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Environment — Chile


Cubillos Evans Abogados - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious environmental boutique boasting a deep bench of acclaimed specialists. Highly experienced advising clients on sector-specific regulations and contentious mandates, including before administrative and judicial authorities. Regularly retained by premier private corporations and public entities to assist on a full spectrum of environmental mandates, such as issues relating to power generation projects, mining and fishing activities, as well as negotiations with local communities. Eléctrica Puntilla, Teck Resources, National Supermarket Association and Antofagasta Minerals are new client wins this year.

Strengths A client is quick to praise the firm: "One of their greatest strengths is that they are able to commit to projects as they are a leading firm in this area. They are very proactive in finding solutions that are best for both the company and the project. They provide a multidisciplinary service, with expertise in waste and power, as well as the environment."

Another client adds: "Their main strengths are that they offer specialists in different fields and have experience working with the permitting authorities. They are precise in their analysis and recommendations and keep up to date with legal and regulatory changes."

Work highlight Counselled GNL Quintero on a lawsuit filed against them by several fishermen's unions, in connection with alleged environmental damage in the Quintero and Ventanas bays.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Gonzalo Cubillos maintains a stellar track record as an environment practitioner. One client enthuses that "Gonzalo is excellent in environmental disputes," while another source says: "He provides great analysis, a lot of knowledge and is a great leader in the decision-making process. He boasts an in-depth knowledge of regulations, understands how to read political decisions and the market and advise on potential strategy planning. He is also detail-oriented and timely."

Co-head of department Fernando Molina receives strong feedback from clients for his extensive experience in this arena, with one source stating: "Fernando has a great knowledge of the environment market and an excellent knowledge of the clean energy area in general." Another source adds that he boasts a "tremendous capabilities to solve problems."

Associate-to-watch Paulina Sandoval continues to be well appreciated by market onlookers for her expertise in this field. One interviewee remarks that "she stands out," adding that "she has a lot of experience" in this area.

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FerradaNehme - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Front-running environmental practice group with an outstanding team of dedicated practitioners. Highly experienced handling sensitive matters regarding indigenous land rights, environmental impact reports and compliance policies. Frequently retained by significant clients from the private and public sectors to assist with high-profile mining projects and permitting mandates. Complex sector-specific litigation remains an area of particular strength. New client wins this year include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Minera Cerro Casale and LG Electronics.

Strengths One client is quick to praise FerradaNehme as "undoubtedly one of the best law firms in the country. The team is trustworthy, quick, business-minded and solution-oriented. They provide alternatives and don't just focus on providing strictly legal answers."

Another client adds: "The service is of a very high standard – they are always timely and clear and deliver quality work. What differentiates them from others is their speed – its not easy to find timely responses."

Work highlight Advised Andes Iron on the permitting and approval of its project Dominga, including appeals before the environmental authority and providing community outreach advice.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Patricio Leyton receives outstanding feedback from both clients and peers. A source enthuses: "Patricio is a top-rate professional who is always attentive to the client's needs. He is very proactive and always thinking how to add value or move forward, looking for and proposing solutions." Another interviewee lauds him as "extremely technical, but also a strategist – you don't need to explain projects or commercial matters to him, he knows all of this. He understands the business deeply and is able to strategise for the short, medium and long term."

Luis Cordero focuses his practice on administrative matters, regularly advising corporate clients and government entities on environmental law. Clients and market sources highlight him as "a great lawyer," with sources also commenting on his technical abilities and public law expertise.

Valeria Ruz is singled out by one client, who states: "It's like she is a part of the company. Valeria understands that we require fast answers and it's like having her sat next to me every day. Her memos are clear, useful and to the point. She is great at handling all environmental aspects of project reviews, from pre-development to permitting and strategy."

Up-and-coming partner Carola Salamanca is described by a client as "an expert in water matters, which is key for mining companies as well. She adds great value and she has a great profile. I hope to keep working with her, she is great." She offers additional capabilities advising on regulatory mandates.

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)

What the team is known for Outstanding full-service firm with an esteemed offering in the environment sphere. Acclaimed for its work advising public and private clients hailing from a range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on mining, clean energy and oil and gas. Contentious matters remain an area of expertise, and the firm frequently defends clients before administrative and judicial authorities regarding environmental damages and sanctions. Frequently called upon to assist clients with due diligence, compliance and regulatory issues in connection with large-scale projects and corporate transactions. Pampa Camarones is a new client win this year.

