Guerrero Olivos > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

Guerrero Olivos
AV. VITACURA 2939, PISO 8
LAS CONDES 7550011
SANTIAGO
Chile

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

With 'solid mining sector knowledge', the 'proactive' 11-strong department at Guerrero Olivos is consistently sought out by international and local mining companies, mining developers, private investment funds and financial companies. Key areas of work include high-value project acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and M&A. The firm also has robust mining-related regulatory, dispute resolution and environmental law practices. Practice head Pedro Lyon recently advised Anglo American Marketing, GAM Kimura and Citicorp on the international project financing and restructuring of mining project Minera Tres Valles. Benjamín Pérez, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2020, focuses on mining-related regulatory and environmental issues, mineral exploration, project development, mining agreements, due diligence, sale structures, and mining M&A; while Marco Zavala’s role in the department covers transactional matters and mining regulatory issues, along with project development and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lyon; Marco Zavala; Benjamín Pérez

Testimonials

The team is proactive and good at communicating.

This group has solid mining sector knowledge, and its business sense is excellent; its honesty is also evident.

Ability to accompany us as a business.

We appreciate their honesty, client support, new ideas and sense of the mining business.

All the individuals, including Pedro Lyon and Benjamín Pérez were happy to go out of their way to deliver a great service, even when this required many late nights due to time zone differences and very tight deadlines.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the mining arm of Antofagasta, including its strategic plan to manage the regulatory measures imposed by the Chilean Ministry of Public Health to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Anglo American Marketing, GAM Kimura Master Fund and Citicorp International (as lenders) on an international financing for the Minera Tres Valles mining project.
  • Advised Canada’s Rio2 on the acquisition of local mining company, Compañía Minera Paso San Francisco.

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 2

Guerrero Olivos' sizeable 18-member department is best known for its advice to local and international companies from the telecoms, energy and mining sectors, as well as its assistance to international lenders with cross-border transactions; and the practice's key areas of work include bilateral and syndicated loans; structured, acquisition and project finance; restructuring; refinancing; and regulatory advice. The group's co-heads are syndicated loan, debt restructuring and project finance specialist Miguel Coddou (elevated to partner in January 2020); structured finance and acquisition financing expert Jorge Delpiano; and Juan Enrique Allard, whose broad practice also includes banking and finance. The second line of advisers includes energy financing specialist Sebastián Abogabir, and senior associates César Gálvez and Benjamín Novoa. Former partners Roberto Guerrero V and Macarena Ravinet left the firm at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Coddou; Jorge Delpiano; Juan Enrique Allard

Testimonials

An excellent team that is knowledgeable in the law, practical, solution oriented and highly responsive.

Communicates extremely well in both Spanish and English.

Key clients

IDB Bank

M&G

WOM

Banco Santander-Chile

Natixis (New York branch)

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Citic Bank International

Deutsche Bank

Scotiabank

Molitalia

Citicorp International

Anglo American Marketing

GAM Kimura Master Fund

Cap Vert Energie

Next Energy

Scotta Group

Work highlights

  • Advised IDB Invest on a $1.3bn financing to energy generation companies.
  • Advised British investment manager M&G on a $300m international energy financing for PowerTree.
  • Advised Natixis (New York branch) on high-value international energy financings.

Chile > Compliance Tier 2

'One of the most important law firms in Chile', Guerrero Olivos' four-member compliance group particularly stands out for its representation of companies from the mining and metals and energy sectors. The team was recently particularly active in the development of tailored compliance and crime prevention manuals, as well as regarding corporate protocols; its assistance ranges from business-model risk assessments to potential breach analysis, training, internal codes of conduct, and corporate regulations and procedures. The practice also regularly works alongside its corporate governance, competition, environment, tax, labour, banking and finance and regulatory colleagues on anti-corruption, corporate criminal liability, AML and freedom of information law issues. Team leader Pedro Pellegrini is a governance specialist, while associate Alejandra Leiton also plays an active role on compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pellegrini

Testimonials

Guerrero Olivos is one of the most important law firms in Chile, and has among its partners lawyers with diverse training and professional experience.

Comprehensive advice with a broad vision.

Pedro Pellegrini’s level of client service is extraordinary.

Key clients

Antofagasta Minerals

Randstad Chile

AES Gener

Empresas Carozzi

Air Products-Indura

Givaudan-Naturex

CAP

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Antofagasta Minerals with the development of a compliance manual for its entire group of companies.
  • Assisting Empresas Carozzi with compliance matters on an ongoing basis.
  • Assisting AES Gener and AES Corporation with compliance matters on an ongoing basis.

