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Latin-America Guide

Environment — Chile


Cubillos Evans Abogados - Environment 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: Gonzalo Cubillos and Fernando Molina
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished boutique law firm with ample experience in the environmental area. Acclaimed for its role advising on the environmental aspects of land use, fishing, mining and power generation projects. Adept at handling complex regulatory issues as well as representing clients before administrative and judicial authorities. Team acts as counsel to private sector companies and governmental agencies. GNL Quintero and Federation of Chilean Industry are new client wins.

Strengths A client underlines: "For us the firm is a fundamental partner," noting that "they have an organisational structure that allows timely and flexible reactions to our requirements."

Another interviewee states: "The commitment and professionalism of the team stand out," adding: "I would highlight its flexibility to contribute to the development and identification of risks."

Work highlights Represented Latin American Power (LAP) in a USD7.6 million environmental sanction procedure for two alleged infractions.

Advised the Chilean Ministry of Environment on the legal strategy for the assessment of environmental impact studies and declaration of development projects with regards to the mining, energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors.

Significant clients Pacific Hydro, Parque Arauco, Empresa Portuaria San Antonio, Ciclo, SunEdison.

Notable practitioners

Market sources recognise department co-head Gonzalo Cubillos as one of the most relevant environmental lawyers in Chile. A client underlines his "strategic vision and in-depth legal knowledge which allow him to understand the matter at hand and base his advice not only on the legal side but on what is best for the project."

Department co-head Fernando Molina attracts positive commentary from interviewees. A market commentator praises him in the environmental sphere because "he manages the matters well, contributes a lot of knowledge and facilitates getting deals done."

Associate-to-watch Paulina Sandoval is very well endorsed by peers and clients. A client describes her as "a very good lawyer," adding: "She is very analytical and grasps things that other lawyers do not."

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FerradaNehme - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Patricio Leyton
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed firm recognised for its pre-eminent environmental teams. Practice covers all services including permitting and project development involving natural resources. Active dealing with local communities, advising on environmental impact studies and compliance programmes, as well as representing clients in contentious matters before environmental authorities. New client wins include Colbún, Codelco and Natura.

Strengths Clients highlight the lawyers' "ability in sharing the strategic insight of the company, their availability to meet our requirements and their professional and technical proficiency."

Another source says: "The firm stands out for the professionalism of the service provided by its lawyers, which is immediate, precise, accurate and efficient."

Work highlights Assisted Montgomery Watson Harza with the preparation of the environmental impact study for the second phase of the Quebrada Blanca mining project.

Advised Andes Iron on the permitting process and the preparation of its Dominga project and drafting community agreements.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Pacific Hydro, AES Gener, Anglo American, Hewlett-Packard.

Notable practitioners

Department head Patricio Leyton is highly praised by market commentators for his strategic approach when dealing with environmental issues. A client endorses "his ability to communicate, negotiate and take up differing positions," adding: "He has been a great ally."

Expert in the public law market, partner Luis Cordero also possesses great environmental knowledge. According to market sources, "he is an established authoritative figure in environmental law."

According to clients, partner Valeria Ruz is a very capable environmental lawyer who shows great teamwork skills. One of them states: "She distinguishes herself through the depth of her analysis."

Associate-to-watch Carola Salamanca is noted for her experience advising clients on environmental matters. An interviewee describes her as "dedicated, detailed and very responsible," adding: "She has strong technical capabilities."

About the Team (content provided by FerradaNehme)

FerradaNehme handles all matters related to environmental law, focusing particularly on the development and permitting of complex projects. Since the launching of this practice in 2008, we have developed a team of experts specialized in environmental, natural resources, mining and energy matters. Each of the members of our team brings his or her unique perspective to complex environmental assessment processes, permits, and litigation, as well as to punitive administrative processes. Patricio Leyton, with 20 years of experience in this complex field, leads the area.

In addition to legal matters, we work closely with our clients in the development of preventive strategies of potential environmental conflicts. This is critical for a successful project to develop. Projects with permits, but without a social license, are destined to fail. Hence, we get involved in the relationship with the authorities and communities, building bridges between them, promoting a virtuous cycle for development.

