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Puga Ortiz

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Managing Partners: Alberto Alcalde, Mauricio San Miguel, Matías Cortés
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 26

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1925, Puga Ortiz is a highly specialised leading law firm, widely perceived as one of the most important Chilean law firms. Puga Ortiz performs in relevant cases related to civil, product liability, intellectual property and bankruptcy, litigation as well as in complex negotiating and resolving conflicts. Labour law, real estate, construction, environmental, infrastructure, water and energy law are also areas covered as well by experienced lawyers.

The firm is structured so that each case, matter or situation is handled personally by at least one of the partners, supported by a highly specialised team. Clients receive personalised and full-time assistance that ensures efficiency, specialised services by incorporating new partners who have made important contributions to each practice area.

Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation:
Puga Ortiz is an expert in litigation. The firm represents clients in high profile cases related to civil, commercial, and intellectual property. In the cases in which Puga Ortiz has participated, their attorneys go far beyond the average standards of research, preparation and commitment.

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Negotiation & Mediation:
The firm is widely recognised as one of the most important law firms in complex and relevant negotiations. The negotiation team has extensive experience advising domestic and foreign clients in resolving conflicts and in reaching favorable contractual agreements in the development of high profile operations. The firm's partners are also staff arbitrators in the most prestigious arbitration institutions.

Bankruptcy & Reorganisation:
Puga Ortiz has participated in several of the most complicated major restructurings, and has been recognised by its peers as the leading law firm in this field. The firm develops creative solutions in order to ensure the financial viability of its clients.

Corporate, Banking & Finance:
The firm advises its clients in mergers, acquisitions, stock and asset purchases, capital market issues, restructurings, and general corporate and commercial matters. The firm also handles project finance, structured finance, leasing and all types of transactions and guarantees. Partners of the firm have also been legal managers of the main Chilean banks.

Real Estate:
The firm specialises in starting up and developing major real estate projects as well as handling bids for concessions and public and private projects.

Natural Resources & The Environment:
The firm is specialised in environmental and water law processing with wide experience advising companies from the energy, real estate and mining sector in all kinds of transactions and matters related to water resources and energy legislation.

Intellectual Property:
Puga Ortiz provides legal counsel on trademark, patent and copyright law, industrial designs, unfair competition, domain names and the internet, geographical indications and designations of origin. It also handles any litigation in those fields.

Compliance & Prevention of Money Laundering:
Puga Ortiz has a team of highly qualified professionals with national and international experience in the design and implementation of crime prevention models, with a risk-based approach and preventive systems.

Product Liability:
In the realm of product liability defense, few — if any — firms compare to POA. The firm protect your bottom line and your product’s reputation when it is called into question. Puga Ortiz and his team, have developed an array of successful defenses to litigation involving consumer goods and services — whether brought individually or collectively.

Labour Law:
The firm's specialists have vast experience advising their clients before Labour authorities and intervening in legal proceedings.

International Work:
Another relevant attribute of Puga Ortiz is its permanent international relations. The firm's members and associate lawyers have earned postgraduate certificates or degrees in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and other countries.

Languages:
Spanish, English, French.