Latin America

Chile

Competition/Antitrust


Competition/Antitrust - Chile

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Band 1 | Carey

第一等 |

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

What the team is known for One of the leading practice groups in Chilean competition matters with frequent involvement in high-profile cases. Sizeable team assists local and multinational clients in diverse sector matters such as litigation and non-contentious proceedings, compliance programmes, merger control strategy and investigations by the FNE (Chile's national economic prosecutor). Clients benefit from the firm's strong expertise in regulated markets such as TMT.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Quick turnaround was often required and they always delivered great quality. The lawyers there have a remarkable expertise and combine it with a client-oriented style."

"I felt that, throughout the entire process, our case was critical for them. They were very committed to achieve a favourable outcome for us."

Work highlights Successfully represented Hoffmann-La Roche before the Chilean Antitrust Court (TDLC) and, ultimately, the Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by a competitor alleging exclusionary conducts.

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head Lorena Pavic is lauded by clients and peers alike for her "straightforward style, expertise in all competition issues and in-depth approach in the face of problems."  

Claudio Lizana, who co-leads the department, is highlighted by market sources for his ability to devise strategies and "lead complex negotiation and trials." 

Significant clients Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, CTI (Electrolux), Hoffmann-La Roche, Nextel, Philip Morris.

Band 1 | Claro & Cía

第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Long-established and respected full-service firm with leading practice in the Chilean competition area. Team routinely represents a notable roster of domestic and international clients in the Chilean courts. In addition to its acclaimed litigation expertise, clients benefit from the firm's strength in the corporate area and merger control filings and agreements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are excellent litigators in the competition area - I would say they are the best in the country. The team has an impressive track record and they continuously strengthen the team by recruiting great people."

Work highlights Representation of bus company Tur Bus before the TDLC in a lawsuit brought by the FNE against four bus companies, alleging collusion, with a resulting fine of USD1.6 million.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Cristóbal Eyzaguirre is highly respected by sources, who describe him as "very versatile, super-competent and an impressive talent." They add: "Whatever the case he takes on, he can do it."

José Miguel Huerta is praised by clients for his straightforward advice and great responsiveness. He co-led the team advising LAN Airlines in the Chilean merger control process regarding its merger with TAM Linhas Aéreas.

Clients highlight associate Santiago Bravo for his "easy-to-understand recommendations." He is involved in advising bus operator Tur Bus in the aforementioned lawsuit before the TDLC.

Significant clients LAN Airlines, BAT, Embotelladora Andina, Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores.

Band 1 | FerradaNehme

第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Acclaimed boutique recognised as a pace-setting team in the Chilean antitrust market. Handles a wide variety of sector matters such as proceedings before the competition authorities. Clients benefit from the firm's strength in regulated markets and litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm provides a highly personalised service, always keeps us up to date in terms of upcoming legislative changes and finds solutions for our projects."

"They are very proactive and combine legal knowledge with economic reasoning - they really know how to navigate the Chilean market."

Work highlights Advised Nestlé on all competition matters in Chile regarding the acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition division and successfully negotiated a settlement with the FNE.

Notable practitioners  

The deeply respected Nicole Nehme is seen as "the star of the competition field," by both clients and peers alike. Sources add: "She achieves her objectives with clear and precise legal analysis and her work is characterised by its rigour and high quality." Her recent efforts in a collusion case have also earned praise for her "innovative strategy." 

Associate María Paz Canales is praised by clients for her "very direct approach, high level of knowledge and proactive style." Sources go on to say: "She is able to solve our problems very rapidly."

Significant clients Walmart, Nestlé, VTR, BHP Billiton, Colbún.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Respected competition department of this long-standing corporate firm regularly advises clients in compliance matters, alongside a strong transactional practice. The team routinely handles litigation in contentious issues before the local competition authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The recommendations of these lawyers are excellent, they are very dedicated and the service provided always exceeds expectations."

"They are always available; if there's an emergency they are with us 24/7."

Work highlights Assisted mobile network operator Claro Chile in a lawsuit before the TDLC and the Supreme Court for alleged blocking of mobile virtual network operators in this market.

Notable practitioners  

Luis Eduardo Toro earns strong praise from sources who say: "He has given us excellent advice in competition matters and he is always very calm when handling even the most complicated litigation."

