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Latin-America Guide

Environment — Chile


Cubillos Evans Abogados - Environment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Acclaimed boutique with a sophisticated practice in this area. Advises companies on environmental permitting and sanitation issues related to projects in real estate, town planning and energy sectors. Especially noted for its experience in electricity generation projects. The lawyers also defend clients in contentious matters before the relevant authorities.

Strengths

"Cubillos Evans is one of the top environmental firms. It comes down to the people; we trust them very much."

"It is an important team in the market, the lawyers are very qualified. They can handle big projects."

New developments Paulina Sandoval joins the team from Carey.

Notable practitioners

Sources recognise practice head Gonzalo Cubillos' prominence in the market, "especially for energy-related matters." Interviewees describe him as "one of the most outstanding lawyers of his generation" and praise his technical ability and experience. They go on to note: "I like working with him, I feel very secure."

Fernando Molina provides strategic advice to clients on the existing and potential environmental impact of diverse projects. He continues to earn recognition from market commentators for his activity in the field and is described by clients as "very intelligent."

Associate-to-watch and recent arrival Paulina Sandoval is a "fantastic lawyer," according to sources. She plays an important role on the team, assisting clients with a range of environmental mandates.

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FerradaNehme - Environment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for First-rate boutique practice advising on projects and environmental permits. Represents clients in a range of industries, with particular expertise in the mining sector. Regularly handles compliance programmes and negotiations with communities affected by projects. Routinely called upon to assist key clients in contentious environmental cases, as well as advising on the prevention of conflicts.

Strengths

"It is a very cohesive team with extensive experience and knowledge of the subject and an excellent capacity to respond in an accurate, high-quality way. FerradaNehme gives me a lot of confidence."

"The lawyers are very responsible, technically very solid and are very clear in their understanding of what we want from them. What we value is that we have a very close relationship with them and we trust them, which is very important."

New developments AES Gener is a new client win.

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

Notable practitioners

Practice head Patricio Leyton impresses clients with "his knowledge, strategic vision and his ability to present and develop points of view." They add: "He has a managerial vision, he quickly paints a picture of all of the issues, their pros and cons, and offers strategically solid alternatives with added value."

Luis Cordero heads the firm's public law practice group and is highly respected by peers for his considerable experience in public law and policy related to environmental issues. Sources comment that "he has a very relevant role in this market."

According to sources, Valeria Ruz "is a very dedicated lawyer who stands out for the good structuring of her legal arguments." Interviewees go on to praise her "clear language and precision." She assisted Montgomery Watson Harza in the work highlight mentioned above.

Significant clients Goldcorp, Hochschild Mining, Minera Santo Domingo, European Southern Observatory, Enel Green Power.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Environment

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Top-tier practice group within a prestigious full-service firm. The team advises domestic and international clients on the environmental impact of energy and mining projects, and performs environmental due diligence for M&A transactions. Additionally noted for its work in regulatory compliance, including obtaining environmental permits for clients and defending them in environment-related litigation.

Strengths

"The lawyers are highly professional and accurate in their opinions. They are creative with their solutions without risking the interests of the clients. They don't offer generic advice, rather a tailor-made solution for each client."

"The team carries out its work in a professional manner. There is easy communication with the lawyers and fast responses. It has great knowledge in the environmental area."

New developments Sierra Gorda is a new client win.

Work highlights Representing Antofagasta Terminal Internacional in a sanction procedure. The authorities alleged that copper emissions constituted non-compliance with the company's environmental authorisation.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practice head Juan José Eyzaguirre "shines and is a tremendous lawyer," according to market commentators. Clients report that "he has great knowledge of this area and helps manage issues in the best way." He acted as lead partner on the Antofagasta Terminal Internacional work highlight mentioned above.

Significant clients Compañía Minera Maricunga, Samsung, Metro, Kinross Gold Corporation, COPEC.

Department profile 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

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Leading practice with a highly experienced team of specialists. Assists clients with all stages of energy, infrastructure and natural resources projects. Advice covers evaluation, development and operational stages, spanning environmental permits for use of soil and subsoil, leasing and pollution issues. The team also represents clients in sanction hearings before the authorities, as well as in civil and penal litigation.

Strengths

"The lawyers are specialists and technically very strong. They have great knowledge of this area and they provide quick and in-depth responses."

