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Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Focused exclusively on complex and cross-border business disputes, Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados' large 26-strong team routinely acts before domestic and foreign courts (as well as governmental authorities) in high-profile or politically sensitive claims; moreover, the group is increasingly active in litigation before and against public entities, in relation to shareholders, antitrust issues, urban development, infrastructure, and environmental law. Recent highlights include defending Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte against a massive tort case valued at over $300m, which involves over 40 civil liability lawsuits. The team is co-led by renowned commercial litigation, international arbitration and white-collar crime specialist, Jorge Bofill; cross-border litigation expert Sebastián Yanine; and Francisco Aninat, who delivers ‘outstanding performance when leading negotiations'. Other key practitioners include criminal litigation partner César Ramos; and of counsel Marcela Vega, who represents companies and individuals in commercial, civil, criminal, labour and administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Francisco Aninat; Sebastián Yanine


Availability, technical knowledge, good coordination, and permanent communication with the client.’

Excellent ability of the team to understand the problem and formulate the strategy.

Francisco Aninat – outstanding performance when leading negotiations before public or private entities.

Key clients

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Chicureo

Enel Green Power Chile

Gente Oil Pte

Consorcio Puente Chacao

AMC Networks Latin America

Julio Ponce Lerou (indirect shareholder of SQM)

Obrascon Huarte Lain Amodio (OHLA)

Constructora Trebol

Grupo Auguri


Sterling & Wilson

Constructora Alto Maipo

Work highlights

  • Defending Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte in a massive tort case, consisting of over 40 civil liability lawsuits.
  • Acted for Grupo Auguri in successfully defeating an injunction before the Constitutional Court.
  • Acted for Enel Green Power in its claims that several energy conversion units purchased from Fimer caused serious physical and economic damage to Enel Green Power.

Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 1

Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados is a specialised disputes practice with an enviable reputation for representing individuals and legal entities before the Chilean Public Prosecutor’s Office. The eight-strong criminal law practice is consistently sought out by plaintiffs and defendants to act in heavyweight white-collar cases, as well as substantial investigations into corruption allegations. The team is also increasingly focused on compliance and crime prevention work, including the development of crime prevention models. The practice is co-led by name partner Jorge Bofill, a renowned litigator and 'visionary strategist' whose experience also includes conducting internal corporate investigations on behalf of corporation owners and boards; and criminal law director César Ramos (a partner since late 2021), whose criminal litigation practice covers finance, property, tax and securities. Key associate support is provided by Andrea Lema (whose past experience includes time at the Public Defender’s Office) who regularly acts before Chile’s criminal trial courts and the Santiago Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; César Ramos


‘The team is characterised by its quality and legal knowledge.’

‘A fine and deep evaluation of the context, current legislation, as well as the characteristics of Chile’s socio-political environment that can affect cases.’

‘A strategic direction that produces a clear definition of objectives, tasks and ways of dealing with each case.’

‘The technological support, both on the legal and administrative side, is strong and modern.’

‘Jorge Bofill – in addition to his personal skills, is a visionary strategist, which unites the personal involvement and direction of the professionals who handle each case.’

Key clients


Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria

Julio Ponce Lerou

Luis Alberto Yapur

Sociedad Administradora de Casinos y Servicios Aliservice

Distribuidora Las Lagunas

Casinos Mogado

Juan Emilio Cheyre

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Chicureo

Desarrollos la Dehesa

High-ranking officers of Empresas Penta

Pedro Guerra Guerrero

Valeria Ronchera

Paula Labra Besserer

Carlos Capurro

Enel Chile

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cintac, its Peruvian subsidiary Sehover and Peruvian litigants, in proceedings initiated by the company following the findings of an internal investigation (conducted by the firm) which determined the existence of fraudulent administration.
  • Representing Compañía Contractual Minera Candelaria in an ongoing investigation regarding alleged bribery charges in relation to an agreement with the Municipality of Tierra Amarilla.
  • Representing Julio Ponce Lerou (controller of SQM), who is accused of stock market manipulation, in relation to transactions carried out between companies of the holding and third parties to the detriment of minority shareholders.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Excellent in dealing with very complex cases', boutique firm Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados focuses exclusively on the resolution of complex or cross-border business disputes. It consistently acts in major international investment and commercial arbitrations, as well as domestic matters; moreover, the group’s caseload frequently encompasses high-profile or politically-sensitive issues. The team is also regularly sought out to set aside international arbitral awards before the Santiago Court of Appeals. The recent track record of name partner and renowned litigation and arbitration specialist, Jorge Bofill, includes domestic and investment arbitrations, along with the annulment of international commercial arbitration awards; Sebastián Yanine is a delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (alongside other Chilean arbitration practitioners) since 2022; and Francisco Aninat (who demonstrates ‘complete understanding of the problems that arise in arbitration') is a recently-elected member of the National Football Association (ANFP)’s arbitration tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bofill; Francisco Aninat; Sebastián Yanine


A team of lawyers that works very well, on time, and in a coordinated, orderly manner.

Solid understanding of the stages and procedures that are necessary to arbitration, which means they provide an excellent service.

Excellent in dealing with very complex cases.

Very professional and always manages to handle complex issues, technically, legally and financially.

A solid multidisciplinary and multicultural team that strongly contributes to the success of cases.

What makes the difference from other firms is its availability, legal capabilities, mastery of the legal doctrine, and commercial sense.

Alternative proposals in case of blockage and a team with great diversity and an efficient methodology. Great ability to convince.

Francisco Aninat – clear and complete understanding of the problems that arise in arbitration, and solid and compelling writings.

Key clients

Gente Oil Ecuador Pte

Obrascón Huarte Laín Amodio

Sociedad Concesionaria Costanera Norte

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel

Enel Green Power Chile

Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente


ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción

Industria Metalúrgica Ursus Trotter

Grupo Auguri


Sterling and Wilson

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel in an arbitral proceeding against the Ministry of Public Works to obtain recognition of overhead costs and damages for the construction of cargo terminals at Santiago’s international airport.
  • Acted for Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) in an international commercial arbitration wherein EGPC claims that several energy conversion units purchased from Fimer caused serious physical and economic damage.
  • Acted for Gente Oil Ecuador Pte in an international commercial arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, further to the latter’s alleged breach of an exploration and exploitation contract.

Chile > Competition and antitrust

Headed up by former FNE litigation chief, Vanessa FacuseBofill Escobar Silva Abogados' competition practice acts for defendants and third parties in antitrust law-related FNE procedures, as well as contentious and non-contentious proceedings before Chile’s Competition Court and Supreme Court.

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 (