Cristián Araya, former General Counser of GNL Quintero, joins Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers - DLA PIPER CHILE
Former General Counsel of LNG Quintero Project joins Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers to boost its Energy, Regulatory & EPC
Cristián Araya, 43, joined BAZ on June 11 after 7 years leading legal affairs at the LNG Quintero Project, the first LNG
regasification terminal in the Southern Hemisphere, a joint venture among BG, Enap, Endesa and Metrogas. The London School of Economics-educated partner also practised law at Alcaíno Abogados and was formerly Chief Legal Counsel to Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores shipping group and Gasoducto del Pacífico pipelines, after several years as attorney in the staff of the energy holding GENER, one of the biggest electricity players in the Southern Cone. In 2003, Latin Lawyer
distinguished Cristián Araya as one of the “20 under 40” select upcoming lawyers of the country.
In his new role, Cristián Araya will be responsible for increasing BAZ’s profile in Energy, Regulatory & EPC markets, and
support other practice areas with his strong expertise in the Contracts and Financial arenas, particularly in cross-border
deals and project development endeavors. Cristián Araya says he decided to make the move to BAZ due to its “strong local presence” and “its approach to provide direct partner-oriented advice to clients and planned rationale growth.” “My experience as practitioner and as in-house counsel to several major companies covering different fields of law will enable me to bring a premier contribution to the firm,” he adds. Prior challenges of Cristián Araya includes advice on project developments like GasAndes and InterAndes; advice to sellers in the takeover of Banco de Chile by giant group Luksic; advice to LAN airlines in asset financing deals with Airbus and Boeing; successful counseling of international arbitration process in NY; and direct advice on a number of international M&A and finance deals, like LNG Quintero and vessel acquisition program for a joint venture between CSAV and German giant Döhle Group.
BAZ partner Felipe Bahamondez says that the addition of Cristián Araya is “great news” for the firm and “perfect
complement” to the office’s transactional capabilities in Chile and the region: “We may be proportionally smaller than some
of our competitors, but we have always delivered above our weight in the complexity and scale of the deals we advise on,”
he notes. “One of the things we want to do is broaden the scope of the group to show the market that our growth through the
years reflects the punch and rigorousness of BAZ’s practitioners.”