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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, Guillermo de la Jara, Guillermo Fonseca, Rodrigo Gil, Andrés Jana, Álvaro Jana, Jorge Lembeye, Pablo Mir, Blanca Oddo, Ana María Yuri, Rony Zimerman 
  • Number of partners worldwide:  12
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 77

THE FIRM: Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (BMAJ) is a leading Chilean business law firm recognised 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, its focused and dedicated professionals and the specialised 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 the most prestigious universities in Chile and many have LLMs 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: 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 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.
International Trade and Economic Integration Services: Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana provides a broad range of services in relation to international trade and economic integration focused in a diverse spectrum of actors from both the public and private sectors including governments and its entities, exporters, importers, investors, industries, business organisations, business councils and chambers of commerce.
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 firm’s 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.
Civil & Commercial Litigation: The team has experience with disputes before lower level courts, courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. It has a wide network of correspondents throughout Chile and its lawyers are recognised for their courtroom expertise.
National Arbitration: BMAJ represents clients in domestic arbitrations under the rules of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago) and in ad hoc arbitrations. The team has been involved in most major Chilean arbitrations related to energy and mining. It also has extensive experience in disputes concerning construction, transportation, financial and international franchises.
International Arbitration: BMAJ is recognised as having one of the top international arbitration teams in Latin America. Professionals of BMAJ have acted in conflicts resolved under the ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA dispute resolution regimes, among others.
Public International Law: The team has advised states and international organisations in disputes related to the delimitation of boundaries, international waters, immunity from jurisdiction and execution of states, war damages and use of force.
Litigation & Criminal Defence: The law firm’s criminal practice concentrates on litigation and criminal defence of white-collar crimes and the related civil liability and corporate/criminal liability.

CLIENTS
Alusa, Asset Chile S.A., Atacama Minerals SCM, Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros S.A., DSD, Ferrosataal, Eléctrica Puntilla S.A., ENAP, Enjoy S.A., Enlasa Generación Chile S.A., Etrion Corporation, General Motors Chile, Lundin Mining, Mitsui & Co Ltd., Subway International, Transchile Transmission, VALE, Vestas Chile Turbinas Eólicas Ltda., Universidad de Concepción

    Contacts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Octavio Bofill, Alejandro Alvarez
  • Banks, Finance & Capital Markets Octavio Bofill
  • Mining, Energy & Natural Resources Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman
  • International TradeÁlvaro Jana
  • Tax Octavio Bofill, Guillermo Fonseca
  • Regulated Markets & Competition Andrés Jana, Blanco Oddo
  • Antitrust & Unfair Competition Alvaro Jana, Guillermo de la Jara
  • 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

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles the gamut of financing work for lenders and borrowers. Well equipped to advise local and international clients on structured finance and syndicated loans, as well as acquisition and project finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm's responsiveness, negotiation skills and deep understanding of our business are excellent. They provide a quality service."

Work highlights Assisted BICE Vida Compañía de Seguros with securing a USD188 million syndicated loan from Banco BICE, Banco Consorcio and Banco Security for the financing of the Rucatayo electricity plant.

Notable practitioners 

Practice head Octavio Bofill "has the ability to find points of agreement between parties and to establish new avenues for business," enthuse clients. 

Sources are full of praise for Jorge Lembeye, noting:"He always renders sound and sophisticated legal advice, bolstered by excellent market knowledge and professional contacts."

Significant clients Enjoy, Universidad de Concepción, Enlasa Generación Chile, Hotelera Somontur, Asset Chile.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises domestic and international clients on general corporate matters as well as high-profile transactions and joint ventures. Also assists clients with regulation, corporate governance and compliance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are highly invested in the needs of the client and have great negotiation skills."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Chilean resorts and casinos operator Enjoy on its acquisition of a 45% stake in Baluma, an Uruguayan subsidiary of Caesars. 

Notable practitioners 

Octavio Bofill is recognised by clients and peers alike for his strong transactional practice, which spans the corporate, finance and capital markets arenas. "He is an excellent lawyer - highly qualified and very understanding of our business needs," enthuse sources.

Clients laud Alejandro Álvarez's "great experience in corporate and M&A matters." They add: "He has a great ability to achieve consensus between disputing parties and to arrive at creative solutions to problems." 

Daniela Buscaglia is a new addition to this year's table and stands out as being "highly sensitive to the client's wishes." 

Significant clients BICE VIDA Compañía de Seguros, Enjoy, Etrion, Vestas, Electrica Puntilla.

Dispute Resolution - Chile

Basic facts about the department 
- 2 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently retained for major domestic and international arbitrations as well as for proceedings before the ordinary courts relating to commercial and regulatory matters. Works together with the firm's celebrated mining and corporate departments to provide its varied clientele with comprehensive assistance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are technically astute and great for litigation, but are also very experienced in arbitration proceedings."

Work highlights Represents Swiss airport operator Flughafen Zürich and Chilean developer Gestión e Ingeniería IDC in an arbitration against Venezuela before a World Bank tribunal over a dispute concerning the confiscation of a 20-year concession for the operation of the international airport of Isla de Margarita.

Notable practitioners  

Sources particularly highlight practice head Andrés Jana for his expertise in international arbitration, but he is also hailed as "one of the best litigators in Chile."

Significant clients Quiborax, Tampico Beverages, Fresenius Medical Care, Alsacia/Express, Enap Refinerías.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists local and international clients in all mining-related matters, from the negotiation of options and royalty agreements to mining easements and regulatory work. Also well placed to handle transactional work for mining companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have great mining expertise and a very broad range of services."

"They are always available, responsive and make sure that things are moving forward." 

Work highlights Assisted Codelco affiliate Molyb in the construction of a USD400 million molybdenum recovery plant.

Notable practitioners  

Pablo Mir is "essentially a part of our business, because he provides strategic advice and not just pure legal services," enthuse clients, who also point out that "he understands the technical aspects of the sector as well as its institutional framework."

Significant clients Chinalco, Sirocco Mining, Lundin Mining, Nutram, Vale.

Projects - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents blue-chip international and domestic clients in mining and energy projects across the country. Additional expertise in construction disputes, project finance and infrastructure development.

Work highlights Advised Molyb on the construction and development of a USD400 million molybdenum recovery plant in the north of Chile.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have been very responsive and understanding of our business."

Notable practitioners  

Leading mining lawyer Pablo Mir receives warm praise from clients: "He provides an excellent balance between solid legal advice, administrative support and business recommendations."

Significant clients Empresa Eléctrica Puntilla, Transchile Charrúa Transmisión, NgeX (Lundin Group), Molyb (CODELCO).

TMT - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
 - 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Increasing market standing in the Chilean television regulatory space. Assists a raft of clients in the TMT industry. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They identify key issues for us and define strategies to ensure the viability of our business in the long term."  

Work highlights Assisted Falabella in the establishment of its virtual mobile operator subsidiary.

Notable practitioners 

Respected practitioner Octavio Bofill recently led the team counselling Globalsat Latam in the bidding process for satellite communications. Sources describe him as "highly experienced with both legal and business strategic vision."

Recent partner Guillermo de la Jara is noted by sources for expertise in this space and for being able to balance the legality of a point with the business reality facing the client. 

Significant clients Móvil Falabella, Chilevisión, Canal 13, Ibero Americana Radio Chile, Globalsat Latam.