- Head Committee: Juan Francisco Gutiérrez (President), Enrique Alcalde (Director), Juan José Eyzaguirre (Director), Camilo Jiménez (General Manager)
- Number of partners: : 15
- Number of associates & counsels worldwide: 95 (not including trainees and international lawyers)
THE FIRM: Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner is a full-service law firm with more than 100 years in the legal market, nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most prestigious law firms in Chile. Their lawyers have a high level of specialisation, industry knowledge and provide an excellent service. The firm has close relationships with firms in the US, UK and Europe. Since 1998, it has been associated with the firm Uría Menéndez in Spain and holds close connections with different firms in Latin America. Philippi has a modern and efficient structure with a solid client base. Members of the firm have taken part in the negotiation and closing of relevant business deals and have participated in high profile public cases. This involvement has also extended to the public sector, wherein they have been appointed and hold important government positions.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Antitrust: Philippi advises on all aspects of antitrust, including investigations by the authority, litigation on cartels and abuse of dominance, consultations for M&A operations, settlements, audits on level of compliance and legal reports. The firm has been successful in pivotal cases in different industries.
Banking & Project Finance: The firm has acted as advisor for foreign and local banks in the most relevant international and domestic financing transactions in the Chilean market, in the areas of syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing. Philippi is also well known for its expertise in the development of innovative financial structures and products. The firm has also represented underwriters and issuers in the placement of bonds and securities in Chile and abroad.
Corporate & Foreign Investment: The firm advises on all corporate and contractual matters, including structuring of foreign investment, sophisticated international agreements, distributions contracts, customs and regulatory issues related to imports and exports, and technology projects including telecommunications and internet-related projects.
Environmental: The Environmental Group is integrated by specialised attorneys who provide advice on legal environmental matters for the development of mining, industrial, energy, real state, infrastructure projects, among others. The high level of specialisation, the ability to handle technical aspects related with the environmental law and the integration and coordination with other areas of the law firm, allows the firm to provide comprehensive and high quality services.
Infrastructure: Philippi has developed leading expertise advising companies such as those involved in toll roads and ports. It has also participated as counsel for the project or the lenders in the financing of toll road companies. In addition, the firm has advised purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and sale of infrastructure entities. It has also acted in the privatisation of public utilities and ports.
Intellectual Property: The firm offers comprehensive advice on intellectual property matters, including focused counselling in the development of efficient strategies of protection, services directed to protect and enforce intellectual property rights and contracts, as well as other closely related matters such as unfair competition, consumer protection, advertisement, etc.
Labour & Employment: Philippi assists clients in connection with labour and employment matters including litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety. The labour and employment practice is referred to a wide range of industries, such as mining, chemical, financial institutions, airlines, transportation companies, consulting companies and others.
Litigation & Arbitration: The practice specialises in the prevention and resolution of disputes involving complex legal and technical issues for national and international clients spanning a wide range of industries. The members of the group have successfully represented their clients in litigation before the Chilean courts of justice, as well as in domestic and international institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings. The firm’s experience includes all areas of law relating to civil, commercial, corporate, financial, energy, mining, environmental, administrative, consumer protection and real estate matters.
M&A: The firm has a long-established and well reputed M&A area, which has specialised in matters that require special attention, extensive experience and a high level of sophistication by the firm’s partners. Philippi has been involved in a high percentage of the largest and most intricate merger and acquisition transactions. The firm regularly assists its clients in their most complex and relevant M&A transactions.
Maritime Law: Includes charterparty disputes, shipping contracts, marine insurance and cargo claims. They help clients resolve problems and conduct their businesses with creative and personalised solutions to their problems.
Mining, Energy & Natural Resources: For the last few years, the firm has actively participated in a large number of the relevant energy and mining developments in Chile, either from the side of the owners, assisting banks and financial institutions in the restructuring of financing packages or by providing advice to clients on the acquisition and reorganisation processes. The firm’s experience and deep knowledge of the mining, energy and natural resources industries and regulations enables Philippi to identify relevant and key legal issues and thus grant high quality services.
Real Estate: The firm represents important local real estate developers, as well as relevant international real estate investors and investment funds, participating in some of the most important international acquisitions of class A office buildings in Chile.
Tax: The Tax Group has a strong practice in corporate reorganisations, tax planning, M&A and financial services, including financial instruments. They have joined the staff professionals specialising in tax litigation, with extensive experience in tax criminal matters and constitutional conflicts.
Telecommunications, Media & Technology: The TMT Group advises relevant multinational media and technology companies in all their regional legal matters, from licenses of software and TV formats to customs matters regarding the import of technology products. The firm also advises ISPs in all legal e-commerce aspects.