Chile > Data privacy Tier 2

Guerrero Olivos' nine-strong data privacy department advises clients from a range of sectors, including banking, social media, technology and governmental bodies, among others. Key types of work for the group range from personal data and data protection consultancy in relation to terms and conditions, to the application of data privacy to local jurisdictions. A notable area of recent growth includes compliance requests by international corporations in relation to data privacy and data-centre regulatory requirements. The experienced partners to note are TMT head Juan Enrique AllardMiguel Coddou (data protection, new technologies, banking and finance and corporate law), and public law and regulated markets head, Eduardo Cordero. Senior associate and IP practice head Diego Morandé is also a key member of the technology group.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Allard; Miguel Coddou; Eduardo Cordero

Key clients

WhatsApp

Tencent Holdings

Newegg

PayPal

Stanley Black & Decker

United Parcel Service

Webtoon Entertainment

Wayra

Fundación Chile

Facebook

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Banco Santander

Airbnb

Western Union International and affiliates

Globalstar

Education Ministry

National Assets Ministry

Work highlights

  • Advised WhatsApp on data centre regulatory issues.
  • Advising Amazon on corporate compliance with data privacy laws and regulations.
  • Advised PayPal on the data privacy angle of its international sales/telemarketing international project.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 2

Key areas of work for the 18-strong team at Guerrero Olivos are energy regulatory matters, international energy deals and energy-related transactions, along with acting before local regulators and the specialised Energy Experts Panel; the practice also assists with private and public energy tendering, energy project development and energy project finance. The practice is co-led by Clemente Pérez (energy transactional and regulatory matters) and Sebastián Abogabir, who assists energy companies and international lenders with energy deals, regulatory energy work and due diligence processes. The associates to note are Francisca Pellegrini and Felipe Frühling – both regulatory experts; while team growth includes the September 2020 recruitment of associate Andrea Olea (electricity energy regulations and hydrocarbons) from the National Energy Commission’s legal department. Since publication, Frühling has been raised to the partnership - effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir

Key clients

IDB Invest

Texas Pacific Group

Engie Gas Chile

Engie Energía

Natixis (New York branch)

Goldman Sachs

Celeo Redes

Transelec

Sonnedix Chile Holding

Scotta Group

Quanta Services

Deutsche Bank

M&G

Next Energy

Compañía General de Electricidad

Cap Vert Energie

350 Renewables

Asociación de Vehículos Eléctricos de Chile

Sungrow

Lader Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising multinational solar-power producer Sonnedix Group on potential acquisitions and the co-development of solar projects, bidding processes, energy concessions, and regulatory and day-to-day assistance.
  • Advised US fund Texas Pacific Group on the international $700m acquisition of nine energy projects from Chinese group, Trina Solar.
  • Advised British investment manager, M&G, on the $300m international energy financing granted to PowerTree for the acquisition, construction and operation of 37 ground-mounted solar projects in Chile.

Chile > Environment Tier 2

With ‘expertise in various environmental issues‘, Guerrero Olivos houses a 13-strong department that is active in environmental work, including specialisms in litigation, regulatory compliance, wetlands, waste, and the environmental aspects of M&A, financing and project development; it also has a strong track record in obtaining environmental approvals. The principal figures are Clemente Pérez, whose practice incorporates regulatory issues, environmental litigation and transaction-related environmental matters, as well as the environmental implications of real estate and energy projects; Martín Santa María, who specialises in projects-related environmental assessments, environmental litigation and urban planning; and Sebastián Abogabir – environmental assessments and project finance-related environmental issues. Also integral to the practice are water law specialist Benjamín Pérez (raised to the partnership as of January 2020), along with experienced senior associates Francisca Pellegrini and Felipe Frühling. Since publication, Frühling has been raised to the partnership - effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Martín Santa María; Sebastián Abogabir

Testimonials

A multidisciplinary team with expertise in various environmental issues.

Ability to provide adequate responses to any technical requirement.

Culture of rigorous and close teamwork.

Ability to understand the activities of the client company and anticipate possible problems, which helps towards finding effective answers to potential environmental scenarios.

