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DLA Piper Chile
El Golf 150
10th Floor
Las Condes
Chile

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile). The practice, which 'really understands its clients', has a strong team for M&A deals, including due diligence matters; it is also noted for its particular experience in venture capital, corporate governance and compliance matters. Headline work saw practice co-head Matías Zegers lead the team advising Cornershop on the $225m sale of its operating companies in Chile to Walmart, including the antitrust aspects. His fellow practice head, Paulo Larrain, advised Zurich Group on the $137m acquisition of EuroAmerica Administradora de Fondos and the portfolio of individual and life insurance of Euroamerica Seguros de Vida. Other key advisers include José Pablo Dulanto and Marco Salgado (who 'really goes the extra mile for his clients'); Mauricio Halpern, who made partner in January 2020 (and is also a practice contact for compliance and investigations matters); and counsel Manola Quiroz. Senior associates Diego Peña and Jorge Timmermann  are also notable team members. José Ureta left to move in-house. Clients include L’Oréal, Zurich Group, Codelco, Infosys and Victoria Capital Partners.

Labour and employment Tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile) is 'always there for its clients'. The practice advises on day-to-day labour-law issues, collective bargaining, employment law disputes, compensation schemes, and corporate immigration issues. The team recently acted for Mostos del Pacífico in complex litigation that was brought by its former general manager, following the termination of his employment agreement. Department head Luis Parada 'really stands out because of his deep legal knowledge'; of counsel Juan Pablo Mesías, previously at KPMG in Chile, and labour litigation specialist Alfonso Bustamante, formerly of Lahaye & Bustamante, joined the practice, while Ramón Domínguez  left for Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers.

Mining Tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile) regularly advises on exploration and exploitation mining concessions and mining contracts, as well as project development and contentious matters; the team has particular expertise in the lithium segment. Recent matters saw the team act for Cominor in the sale of a 50 per cent ownership stake in Minera Pompeya to Minera Mantos de Oro. SIMCO and Desarrollos Mineros are also clients. José Pablo Dulanto is department head and Claudio Sepúlveda is a notable associate.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile) assists with the development of a range of projects, including PV power plants, desalination facilities and real estate. The team advised SLM NX Uno de Peine on the development of the NX project, a joint venture for the development of a potassium and lithium project; its assistance included advice on environmental permits and mining options. Felipe Bahamondez, José Pablo Dulanto and Rodrigo Alvarez are all experienced practitioners.

Public law Tier 3

DLA Piper (Chile)'s practice covers bidding procedures, concessions, public law litigation and representation before the administrative authorities. The team acted for an online Chilean professional education institute in a constitutional injunction filed against the National Accreditation Commission for the arbitrary application of new education-sector legislation. Felipe Bahamondez, counsel Ricardo López and senior associate Paulina Farías are the main advisers.

Banking and finance Tier 4

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm has since changed its name to DLA Piper (Chile). In addition to traditional banking and finance matters, the nine-strong practice group stands out for its experience in advising funds and angel investors on venture capital in Chile; it also regularly deals with national business promotion agency CORFO (particularly in regard to funding applications and credit lines), and has a robust banking regulatory practice. Recent mandates include advising Komax (as borrower) on a $49.5m syndicated loan from Banco Santander, Banco Consorcio and Banco BTG for the financing of outstanding debt and a company acquisition; and Devlabs in day-to-day matters related to the operation of its CORFO-backed fund, Fondo de Inversión Privado Outlier Seed Fund I (and associated capital calls). The group has also been active acting on behalf of banks, assiting Banco San Juan International, for example, with its registration as a foreign financial institution. Experienced practice co-heads Matías Zegers and Paulo Larrain are the key contacts; they're best known for banking, finance and venture capital, and acquisition and project financing and capital markets, respectively. With a finance and capital markets practice tempered by his former experience in-house, Mauricio Halpern is also noted; he was elected partner in January 2020 after three years as counsel.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile). Recent work includes advising Cornershop Technologies on obtaining FNE approval of the sale of its operative companies in Chile to WalMart. Felipe Bahamondez  heads the regulated markets and antitrust group. Key support comes from experienced counsel Blanca Palumbo, a former reserve member (ministro suplente) of the Tribunal de Libre Competencia; and Carolina Bawlitza, who joined the firm in August 2018 after six years at the FNE.

