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Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

Santiago de Chile

  • Avenida Andrés Bello 2711, Piso 8
  • Torre Costanera
  • Las Condes
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • 7550611
  • Partners: Alejandro Alvarez, Octavio Bofill, Rodrigo Gil, Andrés Jana, Jorge Lembeye, Pablo Mir, Blanca Oddo, Ana María Yuri, Rony Zimerman, Guillermo Fonseca, Guillermo de la Jara 
  • Number of partners worldwide:  11
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 70

THE FIRM: Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (BMAJ) is a leading Chilean business law firm recognized for providing innovative and effective client service in a broad range of practices areas. The firm’s recognition is based on its unwavering commitment to its clients, it’s focused and dedicated professionals, and the specialized and creative approach with which each of its various teams collaborate on behalf of the clients’ interests. The firm’s 70 plus attorneys, come from most prestigious universities in Chile, and many have LL.Ms from the finest programs in North America, Europe and Chile, have worked in major international law firms abroad, acted as professors at Chile’s leading universities and held key government positions.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Mergers & Acquisitions: Lawyers of BMAJ are highly qualified in areas of commercial, finance, tax, labour, administrative and competition law matters, among others. This solid base of knowledge and experience permits the firm to provide comprehensive counsel in mergers and acquisitions matters, and has positioned BMAJ as a leader in the development, negotiation and execution of complex and innovative mergers and acquisitions transactions, both domestic and cross-border.
Corporate Law: BMAJ has a strong team of corporate law specialists who guide clients through the implementation of, and compliance with, the increasingly complex rules and regulations of company law and corporate governance. The corporate team offers counsel to local and foreign clients on a broad range of business activities including complex reorganisations, structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions in all sectors of Chile’s diverse economy.
Banking, Finance & Securities: BMAJ’s banking, finance and capital markets practice provides advice to banks, financial institutions and private businesses both Chilean and foreign. The firm has a strong background in project financing in diverse areas of the economy, including, real estate, retail, power generation, mining and oil and gas sectors. BMAJ’s professionals have executed a wide range of operations from IPOs, to public takeover bids and sophisticated financing debt instruments and securitisations.
Mining, Energy & Natural Resources: Lawyers at BMAJ are highly specialised in mining, oil and gas, geothermal power and water law and have broad experience advising major, intermediate and junior natural resources companies listed on various exchanges around the world.
Tax: Working in conjunction with members of the other practice areas of the firm, the tax specialists at BMAJ provide creative tax planning, permitting the firms clients to reach their business goals in a tax effective manner.
Regulated Markets & Competition Law: BMAJ advises its clients in diverse regulated markets including, telecommunications, water and waste, energy, pharmaceuticals and construction and represents them in administrative proceedings before regulatory entities, and Chile’s antitrust authorities.
Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution: The vast experience and high level of professionalism of the members of the BMAJ litigation and alternative dispute resolution team, has made the firm a clear leader in this area.
Domestic Litigation: The firm’s lawyers have actively and consistently participated in complex conflicts in all areas of Chilean business law such as: civil, commercial, tax, administrative and labour and are experienced litigators before both the Chilean courts and arbitration tribunals of all levels.
International Litigation: Professionals of BMAJ have acted in conflicts resolved under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) dispute resolution regimes.
International Litigation between States & Private Parties: BMAJ has developed a successful practice providing counsel to both states and private parties in disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The firm has experience representing the government of Chile, and has also represented investors into Chile.
Criminal Litigation: The criminal litigation team of BMAJ is one of the most respected in Chile specialising in white-collar crimes, fraud, banking and securities matters and criminal negligence.
International Trade Law: The firm advises public and private sector clients regarding a wide range of international trade issues, including the implementation and interpretation of the WTO Agreements, regional trade and free trade agreements, investment treaties and in dispute resolution before the relevant national and international authorities.

CLIENTS
AES Gener; Asset Chile S.A.; Bice Vida/ BiceCorp; CEMEX; Deutsche Bank; Domino’s Pizza International; Enjoy; Enlasa Generación; Fresenius Medical Care; Inversiones Alsacia S.A.; ISSI (Operators of Dominio’s Pizza, Blockbuster, and other retail chains); Lundin Group Mining; Mayo Clinic; Mitsui & Co Ltd.; Molyb (Codelco); New Gold; NorCan Hydro; Quadra Mining; Riverbank Power; Sandvik; Talison Lithium; Tata Consultancy Services; Transchile Transmission; VALE; CORFO; GPS Group.

