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Managing Partner: Ana María Yuri
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 60
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (BMAJ) is a leading Chilean business law firm recognised for providing innovative and effective client service in a broad range of practice areas. BMAJ’s recognition is based on its unwavering commitment to its clients, its focused and dedicated professionals and the specialised and creative approach with which each of its various teams collaborate on behalf of their clients’ interests.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Banking & Finance:
BMAJ lawyers routinely counsel local and foreign banks, financial institutions, institutional investors and private companies across a range of jurisdictions. Several have practiced in the banking, finance and capital markets departments of leading firms in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to EuroAmérica S.A. as senior creditors in the structuring of a syndicated loan of approximately US$300 million for the financing of the construction and operation of a major public infrastructure project in the north of Chile
■ Counsel to Coro Mining Corp. in the structuring and execution of a comprehensive financing plan totaling approximately US$58 million, including a closed premium private placement and rights offering with a private equity group, and the restructuring and spin-off of the mining group’s Chilean subsidiaries
Key Clients: Energía Latina S.A., EuroAmérica S.A., EMR Capital, etc.
Contacts: Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Capital Markets:
Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana regularly advises clients on initial public offerings and secondary offerings, bond and share issuances and Rule 144A financings, securitizations as well as the development and filings of new investment funds.
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to Enjoy S.A. in an IPO transaction that lead to a US$170 million purchase by an US investment fund
■ Counsel to BiceCorp in the US$232 million acquisition of Sura’s life insurance subsidiary in Chile
Key Clients: EuroAmérica, Bice Vida, BICECORP S.A., Enjoy S.A. CCU S.A., etc.
Contacts: Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill, Ana María Yuri
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
BMAJ’s M&A team advises in the planning and execution of complex domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances covering a broad array of business and industry sectors.
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to a Brazilian investment fund in the US$35 million acquisition of a Chilean fitness chain, including the negotiation of a share swap.
■ Counselled in a joint venture and option agreement between a Latin American mining company and Australian ASK-listed exploration company for a gold and silver project in southern Chile
Key Clients: Bicecorp, EMR Capital, Patria Investment, Enjoy S.A., etc.
Contacts: Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Energy & Natural Resources:
BMAJ has a vibrant energy practice advising project developers, operators, financial backers and public authorities in matters related to power generation, transmission and distribution (including EPCs, PPAs, project financing, public tender bids and dispute resolution).
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to Energía Latina in drafting multiple EPC contracts for a joint venture 43-50MW LPG electricity plant, as well as the US$30 million financing of the project with a local Chilean bank
■ Counsel to Alupar in the US$230 million public tender for the construction of electrical transmission facilities
Key Clients: Eléctrica Puntilla S.A., Pacific Hydro S.A., Oceanus Power and Water LLC., etc.
Contact: Pablo Mir
Email: [email protected]

BMAJ’s mining lawyers are recognised as market leaders in their field both in Chile and abroad. The team advises on all stages of mining projects including exploration, project development, acquisition, financing, permits and environmental approvals, construction, operation and closure of projects in a range of jurisdictions.
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to Codelco in the construction and development of a US$400 million molybdenum recovery plant
■ Permanent counsel to Lundin Group in all their legal matters relating to operations in Chile and Ecuador, from corporate, tax, contractual and judicial issues to environmental matters, permitting, water rights and mining rights, etc.
Key Clients: Lundin Group, Codelco, Coro Mining Corp., Allied Salt LLC., Terrane Minerals S.A., etc.
Contacts: Pablo Mir, Rony Zimerman
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

International Arbitration:
BMAJ is recognised as having one of the top international arbitration teams in Latin America. The team’s expertise and experience, led by internationally renowned lawyer Andrés Jana, set it in a league alongside the world’s leading law firms. BMAJ lawyers regularly represent foreign and domestic clients before Chilean courts in proceedings related to international arbitrations seated in Chile.
Highlighted recent cases:
■ Counsel to Costa Rican oil & gas company in an ICC dispute with its Chinese joint venture partner, relating to a US$1.5 billion project
■ Counsel to Chilean mining company Quiborax in ICSID dispute against Bolivian government
Key Clients: EIMISA, Enap Refinerías S.A., Republic of Chile, Television Interactiva S.A., etc.
Contacts: Andres Jana, Rodrigo Gil
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Local Civil & Commercial Litigation:
BMAJ’s domestic litigation team has a wealth of experience with disputes in Chile before lower level courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court. It has a wide network of correspondents throughout Chile and its lawyers are recognised for their courtroom expertise.
Key Clients: CORFO (Republic of Chile), Bayer S.A., Bice Vida, Confuturo, etc.
Contacts: Andres Jana, Rodrigo Gil, Rodrigo Quintana
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Administrative & Public Law:
BMAJ acts for local and multinational companies and state entities in regulatory matters in sectors including energy, telecommunications, land use and development, public transport, water law, customs law, environmental law, public procurement, health services, gaming and casinos, advertising, among others.
Key Clients: EMR Capital, ANADI Chile, Socicam, Lundin Mining, etc.
Contacts: Guillermo de la Jara, Octavio Bofill
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

BMAJ’s highly specialised tax team provides counsel in complex tax issues across a range of transactions: major domestic and international M&A transactions, interpretation and application of tax treaties, project tax planning, corporate financings and restructurings (local and multinational), and insolvency matters, among others; as well as permanent counsel regarding compliance on an ongoing basis as well as following new legislation.
Key Clients: Mitsui & Co., Lundin Mining, Bice Vida Compañia de Seguros, Banco Crédito e Inversiones, etc.
Contact: Guillermo Fonseca
Email: [email protected]

The BMAJ labour team advises clients across the Chilean market on ongoing employment matters, long-term strategic analysis and employment planning, collective bargaining procedures, representation in tribunals and migration matters.
Key Clients: Enjoy S.A., Liebherr Chile SpA, Comercial Interlaken S.A., Nephrocare Chile S.A., Ferrostaal Chile S.A.C., etc.
Contact: Pablo Gutiérrez
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
BMAJ has a highly specialised antitrust team with experience in complex merger reviews, cartel investigations, concentration and abuse of dominant position issues, market definition and unfair competition. The team also counsels in investigations conducted by the Antitrust Authorities (FNE).
Key Clients: Bicecorp S.A., Enjoy S.A., ANADI Chile, CCU S.A., Bayer S.A., etc.
Contact: Guillermo de la Jara
Email: [email protected]

Pro Bono:
BMAJ has a proud tradition of participation in pro bono services. Lawyers lend their time and expertise to those of limited means who have difficulty accessing the justice system, as well as nonprofit organisations and public interest causes. In the last year our lawyers dedicated over 1,000 hours to cases ranging from advising indigenous communities on corporate issues to wrongful imprisonment. BMAJ is regularly recognised as a Pro Bono ‘Leading Light’.