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Chile > Capital markets Tier 2Acting for mutual and public investment fund managers, stockbrokers, investment banks and corporate issuers, HD Legal‘s ‘great’ seven-member capital markets team routinely advises on private placements and public offerings of securities. Heading up the department, Sebastián Delpiano‘s track record includes advising recognised fund managers and brokers in Chile and abroad on capital markets procedures; the experience of corporate finance and fintech group leader, Matías Langevin, includes both debt and equity offerings; and Gonzalo Delaveau is a securitisation expert. Felipe Divin, recruited from a brokerage service company in early 2021 to head-up the firm’s corporate governance, financial regulation and IT practice, is also a key member of the team, as are counsels Carlos Frias and Nicolás Garcia, both cross-border transactional experts. Fund regulatory specialist Andrea Alarcón joined as senior associate from the former Bofill Mir Alvarez Jana in September 2021.
‘The lawyers have very good knowledge of funds and their characteristics, allowing us always to be up to date with what is happening, and with practical solutions and adequate legal structures for different needs.‘
‘Good availability, high knowledge of our industry and active participation in different matters.‘
‘A great team that is fully aware of capital markets regulations, highly experienced, knowledgeable, agile in their responses and always available.‘
‘Of all the teams with which we have worked, this is by far the one that has given us the best results – excellent strategic partners for us.‘
‘What sets the lawyers apart is both the high level of legal specialisation that they have , especially in matters involving stock markets. They also recognise and tune into the different commercial aspects of their clients, providing quality advice that is focused on the needs of clients’ business.‘
‘Stands out above the rest, knowing how to combine legal issues with commercial aspects – proactive, diligent and pro-business. The other thing that characterises the lawyers at Honorato | Delaveau is the speed with which the lawyers provide their advice.‘
‘Sebastián del Piano is committed, and with extensive knowledge and great availability.‘
‘The outstanding partner and of counsel, respectively, are Sebastián Delpiano and Nicolás García, who always demonstrate their qualities as lawyers and in-depth knowledge of different capital markets matters.‘
Tanner Corredores de Bolsa
Sartor Financial Group
Columbia Threadneedle Investment
- Advised Banchile Administradora General de Fondos on a $115m placement.
- Assisted fund administrator Fynsa with the structuring of legal vehicles in Chile and the US.
- Assisted Sartor Finance Group/Fondo de Inversión Privado Tactical Sport with a tender offer -the first launched by a private closed-end fund- to obtain control of Chilean soccer team Azul Azul.
Chile > Banking and finance Tier 3The experienced banking and finance department at HD Legal covers M&A-related finance, restructuring, and bankruptcy and liquidation matters, as well as advising creditors and debtors on international financing-related collateralised and non-collateralised loans. The practice group’s principal figures are project finance expert Matías Langevin; structured and asset-backed finance specialist Sebastián Delpiano; and Antonia Vial, a real estate project financing associate. The group can also draw on the experience and expertise of name partners José Luis Honorato and Gonzalo Delaveau, both of whom were formerly in house in the sector (at JP Morgan Chase and Chase Manhattan Bank, respectively). Recent growth includes the early 2021 recruitment of Felipe Divin (as partner) from a brokerage service company to head up the firm’s corporate governance, financial regulation and IT team. Since research concluded, the firm has also hired Ignacio Araya Paredes (as of September 2022); he arrives as a senior associate focusing on fintech (and corporate) matters from Banco Central de Chile.
Chile > Compliance Tier 3HD Legal fields specialists in the detection, treatment, and mitigation of risks. It is particularly experienced in relation to corruption, financial crime, unlawful competition, tax crimes and consumer violations. Other areas of strength range from data protection and information security to labour-related violations and environmental matters. Elevated to the partnership in December 2021, Carlos Frías is a former GC and compliance manager for Moneda Asset Management; his practice encompasses complex litigation, economic crimes, anti-corruption, money laundering, fraud, enforcement proceedings before administrative or supervisory agencies, conflict resolution, internal crisis management, and the design, implementation, correction, and improvement of compliance programs. José Luis Honorato provides additional partner-level support, while at director level, Rebeca Zamora is experienced in advising legal entities on the design and implementation of compliance programmes.
Rebeca Zamora; Carlos Frías; José Luis Honorato
San Antonio Terminal Internacional
Sociedad Química Mineral
San Vicente Terminal Internacional
Credicorp Capital Chile
Banco de Crédito del Perú (Representative office in Chile)
- Advised Buda.com on the implementation and development of its crime prevention programme.
- Assists Citelum, on an ongoing basis, with its prevention programme, including the application of a set of rules and procedures to identify risks and manage them through internal controls.
- Advising SAAM on the creation and implementation of manuals for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism, incorporating compliance mechanisms and systems for reporting and investigating complaints.
Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3HD Legal‘s corporate and M&A team advises a wide range of Chilean and foreign clients, particularly from the energy, fintech, real estate and construction sectors. It also assists with stock market and investment funds-related matters. Appreciated for his ‘mastery of business, negotiation skills, experience and accessibility‘, practice head Gonzalo Delaveau is experienced in general corporate advisory and M&A transactions; while fellow lead partner Matias Langevin has extensive expertise in financial and corporate matters. At senior associate level: Paulina Castro specialises in M&A, corporate and technology-related issues; and Andrea Alarcón -a September 2021 hire from the former Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana- handles corporate and transactional matters as well as banking, finance and capital markets. Since research concluded, the firm has also hired Ignacio Araya Paredes (effective September 2022); he arrives as a senior associate focusing on corporate (and fintech) matters from Banco Central de Chile.
