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Latin-America Guide

Projects — Chile


Carey - Projects Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 49 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout full-service firm with a multidisciplinary practice group providing expertise in the financing, construction, engineering and environmental aspects of projects. Highly regarded for its role participating in a range of major infrastructure projects in Chile including energy, mining, hospitals and social infrastructure. Strong presence advising major players in the market including sponsors, local and international lenders, as well as developers.

Strengths A client endorses the firm saying: "They are very technically competent," adding: "They know the business, they are aware of its risks and understand their clients' concerns so they provide legal advice which is also commercially consistent."

Another client states: "Carey's service is spectacular," noting: "They are one of the best in Chile, without a doubt!"

Work highlights Assisted Cheniere Marketing with the negotiation of a syndicated loan worth more than USD850 million granted to Central El Campesino and GNL Penco for the construction and operation of a floating storage regasification LNG port terminal and a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant.

Advised Asociación Chilena de Seguridad on the preparation of all tender documents and services and construction contracts related to the new workers' hospital in Chile. This matter is valued at approximately USD100 million.

Significant clients Total SunPower, Andes Mining & Energy, Sierra Gorda, Empresa Eléctrica Carén, Acciona Energía.

Notable practitioners

Sources recognise that department co-head Juan Francisco Mackenna "has solid knowledge of energy projects." Clients go on to single out "his technical expertise in energy matters, his knowledge of the market and his promptness in responding."

Felipe Moro is recognised by peers as highly involved in this field with a strong focus on the financing side. According to clients, "he is nimble and skilled, and he leads and perfectly assembles teams to cover all aspects of a project." They continue: "He provides a great financial point of view."

Sources highlight department co-head Rafael Vergara for his solid expertise in projects related to the mining industry. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources and environment practices.

Respected partner Óscar Aitken co-heads the department, is well equipped to handle engineering and construction matters and has key expertise in the labour and employment sector as well.

Juan Pablo Stitchkin receives praise from clients for his important role in handling engineering and construction agreements. Clients state: "He is creative, adds value to the deals and reaches a solution even in hostile environments."

About the Team (content provided by Carey)

Carey has extensive experience in the development, financing and execution of all types of projects including energy infrastructure (thermoelectric, hydroelectric, oil and gas, wind, photovoltaic, biomass and other renewables), mining, roadways, hospitals or medical centers, telecommunications networks, industrial, port and airport infrastructure, concessions, and housing and hospitality services.
 
Carey's Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance practice has ample expertise in the local market and a sophisticated industry knowledge, which enables us to manage the complexities and mitigate the risks of large projects, by working closely with different practice and sub-practice areas within our firm, such as M&A, project finance, energy regulation, engineering and construction, public works concessions, real estate, water rights, natural resources, tax, labor, litigation and bankruptcy, and international trade

The practice also includes advice on asset management, restructuring, portfolio securitization, refinancing and risk mitigation strategies.

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Claro & Cía - Projects Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rodrigo Ochagavía
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic full-service firm at the forefront of the projects arena, with long-standing experience representing local and international sponsors and energy companies. Frequently instructed by financial institutions highly involved in the financing of greenfield and brownfield projects. Offers capabilities in the development of power plants, transmission lines and substations. Energía Llaima is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths Interviewees state: "They are among the best in Chile. The firm has some of the best lawyers with the strongest knowledge and the most commercial approach."

Another client underlines: "Handling infrastructure projects is one of the firm's strengths."

Work highlights Advised First Solar as sponsor, as well as the project company Parque Solar Fotovoltaico Luz del Norte, on the USD290 million financial restructuring provided by OPIC and IFC for the development of the 141 MWp solar power plant Luz del Norte.

Acted for Glenfarne Group on the due diligence, financing and share purchase agreement for the acquisition by its subsidiary Copiapó Energy, of Empresa Eléctrica Diego de Almagro, owner of an open-cycle diesel fuel backup power plant.

Significant clients AES Gener, SunEdison, Natixis, Rabobank, EIG Management Company.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed department head Rodrigo Ochagavía is held in high esteem by market onlookers for his top-tier acumen in this field. Clients describe him as "an expert, business-oriented, charming, in sum, a leader." They continue: "He is a specialist in project finance." He is particularly active advising sponsors on project financing matters.

According to sources, key partner Jorge Martín is "an excellent lawyer" who "possesses an in-depth knowledge of projects and is able to clearly explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers." He is well versed in handling public concessions in the projects arena.

Partner Luisa N����ñez is described by market sources as a "great lawyer" in this space. She focuses her practice on project financing and led the team on the aforementioned First Solar work highlight.

According to market commentators, partner José Luis Ambrosy "is very active in capital markets and projects matters." He is frequently involved in some of the most prominent work highlights of the firm, advising both sponsors and developers.

