Competition/Antitrust - Chile
THE FIRM This firm is widely considered to be one of Chile's most prestigious players for antitrust matters. The team regularly acts on behalf of clients before the country's antitrust tribunal (the TDLC) and is highly visible in prominent control merger cases. The firm also manages a large number of collusion, price discrimination and horizontal and vertical integration cases, with a recent highlight seeing the team successfully defend Chilean beverage company Embotelladora Andina against a number of lawsuits brought by the FNE (Chile's national economic prosecutor) and several local bottling companies. Clients signal the firm's commitment to meeting deadlines and learning the details of each case as being among its distinguishing features.
Sources say: "The team is extremely responsive, it has a great understanding of our business and it has become a key partner of our company."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner José Miguel Huerta is an experienced lawyer who stands out as a strong litigator in competition cases, according to clients.
Sources consistently single out associate Santiago Bravo as a "promising young lawyer with strong technical knowledge of competition matters."
Acclaimed litigator Cristóbal Eyzaguirre is "truly one of the most brilliant minds in competition in Chile," according to sources.
THE FIRM This well-regarded firm is a dominant market player in the local competition market. The team manages a large volume of high-profile antitrust cases and recently represented Puerto Central before the TDLC in a non-contentious procedure regarding the regulatory regime controlling Chilean ports. Sources praise the team's client commitment and its ability to comprehend both the technical and the economic aspects of any legal problems faced.
Sources say: "We have a very good impression of the firm, which we believe to be among the best in Chile for antitrust. They are always available, anticipate problems and always provide exactly what you ask of them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Nicole Nehme is lauded by clients as "simply brilliant - few people have her level of knowledge in this sector."
Carla Bordoli is a regulatory and TMT specialist who stands out for her strong analytical capacity and diligent working manner, according to sources.
Acclaimed litigator Paulo Montt "is informed and up to date, and pays great attention to detail," enthuse clients.
THE FIRM This acclaimed corporate player is regularly called upon by its clients to advise on competition matters, and the team often works hand in hand with the firm's respected litigation department for contentious issues. The team has a particular focus on merger control filings, with a recent case in point seeing the firm represent Southern Cross before the TDLC in order to secure the tribunal's approval of measures put forward to avoid incurring the potential anti-competitive effects of a merger between its subsidiary Supermercados del Sur and Chilean retail group SMU.
Sources say: "The firm supports us across a range of practice areas and is well placed to understand how its advice will impact on our business."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Tomás Errázuriz regularly assists with the firm's contentious work in this area and brings in-depth knowledge of the energy and TMT sectors to the team.
Associate David Cademartori "gets involved in our problems as though he were part of our company," said one client.
Luis Eduardo Toro heads the firm's litigation department and is described by clients as a "brilliant lawyer who combines legal knowledge with practical advice."
THE FIRM This long-established firm is the biggest in the country and is considered to be an important player in antitrust. The competition team is able to draw on the firm's recommended litigation department as well as its expertise in the regulated markets of energy, TMT and insurance in order to develop sector-specific strategies for clients. The team recently won a 12-year battle on behalf of Philip Morris when the Supreme Court ruled that competitor Compañía Chilena de Tabacos (CCT) had engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in cigarette advertising. Clients note the team's strong training and academic background as being among its assets.
Sources say: "The team was wholly committed to our cause as if it were a personal issue of its own, and the legal analysis and strategy provided were excellent."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lorena Pavic is "always one step ahead and knows exactly which direction the Chilean legislation is likely to take in the future," enthuse clients.
Claudio Lizana brings a wealth of corporate expertise to the competition practice.
Associate Juan Enrique Coeymans worked alongside Pavic in bringing a successful case against CCT on behalf of Philip Morris and stands out for his "capacity to analyse the different angles of a case," according to clients.
THE FIRM The competition team at this budding player benefits from the firm's considerable experience in regulated sectors such as TMT, energy and real estate. The team is also able to draw on the firm's expert advice in dispute resolution and litigation. Representative clients to date include Cruz Verde and BancoEstado. Sources note the firm's profound knowledge and experience in competition matters.