"What we value is the lawyers' dedication to the client and the matters at hand; their commitment is greater than the norm and they treat the matters as if they were their own problem."

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Javier Vergara Fisher is held in the highest regard by market commentators, who report that he is at the "top of the market." He specialises in project evaluation and development. Clients describe him as "very capable and incredibly technical."

Practice co-head Mario Galindo is acclaimed by sources for his environmental litigation practice. Clients comment that "he is the best by far in environmental matters" and a "very good litigator." Peers confirm his knowledge of the area, noting that "he has important expertise and great experience."

Clients comment that José Luis Fuenzalida "is very studious with a great work ethic." His practice focuses on project development and enivornmental permitting, as well as handling relations with affected indigenous communities.

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Arteaga Gorziglia & Cía. Abogados - Environment

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Accomplished practice assisting clients with environmental planning and due diligence for conventional and renewable energy projects, mining operations and port concessions. The team also advises companies on measures to avoid conflicts with indigenous communities and represents them in environmental litigation.

Strengths

"The lawyers offer a good service; they answer on time, meet all the deadlines set and follow up really well. They are very involved in the whole process."

New developments Collahuasi, Acciona Energía and Inchalam are new client wins.

Work highlights Performed due diligence and an environmental assessment on behalf of OHL Concesiones in connection with the construction of a new terminal in the port of Valparaíso, Chile.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Ignacio Arteaga "is developing a good practice at the firm," according to market commentators. Clients report that "he is very good in environmental matters." He acted as co-lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

Since publication, Ricardo Irarrázabal has left the practice.

Significant clients Golden Omega, Enel Green Power Chile, SunEdison, Pucobre, Viña Undurraga.

Department profile by Arteaga Gorziglia & Cía. Abogados

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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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos - Environment

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Band 2

第二等

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

What the team is known for Recognised corporate practice advising and litigating for clients, particularly in the mining and electricity generation sectors. The team assists with the development of power plants and the evaluation of greenfield projects, as well as handling all of the environmental assessments required for M&A transactions.

Strengths

"The lawyers really take the time to understand the issues, they are attuned to our business needs and I feel like I can trust them."

New developments Allergan is a new client win.

Work highlights Represented Compañia Minera Paguanta before the environmental court following an initial decision to suspend a mining project on the grounds that indigenous communities had not been properly consulted.

Notable practitioners

Sources note that Martín Astorga "is a very good lawyer" and "really attuned to our needs." They continue: "He has real expertise and also provides a good service to the client." He acted as co-lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

Significant clients Samsung C&T, Vidrios Lirquén, Southern Cross Group, Unilever Chile, Soprole.

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Claro & Cía - Environment

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Band 2

第二等

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

What the team is known for Experienced practice group with a strong corporate focus. Advises mining and energy clients on due diligence and the environmental impact of projects and M&A transactions. Handles permitting and pollution issues and has noted strength in litigation, frequently representing clients in sanction procedures.

Strengths

"Claro excels due to its professionalism, proactivity, integrity and commitment."

New developments New client wins include Euroamerica, Eolica Las Peñas and Natixis.

Work highlights Assisted Anglo American with the drafting of an environmental impact statement for two copper mines prior to their sale to a consortium of investors.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Nicolás Eyzaguirre is noted by market commentators for his activity in energy projects. Clients comment that "he is extremely accurate, really on top of the documents and very prudent." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

Significant clients First Solar, Cristalerías de Chile, SunEdison, Elecmetal, Mitsui.

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Guerrero Olivos - Environment

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Established practice assisting clients with regulatory issues and environmental due diligence for transactions. Active in the real estate and energy sectors, advising companies on permitting, construction and operational phases. The lawyers also maintain a significant presence in contentious environmental mandates.

Strengths

"We work with Guerrero Olivos mainly due to the speed of response and the commercial judgement with which the firm guides its clients. The lawyers are a great help in decision making, correctly framing risk versus efficiency."

New developments BayWa, Inversiones SB and Max Agro are new client wins.

Work highlights Successfully obtained an environmental permit for Abengoa to proceed with the development of a 220 MW solar plant in Sierra Gorda.

Notable practitioners

Practice co-head Clemente Pérez "has excellent experience, gives practical solutions and understands the client's needs really well," according to clients. He led the team advising Abengoa on the work highlight mentioned above and has previously served as director of the Chilean Environmental Agency.

