Firm Profile > Larrain y Asociados Abogados > Santiago, Chile

Larrain y Asociados Abogados
Avenida El Bosque 130
Piso 12, Las Condes
SANTIAGO
Chile

Mining Tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' specialised nine-member energy and natural resources team advises mining companies and projects on the survey, exploration, development, construction and operational stages of their activities. It also assists with the acquisition and sale of mining companies, mining assets and real estate. In addition, the practice is experienced in project finance, option agreements, treatment plant construction, and mining sector technology development agreements. With a longstanding reputation and deep experience in the sector, Jorge Granic is a regular counsel to large mining companies; and Cristóbal Morandé, whose practice covers regulated services and natural resources, energy law, project financing and corporate/M&A, is also an active in the sector.

Testimonials

The experience with this firm is great.

The team has extensive experience in project and contract financing in the power generation market in Chile and is able to assist its clients in different phases and aspects, from legal strategy to commercial and tax considerations.

Jorge Granic has great experience in mining issues.

Key clients

Glencore Chile

Albemarle Limitada

Atacama Solar

Reden Solar

Minera Gold Fields Salares Norte

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' 13-strong practice has become a go-to team for the structuring of complex project solutions for industrial clients. It has particular expertise in advising on the development, financing, construction and operational stages of infrastructure projects across sectors including mining, energy, road, rail, ports and hospitals. The team also assists with associated contentious issues including construction disputes. The practice is led by infrastructure experts Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, with partners Cristóbal Morandé, Carlos Aravena and Juan Carlos Bulnes, of counsel Ricardo Peña, and associates Joaquín Larrain, Javiera Méndez (deputy legal head of the National Energy Commission until her August-2019 arrival at the firm), and Juan de Dios Ferrada providing further support.

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Key clients

Gold Fields

Globalvía

Transchile Charrúa Chile

Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente

Vespucio Oriente Highway

GM Holdings

Ferrovial Airports International

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Albemarle

Reden Solar

Banking and finance Tier 3

Widely respected for energy and road infrastructure project finance, Larrain y Asociados Abogados' eight-strong team is also active in syndicated loans and acquisition, structured and aircraft finance. Typical clients include banks, brokers and financial institutions, and companies. Project finance specialist Patricio Montes and Jorge Granic, who acts for large mining companies and electricity companies, head the group, which also fields experienced associate Diego Garay.

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Testimonials

They certainly have great knowledge of this area, which allows them quickly to understand the problems that arise in businesses, and to look for reasonable alternative solutions. In addition, they spend significant time getting to know the client, so they they can easily detect the level of risk they are willing to take. They also transmit great knowledge and reassurance.’

Key clients

Banco del Estado de Chile

Banco Itaú

Banco Security

Scotiabank

Banco Consorcio

Banco de Chile

Banco Internacional

BCI

Hidroeléctrica San Andrés

TI Mining

Open Casa

Banco Santander-Chile

Reden Solar

Glencore

Banco Estado

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Gamma Cementos

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields 11 corporate lawyers, including four partners, who specialise in M&A, asset purchases and sales, sales of operations, and restructuring, along with associated finance requirements. The department also assists with day-to-day activities, including corporate governance, majority and minority interests, contracts, company formation, corporate regulatory matters and reorganisations. Long-known for its particular expertise in projects, infrastructure and energy and natural resources, the practice group is co-led by deeply experienced partners Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, who have particular knowledge of the regulated industries and energy and natural resources sectors. Other key team members includes younger, established partners Juan Carlos Bulnes and Cristóbal Morandé, along with of counsel Ricardo Peña (also a transactional, energy and projects specialist), and up coming associate Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker.

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Testimonials

Stays very close to the client, with great availability at all times and very detailed knowledge.

Great attention and customer service. This is a team of lawyers that stands out for its excellence. They advise with dedication, customer orientation and, consequently, with efficiency and reliability.

They work as a team, giving a personalised treatment, attending to needs and giving possible alternatives that are tailored to the context of the transaction. Due to their knowledge and experience in corporate and M&A, it is very reassuring to have them.

Arturo Bulnes and associate Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker stand out for their excellence.

Arturo Bulnes shows excellent legal quality. I highlight his analytical skills and solid legal knowledge.

Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker is an enthusiastic and dedicated lawyer, who is highly qualified and always collaborative. He facilitates effective advice and management between the parties, and manages to give support on ad-hoc transactions, since he has not only technical mastery but also strategic vision.

Key clients

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

Empresas GASCO

Sacyr Agua

Transchile Charrúa Chile

San Manuel, Desarrollo e Inversiones

Minera Centinela

Aquafarm

Ferrovial Airports International

Reden Solar

SPV P4 (Sonnedix)

Hydrochile

Environment Tier 3

The nine-strong department at Larrain y Asociados Abogados is experienced in the environmental law aspects surrounding energy, mining, oil and gas, electricity and water-related matters. Typical work includes obtaining environmental permits, ascertaining the performance of environmental standards, environmental auditing, and acting in investigations and environmental damage claims. The practice also has substantial water law expertise. Experienced partners Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé head the group.

