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Who we are

Villarino E Ilharreborde Abogados (VEI) is a law firm that focuses its practice on corporate and real estate advice to national and foreign clients, with a strategic and creative approach using a personalized, direct, and innovative style.

VEI aims to be allies of its clients in the development of their projects. VEI provides advisory services that allow us to be fully involved in our clients’ businesses, combining legal advice with participation in commercial, strategic, and management aspects, delivering a complete service to the client, taking the advice far beyond the mere legal scope.

Our lawyers have earned degrees from the most renowned universities in Chile and the United States, and they have recognized experience on prestigious law firms, both in Santiago de Chile and New York, having participated in numerous and complex transactions in different areas of the law practice.

Practice Areas

Corporate

Villarino E Ilharreborde advises both national and foreign clients in all corporate aspects that arise in the development of their businesses. To this end, we are fully involved in our clients’ respective industries, a characteristic that allows us to understand their needs and anticipate complex situations to which they may be exposed.

Our team has more than a decade of experience advising public and private companies, both in their internal corporate affairs and in their relationship with regulators, customers, suppliers, and counterparties. We also advise our clients on corporate governance matters, including compliance programs, prevention models, and all types of internal checks and balances.

We currently advise clients in a wide range of industries, such as investment, insurance, pensions, energy, real estate, investment funds, banking, family business, investment banking, agriculture, and fintech, among others.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Villarino E Ilharreborde’s lawyers have broad experience in Merger and Acquisitions transactions, both in Chile and abroad. Our skilled team participates in all stages of the process, including preliminary negotiations, due diligence processes, bids, drafting and negotiation of final contracts and subsequent agreements between partners, as well as the financing stage of the deal.

Within such experience, our lawyers have participated in numerous acquisitions of regulated entities, leading the acquisition process and also the obtention of the relevant authorizations from the regulator and the takeover bids in the public market.

Furthermore, our team has stood out for its advice to individuals and companies in the structuring and implementation of associations, joint ventures, and other types of SPVs to develop projects alongside third parties, being recognized for its creativity and versatility when seeking solutions for contradictory interests, and conducting complex negotiations.

Real Estate

Our lawyers have extensive experience in real estate matters, advising clients in all stages of the development of real estate projects, including title searches, property acquisition, urban planning and road impact studies, financing, permits, drafting regulations, and sales processes.

VEI’s real estate advisory goes from individuals in their personal affairs to big real estate and construction companies in planning and developing their projects. Likewise, in recent years, VEI’s team has been characterized by its advice to real estate investment funds, from their incorporation and corporate governance to the materialization of their projects and investments.

Projects / Infrastructure

Our team has broad experience advising companies and institutional investors in the development and financing of infrastructure projects, specifically electricity transmission, gas pipelines, shopping centers, hospitals, and real estate matters. In this context, our lawyers are involved in the different stages of the projects, including participating in bidding processes and negotiating construction and engineering contracts, such as EPC, EPCM, and BOT contracts, among others, providing a holistic view of the different matters affecting the project, as environmental, electric, regulatory, real estate, mining and water issues.

Likewise, VEI’s team works jointly with investment banks on incorporating investment funds, both public and private, and other types of vehicles that allow institutional investors to participate in infrastructure projects in the most efficient manner, within the framework of their respective applicable regulation.

Energy & Natural Resources

In Villarino E Ilharreborde we advise national and foreign clients in energy matters, going from corporate support to companies in the electricity sector, as well as in their relationship with the regulator, and administrative procedures.

Also, our team has an outstanding experience in the acquisition of energy companies, having participated in numerous bidding processes, due diligence, financing structure, and in the negotiation and closing of such contracts. Once the target has been acquired we provide advice to the client in all the contracts necessary for the operation of the company, such as EPC, O&M, TSA, among others.

Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

In VEI we stand out for providing a comprehensive service to entrepreneurs and startups, with flexible working structures that adapt to the reality of the stage these companies are in. In this context, we walk together and advise the entrepreneur since the incorporation of his business to the period of entry of investors in the different modalities of capital raising rounds, whether they are angels investors, seed capital, early-stage investments or the following investments in growth stages, either through convertible debt, shares, SAFEs, KISS or other instruments.

Likewise, we advise all types of investors on their entry into these types of companies, mainly family offices and venture capital funds, through the different modalities above mentioned.

Such experience allows us to identify the key elements when negotiating the conditions for the entry of new actors to a startup, being able to generate and implement proposals and structures that achieve compatibility and harmonize the conflicting interests and concerns that usually exist in such negotiations.

Family Offices

Villarino E Ilharreborde has years of experience advising family companies and groups in the development of their businesses and the management of their investments, in all kinds of transactions, including in Private Equity and Venture Capital operations.

In the context of such advice, our lawyers stand out for providing services that recognize the particularities of this type of companies, seeking to balance the interests and concerns of their controllers, with corporate governance practices that enable long-lasting and sustainable investments.

Team

LAWYER / PARTNER

Cristóbal Villarino H.

LAWYER / PARTNER

Juan Andrés Ilharreborde C.

LAWYER / ASSOCIATE

Felipe Grez Y.

LAWYER / ASSOCIATE

Santiago Villarino F.