Strengths A client enthuses that "they provide a full service, and what differentiates them is that they provide not only specialist advice, but also a global perspective. They have in-depth knowledge of the issues and are always available. I would describe the service as timely and excellent."

Another source notes: "They handle big matters – they are very visible handling a variety of high-profile matters, and they do very good work."

Work highlight Defended Compañía Minera Maricunga before the environmental authorities regarding allegations of environmental damage in wetland areas.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Juan José Eyzaguirre is universally recognised as a leading member of the team and enjoys a high profile in this practice area. A client highlights that Eyzaguirre has the ability to jump in with any matter and to co-ordinate with his team. Another source enthuses that "Juan José is very capable and qualified in this area and is very well known."

Associate-to-watch Paulina Toro is regularly seen assisting clients with disputes before the administrative authorities, with a noted background working at the environment agency. An interviewee remarks that "she has a lot of experience in this field."

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)

What the team is known for Market-leading boutique renowned in Chile for its expertise handling sector-specific regulatory matters, as well as contentious matters, before the environmental agency. Known to represent key players from both the public and private sectors. Fully dedicated practice covers a range of sectors, with clients frequently hailing from the energy and natural resources and construction sectors. Criminal litigation cases and complex impact studies remain areas of niche expertise.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "We work with Vergara Galindo Correo Abogados for complex impact studies, because they have experience advising on these types of matters regarding important projects. They also offer a great mining practice, which makes them a very attractive option."

Another source adds: "They are very good. They are a boutique and have a very good team. They have a lot of experience working with the environmental authority, especially when it comes to litigation matters. They are very solid in their arguments and the work they do in these cases."

Notable practitioners

Outstanding practitioner Mario Galindo continues to be an acclaimed figure in Chile's environmental sphere, with a stellar track record assisting clients with sector-specific litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities. A client enthuses that "he has the best understanding of environmental law in the country," while another interviewee declares that "he is great for environmental disputes and I value his opinion on matters before the environmental agency."

Top-tier individual Javier Vergara Fisher receives stellar praise from clients: "We have a long-standing relationship and we have worked very closely together. He is always available to his clients and has experience working at the environmental authority in the past." Another interviewee enthuses that they work with him when they require an expert in this field. He is widely appreciated in the market as an expert in environment disputes.

José Luis Fuenzalida is lauded by clients as "an environment expert and a very nice person to work with. He makes suggestions which evaluate risk, and is very organised and clear, as well as up to date on the best practices for impact assessments to present to the authorities."

Cecilia Urbina joins the numbered bands for the first time this year, following exceptional feedback from clients and peers alike. A client remarks that "her work is excellent, she is precise, articulate and her timing is impeccable. She easily identifies the risks and solutions and has outstanding negotiation abilities."

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Claro & Cía - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice group boasting environment specialists and full-service capabilities. Particularly well regarded for its experience advising companies on due diligence, regulatory and compliance matters in connection with mining, renewable energy and pipeline projects, including permit procurement and environmental impact assessments. Also offers expertise in contentious mandates and frequently advises clients from the natural resources sector. Plaza Vespucio is a new client win.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the service provided by the firm, stating: "They are very knowledgeable in this area and provide on-time responses and on-call availability. We have a very open relationship with them and feel very comfortable working with them, as their performance is excellent."

Work highlight Assisted Anglo American Sur with the environmental implications of pipelines carrying pulp, tailings and recycled water, as well as on acid drainage issues at a waste pump, following sanctions imposed by the environment authorities.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nicolás Eyzaguirre is admired by clients and peers alike for his work in this sphere. A client asserts that "his style is to work in partnership with us, to make us feel like we are a team working together." He enjoys a broad practice, advising on regulatory and transactional matters regarding the environment sector.

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)

What the team is known for Acclaimed practice group with a solid bench of distinguished practitioners. Sector-specific areas of expertise include the energy, social infrastructure and real estate spheres. Regularly called upon to assist an impressive client base with permits, impact assessments and consumer complaints, as well as matters related to water rights, waste disposal, community outreach and dispute resolution before the authorities. New client wins for the firm this year include Consorcio de Salud Oriente.

Strengths A client remarks that "when it comes to environmental matters, such as impact assessments, the firm is an effective deal-closer – reaching agreements and closing complex contracts easily. They also work closely with the client to achieve their objectives and offer far more than just legal advice."

