DLA Piper Chile > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

DLA Piper Chile
El Golf 150
10th Floor
Las Condes

Chile > Venture capital Tier 1

DLA Piper Chile fields a go-to VC group for entrepreneurs, companies and investors, in relation to financing rounds, corporate ventures, exits, employee stock ownership plans, bridge financings, and business internationalisation processes. ‘Very committed to clients‘, the group stands out for its technology sector expertise, while the Santiago office further benefits from the firm’s global platform of over 90 offices worldwide. The 10-strong practice is headed up by ‘outstanding lawyerMatías Zegers, a widely-respected VC and entrepreneurship specialist, whose clients range from start-ups and early and later-stage, growth-capital and mid-market businesses, to global companies. The department also features Jorge Timmermann, who (following his 2021 promotion to partner) was appointed as emerging growth and VC regional co-leader for LatAm in 2023. Timmermann regularly advises VC firms and entrepreneurs on investment funds and start-up vehicles, as well as applications for state-driven funding opportunities. Key associate support is provided by Pilar Ay, who is experienced in financing rounds and complex financing instruments; and José Ignacio Marín, a June-2022 hire from Artigas & Cía.

Practice head(s):

Matías Zegers


It has been a great peace of mind for us to be able to work with the DLA Piper team. Raising capital for a Startup is complex and they have accompanied us throughout the process with certainty, agility and always putting our interests as the main driver. They also accompany us with advice based on their previous experience and we have not met another team that has so much knowledge of the Venture Capital market dynamics, its players and the most successful strategies to close deals and manage negotiations properly. Also for our investors, it has given them security to know that our lawyers are DLA Piper.

Their expertise in the industry is noticeable, they are the most expert in Chile and that makes a great difference, from Matías Zegers to his team. They have a great knowledge of the market players and the best legal strategies to design a path of successive rounds of capital raising and for exponential growth. The human quality of the team is also very important to us, we feel very accompanied and cared for by them.

It is a highly trained and collaborative team. Always updated and with excellent disposition.

Matías Zegers and Pilar Ay. They are lawyers who, in addition to being great professionals, are people in whom we trust and whose advice we value.

They know the industry and its needs very well and are very available for the needs of their clients. Matías Zegers is the most experienced lawyer in Chile in Venture Capital; associate Jose Ignacio Marin, is a lawyer with a lot of experience in the industry, especially in relation to the administration and investment funds and in regulatory and compliance issues.

The uniqueness of it all is the people behind it – people like Matias and his team, very sensitive and caring!

It is an office that is very committed to the client, always seeking to satisfy their needs regardless of whether the requirement is exactly what was initially raised. They are responsible professionals, experts in their subjects and with a good disposition.

Matías Zegers is an outstanding lawyer, both in his knowledge and in dealing with his clients. José Ignacio Marín is also, his availability is truly incredible and his resolution capacity is also incredible.

Key clients

Fen Ventures

The Live Green Co






Caja Los Andes


Wheel the world




Work highlights

  • Acted for local VC firm, Administradora Fen Capital, on its investment in Chilean technology companies.
  • Advised The Live Green Co on the structuring, negotiation and execution of the acquisition of four Chilean food industry companies.
  • Advised Karvi, a web platform that facilitates the purchase of certified used cars, on its series-B round for $50m.

Chile > Compliance Tier 2

DLA Piper Chile's five-member compliance practice is consistently mandated on regulatory compliance assessments, the creation and implementation of risk matrix compliance control mechanisms, criminal liability prevention models, and the design of compliance programmes in accordance with Law 20,393. It also prepares clients for compliance certification processes and advises on corporate compliance-related internal investigations. Clients additionally benefit from the Santiago office’s access to the firm’s global platform of over 90 offices, as well as the compliance team’s sector expertise in energy, forestry, mining, retail and publishing among other areas. The ‘very committed' practice group is co-led by corporate and banking and finance expert, Mauricio Halpern, who can leverage his previous experience as an in-house counsel for compliance work; and corporate and capital markets' partner Diego Noguera, a specialist in identifying potential conflicts of interest between public agencies and private entities. In addition to dispute resolution, experienced associate Andrea de la Vega advises on regulatory compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Halpern; Diego Noguera


A team with great knowledge – very committed and very flexible in relation to clients’ requirements.

