Mr Juan Tagle > Prieto Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Prieto Abogados
EL GOLF 40
13-14 FLOOR
SANTIAGO
Chile
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Work Department

Energy and Natural Resources , M&A and Project Finance.

Position

Partner.

Career

Juan Tagle has been a partner of Prieto since 2005 and joined the firm in 1998.

He is the head of the Mergers and Acquisitions area and is also active in the Firm’s Financial and Energy and Natural Resources groups.

In the last few years, he has been actively involved in diverse M&A transactions, with an outstanding leadership role in counseling an important local economic group in more than 50 acquisitions and mergers of supermarket chains throughout the country, as well as counseling domestic and international clients in transactions for the acquisition and merger of companies of the most diverse lines of business.

In the financial sphere, he has been involved in important domestic and international financial transactions (syndicated loans and project financing), financial restructuring, security market transactions, including takeover bids and bond issuing.

He is also permanently involved in counseling clients in the energy and natural resource sectors, on matters such as power plant construction projects, the negotiation of gas and electricity purchase contracts, joining ventures and bidding.

In the last few years, he has been extremely active in the port sector, counseling Public Port Companies and private companies in the regulatory and administrative aspects of diverse port bidding processes, such as the negotiation of the respective contracts.

He earned his law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1990. In 1991 he worked in the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency. Between 1994 and 1996 he was a partner of the law firm Tagle, Cifuentes & Cía., and studied for a postgraduate degree at the University of Chicago, United States (LLM, 1997)

He worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, 1997-1998, where he was involved in diverse capital market and M&A transactions for Latin American companies. He is as a member of the Boards of Directors of companies and has taught civil and commercial law (School of Law of the Universidad Católica de Chile, between 1993 and 1996 and in 1999).

Juan Tagle has received ongoing recognition by Chambers and Partners in the areas of Energy and Natural Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions and Finance. He is permanently involved in the Firm’s pro bono activities, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the ProBono Foundation, as well as the Chilean Bar Association.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

He is as a member of the Boards of Directors of companies and has taught civil and commercial law (School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, between 1993 and 1996 and in 1999). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ProBono Foundation, as well as the Chilean Bar Association.

Education

LLM, University of Chicago, 1997. Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Juan TaglePrieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados‘ 29-strong group has significant M&A experience in complex cross-border deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures. A busy 2019 saw the group particularly active in heavily-regulated sectors such as insurance, utilities, sanitation and energy. The team also has a number of niche areas of expertise – such as food and viticulture – and a growing private equity-related M&A practice that frequently advises investment funds on the acquisition of controlling stakes in family-owned businesses. Juan Tagle heads the M&A department; in addition to his broad transactional practice, he is a specialist in energy, projects and infrastructure matters. Deeply-experienced founding partner Patricio Prieto S remains active, recently handling mandates in the solar energy, insurance and investment sectors. Head of the corporate and energy groups, M&A-focused Fernando Bravo frequently acts on energy and industrial sector-related matters; while compliance practice head José Andrés Pascual‘s broader practice covers M&A, capital markets and corporate issues in general, as well as labour law and judicial matters. Senior associate Andrés Laymuns is one to watch and focuses on M&A and data privacy. Former partner Cristóbal Villarino and senior associate Juan Andres Ilharreborde left to found Villarino e Ilharreborde in January 2020.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Juan TaglePrieto Abogados

The sizeable, 20-strong department at Prieto Abogados fields experts in tender processes, construction and project development. The practice group has particular expertise in clean energy projects, as well as being experienced in the gas, water and sewage, mining and port sectors. Elevated to the partnership in April 2020, Nicolás Yuraszeck also became head of the projects and infrastructure department; M&A head Juan Tagle is also frequently active in the practice, as is senior partner, energy and arbitration specialist Claudio Undurraga. Further partner-level expertise is provided by corporate and energy head Fernando Bravo, and compliance leader José Andrés Pascual. Key senior associate support comes from the energy and natural resources-focused Camila Kutz.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity/oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

Juan TaglePrieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados‘ sizeable 20-member department has an established practice in the energy, gas and water and sewage sectors. It is experienced in advising developers and owners on clean energy projects, such as mini-hydro, photo-voltaic and wind farms. It also assists clients with the development of innovative technologies for the sector, including advice on energy storage, hydrogen fuel and renewables. M&A head Juan Tagle is also active in the energy and natural resources team, and Claudio Undurraga is an energy and arbitration specialist. Tagle advises on power plant construction, gas and electricity purchase contracts, joining ventures and bidding; he also has knowledge of the ports sector. Also key to the group are compliance head José Andrés Pascual, and recently appointed partner, projects and infrastructure head Nicolás Yuraszeck, who advises on construction projects, financing transactions, and contracts ranging from EPC and O&M agreements to fuel supply and transportation contracts. Experienced associate Camila Kutz is a name to note. Since publication the practice has been boosted substantially with the incorporation of a team from the former Baraona & Fischer comprising Federico Rodríguez, who arrives as counsel, and senior associates Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría in March 2021; the group has particular experience in generation projects (solar, thermic and hydro), as well as mining (notably the lithium segment).

Chile > Environment

Prieto Abogados‘ five-strong environmental department has significant experience in assisting companies before the environmental courts, has particular expertise in aquaculture matters and is known for preparing legal opinions on  environmental matters. Senior associate Agustín Martorell leads the department and is primarily focused on project development and representation in  permitting and administrative procedures, and environmental assessment processes, among other matters.  Partner-level oversight and support is provided by Juan Tagle.

 

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

With mining rights’ issues increasingly critical for the funding and development of energy and infrastructure projects, Prieto Abogados‘ six-member mining department’s expertise derives from the firm’s energy, infrastructure and real estate groups, as well as the firm’s close relationships with major investment funds. It regularly advises on new mining projects, along with judicial actions before the civil law courts and private arbitrations. M&A head Juan Tagle is active in the firm’s energy and natural resources team, which also fields current managing partner Alberto González E. Strong support is drawn from associates Camila Kutz and Agustín Martorell – who heads-up the environmental team. Since publication the practice has been boosted substantially with the incorporation of a team from the former Baraona & Fischer comprising Federico Rodríguez, who arrives as counsel, and senior associates Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría in March 2021; the group has particular experience in generation projects (solar, thermic and hydro), as well as mining (notably the lithium segment).