Key clients

P&G Larraín

Natixis (New York branch)

M&G

Deutsche Bank

Texas Pacific Group

Agrozzi

Antofagasta Minerals Group

GERSA

Fundación San Carlos de Maipo

Sustentable

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented P&G Larraín in an environmental law-related challenge surrounding the development of a real estate project.
  • Working alongside environmental consultancy Sustentable in relation to the environmental aspects of a new line of the Chilean public railway system.
  • Advised Fundación San Carlos de Maipo/Humedal de Batuco on an environmental protection/education project.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Housing a 17-member department, Guerrero Olivos' principal areas of work cover project finance, infrastructure projects, power plants, and LNG re-gasification terminals. The firm's representation is full-service, from the commencement of projects until post-operation stages, including due diligence processes, incorporating special purpose vehicles, and drafting and negotiating credit agreements; it also fields experts in energy supply, EPC, O&M, and build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements. Clemente Pérez has substantial experience in public works and international projects, while Sebastián Abogabir  advises energy companies and international lenders on energy projects. At associate level, Francisca Pellegrini regularly advises energy developers and lenders; and Felipe Frühling assists local and international clients with project finance, developments and acquisitions. Former partner Macarena Ravinet left the firm at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir

Key clients

Texas Pacific Group

Engie Group

Natixis, New York Branch

Modjeski and Masters

Sonnedix Group

Scotta Group

Quanta Services

Deutsche Bank

M&G

Next Energy

Teleférico Bicentenario

Cap Vert Energie

INSO

Cap Vert Energie

Lader Energy

Solek

Work highlights

  • Advised Modjeski and Masters (global bridge engineering firm), on the reconstruction of Chile’s Cau Cau bridge.
  • Advised INSO (Italian construction and infrastructure company) on the design and construction of a new public hospital in Chile’s Chillán.
  • Advising Sustentable, a local environmental consultancy firm, on several projects, particularly transportation, energy and infrastructure projects.

Chile > Public law Tier 2

With 'great knowledge of the administrative law sector', Guerrero Olivos' ten-member department assists with day-to-day public law matters, public law litigation and judicial reviews, acting before the regulatory bodies, and public biddings and public procurement; it is also sought our for its assistance with obtaining permits and approvals. The practice represents clients from a range of industries, including mining, real estate, utilities and TMT, while the team was recently additionally active in relation to aquaculture, casinos, retail, and energy distribution, transmission and generation. The practice co-heads are Eduardo Cordero, a specialist in constitutional and administrative law and regulated industries; and public law and regulatory expert José Gabriel Undurraga. Associate Roberto Burgos focuses exclusively on regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Testimonials

Great knowledge of the administrative law sector, particularly aquaculture.

Constant communication with clients and follow-up of cases – such soft skills are not found in all law firms.

Excellent knowledge of administrative law, and a cordial and informal relationship with the client, which makes the relationship much more flexible and relaxed.

High levels of both academic and practical knowledge.

Complete and professional team that has extensive experience and knowledge of this area.

A professional and experienced team that gives good recommendations.

Key clients

Chilquinta

Aguas Andinas

Antofagasta Minerals

BCI Bank

Falabella Inmobiliario

Rentas Falabella

Australis Seafood

Mutual de Seguros de Chile

Sun Dreams

Telefónica Group

Hipermercados Tottus

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Nova Austral

Beltec Group

Compañía Minera Santa Laura

Inmobiliaria Las Bellotas

Work highlights

  • Assisted Antofagasta Minerals with a strategic plan, in order to face the regulatory measures imposed by the Chilean Ministry of Public Health in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted Falabella Inmobiliario/Rentas Falabella with several regulatory issues, including assisting them with matters before the local authorities, obtaining permits, and public law litigation.
  • Represents Chilquinta in a public law litigation matter (as defendant) before the Superintendence of Electricity and Fuels, which imposed one of the highest ever historical fines on the company.

Chile > Real estate Tier 2

The principal areas of focus for Guerrero Olivos' six-strong team are real estate transactions and finance, but the practice also encompasses asset management, project development, regulatory issues and real estate-related litigation. On the projects side, the group assists with early-stage pre-contractual matters, including acquisitions, financings, permits and construction contracts, through to the sales process. Practice head Martín Santa María has both transactional (AAA office market, site deals and day-to-day servicing of real estate developers) and regulatory (zoning regulations and real estate permit conflicts) practices. Providing essential support are José Gabriel Undurraga (public law, regulatory matters, permitting, real estate and related disputes); and senior associate Tomás Rosemary, who advises on real estate transactional aspects.

