Partners: Javier Vergara, Mario Galindo, Edu- ardo Correa, José Luis Fuenzalida, Cecilia Urbina, Pablo Ortiz, Winston Alburquenque, Carlos Carmona
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 36
VGC, which was the first boutique firm that specialized in this area of practice, energy and natural resources law, provides support to clients over the complete cycle of each project so that they can carry out their projects successfully. From the outset, VGC has participated in the most important projects nationwide, being recognised as one of the prominent firms in the country.
The firm, offers highly specialised and reliable counselling to clients, on matters that range from strategic support in project design to environmental assessment, project implementation, compliance, enforcement, litigation — including industrial and environmental crime — and public law.
According with this spirit, VGC establishes and maintains a unique relationship with its clients, based on its unswerving commitment to meet their expectations. To achieve this goal, the firm’s lawyers are available and accessible, providing timely responses, and hands on advice. They are fully prepared to participate in multidisciplinary teams promoting collaborative work, and creative solutions, working hand in hand each other. Every day there is a greater integration between the stages of environmental assessment, litigation and compliance and the different teams within the office.
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Environmental Law
■ Energy and Natural Resources
■ Regulation and Public Law
■ Litigation Among others, VGC provides counsel in the following matters:
A. Counsel in environmental compliance, from a preventive perspective, including internal audit of deviations as well as advice in a context of overseeing proceedings from the Superintendence of the Environment (“SMA”).
B. Review and strategic support for environmental impact assessment proceeding of investment projects, environmental management instruments, land-use planning and general instructions from the SMA.
C. Defense and legal counsel in enforcement proceedings initiated by the SMA.
D. Counsel in administrative regulations such as health, municipal, road, industrial safety, water resources, energy, fuel, forest, aggregates, archaeology, maritime, land-use, and coastal areas.
E. Review of the applicability of environmental and sectoral permits to either new or existing projects, activities or facilities, as well as support in the constant updating of the client’s permits spreadsheet and strategic definitions in the application for the required permits and licenses.
F. Obtaining environmental and sectoral permits.
G. Due diligence proceedings for financing and project acquisitions.
H. Support in negotiation processes and conflict management with interest groups, communities and community organisations.
I. Counsel in matter pertaining Law 19,253 on Protection, Promotion and Development of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.
J. Litigation in administrative and judicial venues. K. Litigation before the Constitutional Court.
L. Claims of nullity of public law.
M. Environmental damage actions.
N. Criminal offences connected to industrial activity and environmental damage and fatalties related to the protection of the life and safety workers.
O. Obtaining and perfecting water rights.
P. The design and execution of real states projects.
Q. Matters relating to mining from the initial exploration phase to mine closure.
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