Partners: Arturo Garnham, Patrick Humphreys, Guicela Rivera, Simon Zañartu
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 11
Garnham Abogados has become an important presence in the Chilean legal market in a brief period of time.
The firm offers strategic legal advice, anticipating its clients’ needs and helping them visualise possible outcomes for local and cross-border work. This service ensure the success of the firm's clients' businesses.
The firm provides a global overview for clients. The firm and its professionals combine a solid legal practice with an in-depth knowledge of the framework in which public policies impact individuals and local corporations and multinationals.
Most of the firm’s members teach either at undergraduate and/or graduate levels at local universities.
Garnham Abogados is also committed with pro bono work, being recognised by Pro Bono Foundation Chile as firm of the year in 2017, in its first year as member of the Foundation.
Main Areas of Practice:
Tax Advice, Estate Planning & Tax Litigation:
The firm’s tax practice is led by partners Arturo Garnham and Patrick Humphreys. The practice provides general tax advice, including domestic and international transactions, tax planning, tax compliance, transfer pricing, estate planning, administrative defence before tax authorities and legal defence before the courts. Experienced lawyers undertake exhaustive risk analysis of structuring operations and opportunities, which provides critical information when it comes to decision making.
Labour & Employment:
The firm’s labour practice is led by partner Guicela Rivera. The firm provides sound labour law advice, including hiring and termination processes, assists clients in collective bargaining scenarios, subcontracting regimes and corporate policies. The firm advises as well in administrative procedures and in labour lawsuits and claims.
Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm’s litigation practice is led by partner Simón Zañartu. The firm's professional expertise is available to clients through its experience in the prevention and resolution of conflicts in civil, commercial and administrative matters, and insolvency, settlements and restructuring matters.
Corporate & M&A:
The firm provides legal advice to corporate clients, helping them with their corporate structure, including private equity funds. In addition to this, the firm assists clients both in their day-to-day matters and more complex processes such as mergers and acquisitions. Experts also provide advice in negotiating and preparing commercial contracts, domestic and cross-border transactions, corporate reorganisation processes, matters related to capital markets, such as IPOs and securities issuance and registration, regulatory aspects of these markets, especially regarding the Financial Market Commission, and permanent assistance in corporate matters.
The firm represents individuals and local and foreign companies in the negotiation and implementation of complex operations. The firm strives to understand its clients’ and counterparties objectives in detail to reach a satisfactory result. The firm helps its clients to discern between different courses of action before varied scenarios, taking into consideration the economic and regulatory challenges they face.
The firm advises foreign investors when setting up or investing in a business in Chile. The firm continues to provide services throughout the client's stay in the country, providing them with timely advice on how to manage their business and fulfil the highest standards in each of the industries in which they operate.
The firm provides advice on regulatory matters in the electricity market, as well as on engineering and construction services, generation, operation and maintenance, connection, interconnection and supply, amongst others.
Members have extensive experience in cross-border transactions involving financing, corporate restructuring, M&A, foreign investments and international joint ventures.
Clients include large, medium and small companies, investment funds, non-for-profit organisations, families and individuals, based in Chile and abroad. Clients operate in different economic sectors.