Practice head José Tomás Errázuriz is described by interviewees as "very versatile and talented." He led the team advising Claro Chile in non-contentious proceedings before the TDLC regarding the pricing of certain mobile phone products.

Associate Camila Ringeling is recognised as a promising young lawyer by market sources, who highlight her past experience working at the FNE, giving her an in-depth knowledge of relevant proceedings.

Significant clients Claro Chile, Agrosuper, Essbio, Coca-Cola Embonor, Soprole.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Practice with growing market recognition. Recently involved in several high-profile merger control cases across various industry sectors. The department can draw on the support afforded by the firm's strong IP and dispute resolution practices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work done by this firm is of excellent quality. The lawyers are great - I have a lot of confidence in them and their work."

Work highlights Represents Unilever in a lawsuit brought by the FNE and seven detergent producers for alleged exclusionary conduct relating to laundry detergents.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Juan Cristóbal Gumucio is praised by clients for being "very aggressive, creative and effective, especially in Supreme Court cases." Sources also note that his "business understanding enables him to quickly grasp commercial issues."

Associate Guillermo Frene is highly respected by peers and was involved in advising Pfizer in the merger control proceedings regarding the sale of its infant nutrition line to Nestlé.

Significant clients TAM Linhas Aéreas, Pfizer, Whirlpool, Maersk, Unilever.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Esteemed department predominantly advising corporate clients in transactional matters, such as merger control proceedings. Also focuses on advising on investigations and litigations before the local competition authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They always support us and they are committed to helping us in getting through any investigation."

"They are especially good in big trials: they do great defence."

Work highlights Assisted berry producer VitalBerry in its merger with Hortifrut in landmark application of voluntary merger control proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Ricardo Riesco is recommend by peers and clients alike for being "direct, effective and very quick to take action where necessary."

Felipe Cerda left the firm in August 2014.  

Significant clients Cencosud, Quiñenco, Grupo PRISA, Santander, Samsung.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Renowned for litigation capacity in competition matters and regular representation of clients in high-profile cases before the TDCL. Frequently assists clients in non-contentious competition proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm provides an excellent client service and the lawyers have great litigation skills - the proficiency in competition matters, personalised approach and reasonable fees make this firm an excellent choice."

Work highlights Represents Chilean BancoEstado before the TDCL in a case brought by competitors alleging abuse of a dominant position relating to payment services.

Notable practitioners  

Clients highlight José Miguel Gana for his "very analytical style, broad experience in antitrust matters and relevant industry knowledge." He is also noted for his focus on "providing practical advice."

Significant clients Publicis Unitros, Pullman Bus Costa Central, AFEX, BancoEstado, SAAM, Iquique Terminal Internacional.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Chilean branch of this international firm with expertise in compliance. Advises notable international clientele that benefits from the firm's worldwide network. Team is regularly retained for antitrust-related litigation before the TDLC. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm has a global network that provides vast resources and is of great value to us. The quality and timeliness of their services are excellent." 

Work highlights Advice to the Chilean government in a class action for consumer compensation relating to a collusion case in the pharmaceutical sector.

Notable practitioners  

Clients highlight practice co-head José Joaquín Ugarte, saying: "His knowledge allows him to make a difference in competition matters." They add: "He always knows about the status of all tasks and he's always available."

Department co-head Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is recommended by sources for his litigation skills and "capability to design the strategy for an economically and conceptually very complicated case." Sources go on to praise "his ability to find alternative action when something isn't working."

Significant clients Chilean government, Samsung Electronics, Abercrombie & Kent.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Long-standing competition department that is regularly retained by domestic and international clients to assist on investigations by the FNE and proceedings before the antitrust courts. Clients benefit from the practice head's proven litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers that you deal with are actually the ones doing the work - not just sending the invoices. They have been dedicated to antitrust issues since university and can explain everything to you, such as upcoming legislative changes." 

Work highlights Assisted chicken producer Don Pollo in relation to an alleged cartel in the poultry market.

Notable practitioners  

Vastly experienced head of department Enrique Barros remains active in this space. He recently led the team advising Entel in non-contentious proceedings before the TDLC regarding the pricing and bundling of certain mobile phone services.

Associate Nicolás Rojas is endorsed by clients as an expert in competition issues and because "he's truly bilingual."

