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Mauricio Halpern

Mauricio Halpern

Partner
About

Mauricio Halpern leads the Banking and Finance practice group of DLA Piper Chile, and has wide practical experience in the restructuring, leveraged finance, acquisition financing, project and corporate finance areas, both nationally and internationally.

Also, considering his vast experience as an in-house lawyer, Mauricio Co-heads the Compliance group, assisting clients in the development and implementation of regulatory compliance models, according to Law 20,393 and its amendments, preparation of policies, procedures, reporting channels, risk matrixes and control panels, providing them with the best practices and market standards.

His extended experience includes also, Corporate and Capital Markets, as well as Insurance. Mauricio has stood out by leading the processes of first issue stock placement, public offering of shares, bond issuance and trade bills. He has actively participated providing strategic advice to boards of directors and senior management of public and private corporations, both local and foreign, in addition to collaborating in corporate restructuring processes, dispute resolution and complex negotiation between shareholders.

In connection with Insurance & Reinsurance, Mauricio advises foreign clients in their establishment in Chile in compliance with local special regulation, insurance´s liquidation and claims, among others.

For more than ten years, Mauricio has been professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School.

EXPERIENCE

Finance

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.: Advised the client, as borrower, in the structuring and execution of a US$ 803.1 million refinancing transaction for its portfolio of assets in Chile, through a US$ 710 million private placement green bond and a US$ 93.1 million credit agreement.

JPMorgan Chase Bank: Advised the client, as arranger, and the rest of the Lenders, in the execution of the Amended and Restated Super-Priority Debtor-in-Possession Term Loan Agreement (A&R DIP Financing Agreement) with LATAM Airlines Group S.A., and other group entities, consisting of an amended and restated DIP Financing Agreement, guarantees and liens transference from the original lenders and legal clearance of the updated corporate/legal compliance, entered into by LATAM in the context of the approval of the Chapter 11 reorganization LATAM proposal at the proceedings before the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.: Advised Oaktree Capital Management in the granting of a financing to LATAM Airlines Group S.A., and other group entities, up to the amount of US$750,000,000 corresponding to Tranche B of the DIP Financing Agreement entered into by LATAM, in the context of the Chapter 11 reorganization process before the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York.

Itaú Corpbanca, Banco de Crédito del Perú S.A.S and Banco BICE: Counsel to Itaú Corpbanca, Banco de Crédito del Perú S.A.A. and Banco BICE, as lenders for the loan facility granted to three Atlantica Yield´s entities (Transmisora Baquedano S.A., Transmisora Mejillones S.A. and Palmucho S.A.) for the second amendment to the financing.

Lácteos del Sur S.A.: Counsel to Lácteos del Sur S.A., as lender to a loan agreement granted to Cooperativa Agrícola Torrencial Lechero, a Chilean company.

Oaktree Capital Management L.P.: Advised the client, as a creditor of Tranche A, for US$1,300,000,000, for the DIP (“Debtor-in-Possession”) Financing Contract in Latin America – Awarded “Deal of the Year 2021” in the category “Banking and Finance” by Latin Lawyer.

CarbonFree Chile SpA: Finance the acquisition and/or development, construction, commissioning, testing, start-up, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of projects consisting of several photovoltaic solar energy projects with an aggregate capacity, once fully constructed and operational, of approximately 225 MW located in Chile.

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co.: Advise the Korean bank, lender, and principal agent in charge of the term loan granted to DE Energía SpA for the development, construction, financing, operation and management of 12 photovoltaic power plants in Chile, with a total capacity of 105MW

Banco BICE: Advise the client in the opening of the credit line for the issuance of the performance guarantees required by Sacyr Chile S.A. to guarantee the obligations derived from the construction contract with Sociedad

Compliance

Grupo Accepta: In the development and implementation of the Chilean regulatory compliance model (Law 20.393), including applicable policies and procedures.

McCann: Updating corporate compliance policies and procedures and their adaptation to Chilean regulations.

Codelco: In the review of its compliance structure and internal control program, as well as the design of a new system

Finning: Full compliance assessment focus on environmental and H&S risks at LATAM level, including Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia. Development and implementation of compliance model according to Chilean regulation (Law 20.393), including applicable policies and procedures.

Prestigious Chilean Think Tank: In the development and implementation of compliance model according to Chilean regulation (Law 20.393), including applicable policies and procedures.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, LL.M. (Master of Laws) 2009

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law Degree (J.D.), 2003
  • Graduate in Law, School of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2003

Awards

  • Ranked in A Word About Wind's Legal Power List (2022)
  • The Legal 500 Latin America
    Recommended, Chile Banking and Finance (2019-2023)
    Recommended, Chile Compliance (2021-2023)
    Recommended, Chile Corporate and M&A (2018-2021)
    Recommended, Chile Projects and Infrastructure (2018)
    Recommended, Chile, Dispute Resolutions (2023)
  • Best Lawyers (Banking and Finance Law 2020-2023, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice 2020-2023, Project Finance and Development Practice 2020- 2023)
  • Latin Lawyer 250 (Banking and Finance 2019-2020 – Highly Recommended 2021)
  • Latin Lawyer National (Banking and Finance 2019-2020)
  • Leaders League (Banking and Finance – Recommended 2021-2022, Compliance – Recommended 2021)
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright Chile Comission (2008).
 

Prior Experience

Before joining the firm in 2017, as counsel, Mauricio served as in-house lawyer at two companies and before that, as associate at two prominent Chilean law firms.

Teaching experience

  • Professor of Commercial Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School, 2011
  • Assistant Professor of Procedural Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School, 2007
  • Assistant Professor of Litigation, Universidad del Desarrollo Law School, 2003 – 2004

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Chilean Bar Association

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