TMT (Telecoms, Media, Technology) - Chile
THE FIRM Barros & Errázuriz provides a benchmark for legal work across many practice areas in Chile, including TMT, where the firm has experience going back 20 years. The team serves a large roster of clients for transactional and regulatory issues, and provides valuable support in judicial, administrative and antitrust matters. The firm has a particular specialism in telecoms, and recently assisted long-time client Claro with a constitutional action filed at the Chilean Supreme Court in connection with 4G licensing.
Sources say: "This is a great team of specialist lawyers that provides a consolidated service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department co-head José Ignacio Ovalle is hailed by peers for his regulatory expertise and academic rigour.
José Tomás Errázuriz shares responsibility for the practice with Ovalle and brings vast experience in the regulated sectors to the table.
THE FIRM This prominent firm houses one of the leading TMT practices in Chile and advises clients on the commercial, regulatory and financial aspects of the sector, as well as providing support on related contentious and antitrust matters. The team has served as counsel to Nextel in connection with all aspects of its 3G telecoms project in Chile, including a recent antitrust consultation process.
Sources say: "We are very happy with their service and would not hesitate to recommend them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are full of praise for department head Alfonso Silva: "He is an extraordinary lawyer, capable of anticipating problems and understanding the client's needs."
Eduardo Martin co-heads the department alongside Silva and serves as the firm's director of regulatory affairs. "He is an expert in TMT and grasps our business concerns perfectly."
THE FIRM This top-tier litigation firm is an active player in the local TMT market. The team advises clients on commercial, regulatory and antitrust issues, also handling related contentious matters where necessary.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Octavio Bofill is a corporate and finance all-rounder who is widely respected for the expertise he brings to the firm's TMT practice.
Since publication, TMT specialist Guillermo de la Jara has been promoted to partner. He is singled out by peers for his deep industry know-how.
THE FIRM This celebrated boutique is one of Chile's top firms for competition matters and is renowned for its work within the TMT sector. The team draws on its considerable regulatory and litigation expertise to provide an integrated service to its telecoms and media clients. The firm continues to serve as counsel to regular client VTR, recently advising the company on the local net neutrality legislation.
Sources say: "FerradaNehme has been in the industry for many years and has a great team of experts."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Competition expert Nicole Nehme enjoys strong praise from clients: "She manages to translate technical information into practical commercial decisions."
Since publication, Carla Bordoli has left the firm. The market is still waiting to assess the full impact of her departure.
THE FIRM This compact firm lends established know-how in competition and litigation matters to its growing TMT practice. The team represents a sizeable portfolio of clients, typically in civil actions and arbitration relating to the internet, digital television and mobile phone networks, regularly appearing before the ordinary courts and the Court of Appeal.
Sources say: "The firm has proven experience in the TMT sector and has demonstrated a strong grasp of contentious issues."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Miguel Gana has vast experience in competition and litigation, and is an excellent strategist, according to clients.
THE FIRM The Chilean office of this full-practice global firm provides comprehensive support on compliance, regulatory and antitrust issues to its large roster of TMT clients. The team is backed up by the firm's acclaimed tax and labour departments, and also handles contentious matters within the sector. Its portfolio features major international clients such as Adobe, Cisco Systems, Intel, Nokia and Paypal.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Diego Jose Ferrada is a recognised TMT expert. He focuses his practice on the corporate issues stemming from this sector, but is increasingly taking the lead on a wide range of related queries.
THE FIRM This compact IP and technology specialist regularly advises clients on queries arising in the TMT sector, and benefits from the support of the firm's litigation department for related contentious matters. The team serves a number of high-profile clients, including Software AG, Polaris and Derco, and recently advised Microsoft on the regulatory and public policy issues stemming from Chile's draft Data Protection Law.
Sources say: "The firm provides an optimal service which is very good value for money."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Macarena López is the head of the firm's IP and technology practice area. She and associate Maria Dolores Echeverria Faz are lauded by clients for their "up-to-date knowledge and high-quality work."
THE FIRM This specialist firm advises clients on the full catalogue of matters across the TMT sector. The team is best known for its representation of technology clients, recently advising Google on public policy relating to the local data protection law, but also serves a number of high-profile clients in the telecoms sector such as Orange and Nokia.
Sources say: "The firm's knowledge of technology issues has exceeded our expectations and the service provided has added great value to our business."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Claudio Magliona spearheads the practice and wins market recognition for his expertise in IT and computer law. "Claudio is a benchmark in the region," enthuse clients, adding: "He has an international working style with an incredible level of commitment and business sense."
THE FIRM The core strength of this TMT practice lies in its corporate and regulatory work. The team typically advises clients on telecoms concessions and distribution and licensing agreements, and also represents clients before the Chilean telecoms regulatory agency for related contentious matters. The firm serves as regular counsel to Yahoo! on its local TMT queries.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Juan Enrique Allard serves as lead counsel to Yahoo! and has considerable experience in the telecoms sector.
THE FIRM Corporate and transactional work is at the core of the TMT group at this mid-sized firm. The team also provides support in connection with regulatory matters, project set-up and operations and service agreements, and recently assisted long-time client Sonda in the negotiation of an IT service agreement with local telecoms operator Claro.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are full of praise for managing partner and practice head Ramón Valdivieso, who has substantial industry know-how in the telecoms sector. "He is excellent for telecoms and keeps on top of all the regulatory changes," enthuse sources.
THE FIRM The TMT division at this well-known commercial firm combines corporate and regulatory expertise to provide clients with comprehensive sector support, also handling litigation when the need arises. It advises a number of high-profile local and international clients on an ongoing basis, including IBM and Chilevisión.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Francisco Javier Illanes is the main contact at the firm for TMT matters.
THE FIRM This TMT department benefits from the support of the firm's expertise in a full catalogue of practice areas in order to provide its clients with a fully integrated service. The team has a particular focus on technology and telecoms, and handles litigation on behalf of its clients where necessary.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alberto Pulido is the key client contact for TMT matters.
Since publication, Carla Bordoli left FerradaNehme to set up her own practice. She is widely perceived by peers as a skilled TMT practitioner.
Cristián Saieh of Puga Ortiz is a notable litigator and respected academic who is strongly endorsed by peers for his long-standing presence in the TMT sector, having earned critical experience during his time spent in-house at Movistar.