Felipe Riesco > Barros Silva Varela & Vigil > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

Work Department

Public Law.

Environmental Law.

Regulatory Law and Administative Procedures.




Felipe is in charge of the Public, Regulatory and Environmental Law area of the study where he focuses on providing strategic advice to his clients, especially in the area of environmental assessment of investment projects, advice on administrative regulations, administrative sanctioning procedures, administrative litigation, legal reports, presentations to the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic, public procurement, etc. He has focused his career in the public sector, where he served as Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment, Legal Advisor to the Superintendency of the Environment, Director of the Araucanía Environmental Assessment Service and Secretary of the Third Environmental Court of Valdivia. His time at these institutions has earned him deep knowledge of current regulations and litigious matters related to his area of practice.


Spanish / English


Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2005.

Degree in Sanctionatory Law, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain, 2014.

Master in Constitutional Procedure Law, Universidad de Talca, in process.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Public law

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Barros Silva Varela & Vigil‘s public, regulatory and environmental law area is led by former Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment, Felipe Riesco, whose practice focuses on the environmental assessment of investment projects, administrative regulations, sanctioning procedures, litigation, public procurement, and presentations before the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

Chile > Environment

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil‘s six-member environmental law department handles environment assessments, compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations, litigation before the specialised courts and the Supreme Court, and sanctioning proceedings before the Superintendency of the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The practice is co-led by Felipe Riesco, a former Ministry of Environment Undersecretary, and environmental law specialist Claudia Ferreiro, who joined from Correa Squella in May 2021. Also integral to the team are regulatory law practice director Carolina Matthei, and senior associate José Ignacio Vial, who recently joined from the Environmental Assessment Service’s (SEA) litigation and invalidation department.