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Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Chile > Public law Tier 3

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's 'knowledgeable and specialised professionals' have substantial expertise in regulatory, litigation, public contracts and procurement work; the practice assists clients from diverse industries, including mining, agriculture and food production, social security administration, utilities, and power generation, distribution and transmission. The co-heads of the six-member department are administrative, real estate and environmental law specialist Mauricio Viñuela, and Felipe Bascuñán Montaner, who is experienced in regulatory matters involving energy/electricity law, natural resources and general public law. The associates to note are Joaquín Corvalán, who focuses on administrative law and natural resources, and Pablo Tejada, recruited in 2018 from the Environmental Superintendency to boost the firm's public law and regulatory practices.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Viñuela Hojas; Felipe Bascuñán Montaner


The firm’s public law lawyers stand out as knowledgeable and specialised professionals who respond in a solid and timely manner to our enquiries and requirements.

An effective team that is prepared to work beyond formal working hours.

It is worth noting the way in which the firm’s documents and resources are presented, which incorporate citations, images and jurisprudence (among others) in a novel way that make the specialised content more attractive and enjoyable.

Partners Mauricio Viñuela Hojas and Felipe Bascuñán Montaner, and associate Joaquín Corvalán, stand out for their commitment levels.

Key clients



Philips Chilena


Viña Ventisquero

Constructora Casablanca


Frutícola Tantehue

Mantos Copper


Viña Concha y Toro

Bulbo de Los Andes


Santis Frut

Associated Universities

Agrícola El Toqui Ltda.

Cooperativa de Viviendas y Servicios Habitacionales José René Pérez Pérez

Anglo American Chile

Agrícola El Carmen de Pucalán

Fundación Las Rosas

Mundo Sur

SCM Lumina Copper Chile


Inmobiliaria Fundamenta

Inmobiliaria Armas

University of Chicago

Aguas Andina

Work highlights

  • Advised Associated Universities on CORFO’s bidding process for the establishment and construction of the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies.
  • Represented Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna in a constitutional action to declare inapplicable a legal precept obliging the Municipality of Maipú to declare a land plot (belonging to Fundación Las Rosas) as public land.
  • Successfully acted for Inmobilaria Fundamenta in an urban conflict that went up to the Supreme Court.

Chile > Tax Tier 3

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's specialised tax team has a strong reputation for its advice to HNW individuals; it regularly assists over 20 family offices (owned by some of Chile’s wealthiest families) on asset protection and allocation matters, tax structuring, project finance-related tax issues, inheritance law, long-term wealth management planning, and domestic and offshore investment schemes. Head of the tax and wealth management practices Francisco Javier Allende is an 'outstanding partner'; Mario Donoso is a director of the domestic taxation practice; and 'tax expertMauricio Carloza joined from Deloitte Legal Chile in September 2020 as international tax practice director, further to the earlier departure of former practice co-head Gonzalo Garfias, and associates Andres Bustos and Pablo Ibánez.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Javier Allende; Mauricio Carloza; Mario Donoso


The key characteristic for me has been the personalised attention and reliability of the service provided.

The work team is solid.

Its broad knowledge of the issues they address makes them irreplaceable.

Great for personalised attention and the resolution of specific problems with innovative solutions.

They differ from competitors in terms of the confidence I have in them.

As a result of the pandemic, online meetings have been successfully implemented, and with them the efficient use and collection of time.

Francisco Javier Allende is an outstanding partner.

Director Mauricio Carloza is a tax expert, who made a great contribution to the corporate restructuring we are carrying out.

