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.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
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,
- Tel (562 2) 941 9000
- Fax +56 2 2941 9041
- Email : email@example.com
- Website : www.aym.cl