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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Acting for institutional investors, insurance companies and public funds, Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s 24-strong practice group has significant experience in structuring banking and finance transactions, which frequently involve complex cross-border issues. The practice’s typical work includes leveraged finance, real estate and project finance, and syndicated loans, along with corporate restructuring and insolvency, equity and debt offerings, and structured finance. José Antonio Velasco and Alejandro Álvarez advised Pacific Hydro Chile on the implementation of a new $500m global funding platform from an international consortium of banks, to provide financing across a portfolio of renewable energy assets. The team also counselled Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros (as lender) in a $51.5m real estate financing agreement with Sencorp and Sura Asset Management for a project in Santiago. Octavio Bofill and Ana María Yuri head the team and Rony Zimerman is also highly rated. Jorge Lembeye left to establish Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s antitrust team is known for its competition expertise in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, automobiles, media and telecoms, and it stands out for its international trade remedy experience. Guillermo de la Jara led advice to Fresenius Medical Care Chile on an unfair competition claim filed against it by a Chilean competitor. The practice also advised major Mexican steel producer Deacero in its defence against dumping charges. Octavio Bofill is the key adviser.

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; it also assists with related financial, tax and corporate governance matters and regulatory issues. Recent mandates saw name partner and practice co-head Octavio Bofill advise two subsidiaries of Chilean food and beverage conglomerate CCU, on the $36.7m sale of baked-goods company Alimentos Nutra Bien to Mexican bakery conglomerate Grupo Bimbo (although as of May 2018, it appears that the transaction has been halted by competition regulator, FNE). His fellow departmental co-head, Alejandro Álvarez, assisted Pacific Hydro with the $43.7m acquisition of the equity interest in the 111MW power generation plant Pacific Hydro Chacayes held by Astaldi-affiliate, Cachapoal Inversiones. Ana María Yuri, Rodrigo Saffirio and recently promoted partner José Antonio Velasco are highly rated practitioners. Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Saffirio - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana distinguishes itself through its handling of International Court of Justice cases and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration and investment treaty disputes, as well as having particular niche expertise in construction-related litigation, and mining disputes. Highlights included advising the claimants on an investor-state arbitration before ICSID regarding the expropriation of 11 mining concessions. Andrés Jana, Rodrigo Gil and Rodrigo Quintana are all highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana handles environmental law as a subset of its broader public and environmental law practices and the team has a strong focus on environmental compliance, due diligence and litigation, as well as on the processing of environmental assessment consultations. Recent matters include the defence of Minera Candelaria before a sanctioning procedure by the Environmental Superintendence, while ongoing matters include acting as standing environmental counsel to Mitsui regarding all its local and environmental issues. Guillermo de la Jara and senior associate Cristián Franetovic are experienced practitioners.

Next generation lawyers

Cristián Franetovic - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular experience in collective bargaining matters and regularly acts before the labour courts. With clients drawn from the construction, retail, mining, services, education and healthcare sectors, among others, the team recently successfully defended Luniben Top Frío against allegations of anti-union practices. Pablo Gutiérrez is the key name.

Next generation lawyers

Pablo Gutiérrez - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s projects experience includes major mining projects, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. The practice advised Barrick Gold Corporation on a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp for the operation of a gold and copper deposit project. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez and Rony Zimerman are highly regarded; Jorge Lembeye left to found Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s public law group incorporates the firm’s administrative law, environmental and regulated markets’ practices. Areas of note include the public law aspects of water rights, electricity law, customs law, health law and urban development law, as well as public law litigation and the public law issues surrounding major projects. The team acted for Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria in an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence regarding possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s real estate team is best known for advising financial institutions (including insurance companies), on the creation, development and financing of major real estate projects and for assisting international investment funds with significant real estate investments in Chile. Recent matters saw the practice group advise Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros on the granting of a long-term office sublease agreement to WeWork, a US-headquartered company. Alejandro Álvarez is the name to note.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice head (and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications), Guillermo de la Jara is well known for providing administrative and regulatory advice to companies. The team acted for Globalsat Latam in its bid to Chile’s public procurement system to provide satellite communications services across the country. Octavio Bofill is also a key contact. Other notable clients include Televisión Interactiva and Antofagasta Minerals.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘lawyers and specialists are always available for clients’. The practice regularly advises on the tax planning structures surrounding significant cross-border transactions, particularly in the mining, financial services and construction sectors, as well as on matters involving export and import entities. The team assisted Pacific Hydro with the determination of an efficient tax structure for the purchase of a major energy company in Chile. Guillermo Fonseca and associate Jorge Valenzuela are the key contacts.