Work highlight Acted for Banmerchant on obtaining licences for the El Alto project, including dealing with community challenges before the Environmental Courts.

Notable practitioners

Sebastián Abogabir enters the rankings this year on the back of some excellent feedback from both the market and his clients, one of whom states: "He is excellent, he is a good and dedicated environmental lawyer. He is commercially aware and understands the reasons why we hire him."

Clemente Pérez is well known in the market for advising on large real estate and infrastructure projects, and their environmental implications. A client compliments him for his "leadership, availability, professionalism and the ability to adapt to the needs of international companies."

Martín Santa María is a long-standing figure in Chile's environment market. A client is quick to highlight that his "commitment to the work is excellent, as is his knowledge and experience in the real estate sector and understanding its impact on the environment."

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 & Ried Fabres - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Revered department with a long-standing involvement in this practice area. Well placed to assist a range of clientele on environment mandates. Particularly skilled advising companies from the mining, power and water treatment areas with the environmental implications of projects. Frequently called upon to conduct impact assessments, compliance reports and conduct sector-specific litigation. Empresa Eléctrica Carén, CMPC and Aguas Pacífico are among the new client wins this year.

Strengths One client remarks: "I have the best opinion of the firm. I know I can trust them and I have confidence in the quality of their work, as well as in its prompt delivery. I would highlight that they are diligent and offer a broad knowledge of environment law."

Work highlight Advised Aguas Pacífico on the environmental impact assessment process for its Aconcagua project, involving the construction and operation of a seawater desalination plant.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Gabriel Del Favero remains a pre-eminent figure in this field, with one client enthusing: "He is a senior lawyer with great expertise in this area. He is able to view things from a macro perspective, guiding companies through the law and advising on risks. He is a strategic planner." He is founding partner and co-head of the firm's environment practice.

Associate-to-watch Dino Pruzzo enters the rankings and is described by a client as "an associate with a lot of experience. He has a good approach and is nice to work with. He creates good working relationships with the different stakeholders involved."

About the Team (content provided by Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres)

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)

What the team is known for Well-regarded department known in the market for assisting clients hailing from the energy sphere with due diligence matters and land acquisition issues. Experienced advising on environmental impact reports for infrastructure, real estate and power generation projects, as well as regulatory compliance. Regularly handles litigation proceedings before administrative and judicial authorities.

Strengths A client highlights "their professionalism and meticulousness when anticipating legal risks. I have a very good opinion of the firm, they are highly technical and focused on risk detection."

Work highlight Acted for Walmart Chile on its application for environmental licences for the construction of a distribution centre, including on several judicial reviews.

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)

What the team is known for Well-known full-service firm noted in the market for its experience advising a range of clientele on the environmental implications of corporate transactions and power generation and transmission projects. Frequently called upon to assist with relevant compliance, due diligence and impact assessment mandates. New client wins this year include Empresa Nacion del Petróleo and Forestal Calle Calle.

Strengths One client is quick to highlight that "it was a large and complex matter and they provided a fast, accurate and practical service. They have an outstanding team, with skilled and hard-working associates and talented and experienced senior partners. Their most relevant strength is that they have a goal-oriented practice."

Work highlight Advised Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA) on the environmental evaluation of the construction of a power transmission line, as well as all litigation proceedings before the environmental authorities.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Matías Montoya is appreciated by clients, one of whom states: "Matías has long-standing experience in the Chilean environment market and is becoming an important figure. When you work with him, you see why. He is always keen to find solutions and go the extra mile when things get complicated."

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)

What the team is known for Noteworthy boutique with an established presence in Chile's environment sphere. Areas of expertise include sector-specific regulatory advice, water rights issues and related mining matters, as well as handling contentious matters appealing against the environment authorities. Frequently assists clients in the natural resources, timberland and forestry fields.

Strengths The firm is well known in the market for its "sophisticated practice," often handling complex mandates. An interviewee remarks: "They have a very recognised practice, good clients and a good team with a strong focus. They have strong lawyers in water, mining and in environment, meaning they are able to work on projects and are very strong in this area."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Rodrigo Guzmán is praised by an interviewee as being "a highly capable lawyer. He is strong providing legal opinions and is a strategic planner." He is well recognised in the market as a former member of Chile's national environmental commission and is a specialist in environment regulations, often assisting clients with auditing and strategy development for mining and energy projects.