Real estate Tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile)'s real estate practice ranges from tax planning, title searches and urban planning to the construction and commercialisation of projects, as well as acquisition and sales. Recent mandates saw the team  assist the Larrain Villablanca family with the acquisition of agricultural real estate in southern Chile. Rodrigo Alvarez heads the real estate and construction group; María Teresa Fernández was promoted to counsel.

Tax Tier 4

DLA Piper (Chile) advises on tax law issues across a wide range of sectors and has been assisting its clients with tax matters that arose further to the Chilean Government's recent tax reform. Other matters include advising Uber Chile on the tax issues surrounding the development of its operations in Chile. Rodrigo Alvarez is the key contact; Miguel Zamora left to join Chile's IRS.

Dispute resolution Tier 5

In 2018, BAZ|DLA Piper and NLD (Noguera Larraín & Dulanto) merged under the name DLA Piper BAZ|NLD; the firm is now known as DLA Piper (Chile).  The office's disputes practice 'adapts as required to specific client requirements'; its workload  includes complex commercial and civil matters, defending constitutional rights, and consumer protection claims. Recent matters saw the team act for Metrogas in a gas explosion-related claim. Macarena Iturra and 'excellent professionalRicardo López are highly regarded counsels and key practice contacts. In a further development as of September 2019, the office has opened a white-collar practice under the leadership of new counsel Ignacio Schwerter, who is also active in compliance matters.

Electricity/oil and gas

DLA Piper (Chile) is experienced in advising on energy project developments, including solar PV projects; the team's expertise covers energy, environmental and regulatory law issues, as well as the financing and construction of projects. Notable recent mandates included acting for Brazil's Atiaia Energia on the sale of Atiaia Energía Chile to China International Water & Electric. The practice comprises Felipe Bahamondez and José Pablo Dulanto, along with Diego Peña and regulatory associate Paulina Farías.

Based in Santiago,  DLA Piper Chile is part of a global firm whose objective is to provide legal services of excellence in practically all the specialities and areas of law that are necessary to deliver integral assistance to companies. Composed by lawyers with important professional and academic careers who have a high level of technical specialization in the different specialties of law, acquired in their professional practice in Chile and abroad, as well as postgraduate studies in the most prestigious Chilean as well as foreign universities.

In 2017, BAZ (Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers) joined the law firm DLA Piper under the name BAZ|DLA Piper, becoming part of DLA Piper’s global network while maintaining our local identity in Chile. This agreement positions us to assist Chilean companies in their legal needs, not only locally but wherever they wish to do business.

A year after this integration, BAZ | DLA Piper merged with the prestigious Noguera, Larrain & Dulanto (NLD) law firm, with both operating as oneunder the name DLA Piper Chile.

The extensive experience of DLA Piper in key areas of commercial law, as well as its integrated platform worldwide in more than 40 countries, allows us to offer personalized advice to the specific needs of our clients, quickly and accurately, conserving the knowledge of the business models and the culture of our clients.

DLA Piper Chile’s mission is to continue improving our services, growing our team and offering clients efficient, effective legal services at the local, regional and global levels.

Main areas of practice

Our team of highly experienced lawyers handles the most sophisticated corporate transactions. The work of our strong M&A team spans a range of industries, and we also bring notable experience in venture capital and corporate governance as well as knowledge of Chile’s investment environment.

CORPORATE

Our team of highly experienced lawyers handles the most sophisticated corporate transactions. The work of our strong M&A team spans a range of industries, and we also bring notable experience in venture capital and corporate governance as well as knowledge of Chile’s investment environment.

SERVICES

  • Corporate Law
  • Financing and Credit
  • Investment Funds
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Foreign Investment
  • Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

In an ever-changing market for energy /oil and gas, we leverage our local knowledge of the Chilean marketplace with the vast experience of DLA Piper’s global Energy Sector. We are acutely familiar with projects and infrastructure opportunities in Chile, as well as the challenges of working with clients that have interests and operations here. In the increasingly active renewables market, DLA Piper Chile lawyers have taken part in some of the most significant deals in Chile.

