Firm profile submitted by FerradaNehme
Number of partners: 12
Number of associates: 41
Founded in 2000, FerradaNehme is a highly specialised law firm with an outstanding position in the Chilean market of legal services, particularly in complex areas of legal practice, such as competition and regulated markets, environmental law, litigation, public law, corporate and compliance. In such areas, FerradaNehme is generally recognised as one of the most highly recommended firms in the handling of difficult challenges, on behalf of Chilean and international companies and institutions participating in a wide variety of markets and industries, as well as governmental institutions.
Currently, the firm is positioned among the most sought after firms of the country, given its professional capacity, its numerous highly qualified professional and administrative staff and their individual and collective experiences. Its strategy is to further develop ‘niches’ within its main areas of practice, thereby taking full advantage of the specific expertise of its individual lawyers. Examples include the consumer law, compliance, telecommunications and energy and gas practices, among others. In just a few years, FerradaNehme has become one of Chile's leading and most successful law firms. This is the result of the dedication and excellence of FerradaNehme’s collaborators, the recognition of the legal services market, and the remarkable results obtained in cases.
The firm is very proud for having been awarded the 'Probono Law Firm of the Year' award in 2014, and having been recognised as the sixth best company to work for in Chile, according to Great Place to Work 2015® Institution. During 2017, FerradaNehme was the first law firm to join the 'Gender Equity Initiative' in Chile, a public-private partnership supported by the World Economic Forum and Inter-American Development Bank, which seeks to reduce the gender gap and improve economic growth. Furthermore, the Managing Partner, Rodrigo Ferrada, was awarded the 'Outstanding Ally for Women's Advancement' award at the Chambers Women in Law Awards 2018.
During 2018, FerradaNehme decided to increase the number of partners, from seven to 12, paving the way for continued and sustainable growth.
The firm receives a huge quantity of work, such as legal opinions and surveys; mergers and acquisitions; voluntary and mandatory pre-merger filings; antitrust investigations and litigation; strategic advice; negotiation with antitrust authorities; economic advice provided together with the country’s most renowned economists; development and implementation of compliance programs, among others.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Diego Hernández, Benjamín Mordoj
Energy (Electricity & Gas):
The firm advises regulated industries on almost every market area. Given the multidisciplinary requirements of energy law, the energy law practice group is founded on the pillars of economic regulation and public and environmental law matters. It works in close collaboration with the litigation and corporate practice groups, with the collaboration of four partners: Nicole Nehme, Luis Cordero Patricio Leyton and Benjamín Mordoj. The firm advises and has advised public authorities, as well as electricity generation, transmission and distribution companies, and has actively participated as a consultant in the renewable energy market. Additionally, the firm advises several oil and gas companies.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Benjamín Mordoj
Environment & Natural Resources:
The firm is regularly engaged in the most challenging issues concerning environmental permits; approval and development of natural resources projects in areas of mining, energy, waste management, among others; drafting and review of environmental impact studies and declarations; marine concessions; negotiation with local communities; advice on environmental and natural resources issues and renewable energy; among others.
Contact: Patricio Leyton
The growth of this practice has been remarkable. It currently handles civil, commercial, economic, administrative and constitutional litigation before Civil Courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court, and specialised litigation before special courts; administrative proceedings before regulatory authorities; arbitration and mediation.
Contacts: Nicolás Ubilla, Rafael Collado
Corporate/M&A & Tax:
The practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, transaction finance, capital markets, foreign investment, contracts and related transactions. The practice regularly advises national and international companies when confronted with substantial work matters, through the drafting of sophisticated and innovative contracts, memoranda and legal opinions. On the tax side, this practice advises on acquisitions and restructurings, gives in depth and highly specialised advice on all areas of tax law, legal opinions in complex tax matters, litigation before special tax courts and representation before administrative tax authorities.
Contact: Rodrigo Ferrada, Mario Valderrama
This practice is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals with concrete experience. The firm has represented clients before sectorial authorities, also participating in the most relevant cases subject to the decision of the Chilean Antitrust Court, both in voluntary and involuntary cases related to telecoms. The firm has advised on the development of technology projects and media and communications, with a diverse legal approach as well as other business and regulatory considerations. The firm has been involved in digital strategies incorporating data processing technologies (i.e., big data, cloud services, cybersecurity, eBanking), as well as in issues connected to personal data protection, transactions involving technological services, and in litigation arising from these matters.
Contact: Stella Muñoz
Public & Government:
The core focus of this practice is providing dedicated advice and opinions to the Central Government and its agencies, as well as for public and private organisations in a broad range of areas including banking, health care, environment, consumer regulation, pensions, and other matters. The firm provides regular advice to foreign governments, in the design of new regulatory frameworks and institutions.
Contacts: Luis Cordero, Josefina Court
The firm believes that incorporating programs concerning criminal, antitrust, consumer or environmental compliance, constitutes an essential preventive mechanism for companies. This practice is responsible for the implementation and annual/biannual update of compliance programs in corporate criminal law, antitrust, and consumer law, among other fields of expertise. The firm also provides all educational and control materials required by clients; it is an expert in the required training for the continued improvement of the internal practices and culture of companies. FerradaNehme’s advice includes all aspects of compliance programs; on their institutional, behavioral, or procedural dimensions.
Contact: Rafael Collado