• You are now in...
  • Latin America

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: 45

THE FIRM: Guerrero Olivos is a leading law firm in Chile with extensive experience in both local and international markets. With more than 30 years of practice and more than 60 lawyers, it is recognised worldwide for its team of experts and as a law firm based on excellence, efficiency, loyalty and integrity. The firm’s clients demand it be a leading advisor on critical and sophisticated transactions of national impact, spanning legal, economic and financial matters. In order to accomplish such demand, the firm established itself as an independent law firm with a formal organisation and a clear business model focused on providing legal services at the highest quality. Guerrero Olivos’ leiv motif to render high quality and custom-made legal services has led it to structure and develop numerous inedited legal structures, financial and debt instruments. It has been praised for its ability to innovate and to act creatively according to its clients needs.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE: In the process of structuring new instruments, the firm actively collaborates and assists governmental institutions in their role of drafting regulation that makes possible the entering into new transactions. Guerrero Olivos and its partners have participated in the drafting and or improvement of relevant legal bodies. In Guerrero Olivos clients find tailored and comprehensive legal services, including a broad range of corporate law-related matters, such as restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, labor and tax law. Also, its high quality service includes capital markets regulation, banking law, project finance and all forms of corporate finance. The firm has built a prominent position in the Chilean market in projects related to energy matters, including electricity, hydrocarbons, water, and waste treatment, including environmental and regulatory advice. Furthermore, Guerrero Olivos enjoys high prestige in litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters, in administrative and public law, sports law, mining law and real estate law, intellectual property, and treatment of technological matters. In Guerrero Olivos its clients find a group of professionals that work with the highest standards and render quality services in order to fulfill their needs and surpass their expectations. To achieve this, the firm recruits outstanding talented lawyers that not only have brilliant skills but also possess an open minded and global legal overview, which enables them to render tailored legal services. The firm’s culture of doing its work in a professional and human environment has impacted the quality of the final result. This is acknowledged by its clients and staff. As a result, it has been ranked by A Great Place to Work becoming a great workplace which translates into superior business performance and a great place to work with.

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

Branches

Banking & Finance - Chile

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

What the team is known for Regularly retained by borrowers and lenders to advise on credit facilities, acquisition and project finance and capital markets matters. Serves as counsel to several financial institutions on a permanent basis in connection with regulatory compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very happy with their work and they give us the feeling that we are important to them."

Work highlights Represented Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda in securing USD318 million project finance from Banco Itaú Chile and Banco del Estado de Chile for the expansion of a coal-fired power generation plant in the north of Chile.

Notable practitioners 

Sources highlight Jorge Delpiano's long-standing expertise in corporate and financing matters. 

Roberto Guerrero heads the practice and is recommended by peers for his experience in finance and M&A transactions.

Sources praise José Miguel Ried's consolidated practice in traditional financing and capital markets, adding: "It is difficult to find a lawyer with his knowledge of finance and securities transactions."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, CorpBanca, CAP, Abengoa, Administrador Financiero de Transantiago.

Capital Markets - Chile

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

What the team is known for Advising institutions and companies in the banking sector across a raft of capital market sector issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide creative and innovative solutions to address complex issues. Because of their in-house experience, they quickly understand our needs."

Work highlights Supported retailer La Polar in its USD1 billion debt exchange to avoid bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Clients note José Miguel Ried for his "deep understanding of the intricate details that characterise capital markets and especially the stock market."

Cristian Fabres Ruiz is praised by clients for being resourceful in finding solutions. They describe him as a "thorough negotiator who achieves the client's aims." He also led the team advising La Polar in the aforementioned debt exchange. 

Associate Ricardo Abogabir is singled out by clients for his responsiveness and ability in matters relating to international derivatives.

Significant clients BlackRock, Deutsche Securities Corredores de Bolsa, Rurelec, La Polar, BCI Group.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly retained by clients from all industries to handle complex M&A transactions, corporate governance and everyday needs. Works with other areas within the firm's broad offering to advise on related finance, regulated markets and public law matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their client service, responsiveness and understanding of our business are all excellent, and their rates are also very reasonable."

