Firm Profile > Barros Silva Varela & Vigil > Santiago, Chile

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The 10-strong team at Barros Silva Varela & Vigil focuses on corporate advice to financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, and energy and mining developing companies. Its transactional work includes due diligence and negotiating complex acquisitions with both national and international counterparts. Practice co-heads Jorge Vigil and Francisco Varela have particular expertise in M&A and restructuring, and mining and energy matters, respectively. Senior associates Felipe Valle F and Sebastián Barros C are also noted.

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The team has great technical competence in different fields, including contractual and corporate issues. They respond very quickly to our requirements and their responses and recommendations are accurate, quick and pro-business. The humility and confidence that BSVV brings on board are unmatchable.

Good negotiators, who are efficient, clear in their proposals and decisive.

Jorge Vigil has always been a person who I can blindly trust and share my concerns with and know he will guide me to the correct decision! He is one of the finest and trustworthy lawyers around.’

Jorge Vigil comes with a great sense of confidence and makes clients feel safe, secured and well guided. He is the partner in charge of our company, and he is a very competent lawyer in civil, contractual and corporate matters, with great negotiating skills and available 24/7. He does not improvise and is very rigorous in his responses and recommendations.

Key clients





Latin America Power

Allibera Inversiones

Tesoro Resources

Energy Development Corporation


Ferrovial Servicios Chile

Labour and employment Tier 4

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's five-strong labour law team is led by Roberto Lewin, who founded the department in February 2019, when he joined from Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro. Lewin focuses his practice on labour, social security and immigration matters. Other typical areas for the group include restructuring, labour auditing, subcontracting, collective bargaining and litigation, among others.

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Willingness to generate valuable information for decision making within the client’s organisation, and the quality of work is presented so that the information is relevant.

Proactivity when presenting solutions outside the scope of everyday life, such as training and talks.

A team of committed, agile and 100% available lawyers in the support of labour matters. They are also rigorous and well prepared. Their experience and knowledge are also great, and we like their speed ​​in answering questions and availability to solve  issues – good teamwork too.

The team is very connected to our internal needs and they quickly understand the operation of a company and how to approach customer advice. It is not only legal advice – they are involved in such a way that the consultancy generates a positive impact.

The lawyers adapt to the organisational culture of the company in order to understand its requirements. They also show good knowledge of labour management compared to other firms.

The main plus is that they are interested in knowing how the company works and from that point of view, they commit themselves to becoming n additional member of the company. Regarding this, I highlight partner Roberto Lewin for his ability to understand the needs of his client.

Roberto Lewin personally cares about directing and supporting each litigation, is very committed to clients and cares about knowing and understanding the client’s industry and market, so as to include it within his advice.

Key clients

Sika Chile

Qatro-Elec-Ingeniería y servicios eléctricos industriales (Chile)

Empresas Demaría



Constructora Pocuro


Cementerio Metropolitano


Barros Silva Varela & Vigil  was formed by a group of lawyers dedicated to providing legal advice at the highest levels.

Practice areas: Our practice areas are various and include specialization in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources, mining and energy, the environment, real estate, litigation and arbitration and labour and employment.

The assignments we take on are carefully selected in order to ensure excellence in the provision of our service, and in timely fashion, adapting to the real needs and deadlines of our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Matters Jorge Vigil
Mergers and Acquisitions Jorge Vigil
Tax Francisco Varela
Natural Resources Francisco Varela
Mining Francisco Varela
Energy Francisco Varela
Environment Jose Joaquin Silva
Finance Fernando Barros
Real Estate Jose Joaquin Silva
Litigation and Arbitration Fernando Barros
Labour and Employment Roberto Lewin
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fernando Barros  photo Fernando Barros Partner
 Roberto Lewin  photo Roberto Lewin Partner
 José Joaquín Silva  photo José Joaquín Silva Partner
 Francisco Varela  photo Francisco Varela Partner
 Jorge Vigil  photo Jorge Vigil Partner