Firm Profile > Contreras Velozo > Santiago, Chile

Contreras Velozo
ISIDORA GOYENECHEA 3477 PISO 5
LAS CONDES
REGION METROPOLITANA
Chile

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Formed in 2015, Contreras Velozo launched its competition and regulation department three years later when it hired former TDLC judge Javier Velozo and antitrust and economic-regulation expert Pablo Pardo from the now de-merged Aninat Schwencke & Cia. The practice currently acts in significant cases before the TDLC, as well as before the Supreme Court and in FNE-initiated investigations; it also assists with notifications of proposed mergers, civil lawsuits involving anti-competitive acts, and compliance programmes. Providing key support are associates Francisca Lobos and María de Los Ángeles Figueroa, who both previously worked as FNE lawyers.

Chile > TMT Tier 3

Contreras Velozo's seven-member group advises on the full spectrum of TMT services, including regulatory, antitrust, corporate and dispute resolution issues. The practice is particularly active in the electronic payments industry, and additionally noted for its advice to companies that provide television content, streaming and digital magazines. A competition law expert, 'excellent lawyer' Javier Velozo is particularly focused on the telecoms sector through his ongoing assistance to Chile's main telecoms operator, Telefonica (Movistar); providing further support are criminal litigation dispute resolution head Francisco Velozo and dispute settlement lawyer Pablo Pardo.

Practice head(s):

Javier Velozo; Francisco Velozo

Testimonials

Always attentive to the immediate needs of the company.

Javier Velozo is an excellent lawyer who helped to solve the company’s issues efficiently; and he is always available to answer questions and meet the established deadlines.

Javier Velozo has been of exceptional legal support to our company – not only does he handle the issues very well, but he is always up to date and delivers good strategies to resolve conflicts.

Javier Velozo is meticulous, clear, well connected and an expert in the required topics, with additional knowledge and expertise in foreign legislation.

Key clients

Telefónica Chile

Up the Trade

Alianza contra la Piraterìa

DirecTV

Mercado Libre

Mercado Pago

AméricaEconomía

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

Contreras Velozo‘s six-member team, co-headed by experienced partners Óscar Contreras Blanco and Álvaro Awad, has extensive experience in both national and international arbitration, particularly complex and large-scale cases; its dispute-resolution assistance covers several industries, notably the construction, financial and energy sectors. Contreras’ experience includes leading high-value arbitration proceedings in the construction and energy industries; particularly experienced in CAM Santiago and ICC rules, Awad’s track record includes dozens of arbitral proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras Blanco; Álvaro Awad

Key clients

Falabella

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Interamerican Investment Company

Banco Santander

Genzyme Corporation

Aguas Andinas

Telefónica Chile

International Finance Corporation

TEP Chile

Inmobiliaria Manquehue

Astaldi

DirectTV

Sigdo Koppers

Mercado Libre

Empresa Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos

GNL Quintero

Universidad del Pacífico

Fernando Baldrich y Compañía

Always On Servicios Digitales

Banco Security

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Contreras Velozo‘s 12-member dispute resolution practice is best known for the experience of name partners Óscar Contreras Blanco and Francisco Velozo. Contreras heads the firm’s civil litigation and commercial arbitration dispute resolution area, for which he is highly regarded, as well as taking the lead on commercial law matters, antitrust and competition; Velozo, in turn, leads the firm’s criminal litigation practice, and is experienced in economic criminal cases, insolvencies and IP rights infringement. Also key to the team: Alvaro Awad co-heads the commercial litigation and domestic / international arbitration practices; while experienced associate Natalia Diuana is noted for complex financial-crime litigation.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras Blanco; Francisco Velozo

Testimonials

A professional and dedicated team with extensive experience.

Competent and professional partners and associates, with strong knowledge of the necessary legal processes during litigation.

Very good teamwork, with very good ability to analyse the matter in dispute, and great strength during negotiations with counterparts, particularly partner Óscar Contreras.

Key clients

Falabella

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Interamerican Investment Company

Banco Santander

Genzyme Corporation

Aguas Andinas

Telefónica Chile

International Finance Corporation

TEP Chile

Inmobiliaria Manquehue

Astaldi

DirectTV

Sigdo Koppers

Centro Nacional de Despacho de Carga

Mercado Libre

Empresa Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos

GNL Quintero

Universidad del Pacífico

Fernando Baldrich y Compañía

Always On Servicios Digitales

Banco Security

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Although well known for its litigation practice, Contreras Velozo is also regularly sought out by international public entities, multinational corporations, Latin American governments and international organisations for corporate law-related matters; typical work includes advising on contract negotiations, corporate structures and M&A deals. Name partner Óscar Contreras Blanco, whose experience includes leading transactions for financial, aeronautical, pharmaceutical, insurance, technological and natural resources companies, heads the firm’s corporate practice, alongside civil and commercial law expert Alvaro Awad; the pair are also the firm’s civil litigation group co-heads. Since publication, the firm has also further developed its capabilities in the administrative, constitutional and public law segments with the promotion of Óscar Contreras Pomés to the partnership as of January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Contreras Blanco; Alvaro Awad

Testimonials

Gives us great support in all corporate and M&A issues, to the point that we have outsourced all these issues to the firm.

They have an excellent team of expert lawyers, who are very solid in their knowledge and give us a lot of confidence.

Very committed lawyers, who are always available to answer our questions.

The partners, unlike at other firms, are always available and work directly on our issues.

