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Guerrero Olivos

Santiago de Chile

Guerrero Olivos - Santiago de Chile
  • Av Vitacura 2939
  • Piso 8
  • Las Condes
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago
  • Chile
  • 7550011
  • Managing Partner: Roberto Guerrero V Senior Partners: Roberto Guerrero D, Carlos Olivos, Hernán Felipe Errázuriz, Jorge Delpiano
  • Number of partners: 19
  • Number of other lawyers: 37

THE FIRM: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz was founded in Santiago in 1981 by a group of attorneys who shared the vision of creating a law firm based on excellence, efficiency and loyalty, in order to provide their clients optimal support in carrying out their business and transactions and to become one of the leading actors in the Chilean legal market. The firm provides services in accordance with the highest international standards and specialises in local and international transactions in a broad range of legal services to Chilean and international clients.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE: Given the professional experience of the founding partners, Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz began as a law firm oriented to the practice of financial, banking and securities law. The firm quickly extended its practice to many different areas of law and today enjoys high prestige in matters of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources and energy, tax law, labour law, real estate law and treatment of technological matters, which have become relevant aspects of the firm’s practice.
Banking & Finance: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz regularly represents local and international financial institutions and advises its clients on transactions involving all kinds of financings. Providing appropriate solutions to the complex necessities of project finance is one of the areas in which the firm excels. Among others, the firm has participated in the financing of important infrastructure projects such as highways, airports, power, industrial, regasification and mining projects.
Securitisation: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz regularly participates in securitisation transactions and is a leading law firm representing issuers. The firm has participated in the most important securitisations in Chile.
Capital Markets: The firmregularly represents Chilean corporate issuers of debt and equity securities, as well as underwriters and placement agents involved in their distribution. The firm’s long time experience includes, among others, offerings of debt securities both in Chile, Europe and in the United States.
Investment Funds: The firm’s practice includes acting as representatives of foreign funds, organising local funds, and advising on the distribution in Chile and Latin America. The firm’s practice also includes the registration of foreign funds with the Chilean authorities to allow Chilean pension funds to invest in them.
Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm has broad experience in the acquisition, sale and merger of companies, including international transactions. These operations usually involve the analysis of complex legal issues in different fields of law such as corporate, tax, labour, intellectual property and environmental law.
Foreign Investment: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz is a respected name in the field of foreign investment. The firm advises both international investors and the Chilean vehicles receiving foreign investment.
Corporate Law: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz offers a complete range of corporate legal services. The firm advises its clients in all phases of structuring and operation of their business, including corporate organisation, management, corporate governance, labour, financial transactions, and regulatory compliance, as well as general corporate matters.
Tax: The firm provides tax advice to its clients on the activities of capital markets, financial instruments, the structure and operation of foreign investment funds, international banking, foreign investment, acquisitions, project financing and general corporate matters.
Energy & Natural Resources: The vast experience of the firm in the area of energy and natural resources has led it to a prominent position in the Chilean market in projects related to electricity, hydrocarbons, mining, water, and waste treatment, including environmental and regulatory advice. The firm has broad experience advising clients in the energy sector.
Real Estate: The firm represents investors, lenders and developers in connection with real estate and hotel projects. The practice of the firm includes the development of housing and office projects, mortgage loans, sale and leaseback financings and offerings of notes secured or backed by real estate.
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution: The litigation staff of the firm engage in a wide variety of civil, commercial and administrative cases, as well as constitutional actions for the protection of civil and economic rights. The firm has represented Chilean and foreign clients in several litigation cases of particular complexity, including international arbitration. Antitrust: The firm offers advice on structuring investments from an antitrust standpoint. Its services encompass both the design of strategies to prevent infractions in this area as well as litigation on free trade and antitrust issues.
Labour Law: Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz has developed a very successful labour law practice, which allows the firm to advise its corporate clients in a broad variety of related services, such as collective bargaining, labour litigation, stock option plans and labour strategy.
Telecommunications: The firmhas developed an extensive practice in the telecommunications area. The firm’s experience covers concessions, negotiation, litigation, and representation of its clients before the Chilean telecommunications regulatory agency.
Intellectual Property: Through its affiliated firm Garay Guerrero, the firm offers comprehensive legal advice in intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, domain names and copyrights at the highest levels.

LANGUAGES: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.