Great management and mastery of their specialisms.

Very good service, and very efficient and agile responses.

Key clients

IPLACEX – Instituto Profesional Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior

ATC Sitios de Chile

Energía Llaima

Work highlights

  • Advised IPLACEX, a Chilean higher education institution, on the creation and implementation of a policy on sexual harassment, violence and gender discrimination.
  • Assisted ATC Sitios de Chile with a certification matter, which included reviewing current compliance policies and procedures.
  • Assisted Energía Llaima with the development of its crime prevention model.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbons

DLA Piper Chile‘s Santiago office houses experts in oil and gas, renewable and hydrogen projects, including associated regulatory issues. The seven-lawyer team advises at all stages of energy generation projects, including related works, such as transmission lines, substations, and gas pipelines; and (with Chile included) it is able to facilitate access to over 450 lawyers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The Chilean energy and natural resources practice group is co-led by energy, natural gas and liquified natural gas project expert, Felipe Bahamondez; and  Diego Peña (a partner since 2022), whose track record encompasses natural gas, hydro, wind, biomass and solar energy plant projects. Former counsel Paulina Farias left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez; Diego Peña


The team is nimble and flexible to accommodate our times and needs.

Diego Peña and Roberta Andreani generate a sense of reassurance for us, the feeling that we are in good hands and accompanied in the challenges we face.The clarity and level of detail of their work is exceptional!

DLA Piper Chile stands out in the Chilean market as a full-service law firm that is still small enough to keep a close touch with its clients. It has the best of both worlds, full-service quality with a blend of boutique availability and dedication to its customers.

I worked with Diego Peña, who handled a very complex negotiation with AES Andes–an extremely sophisticated counterpart–for nearly a year. In the end, we signed a rental lease of a major piece of land to develop a 400MW energy project, which demanded our legal counsel have not only a vast knowledge of real property law, but also of project development and energy market regulations. In every aspect, Diego Peña’s responsiveness, reliability, and professionalism, coupled with his was unwavering commitment, proved that he is a shining example of a new generation of partners for the 21st century. His unparalleled negotiation skills, enhanced with a cutting-edge business solutions, enabled a collaborative conversation with our counterpart and, as a result, a mutually beneficial agreement. In summary, he’s a key player who deserves admiration.

Key clients

CarbonFree Technology Inc

SUSI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising CarbonFree Technology on the development of photovoltaic power plants.
  • Advising SUSI Partners on the execution of a framework agreement with Biwo Renovables and Latsolar Energy Investment for the purchase, development, construction, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of power plants.

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper Chile's team is widely respected for its energy-sector expertise, particularly regarding photovoltaic solar projects. Clients notably benefit from the Santiago office’s ability to leverage the firm’s global network, which facilitates interaction with other jurisdictions during financings. It additionally caters to non-traditional financial needs, such as fintech matters, investment and personal finance, P2P lending, and cryptocurrencies. The team is led by Mauricio Halpern, who routinely advises banks, multilateral financial institutions and syndicated club banks, while Matías Zegers is an investment funds expert. At associate level, Eduardo Araya and Natalia Cox are both active in finance work.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Halpern; Matías Zegers


Very knowledgeable about the local industry, they work in an integrated manner with the in-house legal teams. They have participated in several relevant transactions in the field of non-conventional renewable energy in recent years, both in the field of M&A and financing, which gives them a good knowledge of the sector and the applicable standards.

Mauricio Halpern, knowledgeable about transactions of this type, especially in matters related to local documents. He coordinates internally with the firm’s international partners involved in the matter. Natalia Cox, very fast, precise and efficient. She responds to the requirements in a timely manner.

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Goldman Sachs

Innergex Renewable Energy

CarbonFree Technologies.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners (among others) on a financing granted to LATAM Airlines Group, which allowed it to emerge from Chapter Eleven reorganisation proceedings and continue its operations.
  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy, as borrower, on the structuring and execution of its $803m refinancing transaction.
  • Advised CarbonFree Technology on the green bond debt financing facilities and bridge loan for its portfolio of utility-scale solar projects in Chile.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper Chile's experienced capital markets' practice routinely advises on placements, securities issuances, IPOs and capital increases. The team also houses specialists in stock options, bonds, credit line registrations, and American depositary receipts. Additionally, clients benefit notably from the Santiago office’s access to the wide-ranging resources of the firm’s enviable global platform. The principal figures are longstanding capital markets and securities specialist Diego Noguera and Matías Zegers, who contributes solid investment funds' experience to the group. The next line of advisers includes former capital markets adviser to the Minister of Finance, Jorge Timmermann (at partner level since early 2021).