We have developed a strong practice in the Recycling Legislation and Extended Producers Liability, and we know deeply our environmental institutions. This practice is prepared to advise clients from the beginning of their projects, and during the construction and development of their operations.

  • Environmental Permits
  • Project Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and Statements
  • Maritime Concession
  • Negotiations with Communities
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Law Reports

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan José Eyzaguirre
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading full-service firm with a prestigious environmental practice. Extensive experience defending clients before judicial and administrative authorities. Team also handles environmental due diligence for M&A transactions and regulatory compliance work. Advises key private and public sector companies from a wide range of industries such as energy, mining and retail. Falabella is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths A client says: "In addition to the firm's solid legal practice, the firm has provided us with an outstanding client service, and with a willingness to address projects that are relevant to our company in a limited timeframe."

Another source states: "I have no doubts about the firm's expertise and experience in environmental matters."

Work highlights Represented Compañía Minera Maricunga in procedures before the Environmental Superintendence and environmental courts with regards to the alleged environmental damage of wetlands.

Assisted ENAP with two environmental damages claims filed by the Municipality of Quintero concerning an oil spill, and with the constitutional action filed by local communities.

Significant clients ATI Port, Sierra Gorda SCM, Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro, Inmobiliaria Las Salinas, Lundin.

Notable practitioners

Department head Juan José Eyzaguirre receives numerous recommendations from market commentators for his high-level expertise in environment and energy matters. Clients say: "Regarding environmental matters, he is second to none."

Associate-to-watch Paulina Toro comes recommended for her capabilities in handling environmental issues. An interviewee states: "She knows about environmental regulation and possesses significant experience."

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

This area is composed of highly specialized lawyers who provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others. The high degree of specialization, skill in the use and understanding of technical aspects associated with the respective specialties and coordination with other areas of our firm allows our area to provide multidisciplinary legal services of high quality and added value to government agencies and companies. Mainly, the group performed the following legal activities: 


Support for Due Diligence processes under mergers and acquisitions or Project Finance processes.
Negotiations of transactions involving mining, environmental and energy relevant aspects.
Drafting and preparation of contracts used in related industries.
Environmental, energetic and mining litigation at judicial and administrative levels.
Compliance audits, covering legal and technical aspects (supported by multidisciplinary teams).
Advise for environmental impact assessments to investment projects, as well as in the process of obtaining other permits necessary for implementation and after their closing.
Support to granting processes of mining concessions; assistance regarding mining and surface land disputes, local community; indigenous matters, water rights; among others.




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Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 20 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Revered practice group maintaining a stellar reputation for its environmental expertise. Recognised in the market for its experience representing its diverse client base in civil and criminal environmental litigation and in sanction procedures before the administrative authorities. Solid presence advising clients involved in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources fields.

Strengths An interviewee states: "The firm makes the difference in environmental litigation. You are in safe hands; they have handled the most important litigation cases."

Another market source comments: "The firms is one of the best in environmental law in Chile. Other firms are good but this one is superior."

Notable practitioners

Mario Galindo is lauded by market commentators for his outstanding performance in environmental litigation. A client also says: "Mario is probably the lawyer with the best knowledge and management of Chilean environmental legislation," adding: "His legal insight and analysis is really profound."

Admired environmental expert Javier Vergara Fisher is a major reference in the environmental arena. According to clients, "he possesses wide-ranging experience in environmental matters, especially in relation to projects and the development of strategies."

José Luis Fuenzalida is well regarded for his environmental evaluation capabilities. A client states: "He is a great lawyer who provides excellent legal and technical analysis," noting that "he does not only understand the law but also the characteristics of our projects."

Up-and-coming partner Cecilia Urbina comes recommended by peers and clients, who recognise her skills dealing with sanction procedures. She is described by clients as "very hard-working, intelligent and careful in her work."

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Claro & Cía - Environment 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: Nicolás Eyzaguirre
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service law firm with a specialised environmental department. Experienced team focuses its environmental practice on regulatory, compliance, litigation and corporate matters. Team is well equipped to handle the environmental impact of renewable energy and mining projects and on indigenous communities. Actis and EIG Management Company are new client wins.

