Firm Profile > Aninat Schwencke & Cia > Santiago, Chile

Aninat Schwencke & Cia

Banking and finance Tier 4

Aninat Abogados's five-strong practice covers acquisition and project finance, general bank lending and refinancings; it is also experienced in domestic and international capital markets offerings. Clients include Esval, Empresa Nacional del Petróleo and Chilean holding company CAP. Recent matters include acting as local advisers to Citigroup Global Markets and JP Morgan Securities on ENAP's $600m notes issue; and advising Verfrut's Peruvian subsidiary on a $20m loan from Rabobank. Founding partner Juan Pablo Schwencke and Pablo Undurraga -whose finance practice takes in PE/VC, investment funds and capital markets matters- are both experienced advisers. Capital markets practice director Francisco Prado  is also noted.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Aninat Abogados s 'team always does its best to solve legal and commercial problems, and it will always listen to  counterparties' differing views'. It has extensive M&A experience and fields lawyers with particular sector expertise in advertising and media law, agriculture, and energy infrastructure; the firm also has a large private equity and venture capital practice. Recent mandates include assisting Red Eléctrica Chile with its approximately $117m acquisition of Centinela Transmisión from Minera Centinela. The 'very pragmaticLuis Alberto Aninat and Juan Pablo Schwencke head a team of which practice director Francisco Prado is also a key member. However, Pablo Undurraga exited in June 2019 to co-found Atkinson Costabal Undurraga & Achurra Abogados. Clients include Austral Capital, Balfour Beatty, Citröen Chile and Verfrut.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Particularly active in project and construction-related litigation of late, Aninat Abogados acts for a diverse clientele including Codelco, Fitch Ratings Chile, Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex and WPP Group. Recent matters saw the team defend Codelco against a claim by MS, a distributor of specialised mining clothing, which sought to enforce the performance of a supply contract. Department head Paulo Román is 'always available to provide swift responses and solutions', senior associate Gustavo Delgado leads the public litigation team and Andrés Sepúlveda is a bankruptcy and insolvency associate of note.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Aninat Abogados 'has highly-qualified professionals who really know Chilean law and can discuss any issue properly, therefore saving clients' time and money'. The practice is experienced in collective bargaining, complex labour-related disputes, compensation plans and the labour aspects of M&A. The team advised Hill+Knowlton Strategies on closing its operations in Chile, a process involving employee dismissals. Rodrigo Ugarte leads the employment practice in conjunction with newly-appointed practice director, senior associate Constanza Ríos.

Electricity/oil and gas

Aninat Abogados regularly advises corporations and governmental bodies that are active in the water, mining, energy and gas sectors. Recent matters saw the the team advise Canadian Solar on the sale of special purpose vehicles that have developed solar PV plants in Chile. Clients include Red Eléctrica de España, Acciona Energía and Latin America Power. Manuel Blanco is the key contact. Former practice head Nicolás Atkinson left the firm to establish Atkinson Costabal Undurraga & Achurra Abogados.

Since its inception, Aninat Schwencke & Cia has focused on providing creative and feasible solutions to its clients in a complete range of practice areas, covering the most complex legal and business challenges. ASYC’s lawyers, all recruited from the best universities in Chile and abroad, most of them holders of LL.M. degrees from the best law schools of the United States and Europe, support our clients in a personal, innovative and precise way so as to assist them in all their minor and major requirements, and in their long-term strategic objectives.

Main areas of practice

Competition/antitrust: Partners and associates are trained and experienced in both national and international antitrust law, allowing the firm to prepare defense strategies and counsel with respect to both local legislation and from a comparative perspective.

Banking and finance: The firm has an extensive practice in all kinds of banking transactions, like acquisition financing, general bank lending, project financing and refinancing, representing major companies and financial institutions.

Bankruptcy/restructuring: The firm has been actively involved in some of the most important restructuring cases after the enactment of the recent amendment to the bankruptcy law.

Capital Markets: The firm is renowned for its experience covering key areas of capital markets, like debt & equity, derivatives, securitization, and structured finance, representing underwriters, financial institutions and companies in the local capital market and in cross-border transactions.

Corporate/M&A: The firm has extensive experience in M&A, for both public institutions and private equity matters. This includes company acquisitions, dispositions and related financing arrangements, capitalizations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements.

Dispute resolution: The team represents major local and international blue-chip companies in all proceedings, whether civil, commercial, consumer protection, construction, tax, environmental, criminal, competition and contentious-administrative matters.

Energy/natural resources: The firm is recognized for providing counsel to its clients for their project developments in a fast and effective manner, in complex transactions and agreements due to its in-depth, expertise and vast experience.

Investment funds: The firm is one of the most experienced firms in Chile in investment funds and domestic and foreign capital, including venture capital, private equity and real estate.

Labour and employment: The attorneys of this team work exclusively on labour matters, whether providing counsel for all labour, social security and union issues, or representing clients in employment litigation and administrative procedures.

Projects: The firm has a long standing tradition of excellence in developing, financing, refinancing and acquiring/divesting of large projects through capital raising.

Real estate: The firm has a diversified real estate expertise, counseling developers and equity investors in a full range of transactions, including M&A of large real estate holding companies, complex fund transactions, finance, public-required mitigation projects, private equity and public securities.

Tax: The firm provides practical and sophisticated tax counsel that includes litigation, tax planning and strategies, liquidations and corporate restructuring.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Corporate/M&A Juan P. Schwencke +56 2 28872200
Corporate/M&A Manuel Blanco +56 2 28872200
Labor Law Rodrigo Ugarte +56 2 28872200
Tax Law Bárbara Neyra +56 2 28872200
Dispute Resolution Andrés Sepúlveda +56 2 28872200
Capital Markets Francisco Prado +56 2 28872200
Antitrust Andrés Sepúlveda +56 2 28872200
Banking and Finance Francisco Prado +56 2 28872200
International Trade/Customs Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Bankruptcy Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Energy and Natural Resources Manuel Blanco +56 2 28872200
Franchising Manuel Blanco +56 2 28872200
Investment Funds Juan Pablo Schwencke +56 2 28872200
Joint Ventures Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Regulation and Public Policy Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Real Estate Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Outsourcing Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Private Equity/Venture Capital Juan Pablo Schwencke +56 2 28872200
Product Liability Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Public Work Concessions Luis A. Aninat +56 2 28872200
Public Law Gustavo Delgado +56 2 28872200
Project Finance Manuel Blanco +56 2 28872200
Telecommunications and Media Martin Mois +56 2 28872200
Intelectual Property Martin Mois +56 2 28872200
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Luis A. Aninat  photo Mr Luis A. Aninat Name partner
Mr Manuel Blanco  photo Mr Manuel Blanco Partner
Mr Juan P. Schwencke  photo Mr Juan P. Schwencke Name partner
Mr Rodrigo Ugarte  photo Mr Rodrigo Ugarte Partner
Number of partners : 4
Number of other fee-earners : 31
Total staff : 35
American Bar Association (ABA)
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Lawyers' Network (ILN)
Contacts : Juan Pablo Schwencke (founding partner)
Contacts : Luis Alberto Aninat (founding partner)