Work highlights Assisted natural gas producer BG Group with the USD176 million sale of its 20% stake in regasification company GNL Quintero. 

Notable practitioners 

Experienced corporate and banking lawyer Roberto Guerrero wins strong praise from market sources as a stand-out lawyer and academic in the field.

Jorge Delpiano recently led a team advising Eléctrica Puntilla and its subsidiary Hidroeléctrica Ñuble on the acquisition of electric generation assets worth USD90 million in Compañía General de Electricidad.

Clients say Pedro Pellegrini is "very thorough, proactive and knowledgeable of the subject matter."

Tomás Kubick left the firm in July 2014 to pursue postgraduate studies abroad.

Significant clients CAP, Empresas Carozzi, Comunicaciones Horizonte, Everstream Energy Capital Management, EFT Group.

Dispute Resolution - Chile

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

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive assistance in a wide variety of disputes, particularly those relating to the natural resources, retail and banking sectors. Well placed to act before the ordinary courts and in CAM (Arbitration & Mediation Center) and ICSID proceedings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The litigation practice is very strong - both the human and the professional quality of the team is excellent and generates a lot of confidence and respect."

Work highlights Represents state-owned sanitation services company Econssa in six arbitrations relating to a USD33 million dispute with concessionaires.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise head of the department José Ignacio Jiménez for his "great knowledge and extensive trial experience."

Significant clients Transelec, Hidroenersur, Minera Bridger, Compañía Chilena de Tabacos, Banchile Corredores de Bolsa.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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

What the team is known for Regularly retained by a variety of domestic and international energy developers for assistance with renewable energy projects and related transactional and corporate advice. Particular experience in finding innovative solutions in order to finance smaller projects.

Work highlights Advised renewable energy developer Trans Antarctic Energía on the financing of the San Pedro wind farm project, the first wind farm in Chile to be financed without a PPA, with the electricity instead allowed to be sold on a spot basis.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Clemente Pérez recently combined his expertise in projects, environment and public law to assist renewable energy producer Aaktei Energía in developing seven run-of-the-river projects. "We can always call him," enthuse clients.

Senior associate Sebastián Abogabir is highly valued by clients for his broad knowledge of energy, which encompasses water and environmental matters.

Significant clients Compañía General de Electricidad, Trans Antartic Energía, Hunt Energy Horizons, Abengoa Chile, NSL Renewable Power.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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

What the team is known for Assists local and international mining investors and companies with a wide range of related issues, such as M&A, project finance, due diligence and environmental and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a high-quality service and have a good understanding of their clients' business."

Work highlights Counsel to mining investment fund EPG Partners regarding its option agreement for 11 mining concessions in Chile.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the department Pedro Lyon is highlighted by clients for his "great judgement and experience in the mining industry - he is very capable of negotiating in this sector."

Clients praise senior associate Marco Zavala as "commercially minded, technically proficient and very easy to work with."

Significant clients Anglo American, Nova Ventura Mining, Simbalik, Jogmec, Santiago Metals.

Environment - Chile

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

What the team is known for Environment group regularly retained by clients for permitting, other regulatory issues and litigation. Clients benefit from the close co-operation with the firm's acclaimed energy, projects and real estate departments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good understanding of our business and our requirements and we are happy with the responsiveness - they always deal with our requests quickly - all the services provided represent great value for money." 

Work highlights Assisted power plant owner Central Illapa in winning a precedent-setting appeal, which sought approval for a 250 MW natural gas thermoelectric project in northern Chile.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Clemente Pérez comes recommended for his understanding of administrative law and leads the team advising Inmobiliaria Bellavista, the developer of a USD57 million real estate project in Santiago, in its dealings with the Environment Superintendence.

Martín Santa María is described by clients as "a first-rate lawyer that is able to deal with matters in English, and an excellent communicator."