Practice head(s):

Diego Noguera; Jorge Timmermann

Key clients

Bupa Chile


Andes STR


Administradora Fen Ventures II

Fondo de Inversión Privado Vulcano – Administradora Dadneo II

Work highlights

  • Advised Bupa Chile on the early redemption of all outstanding Series A local bonds issued by the company under securitisation debt titles.
  • Advised Quiñenco on the registration of the issuance of a new series of bonds.
  • Advised Andes STR on structuring and incorporating a real estate investment-related investment fund.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘extremely agile, collaborative and proactive' corporate and M&A practice at DLA Piper Chile consistently acts on substantial M&A transactions, including due diligence processes and post-closing actions. The 23-strong team is also experienced in corporate governance and venture capital matters; while clients additionally appreciate the group’s technology, and energy-and-natural-resources' sector expertise. The corporate practice is led by M&A, corporate governance and venture capital specialist, Matías Zegers; while fellow partner Marco Salgado's track record includes several public and private M&A transactions; and Diego Noguera's expertise encompasses M&A, compliance, corporate governance and family wealth-related work. In 2023, Jorge Timmermann, who advises on both M&A and shareholder agreements, was appointed as the firm’s emerging growth and venture capital regional co-leader for LatAm.

Practice head(s):

Matías Zegers


‘An extraordinary ability to connect the dots, and very agile in its diagnosis and proposal of innovative solutions.’

‘The team has special experience in this space since it contains a vision that is not only in accordance with the national context, but includes international best practices.’

‘Always has innovative solutions that are in line with clients’ corporate strategies.’

‘The team is extremely agile, collaborative and proactive.’

‘Good industry knowledge – added to this is the team’s always very resolute and conclusive attitude.’

‘Matías Zegers has experience and knowledge that give clients a lot of confidence and peace of mind.’

‘Marco Salgado is an extraordinary enabler and articulator of solutions. He not only connects clients with people within DLA, but also with other actors in the local ecosystem, adding value through such regional connections.’

‘Due to his great availability, clients always highlight Jorge Timmermann.’

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy


The Live Green Company


Makros (Deloitte)

International Flavors & Fragance

Advent International



American Tower Corporation

Inversiones Aguas Metropolitanas

Aguas Andinas

MoneyGram (MGO)


Grupo Cobra

Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on the acquisition of all the shares of Aela Generación and Aela Energía.
  • Advised Chilean start-up Talana on the acquisition of Key Clouding (Tescloud).
  • Advised The Live Green Company on the structuring, negotiation and execution of the acquisition of four Chilean food industry companies.

Chile > Data privacy Tier 3

DLA Piper Chile's growing practice advises on the application and implementation of both Chilean data protection law and the European Union's GDPR legislation. The five-member team also assists with the development of standard data-protection guidelines for multinational corporates and is particularly active on behalf of technology companies. The broad practice of the ‘very respected' Matías Zegers covers data protection advice, while Jorge Timmermann's technology-related workload includes data privacy issues. In a boost to the group, data protection and information security expert Carla Illanes joined as counsel in November 2022 from the digital division of Chile's Ministerio Secretaría General de la Presidencia.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Timmermann; Matías Zegers


DLA Piper is undoubtedly one of the most reputable firms globally and locally.

Professionals with a very high professional level, several of whom are linked to academia in the most prestigious universities in Chile – an exceptional track record.

The people who make up the DLA Piper Chile team have very solid principles – they are concerned with providing an excellent service and are always aware of advising on all aspects of business – obviously the legal side, but also corporate structures and even business matters.