Department co-head Martín Santa María is widely respected by peers. He focuses his practice on environmental and sanitation issues affecting real estate and urban planning projects, including the handling of environmental impact assessments.

Significant clients Empresas Carozzi, GERSA, Hunt Energy, Inmobiliaria Aconcagua, Sustentable.

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Jara Del Favero Abogados - Environment

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected firm with a long-standing involvement in the sector. Advises mining and manufacturing companies on the compliance of their operations with environmental and sanitary standards, as well as defending clients in sanction proceedings. The team is also active advising on the impact of maritime concessions.

Strengths

"The lawyers are able to focus on all the important legal issues related to the environment that come up. They provide real support and they do a good job advising us on how to respond to the authorities. They have delivered results and helped us meet our objectives."

Work highlights Assisted Rockwood Lithium with an environmental impact assessment for the improvement of its lithium production site in the Salar de Atacama.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practice head Gabriel Del Favero "is top level and has vast experience," according to clients. They go on to comment: "He is someone with whom you can debate matters, he is very fast in his responses and they are always in-depth."

Julio Lavín is "a senior figure who is distinguished in the field," according to market commentators. Clients note: "He has helped us focus on all the issues and has a really good understanding of the area." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

Rodrigo Benitez previously acted as the Chilean Undersecretary for the Environment. He draws solid praise from market sources, who comment: "He is tremendously assertive in putting forward a strategy and strongly focused on getting results."

Significant clients Antofagasta Minerals, Mina Invierno, Colbún, Compañia Cervercerías Unidas, AES Gener.

Department profile 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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Barros & Errázuriz Abogados - Environment

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Representing a prestigious roster of companies on the environmental impact of large-scale projects and corporate transactions. The team is particularly active in energy generation and energy transmission sectors. Additionally well placed to advise clients on conservation issues.

Strengths

“The lawyers' strengths are their client service, their ability to resolve key issues within strict timeframes and their analytical skill in designing legal and commercial strategies to overcome the challenges we face.”

New developments Origin Energy, X2 Resources and Sumitomo Corporation are new client wins.

Work highlights Assisted ISA with the environmental assessment for the construction of a 500 kV transmission line to connect two electricity grids.

Notable practitioners

Matías Montoya advises clients on the environmental impact of major projects, including ISA in the highlight listed above. Clients single him out "for his effectiveness in addressing the issues that we face."

Significant clients Colbún, Statkraft, Hanwha, Abbott, Acuimag.

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Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia - Environment

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Boutique practice with a burgeoning reputation in the sector. The team is particularly strong advising clients on the environmental impact of mining operations and energy plants, including issues involving water access rights and waste disposal.

Strengths

"This is an important firm in the market."

Notable practitioners

Rodrigo Guzmán is praised by interviewees who comment that "he is very well recognised in the market and deeply knowledgeable." They go on to add: "He is very active and does some of the most important work in this area."

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Carey - Environment

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Band 3

第三等

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

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an established energy and natural resources department, advising clients on environmental law. Frequently conducts due diligence and obtains environmental permits for large-scale energy and mining projects. Additionally experienced in representing clients in environmental litigation.

Strengths

"The team is really high quality and is very responsible with the matters it handles. The lawyers are also very detailed and understand to perfection the Chilean regulation."

Work highlights Advised Kinross on the potential environmental impact of the closure of two mines.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Felipe Meneses "has good legal knowledge and also knows how to get things done," according to clients. He assisted on the work highlight mentioned above and is recognised by peers for his specialist expertise in environmental mandates.

Significant clients Origin Energy, QPX, Pattern Energy, Latin America Power, Foster Wheeler.

Department profile 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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CorreaGubbins - Environment

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected practice group regularly advises clients in the real estate, power generation, manufacturing and food production industries. The team has noted strength in environmental litigation cases. Also assists clients with environmental planning and auditing procedures.

Strengths

"Thanks to the experience and knowledge the team has, we have been able to improve our strategies in legal proceedings before the authorities and the results have improved."

New developments New client wins include Porkland Chile and Banco Itaú.

Work highlights Helped Industria Nacional de Envases obtain environmental authorisation for production, waste management and emissions in connection with an industrial complex in Santiago.

