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Felipe Arze Abogado Corporativo

Luis Felipe Arze, LL.M

Partner

CMS Carey & Allende
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago
Chile
Languages Spanish, English
Corporate / M&A

Luis Felipe is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Group at CMS Chile. He advises on a range of transaction types and across various sectors, but has particular expertise in merges and acquisitions – whether acting for multinationals, large corporations, scale-ups, start-ups, entrepreneurs or investors. In doing so, he deals with all aspects of corporate law – business sales and acquisitions, fundraising and investment transactions, joint ventures and reorganizations.

His knowledge and experience in matters of engineering and construction have led him to represent several firms operating in Latin America, in the structuring, negotiation and execution of contracts related to infrastructure, mining, and energy projects, with a special focus on non-conventional renewable energy projects.

Between 2004 and 2005, he worked as regional in-house counsel for Unilever, in charge of local operations as well as of mergers and acquisitions for the company in Latin America.  He also worked as foreign associate between 2002 and 2003, at the New York City law firm of Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett, LLP.

Luis Felipe is committee chair for the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker for international ABA forums, on matters related to M&A and private equity.

Endorsed by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Leaders League, Best Lawyers, Latin Corporate Client Choice Awards (LACCA), and Acritas Star.

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"He represents everything that we require in legal counsel, due to his high understanding and knowledge of the client, and great capacity for responsiveness and relationships"

Chambers Latin America

"His negotiating skills and his visibility in M&A transactions. He combines his practice in this area with noted experience in the projects field"

Chambers Latin America

"Excellent lawyer with experience across a range of corporate transactions"

Chambers Latin America - 2020

"An excellent lawyer, with outstanding negotiation abilities and full understanding of the business and the company’s objectives and needs, always available to provide accurate, informed and timely advice"

Latin Lawyer 250

"The attention Luis Felipe gives is perfect for what we need… he knows his area of expertise very well and is always available"

Latin Lawyer 250

Relevant experience

  • Pacific Hydro Chile S.A. on the acquisition of two photovoltaic projects from Sociedad Agrícola Río Escondido Limitada. These projects, with a total capacity of 180 MWp, are currently under development in Atacama, northern Chile. 
  • Peninsula, a Brazilian private investment firm, on the USD 80 million acquisition of 48.6% of Chilean Vitamina shares, together with LGT Lightstone. Vitamina develops and manages 65 high-quality early education and preschool centres in Chile. This investment may allow potential expansions of Vitamina business in the upcoming years to other countries of Latin America, starting with Brazil, Peru and Colombia. 
  • Charles Taylor InsureTech on the acquisition of Inworx group to expand its capabilities in the Latin American insurance technology market. The deal involved the acquisition of companies and assets in several countries, including Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico and the United States, transforming Charles Taylor into Latin America’s largest insurance technology consultancy.
  • Unilever on the sale of its tea business Té Club and Té Emblem to ICB S.A, a Chilean producer, distributor and marketer of food which has the representation in the country of brands such as Nutella, ColaCao, and Pringles. 
  • Merieux NutriSciences on the acquisitions of the Chilean company Labser, a leading provider of microbiology and chemistry analysis for food, aquaculture, livestock and agribusiness in Chile.
  • Sonda S.A. on the issuing of corporate bonds on behalf of Sonda S.A. in the local market, totaling 3 million Development Units (UF), for the financing of their investment plans.
  • Centro Veterinario y Agrícola Limitada, the nation’s leading veterinary laboratory, on the sale of 51% of its stock to Virbac France, leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to veterinary health.
  • ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., the seventh largest agrichemical company in the world, with operations in over 120 countries, on the acquisition of 60% of Chileagro Solutions S.A., a local biostimulants & fertilizer company.
  • New York Life Investment Management LLC on matters pertaining to Chilean law, for the negotiation and execution of credit valued at USD 150 million, in favor of an agriculture co-op with over 700 cranberry farm owners, located in the United States and in Canada.
  • Discovery Air Inc. on the acquisition of 100% of the Chilean Air services company Helicopters.cl, and in its subsequent Latin American expansion plan, to operate over 80 helicopters of various capacities in the national and international market.
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Education

  • 2003 – Master of Law (LL.M.), New York University School of Law
  • 1997 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
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Infrastructure & Projects

Luis Felipe is co-head of the Infrastructure & Projects Group at CMS Chile. His knowledge and experience in matters of engineering and construction have lead him to represent several of the area’s most important firms operating in Latin America, in the structuring, negotiation, execution, and closing of EPC and EPCM contracts related to infrastructure, mining, and energy projects, with a special focus on non-conventional renewable energy projects.

As a member of the Corporate Team, his practice focuses on advising international and national clients on M&A transactions, private equity, issuance and placement of capital and debt bonds in the securities market.  He advises financial companies and institutions in the development and financing of projects, with a particular emphasis on the industries of energy, natural resources, and infrastructure.

Between 2004 and 2005 he worked as regional in-house counsel for Unilever, in charge of local operations as well as mergers and acquisitions for the company in Latin America.  He also worked as foreign associate, between 2002 and 2003, at the New York City law firm of Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett, LLP.

Endorsed by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Leaders League, Best Lawyers, and Latin Corporate Client Choice Awards (LACCA), and Acritas Star.

