Latin America

Chile

Energy & Natural Resources


Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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Band 1 | Carey

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly retained by local and international clients for assistance in the development, implementation and financing of major energy, oil and gas projects. Works alongside the firm's celebrated finance, projects and environment departments to provide comprehensive advice on all related topics such as regulatory and transactional matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their energy department is outstanding - they have top-quality lawyers who are always able to solve our problems."

Work highlights Assisted solar power producer SunEdison in negotiating a power purchase agreement (PPA) to finance a USD250 million photovoltaic project.

Notable practitioners  

Clients and peers alike are full of praise for recent partner José Miguel Bustamante: "He really stands out in energy and for his dedication to his clients."

Water rights expert Alberto Cardemil comes highly recommended by clients for his "direct style and focus on the key aspects of the problem at hand," as well as his "great soft skills and ability to generate trust between parties." 

Head of department Juan Francisco Mackenna is singled out by clients for his "ability to solve problems creatively and his skill in negotiating complex agreements."

María Fernanda Carvajal stands out for her "great expertise in energy, infrastructure and project finance," according to clients.

Significant clients SolarReserve, Mainstream Renewable Power, Pattern Energy, SkyPower, Hidroeléctrica Río Lena.

Band 1 | Claro & Cía

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Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 partners

What the team is known for Particularly active in the transactional and contentious aspects of energy and natural resources projects. Draws on the firm's acclaimed expertise in corporate, finance and dispute resolution to assist an impressive client roster with large-scale energy investments and related needs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are our corporate firm, but are well equipped to assist us as an energy company in every area of law." 

Work highlights Served as counsel to oil and gas multinational Total as one of the companies financing Project Salvador, a photovoltaic power plant in the Atacama region of Chile expected to produce approximately 200 GWh of solar electricity per year.

Notable practitioners  

Rodrigo Ochagavía leads the energy team with valuable transactional know-how and is consistently singled out by clients and peers alike for being "highly responsive in energy-related finance and M&A."

Sources highlight litigation specialist Nicolás Luco for his in-depth knowledge of electricity regulation.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly provides comprehensive assistance to domestic and international energy companies with PPAs, investor agreements and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts. Works in close co-operation with the firm's acclaimed corporate and finance departments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are commercial, responsive and simply great for energy projects."

Notable practitioners  

Partner Jorge Granic is highlighted by clients as "extremely knowledgeable on the electricity system in Chile - he is well known in the industry for his dependable advice on power matters."

Clients recommend of counsel Ricardo Peña for energy projects: "He is an excellent professional who delivers impeccable work." 

Band 1 | Prieto y Cía

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly assists local and international clients in all their energy and natural resources needs, such as PPAs, EPC contracts and tender processes. Also well placed to represent clients in related litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good understanding of our business and know the energy sector very well, which means they can tell us exactly what the industry standards are in Chile."

Work highlights Served as counsel to GDF SUEZ on an EPC contract for a USD700 million gas transmission line, which aims to connect the two separate energy grids operating in the north and south of Chile. 

Notable practitioners  

Experienced all-rounder Jaime Ríos is highly respected by peers for his expertise in energy matters, and appreciated by clients for his "deep knowledge of our company and its shareholders."

Juan Tagle led the team advising GDF SUEZ on its recent EPC contract for a gas transmission line. "He made himself available whenever we needed him," enthuse clients. 

Distinguished lawyer Claudio Undurraga is singled out by clients as "an expert on energy regulation and conflicts in the area."

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Colbún, Repsol, GNL Mejillones, Eólica Monte Redondo.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well equipped to assist clients from a variety of energy sectors, including photovoltaic, hydroelectric and wind energy. Works alongside the firm's celebrated corporate and environmental departments to advise clients on the transactional and regulatory aspects of energy law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely rigorous from a technical point of view, but without losing the commercial and imaginative approach needed to find the solutions that best suit our needs."

Work highlights Serves as permanent counsel to GNL Mejillones and regularly oversees the drafting and negotiating of EPC contracts and PPAs on behalf of the joint venture.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Ignacio Arteaga is praised by clients, who note that "he helped us immensely and I would recommend him without hesitation."

Clients point out that Luciano Cruz is "accessible, smart and commercially minded." He recently led a team advising Enel Green Power on its wind farm projects in Chile.

Significant clients GNL Mejillones, AES Gener, Enel Green Power, Guacolda, ACCIONA Energía.

Band 2 | Vergara y Cía

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly retained by a variety of renewable and conventional energy producers. Supplementary expertise in water rights, mining and public law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really understand the details of the Chilean electricity sector."

Work highlights Permanent legal counsel to electricity company Elecnor in all matters relating to their energy projects in Chile, such as the construction and operation of the Ancoa-Alto Jahuel transmission line.

