Harris Gómez Group is a common law, Latin American
legal and business advisory firm.
We have been helping foreign companies enter and operate in the Latin American Region
from both a legal and commercial perspective for the last 16 years.
HEAD OFFICE SANTIAGO / +56 2 2242 1157 / CONTACT@HGOMEZGROUP.COM
Our clients are looking for practical, straightforward advice to solve their legal issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.
That is why our communications and documentation are always timely and in plain English.
Our lawyers take the time to understand the
specific legal and business challenges our clients are facing as well as their goals and expectations.
We make it a point to visit our clients offices, facilities and staff so that we can lean more about their operations in order to work side by side with our clients, developing real practicable solutions.
We partner with our clients to develop
risk-sharing solutions and alternative fee arrangements to ensure our clients have budgeting certainty.
We are proud to say that approximately 60% of Harris Gomez Groups fees are derived through arrangements other than the billable hour.
Harris Gomez (“HGG”) has become a truly valued advisor for CiDRA’s growth in Latin America. HGG recently assisted CiDRA in the set-up of its Chilean subsidiary and banking operations. Their team of multi-lingual legal, tax and business advisors continue to provide very reliable and responsive advice to help us address our growing needs in the region. HGG has a broad network of relationships that we leverage for additional support such as payroll, bookkeeping and tax compliance. We look forward to working with HGG as our trusted partner.
CIDRA MINERAL PROCESSING
The establishment of a Chilean entity was an orderly evolution, and was handled in a knowledgeable and intelligent manner. When issues regarding employment law in Chile surfaced, HGG was ready and able to guide us through the “mine fields” of having independent contractors versus employees. We have been impressed by the availability and thoughtfulness of the staff - we were never “put on hold.” Without reservation, I can recommend HGG to represent the legal and business interests of any U.S. company about to enter the Chilean marketplace.
BERKELEY FORGE & TOOL
Our experience with HGG Group has been very satisfactory, especially considering that they now act as a support team to various parts of our business. We are very aligned and consider HGG a strategic ally that we count on to support decision making related to the operation and strategic direction of the business. We appreciate their rapid responses and it is often faster than expected. We recommend HGG to any foreign company operating in Latin America.
HR Manager South America
When Jord won a contract and had to set up a company in Chile, it seemed like a daunting task. We had no people on the ground in Chile and most documents were in a foreign language. However, we were introduced to the Sydney office of the Harris Gomez Group who guided us through the set up process. After our company was established in Chile, the Harris Gomez Group continued to provide support and assistance and ensured we met statutory deadlines and requirements.Their staff have always been friendly and responsive, and always willing assist.
An important part of the deal with HGG was a fixed two-stage success based price: one part fixed, and the other dependent on success. It’s important to me to be able to call and debate small bits of advice, without getting an invoice for the 6.5 minutes I’m on the phone. Andrea does everything she can to accommodate the awkward 12 hour time difference between Brisbane and Chile (and also while I was in Europe). At this stage, HGG will be our default legal partner going forward.
HGG has helped EXSA Chile with our day-to-day legal needs for the last two years. The HGG legal team helped us through asignificant transaction earlier this year that will lead to a USD$10 million dollar investment in Chile. The service level has been outstanding and we continue to rely on HGG to this day.
Ricardo Estay Viveros
Former General Manager
HGG has provided us with legal counsel for our Chilean subsidiary since 2015. They are at the forefront of the legal challenges and changes in Chile for multinational companies and have provided excellent advice over the years, as we have grown in number as well as counsel on upcoming new laws that may impact us in the future. They assist us in all aspects of our business including immigration; employment; corporate and licensing.Their lawyers are prompt and efficient and have gone the extra mile when advice is needed urgently. We highly value their opinions and their foresight.
Working with Harris Gómez Group has been a good experience. Their team is very supportive and professional, allowing us to understand the legal requirements in Chile and provided key guidance to set up contracts in this regards. In the commercial side, they have provided proposals with cost that are aligned with our requirements and budget, we trust our relationship with Harris Gómez Group in Chile will continue growing over the years.
José Oliva Peralta
Harris Gomez Group has acted as Rubicon’s legal representative in Chile and the broader South America region for almost 2 years. They have provided a wealth of knowledge and assistance in getting Rubicon established in the region; from incorporation to banking, employment, compliance with local laws, advise on local customs and administrative assistance - To date there has been no limit to the scope of services they have been able to provide. Their knowledge of both the Australian and Chilean market has proven invaluable, being able to describe the nuances between the two has made cross border dealings and interactions very seamless. Their staff have always acted professionally and are prompt to reply with thorough and researched responses. In particular, consistency in the staff dedicated to the various activities on our account (Legal, Banking, Administration) has helped build good relationships and increasingly streamlined processes. We hope our relationship with Harris Gomez Group continues well into the future.
International Finance Manager
Since its inception almost 50 years ago , Hofmann Engineering, one of Australia’s largest family owned high performance engineering and manufacturing company for gearing and industrial engineered products, has been pursuing business opportunities overseas. The Latin American mining and minerals processing market has been particularly attractive for Hofmann Engineering. At the same time, the differences in business culture, language, local laws and regulations to those in Australia limited the company in fully exploiting the opportunities offered by the minerals rich countries such as Chile and Peru. Harris Gomez and his professional team at HGG have been instrumental in overcoming such barriers and have been guiding us through the process of setting up and growing Hofmann Engineering Sudamerica. HGG have become trusted advisors for almost 10 years and our success in Chile is unequivocally linked to their expert advice and their sound understanding of our business objectives vis-a-vis the local business environment and regulative framework.
