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

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The 15-strong practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has an enviable name in the market for project development and construction in Chile, while its 'BOOT project finance knowledge is excellent - impossible to compare with other local firms.' The projects team has particular expertise in infrastructure projects involving the mining, energy and roads sectors, while areas of recent growth include desalinisation and seawater conveyance projects, along with hospitals, ports and railways. Infrastructure experts Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic  ('unique and very valuable experience') co-head the practice, which additionally showcases litigation, arbitration and construction contract specialist Carlos AravenaCristóbal Morandé, whose practice includes project finance; Juan Carlos Bulnes (real estate, energy, mining, tourism and infrastructure projects); and of counsel Ricardo Peña, a project development expert. The firm also fields several active senior associates Joaquín Larrain ('great lawyer'), M&A and construction specialist Juan de Dios Ferrada and Javiera Méndez, who brings significant regulatory and administrative law experience to the group.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic

Testimonials

Its BOOT project finance knowledge is excellent – impossible to compare with other local firms.

Jorge Granic is a senior, professional lawyer who has unique and very valuable experience.

Jorge Granic is very senior, but also very flexible in his working style and very strong in legal aspects/knowledge; he is therefore well respected by many clients in Chile.

Senior associate Joaquín Larrain is a great lawyer who has a great working attitude, and will work even at midnight and weekends.

Key clients

Gold Fields

Empresas CMPC

Empresas La Polar

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Ferrovial Airports International

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Global Via

Grupo Abertis

Consorcio Salud Santiago Oriente

Mining Tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' eight-strong practice has a strong name in the market for its advice to significant mining companies and mining projects at the survey and exploration, development, construction and operational stages. The scope of its expertise also covers the acquisition and sale of mining companies, real estate and mining assets, along with project financing, option agreements, the commercialisation of ores, mining-related technology agreements, and proceedings to create mining properties and rights of way. A regular counsel to large mining companies, Jorge Granic leads the practice group alongside Cristóbal Morandé, whose practice includes energy and natural resources, project finance, commercial/corporate law and M&A. Further support is drawn from experienced of counsel Ricardo Peña, and associates Javiera Méndez, Joaquín Larrain and Francisco Cerda.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Testimonials

Experience in mining issues with the support of lawyers who are specialised in other areas.

Their experience and clarity when defining strategies to face different cases are highly appreciated.

Key clients

Gold Fields

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Pucobre

Metka EGN

Ferrovial Airports International

Reden Solar

Real estate Tier 2

Widely respected for its infrastructure and construction expertise, Larrain y Asociados Abogados' seven-member real estate department consistently advises developers, sponsors, buyers, sellers and lenders on property transactions and project developments, including due diligence, finance and M&A work. The firm also fields experts in real estate litigation, title reviews, collateral issues, co-ownership regulations, and purchase and transactional agreements; and its sector knowledge covers housing, hospitality, viticulture, energy and mining. The practice is co-led by José Pedro Baraona (residential and commercial real estate developments and transactions); and Juan Carlos Bulnes, a former Undersecretary at Chile's National Property Ministry, who is active in agro-industry, tourism and public property-related matters. The senior associates to note are José Spoerer (over nine years' real estate experience), Juan de Dios Ferrada (recently active in zoning and land use matters), and real estate transactions expert Manuel Larrain.

Practice head(s):

José Pedro Baraona; Juan Carlos Bulnes

Key clients

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente

Empresas CMPC

Inmobiliaria PY

Empresas La Polar

Sociedad Concesionaria Camino Nogales-Puchuncaví

The Singular Hotels

Sociedad Concesionaria Intermodal La Cisterna

Hook Chile

Banking and finance Tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' five-member team 'offers solutions that are tailored to clients' needs'; the practice advises banks, brokers and financial institutions (as well as companies) on syndicated loans and acquisition and structured finance, along with energy project financings involving the petrochemical, mining and infrastructure sectors. The banking and financing team is led by experienced partners Patricio Montes (project finance) and Jorge Granic (complex industrial project financings). Senior associate Diego Garay's practice also includes project finance work, while the team additionally fields associates Teresita Vinagre and Michelle Inzunza.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Montes

Testimonials

They have a lot of practical knowledge and the team offers solutions that are tailored to clients’ needs.

Patricio Montes and senior associate Diego Garay stand out for their flexibility, and for always being available to serve the client – even when working under high levels of pressure.

The experience and attention to detail are highly evident.

