Firm Profile > Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados > Santiago, Chile

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Specialising in the resolution of complex business and cross-border disputes, Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' sizeable practice consistently acts before both local and foreign courts and international arbitration tribunals; it is particularly well known for its experience in high-profile matters such as the Penta and Cascadas cases. Areas of recent growth include litigation before and against public entities in relation to urban development, antitrust issues, environmental law and infrastructure. Consistently acting as lead counsel in high-profile cases, Jorge Bofill was recently hired to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court on behalf of Julio Ponce, which successfully led to the reduction of a securities fine from $70m to $3m. Sebastián Yanine is a highly regarded civil and commercial dispute resolution expert; while Francisco Aninat's practice focuses on the resolution of national and international disputes, particularly in relation to civil, environmental, and antitrust matters. Also noted are: Loreto Silva, who has deep expertise across the construction, public works and infrastructure projects area, including disputes boards; Vanessa Facuse (public law-related disputes including public planning, public concessions and competition), who made partner in October 2019; and counsel and litigator Marcela Vega, who also has a sub-speciality in internal corporate investigations. The team was strengthened further with the October 2020-hire of criminal litigator and senior associate Andrea Lema from the Public Criminal Defender's Office (DPP).

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill

Key clients

Jonás Gómez Pacheco

Inmobiliaria a Inversiones Chicureo

Empresa de Transportes de Pasajeros Metro

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Consorcio Puente Chacao (subsidiary of Hyundai Engineering & Construction)

DLA – Inmobiliaria Nueva El Golf

AMC Networks Latin America

Julio Ponce Lerou (indirect shareholder of SQM)

Enel Generación Chile

Carlos Ríos

Javier Ríos

Grupo Auguri (controller of Clínica Las Condes)

Juan Emilio Cheyre

Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 1

Focused exclusively on dispute resolution, Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados‘ 24-strong team handles a wide variety of cases, from complex white-collar and financial crimes, to high-profile investigations involving corruption allegations and other penal matters. Headline mandates include representing major SQM shareholder, Julio Ponce, in relation to the Cascadas case, one of the landmark criminal securities cases of the last decade; and assisting Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria and Miguel Troncoso with their defence in a bribery investigation. Commercial litigation, international arbitration and white-collar crime specialist Jorge Bofill (whose experience includes being part of the Criminal Procedure Reform Drafting Committee) leads the practice, which hired senior associate Andrea Lema from the public criminal defender’s office in October 2020; Lema is experienced in acting before both the criminal trial courts and the Santiago Court of Appeals. Since publication, the firm has promoted penal specialist César Ramos to the partnership, effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill


Strong criminal and commercial dispute resolution offering. Jorge Bofill offers years of criminal and commercial dispute resolution experience, particularly in complex and high-profile disputes.

Key clients

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria

Miguel Troncoso

José Bartolo (Mayor of Huara)

High-ranking officers of Empresas Penta

Julio Ponce

Carlos Capurro Bahamondes

Enel Generación Chile

Karen Rojo (Mayor of Antofagasta)

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' sizeable, 24-strong team is highly rated for its experience in the resolution of complex and cross-border business disputes before international arbitration tribunals; and the firm has experienced notable growth in arbitration cases involving large infrastructure projects. Jorge Bofill consistently plays an active role in arbitral matters with international components, including cases before ICSID and the ICC; Sebastián Yanine has extensive experience in representing local and foreign clients in domestic and international arbitration, including commercial and investment treaty arbitration under ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules; while Francisco Aninat's current mandates include acting for a pair of Colombian investors in a $350m ICSID investment arbitration against the Republic of Chile.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill


The team has understood the case in an exceptional way, they have shown a thorough understanding of the case and a great commitment. I feel very well accompanied by this team and the commitment of lawyers. Jorge Bofill undoubtedly stands out for his great knowledge and his ability to see things that others do not see.’

It is the dedication not only to the legal problem but to everything that it involves.

‘Jorge Bofill is the most dedicated and studious lawyer in all aspects of the case and he also cares about being human.

‘Great handling in arbitration trials, good level of knowledge of different contractual forms. Good team of young lawyers with a lot of knowledge and motivation to investigate in depth the contingency issues.

They are a very good team led by a relevant partner. They stand out from other firms due to their excellent willingness to participate together with the client, listen to their concerns and suggestions and adapt them as appropriate. They also have a very good level of contacts with different stakeholders from relevant industries, constituents and public institutions, and a good knowledge of how they work.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Salud Siglo XXI

Inversiones Costa Azul

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Grupo Auguri (shareholder of Clínica Las Condes)

Enel Generación Chile


Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente


Carlos Ríos and Javier Ríos (owners of Inversiones Alsacia and Express de Santiago Uno)

Gerens Capital

Enel Green Power Chile


Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Greykiwi People First

The firm: Bofill Escobar Silva is a leading Chilean law firm that focuses on resolution of complex and cross-border business disputes, before local and foreign courts, governmental authorities and international arbitration tribunals. The firm is currently active in a wide range of high-profile cases, covering almost all industries and markets, including natural resources, energy, mining, construction, finance and securities.

Bofill Escobar Silva also has vast experience advising clients in white-collar and anti-corruption cases, as well as conducting internal investigations or acting as external advisers of corporate investigations that are being carried out by in-house compliance teams.

The firm has distinctive experience with disputes involving highly technical matters; multiple parties, several languages and different applicable laws; numerous jurisdictions, and interrelated litigation; administration of large volumes of data; and working with experts in multiple fields.

The diverse backgrounds and skills of Bofill Escobar Silva lawyers provide a strategic, comprehensive and innovative approach to conflict resolution, which becomes particularly valuable for our clients when litigation is not the best option available.

Bofill Escobar Silva partners’ professional experience is not limited to representing private interests. It also includes designing and implementing public policies and key legislation, serving in high-ranked positions in the national government, and being professors at the best Chilean law schools.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and unfair competition Jorge Bofill (
Antitrust and unfair competition Vanessa Facuse (
Arbitration Jorge Bofill (
Arbitration Francisco Aninat (
Arbitration Sebastián Yanine (
Civil/commercial litigation Jorge Bofill (
Civil/commercial litigation Francisco Aninat (
Civil/commercial litigation Sebastián Yanine (
Internal investigations Jorge Bofill (
White collar crime litigation Jorge Bofill (
Securities litigation Jorge Bofill (
Tax disputes Ricardo Escobar (