Key clients

Sonnedix

Ferrovial Airports International

Pacific Hydro Chile

Empresas Copec

Anpac

BHP Billiton

Andes Mining & Energy

Generadora Metropolitana

Albemarle

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Santiago Solar

Real estate Tier 3

With particular expertise in the infrastructure and construction sectors, Larrain y Asociados Abogados' seven-member real estate department specialises in title reviews, collateral issues, co-ownership regulations, and purchase and transactional agreements. Its representative high-stakes work covers housing, hospitality, viticulture, energy and mining sector-related projects. The real estate team is led by experienced partners José Pedro Baraona and former Undersecretary at Chile's National Property Ministry, Juan Carlos Bulnes. Senior associate Juan de Dios Ferrada and associate José Spoerer provide notable support.

Testimonials

This is a very good office. The lawyers have a lot of knowledge and are very close to their clients. The team differs from large firms because of the direct contact with partners.

Great for availability,  reliability and seriousness.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente

Empresas CMPC

La Polar

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

San Manuel S.A., Desarrollo e Inversiones

OpenCasa

Banco Internacional

Cameron

The Singular Hotels

CHL Capital

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The nine-strong disputes practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has extensive litigation and arbitration experience in sectors such as construction, financial services, energy, public works and real estate. The team is co-led by experienced partners Carlos Aravena, an arbitral specialist particularly active in construction, infrastructure and projects matters; and litigant José Pedro Baraona, who focuses primarily on representing construction companies, highway concession holders and government agencies in civil suits against the State of Chile and the Public Works Ministry. Partners Pedro Zelaya (insurance and civil liability, litigation and domestic and international arbitration) and Víctor Manuel Avilés (litigation as part of a broader tax and energy practice) are also key to the group; as are specialist disputes associates Isabel Palacios and César Vásquez who focus on public concessions, and construction and civil engineering, respectively.

Testimonials

This team of professionals demonstrates great experience and ability in interpreting our requirements to satisfy our queries successfully.

They demonstrate excellent experience and professionalism.

What makes this firm unique, versus other law firms, is its excellent teamwork, being always committed to the cause, and very professional and well prepared. Furthermore, they have a very important quality, which is to empathise with the client’s problem and to find the best way to solve their problem, considering the characteristics of the case and the client’s particularities.

Key clients

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción

Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé

Grupo SAESA

Banco Consorcio

Minera Altos de Punitaqui Limitada

Condominio Parque Monasterio

IAM FUTBOL

San Sebastian Inmobiliaria

Intellectual property Tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' involvement in industrial property matters and copyright demonstrates particular expertise in music industry-related agreements, as well as issues combining constitutional law and IP. The practice group also includes experts in litigation (including domain name disputes), and is experienced in matters involving plant varieties and vineyards. Experienced partner José Pedro Baraona has assumed leadership of the group, following Pablo Ruiz-Tagle temporary departure to serve as Dean of the University of Chile's school of Law. Intellectual and industrial property-focused senior associate, Sebastián Prieto, is also noted.

Testimonials

Among senior associate Sebastián Prieto’s qualities, I highlight his accessibility and speed in answering requests.

Key clients

Watt’s

Universal Music

Grupo Osborne

Altos Vinos

Alimentos Eggless

Compañia Papelera Pacifico

AB Tetra Pack

Malva Kozmetik Petrol Gida Turizm

Telesat Canada

McCain Foods

Distribuidora De Alimentos Globe Italia

Promarca

Privatbrauerei Eichbaum

Viña Santa Carolina

Sun World International

Mediaproduccion

Warner Chapel

Datco Chile

Labour and employment Tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields five practitioners who assist both national and international companies with litigation, labour-related corporate matters, recruitment, cross-border employment issues, collective bargaining, and general employment and social security issues. The team also acts in significant litigation, including anti-union practices and sexual harassment investigations. The practice's main clients are from the mining, education and service sectors. Andrés Silva leads the labour department and Jorge Parro is an experienced associate.

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Testimonials

I have had to work with several lawyers from the firm and they have always stood out for their technical skills. I also highlight the quality of work, availability (regardless of the day and time) and proactivity.

They really work as a team and you don’t have to go to a particular lawyer, knowing that everyone always handles the required information in detail. That’s a plus I haven’t seen in other firms.

The constant availability to meet requirements, attend emergency meetings and positive adaptation to company’s needs make Andrés Silva and associate Jorge Parro stand out.

Key clients

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Santo Tomás Educational Group

Polpaico Group

La Polar Group

Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente

Seguros Sura Chile

Larrain Vial Companies

BSH Electrodomésticos (Chile)

Zamine Service Chile

Cinemark Chile

Tax Tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields a three-member tax team led by Víctor Manuel Avilés, a former Vice President of the Chilean Institute of Tax Law, whose practice is focused on tax planning and tax litigation. Associates Manuel Larrain and Gonzalo Guerra complete the group, for which tax litigation and audits conducted by the Chilean tax and customs authorities are key areas; it also has experience in tax structuring and compliance.