Sources say: "The firm has demonstrated the ability to devise effective court strategies and has good working relations with experts in key areas related to our business."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Miguel Gana is singled out by sources for his strong commitment to the client and their deadlines.
Gabriela Morales has an accomplished name in competition matters and adds experience in litigation and TMT to the practice.
THE FIRM The antitrust practice at this international firm offers specialised advice on abuse of market position and unfair competition. The team also assists clients in devising compliance programmes and has been retained by the likes of SAMSUNG and Philips in this regard. The practice benefits from the proven experience of its main partners in dispute resolution, which serves a notable advantage for contentious competition matters. A recent case in point saw the firm defend Nokia against allegations of price-fixing and abuse of dominant position. Clients commend the firm's knowledge, commercial awareness and flexible working manner.
Sources say: "The firm always considers the context it is working in and thinks not just in local terms, but in a broader global framework."
KEY INDIVIDUALS According to sources, Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés stands out for his "knowledge of the subject matter and ability to devise innovative solutions tailored to client needs."
Clients are full of praise for José Joaquín Ugarte, noting his "great strategic and analytical capacity."
THE FIRM This revered antitrust practice enjoys widespread support from the firm's pool of experts in corporate and dispute resolution matters. The competition and regulated markets team is regularly asked to assist with drafting and reforming the sector's legislation in addition to providing the full catalogue of legal services to its clients.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Acclaimed arbitrator Enrique Barros has a strong track record in competition.
Nicolás Rojas is recommended by sources for his academic contributions to the area.
Francisco González Hoch provides trial support to the practice and is "very sharp," according to his peers.
THE FIRM This corporate firm is a visible force in the Chilean antitrust market, and regularly represents clients in cartel and merger control cases spanning a range of industry sectors. Recent representative highlights have seen the firm defend Whirlpool against claims of collusion brought by the FNE, and representing Terpel in the antitrust aspects of the sale of its Chilean subsidiary to Quiñenco. The practice benefits substantially from the expertise of the firm's leading IP department, as well as its proven experience in dispute resolution, TMT, energy and real estate. Clients cite speed and partner involvement as being among the firm's strengths.
Sources say: "The firm produces quality results and always meets our expectations."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Juan Cristóbal Gumucio stands out for his "strong business acumen and ability to prioritise tasks," according to clients.
THE FIRM This boutique player is the result of a recent split from former firm Ortúzar, Águila & Concha. The new firm is expected to retain significant market standing owing to the strong track record of its name partners in competition and dispute resolution matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Carlos Concha is an acclaimed name in the field and leads on all antitrust cases at the firm.
THE FIRM This traditional firm regularly assists clients with merger control filings, cartel cases and compliance programmes. The group has particular expertise in the retail and TMT sectors, a recent case in point seeing the team act for Chilean radio broadcasting company Grupo Prisa before the TDLC in order to obtain the tribunal's authorisation to renew its local concessions. Clients commend the firm's quality advice and organisational rigour.
Sources say: "Our experience with the firm has been excellent - they carried out the work in a timely manner and were highly responsive to our deadlines."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ricardo Riesco stands out for his knowledge of comparative competition law in the USA and EU, according to clients.
Associate Felipe Cerda enters the rankings this year following consistent praise from clients and peers alike.
THE FIRM This all-round player advises clients on the full catalogue of competition needs, providing assistance with collusion and pre-merger control cases alongside pre-emptive counsel on compliance programmes. The team combines its members' expertise in corporate, tax, litigation and regulated markets to provide clients with an integrated and multidisciplinary service. In a recent highlight, it represented state-owned company Empresa Portuaria de Puerto Montt in seeking clarification on the public bidding process for the southern port of Puerto Montt from the TDLC. Clients recommend the team's personalised attention and experience across a range of practice areas.
Sources say: "They are excellent negotiators and stay involved throughout the whole process."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Luis Prieto has valuable experience in corporate and competition matters.
