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Allende Bascuñán & Cia

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Managing Partner: Francisco Javier Allende
Senior Partners: Francisco Javier Allende, Felipe Bascuñán, Felipe Allende, Mauricio Viñuela, Alejandro Romero, Carolina Gazitúa, Andrés Garrido, Gonzalo Garfias, José Luis Ibáñez.
Number of partners: 9
Number of other lawyers: 15

Firm Overview:
Allende Bascuñán & Co. is a prestigious and traditional medium size law firm, with more than 25 years of experience in different legal matters, which has undertaken a process of continuous growth and development with ample knowledge and capacity to answer inquires and represent clients in various matters in a diversity of economic sectors of the Chilean economy and abroad. The firm assures a personalised attention and counselling to its clients involving partners managing the legal work and all the rest of the team. The firm's working philosophy is characterised by strong principles and values, permanently seeking to provide timely legal service of excellence.

Allende Bascuñán & Co. keeps offices in Santiago, Chile and is part of a broad and reliable network of law firms in Latin America and the most important trade and financial centres of the world.

The firm is a member of IFA, International Fiscal Association, and of the International Bar Association.

Main Areas of Practice:

Tax:

Allende Bascuñán & Co. is a specialised firm in the tax area. The firm has provided a full range of tax services for more than 25 years. Representing clients before the Chilean Courts and the Tax Authorities at judicial tax disputes, advising companies in different sectors of industry. Regarding international tax law, the firm advises international clients on their investments in Chile and Chilean investors abroad, focusing his advice in providing solutions regarding equity or debt structures, elimination of double taxation through domestic tax law double tax conventions.

Energy & Natural Resources (Water):
Allende Bascuñán & Co. advises in energy, natural resources and water issues to clients from different industries. One of the most relevant in energy are the big consumers, called 'free clients', particulary mining and industrial companies located in Chile, tender process, negotiation, PPA subscription; -Power Purchase Agreement-, negotiating and signing electric transmission contracts. In water, the firm advises many companies with the focus of having legally granted water rights, as well as everything related to the use and execution of water, collection works, reservoirs, transfers, litigation and requests to the competent authority.

Corporate/Aviation:
Allende Bascuñán & Co. provides full range of services in this area: mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganisations; constitute, amend and liquidation of all kind of companies and corporations; negotiation of shareholders agreements; advice to Board of Directors, minutes preparations and corporate compliance; advice on foreign investment vehicles; negotiation of joint ventures with domestic and foreign partners; negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, construction contracts, EPC, bidding process; drafting aviation contracts, GSA agreements.

The firm advises various industry sectors, but has specialised in the aviation industry, with a strong experience in certifying domestic and foreign airlines before the authorities.

Public Law:
Allende Bascuñán & Co. is a pioneer in the public law practice. Partners of this area have great expertise representing clients before the authorities and resolving administrative issues. They also have a powerful participation in the academic field and international meetings. Since the early 90s Chile has had a sustained growth in the state administration. This has meant a big growth in the public law field, where the firm has kept up to date with the newest reforms in order to provide an excellent service.

Labour & Employment:
This area provides a complete legal counselling in labour and employment matters to its clients, most of them have managed their labour issues for more than ten years with the firm. Individual contracts, settlements of employment relationship, collective bargaining, work accidents, immigration, labour litigation, fines and resolutions claims from the Work Direction. Also, the firm has a vast experience in high complexity trials involving sharing defence strategies with clients.

Litigation & Arbitration:
From more than 20 years the litigation and arbitration department has been dedicated to assists clients of different sectors before civil courts all around the country. Civil and commercial contracts, forced expropriations, patrimonial responsibility, administrative and contentious-administrative appeals, arbitral procedures, recognition, invalidation, granting, foreign awards procedures, voluntary jurisdiction procedures and judgments relating to heredities and testaments.

Languages: English, Spanish.

Clients:
Air Canada, Anglo American Sur S.A., Associated Universities, Inc. (American partner in ALMA project), Aguas Andinas (Grupo Agbar), Cargolux, Córpora, Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), Federal Express (FedEx), Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Philips Chilena S.A., SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile, SQM, Viña Ventisquero (Agrosuper).

CONTACTS
Tax:
Gonzalo Garfias
Energy & Natural Resources: Felipe Bascuñán
Corporate (M&A): José Luis Ibáñez
Aviation: Felipe Allende
Public Law:
Mauricio Viñuela
Real Estate: Mauricio Viñuela
Labour & Employment: Andrés Garrido
Litigation & Arbitration:
Alejandro Romero