Matías Zegers is very respected and admired.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 3

DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘quality and professionalism are perfect’. The Santiago office’s five-member group is particularly well known for advising on gig-economy employment matters, employer-side collective bargaining, and compensation and benefits; and the group’s sector expertise ranges from manufacturing, healthcare and banking, to leisure, cosmetics, energy, construction and real estate. With ‘extensive experience in labour matters’, the broad experience of practice head Luis Parada covers stock option plans, collective bargaining, anti-union practices, harassment and discrimination. Parada also assists with company restructurings, labour due diligence, high-level terminations, restrictive covenants, executives’ expatriation agreements and migration issues. Within the office’s associate pool, seniors Diego González and Ignacio Abogabir are both names to note. Former senior Iñaki Irisarri  left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Luis Parada


‘The quality and professionalism are perfect.’

‘Personalised attention from the partners.’

‘Each lawyer brings the experience clients need – recommended to anyone.’

‘Great personalised attention from Luis Parada. Luis is always available to answer all clients’ concerns.’

‘Luis Parada has extensive experience in labour matters and is well recognised in the field.’

Key clients






San José Farms



Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Econorent, which was sued for alleged wrongful dismissal by a former employee and regional manager.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

The 10-strong projects practice at DLA Piper Chile advises both domestic and multinational companies on the development, acquisition, sale and financing of substantial energy and infrastructure projects (particularly wind and solar). The team is also able to leverage the expertise of the firm’s colleagues in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for regional projects. The core group of principal advisers consists of Felipe Bahamondez, an expert in energy, natural gas and LNG projects; Rodrigo Álvarez, whose track record includes over 100 commercial, housing and industrial project developments in Chile; and recently-elevated partner and energy and infrastructure specialist, Diego Peña. Former counsel Paulina Farias left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez; Diego Peña; Rodrigo Álvarez


The team is agile and flexible so as to accommodate ones times and needs.

Diego Peña and associate Roberta Andreani generate a sense of tranquility for us, a feeling that we are in good hands that accompany us in the challenges we face. The clarity and level of detail of his work is exceptional!

DLA Piper Chile stands out in the Chilean market as a full-service law firm that is still small enough to keep a close touch with its clients. It has the best of both worlds, full-service quality with a blend of boutique availability and dedication to its clients.

Diego Peña’s responsiveness, reliability, and professionalism, coupled with his was unwavering commitment, proved that he is a shining example of a new generation of partners for the 21st century. His unparalleled negotiation skills, enhanced with cutting-edge business solutions, enabled a collaborative conversation with our counterpart and, as a result, a mutually beneficial agreement. In summary, a key player who deserves admiration.

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy

CarbonFree Technology

SUSI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising CarbonFree Technology on the development of photovoltaic power plants.
  • Advising SUSI Partners on the execution of a framework agreement with Biwo Renovables and Latsolar Energy Investment (for the purchase, development, construction, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of power plants).
  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy (as borrower) on the structuring and execution of a $803.1m refinancing of its assets in Chile.

Chile > Public law Tier 3

The five-strong public law practice at full-service firm DLA Piper Chile is increasingly active in administrative procedures before Chile’s authorities. The team, which consists of figures with former public-sector experience, handles matters involving a range of sectors, from technology, public infrastructure, construction and real estate, to energy, education, media, and food and beverage. Heading up the Santiago office’s regulated markets and antitrust practice group, Felipe Bahamondez has broad public law and regulatory experience; and the practice of Paulina Farías  (promoted to counsel in March 2023) covers the regulatory aspects of energy, telecoms, and public health and infrastructure, as well as public bidding processes, and administrative actions and procedures. Since the conclusion of research, Farias has left the firm – effective as of August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez


There is clarity in the role that each member of the team assumes and there is clear coordination between team members.

There is always good follow-up on matters, and the client is constantly informed about the status of work.

Key clients

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Advanced Sterilization Products

Centro Renal

Canal Dos

Inversiones Torca

Work highlights

  • Advised Advanced Sterilization Products on the review of several contracts executed with public entities (further to the award of public bids).
  • Assisted Centro Renal with the filing of administrative and judicial actions that challenged a public bidding process.
  • Advised Canal Dos on the digitalisation of its signal, which involved making various presentations to governmental authorities.

