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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), Juan Pablo Bambach (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.

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.


  • 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

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

What the team is known for Advises on all manner of banking and finance matters, such as syndicated loans, capital markets and acquisition finance. Regularly retained by domestic and international lenders for assistance with investments in local projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great for international finance and their superior service is worth every dollar we pay."

Work highlights Served as counsel to a syndicate of international financial institutions made up of JBIC, KfW IPEX-Bank, EDC, SMBC, CorpBanca, Banco del Estado, ING Capital, Mizuho Bank and Natixis in a USD650 million project finance for the development of the Antucoya copper mine.

Notable practitioners  

Peers and clients alike are full of praise for department head Marcelo Armas, saying he is "outstanding - an expert in the finer points of finance in Chile."

Andrés Sanfuentes earns strong peer recommendations for his combined banking and capital markets know-how.

Significant clients LATAM, Santander, HSBC, Scotiabank, Mizuho Bank.

Capital Markets - Chile

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

What the team is known for Well-established practice advising an impressive roster of local and multinational clients across a raft of sector matters including IPOs and bond issuances.

Work highlights Assisted transmission company Transelec in the administrative proceedings regarding the registration of two bonds.

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Marcelo Armas is a leading name in this space. He led the team advising J.P. Morgan Securities as initial purchaser of Automotores Gildemeister's issuances worth USD300 million.

Andrés Sanfuentes recently assisted Goldman Sachs in the negotiation and execution of a distribution agreement with local broker IM Trust. He has been noted for his complementary corporate expertise in this space.

Associate Constanza Rodríguez "will go the extra mile to cover your needs," praise clients.

Significant clients Canal 13, Transelec, BBVA, J.P. Morgan Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities.

Competition/Antitrust - Chile

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

What the team is known for Esteemed department predominantly advising corporate clients in transactional matters, such as merger control proceedings. Also focuses on advising on investigations and litigations before the local competition authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They always support us and they are committed to helping us in getting through any investigation."

"They are especially good in big trials: they do great defence."

Work highlights Assisted berry producer VitalBerry in its merger with Hortifrut in landmark application of voluntary merger control proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Ricardo Riesco is recommend by peers and clients alike for being "direct, effective and very quick to take action where necessary."

Felipe Cerda left the firm in August 2014.  

Significant clients Cencosud, Quiñenco, Grupo PRISA, Santander, Samsung.

Corporate/M&A - Chile

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

What the team is known for Core practice spanning M&A, corporate counsel and capital markets. Regularly assists local and international clients alongside the firm's celebrated labour, financing and competition practices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The transaction was completed impeccably - Philippi has a truly multidisciplinary team and you feel that you are taken care of on all fronts."

Work highlights Represented Salmones Pacífic Star in its recent merger with local aquaculture companies Trusal and Comsur.

Notable practitioners  

Alberto Pulido has long-standing expertise in corporate matters and recently assisted US private equity fund Capital Group with its USD200 million acquisition of a 27% stake in Chile's Tanner Servicios Financieros.

Department head Juan Francisco Gutiérrez is highly recommended by market sources for his "profound analysis, constant availability and fantastic client relations."

Associate Constanza Silberberg enters the table this year having earned impressive feedback from peers and clients alike: "She is knowledgeable and hard-working, and always delivers."

Partner Juan Pablo Wilhelmy is another new entry this year, and clients say he is "extremely thorough and highly committed to understanding our company's needs in detail."

Federico Grebe wins strong praise from clients: "He is very open and transparent, and has excellent market knowledge." 

Significant clients Cencosud, Grupo Bupa Sanitas, Mitsubishi, Canal 13, Metro.

Dispute Resolution - Chile

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

What the team is known for Advises an impressive client roster on all types of contentious matters, including civil and white-collar crime litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Works alongside the firm's full departmental offering to assist clients in conflicts relating to contractual, regulatory, class action and consumer rights issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their contributions were key to settling our problems out of court, which saved us a considerable amount of money."

What's new Cristián Conejero recently joined the team from Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira.

Work highlights Represents natural gas provider Innergy in an arbitration initiated against ENAP Refinerías for an alleged breach of a contract to deliver gas.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise head of the litigation department Enrique Alcalde for being "a fantastic lawyer with perfect strategy."

Peers strongly recommend senior counsel Jaime Irarrázabal for his work as an arbitrator, while clients highlight his "dedicated, judicious and assertive working style." 

Cristián Conejero Roos heads the firm's international arbitration group and attracts strong praise from clients, who comment that "he understands the commercial and legal needs of the client and appreciates their time pressures."

Former regional prosecutor Juan Pablo Kinast leads the firm's white-collar division and is singled out by clients for his "vast experience and exceptional results in criminal trials." 

Significant clients Santander, BHP Billiton, Antofagasta Minerals, AFP Habitat, LVMH.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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

What the team is known for Provides transactional and regulatory assistance to the firm's broad energy client base. Works alongside the firm's celebrated public law, mining and environment groups.

Work highlights Assisted Cuprum Resources in an acquisition of water rights worth USD1.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Veteran natural resources specialist Juan Irarrázabal has a well-established name in the market and is lauded by clients as "a diligent lawyer with good knowledge of the subject matter." 

Significant clients South American Iron & Steel, Cuprum Resources, Minera Aguila del Sur, Energy Development Corporation, Elementos Resources.

Energy & Natural Resources - Chile

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

What the team is known for Assists an impressive roster of clients in a broad range of mining matters, from transactional work such as the acquisition of mining assets to permitting and other regulatory aspects. Works in close tandem with the firm's acclaimed departments in financing, public law and M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their mining practice in one of the best in Chile and offers very practical solutions for everything mining-related."

