Managing Partner: Rodrigo Ferrada
Senior Partner: Nicole Nehme
Number of partners: 12
Number of other lawyers: 47
Founded in 2000, FerradaNehme is a multi-specialist law firm with an outstanding position in the Chilean market of legal services, particularly in complex areas of legal practice, such as competition and regulated markets, environmental law, litigation, public law, telecoms & media, technologies, corporate, consumer law and compliance. In such areas, FerradaNehme is generally recognised as one of the most highly recommended firms in the handling of difficult challenges, on behalf of Chilean and international companies and institutions participating in a wide variety of markets and industries, as well as governmental institutions.
Currently, the firm is positioned among the most sought after firms of the country, given its professional capacity and its unique integrated offer approach, its numerous highly qualified professional and administrative staff, and their individual and collective experiences. Its strategy is to further develop ‘niches’ within its main areas of practice, thereby taking full advantage of the specific expertise of its individual lawyers. Examples include the consumer law, compliance, technology, and energy practices, among others.
In just 20 years, FerradaNehme has become one of Chile's leading, largest and most successful law firms. This is the result of the dedication and excellence of FerradaNehme’s professionals, the recognition of its clients and the remarkable results obtained.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm receives a huge quantity of work, such as legal opinions and surveys; mergers and acquisitions; voluntary and mandatory pre-merger filings; antitrust investigations and litigation; strategic advice; negotiation with antitrust authorities; economic advice provided together with the country’s most renowned economists; development and implementation of compliance programs, among others. We have recently hired an internal economist to this group of professionals.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Diego Hernández, Benjamín Mordoj
Energy (Electricity & Gas):
The firm advises regulated industries on almost every market area. Given the multidisciplinary requirements of energy law, the energy law practice group is founded on the pillars of economic regulation, public and environmental law matters. It works in close collaboration with the litigation and corporate practice groups, with the assistance of four partners: Nicole Nehme, Luis Cordero, Patricio Leyton and Benjamín Mordoj. The firm advises public authorities, as well as electricity generation, transmission, and distribution companies, and is actively participating as a consultant in the vibrant renewable energy market. Additionally, the firm advises several oil and gas companies.
Contacts: Nicole Nehme, Benjamín Mordoj
Environment & Natural Resources:
The firm is regularly engaged in the most challenging issues concerning environmental permits; approval and development of natural resources projects in areas of mining, energy, waste management, among others; drafting and review of environmental impact studies and declarations; marine concessions; negotiation with local communities; advice on environmental and natural resources issues and renewable energy; among others.
Contact: Patricio Leyton, Valeria Ruz, Carola Salamanca
The growth of this practice has been remarkable. It currently handles civil, commercial, economic, procurement, administrative and constitutional litigation before Civil Courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court, and specialised litigation before special courts; administrative proceedings before regulatory authorities; arbitration and mediation. The goal here is to avoid repetitive or volume work, only accepting high profile and complex cases, always interacting with other areas of practice, considering the natural complexities of each industry.
Contacts: Nicolás Ubilla, Nicole Nehme
This is the most recent practice area launched by FerradaNehme. It stands out for its multidisciplinary character, involving banking transactions and e-commerce; safety of work and telework tools, information security, privacy, and protection of personal data; competition; among many others. Technologies interacts with all of FN’s other specialized practice areas in a market as rapidly evolving and changing as the digital ecosystem. The firm has advised, among others, on the design of online marketplaces, privacy impact assessments, competition, and new technologies, including blockchain, and big data. Its main clients in this area are, to name a few, major retailers, supermarkets, credit and debit bank acquirers, banks, and oil & gas companies. Contacts: Benjamín Mordoj, Jessica Matus
The practice remains a boutique-like endeavor , focusing on mergers and acquisitions, transaction finance, capital markets, foreign investment, contracts and related transactions. Regularly advising national and international companies when confronted with substantial work matters, through the drafting of sophisticated and innovative contracts, memoranda and legal opinions.
Contacts: Rodrigo Ferrada, Juan Andrés Breton
Telecoms & Media:
This practice is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals with concrete experience, dedication, and expertise. It has represented clients before sectorial au thorities, also participating in the most relevant cases subject to the decision of the Chilean Antitrust Court, both in voluntary and mandatory cases related to tel ecoms (i.e., spectrum matters). The practice has advised on the development of telecoms and media projects (i.e., TV digital, OTT, must carry, QoS internet, 5G, IoT), with a diverse legal approach as well as other business, economic and regulatory considerations.
Contact: Stella Muñoz, Nicole Nehme
Public Law & Government:
The core focus of this practice is providing dedicated advice and opinions to the Central Government and its agencies, as well as for private organisations and institutions in a broad range of areas including banking, health care, environment, consumer regulation, pensions, and other matters. It also provides also regular advice to foreign governments, in the design of new regulatory frameworks and institutions.
Contacts: Luis Cordero, Josefina Court
The firm believes that incorporating programs concerning criminal, antitrust, consumer, data or environmental compliance, constitutes an essential preventive mechanism for companies. This practice is responsible for the implementation and constant update of compliance programs in the most diverse fields of expertise. The firm also provides all educational and control materials required by clients; as it is an expert in the required training for the continued improvement of the internal practices and culture of companies. The advice includes all aspects of compliance programs; on their institutional, behavioral, or procedural dimensions.
Contact: Rafael Collado