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

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo fields lawyers who have longstanding expertise in civil and commercial litigation before the courts, state agencies and arbitral tribunals in sectors such as construction, mining, telecoms, energy, banking, finance, insurance and retail. In ongoing headline work, senior partner Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez and Juan Francisco Asenjo are leading advice to leading global copper producer, Codelco, in a case against the Chilean General Comptroller (CGC) which seeks to annul certain CGC-decreed norms that limit the company's ability -as a public entity- to enter into contracts with third parties. Working in conjunciton with Joaquín Castillo, Gutiérrez also acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in multiple claims (aggregate value $250m) stemming from freak-flooding in Santiago in early 2016. Name partners Cristóbal Jimeno and Alfredo Waugh are also highly experienced practitioners. Associate Eugenio Valladares is noted. Other clients include Glencore International, Telefónica, Compass Group, Scotiabank, Itaú CorpBanca and Falabella.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Carey has experience in handling domestic and international commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari are highly recommended. Fernández was appointed as member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, and regularly acts as both arbitrator and counsel. The team at Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados has 'the skills and responsiveness to manage very complex issues'. Andrés Jana is a key name to note. Cristián Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is 'the most relevant player in Chilean international arbitration', acting as both counsel and arbitrator. Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial has notable expertise in the construction, energy, telecoms and finance-related disputes. Gerardo Ovalle is singled out for his 'excellent strategic view of disputes'. Nicolás Luco at Claro & Cia. has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is recommended for disputes in the banking and energy industries. Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados are other names to note.

 

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 its partner’s personal involvement 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 twelve years, GWJA and its partners have been consistently recognized as leading actors in its areas of expertise, ranking number one in most national and international rankings. It senior partner, Pedro Pablo Gutierrez, has been chosen as one of the best Dispute Resolution lawyers in Chile for the last eleven years.

 

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 dollars. 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