Chile > Real estate Tier 3

Chile > Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper Chile’s ‘very powerful team’ is particularly noted for growth areas such as e-commerce and fintech, as well as its advice to digital and technological companies. The six-member practice additionally assists with the tax and restructuring aspects arising from the expansion of start-ups. The broad practice also covers the tax structuring of M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as tax compliance, and administrative and judicial tax proceedings. The group is co-led by Rodrigo Álvarez, who maintains a broad tax practice; and Amory Heine, who is ‘creative and assertive in her advice’. Senior associate Francisco Argüello advises both national and foreign clients on their domestic and cross-border tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Álvarez; Amory Heine


DLA Piper’s tax team is comprehensive, since it includes not only tax advice from a legal perspective but also accounting ones, with expert lawyers as well as accountants forming part of its team.

Great diversity and analytical and strategic capacity, and always searching for innovative solutions.

A very powerful team that offers a lot of confidence to the client during highly complex situations.

The tax team group is a high-quality team, both at technical and human levels. Great availability, and focused on work and solving issues in an effective way – delivers high-quality advice.

Amory Heine is an excellent lawyer, who is creative and very clear in her advice.

As a client, having Amory Heine’s support and tax advice are very important.

Amory Heine fully understands the business of its clients, and approaches problems efficiently and quickly. Additionally, she has the virtue of being able to explain complex issues in a professional and simple manner, which is of great help to clients.’

Amory Heine is creative and assertive in her advice and recommendations, as well as possessing soft skills that are essential in any negotiation.’

Key clients

Vestuá Limited – Sensacional

Antarctic Sea Fisheries

Work highlights

  • Advised Vestuá on the tax aspects of its international reorganisation.
  • Successfully represented Antarctic Sea Fisheries in two customs claims filed against the National Customs Service before the Tax and Customs Court of Punta Arenas.

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

DLA Piper Chile's ‘always up-to-date' three-member competition department is increasingly active in merger-control work, where the team routinely leverages the expertise of its corporate and M&A colleagues. Other areas of strength include compliance programmes and internal investigations. The practice is further noted for its client portfolio of technological companies, platforms and digital markets. The principal figures are Felipe Bahamondez, who leads the Santiago office’s regulated markets and antitrust practice group (and is experienced in FNE investigations and merger-control procedures); and counsel Sofia O’Ryan, an expert in merger control, unilateral conduct and horizontal agreements.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bahamondez; Sofía O’Ryan


Great interest in learning about clients’ industries and the companies they advise, so as to know not only the problem but also how clients work in order to propose viable solutions for the short and long term.

Very comprehensive vision, and given the team’s knowledge it is capable of delivering quick solutions, considering blocking points to move forward in an agile manner.

It partners with clients’ internal teams so as to understand how internal processes work.

Always up to date, keeping teams informed about what is happening both locally and internationally.

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy

Patria Investments Colombia

Uber Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on a merger-control procedure before the FNE, which concerned the purchase of shares of Aela Generación and Aela Energía.
  • Advised Patria Investments Colombia on two merger-control procedures before the FNE.
  • Successfully represented Uber Technologies in an unfair competition lawsuit filed by two different groups of taxi drivers.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a large team of Latin America specialists, spread across its US and Latin America offices. It has extensive connections to developers and project sponsors, and is increasingly building its presence in renewables and energy transition matters (including wind, solar, hydro and battery storage). The practice is also noted for PPP transactions, thanks to its headline role in advising LUMA Energy as the winning bidder in the PPP transaction for the management and operation of the transmission and distribution assets of the state-owned electricity utility in Puerto Rico. The firm is further noted for its M&A expertise in energy and infrastructure, including portfolio acquisitions of renewables assets. Marcello Hallake has joined the New York office from Jones Day, bringing significant energy sector transactional expertise. New York’s Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is Latin America head of banking and finance and has an excellent record in project financings in the region. San Juan partner Miriam Figueroa is a key figure in PPPs and infrastructure projects. Santiago partner Diego Peña is also an integral team member, as is Raul Farias in San Diego/New York. Since publication, the practice has been furhter strengthened with the hire of Sao Paulo-based Bruno Soares from Allen & Overy LLP - effective as of February 2024.  

