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Alcaíno | Abogados

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Senior Partners: Alfredo Alcaíno de Esteve, Daniel Cox Donoso
Number of partners: 7
Number of other lawyers: 17

Corporate Finance/M&A:
Rodrigo Muñoz, Victoria Ripoll
Dispute Resolution: Alfredo Alcaíno, Marcelo Giovanazzi
Banking & Finance: Daniel Cox, Rodrigo Muñoz
Securities & Capital Markets: Mario Bezanilla
Real Estate & Urban Development: Macarena Baraona
Tax: Alfredo Alcaíno, Marcela Garay

Firm Overview:
Since its foundation in 1978, Alcaíno | Abogados (‘A|A’) has earned a position among Chile’s most prestigious law firms. The firm has a well-established and solid reputation based on its commitment to quality and attention to detail. One of A|A’s main features is its long-standing relationship with clients and its role as counsel to some of Chile’s most important business groups. Thus, the firm has developed a legal practice that combines high levels of trust and complexity. Although A|A is recognised as a ‘business law firm’, it is also well known for its dispute resolution practice, which ultimately allows the firm to offer the market a broad and comprehensive range of legal services.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate Finance/M&A:

Corporate finance – M&A area, which stands out in the Chilean market as boutique and highly sophisticated, deals with: (a) special projects, such as cross-border financial transactions (e.g. structured credits and project finance), investment funds and private equity; (b) mergers and acquisitions of both private and public corporations. The firm has wide experience in the amalgamation, merger and acquisition of large capital assets and equity holdings, either for strategic or growth processes of a certain company or industry or in the development of the investment business itself; (c) business reorganisations and strategic corporate advice to business groups and their family offices (e.g. wealth management). The practice of the firm in the negotiation of shareholders agreements in this field also deserves to be highlighted; and (d) general and day-to-day corporate matters of the firm's local and foreign clients as a permanent external advisor, which allow the clients to entrust their special projects with the certainty their particularities are considered therein. This area is led by partners Rodrigo Muñoz and Victoria Ripoll.

Securities & Capital Markets:
Led by partner Mario Bezanilla, the legal practice of Alcaíno Abogados in securities and capital markets is unique and stands out in the Chilean legal market. The firm has the experience of having advised in the creation and further development and growth, to this date, of banks, insurance companies, securities brokers and stock and commodities exchanges, such as Bolsa Electrónica de Chile and Bolsa de Productos de Chile, respectively.
In rendering these services, the firm actively participates on behalf of its clients before the regulators, and provides legal advice in critical topics for their businesses, including contracts with other exchanges and entities on their key transactional systems, the structuring and design of new stock products and settlement mechanisms, anti-trust related matters, etc. The firm’s expertise in this field is such that it participates actively and habitually with the regulator and authorities in the analysis and design of norms and regulations of general and specific nature related to the capital and securities market.

Real Estate & Urban Development:
The real estate and urban development area provides integral legal services for complex real estate projects, including legal advice for the approval and development of urban mega-projects and other sophisticated real estate projects, such as the exclusive ski resort near Santiago, La Parva. The practice is specifically focused on detailed urban regulations and their impacts on the said projects. Moreover, this area’s expertise extends to real estate financing (leasing, lease-back, etc.); bidding processes for construction contracts; and development approvals and permits by various authorities. This area is led by partner Macarena Baraona.

Dispute Resolution:
The litigation area represents a broad array of both domestic and foreign clientele in complex litigation of civil, commercial and financial matters, with a sophisticated and dedicated focus and expertise. The foregoing extends to insolvency proceedings and litigation before both domestic and foreign courts of law and arbitration panels, as well as special litigation venues (tax, customs, antitrust and environmental matters), and before governmental or administrative authorities such as state regulatory agencies competent in different areas of the economy (e.g., securities, banks, etc.), where the firm has an outstanding record and reputation for successful litigation in renowned cases. This area is led by partner Marcelo Giovanazzi.

Albeit always at the core of the firm’s practice, in light of both the growing complexity of the Chilean tax laws (mainly caused by the latest tax reforms) and the high degree of sophistication of its client’s interests and transactions, both in Chile and abroad, the tax area has been notably developed and is a pillar of the firm. As such, this area covers and is dedicated to both the internal support of all the firm’s areas (e.g. in all their projects, contracts and the like), including advice for the design of entities and business restructurings, and the legal representation of the firm’s clients before the Chilean internal revenue service in audit and/or tax liquidation processes, and all claims and petitions related thereto. This area is led by area-director Marcela Garay.

International Work:
The firm’s deep knowledge of the Chilean market and its key players, provide its international clients with an advantage when investing in Chile or negotiating with domestic parties. In addition to that, many of its partners and senior attorneys have been trained in prestigious law schools in the US and Europe and have gained experience working abroad in international law firms. A|A’s network facilitates the internationalisation of domestic clients’ new businesses. The firm takes pride in participating in such ventures and working closely with international law firms in complex cross-border transactions and arbitration cases, among others.

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