Managing Partners: Cristián Barros, Luis Alberto Letelier.
Founding Partners: Fernando Barros, José Tomás Errázuriz
Number of partners: 23 Number of other lawyers: 102
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
Barros & Errázuriz Abogados is one of the most important law firms in Chile. It has developed a strong full service, business oriented practice, with a mix of local and international clients, advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, and local companies on a broad range of matters. It is considered as a leading law firm in the fields of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, financing, energy, real estate development, environment, telecommunications and infrastructure, as well as in the field of antitrust and dispute resolution. It is organised to provide legal services to its clients on their international operations, for which it has close links with firms in Latin America, the US and Europe. It is also a member of Affinitas, a Latin American alliance, and Taxand, a global network integrated by firms with a strong tax practice.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has a distinguished record in advising on major antitrust and competition law cases before Chilean antitrust agencies.
Banking & Finance:
The firm has renowned experience in the conduct of operations related to the financial area, such as obtaining syndicated credits with or without guarantees, bilateral credits, financing of projects and placement bonds with different domestic and international financial institutions.
The firm has been involved in ADR programmes, local and international bond offerings, IPO of local companies and tender offers of publicly traded companies. It has strong expertise in securities law and has advised publicly traded companies, stock brokers, and a substantial portion of the mutual and close investment funds which operate in Chile.
The firm has acted as counsel to a variety of clients in real estate and construction, stock brokerage and investment funds, pharmaceuticals, media enterprises (TV), private ports, hotel and tourism, agricultural and forestry, among others.
Energy & Public Utilities:
The firm acts as counsel to electricity generating companies, water, sewage and gas companies.
The firm offers legal advice to ensure full compliance with environmental regulations in the development of electrical, shipping, mining, forestry, real estate, chemical and concession projects.
The firm has advised sponsors, public works concessionaires and lenders in connection with inter urban and urban highways, prisons, ports, airports, energy and mining facilities.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship:
The firm has committed to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting entrepreneurs and industry players to make Chile, and the region, a solid and integral platform for incubation and acceleration of business and digital transformation.
Insolvency & Reorganisation:
The firm has an experienced team in national and international arbitration, representing clients from various industries in civil and commercial conflicts. Insurance: The firm offers continuing legal advice to international clients with participation in local insurance companies, as well as local providers of both general and life insurance.
Labour & Employment:
The firm possesses exceptional expertise in labour and employment matters, including collective bargaining, union affairs, litigation, and due-diligence processes for private and state-owned firms.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm acts in a wide range of cases before civil courts and regulatory agencies. It specialises in commercial litigation, insolvency, and corporate restructuring cases. It also counsels clients in local and international arbitrations.
The firm has been involved in many of the largest M&A in Chile, including private acquisitions in cross-border takeovers of listed companies, acquisitions of controlling and minority interests, divestitures and corporate restructuring programmes.
The firm provides permanent legal advice to private parties and government agencies in a wide range of constitutional and administrative law matters, including regulatory issues. Among others, represents clients in public procurement; administrative contracts; government liability; marine concessions; administrative sanctioning proceedings; administrative contentious proceedings; tariffication proceedings; expropriation proceedings; expert reports.
The firm gives permanent legal advice to constructors and real estate developers. It also works with public and private funds involved in major real estate developments.
The firm draws on rich experience in advising on tax planning and tax litigation. It also provides tax advice to local and international clients on incorporations, acquisitions, reorganisation and liquidations. Telecommunications: The firm has advised mobile services, IP telephony, 3G, long distance, internet services, rural telephony, satellite and broadcast television services.
Technology & Data Privacy:
The firm gives legal advice in the negotiation and closing of any kind of business involving the use, incorporation and / or contracting of new information technologies.
The firm has vast experience in the legal advice required by water companies in all their stages of development.