Practice head(s):

Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja

Key clients

Innergex Renewable Energy

Luma Energy

Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig)

Total Energies

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte (EDENOR)

Puerto Rico Republic – Private Partnership Authority


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Termoelectrica El Tesorito


CarbonFree Technology

SUSI Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised Innergex Renewable Energy, as borrower, on the structuring and execution of a $803m refinancing transaction for its portfolio of assets in Chile.
  • Advised LUMA Energy, as winning bidder, on the PPP transaction for the management and operation of the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico state-owned electricity utility.
  • Advised Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte (Edenor) on the issuance of Class 1 Notes, which marked the issuer’s debut in social bonds issuance.

DLA Piper Latin America’s Team offers full-service business legal counsel to domestic and multinational companies with interests in and operations throughout the region. Our integrated approach to serving clients combines local knowledge with the resources of the DLA Piper global platform. With over 400 lawyers practicing throughout Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico, our teams frequently work with our professionals throughout the LatAm region, Iberian Peninsula, and around the globe to ensure our clients receive the depth of service they require to meet their legal and business objectives.

Our office in Chile, is a full-service business law firm with more than 50 lawyers, many trained both locally and abroad.

With extensive knowledge and experience across a range of sectors, we advise on matters related to corporate and M&A; financing; inbound and outbound capital investments; capital markets; investment funds; corporate governance; private equity and venture capital; natural resources and energy, mining, oil and gas; environmental; regulated markets; telecommunications; concessions; public procurement, regulatory and administrative law; privacy and data protection; antitrust; litigation; white collar; compliance and internal investigations; labor, employment and immigration; tax; and real estate, among other areas of law.

DLA Piper in Chile represents the firm’s pan-hemispheric approach and is a fully integrated part of its global platform.

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.


  • 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.


  • Conventional energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Natural gas and LNG
  • Mining
  • Environment

Regulated markets: Successful business deals cannot be concluded without careful regulatory compliance – both Chilean and international. DLA Piper Chile provides comprehensive legal advice on regulatory requirements and developments and practical solutions to help our clients achieve their strategic objectives.

We have lawyers with broad experience in representing our clients before local, municipal and national authorities and agencies throughout Chile, as well as in various administrative procedures, in bidding processes convened by
different public entities and in the defence of their interests before ordinary and special courts, such as the Public Procurement Court.

Our clients hail from many of the regulated industry sectors, including telecom, energy, food and beverage, technology, healthcare and life sciences.


  • 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 antitrust, 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
Compliance and Investigations Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Capital Markets Jorge Timmermann jtimmermann@dlapiper.cl
Capital Markets Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Compliance and Investigations Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Family Groups Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Projects and Infrastructure Diego Peña dpena@dlapiper.cl
Banking and Finance Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Litigation Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
M&A Marco Salgado msalgado@dlapiper.cl
Franchise and Distribution Matters Marco Salgado msalgado@dlapiper.cl
Inbound and Outbound Capital Investments Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
M&A Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Insurance Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
Labor and Employment Luis Parada lparada@dlapiper.cl
Litigation Mauricio Halpern mhalpern@dlapiper.cl
M&A Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
M&A Diego Noguera dnoguera@dlapiper.cl
Private Equity and Debt Financing Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Venture Capital and Fund Formation Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Corporate Governance and Compliance Matías Zegers mzegers@dlapiper.cl
Regulated Markets Felipe Bahamondez fbahamondez@dlapiper.cl
Energy and Natural Resources 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 Bernardita Doren bdoren@dlapiper.cl
Tax Structuring, Transfer Pricing, Imports Amory Heine amory.heine@dlapiper.cl
Energy and Natural Resources Diego Peña dpena@dlapiper.cl
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Matías Zegers, Managing Partner (Chile office)

What do you see as the main points that differentiate DLA Piper Chile from your competitors?

One of our main differences is that we are part of a global firm since 2017. In essence, this puts us in a position that allows us to assist Chilean companies in their legal needs, not only locally, but in practically all those jurisdictions in which they want to do business, keeping our office as the only counterpart for these purposes. We offer our client to be a one-stop shop in more than 40 jurisdictions allowing us to offer services and fees tailored to each client while still providing continuity in our services, which are always client oriented.

Another difference is that we are very committed to our clients, providing them legal advice, but also understanding the sectors in which they operate. As a matter of fact, our groups are organized by practice areas and sectors, as we believe that knowing our clients’ business makes the difference in the correct understanding of their needs and allows us to add value to their business decisions and activities. In addition, for each client, we create a customized working team composed of lawyers who understand clients´ commercial needs in both national and international spheres.

