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

Guerrero Olivos‘ ‘knowledge of mining law and everything associated with mining allows clients to carry out mining activities successfully'. Advising on the full spectrum of mining issues, the full-service team is experienced in several types of natural resources, and metallic and non-metallic mineral mining - including copper, gold, lithium, saltpetre, iodine, potassium and limestone; its scope of work ranges from regulatory work, to high-value project acquisitions, financing, joint ventures and M&A transactions. The practice is led by Pedro Lyon, who focuses on mining-related project development, project finance, project development-related corporate and financing structuring, mining agreements, regulatory matters and environmental permits; and Marco Zavala, who advises mining companies and investment funds on both the transactional side and regulatory mining issues. Benjamín Pérez, who was made partner in early 2020, is the current President of the Chilean-Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Mining Committee.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lyon; Benjamín Pérez

Testimonials

Fully responds to our needs and compliance issues, with personalised attention and availability 100% of the time. In my opinion, it is the best team of lawyers in the mining and energy industry.

In addition to legal advice, it has good knowledge of the industry and good relationships with the different parties involved, namely companies, associations and governments -this is very important.

The team has an excellent network of contacts in the local industry, not only among lawyers, but also among entrepreneurs and operators (among others).

For years, I have developed a professional relationship with Guerrero Olivos in the field of Chilean mining; and its knowledge of mining law and everything associated with mining allows clients to carry out mining activities successfully. I believe that the fundamental difference from other firms is the close relationship we have with the team of lawyers, its attitude to the client, and seeking of timely, efficient and fast solutions.

In over 40 years in the industry I have worked with almost every law firm, and I am more comfortable with the support received from Guerrero Olivos than any other law firm.

Professionalism, availability and knowing the client’s needs (empathy).

Pedro Lyon is a person with a strong pro-business focus and pragmatism, which he combines with careful judgement when advising the client on complex decisions.

Benjamín Pérez stands out for the rigour of his legal analysis, especially when applied to due diligence.

Key clients

Anglo American

Antofagasta Minerals

MMG

SQM

Denham Capital

Santiago Metals

Rio2

Fenix Gold

Torq Resources

Atacama Kozan

Simco

Simbalik

Excava

Golden Arrow

Aethon Minerals

SLM San Aurelio

Work highlights

  • Advised Canadian-listed mining company Rio2 on the $135m financing of its Fenix Gold mining project (located in the Atacama Region).
  • Advised Torq Resources on the structuring and execution of the due diligence, acquisition and exploration of the Minero Andrea project.
  • Advising Simco on a $500m lithium project located in the Maricunga salt flats.

Chile > Real estate Tier 1

Great for its business vision‘, Guerrero Olivos‘ seven-strong team handles real estate transactions and real estate finance, as well as real estate asset management and project development. Its assistance ranges from pre-contractual matters (such as letters of intent for site acquisitions), purchases, permitting, and construction and architectural contracts, through to sales. It also has a robust regulatory team and is routinely sought out for major real estate litigation. The practice of managing partner and practice head Martín Santa María   straddles both transactional (AAA office matters, site deals and ongoing servicing of real estate developers) and regulatory work (zoning regulations and permit conflicts). Further key support at partner level is provided by public law and regulatory specialist José Gabriel Undurraga ; and senior associates Tomás Rosemary  and Macarena Montt  (a 2021 rehire after two years as legal manager at real estate developer Patagonland), who are both active in transactional real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Martín Santa María

Testimonials

Great for its business vision, and at the same time its security and transparency standards that these times demand.

100% committed to the client, from the beginning of the work to the end, with follow-up once the work is done – the team accompanies us at all times. Whenever we have problems, whatever the day, these lawyers are there for us.

Guerrero Olivos assists us with everything involving the real estate industry, as well as all our corporate matters. They are our strategic partners; they have supported us in large land purchase transactions, the sale of real estate assets and minor regulatory solutions. The big difference that I see from other firms is the trust that we manage to have with them, the knowledge it has of the industry, and how detailed the lawyers are.

What makes them different is that the entire team knows our company in detail and therefore the lawyers are involved in every decision we make. They are concerned about detail and in turn the entire team is aware of what is happening – therefore we can turn to any one of them and we always obtain the result we need.

The Guerrero Olivos real estate team has experience, quality and professionalism that is almost unmatched in the Chilean market. It stands out from other firms for this reason, as it is able to address complex issues and resolve them satisfactorily.

I work directly with both partners and associates, who always offer services that are appropriate to current needs.