Strengths Market onlookers praise "the firm's clarity of advice and the experience of other cases applied to ours, which allow us to gain time and effectiveness in the development of high environmental impact projects."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to First Solar in the environmental impact assessment process, financing, construction and implementation of four solar power plants in the north of Chile.

Significant clients SunEdison, Quimetal, Embotelladora Andina, Elecmetal, Cristalerías de Chile.

Notable practitioners

Market sources are full of praise for department head Nicolás Eyzaguirre. He is described by clients as an "assertive and well-rounded lawyer who has a comprehensive, useful and necessary social and environmental view." He is also highlighted for "his friendly, clever and knowledgeable approach."

About the Team (content provided by Claro & Cía)

Claro & Cia.’s Natural Resources Group is a market leader in advising clients in energy (especially focused on non-conventional renewable energy), mining, water resources, forestry, agriculture, wine and other industries.  The department is e known for counselling in complex projects from the environmental standpoint, which involve intricate legal frameworks and multifaceted analysis. We assist our clients in strategically structuring their businesses to minimize legal exposure, including the potential application of environmental law requirements and act as a link with environmental auditing firms that need to get involved in the environmental assessment studies and statements of their projects.

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Guerrero Olivos - Environment 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: Martín Santa María, Clemente Pérez and Sebastián Abogabir
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished team with a strong track record providing environmental advice on transactional, regulatory and permitting issues, as well as litigation matters. Assists clients from a number range of sectors with environmental mandates related to public bids in the energy sector, wetlands conservation and the exploitation of natural resources. New client wins include Global Power Generation, Puerto Ventanas and Banmerchant.

Strengths A client says of the environmental team: "The lawyers stand out for their commitment, and in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework as well as the projects," adding that "they show real and practical knowledge of the administrative authorities."

Work highlights Advised Fundación San Carlos de Maipo on its USD1 million acquisition of a 274 hectare wetland located in Batuco, in Chile.

Significant clients Anglo American, Empresas Carozzi, Sustentable, Santiago Metals, Scotta Group.

Notable practitioners

Partner Clemente Pérez is endorsed by market sources for his technical knowledge of environmental matters. He is described by clients as "an excellent and proactive lawyer with great eagerness to solve our issues." He also advises on the environmental impact of renewable energy projects.

According to market onlookers, partner Martín Santa María "has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental legal framework and contributes a strategic insight to proceedings." He is well equipped to handle environmental and sanitation issues.

About the Team (content provided by Guerrero Olivos)

Our work encompasses full environmental law services including transactional and regulatory issues in the different phases of their projects, such as: development and permitting, environmental assessment and relationship with environmental authorities, construction and operation, due diligence, inspection, control and sanction processes, and environmental litigation.

We render full assistance to our clients in all stages of their projects, starting with the acquisition of lands and projects, obtaining permits and also in the financing and construction.

We have been especially successful in assisting clients in obtaining environmental permits in an increasingly complex context, mainly influenced by community and political oppositions to projects. Such has been the case in both, administrative and in Court litigation.

Our lawyers are highly qualified and have vast experience in the public sector and in the development of private investment projects.

Also, during the last years we collaborated with nonprofit organizations devoted to develop environmental preservation projects.

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Jara Del Favero Abogados - Environment 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: Gabriel Del Favero and Julio Lavín
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team is considered a reference for environmental law. Well regarded for its assistance with environmental assessments and compliance as well as contentious mandates. Well equipped to advise on environmental sanctions, water treatment facilities and matters related to manufacturing, mining, healthcare and infrastructure projects.

Strengths Sources say: "The lawyers provide highly specialised consultancy in environmental matters. We would highlight them for their strategic approach and focus on obtaining results," adding: "They have great knowledge of the regulations and extensive experience."

Work highlights Assisted Embotelladoras Chilenas Unidas with the preparation of the environmental impact declaration to obtain the Environmental Qualification Resolution for the design, construction and operation of a production plant to manufacture non-alcoholic beverages.

Significant clients Rockwood Lithium, Embotelladoras Chilenas Unidas, Aguas Andinas.