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Carey - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice group boasting full-service capabilities. Well placed to advise a range of clients on environmental impact reports, permitting matters and sector-specific regulations, related to industrial waste management, pollution levels and land use. Also frequently sought after to handle litigation matters before the environmental authorities.

Strengths A client highlights that the firm enjoys a strong reputation in the market, stating: "The work is fast thanks to the good understanding they have of the requirements. The experience of working with them is excellent."

Work highlight Represented Hidronor on the environmental considerations regarding the development of industrial waste landfill sites in the south of Chile.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Felipe Meneses receives enthusiastic praise from a client who compliments him for being "a hard worker, responsive, practical and pragmatic. He has the capacity to solve problems – that is his focus, and he is great at implementing solutions for complex issues in this field."

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)

What the team is known for Solid full-service firm with a respected environmental practice. Well positioned to advise corporate clients on environmental due diligence matters relating to M&A and project finance, as well as applying for permits, designing compliance programmes and water rights issues. Frequently called upon by local and international corporations, including new client wins ENEL Generación, BHP Billiton and Stericycle.

Strengths Clients comment: "I think that the lawyers are clear and involved and able to explain things well, and able to understand our business. They are open, flexible and clear. I am very satisfied with their work."

Work highlight Assisted ENEL Generación with its responses to sanctions applied by the environment authority regarding the impact on local fauna after a spillage, submitting an environmental compliance programme.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Martín Astorga is a recognised figure in the market and has previously worked at the National Environmental Commission. A client notes that this is "very useful when developing the legal strategy, understanding the risks and areas we needed to improve. He is very business-oriented, to the point, specific and pragmatic."

About the Team (content provided by Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos)

Our firm works intensely on the discussion and review of environmental impact studies and declarations, and on administrative claims and judicial actions in the context of the Environmental Impact Assessment System. We advise our clients in the analysis of, and compliance with, the applicable environmental regulations, as well as in sanctioning procedures initiated by regulatory authorities, such as the Environmental Commission, the Electricity and Fuels Commission, and the Health Authority.

Our attorneys have played an important role in environmental contingencies that have resulted from an increasing number of disputes and new environmental regulations in connection with industrial, mining, agriculture and retail projects. 

This area of our practice provides counsel in the application of the General Environmental Law 19,300, the Sanitary Code and supplemental regulations to both. Particularly relevant has been the application of both Law 19,253 on Protection, Fostering and Development of Indigenous Peoples, and ILO Convention 169, the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention.

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CorreaGubbins - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team of environment specialists experienced in handling sensitive litigation matters before the administrative and judicial authorities. Also well placed to handle sector-related compliance, regulatory and planning matters. CODELCO, Antofagasta Minerals, Minera Los Pelambres and Elis are new client wins for the firm this year.

Strengths A client remarks that the firm helped them on a very complex matter and that the team were able to solve their problems, adding that "their work is excellent, they generate the necessary solutions, meet deadlines and help regularise our procedures."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Claudia Ferreiro is highlighted by a client for her "great regulatory and environmental knowledge, as well as her commitment to clients, and search for alternative solutions to conflicts." She joins the numbered bands for the first time, following strong feedback from interviewees.

Martín Gubbins Foxley is well known in the market for handling environmental disputes for a range of clients. One client describes him as "a strategist – he is able to identify risks and prioritise the more complex matters for us."

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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)

What the team is known for Dynamic boutique with a flourishing presence in Chile's environmental arena. Recognised team that is well placed to assist clients hailing from the energy, maritime and mining sectors with related disputes. Also experienced handling regulatory matters, environmental permits and negotiations with indigenous communities. New client wins include Celulosa Arauco y Constitución, Antofagasta Minerals and Compañia Minera Casale.

Strengths One client enthuses about the firm's "strong commitment, speed and strategic reasoning when it comes to solving problems. Their main strengths are their broad legal knowledge, understanding of how the procedures work, their tenacity, commitment and creativity."

Work highlight Represented Compañia Minera Casale in a judicial challenge to the Ministers' Committee's decision regarding an environmental permit, in relation to the Casale Mining Project's water supply from groundwater aquifer Piedra Pomez.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Sebastián Avilés receives strong feedback from clients, who claim: "He impresses us with his knowledge, skills, understanding of our point of view, strategic thinking and performance before the authorities." He focuses his practice on environmental litigation.