Key clients

Macquarie Group

GLL

CBS

Falabella Inmobiliario

P&G Larraín

Viña Casals de Gorsch

Inmobiliaria Absal

Trayecta Inmobiliaria

Inmobiliaria Box

Work highlights

  • Advised GLL/Macquarie on the $25m acquisition of MOK Building, a retail building in Santiago’s Downtown.
  • Acted for construction company ENACO in real estate/construction litigation.
  • Advised Chilean real estate company, CBS, on several projects, including acquisitions and project developments.

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 2

With a longstanding track-record in both local and international engagements, Guerrero Olivos' 16-strong practice is routinely sought out for its expertise in bilateral and syndicated loans, structured finance, acquisition financing, restructurings, project finance, refinancing and regulatory issues. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s notable sector expertise in telecoms, energy and mining. the department is co-lead by Jorge Delpiano, a structured finance and acquisition financing specialist, and Miguel Coddou, who regularly acts for international lenders on syndicated loans, debt restructurings and project finance. Also key members of the group, Juan Enrique Allard's workload takes in financing matters as part of his broader TMT and digital platforms practice; while, César Gálvez, who was made up to partner in February 2022, has experience of cross-border financings and representing international lenders in syndicated loans (he previously worked as an international associate at Winston & Strawn LLP's New York office). At senior associate level, Benjamín Novoa focuses on energy and mining-related syndicated loans and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Experienced teams, with very good availability and understanding of clients’ needs, and they have developed great expertise in complex project financings.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

BID Invest

Banco Santander

Kimura Commodity Trade Finance Fund

Scotiabank

Crédit Agricole

Banco Internacional

Anglo American Marketing

Banchile

Natixis (New York Branch)

Work highlights

  • Advised BID Invest/BNP Paribas/Banco Santander on structuring and implementing a $1.35bn financing transaction.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole on a loan facility for approximately €200m for the financing of the acquisition of 96.04% of Compañía General de Electricidad by State Grid.
  • Advised Cap Vert Energie (and its shareholders) on the negotiation of a loan agreement with Natixis for approximately $101m for the construction of a portfolio of photovoltaic energy projects.

Chile > Compliance Tier 2

Recent activity for the 'extraordinary' compliance practice at Guerrero Olivos has focused on advising companies from the energy, services, finance, automotive, food and beverage, and automotive industries. The team is notably active in relation to the structuring and implementing of tailored compliance and crime prevention manuals and corporate protocols; and clients additionally benefit from the group’s leveraging the firm’s corporate governance, competition, environmental, tax, labour, finance and regulatory expertise, in relation to anti-corruption, corporate criminal liability and anti-money laundering. The department is led by corporate specialist and governance expert, Pedro Pellegrini, whose practice covers corporate risk, internal codes, mitigation plans, reporting (to internal and external entities), and antitrust-related compliance guidelines. Associate Alejandra Leiton is also a key compliance team member.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pellegrini

Testimonials

Guerrero Olivos has an extraordinary team of professionals – always willing to help and, above all, understand the needs of our business model.

We are happy with the very good work that the team has done. Without a doubt, Guerrero Olivos is by far one of the best law firms in Chile – its levels of professionalism, thoroughness, respect and transparency are very high.

Guerrero Olivos is always innovating and the lawyers work very well in digital mode, which greatly facilitates our day-to-day work and makes our experience as a client excellent.

Guerrero Olivos stands out for its precision, transparency and extraordinary management of the legal issues, always protecting and safeguarding the interests of clients.

Excellent human beings, with a clear and available management that makes us feel part of the firm, and the practitioners explain legal issues in a very simple way to those of us who are not lawyers.

Shows genuine interest in ensuring that everything we do is duly protected by law, and that in turn the legal processes are as simple and quick as possible.

My point of legal validation for any corporate matter – I have absolute confidence in the team’s abilities and goodwill.

Key clients

ACG Financial

AES Gener

Edenred

Empresas Carozzi

Western Union

DXC Technology

ITQ Chile

Latam Car Group

Ricardo Donoso

The Kraft Heinz Company

Work highlights

  • Standing advisors to The Kraft Heinz Company (Chile) on corporate governance and compliance issues on a daily basis.
  • Assisted AES Gener with governance compliance issues and updating internal corporate guidelines.
  • Advised Western Union International on compliance with regulations including anti-money laundering matters, delivering monthly compliance reports, and reviewing policies at a global level.

