Chilean law firm Baraona Fischer has split to form two separate firms, Fischer & Cia., and Baraona Marshall & Cia.
The majority of the staff of the former firm have integrated Fischer & Cia., a firm focused on tax, and which is made up of partners Carolina Collantes, Cristóbal Herrera, Juan Cristóbal Ortega, Isabel Espinoza and Alex Fischer, who have been joined by Gerardo Cruzat, who will lead the firm’s M&A practice.
Baraona & Marshall was formed by founding partners Juan Manuel Baraona and Raúl Marshall, and features a team comprising 15 attorneys.
“Fischer & Cía. Is a modern and efficient firm that maintains its renowned national and international leadership as a tax practice,” according to the firm.
“We are a committed and cohesive team that brings together experience, knowledge, criteria and innovation to create legal solutions that respond to the challenges and needs of our clients,” it said. “We create long-term relationships with our clients based on closeness, trust and counseling that adapt to the specific needs of each requirement.”
In addition to its tax practice, Fischer & Cia also focuses on tax compliance advice, as well as corporate, M&A, banking and financing and conflict resolution.
Alex Fischer holds an LLM from New York University Law School and a new advanced professional certificate in law and finance from NYU’s Stern Business School, an international tax program certificate from Harvard University Law School, and a degree in law from the Universidad de Chile.
Prior to joining Barona Fischer in 2016, he was a partner at Chilean law firm Carey, from 2008-16, where he had been an associate since 2004, and prior to that was an associate at law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, having previously worked for Ernst & Young in New York and Santiago.
Gerardo Cruzat joins the firm from Chilean lawyers Prieto, where he was a partner, and is a member of the board of Grupo Corona. His previous experience includes the role of senior associate at PPU Legal, and international associate at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and at Uría Menéndez in Madrid. He holds an LLM from Duke University School of Law, and a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.
For its part, Baraona Marshall focuses on tax matters as well as on the financial and banking sector, fishing and aquaculture, mining, production, food, energy, services and commerce, both in the private and public areas.
Tax partner Juan Manuel Baraona holds a law degree from the Universidad de Chile and a law and diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston. He has held the positions of director of the Economics Law Department at the Universidad de Chile, and economics and tax law professor at the Universidad de Chile.
He held the position of partner at Langton Clarke’s from 1980 until 2003.
Raúl Marshall’s practice areas are capital markets, financing and derivatives, project development, M&A and corporate. He holds a master’s degree in tax management from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago and a tax certificate from the Universidad de Chile, and a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.