Key clients


Jose Aveggio Peirano

Industria Textil Monarch

Compañía Minera Carmen Bajo

Constructora Ignacio Hurtado

Fundación Las Rosas

Renner Sayerlack

Atlas Air

Grupo Lagos


Skava Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Detroit on the design and implementation of a corporate reorganisation, by which the company, subsidiaries and special-purpose vehicles restructured equity in Chile and other jurisdictions, which included tax efficiency issues.
  • Advised Industria Textil Monarch on the design and implementation of a  reorganisation plan to simplify the corporate group’s structure alongside tax-efficient solutions.
  • Advised Cía Minera Carmen Bajo on the optimisation of its group’s corporate structure through the deployment of tax-neutral mechanisms.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's compact five-strong team consistently acts before a range of courts throughout Chile in civil and commercial litigation, undertakes administrative proceedings and appeals, and has experience before the Supreme Court, particularly in relation to cases arising in the mining, financial markets and agricultural sectors. José Alberto Allende (civil and aviation litigation, arbitration, class actions and contentious administrative procedures), who was elevated to the partnership in early 2021; and labour litigation expert Andrés Garrido, co-head the practice. At senior associate level, Sergio Avilés is a specialist in procedural law, and has extensive experience in litigation and contentious administrative matters, while Rosario Besa acts in corporate and real estate litigation.

Practice head(s):

José Alberto Allende; Andrés Garrido


Great for the perspective with which they approach matters.

A big difference from other firms is that it is not afraid of the unknown, and they are available to fight to the end for the interests of their clients.

A great characteristic is their ability to address matters in a comprehensive manner, and the ability to litigate in different venues and matters.

This is a young and very talented team.

José Alberto Allende is not only an excellent litigator, but also a conflict resolver. For him, problems always have more than one solution, and he promotes the alternative that most benefits the client.

José Alberto Allende is a great litigator and a great negotiator. With him we have obtained top-level advice at a much more reasonable price than other offices.

José Alberto Allende is a tremendous strategist, who has the ability to adapt to the different stages of the process; he also knows the legislation in great detail.

Senior associate Sergio Avilés is an excellent lawyer.

Key clients


Copa (Compañía Panameña de Aviación)

Constructora Ignacio Hurtado

Phillips Chilena

Korean Air

Fedex Express Chile

Air Canada

Grupo Corpora

Air France-KLM

Agrícola Lomas de Maitenes


Work highlights

  • Represented Copa Airlines in its consumer law disputes in Chile.
  • Acted for Air Canada in liability claims brought by beekeepers.
  • Acted for Anglo American Sur, when one of its local branches was sued by a former contractor alleging the breach of a construction contract.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 4

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's five-member team is particularly experienced in advising non-regulated, major electricity consumers - such as mining, industrial and agricultural companies that have substantial electricity needs. Typical work includes negotiating long-term contracts with generators that are essential for cost structures; and advising on tenders, negotiations and disputes involving power purchase agreements (PPAs). Felipe Bascuñán Montaner heads the firm's natural resources and energy/environment areas, as well as participating in the public law practice; and senior associate Pablo Tejada has over 13 years' experience in sector-related environmental law matters.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner

Key clients


Lundin Mining Corporation


Viña Ventisquero

Mantos Copper

Viña Concha y Toro

Bulbo de Los Andes

Agrícola Santa Ana

Associated Universities

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile


Upac Trading Comercial

Exportadora Geofrut

Agrícola Geoagro

Agrícola Hacienda Huentelauquén

Work highlights

  • Advised Associated Universities on the bidding process by CORFO to establish and build an Institute of Clean Technologies, which will focus predominantly on solar energy and the development of sustainable energy-related applications.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 4

The four-member department at Allende Bascuñán & Cía advises employers on a wide range of employment, social security and occupational health issues. Its clients come from the mining, agriculture, science, aviation, construction and general services sectors (among others). Labour law leader Andrés Garrido’s experience includes advising on scenarios involving discrimination, workplace harassment and fundamental rights; during 2020, his practice also covered Covid-related restructurings, temporary changes to workforces and mass layoffs.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Garrido


We are a small organization locally with a complex organisational system due to the size of the astronomical project in which we participate. ABCIA has provided us with a comprehensive and personalised service with good results. Through time we have been strengthening relationships based on trust on our part and their understanding of our exceptional characteristics.