Notable practitioners

Revered senior statesman Gabriel Del Favero is praised by market commentators for being a reference in this field. He is highly specialised in environmental issues related to mining projects.

Since publication, Julio Lavín has left the practice.

Since publication, Rodrigo Benitez has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Jara Del Favero Abogados)

We provide legal assistance in environmental regulations and issues and in the use and management of natural resources. We counsel our clients in the environmental impact assessment of investment projects, in the enforcement of environmental regulations for their particular activity and in regard to renewable and non-renewable natural resources. We assist in environmental appeals and defenses, both administrative and judicial, in remedies of protection and lawsuits for environmental damages. We explain how to use environmental economic instruments (bonds, tradable emission permits, taxes, etc.), how to implement environmental management systems inside companies and how to earn ISO and other certifications.

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Arteaga | Gorziglia - Environment 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: Ignacio Arteaga
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised practice group advising clients on both regulatory and contentious matters. Particular expertise acting for domestic and international companies on soil remediation issues as well as the environmental assessment of renewable energy and mining projects. Also handles environmental compliance and due diligence related to M&A transactions. New client wins include GNL Mejillones, Hidroeléctrica Ñuble and Teck.

Strengths A client reports: "The firm's service is excellent. The lawyers provided timely, comprehensive consultancy which has exceeded our expectations," adding: "They have correctly identified the risks associated with our projects, which has also allowed us to take appropriate measures to address those risks."

Work highlights Acted for Acciona Energía de Chile on the environmental assessment required for the USD826 million construction of its wind farm project named San Gabriel.

Significant clients OHL Concesiones, Pucobre, Golden Omega, Industrial y Minera Los Esteros, Collahuasi.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Arteaga is the key client contact

About the Team (content provided by Arteaga | Gorziglia)

Our Environmental and Regulatory Practice Group is a team of expert professionals. We have a distinguished and recognized track record in environmental litigation, defending investment projects, and environmental compliance audit processes, where we use the  methodologies of the Superintendence of the Environment with a preventive and hierarchical approach, proposing alternative solutions as a result.

Our lawyers have acted as legal advisors in numerous projects submitted to the Environmental Impact Assessment System (“SEIA”).

We carry out legal environmental due diligence processes of hydroelectric, thermoelectric, wind and solar plants, as well as mining and industrial operations.

We also work in infrastructure projects, including all regulatory issues and related permits. We prepare cadastres of permits applicable to projects of diverse nature, at all stages: construction, operation and abandonment.

In this field, it is worth noting that we have ample and recognized experience in environmental litigation and administrative claims, so we have not only the ability to evaluate the potential judicial risks that may be faced by a particular project or activity, but we also have experts to develop an effective defense against claims or legal and/or administrative actions attempted to prevent the legitimate implementation or operation of a project.



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Barros & Errázuriz Abogados - Environment 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: José Tomás Errázuriz and Fernando Garrido
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned full-service law firm with an experienced environmental practice. Areas of activity include complex environmental assessments of infrastructure projects, compliance, and due diligence related to corporate transactions, energy transmission and power generation projects. DIRECTV, Komatsu Chile and Santander Global Banking & Markets are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths A client highlights the firm because "the lawyers have key knowledge of the environmental matters," adding: "They are a great team, with experience in the private and public sectors."

Work highlights Assisted Colbún with the seven environmental claims submitted against Santa Maria thermoelectric plant before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and with the sanction procedure before the Environmental Commission.

Significant clients Interconexión Eléctrica, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Itaú CorpBanca, Exportadora Los Fiordos, Acuimag.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Matías Montoya is well regarded by market commentators. Clients single out him because "his experience, professionalism and empathy mean that he is able to create solutions, not problems."

About the Team (content provided by Barros & Errázuriz Abogados)

Barros & Errázuriz is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable firms in this field. The firm provides comprehensive advice for compliance with standards in the development of electrical, port, mining, forestry, real estate, salmon farm, chemical and concession projects, among many others.

Our advise contemplates a constant collaboration before all public and private organizations that intervene in the development of the business, especially in the processes of evaluation of environmental impact contemplated in current legislation, as well as in the processing of all the environmental and regulatory permits associated with the operation of the projects. Likewise, our practice includes advice on processes of citizen participation, indigenous consultation, relationship with communities and other regulated and non-regulated procedures that take place within the framework of the environmental evaluation of a project.

