At AZ, we have expanded our operations through concrete relationships with our Associate Firms in over 60 different countries. Through this vast network, we are able to provide world class services for all of our clients who are investing in or developing business abroad, including those clients intending to enter new markets.
In response to the growing global commercial demands and to meet the needs of each market, AZ now provides advice through its European Desk. We advise on investment projects in Chile, international litigation, the global protection of intellectual property, as well as in the processes of globalization of Chilean companies. Our attorneys, together with a local advisor, will provide a comprehensive solution that combines innovation and prevention.
Through this, we seek to consolidate and deepen the alliances of partnership and collaboration with the objective of facilitating and strengthening the links for companies that want to start operations in Chile.
Head of European Desk | Daniela Hirsch
Phone: +351 919 680 127
Socio: Rodrigo Albagli
In response to an increase in the quantity and complexity of the legal regulation of economic activities, both at a general level—tax, labor, consumer protection, antitrust, environment, industrial property and, most recently, criminal compliance matters—and in each particular industry, more strongly in those we call “regulated industries”, AZ offers a preventive and systematic legal risk management program.
AZ has ample national and international experience and knowledge in Banking and Financial Law matters, enabling us to advise national and foreign entities with respect to all types of banking and financial transactions, such as syndicated operations, project financing, debt restructuring, capital and debt placement, securitizations, derivatives operations, and asset management, among others.
AZ offers full-service counseling to companies conducting business in the global market, and ensures the establishment of efficient frameworks and structures in transaction matters.
AZ’s participation in a global network of over 60 countries enables us to support our clients, offering quality service in each jurisdiction in which we operate.
AZ has vast experience in representing investment funds in different types of transactions, including minority investments and purchases. Our practice in this area includes advising venture capitalists, national and foreign, with respect to the establishment of funds, corporate governance, and investment structuring and financing, among others. AZ’s experience in the venture capital market enables us to advise our clients not only from a legal and regulatory standpoint, but also from a commercial and corporate.
AZ’s experience in counseling on matters involving new technologies positions us as a leader in one of the areas experiencing the greatest growth in the global economy. Our lawyers have a profound knowledge of information technology rights, data protection, technology transfers, domain names and information security, enabling us to efficiently address global challenges, both regulatory and corporate, in a wide range of businesses.
AZ’s practice in competition matters encompasses all fields of antitrust law and regulated markets, both preventively, in investigations conducted by the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía Nacional Económica), and in litigations before the Court for the Defense of Fair Competition (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia), Civil Court and the Supreme Court.
AZ manages specially-designed tools to preserve, protect and ensure an orderly and efficient transfer of the estate, and personal or family assets, optimizing the related financial and tax load, and ensuring a minimal disruption in business operation.
AZ’s practice in environmental law enables us to offer our clients comprehensive advice in all the stages of their natural resources exploitation projects and in general, projects with environmental impact, ensuring compliance with national and international regulations and standards applicable to this area.
AZ has broad experience in the development, financing, construction, and sale of all types of real estate by actively participating in all stages of project realization. Our counseling encompasses everything from the design of the legal and tax structures of a given project to the resolution of any conflicts that might arise during or after its execution.
AZ has broad experience counseling clients in insurance and re-insurance matters, and in providing support in litigation and arbitration of such matters. Our team of attorneys has played an active role in advising our corporate clients in the revision and execution of policies and risk coverage, and also in representing clients in liability litigations and proceedings before the SVS (Chilean Securities Superintendence).
AZ is one of the main players in intellectual property matters in Chile. One of our Firm’s major strengths originates from our work with national and international clients, especially in all matters relating to the defense and protection of their Intellectual and Industrial Property rights.
The most important rankings and publications have recognized AZ’s IP team and have been distinguished by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, World Trademark Review, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM.
AZ’s litigation group has consolidated itself as one of the most relevant practice areas, thanks to the trajectory and complexity of the cases handled by our attorneys. The different types of conflicts and disputes our clients face, both national and foreign, have enabled our team to adapt to and successfully perform in various complex legal scenarios.
AZ is considered one of the most prestigious firms in Chile in litigation matters, and our lawyers are valued not only for their ample ability in designing strategies and adopting decisions prior to trial, but also for their skill and capacity to prepare and bring forward the disputes presented before them until they obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.