Next generation lawyers

Jorge Valenzuela - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for renewable energy and transmission matters; and the practice is supported by the firm’s regulatory, dispute resolution and mining law groups. Working in conjunction with an Australian law firm, the team advised Pacific Hydro on the implementation of an international banking consortium’s $500m global funding for a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Chile and Australia. Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman and of counsel María Paz Cerda are the recommended advisers; Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Next generation lawyers

María Paz Cerda - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s mining team can draw on the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution groups regarding its clients’ projects in Chile and Latin America. In recent matters the team acted for Barrick Gold Corporation (as part of a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp), regarding the operation of a gold and copper deposit project in northern Chile; advised Nutrex, a US-based mining exploration company on its acquisition of mining concessions and project assets; and assisted Laguna Gold with the acquisition of Chile’s El Toqui underground mine. Other active practice clients include Exeter Resource Corporation, Allied Salt, Rio Explorations, Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile, and Codelco. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly rated; senor associate Felipe Allende is ‘one to watch’.

Leading lawyers

Felipe Allende - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego Vicuña at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as ‘one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. Andrés Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is ‘not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; Fernández was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo Yrarrázaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., Nicolás Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, Cristián Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Acting for institutional investors, insurance companies and public funds, Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s 24-strong practice group has significant experience in structuring banking and finance transactions, which frequently involve complex cross-border issues. The practice’s typical work includes leveraged finance, real estate and project finance, and syndicated loans, along with corporate restructuring and insolvency, equity and debt offerings, and structured finance. José Antonio Velasco and Alejandro Álvarez advised Pacific Hydro Chile on the implementation of a new $500m global funding platform from an international consortium of banks, to provide financing across a portfolio of renewable energy assets. The team also counselled Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros (as lender) in a $51.5m real estate financing agreement with Sencorp and Sura Asset Management for a project in Santiago. Octavio Bofill and Ana María Yuri head the team and Rony Zimerman is also highly rated. Jorge Lembeye left to establish Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s antitrust team is known for its competition expertise in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, automobiles, media and telecoms, and it stands out for its international trade remedy experience. Guillermo de la Jara led advice to Fresenius Medical Care Chile on an unfair competition claim filed against it by a Chilean competitor. The practice also advised major Mexican steel producer Deacero in its defence against dumping charges. Octavio Bofill is the key adviser.

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Corporate and M&A (including compliance)
Corporate and M&A (including compliance) - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; it also assists with related financial, tax and corporate governance matters and regulatory issues. Recent mandates saw name partner and practice co-head Octavio Bofill advise two subsidiaries of Chilean food and beverage conglomerate CCU, on the $36.7m sale of baked-goods company Alimentos Nutra Bien to Mexican bakery conglomerate Grupo Bimbo (although as of May 2018, it appears that the transaction has been halted by competition regulator, FNE). His fellow departmental co-head, Alejandro Álvarez, assisted Pacific Hydro with the $43.7m acquisition of the equity interest in the 111MW power generation plant Pacific Hydro Chacayes held by Astaldi-affiliate, Cachapoal Inversiones. Ana María Yuri, Rodrigo Saffirio and recently promoted partner José Antonio Velasco are highly rated practitioners. Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Octavio Bofill - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Saffirio - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana distinguishes itself through its handling of International Court of Justice cases and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration and investment treaty disputes, as well as having particular niche expertise in construction-related litigation, and mining disputes. Highlights included advising the claimants on an investor-state arbitration before ICSID regarding the expropriation of 11 mining concessions. Andrés Jana, Rodrigo Gil and Rodrigo Quintana are all highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Jana - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana handles environmental law as a subset of its broader public and environmental law practices and the team has a strong focus on environmental compliance, due diligence and litigation, as well as on the processing of environmental assessment consultations. Recent matters include the defence of Minera Candelaria before a sanctioning procedure by the Environmental Superintendence, while ongoing matters include acting as standing environmental counsel to Mitsui regarding all its local and environmental issues. Guillermo de la Jara and senior associate Cristián Franetovic are experienced practitioners.

