Allende Bascuñán & Cía > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Chile > Tax Tier 2

With ‘a very good understanding of the tax laws’, Allende Bascuñán & Cía specialises in both local and international taxation, including outbound investment tax advice. The group is also known for acting for Chile’s wealthiest families on asset protection, tax and corporate structuring, project finance, estate law, long-term wealth management planning, and domestic and offshore investment schemes. Founding partner Francisco Javier Allende is an expert in corporate business reorganisations, M&A, corporate taxation, HNW individuals’ tax planning, and tax disputes; and Mario Donoso advises corporate and family office clients on tax issues. Both international tax department head Mauricio Carloza and tax law and disputes specialist Michael Camus D were made partners in August 2022; while at associate level, Cristóbal Munita is ‘a very collaborative professional’, and José Manuel Barros’ broad practice includes international taxation.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Javier Allende; Mario Donoso; Mauricio Carloza


Commitment, agility and experience in legal and tax matters.

A great team that masterfully handles various legal disciplines.

Outstanding qualities, availability, transparency and speed in execution.

Great support for personal and corporate tax aspects, and its professionals are always extremely competent, cordial in their treatment, and willing to resolve issues quickly.

A very good understanding of the tax laws and the tax authorities’ requirements; they also keep themselves completely up to date on changes and immediately study their possible impact on clients’ specific cases.

They not only have great knowledge of the legal system in Chile, but also other jurisdictions when necessary. They have a very clear billing system and are available for any requirement.

Francisco Javier Allende is very easy to work with, understands clients’ cases very quickly, and gives tailored advice. He is also proactive in recommending reviews or adjustments according to changes in the market and/or the legislation.

Mario Donoso is a robust professional, with a quick understanding of clients’ business and the specific needs of clients; and associate Cristóbal Munita is a fast and very collaborative professional’.

Key clients

Talbot Hotels

Duncan Fox

Sunsweet Growers

Associated Universities


Grupo Mok

Banco BICE

Qatar Airways

ACF Capital

Viña Barón Philippe de Rothschild

Buses Hualpén

Grupo Cabal

Fundación Las Rosas

GMTO Corporation

Grupo Monarch

Compañía Minera Carmen Bajo

Renner Sayerlack

Lagos Villa Family Office

Constructora Ignacio Hurtado

Fundación Divina Misericordia

Work highlights

  • Provided tax assistance to Sunsweet, which aims to regularise the company’s contingencies in Chile.
  • Advising Associated Universities on the tax treatment applicable to the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies.
  • Advising Grupo Mok on the design and implementation of an international corporate structure, as part of the expansion of its business to Portugal, Spain, US and other countries (through the relocation of its headquarters to Madrid).

Chile > Public law Tier 3

The five-lawyer practice at Allende Bascuñán & Cía is highly experienced in public contracts, procurement issues, regulatory work, and litigation. The ‘committed‘ group is routinely sought out by both international and domestic clients on major administrative and regulatory matters concerning the mining, agriculture and food production sectors. It is also experienced in public law issues concerning social security administration, public utilities, and energy. Heading the department, Felipe Bascuñán Montaner‘s regulatory expertise encompasses public law, energy, natural resources and electricity law; while at associate level, senior Diego Miranda is a recent lawyer hire from Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner


Good teamwork, with interaction in different specialties that makes clients feel safe and very well advised.

The willingness and effort to understand clients’ problems, together with the ability to form a long-term view when defining strategy, are remarkable.

Committed set of lawyers, who cater to specific needs and provide prompt and excellent service.

Key clients

Associated Universities Inc

Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna

Food Group

Signify Chilena

Philips Chilena


Constructora Casablanca



SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile – Caserones


Work highlights

  • Advised Associate Universities on the CORFO-sponsored bidding process to establish and build a Clean Technology Institute.
  • Assisted non-profit organisation Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna with the filing of an appeal before the Constitutional Court, to declare inapplicable a legal precept that obliges the Municipality of Maipú to declare land belonging to the Las Rosas Foundation to be of public utility.
  • Acted for Food Group, Fino Mornasco and Macrofood in actions to restore their powdered milk products in the public system (after a bid for one-third of the country’s public education system removed all powdered milks and powdered milk-based food).

