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Chilean and Canadian MI law firms Make Aguas Andinas water deal flow

Chilean member firm Prieto advised Aguas Andinas, Chile’s largest sanitation company, in the process of selling 100% of its stake in its subsidiary Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos S.A. (ESSAL) to Canadian conglomerate Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC).

APUC completed a deal in October to acquire a majority stake in ESSAL for US$92.3 million.

ESSAL is big -with approximately 230,000 connections in southern Chile. It operates 48 water production systems, 29 sewage plants and 4,100 kilometres of distribution and sewage networks covering 33 municipalities across three regions!

Prieto reached out to Canadian MI firms Scott Venturo Rudakoff LLP in Calgary and Toronto’s Macdonald Sager Manis LLP to assist with the deal. Both firms provided exceptional support with extremely short notice.

This collaboration of firms across the Mackrell International network shows the trust and commitment of our members to spring into action to support one another at a moment’s notice.

For more info on the deal:

Juan Tagle

Prieto Abogados

From Canada to Chile… to the rest of the World.

Coulson Aviation is one of those surprising and extraordinary companies you learn about every now and then. They are based in a small town in British Columbia - but have become an international powerhouse in the aerial firefighting industry, protecting the world from forest fires.

They are also a long-time client of our Vancouver firm, Lindsay Kenney LLP (LK) and will seek their recommendation for lawyers in other jurisdictions.

When Coulson was offered an opportunity to work in Chile, Angela Thiele, Partner at Lindsay Kenney had no hesitation in recommending Juan Tagle, Partner at MI’s Chilean law firm, Prieto Abogados.

Angela had initially met Juan at the Mackrell International conference in Chile – and it gave Coulson extra confidence that Angela shared that she had not only met Juan, but also his family, toured his firm and met many of his fellow lawyers; she had full confidence in making the referral.

Chile was going through some difficult times when Angela got in touch and it was great not just to reconnect but to know he and his firm would benefit from a new referral at that time.

Prieto initially helped Coulson Aviation negotiate a joint venture agreement and now they have plans to consolidate this business on a permanent basis, as there are lot of opportunities to grow and even to take it to other countries in the Latin America region.

Just another example of Mackrell International lawyers making connections that go beyond the legal and ultimately, smoothing international business.

Angela Thiele

Lindsay Kenney LLP

Juan Tagle

Prieto Abogados

You can’t stop sport – you can’t stop us - Mackrell International Sports Law Specialists in action

As the recent Nike ad aptly put it, “You can’t stop sport – you can’t stop us.”

So even with all the sporting restrictions caused by the pandemic, sport rolls on, deals are still being done and lawyers are there to smooth things between players, agents, clubs and countries.

Just recently, the Sports Lawyers at Mackrell.Solicitors in London and van Cutsem-Wittamer-Marnef & Partners in Brussels made just such a deal possible, working fast and effectively at short notice and exceeding expectations.

As Mohit Pasricha (who jointly heads up the Sports Law Practice Group from Mackrell.Solicitors reported:

“We were contacted by an English footballer who was seeking help transferring to a Belgian football club. We were formally instructed at 11pm and MI Brussels firm, van Cutsem-Wittamer-Marnef & Partners carried out a high-level review of the client’s Belgian playing contract by 11am the following morning. Hans Van Der Mullen provided ongoing assistance throughout the day (mostly at short notice) and ultimately we helped the client meet his deadline and obligations and sign his playing contract with the Belgian club. This level and speed of service exceeded the client’s expectations and we received very positive feedback from our client on his transfer.”

Another great example of smooth, international collaboration between Mackrell International law firms and within the Practice Group.

Mohit Pasricha


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