SERVICES

  • Conventional Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Natural Gas and LNG
  • Mining
  • Environment

REGULATED MARKETS

Our practice encompasses all areas of antitrust law and regulatory matters, including litigation before the Antitrust Court (TDLC), defense in investigations, advice on negotiating agreements with the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (FNE) and notification of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
We also advise clients in their voluntary consultations with the TDLC. We have extensive experience counseling companies in many sectors regarding the antitrust aspects of internal audits and the implementation of compliance programs and codes of good practice.

SERVICES

  • Telecommunications
  • Public concessions
  • PPPs
  • Regulated markets
  • Administrative public law
  • Public contracting
  • Data protection and information privacy

ANTITRUST

This area includes all areas of legislation on free competition, including litigation before the Tribunal for the Defense of Free Competition (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia), defense in investigations, advice on negotiation agreements with the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía Nacional Económica) and notification of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, among others.

SERVICES

  • Matters related to concentration operations
  • Advice on investigations before the National Economic Prosecutor (Fiscalía Nacional Económica)
  • Litigations before the Antitrust Court (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia) and Supreme Court (Corte Suprema)
  • Design and implementation of compliance programs

RESOLUTION OF CONTROVERSIES

We represent and defend the interests of our clients in litigious matters before courts, Chilean and international arbitrations, as well as before special courts.

SERVICES

  • Civil and commercial trials
  • Arbitration / Alternative
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Mechanisms
  • Consumer Law
  • Trademark and Patent Trials

WHITE COLLAR

We assist clients manage a crisis, provide guidance through an investigation (whether national or international) and provide advise on becoming fully compliant with specific regulations wherever in the world you operate.

SERVICES

  • Advising in highly complex criminal litigation
  • Compliance and internal investigations

LABOR AND IMMIGRATION

We closely support our clients in all legal aspects of personnel management, and provide specialized advice on highly complex matters.

SERVICES

  • Comprehensive Corporate Advisory on Labor and Social Security
  • Assistance in Business Reorganizations
  • Collective Negotiations
  • Expatriation and Immigration of Workers
  • Executive Compensation Plans
  • Litigation
  • Labor Taxation
  • Due Diligence and Audits

TAX

We provide tax advisory and reorganization services both at a corporate and individual level, designing and implementing strategies to address the development of investment projects and the daily activities of companies and individuals. In addition, we advise on the resolution of controversies that may arise with the Chilean supervising body and before the Tributary Courts.

SERVICES

  • Tax Consultancy
  • Tax Reorganization
  • Double Taxation Agreements
  • Cross-Border Agreements and Transfer Pricing
  • Tax litigation

INFRASTRUCTURE, REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

We advise our clients in the development of real estate projects from their initial phase to their final sale, including the tax planning and implementation phase for its development, such as those areas of legal nature related to title studies, urban planning and construction and commercialization of Projects.

SERVICES

  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Real Estate Advice
  • Real Estate Projects
  • Construction Contracts (standard, EPC, BOT, etc)
  • Urbanism

INDUSTRIES

Our firm has great understanding regarding a varied number of industries, either due to transactional work or specific analysis carried out in them.

