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Chile - TDH500

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    • Juan Manuel Baraona - Baraona Fischer Spiess
    • Fernando Barros - Barros & Errázuriz
    • Alex Fischer - Baraona Fischer Spiess
    • Oscar Ferrari - Garrigues Chile
    • Pablo Greiber - Ernst & Young (Santiago)
    • Francisco Lyon - KPMG in Chile
    • Jessica Power - Carey
    • Francisco Selamé - PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores y Compañía Limitada
    • Mario Silva - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

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    • Ignacio Gepp - Baker McKenzie Chile
    • Cristóbal Groetaers - CMS Carey & Allende
    • José Miguel Prieto - Guerrero Olivos
    • Patricio Silva-Riesco - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Barros & Errázuriz is highly rated for tax structuring and implementation at national and international levels; and the practice also advises on compliance with the US’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The practice regularly advises British American Tobacco Chile on its tax issues in Chile; and assists Chilefilms with its tax structure in Chile. The group is also experienced in acting before Chile’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the tax courts. Fernando Barros, Carola Trucco and María Teresa Cremaschi are recommended. The firm is also the local member of both Affinitas and the tax-focused Taxand alliance.

Carey’s ‘truly fantastic and reliable team’ recently represented 100-plus taxpayers (predominantly wealthy families) in Chile’s ‘Extraordinary Tax Amnesty Program’, which involved Chilean taxpayers’ declaration and payment of tax on previously undeclared overseas assets and income. Other matters saw the team advise construction company VINCI Construction on the tax structuring of its joint venture with Astaldi Italy to construct Santiago’s new airport; and it assisted Acciona Energía with securing VAT exemption for the importation of materials for a solar farm project. Alberta Investment Management Corporation is another client. The team also includes highly rated certified accountants. Jessica Power and Jaime Carey are highly praised.

Multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young (Santiago) has a ‘solid reputation’ in the market for its tax law advisory practice, including compliance, litigation and planning issues. Managing director for the Chilean tax division Pablo Greiber is highly rated for his tax law advice to companies and individuals; his specialist experience includes the taxation of family businesses and the tax structuring of corporate reorganisations and international investments. Alicia Domínguez is an expert in mining sector-related taxation.

Baraona Fischer Spiess is highly regarded for its advice to high-profile clients on the tax structuring of corporate transactions; other key areas for the firm include transfer pricing, tax-related restructurings and corporate taxation. The client base also includes high-profile individuals, who require assistance with estate planning matters. Alex Fischer is a corporate and wealth management tax expert; Juan Manuel Baraona is also highly rated; and Carolina Collantes has ‘a strong reputation’ for assisting clients with the tax issues surrounding foreign investment.

KPMG in Chile’s ‘service levels are very professional and the firm always involves the right advisers who understand the issues at stake and find the right solutions’. The practice handles domestic and international tax advisory matters, tax disputes, labour-related taxation, and transfer pricing matters. It is also recommended for the tax aspects of capital markets and M&A transactions; and tax planning, including tax due diligence work, reviewing financial models and assisting with negotiations. The team also has particular sector expertise in banking, mining, forestry and manufacturing, as well as transport, technology and energy. Francisco Lyon’s ‘professional acumen and experience are an insurance when discussing options and seeking paths ahead’. Other key practitioners include Mauricio López, Rodrigo Stein and Andrés Martínez, along with Alberto Cuevas and Juan Pablo Guerrero.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is highly rated for its international structuring practice and specialised tax litigation team. The practice advised Chilean company Ecomac on the review and negotiation of the tax issues attendant to a stock purchase agreement. Mario Silva is recommended for corporate income taxation, particularly tax planning, corporate restructuring and real estate-related taxation, as well as estate taxation for high-net-worth families. Guillermo Infante is another key contact.

The Chilean office of PwC’s global multidisciplinary platform, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers Consultores, Auditores y Compañía Limitada is recommended for its experience in tax law; the team is particularly well regarded for international taxation issues, as well as tax-related financings, restructurings and M&A deals. It is also recommended for transfer pricing matters. Francisco Selamé is a highly regarded tax adviser; and the practice recently grew through the recruitment of Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’s former tax head, Marcelo Laport.

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for tax planning solutions during cross-border transactions, tax dispute resolution, transfer pricing advice and estate planning. Clients of the practice include Abbott Laboratories, Goldcorp, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Grupo Security. Alberto Maturana is highly rated for international taxation consultancy and the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, and has significant experience advising foreign investors; of counsel Sergio Illanes is also a key member of the practice.

CMS Carey & Allende’s strengths include local and international tax planning, indirect taxation and the tax aspects of cross-border transactions. The team also includes practitioners with expertise in double taxation treaties, regularly represents clients before the tax authorities, and is experienced in tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. It recently acted for Piscicultura Aquasan in litigation before the Chilean Internal Revenue Service (IRS), regarding the market-value pricing of assets during arbitration. Diego García is recommended.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotaposhas solid industry knowledge, provides accurate advice and has an excellent group of professionals’. The firm is recommended for tax planning and its tax litigation practice is also growing. The practice group recently advised on high-profile tax audits and tax disputes. Francisco Illanes is recommended, senior associate Javier Cerón ‘gives good advice’, and senior counsel Pedro Deutsch provides specialist tax advice on major mining projects. Former senior counsel Marcela Silva joined Deloitte Legal Chile.