About the Team (content provided by Claro & Cía)

Claro & Cia. has extensive experience in the public concessions of infrastructure field and has assisted a variety of clients during the required pre-qualification and public bidding processes (parking lots, ports, highways, hospitals, among others), in addition to other administrative and litigious matters. Our services in this field are comprehensive of all the requirements of our clients and especially, regarding its corporate organization, financing, environmental and tax matters. The wide range of requirement of our clients in this area are satisfied by our team with innovative solutions, and with a constant assistance to our clients, commencing in the preliminary stage of analysis, design and financing and up to the full commercial operation of the respective projects.

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Morales & Besa - Projects Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carlos Silva
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Transactional powerhouse offering high-level coverage of every stage of projects work, with an established reputation in the financing, development and construction of projects, as well as on regulatory matters and tender offers. Routinely assists major multinational banking institutions with financings and refinancings as well as local and international project developers in the energy, infrastructure, public utilities and aviation sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the firm, noting: "We have worked with other firms and we are pleased with M&B and highly recommend them." Sources go on to say that they are "top-notch counsel, highly professional, reliable and responsive with specialised knowledge and expertise in projects."

Clients further praise the practice, enthusing that "we find them to be seamless partners on transactions. They are available at a moment’s notice and are always service-oriented. We have worked on highly complex cross-border transactions and find their work to be highly sophisticated," adding: "They are simply pleasant to work with."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to consortium of banks on a USD112 million senior loan, a USD6 million VAT loan and a USD1 million issuance of banking bonds, granted to Santiago Solar for the construction of a 115 MW power plant.

Represented Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel in the financing granted by a syndicate of banks for the expansion and operation of the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, worth approximately USD515 million.

Significant clients Aéroports de Paris, Astaldi, Solairedirect, Globalvia, Santander.

Notable practitioners

Highly respected practitioner Carlos Silva heads the department and focuses his practice on the financing of PPP projects. A market source notes: "He balances the legal and commercial aspects very well." He is also well equipped to handle concessions matters.

Market commentators highlight partner Myriam Barahona, describing her as "very capable lawyer," who is "very involved in project finance matters." She is active in the energy, banking and infrastructure sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Morales & Besa)

The project and infrastructure work carried out by Morales & Besa can be divided into two main areas: transactional and regulatory. The transactional work carried out by Morales & Besa is characterized by our involvement in high-end projects, either in structuring or financing deals, both external and internal, where we represent a range of creditors, investors and developers. Our second stream of work involves the regulatory side, involving due diligence, infrastructure concession public bidding processes, etc. By this we mean to fulfil the role of lead adviser for a number of leading infrastructure developers and investors, not only in connection with their transactions, but with regards to the main regulatory issues of the infrastructure industry including tenders for public works concessions, toll roads, hospitals, airports or ports.

Among our clients are entities from several regulated sectors (energy, construction, public works, sewage water, etc.) in the process to obtain the necessary authorizations and permits to develop their projects. We have also participated in numerous infrastructure-financing transactions, in all the regulatory aspects of the transactions and construction agreements.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Projects Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Alberto Reyes and Marcelo Armas
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned international firm with an established presence in the Chilean projects sphere. Strong expertise in handling a wide range of projects, especially within the renewable energy and mining sectors. Regularly represents local and foreign sponsors, lenders and borrowers on sector-related M&A transactions, O&M and EPC contracts, public bids and power purchase agreements. Rede Energéticas Nacionais and Regional Power are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths A client underlines: "The firm has a strong team dealing with projects, I am pleased with the quality of their work," adding: "They are very professional and knowledgeable of projects and environmental matters."

Another client states: "It is a really good law firm. The lawyers have noteworthy expertise in projects."

Work highlights Acted for Parque Eólico Cabo Leones I on the negotiation and drafting of a PPA with Petropower Energía to back up its energy supply commitments.

Assisted GPE with the USD51.5 million financing of the Rio Colorado hydroelectric power project.

Significant clients EDF Energies Nouvelles, ENAP, Red Eléctrica Internacional, Compañía Minera Zaldívar, Compañía Minera Nevada.

Notable practitioners

Highly respected practitioner Marcelo Armas co-heads the department and offers market-leading expertise in the projects space and additional capabilities in the banking and finance and capital markets fields. Clients recognise "his outstanding skills dealing with project finance matters."

Respected figure Juan Paulo Bambach is a well-regarded name in the mining sphere, where he represents multinational companies on project financing transactions. He receives praise from sources for his in-depth expertise in this space.

Sources recognise department head Carlos Alberto Reyes as "very involved in the projects arena." Clients state: "He has great legal, commercial and technical skills. He is a good negotiator and always thinks of how to move things forward."