Chile > Data privacy Tier 2

The nine-member data privacy practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos routinely advises clients from the social media and technology sectors, as well as governmental bodies. Focused on data privacy, personal data and data protection work, the team assists with terms and conditions, and franchise, licensing, maintenance, technical support and development contracts. It also assists with adapting clients’ data privacy policies to Chilean legislative requirements. The practice is jointly led by TMT specialist Juan Enrique Allard, who advises on data privacy, IT, cybersecurity and new technological platforms; Miguel Coddou, a member of the banking and finance, data protection and new technologies, and corporate groups; and public law and regulated markets group leader, Eduardo Cordero. At associate level, senior Diego Morandé and Alejandra Leiton also both assist with data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Allard; Miguel Coddou; Eduardo Cordero

Testimonials

A team that is very knowledgeable about the respective areas in which we work together. Communication is also easy, making the collaboration easier and more effective.

The team has been very professional and the collaboration has been easy, thanks to the knowledge the lawyers have and their ease in explaining and carrying out the tasks.

Key clients

Dragerwerk

Amazon Web Services

Manhattan Associates

NextEnergy Capital

SWVL Group

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Western Union International

Edenred

Empresas Carozzi

Fundación Arturo López Pérez

Kumon

Mentum

Primavera Sound

Rust-Oleum Corporation

Intelcia

EQT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Dragerwerk on a data breach incident.
  • Assisted Barcelona-based festival franchise, Primavera Sound, with its privacy policies and data privacy obligations.
  • Ongoing advice to Amazon Web Services on data privacy matters.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 2

Guerrero Olivos' large 18-strong department is highly experienced in the development of energy projects in the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. It also assists final consumers with the negotiation of their PPAs; the practice’s expertise also covers contractual structures, finance and business plans, along with interactions with local communities and authorities. The team is additionally sought out for its advice on regulatory processes, such as energy and transmission planning, law-making procedures, public bids, and controversies before the local regulator and Expert Energy panels. The practice is jointly co-led by experienced figures Sebastián Abogabir, who acts for energy companies and international lenders on energy deals; and Clemente Pérez, an energy deal and regulatory specialist. Felipe Frühling, who ‘provides a quality service', was made partner in March 2022, while associates Francisca Pellegrini and Andrea Olea  both work on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Abogabir; Clemente Pérez

Testimonials

Great expertise in legal advice for companies involved in renewable energy. It is also very strong in drafting contracts for M&A operations.

It is a team with a good approach to its clients and it is easy to contact.

‘Clemente Pérez is an excellent professional when it comes to complex M&A processes.

Clemente Pérez and Felipe Frühling have very good expertise in the energy sector, and in the administrative processes that are required during the development of a project.

Felipe Frühling is experienced and provides a quality service.

Key clients

Sonnedix Group

Engie Gas

IDB Invest

Acciona

Hydrogéne de France

Maire Tecnimont Group

AES Gener

Nextenergy

M&G Limited

Natixis (New York)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Solarpack

Solek

Akuo Energy

Grenergy

RWE Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised energy generation company Sonnedix on a supply tender process.
  • Advised Matrix Renewables on the acquisition of several solar projects (owned by Canadian Solar) as well as photovoltaic projects that are part of the future acquisition of a portfolio of up to 25 projects from Verano Capital.
  • Advised oEnergy on the signing of a framework contract for the creation of a joint venture with Blue Elephant Energy for the development of a PMGD project.

Chile > Environment Tier 2

The 13-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos acts on a broad range of environment matters, with particular focus on M&A-related environmental work, litigation and regulatory compliance. It also fields specialists in wetlands, waste management, water rights and the environmental aspects of project finance and development. Among the firm’s several experienced partners, Clemente Pérez is consistently involved in major projects; Martín Santa María specialises in the environmental assessments of projects, environmental litigation, and urban planning; Benjamín Pérez is a water law expert; and Sebastián Abogabir is an ‘extraordinarily complete adviser' whose practice encompasses energy, natural resources, water law and environmental matters. Within the associate pool, Francisca Pellegrini advises on the environmental aspects of project finance and M&A, and project-related environmental assessments, and Antonia Ibarra is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Martín Santa María; Sebastián Abogabir; Benjamín Pérez

Testimonials

We have been working with Guerrero Olivos for many years, so it has thorough knowledge of the structure of our company, as well as its particularities – these are invaluable aspects.

Lawyers with a lot of experience in environmental issues and very clear in explaining the details.

Works with great perseverance, interest and creativity on our behalf. The team’s involvement and achievements will be of great importance for the region as well as the country, which must be regulated and protected.

Clemente Pérez and associate Antonia Ibarra show great commitment and interest in working with clients, as well as the regional authorities.

Sebastian Abogabir combines deep technical-legal knowledge with understanding of our business and a deep network of contacts. He is pragmatic, pro-business and has good judgement, which make him an extraordinarily complete adviser. He also shows a deep commitment to all the projects in which he is involved.

