Now in its 21st year, FerradaNehme is a force to be reckoned with in the Chilean legal market, thanks to its forward-thinking ideas, ability to adapt and evolve and its excellent legal advice. Its strong regulatory practice complements its equally robust antitrust, administrative, compliance and environmental groups. Not one to rest on its laurels, the firm remains keen on being ahead of the competition and open new practice areas.
For many companies, FerradaNehme is the law firm that can win them a case when all hope seems lost, and clients often come here asking it to turn around a case that they are losing with other counsel.
The international face of the firm and one of its founding partners, Nicole Nehme, is a distinguished antitrust lawyer and clients line up to sing her praises. “Her kindness does not diminish her knowledge – she is the best antitrust and competition lawyer in the whole of Chile,” says one client. “She gets right to the point with her honesty and strong arguments, always finding the best solution for our needs in the face of complex situations.”
The firm often works on pioneering cases, especially in the antitrust arena, demonstrating how it excels on atypical work.
Although known for its non-transactional areas, FerradaNehme has been investing significantly in its corporate division in recent years and client praise demonstrates that this transactional arm has been well received.
Its litigations department was kept busy in 2020, the firm reports, and several Chinese and European companies investing in Chile maintained a healthy flow of transactional work for the firm. FerradaNehme welcomed an economist to its antitrust team in 2020 following increasing client demand for enhanced support in this practice area. The group has been busy advising clients on data protection, data-related litigations, cybersecurity and technology law, and expects demand to grow in 2021.
FerradaNehme has noted an increase in class actions concerning product standards during the covid-19 pandemic and it plans to strengthen its consumer protection group in 2021 accordingly. It also wants to expand its public law area to guide clients facing the state’s increasing role in various sectors including health, pharmaceuticals and financial aid for businesses.
Constantly striving to innovate and improve, FerradaNehme launched its gender equality policy in 2020 to protect all employees from any prejudice and to promote and advance the careers of all their lawyers, regardless of gender. FerradaNehme stands out for its commitment to diversity. Within one of the least diverse legal markets in Latin America, some 42% of the firm’s partnership are women. This commitment is reflected in the firm’s signing of the UN Women’s CEO Statement of Support for Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019.
In 2021, the firm made its second significant partner promotion round in three years by elevating four associates – two of them women – to the partnership, strengthening its competition, litigation and public law practices.
FerradaNehme also launched its sustainability initiative in 2021: this aims not only to protect its lawyers internally – with its gender equality policy as an example of sustainable action – but also to promote sustainable business on the wider front; it will work with clients to include more human rights protections in their deals and contracts. FerradaNehme is understood to be the only Chilean law firm in the Latin Lawyer 250 making these kinds of efforts.
FerradaNehme is one of the most highly praised teams in the region, with clients queueing to compliment the firm and its lawyers. “The legal service is very personalised and their lawyers are always available for us. The team delivers practical and effective solutions with very solid legal foundations,” says one long-standing client in the energy sector. “Their lawyers are very professional and empathetic, and always understand client needs,” says another. The list goes on: “The dedication and care they give to our cases, putting all their resources into finding us a solid solution, is commendable,” says another client. One from the food manufacturing sector highlights that “partners and employees are easy to reach and are available at any moment, much more than other firms we have worked with.”
Alliances and networks
The firm has a ‘best friends’ agreement with Peruvian outfit León e Iparraguirre Abogados, which offers a variety of non-transactional services, including administrative, competition and disputes advice.