Mr Benjamín Grebe > Prieto Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Prieto Abogados
Alonso de Córdova 4355 (piso 15)
Vitacura
Santiago
Chile

Work Department

Antitrust, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Arbitration.

Position

Partner

Career

Benjamín Grebe has been a partner un Prieto since 2010. He joined the firm in 1998.

He is the head of the Antitrust Area and counsels clients on prevention, as well as in investigations conducted by the National Economic Attorney General’s Office and in cases before the Antitrust Court. This is an area in which he has been distinguished by Chambers & Partners.

He also is actively involved and has significant experience in bankruptcy and insolvencies, mergers and acquisitions and in commercial arbitration.

In recent years, he has mainly dedicated to counsel and provide legal representation to clients in Antitrust area in several business areas, in process of merger control led by the authority, cases of alleged joint and unilateral abuse of dominance and alleged cartels, including one of the most recent cartel cases, representing a client as an applicant for leniency process.

In the preventive consultancy area, he assists clients with consultations related to Antitrust matters on vertical restraints, allocation, dominant position abuse, merger control procedures, agreements between competitors and joint ventures, among others. He has developed and executed, several antitrust compliance programmes for companies and trade associations, including risk analysis, compliance programme, instructive, and training courses.

Also he has counseled state companies in port bidding process, especially with his representation before the Competition Tribunal on these matters.

He leads the Insolvency and Bankruptcy area and has experience representing creditors, debtors, and interested parties on judicial proceedings of bankruptcy and insolvencies, and in commercial arbitration. He had active involvement for several years in merger and acquisitions operations, on different areas, including retail, food sector, industrial production, etc. Previously, he worked in the litigation practice area, representing clients in all sorts of civil, commercial and public law disputes.

He earned a LLM from University of Warwick, where he graduated cum laude. He studied law at Universidad Finis Terrae, where he was awarded the Francisco Bulnes Ripamonti prize as the best student in his class.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

He is a member of the Chilean Bar Association and of the IBA and is on the arbitrators roster of the National Arbitration Center. He is the firm’s Coordinator with the Pro Bono Foundation.

Education

Diploma in the Economics of Competition, Fundamentals for Attorneys, Universidad de los Andes, 2007. LL.M., University of Warwick, 2005.Law Degree, Universidad Finis Terrae, 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

Leveraging its expertise in complex financings, Prieto Abogados‘ ten-strong department garners respect for its expertise and capabilities in judicial debt procedures, ranging from collections to liquidations and reorganisations (including both national and international Chapter 11, multi-jurisdictional cases). Notable work includes advising Engie Energía Chile on the reorganisation procedure of Aceros Chile; and assisting Penta Vida Compañía de Seguros de Vida in relation to Lanz y Cía’s liquidation. The department is co-led by Benjamín Grebe, who in addition to spearheading the firm’s antitrust practice, is routinely involved in bankruptcy and insolvency work, liquidations and company reorganisations; and dispute resolution leader Alberto González V, whose experience includes bankruptcies and insolvency proceedings. An associate at the firm since 2018, Santiago Errázuriz is a also an integral member of the insolvency and restructuring team.

Chile > Competition and antitrust

(Leading individuals)

Benjamín GrebePrieto Abogados

The ‘excellent‘ four-member practice at Prieto Abogados routinely assists with contentious and non-contentious cases before the TDLC and represents clients before the FNE in cartel, abuse of dominant position and other potential competition law breaches. The ‘very complete team‘ also fields specialists in FNE-led merger control reviews and compliance programmes. Leading the antitrust group, Benjamín Grebe assists with preventative work, merger issues, FNE investigations and cases before the TDLC; his recent caseload includes alleged abuse-of-dominance and cartel claims. In September 2021, competition law and regulation specialist Andrea Von Chrismar was promoted to counsel from senior associate, while associates Santiago Errázuriz and Daniella Ibaceta round out the antitrust team.

Chile > Banking and finance

Although traditionally focused on debtor-side work, Prieto Abogados‘ banking and finance group is increasingly sought out by lender groups for high-profile international financing transactions and debt restructurings, particularly in relation to the mining sector and automotive industries. ‘Very eager to help‘, the practice is also actively involved in complex financial restructurings, insolvency proceedings and debt recovery matters. The practice is co-led by project finance expert Mario Gorziglia, who also heads the tax team; Nicolás Yuraszeck, whose broad corporate practice includes project finance; and bankruptcy and insolvency specialist Benjamín Grebe. With extensive experience in financing work, former senior associate Isabel Monge was recently elevated to counsel; while June-2020 hire, senior associate Anibal Larrain advises clients on finance,  M&A and joint venture transactions.