I would highlight Benjamín Pérez for his technical and legal knowledge, as well as his willingness, commitment, responsibility, diligence and punctuality.

Key clients

Puerto Ventanas

Aconcagua

Rio 2

SCA Atacama Kozan

Empresas Carozzi

Hacienda Chorombo

Fundación San Carlos de Maipo

Hydrogéne de France

Copenhagen Infrastructure Energy Transition Fund I K/S

P&G Larraín

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the investment into two companies to develop a large green hydrogen project in Chile.
  • Advising Fundación San Carlos de Maipo (a non-profit entity), which owns the Batuco Wetland, on developing an environmental protection and education project that will be open to the community.
  • Assisted the Antofagasta Minerals Group (through Antofasta Minerals and Minera Los Pelambres) with defending water rights against third parties.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Recent activity for the 16-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos focuses on project finance, infrastructure projects, power plants, and LNG regasification terminals. Representative expertise covers due diligence processes, credit agreements and special purpose vehicle incorporations. The practice also houses specialists in collateral packages, along with energy supply matters, and EPC, O&M, and build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements. The practice is co-headed by Clemente Pérez, a specialist in renewable energy and infrastructure projects, public works concessions and regulatory law; energy projects specialist Sebastián Abogabir; Miguel Coddou, who acts for international lenders; mining and venture capital partner Pedro Lyon; and Benjamín Pérez, who is active in mining-related activities. Among the firm’s associates, senior Benjamín Novoa‘s practice includes project finance, while Francisca Pellegrini acts for energy developers and lenders. Raised to partner in February 2022, Felipe Frühling assists with project finance, developments and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Clemente Pérez; Sebastián Abogabir; Miguel Coddou; Pedro Lyon; Benjamín Pérez

Key clients

IDB Invest

Goldman Sachs

BNP Paribas

Banco Santander

Sonnedix Group

R&Q

FINSO

Consorcio Banchile – Andes Solar

Natixis (New York)

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Chilean affiliate of FINSO on the contracts and litigation processes surrounding the construction of a public hospital in southern Chile.
  • Advised R&Q Concesiones on the sale of the Road Concession Chiloe Longitudinal Route project to Patria Investments.
  • Advising a not-for-profit corporation called Reguemos Chile on an infrastructure and renewable energy project, which plans to transport water from rainy areas.

Chile > Public law Tier 2

The 10-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos covers public law litigation, judicial reviews and representing clients before the regulatory bodies. The team also assists with public-bid processes and public procurement, and obtaining permits and approvals; its recent caseload includes matters in the mining, real estate and utilities, banking and finance, TMT, aquaculture and transport sectors. The practice is co-led by Eduardo Cordero  , a specialist in constitutional and administrative law and regulated industries, who routinely assists with regulatory processes and transactional matters, and is experienced in filing reports before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court; and José Gabriel Undurraga , whose recent workload includes advising on competitive tendering, public procurement and sanctioning. Further support is provided by projects-related public law expert Martín Santa María  ; and associate Roberto Burgos , who assists with public procurement, litigation and transactional matters. In June 2022, the firm incorporated highly respected public law professor, Rosa Fernanda Gómez , as senior counsel in its public law and regulated markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Testimonials

Comprehensive knowledge of its subjects with clarity.

Ability to analyse the problem from different perspectives and anticipate scenarios.

Guerrero Olivos has a professional and experienced team, with specialists who are dedicated exclusively to this area – they also write academic publications and are recognised in the industry for it.

Solid work and direct involvement of both partners and associates through a collaborative work scheme with clients.

Eduardo Cordero is appreciated for his rigour and knowledge.

José Gabriel Undurraga and Roberto Burgos have great capacity for work.

Key clients

Empresa de Transporte Metropolitano de Santiago

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Antofagasta Minerals

Mutual de Seguros de Chile

Banco Falabella

Transelec

Aguas Andinas

Telefónica Group

Banco BCI

Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato

Work highlights

  • Assisted Metro with a process carried out by the General Comptroller’s Office.
  • Acted for Empresa Nacional de Petróleos in a matter before the Superintendency of the Environment.
  • Acted for Transelec in a challenging process before the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels.

