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

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

Work Department

Public Law, Environmental Law, Regulatory Law and Administative Procedures, Energy and Natural Resources Law.




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


Chilean Association of Environmental Law, since 2020.

Public Policy Advisor, of the Think Tank Libertad y Desarrollo, since 2020.

Chilean Bar Association.


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 > Environment

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.

Chile > Public law

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.