Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (PPU) is the first major Ibero-American law firm. The firm was 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 13 practice areas. Additionally, Uría Menéndez brings its network of offices in Spain, Portugal, Sao Paulo, New York, Beijing, 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 and capital markets: Advises banks on syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing and the development of innovative financial structures and products, represents underwriters and issuers in the placement of bond and securities in Chile and abroad.
Competition: 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 and 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 cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and business reorganisation proceedings.
Dispute resolution: 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 and 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.
Infrastructure and 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.
Intellectual property and 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.
Labour: Litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety.
Private client and 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.
Public law: Long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.
Real estate: 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 and international trade: Structuring domestic and international operations and transactions that involve matters related to foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange, tax planning and customs consulting and tax litigation.
Telecommunications: Advising multinational media and technology companies in all their regional legal matters, from software licences and TV formats to customs matters.
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