Chilean firm Aninat Schwencke & Cía has hired three seasoned lawyers, bringing the total number of attorneys at the young firm to 30.


Gonzalo Delaveau, Christián Banfi, and Javier Velozo now work as attorneys based in the firm’s headquarters in Santiago. Delaveau will spearhead his new employer’s efforts in the areas of energy and natural resources and will also be active in its investment funds and capital markets practices. He is president of the Chilean chapter of Transparency International, a former professor at Universidad Catolica de Chile and the Universidad del Desarrollo, and a former partner at Guerrero Olivos Novoa & Errázuriz. Banfi will apply his knowledge of contracts and commercial litigation. The holder of a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, Banfi is a professor on the law faculty of the Universidad de Chile, and a former associate at Larrain y Asociados. Velozo, whose specialty is financial and antitrust law, teaches at the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Universidad Andrés Bello, and is a former minister of the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia.


Founded in 2006, Aninat Schwencke & Cía has quickly grown into a major player in Santiago’s legal market, providing counsel in areas including capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, investment funds, bankruptcy and restructuring, and project finance. The firm has developed a large local client base as well as an international clientele including American Bridge, Far West Mining, Fitch Ratings, First Data Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sauber Energy, and Solventus.