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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados

Long well-reputed for finance matters, Larrain y Asociados ‘has smart lawyers with deep knowledge of banking and finance’. The team’s experience includes syndicated loans as well as acquisition, structured and project finance; along with secured and insured bond issues (both local and international); aircraft financing and leasing and acting as counsel to banks in financing toll road concessionaires in Chile. Recent mandates saw the practice advised a syndicate of banks (comprising Banco del Estado de Chile, Banco Security, Banco Consorcio, Banco Bice, and Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros) in a $311m financing granted to Sociedad Concesionaria Valles del Bío Bío (controlled by Spanish group Sacyr). Department head Patricio Montes is a project finance expert ‘with deep knowledge’; and energy and natural resources specialist Jorge Granic, who has longstanding finance experience, is focused on the structuring and financing of complex industrial projects. Diego Garay P is a key associate.

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Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados

Next generation lawyers

Diego Garay P - Larrain y Asociados

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados’ ‘solid corporate team’ acts in large and complex transactions in Chile, including acting for international clients such as Glencore and Cinemark, and the practice has particular expertise in energy and natural resources and infrastructure-related deals. In other areas, it acted for Leonidas Vial (through Rentas ST) in its recent partnership with the Ossandon Larrain family (through Inversiones Lomas de La Dehesa and Inmobiliaria el Peñón) for the development of a residential project in Santiago. Department head Arturo Bulnes is ‘highly capable’, Jorge Granic is ‘excellent’, and Juan Carlos Bulnes and Cristóbal Morandé are also experienced advisers. Of counsel Ricardo Peña is ‘recommended for his expertise, commitment, general knowledge, advice and availability’.

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Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados regularly assists with highly complex arbitration and litigation in sectors including infrastructure and construction, energy, insurance and public works. The team acted as counsel to the highway-concession holder in an arbitral claim against the State of Chile concerning the application and interpretation of a contractual procedure to increase toll rates. Carlos Aravena and José Pedro Baraona are the main contacts.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados advises both large and small companies on the environmental law aspects of industrial projects, including environmental evaluations. The practice is experienced in obtaining environmental permits and licenses, handling environmental standards, auditing and due diligence during investigations, and undertaking environmental damage lawsuits. Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are the names to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Larrain y Asociados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados’ key clients are in the mining, education and service sectors. The department advises both national and international companies on labour litigation, recruitment, collective bargaining and the labour aspects of M&A deals, as well as general advice on employment and social security issues. Andrés Silva is an experienced adviser.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Larrain y Asociados

The practice at Larrain y Asociados ranges across public infrastructure and toll road bids; tender processes for electric transmission facilities; and the financing of such projects through bank loans or the issuance and placement of debt instruments in the local and international markets. Other areas of strength include hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects, wind farms, solar plants, LNG terminals and gas pipeline projects. Arturo Bulnes, Jorge Granic and of counsel Ricardo Peña are the key contacts.

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Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados is permanent counsel to Inmobiliaria PY, one of the largest real estate developers in Chile, regarding the acquisition, development, urban planning, construction and commercialisation of properties. José Pedro Baraona acts for property development companies as well as domestic agricultural companies; he has also successfully represented construction companies, highway concession holders and government agencies in arbitrations and civil trials against the State of Chile and entities such as the Ministry of Public Works.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

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

Larrain y Asociados

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados ‘provides good-quality work that is precise and delivered on time for a reasonable cost’. The firm’s energy and natural resources expertise includes mining, oil and gas, electricity and water and the practice recently acted for Sonnedix on the development of several solar plants in northern Chile, including associated regulatory matters. Jorge Granic is widely respected, particularly on the finance-side; Cristóbal Morandé is ‘serious and available’; of counsel Ricardo Peña is also a key member of the practice.

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Jorge Granic - Larrain y Asociados

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 3

Larrain y Asociados

Larrain y Asociados ‘provides very strategic, commercial advice’. The team assists with the survey, exploration, development, operation and construction of mining projects, as well as the acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets, and project financings. It acted for Sociedad Punta del Cobre on the development of a ‘fine copper’ mining project, which included assisting with the financing and construction of the plant, the constitution of mining easements, and relations with local communities. Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are noteworthy advisers.

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