Significant clients NSL Eólica, Gestión Ecológica de Residuos, AAKTEI Energía, Frigorífico O'Higgins, Empresas Carozzi.

Intellectual Property - Chile

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

What the team is known for Oversees the registration and protection of all intellectual and industrial property rights. Well placed to handle related litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent value for money - quick responses and efficient and personalised service." 

Work highlights Advises Azul Azul, the owner of football team Universidad de Chile, on its anti-counterfeiting strategy for fake copies of the team's kit and other products.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Jorge Garay Perez is singled out by clients for his "complete and thorough knowledge of international IP regulation."

Significant clients Detroit Chile, Exportadora Unifrutti Traders, Asociación Chilena de Seguridad, CAP, Universidad Finis Terrae.

Projects - Chile

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that handles notable project finance mandates for energy and mining projects. Ably supported by the firm's experienced regulatory and environmental departments.

Work highlights Acting for Central Guacolda in the USD318 million project finance provided by a consortium of international banks for the expansion of its coal-fired Guacolda power station.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a mid-sized firm that reacts like a large one. They stand out for all aspects of projects."

Notable practitioners  

Finance specialist Sebastián Yunge enters the table this year following praise for his "commercial approach and firm style, always working in the client's best interests."

Clemente Pérez leads the natural resources and infrastructure team and is hugely respected for his work in environmental law and concessions for public works. He is highlighted for his availability to clients and his strong working connections.

Clients are full of praise for mining expert Pedro Lyon, noting his "great judgement and understanding of the legal issues, whilst never forgetting the commercial side."

Martín Santa María comes recommended by clients as "a great specialist in natural resources and real estate."

Significant clients NSL Eólica, Los Andes Copper, Simbalik, Hidroaustral Group, CAP.

Public Law - Chile

Basic facts about the department
 - approximately 5 lawyers

What the team is known for Administrative and regulatory law team regularly assists corporate clients dealing with government agencies and entities. The practice focuses on conflicts with regulatory agencies, administrative entities and antitrust agencies. Also represents clients before the courts and advises clients across the transport, mining and telecoms industries.

Work highlights Assisted the Ministerio Secretaría General de la Presidencia (Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency) in redacting new regulations to further incorporate the International Labour Organization Convention 169, which deals with the rights of indigenous and tribal people.

Notable practitioners  

Clemente Pérez specialises in environment and natural resources matters, and also focuses on public law and has solid knowledge of regulatory law.

Martín Santa María combines his expertise in real estate, projects and energy to assist clients across their administrative law issues. 

Clients acknowledge head of department Eduardo Cordero for his public law knowledge, with one saying: "His solid knowledge and analytical depth in public law, and particularly administrative law, have been fundamental to my company in crucial moments."

Significant clients Telefónica Móviles Chile, Inmobiliaria Aconcagua, Aguas Andinas, Administrador Financiero de Transantiago, Bestpharma

Real Estate - Chile

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

What the team is known for Focuses particularly on both large and mid-sized property acquisitions, and is well placed to advise on the accompanying regulatory issues such as zoning, town planning and permits. Regularly retained by foreign investment funds and local developers. 

Work highlights Advised fund management group GLL Real Estate Partners on the corporate, financing and regulatory issues stemming from its acquisition of two major towers in the business district of Santiago.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are diligent, co-operative and always concerned with the client's issues."

Notable practitioners

Martín Santa María leads the team and is commended by clients for being "available and responsive, with the necessary negotiation skills to reach a consensus."

Significant clients GLL Real Estate Partners, Inmobiliaria Manquehue, Inmobiliaria Aconcagua, Inmobiliaria Valle Lo Campino, Hertz.

TMT - Chile

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

What the team is known for Advises local and international clients on the corporate and regulatory aspects of TMT, including representation before government authorities.   

Work highlights Frequently advises Bloomberg on TMT issues such as VoIP and biometric systems.

Notable practitioners
Juan Enrique Allard is the key client contact.

Significant clients TuVes, Yahoo!, Bloomberg, Western Union, PointPay.