Banking & Finance - Chile

THE FIRM The banking and finance practice at this full-service heavyweight is highly recommended in the market. The team advises a wide range of financial institutions and companies on credit facilities, project finance, capital markets work and related regulatory and contentious issues, drawing on the support of the firm's complementary practice areas as necessary. The team acts as permanent counsel to long-term clients such as Deutsche Bank and BCI, and a recent highlight saw the group advise Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda as it received USD318 million project financing for the development of an electricity plant in the north of Chile. 

Sources say: "This is a relevant player in the Chilean market and its lawyers are excellent for banking and finance."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Key partner Jorge Delpiano has a broad corporate and capital markets practice which includes traditional finance work. Clients consider him to be "very able across multiple disciplines and efficient with his response times."

Department head Roberto Guerrero receives strong endorsement from peers in this area. He recently headed the team advising Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda on the financing aspects of its electricity plant development project in Chile.

José Miguel Ried serves as permanent counsel to BCI and wins strong praise from clients, who say: "He really stands out for his knowledge of financing matters."

Capital Markets - Chile

THE FIRM The capital markets practice at this prominent corporate player serves a roster of local and international clients, including BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, BCI and La Polar. The team recently advised Telefónica Chile on a USD400 million cross-border bond placement on the New York and Luxembourg stock exchanges.

Sources say: "They are very committed to our legal needs and the quality of their work is excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS José Miguel Ried wins client praise for his profound knowledge of securities law as well as his technical capacity and strong understanding of the pertinent legislation.

Fellow partner Cristian Fabres Ruiz stands out for his ability to find innovative solutions to complex issues, according to sources.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

THE FIRM This corporate firm draws on three decades of corporate and M&A experience in the Chilean market. The team provides local and international clients with a broad range of services in the area, and benefits from the integrated support of the firm's complementary practice groups in finance, tax and dispute resolution. The corporate team has a particular focus on the energy, mining, infrastructure and food and beverage industries, and recently led the corporate restructuring of Chilean retailer La Polar to avoid the company's bankruptcy in the wake of a highly publicised fraud scandal.

Sources say: "This firm is a great choice for corporate and M&A matters, and we particularly value its multidisciplinary support."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Roberto Guerrero is endorsed by sources for his strong corporate practice backed by sound academic expertise.

Jorge Delpiano was a key partner in the restructuring of local retailer La Polar and brings a wealth of financial experience to the team.

Pedro Pellegrini focuses his practice on M&A, corporate governance and antitrust matters, and recently advised Refractarios Iunge on the sale of assets in laboratory supplies to VWR International.

Dispute Resolution - Chile

THE FIRM This renowned full-service firm is gaining traction in the local dispute resolution market, where it serves a growing portfolio of new and long-standing clients. The team frequently handles civil litigation and arbitration relating to the mining, banking and energy sectors, and is currently representing Chilean electricity transmission company Transelec in arbitration proceedings with Hyundai regarding the enforcement of a purchase agreement for a transmission line. The team is also well placed to advise Chilean investors on claims before ICSID.

Sources say: "I like their way of working - they are close to their clients, provide a timely service and deploy a good balance of senior and junior lawyers." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head José Ignacio Jiménez was recently made partner and is an "experienced, diligent and responsive lawyer," according to clients.

Roberto Guerrero Sr is in high demand as a specialist arbitrator and heads the firm's domestic and international commercial arbitration group.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

THE FIRM This energy and natural resources team draws on the support of the firm's full-service capabilities in order to provide clients with an integrated service that spans environment, finance, corporate and dispute resolution. Recent highlights in this area include working with Idroenergía on the development of the company's Paloma hydropower plant, and assisting Indian company NSL Renewable Power with its acquisition and development of three wind farms located in the south of Chile. Clients underscore the firm's commitment to its clients and its transactional prowess.

Sources say: "They have a strong multidisciplinary team and can provide us with a comprehensive service from start to finish."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources hail partner and environment expert Clemente Pérez as an "excellent lawyer with global vision."

Clients value senior associate Sebastián Abogabir for his expertise in project development. He served as part of the team advising NSL Renewable Power in connection with the purchase and development of three wind farms.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

THE FIRM This well-reputed transactional firm provides mining companies with expert legal advice on a wide range of matters, spanning corporate, financial, administrative and environmental issues. The team's portfolio of representative clients features the likes of Anglo American and Russian mining fund Aterra Investment, and the group is currently advising Chinese group Simbalik on the development of a lithium mining project in the Atacama Desert.