"Great responsiveness and excellent understanding of the mining business."

Work highlights Assists Australian exploration company RMG in a USD15 million joint venture with the Chilean owners of the Tuina copper mine project.

Notable practitioners  

Veteran mining specialist Juan Paulo Bambach is highly respected by peers and clients: "His agreeable disposition and fantastic mining knowledge make him more than just a lawyer."

Senior associate María Paz Pulgar is regularly singled out by market sources, who highlight her diligence and strong grasp of the subject matter.

Significant clients Minería Activa, Cuprum Resources, Helix Resources, Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries, South American Iron & Steel.

Environment - Chile

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

What the team is known for Renowned department serving a notable clientele in this space. Frequently undertakes environmental assessments and audits for mines and other projects, as well as preparing environmental due diligence for corporate clients. Regularly draws on the firm's expertise in energy and mining matters and dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner is an excellent firm - the team understands what we need and is made up of great strategists. This is a very consolidated practice that deserves its top-tier ranking."  

Work highlights Assisted mining company Andes Iron in the preparation of the environmental assessment of the Dominga iron oxide–copper–gold mining project.

Notable practitioners  

Respected head of practice Juan José Eyzaguirre is described by interviewees as a "great leader for the department and a great litigator with lots of experience." He is noted for his strength in the energy ambit and sources add: "He's clearly top-tier." 

Associate Paulina Toro comes highly recommended by market sources, as "she knows how to prepare reports for the authorities and present them in order to comply with the requirements."

Significant clients Geotérmica del Norte, Eolic Partners, Andes Iron, Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca, Codelco.

Labour & Employment - Chile

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

What the team is known for Long-standing labour team with a wide range of local and international clients. Renowned for their litigation expertise in labour-related matters, including defence in alleged discrimination, unfair dismissal and anti-union practice claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They offer us the added value of legal knowledge paired with an understanding of the practical realities of managing a business."
"The firm provides quick, objective and clear guidance."

Notable practitioners  

Experienced department head Enrique Munita is widely recognised as one of the leading labour lawyers in Chile by sources, who label him as "number one." He is also noted for his "excellent, practical analysis."

Peers endorse Cristián Olavarría as a great litigator, and clients praise his dedication to their requirements.

Associate Paola Casorzo is appreciated by sources for her direct style and her "great acumen in handling our company's needs."

Significant clients Santander, LAN Airlines.

Projects - Chile

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

What the team is known for Diverse team with a proven track record assisting clients with matters related to infrastructure tender processes. Also well placed to handle project finance and transactional needs for major infrastructure projects.

Work highlights Advised Mitsubishi on the tender process for the building, operation and maintenance of the Radomiro Tomic desalination plant.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have important mandates and we have had a good experience working with them."

Notable practitioners  

Juan Paulo Bambach is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier mining practitioners. Clients note that he "adds value to our business with his combined legal and commercial vision."

Marcelo Armas is widely respected as "a top-of-mind name when project finance expertise is needed."

Recent addition Carlos Alberto Reyes comes recommended by projects clients for corporate and mining matters.

Andrés Sanfuentes is singled out by peers for project finance, and has broad experience in advising on all matters relating to private and public tenders and PPP.

Significant clients Mitsubishi, Corsán Corviam, Rabobank, Metro S.A., Antofagasta Minerals.

Public Law - Chile

Basic facts about the department
 - 6 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities. Valued for its client service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm exceeded my expectations. The lawyers provide in-depth analysis and keep your long-term goals in mind. They understand your industry, they are efficient and they deliver great quality." 

Work highlights Assisted the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (National Commission for the Scientific and Technological Research) of Chile in the development and implementation of the Atacama Astronomical Park.

Notable practitioners  

Counsel Guillermo Zavala is singled out for being "pragmatic, very clear in his opinions and highly skilled in dealings with contingencies." One client notes that he "brought a new legal vision to our company."

Practice head José Luis Lara is described as "technically very skilled, very efficient and smart." Sources also highlight his "strategy, empathy and creativity in providing comprehensive alternatives." Lara is noted for his academic work relating to administrative law.

Significant clients Ministerio de Obras Públicas (Ministry of Public Works), Canal 13, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Metro, Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance).

Real Estate - Chile

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

What the team is known for Advises clients on all aspects of real estate transactions and project development. Offers particular expertise in hotel work, and in advising funds on real estate investments.

Work highlights Advised investment fund Penta Las Américas on the land purchase, development and subsequent sale of its Plaza Manquehue office building.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department José Tagle enjoys a strong reputation in the market: "He has a lot of knowledge and is very pro-business, always finding a way around issues to come up with original ideas," say interviewees.

Significant clients Prudential Real Estate Investors, Deka Immobilien, Penta Las Américas, Capital Advisors, Patagon Land Investment.

Tax - Chile

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

What the team is known for Advises a wide range of clients on all tax matters in collaboration with the firm's acclaimed corporate, capital markets and banking divisions. Strong expertise in the tax aspects of transactional and financing work, and also has a specialised tax litigation team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are creative, solution-oriented and super-responsive."

Work highlights Provided tax advice to asset manager Union Investment Real Estate in relation to the sale of several properties and investments in Chile.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the department Mario Silva comes highly recommended by clients: "He was extremely proactive in keeping us informed about some complex tax issues, which we were very happy about."

According to sources, Guillermo Infante stands out for his "pragmatic and business-oriented approach, and his strong knowledge of corporate and international tax law."

Significant clients Ford, Deka Immobilien, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Scotiabank, Champion.