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"Widely endorsed by clients for his availability, transactional experience and problem-solving skills within the projects ambit"

Chambers Latin America

"He is a knowledgeable and very business-oriented lawyer.He looks for solutions rather than putting up roadblocks"

Chambers Latin America

"Always available and providing a very client-focused service"

Chambers Latin America

"Luis Felipe Arze is particularly well received by clients, who praise his expertise and availability"

Latin Lawyer 250

Relevant experience

  • Suez Chile, key client, which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors, on its potential purchase of all equity and debt interests in a water and sewerage business in Chile. 
  • Eléctricas de Medellín on the negotiation of design and engineering and construction contracts for a desalination plant that will allow the desalinization and distribution of 1.000 Lt/s E&P) of industrial waters to clients in Valparaiso, Central Chile. 
  • Acciona Energía  on its bid for a public tender to build, operate and manage a new desalination plant in Antofagasta, northern Chile.  Said bid was awarded under a BOOT (build-own-operate-transfer) arrangement. The contract included the design, financing, construction, operation, maintenance, and transfer of the aforementioned plant. 
  • Solarpack, a multinational specialised in solar power plants, on the financing transaction for the construction and development of the photovoltaic Project named “La Granja”, to be located in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. The project is a milestone in terms of solar energy pricing worldwide for breaking the record as the lowest price per MWh tendered (USD 29.1 per MWh).  
  • Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA, Colombia) as the construction company (EPC contractor) for the inter-regional line of Interchile in the procurement of building permits, work facilities, warehouses, towers, surface modification, among others. This project aims to build the most important high-voltage line in Chile, which will allow the interconnection of the two transmission systems in the country.
  • Aker Solutions (currently known as Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.) on the negotiation and drafting of their engineering and construction contracts for the Toromocho copper project, entailing USD 2.2 billion of property belonging to Chinalco, an important copper and molybdenum open pit mine, located in eastern Lima, Peru.
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Education

  • 2003 – Master of Law (LL.M.), New York University School of Law
  • 1997 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
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Energy & Climate Change

Luis Felipe is a partner in the Energy & Climate Change Group at CMS Chile. He advises clients on new transmission line projects, electrical generation, and non-conventional renewable energy source projects.  In this manner, Luis Felipe has been able to participate in the earliest of stages in these projects, to the point of entry into operation, as well as financing, M&A, and auction related processes.

His knowledge and experience in engineering and construction matters have lead him to represent several of the Latin America’s most important firms, in the structuring, negotiation, execution, and closing of EPC and EPCM contracts related to energy, infrastructure and mining projects, with a special focus on non-conventional renewable energy projects.

As a member of the Corporate practice team, his practice focuses on advising international and national clients on M&A transactions, private equity, issuance and placement of capital and debt bonds in the securities market. He advises financial companies and institutions in the development and financing of projects, with a particular emphasis on the industries of energy, natural resource, and infrastructure.

Luis Felipe is committee chair for the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker for ABA international forums, on matters related to M&A and private equity.

Endorsed by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Leaders League, Best Lawyers and Latin Corporate Client Choice Awards (LACCA), and Acritas Star.

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"We hired this firm because of this attorney-he makes it easy for us and is well backed-up by colleagues with different specialisms who combine to give us prompt and well-balanced answers"

Chambers Latin America

"A very approachable and knowledgeable lawyer who maintains an excellent ongoing relationship with his clients"

Chambers Latin America

"A brilliant lawyer who manages his matters very well and is quick to defend his clients' interests"

Chambers Latin America

Relevant experience

  • Promigas on the potential tender process to acquire the complete shareholding of one of the main residential natural gas supply distributors in Chile, which has concessions in three regions of Chile. 
  • Solarpack on the financing transaction for the construction and development of the photovoltaic Project named “La Granja”, to be located in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. The project is a milestone in terms of solar energy pricing worldwide for breaking the record as the lowest price per MWh tendered (USD 29.1 per MWh).  
  • Acciona Energía on its bid for a public tender to build, operate and manage a new desalination plant in Antofagasta, northern Chile.  Said bid was awarded under a BOOT (build-own-operate-transfer) arrangement. The contract included the design, financing, construction, operation, maintenance, and transfer of the aforementioned plant. 
  • Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios - EDEMSA (Colombia) as the construction company (EPC contractor) for the Interchile interregional line, on construction and subcontracting agreements, the installation of high voltage towers, overseeing the negotiation process for electrical easements, the procurement of building permits, work facilities, warehouses and land use change. Also, on the procurement of all environmental permits. This project aims to build the most important high voltage power line in Chile, which will allow the interconnection of the two main transmission systems in the country
  • Solarpack on an energy project tender for the construction and financing of the first commercial scale power project in Chile, with an investment of USD 120 million, expected to begin operation in 2019. As a result of this project, Solarpack won the “Renewable Energy Project of the Year” award at the 2016 International Congress of Renewable Energies.
  • Ibereolica Cabo Leones I S.A. and Amunche Solar SpA. (two of the four winning companies from among 38 bidders) on the 2015-02 supply tender for regulated customers in concession areas from the Norte Grande Interconnected System (SING) and the Central Interconnected System (SIC), for a total of 1,200 GWh/year.
  • wpd on securing contracts for three wind farms with a total capacity of 350 MW in the tender conducted by Chile for renewable energy projects. In the process, wpd won power purchase agreements for 786.8 GWh per year with a term of 20 years beginning in 2021.
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Education

  • 2003 – Master of Law (LL.M.), New York University School of Law
  • 1997 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
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