28 December 2020

Cuatrecasas hires nine new partners in Chile, Colombia and Mexico

Law firm hires new partners Manuel Quinche, Alessia Bello and Juan Felipe Vera (Bogotá), Roberto Guerrero (Santiago) and Javier Díaz de León (Mexico City).

Tomás Kubick, Macarena Ravinet, Alfonso Ugarte and Josefina Yávar will join the Corporate and Commercial Practice as partners in Chile

The partners at the law firm Cuatrecasas have approved the hiring of Roberto Guerrero V. as coordinating partner of its Corporate and Commercial Practice in Santiago, of Manuel Quinche as the new managing partner of the Bogotá office and coordinator of the Banking and Finance Practice, of Alessia Abello as partner of the Infrastructure Practice in Bogotá, of Juan Felipe Vera as partner of the Corporate–M&A Practice in Bogotá and of Javier Díaz de León as partner of the Tax Practice in the Mexico City office.

Roberto Guerrero joins the firm, together with three lawyers of his current team—Tomás Kubick, Macarena Ravinet and Josefina Yávar—who, together with Alfonso Ugarte, have been appointed partners of the Corporate and Commercial Practice in Santiago.

With these appointments, the firm strengthens its leadership in Latin America, with an outstanding presence in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and over 20 years’ experience in the region. The firm bases part of its business strategy on its ability to offer a comprehensive legal service to its clients, advising them on the most complex matters in the main Latin American markets.


Roberto Guerrero V. | Coordinating partner of Corporate and Commercial Practice

With 30 years’ experience in corporate matters, M&A, and banking and finance law, Roberto has participated in many iconic transactions on the Chilean market. He has centered his practice on commercial, corporate and finance law. Representing national and international clients—including US, European and Asian multinationals—he has participated in designing, negotiating and implementing complex deals in many sectors of the economy, such as commerce, energy, finance, fishing, food and beverages, industry, infrastructure, mining, services, and telecommunications. He focuses on high-impact advisory services and transactions, which have earned him international recognition.

Roberto lectures at the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has been a member of the National Television Council since 2011. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a member of the Chilean Transparency Council. He has been recommended by Best Lawyers, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, International Financial Law Review, Latin Lawyer, Leaders League, Legal 500 Latin America, and Who’s Who Legal (categories: Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate Law)

Tomás Kubick | Partner specializing in corporate law and M&A

The hiring of Tomás Kubick will strengthen our Corporate and Commercial Practice. He has over 10 years’ experience in corporate and M&A matters, and has experience in a supporting role in competition, protection of consumer rights and insolvency matters

The new partner has advised clients on important M&A transactions and on asset sales, joint ventures and all forms of association, shareholders agreements and complex legal structures. He is legal counsel to several boards of directors with regard to their corporate governance and decision-making.

He lectures in the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has been recommended by top legal directories, including Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Macarena Ravinet | Leading partner of Finance Practice

With extensive experience in M&A, in project finance and in financial transactions, Macarena specializes in the retail and food, energy and infrastructure, and telecommunications sectors, corporate and financial restructurings, corporate governance and private equity. She also advises companies, foundations and non-profit organizations on corporate, financial and tax matters.

Macarena is president and director of the Pro-Bono Chile Foundation and forms part of the International Pro Bono Network. She has been recommended by many legal directories, including Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250.

Josefina Yávar | Partner specializing in venture capital and M&A transactions in the energy sector

With extensive experience in general corporate law, Josefina Yávar specializes in transactional operations, corporate governance, formation and structuring of investment funds and mergers and acquisitions, both local and international. She has developed a specific practice in the acquisition, sale and development of energy projects. She has also advised investment funds, entrepreneurs and start-ups on venture capital and private equity matters.

Josefina lectures at the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has been recommended by Leaders League and Legal 500 (categories: Corporate and M&A, and Venture Capital).

Alfonso Ugarte | Partner specializing in M&A, advising on public and private transactions

Alfonso acquired all of his training in the leading law firm Claro & Cia and has participated in some of the most iconic transactions on the Chilean market. An expert in M&A and in advising foreign and domestic investors on public and private transactions in various industries, his M&A practice has focused mainly on the areas of infrastructure, banking, retail, mining and technology. He also advises creditors and debtors on structured financing transactions, bankruptcy restructuring and reorganization, and on distressed financing.

Alfonso has been lecturing on corporate and commercial Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile since 2014. He has been recommended by the top legal directory Chambers and Partners.


Manuel Quinche | Managing partner of Bogotá office and coordinator of Finance Practice

Specializing in the areas of structured finance, project finance and M&A, Manuel Quinche has advised national and international borrowers, lenders and financial institutions on various corporate- and project-finance transactions, including commercial bank financing, syndicated financing, financing with multilateral entities, financing with export credit agencies and financing through the capital markets.

He stands out for his participation in the most complex financing transactions and with the highest value carried out in Colombia, as well as in the two largest M&A transactions in Colombia’s history. Before joining Cuatrecasas, he worked at leading law firms in Colombia and in the US. 

Manuel Quinche has been recommended by many legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 Latin America, IFLR, Latin Lawyer and Leaders League in the Banking & Finance, and Projects categories (band 1).

Alessia Abello-Galvis | Partner specializing in structuring infrastructure projects

Alessia is an expert in structuring infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships, project finance, and designing and structuring construction contracts, particularly regarding road infrastructure. She has participated in the structuring of private capital-linked projects in the hydrocarbons and electricity sectors, and in the structuring of contracts for the design and construction of refineries and energy generating plants. She has advised financial institutions on the financing of infrastructure projects, and participated in structuring securitizations to finance the works for Bogotá’s integrated transport system.

She has been recommended by Chambers Latin America, IFLR and Legal 500 Latin America in the Projects category, and has lectured at Universidad del Rosario.

Juan Felipe Vera | Partner of the Corporate–M&A Practice

With extensive experience in corporate transactions and M&A, Juan Felipe Vera regularly advises private capital funds and strategic clients in various industries on M&A transactions, corporate reorganization, acquisition agreements, shareholders agreements, collaboration agreements and capital markets. He advises on company acquisitions in many sectors, including banking, energy, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, mass consumption, and public services.

He has been recommended by several legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in the Corporate and M&A category.


Javier Díaz de León | Partner and tax lawer specializing in M&A, financial instruments, private equity, wealth planning and tax disputes arising from tax treaties

Specializing in international taxation, Javier Díaz de León has represented public and private investment funds, brokerage firms, SOFOMEs (a form of company under Mexican law providing loans and credit), manufacturing and distribution companies, maritime and air transport consortiums for the energy industry and family offices on asset matters. He has advised on tax in relation to creating regulated and non-regulated funds, financial products, M&A, corporate restructuring, co-investment, financing, structuring of real estate developments, energy and infrastructure projects, and international trusts for administering and transferring assets.

The new Cuatrecasas partner has a Master in International Tax from the New York University and lectures in master programs at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association and was chair of the International Fiscal Commission of the Mexican Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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