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Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner

Santiago de Chile

Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner - Santiago de Chile
  • Avenue El Golf 40, 20th floor
  • Las Condes
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • 7550107
  • Head Committee: Juan Francisco Gutiérrez (President), Enrique Alcalde (Director), Federico Grebe (Director), Camilo Jiménez (General Manager)
  • Number of partners: 16
  • Number of associates & counsels worldwide: 95 (not including trainees and international lawyers)

THE FIRM: 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.
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: 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: 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 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: Long-established and well reputed M&A area. 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: 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.

Branches

  • Avenue El Golf 40, 20th floor,
  • Las Condes,
  • Santiago de Chile,
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • 7550107
  • Tel +56 22 364 3700
  • Fax +56 22 364 3796
  • Email : philippi@philippi.cl
  • Website : www.philippi.cl

Banking & Finance - Chile

THE FIRM This pre-eminent firm has a considerable track record in banking and finance, with clients highlighting its strong partner involvement as a distinguishing feature. The team provides a wide range of services, including syndicated loans, insurance and risk management, capital markets work and project finance, and also handles related regulatory issues as needed. Recent work has seen the team serve as counsel to Crédit Agricole as administrative agent for initial loan agreements granted to Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda in order to finance the local generator's development of an electricity plant in northern Chile.

Sources say: "The team is sharp and focused, making you feel confident that any problem can be solved."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marcelo Armas takes the helm of the practice and is lauded by clients for his "strong knowledge of the Chilean market and proactivity when it comes to our requests." He led the team advising Crédit Agricole as administrative agent for initial loan agreements provided to Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda.

Capital markets and infrastructure specialist Andrés Sanfuentes is singled out by peers for his expertise and activity in the banking and finance sphere.  

Capital Markets - Chile

THE FIRM The capital markets group at this leading corporate firm serves a large roster of major corporations and local and international banks in connection with debt and equity work. The team recently helped long-time client Cencosud to secure the regulatory approval necessary to execute a capital increase worth USD2 billion.

Sources say: "They provide an excellent service that is great value for money and always exceeds our expectations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Finance expert Marcelo Armas is a key member of the capital markets division and led the team which recently advised Cencosud on its capital increase.

Andrés Sanfuentes has a respected name in this area and adds invaluable corporate expertise to his practice.

Competition/Antitrust - Chile

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.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

THE FIRM The corporate and M&A group is a flagship department at this multi-platform Chilean firm. The team is well versed in rendering corporate advice on day-to-day queries, joint ventures and local and cross-border M&A, and regularly helps foreign companies with setting up operations in Chile. In a recent representative highlight, the team assisted Chilean retailer Cencosud with its USD2.5 billion acquisition of the Colombian retail and real estate business of French group, Carrefour. The team also represented BTG Pactual in its recent acquisition of Celfín Capital.

Sources say: "What I like most about Philippi is the team's partnership with the client and its long-term business vision."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced M&A lawyer Juan Francisco Gutiérrez is widely endorsed by sources for his expertise in this area. He served as lead partner on Cencosud's recent acquisition of Carrefour's Colombia-based retail and real estate operations.

Federico Grebe and Alberto Pulido are recommended by clients for their "straightforward and constructive strategies, which minimise conflict and are always easy to implement." 

Dispute Resolution - Chile

THE FIRM The dispute resolution practice at this major full-service firm typically acts as permanent counsel and defence to the firm's corporate clients. The team serves companies and individuals across a wide range of industries, including energy, mining, banking and sanitation, and provides civil litigation services in relation to contractual, regulatory, administrative, class action and consumer rights issues. The team is currently representing a number of former chief officers of electricity giant Enersis in a conflict with the Chilean state treasury regarding the reimbursement of interest paid for an administrative fine imposed by the Chilean stock exchange commission. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jaime Irarrázabal assists the team in his role as senior counsel and is a deeply respected arbitrator. 

Enrique Alcalde heads the department. He is particularly well known for his defence of executives and is currently representing the former chief officers of Enersis in connection with an administrative fine.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

THE FIRM Sources recognise this distinguished Chilean all-rounder as a key player in the energy market, and are quick to highlight the group's regulatory know-how. Notable names in the team's client portfolio include Elementos Resources, South American Iron Steel and Cleveland Mining, and the firm was recently retained by Spanish renewables company Norvento in order to provide legal advice on its Caleta Sarco project. The practice is supported by the firm's complementary divisions in corporate, finance, environment and mining.

