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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ 20-plus finance group (including six partners), acts for lender-side clients including BBVA, Banco Estado, Banco Security, Rabobank and Larraín Vial, which it advises on a full range of transactional matters, financial products and regulatory work, including corporate and project finance, collateral structures, loans, derivatives, securitisation and debt offerings. Senior counsel Miguel Coddou heads the banking and finance practice, which includes Roberto Guerrero V, Sebastián Yunge, Jorge Delpiano and Juan Enrique Allard.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ practice covers merger reviews and compliance programmes, antitrust disputes and competition law enforcement matters. The service is ‘beyond excellent’ and ‘response times always great’. The principal advisers are Pedro Pellegrini and senior associate Jaime Barahona, a former deputy national antitrust prosecutor at the FNE. Recent matters include advising Empresas Carozzi with an FNE investigation into alleged collusive conduct. Corporate partner Jorge Delpiano also has a high-profile role in competition work.

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

The scope of Guerrero Olivos’ practice includes M&A and private equity deals (including cross-border transactions), corporate restructuring, corporate incorporations and corporate governance issues. Alongside an international law firm, Roberto Guerrero V advised China Southern Power Grid on its first M&A transaction in Latin America, which involved the $1.3bn purchase of an interest in ETC Transmission Holdings, the parent company of Transelec (the largest pure-play power transmission company in Chile) from Brookfield Infrastructure. Jorge Delpiano, Juan Enrique Allard, Pedro Lyon, Pedro Pellegrini and Macarena Ravinet are all experienced advisers.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Guerrero V - Guerrero Olivos

Next generation lawyers

Macarena Ravinet - Guerrero Olivos

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ dispute resolution practice ‘achieves the perfect combination between a boutique and a large law firm in terms of level and breath of service’. It regularly assists with significant litigation and arbitration in Chile, particularly regarding sectors such as insurance, finance, mining and renewable energy. José Ignacio Jiménez is highly regarded; and recently promoted Sergio Yávar C, who specialises in complex civil, commercial and arbitral trials, and restructuring and insolvency proceedings, is also noted. Practice clients include British American Tobacco, Mapfre, Empresas La Polar, and Santiago Metals.

Next generation lawyers

Cristóbal Sarralde - Guerrero Olivos

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

The 11-strong practice at Guerrero Olivos is particularly active on the environmental law aspects of real estate, energy and mining projects, as well as acting before relevant bodies (such as the Environmental Superintendence, Environmental Courts), assisting with contentious environmental matters and advising on the implementation of environmental compliance programmes. Recent work included successfully assisting Banmerchant on the obtaining of all necessary licensing for its El Alto project, a process that resulted in the establishment of a new legal term, "conservation easement" (‘derecho real a la conservación’) which was implemented by Law No. 20,930. Martín Santa María, Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir are key advisers.

Leading lawyers

Clemente Pérez - Guerrero Olivos

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

2018 saw Guerrero Olivos’ former IP branch, Garay Guerrero, divided up; the firm re-integrated its own IP practice, hiring senior associate Diego Morandé M from Alessandri & Compañía Abogados to lead the practice, while Jorge Garay returned to independent practice with the launch of his own boutique, Garay IP. Guerrero’s IP practice group advises domestic and international clients on trade mark and patent registration procedures as well as on matters involving copyright, technology transfer, IP litigation, domain names, personal data, and cybersecurity. Other areas of note include license contracts, product distribution, drafting and prosecuting patents, and the protection of artistic and literary work and software. Marcos Morales is a key senior counsel.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ practice covers migratory and expatriate matters, collective bargaining and union issues, day-to-day labour law consultancy and labour litigation – including dismissals, and unfair and anti-union practices. Senior counsel Rocío García de la Pastora Z heads the labour, employment and migration group. Former senior associate Santiago Doña left to found Doña Vial Abogados y Consultores.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos’ infrastructure project experience includes highways, airports, power plants, industrial plants, re-gasification terminals, and water desalination plants; with the team handling the financing, acquisition, development and operational aspects of projects. Clemente Pérez, Pedro Lyon, Sebastián Yunge, Martín Santa María and Sebastián Abogabir are the names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos is particularly noted for its representation of clients before Chile’s constitutional court. The team is also known for its sector expertise in construction, mining, pharmaceutical and financial services, along with utilities, transportation and ports. Clemente Pérez and Eduardo Cordero are well regarded.

Next generation lawyers

Eduardo Cordero - Guerrero Olivos

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos regularly advises on high-profile real estate transactions; the firm also a has specialised real estate regulatory group which is well known for its zoning, urban planning and permitting expertise. The team advised German real estate fund manager GLL Real Estate Partners with the financing, structuring and negotiation of the acquisition of a building and the assignment of the lease agreement. Martín Santa María leads the real estate group, José Gabriel Undurraga is a key regulatory specialist, and Tomás Rosemary A and Macarena Montt A are notable associates.

Leading lawyers

Martín Santa María - Guerrero Olivos

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivosprovides an excellent all-round service’. Well known in the industry, Juan Enrique Allard leads the TMT group and can draw on partner level support from public law and regulatory experts Eduardo Cordero (a former adviser to the Ministry of Telecommunications), and José Gabriel Undurraga. The practice advises Telefónica Group, Chile’s largest telecoms operator, on its day-to-day TMT issues, including corporate, regulatory and dispute resolution matters. Other active clients include Caterpillar, Bloomberg, Yahoo!, Western Union and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Leading lawyers

Juan Enrique Allard - Guerrero Olivos

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Guerrero Olivos

Acting for domestic and international corporations, individuals and family offices, Guerrero Olivos is noted for its work on the tax aspects of transactions, tax restructuring and tax planning, particularly regarding the energy, real estate and mining sectors. Pedro Pellegrini is ‘extremely responsive and gives all the support that businesses require’; José Miguel Prieto is a highly regarded senior associate.

Next generation lawyers

José Miguel Prieto - Guerrero Olivos

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Regularly advising large local and international energy companies in Chile, Guerrero Olivos fields ‘a very good team of lawyers’ who are experts in energy (including non-conventional renewable energy and carbon credit deals), environmental matters (including land and mining rights) electricity and water law, regulatory issues and project finance. Hernán Felipe Errázuriz is highly rated and Sebastián Abogabir ‘knows how to solve problems’.

Next generation lawyers

Sebastián Abogabir - Guerrero Olivos

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos regularly assists with the development and operation of significant mining projects in Chile, as well as complex transactions and corporate restructuring. The practice recently advised Santiago Metals on the implementation of a copper project – the assistance including due diligence, and option purchase and exploration agreements, along with environmental authorisations, mining easements, and water rights. Pedro Lyon, recently promoted partner Marco Zavala and senior associate Benjamín Pérez are the names to note.

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