According to clients, partner Andrés Sanfuentes "is a great support when you need a lawyer with good knowledge of projects and finance matters." He is also highlighted as a lawyer with "lots of experience in this sector."

About the Team (content provided by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría)

Our Projects area is composed by a solid team of highly specialized lawyers in public procurement processes, public law, infrastructure and project finance.

Has an adequate mix of partners, senior associates and junior associates, in order to provide our clients efficient legal services to cover all project needs.

Advises local and international clients, including construction companies, sponsors, local and international lenders, multilateral credit agencies, private equity funds, export/import financing agencies, governmental entities, institutional investors, among others.

Provides counsel to clients in connection with transportation infrastructure (toll roads, ports, airports, and railways), social infrastructure (hospitals, jails, schools), public utilities infrastructure (telecommunications, water and sewerage systems, energy) and real estate developments (hotels, buildings, urban renovation), among others.

Advises clients in the engagement of strategic and financial investors who join the projects as part of the financing scheme

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Barros & Errázuriz Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nicolás Balmaceda and Francisco de la Barra
- 4 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established projects group with strong capabilities across a broad spectrum of infrastructure projects, especially related to the energy and transportation sectors. The team benefits from the firm's expertise in capital markets, banking and corporate issues to advise its impressive client list, which includes major sponsors, contractors, operators and financial institutions.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They are commercial and have good communication with our firm. Their lawyers are very knowledgeable about the energy sector in Chile."

Work highlights Represented a syndicate of international financial institutions with the long-term project financing and the VAT financing granted to Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte for the development, construction and operation of an electricity transmission line, worth approximately USD851 million.

Significant clients Empresa Constructora Belfi, BTG Pactual Administradora de Fondos de Inversión, Iridium, ISA, Abertis Autopistas Chile.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, department co-head Nicolás Balmaceda participates in several aspects of projects including project finance and contract negotiations. Clients say: "He manages contractual and commercial risks very well and designs tailor-made solutions to meet our requirements which add value to our business."

Co-head of department Francisco de la Barra is endorsed by clients and peers for his skills dealing with projects. Clients also highlight: "He is very commercial but without compromising the clients' position." They continue: "He is good under pressure and has delivered on very tight deadlines."

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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 37 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected full-service firm with a strong projects practice. Regularly provides advice on major greenfield and brownfield projects, with relevant expertise in regulatory matters in the energy and mining sectors. Represents multinational companies and significant international financial institutions with permitting matters, PPAs, credit facilities and mining option agreements.

Strengths A client states: "The firm is excellent; they have top-quality lawyers who provide an efficient service."

Work highlights Assisted BCI and Itaú Chile, as lenders, with the amendment of the credit facility agreements granted to Puerto Central. This matter is valued at approximately USD310 million.

Significant clients Metro, Hudbay Minerals, Lumina Capital, Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado, Empresas Públicas de Medellín.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner Carlos Pérez-Cotapos co-heads the department and focuses his practice on sector-related mining issues. He is particularly well versed in the financing of mining projects and M&A transactions in this space.

Co-head of department Juan Pablo Matus is well regarded by market onlookers for his role in this field. He has additional capabilities advising clients in the financing of real estate projects.

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Guerrero Olivos - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 17 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic firm with a dynamic projects practice. Team participates in major energy, mining and infrastructure projects, with additional expertise in regulatory matters. Represents local and international companies in public and private bidding processes, as well as related issues such as permitting and land acquisition.

Strengths A client comments: "The lawyers provide a great service and go straight to the point," adding: "I am very pleased with them."

Notable practitioners

According to sources, key partner Clemente Pérez "has valuable skills for the projects sphere and contributes a global view to their development." A client also states: "He is very concrete in his advice, one of the few I have found that is very pragmatic."

Respected partner Martín Santa María is well regarded by sources in this field. He is well equipped to handle real estate and environment matters, as well as mining mandates.

Partner Sebastián Yunge receives praise from peers and clients for his role advising on project finance and EPC contracts. A client comments: "He works well within the agreed timeframes."

About the Team (content provided by Guerrero Olivos)

Our group has strong experience providing solution to Project finance’ complex necessities. We have been part of large infrastructure projects including highways, airports, power plants, industrial plants, NLG regasification terminals and water desalination plants.

We assist our client from scratch, since the beginning of the Project until post operation stages. We are experts in due diligence process, incorporation of SPVs, drafting and negotiating credit agreements, EPC, BOT, energy supply and O&M, in structuring complex collateral packages and in the elaboration of the proper legal framework for each project.

