Núñez, Muñoz & Cía Ltda, Abogados is a stellar example of first-rate legal counsel for international and local clients alike. Prized for its performance in the mining, energy and natural resources, corporate, project and M&A areas by publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Practical Law Company, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers, the firm stands out for its professional excellence, dedication and trustworthiness. Likewise, it is endorsed by associates holding degrees from the most prestigious law schools in Chile. The firm is member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the International Mining Professionals Society, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the International Business Law Consortium. Partner Patricia Núñez is the chair of the energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure law section of the IBA.
The firm’s clientele ranges from those with complex corporate and financial structures to those with sensitive environmental and native land issues. The firm guarantees tailored and specialised advice at international standards and speed, excelling in the following areas:
Mining: The firm represents mining companies from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia, such as Antofagasta Minerals SA, Kinross Gold Corporation, Yamana Gold Inc, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc and Capstone Mining Corp. Its expertise includes: structuring projects, and negotiating and executing exploration and joint venture agreements; helping to list mining companies on international stock exchanges; securing financing; mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; and constituting and securing mining rights, among other matters. The firm also represents clients in their dealings and negotiations with third parties in Chile and abroad. The firm has also advised the state of Chile in its international bidding of coal and iron deposits.
Energy: Núñez, Muñoz & Cía Ltda advises oil and gas companies, as well as hydro, tidal, solar and geothermal power companies, such as Energía Andina SA; Carnegie Wave Energy Limited; Renewable Energy Enterprise; EnorChile; and HydroChile. Specific expertise in the field includes establishing power companies in the country; negotiating joint venture agreements and power purchase agreements; financing power projects; advising regarding market regulations; and many other matters.
Corporate/M&A: Corporate counsel permeates almost all deals that the firm assesses, entailing the establishment of all necessary legal framework for foreign companies to achieve their business and financing objectives. In particular, the firm has broad expertise in mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the natural resources field. The firm provides corporate assistance to companies such as Antofagasta Minerals SA, Minera Meridian Limitada (Yamana Gold), Cliffs Natural Resources Chile Ltda, Gabrica, Traverlport and others.
Project financing and foreign investment: The firm advises on fund forecasting and is equally familiar with foreign exchange regulations. Additionally, the firm provides counsel on deal structuring, negotiation of credit agreements and constitution of security interest, among other issues. In this regard, the firm represents Sprott Resource Lending, Resource Capital Funds and Investec Bank plc.
Public works: The firm has represented monoliners in the financing of infrastructure projects and foreign clients in public works concessions, such as MBIA Insurance Corporation.
Languages: Spanish, English, French and Italian.