Partners: Alejandro Álvarez, Octavio Bofill, Guillermo de la Jara, Guillermo Fonseca, Rodrigo Gil, Pablo Gutiérrez, Andrés Jana, Pablo Mir, Rodrigo Saffirio, José Antonio Velasco, Karen Werner, Ana María Yuri (managing partner)
Number of partners worldwide: 12
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 60
Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (BMAJ) is a leading Chilean full-service law firm recognised for providing innovative and effective client service in a broad range of practices areas. The firm’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 the clients’ interests. The firm’s 70 plus attorneys come from the most prestigious universities in Chile and many have completed postgraduate study at the finest programs in North America, Europe and Chile. They have worked in major international law firms abroad, acted as professors at Chile’s leading universities and held key government positions.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mining, Natural Resources & Environmental Law:
BMAJ lawyers are highly specialised in matters related to mining, oil and gas, geothermal power and water law, and have significant experience advising major, intermediate and junior natural resources companies listed on various exchanges around the world.
BMAJ is recognised as having one of the leading international arbitration teams in Latin America. The team’s lawyers have acted in conflicts resolved under the ICJ, ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA dispute resolution regimes; as well as advising in international disputes on matters relating to Chilean and international law.
BMAJ has significant experience representing clients in domestic arbitrations under CAM Santiago rules and in ad hoc arbitrations. The team has been involved in most major Chilean arbitrations related to energy and mining. It also has extensive experience in disputes concerning construction, transportation, the financial sector and international franchises.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
BMAJ is an industry leader in the structuring, preparation, due diligence, negotiation 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.
BMAJ corporate lawyers advise on the implementation of, as well as compliance with, the increasingly complex rules and regulations of company law and corporate governance. The corporate team offers counsel to local and foreign clients on a broad range of business activities including complex reorganisations, structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions in all sectors of Chile’s diverse economy.
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
BMAJ’s banking, finance and capital markets practice provides advice to local and international banks, financial institutions and private businesses. The firm has a strong background in project financing in the real estate, retail, power generation, mining and oil and gas sectors; among others. BMAJ’s professionals have executed a wide range of operations from IPOs to public takeover bids and sophisticated financing debt instruments and securitisations.
Construction, Infrastructure & Real Estate:
BMAJ regularly counsels national and foreign clients acting as investors, shareholders, developers, contractors or suppliers. The firm habitually counsels major developers and project sales for commercial, retail, industrial and residential use, amongst others.
BMAJ lawyers are experienced in the development, construction and operation of traditional and renewable energy generation plants, as well as transmission and distribution projects. The team has expertise in related contractual matters including PPAs and in the financing of these projects, with advice on community and environmental matters from our expert environmental and regulatory teams.
BMAJ advises its clients in diverse regulated markets including telecommunications, water and waste, energy, pharmaceuticals, and construction, as well as representation before administrative proceedings with regulatory entities.
Antitrust and Unfair Competition:
BMAJ’s specialised antitrust department is experienced in complex merger reviews, cartel investigations, market concentration and abuse of dominant position issues, market definition, unfair competition, as well as counsel in connection with investigations conducted by antitrust authorities.
Civil & Commercial Litigation:
The team has experience with disputes 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.
Public International Law:
The team has advised states and international organisations in disputes related to the delimitation of boundaries, international waters, immunity from jurisdiction and execution of states, war damages and use of force.
Litigation & Criminal Defence:
The law firm’s criminal practice concentrates on litigation and criminal defence of white-collar crimes and the related civil liability and corporate/criminal liability.
The firm advises clients in all sectors of the Chilean economy both regarding day to day employment matters such as hiring and compliance; and with long term strategic analysis and planning. The firm handles complex union matters, as well as migration issues.
BMAJ tax lawyers counsel on complex tax issues in all types of transactions. The team advises parties investing in Chile on cross-border and transactional tax considerations and offers expertise to Chilean affiliates regarding local tax planning. The team has particular expertise in managing tax controversies and investigative procedures, as well as representing clients before the Chilean courts.
Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
BMAJ assists private parties and public authorities, and regularly provides key counsel on commercial transactions in TMT industries. The team has significant expertise advising operators in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.