and¬†China Southern Power Grid (CSG); headline mandates included acting as local counsel (in conjunction with global law firm¬†Linklaters), to CSG on its $1.3bn acquisition of Brookfield‚Äôs 27.8 per cent interest in Chilean transmission company, Transelec.¬†Clemente P√©rez¬†and Sebasti√°n Abogabir¬†are experienced advisers;¬†Felipe Fr√ľhling¬†is the associate to note.

Leading individuals

Clemente Pérez - Guerrero Olivos

Next Generation Partners

Sebasti√°n Abogabir - Guerrero Olivos

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is highly regarded for its assistance with significant mining-related development projects, transactions and corporate restructuring, as well as having expertise in matters including exploration agreements, environmental permits, easements and water rights. Mining and regulatory law expert Pedro Lyon leads the practice with key support coming from  Marco Zavala and senior associate Benjamín Pérez. Key clients include Santiago Metals.

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