Finally, we believe we are an innovative firm, doing a permanent effort in analyzing “what” we do and “how” we do it. For example, we were pioneers establishing the first practice group in Chile specialized in Venture Capital, Corporate Governance or renewable energy legal services, and also in using tools like Aiscension, a cartel risk-management tool based in Artificial Intelligence.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

As consequence of digital transformation, we believe that our practices of Venture Capital, Fintech and Data Protection will keep growing.

Technology is an industry closely related with Venture Capital, consequently we believe that such practice will continue expanding in all ranges of companies, from start-ups, fast growing, mid-market businesses to global companies. Chilean entrepreneurship ecosystem has matured during the last years, with several national unicorns, for example. Also, as consequence of such maturity we foresee that starts-up will be demanding more legal advice.

Disruptive innovation is occurring across the Fintech industry value chain, in such areas as payments and billing technology, trading and clearing, lending, financial information services, retail and consumer banking, insurance, money transfer and remittance, blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics technology, banking infrastructure, wealth management, security and investor protection, institutional investment tools, digital currencies, crowd funding, and investment platforms, and this will required innovative and creative legal solutions as those arises from a novel matter.

Data protection is other practice that we expect to growth, due to the increase of queries of national and foreign clients as a result of the rising level of data protection legislation worldwide, for example by the California Consumer Privacy Act, the Brazilian and Canadian privacy acts and the GDPR.

Even companies that are not directly subject to these regulations want to adapt their policies in many cases to meet the requirements of the regulations, which furthermore share quite a few common elements with the bill of law that aims to adapt the Chilean data protection law.

In the energy sector, the context is settled by the government’s decarbonization target. During last years we have witnessed the development of non conventional renewable industry in Chile and we believe this development will continue to increase. In relation with energy, we have seen that M&A activity is driven in a relevant portion by energy projects. In addition, there is an increase demand related with green financing and a tendency to establish ESG criteria in companies.

Finally, a tax reform bill is currently being discussed in the national Congress, which will cut across all areas of taxation. As we have witnessed in previous tax reforms implemented in the country, this bill and then the law (in case of enactment) will trigger a lot of concerns and questions for companies, specially to understand the effects of the tax reform and the requirements to comply with it. During last years, we have strengthened our tax team adding a partner, Amory Heine, who brings to the team her experience on corporate and personal tax planning, structuring of businesses and companies in Chile and abroad, and audits and litigation with the Internal Revenue Service, before the Tax and Customs Courts, Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. In addition, during 2022, we have included to the team a Tax Consultant, Sebastián Camus, who is a Public Accountant and Auditor, contributing with his experience on accounting matters; and also two new associates, Francisco Arguello and Francisca Espinoza.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

There are several changes that we have made lately in the firm that we believe are in the direct benefit of our clients, ranging from financial, operational to strictly legal matters. However, two changes that we would like to highlight is (i) the level of integration among the different offices, to make sure that quality, information and the whole experience for our clients is very high no matter with which office the client is dealing with; and (ii) how we gather information about the client business and strategy, to be sure that we include that knowledge in our advice.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Absolutely, because of the Covid19 pandemic, we increased dramatically our remote meetings with clients or potential clients. Nowadays, we still have this type of meetings, but also in person meetings. Remote ones allow us to be efficient in how we work in certain matters, but in person ones are better in cases when definitions about strategy of in-depth discussions are needed.

The major challenges of new technologies and new ways of communicating with clients, is the delivery expected by them when using these kinds of tools. In this regard, we have been working in creating protocols to help the team navigating multiple and simultaneous requirements.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

There are multiple cases, but one that stands out refers to a company that was involved in a significant financing round. They started the process thinking about just raising money, more concern about the size of the check than in other considerations. Working together, we were able to detect, discuss and solve multiple issues that could have threatened the viability of the company, reaching out an agreement about a structure completely different to the one initially agreed by the parties which, at the end of the day, was more favorable to everybody involved.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Absolutely. We see more and more clients looking for a real partner providing legal services with global reach, knowledgeable of the market and top-quality in its services. We provide all of that with a single vision, in a one-stop-shop firm that shares the ambitions of our clients and want to join them in their challenges, with the focus of helping our clients to be successful in their strategies and businesses.