In addition, the team is highly trained to intervene in all types of environmental litigation, including administrative procedures before the Environmental Assessment Service and judicial proceedings before the Environmental Tribunals and Courts. Finally, our practice has extensive experience in processes of environmental due diligence developed within the framework of procedures of financing, partnership and acquisition.



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Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia - Environment 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: Rodrigo Guzmán
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic environmental boutique focused on providing advice to domestic and international clients on the mining and energy sector. Key areas of expertise include regulatory, environmental compliance matters, defence in sanction procedures and forestry issues.

Strengths Clients state: "The lawyers have previous public sector experience, therefore they have in-depth environmental knowledge which is highly appreciated by our company."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Rodrigo Guzmán is seen by market onlookers as a pre-eminent environmental specialist. Clients describe him as a lawyer who "handles environmental matters extraordinarily well."

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Carey - Environment 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: Rafael Vergara, Alberto Cardemil and Felipe Meneses
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious full-service law firm with a respected environmental practice group. Expertise ranges from complex regulatory matters and permitting processes for land acquisition to contentious cases before administrative and judicial authorities.

Strengths Interviewees comment: "The firm provides an excellent service, and lawyers clearly have relevant transactional expertise," adding: "They have a practical approach to solve problems."

Work highlights Advised Compañía Minera Nevada on administrative litigation in connection with the sanctioning processes initiated in 2013 and 2015 with regards to its Pascua Lama Project.

Significant clients CDEC-SIC, Pattern Energy, Total SunPower El Pelícano, Barrick Gold, Danone Chile.

Notable practitioners

Felipe Meneses co-heads the firm's department. He is very well regarded by sources for his environmental legal knowledge. Interviewees praise him for his ability to "respond quickly without leaving aside the quality of the service."

About the Team (content provided by Carey)

Carey advises clients in all areas of Environmental Law, including administrative disputes, litigation, audits, analysis related to land use and environmental responsibility. Carey´s practice of environmental experts also advises clients on obtaining permits in all aspects related to the Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA).
 
The Environmental Law practice has extensive experience in advising on due diligence processes, compliance with international standards, financing processes, relationship and negotiation with communities including legislation that relates to indigenous peoples and in particular the application of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization.

Among the clients of the firm are national and international companies, including energy companies, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to the preservation and conservation of nature.

In the following pages we include some examples of recent legal advice provided by Carey on environmental law.


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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos - Environment 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: Gonzalo Jiménez and Martín Astorga
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established full-service law firm with a solid environmental team. Advises domestic and multinational companies on issues such as environmental disputes and project development. Great expertise handling environmental licences and permits, as well as collaborating with indigenous communities. New client wins include Kellogg, Medtronic and Inversierra.

Strengths A client declares: "The lawyers provide prompt responses and are able to put themselves in our shoes," adding: "They have significant capabilities and are willing to assist us."

Work highlights Acted for Compañía Minera Paguanta on several procedures regarding indigenous communities consultations before the regional authorities.

Significant clients Samsung, Soprole, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Empresa Pública de Medellín, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Martín Astorga is recognised by market sources for his experience in the sector. Clients recommend him because he is "excellent, responsive, direct and knowledgeable" and "always provides accurate advice."

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CorreaGubbins - Environment 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: Claudia Ferreiro
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded environmental practice with key experience in dispute resolution before the environmental administrative agencies and judicial courts. Provides advice on complex environmental planning and assessments as well as auditing procedures.

Strengths A client states: "CorreaGubbins provides strategic advice. This is due to the extensive experience of its partners and associates and the endeavour to understand our complex business."

Work highlights Assisted Porkland Chile and its pig breeding and fattening plant with its administrative and judicial defence on claims filed by neighbours due to odour emissions.

Significant clients Empresas CMPC, Empresa Portuaria San Antonio, Golden Rim Resources, Aconcagua Foods, Inmobiliaria Crillón.

