Claro & Cía is not only Santiago’s oldest firm but one of Chile’s most well regarded. Highly sophisticated transactional groups and impressive non-transactional areas, not least its market-leading disputes and antitrust practices, lie at the heart of Claro’s success and make it a truly full-service firm. Both local and international clients turn to this firm for their sophisticated counsel.
In recent years the firm has added to its senior rank, strengthening both transactional and non-transactional areas in response to growing client demand.
The firm’s deal-making teams remain among Chile’s busiest when it comes to deal volume, and the most accomplished based on the complexity of the firm’s mandates. It advised UK private equity group Actis on the sale of Latin American renewable energy developer Atlas to US investor Global Infrastructure Partners, which won Latin Lawyer’s recent Deal of the Year Award in the private M&A category.
The key to Claro’s remarkable success lies in its partnership. Clients get excellent service and associates have some of the best training available in the country. It favours organic growth so that the culture of the firm is maintained at all levels. Partners take a multidisciplinary approach, meaning the firm is not divided strictly into practice areas; instead, lawyers team up depending on each client’s needs. That strategy explains the firm’s consistently high deal flow, as it means Claro can attend to large, complex deals with ease.
According to a recent study, “Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest Companies”, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Claro represents three of the region’s largest companies; telecoms group Entel, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and LATAM Airlines Group.
Clients are consistently impressed by this firm, with one from the energy sector saying that Claro offers experience, knowledge and strategic analysis.
José María Eyzaguirre B is the firm’s managing partner.
Alliances and networks
Claro is a member of Lex Mundi, a global network of independent law firm.