    Contacts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Octavio Bofill, Alejandro Alvarez
  • Banks, Finance & Capital Markets Octavio Bofill
  • Mining, Energy & Natural Resources Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman
  • Tax Octavio Bofill, Guillermo Fonseca
  • Regulated Markets & Competition Andrés Jana, Blanco Oddo
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Octavio Bofill
  • Construction, Infrastructure & Real Estate Alejandro Alvarez
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Andres Jana
  • International Arbitration Andres Jana
  • Criminal Litigation & Defence Andres Jana
  • International Trade Law Alvaro Jana

Branches

  • Avenida Andrés Bello 2711, Piso 8,
  • Torre Costanera,
  • Las Condes,
  • Santiago de Chile,
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • 7550611
  • Tel +56 22 757 7600
  • Fax +56 2 757 7601
  • Email : info@bmaj.cl
  • Website : www.bmaj.cl

Banking & Finance - Chile

THE FIRM This corporate all-rounder has a versatile banking and finance practice that is endorsed for its superb client service. The team is well equipped to assist local and international clients with a full catalogue of requirements in this area, with recent work spanning syndicated loans, credit facilities, investment funds and restructurings, as well as corporate, capital markets and project finance transactions. The firm has particular expertise in the energy sector, as exemplified by the team's recent role as counsel to Chile-based renewable energy company Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas and its parent company Vestas Wind System in connection with a USD200 million loan facility granted by a syndicate of international banks.

Sources say: "The team knows our business and needs, and always provides timely and accurate advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are full of praise for department head Octavio Bofill, who brings substantial corporate and capital markets expertise to the practice: "He takes every possible detail into account during negotiations so as to avoid any future problems arising." 

Clients appreciate Jorge Lembeye's "thorough and rigorous working approach" and his clear positions and defence during tough negotiations. 

Competition/Antitrust - Chile

THE FIRM The antitrust team at this multidisciplinary firm has a particular niche in trade issues related to anti-competitive practices, and is regularly instructed to provide legal counsel and representation in connection with a range of day-to-day and contentious needs. The team benefits from Bofill Mir's standout name in litigation and recently acted for the Chilean Association of Milk Producers in bringing a claim of abuse of dominant position against two local dairy producers before the FNE, prompting an official investigation by the authorities. Further representative clients in this area include Sandvik, Cervecería Chile and Fresenius Medical Care. Clients note strong partner involvement and knowledge of the relevant legislation as competitive advantages.

Sources say: "We feel that we are in good hands - the firm devises sound strategies and demonstrates commitment to our case." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrés Jana is the practice contact for clients.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

THE FIRM The corporate and commercial team at this leading litigation firm advises a host of high-profile Chilean and international clients on M&A, corporate restructuring, auctions and joint ventures. The firm is also well placed to assist with ancillary matters such as antitrust, labour and tax. The team recently advised Chilean gaming company Enjoy on its acquisition of 45% of the capital stock and operational control of Uruguayan casino operator Baluma.

Sources say: "The firm is technically strong, provides a very good service and has an important understanding of our business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department co-head Octavio Bofill led the work on Enjoy's partial acquisition of casino operator Baluma and is recommended by clients for his creativity, depth of knowledge and ability to explain legal solutions in terms of their business implications.

Alejandro Álvarez co-heads the department alongside Bofill and is singled out by clients for his direct and efficient contact. 

Dispute Resolution - Chile

THE FIRM This acclaimed corporate player is one of the most respected names in dispute resolution in Chile. In a recent highlight, the team made oral representations on behalf of the government of Chile at The Hague in its maritime border dispute with Peru. The team is equally recognised for its focus on white-collar crime, and frequently acts for clients in fraud and bribery disputes across a range of industries, including banking, beverages and construction. A recent case in point saw the team defend the former CEO of La Polar, Pablo Alcalde Saavedra, against alleged violations of the Stock and the Banking Regulation Acts and accusations of money laundering.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrés Jana is a highly regarded civil litigator and is particularly respected by peers for his wide experience in international arbitration. He recently acted for the Chilean government on its maritime border dispute with Peru, and handled the defence of Mitsui in the Anglo American-Codelco dispute.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

THE FIRM This full-service firm advises high-profile mining companies on a wide range of transactional and operational issues, and its leading litigation department is well placed to assist clients with related contentious matters. The team acts as permanent counsel to Brazilian mining giant Vale in connection with its local projects portfolio, and has recently advised the company on a number of environmental, labour and contract queries. Additional clients in this area include Goldcorp, Iron Creek Capital and Cemex.

Sources say: "The firm has provided us with excellent service." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Pablo Mir is widely recognised as a top choice for mining matters and serves as lead counsel to Vale.

Projects - Chile

THE FIRM This firm has a strong profile in the mining field and is also well placed to advise clients in connection with projects in the energy, real estate and TMT sectors. Recent highlights have seen the team provide legal counsel to Transchile Charrúa Transmisión on the building and financing of a transmission line project in the south of Chile, and assist Riverbank Power with the regulatory and financing aspects of its Río Isla run-of-the-river project. The team draws on the firm's broad pool of experts for contingent matters such as environmental permitting and conflict resolution.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Pablo Mir heads up the firm's energy and natural resources practice and is singled out by sources for his mining know-how.

TMT - Chile

THE FIRM This top-tier litigation firm is an active player in the local TMT market. The team advises clients on commercial, regulatory and antitrust issues, also handling related contentious matters where necessary. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Octavio Bofill is a corporate and finance all-rounder who is widely respected for the expertise he brings to the firm's TMT practice.

Since publication, TMT specialist Guillermo de la Jara has been promoted to partner. He is singled out by peers for his deep industry know-how.