Notable practitioners

Partner Martín Gubbins is highlighted by clients for the "the passion and interest that he places in the matters entrusted to him," adding: "This passion does not obstruct his advice, because when passion combines with study and knowledge, the result is convincing advice and advocacy."

Sources are full of praise for associate-to-watch and head of department Claudia Ferreiro. Clients consider her a lawyer with "comprehensive environmental knowledge and noteworthy experience."

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Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados - Environment 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: Andrés Sáez and José Adolfo Moreno Correa
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Recently established boutique advising on an array of environmental issues including regulatory and contentious matters, negotiations with indigenous communities and issues arising from urban planning. Advises both local and foreign companies from a broad range of sectors, including mining, energy, ports and chemical.

Strengths Sources endorse the firm, saying: "The lawyers know environmental law from a private and public sector perspective so their opinions contribute much more than just legal advice, there is extra value in their reports or recommendations."

Work highlights Advised Rockwood Lithium on the environmental approval of its plant expansion. Assistance included negotiations with the local indigenous communities.

Significant clients Molymet/Molynor, Codelco, GNL Penco, Chilquinta, Municipalidad de Quintero.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner José Adolfo Moreno Correa is lauded by market commentators. A client says: "He carries out a lot of field work," noting also that "as a former civil servant he understands that this is highly important in the environmental sphere."

Up-and-coming partner Andrés Sáez receives praise from sources, who consider him "an excellent" environmental lawyer. According to a client "his previous experience working in the public sector allows him to design better strategies."

Interviewees have a good impression of up-and-coming partner Sebastián Avilés, describing him as "a well-prepared and reasonable lawyer," and highlighting his "vast environmental knowledge related to administrative processes and his great capabilities in litigation."

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Schultz Carrasco - Environment 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: Edesio Carrasco
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialised practice with solid expertise in environmental assessments, compliance and administrative disputes. Team advises clients in the renewable energy, mining, waste water and real estate sectors. Additional capabilities in indigenous rights, environmental permits and assessments. Consorcio Eólico, Besalco and Energía Don Arturo are new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees endorse the firm because "the lawyers' relationship with clients is outstanding. They show constant concern for the progress of their clients' projects," adding: "They listen to their clients' point of view, which allows us to reach a solution all together."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Andes Mainstream with an administrative claim, judicial trial and environmental assessment with regards to its wind projects Aurora, Puelche Sur and Cerro Tigre, respectively.

Significant clients Mina Invierno, Biodiversa, Ecobío, Essbio, Nuevosur.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner and head of department Edesio Carrasco comes highly recommended by peers and clients for "his great capabilities, expertise and environmental knowledge acquired from the private and public sector."

Sources are full of praise for associate-to-watch Gonzalo Parot, whom they endorse because of "his up-to-date and good technical knowledge as well as his significant experience, which is unusual for a young lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Schultz Carrasco)

Schultz Carrasco advises clients strategically on all matters related with the compliance of environmental and administrative regulations, including environmental audits and the assessment of activities or projects in the Environmental Impact Assessment System. It has also experience in compliance with the rules, principles and standards of ILO Convention No. 169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (1989), and the early assessment of community and indigenous factors to be considered in the development of a project.

The firm also advise its clients in mining, energy, agro-industrial, water treatment and real estate projects, accompanying its clients before the Superintendence of the Environment or other authorities in case of an inspection/sanctioning processes, including their administrative and judicial defence before the Environmental and the Supreme Court.

The Environmental Department is well known not only for its legal advice; it is best known for its strategic way of thinking problems and their solutions, and being capable of working in interdisciplinary teams. They work in a legal/strategic way, thinking permanently how the authorities are going to act, predicting their decisions, and strongly focusing in getting results. They understand how the government works. 


 

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Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ignacio Urrutia
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted presence in the environmental field with a well-regarded practice. Team advises clients from a wide range of sectors on issues such as environmental liability, project development, permitting and litigation, as well as issues related to odour emissions and air quality. Asociación Gremial de Productores de Cerdos de Chile is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths Clients single out the firm, saying: "The lawyers provide a strategic and holistic insight regarding how to address the issues," and adding: "They are a highly qualified team."