Practice head(s):

Martín Santa María

Testimonials

Guerrero Olivos knows a lot about the real estate world; they provide great support, and the firm is a very strategic partner with excellent quality/price ratios.

They are very knowledgeable about the real estate industry, and extremely decisive when carrying out the different tasks entrusted to them.

Good experience in the relevant business issues and permanently available to solve problems.

Clarity from a great team with different specialisms, which results in a very complete and satisfying experience.

The mix of both senior and junior people facilitates the completion of tasks both quickly and efficiently.

Great experience and knowledge of the industry, particularly Martín Santa María. He and each team member also have very positive attitudes, are very friendly, and always interested in offering the best possible solution or advice.

A balanced and competent legal team that serves our company in a timely manner, which is the merit of team leader Martín Santa María.

Senior associate Tomás Rosemary is very analytical, and always strives to understand the context of the problem before proposing solutions – he is also very practical and handles clients very well.

Key clients

P&G Larraín

ENACO

GLL Real Estate Partners

Macquire Group

Falabella Inmobiliario

Rentas Falabella

Patagonland

Empresas Carozzi

Trayecta Inmobiliaria

Inversiones Marchigüe

Inmobiliaria Box

Beltec Group

Grupo Ahmad

Fundación Vivienda

Work highlights

  • Advised Falabella Inmobiliario/Rentas Falabella on real estate and permitting matters, as well as real estate-related dispute resolution.
  • Advises GLL Real Estate Partners on its real estate transactional and asset management issues in Chile.
  • Advised Patagonland on the acquisition and development of three residential building projects in Santiago (as well as permitting issues).

Chile > TMT Tier 2

Fielding a nine-member team, Guerrero Olivos focuses on the legal, corporate and regulatory aspects of the TMT, data privacy and cybersecurity sectors; typical work includes technology-related IP issues, software and hardware matters, and drafting agreements. In addition, the practice regularly acts before the local regulator in both contentious and non-contentious matters. With over 20 years' TMT sector experience, Juan Enrique Allard's practice covers data privacy, IT, cybersecurity and new technological platforms; regulatory expert Eduardo Cordero assists telecoms companies with tariff-setting processes and in their relations with the telecoms regulator; and José Gabriel Undurraga advises on TMT-related public law matters. Senior associate and IP head Diego Morandé is another key member of the technology group.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Allard; José Gabriel Undurraga; Eduardo Cordero

Testimonials

These lawyers have been with us from day one: they know us completely.

The best advice is that which is permanent and reliable – that is what this firm gives us.

They produce very favourable results for our company.

Key clients

Whatsapp

Tencent Holdings

Newegg

PayPal

Stanley Black & Decker

United Parcel Service

Webtoon Entertainment

Wayra

Facebook

Amazon

Amazon Web Services

Banco Santander

Airbnb

Telefónica Group

Western Union International

Globalstar

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Chilean Mobile Telephone Trade Association

Education Ministry

National Assets Ministry

Starz

DXC Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Whatsapp on data centre regulatory issues.
  • Advised Banco Santander-Chile on the incorporation of a fintech subsidiary.
  • Assisted Globalstar (American satellite communications company that operates a low Earth orbit satellite constellation for satellite phone and low-speed data communications) with applying to obtain a concession to operate phone satellite services.

Chile > Venture capital Tier 2

Advising local and foreign VC investors, start-ups, corporate funds and incubators, Guerrero Olivos has been involved in Chile’s VC ecosystem for over 20 years. The team’s recent workload has been particularly focused on international VC matters, such as designing and developing strategies for the internationalisation of ventures, as well as the corporate/M&A side to cross-border acquisitions and sales. With over 15 years’ experience in the VC field, practice head Pedro Lyon stands out for his international M&A work for VC investors, and start-ups with an international market presence. Although former partner Josefina Yávar left the firm in December 2020, at associate level Francisca Martínez (who recently returned from LLM studies in the UK) is actively devoted to VC matters, and Diego Rodríguez focuses on the structuring of investment funds and international financing rounds.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lyon

Testimonials

The team has become a solid partner of ours; they help us beyond the typical service provided by a law firm and try to add additional value.

They give me expert and excellent service in a very sensitive area of ​​practice that requires a lot of experience and dedication in order to obtain favourable results.

They are creative, fast and provide efficient solutions, while demonstrating a professionalism and human quality that I have not found in any other firm – they put themselves in my shoes from the very first meeting.

They anticipate problems and design creative strategies that have excellent results – not all firms are like this.