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis de Chile

Caterpillar Financial Services

Amaro Family (TEP Chile)

Macquarie Mining

Interamerican Investment Company

Aguas Andinas

Pirazzoli Family

Mercado Libre

Rappi

Synqos

Firm overview: Established in 2015, Contreras Velozo combines the experience of over 30 years of high-standard legal service to foreign and national companies in strategic matters. The firm also advises governmental bodies in conflict management, dispute resolution and design of sector specific regulation.

Partners of the firm are recognised practitioners with a strong academic background who directly address their clients’ requirements. They serve as professors at some of the best law schools in Latin America and the Chilean Judicial Academy.

Contreras Velozo is particularly focused on cases overlapping multiple institutions and regulations, since the firm gathers well known experts in antitrust, arbitration, commercial litigation, public law and white-collar crime.

With a consolidated practice in merger control and M&A, the firm has been active in several national and cross-border commercial transactions during recent years. Contreras Velozo also provides day-to-day corporate legal services to a selected group of clients and it conducts internal compliances upon their request.

The firm keeps strategic alliances with several law firms and experts both in Chile and abroad.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust/competition:
Contreras Velozo serves clients in all aspects of competition law, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance, follow-on damage litigation, non-contentious proceedings and compliance. The firm holds notable experience in regulated network industries, as it permanently advises corporations and governmental bodies active in markets such as telecommunications, energy, gas, transport, banking and public infrastructure.

Compliance and investigations: The firm provides permanent and comprehensive advice in order to prevent legal contingencies. Contreras Velozo is particularly regarded for the evaluation of legal risks through legal opinions, expert reports, and the design and implementation of compliance programs, especially in the field of crime prevention within the context of Corporate Criminal Liability Regulation (Law No. 20,393), as well as in the field of securities, labor law and antitrust.

Corporate/M&A: Contreras Velozo provides comprehensive advice to companies in contract negotiation, corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, project finance, public-private partnerships, construction and real-estate projects, distribution and representation, stock markets, consumer protection, data privacy, among other corporate matters. The firm plays a significant role in the industries sectors of international finance, mining equipment, pharmaceuticals and logistics.

Dispute resolution: The firm handles its corporate cases with a preventive dispute resolution approach in both the civil and criminal areas, a combined expertise rarely found in the Chilean legal market. Its lawyers are known to be effective litigating before state tribunals in contractual, tort, unfair competition, consumer protection, constitutional and administrative claims. They permanently deliver successful oral arguments before several Courts of Appeal and the Chilean Supreme Court.

Arbitration: Contreras Velozo has extensive experience in both national and international arbitrations, especially in cases of high complexity and large scale, such as multi-party and multi-contract procedures, as well as in sensitive injunctive relief. Its lawyers have participated in countless arbitrations in several industries, particularly in the construction, infrastructure, energy, finance, M&A and other corporate disputes. The firm is particularly known for its expertise in CAM Santiago and ICC Rules of Arbitration. Likewise, partners of the firm are appointed arbitrators on a regular basis.

Public law and constitutional law: The firm represents its clients before sector-specific regulators and administrative courts, and it advises them on all aspects relating to public law, including public procurement, administrative contracts, project developing and planning. Contreras Velozo also has a strong litigation practice defending clients before constitutional courts in fundamental rights cases.

White-collar crime: Contreras Velozo provides expert advice in highly complex criminal trials, supporting its clients at every stage of the judicial process. The firm specialises in economic, intellectual property and IT related criminal litigation, with an outstanding practice in emblematic trials, such as the extradition process of former leaders of Argentina and Peru.

International work: Contreras Velozo holds a long-standing relationship with international clients, and is regularly involved in cross-border M&A transactions that simultaneously trigger antitrust and sector-specific filling obligations in different jurisdictions. Also, the firm deals with investigations concerning global offenses or that may cause other cross-border implications, such as the need for submitting extradition requests. In this context, the firm has built up a strong international network of several outstanding law firms located worldwide. This enables Contreras Velozo to offer a high-standard cross-border service without losing its independence.

Key clients: Aguas Andinas (the largest water utility company in Chile), Amaro Family (Brazilian investing group), APM Terminals (global port operating company) Astaldi (construction), Banco Santander (banking), Banco Security (banking), Bolloré Africa Logistics (transport and logistics operator), Caterpillar Financial Corporation (heavy-equipment global company), CEN (Chilean Electricity Coordinator), Direct TV (broadcast satellite service provider), Embotelladora Andina (one of the three largest Coca-Cola bottlers in Latin America), DGOP (Coordination of Public Works Concessions), Empresas Carozzi (one of the largest Chilean companies of the food industry), ENAP (the National Oil Corporation), Eukor Car Carriers (global car carrier company), Genzyme Corporation (biotechnology), Geodis (logistics), GNL Quintero (Chilean land-based terminal for liquefied natural gas), Inmobiliaria Manquehue (one of largest Chilean real-estate companies), Interamerican Bank of Development (IDB), Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Macquiare Mining, Multicaja (new entrant in the electronic payment industry), Mercado Libre (transnational company dedicated to e-commerce and online auctions), Redinterclínica (network of private hospitals in Chile), Sanofi-Aventis (global pharmaceutical corporation), Sanofi-Pasteur (vaccines division of Sanofi), Siemens AG (industrial manufacturing multinational company), Scotiabank (Chilean bank) Sigdo Koppers Ingeniería y Construcción S.A. (engineering and construction), Telefónica (main Chilean telecom provider), Tecno Fast (leading modular building company in South America).

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation Oscar Contreras ocontreras@covel.cl 56224846400
White Collar Francisco Velozo fvelozo@covel.cl 56224846400
Arbitration Alvaro Awad aawad@covel.cl 56224846400
Antitrust/Competition Javier Velozo jvelozo@covel.cl 56224846400
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