Managing Partner: Rodrigo Albagli
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 38
Arbitration: Félix Antolín, Ariela Agosin
Corporate: Rodrigo Albagli, Alvaro Rosenblut, Cristián Riquelme
Compliance: Rodrigo Albagli, Jaime Winter
Intellectual & Industrial Property: Eugenio Gormáz, Óscar Molina
Labour & Employment: Jorge Arredondo
Litigation: César Ramos, Félix Antolín, Ariela Agosin, Gabriel Zaliasnik
Life Sciences: Eugenio Gormáz, Ariela Agosin
Public/Regulatory: Daniel López, Antonio Rubilar
Real Estate:Álvaro Rosenblut, Arie Misraji
Tax: Camilo Béjar
For 28 years, Albagli Zaliasnik (AZ) has been dedicated to providing clients with creative and innovative solutions. AZ is a leading non-traditional law firm providing a full spectrum of legal and business services, based in Santiago, Chile. At AZ, their goal is to add value to everything they do. Keeping this in mind, they proactively work with their clients using a holistic approach in order to produce forward-thinking and ingenious results in an ever changing technology-focused world.
AZ is a full-service law firm that has various specialty practices that include banking and financial law, competition and antitrust, compliance, information technology and data protection, venture capital, insurance, environmental law and anti-counterfeiting as well as many types of litigation such as, criminal, civil and commercial, white-collar crime, extradition, and class action proceedings, among others. Furthermore, the AZ team has frequently represented key public figures, Chilean senior corporate executives, leading multinational and Chilean companies, prominent Forbes 500 individuals, and congressmen.
AZ is one of the only law firms in Chile that has a skilled team which expertly mixes business with litigation. They regularly advise on complex cross-border transactions, have profound knowledge and experience within regulated markets, and are experts in preventative and criminal compliance.
Main Areas of Practice:
AZ practices national and international arbitration, both commercial and investment arbitration, throughout diverse industries and sectors. With significant experience both in Chile and abroad, they advise companies regarding conflicts in connection with infrastructure and energy projects, construction, oil & gas, mining, concessions, societies, among others. Moreover, some of their lawyers are arbitrators in relevant conflicts and are frequently speakers at important arbitration events across the region.
AZ has expansive experience in corporate counseling for domestic and foreign companies. Its corporate group stands out for its quality and the team’s profe sional knowledge. Recognised as leaders in preventive analysis, AZ offers a broad experience and a clear path with the incorporation and development of legal ent ties and international businesses.
In response to an increase in the quantity and complexity of the legal regulation of economic activities, both at a general level and more strongly in those called ‘regulated industries’, AZ offers a preventive and systematic legal risk management program focused on the implementation of internal compliance controls and executive and officer training. AZ develops compliance strategies for clients in various industries, in the public and private sectors. Compliance is more than adhering to the rules or responding to issues after the fact, AZ treats compliance as a strategic instrument of corporate management.
Intellectual & Industrial Property:
AZ is one of the main players in intellectual property matters in Chile hailed for its stand-out performances in pharmaceutical patent litigation, as well as oppositions and cancellation actions of all kinds. Its IP counsel is complete with regulatory advice. AZ’s IP department has extensive expertise in anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation, data protection and privacy, copyright, domain names, and a variety of patent and trademark matters (both prosecution and contentious). AZ’s IP practice is also at the forefront of new legal fields for Chile such as advertising law (AZ is a founding member of GALA, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance).
Labour & Employment:
AZ’s prominent labour and employment department is known throughout Chile and Latin America in the areas of litigation and collective bargaining specifically including dispute settlement, lawsuits and labor claims for national and international clients. AZs most recent project has been involved with implementing and a vising on matters relating to the new Inclusion Law which was passed during 2018. This law encourages the hiring and incorporating of people with disabilities into the workforce.
AZ’s litigation group is one of its most renowned practice areas, due to the complexity of the cases handled by the firm. The different types of conflicts and disputes their clients face, both domestically and internationally, have enabled AZ’s team to adapt to and successfully perform in various intricate legal scenarios. AZ is considered one of the most prestigious firms in Chile in litigation matters, its lawyers are valued not only for their ability in designing strategies and adopting decisions prior to trial, but also for their skills and capacity to obtain the best possible outcome for their clients.
AZ handles several cases related to life sciences conflicts, regulatory issues of the pharmaceutical industry and patent infringement. AZ actively participates in the designing and drafting of regulations in the pharmaceutical, biological and biotechnological fields alongside key industry players and represents its clients’ interests in front of the health authorities, patent authorities, and the Chilean competition authorities.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
AZ’s corporate team has extensive experience in the practice of corporate mergers and acquisitions, counseling clients in structuring, planning, and execution of regional and global acquisitions; with a particular focus on retail, food and beverage, energy, and real estate deals. AZ has represented sellers, buyers, venture capitalists, investment funds, private equity players and financial backers in various transactions such as mergers, divesting, reorganization, acquisitions and other types of corporate deals.
AZ has vast experience in the area of public law, providing advice in administrative law, constitutional litigation, governmental contracts, administrative claims, regulatory processes, and governmental advisory. As established experts in this area, AZ constantly counsels prominent clients in front of the Chilean Authorities, the State Controller and the Chilean Constitutional Court.
AZ’s real estate practice offers institutional knowledge and experience across an extensive array of property transactions in all stages of the project development. By collaborating with the firm’s corporate, tax, environmental, and litigation practices, AZ is able to assist purchasers, sellers, developers, borrowers, and lenders in the acquisition, financing, sale, development, and leasing of commercial, industrial, residential, leisure, and multifamily properties.
AZ’s practice in competition and regulatory matters encompass all fields of antitrust law and regulated markets, both preventively, in investigations conducted by the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office and in litigation. AZ’s Regulatory Group specializes in representing clients from the Pharmaceutical Industry, notably with relation to pharmaceutical patents protecting generic drugs, bioequivalents and biosimilars.
AZ handles tax planning and defense in eventual conflicts, in a way that is focused on each stage of their clients’ lives. They provide strategic tax planning, investment tax modelling, tax advice on financing, tax structuring on acquisition, divestment and sale of companies, intra-group and family offices re-structuring, as well as tax litigation. Its goal is to help their clients to shift from a traditional compliance model, to one that is fully integrated within all areas of business.
Abbott Laboratories, LG Electronics, Louis Vuitton, Walmart Inc., Hasbro, Netflix, Nissan, Fila, Metro S.A., Heavenward S.A. (Mistubishi Chile), Ormat Technologies, Banco do Brasil, Cushman & Wakefield, FOX Latin-American Channels, Unifood / Mesoamerica, Mega Pharma, Laboratorios Saval, The State of Israel, Senator Ivan Moreira, Gasmar S.A., Aguas Andinas, Nokia, Secuoya Grupo de Comunicaciones, Inmobiliarias Amsal, Grupo Araucana, Vigatec (Danaher).