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Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana
7550611 LAS CONDES

Mining Tier 1

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's specialist, seven-strong mining team regularly works alongside the firm's regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution departments. Recent work highlights included advising Japanese mining company Sumitomo Metal Mining on its acquisition of 30 per cent of the Quebrada Blanca mine from Canadian mining company Teck Resources; and acting for Molyb (Codelco) on the construction and development of a molybdenum recovery plant. It also assisted Australia-based private equity group EMR Capital with its $230m acquisition of the Cerro Colorado mine from BHP Billiton. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly-rated advisers, and Felipe Allende is noted for financing, transactional and contractual matters. Other team members include senior associates Joaquín Perez and Teresita González.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Fielding an impressive 24-strong team, Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is particularly noted for its advice to institutional investors -including insurance companies and public and private investment funds- on structured and syndicated financing arrangements; the practice is also experienced in structuring corporate and securitised bonds. Significant clients include Inversiones e Inmobiliaria Almonacid (IIA), EuroAmerica, Sandvik Credit and Energía Latina. Recnet matters saw the team act for Canada's Coro Mining on the structuring and execution of a $58m financing plan, including both a private placement and a  rights offering; and advise IIA, as debtor, on the granting of a syndicated loan facility with a lender group of several Chilean Banks and life insurance companies. Ana María Yuri and name-partner Octavio Bofill co-lead the departmetn; Rodrigo Saffirio and José Antonio Velasco are also highly regarded. Former senior associate Daniela Buscaglia moved in-house at WeWork in February 2019.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's 21-strong practice group has broad experience in corporate matters, from M&A, capital markets and banking and finance, to project development and real estate; it is paticularly well known for structuring complex M&A-related corporate governance mechanisms. Recent mandates incuded acting for private equity firm Patria Investment on its $35m acquisition of a Chilean gym chain, undertaken in partnership with a Brazilian gym chain's controlling shareholders and involving the due diligence of 15 Chilean companies, tax planning and coordination with Brazilian lawyers. Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill co-head the corporate practice; also highly rated are Ana María Yuri, José Antonio Velasco and Rodrigo Saffirio. Clients include Nutrien, CCU Inversiones, Alef Biotechnology and Bayer.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana fields a highly regarded, 17-strong disputes practice. The civil and commercial litigation team is well known for public-interest litigation, while the firm's arbitration practice area stands out for its experience in construction, commercial law and gas, natural resource and energy disputes. Recent work saw the team advise Mineria Candelaria in a $41m claim brought by a community of fishermen alleging contamination of the waters around Punto Padro Port as a result of the incorrect loading and unloading of copper. Other matters include the successful defence of Bayer in a $1.4m tort case, representing CORFO in $40m and $150m damages claims and Minera Los Pelambres in a $10.5m civil liability case concerning water rights. The team underwent change in January 2019 when former litigation and criminal defence co-head Rodrigo Quintana exited (with former senior associates Ignacio Ried and Camila Flores) to establish QRF Abogados; the firm moved rapidly hiring former Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo senior associate, Karen Werner, as partner, the same month. A civil litigator, Werner joins a team composed of name partner Andrés Jana, who leads the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice; all-round arbitral specialist Rodrigo Gil; and domestic arbitration-focused senior associate Carla Dittus. Clients incude Bice Vida, Terra Mater, Codelco, Grupo Inmobiliaria Imagina and Enap Refinerías.

Public law Tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's public law practice encompasses administrative, environmental and competition law issues, both advisory and contentious. Clients include Socicam, EMR Capital and Bureau Veritas Chile are clients; the team recently advised Brazilian transportation hub operator Socicam, and its Chilean subsidiary, on over 20 claims against a local municipality for issuing fines that violate bidding conditions. Guillermo de la Jara and associates Cristián Franetovic and Jorge Barrera are the names to note.

TMT Tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's TMT sector experience includes the handling of regulatory issues, contract negotiations and TMT-related litigation; the group also works extensively on TMT projects with public authorities. Active clients include Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN), Grupo Copesa, Globalsat Latam and Pacal Grupo Inmobiliario; the team recently assisted Chile's state television broadcaster, TVN, with permit applications for the operation of satellite transmission data services from the Telecommunications Secretariat. Guillermo de la Jara and Octavio Bofill lead the team.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

The six-strong team at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana advises on access to markets, price distortions, anti-competitive behaviour and public procurement matters; has a growing merger-control practice and is particularly noted for its competition expertise in the agriculture, pharmaceutical, automobile and media sectors. Recent work higlights inlclude advising diversified financial services company  Bicecorp on FNE notification of its acquisition of the life annuity portfolio of Seguros de Vida SURA; and CCU on the sale of its holding in Nutrabien to Grupo Bimbo subsidiary, Ideal, a transaction initially rejected by the TDLC but subsequently cleared on appeal. Practice head Guillermo de la Jara , who has specialist knowledge of the telecommunications sector, can now call on the support of former FNE litigator Daniela Severin , who was hired from Gandarillas, Montt, Del Río & Krause  as a senior associate. Other clients include Enjoy, Grupo Copesa and Bayer.

