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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Management Board: Martín Acero, Marcelo Armas (Co-Chairs), Juan José Eyzaguirre, Jorge Di Terlizzi, Guillermo Ferrero, Manuel Ugarte, Luis de Carlos, José María Segovia
Number of partners: 57
Number of lawyers: 362
Total administrative staff: 612 (includes lawyers and administrative staff)

Firm Overview:
With offices in Santiago (Chile), Bogota and Barranquilla (Colombia), and Lima (Peru), Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is a full service firm. Additionally, Uría Menéndez brings its network of offices in Spain, Portugal, New York, Beijing, London and Brussels to the partnership. The firm provides an efficient response to the new demands for professional services arising from the growing economic interdependence between the Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru), coupled with the increasing interest of European, Asian and North American companies in the Latin American region.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
Advises banks on syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing and the development of the innovative financial structures and products, represents underwriters and issuers in the placement of bonds and securities in Colombia and abroad.

All aspects of antitrust, including investigations by authorities, litigation concerning cartels and abuse of dominance, consultations on M&A operations, settlements, audits on level of compliance and legal reports.

All aspects of corporate law, including business integrations, tax matters, structuring and implementing public tender offers and the acquisition and sale of listed companies, restructurings, national and crossborder mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs and business reorganisation proceedings.

Criminal Law & Compliance:
Extensive experience in the development of defense strategies and in the sponsorship against police, prosecutorial and judicial investigations. Likewise, the firm is an expert in crisis control in the presence of criminal contingencies such as work accidents and corruption of officials.

Dispute Resolution:
Prevention and resolution of civil and criminal disputes involving complex legal and technical issues for national and international clients spanning a wide range of industries in domestic and international institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Energy, Mining & Natural Resources:
This area is composed of highly specialised lawyers who provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others.

Environment & Sustainable Development:
The firm provides the support necessary to establish legal strategies that allow clients to strengthen the legal management of environmental issues, thus reducing the legal risks that may arise from their activities. In this sense, the firm’s advice and support in environmental legal matters seeks to resolve the needs of clients within the applicable regulatory framework.

Infrastructure & Projects:
Advising companies involved in toll roads and ports and purchasers and sellers; participated as counsel in financing; and on the privatisation of public utilities and ports.

Intellectual Property/Life Sciences:
All aspects of intellectual property, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, copyrights, sports and entertainment matters, litigation, unfair competition, pharmaceutical licensing and health registrations.

Labour & Employment:
Litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety.

Private Clients & Family:
Long-term all-inclusive legal advice, in accordance with the highest international standards, for business families on the development of estate planning structures, allowing for the reallocation of assets among family members and the various generations.

Public Law:
Long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.

Real Estate:
Complex real estate matters such as shopping mall planning and construction, superstore construction, real estate trusts, real estate leasing, long term lease agreements, due diligence, real estate guarantees, regulatory issues and local permits.

Tax & International Trade:
Structuring domestic and international operations and transactions which involve matters related to foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange, tax planning and customs consulting and tax litigation.

TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications):
Advising multinational media and technology companies in all regional legal matters, from software licenses and TV formats to customs matters.