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Electricity/oil and gas

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields nine lawyers who are widely recognised for their work in energy and natural resources-related sectors, such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and water. It has particular expertise with M&A deals in the energy space, tender and bidding processes, energy project development, and regulatory matters. Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are highly-rated partners. Morandé recently led advice to Transchile Charrúa Chile on a memorandum of understanding and build–own–operate–transfer agreements for the construction of a transmission line and substation. Key support is provided by of counsels Ricardo Peña and Cristián Araya, along with August 2019 associate hire Javiera Méndez – formerly deputy legal head at the National Energy Commission – and fellow associates Joaquín Larrain and Francisco Cerda.

Testimonials

It is a very good team, with great expertise in the area.

A great team with solid experience in the world of energy and hydrocarbons.

Jorge Granic is the best lawyer we know in Chile. He has excellent knowledge, capability and experience, and he is well respected in the industry. He has been involved in at least three remarkable BOOT projects for mining sector-related power generation and water desalination, both for the off-taker and developer side, which also makes him special.

Jorge Granic is the best lawyer in Chile for energy and related issues. He is a great adviser.

We receive personalised and exceptional attention from of counsel Ricardo Peña, who always gives the best advice in the interest of the client. He prepares accurate analyses and very good recommendations. He stands out from other lawyers. Associate Joaquín Larrain is also highly recommended.

Key clients

Transchile Charrúa Chile

Atacama Solar

Minera Centinela

Ferrovial Airports International

Anpac

Albemarle

Reden Solar

BHP Billiton

Empresas GASCO

SPV P4

TamaKaya Energía

Larrain y Asociados Abogados was founded in 1994 and has grown to become among 40 lawyer firm’s with significant accumulated legal expertise. The experience and understanding of the legal team allow them to fully and efficiently advise clients in the most relevant areas of law and is internally organized in different practice groups based on areas of expertise.
One of the Firm’s characteristics is to privilege, above a significant growth, the recruitment of lawyers of the best universities and with excellent qualifications. So, It has sought to hire well-qualified lawyers to keep the firm’s size in such a way that it is not prevented from embracing complex transactions while permitting it to have a competitive and efficient cost structure.
Larrain y Asociados, through a well integrated and collaborative work, seeks to provide high quality and prompt service to its clients. Integration in the quality of work is a guarantee, as long as the lawyer in charge can confer with experts, maximizing the depth and without increasing the cost for clients.
All of its lawyers are graduates from Chile’s leading law schools and many have postgraduate degrees and doctorates from the finest prestigious foreign programs and have also worked in renowned law firms in United States, Canada, Germany and France.
Lawyers are encouraged to do pro bono work and commit to academic endeavors, as teachers or researchers in connection with their legal practice.
Larrain y Asociados is a member of the International Lawyers Network and the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Carlos Aravena caravena@larrain.cl
Tax Víctor Manuel Avilés vm_aviles@larrain.cl
Litigation / Real Estate José Pedro Baraona jpbaraona@larrain.cl
Projects/ Concessions Arturo Bulnes abulnes@larrain.cl
Corporate M&A / Real Estate Juan Carlos Bulnes jcbulnes@larrain.cl
Energy / Mining Jorge Granic jgranic@larrain.cl
Aviation /Corporate M&A Carlos I Larrain cilarrain@larrain.cl
Banks and Financing Patricio Montes pmontes@larrain.cl
Energy / Regulated Services Cristóbal Moránde cmorande@larrain.cl
Labour Andrés Silva asilva@larrain.cl
Insurance and Reinsurance Pedro Zelaya pzelaya@larrain.cl
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Carlos Aravena  photo Mr Carlos Aravena Carlos Aravena joined Larrain y Asociados in 1997 and has been a…
Mr Víctor Manuel Avilés  photo Mr Víctor Manuel Avilés Víctor Manuel Avilés joined the firm in 1998 and has been a…
Mr José Pedro Baraona photo Mr José Pedro Baraona José Pedro Baraona joined Larrain y Asociados in 2000, after a long…
Mr Arturo Bulnes  photo Mr Arturo Bulnes Arturo Bulnes joined Larrain y Asociados in 1994 and is a partner…
Mr Juan Carlos Bulnes  photo Mr Juan Carlos Bulnes Juan Carlos Bulnes joined Larrain y Asociados in 2002 and is a…
Mr Jorge Granic  photo Mr Jorge Granic Jorge Granic has been a partner of Larrain y Asociados since 1994.
Mr Carlos Ignacio Larrain  photo Mr Carlos Ignacio Larrain Carlos Ignacio Larrain has been a partner of Larrain y Asociados since…
Mr Patricio Montes  photo Mr Patricio Montes Patricio Montes joined Larrain y Asociados in 1996 and has been a…
 Cristóbal Morandé photo Cristóbal Morandé Cristóbal Morandé joined Larrain y Asociados in 2004 and has been a…
Mr Pablo Ruiz-Tagle  photo Mr Pablo Ruiz-Tagle At the present he is Dean of Universidad de Chile School of…
Mr Andrés Silva photo Mr Andrés Silva Andrés Silva joined Larrain y Asociados in 1999 and has been a…
Mr Pedro Zelaya  photo Mr Pedro Zelaya Pedro Zelaya is partner of Larrain y Asociados since 1994.
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