Up-and-coming partner José Adolfo Moreno Correa is singled out by a client: "José Adolfo has impressed me. He has solid technical abilities when it comes to different mining processes. He is also able to incorporate his wide expertise and knowledge of historical cases into the current work being done."

Up-and-coming partner Andrés Sáez is well recognised for his expertise in environmental regulations and due diligence. A client enthuses: "I would highlight his knowledge of the legislation, and even more so his understanding of the way it applies to a project and our operations."

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Schultz Carrasco - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed boutique firm specialising in environmental compliance programmes, impact assessment reports and negotiations with indigenous communities. Flourishing practice group is frequently called upon by clients hailing from the renewable energy, mining, waste management and fisheries sectors. Eurocorp, Danco Servicios and El Bosque are among new client wins this year.

Strengths A client underlines that the firm "shows a high level of commitment to its clients. Undoubtedly what characterises the practice is its vast knowledge of the environmental regulations in Chile, how closely they support their clients, and their ability to make complex issues that are sometimes only understandable to lawyers easily understood by clients. What distinguishes them from others is the availability of senior partners for quick consultations and face-to-face meetings with the authorities."

Work highlight Assisted Andes Mainstream with the environment permits relating to new wind and solar projects. Further represented the company before the Court of Appeals and others after an injunction relief was filed by some indigenous communities.

Notable practitioners

Partner Rodrigo Benitez is highlighted by clients for his expertise in environmental mandates. According to one source, he is able to draw upon his experience working in the public sector to "advise companies on the best strategies we should have and on the best way to achieve our goals."

Head of department Edesio Carrasco is highlighted by sources, who underline "his in-depth knowledge of the issues, his assertiveness in giving recommendations, his punctuality in the delivery of his tasks, the quality of his reports, as well as his empathy working with different counterparts and resolving difficulties."

Associate-to-watch Gonzalo Parot focuses his practice on sector-specific dispute resolution. A source praises him as "he understands very well how to assess and defend the environmental implications of projects and can anticipate what the authorities will require."

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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 & Dörr - Environment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice group with a solid track record in this field. Frequently called upon to handle a range of contentious matters, and also skilled at advising energy companies on issues arising from power plant and natural gas supply projects, such as permitting and due diligence. Air quality and pollution emissions mandates are also areas of expertise.

Strengths One client enthuses that the firm is "excellent – they do a very good job. I would highlight their knowledge of regulations and I really value their ability to handle the technical aspects, alongside the legal, and present the information and their opinions in a harmonious manner."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Consorcio Kospo Samsung on establishing new access roads, power lines and handling other permits for its thermoelectric power plant Kelar.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Ignacio Urrutia is regularly retained for advice on due diligence for large-scale projects and receives enthusiastic praise from clients, one of whom states: "He is great. He is able to understand the matters involved quickly, is an expert in air pollution and able to handle technical matters. He has a great legal knowledge."

About the Team (content provided by Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego & 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 & Ried Fabres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Gabriel Del Favero remains a pre-eminent figure in this field, with one client enthusing: "He is a senior lawyer with great expertise in this area. He is able to view things from a macro perspective, guiding companies through the law and advising on risks. He is a strategic planner." He is founding partner and co-head of the firm's environment practice.

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Senior Statesperson

LAVÍN Abogados & Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Julio Lavín of LAVÍN Abogados & Consultores is revered by sources as "a reference in Chile's environment market." Another client lauds him for his "knowledge and understanding of environmental legal matters, in different economic sectors, as well as his availability and good disposition to attend our needs."

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Band 1

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Gonzalo Cubillos maintains a stellar track record as an environment practitioner. One client enthuses that "Gonzalo is excellent in environmental disputes," while another source says: "He provides great analysis, a lot of knowledge and is a great leader in the decision-making process. He boasts an in-depth knowledge of regulations, understands how to read political decisions and the market and advise on potential strategy planning. He is also detail-oriented and timely."

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Band 1

Juan José Eyzaguirre

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Juan José Eyzaguirre is universally recognised as a leading member of the team and enjoys a high profile in this practice area. A client highlights that Eyzaguirre has the ability to jump in with any matter and to co-ordinate with his team. Another source enthuses that "Juan José is very capable and qualified in this area and is very well known."