Next generation lawyers

Cristián Franetovic - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana has particular experience in collective bargaining matters and regularly acts before the labour courts. With clients drawn from the construction, retail, mining, services, education and healthcare sectors, among others, the team recently successfully defended Luniben Top Frío against allegations of anti-union practices. Pablo Gutiérrez is the key name.

Next generation lawyers

Pablo Gutiérrez - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s projects experience includes major mining projects, power generation facilities, ports, airports, and major real estate developments. The practice advised Barrick Gold Corporation on a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp for the operation of a gold and copper deposit project. Pablo Mir, Alejandro Álvarez and Rony Zimerman are highly regarded; Jorge Lembeye left to found Lembeye & Cía.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s public law group incorporates the firm’s administrative law, environmental and regulated markets’ practices. Areas of note include the public law aspects of water rights, electricity law, customs law, health law and urban development law, as well as public law litigation and the public law issues surrounding major projects. The team acted for Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria in an audit and investigative procedure initiated by the Chilean Environmental Superintendence regarding possible breaches of environmental assessment resolutions. Guillermo de la Jara is highly rated.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s real estate team is best known for advising financial institutions (including insurance companies), on the creation, development and financing of major real estate projects and for assisting international investment funds with significant real estate investments in Chile. Recent matters saw the practice group advise Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros on the granting of a long-term office sublease agreement to WeWork, a US-headquartered company. Alejandro Álvarez is the name to note.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s practice head (and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Telecommunications), Guillermo de la Jara is well known for providing administrative and regulatory advice to companies. The team acted for Globalsat Latam in its bid to Chile’s public procurement system to provide satellite communications services across the country. Octavio Bofill is also a key contact. Other notable clients include Televisión Interactiva and Antofagasta Minerals.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo de la Jara - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s ‘lawyers and specialists are always available for clients’. The practice regularly advises on the tax planning structures surrounding significant cross-border transactions, particularly in the mining, financial services and construction sectors, as well as on matters involving export and import entities. The team assisted Pacific Hydro with the determination of an efficient tax structure for the purchase of a major energy company in Chile. Guillermo Fonseca and associate Jorge Valenzuela are the key contacts.

Next generation lawyers

Jorge Valenzuela - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana is recommended for renewable energy and transmission matters; and the practice is supported by the firm’s regulatory, dispute resolution and mining law groups. Working in conjunction with an Australian law firm, the team advised Pacific Hydro on the implementation of an international banking consortium’s $500m global funding for a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Chile and Australia. Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman and of counsel María Paz Cerda are the recommended advisers; Jorge Lembeye exited to found Lembeye & Cía.

Next generation lawyers

María Paz Cerda - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s mining team can draw on the firm’s regulatory, environmental, corporate, tax, labour and dispute resolution groups regarding its clients’ projects in Chile and Latin America. In recent matters the team acted for Barrick Gold Corporation (as part of a joint venture agreement with Goldcorp), regarding the operation of a gold and copper deposit project in northern Chile; advised Nutrex, a US-based mining exploration company on its acquisition of mining concessions and project assets; and assisted Laguna Gold with the acquisition of Chile’s El Toqui underground mine. Other active practice clients include Exeter Resource Corporation, Allied Salt, Rio Explorations, Sociedad Contractual Minera Atacama Minerals Chile, and Codelco. Pablo Mir and Rony Zimerman are highly rated; senor associate Felipe Allende is ‘one to watch’.

Leading lawyers

Felipe Allende - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Pablo Mir - Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego Vicuña at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as ‘one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. Andrés Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is ‘not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; Fernández was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo Yrarrázaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., Nicolás Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, Cristián Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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