Notable practitioners

Partner Martín Gubbins focuses on environmental litigation cases. Clients report that "he has a lot of experience and is very clear in explaining the best way to do things without taking shortcuts." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

Star associate Claudia Ferreiro "is a tremendous professional," according to clients. They add: "She has considerable knowledge of environmental matters which she combines with really good commercial awareness."

Significant clients Empresas CMPC, Aconagua Foods, EPSA, Inmobiliaria Crillón, Hot Chili.

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Prieto Abogados - Environment

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced practice group providing environmental assessments for important corporate transactions, particularly M&A. Also visible defending clients in contentious cases before the authorities, as well as advising on environmental compliance and permitting issues.

Strengths

"The lawyers have a very good understanding of how the authorities work. They also understand the technical aspects involved in our business and their response times are really good."

New developments New client wins include Multiexport Foods, Pesquera Los Fiordos and Viña Siegel.

Work highlights Defended Industria de Alimentos Dos en Uno who were accused by the authorities of operating a plant without the relevant environmental permit. The matter was successfully resolved in favour of the client with the dropping of all charges.

Notable practitioners

Alberto González is the key client contact.

Since publication, Alejandro Ruiz has left the practice.

Significant clients E.CL, Viña Santa Carolina, GDF SUEZ, Agroorgánicas Mostazal, Watt's.

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Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr - Environment

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Band 3

第三等

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

What the team is known for Routinely acts for the firm's energy and mining clients on environmental due diligence, rights of access agreements and permits for operations and transactions. Also well versed in advising companies on environmental liability, emissions and waste disposal issues.

Strengths

"The team provides really good support and accompanies us throughout the whole process. The lawyers really know about the area and can handle the technical side. We trust their legal opinions."

Work highlights Advised Consorcio Kospo Samsung in relation to all environmental aspects of a thermoelectric power plant project in northern Chile.

Notable practitioners

Clients report that head of department Ignacio Urrutia "is really inquisitive, asks good questions and tries to get to the bottom of the matter." They continue to endorse him, adding: "He has good judgement and solid experience."

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Royal Gold, Dow Chemical, Cemento Polpaico, Global Energy Services Siemsa.

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Senior Statesmen

Gabriel Del Favero

Jara Del Favero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practice head Gabriel Del Favero "is top level and has vast experience," according to clients. They go on to comment: "He is someone with whom you can debate matters, he is very fast in his responses and they are always in-depth." 

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Senior Statesmen

Jara Del Favero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Julio Lavín is "a senior figure who is distinguished in the field," according to market commentators. Clients note: "He has helped us focus on all the issues and has a really good understanding of the area." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

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Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recognise practice head Gonzalo Cubillos' prominence in the market, "especially for energy-related matters." Interviewees describe him as "one of the most outstanding lawyers of his generation" and praise his technical ability and experience. They go on to note: "I like working with him, I feel very secure."

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Juan José Eyzaguirre

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practice head Juan José Eyzaguirre "shines and is a tremendous lawyer," according to market commentators. Clients report that "he has great knowledge of this area and helps manage issues in the best way." He acted as lead partner on the Antofagasta Terminal Internacional work highlight mentioned above.

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Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Mario Galindo is acclaimed by sources for his environmental litigation practice. Clients comment that "he is the best by far in environmental matters" and a "very good litigator." Peers confirm his knowledge of the area, noting that "he has important expertise and great experience."

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FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Patricio Leyton impresses clients with "his knowledge, strategic vision and his ability to present and develop points of view." They add: "He has a managerial vision, he quickly paints a picture of all of the issues, their pros and cons, and offers strategically solid alternatives with added value."

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Javier Vergara Fisher

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Javier Vergara Fisher is held in the highest regard by market commentators, who report that he is at the "top of the market." He specialises in project evaluation and development. Clients describe him as "very capable and incredibly technical."

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Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Nicolás Eyzaguirre is noted by market commentators for his activity in energy projects. Clients comment that "he is extremely accurate, really on top of the documents and very prudent." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

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CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Martín Gubbins focuses on environmental litigation cases. Clients report that "he has a lot of experience and is very clear in explaining the best way to do things without taking shortcuts." He acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

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Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rodrigo Guzmán is praised by interviewees who comment that "he is very well recognised in the market and deeply knowledgeable." They go on to add: "He is very active and does some of the most important work in this area."

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Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fernando Molina provides strategic advice to clients on the existing and potential environmental impact of diverse projects. He continues to earn recognition from market commentators for his activity in the field and is described by clients as "very intelligent."