Environment Tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana focuses on environmental compliance, due diligence and assessments, and environmental litigation and sanctions. Recent work highlights saw the five-strong team successfully act for Compañía Minera Nevada (CMN) in a constitutional action brought by a local community in relation to flooding that caused the destruction of CMN's water management plant. Guillermo de la Jara and senior associate Cristián Franetovic are the main contacts. Key clients include Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria, Mitsui & Co, Redhill Chile and Pacal Grupo Inmobiliario.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular expertise in mining-related projects, but the practice is also well known for advising on power generation facilities, ports, airports, and real estate developments. Significant clients include  Innovación Energía (IE), Oceanus Power & Water, EuroAmérica, Ferrostaal and Eléctrica Puntilla; the team assisted IE, a joint venture between Energía Latina and Empresas Gasco, with the development of an electricity generation plant. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill and Alejandro Álvarez are all highly regarded. Ana María Yuri and José Antonio Velasco are also key contacts.

Real estate Tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana advises financial institutions and international investment funds on the development and financing of major real estate projects and investments in Chile. Tech Pack, EuroAmerica, Nueva Costanera Gestión Inmobiliaria and Constructora Pacal are clients; the team assisted industrial company Tech Pack with the sale of several real estate assets. Alejandro ÁlvarezOctavio Bofill and Ana María Yuri are the key contacts.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has extensive experience in collective bargaining matters and regularly acts in labour law-related litigation before the  labour courts. Recenthighlights include the successful defence of renal care provider Nephrocare Chile against a former employee's claim for unfair dismissal and violation of fundamental rights. Pablo Gutiérrez heads the labour practice of which Luis Alberto Cruchaga is a key senior associate.

Tax Tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's broad practice includes tax structuring for cross-border transactions and it has particular expertise in mining, construction and financial services sector-related matters. In recent contentious work, the team defended Mitsui & Co against the Chile's IRS in relation to tax deductible interest payments. Guillermo Fonseca is team head and Paris Norambuena, who joined from EY Chile, and Jorge Valenzuela B are experienced associates.

Electricity/oil and gas

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana distinguishes itself through its expertise in renewable energy and transmission matters; the team regularly assists with due diligence and regulatory issues, equity structures, financing, public law, mining work and litigation. Recent highlights saw the team advise Innovación Energía (a joint venture between Energía Latina and Empresas Gasco), on the development of an electricity generating plant. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are widely respected advisers. Alejandro Álvarez, Ana María Yuri and José Antonio Velasco are also key team members. Former of counsel María Paz Cerda left for AES Gener. Other clients include Pacific Hydro, Oceanus Power & Water and Eléctrica Puntilla.

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados formed in 2009 as a merger between two groups of lawyers highly experienced in corporate law, litigation, mining and arbitration, with the vision of offering both national and international clients the highest quality professional legal advice based on the core values of commitment, excellence and diversity.

Following a period of significant growth, development and consolidation, we are currently one of the most important law firms in the country, with a team of skilled and highly qualified lawyers. Our partners and associates have studied in the most prestigious universities in Chile and overseas (United States, England, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Australia; among others); and a large number of our lawyers have also worked abroad in world-class international law firms.

At BMAJ we have important experience advising large and medium-sized public and private companies from key sectors of the local and international economy in project development as well as in corporate, transactional and judicial matters.

We have also played an important role in the development of the public sphere. Our lawyers have worked as staff members in the Central Bank in teams overseeing Free Trade Agreements with the United States and the European Union, as well as in the Ministry of Energy, the European Commission in Brussels, and the World Trade Organization in Geneva. In addition, many of our lawyers hold senior academic roles in the country’s most important universities.

Our active participation in the global legal community is consistently recognized by the most relevant international rankings in the market, including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, and Leaders League, among others.

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding Partner, Head of Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Project Development, Real Estate, TMT, Regulated Markets Octavio Bofill
Founding Partner, Head of Mining, Project Finance and Development, Natural Resources, Energy. Pablo Mir
Founding Partner, Head of Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Project Development, Real Estate Alejandro Àlvarez
Founding Partner, Head of International and Domestic Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Public International Law. Andrés Jana
Managing Partner, Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Project Development, Real Estate Ana Maria Yuri
International and Domestic Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Litigation Rodrigo Gil
Regulated Markets, Antitrust and Unfair Competition, Environmental Law Guillermo de la Jara
Tax Law Guillermo Fonseca
Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Project Development, Real Estate Rodrigo Saffirio
Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Project Development, Real Estate José Antonio Velasco
Head of Labour, Employment and Immigration Pablo Gutiérrez
Civil and Commercial Litigation Karen Werner
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alejandro Álvarez  photo Mr Alejandro Álvarez
Mr Octavio Bofill  photo Mr Octavio Bofill
Mr Guillermo Fonseca  photo Mr Guillermo Fonseca
Mr Rodrigo Gil  photo Mr Rodrigo Gil
Mr Pablo Gutiérrez  photo Mr Pablo Gutiérrez
Mr Andrés Jana  photo Mr Andrés Jana
Mr Pablo Mir  photo Mr Pablo Mir
Mr Rodrigo Saffirio  photo Mr Rodrigo Saffirio
Mr José Antonio Velasco  photo Mr José Antonio Velasco
Ms Karen Werner  photo Ms Karen Werner
Ms Ana María Yuri  photo Ms Ana María Yuri
Mr Guillermo de la Jara  photo Mr Guillermo de la Jara
Other fee-earners : 66
Total staff : 120
Partners : 12