Garrigues’ transactional offering in Chile is impressive to local and international clients, especially those in the banking and finance sector. Combined with its firm’s footprint across all four Pacific Alliance countries, as well as a foreign law consultancy in Brazil and its original Spanish roots, the Santiago office rightly deserves a place among the nation’s top outfits. Besides its transactional divisions, strong tax, disputes and real estate departments make this a well-rounded firm.
Garrigues (Chile) reported a successful 2020, with an increase in profit from the previous year. Its banking and finance and capital markets divisions were on a roll, despite the disruption of the covid-19 pandemic, keeping the firm’s transactional teams busy. The firm boosted its labour, tax, corporate and banking and finance teams in 2020 due to growing client demand.
Some of Garrigues (Chile)’s biggest clients are financial institutions Santander, BBVA and the Central Bank of Chile, as well as global investment banking group Credit Suisse, US energy investor Arroyo and Chilean state-owned copper mining company Codelco. According to the research project, ‘Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest 100 companies,’ conducted by Latin Lawyer’s affiliate publication the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, Garrigues (Chile) represents 13 of the region’s biggest companies – ranking in the top three Chilean firms in the ranking.
The firm’s international position continues to attract talent. Secondments are offered to lawyers to work in other Garrigues offices, and the vast majority take up this opportunity. Integration continues to be a priority for Garrigues globally and all lawyers must spend several weeks in Madrid as part of their training when they first join the firm.
Clients highlight the firm’s “dedication and flexibility” as well “the diligence and accountability they show throughout complex matters.” “I like the personalised service they give, and the interest lawyers take in every issue that concerns us,” says one satisfied client.
Garrigues also has offices in Bogotá, Lima and Mexico City, as well as a foreign law consultancy in São Paulo.