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Band 1

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Outstanding practitioner Mario Galindo continues to be an acclaimed figure in Chile's environmental sphere, with a stellar track record assisting clients with sector-specific litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities. A client enthuses that "he has the best understanding of environmental law in the country," while another interviewee declares that "he is great for environmental disputes and I value his opinion on matters before the environmental agency."

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Band 1

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Patricio Leyton receives outstanding feedback from both clients and peers. A source enthuses: "Patricio is a top-rate professional who is always attentive to the client's needs. He is very proactive and always thinking how to add value or move forward, looking for and proposing solutions." Another interviewee lauds him as "extremely technical, but also a strategist – you don't need to explain projects or commercial matters to him, he knows all of this. He understands the business deeply and is able to strategise for the short, medium and long term."

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Band 1

Javier Vergara Fisher

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Top-tier individual Javier Vergara Fisher receives stellar praise from clients: "We have a long-standing relationship and we have worked very closely together. He is always available to his clients and has experience working at the environmental authority in the past." Another interviewee enthuses that they work with him when they require an expert in this field. He is widely appreciated in the market as an expert in environment disputes.

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Band 2

Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Claro & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Nicolás Eyzaguirre is admired by clients and peers alike for his work in this sphere. A client asserts that "his style is to work in partnership with us, to make us feel like we are a team working together." He enjoys a broad practice, advising on regulatory and transactional matters regarding the environment sector.

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Band 2

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Rodrigo Guzmán is praised by an interviewee as being "a highly capable lawyer. He is strong providing legal opinions and is a strategic planner." He is well recognised in the market as a former member of Chile's national environmental commission and is a specialist in environment regulations, often assisting clients with auditing and strategy development for mining and energy projects.

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Band 2

Ricardo Irarrázabal S

ILC Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Irarrázabal of ILC Abogados receives extensive praise from clients, one of whom states: "He offers very objective answers and establishes very good relationships with the affected communities, facilitating proceedings and preventing problems. His soft skills when it comes to these kinds of matters are very, very important."

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Band 2

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Fernando Molina receives strong feedback from clients for his extensive experience in this arena, with one source stating: "Fernando has a great knowledge of the environment market and an excellent knowledge of the clean energy area in general." Another source adds that he boasts a "tremendous capabilities to solve problems."

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Band 2

Eelaw

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Paulina Riquelme of Eelaw enjoys a strong reputation in the market for her experience handling environmental mandates for mining clients. A market commentator says that "she is great – a hard worker and very detail-oriented."

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Band 2

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego & Dörr

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Ignacio Urrutia is regularly retained for advice on due diligence for large-scale projects and receives enthusiastic praise from clients, one of whom states: "He is great. He is able to understand the matters involved quickly, is an expert in air pollution and able to handle technical matters. He has a great legal knowledge."

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Band 3

Sebastián Abogabir

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sebastián Abogabir enters the rankings this year on the back of some excellent feedback from both the market and his clients, one of whom states: "He is excellent, he is a good and dedicated environmental lawyer. He is commercially aware and understands the reasons why we hire him."

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Band 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Martín Astorga is a recognised figure in the market and has previously worked at the National Environmental Commission. A client notes that this is "very useful when developing the legal strategy, understanding the risks and areas we needed to improve. He is very business-oriented, to the point, specific and pragmatic."

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Band 3

Schultz Carrasco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rodrigo Benitez is highlighted by clients for his expertise in environmental mandates. According to one source, he is able to draw upon his experience working in the public sector to "advise companies on the best strategies we should have and on the best way to achieve our goals."

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Band 3

Schultz Carrasco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Edesio Carrasco is highlighted by sources, who underline "his in-depth knowledge of the issues, his assertiveness in giving recommendations, his punctuality in the delivery of his tasks, the quality of his reports, as well as his empathy working with different counterparts and resolving difficulties."

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Band 3

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Cordero focuses his practice on administrative matters, regularly advising corporate clients and government entities on environmental law. Clients and market sources highlight him as "a great lawyer," with sources also commenting on his technical abilities and public law expertise.

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Band 3

Andrés Fernández

Fernández & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Andrés Fernández of Fernández & Cía is well recognised in the market for advising on environmental matters related to the mining and water sectors. An interviewee remarks that he has "extensive experience in a broad range of matters and industries."

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Band 3

CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Claudia Ferreiro is highlighted by a client for her "great regulatory and environmental knowledge, as well as her commitment to clients, and search for alternative solutions to conflicts." She joins the numbered bands for the first time, following strong feedback from interviewees.

