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

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil
El Golf 40, Floor 13
Las Condes

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The sizeable corporate practice at Barros Silva Varela & Vigil houses industry expert in telecoms, mining, energy, pharma and real estate and whose expertise encompasses corporate governance, family offices, and cross-border transactions. The group is co-led by name partner Jorge Vigil, who specialises in M&A, restructurings, and complex contract negotiations; and M&A, corporate governance, joint venture and corporate law expert, Rodrigo de Alencar (a 2022 partner recruit from Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr). At non-partner level, corporate law director Sebastián Barros Campino advises on M&A and investment funds; while senior associate Josefina Castro's recent experience includes serving as legal counsel to Latin America Power. Former senior associate Felipe Valle F departed the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Vigil; Rodrigo de Alencar


We are a Japanese listed company with a wholly owned subsidiary in Chile. A problem arose in the relationship with the minority shareholders of the sub-subsidiary. This firm – BSVV- is a referral from a Japanese corporate law firm; they have come up with an excellent plan, and I trust them.

Due to the differences in culture and business practices between Chile and Japan, we sometimes have conflicting opinions, but I am very grateful to the lawyers in charge for their polite responses. Rodrigo de Alencar B is the key partner for us.

Key clients

Phoenix Tower International

Outsourcing Inc

Papa John’s

Aguas San Pedro


Aguas y Riles



Agrícola Huinca

Wherex – SAFE issuance

Martino y Alonso

De Lage Landen Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Tower International on the acquisition of a portfolio of over 4000 telecoms towers from WOM.
  • Advised Outsourcing Inc on the acquisition of the remaining stake in a target company.
  • Advises Papa Johns’ on all of its corporate law requirements.

Chile > Environment Tier 3

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's public law and environmental department fields experts in environmental assessments, compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations, and sanctioning proceedings before Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment and Environmental Protection Agency. The team is co-led by public and regulatory law specialist, Claudia Ferreiro, whose practice takes in projects’ environmental impact assessments, defences before state agencies, concession-granting procedures and environmental litigation; and Felipe Riesco, whose past experience includes serving as both Ministry of the Environment Undersecretary and legal advisor to the Superintendency of the Environment. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Vial focuses on regulatory and environmental issues, while Esteban Carmona advises on regulatory public law and administrative sanctioning processes.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Ferreiro; Felipe Riesco

Key clients

CMPC Maderas


Inversiones Rentas Inmobiliarias

Inversiones Pacífico Sur

Hot Chili

Club Andino Osorno


Rucalhue Energía

EL Zorro Sociedad Contractual Minera

Putaendo River Supervisory Board

Salmones Blumar

Municipality of Puerto Natales

Work highlights

  • Assisting Statkraft with a hydroelectric power plant’s conflict with an indigenous community, further to alleged environmental impacts not foreseen in the environmental assessment.
  • Advising CMPC Maderas on the environmental assessment of the modernisation and expansion of a Los Angeles manufacturing plant project.
  • Successfully defended Inversiones Rentas Inmobiliarias against a protection action that was filed against several real estate companies claiming that certain projects would destroy a wetland called Sargento Silva.

Chile > Real estate Tier 3

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil fields a five-strong group that advises on the entire lifecycle of real estate projects. Its expertise ranges from project planning to financings, co-ownership contract negotiations, unit sales, and corporate and tax structuring. The team also assists with the legal monitoring of potential construction liabilities; and has notable specialisms in housing, real estate projects for rental purposes and matters involving government housing subsidies. ‘Excellent’ real estate department head José Joaquín Silva is experienced in complex real estate work, as well as territorial planning, corporate advice, environmental impact assessments, and negotiations involving communities. Senior associates Marcela Horzella and Soledad Marín also both maintain active real estate practices.

Practice head(s):

José Joaquín Silva


Quick responses, availability for the client, and interested in providing a complete diagnosis of the problem and solution options. In addition, the lawyers are very concerned with monitoring and following up with clients.

Knowledgeable and specialised in the topics it covers, and coordinated teamwork between the different areas of expertise.

José Joaquín Silva is excellent.

Key clients


Fondo de Inversión Renta Residencial – Fondo Renta Capital

Froilán Roa Real Estate

Ingevec Inmobiliaria

Ingevec Constructora

Inmobiliaria Inspira Chile Rural

Inmobiliaria Ecasa

Constructora Cumbre

Inmobiliaria Ilumina

Inmobiliaria Monferrato

Inmobiliaria PatagonLand

Papa John’s

Grupo Avenida Realty – Avenida

Work highlights

  • Advising Legría on the creation of the legal structure for the purchase of a portion of property.
  • Advised Fondo de Inversión Renta Residencial on the constitution of a large private investment fund for rental purposes.
  • Acting for Froilan Roa BSVV, a joint venture between LarraínVial and Ingevec, on the development of a mixed housing and commercial project.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 4

Solid and constantly growing’, Barros Silva Varela & Vigil’s six-member labour and employment department covers equity, gender, sexual harassment and discrimination issues, as well as fundamental rights’ violations, and the implementation of policies and best practices. Team leader Roberto Lewin advises on labour-related restructurings, subcontracting, collective bargaining, employment litigation, immigration and compliance. At senior associate level, Paulina Rivera (‘a great professional’) focuses on labour and employment-related litigation, collective labour law issues and labour auditing, but Nicole Lüer left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Lewin


Responses are very quick and  they know Chilean labour law very well.’

