Firm Profile > Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo > Santiago, Chile

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo
AV. ISIDORA GOYENECHEA 3477
23TH FLOOR
7550106 SANTIAGO
Chile

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Arbitration currently counts for over 60% of Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo's overall caseload. The 'very dedicated and knowledgeable' 16-strong team is consistently involved in high-profile arbitrations before prominent national arbitration centres, such as CAM, but also before international forums such as the ICC and the ICSID; generally, matters that involve complex disputes in the construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail sectors, among others. The practice group's key figures include: the highly experienced Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, long 'a lawyer with a strong reputation in the market'; Cristóbal Jimeno, who focuses on the resolution of financial, insurance and complex construction disputes; and administrative litigation expert Juan Francisco Asenjo, whose practice includes acting before arbitral panels on a wide range of disputes. The second line of notable practitioners includes Joaquín Castillo, the first non-founding partner of the firm, whose practice increasingly covers consumers rights; and associate attorneys Jaime Elgueta and Sebastían Zamora, who also assist with arbitration work.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; Cristóbal Jimeno

Testimonials

Very dedicated and knowledgeable partners and associates, who assess and defend cases in a very professional way.’

A very competent team with high levels of experience in handling highly complex litigation in Chile.

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez is a lawyer with a strong reputation in the market. He is known both locally and internationally, and is practical, agile and innovative when finding solutions.

Key clients

Codelco

Allianz Seguros

Glencore International

Meridiam LatAm Holdings

Empresas CMPC

Telefónica

Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones

Tompkins Conservation

Enjoy

AFP Capital

Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos

Empresa Constructora Echeverría Izquierdo

Constructora Conpax

Agrícola Don Pollo

Falabella

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

'Capable of solving complex matters', Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo's 16-strong practice, jointly led by name partners Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez and Cristóbal Jimeno, is regularly instructed to act before the courts, state agencies and arbitrators in Chile's most high-profile, civil and commercial disputes. The practice has notable sector expertise that covers construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail, along with a strong commitment to pro bono work. Gutiérrez's experience includes representing both domestic and international clients, as well as the Chilean Government, in high-profile matters; while Jimeno’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, and the resolution of financial, insurance and construction disputes. Also key to the practice are civil, commercial, and administrative litigation expert Juan Francisco Asenjo; and Joaquín Castillo (the firm's first non-founding partner), who regularly acts in retail and telecoms-related consumer rights' proceedings. Jaime Elgueta and Sebastían Zamora are the associate attorneys to note.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez; Cristóbal Jimeno

Testimonials

Highly professional lawyers who can handle highly complex legal issues.

Professionalism, enthusiasm, seriousness, collaboration and availability.

Partners and professional associates who are capable of solving complex matters.

Key clients

Codelco

Allianz Seguros

Glencore International

Meridiam Latam Holdings

Empresas CMPC

Telefónica

Entel

Tompkins Conservation

Enjoy

Ripley Store

Comercial Eccsa

AFP Capital

Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos

Empresa Constructora Echeverría Izquierdo

Constructora Conpax

Agrícola Don Pollo

Banco Itaú – Corpbanca

Falabella

Gutierrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo (GWJA) is a boutique law firm founded in 2006 by some of the most relevant practitioners in the areas of dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration in Chile.

GWJA is dedicated to assist and defend its national and foreign clients in the resolution of civil, commercial, economic and administrative disputes in the finance, banking, energy, telecommunications, retail, construction, insurance, and mining industries, among others; either they adopt the form of out-of-court negotiations or adversarial proceedings before ordinary courts of justice, arbitration courts, superior courts of justice and/or government agencies.

One of GWJA’s main features is that its partners are personally involved in the cases they handle, thus guaranteeing client-specific, professional and experienced counsel.

GWJA was founded in 2006, when its four founding partners decided to form their own practice dedicated exclusively to dispute resolution. Pedro Pablo Gutierrez was the head of litigation of Carey & Cia. for 25 years before creating GWJA. Alfredo Waugh, Cristobal Jimeno and Juan Francisco Asenjo held significant leadership positions in Philippi, Yrarrazaval, Pulido & Brunner (now Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria).

In the last fourteen years, GWJA and its partners have been consistently recognized as leading actors in their areas of expertise, ranking number one in most national and international rankings. Its senior partner, Pedro Pablo Gutierrez, has been chosen as one of the best dispute resolution lawyers in Chile.

Since its foundation, the firm has been involved in most high profile cases in Chile, assisting relevant local and international actors in complex processes of negotiations and in civil and commercial litigations.

The firm’s key clients are Codelco S.A., Telefonica S.A., Glencore International AG, Empresas CMPC S.A., Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), Ripley, Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos S.A., Compania Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca S.A., AFP Provida, among others.

Main areas of practice: GWJA is regarded as one of the best law firms in Chile in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm is famous for handling the largest commercial litigation case in Chilean history which was settled in a record-breaking sum of $2.8bn. Its expertise spans over contract law, torts, property and private law in general with a special focus on handling complex business disputes both in local courts and arbitration tribunals.

GWJA has an outstanding reputation as the go-to firm in the construction industry in Chile. The firm’s partners have been constantly involved (before or after joining the firm) in construction disputes and have participated in some of the most relevant cases regarding this area of law. The firm has represented owners, contractors and subcontractors (both national and foreign) in major projects for the construction of power plants (hydroelectricity, coal power plants, etc), pulp mills, mineral treatment plants (copper and iron), tailings treatment plants, subway stations and lines, hospitals, highways, hotels, office buildings, etc.

The firm has also successfully represented clients in commercial litigation and arbitration cases in the insurance market, representing insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as policyholders.

GWJA is also very well known for its experience in regulatory disputes. The firm represents Moneda Asset Administradora de Fondos de Inversion (an investment bank) in a high profile case in Chile known as “las Cascadas”. Moneda is a minority shareholder in a group of companies in which the controller is being accused by the Chilean regulator of breaching the corporation and capital market law.

The firm is also highly recommended for its expertise in consumer law litigation. GWJA has represented clients in the largest class action cases in Chile, including clients in the retail market.

Finally, the firm has relevant experience in international arbitration, and has often worked closely with teams in other jurisdictions in co-counsel relationships to provide clients with specific local advice and expertise.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking litigation and arbitration Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, ppgutierrez@gwja.cl, phone number +56223792000
Charities/Non Profit Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, ppgutierrez@gwja.cl, phone number +56223792000
Construction and Materials litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Consumer Product Manufacturing litigation (class actions) Alfredo Waugh, awaugh@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Energy litigation and arbitration Alfredo Waugh, awaugh@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Finance industry litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Finance industry litigation and arbitration Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, ppgutierrez@gwja.cl, phone number +56223792000
Industrial Engineering litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Industrial Engineering litigation and arbitration Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, ppgutierrez@gwja.cl, phone number +56223792000
Insurance litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Insurance litigation and arbitration Joaquín Castillo, jcastillo@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Mining industry litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Private clients/individuals Juan Francisco Asenjo, jfasenjo@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Retail industry litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Retail industry litigation and arbitration Alfredo Waugh, awaugh@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Telecommunications industry litigation and arbitration Juan Francisco Asenjo, jfasenjo@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Utilities industry litigation and arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
Utilities industry litigation and arbitration Alfredo Waugh, awaugh@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
International Arbitration Cristóbal Jimeno, cjimeno@gutierrezabogados.cl, phone number +56223792000
International Arbitration Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez, ppgutierrez@gwja.cl, phone number +56223792000