Mr Felipe Bahamondez > DLA Piper Chile > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Regulated Markets
Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Antitrust, Competition

Position

Partner

Career

Mr. Bahamondez is a partner of DLA Piper Chile since 2000. He previously worked at Cariola Diez Pérez-Cotapos y Cía. in Santiago, Chile (1994-2000), and at the IIC at the lnteramerican Development Bank in Washington D.C., USA (1993-1994).

From 2000 to 2012, he served as professor of commercial law at Pontificia Universidad Católica Law School. Since 2012, he has been a professor of Renewable Energies and the Director of the Diploma on Environmental Laws and Sustainable Development at the institution. Most recently, in 2015 he began serving as a professor of professional ethics for the school’s LL.M. 

Mr. Bahamondez’s practice includes energy, natural resources and gas law, as well as regulatory and competition law. During his career, he has participated in high profile transactions including the design and legal execution of the first gas pipeline in Chile, and the development of many subsequent gas pipeline projects and LNG terminals. He has also advised the development of several energy projects related to renewables, specially solar projects, multiple financing, and M&A transactions of both local and multinational companies.

Among other awards, he has been recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the past few years by IFLR 1000, The Legal 500, and Latin America Energy and Infrastructure. 

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

Member of the Chilean Bar Association
lnternational Bar Association
American Bar Association
Diploma in Environmental Management, Universidad de Chile (2010). 

Education

Graduate in Law, School of Law, Universidad de Chile (Bachelor in Law, graduated summa cum laude in 1988) receiving his Law Degree in 1991
LL.M, Harvard University, 1993 (Fulbright Scholarship)
Diploma in Regulation and Antitrust, Faculty of Economics, Universidad de Chile (2008) Diploma in Environmental Management, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile (2010)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity/oil and gas

DLA Piper Chile‘s six-strong energy and natural resources team is particularly focused on the development of power plants; it is also active in solar, hydro and wind power generation and transmission projects. Typical advice includes regulatory issues, due diligence, project development and finance. The practice is led by Felipe Bahamondez, who has a strong background in energy, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and José Pablo Dulanto, who is experienced in natural resources projects in the energy and mining sectors. Notable support is provided by senior associates Diego Peña and Paulina Farías.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The eight-strong team at DLA Piper Chile is particularly experienced in the development and financing of power plants and energy projects, as well as infrastructure and real estate. Highly regarded partners Felipe Bahamondez (natural resources and regulatory matters), José Pablo Dulanto (an energy and mining sector specialist), and Rodrigo Álvarez (real estate) co-head the projects practice. Notable support at senior associate level is provided by Diego Peña (infrastructure and the corporate aspects of energy projects), and Paulina Farías (energy, natural resources and regulatory matters).

Chile > Data privacy

DLA Piper Chile‘s data protection offering leverages the firm’s expertise in regulatory, technology, corporate and venture capital matters. Typical work includes data protection clauses for several business sectors, privacy policies for customers and employees, and data privacy agreements. Felipe Bahamondez heads the group, which recently expanded its GDPR coverage capabilities with the October 2019 hire of associate Lisa Hondl, a European data protection law specialist, from CMS‘ Munich office.

Chile > Public law

The six-strong team at DLA Piper Chile has broad public law experience, including administrative procedures before different authorities and agencies, industry-related regulatory reports, bidding processes launched by public entities, applications for public concessions, and litigation. It also has notable sector expertise in relation to food and beverage, technology, public infrastructure, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy, among others. Regulated markets and administrative law expert Felipe Bahamondez heads the team, which includes litigation counsel Ricardo López and senior associate Paulina Farías.

Chile > Competition and antitrust

Handling M&A control and filings before the competition authorities, the representation of clients in investigations carried out by the FNE, and antitrust litigation before the TDLC and the Supreme Court, the team at DLA Piper Chile is most active in the consumer product manufacture, pharmaceutical, telecoms, tech, chemicals and energy industries. It has also recently developed an antitrust/competition compliance offering that undertakes training, internal investigations and economic behavioral analysis. The office’s regulated markets and antitrust department is co-led by Felipe Bahamondez and counsel Carolina Bawlitza, a 2018-hire from the FNE where she worked in investigations, M&A control and leniency matters during the course of a decade. Former counsel Blanca Palumbo left to join the National Electricity Coordinator (CEN) as counsel in October 2019. However, since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the October-2020 hire of Sofia O’Ryan; with over a decade’s experience in the sector, she arrives from the FNE where she was coordinator of the antimonopolistic practices’ dvision.