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Avendaño Merino Abogados

Santiago de Chile

Avendaño Merino Abogados - Santiago de Chile
  • Isidora Goyenechea 3477
  • 14th Floor
  • Las Condes
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • Managing Partner: Luis Felipe Merino
  • Partners: Luis Felipe Merino, José Miguel Gana, Daniel Nassar, Oscar Ferrari, José Miguel Rioseco, Luis Eduardo Correa
  • Number of partners: 6
  • Number of other lawyers: 18 

THE FIRM: Founded in 2003, Avendaño Merino Abogados is a businessoriented law firm strongly committed to satisfy clients’ needs through efficiently combining professional excellence and prompt response. The firm provides highly specialised legal advice to a relevant foreign and domestic client base, mainly in corporate and M&A, taxation, regulated markets, real estate, antitrust and dispute resolution. Consistent with its high quality, driven policy, the firm is formed by qualified lawyers graduated from the country’s most prestigious universities, most of which have pursued graduate studies in several of top ranked law schools of the United States and of the United Kingdom, and have also acquired valuable professional experience in important law firms and companies in Chile and in the United States.

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions: With a strong corporate practice, the firm has acted as counsel to a variety of domestic and international clients in a range of areas including oil and gas, power generation, real estate, construction and engineering services, insurance providers, financial entities, investment funds, IT and telecommunications, banks, agriculture and aquiculture. Main services provided in this area are: general corporate structuring and contractual matters; corporate reorganisations and tax planning; mergers and acquisitions; complex civil and commercial negotiations; local and cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances; foreign investment; corporate governance; public and private bidding processes; secured and syndicated loans.

Regulated Markets: This area concentrates an important part of Avendaño Merino daily practice. Indeed, the firm has a vast experience in complex regulatory matters and preventive strategies in several industries, such as oil and gas, ports, telecommunications, power generation and aquiculture, and has stood out for working very close and in good coordination with the public authorities.

Antitrust: Avendaño Merino is highly regarded as one of the leading practices in this area, having participated in several of the most recent and relevant antitrust cases in Chile regarding collusion, price discrimination, tied sales, unfair competition among others. The firm has also advised clients in antitrust investigations before the Antitrust Authorities and participated in the design of preventive policies for clients. Due to its expertise in this field, the firm is usually engaged to issue legal opinions and surveys in complex potential antitrust cases.

Real Estate: The firm carries out a full-service real estate practice, with vast experience in all contractual, regulatory and municipal aspects for all types of projects including, among others, the following matters: permanent legal advisors to real estate, construction and engineering companies in a wide range of projects, from residential to industrial and office buildings; complex negotiations with multiple sellers or buyers; structuring and daily operation of private and institutional real estate investment funds, both local and foreign; purchase and lease agreements related to real property, including lease with purchase option and financial lease; advice on legal and regulatory aspects related to land use and planning of real estate projects; construction agreements; secured and unsecured real estate financing and lease acquisition structuring.

Dispute Resolution: This area concentrates its practice in civil, commercial, and administrative matters, standing out for its dynamism and vast experience in the successful implementation of pretrial and judicial strategies, with a special emphasis in creative solutions and prompt reaction. The firm has a very strong track record of successful cases in the following matters: representation of local and foreign clients before ordinary, arbitral and special courts; civil, commercial and administrative procedures and alternative dispute resolution procedures and advice and representation in corporate conflicts.

Tax: Avendaño Merino offers high value-added tax advice to its clients, especially regarding efficient tax structures for M&A, financial transactions, corporate reorganisations, investment projects and family-owned businesses. It also provides administrative and judicial defense in tax litigation matters.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish.

Clients: The firm represents on a permanent basis an important client base in several industries, including gas pipelines and power plants, telecommunication and information technologies (IT) companies, port concessionaires and private and public port operators, insurance companies, financial entities, foreign and local private and institutional investment funds, investment groups, forestry companies, salmon producers, as well as several other Chilean companies with strong presence in many Latin American countries.


