Mr Matías Zegers > DLA Piper Chile > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial Law, specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions
Capital Markets
Corporate Governance
Private Equity
Venture Capital

Position

Partner

Career

Matías Zegers has been a partner at DLA Piper Chile since 2006. He previously worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell, in New York, USA (2002-2003); at Cariola Diez, Pérez-Cotapos y Cía. Ud., in Santiago, Chile (1997-2002, 2003-2006); and at Allard, Orrego y Cía. Ltda, in Santiago, Chile (1995-1997).

In addition, Mr. Zegers holds many positions at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School. Since 1997, he has been a professor of corporate and securities law, teaching courses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance in the postgraduate master’s program. He is also the Executive Chairman of the school’s Center of Corporate Governance and serves as a chairman for both the corporate and tax departments. During the 2016-17 academic year, Mr. Zegers was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School.

Mr. Zegers’ practice focuses on corporate and securities law. He is a widely respected expert on issues involving corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project finance, and venture capital. He has been involved in M&A transactions involving both public and private companies, advising Chilean and foreign companies on the privatization of utility companies in Latin America, as well as on the issuance of bonds and securities in Chile and foreign markets.

Mr. Zegers has been recognized in the past few years as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners (Corporate and M&A), Best Lawyers (Corporate and M&A, Venture Capital Law, and Corporate Governance and Compliance), The Legal 500 (Corporate and M&A), IFLR 1000 (Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets and Private Equity), Latin Lawyer (Corporate and
M&A, Anticorruption Investigation and Compliance, Banking and Finance, and Corporate Governance), LACCA (Capital Markets), and Who’s Who Legal (M&A and Governance). He was also recognized by “Leading Lawyers Chile” as the top lawyer in technology and entrepreneurship and was ranked third in Board Advisory work. He is member of the Chilean
Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Chile A.G.) and the International Bar Association.

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

Member of the Latin American Roundtable in Corporate Governance, OECD
Member of the Task Force for Related Party Transactions, OECD
Member of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) Finance and Capital Markets Committee
Chilean Bar Association

Education

Graduate in Law, School of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (1994), receiving his Law Degree in 1995
LL.M, The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 2002

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

DLA Piper Chile‘s team is experienced in advising banks, financial institutions and syndicated club banks on structured finance and multilateral transactions, credit agreements, and banking regulatory issues. In project finance, it is particularly experienced in photovoltaic solar projects. The practice co-heads are Matías Zegers and Mauricio Halpern, who was promoted to the partnership in January (having returned to the firm as a counsel in 2017, after a period in-house), who act for both borrowers and lenders; key support comes from associate Vicente Vergara.

Chile > Venture capital

(Leading individuals)

Matías ZegersDLA Piper Chile

DLA Piper Chile‘s predecessor -the former Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers- established a specialised VC practice group back in 2008, upon which the international firm has built and grown. Today it is regularly involved in landmark transactions, and has particular technology sector expertise. The team’s work includes assisting entrepreneurs with corporate restructuring for financing rounds (including the internationalisation of holding companies), and with the negotiation of financing rounds and exits. It is also experienced in advising investment funds through specialised, start-up-related due diligence work and investment document negotiations. Matías Zegers assists clients ranging from start-ups and fast growing, mid-market businesses to global companies. Key support is provided by senior associate Jorge Timmermann and associate Eduardo Araya. Since publication, Timmermann has been raised to the partnership (effective as of December 2020).

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Matías ZegersDLA Piper Chile

The experienced 21-strong corporate and M&A practice group at DLA Piper Chile consistently acts on sophisticated corporate transactions and due diligence processes, and has substantial knowledge of Chile’s investment environment. The practice has particular expertise in deals involving technology and energy and natural resources, among others, and is highly-regarded for its corporate governance and venture capital specialisms. Matías Zegers and Paulo Larrain co-chair the corporate practice group, which also includes energy and mining sector expert José Pablo DulantoMarco Salgado – who heads the corporate group’s media, sport and entertainment practice – and Mauricio Halpern, who made partner in January 2020. Additional support is provided by counsel Manola Quiroz and Jorge Timmermann, who was raised to the partnership in January 2021.

Chile > Capital markets

DLA Piper Chile‘s extensive practice covers IPOs, private and public placements, securities and bond issuances, capital increases, share exchanges of publicly held companies, and corporate governance regulations. The practice’s sector experience takes in investment companies and retail, among others, and it has particular expertise in venture capital and in working with entrepreneurs. Diego Noguera and Matías Zegers are the experienced partners to note, with support provided by counsel Manola Quiroz and Jorge Timmermann, who was raised to the partnership in January 2021.