Firm profile submitted by Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados
Partners: Javier Vergara, Mario Galindo, Eduardo Correa, José Luis Fuenzalida, Cecilia Urbina, Pablo Ortiz, Winston Alburquenque
Number of partners: 7 Number of other lawyers: 26
The Firm: VGC Abogados is the first boutique firm specialised in environment and energy and natural resources law. Since its foundation, VGC has become the leading firm in environmental law in Chile. The firm offers highly specialised and reliable counselling to clients, on matters that range from strategic support in project design to environmental assessment, project implementation, compliance, enforcement, and litigation, including environmental crime.
The environmental department works hand in hand with the energy and natural resources practice area that advises clients on energy, mining, water law, and land use regulation matters.
VGC establishes a unique relationship with its clients, based on its unswerving commitment to meet their expectations. To achieve this goal the firm’s lawyers are available and accessible, providing timely responses, and hands on advice. They are fully aware of the cross cutting nature of environmental law, and are prepared to participate in multidisciplinary teams promoting collaborative work, and creative solutions.
VGC abides to the highest standards of professionalism that stems from an excelling, merit based team, and a healthy workplace.
This area includes counselling in the following:
Environmental Impact Assessment: The firm advises on project design and planning, environmental impact assessment including public participation and ILO 169, permitting and other regulatory matters.
Environmental Standards: VGC supports clients and government agencies in the process of passing environmental regulations, such as quality and emissions standards, identifying challenges and anticipating regulatory trends to promote compliance. The firms’ expertise includes air and water pollution, noise control regulations, brownfields and soil.
Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions: The firm participates in negotiations in which potential environmental liability or feasibility is relevant. The firm’s experience includes due diligence in the environmental aspects of these transactions.
EPC/Turnkey & BOT Contracts: The firm provides assistance in EPC/Turnkey and BOT Contracts execution, focused on its environmental and regulatory aspects.
This area covers the following:
Environmental Litigation: Typical instructions include constitutional actions, administrative claims and civil litigation arising from environmental matters.
Environmental Damages & Civil Actions: n this regard the firm provides legal counsel before ordinary and special courts, particularly the recently appointed Environmental Court.
Environmental Criminal Law: A very unique area of expertise that has experienced rapid growth in the past few years, which includes risk assessment and litigation support.
This area includes the following:
Prevention: The firm assists in environmental and regulatory compliance, by means of a thorough review designed for each client that identifies gaps and deviations and develops compliance strategies.
Compliance Programs: Counselling in this area includes support in the development and execution of compliance programs before the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Agency (Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente).
Defence Strategies: The compliance team provides legal defense prior and throughout administrative sanctioning proceedings before the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Agency (Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente).
Energy & Natural Resources
The firm’s expertise includes:
Mining: Typical instructions relate generally to mining operations, permitting, exploration, development of mining projects, assistance in mining related disputes and litigation, mining concessions and safety regulations.
Water Law: The firm has broad experience in underground water exploration, water rights, regularisation procedures and specialised litigation.
Energy: VGC assists regulated generation, transmission and distribution facilities, as well as non -regulated clients in aspects related to electric concessions, permitting and specialised litigation.
Forestry Law: Assistance in this regard includes permitting, and advice pertaining the Native Forest Act.
Regulation & Public Law: The firm has vast experience in highly regulated industries (including energy and utilities, mining and ports), regulatory process, public law litigation, planning, licenses, permits and concessions, proceedings before the General Comptroller Office, and Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice in general.
Languages: Spanish, English and German
- La Concepción 141 ,
- Oficina 1106 ,
- Santiago de Chile,
- Tel +56 22 2368077
- Fax +56 2 236 8815
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : www.vgcabogados.cl