Deloitte Legal Chile advises international investors, global and local corporations and wealthy individuals on tax consulting, tax-related M&A and foreign investment transactions, and tax disputes; the practice also has specific expertise in the mining, retail, financial services and public sector industries. It recently advised a global insurance provider on the effect of Chile’s tax reform on its operations in Chile. Joseph Courand heads the department; and Marcela Silva joined as practice director from Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos.

Guerrero Olivos’ tax practice advises international funds on tax issues and assists clients with the tax aspects of reorganisations. The team recently advised BCI Group on matters related to the country’s tax reform. Pedro Pellegrini and senior associate José Miguel Prieto are the names to note.

Prieto regularly advises on the tax aspects of projects in the energy, ports and public utilities sectors. The firm also has a strong tax litigation team and tax planning practice for family offices and individuals. It advised the ad hoc group of bondholders of Automotores Gildemeister on the tax structuring of the restructuring of $700m’s worth of bonds. Mario Gorziglia and Leonidas Prieto are recommended; and associate Cristián Bay-Schmith is also highlighted.

Formed by former Ernst & Young (Santiago) professionals, Recabarren & Asociados is recommended for its tax law advice on corporate restructuring, corporate tax outsourcing and general family office consultancy. Richard Haensel, Cristián Mena, Álvaro Pérez and Soledad Recabarren are all well regarded.

Tax Advisors’ ‘level of expertise is high’. The practice is experienced in strategic tax planning, business tax assistance, and the tax law aspects of family businesses. The scope of the practice includes advising on the tax aspects of acquisitions and investments in Chile, as well as transfer pricing issues. Christian Blanche Reyes is ‘a true expert with deep knowledge of taxation’ and Benjamín Bernstein is ‘a highly qualified attorney, who is an expert in tax reorganisations involving foreign entities’.

Allende Bascuñán y Compañía Limitada’s ‘tax team has the rare combination of experience, huge technical capability, a pro-active service approach, and value-led charging’. The firm acts in complex tax matters, such as the business reorganisations of significant investment groups and sales of companies in the healthcare, aquaculture, construction and mining sectors. The practice is also experienced in assisting family offices (private wealth-management entities) with their ongoing businesses. Francisco Allende is ‘hugely experienced in domestic and international tax matters’; and Gonzalo Garfias ‘has an incredible depth of knowledge’. Carolina Gazitúa is also a key contact.

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s tax department regularly advises on significant cross-border purchase transactions and tax planning structures, and it has particular sector expertise in mining, financial services, construction contracts, and export and import businesses. The practice advised Techpack on the tax aspects of its sale of subsidiary Alusa. Guillermo Fonseca, Alejandro Álvarez and Octavio Bofill are highly regarded.

Cabello Letonja & Cia. is a small tax law practice that is recommended for its expertise in corporate reorganisations, business tax matters, tax litigation, and compliance matters. Juan Pablo Cabello, Alexander Letonja and Luis Seguel are the principal contacts.

The team at Lex Mundi member-firm Claro & Cia. recently advised Citigroup on the tax issues surrounding the pre-payment of Banco de Chile’s subordinated debt to the Central Bank of Chile; and acted as tax counsel to Prudential Financial on a joint venture structure with Inversiones La Construcción to gain control of Chile’s second largest pension fund. Jorge Carraha is recommended.

Garrigues Chile’s tax consultancy advises on complex M&A, finance and capital markets transactions, particularly regarding direct tax issues. It also assists individuals with personal, real estate and inheritance taxes, while the tax disputes practice regularly represents clients before Chile’s IRS and acts in tax litigation before the tax and customs courts, appeal courts and Supreme Court. The team advised the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), on the tax issues surrounding a loan package to French company Solairedirect. Oscar Ferrari is the name to note.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. is experienced in advising on the tax effects of complex transactions, income and inheritance taxes, the taxation of companies, foreign investment and international taxation, tax compliance and tax litigation. Mónica Justiniano is the recommended department head; but former tax head Marcelo Laport left for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores y Compañía Limitada.

Jara Del Favero Abogados advises Chilean and offshore companies on their tax reorganisations and assists individuals, companies and business groups with their tax planning requirements. The group also advises on the tax aspects of project financing in the natural resources sectors and the purchase, merger and sale of companies. Rafael Valdivieso is the key name.

Morales & Besa’s tax specialists are experienced in providing tax structures for complex business structures, particularly regarding foreign direct investment and cross-border financings. The practice also assists with tax compliance issues, IRS procedures and tax litigation. It acted for Inprolec on the tax structuring aspects of its sale to GE Energy Financial Services of 75% of the Los Guindos’ gas fired power plant. Francisca Pérez is ‘an excellent practitioner’.

Boutique firm Ulloa y Compañía Limitada was founded by Nicolás Ulloa and Adriana Zaidan, both formerly of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores y Compañía Limitada. Ulloa ‘knows his clients’ needs and solves their problems with a pro-business approach’. The practice acts for Chilean high-net-worth families and their family offices, as well as Chilean corporations, on their day-to-day business; its particular areas of expertise include domestic and international reorganisations, tax dispute resolution, and accounting and reporting services.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr recently assisted several clients with the tax issues arising from the management and structuring of family assets and businesses. In tax litigation, the team acted for Inversiones 3000 before Chile’s IRS, and the Tax and Customs Courts, in relation to tax losses. Gonzalo Rencoret is recommended.

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