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Larrain y Asociados Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established law firm fielding an experienced team assisting major local and international companies in this space. Boasts notable expertise in the development of renewable energy and social infrastructure projects. Frequently instructed to advise on tender processes, construction and operation matters, as well as financing and public works concessions.

Strengths A client reports: "The lawyers provide an excellent service," adding: "Their support has been invaluable."

Work highlights Advised Anpac Energía on the development of several wind farm projects in the south of Chile, and two mini-hydroelectric power plants in Region VI.

Significant clients Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente, Ferrovial Transco Chile, Pattern Energy, Sonnedix, Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista del Aconcagua.

Notable practitioners

Sources are full of praise for department co-head Jorge Granic and his long-standing expertise in the projects space. He comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "He is indescribably good," adding: "He has a very practical approach, and identifies and assesses risks very well."

Department co-head Arturo Bulnes receives praise from peers and clients for his solid knowledge in this field. Clients consider him "a very good lawyer," and someone "who handles projects very well from the pre-bid stage and beyond."

Of counsel Ricardo Peña is highlighted in the projects sphere by clients for "being extremely good at providing strategic advice and having a strong commercial approach." He is particularly adept at advising on power generation projects.

About the Team (content provided by Larrain y Asociados Abogados)

Larrain y Asociados holds a leading place in this field, acting as counsel to the first private toll road concessionaire in Chile. Since then, the firm has advised different national and international consortia in the study of almost all concession projects of public infrastructure and toll roads bid up to date; in the execution and operation of a great number of public works under concession; and, acted on behalf of national and international financiers, in the process of financing such projects through bank loans or the issuance and placement of debt instruments, both in the local and international markets.

Larraín has ample experience in arbitral proceedings for the resolution of controversies between concessionaires and the Ministry of Public Works and have advised governments in South and Central America in the development of their laws and contractual framework of their public work concessions systems.


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Molina, Ríos Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Victor Ríos Salas
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key player in the projects space with a strong focus on construction matters and related litigation. Represents major companies involved in energy, highway, engineering and aviation sectors on PPP and social infrastructure projects, and public tender offers. Ingevec and Black & Veatch are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths A client states: "This is the firm I recommend for construction and infrastructure projects."

Work highlights Advised Grupo San José on the USD140 million construction of two public hospitals.

Significant clients Queiroz Galvão, Acciona, EDF, OHL, MAPFRE.

Notable practitioners

Highly esteemed practitioner Victor Ríos Salas commands respect amongst interviewees, who describe him as "a powerhouse in projects." He focuses his practice on construction projects and has long-standing experience advising engineering companies on social infrastructure projects.

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Prieto Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Significant presence in the market with notable expertise in advising lenders and borrowers on project finance transactions. Team offers strong capabilities advising on construction and regulatory issues related to power generation projects. Also assists clients with public and private tenders and greenfield development related to the real estate and retail sectors. Orbe Inmobiliaria is a new client win.

Strengths A client underlines: "The team has great knowledge of projects matters so they easily identify what we need," adding: "They have a practical and pragmatic approach."

Work highlights Acted for Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte on the approximately USD860 million financing for the construction, development and operation of a 600 km trunk electricity transmission line.

Significant clients Aguas Andinas, CAI Gestión Inmobiliaria, Inversiones La Construcción, Sibelco Chile, Cámara Chilena de la Construcción.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Juan Tagle is identified by sources as a very active lawyer in this field, with great skills negotiating and drafting EPC contracts. Clients describe him as "a fantastic negotiator, one of the best lawyers in the team."

Seasoned practitioner Claudio Undurraga co-heads the department and maintains a strong reputation in this field, particularly in projects related to the energy sector. Peers describe him as "a great lawyer."

Since publication, Jaime Ríos has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Prieto Abogados)

The Firm’s project department works closely alongside our energy and natural resources area to offer support and expertise in related issues.

Continuous counselling to several players in the market, particularly on the development of new projects in the renewable energy market, with experience in counselling national and foreign developers of renewable energy projects, such as mini hydro, wind farms and photovoltaic developments. 

Prieto has earned a strong reputation for an extensive experience in energy and infrastructure projects, representing both private and public sector clients on tender processes, construction and project development matters.

Contact: Juan Tagle, Claudio Undurraga, Fernando BRavo, Jaime Ríos.

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Arteaga | Gorziglia - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Arnaldo Gorziglia
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established domestic law firm with a solid practice group in the projects arena. Frequently advises on concession agreements, EPC contracts, and projects related to midstream oil and gas and power transmission lines. Impressive client list includes big names from the energy, highway and mining sectors.

Strengths Clients state: "The firm's service has been very helpful to us."

Work highlights Represented Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso in the USD500 million concession for the enlargement and operation of the second terminal of the port of Valparaíso.