Guerrero Olivos cares about its clients and the partner in charge of a matter is truly involved.

Key clients

Clin Fondo de Inversión Privado VC Investments

Wayra

Chile Global Ventures

Start-Up Chile

Food for the Future

Chazki Holdings

X Capital

Yov Group

LocalShop

BAM Venture Capital

SmartboxTV

Easycancha

Echopixel

LAMM

Work highlights

  • Advised Chazki Chile, a delivery startup, on the execution of a commercial agreement with Falabella, the largest retail company in Chile.
  • Advised X Capital (fintech company that offers digital financial solutions to small and medium-sized companies) on an international financing round for its international expansion business plan.
  • Assisted Wayra, Telefónica’s global technological innovation hub, with its investments in Chile and abroad.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

The seven-member department at Guerrero Olivos acts on the full array of bankruptcy/insolvency and reorganisation plans, assisting corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditors with contentious and non-contentious bankruptcy-related matters. Examples of work areas include negotiations, payment plan structuring, and all phases of restructuring procedures such as representation before creditor boards, discussion audiences and evidential phases. With approximately 15 years' experience in insolvency proceedings and restructurings, Sergio Yávar heads the team, which also includes experienced partner Juan Enrique Allard; disputes partner Benjamín Ferrada and two associates, who joined the dispute resolution and insolvency and restructuring teams in April 2020, from the former Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Ferrada, where Ferrada was name partner. However, former senior Tomás Kubick moved to Cuatrecasas as partner in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada; Juan Enrique Allard

Key clients

Anglo American Marketing

GAM Kimura Master Fund

DSM Nutritional Products

Vicentin Chile

Fundación Arturo López Pérez

Familiar La Araucana

Unifrutti Traders

SNC Lavalin

Beiben

Corporación SEDEJ

Manufacturas de Caucho Rivera

Inversiones Alfalfal

CliniKR

Agrícola y Ganadera Estancia Río Cisnes

Work highlights

  • Represented Anglo American Marketing (as the main secured creditor) in a reorganisation plan proceeding for one of the largest mining companies in Chile.
  • Represented Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar La Araucana (a social non-profit security / financing entity) in a $442m registration and exchange of two series of bonds, in the context of a reorganisation/restructuring agreement executed with creditors.
  • Represented cancer institute Fundación Arturo López Pérez, as creditor of health insurance institution Isapre Mas Vida, in a $450m reorganisation proceeding.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

The 12-member department at Guerrero Olivos covers the full range of capital markets work, including regulatory and transactional matters; debt and equity issuances; the structuring of investments funds and management of their transactions; and assisting mutual and public investment fund managers with the registration and placement of private and public funds. Jorge Delpiano has longstanding experience advising on day-to-day capital markets matters; Miguel Coddou advises on local debt offerings, international securities issuances and regulatory matters; and Pedro Lyon is an investment funds specialist. At non-partner level, senior associate César Gálvez and associate Diego Rodríguez are names to note. Former partner Roberto Guerrero V left for Cuatrecasas in December 2020. Since publication, Gálvez has been raised to the partnership - effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Delpiano; Miguel Coddou; Pedro Lyon

Testimonials

An excellent team that is prepared and knows what it is doing.

One of the best offices around for capital markets.

Knows the regulations while also being creative.

Knowledge and competences that are excellent.

Key clients

Kenbourne Invest

Wom

Molitalia

BlackRock

Larrain Vial

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar La Araucana

DWS Group

Franklin Templeton Investment Funds

Lyxor Asset Management

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Compañía General de Electricidad

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar de Los Andes

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (CORFO)

Fondo Crece

Activa

Aministradora Mater

Ameris Capital Administradora General de Fondos

Work highlights

  • Advised Kenbourne Invest on two international bond offerings under Rule 144A/Reg S for an aggregate amount of $960m.
  • Advised Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar La Araucana on the registration and exchange of two series of bonds (amounting to $442m).
  • Advised Larrain Vial on structuring several public and private investment funds.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Guerrero Olivos' 24-strong department is particularly focused on international M&A in the TMT and energy and natural resources sectors, as well as deals involving the food and beverage and retail markets. Jorge Delpiano (‘proactive in generating proposals that resolve conflict points‘) and Pedro Pellegrini both focus on M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate governance; Juan Enrique Allard assists international clients from the TMT and energy industries with M&A and corporate reorganisations; and Pedro Lyon is highly regarded for mining-related M&A and private equity matters. Also active within the corporate and M&A team are senior associate César Gálvez and associate Diego Rodríguez, while recent hires -in February 2021- saw the recruitment of three associates, including Florencia Cortés, who was previously at Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers. Former managing partner Roberto Guerrero V, along with partners Macarena Ravinet, Josefina Yávar and Tomás Kubick all moved to Cuatrecasas‘ new office in January 2021. Since publication, Gálvez hhas been raised to the partnership with effect from March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Delpiano; Pedro Pellegrini; Juan Enrique Allard; Pedro Lyon

Testimonials

An attentive team that is available.’

