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Latin-America Guide

Insurance — Chile


Acuña, Hoetz & Cifuentes - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding insurance boutique with a long-standing presence in the Chilean market. Fields a stellar bench of lawyers and advises both national and international insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers on regulatory matters, the preparation of policies, loss adjustment and related litigation. Offers additional expertise in underwriting and insurance claims. Well equipped to assist clients with issues arising from construction projects and natural disasters.

Strengths Clients value the team's ability to handle large claims as well as their speed and accuracy when drafting in English. One source notes: "We know we're in good hands and we're getting a proper service."

Other sources also praise the speed and quality of the service, commenting: "They are highly professional and respond to queries and instructions quickly."

Work highlights Represented AIG Chile in an arbitration regarding losses suffered by damage to a 463 km pipeline connecting Chile with Argentina through the Andes.

Notable practitioners

Alejandro Acuña Murray maintains his leading reputation in the insurance field. Clients describe him as "a professional from start to finish - he's very hands-on and very responsive." He is particularly noted for his expertise in insurance litigation and experience in handling complex claims.

Felipe Hoetz is highlighted by clients for his accessibility and broad knowledge of local and foreign insurance markets. One source comments that "he's very accessible and clear in his advice." He is active across the reinsurance and loss adjustment spheres.

About the Team (content provided by Acuña, Hoetz & Cifuentes )

This boutique law firm provides customized, top-quality legal advice to local and international insurance/reinsurance companies and brokers, with a focus on high-value losses. It is best known for having been involved in practically all the largest insured losses occurred in Chile in the past 30 years, during the adjustment and settlement stages, as well as in subsequent judicial proceedings/arbitrations and in complex subrogation actions.

Both the firm and its Senior Partner, Alejandro Acuña, have been ranked in Band 1 as of  2012 when Chambers & Partners Latin America included ´Insurance´ as a new practice area. As of that same year, they have also been ranked as Leading Firm and Leading Individual  by The Legal 500.  Mr. Acuña won the ´2015 Lawyer of the Year´ (Insurance) award issued by Best Lawyers and is recognized in the Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide 2017.

Felipe Hoetz has been ranked in Chambers and Partners since 2016, as ´Up-and-coming individual´ and in Band 3 (2017-2018); also by the Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide 2017. He is director at the ARIAS Lat Am (Re)Insurance Mediation and Arbitration Centre; past president of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations (IFAA) and the Chilean Association of Loss Adjusters (ALOSI) and past director at the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA Chile).

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Estudio Carvallo - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier practice at the forefront of the Chilean insurance market. Frequently advises on a broad range of matters spanning coverage analysis, preparation bids, defence of liability policies and insurance fraud. Team also handles contentious matters involving contractual disputes, third-party claims and liquidations. Client roster includes local and international insurers and reinsurers. La Polar and Esval count among the new client wins.

Strengths Clients report: "Carvallo is super-specialised in this area, for reinsurers and insurers alike. It is is one of best in Chile at handling insurance matters. The lawyers have a lot of experience and quality."

Sources also highlight the team's diligence, commenting: "They checked and identified overlaps in our insurance policies and doubled what we expected in terms of coverage. They are very pragmatic."

Work highlights Assisted a group of insurance companies including Liberty, HDI and MAPFRE Seguros with a recovery action following significant fire damage to the Mall Puente.

Notable practitioners

Manuel Carvallo offers experience spanning the full range of insurance matters including litigation. Clients are full of praise for his expertise, saying: "He has a very broad outlook - he's had a lot of cases in different areas, and can explain issues clearly to non-lawyers and clients. You need someone like him who understands everyone in the chain."

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DAC Beachcroft Chile - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International firm with a dynamic practice assisting both insurance and reinsurance companies with a broad range of matters, including insurance fraud and medical malpractice. Significant experience advising on coverage, liability exposure and quantum in civil liability defences. New client wins include AIG Spain and Hannover Re.

Strengths "They're very commercial and very helpful," reports one client, who adds: "They understand what we need and know the law inside out."

Work highlights Instructed by XL Catlin as loss controller and defence counsel against claims associated with farms and property significantly damaged by fires across central Chile.

Notable practitioners

Regional head Andrés Amunátegui is characterised by his clients as "dedicated, diligent, thoughtful and always responsive." He is noted for his experience advising on liability, in particular regarding environmental matters.

About the Team (content provided by DAC Beachcroft Chile)

A well-established team

The team in Chile provides an extensive service to insurers and reinsurers, with a particular strength in advising on complex and high-value claims. Our expert team understands that their clients want straightforward and clear legal advice, and they want long-term relationships with lawyers who are able to resolve disputes through arbitration and mediation, as well as litigation.