Significant clients GNL Mejillones, OHL Concesiones, Grupo Costanera, Enel Green Power, Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso.

Notable practitioners

Department head Arnaldo Gorziglia is commended by market commentators for his capabilities in infrastructure projects. He leads some of the most prominent work highlights of the firm and offers additional expertise in related capital markets mandates.

Key partner Ignacio Arteaga focuses his practice on regulatory issues in this space. Peers recognise his active role dealing with projects, with a particular focus on the energy and environment sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Arteaga | Gorziglia)

Our project finance team is very well known and recognized in Chile for being at the forefront of the process creating and structuring ground-breaking finance structures for infrastructure projects in the Country. Our project finance team has participated in the first project finances structures for toll roads in Chile, the first issuances of bonds with the insurance of a monoliner company. The first issuances registered in the US under the 144A and Reg. S exceptions, the first syndicated loan with the insurance of a monoliner, among others.

 

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Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm acknowledged for its expertise in this arena. Notable capabilities handling mining, renewable energy and infrastructure projects for domestic and international clients. Frequently instructed to negotiate concession agreements and permits for mining exploration projects. Constructora Pacal and Pacifico HVDC Link are among the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Assisted Asset Chile with the structuring, negotiation and drafting of a joint venture association and a shareholders agreement with Quantum Pacific Exploration to finance a mining exploration project.

Significant clients Antofagasta Minerals, Molyb (Codelco), Laguna Gold, Energía Latina, Sociedad Contractual Minera Franke.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Pablo Mir garners praise from market commentators for his outstanding skills dealing with mining issues related to the projects space. He advises both lenders and borrowers on mining exploration projects.

About the Team (content provided by Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados)

BMAJ has a strong record of working hand in hand with clients in the planning, development, construction and operation of their projects in Chile, or working with project participants in the development in third party projects. 

Such projects include major mining projects, power generation facilities, ports, airports and major real estate developments, among others. 

Our projects team is cross disciplinary covering the natural resources, corporate, finance, regulatory, labor, tax and litigation areas such that each aspect of a project is granted the proper applicable counsel and all coordinated between the group members.

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CMS Carey & Allende - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze
- 4 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Solid projects practice with a particular focus on the renewable energy and telecommunications sectors. Has significant experience dealing with engineering, construction, financing and operation matters. Client roster includes both major local and international companies. Enagás is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths A client states: "The service has been exceptional, mainly because of the quickness of the lawyers to respond, as well as the quality of the service provided."

Work highlights Advised Socer on the USD23 million development of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant project.

Significant clients Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios, Ibereólica Cabo Leones I, Samsung Engineering, WPD, Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Jorge Allende Z is highlighted by market sources for his in-depth regulatory knowledge related to energy and mining law. He has experience advising on the construction of power generation plants and transmission lines.

According to clients, department co-head Luis Felipe Arze is "a knowledgeable and very business-oriented lawyer." They continue: "He looks for solutions rather than putting up roadblocks."

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Baker McKenzie Chile - Projects Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Antonio Ortúzar Jr and Mirco Hilgers
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for International law firm regarded for its practice in this area. Noted for its strong performance dealing with mining and energy projects and for its expertise in regulatory and construction mandates. GAS/TGI is a new client win for the firm.

Work highlights Advised Rockwood Lithium on the USD180 million expansion of its project facilities to double the production capacity of lithium carbonate of Planta La Negra.

Significant clients Amec Foster Wheeler, Rockwood Lithium, GAS/TGI.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Antonio Ortúzar Jr is singled out by peers for his outstanding capabilities handling mining projects. He leads the most prominent work highlights of the firm, including the aforementioned Rockwood Lithium matter.

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Domínguez, Ossa, Long & Macaya - Projects Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Francisco Ossa and Manuel José Searle
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Domestic practice advising local and international clients infrastructure companies involved in the energy and mining sectors. Frequently sought after to assist with asset sales, mining concessions, land title investigations and real estate, power transmission and transportation projects. Mainstream Renewable Power and Ferrovial are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths A client says: "The lawyers provide a great service," adding: "They are always available."

Work highlights Acted for Cimentalia Chile on the construction of bridges in the south of Chile and high-voltage power lines in the north.

Significant clients Skanska, Veolia, Origin Energy, FCC Construcciones, Los Andes Copper.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Francisco Ossa is regarded by market onlookers for his capabilities in projects matters. They state: "He is a diligent professional, with long-standing experience in the mining sector."

Associate-to-watch Carolina Charad possesses in-depth knowledge of project finance. She advises important clients of the firm on mining, real estate and energy issues.

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Fleischmann y León Abogados - Projects Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick and Juan Ignacio León Lira
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique law firm with a notable presence advising on construction projects. Well equipped to handle public works concessions and social infrastructure projects, as well as related disputes. Particularly active of late in the telecommunications and aviation industries.