Chile > TMT Tier 2

Guerrero Olivos's TMT department acts for clients from across the TMT spectrum, including the telecoms, technology, and social media sectors; areas of particular growth for the practice include data privacy, cybersecurity and regulatory work, including data centres’ regulatory requirements. The practice is jointly led by Juan Enrique Allard, who is sought out by Chilean and foreign companies (and law firms) to advise on day-to-day issues, as well as data privacy, IT, cybersecurity and new technological platforms; Eduardo Cordero, whose regulatory practice covers acting for telecoms companies on tariff setting processes; and public law specialist José Gabriel Undurraga. At associate level, senior Diego Morandé is IP head, specialising in new technologies and data privacy; and Alejandra Leiton assists with regulatory, compliance and data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Enrique Allard; Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Key clients

Telefónica Group

Softcell Technologies Global Private

Genius Sports

Western Union International

Novator Partners

WOM

Globalstar

Newegg

Starz

DXC Technology

Webtoon Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon on TMT, regulatory and data privacy matters in Chile.
  • Advised US cable and satellite television network, Starz, on the implementation of video on-demand services in Chile, along with other corporate regulatory work.
  • Advised Globalstar on obtaining a concession to operate phone satellite services (via the Chilean regulator).

Chile > Venture capital Tier 2

Key areas of work for the seven-member practice at Guerrero Olivos range from funds-related corporate and tax structuring and restructuring of funds, to financing rounds, partner contracts and internationalisation processes. Acting for start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors, the group also assists with stock option plans, along with contract drafting for license and distribution agreements, personal data protection and cybersecurity. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s cooperation alliance with Chile Global Ventures, a VC accelerator that belongs to a community of over 75 institutions worldwide. The department is led by Pedro Lyon, who is experienced in M&A work for VC and corporate VC investors, and advising start-ups with an international market presence. In addition to his disputes practice, experienced partner Benjamín Ferrada assists with VC structuring work, while associate Francisca Martínez also has an active VC practice.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lyon

Testimonials

The GO team is very professional, one of the few in the country that knows VC work very well, and with international experience in this area.

Always proposing new formulas for solutions to the various issues raised.

I really like their pro-entrepreneur stance, the lawyers putting themselves in the shoes of the founder, even though the founder is not necessarily their client.

The lawyers understand that VC is a matter of relationships and people, so they take great care of these aspects – this is something that I would highlight.

Good availability and solid experience of the team.

One of the few firms that has experience in the Chilean VC ecosystem. The team stands out positively when compared to other firms in this area in an evident and significant way.

The lawyers of the Guerrero Olivos firm have extensive experience in this area, including with companies, investors and stakeholders, both local and foreign. This allows them to support start-ups effectively and efficiently, jointly negotiating investment documents with them, and proposing good practices that allow them to protect their interests in the company.

The team has been very professional and the collaboration easy, thanks to the knowledge it has and the ease with which it explains and carries out the tasks. Associate Francisca Martínez has led much of our work and she does an excellent job.

Key clients

Xepelin

BUK

Food for the Future

Opencasa

OLX

ACF Financial

YOV Group

Mentum

Obralink

Clin Fondo de Inversión Privado VC Investments

Wayra

Chile Global Ventures

CLIN II

LAMM

Ricardo Donoso

CORFO

Payflow Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised digital financial solutions fintech company, Xepelin, on a large international financing round for $230m.
  • Advised F4F on its first Series A financing round.
  • Advised Wayra in Chile on various transactions, such as the acquisition of a 0.29% stake in Wherex.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Guerrero Olivos‘ full-service team advises on the full gamut of bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganisation plans, including assisting corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditors with both contentious and non-contentious bankruptcy-related matters. Jointly heading the department: Sergio Yávar has substantial experience in insolvency proceedings and restructurings; and Benjamín Ferrada focuses on disputes surrounding bankruptcy proceedings, and assisting creditors with reorganisations. At associate level, Juan Luis Vial is also experienced in reorganisation and insolvency work, while Pablo Rioseco focuses on judicial procedures.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team welcomed us, from the first moment, with open arms – everyone was friendly and efficient in answering all our queries.

All the lawyers we worked with were friendly and quick to complete the paperwork.

Sergio Yávar stood out for his commitment. He was always attentive and willing to answer us as soon as possible, and he made us feel like we were the most important clients of the firm.

