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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

In addition to a superb reputation for project-finance matters, Larrain y Asociados Abogados has longstanding experience advising¬†banks, brokers and financial institutions and companies on syndicated loans, acquisition and structured finance and the issuance of secured and insured bonds. It is also active in aircraft finance. The practice goup has a strong lender side client-list including Banco del Estado de Chile, Ita√ļ Corpbanca, Banco Security, Scotiabank, Banco Santander Chile, Banco de Chile, Banco Internacional, Privada Fondo de Inversi√≥n, Zoma Capital and Banco Consorcio. Recent mandates saw it advise BHP Billiton with the $540m project financing of a desalination plant for the Spence Copper Mine; counsel a five institution syndicate led by Banco BTG Pactual regarding a $46m financing to Inversiones e Inmobiliaria Almonacid; and on the capital markets, assist Nordex Chile (as guarantor) with the local aspects of a $342m, 144A /Reg S bond issue by its parent company Nordex SE. The nine-strong team is led by 'well-known figures' Patricio Montes¬†and Jorge Granic;¬†Diego Garay P¬†is an experienced senior associate.

Leading individuals

Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Rising stars

Diego Garay P - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

The 13-strong team at¬†Larrain y Asociados Abogados regularly advises on M&A, asset purchases and sales, financing and restructuring. The team also has notable expertise in the construction, infrastructure and energy and natural resources sectors. One recent headline mandate saw practice co-heads Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic act for Cobre Pucobre on its $795m reverse merger into parent company Pac√≠fico. Other highlights include of counsel M&A specialist Ricardo Pe√Īa's advice to WCP (the shareholders of gas distribution company Gas Valpo) on the $300m sale of said company to Japanese trading and investment conglomerate Marubeni and two infrastructure funds. Other key department members include the business-law focused Juan Carlos Bulnes and commercial, corporate and transactional practitioner, Crist√≥bal Morand√©; both are highly regarded. Notable clients include Duqueco, LG Interenational Antofagasta Minerals, Hormigones Bicentenario and¬†Anpac.

Leading individuals

Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

The seven-strong practice at Larrain y Asociados Abogados acts in significant commercial, civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative law disputes; the practice is also particularly focused on representing clients in relation to infrastructure and construction, mining, energy and public works. Recent matters saw the team act for highway-concession holder SC Autopista Costa Arauco, in a $12m arbitration claim against the State of Chile concerning additional road-safety works. Practice head Carlos Aravena is 'an excellent lawyer who gives clients confidence because he knows what he is talking about'; José Pedro Baraona is also a key adviser. Associate Isabel Palacios is also 'one to watch'.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' expertise in environmental matters is the product of more than 20 years' experience handling infrastructure and energy projects -and to a lesser degree mining. The nine-strong team regularly handles environmental audits, and permit applications and management, as well as having considerable experience of investigations and environmental damage claims. Recent matters saw the team assist Sonnedix with the environmental law aspects of its solar plant developments in northern Chile, notably the sizeable Atacama Solar project.¬†Jorge Granic¬†and Crist√≥bal Morand√©¬†are both experienced practitioners. Other clients include Transchile Charr√ļa Chile, Ferrovial Airports International, Albemarle and Sociedad Punta del Cobre.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados is experienced in labour litigation, recruitment, cross-border employment issues, collective bargaining, M&A-related matters and social security issues. Andrés Silva is the principal contact and clients include Santo Tomás Educational Group and Cinemark Chile.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Projects work is a core specialty at¬†Larrain y Asociados Abogados. The practice handles public infrastructure and toll road concession bids, and the operation of¬†public works under concession; in the energy segment, it assists with hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects, wind farms, PV plants and transmission facilities, and LNG terminals and gas pipelines. Notable clients include Albemarle, Reden Solar, Epsylon Infraestructura and Ferrovial Airports International; the experienced team recently assisted the latter with a public tender for the construction of transmission facilities.¬†Arturo Bulnes,¬†Jorge Granic¬†and of counsel Ricardo Pe√Īa¬†are the key advisers.

Leading individuals

Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados is well-known for its focus on the construction, infrastructure and agriculture sectors. The 'efficient and responsive' practice also provides ongoing advice to Inmobiliaria PY, one of the largest real estate developers in Chile, on the acquisition, development, construction and commercialisation of properties. José Pedro Baraona is highly regarded and former Chilean National Property Ministry Undersecretary Juan Carlos Bulnes brings public sector know-how.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Electricity - ranked: tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Long known for its projects expertise, especially on the finance side,¬†Larrain y Asociados Abogados is also well regarded for its advice on¬†the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the transportation and distribution of gas. It also assists clients -particluarly large water treatment companies- on water law-related issues. Recent mandates included advising BHP Billiton on an international tender to secure the water supply for a mine project, which involved connecting a desalination plant with the mine site and electric transmission facilities. The hugely experienced Jorge Granic¬†and Crist√≥bal Morand√©¬†are highly rated; as is transactional of counsel Ricardo Pe√Īa who has an impressive track record in energy matters. Other significant clients include Ferrovial Airports International, Antofagasta Minerals and Pacific Hydro Chile.

Leading individuals

Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Cristóbal Morandé - Larrain y Asociados Abogados

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados 'has deep knowledge of the sector, availability and good delivery'. The team advises on the survey, exploration, development, operation and construction of mining projects and the acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets; the team also assists with project financing, option agreements and rights of way. Codelco, Atacama Solar and BHP Billiton are clients; the practice assisted state-owned entity Codelco on a joint venture with Pucobre for the exploration and development of a copper mining project. The 'highly experienced' Jorge Granic is 'a trusted individual who advises not only on technical matters, but also business in general'; Cristóbal Morandé is also a key name.

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