A team with different specialisations that complement each other, covering all flanks during the M&A process.

Jorge Delpiano has great negotiation skills, and is proactive in generating proposals that resolve conflict points.

Key clients

Fomento Económico Mexicano

Telefónica Group

Empresas Carozzi

Aguas Andinas

Antofagasta Minerals

Antofagasta Railway Company

oEnergy Capital

Texas Pacific Group

Scotta Group

Next Energy

Telefónica Factoring España

AES Gener

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar La Araucana

Kenbourne Invest

Wom

Novator Partners

ACTIVA

Bridge Capital

Administradora Mater

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica Group on the international sale of a majority stake of its fibre optic business in Chile.
  • Advised Texas Pacific Group (US fund) on a $700m, international acquisition of companies formerly owned by Chinese group Trina Solar, in relation to the development of energy projects in Chile.
  • Advised Empresas Carozzi on the international acquisition of certain ice cream brands.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Regularly acting in significant ongoing litigation in Chile, Guerrero Olivos' 'available and decisive' team has been particularly active, recently, in relation to disputes involving the real estate, finance, construction, energy, mining, and food/agribusiness industries. Highly regarded for complex civil and commercial litigation, Sergio Yávar is the lead partner of the firm's dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency practices; he oversaw the substantial strengthening of the practice in 2020 with the hire of 'great litigator' Benjamín Ferrada (complex disputes, civil and commercial lawsuits, constitutional claims, and tax and regulatory litigation), as partner, along with two associates from Della Maggiora, Eyzaguirre, Ferrada Abogados, where Ferrada was name partner. The practice's key associate for disputes involving both local and international clients is Constanza Urzúa.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada

Testimonials

Made up of professionals with real expertise in different areas, and who are capable of understanding complex situations from every angle in order to agree on a single and complete answer.

The team is formatted in such a way that makes them available and decisive.

Rigorous professional relationships while remaining very close to their clients.

Ability to open up and understand technical matters to establish ideas and solutions, along with their time availability.

A very good, dedicated, concerned and responsible team.

Great confidence in their work because of the very good results in trials.

Benjamín Ferrada is a great professional, who is very assertive and 100% involved with the client and the case; he is also able to visualise potential scenarios and different resolution approaches, proposing solid alternatives.

Benjamín Ferrada is a great litigator, who is very prepared and very empathetic with his clients.

Key clients

Clínica Las Condes’ Executive Committee Staff

Falabella Inmobiliario

GLL Real Estate Partners

RML Group International Chile

Ultrapoly

Gravetal Bolivia

Bitumix

ENACO

Denham Capital

Empresas Carozzi

Teka Chile

Fundación San Carlos de Maipo

Work highlights

  • Represented Falabella Inmobiliario in its defence of urban project approvals.
  • Successfully represented Gravetal Bolivia in an international commercial dispute.
  • Successfully represented the vast majority of Clínica Las Condes’ doctors, and its executive committee staff, in a civil dispute and administrative litigation.  

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 3

Recent work areas for Guerrero Olivos’ labour, employment and migration group include labour-related corporate matters (particularly M&A and reorganisations), and on the  contentious side, a considerable caseload involving unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, fundamental rights, work-related accidents, and collective bargaining. In the migratory and expatriate space, the group is especially focused on the mining and energy sectors. Promoted to partner in late 2019, team leader Rocío García de la Pastora specialises in labour law and litigation, collective bargaining, strategic labour plans and corporate labour. Key associate support is provided by Sergio Fuica (fundamental rights and labour disputes), and collective bargaining, labour litigation and corporate labour expert Tomas Garnham.

Practice head(s):

Rocío García de la Pastora

Testimonials

A comprehensive team that is expert in different branches of law.

This is a solid team with which we have never had any problems.’

The personalised service makes this practice different from other law firms.