Work highlights Assisted Gerdau Aza and Cemento Polpaico with a transaction involving the compensation of 11 tons of particulate matter to improve the quality of air emissions.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Consorcio Kospo Samsung, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, Inmobiliaria Punta Piqueros, Sociedad Vinícola Miguel Torres.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, head of department Ignacio Urrutia "has a very high degree of experience and knowledge of environmental matters," and they also say: "He strives for excellence, which generates a lot of confidence for clients."

About the Team (content provided by Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr)

Urenda Rencoret Orrego y Dörr provides specialized legal assistance on all aspects of environmental law, including compliance, litigation, due diligence, regularization of water rights, waste management, liability for environmental damage and alleged infringement of environmental permits, indigenous matters, electric and maritime concessions, and emissions compensation (in which we have developed a specific expertise).

The Firm also has extensive experience regarding environmental litigation, in cases of administrative and judicial procedures before the Environmental Courts and Environmental Superintendence, with positive results.

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Senior Statesperson

Gabriel Del Favero

Jara Del Favero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered senior statesman Gabriel Del Favero is praised by market commentators for being a reference in this field. He is highly specialised in environmental issues related to mining projects.

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Senior Statesperson

LAVÍN Abogados & Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Julio Lavín of LAVÍN Abogados & Consultores is described by sources as a "prestigious lawyer who handles environmental matters very well."

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Band 1

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources recognise department co-head Gonzalo Cubillos as one of the most relevant environmental lawyers in Chile. A client underlines his "strategic vision and in-depth legal knowledge which allow him to understand the matter at hand and base his advice not only on the legal side but on what is best for the project."

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Band 1

Juan José Eyzaguirre

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Juan José Eyzaguirre receives numerous recommendations from market commentators for his high-level expertise in environment and energy matters. Clients say: "Regarding environmental matters, he is second to none."

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Band 1

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mario Galindo is lauded by market commentators for his outstanding performance in environmental litigation. A client also says: "Mario is probably the lawyer with the best knowledge and management of Chilean environmental legislation," adding: "His legal insight and analysis is really profound."

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Band 1

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Patricio Leyton is highly praised by market commentators for his strategic approach when dealing with environmental issues. A client endorses "his ability to communicate, negotiate and take up differing positions," adding: "He has been a great ally."

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Band 1

Javier Vergara Fisher

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired environmental expert Javier Vergara Fisher is a major reference in the environmental arena. According to clients, "he possesses wide-ranging experience in environmental matters, especially in relation to projects and the development of strategies."

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Band 2

Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources are full of praise for department head Nicolás Eyzaguirre. He is described by clients as an "assertive and well-rounded lawyer who has a comprehensive, useful and necessary social and environmental view." He is also highlighted for "his friendly, clever and knowledgeable approach."

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Band 2

Martín Gubbins Foxley

CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Martín Gubbins is highlighted by clients for the "the passion and interest that he places in the matters entrusted to him," adding: "This passion does not obstruct his advice, because when passion combines with study and knowledge, the result is convincing advice and advocacy."

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Band 2

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Rodrigo Guzmán is seen by market onlookers as a pre-eminent environmental specialist. Clients describe him as a lawyer who "handles environmental matters extraordinarily well."

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Band 2

Ricardo Irarrázabal S

ILC Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Ricardo Irarrázabal of ILC Abogados is highlighted by peers and clients for his active role in the environmental sphere. A client emphasises that "his great environmental experience and professional standards make him an invaluable support to our company."

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Band 2

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Fernando Molina attracts positive commentary from interviewees. A market commentator praises him in the environmental sphere because "he manages the matters well, contributes a lot of knowledge and facilitates getting deals done."

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Band 2

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Clemente Pérez is endorsed by market sources for his technical knowledge of environmental matters. He is described by clients as "an excellent and proactive lawyer with great eagerness to solve our issues." He also advises on the environmental impact of renewable energy projects.

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Band 2

Eelaw

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Paulina Riquelme of EELaw receives praise from market sources, who describe her as "an excellent lawyer, very committed and hard-working," adding: "It is reassuring to have a lawyer who cares about the issues of the company."