SERVICES

  • Agricultural
  • Energy
  • Financial Sectors
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Science
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Energy / Sanitary / Goods for Public Use
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Mining
  • Retail
  • Health / Laboratories
  • Technology / Bio Technology
  • Telecommunications and Media
  • Transport
Department Name Email Telephone
Capital Markets Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Capital Markets Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Capital Markets Paulo Larrain plarrain@dlapiper.cl
Compliance and Investigations Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Compliance and Investigations Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Family Groups Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Family Groups Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Financing Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Franchise and Distribution Matters José Pablo Dulanto jpdulanto@dlapiper.cl
Franchise and Distribution Matters Marco Salgado msalgado@dlapiper.cl
Inbound and Outbound Capital Investments José Pablo Dulanto jpdulanto@dlapiper.cl
Inbound and Outbound Capital Investments Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Inbound and Outbound Capital Investments Paulo Larrain plarrain@dlapiper.cl
Insurance Felipe Bahamondez fbahamondez@dlapiper.cl
International Arbitration and Disputes Marco Salgado msalgado@dlapiper.cl
Labor and Employment Luis Parada lparada@dlapiper.cl
Litigation Macarena Iturra miturra@dlapiper.cl
Litigation Ricardo López rlopez@dlapiper.cl
M&A Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
M&A Paulo Larrain plarrain@dlapiper.cl
M&A Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
M&A José Pablo Dulanto jpdulanto@dlapiper.cl
Private Equity and Debt Financing Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Private Equity and Debt Financing Paulo Larrain plarrain@dlapiper.cl
Venture Capital and Fund Formation Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Corporate Governance and Compliance Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Corporate Governance and Compliance Paulo Larrain plarrain@dlapiper.cl
Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships José Pablo Dulanto jpdulanto@dlapiper.cl
Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships Felipe Bahamondez fbahamondez@dlapiper.cl
Tax Structuring, Transfer Pricing, Imports and Market Access issues Rodrigo Álvarez ralvarez@dlapiper.cl
Technology, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property, Privacy and Data Security, E-commerce Marco Salgado msalgado@dlapiper.cl
Real Estate and Hospitality Rodrigo Álvarez ralvarez@dlapiper.cl
Real Estate and Hospitality Teresa Fernández tfernandez@dlapiper.cl
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rodrigo Álvarez  photo Mr Rodrigo Álvarez Partner
Ms María José Allende  photo Ms María José Allende Counsel
Ms Macarena Alliende  photo Ms Macarena Alliende Associate
Ms Catalina Alonso  photo Ms Catalina Alonso Associate
Ms Roberta Andreani  photo Ms Roberta Andreani Associate
Mr Eduardo Araya  photo Mr Eduardo Araya Associate
Ms Pilar Ay  photo Ms Pilar Ay Associate
Mr Felipe Bahamondez  photo Mr Felipe Bahamondez Partner
Ms Carolina Bawlitza  photo Ms Carolina Bawlitza Counsel
Mr Alfonso Bustamante  photo Mr Alfonso Bustamante Associate
Ms Josefina Consiglio  photo Ms Josefina Consiglio Associate
Ms Bernardita Doren  photo Ms Bernardita Doren Associate
Mr José Pablo Dulanto  photo Mr José Pablo Dulanto Partner
Ms Michelle Dupré  photo Ms Michelle Dupré Associate
Ms Isidora Edwards  photo Ms Isidora Edwards Associate
Ms Paulina Farías  photo Ms Paulina Farías Associate
Ms Teresa Fernández  photo Ms Teresa Fernández Counsel
Mr Felipe Giralt  photo Mr Felipe Giralt Associate
Mr Mauricio Halpern  photo Mr Mauricio Halpern Partner
Ms Lisa Hondl  photo Ms Lisa Hondl Associate
Mr Iñaki Irisarri  photo Mr Iñaki Irisarri Associate
Ms Macarena Iturra  photo Ms Macarena Iturra Counsel
Ms María Isabel Izquierdo  photo Ms María Isabel Izquierdo Associate
Mr Ricardo López  photo Mr Ricardo López Counsel
Mr Paulo Larrain  photo Mr Paulo Larrain Partner
Mr Felipe Massardo  photo Mr Felipe Massardo Associate
Mr Juan Pablo Mesías  photo Mr Juan Pablo Mesías Counsel
Mr Tomás Muñoz  photo Mr Tomás Muñoz Associate
Mr Diego Noguera  photo Mr Diego Noguera Partner
Mr Luis Parada  photo Mr Luis Parada Partner
Mr Pilar Paredes  photo Mr Pilar Paredes Associate
Mr Diego Peña  photo Mr Diego Peña Associate
Mr Ignacio Quezada  photo Mr Ignacio Quezada Associate
Ms Manola Quiroz  photo Ms Manola Quiroz Counsel
Mr Luis Felipe Riedel  photo Mr Luis Felipe Riedel Associate
Mr Marco Salgado  photo Mr Marco Salgado Partner
Mr Ignacio Schwerter  photo Mr Ignacio Schwerter Counsel
Mr Claudio Sepulveda  photo Mr Claudio Sepulveda Associate
Mr Jorge Timmermann  photo Mr Jorge Timmermann Associate
Mr Germán Vargas  photo Mr Germán Vargas Associate
Mr Vicente Vergara  photo Mr Vicente Vergara Associate
Mr Matías Zegers  photo Mr Matías Zegers Partner
Mr Gonzalo Zegers  photo Mr Gonzalo Zegers Associate
Ms Andrea de la Vega  photo Ms Andrea de la Vega Associate
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Administration : 15
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