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Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

Environment

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What the team is known for

Outstanding boutique firm servicing domestic and multinational clients from the power generation, mining and manufacturing sectors on a vast array of environmental matters. Deep bench of practitioners well placed to advise on environmental assessment reports, permitting requests and water rights. Benefits from extensive experience acting on administrative regulations such as water resources, land use and industrial safety mandates. Also boasts significant capabilities representing clients in judicial litigation before the Supreme Court.

Strengths

One client describes the firm as "very solid and outstanding in their field," while a different source notes that "they are a recognisable and niche environmental firm."

Another interviewee highlights them as "one of the best environment firms in Chile."

Notable practitioners

Cecilia Urbina offers a wealth of experience assisting clients with a vast array of environmental mandates. A client appreciates that "she is an environmental specialist,"while another interviewee highlights that "she has a great international vision, as well as a good understanding of climate change mandates."

Outstanding practitioner Javier Vergara Fisher garners effusive praise from market sources, with one reporting: "Javier is phenomenal. He is very specialised in environmental law and is one of the best lawyers in Chile." Another interviewee endorses him as one of the "standout lawyers at the firm." He is frequently seen assisting clients with regulatory compliance and sector-related litigation.

José Luis Fuenzalida comes recommended by market onlookers for his activity in this field, with one reporting: "He is a great professional who attracts very good clients." Another interviewee describes him as a "fantastic practitioner with a strong practice advising on the environmental assessments of projects and compliance."

Top-tier practitioner Mario Galindo continues to be singled out for his leading environment practice. Galindo is well known for assisting clients with contentious cases before the administrative and judicial authorities. A client lauds him as "an excellent specialist with a top knowledge of the environmental arena," while another source goes on to add: "Mario is one of the best practitioners in the field."

Significant practitioner Winston Alburquenque benefits from a solid reputation advising clients on water rights. An interviewee describes him as "a very good lawyer with a diversified practice," while another source highlights his activity in the mining sphere.

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Overview

It is widely known that environmental law has developed greatly in recent years.  VGC, which was the first boutique firm that specialized in this area of practice, has provided support to  clients over the complete cycle of each project so that they can carry out their projects successfully.

From the outset VGC has participated in the most important projects nationwide, being recognized as one of the prominent firms in the country.

Among others, VGC handles the following matters:

  • Advice on the environmental assessment of projects and the design of strategies for approval, including obtaining environmental and sectoral permits.
  • Actions and procedures before sectoral authorities.
  • Preparation of legal opinions for the analysis and resolution of complex environmental matters.
  • Advice and consulting related to matters of generation, transport and operation of wastes.
  • Performance of environmental legal audits.
  • Due diligence for financing and project acquisitions.
  • Support in negotiation processes with communities.
  • Advice on applying Law 19,253 on Protection, Promotion and Development of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.





Environment Department

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

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Badajoz 45

Piso 8

Las Condes

Santiago de Chile

Santiago

Chile

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Chile

Environment


Cecilia Urbina
Band 2
Javier Vergara Fisher
Band 1
José Luis Fuenzalida
Band 3
Mario Galindo
Band 1

Environment: Water Rights


Winston Alburquenque
Band 3