Significant clients Entel, Don Pollo, CCNI, Procter & Gamble, Empresa Portuaria Antofagasta.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Respected boutique with strong expertise in proceedings before the Chilean antitrust authorities, where the team receives valuable support from the firm's dispute resolution department. Regularly retained by clients for M&A-related antitrust matters including pre-merger analysis and merger control proceedings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is really committed to delivering results and is not only highly capable in legal matters, but also has a unique understanding of our economic and commercial matters."

Work highlights Assisted the Chilean pork producers' association Asprocer in anti-dumping proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Enrique Urrutia Pérez enjoys solid praise from clients: "He is extremely proactive and aside from his enormous expertise, he stands out for his high work standards and strong relationships with third parties."

According to sources, José Manuel Bustamante is "able to understand highly complex problems and find or design creative and highly valuable solutions."  

Significant clients Polpaico, Mall Plaza, Tottus, Falabella, Petreos.

Band 3 | Prieto y Cía

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Full-service firm advising clients on all matters antitrust. Regularly assists clients during investigations by the FNE and supports them in pre-emptive compliances measures. Particular niche expertise in competition matters related to state-owned ports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has shown a great ability to capture the needs of our company. They are very flexible with their clients."

Work highlights Advised retailer SMU in connection with its merger with SDS on matters relating to compliance with the Chilean Competition Tribunal.  

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Benjamín Grebe is praised by sources for "always conducting a thorough analysis before giving an opinion," and "explaining all points of view regarding our problems very clearly."

Associate Angélica Burmester comes highly recommend by clients, who highlight her ability in competition matters.

Significant clients SMU, Vopak, Empresa Portuaria de Chacabuco, Empresa Portuaria de Iquique, Empresa Portuaria de Puerto Montt.

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Emerging competition practice with strong focus on proceedings before the TDLC. Also retained by clients for advice in competition work related to mergers and FNE investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a lot of cross-border work and are really good at that. Their answers are actually helpful - they tell us what's good and practical for our business."

What's new? Former TDLC judge Javier Velozo recently joined the firm. 

Work highlights Represents payment card processor Multicaja in a lawsuit against BancoEstado before the TDLC for alleged abuse of a dominant position. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients note that of counsel Javier Velozo "is always interested in the client's problems." He is involved in advising detergent producer Prosud in a lawsuit against Unilever before the TDLC regarding alleged exclusionary practices.

Significant clients Multicaja, Prosud, Bestpharma, WPP Group, Aportas.

Band 4 | CorreaGubbins

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Compact and active competition and dispute resolution group with particular expertise in competition matters relating to public tenders for state-owned ports. Department also benefits from the firm's acclaimed dispute resolution ability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They work very speedily, always keep us informed and give very clear advice. CorreaGubbins delivers great results." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Juan Ignacio Correa is praised by market sources as "very intelligent and very strategic."

Significant clients Empresa Portuaria San Antonio, Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso.

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Young boutique formed following split from Urrutia & Pellegrini. Specialism in competition litigation. Retained by clients from a variety of industries in litigations, FNE investigations and creation of compliance programmes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are fast, dedicated, always available. Pellegrini is a firm where the partners manage everything themselves and the interactions with the lawyers are really easy-going."

Work highlights Represents detergent producer Canada Chemicals in a lawsuit brought together with the FNE and other companies against Unilever, alleging the abuse of a dominant position in relation to laundry detergent.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Julio Pellegrini Vial comes highly recommended by clients and peers alike: "He has a lot of experience and knowledge in the area and has been very capable in setting out the right strategy for us."

Significant clients Telefónica, Embotelladora Latinoamericana, CMPC, Metrogas, Canada Chemicals.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Carla Bordoli is a founding partner of Bordoli Doren López. She has been involved on some of the market's most notable cases in this practice area.

Sole practitioner Carlos Concha is highly respected by peers for his experience in the competition/antitrust field.

Juan Enrique Coeymans is a founding partner of Coeymans, Edwards y Poblete Abogados. He comes highly recommend by clients, who say: "He has demonstrated a very good understanding of the client's needs and business model, constantly adding extra value with good ideas and great communication skills."

María Isabel Díaz Velasco of Isabel Díaz & Asociados is recognised by peers for her long-standing experience in the Chilean competition sector.

Nicolás Lewin of Noguera Larrain & Dulanto is highlighted by clients for "his direct style, efficiency and quick answers." He recently assisted berry producer Hortifrut in its merger with VitalBerry, which included voluntary merger control proceedings.

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