Key clients

Anglo American Marketing

Kimura Master Fund

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar La Araucana

DSM Nutritional Products

Fundación Arturo López Pérez

Vicentin Chile

Unifrutti Traders

Vipal Chile

Mitta

Givaudan

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American Marketing and Kimura Master Fund (as secured creditors) on the reorganisation plan for Minera Tres Valles.
  • Advised La Araucana on the registration and exchange of two series of bonds, further to a reorganisation/restructuring agreement executed with creditors several years ago.
  • Acted for Fundación Arturo López Pérez (as creditor of health insurance institution Isapre Mas Vida) in relation to a $450m reorganisation proceeding.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

Recent work for Guerrero Olivos' 13-member practice includes international bond issuances, along with the issuance, placement and registration of local bonds with the local regulator (CMF). The group is also experienced in cross-border capital markets work, and structuring investments funds and fund managers. Three experienced, senior figures co-lead the practice: Jorge Delpiano advises banks and financial institutions on day-to-day capital markets matters; Pedro Pellegrini's broad corporate and finance practice includes capital markets’ transactions; and Pedro Lyon is particularly known for the structuring of investment funds. Also highly regarded, Miguel Coddou 's expertise takes in local debt offerings, international securities issuances, senior guaranteed notes, and capital markets regulatory matters. Debt issuance expert César Gálvez was made partner in February 2022.

Key clients

WOM

Kenbourne Invest

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar de Los Andes

Activa Alternative Assets

CORFO

ChileGlobal Ventures

LarrainVial

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

LarrainVial

Telefónica Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Kenbourne Invest on a $450m, Rule 144A/Reg. S bond issuance on the international markets.
  • Advised Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar de Los Andes on the registration of four series of bonds with an aggregate value of $294m.
  • Advised Activa Alternative Assets on the structuring of a new investment fund with the OLX Group (Prosus) that focuses on the investment of debt securities and marketable securities.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Full-service firm Guerrero Olivos has bounced back strongly from the high-profile departure of former managing partner Roberto Guerrero, along with partners Macarena Ravinet, Josefina Yávar and Tomás Kubick at the end of 2020. The practice group has maintained its impressive track record in both local and multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint ventures and venture capital matters; and remains particularly well known for M&A involving the TMT, energy (/natural resources), food and beverage, and retail sectors. The core group of principal partners comprises: Jorge Delpiano, an expert in M&A, corporate reorganisations and corporate governance; TMT and energy deal specialist Juan Enrique Allard; deeply experienced corporate, M&A and finance structuring practitioner, Pedro Pellegrini (who also heads up the firm’s compliance and antitrust practices); and Pedro Lyon, who has a long track record in private equity and venture capital matters. The second line of key advisers includes César Gálvez (banking, capital markets and corporate/M&A), who was raised to the partnership in February 2022; and at associate level, senior Sebastián Marambio (who focuses on corporate/M&A and consumer law), and associate Francisca Martínez (private investment funds, venture capital and private equity matters).

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

The expert team we worked with was very qualified in renewable energy investments – very focused and with a high sense of urgency as needed, and solution-oriented.

Very service minded, focused, and showed great strengths.

Response speeds are very high.

César Gálvez stands out for his business vision and ability to empathise with the other party when sensitive issues are discussed.

Key clients

Telefónica Group

FLSmidth

FEMSA

BUK

Empresas Carozzi

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Cantabria

Matrix Renewables Chile

Adepa Global Services

Solek

IACSA

Global Soluciones Financieras

Nextenergy Capital

ByL

Galgo Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica Group on the Chilean aspects of its $120m transaction with Asterion Industrial Partners involving four data centres.
  • Advised Danish engineering company FLSmidth on the due diligence process for its €325m global purchase of the mining operation of Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, which includes a Chilean subsidiary.
  • Advised FEMSA on its $56m acquisition of the OK Market convenience-store chain.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Always providing good advice‘, the seven-member team at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos consistently acts before the civil, constitutional and arbitral courts for clients drawn from across a broad range of sectors; nevertheless, it is particularly noted for construction, energy, mining, and food and agribusiness-related disputes. The practice is led by Sergio Yávar, who specialises in highly complex civil and commercial trials and arbitrations, as well as insolvency proceedings; while Benjamín Ferrada handles civil and commercial lawsuits, constitutional claims, tax and regulatory litigation, and has an ‘outstanding ability to develop conflict management strategies‘. Constanza Urzúa and Andrés Cuevas are both active dispute resolution associates.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Yávar; Benjamín Ferrada

Testimonials

The entire team made itself available and has been continuously present as progress has been made. Clarity in the objectives, and good transmission of information and strategy, with confidence that the team fully understands the assignment. The lawyers have also managed remote technologies perfectly.

A multidisciplinary team, which provides comprehensive advice.

Proximity, trust and knowledge of the local market, with the team of advisers always providing good advice.

The difference lies in how the issues raised by clients are treated – very clear about the decisions made, and the pros and cons of each one.

Great knowledge and handling of legal matters, with the ability to create and develop a successful strategy to resolve conflicts and reach an optimal result.