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbons Tier 4

Allende Bascuñán & Cía‘s four-lawyer group is particularly active in relation to large mining, industrial and agricultural companies that have sizeable electricity requirements. The team’s experience covers tenders, negotiations, and disputes involving power purchase agreements, along with energy transmission contracts and legal reports on energy regulations. The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ department also advises on photovoltaic projects. The natural resources, energy and environment practices are led by name partner Felipe Bascuñán Montaner, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of Chile’s electricity regulations‘. Key support comes from former Environmental Assessment Service lawyer Diego Miranda who joined the team in early 2022. Former director Pablo Tejada left to co-found TM Abogados in July the same year.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner


The energy and natural resources team stands out for being highly knowledgeable about the sector’s most important legal issues, and it is constantly up to date on regulatory developments, both at national and international levels.

In administrative aspects, such as billing, the team’s work is very orderly.

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner has in-depth knowledge of Chile’s electricity regulations.

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner’s responses to clients’ requirements is agile, and he has a good team of lawyers at the firm who support him.

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner stands out for his commitment and participation in the different stages of projects, defending the interests of  clients with great intelligence and ability.

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner demonstrates great mastery of various energy and natural resources topics.

Felipe Bascuñán Montaner has exceptional personal skills, which generates trust and respect, not only with his client, but also with the counterparty.

Key clients

Freeport-McMoRan (Minera El Abra)

Lundin Mining Corporation (Minera Candelaria)


Viña Ventisquero

Mantos Copper

Viña Concha y Toro

Bulbo de Los Andes

Associated Universities Inc-AUI

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile


Grow South West

Exportadora Geofrut

Agrícola Geoagro

Agrícola Hacienda Huentelauquén

Work highlights

  • Advising AUI (Associated Universities) on the bidding process of CORFO (Chilean Economic Development Agency) to establish and build a Clean Technologies Institute.
  • Advising Exportadora Anakena on water rights.
  • Assisting Agrícola Hacienda Huentelauquén with designing an efficient strategy for the use of ground and surface water rights.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 4

Headed by labour law and dispute resolution specialist, Andrés GarridoAllende Bascuñán & Cía’s longstanding labour and employment practice acts for employers from a range of sectors, including mining, agriculture, aviation and construction, on employment, social security and occupational health issues. The team has notable experience in employment terms and conditions, routinely working alongside clients to avoid dismissal claims or manage contract termination processes. It also assists with collective bargaining involving large company unions, deceit complaints during negotiations, unfair labour practices, and strikes and lockouts.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Garrido


Provides solid advice on labour, procurement and contract issues – demonstrates sensitivity to the quirks of clients’ internal constitutions, providing solutions to the unique problems they face.

All the lawyers dealt with are pleasant and easy to deal with, and they demonstrate knowledge of the legal issues in question when searching for solutions.

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Anglo American Chile

Federal Express Chile

Constructora Casablanca

Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca

Philips Chilena

Associate Universities Inc (AUI)

Air Canada

Renner Coatings

Trane de Chile

Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna

Korean Airlines

Qatar Airways

Work highlights

  • Defended Associated Universities (AUI) against a series of lawsuits brought by workers from contractor companies.
  • Defended Qatar Airways Group against various demands, brought by workers of an external provider that was in charge of aircraft maintenance.
  • Defended Korean Airlines against various demands brought by workers of an external provider that was in charge of aircraft maintenance.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Allende Bascuñán & Cía's ‘fast and efficient' department is experienced in business reorganisations, M&A, international investments, joint ventures, and venture capital. The nine-strong group also advises on general corporate law, contract reviews, shareholder agreements, and corporate governance; it is particularly noted for its assistance to aviation industry clients with their day-to-day corporate and regulatory requirements. The corporate law department is co-led by founding partner Felipe Allende, who is a well-known cross-border aviation-sector expert; and José Luis Ibáñez, an experienced adviser on corporate contracts, incorporations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Allende; José Luis Ibáñez


The team is very well trained, and patiently advises and guides clients throughout the entire negotiation process.

