Firm profile submitted by FerradaNehme
Number of partners: 6
Number of associates: 47
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 tax. 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, FerradaNehme is positioned among the most demanded firms of the country, given its professional capacity, its numerous highly qualified professional and administrative staff, and their individual and collective experiences. The strategy of the firm is to further develop ‘niches’ within its main areas of practice, thereby taking full advantage of the specific expertise of its individual lawyers. Examples are the consumer law, compliance, telecommunications and energy practices, among others. In just a few years, FerradaNehme has become one of the leading and most successful law firms in Chile in all of its core practice areas. This is the result of the dedication and excellence of FerradaNehme’s collaborators, the recognition of the market of legal services, and the remarkable results obtained in the cases handled by the firm.
The firm is very proud for having been rewarded as the Probono Law Firm of the Year 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 only law firm joining to 'Gender Equity Initiative' in Chile, public-private partnership supported by World Economic Forum and Inter-American Development Bank, which seeks to reduce the gender gap and improve economic growth.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Competition & Economic Regulation: The firm receives a huge quantity of work, such as legal opinions and surveys; mergers and acquisitions; voluntary and mandatory filings; antitrust investigation 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. Regarding economic regulation, the firm advises regulated industries on almost every market area, including telecommunications, water, energy, ports, transport, banking, capital markets, pharma and food. The work includes litigation before administrative courts; strategic advice and drafting of legal opinions.
Contact: Nicole Nehme
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
Dispute Resolution: 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: Nicole Nehme and Nicolás Ubilla
Public & Government Practice: The core focus of this practice is the dedicated advice and opinions for 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.
Contact: Luis Cordero
Energy: 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, and works in close collaboration with the litigation and corporate practice groups, with the collaboration of three partners: Nicole Nehme, Luis Cordero and Patricio Leyton. 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.
Contact: Diego Pardow
TMT: The TMT practice is constituted by a highly qualified group of individuals, with concrete experience in legal regulation related with these areas. The firm has represented clients before several sectorial authorities, and also participated in the most relevant cases subject to the decision of the Chilean Antitrust Court, both in voluntary and non-voluntary cases related to telecommunications regulation. The firm's advice has included the development of technology projects, media and communications in general, with an approach that includes different legal considerations, 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 protection data, transactions involving technological services, and in litigation arising from these matters.
Contact: Stella Muñoz
Corporate / M&A: The practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, transaction finance, capital markets, foreign investment, contracts and related transactions. The practice regularly gives advice to national and international companies when confronted with substantial work matters, through the drafting of sophisticated and innovative contracts, memoranda and legal opinions.
Contact: Mario Valderrama
Tax: The brand new practice will focus on efficient tax compliance, advise on the tax aspects of acquisitions and restructurings, 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: Francisco Saffie
Compliance: The firm believes that incorporating programs concerning criminal, antitrust, consumer or environmental compliance, constitutes an essential preventive mechanism for companies. Compliance mechanisms decrease behaviors that could be considered illegal, and hence generate considerable reputational benefits, as well as providing a basis, in some cases, for the exclusion or reduction of criminal or administrative liability. This practice is responsible for the implementation and annual or biannual update of compliance programs, in such specific areas as corporate criminal law, antitrust, and consumer law, among other fields of expertise. The firm also provides all educational and control materials required by its clients, and we are experts in the training required for the continuing improvement of the internal practices and culture of companies. FerradaNehme’s advise includes all aspects of compliance programs, whether on their institutional, behavioral, or procedural dimensions.
Contact: Rafael Collado