  • Isidora Goyenechea 3477,
  • 14th Floor,
  • Las Condes,
  • Santiago,
  • Chile
  • Tel (562 2) 941 9000
  • Fax +56 2 2941 9041
  • Email : aym@aym.cl
  • Website : www.aym.cl

Competition/Antitrust - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for litigation capacity in competition matters and regular representation of clients in high-profile cases before the TDCL. Frequently assists clients in non-contentious competition proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm provides an excellent client service and the lawyers have great litigation skills - the proficiency in competition matters, personalised approach and reasonable fees make this firm an excellent choice."

Work highlights Represents Chilean BancoEstado before the TDCL in a case brought by competitors alleging abuse of a dominant position relating to payment services.

Notable practitioners  

Clients highlight José Miguel Gana for his "very analytical style, broad experience in antitrust matters and relevant industry knowledge." He is also noted for his focus on "providing practical advice."

Significant clients Publicis Unitros, Pullman Bus Costa Central, AFEX, BancoEstado, SAAM, Iquique Terminal Internacional.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

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

What the team is known for Core practice within a law firm that also focuses on antitrust, tax and real estate. Represents clients from diverse industries, such as energy, oil, gas, telecommunications, ports and aquaculture.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have a very positive view of the work done by the team." 

Work highlights Represents Grupo Vecchiola in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in local mining company Sociedad Contractual Minera Tres Valles.

Notable practitioners 

Luis Felipe Merino is an experienced corporate lawyer with a focus on regulated markets, natural resources, energy and ports.

Senior associate Rodrigo Fernández enters the ranking this year following strong recognition from clients and peers, who say: "He is considerate and hard-working, and has excellent English skills."

Significant clients Marine Harvest, Ocean Spray, Credit Suisse, Capital Advisors Group, CMPC.

Dispute Resolution - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly represents local and international clients in civil and commercial litigation, as well as in arbitration proceedings. Benefits from the firm's acclaimed expertise in regulated markets, natural resources and corporate matters to provide comprehensive assistance with disputes stemming from these sectors.

Notable practitioners  

José Miguel Gana heads up the department and is considered a "great litigator" by market sources.

Significant clients BancoEstado, Walmart, CNN, Philip Morris, OPS Ingeniería.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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

What the team is known for Assists clients with energy-related contracts and litigations. Particular expertise in LNG matters.

Work highlights Serves as permanent counsel to GasAtacama, recently advising the company on the implementation of an offshore LNG terminal, the first floating storage regasification unit in Chile.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Luis Felipe Merino comes highly recommended by market sources for his accomplished energy expertise. "We've had a great experience working with him," enthuse happy clients.

Significant clients GasAtacama, HidroAysén.

Real Estate - Chile

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

What the team is known for Regularly acts for foreign and domestic investment funds on commercial and housing projects. Works closely with the firm's acclaimed M&A department to advise on large-scale acquisitions.

Work highlights Advised Nahmias Constructora on the development of two major residential complexes in Santiago, worth USD20 million combined.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've had a good experience working with them." 

Notable practitioners  

José Miguel Rioseco is head of the firm's real estate practice and is described as "tremendously proactive" by happy clients. They add: "He has good connections in the field, which facilitates the negotiation process."

Luis Eduardo Correa brings corporate expertise to major real estate transactions and is strongly endorsed by clients: "He doesn't limit his advice to strictly legal considerations, but also takes the business side of things into account."

Significant clients CS REFI Chile Fund Holding, Nahmias Constructora, Sociedad Agrícola Quilin, Marine Harvest Chile.

TMT - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
 - 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique renowned for its litigation and competition expertise, expanding in TMT. Representing TMT clients before the courts and administrative authorities.

Work highlights Represented Redvoiss in administrative proceedings before the national telecommunications regulatory authority (SUBTEL) and the Court of Appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department José Miguel Gana is respected by commentators for his experience in competition and litigation matters.

Significant clients OPS Ingeniería Limitada, Redvoiss.