Gonzalo Delaveau; Matias Langevin
‘Great attention to detail, without losing its focus on the big issues. There is direct contact with the partners, not only at senior associate level, which differentiates it from other firms.’
‘Very good service.‘
‘Solid service and availability.‘
‘Gonzalo Delaveau has great knowledge of electricity and corporate issues, and M&A in general; and clients’ opinions are always considered a valid contribution.‘
‘I would highlight Gonzalo Delaveau for his mastery of business, negotiation skills, experience and accessibility.‘
Administradora General de Fondos Vision Advisors
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones
Fressenius Medical Care
EDF Renewable Energy
Singular Asset Management
Sartor Administradora General de Fondos
- Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on its $71.5m acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Energía Llaima.
- Assisting three Chilean pension funds managers and AFC, the manager of unemployment insurances, on the Chapter 11 procedure filed by Latam Airlines Group and its affiliates in New York.
- Acted for EBI Operation in its acquisition of an additional 24,5% of the Cosemar group, including five operating companies.
Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 3The considerable experience of HD Legal‘s energy group covers investments, project developments, and the financing and acquisition of transmission and distribution projects, as well as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and fossil fuel power plants. Practice head Gonzalo Delaveau has a highly active energy, water, and natural resources practice, while engineering and construction group head Juan Ignacio Peña is a specialist in the development of generation (including hydro, solar and wind) and transmission projects. Also key to the team, Matias Langevin (a former Morales & Besa partner) advises on the project finance aspects of energy and natural resources matters. Since research concluded, the firm has hired Mauricio Riesco (effective as of September 2022); formerly the senior legal counsel at Antofagsta Minerals, he arrives as director of the mining, energy and natural resources team, and notably consolidating the firm’s engagement with the mining sector.
Innergex Renewable Energy
EDF Renewable Energy
Gestión de Proyectos Electricos
Consorcio Constructor BOV
- Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on the remaining 50% of Energía Llaima.
- Advised Gestión de Proyectos Eléctricos on the financing, refinancing and restructuring of credits granted by Banco BICE.
- Successfully represented Energías Renovables Fotones de Chile in a two-year arbitration proceeding that was initiated by Enel Green Power del Sur.
Chile > Real estate Tier 3HD Legal‘s real estate practice routinely assists with the development, financing and construction of residential, industrial and commercial projects, as well as office buildings. Group head Juan Ignacio Peña focuses on real estate, engineering, construction and project finance work. At associate level, senior Juan Andrés Larrondo advises on the tax side to real estate and construction matters, while Antonia Vial assists with due diligence, security agreements and regulatory permitting. Recent growth includes the 2021 recruitment of senior associates Andrea Alarcón (project finance) and Andrea Maldonado (real estate, engineering, and construction law) from the former Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana and Parraguez & Marín, respectively.
Juan Ignacio Peña
Zurich Chile Asset Management
Inmobiliaria Parque Los Alerces
Centro Urbano La Dehesa
Chile > Venture capital Tier 4The venture capital practice at HD Legal advises entrepreneurs, project managers and investors on the financing structures best suited to their projects, accompanying them through the various stages of project development, seed capital, early and growth stages. It is led by well-known practitioner Sebastián Delpiano, a member of the legal committees of both the Asociación de Empresas Fintech de Chile and the Chilean Investment Fund Management Association. Key support is provided by Matías Langevin - particularly as regards venture capital M&A; and associate Ignacio Ruiz-Tagle, an October 2021 hire who was formerly an advisor to the Comité Acreditación Mercado de Valores (CAMV). Recent matters include advising a local asset manager on its first venture capital investment.
HD Legal > Firm Profile
HD was founded in 2014 by José Luis Honorato, Gonzalo Delaveau, and Sebastián Delpiano, attorneys with vast experience in the areas of corporate, finance, and capital markets law. Juan Ignacio Peña, an expert in the areas of real estate, engineering, and construction law, was incorporated as a partner in 2017. Then, and due to the strong growth experienced by HD, Matías Langevin was incorporated as a partner in June 2019. He has extensive practice in banking and financial operations, and also on international transactions. Finally, Felipe Divin, an expert in corporate governance, regulated markets, and information technology, joined the team in 2021.
HD provides personalized advice, where its partners are constantly and permanently involved. This differentiating aspect is key to achieve the expected results. The firm offers a value proposal that goes beyond quality in the service since this is inherent in any legal advice. The team seeks to be proactive, efficient, innovative, and always governed by strict ethical conduct.
HD has a recognized leadership in the legal market for providing personalized legal advice, according to the needs of each client. In order to achieve this, the company structures efficient and professional work teams, through a strict selection process.
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|Corporate, M & A, Energy, Mining and Natural Resources, Conssesions and Infrastructure, Antitrust||Gonzalo Delaveaufirstname.lastname@example.org||562 24053200|
|Capital Markets, Asset Management, M & A, Corporate, Venture Capital||Sebastián Delpianoemail@example.com||562 24053200|
|Real Estate, Engineering and Construction||Juan Ignacio Peñafirstname.lastname@example.org||562 24053200|
|Banking, Finance and Derivatives, Corporate, M & A, Project Finance, Capital Markets, FinTech||Matías Langevinemail@example.com||562 24053200|
|Compliance and Administrative Procedures, Public law||Carlos Fríasfirstname.lastname@example.org||562 24053216|
|Compliance and Corporative Integrity, Labor Law, Antitrust and Consumer Protection||Rebeca Zamoraemail@example.com||562 24053211|
|Capital Market, Asset Management||Nicolás Garcíafirstname.lastname@example.org||562 24053215|
|Tax Law||Juan Andrés Larrondoemail@example.com||562 24053214|
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