Key clients

Banco del Estado de Chile

Banco Consorcio

Itaú Corpbanca

Sacyr Agua

Fundación Viento Sur

Toesca Infraestructura II Fondo de Inversión

Nordex SE

Reden Development Chile

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Camino Nogales Puchuncaví

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' 14-strong corporate department specialises in transactional work, including M&A, asset purchases and disposals, sales of operations and restructuring; its representative work includes M&A deals involving the infrastructure and energy and natural resources sectors. The firm has also broadened its client base to cover retail, manufacturing and financial institutions. The corporate team is co-led by highly experienced partners Arturo Bulnes (infrastructure, transportation, retail and services industries), and energy, infrastructure and mining specialist Jorge Granic. The second line of key members includes Juan Carlos Bulnes, whose clients range from fund managers to tourism operators; Cristóbal Morandé, whose recent experience includes M&A deals involving power, real estate and infrastructure assets; and of counsel Ricardo Peña, a gas-related M&A expert. Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Bulnes; Jorge Granic

Testimonials

A team of lawyers that stands out for its excellence.

They advise with dedication, client orientation, efficiency and reliability.

They work as a team, delivering a personalised service, attending to client needs, and providing possible alternatives that are tailored to the transaction’s context – they are pro-deal.

Because of their knowledge and experience in corporate and M&A, we have confidence in them.

Their responsibility and commitment are the dominant features.

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

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 provide support in ad-hoc transactions, as he not only has technical mastery but also strategic vision.

Arturo Bulnes has excellent legal qualities; his analytical skills and solid legal knowledge stand out.

Key clients

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

Cemento Polpaico

Gamma Cementos

Metka EGN Chile

Sacyr Agua

Flux Solar Energías Renovables (Empresas Copec)

Minera Centinela (Antofagasta Minerals)

Seguros de Vida Suramericana

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Reden Solar

Ferrovial Airports International

Empresas CMPC

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

With extensive litigation and arbitration experience, Larrain y Asociados Abogados' nine-member practice is consistently involved in major commercial, civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative disputes. The team is particularly focused on advising clients from sectors such as construction, mining, energy and public works, as well as undertaking cases with a constitutional aspect and having developed specific consumer disputes expertise. The team is led by highly experienced partners José Pedro Baraona (litigation) and Carlos Aravena (arbitration); also integral to the practice group, Pedro Zelaya is an insurance and litigation partner and Víctor Manuel Avilés, an energy and tax lawyer who advises on litigation. Other key members include senior associates Isabel PalaciosCésar Vásquez and Claudio Torres, along with associate Macarena Gonzalez.

Practice head(s):

José Pedro Baraona; Carlos Aravena

Testimonials

Very well developed lawyers with great ability – far superior to other firms.

Great client support and seriousness in handling issues.

Their ability to learn about underlying technical subjects, knowledge of laws and sectoral norms are remarkable.

Good capacity for innovation when implementing the legal strategy.

Supported clients in various fields of work, with a shared vision of the solution and very good availability – and they listen to the client.

A very good firm with extensive knowledge, good contacts and skillful in reaching solutions.

Permanent and timely feedback on the case, with a good support team in various legal matters.

Key clients

Consorcio Aeródromo de Chiloé

Grupo SAESA

Banco Consorcio

Minera Altos de Punitaqui

Condominio Parque Monasterio

San Sebastian Inmobiliaria

AIM Futbol

Sistema de Transmisión del Sur

Environment Tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields an eight-strong team that advises primarily on the environmental law aspects arising from the energy and gas industries; the practice also has notable water law expertise. Sample work includes obtaining environmental permits, assessing the performance of environmental standards, environmental auditing, and investigations and environmental damage claims. The key figures are energy and natural resources specialist Jorge Granic and projects expert Cristóbal Morandé; notable support is provided by experienced of counsel Ricardo Peña, along with associates Javiera Méndez and Joaquín Larrain.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Key clients

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Reden Solar

Intellectual property Tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ IP department is characterised by its specialisations in industrial property matters, plant varieties and copyright, along with particular expertise in music industry-related agreements; it also assists with issues that combine both constitutional law and IP, as well as litigation and domain name disputes. José Pedro Baraona is current team leader, following Pablo Ruiz-Tagle’s temporary departure to serve as Dean of the University of Chile’s School of Law; active senior associate Sebastián Prieto is an intellectual and industrial property expert with specialist knowledge regarding new technologies.

Practice head(s):

José Pedro Baraona; Sebastián Prieto

Testimonials

Professionalism and good availability, with knowledge of the subject and the ability to provide answers to our concerns.

They helped us a lot with our IP management matters – we only had to explain what we needed and they handled all the paperwork.

