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Firm Profile

Urrutia & Cia

Firm Profile

Santiago de Chile

  • Profile
  • Av Isidora Goyenechea 3250
  • 9th & 14th Floors
  • Las Condes
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago
  • Chile

Firm profile submitted by Urrutia & Cia

Urrutia & Cia. was founded in 1975. The Santiago-based firm includes a team of practitioners with outstanding academic backgrounds and extensive experience in various aspects of domestic and international business law. The firm’s attorneys have studied and worked throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and have been legal counsel to many of the large projects and foreign investments which have taken place in Chile. The firm also has important working relationships with leading law firms throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Project Development:
Urrutia & Cia. has advised in the development of startup projects to major national and international companies that invest in Chile. The firm counsels its clients throughout the different stages of a project’s development, including: financing; obtaining necessary permits; negotiating with third parties; seeking for relations with the community and different authorities. The firm has widespread experience in assisting the development of projects in the mining, energetic, electrical, oil, gas, water and agrochemical areas.
Environmental Law & Permits: Urrutia & Cia. was the first Chilean firm to develop a broad environmental legal practice. The firm has undertaken an active role in the discussions of Chile’s new environmental regulatory structure and has continuously advised Chile’s legislative and executive branches on several environmental initiatives. Work in this area includes: advice regarding environmental permits and licensing procedures; environmental impact studies and declarations; expansion permits; air and natural resources regulations; development and implementation of waste and landfill facilities; hazardous wastes, closure plans; environmental litigation. The firm advises domestic and international corporations and also government agencies on several regulatory matters.
Energy Law, Oil & Gas: Urrutia & Cia. is currently involved in electricity generation, transmission and distribution development projects. The firm has been retained by industrial power consumers in the negotiation of their power supply agreements, and has successfully counseled clients regarding all regulatory aspects of the energy industry. The firm also has acted as external advisor to Chile’s National Energy Commission.
Regarding oil and gas, the firm advises on development, operation and maintenance of oil and gas projects or facilities; midstream operations; permitting; LNG and cross border projects. Urrutia & Cia. has actively participated in the development of the principal projects for transportation of natural gas developed in Chile.
Mining Law & Water Law: Urrutia & Cia. advices companies in: establishing mining concessions; reviewing mining deeds; negotiating purchases and sales of mining concessions and projects; land option and joint venture contracts; negotiating, establishing and defending mining easements. The firm’s client base includes Chilean Mining Public Agencies; several of the world’s largest mining companies; Chile’s most important mining companies and the United Nations mining program. Regarding Water Law, Urrutia & Cia.’s expertise includes representation in all kind of procedures before the Water Public Agency and judicial trials; negotiation and purchase of water rights; due diligences, and strategic planning relating water supply for different projects. Corporate, Commercial & M&A.
Project Financing: Urrutia & Cia.’s vast experience in corporate law and banking and finance law has resulted in a valuable support for its clients in local and cross-border transactions, allowing the firm to develop domestic and international financing operations. The firm offers legal advice in capital risk operations and investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, financing acquisitions, takeovers and restructurings. Urrutia & Cia. offers its clients permanent and effective advice regarding this area including guidance on commercial matters and contracts; strategic alliances; major distribution and industrial companies; food and retail companies, all from mainly the technological, mining and agrochemical sectors.
Trade & Free Competition: Urrutia & Cia. has continuously represented clients before the Chilean authorities, either by submitting specific queries or by filing or defending an action before the Court of Defense of Free Competition. The firm also advises companies when they experience negative outcomes and debts, granting them the possibility to reorganise and restructure their assets and liabilities.
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation: The firm has participated as lead counsel in trials of significant national repercussion in the areas of environmental, mining, water and antitrust law. Working relations with lawyers across Chile and foreign law firms allows Urrutia & Cia.’s advocates to resolve complex domestic and international litigation matters in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. The firm represents its clients at the Ordinary Courts, Appeal Courts and Supreme Court levels.
Employment: Urrutia & Cia. advises employers in all aspects of employment law including: labour relations, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissal, pension and benefits litigation, employers’ obligations, workers’ compensation, privacy and confidential issues and business immigration.

Branches

  • Av Isidora Goyenechea 3250,
  • 9th & 14th Floors ,
  • Las Condes,
  • Santiago de Chile,
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • Tel +56 22 499 5900
  • Fax +56 2 335 1842
  • Website : www.urrutia.cl