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Fontaine & Cía. Abogados

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Managing Partner: Juan Eduardo Troncoso
Partners: Hernán Fontaine, Francisco Fontaine, Juan Eduardo Troncoso, Diego Marín, Alejandro Vicari, Montserrat Valverde, Astrid Hardessen, Georgo Peftouloglou
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 30

Real Estate:
Montserrat Valverde
Corporate & Commercial: Francisco Fontaine
Construction & Infrastructure: Alejandro Vicari
Tax: Hernán Fontaine, Astrid Hardessen
Financial & Stock Market: Juan Eduardo Troncoso
Labour: Diego Marín
Litigation: Georgo Peftouloglou

Firm Overview:
For more than 30 years, Fontaine & Cía. has provided comprehensive legal advice, focused on their clients’ business; mainly real estate, construction companies, insurance companies, investment funds, retail, isapres, and industries, among others. The firm specialises in real estate, tax, labour, financing issues, as well as litigation and arbitration related to its clients. At the beginning of the year 2019, Fontaine & Cía. formed a strategic alliance with Brzovic & Cía. in order to collaborate jointly with a view to strengthening both tax practice areas. Brzovic & Cía. is a boutique firm, dedicated to tax issues and international recruitment and its harmonisation with Chilean tax and customs legislation, of great prestige and recognition.
Fontaine & Cía. is a member of the international network 'Lawyers Associated Worldwide' (LAW), with more than 100 associated firms in more than 128 countries.

Main Areas of Practice:
Real Estate:
A well-recognised competence in these matters permitted the firm to support individuals and enterprises in prime real estate projects within the country. The firm advises real estate development projects from their initial planning stage, through financing and acquisition. This includes the structuring of the project, corporate and tax aspects, processing of permits and approvals, regulation and environmental impact issues.

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm covers the legal requirements proper to corporate law, from day to day aspects to high complexity exceptional matters. The forging of joint ventures and advisory services to foreign clients in their investment processes are also an important part of the specialised practice of Fontaine & Cia.

Construction & Infrastructure:
Advisory on big engineering and construction projects from initial until final stage is another relevant area of expertise. Management of different contractual options related to the projects and the capacity to dedicate at-work solicitors are attributes highlighted by customers that have been advised in various infrastructure projects developed under the public work’s concessions. It has also participated on roadworks, dams, public parking and major works equipment projects. In those projects the firm brings legal service from the tender process, up to the development phase of exploitation.

The firm provides excellent corporate and individual tax advisory services, for the purpose of contributing to the business management efficiency of the clients, specifically in the design and implementation of structures that are best suited to the clients’ businesses, and developing strategies and solutions that maximise resources, within the legal tax framework. The firm also represents companies and individuals in tax litigation.

Financial & Stock Market:
The lawyers from the firm have counselled important project’s financing operations, especially in real estate and liability restructuration. It has also developed a valuable knowledge on legal aspects of the Stock Market that allows to provide advice to key players from the industry.

The firm has lawyers in this area of increasing complexity, who its clients value for their proactivity and professional capabilities. Covering areas such as individual’s working contracts, social law benefits, collective negotiations and union related matters, the firm advises clients in different business in the market, and has successfully resolved disputes involving large numbers of workers.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Fontaine & Cía. provides its clients with a specialised area, which allows it to successfully counsel them before ordinary and arbitration Courts of justice in proceedings of all sorts and importance. The defence of companies in labour proceedings is an important speciality of this area.