Creative solutions to problems and a lot of knowledge.

Rocío García de la Pastora is experienced and knowledgeable, and always available.

The outstanding lawyers are Rocío García de la Pastora and associates Tomas Garnham and Sergio Fuica, who are accessible and available to us whenever they are required.

Key clients

Facebook

Antofagasta Minerals Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

Femsa Comercio

GNL Quintero

Randstad Chile

Zurich-Santander

CGE

Naturgy Group

CAP Group

Transelec

Empresas Carozzi

SMU

MITTA (Mitsui & Co)

Amazon

Amazon Web Services

Edenred Chile

G4S Group

Multicaja

Work highlights

  • Advised energy-transmission company, Transelec, on an agreement with its union after a collective bargaining process.
  • Assisted Compañía Cervecerías Unidas (multi-category beverage company) with its relationship with contractors, thereby avoiding litigation.
  • Advises FEMSA (Mexican multinational beverage and retail company) on the labour aspects of its corporate matters, reorganisations, and M&A deals in Chile.

Chile > Tax Tier 3

Guerrero Olivos' 'well-balanced' practice is particularly noted for its expertise in the mining, real estate and energy sectors; its key work areas include cross-border transactions, international taxation, double taxation, and tax structures for corporate and project finance deals. The firm also has a robust tax litigation practice. 'Very intelligent' tax head Alejandro Chechilnitzky was promoted to partner from senior counsel in February 2021, and associate Pablo Escobar (tax compliance, national taxation, audits, planning and tax crimes) joined from Chile's IRS in April 2020. Also integral to the group is 'very methodical' associate Macarena Toro, a national taxation expert, while former senior associate and tax group head José Miguel Prieto left the firm in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Chechilnitzky

Testimonials

The team works very well together.

The team’s tax practice is well balanced. It is made up of lawyers and accountants, covering different areas of tax law.

The team stands out for the different specialities of its members, being able to cover (with a considerable level of experience) tax consulting, taxpayer defence work and tax litigation.

Alejandro Chechilnitzky has a lot of experience in tax consulting (national and international).

Alejandro Chechilnitzky is a very intelligent, creative professional who is very concerned about clients.

Alejandro Chechilnitzky has a lot of knowledge and experience in tax matters.

Associate Macarena Toro is very methodical in the way she approaches issues.

Macarena Toro is always available and attentive, with a lot of practical experience.

Key clients

Fomento Económico Mexicano

BlackRock Chile Asesorías

Antofagasta Minerals

Rio2 Limited Group

IDB Invest

Amazon

GLL Real Estate Partners

Barrick Gold Corporation

Empresas Carozzi

oEnergy Capital

Texas Pacific Group

Solek

Scotta Group

Kenbourne Invest

WOM

Administradora Mater

Fundación Arturo López Pérez

Inmobiliaria BNV

Cap Vert Energie

Work highlights

  • Advised IDB Invest on the tax side of a high-value energy deal-related financing.
  • Advised FEMSA on the tax structure for the acquisition of Grupo Socofar.
  • Advised US fund Texas Pacific Group on the tax side to the $700m acquisition of companies owned by Chinese group, Trina Solar.

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Guerrero Olivos' eight-member department has a strong name for its expertise in the mining and metals and energy industries, while its key areas of work include antitrust litigation, M&A-related competition work, FNE investigatory proceedings, and merger control procedures. Growth areas include advising on compliance manuals and antitrust corporate protocols. Pedro Pellegrini is experienced in addressing competition-related corporate risks and defending investigatory proceedings; Eduardo Cordero and José Gabriel Undurraga contribute to the team from a regulatory angle; and Alejandra Leiton is a key antitrust associate. August 2020 saw the arrival of Juan José García, previously a FNE litigator; however, former partner Tomás Kubick and senior associate Jaime Barahona moved to Cuatrecasas and the TDLC, respectively, during the course second half of the year.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pellegrini; Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Key clients

Antofagasta Minerals

FEMSA

Naturgy Energy Group

Compañía General de Electricidad

Chilean Competition Agency

Randstad Chile

AES Gener

Empresas Carozzi

Western Union International

Air Products- Indura

Compañía Minera los Pelambres

Givaudan-Naturex

CAP

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar Los Andes

MITTA (Mitsui & Co)

Work highlights

  • Represented Naturgy Group in the merger-control process concerning the sale of shares in Chile’s largest energy distribution company, GCE.
  • Represented FEMSA in the merger control procedures for both the acquisition of 40% of SOCOFAR and the purchase of convenience store OK Market.
  • Represented food and drinks producer Empresas Carozzi on the merger-control aspects of the international acquisition of ice-cream brands Bresler and Melevi from Unilever Group.