LAWYER / PARTNER

Cristóbal Villarino H.

Cristóbal Villarino is a founding partner of VEI.

Cristóbal permanently advises national and foreign clients on M&A transactions, whether in the form of takeovers through public offerings of shares acquisition, minority stakes, and sale of companies or packages of assets. Cristóbal’s M&A experience has shown vital in operations in industries such as insurance, pensions, banking, electric transmission, and retail. He also has great experience in the acquisition and development of real estate projects for commercial development, housing, and equipment. Additionally, he has participated in numerous processes of public and private concessions, project financing, and construction contracts, while also advising clients on energy matters, mainly related to electric transmission.

Cristóbal Villarino has been recognized by different international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal500, and Best Lawyers as an outstanding lawyer in the areas of Real Estate, M&A, Corporate Law, and Project Finance.

He was a member of Prieto Abogados for over 15 years, being a partner for the last 5 years. As a partner, he led the M&A and Real Estate practice. Also, he worked as a foreign lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, from 2009 to 2010.

He holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL., in 2009, where he was a scholarship recipient.

He is a professor of Commercial Law at the Universidad de Los Andes since 2011.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:
Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate
Real Estate
Energy & Natural Resources

Education:
Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2002)
Master of Laws (LLM), Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2009)

Email:cvillarino@vei.cl

Phone:+562 2583 2258

LAWYER / PARTNER

Juan Andrés Ilharreborde C.

Juan Andrés Ilharreborde is a founding partner of VEI.

He specializes in commercial matters and M&A, advising both sellers and buyers in takeovers transactions, including bidding processes and public or private takeover bids, acquisition of minority shareholdings stakes, sales of assets or other types of partnerships, such as mergers and joint ventures, as well as private equity and venture capital transactions. On corporate matters, he has extensive experience advising companies on all aspects of their businesses, corporate governance, and relations with counterparties, in industries such as investment, insurance, pensions, energy, family business, agriculture, and fintech among others.

He was an associate at Prieto Abogados for 10 years, where he was part of the Corporate and M&A team. From 2014 to 2015 he worked as a foreign lawyer at Dechert LLP, New York, in the Corporate and Securities team.

From 2017 to 2019, he served as General Counsel for Inversiones La Construcción S.A. (ILC), the investment holding of the Cámara Chilena de la Construcción, with active presence in the financial and health sectors through companies such as AFP Habitat, Compañía de Seguros Confuturo, Banco Internacional, Isapre Consalud, Empresas Red Salud, and Compañía de Seguros Vida Cámara.

He holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, earning his law degree summa cum laude in 2008. In 2013 he obtained the Beca Chile scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Columbia University, from which he graduated with honors in 2014, receiving the distinction “Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar”.

He is a professor of Commercial Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:
Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate
Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital
Family Offices

Education:
Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2008)
Master of Laws (LLM), Columbia University (2014)

Email:jilharreborde@vei.cl

Phone:+562 2583 2258

LAWYER / ASSOCIATE

Felipe Grez Y.

Felipe Grez is a senior associate of VEI.

He specializes his practice in energy, natural resources, project development, and regulated activities (sanitary, electrical, among others). Felipe has vast experience advising developers, buyers, and operators of energy projects along all the relevant process, from obtaining the necessary permits to operate and representing clients before the corresponding authorities, to participating from his field of expertise in the M&As, sales of assets and/or Joint Ventures.

He was an associate at Claro y Cía between 2014 and 2016, where he was part of the Natural Resources and Environment team. Then, from 2016 to mid-2019, he worked at Prieto Abogados as an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources group. Between 2018 and 2019, he also provided Secondment services at Suez S.A., supporting the internal team in the development of infrastructure projects.

He holds a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2013. He was awarded as the best student of his class in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law courses. In 2020 he completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law and Policy at Stanford University, along with a certificate on development, financing, and sales/acquisitions of start-ups based on in Venture Capitals investments.

He was an assistant teacher in the Administrative Law course at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile during 2013 and 2014.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:
Projects / Infrastructure
Energy & Natural Resources
Corporate

Education:
Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2013)
Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and Policy, Stanford University (2020)
Stanford Ignite Certificate, Stanford Graduate School of Business (2020)

Email:fgrez@vei.cl

Phone:+562 2583 2258

LAWYER / ASSOCIATE

Santiago Villarino F.

Santiago Villarino has been an associate of VEI since April 2020, centering his practice on corporate advising both national and foreign clients in a wide range of industries. He also has experience in real estate matters, counselling clients on matters ranging from due diligence to the structuring and development of real estate projects.

Previously, he was part of the Litigation and Arbitration team at Prieto Abogados, participating in the defense of several clients in civil and commercial matters, before ordinary and arbitral courts. During January 2015 he did an internship in the litigation department of Prieto Abogados.

He holds a law degree from the Universidad de Los Andes, where he graduated in 2017. At the same university, he earned a Minor and also was awarded an Academic Certificate in Environmental Law. He is currently studying a Diploma in Community Relations and Prevention of Socio-Environmental Conflicts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:
Corporate
Real Estate

Education:
Law, Universidad de Los Andes (2017)

Email:svillarino@vei.cl

Phone:+562 2583 2258