Strengths A client endorses the firm, highlighting: "The lawyers provide a personalised and excellent service," adding: "They deal with complex projects and fully understand the issues of the mining and construction industries."

Work highlights Assisted Sociedad Concesionaria BAS with its legal queries related to its DBOT concession agreement for the USD196 million development of penitentiary infrastructure.

Significant clients Grupo Netglobalis, Sociedad Concesionaria Aeropuerto Araucanía, OHL Industrial, Empresa Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo, Sociedad Concesionaria BAS.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick is described by clients as "a lawyer with in-depth technical-legal knowledge, who is very analytical and effective, and always looking for simple solutions to complex issues."

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Larraín, Rencoret & Urzúa - Projects Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 7 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with a significant expertise advising clients on projects in the energy, maritime and social infrastructure sectors. Well versed in handling public bids, road concessions and environmental permitting issues, as well as sector-related litigation against the relevant authorities.

Strengths A source states: "This firm is very involved in project finance."

Notable practitioners

Key partner José Manuel Larraín maintains a strong reputation in the market. Sources recognise him as an important player in this field with good expertise advising on concession agreements.

Sources endorse Felipe Rencoret for his great skills in project finance. According to clients, "he is really good dealing with financing issues," and "he is always one step ahead."

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Reymond & Cía - Projects Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alfonso Reymond Larraín and Rodrigo Riquelme
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice with a high level of specialisation in public and private infrastructure projects. Well regarded for advising sponsors and developers on public works concessions and construction projects in the energy, highway, healthcare and telecommunications sectors. Also active in dispute resolution matters.

Strengths A client says: "They have solid knowledge of concessions and risk assessments," adding: "They do good work."

Work highlights Assisted Echeverría Izquierdo with the amendments to its construction agreement with the health service to build the new Hospital of Rancagua, a public works contract worth USD220 million.

Significant clients Pan American Energy, Sociedad Concesionaria Aerosur, Sociedad Concesionaria Vía Santa Rosa, Consorcio Hospital Regional de Rancagua, OHL.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, experienced partner Alfonso Reymond Larraín has good knowledge of concession and construction matters. He co-heads the department and also has solid capabilities in related dispute resolution.

About the Team (content provided by Reymond & Cía)

Reymond & Cia has wide experience in this area of practice in Chile. Through the years, local and international corporations have relied on the firm for advice on all subjects and fields related to this area. The firm has a team of lawyers specialized in construction, public and private infrastructure, litigation, arbitration and media. Alfonso Reymond Larraín,  Rodrigo Riquelme Yañez and Camilo Silva Correa lead a highly specialized team positioned in construction, private and public infrastructure, arbitrations, litigations and mediations on those areas. Authors of the questionnaire "Latin Lawyer Construction 2018" The firm has advised on various infrastructure projects in the country, advising both national and international concessionaires and construction companies in various aspects involved in public infrastructure concessions, as well as risk assessment in tendering, financing, construction and operation of projects.

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Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr - Projects Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sergio Orrego and Gonzalo Errázuriz
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with noted involvement in energy and mining projects. Advises on different matters including environmental issues and permitting. Receives instruction on greenfield development in the real estate sector, as well as power generation and retail matters. Enel Generación Chile and Nueva Costanera Participaciones are new client wins.

Strengths A client states: "The lawyers provide an excellent standard of service and appropriate response times," noting: "We are very satisfied with them."

Work highlights Advised Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén and Empresa Eléctrica Perquilauquén on the development of the Perquilauquén hydroelectric central project.

Significant clients Consorcio Kospo Samsung, Invercap, Empresa Eléctrica Epril, Agrosuper, Desarrollos Inmobiliarios y Constructora Valle Grande.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Sergio Orrego is well regarded by peers for his in-depth knowledge of project finance. They describe him as "a skilful lawyer," with excellent capabilities in mining issues.

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Urenda Rencoret Orrego y Dörr has a long-standing tradition in projects and infrastructure. We have advised a large number of foreign and local clients with focus in different industries, so we have a significant experience in the development and financing of a diversity of projects, such as power generation projects and, particularly, non-conventional renewable energy projects; mining, infrastructure and real estate projects. 

The level of specialization of our lawyers enables us to provide advice in other stages of the project as well, including bidding processes, definition of corporate structures, advice on tax regimes, labour issues, environmental impact of the projects, obtaining of permits and authorizations, etc.

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Senior Statesperson

Claudio Undurraga

Prieto Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Claudio Undurraga co-heads the department and maintains a strong reputation in this field, particularly in projects related to the energy sector. Peers describe him as "a great lawyer."