Antitrust specialist Benjamín Grebe heads the practice and is "detail-oriented and very knowledgeable in this area," according to clients.
THE FIRM This specialist firm has a strong profile in litigation and competition matters, and advises clients on the full catalogue of related compliance queries. The team is active across a range of industry sectors, including retail, food and beverage, infrastructure and telecoms. Clients highlight the team's business focus and agile working manner.
Sources say: "We have an excellent impression of the firm. Its principal strength lies in the high calibre of its team members and their complementary expertise."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Enrique Urrutia Pérez is singled out by sources for his analytical approach to problem solving.
Clients are full of praise for José Manuel Bustamante: "He is a sharp lawyer with extensive experience, vast knowledge and great versatility."
Since publication, Julio Pellegrini Vial has joined Pellegrini & Cía. The market is still waiting to assess the full impact of his departure.
THE FIRM This recommended antitrust practice works alongside the firm's well-regarded IP division to advise clients on a range of queries spanning health and telecoms regulation, pharmaceutical law and compliance programmes. The team also works in close conjunction with the firm's celebrated litigation division for contentious matters. Representative clients to date include Fox, Telefónica and Laboratorios Garden House.
Sources say: "We feel very comfortable with the service - the firm can tell when a matter is urgent and never charges capriciously."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gabriel Zaliasnik is the head of the antitrust practice area and brings vast experience in litigation and white-collar crime to the team.
THE FIRM The antitrust practice at this budding firm is routinely retained to advise clients on transaction planning, commercial agreements and competition cases brought before the TDLC. The team benefits from the support of the firm's acclaimed corporate and dispute resolution departments, recently collaborating with fellow litigation experts in order to defend a number of local advertising agencies belonging to the WPP Group against claims of collusion brought by the FNE. The practice has been particularly visible assisting clients in the pharmaceutical and supermarket industries with their compliance programmes of late. Clients value the team's personalised service and co-ordinated teamwork.
Sources say: "They are quick, dynamic and practical, and have a strong sense of urgency."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Luis Aninat is the key contact for clients.
THE FIRM The antitrust team at this multidisciplinary firm has a particular niche in trade issues related to anti-competitive practices, and is regularly instructed to provide legal counsel and representation in connection with a range of day-to-day and contentious needs. The team benefits from Bofill Mir's standout name in litigation and recently acted for the Chilean Association of Milk Producers in bringing a claim of abuse of dominant position against two local dairy producers before the FNE, prompting an official investigation by the authorities. Further representative clients in this area include Sandvik, Cervecería Chile and Fresenius Medical Care. Clients note strong partner involvement and knowledge of the relevant legislation as competitive advantages.
Sources say: "We feel that we are in good hands - the firm devises sound strategies and demonstrates commitment to our case."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrés Jana is the practice contact for clients.
THE FIRM The antitrust department at this compact player is strongly linked to the firm's celebrated dispute resolution practice. The team has recently acted for clients in the food and beverage, automotive and port industries, a case in point seeing the firm represent Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso in bringing a request before the TDLC to modify the bidding process for the operation of the port's front berth.
Sources say: "We chose the firm because of its efficiency, experience and technical quality, and we've seen a very good performance so far."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Juan Ignacio Correa has "vast experience in the field," according to clients.
THE FIRM Since publication, Julio Pellegrini has founded his own firm alongside several associates from his former practice, Pellegrini & Urrutia. The new firm will maintain a specialist focus on disputes and competition matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Julio Pellegrini Vial is an experienced litigator who has a strong grasp of contentious issues in the antitrust arena. He is active across a range of industry sectors, including retail, food and beverage, infrastructure and telecoms.
Sole practitioner María Isabel Díaz Velasco recently acted for luxury hotels operator Explora in a high-profile collusion case. "She works efficiently and is conceptually very sound," enthuse sources.
Interviewees are full of praise for Nicolás Lewin of Lewin & Cía Abogados, who recently served as counsel to Bethia in presenting a merger control filing before the TDLC with respect to its acquisition of Mega: "He is very knowledgeable in the area and has really gained a sense of how to navigate the system."