Firm profile submitted by Estudio Jurídico Otero
Managing Partner: Gerardo Otero
Number of partners: 5 Number of associates: 14
The firm was founded by Mr. José A. Otero B. in 1923. Upon the return of Mr. Miguel Otero L. in 1957 from the US once he completed his LLM in Comparative Law, the firm initiated its international law practice, counseling international corporations and foreign investors doing business in Chile. Estudio Jurídico Otero has nearly 60 years experience assisting local and multinational enterprises doing business in Chile and the region.
The firm is known as a boutique law firm due to the quality of the services it provides as well as the close and personal contact its lawyers has with the firm’s clients. Every attorney working for the firm has been trained in such a way that the working system, legal approach and performance permanently reflects a highly qualified, personalised and efficient service. Estudio Jurídico Otero provides a complete range of corporate and business legal services. It provides services in commercial matters, corporate, technology law, intellectual property, privacy, labour and employment law, civil, environmental, natural resources and energy, regulated markets, antitrust, telecommunication, foreign investment regulations and taxation. The firm is highly specialised in intellectual property, information technolog, licensing and software development agreements, data centres, privacy, telecoms and computer crimes. Estudio Jurídico Oteroalso very active and well known in litigation matters, with vast experience in law suits of different kinds and complex business litigation including those related with regulated activities. Furthermore, the firm is highly expert in labour and employment law with a vast experienced in labour due diligences, labor auditing and legal compliance, and subcontracting.
INTERNATIONAL: Estudio Jurídico Oterohas developed close relationships and contacts with prestigious law firms worldwide. The firm is a member of ILP Global, an association that includes Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico and Peru, which seeks to satisfy clients’ requirements under a uniform proceeding, criteria, business vision, quality standards, without losing neither the identity of each law firm, nor the particularity of each jurisdiction. It is also a member of E-Iure, www.eiure.com with 18 law firm worldwide.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil, Business, Corporate Law: Estudio Jurídico Otero has experienced and resourceful attorneys who prioritise wise and commercial solutions within a legal framework. The firm also has a vast experience in foreign investment matters, and M&A transactions involving foreign and domestic clients. One of its main concerns is that transactions are done within the time and cost parameters set by the clients, without omitting details in the adequate outliner of contracts and shareholder agreements arising from these transactions. The assistance embraces all aspects necessary to establish and develop a commercial activity.
Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Telecoms: The firm is highly specialised in licensing and software development agreements, technological platforms, data protection and data processing, data centers, privacy policies, technology contracts, cloud services, copyright, Internet computer crimes and policy enforcement management on matters affecting the IT areas, privacy, Telecoms, Net Neutrality, software, copyright industries, etc. It provides advice on preserving and protecting intellectual property rights, as well as, tax matters in IP and others that are closely related such as: unfair competition, consumer protection law, antitrust.
Labour/Employment: The firm is highly expert in labour and employment law with a vast experienced in labor due diligences, labour auditing and legal compliance, and subcontracting. Estudio Jurídico Otero is a leader in legal counseling on human resources; providing advice in all areas of labour and social security law, including collective bargaining, lawsuits, remunerations and benefits, audits, corporate restructuring. The experience in consultancy as well as in the area of labour lawsuits and administrative claims is one of the strengths recognised by important Chilean and foreign companies, with whom the firm cooperates in creating and developing harmonious labour relationships with full respect for the powers of direction and organisation of the company.
Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: The firm is also very active and well known in litigation, with vast experience in all kind of judicial proceedings and complex business litigation including those related with regulated activities.
Foreign Investment: The firm's professionals perform a detailed study and analysis of the different mechanisms of foreign investment and alternative corporate structure and tax efficiency appropriate to the needs of foreign investors in compliance to the national applicable legislation, free trade agreements and double taxation agreements. Also, if required, the firm can represent clients on the integration process in the country of expatriate executives for foreign clients. Services in this area include advising on all types of commercial, distribution, agency, joint venture and leasing contracts, required by its clients’ business relations in Chile. The firm assist in the negotiation of these contracts between its clients and potential local partners or distributors.
Competition law, Unfair Law: The firm has been involved in many relevant cases of regulated market openings in Chile and applies itself with the same daily dedication to answer queries which go from the acquisition of a large company to the adjustment of a contract to the legal applicable regulations to guarantee the transparence and competitively of the markets. The firm advises in all areas of competition law and unfair competition in connection with copyright industries and intellectual property rights.
Environmental Law, Energy and Natural Resources: Estudio Jurídico Otero is aware of the international trends in this area, and the importance of sustained development of environmental laws in Chile and its requirements. As such, the firm pay special attention to the environmental and natural resources areas, and they have seasoned professionals with specialised studies abroad in this specific area of law. Through the natural resources law the firm advise what you may do and how to do it, in the way how to organises the discovery, development, allocation, ownership, management, and ultimately use of all the raw materials that civilisation is built from, and of the energy sources that make it run (major natural resource industries such as mining, oil and gas, electricity, water, and forestry). In the energy field, the firm participated in getting licenses, bidding, and implementation of projects. Also, the firm are involved in the financing of major projects, purchase and sale contracts and in potential conflicts that arise in the various fields of the activity.
LANGUAGES: English, German, Spanish.
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