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Latin America 2023
Chile Corporate/M&A
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6 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Claro & Cía

Claro & Cia takes pride in representing clients in all civil and commercial fields and constantly strives to maintain the most stringent standards of professional achievement.

The firm advises on all aspects of M&A, from due diligence, structuring and negotiation to the drafting and completion of the most complex acquisition agreements, including share and asset deals, cross-border mergers, takeovers and exchange offers of dual listed companies. M&A work represents a substantial part of the Claro’s practice.

Claro & Cia. is a market leader in M&A work involving publicly listed clients or target companies and is often sought after by clients because of its expertise in tender offers, securities laws and corporate governance issues inherent to such transactions.  As such, the firm has participated in most of the landmark transactions in the Chilean market over the past 20 years.

The firm also advises on all corporate matters, including the negotiation of domestic and international agreements for the purchase and sale of goods, distribution strategies, imports and exports, and supply and EPC contracts, among others.

Chambers Review

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Corporate/M&A: The Elite - Chile
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What the team is known for

Claro & Cía is a market-leading full-service firm  that offers highly sophisticated expertise in corporate and M&A matters in Chile. The legal department routinely represents notable names from the aviation, energy, automotive, and food and beverage industries in high-profile corporate transactions, including takeovers, cross-border mergers, and exchange offers. The legal team is also well placed to advise clients on the sale of equity interests, tender offers for publicly listed companies, and corporate governance issues. Claro & Cía's expertise further extends to the negotiation of commercial agreements and distribution strategies. Inversiones y Rentas is a new client win.

Strengths

"Claro & Cía is extremely competent and knowledgeable. The lawyers have a very good strategic mindset not only for complex legal assessments, but also for long-term business opportunities and implications."

"They live up to their reputation as a go-to transactional law firm. The lawyers know when and how to flag up relevant issues and come up with creative solutions."

Work highlights

Claro & Cía's Santiago-based M&A lawyers represented State Grid International Development in the purchase of equity stakes in Compañía General de Electricidad from Naturgy. The deal was valued at EUR2.5 billion approximately.

Notable practitioners

Star individual José María Eyzaguirre continues to be a force in the Chilean corporate arena, and stands out for his handling of highly complex domestic and cross-border mandates in the aviation and mining industries. An interviewee confirms: "He is the best adviser to help with the most complex issues." Another respondent comments: "José María Eyzaguirre is normally involved in the biggest M&A operations."

Distinguished practitioner Felipe Larraín is lauded by clients operating in the corporate and M&A practice areas in Chile. He is particularly active handling transactions involving the food and beverages industry. One of his clients highlights: "Felipe Larraín is reachable, diligent, and has very good judgement." Another interviewee enthuses: "He is a very trusted and responsive adviser."

Stellar partner Rodrigo Ochagavía enjoys a leading position in the Chilean corporate sphere, and routinely commands sophisticated transactions on behalf of Chilean and international companies across different industries. One peer recognises: "He is one of the best lawyers in Chile." A client enthuses: "Rodrigo Ochagavía is a great negotiator and a very experienced M&A adviser."

Partner Matías de Marchena is skilled at assisting companies with M&A transactions and corporate mandates spanning the energy and food sectors in Chile. One market commentator affirms: "Matías de Marchena is brilliant, pragmatic, and emotionally intelligent." Another observer notes: "It is easy to do business with him."

Up-and-coming partner Juan León is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his solid advisory on corporate and M&A matters in Chile. One market insider observes: "Juan León is a very amenable and competent lawyer, and he is easy to work with."

Up-and-coming practitioner Ariel Mihovilovic is active handling transactions involving the gas and energy sectors in Chile. He is held in high esteem by market commentators for his prowess in M&A and corporate matters. An observer says: "I have a good opinion of Ariel Mihovilovic's practice."

Ranked Lawyers at
Claro & Cía

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Corporate/M&A

José María Eyzaguirre B.
Star Individuals
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Felipe Larraín
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Band 1
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Rodrigo Ochagavía
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Band 1
3
Matías de Marchena
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Band 3
U
Ariel Mihovilovic
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Up and Coming
U
Juan León
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Up and Coming