The BSVV labour law team is solid and constantly growing – it has a bright future.

They have acquired very good clients who give them a solid presence in the market.

Roberto Lewin is a great leader, and has impressive business and legal skills.

Senior associate Paulina Rivero is a great professional.

Key clients


Cementerio Metropolitano

Glemflow Servicios

Phoenix Tower International Chile



Work highlights

  • Advised Sika Chile on a collective bargaining with its largest union.
  • Assisted Autocred with employment agreement issues.
  • Advised Cementerio Metropolitano on a collective bargaining with one of its unions.

Chile > Public law Tier 4

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil’s eight-strong public law department regularly works alongside the firm’s real estate and energy and natural resources groups, particularly in relation to electricity regulations and urban matters. It is also increasingly active in public procurement work. The team is co-led by public and administrative law specialist Felipe Riesco, a former Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment; and Claudia Ferreiro, whose practice covers public sanctioning law, as well as administrative and electricity law. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Vial focuses on regulatory and environmental issues, including administrative and judicial proceedings; and Esteban Carmona acts in Constitutional Court cases and contentious administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Riesco; Claudia Ferreiro

Key clients

Allibera Solar

Fedir Chile

Inmobiliaria Ilumina

Mundo Pacífico

Asociación Gremial de Loteadores Chile Rural

Municipalidad de Puerto Natales

Agrícola El Noviciado

Rucalhue Energía

Work highlights

  • Advised 16 senators of the Republic who sought to enact a law via  the Constitutional Court, further to the President of the Republic’s non-compliance with his constitutional obligation to enact a National Congress-approved law within the term established by the Constitution.
  • Advising Chile Rura Trade Association on its legal strategy before the Authorities, further to a change in how land plot regulations are interpreted.
  • Advised Delibest on the terms and conditions for participation in tenders, preparation of bids, formalisation of awards, and challenges to sanctioning processes (arising from public procurement contracts).

Chile > Competition and antitrust

In March 2023, Barros Silva Varela & Vigil incorporated José Manuel Bustamante as a partner to lead its antitrust practice; formerly at Bulnes, Urrutia & Bustamante (where he was name partner), his track record covering major FNE investigations, Competition Court proceedings and antitrust compliance issues.

Energy and natural resources > Mining

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's mining and natural resources team is headed up by former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría associate Francisco Varela, a specialist in mining project developments and mining companies’ M&A deals; Varela is supported by associate Fernanda Contreras, who advises on water use rights and mining concessions.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's projects team is led by Francisco Varela, who (in addition to corporate law work) focuses on the development of investment projects, particularly in the mining and energy sectors; Varela is flanked by fellow-name partner and real estate head José Joaquín Silva, and public and regulatory law expert Claudia Ferreiro.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil represents a new generation of lawyers committed to providing services at the highest level. In the last ten years they have established themselves as a multi-service law firm, participating in the most relevant transactions and matters in the country They are a new generation of lawyers, with a renewed understanding of legal services and a fresh approach to the challenges of understanding legal services and addressing the challenges ahead.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil seeks to support its clients in a comprehensive manner, offering them tailor-made legal strategies. The firm carefully selects the assignments that it undertakes in order to ensure the provision of an excellent service, that adapts to the clients’ deadlines and needs.

They are the fastest growing Chilean Law Firm in the last 10 years.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Matters / M&A Jorge Vigil
Mining / Tax / Natural Resources Francisco Varela
Litigation and Arbitration / Finance Fernando Barros
Real Estate Jose Joaquin Silva
Labour and Employment Roberto Lewin
Regulatory and Administative Claudia Ferreiro
Enviromental Felipe Riesco
Corporate Matters / M&A Rodrigo de Alencar
Competition/Antitrust José Manuel Bustamante
Tax Law Pilar González
Photo Name Position Profile
Sebastián Barros photo Mr Sebastián Barros Director of Corporate Law Practice
Fernando Barros Vial photo Mr Fernando Barros Vial Partner
Fernando Barros Vial photo Mr Fernando Barros Vial Partner
José Manuel Bustamante photo Mr José Manuel Bustamante José Manuel has a vast experience and recognition in the Chilean legal…
Josefina Castro photo Ms Josefina Castro Senior Associate
Claudia Ferreiro photo Ms Claudia Ferreiro Partner
Pilar González photo Ms Pilar González Partner
Marcela Horzella photo Marcela Horzella Senior Associate
Roberto Lewin photo Mr Roberto Lewin Partner
Soledad Marín photo Soledad Marín Senior Associate
Felipe Riesco photo Mr Felipe Riesco Partner
Paulina Rivera photo Ms Paulina Rivera Senior Associate
José Joaquín Silva photo Mr José Joaquín Silva Partner
Francisco Varela photo Mr Francisco Varela Partner
José Ignacio Vial photo Mr José Ignacio Vial José Ignacio is part of the Public, Regulatory and Environmental Law team…
Jorge Vigil photo Mr Jorge Vigil Partner
Rodrigo de Alencar photo Mr Rodrigo de Alencar Partner