AZ has broad experience in corporate counseling for domestic and foreign companies. Our Corporate Group stands out for its quality and the team’s professional knowledge, as well as its ability to prevent and anticipate any situations that may arise within companies. AZ is a full service firm which allows us to meet all legal needs of each company according to its stage of development and the industry to which it belongs.
AZ’s practice area of labor law counsels its clients on their hiring, compensation, termination, subcontracting and labor due diligence processes, and corporate policies in addition to providing support in collective bargaining negotiations in companies from various categories. Our litigation experience allows us to offer counsel including dispute settlement, lawsuits and labor claims.
AZ has extensive experience in the area of public law, providing advice in administrative law, constitutional litigation, state contracts, administrative claims, regulatory processes, and governmental advisory, among others. In an environment where government participation is constantly growing through more active regulatory agencies and more sophisticated regulations, AZ offers its clients comprehensive counseling and accompanies each client, from risk prevention to conflict resolution with the Administration.
Our preventive and systematic view of legal risk management, together with our hands-on and full service style, allows us to face company training and formation, tax planning, and defense in eventual conflicts, in a unique way that is focused on each stage of our clients’ lives, creating solutions that are designed according to their needs.
We have moved in a challenging and changing regulatory environment, from one of traditional compliance to one that is more integrated with reality which involves all areas of business. Such transition has gone from the usual formal planning to one that considers the economic and legal reality of the company. Additionally, such transition has moved from the certainty of a particular role to the trust in a legal advisor who combines AZ’s experience in corporate and litigation matters during the last 25 years.
AZ’s practice in the area of Energy and Natural Resources encompasses the development and licensing of energy projects, public and private tenders, electricity, gas and fuels regulatory matters, project due diligence, administrative and judicial litigation, counseling for environmental evaluation, and negotiations with communities, among others.
AZ’s corporate team has extensive experience in the practice of corporate mergers and acquisitions supporting our clients in their restructuring processes and regional and global acquisitions. We have represented sellers, buyers, public or private majority and minority shareholders, and financial backers in various transactions such as mergers, separations, reorganization and other types of corporate restructuring. Our extensive national and international contact network allows us to help our clients find the best strategic partners and investors for their success.
Issues surrounding Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility are becoming of great importance not only in the corporate world but also in public administration, where the right concept contributes greatly to generate trust in the market and acts in a socially responsible and productive manner.
AZ has extensive experience advising clients in the design and development of Corporate Governance standards, working alongside large and small enterprises such as family businesses and family offices in the definition and development of Corporate Governance strategies.
We are a full-service Firm that provides a comprehensive service to our clients in addition to having a preventive and systematic model of legal risk management that relates to Codes of Good Practice and crime prevention programs and corporate responsibility.
As a result of the arrival of foreign professionals into the Chilean market, AZ offers a specialized immigration service, such as obtaining work permits and visas, temporary residence visas, and document legalization.
AZ has broad experience in bankruptcy cases, company restructuring and liquidation. Our corporate team’s participation in important bankruptcy and reorganization operations allows us to offer a solution with a strategic vision in order to overcome our client’s financial difficulties.
AZ is a Latin American Firm, and our geographic position enables us to provide a better service to foreign clients and investors seeking to generate new business in our region. A profound knowledge of the region’s law and regulations, and its culture, places us in an optimum position to support a diverse group of clients, including investors, multinational companies, and governments, among others, so that they may succeed in the development of their activities.
The foregoing takes place in association with a global network of firms and attorneys in all of the region’s countries.
Our Life Science practice has a multidisciplinary team that includes attorneys and technical professionals in the field. They represent important local, regional and global pharmaceutical companies. The team provides legal and regulatory protection services in all their economic activity areas and interacts with different authorities from the health, pharmaceutical and antitrust areas.
La publicidad, el marketing y la promoción, cuentan con una vasta normativa aplicable y se han visto afectados por una serie de nuevas regulaciones, especialmente en el ámbito de las nuevas tecnologías y nuevos métodos utilizados en estas disciplinas. AZ cuenta con un profundo conocimiento de este ámbito del derecho, siendo la única y exclusiva Firma en Chile miembro de Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA). Esto nos permite contar con una red de contactos en más de 60 países, ofreciendo a nuestros clientes una asesoría completa, de excelencia y en otras jurisdicciones.