They take the time to answer our questions.

The firm’s lawyers stand out for their analytical criteria, always in pursuit of satisfying clients’ needs in the most cost-effective way. In this regard, the associate Sebastián Prieto Damm stands out for his clarity in the answers and the search for the best alternatives to carry out the cases that arise.

The team is very solid and provides us with good advice that helps us to effectively carry out the cases of our clients in Chile. The most favourable point that I see with respect to other firms is the team’s speed in the response, without losing detail in the analysis.

Very good disposition and take the time to solve our questions and advise us on intellectual property and trade mark registration.

Professionalism and good disposition, knowledge of the subject and ability to provide answers to our concerns.

The response time to our requirements is fast and they are ordered in the handling of the information that has been requested from them regarding the matters on which they advise us. For their part, they have been effective in winning the instances where oppositions filed by third parties are discussed in the context of registration of new brands.

Key clients

Watt’s

Universal Music

Empresas Coipsa

Ab Tetra Pak

McCain Foods

Viña Santa Carolina

Promarca

Distribuidora De Alimentos Globeitalia

Sun World International

Confio

Datco Chile

Aeroports De Paris

Prolab Industria E Comercio De Cosméticos

LUP

Fundacion Minera Escondida

Labour and employment Tier 4

The four-member team at Larrain y Asociados Abogados is consistently sought out by mining, education, and services industry clients for litigation, labour-related corporate advice, recruitment matters and cross-border employment issues, as well as for collective bargaining, M&A and general advice on employment and social security issues. The department also assists with major litigation involving accidents at work, employees’ fundamental rights, and claims before Chile’s administrative labour authority. Collective bargaining and general labour/corporate advisory specialist Andrés Silva heads the department, which also includes associates Jorge Parro and Miriela González.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Silva

Testimonials

Stands out for its speed, knowledge and willingness to resolve issues.

The performance of these attorneys is of a very high standard, based on their deep knowledge of legal issues and personal qualities.

If there is something that characterises and distinguishes the members of this firm, it is their value as people as they carry out their activities to high ethical standards.

Andrés Silva is a standout partner.

Key clients

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Santo Tomás Educational Group

Polpaico Group

La Polar Group

Constructora de Infraestructura de Chile Seguros Sura Chile

Larrain Vial Companies

Chep Chile

Sealed Air Chile Industrial

Cinemark Chile

Tax Tier 4

Housing a 'remarkable' four-strong team, Larrain y Asociados Abogados has longstanding experience in providing tax consultancy and tax litigation services, including advising on the framework of audits conducted by the Chilean Tax and Customs Authorities. On the advisory side, the group has broad experience in the structuring of clients' businesses, in relation to income tax, VAT and withholding tax issues. Former vice-president of the Chilean Institute of Tax Law, Víctor Manuel Avilés heads the practice, which includes key associates Gonzalo Guerra  ('excellent job'), Manuel Larrain and Teresita Vinagre.

Practice head(s):

Víctor Manuel Avilés

Testimonials

What makes this firm remarkable is that the breadth and knowledge of its lawyers is outstanding.

Associate Gonzalo Guerra did an excellent job and was able to resolve issues with clients and operational partners of our firm. He was very hands-on, always available, and ready to help beyond what was agreed.

Electricity and hydrocarbon

The eight-member department at Larrain y Asociados Abogados has a strong name in the market for its work in energy and natural resources-related industries, such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and water. The team consistently advises on gas and energy projects, the desalinisation and conveyance of water, and the distribution of water and gas to residential customers; it also fields experts in gas supply, re-gasification and LNG contracts. In addition, the team has a strong track record in regulatory and contractual energy and gas supply litigation and claims. Jorge Granic is a widely respected energy and natural resources, project development and infrastructure lawyer; and the broad experience of Cristóbal Morandé (a partner since 2017) includes regulated services and natural resources, energy law and project finance. Further senior input comes from of counsel Ricardo Peña (project development), while a strong second line of advisors includes associates Joaquín Larrain (project development and regulatory aspects) and Javiera Méndez, a National Energy Commission deputy legal head until 2019. Former of counsel Cristián Araya moved to Albagli Zaliasnik in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Key clients

BHP

Transchile Charrúa Chile

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Emoac

Generadora Metropolitana

Reden Solar

Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato

Interchile

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…
 Víctor Manuel Avilés  photo Víctor Manuel Avilés Víctor Manuel Avilés joined the firm in 1998 and has been a…
 José Pedro Baraona  photo 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…
 Andrés Silva  photo 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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