Management Board: Martín Acero (Managing Partner) Andrés Sanfuentes (Country Manager - Chile) Juan Carlos Rocha (Country Manager - Colombia) and Rafael Boisset (Country Manager - Peru)
Number of partners: 51
Number of lawyers: 335
Total administrative staff (including lawyers): 600
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (‘PPU’) is the first major Ibero-American law firm. The firm is born from a merger between the Chilean Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner, Colombian Prietocarrizosa, and the two Peruvian firms Ferrero Abogados and Delmar Ugarte. The prestigious Spanish and Portuguese firm Uría Menéndez participates in the new firm since its inception in 2015. With offices in Santiago (Chile), Bogota and Barranquilla (Colombia), and Lima (Peru) PPU has lawyers in 17 practice areas. Additionally, Uría Menéndez brings its network of offices in Spain, Portugal, Sao Paulo, New York, London and Brussels to the partnership. Looking forward, the firm seeks to respond efficiently to new demands for professional services resulting from the growing economic relationship between the countries of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru), as well as a growing interest in Latin America by European, Asian, and North American companies.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
Advices 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 Chile, Colombia, Peru 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.
Corporate & M&A:
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.
Prevention and resolution of 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:
The practice area of energy, mining, environment and natural resources 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.
The firm is recognised as experts representing clients in restructuring and bankruptcies, in an in and out-of court basis. Its team has a bast experience defending the interests of creditors as well as debtors.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
Renowned for its wealth of experience in the insurance world, PPU endeavors to provide innovative and specialised legal advice with respect to both the structuring of insurance and reinsurance products, in addition to the regulatory aspects of insurances, dispute resolution and litigation. The team brings particular expertise to defending the interests of insureds, insurance companies, reinsurance companies and insurance brokers.
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.
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.
Long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.
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 their regional legal matters, from software licenses and TV formats to customs matters.