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Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Clemente Pérez "has excellent experience, gives practical solutions and understands the client's needs really well," according to clients. He led the team advising Abengoa on the work highlight mentioned above and has previously served as director of the Chilean Environmental Agency.

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EELaw

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Paulina Riquelme of EELaw is highlighted by peers for her involvement in the environmental sphere, particularly with relation to the mining industry. "She is very active and very well known," says one market source.

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Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients report that head of department Ignacio Urrutia "is really inquisitive, asks good questions and tries to get to the bottom of the matter." They continue to endorse him, adding: "He has good judgement and solid experience."

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Arteaga Gorziglia & Cía. Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Ignacio Arteaga "is developing a good practice at the firm," according to market commentators. Clients report that "he is very good in environmental matters." He acted as co-lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources note that Martín Astorga "is a very good lawyer" and "really attuned to our needs." They continue: "He has real expertise and also provides a good service to the client." He acted as co-lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.

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Jara Del Favero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rodrigo Benitez previously acted as the Chilean Undersecretary for the Environment. He draws solid praise from market sources, who comment: "He is tremendously assertive in putting forward a strategy and strongly focused on getting results."

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FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Cordero heads the firm's public law practice group and is highly respected by peers for his considerable experience in public law and policy related to environmental issues. Sources comment that "he has a very relevant role in this market."

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Andrés Fernández

Vial y Fernández Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Fernández of Vial y Fernández Abogados is noted by peers for his involvement in the sector. "He is a good adviser," reports one source.

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José Luis Fuenzalida

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients comment that José Luis Fuenzalida "is very studious with a great work ethic." His practice focuses on project development and enivornmental permitting, as well as handling relations with affected indigenous communities.

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Ricardo Irarrázabal S

ILC Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Irarrázabal of ILC Abogados is a well-known practitioner in the market who has previously acted as the Chilean Undersecretary for the Environment. Clients note that "he understands the law and how the government works and he also has a willingness to understand how we work."

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Lex Ambiental SpA

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Iván Poklepovic of Lex Ambiental SpA enjoys a good reputation among peers. Market commentators recognise his continued activity and visibility in this sphere.

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FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, Valeria Ruz "is a very dedicated lawyer who stands out for the good structuring of her legal arguments." Interviewees go on to praise her "clear language and precision." She assisted Montgomery Watson Harza in the work highlight mentioned above.

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Martín Santa María

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Martín Santa María is widely respected by peers. He focuses his practice on environmental and sanitation issues affecting real estate and urban planning projects, including the handling of environmental impact assessments.

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José Antonio Urrutia Riesco

Urrutia & Cia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources report that José Antonio Urrutia Riesco of Urrutia & Cia "has a lot of experience and great technical knowledge of environmental matters." They also praise his skill as a litigator.

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Up and Coming

Sebastián Donoso Rodríguez

Sebastián Donoso & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sebastián Donoso Rodríguez of Sebastián Donoso & Asociados focuses his practice on indigenous rights. He is respected by peers and clients alike for his niche expertise in this area.

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Up and Coming

José Domingo Ilharreborde

Echeverría Ilharreborde Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Domingo Ilharreborde is a founding partner of the recently established Echeverría Ilharreborde Peñafiel Abogados. He continues to impress interviewees, who describe him as "very good" and "highly professional."

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Star Associate

CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star associate Claudia Ferreiro "is a tremendous professional," according to clients. They add: "She has considerable knowledge of environmental matters which she combines with really good commercial awareness."

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Associates to watch

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Felipe Meneses "has good legal knowledge and also knows how to get things done," according to clients. He assisted on the work highlight mentioned above and is recognised by peers for his specialist expertise in environmental mandates.

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Associates to watch

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Matías Montoya advises clients on the environmental impact of major projects, including ISA in the highlight listed above. Clients single him out "for his effectiveness in addressing the issues that we face."

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Associates to watch

CMS Carey & Allende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, associate-to-watch Aldo Poblete of Carey & Allende provides "excellent support in solving legal problems and confronting environmental issues." Interviewees go on to add: "He knows his stuff."

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Associates to watch

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch and recent arrival Paulina Sandoval is a "fantastic lawyer," according to sources. She plays an important role on the team, assisting clients with a range of environmental mandates.

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