A Unique Service for the International Market

  • Unique service for the international market (reinsurers based in Bogotá, Miami, New York, London and Madrid), we are the eyes and ears of our clients locally for handling large losses
  • The team combine the mix of local knowledge and international expertise, so clients put their trust in us to represent their interests before the cedant, the adjuster, the broker and the Insured
  • We report to the international market on a regular basis under the London market standard, which represents a high level of understanding, especially considering the cultural differences.
  • Being a proper DAC Beachcroft office in this jurisdiction opens the local practice to the globe, which means that the team works in collaboration with the rest of our network of offices throughout Latina America, UK, and Spain – offering a unique service on the international

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Molina, Ríos Abogados - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique practice with particular expertise in the lines of domestic and international credit insurance, guarantee insurance, life insurance and related arbitration and litigation. Experienced in advising international clients as well as significant local insurers and reinsurers. Offers additional expertise representing broker clients.

Strengths Clients praise the team for being "very knowledgeable, accurate and dedicated."

Work highlights Represented MAPFRE in an arbitration regarding guarantee insurance issues related to the construction of the Easter Island Hanga Roa Hotel.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Molina is recognised in the market as "a leader in credit insurance," and is equally noted for his expertise in guarantee insurance matters. Sources also highlight his strength in arbitration.

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Vergara Fernandez Costa & Claro - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected insurance boutique recognised for its expertise in loss-adjustment matters as well as the management and defence of insurance claims. Frequently advises insured companies on their negotiations with insurers and adjusters. Client roster includes companies from a range of industries, including construction, energy and shipping.

Strengths Interviewees affirm the firm's well-established reputation in the Chilean insurance market, noting: "The firm is very strong in local insurance work."

Work highlights Represented Besalco in an arbitration concerning major losses caused by flood damage which impeded the construction of a hospital and power station.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Gloria Claro boasts extensive expertise in advising insured parties with significant claims. Sources note that "she is very intelligent and knows the market from the inside, so she has a lot of experience which gives her power in negotiations."

Sergio Fernández co-heads the department. One client reports: "We have a very smooth relationship, he has a lot of experience and knowledge of the insurance area, especially in complex cases." He is also noted for his expertise in contentious work.

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Carey - Insurance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a solid insurance practice. Regularly represents insured multinationals, banks, brokers and pension funds, as well as insurance and reinsurance companies. Possesses experience handling regulatory issues, loss adjustments and related disputes. New client wins include Scotiabank and the American General Life Insurance Company.

Strengths Clients highlight that "several things stand out about the firm, firstly their professionalism, secondly their accessibility - matters don't necessarily get delegated down to an associate and they respond directly - and thirdly, as a huge law firm they have the resources to check compliance matters for us with the relevant authorities."

Work highlights Analysed policy compliance and obtained regulatory approval for Integro Insurance Brokers' professional indemnity policy renewal.

Notable practitioners

Clients are full of praise for Matías Vergara, attesting: "He's very experienced and detailed, and a very strong negotiator, which is essential when insurance companies are fighting it out." He advises primarily on regulatory compliance and the structuring of insurance agreements.

About the Team (content provided by Carey)

Carey’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice has a long tradition of representing leading Chilean and global insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions, brokers and insured businesses, on regulatory, corporate, transactional/M&A and dispute resolution matters.  
 
Carey has assisted some of these clients in the insurance industry’s largest M&A deals in Chile and continues to provide advice to many of them on their ongoing regulatory, corporate, litigation, finance, transactional and tax matters, including serving as advisor and conducting their day-to-day relationship with the insurance regulator. 

Carey also has substantial expertise working alongside insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, representing lenders or borrowers in connection with project finance insurance packages. In addition, Carey advises leading international banks and financial institutions in the design, implementation and marketing of new insurance products and instruments.
 
The Insurance and Reinsurance practice also has significant experience in insurance claims, including preliminary loss and claim analyses, filings, loss adjustments, negotiations and dispute resolution processes.


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Prieto Abogados - Insurance 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 with long-standing experience in the field. Represents insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance brokers and insured companies in litigation related to claims and recoveries, as well as in M&A. Well equipped to advise on life, property, casualty and credit insurance policies, with complementary knowledge of regulatory compliance.

Strengths Commentators characterise the firm's client service as "excellent - very personal and understanding."

Work highlights Advised Fairfax Financial Holdings on the acquisition of AIG Chile Compañía de Seguros Generales and related regulatory approvals.

Notable practitioners

Jaime Ríos and Patricio Prieto are the key client contacts.

