Firm Profile > Guerrero Olivos > Santiago, Chile

Guerrero Olivos
LAS CONDES 7550011

Banking and finance Tier 2

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 specialised Pedro Lyon. Since publication, Coddou has been raised to the partnership (as of January 2020).

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

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 AllardJorge Delpiano, Roberto Guerrero VPedro Pellegrini and Macarena Ravinet. The team was strengthened further in January 2020 with the appointment of experienced senior associates Tomás Kubick (consumer matters, competition and corporate), and Josefina Yávar (venture capital, corporate and M&A) as partners.

Environment Tier 2

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. Martín Santa María (head of the environmental and real estate practices), Sebastián Abogabir (co-head of the firm's energy and water law practices) and Clemente Pérez (co-head of the firm's energy and infrastructure practices) are the key contacts. Specialised senior associates Benjamín Pérez (water law and mining) and Felipe Frühling (environment and energy & natural resources) constitute a strong second line. Clients include China Southern Power Grid, Gas Natural Fenosa Group and Anglo American. Since publication, Pérez has been raised to the partnership, effective as of January 2020.

Mining Tier 2

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.

Real estate Tier 2

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.

TMT Tier 2

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.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

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.

Public law Tier 3

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.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

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.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

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.

Intellectual property Tier 4

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.

Labour and employment Tier 4

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. Since publication Ms García has been raised to the partnership, effective as of January 2020.

Tax Tier 4

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.

Electricity/oil and gas

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’s 27.8 per cent interest in Chilean transmission company, Transelec. Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are experienced advisers; Felipe Frühling is the associate to note.

Guerrero Olivos is a leading full service law firm in Chile with extensive
experience, both in local and international markets. With close to 40
years of practice, it is well recognized for its team of experts and as a
law firm built on excellence, efficiency, loyalty and integrity.

Our clients find solutions to their problems by means of an integral
advising, which is characterized by efficiently handling critical and
complex legal situations that transcend the merely legal aspects,
approaching also the other necessary edges to grant a quality service.

Our services include corporate/M&A, banking & finance, capital
markets, project finance, restructuring, labor, tax, data protection,
TMT, intellectual property, public law, regulatory, real estate, antitrust
and mining. We have built a prominent position in the market in
NCRE projects, water desalination, water law, environmental and
regulatory matters. Furthermore, we enjoy high prestige in litigation
and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A/Antitrust Pedro Pellegrini (56) 2 2674 29 00
Banking and Finance/Capital Markets/Corporate/M&A Jorge Delpiano (56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/Capital Markets/Project Finance Roberto Guerrero V. (56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/Banking and Finance Macarena Ravinet (56) 2 2674 29 00
Capital Markets/Mining/Corporate/M&A Pedro Lyon (56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/TMT Juan Enrique Allard (56) 2 2674 29 00
Dispute Resolution/Insolvency Procedures and Restructuring Sergio Yávar (56) 2 2674 29 00
Energy and Natural Resources/Water Law Sebastián Abogabir (56) 2 2674 29 00
Environment/Infrastructure and Concessions Clemente Pérez E. (56) 2 2674 29 00
Real Estate/Environment Martín Santa María O. (56) 2 2674 29 00
Intellectual Property Diego Morandé (56) 2 2674 29 00
Labour and Migration Rocío García de la Pastora (56) 2 2674 29 00
Mining Marco Zavala (56) 2 2674 29 00
Public Law and Regulated Markets Eduardo Cordero (56) 2 2674 29 00
Public Law and Regulated Markets José Gabriel Undurraga (56) 2 2674 29 00
Tax Alejandro Chechilnitzky (56) 2 2674 29 00
Banking & Finance Miguel Coddou (56) 2 2674 29 00
Venture Capital Josefina Yávar (56) 2 2674 29 00
Dispute Resolution Benjamín Ferrada (56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/Antitrust Tomás Kubick (56) 2 2674 29 00
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sebastián Abogabir  photo Sebastián Abogabir Partner and member of the energy and natural resources and environmental law…
 Juan Allard  photo Juan Allard Leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’ TMT practice and member of the data…
 Miguel Coddou photo Miguel Coddou Leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’ banking and finance team. He specializes in…
 Eduardo Cordero  photo Eduardo Cordero Leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’ public law and regulated markets group. He…
 Jorge Delpiano  photo Jorge Delpiano Jorge Delpiano is a partner with Guerrero Olivos and member of our…
 Benjamín Ferrada  photo Benjamín Ferrada Partner of the Dispute Resolution area, with a strong reputation in high…
 Rocío García de la Pastora  photo Rocío García de la Pastora Rocío García de la Pastora is the leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’…
 Roberto Guerrero  photo Roberto Guerrero Chair of Guerrero Olivos and leading partner of its corporate/M&A, banking and…
 Pedro Lyon  photo Pedro Lyon Partner that leads Guerrero Olivos´ mining practice and also our venture capital…
 Benjamín Pérez  photo Benjamín Pérez Partner with Guerrero Olivos that co-heads the water law department and member…
 Clemente Pérez  photo Clemente Pérez Leading partner of our energy and natural resources and infrastructure areas. He…
 Pedro Pellegrini  photo Pedro Pellegrini Partner with the corporate/M&A group and leading partner of the antitrust and…
 Macarena Ravinet  photo Macarena Ravinet Partner and member of Guerrero Olivos’ corporate/M&A, banking & finance, and project…
 Martín Santa María  photo Martín Santa María Managing partner of Guerrero Olivos, leading partner of the real estate group…
 José Gabriel Unudrraga  photo José Gabriel Unudrraga Partner with Guerrero Olivos and member of the public law, regulatory and…
 Sergio Yávar  photo Sergio Yávar Leading partner of the dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) and the insolvency…
 Josefina Yávar  photo Josefina Yávar Partner with Guerrero Olivos and member the corporate/M&A, private equity and venture…
 Marco Zavala  photo Marco Zavala Partner, he leads the New Business Development area and he is a…
Total staff : 67
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