Managing Partner: Arturo Fermandois
Senior Partners: Arturo Fermandois, Luis Hevia
Number of partners: 4 Number of other lawyers: 6
Public Law: Arturo Fermandois
Corporate Law: Luis Hevia
Dispute Resolution: Arturo Fermandois
Estudio Fermandois was founded in 1997. The law firm stands out to be one of the first in the country to define itself as fully specialised in public and economic regulatory law. It is widely recognised for providing counsel and creative solutions for constitutional, administrative and economic regulatory issues. Estudio Fermandois also has vast and successful experience in complex litigation on these areas of business. The expert legal opinion of its senior partners is permanently required by local and international clients — corporations or business associations — public agencies and academic institutions, among other entities. Founding partner Mr Arturo Fermandois, former Chilean ambassador to the United States (2010-12), has been ranked N°1 in the country in Public Law (Chambers 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
Main Areas of Practice:
Public Law: 50%
Corporate Law: 25%
Dispute Resolution: 25%
The firm has nearly two decades of experience in specialised litigation before the Chilean Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court. The team at Fermandois has led to a success many landmark cases involving constitutional or administrative issues decided by the Constitutional Court in Chile. A highly specialised team of lawyers and researchers regularly deal with cases involving public law before ordinary, special and arbitral courts, and government agencies.
Economic Regulatory Law:
The firm provides legal advice on economic fields that are subject to intense legislative or administrative regulation, the latter enacted by the Administration or by regional, municipal or local governments. Estudio Fermandois has traditionally assisted companies in finding practical and viable legal solutions on strongly regulated areas of business such as land use and planning, banking, energy, health, pensions, new technologies, infrastructure, telecommunications and other key sectors. These services have now been extended to cover new increasingly regulated areas, such as corporate governance, education and consumer protection sectors.
The firm’s corporate area provides support and follow- up services for those clients who come to our firm primarily seeking advice on their main line of businesses. Estudio Fermandois has expertise on foreign investment, international agreements, banking, mining, financial regulation, bankruptcy, international commerce and corporations.
The firm has experience in issuing legal opinions in economic, international trade and administrative law for clients with lawsuits before international courts of arbitration, such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington, D.C. Also, the firm represents foreign companies in Chile for their corporate legal needs.
The firm’s clients vary from a wide range of business areas, most of which undergo strong regulations, including national and international companies. In addition, public agencies and companies also seek counsel from the firm in specific regulatory issues.