Notable practitioners  

Gonzalo Arévalo Cunich is seen as a reference in water law by market sources, and recently led a team advising Hidro Aconcagua on the water and mining rights for three hydro plants in the Seven Lakes region of Chile.

Natural resources specialist Alejandro Vergara is highlighted by peers for combining his private practice in mining, water and energy with related academic work, as well as recognised expertise in public law.

Significant clients Antofagasta Minerals, Elecnor, HydroChile, Hidro Aconcagua, Dirección de Obras Hidráulicas.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Routinely provides its energy clients with day-to-day advice as well as project development and transactional services. Draws on the firm's acclaimed finance, litigation and tax expertise to assist clients in a comprehensive manner.

Work highlights Successfully represented Colbún in a claim against the Electricity and Fuel Superintendence (SEC) seeking to overrule two fines totalling USD1 million imposed for the utility company's alleged liability for a blackout in 2003.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head José Tomás Errázuriz is a regular port of call for energy clients, who value his broad expertise across a number of disciplines and describe him as "very agile - working with him has always been a positive experience."

Significant clients Metrogas, Interconexión Eléctrica, CMPC, Acuimag, Vestas.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly assists clients with a wide range of needs stemming from their local energy projects, both conventional and non-conventional. Works alongside the firm's celebrated finance, corporate and dispute resolution departments as required.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent in every way."  

Work highlights Counsel to Río Seco, subsidiary of private equity fund Southern Cross, in the development of the coal-fired power plant Central Termoeléctrica Pacífico.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Gonzalo Jiménez wins effusive praise from clients: "He is very knowledgeable on the Chilean electricity sector and always answers our requests in as fast and complete a manner as possible."

Significant clients Samsung C&T Corporation, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Korea Southern Power, ISAGEN, Southern Cross Group.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key practice within a newly formed boutique specialising in public law and energy projects. Advises high-profile clients on regulatory matters and water rights.

What's new? The firm is a product of a recent merger between Cubillos, Campos y Molina Abogados and Evans y Cía.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I trust them 100% - they know everything about electricity law, especially on the regulatory side."

"They are very client-focused and understand the natural resources and energy markets extremely well."

Work highlights Regularly assists Antofagasta Minerals in matters relating to energy regulation and supply contracts, recently advising the mining company on the energy and environmental issues stemming from its purchase of the Alto Maipo power plant.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe founding partner Eugenio Evans as "a lawyer with deep knowledge of constitutional and regulatory law, but who also sees the commercial side and always finds a practical solution."

Water expert José Miguel Hernández recently advised Colbún on the legal strategy for its Angostura hydroelectric project.

Gonzalo Cubillos is consistently singled out by peers for his work in this field: "He is great in energy and has a lot of experience in the market."

Significant clients Antofagasta Minerals, GDF SUEZ, GASCO, HidroAysén, Chilquinta Energía.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly retained by a variety of domestic and international energy developers for assistance with renewable energy projects and related transactional and corporate advice. Particular experience in finding innovative solutions in order to finance smaller projects.

Work highlights Advised renewable energy developer Trans Antarctic Energía on the financing of the San Pedro wind farm project, the first wind farm in Chile to be financed without a PPA, with the electricity instead allowed to be sold on a spot basis.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Clemente Pérez recently combined his expertise in projects, environment and public law to assist renewable energy producer Aaktei Energía in developing seven run-of-the-river projects. "We can always call him," enthuse clients.

Senior associate Sebastián Abogabir is highly valued by clients for his broad knowledge of energy, which encompasses water and environmental matters.

Significant clients Compañía General de Electricidad, Trans Antartic Energía, Hunt Energy Horizons, Abengoa Chile, NSL Renewable Power.

Band 3 | Morales & Besa

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly recommended for its expertise in energy transactions and project financing. Enjoys the support of the firm's acclaimed banking and corporate groups. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Good client service - deadlines were met and responsiveness and understanding of our business and interests are high."

Work highlights Assisted BBVA New York in connection with the syndicated project finance for the Alto Jahuel transmission line.

Notable practitioners  

Projects and financing expert Pedro García comes highly recommended by clients, who describe him as "a very patient, convincing and experienced negotiator."

Significant clients HydroChile, Solairedirect Chile, Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables, Centro de Energías Renovables, Banco BICE.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides transactional and regulatory assistance to the firm's broad energy client base. Works alongside the firm's celebrated public law, mining and environment groups.

Work highlights Assisted Cuprum Resources in an acquisition of water rights worth USD1.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Veteran natural resources specialist Juan Irarrázabal has a well-established name in the market and is lauded by clients as "a diligent lawyer with good knowledge of the subject matter." 

Significant clients South American Iron & Steel, Cuprum Resources, Minera Aguila del Sur, Energy Development Corporation, Elementos Resources.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists clients with all queries stemming from their energy projects in Chile, such as financing, concessions, environmental permits and project development. Particularly recommended for expertise in energy-related contracts such as PPAs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their responsiveness is great and their advice covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of the problem."

