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Baraona Fischer Spiess

Av. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 12
Las Condes

Baraona Fischer Spiess is a leader among top-tier legal firms. Its recognised tax, corporate and finance teams are known for providing effective solutions in a fast-changing business and regulatory environment.

The firm has gathered a diverse professional team in various practice areas, with a commitment to excellence, innovation and team work. It is led by partners and senior associates, each of whom offers a vast and prestigious professional background in Chile or abroad, combining highly innovative, comprehensive and business-oriented solutions with focused, reliable and continuous legal support to its clients.

Baraona Fischer Spiess’s tax practice is led by its senior partner Juan Manuel Baraona, and headed by Alex Fischer. Both have been consistently ranked, along with the firm as a whole, in the top tier of most international law firm rankings. Partners Carolina Collantes, Isabel Espinoza, Boris León and Juan Cristóbal Ortega are actively engaged by major local and international clients in a broad spectrum of tax-related issues, including general corporate matters, M&A transactions, financings, transfer pricing, and estate planning and structuring. The firm also boasts a tax litigation team that, with a conflict-resolution approach, is regularly engaged in complex and high-profile matters. The litigation team benefits from the experience of senior legal counsel Francisca Villamán, who headed the legal department of the Chilean tax authority’s large taxpayers’ unit.

Baraona Fischer Spiess also differentiates itself as the only law firm providing tax-compliance services as an integral part of its tax team. The increasing complexity of, and sophistication required to comply with, tax laws and regulations was key to the strategic decision to integrate tax-compliance services into the firm’s tax advisory practice. The group of seven highly qualified auditors, with significant experience at Big Four audit firms, is by far the largest among local law firms.

Baraona Fischer Spiess’ general corporate practice is led by founding partners Max Spiess and Juan Pablo Baraona. As with the tax practice, the firm has represented major clients in this area, including several foreign banks and the Republic of Chile in financing matters and legislative advice. In addition, it has participated in relevant public-private partnership deals representing both public and private clients. Its financing team is constantly engaged for structured and syndicated financing matters by local and international banks, and its experience in derivative instruments and private financing is outstanding.

Recently, María Elina Cruz, a recognised lawyer and economist, joined the firm to build the antitrust and competition group. María Elina, former head of the antitrust department at the Catholic University of Chile, has a PhD in economics focusing on antitrust and competition law. Her background as an economist also informs transfer pricing, advice and litigation services.

In all, drawing from its prestigious tax practice, Baraona Fischer Spiess is now a major player within the business law service market, offering the full spectrum of business-oriented legal solutions. Its diverse group of lawyers and accountants is recruited only from the best universities in Chile. Over recent years, it has shown dynamic growth by actively incorporating prestigious and recognised talent, growing from a group of 30 lawyers to a team of nearly 60 professionals providing services to clients.

Av Costanera Sur 2730
Piso 12, Las Condes
Región Metropolitana
+562 2485 1000

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