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Arteaga | Gorziglia

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Partners: Ignacio Arteaga, Arnaldo Gorziglia, Luciano Cruz, María Fernanda Brahm
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 17

Firm Overview:
Arteaga Gorziglia is one of the best boutique law firms in Santiago Chile, which specialises in counseling local and foreign companies in commercial, corporate; tax; regulatory and environmental; litigation and dispute resolution matters. Its areas of expertise are energy, infrastructure, retail and natural resources. The firm’s purpose is to provide its clients with first quality, highly personalised, timely and efficient professional service, with clear understanding of their businesses and specific needs. The lawyers at Arteaga Gorziglia are among the top graduates of the best law schools in Chile, with post-graduate studies in the best universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and with experience in top ranked international law firms abroad. The firm is known for its excellence, fast communication and punctual work.

Main Areas of Practice:

Foreign Investment:
An important number of the firm’s clients are foreign and multinational companies doing business in Chile or entering into joint venture operations with Chilean companies. It offers its foreign clients advice in creating the most appropriate tax and legal structure to develop their business in Chile according to their needs.

Corporate Restructuring & Project Finance:
Arteaga Gorziglia has a corporate practice with a modern and efficient structure, focused on providing tailored and dedicated services to the firm’s clients, with experience in cross-border operations and international corporate reorganisations. The firm offers sophisticated legal advice to its clients complemented by a practical and clear understanding of their businesses.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Arteaga Gorziglia has an experienced M&A team, from tender offers involving listed companies up to acquisitions of closed companies in all sort of economic sectors and industries mainly in the infrastructure, energy, retail and manufacture industries.

Tax:
The firm’s specialist tax lawyers have vast experience in counselling companies and individuals in all kind of highly complex matters, especially in tax planning and in the defence of the taxpayer before the according authorities.

Infrastructure:
The firm’s lawyers have vast experience in public concession of airports, prisons, power plants, ports, transmission lines, shopping malls, strip centers, and construction of mayor buildings for educational purposes. It has participated in the finance of the main toll roads, airports and ports of the country.

Real Estate:
Arteaga Gorziglia has a thorough understanding of regulatory, urban development, corporate, commercial and environmental issues, which enables the firm to provide comprehensive advice in this market. The firm has broad experience in urban planning, real estate project development, construction, related contracts, granting permits to build and secure finalised work, in addition to providing advice to clients on the resolution of conflicts between construction companies and their clients.

Energy:
The lawyers have participated in and led projects for the construction, finance and operation of power plants and the acquisition of energy projects and companies. The firm has helped clients in the drafting and negotiation of Engineering Procurement and Construction Contracts ('EPC Contracts') for the construction of thermoelectric power plants (gas, diesel, coal), of non-conventional renewable energy projects (hydro, eolic and solar power plants), for the construction of high voltage transmission lines, and for the construction of a regasification terminal of LNG and gas pipelines. The firm has assisted its clients in the legal aspects involved in developing energy generation projects at different stages for several thousand MW, and in Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) for more than 1,000 MW. The firm has assisted its clients in all legal matters relative to the development of wind, hydro and solar energy projects for around 2000 MW. The firm’s lawyers have experience in drafting and negotiating pipeline construction contracts, turbine purchase contracts, contracts for the supply and transportation of gas, and all contracts necessary to operate a power plant (project finance structures, easements, balance of plant contracts, constitution of water rights, other regulatory matters). Also, the firm has vast experience in regulatory matters related to the electric market, such as presentations before the Independent Co-Ordinator of the National Electric System and controversies before the Expert Panel established in the General Law of Electric Services.

Environmental:
Arteaga Gorziglia has a leading environmental law practice in Chile. The firm’s lawyers have vast experience in environmental law and regulatory practice, including environmental litigation, environmental due diligences, urban planning and construction, energy, mining and natural resources. The firm provides environmental legal assistance to clients working in all economic sectors, providing its services to already operating companies as well as to greenfield projects.

Natural Resources:
The firm has performed legal due diligence of mining properties, assisted its clients in the constitution of the different mining properties, and it has acted as legal counsel for clients in operations that includes the transfer of mining properties and negotiation of different contracts that involve mining law.

Litigation:
Arteaga Gorziglia has a litigation and dispute resolution practice focused on commercial, civil, tax, arbitration and labour disputes as well as environmental and administrative litigations. Its lawyers are leading professionals in the area with an outstanding experience in highly sophisticated litigation cases in these fields. Partners Ignacio Arteaga and Arnaldo Gorziglia are very well known arbitrators in construction, concessions and commercial arbitration. The firm also gives preventive counselling to identify potential conflicts a client could have beforehand.

Languages:
Spanish, English, French, German.

Clients:
The firm’s clients include local and international companies. List of clients provided upon request.