Sources say: "The firm has provided incredible support and has taken on our risks as though they were its own." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Pedro Lyon "knows the mining code inside out," according to clients, who value his in-depth experience in the area.

Senior associate Marco Zavala formed part of a team conducting due diligence of local mining concessions on behalf of Aterra Investment. 

Environment - Chile

THE FIRM This renowned corporate firm has a team of highly qualified lawyers who advise on environmental issues stemming from projects in the mining, industrial, energy, real estate and waste sectors. The team also litigates on behalf of clients where necessary. Anglo American, Simbalik and GERSA all feature on its client roster, and the firm is currently advising Indian power company NSL on the purchase of three wind farms in the south of Chile.

Sources say: "An excellent team with a great understanding of the local legislation. They are timely, proactive and flexible to the client's needs." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department Clemente Pérez is consistently singled out by clients and peers alike for his extensive experience in environmental matters. "He is very sharp and always meets deadlines," enthuse sources.

Martín Santa María was promoted to partner in January 2013 and stands out for his strong management skills, according to clients. 

Intellectual Property - Chile

THE FIRM The IP division of this full-service firm provides clients with an integrated service for intellectual and industrial property, routinely handling the registration and protection of trade marks, patents, copyright or authorship rights, plant varieties and domain names. The team recently advised Chilean investment bank IM Trust on the registration and protection of its international trade marks as part of its strategic expansion throughout the region.

Sources say: "The firm provides effective, high-quality advice and we've always had a very good experience in terms of client service and response times - they are fast and efficient."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Jorge Garay Perez led the team representing IM Trust in connection with its regional IP rights. "His opinions are always well founded and thought through, and he has valuable experience of working in different countries around the world," enthuse clients.

Projects - Chile

THE FIRM This full-service firm advises clients on all aspects of project planning and development, and provides clients with comprehensive support by combining its acclaimed expertise in the corporate, finance and environment arenas. The team regularly handles projects for clients from the energy, mining, real estate and TMT sectors, including NSL Renewable Power, Simbalik Group and Trans Antartic Energía. It was recently retained by Abengoa to provide legal counsel on the transmission line contracts relating to the Sierra Gorda mining project, and has also advised Hidroaustral on the regulatory and financing aspects of its local hydroelectric projects. Sources praise the firm's good working relations with the Chilean authorities.

Sources say: "This is an excellent team of regulatory and transactional lawyers that delivers great results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Pedro Lyon comes recommended for his "deep knowledge of the mining sector and strong commitment to his clients."

Regulatory and environmental expert Clemente Pérez is a valuable asset to the projects team and is praised by clients for his "availability and timely advice."

Young partner Martín Santa María is positioning himself well in regulatory, infrastructure and real estate work, according to peers.

Real Estate - Chile

THE FIRM The real estate group at this established all-rounder focuses on transactions, development projects and project acquisitions by real estate funds. It also offers support in connection with real estate due diligence and zoning issues. The firm has a strong local and international client roster, which includes Inmobiliaria y Constructora Amunátegui and NEVASA. In a recent highlight, the group advised Munich-based real estate fund management group GLL on the USD13 million sale of an office building in Santiago.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Martín Santa María heads up the department and is widely praised by peers for his focus on transactions and urban planning and permits.

Tax - Chile

THE FIRM The tax division of this widely respected firm primarily offers tax assistance for corporate matters, M&A and restructurings, also providing inheritance and estate planning for private individuals. It recently advised Indian wind energy company NSL Eólica on the tax structure for the USD600 million acquisition of a wind park in southern Chile. The team also handles contentious matters, recently representing the likes of La Polar and Bolsa de Madrid before the Chilean tax authorities.

Sources say: "The firm is excellent value for money, with good technical responses and added value in the tax area."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Since publication, Jaime Del Valle has left this practice. The market is still waiting to assess the full impact of his departure. Sebastián Guerrero is the practice contact.

TMT - Chile

THE FIRM The core strength of this TMT practice lies in its corporate and regulatory work. The team typically advises clients on telecoms concessions and distribution and licensing agreements, and also represents clients before the Chilean telecoms regulatory agency for related contentious matters. The firm serves as regular counsel to Yahoo! on its local TMT queries. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Juan Enrique Allard serves as lead counsel to Yahoo! and has considerable experience in the telecoms sector.