They are consistent and available, which is extremely important to us. They are quick to respond and have given us good legal advice in the past.

Key clients

Federal Express Chile

Constructora Casablanca

Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca

Philips Chilena

Associated Universities

Air Canada

BTS Intrade Laboratorios

Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales

Renner Coatings

Trane de Chile

Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna

Work highlights

  • Advised ALMA (an international partnership between the Chilean State and research organisations from North America, Europe, and East Asia) on a Covid-19-related labour action plan.
  • Advised Air Canada’s Chilean agency on the new pandemic-related General Employment Protection Act.
  • Defended Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales’ insured party Anglo American Sur against a lawsuit for a work-related accident that resulted in fatal injuries to a subcontractor’s worker.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's 11-member department has been particularly active, recently, in relation to corporate reorganisations, incorporations, shareholder agreements, corporate governance, offshore special vehicles and joint ventures. Other notable areas included construction contracts, bidding procedures and aviation agreements, while 2020 was also an active year for the team with regard to the corporate aspects of real estate and agricultural projects. The co-heads of the corporate practice are founding partner and cross-border aviation specialist Felipe Allende, and corporate expert José Luis Ibáñez. Key associates on the team include José Manuel Barros and Pía Irarrázaval.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Allende; José Luis Ibáñez


Availability and willingness to meet the needs and services of its clients. Throughout the pandemic, the office was able to adapt by introducing technology, while the level of concern for our matters, and the care and legal advice, continued to be very satisfactory and efficient.

It is an office that is always innovating and improving its processes, with a very special focus on clients. I have always felt very comfortable and well cared for by this team – I depend on them a lot.

They are a team that mixes corporate and tax lawyers very well, which makes their responses and advice comprehensive and fast. They are at a very good level compared to other offices with the same characteristics.

They know our businesses in depth, and deliver fast and excellent legal advice. This is an efficient, proactive work team that is always attentive to the client’s needs.’

Felipe Allende is a great adviser, with extensive knowledge of Chilean and foreign law.

Felipe Allende has extensive knowledge of international legislation, and we review all matters that have international aspects with him. In addition, he has great business management skills and a thorough knowledge of corporate governance issues.

José Luis Ibáñez is an excellent lawyer, with a lot of energy and great availability.

José Luis Ibáñez should be highlighted for his exceptional client service.

Key clients

Renner Group

Atlas Air

Federal Express

Inmobiliaria Proyekta

Ingeniería y Construcciones Mas Errázuriz


Amazonas Líneas Aéreas

Qatar Airways



Tea London

Southern Air

Cía Minera Tránsito

Cía Minera Carmen Bajo

Work highlights

  • Assisted Qatar Airways with the incorporation of an agency in Chile, so as to initiate its business in the country.
  • Advised Indura on Covid-19-related risks, as well as issues surrounding gas and oxygen supply-agreements signed with public hospitals and private clinics.
  • Advised Constructora Ignacio Hurtado on corporate governance matters.

Allende Bascuñán & Co. is a prestigious and traditional law firm, with more than 25 years of experience in different legal matters. It has undertaken a process of continuous growth and development with ample knowledge and capacity to answer inquires and represent clients in various matters in diverse economic sectors of the Chilean economy and abroad.

The firm assures personalised attention and counselling to its clients where the partners are involved in every legal case and give clients the most efficient and transparent service. Also, the firm stands out for having a select group of lawyers who are distinguished and committed to giving an outstanding service based on strong ethical principles and values, permanently seeking to provide timely legal advice of excellence.

Allende Bascuñán & Co. has offices in Santiago, Chile and is part of a broad and reliable network of law firms in Latin America and the most important trade and financial centres around the world. The firm is a member of IFA, International Fiscal Association, and of the International Bar Association.

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