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Band 3

José Luis Fuenzalida

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Luis Fuenzalida is lauded by clients as "an environment expert and a very nice person to work with. He makes suggestions which evaluate risk, and is very organised and clear, as well as up to date on the best practices for impact assessments to present to the authorities."

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Band 3

Martín Gubbins Foxley

CorreaGubbins

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Martín Gubbins Foxley is well known in the market for handling environmental disputes for a range of clients. One client describes him as "a strategist – he is able to identify risks and prioritise the more complex matters for us."

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Band 3

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clemente Pérez is well known in the market for advising on large real estate and infrastructure projects, and their environmental implications. A client compliments him for his "leadership, availability, professionalism and the ability to adapt to the needs of international companies."

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Band 3

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Valeria Ruz is singled out by one client, who states: "It's like she is a part of the company. Valeria understands that we require fast answers and it's like having her sat next to me every day. Her memos are clear, useful and to the point. She is great at handling all environmental aspects of project reviews, from pre-development to permitting and strategy."

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Band 3

Martín Santa María

Guerrero Olivos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Martín Santa María is a long-standing figure in Chile's environment market. A client is quick to highlight that his "commitment to the work is excellent, as is his knowledge and experience in the real estate sector and understanding its impact on the environment."

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Band 3

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Cecilia Urbina joins the numbered bands for the first time this year, following exceptional feedback from clients and peers alike. A client remarks that "her work is excellent, she is precise, articulate and her timing is impeccable. She easily identifies the risks and solutions and has outstanding negotiation abilities."

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Up and Coming

Sebastián Avilés

Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Sebastián Avilés receives strong feedback from clients, who claim: "He impresses us with his knowledge, skills, understanding of our point of view, strategic thinking and performance before the authorities." He focuses his practice on environmental litigation.

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Up and Coming

José Domingo Ilharreborde

Echeverría Ilharreborde Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner José Domingo Ilharreborde of Echeverría Ilharreborde Abogados boasts a flourishing environmental practice. A client notes: "José demonstrates a high degree of specific knowledge and understanding of complex matters. He also has negotiation skills which facilitate interaction with the counterparty."

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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 singled out by a client: "José Adolfo has impressed me. He has solid technical abilities when it comes to different mining processes. He is also able to incorporate his wide expertise and knowledge of historical cases into the current work being done."

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Up and Coming

Moreno Sáez & Avilés Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Andrés Sáez is well recognised for his expertise in environmental regulations and due diligence. A client enthuses: "I would highlight his knowledge of the legislation, and even more so his understanding of the way it applies to a project and our operations."

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Up and Coming

FerradaNehme

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Carola Salamanca is described by a client as "an expert in water matters, which is key for mining companies as well. She adds great value and she has a great profile. I hope to keep working with her, she is great." She offers additional capabilities advising on regulatory mandates.

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Associates to watch

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Felipe Meneses receives enthusiastic praise from a client who compliments him for being "a hard worker, responsive, practical and pragmatic. He has the capacity to solve problems – that is his focus, and he is great at implementing solutions for complex issues in this field."

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Associates to watch

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Matías Montoya is appreciated by clients, one of whom states: "Matías has long-standing experience in the Chilean environment market and is becoming an important figure. When you work with him, you see why. He is always keen to find solutions and go the extra mile when things get complicated."

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Associates to watch

Schultz Carrasco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Gonzalo Parot focuses his practice on sector-specific dispute resolution. A source praises him as "he understands very well how to assess and defend the environmental implications of projects and can anticipate what the authorities will require."

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Associates to watch

CMS Carey & Allende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch and head of department Aldo Poblete of CMS Carey & Allende is noted by one market onlooker as being "a specialist" in this field. He focuses his practice on assisting clients with environmental impact assessment filings, as well as compliance and permitting matters.

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Associates to watch

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Dino Pruzzo enters the rankings and is described by a client as "an associate with a lot of experience. He has a good approach and is nice to work with. He creates good working relationships with the different stakeholders involved."

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Associates to watch

Cubillos Evans Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paulina Sandoval continues to be well appreciated by market onlookers for her expertise in this field. One interviewee remarks that "she stands out," adding that "she has a lot of experience" in this area.

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paulina Toro is regularly seen assisting clients with disputes before the administrative authorities, with a noted background working at the environment agency. An interviewee remarks that "she has a lot of experience in this field."

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