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 > Competition and antitrust

DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘vision and knowledge are very in tune with what is required to meet the Antitrust Court’s high standards‘. The team’s scope of practice ranges from M&A clearances to FNE investigations and antitrust litigation before the TDLC and the Supreme Court; the Santiago office has also developed a robust antitrust and competition compliance practice. With broad experience in regulatory matters and antitrust, Felipe Bahamondez co-heads the department alongside counsel Sofia O’Ryan, who arrived form the FNE in October 2020, where she gained extensive experience in merger control, unilateral conduct and horizontal agreements. However, former counsel Carolina Bawlitza moved in house as a competition compliance officer at SMU in October 2020.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

With commitment and responsibility from both partners and associates‘, the seven-strong energy and natural resources team at DLA Piper Chile focuses on the development of power plants, as well matters in the energy transmission and distribution segments. Heading the firm’s energy and natural resources practice group, Felipe Bahamondez has substantial experience in energy, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects; he regularly advises on matters involving electricity power plants (particularly solar). Key senior associate-level support is provided by Diego Peña, who has notable energy and infrastructure experience; and Paulina Farías (energy, natural resources and regulatory matters). Former partner José Pablo Dulanto left the firm in January 2021 to re-establish NLD Abogados.

Chile > Data privacy

DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘outstanding‘ four-member group combines its data protection legal expertise with experience in regulatory matters, technology, corporate law, venture capital and consumer protection. Head of the regulatory and regulated markets practice group, Felipe Bahamondez, has vast experience in the technology and telecoms sectors, as well as in data protection work. At associate level, Lisa Hondl is experienced in assisting large national and international companies with the implementation and everyday application of the GDPR, including communications with the national supervisory authorities.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Fielding a ten-strong team, DLA Piper Chile has substantial experience in the projects and infrastructure space, including the development of power plants and energy, infrastructure and real estate projects. Heading the firm’s energy and natural resources group, Felipe Bahamondez has a strong profile for energy, natural gas and LNG projects, as well as infrastructure mandates; and Rodrigo Álvarez has over 20 years’ experience in advising on real estate matters. The associates to note are seniors Diego Peña (energy and infrastructure) and Paulina Farías (energy, natural resources and regulatory matters), along with Claudio Sepúlveda, who assists with bidding processes and construction contracts. Former projects co-head José Pablo Dulanto departed the firm in February 2021.

Chile > Public law

The four-member team at DLA Piper Chile consistently assists with  administrative procedures before various authorities and agencies; the development of clients’ activities through regulatory reports; and public entities’ bidding processes. Other areas of expertise include food product labelling, responding to consumer claims filed before the Servicio Nacional del Consumidor, and public law litigation before the ordinary and special courts. Heading the regulated markets and antitrust practice group, Felipe Bahamondez has broad public law and regulatory experience; senior associate Paulina Farías has robust regulatory, public law, and energy and natural resources practices. Former counsel Ricardo López left the firm in early 2021.