Benjamín Ferrada stands out for his outstanding ability to develop conflict management strategies. He thinks outside conventional limits, creating innovative proposals that achieve adequate and successful resolutions of disputes. Also noteworthy is his proximity to the client and the agile and prompt responses, always being available or accessible for any requirement.

Benjamín Ferrada – strategy, clarity, trust and respect for the client and its in-house counsels. On all occasions, an excellent relationship has been achieved.

An associate with a great future is Andrés Cuevas.

Key clients

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción

Compañía General de Electricidad

Naturgy Group

Arysta Lifescience Chile

Enaco

Empresas Carozzi

Agrícola y Frutícola Quihua

Forestal y Agrícola Yukón

Bitumix

Santiago Metals

Denham Capital

Cuprum Resources Chile

Fundación San Carlos Del Maipo

Gersa

Szturmak

Gravetal Bolivia

Mutual De Seguridad Cámara Chilena de la Construcción

Farm Melozal

Federación Chilena De Bridge

OLX Autos

Walker Arangua Family

State Of Chile

Mutual De Seguros De Chile

Work highlights

  • Acted for Chilean economic development agency, CORFO, in civil litigation before the Court of Appeals, which related to a Constitutional Protection Remedy.
  • Successfully acted for Fundación San Carlos de Maipo (non-profit entity) before the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the development of significant conservation and environmental projects.
  • Acted for US-based mining and energy fund Denham Capital and Santiago Metals in a highly complex legal and mining dispute worth $20m.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 3

The five-member labour, employment and migration department at Guerrero Olivos regularly acts for clients from the mining and metals, technology, food and beverage, retail, media, and banking and finance sector clients; the practice primarily handles pre-emptive advice, disputes, and corporate, M&A and reorganisation-related labour issues. The practice also assists with employment litigation involving unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, the protection of fundamental rights, work-related accidents, collective bargaining, and expatriate matters. Lead partner Rocío García de la Pastora is an expert in labour law consultancy and litigation, collective bargaining and corporate labour matters. At associate level, Sergio Fuica specialises in the protection of fundamental rights and labour disputes, and Tomas Garnhamresolves all queries quickly with skill'.

Practice head(s):

Rocío García de la Pastora

Testimonials

I would highlight the practicality and empathy of the team, which adapts perfectly to clients’ needs and solves them efficiently.

Associate Tomas Garnham’s work is excellent – resolves all queries quickly with skill.

Key clients

Scotiabank

Amazon

Amazon Web Services

Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Central Parking

Intcomex

Empresas Carozzi

Rappi

Pandora

Andina del Sud

Work highlights

  • Acting for Scotiabank in a highly complex labour lawsuit.
  • Assists Compañía Cervecerías Unidas with both its relations with contractors and labour litigation.
  • Assists Carozzi with its employment litigation, as well as the labour side to M&A deals.

Chile > Tax Tier 3

The recent track record for Guerrero Olivos‘ ‘exceptionally responsive‘ six-member tax practice includes advising companies from the mining and metals, renewables and financing sectors; and key areas for the team range from cross-border transactions and international taxation, to double taxation matters, and tax structures for corporate and project finance deals. The group is additionally active in tax disputes. Department leader Alejandro Chechilnitzky , who was made partner in February 2021, ‘gives practical, commercial advice that is easy to follow‘; and at associate level, Alfonso Niklitschek  specialises in local and international taxation, succession planning and corporate reorganisations. Macarena Toro left to found Toro y Cia in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Chechilnitzky

Testimonials

Tax lawyers who are knowledgeable about the client’s business and practical.

Exceptionally responsive (we have used other advisers in Chile where this has not been the case). Our client was based in Australia, and Guerrero Olivos made its team available for late night calls to accommodate time zone differences.

Alejandro Chechilnitzky is a lawyer who is oriented to the client’s business, providing timely solutions.

Alejandro Chechilnitzky is very knowledgeable, and gives practical, commercial advice that is easy to follow; and he is fluent in English (which is helpful when advising an international company!

Key clients

IDB Invest

Xepelin

Solek

Matrix Renewables

Telefónica Group

FEMSA

OEnergy

Antofagasta Minerals

GLL Real Estate Partners

Cap Vert Energie

Work highlights

  • Advised the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, BNP Paribas and Banco Santander) on the tax aspects of an international financing granted to energy generation companies to fund credit rights (in relation to the Tariff Stabilization Law).
  • Advised Chilean start-up Xepelin on the tax aspects of local and international financings (funded from the US).
  • Advised Telefónica Group on structuring and implementing the most efficient tax structures for its local and international M&A transactions.

