Mr Octavio Bofill > Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana
AV ANDRÉS BELLO 2711, 8TH FLOOR
7550611 LAS CONDES
SANTIAGO
Chile
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Work Department

  • Corporate Law 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets 
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency 
  • Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Position

Octavio Bofill is a founding partner of BMAJ and co-head of the Corporate Law practice area.

He leads a strong transactional practice with particular expertise in structured finance operations for local and international clients including banking institutions and insurance companies. Octavio has also acted in countless major local and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as on behalf of issuers and investors in capital markets operations.

Octavio’s experience spans a range of industries including energy, finance, insurance, professional services, infrastructure and construction, real estate, mining, consumer products and retail, among others. He also has in-depth knowledge of the telecommunications industry and co-leads BMAJ’s TMT practice area.

Octavio has been a professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chile for over 20 years. He is also a member of the list of arbitrators at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the panel of arbitration of concessions agreements at the Ministry of Public Works since 2010.

Career

  • Founding Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados (since 2009);
  • Founding Partner, Bofill & Cía (2006-2009);
  • Partner, Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cía (1990-2006);
  • Trainee, Allgemeines Treuunternehmen, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (1994).

Languages

Spanish, German and English.

Memberships

  • Member, panel of arbitrators for concessions agreements, Ministry of Public Works;
  • Member, list of arbitrators of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce;
  • Member, Chilean Institute of Commercial Law;
  • Member, Legal Circle, Icare;
  • International Bar Association (IBA);
  • Member of the Board for several open and closed corporations;
  • Chilean Bar Association.

Education

  • Accepted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Chile (1990);
  • J.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica De Valparaíso (1987).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Capital markets

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana‘s sizeable 20-member capital markets practice is consistently sought out for its experience in IPOs and secondary offerings, bond and share issuances and Rule 144A/Reg S financings, and securitisation work. It also assists with structuring and launching new investment funds; over the last year it has been particularly active on behalf of finance, insurance, real estate, construction and retail clients. Name partner Octavio Bofill recently led advice to EuroAmérica, as creditors, in a bond issuance for Nexus Chile (following a bridge loan financing operation), while Ana María Yuri has been active, of late, working with insurer Bice Vida on its ongoing investments; the pair co-lead the practice with Alejandro Álvarez, who also co-leads the firm’s corporate practice alongside Bofill. Additional partner-level experience comes from Rodrigo Saffirio (securities and capital markets transactions) and corporate law specialist José Antonio Velasco. An impressive second line of senior associates includes Manuel Sánchez, Andrea Alarcón and Joaquín Recart, along with September 2020-hire (from Carey), Feliciano Tomarelli. However, former senior associate Francisco Palma moved to Lembeye Abogados in June 2020.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

The sizeable, 22-strong, bankruptcy and insolvency practice at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana brings together the firm’s corporate and litigation teams during liquidation and insolvency phases, and on complex commercial restructurings, refinancing, and out of court agreements. Recently particularly active in relation to infrastructure, mining and energy industry clients, the team can also call upon the firm’s tax and labour practices where necessary. Co-leading the practice are: Octavio Bofill, whose experience includes advising Chilean creditors of Latam Airlines in US Chapter 11 proceedings; and fellow co-founding partner Alejandro Álvarez, who advises clients from a range of industries on their insolvency proceedings. A strong second line of partners comprises Karen Werner (civil and commercial litigation); and Rodrigo Saffirio, whose experience includes advising the creditors of companies from the mining and energy sectors in particular.

Chile > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

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The 20-member banking and finance department at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has a strong reputation for its advice to institutional investors (insurance companies and investment funds) on financing; the practice also has automotive and leisure sector expertise. Over the last year it has been notably active in syndicated financing, general lending and refinancings. Jointly leading the team are founding partner Octavio Bofill (‘thorough knowledge of banking and financial matters‘); fellow founding partner Alejandro Álvarez, whose recent work includes overseeing advice on the financing of a clinical facility; and Ana María Yuri, who handles structured and project finance, and syndicated loans. The second line of partners includes transport infrastructure finance specialist Rodrigo Saffirio, and local and international financing expert José Antonio Velasco.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana‘s sizeable team of corporate, regulatory and natural resources lawyers has a strong track record in the planning, development, construction and operation of projects in Chile. Clients also benefit from the firm’s disputes credentials, which cover design, construction and contractual issues; and notable sector expertise includes mining, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and real estate developments. The firm’s key figures are Pablo Mir (international projects covering Latin America’ Southern Cone, Canada, Australia, China and South Korea); and corporate co-heads Alejandro Álvarez (infrastructure and energy projects) and Octavio Bofill (infrastructure project financing and contractual aspects). Providing additional partner-level support are Ana María YuriRodrigo Saffirio and José Antonio Velasco. Former partner Rony Zimerman left the firm in April 2020.

Chile > Real estate

The 19-strong department at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana predominantly advises financial institutions (including insurance companies) on real estate projects, while international investment funds are regularly assisted with real estate investments; clients additionally benefit from the firm’s expertise in tax, regulatory matters, disputes, natural resources and environmental law. The group is co-led by Alejandro Álvarez, who advises construction and real estate companies on their legal and finance requirements, and assists with real estate project-related public subsidies; and fellow name partner Octavio Bofill, whose practice includes real estate project finance. Other active partners are Ana María Yuri, who works with insurance companies and investment funds on real estate matters; Rodrigo Saffirio (pre-sale reviews, contracts and real estate finance); and José Antonio Velasco, who is experienced in real estate project finance and developments.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

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Housing a well-established M&A practice, Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana‘s ‘extremely well-synchronised team‘ was recently particularly active in advising on transactions across the energy, real estate, mining supply, agriculture and construction industries; the corporate group is also sought out for ongoing corporate advice by major local and international companies, such as Enlasa and Bayer. Founding partners Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill, who both have longstanding experience in corporate and transactional matters, co-head the corporate and M&A department, which includes Ana María Yuri (real estate, retail, energy, insurance and finance deals); Rodrigo Saffirio, recently part of the team assisting Corso Inversiones with the sale of its participation in a fruit exportation company; and José Antonio Velasco, who ‘provides very solid work‘. Notable growth includes the September 2020 hire of Columbia Law School-educated Feliciano Tomarelli from Carey, who joined the firm’s senior associate group, which includes active transactional advisers Manuel Sánchez , Joaquín Recart and Victoria Salazar. However, former fellow-senior Andrea Alarcón moved to Honorato | Delaveau in mid-September 2021.

Chile > TMT

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has vast TMT sector experience, including the design and application of regulations, contracts, TMT-related litigation and legal reports. The ‘very accessible’ six-member group’s experience extends to government procedures, as well as TMT projects involving the public authorities. Founding partner Octavio Bofill is knowledgeale and experienced as regards telecom matters. Key associate support is provided by seniors Pablo Nogueira (publilc law and regulated markets) and Daniela Severin (competition law), with assistance from associate Jaime Ayala. However, key practice figure Guillermo de la Jara  -a former legal adviser to the Undersecretary of Telecommunications- left the firm in June 2021.