What's new? Nicolás Atkinson recently joined the firm to head the energy and natural resources department.

Work highlights Assists renewable energy specialist Solventus Chile with all of its local needs, recently advising on the USD200 million sale of solar power project Salvador to Total and Etrion.

Notable practitioners 

Head of department Nicolás Atkinson is described as "very knowledgeable" by happy clients, who go on to say: "He is quick, open and has a great commercial view of the law."

Since publication Gonzalo Delaveau has left the firm.

Significant clients Actis, Andes Mainstream, Parque Eólico El Arrayán, Pattern Energy, First Solar.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists clients with energy-related contracts and litigations. Particular expertise in LNG matters.

Work highlights Serves as permanent counsel to GasAtacama, recently advising the company on the implementation of an offshore LNG terminal, the first floating storage regasification unit in Chile.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Luis Felipe Merino comes highly recommended by market sources for his accomplished energy expertise. "We've had a great experience working with him," enthuse happy clients.

Significant clients GasAtacama, HidroAysén.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly assists clients from the power and mining sectors with their needs in the energy arena. Benefits from the support of the firm's acclaimed corporate, banking and dispute resolution departments. 

Work highlights Assisted Brazilian energy developer Latin American Power in the purchase of the Totoral project, one of Chile's first wind energy farms.

Notable practitioners Antonio Ortúzar is the key client contact.

Significant clients Minera Atacama Pacific Gold, Origin Energy Geothermal Chile, ITT Water & Wastewater Chile, Nordex, Inversiones SBX.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well placed to serve a varied clientele from the electricity and mining sectors with regard to their legal energy needs. Particular experience in transmission lines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a large team of professionals who demonstrate strong expertise in the various practice areas we need, with a creative, flexible and proactive approach."

Work highlights Advising electricity transmission company CHATE on the development and construction of a transmission line of approximately 200 km aimed at providing power to the central interconnected electrical system.

Notable practitioners 

Clients highlight head of department Jorge Allende as "a great negotiator who fully understands the subject matter."

Significant clients Minera Can Can, Minera Taruca, Solar Pack, Minera La Pulpica, Elecnor.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 partners
- approximately 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Permanent counsel for energy matters to an impressive roster of mining companies. Also acts for an array of local and international energy clients.

Work highlights Represents Antofagasta Minerals in restructuring its deal with Carbon Energy regarding the development of an underground coal gasification plant.

Notable practitioners 

Practice co-head Patricia Núñez brings accomplished mining expertise to the firm's energy mandates. She is lauded by clients for her "very analytical and systematic approach to problems."

Significant clients Renewable Energy Development Enterprise, Carnegie Wave Energy, EnorChile, Energía Andina, HydroChile.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists clients on all energy-related matters, from project finance and due diligence to regulatory matters such as operation permits and licences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are always there when you need them and give a rapid response to urgent matters."

Work highlights Represented Cemento Polpaico, Enap and Petroquímica Dow in an administrative sanction procedure initiated by the SEC, which argued that a blackout in March 2010 was caused by a breach of their obligation to co-ordinate their actions within Chile's central electrical system.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the department Sergio Orrego is "a complete lawyer who has expertise in all areas of natural resources, including water law," according to happy clients.

Significant clients Invercap, Energía de la Patagonia y Aysén, Empresa Eléctrica Florín, Global Energy Services Siemsa, ENAP.

Band 4 | Urrutia & Cia

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Combined expertise in natural resources and mining, water and environmental law. Also well placed to assist its clients with the regulatory aspects of their energy projects.  

Work highlights Assisted Minera Nevada in establishing a transmission line between Chile and Argentina, securing all of the necessary permits and developing the legal framework.

Notable practitioners 

Head of the energy practice Pilar Bravo is described as "a great energy lawyer" by market sources. She regularly advises the Chilean National Energy Commission on all of its legal needs.

Significant clients Barrick Gold, Agrícola Tamarugal, JJC Chile, Minera Cerro Casale, Agrocomercial AS.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Clients are full of praise for associate Camila Noguera at CorreaGubbins: "She is a pleasure to work with and has a strong grasp of water law."  

Alberto Guzmán of Guzmán y Cía is described as "an expert in water" by market sources, who highlight his in-depth knowledge and excellent service delivery. 

Gonzalo Delaveau of Honorato Delaveau brings accomplished experience in corporate matters and investment funds to the energy practice: "He was fantastic - he really knew what he was talking about and is connected to everyone in the country who is relevant for our transaction."

Energy specialist Eduardo Rodríguez del Rio of Rodríguez Rosende comes highly recommended by market sources for his long-standing experience in the energy sector. 

Clients single out Winston Alburquenque of Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados for his knowledge in water law, and note that "he stands out for his ability to provide practical and innovative solutions to our problems."  

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