Prieto is a full-service business-oriented law firm with consolidated prestige in handling complex matters. We recruit the top talent, and encourage our lawyers to develop both personally and professionally, with particular focus on innovation, technology and specialisation in new areas and industries. With a relevant foreign and local client base, Prieto has an active participation in energy, natural resources and public utilities, as well as in capital markets and taxation. The firm’s practice in insurance, M&A and its experience in securities, litigation and antitrust stand out.
Main areas of practice
Antitrust: Prieto has participated in numerous cases, regarding concentration, vertical and horizontal integration, collusion and unfair competition in several industries.
Banking, finance and capital markets: Prieto has developed a broad experience in these areas recognised for its strong team of lawyers involved in securities’ offerings, IPOs and project finance transactions involving high-profile energy and infrastructure projects and financial and capital markets transactions, usually representing both local investment banks (acting as placement agents) and issuers in several equity/debt offerings locally and abroad. Prieto has developed a strong practice in the formation and management of investment funds and private equity funds.
Corporate and securities: Much of the firm’s work consists of corporate finance, corporate governance, takeover bids, joint ventures, reorganisations, partnerships, among others. Prieto has a long-standing team.
Customs and trade: Prieto has experience in these matters and has also lately developed this practice in Asian countries.
Energy and natural resources: Prieto plays an active role in energy matters, representing gas pipelines and power generators. The firm has broad experience in the energy field with an emphasis in LNG projects and thermal generation plants, having participated in developing and financing projects; negotiating and drafting power agreements and having advised clients in related disputes.
Environment: Prieto provides its clients including the production of a sustainability strategy that allows them to proactively comply, according to administration requirements, with the domestic environmental legislation and environmental requirements at destination markets. Likewise, it is experienced in representing industries interests before authorities when designing new regulations.
Mining: Prieto provides advice all the way from exploration through to commercial production of minerals. Prieto has participated in relevant transactions in this area and provides services to local and international junior, mid-tier and senior companies.
Insolvency, bankruptcy and business reorganisation: Prieto has participated in bankruptcy procedures, representing debtors and creditors. Prieto has an outstanding practice in business reorganisations and debt restructurings.
Insurance and institutional investors: The insurance department has a solid clientele of local and international insurance companies and brokers, with a group of specialists.
Labour: Prieto has a litigation and general advice practice, advising clients on incentive programmes for executives and employees, collective bargaining procedures, labour accidents, due diligence processes and the restructuring of company.
Litigation and arbitration: Prieto has participated in relevant cases in a wide range of areas with its lawyers acting as arbitrators in various proceedings. The firm also represents clients in all kind of commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings before ordinary courts of justice, as well as before arbitrators and the Chilean antitrust tribunal.
M&A: Prieto has participated, on behalf of buyers, sellers and banks, in the transfer of companies in areas such as power generation, gas, water, telecommunications, insurance, finance, shipping, air and surface transportation, railways, construction, pension funds, forestry, food business, department stores and supermarket chains, infrastructure, chemicals and technology, among others.
Public utilities: Prieto has extensive experience in gas, power, water and telecommunication services. Prieto has represented some of the top companies in the country in the power generation, transmission and distribution areas.
Taxation: The tax department advises clients in respect of all tax issues, including the structuring of diverse and complex transactions.
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