Excellent attention and legal guidance, with fast response times.

A diverse team for different areas of law and the firm’s response times are very good.

Gives advance notice of important deadlines that clients must meet in order to be in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Fast and efficient, and of good quality.

Felipe Allende has vast experience in different areas, including aviation and corporate law – shows genuine interest in the client.

What stands out the most is Felipe Allende’s availability to attend to matters.

Felipe Allende and José Luis Ibáñez are very good lawyers and excellent people.

Key clients

Ingeniería y Construcción Mas Errázuriz

Proyekta Desarrollo

Federal Express

Renner Group


Tea London


Constructora Ignacio Hurtado


Atlas Air



Qatar Airways

Air Canada

Buses Hualpén

Cargolux Airlines

Talbot Hoteles

Servicios Pucalán

Agrícola El Carmen

Agrícola Covadonga

Revista Industrial Legal

Work highlights

  • Advised Talbot Hotels International on the acquisition of a hotel in Orlando, Florida (in association with another hotel group).
  • Advised Air Canada on the analysis of changes to both the Chilean Consumer Protection Law and the Chilean Aviation Code.
  • Advised Indura on several public and private bidding and gas supply contracts with hospitals and industrial clients, as well as several real estate purchase agreements.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Achieving ‘favourable results through the articulation of strong arguments', Allende Bascuñán & Cía's five-strong disputes practice is experienced in contentious matters involving civil and commercial law issues, aviation and administrative law. The team also acts in litigation concerning mining, agriculture and the financial markets; and its track record incorporates appearances in civil and administrative proceedings throughout Chile, as well as appeal and Supreme Court work. The team is led by disputes specialist José Alberto Allende, who is a ‘great strategist', while at senior associate level, Sergio Avilés is ‘a fantastic asset'.

Practice head(s):

José Alberto Allende


‘Versatility and ability to cover different types of conflicts, regardless of their nature.’

‘Clients always have a very good experience with this firm. It is a cohesive team that understands business and can quickly understand clients’ needs.’

‘Very easy to work with and it achieves favourable results through the articulation of strong arguments.’

‘Professionals that are highly trained and always available’.

‘José Alberto Allende is an excellent litigator, with a lot of legal and practical knowledge. Great strategist and excellent negotiator – highly recommended’.

‘José Alberto Allende – not only is he very intelligent, but he personally takes on assignments. Although he relies on his team, he is always present during the handling of the matter’.

‘José Alberto Allende is a powerful leader, with the ability to make decisions under pressure. Great attention to detail, client service, and value for money.’

‘Senior associate Sergio Avilés is a fantastic asset – very helpful in handling matters’.

Key clients

Anglo American

Air Canada

Constructora Ignacio Hurtado

TNT Express

Korean Air

Fedex Express Chile

Copa (Compañía Panameña de Aviación)


Air France


Agrícola Lomas de Maitenes

Ethiopian Airlines


Fundación Las Rosas

Work highlights

  • Acting for Philips in a lawsuit filed by the National Consumer Corporation of Chile (Conadecus) for the manufacture and sale of defective products between 2008 and 2021.
  • Acting for Air Canada in different claims raised by Honey Group Chile, after its bees were found dead (further to air transportation to Canada).
  • Defended Anglo American against a breach of contract case that was brought by SIM Ingeniería.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation José Alberto Allende 56997325628
English (fluent)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
IBA (International Bar Association)