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Band 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly respected practitioner Marcelo Armas co-heads the department and offers market-leading expertise in the projects space and additional capabilities in the banking and finance and capital markets fields. Clients recognise "his outstanding skills dealing with project finance matters." 

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Band 1

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pre-eminent partner Pedro García of Garrigues is held in high esteem by market sources for his outstanding performance in project finance matters. According to clients, "he is one of the best lawyers in projects, without a doubt." He focuses his practice on the financing and construction of energy infrastructure projects.

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Band 1

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources are full of praise for department co-head Jorge Granic and his long-standing expertise in the projects space. He comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "He is indescribably good," adding: "He has a very practical approach, and identifies and assesses risks very well."

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Band 1

Rodrigo Ochagavía

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed department head Rodrigo Ochagavía is held in high esteem by market onlookers for his top-tier acumen in this field. Clients describe him as "an expert, business-oriented, charming, in sum, a leader." They continue: "He is a specialist in project finance." He is particularly active advising sponsors on project financing matters.

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Band 1

Victor Ríos Salas

Molina, Ríos Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly esteemed practitioner Victor Ríos Salas commands respect amongst interviewees, who describe him as "a powerhouse in projects." He focuses his practice on construction projects and has long-standing experience advising engineering companies on social infrastructure projects.

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Band 2

Juan Francisco Mackenna

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recognise that department co-head Juan Francisco Mackenna "has solid knowledge of energy projects." Clients go on to single out "his technical expertise in energy matters, his knowledge of the market and his promptness in responding."

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Band 2

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, key partner Jorge Martín is "an excellent lawyer" who "possesses an in-depth knowledge of projects and is able to clearly explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers." He is well versed in handling public concessions in the projects arena.

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Band 2

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Pablo Mir garners praise from market commentators for his outstanding skills dealing with mining issues related to the projects space. He advises both lenders and borrowers on mining exploration projects.

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Band 2

Antonio Ortúzar Jr

Baker McKenzie Chile

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Antonio Ortúzar Jr is singled out by peers for his outstanding capabilities handling mining projects. He leads the most prominent work highlights of the firm, including the aforementioned Rockwood Lithium matter.

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Band 2

Morales & Besa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly respected practitioner Carlos Silva heads the department and focuses his practice on the financing of PPP projects. A market source notes: "He balances the legal and commercial aspects very well." He is also well equipped to handle concessions matters.

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Band 2

Prieto Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Juan Tagle is identified by sources as a very active lawyer in this field, with great skills negotiating and drafting EPC contracts. Clients describe him as "a fantastic negotiator, one of the best lawyers in the team."

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Band 3

CMS Carey & Allende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Jorge Allende Z is highlighted by market sources for his in-depth regulatory knowledge related to energy and mining law. He has experience advising on the construction of power generation plants and transmission lines.

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Band 3

Nicolás Balmaceda

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, department co-head Nicolás Balmaceda participates in several aspects of projects including project finance and contract negotiations. Clients say: "He manages contractual and commercial risks very well and designs tailor-made solutions to meet our requirements which add value to our business."

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Band 3

Juan Paulo Bambach

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected figure Juan Paulo Bambach is a well-regarded name in the mining sphere, where he represents multinational companies on project financing transactions. He receives praise from sources for his in-depth expertise in this space.

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Band 3

Morales & Besa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators highlight partner Myriam Barahona, describing her as "very capable lawyer," who is "very involved in project finance matters." She is active in the energy, banking and infrastructure sectors.

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Band 3

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Arturo Bulnes receives praise from peers and clients for his solid knowledge in this field. Clients consider him "a very good lawyer," and someone "who handles projects very well from the pre-bid stage and beyond." 

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Band 3

Arnaldo Gorziglia

Arteaga | Gorziglia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Arnaldo Gorziglia is commended by market commentators for his capabilities in infrastructure projects. He leads some of the most prominent work highlights of the firm and offers additional expertise in related capital markets mandates.

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Band 3

José Manuel Larraín

Larraín, Rencoret & Urzúa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner José Manuel Larraín maintains a strong reputation in the market. Sources recognise him as an important player in this field with good expertise advising on concession agreements.

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Band 3

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Moro is recognised by peers as highly involved in this field with a strong focus on the financing side. According to clients, "he is nimble and skilled, and he leads and perfectly assembles teams to cover all aspects of a project." They continue: "He provides a great financial point of view."

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Band 3

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, key partner Clemente Pérez "has valuable skills for the projects sphere and contributes a global view to their development." A client also states: "He is very concrete in his advice, one of the few I have found that is very pragmatic."