About the Team (content provided by Prieto Abogados)

In the insurance and reinsurance areas, Prieto has counseled insurance companies, companies that provide private health insurance services, pension fund managers, health insurance companies and reinsurance companies.

Given the existence of representative clients in these markets, the Firm’s counseling in these matters includes all the areas related to them, such as insurance lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies, corporate and capital market matters, financing, real estate and tax aspects. In reinsurance, Prieto represents several international reinsurance companies and brokers.

The insurance department of Prieto has an outstanding team of specialists, which includes an ex-Commissioner of the Securities and Insurance Commission.

Contact: Jaime Rios and Patricio Prieto L.

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Senior Statesperson

Sergio Arellano Iturriaga

SegurosLex

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sergio Arellano Iturriaga of SegurosLex is known for his immense experience in the insurance field. He is well versed in civil litigation and also acts on arbitration cases.

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Senior Statesperson

Osvaldo Contreras

Contreras & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Osvaldo Contreras of Contreras & Cía is revered as an expert within the insurance market. He boasts a wealth of experience across the sector, having represented both insurers and insured companies for many years.

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Senior Statesperson

Ricardo Peralta Valenzuela

Peralta, Gutiérrez & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources say that Ricardo Peralta Valenzuela of Peralta, Gutiérrez & Asociados is "one of the most well-known and best insurance lawyers in the area, with a lot of experience and years in the market." He is considered a "go-to" insurance expert by interviewees.

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Band 1

Alejandro Acuña Murray

Acuña, Hoetz & Cifuentes

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alejandro Acuña Murray maintains his leading reputation in the insurance field. Clients describe him as "a professional from start to finish - he's very hands-on and very responsive." He is particularly noted for his expertise in insurance litigation and experience in handling complex claims.

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Band 1

Estudio Carvallo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Carvallo offers experience spanning the full range of insurance matters including litigation. Clients are full of praise for his expertise, saying: "He has a very broad outlook - he's had a lot of cases in different areas, and can explain issues clearly to non-lawyers and clients. You need someone like him who understands everyone in the chain."

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Band 1

Sahurie & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Emilio Sahurie of Sahurie & Asociados continues to be "very respected" as a leading figure in the insurance sphere. He is experienced in contentious and non-contentious insurance matters and acts for both insurers and reinsurers.

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Band 2

Andrés Amunátegui

DAC Beachcroft Chile

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Regional head Andrés Amunátegui is characterised by his clients as "dedicated, diligent, thoughtful and always responsive." He is noted for his experience advising on liability, in particular regarding environmental matters.

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Band 2

Vergara Fernandez Costa & Claro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Gloria Claro boasts extensive expertise in advising insured parties with significant claims. Sources note that "she is very intelligent and knows the market from the inside, so she has a lot of experience which gives her power in negotiations."

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Band 2

Acuña, Hoetz & Cifuentes

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Hoetz is highlighted by clients for his accessibility and broad knowledge of local and foreign insurance markets. One source comments that "he's very accessible and clear in his advice." He is active across the reinsurance and loss adjustment spheres.

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Band 2

Molina, Ríos Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Molina is recognised in the market as "a leader in credit insurance," and is equally noted for his expertise in guarantee insurance matters. Sources also highlight his strength in arbitration.

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Band 3

Sergio Fernández

Vergara Fernandez Costa & Claro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sergio Fernández co-heads the department. One client reports: "We have a very smooth relationship, he has a lot of experience and knowledge of the insurance area, especially in complex cases." He is also noted for his expertise in contentious work.

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Band 3

Jose Miguel Infante

Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators describe Jose Miguel Infante of Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados as a practitioner "who has in-depth knowledge of insurance law." He is especially noted for his expertise in life insurance matters.

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Band 3

Ríos & Llaneza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jaime Ríos of Ríos & Llaneza is commended by clients for his "veteran knowledge" of the field. His insurance expertise encompasses a variety of matters including regulatory advice.

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Band 3

Ríos, Tagle, Alessandri, Romero & Benítez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Roberto Ríos of Ríos, Tagle, Alessandri, Romero & Benítez is highly active in the insurance field, frequently handling liability claims for insurance companies. Sources recognise the quality of his practice, stating: "His legal opinions are well reasoned, his research is good and he deals with the issues very well."

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Band 3

Leslie Tomasello Hart

Tomasello y Weitz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leslie Tomasello Hart of Tomasello y Weitz is highlighted by sources for his experience in maritime insurance law. He routinely advises on claims and arbitration cases.

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Up and Coming

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for Matías Vergara, attesting: "He's very experienced and detailed, and a very strong negotiator, which is essential when insurance companies are fighting it out." He advises primarily on regulatory compliance and the structuring of insurance agreements.

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