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Handling both antitrust litigation and M&A-related competition work, Guerrero Olivos' eight-strong team has sector specialisms in mining and metals, energy distribution, retail, and food and beverages. The department is co-led by senior partner Pedro Pellegrini, who is experienced in advising on competition-related corporate risks and defence-side investigatory proceedings; constitutional and administrative law specialist Eduardo Cordero; and public law expert José Gabriel Undurraga. Key associate support is provided by Juan José García, a former member of the FNE’s litigation division; and Alejandra Leiton, whose experience includes merger filings and the implementation of antitrust compliance programmes for multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pellegrini; Eduardo Cordero; José Gabriel Undurraga

Testimonials

This area of competition is very well supported by the firm’s corporate group, which is a very good complement, especially for concentration cases.

Associate Juan José García does a very good job, handling financial matters very well.

Key clients

Naturgy Energy Group

Femsa Comercio

OXXO Chile

Empresas Carozzi

Instituto de Normalización Previsional

Grenergy

Natixis, New York Branch

Antofagasta Minerals

MITTA

Western Union International

Randstad

Work highlights

  • Advised Naturgy Group on the merger-control process concerning the sale of shares in its affiliate, Compañía General de Electricidad, to China’s State Grid International Development.
  • Advised FEMSA on a merger-control process concerning its acquisition of the OK Market convenience-store chain.
  • Advises Empresas Carozzi on competition, regulatory and compliance matters in the region (on an ongoing basis).

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 4

The IP practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos focuses on trade mark and patent prosecution, IP litigation and contracts, and denomination of origin and geographical indications procedures, as well as technology transfer, data privacy, anti-counterfeiting matters and customs issues. Recently re-elected to the International Trademark Association Enforcement Committee for the 2022-2023 period, senior associate and IP group head Diego Morandé is an expert in trade mark and innovation protection, as well as being experienced in the defence of IP rights; and associate Alejandra Leiton is a key member of the IP, data protection and new technologies groups.

Practice head(s):

Diego Morandé

Testimonials

A team with good responses and use of resources.

Commitment to clients, with genuine empathy as if our issues are their problems too.

Senior associate Diego Morandé and associate Alejandra Leiton are the people I work with. They make a good team and deliver effective responses.

Diego Morandé is fast and always on time.

Key clients

Exportadora Unifrutti Traders

Parfums Christian Dior

Volvo Financial Services

Sympla

Banco Santander

CAP

Rust Oleum

Grupo Teka

Detroit

DyD

Papel Pintado

BUK

Inversiones Mitta

Genius Sports

Rakin

Work highlights

  • Advised Chilean start-up BUK on the assignment of 14 trade marks.
  • Advised Unifrutti Traders on several IP matters, including its trade mark portfolio worldwide, and filings, renewals and oppositions.
  • Advised Parfums Christian Dior on the registration of trade mark “Perfume Shake” in Chile.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Guerrero Olivos‘ team is co-led by Sergio Yávar and Benjamín Ferrada, who both act in complex disputes, including high-profile arbitration cases; they are particularly active in arbitral matters in the highly regulated sectors, such as mining, real estate, infrastructure and energy.

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 AbogabirPartner and member of the energy and natural resources and environmental law…
Juan Allard photo Juan AllardLeading 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 CorderoLeading partner of Guerrero Olivos’ public law and regulated markets group. He…
Jorge Delpiano photo Jorge DelpianoJorge Delpiano is a partner with Guerrero Olivos and member of our…
Benjamín Ferrada photo Benjamín FerradaPartner of the Dispute Resolution area, with a strong reputation in high…
Rocío García de la Pastora photo Rocío García de la PastoraRocío García de la Pastora is the leading partner of Guerrero Olivos’…
Pedro Lyon photo Pedro LyonPartner that leads Guerrero Olivos´ mining practice and also our venture capital…
Pedro Pellegrini photo Pedro PellegriniPartner with the corporate/M&A group and leading partner of the antitrust and…
Clemente Pérez photo Clemente PérezLeading partner of our energy and natural resources and infrastructure areas. He…
Benjamín Pérez photo Benjamín PérezPartner with Guerrero Olivos that co-heads the water law department and member…
Martín Santa María photo Martín Santa MaríaManaging partner of Guerrero Olivos, leading partner of the real estate group…
José Gabriel Unudrraga photo José Gabriel UnudrragaPartner with Guerrero Olivos and member of the public law, regulatory and…
Sergio Yávar photo Sergio YávarLeading partner of the dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) and the insolvency…
Marco Zavala photo Marco ZavalaPartner, he leads the New Business Development area and he is a…
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