Firm Profile

Claro & Cía


Transactional and disputes blue chip

LL 250 Elite

Established: 1880

Partners: 21

Lawyers: 100

Female partners: 5%

Partner to associate ratio: 4.1

Work areas

This firm is elite for services in the following work areas.

Claro & Cía is not only Santiago’s oldest firm but one of Chile’s most highly reputed. With solid transactional groups and equally impressive non-transactional areas, the firm is a true powerhouse. Litigation, energy, antitrust and mining departments lie at Claro’s heart and make it a truly full-service firm. Both local and international clients return here for high-class service time and time again.

One of Claro’s key clients, LATAM Airlines, has kept the firm’s restructuring and finance teams busy in recent years. The group’s energy, infrastructure and M&A groups were also highly visible, the firm reports.

The firm recently added four to its senior rank, strengthening its disputes, tax, M&A and data protection offerings in response to growing client demand. In that promotion round, Claro appointed its second female partner.

The key to Claro’s remarkable success lies in its partnership. The firm has an effective partner-associate ratio that sees clients get excellent service and ensures 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 as the firm is not divided strictly into practice areas, and 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.

Claro’s long-standing commitment to technology meant the firm was ready to operate online long before the covid-19 pandemic led lawyers to work from home.

Chilean electricity group AES Andes and Anglo American Sur are examples of big local entities that rely on Claro. Chilean brewing company Compañía Cervecerías Unidas, telecoms group Entel and InterEnergy are clients of the firm. LATAM is a long-standing client for many matters, including restructuring and banking and finance. According to the latest research conducted by Latin Lawyer’s affiliate publication, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, Claro represents 9% of the region’s largest 100 companies and is in the top 10 busiest Chilean firms.

Client praise for this firm is always extremely positive, with one happy client from the energy sector saying that Claro is responsive and “committed to providing thoroughly researched and thought-out responses.” Another client in the power transmission industry applauds the quality of the service provided by the firm.


José María Eyzaguirre B is the firm’s managing partner.

Alliances and networks

Claro is a member of Lex Mundi and Latin America’s Bomchil Group and Club de Abogados.

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