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 4

Key areas of IP work for the four-member group at Guerrero Olivos include trade mark and patent prosecution, IP litigation and contracts, technology transfers, data privacy, licensing agreements, and criminal proceeding-related anti-counterfeiting matters; it also provides day-to-day corporate IP support. Senior associate Diego Morandé leads the IP department, specialising in trade marks, patents and copyright, strategic prosecution and litigation planning, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting; he also handles international trade mark portfolio management, domain name disputes and new-technology matters. Associate Alejandra Leiton is a key member of the IP, TMT, data privacy, compliance and competition departments.

Practice head(s):

Diego Morandé

Testimonials

Guerrero Olivos has given us very good advice and sufficiently protected us.

Excellent follow-up to the matters entrusted or referred, with direct communication with the lawyer in charge of the practice.’

The team is very good, efficient, and up to date in this specialised area.

Senior associate Diego Morandé is very agile, with very good availability and technical contributions.

Diego Morandé stands out – he is a very diligent lawyer who assumes with great responsibility every matter that is entrusted to him. He does not come off the matter at any time, and is always very attentive to any requirement the client might have.

Solid preparation and good client care from both Diego Morandé and Alejandra Leiton.

Key clients

Exportadora Unifrutti Traders

FEMSA Comercio

Comercial e Industrial Oxxo

Amazon

Bioagro

Facebook

Inversiones Mitta

Kumon

Teka Industrial

Diseño Papel Pintado

Mar Fusión

CAP

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Pandora Jewellery

The Kraft Heinz Company

GNL Mejillones

Empresas Carozzi

Indura (Air Products)

Work highlights

  • Represented Exportadora Unifrutti Traders in an international trade mark infringement and counterfeiting matter.
  • Successfully represented multinational Teka Group in a local domain name dispute.
  • Advised The Kraft Heinz Company on the IP aspects of international food labelling compliance issues.

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 and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate/M&A/Antitrust Pedro Pellegrinippellegrini@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Banking and Finance/Capital Markets/Corporate/M&A Jorge Delpianojdelpiano@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/Capital Markets/Project Finance Roberto Guerrero V.rguerrero@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/Banking and Finance Macarena Ravinetmravinet@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Capital Markets/Mining/Corporate/M&A Pedro Lyonplyon@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/M&A/TMT Juan Enrique Allardjeallard@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Dispute Resolution/Insolvency Procedures and Restructuring Sergio Yávarsyavar@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Energy and Natural Resources/Water Law Sebastián Abogabirsabogabir@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Environment/Infrastructure and Concessions Clemente Pérez E.cperez@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Real Estate/Environment Martín Santa María O.msantamaria@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Intellectual Property Diego Morandédmorande@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Labour and Migration Rocío García de la Pastorargarciadelapastora@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Mining Marco Zavalamzavala@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Public Law and Regulated Markets Eduardo Corderoecordero@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Public Law and Regulated Markets José Gabriel Undurragajgundurraga@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Tax Alejandro Chechilnitzkyachechilnitzky@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Banking & Finance Miguel Coddoumcoddou@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Venture Capital Josefina Yávarjyavar@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Dispute Resolution Benjamín Ferradabferrada@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
Corporate/Antitrust Tomás Kubicktkubick@guerrero.cl(56) 2 2674 29 00
PhotoNamePositionProfile
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 CoddouLeading 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…
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’…
Rocío García de la Pastora  photo Rocío García de la Pastora Rocío García de la Pastora is the leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’…
Pedro Lyon  photo Pedro Lyon Partner that leads Guerrero Olivos´ mining practice and also our venture capital…
Clemente Pérez  photo Clemente Pérez Leading partner of our energy and natural resources and infrastructure areas. He…
Benjamín Pérez  photo Benjamín Pérez Partner with Guerrero Olivos that co-heads the water law department and member…
Benjamín Pérez  photo Benjamín Pérez Partner with Guerrero Olivos that co-heads the water law department and member…
Pedro Pellegrini  photo Pedro Pellegrini Partner with the corporate/M&A group and leading partner of the antitrust and…
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…
Marco Zavala  photo Marco Zavala Partner, he leads the New Business Development area and he is a…
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