Sources say: "The firm really stands out for energy matters and the team works hard to find solutions." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Juan Irarrázabal has a respected name in the local market and focuses his practice on natural resources, corporate and infrastructure issues. 

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

THE FIRM This full-service firm is well placed to oversee the planning, development and operation of mining projects, and is regularly retained by clients to advise on the acquisition and protection of mining concessions and easements. Recent highlights include assisting Australian listed company South American Iron Steel with its Iron Sands exploration project in Chile, and serving as counsel to Minería Imán in connection with its local iron ore project.

Sources say: "The firm stands out for its mining expertise and has an important name in the local market." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Juan Paulo Bambach "has great judgement and is pro-project," according to sources. 

Environment - Chile

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a leading environmental practice that works in close conjunction with its acclaimed energy and mining divisions. The team has strong knowledge of the regulatory framework in Chile and regularly undertakes due diligence and auditing work on behalf of clients, which it also assists with the processing of environmental permits and impact studies. The firm was recently retained by Geotérmica del Norte in order to provide an assessment of its Central Geotérmica Cerro Pabellón project, which was later approved by the authorities. The firm's ability to present documents in perfect English is particularly valued by clients.

Sources say: "This is an excellent firm that is quick and precise, and stands out for its technical expertise and the depth of its legal analysis."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are full of praise for Juan José Eyzaguirre, who is seen as a leading expert in the field: "He has a special sensibility for dealing with political and legal matters related to the environment - he understands the local authorities and how to deal with them."  

Associate Paulina Toro is another key member of the team and comes recommended as an efficient and detail-oriented attorney.

Labour & Employment - Chile

THE FIRM This celebrated 11-man team is widely known for being one of the first labour divisions in Chile to take root in a full-service firm. To date, the team has acted for a number of prominent international banks with respect to local labour litigations, and it has been particularly active in outsourcing-related cases of late. Further client groups include retail conglomerates, sporting associations, insurance companies and airlines. 

Sources say: "This is an excellent team and a top choice for both contentious and transactional issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Enrique Munita heads up the department and is highly regarded in the market for his intelligent counsel in connection with labour trials and day-to-day matters.

Associate Cristián Olavarría has earned a strong name in Chile for labour and social security matters.

Projects - Chile

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a strong presence for project finance and draws on substantial know-how in the energy, mining and real estate sectors. The team frequently advises clients at different stages of a project, often working in close conjunction with the firm's celebrated corporate, environment and litigation departments in order to provide clients with a comprehensive service. Clients praise the team's responsiveness.

Sources say: "They meet our deadlines, they are always available and they have strong internal organisation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Financing expert Marcelo Armas is a valued member of the projects team owing to his "extraordinary reputation with the banks."

Sources praise leading mining lawyer Juan Paulo Bambach for his collaborative approach to resolving project issues.

Since publication, Carlos Alberto Reyes has joined the team as of counsel. Reyes focuses his practice on the corporate and banking aspects of projects and is singled out by clients for his negotiation skills.

Real Estate - Chile

THE FIRM This firm houses one of the most experienced real estate practices in Chile. The core of the team's activity consists of advising developers on residential and commercial projects, establishing real estate investment funds and assisting local and international funds with the sale and acquisition of residential and office buildings. In a recent highlight, the team served as counsel to local investment fund manager Las Américas as it purchased a Santiago office building.

Sources say: "We value the firm's international experience and its close working relationship with the legal department of our company." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head José Tagle is widely respected by peers, who consider him to be quick, knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Tax - Chile

THE FIRM The tax team of this general practice firm is recognised for devising complex tax structures and providing strategic advice in major M&A and financing transactions. The team recently served as counsel to Brazilian bank BTG Pactual in connection with the tax aspects of its acquisition of Chilean brokerage firm Celfin Capital. 

Sources say: "Philippi stands out for its broad tax experience, innovative solutions and pro-business focus. The quality of its service is excellent and always adjusted to the needs of the client."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Mario Silva is deeply respected in the market for his extensive tax knowledge and commercial vision. Clients laud his ability to propose "creative structures that are always aligned with the interests of our business." 

Guillermo Infante provides "practical and down-to-earth advice," according to sources, who highlight the close relationship he maintains with his clients.

TMT - Chile

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.