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Band 3

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Carlos Pérez-Cotapos co-heads the department and focuses his practice on sector-related mining issues. He is particularly well versed in the financing of mining projects and M&A transactions in this space.

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Band 3

Larraín, Rencoret & Urzúa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources endorse Felipe Rencoret for his great skills in project finance. According to clients, "he is really good dealing with financing issues," and "he is always one step ahead."

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Band 3

Alfonso Reymond Larraín

Reymond & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, experienced partner Alfonso Reymond Larraín has good knowledge of concession and construction matters. He co-heads the department and also has solid capabilities in related dispute resolution.

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Band 3

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight department co-head Rafael Vergara for his solid expertise in projects related to the mining industry. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources and environment practices.

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Band 4

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Óscar Aitken co-heads the department, is well equipped to handle engineering and construction matters and has key expertise in the labour and employment sector as well.

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Band 4

Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick

Fleischmann y León Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Hernán Fleischmann Chadwick is described by clients as "a lawyer with in-depth technical-legal knowledge, who is very analytical and effective, and always looking for simple solutions to complex issues."

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Band 4

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Sergio Orrego is well regarded by peers for his in-depth knowledge of project finance. They describe him as "a skilful lawyer," with excellent capabilities in mining issues.

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Band 4

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Of counsel Ricardo Peña is highlighted in the projects sphere by clients for "being extremely good at providing strategic advice and having a strong commercial approach." He is particularly adept at advising on power generation projects.

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Band 4

Carlos Alberto Reyes

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recognise department head Carlos Alberto Reyes as "very involved in the projects arena." Clients state: "He has great legal, commercial and technical skills. He is a good negotiator and always thinks of how to move things forward."

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Band 4

Ríos & Llaneza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jaime Ríos of Ríos & Llaneza is described as "a great lawyer" by sources and receives praise from peers for his "vast experience" and "solid knowledge" of project finance matters, particularly regarding power generation.

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Band 5

José Luis Ambrosy

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market commentators, partner José Luis Ambrosy "is very active in capital markets and projects matters." He is frequently involved in some of the most prominent work highlights of the firm, advising both sponsors and developers.

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Band 5

Arteaga | Gorziglia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Ignacio Arteaga focuses his practice on regulatory issues in this space. Peers recognise his active role dealing with projects, with a particular focus on the energy and environment sectors.

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Band 5

CMS Carey & Allende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, department co-head Luis Felipe Arze is "a knowledgeable and very business-oriented lawyer." They continue: "He looks for solutions rather than putting up roadblocks."

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Band 5

Francisco de la Barra

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Francisco de la Barra is endorsed by clients and peers for his skills dealing with projects. Clients also highlight: "He is very commercial but without compromising the clients' position." They continue: "He is good under pressure and has delivered on very tight deadlines."

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Band 5

José Pablo Dulanto G

DLA Piper BAZ NLD

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, key partner José Pablo Dulanto of DLA Piper BAZ NLD is highly involved in the projects space and has particular expertise in the energy sector. He is well equipped to advise on renewable energy projects, such as wind farms.

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Band 5

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Juan Pablo Matus is well regarded by market onlookers for his role in this field. He has additional capabilities advising clients in the financing of real estate projects.

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Band 5

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luisa N����ñez is described by market sources as a "great lawyer" in this space. She focuses her practice on project financing and led the team on the aforementioned First Solar work highlight.

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Band 5

Domínguez, Ossa, Long & Macaya

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Francisco Ossa is regarded by market onlookers for his capabilities in projects matters. They state: "He is a diligent professional, with long-standing experience in the mining sector."

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Band 5

Andrés Sanfuentes

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, partner Andrés Sanfuentes "is a great support when you need a lawyer with good knowledge of projects and finance matters." He is also highlighted as a lawyer with "lots of experience in this sector."

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Band 5

Martín Santa María

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Martín Santa María is well regarded by sources in this field. He is well equipped to handle real estate and environment matters, as well as mining mandates.

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Band 5

Juan Pablo Stitchkin

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Pablo Stitchkin receives praise from clients for his important role in handling engineering and construction agreements. Clients state: "He is creative, adds value to the deals and reaches a solution even in hostile environments."

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Band 5

José Antonio Urrutia Riesco

Urrutia & Cia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators endorse founding partner José Antonio Urrutia Riesco of Urrutia & Cia for his significant knowledge of projects matters, particularly those related to the mining and environment sectors.

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Band 5

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Sebastián Yunge receives praise from peers and clients for his role advising on project finance and EPC contracts. A client comments: "He works well within the agreed timeframes."

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Associates to watch

Domínguez, Ossa, Long & Macaya

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carolina Charad possesses in-depth knowledge of project finance. She advises important clients of the firm on mining, real estate and energy issues.

^ See whole ranking table