Firm profile submitted by Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados
Partners: Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill, Guillermo de la Jara, Guillermo Fonseca, Rodrigo Gil, Pablo Gutiérrez, Andrés Jana, Pablo Mir, Rodrigo Quintana, Rodrigo Saffirio, José Antonio Velasco, Ana María Yuri, Rony Zimerman
Number of partners worldwide: 13
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 60
Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) is a leading Chilean business law firm recognised for providing innovative and effective client service in a broad range of practices areas. The firm’s recognition is based on its unwavering commitment to its clients, its focused and dedicated professionals and the specialised and creative approach with which each of its various teams collaborate on behalf of the clients’ interests. The firm’s 70+ attorneys come from the most prestigious universities in Chile and many have LLMs from the finest programs in North America, Europe and Chile.They have worked in major international law firms abroad, acted as professors at Chile’s leading universities and held key government positions.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Lawyers of BMAJ are highly qualified in areas of commercial, finance, tax, labour, administrative and competition law matters, among others. This solid base of knowledge and experience permits the firm to provide comprehensive counsel in M&A matters and has positioned BMAJ as a leader in the development, negotiation and execution of complex and innovative transactions, both domestic and cross-border.
The team of corporate law specialists guide the clients through the implementation of and compliance with the increasingly complex rules and regulations of company law and corporate governance. The corporate team offers counsel to local and foreign clients on a broad range of business activities including complex reorganisations, structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions in all sectors of Chile’s diverse economy.
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
BMAJ’s banking, finance and capital markets practice provides advice to banks, financial institutions and private businesses both Chilean and foreign. The firm has a strong background in project financing in diverse areas of the economy, including real estate, retail, power generation, mining and oil and gas sectors. BMAJ’s professionals have executed a wide range of operations from IPOs, to public takeover bids and sophisticated financing debt instruments and securitisations.
Construction, Infrastructure & Real Estate:
Counselling of national and foreign clients acting as investors, shareholders, developers, contractors or suppliers. The firm habitually counsels major developers and project sales for commercial, retail, industrial and residential use, amongst others.
BMAJ counsel has deep knowledge and experience in the development, construction and operation of traditional and renewable energy generation plants, and transmission and distribution projects. The team has expertise in related contractual matters including PPAs and in the financing of these projects. Community and environmental matters are coordinated with the firm's environmental and regulatory teams.
Mining, Natural Resources & Environmental Law:
Lawyers at BMAJ are highly specialised in mining, oil and gas, geothermal power and water law and have broad experience advising major, intermediate and junior natural resources companies listed on various exchanges around the world.
Regulated Markets & Competition:
BMAJ advises its clients in diverse regulated markets including, telecommunications, water and waste, energy, pharmaceuticals and construction and represents them in administrative proceedings before regulatory entities and Chile’s antitrust authorities.
Civil & Commercial Litigation:
The team has experience with disputes before lower level courts, courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. It has a wide network of correspondents throughout Chile and its lawyers are recognised for their courtroom expertise.
BMAJ represents clients in domestic arbitrations under the rules of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago) and in ad hoc arbitrations. The team has been involved in most major Chilean arbitrations related to energy and mining. It also has extensive experience in disputes concerning construction, transportation, financial and international franchises.
BMAJ is recognised as having one of the top international arbitration teams in Latin America. Professionals of BMAJ have acted in conflicts resolved under the ICJ, ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA dispute resolution regimes, among others.
Public International Law:
The team has advised states and international organisations in disputes related to the delimitation of boundaries, international waters, immunity from jurisdiction and execution of states, war damages and use of force.
Litigation & Criminal Defence:
The law firm’s criminal practice concentrates on litigation and criminal defence of white-collar crimes and the related civil liability and corporate/criminal liability.
The firm advises clients in all sectors of the Chilean economy both regarding day to day employment matters such as hiring and compliance; and long term strategic analysis and planning of employment matters. The firm handles complex union matters including work stoppages as well migration issues of foreign employees.
Counsel regarding complex tax issues in all types of transactions. The firm advises parties investing in Chile on cross-border and transactional tax considerations and offers expertise to Chilean affiliates regarding local tax planning. The team has particular expertise in managing tax controversies and investigative procedures, as well as representing clients before the Chilean courts.
Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
BMAJ assists private parties and public authorities, and regularly provides key counsel on commercial transactions in TMT industries. It has significant expertise advising operators in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.