/ Legal 500 2023 highlights Alessandri in six categoriesOctober 25, 2022
Legal 500 Latin America 2023 was published and Alessandri is ranked in Data Privacy, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Corporate M&A, Litigation and Tax.
The Legal 500 rankings reflect detailed analysis of law firm submissions and thousands of interviews with private practice attorneys, conducted by its team of experienced investigators.
This year, Alessandri is highlighted in six categories:
The TMT and data protection team at Alessandri & Compañía Abogados traditionally acts for IT, entertainment and financial-service sector clients; but further to the pandemic, the group is increasingly active in health services, telemedicine and teleworking matters, along with the processing of employees’ health data, e-commerce and online education. Elevated to the partnership in January 2021, practice leader Macarena Gatica, who has extensive experience in technology, data protection, cybersecurity and e-commerce, is a recently appointed co-chair of the AmCham’s Digital Regulation Committee. Also key to the group are IP and IT managing partner Rodrigo Velasco A, and compliance, unfair competition and IP specialist Santiago Ortúzar. Experienced associate Jaime Urzúa advises companies on the implementation of personal data protection and cybersecurity programmes.
Practice head(s): Macarena Gatica
- “The firm with the best knowledge and practical experience in terms of data privacy”.
- “The data privacy team works very closely with clients, adjusting its advice to the specific realities of clients”.
- “They have great legal knowledge and a very practical approach to problems, and their responses are agile and on time”.
- Assisted Cainiao Network Technology with the revision of a cross-border data project’s compliance with data protection and privacy laws.
The 13-member IP department at Alessandri & Compañía Abogados consistently works along the firm’s tax, labour, corporate, contract and litigation teams, in relation to the protection and enforcement of IP assets. The principal figures are managing partner of the firm’s technology and IP departments, Rodrigo Velasco A, who specialises in matters involving domain names, trade marks, patents, data protection, software and internet issues (particularly in relation to licenses, contracts, tax aspects and litigation); and Santiago Ortúzar, an expert in the management of national and multinational patent portfolios, and related corporate matters such as complex licensing and M&A transactions involving patent assets. Practice area director Carla Pacheco also has longstanding IP experience, including portfolio management, advertising, unfair competition and litigation work.
Practice head(s): Rodrigo Velasco A; Santiago Ortúzar
- Assisted Indura with its objection to a patent application, alleging lack of inventive level.
- Assisted Beer Garage with registering the sign “CASA DE LA CERVEZA”.
- Assisted Inmobiliaria Nueva Costanera with its application to register the sign “CASA VITACURA”.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ practice is well known in the market for its IP portfolio work for food-processing company Agrosuper, as well as its ongoing representation of international chemical and pharmaceutical player Bayer-Monsanto; in addition to it strictly legal advisory, clients also benefit from the presence of engineers, chemists, biologists and architects at the firm. Heading up the practice, Santiago Ortúzar specialises in intellectual and industrial property, contractual matters, free competition defence, sanitary records and plant varieties; while the practice of technology and IP managing partner, Rodrigo Velasco A, includes assisting with licenses and contracts. Associate Rodrigo Valenzuela provides further IP support that covers both registrations and litigation work.
Practice head(s): Santiago Ortúzar
- Acted for Bayer in relation to an opposition claim filed on behalf of Asilfa.
- Acted for Bayer Crop Science in relation to an opposition claim filed on behalf of Agricola Nacional.
- Acted for Agrosuper in an international patent application for a heat tattooing machine for animal carcasses.
With its broad service offering, Alessandri & Compañía Abogados is well-positioned to fields a team with a considerable breadth of capabilities. The ten-strong practice group advises local companies, multinationals and private equity firms on acquisitions, sales and spin-offs, cross-border business deals and joint ventures, along with reorganisations, share and asset purchase contracts, shareholder agreements, and legal, tax and environmental due diligence. Fernando Jamarne is a business and financial transactions specialist; he co-heads the corporate team with prominent figure Felipe Cousiño, who also leads the firm’s insurance, capital markets and competition practices. Further senior support is provided by managing partner Arturo Alessandri C, whose broad practice includes foreign investment and M&A. At associate level, José Antonio Cuadra is experienced in corporate law, foreign investment and transactional matters; Nicole Cartier is a capital markets expert, and Gabriel Arancibia is also a key member of the corporate group.
Advised Jach Technology on the acquisition of customer-experience services company, Inteligenxia.
Advised The Ardonagh Group – Price Forbes on the acquisition of a local reinsurance brokerage firm.
Assisted Inversiones Las Rocas (ILR) with a service agreement that was negotiated with Ricky Martin for advertising purposes and the possibility of acquiring 25% of ILR.
“Transmitting security and confidence at all times”, Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ four-member litigation department is experienced in resolving civil and commercial disputes, particularly in relation to technology, capital markets, insurance, construction, transport, and manufacturing. Additionally, the group is active in IP conflict resolution, litigation over product liability, and defending administrative claims. The practice is led by corporate and litigation specialist Raúl Montero, whose ‘experience and practical knowledge are highly noteworthy’; while Luis Fuentes and Patricio Rámila are recently promoted senior associates, both of whom focus on civil and commercial litigation.
Practice head(s): Raúl Montero
- “The litigation team has the highest level of expertise, transmitting security and confidence at all times”.
- “The experience and practical knowledge of Raúl Montero are highly noteworthy”.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ tax department handles day-to-day assistance, litigation and procedures before the Tax Authority. Its experience also includes advising on internal and international taxation, fiscal and municipal taxes, customs and the application of conventions to double taxation. The principal figures are former founding partners of Gorziglia Morales Cox Abogados, namely: practice leader Franco Gorziglia, whose tax law expertise covers business reorganisations, tax optimisation and tax compliance; and José Joaquín Cox, who advises on the tax side of establishing and developing businesses in Chile and abroad. Former partner Francisco Morales Sierra departed for Guerrero Garcés in June 2021.
Practice head(s): Franco Gorziglia
Also, Alessandri is mentioned in Firms To Watch:
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ banking and finance services leader, Fernando Jamarne, has extensive experience in banking law and corporate finance; his expertise encompasses public bids, bond issuances, syndicated loans, private issues and loan contracts.
Alessandri & Compañía Abogados’ experienced intellectual and industrial property partner, Santiago Ortúzar, is increasingly active in compliance work (particularly e-commerce and education-sector matters), while recently promoted senior associate Luis Fuentes advises on criminal law and regulatory compliance-related issues.
Information extracted directly from the Legal 500 website.