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Band 2

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, head of department Ignacio Urrutia "has a very high degree of experience and knowledge of environmental matters," and they also say: "He strives for excellence, which generates a lot of confidence for clients."

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Band 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Martín Astorga is recognised by market sources for his experience in the sector. Clients recommend him because he is "excellent, responsive, direct and knowledgeable" and "always provides accurate advice."

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Band 3

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Expert in the public law market, partner Luis Cordero also possesses great environmental knowledge. According to market sources, "he is an established authoritative figure in environmental law." 

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Band 3

Andrés Fernández

Fernández & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Andrés Fernández co-heads the department of Fernández & Cía and is well respected by peers for his relevant work in the environmental sphere, where they consider him a "great lawyer."

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Band 3

José Luis Fuenzalida

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Luis Fuenzalida is well regarded for his environmental evaluation capabilities. A client states: "He is a great lawyer who provides excellent legal and technical analysis," noting that "he does not only understand the law but also the characteristics of our projects."

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Band 3

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, partner Valeria Ruz is a very capable environmental lawyer who shows great teamwork skills. One of them states: "She distinguishes herself through the depth of her analysis."

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Band 3

Martín Santa María

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market onlookers, partner Martín Santa María "has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental legal framework and contributes a strategic insight to proceedings." He is well equipped to handle environmental and sanitation issues.

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Up and Coming

Sebastián Avilés

Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees have a good impression of up-and-coming partner Sebastián Avilés, describing him as "a well-prepared and reasonable lawyer," and highlighting his "vast environmental knowledge related to administrative processes and his great capabilities in litigation."

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Up and Coming

Schultz Carrasco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner and head of department Edesio Carrasco comes highly recommended by peers and clients for "his great capabilities, expertise and environmental knowledge acquired from the private and public sector."

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Up and Coming

José Domingo Ilharreborde

Echeverría Ilharreborde Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients enthuse that up-and-coming partner José Domingo Ilharreborde of Echeverría Ilharreborde Abogados is "very dedicated and persevering," adding: "It gives us peace of mind working with him; he understands environmental and administrative matters really well."

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Up and Coming

José Adolfo Moreno Correa

Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner José Adolfo Moreno Correa is lauded by market commentators. A client says: "He carries out a lot of field work," noting also that "as a former civil servant he understands that this is highly important in the environmental sphere."

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Up and Coming

Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Andrés Sáez receives praise from sources, who consider him "an excellent" environmental lawyer. According to a client "his previous experience working in the public sector allows him to design better strategies."

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Up and Coming

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Cecilia Urbina comes recommended by peers and clients, who recognise her skills dealing with sanction procedures. She is described by clients as "very hard-working, intelligent and careful in her work."

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Associates to watch

CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources are full of praise for associate-to-watch and head of department Claudia Ferreiro. Clients consider her a lawyer with "comprehensive environmental knowledge and noteworthy experience."

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Associates to watch

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Meneses co-heads the firm's department. He is very well regarded by sources for his environmental legal knowledge. Interviewees praise him for his ability to "respond quickly without leaving aside the quality of the service."

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Associates to watch

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Matías Montoya is well regarded by market commentators. Clients single out him because "his experience, professionalism and empathy mean that he is able to create solutions, not problems."

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Associates to watch

Schultz Carrasco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources are full of praise for associate-to-watch Gonzalo Parot, whom they endorse because of "his up-to-date and good technical knowledge as well as his significant experience, which is unusual for a young lawyer."

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Associates to watch

CMS Carey & Allende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market commentators, associate-to-watch Aldo Poblete of CMS Carey & Allende "has key experience in environmental assessment processes related to Chilean projects."

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Associates to watch

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carola Salamanca is noted for her experience advising clients on environmental matters. An interviewee describes her as "dedicated, detailed and very responsible," adding: "She has strong technical capabilities."

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Associates to watch

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paulina Sandoval is very well endorsed by peers and clients. A client describes her as "a very good lawyer," adding: "She is very analytical and grasps things that other lawyers do not." 

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paulina Toro comes recommended for her capabilities in handling environmental issues. An interviewee states: "She knows about environmental regulation and possesses significant experience."

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