Chief Financial Officer
HGG was instrumental in assisting Gekko Systems set up its legal entity within South America. Despite the background work completed by Gekko, the retention of HGG helped Gekko avoid a number of potential issues that would have cost the company both time and money. HGG not only assisted Gekko but also its General Manager in setting up tax and legal structures that provided a smooth transition into the Latin American market. Although starting in Santiago Chile, the experience that we gained, with the assistance of HGG, has enabled Gekko to successfully move into several key markets in Latin America.
Sales & Commercial Manager - Gekko Systems
Business Development Manager - Gekko Systems
Harris Gomez team of specialist lawyers helped us with the incorporation of our Chilean subsidiary and the negotiation of a complex financial arrangement, with the speed and quality of a top tier firm but at competitive rates. They continue to act as our trusted local counsel (hopefully for many years to come!).
Alberto López García
Legal Counsel Dematic
Power Step (Australia) wishes to acknowledge the professional guidance and services provided by Harris Gomez Group over the past four years. Harris Gomez and his team of professionals have provided professional assistance in the registration of a Power Step branch office in Santiago Chile and provide all necessary assistance to get the new company fully registered, licensed and operational. Additionally the HG group offered tax advice and recommended an accounting service to complete the statutory and annual tax returns. In summary we are very pleased with the calibre of service provided by the HG group and we recommend other Australian companies seeking professional advice in Chile or Latin America in general to consider the Harris Gomez Group.
General Manager - Power Step (Australia) PTY LTD
I have known and worked with Harris Gomez & Associates for many years in Australia, Asia & Latin America. In my roles as Chief Economist of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in Chile and here at the Australian School of Business, UNSW, in Sydney, I have come to regard Harris Gomez and his firm as the ‘go to’ Australian source of business and legal advice in Latin America. Harris and his firm provide excellent business intelligence, insight, knowledge and have a very practical approach to law, customs and government regulations. Harris’s high standing and reputation in Australia and Asia has transferred effortlessly to South America and he is a prominently leader in the Australian business community in both Santiago and throughout the region. Australian business and government leaders regularly seek his insight, advice and judgment on business and public policy matters affecting Australia, Chile and the Latin American region. Harris has built up a great young team of business professionals, many of whom, such as Cody McFarlane, have assisted me closely in my business and education dealings in Chile.
THE AIRPORT ECONOMIST
The Airport Economist
THE AIRPORT ECONOMIST
On behalf of the Australian Military Sales Office (AMSO) and Team Defence Australia delegation, I would like to thank the staff of Harris Gomez Group for the well delivered presentation and briefing on the legal and business aspects of doing business in both Chile and Colombia in April 2013. The presentation clearly delineated the legal framework and structures for those companies wishing to establish their businesses in these countries. Harris Gomez Group was referred to AMSO by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) which provides information and advice to assist Australian companies on exporting and doing business in the LATAM region. I also wish to thank Harris Gomez Group for their offer to assist on any specific matter relating to the Chilean and Colombian respective defence sectors.
Manager, Team Defence Australia
Harris Gomez Group have been a reliable partner of Coolon LED Lighting at all stages during the establishing of our operations in Chile providing legal and compliance assistance in a unfamiliar and often challenging Chilean business environment. HGG continues to support our business with timely legal updates, advice on IP, trademarks and employment and also running our administrative function, which allowed us to focus on further development of our business.
COOLON LED LIGHTING
I would like to acknowledge the work that you and your team in Santiago have done over the past few years in helping Scanalyse develop its presence in the South American market. Setting up the company was easier (and cheaper) than I thought it would be and your ongoing attendance to ensure that we complied with all regulatory processes has been appreciated. The advice you and your team have provided has always been thoughtful and considered and your co-operation and flexibility in attending to urgent matters has been of great assistance. Thank you once again for helping to make Scanalyse's development of the South American market such a success.
CEO, Scanalyse Services an Outotec Company
Working with Harris Gómez Group has allowed MineARC Systems to not only understand the many regulatory processes involved in establishing a business in Chile, but has ensured that MineARC Systems can remain confident that it is meeting all the regulatory requirements at each stage of the process. From the time of our initial engagement with Harris Gomez Group, to MineARC Systems becoming a fully operating company it has been a relatively short period.
Operations Manager MineARC® Systems America LLC.
We've been working closely with Harris Gómez from the Harris Gómez Group for about 2 years or so now. Harris was instrumental in ensuring that our purchase of a substantial Chilean resource asset went with out too many hitches. A complex deal; made even more difficult due to the marked differences in the Chilean and Australian legal jurisdictions not to mention the huge cultural divide. Harris's unique blend of Australian and Chilean knowledge saved us time, energy and in the long run, money.Since taking possession of the project, Harris's Team has smoothed the way for our integration into the Chilean business world and for this we are grateful. 2006 "National Entrepreneur of the Year" 2009 ANZ "Private Company of the Year" 2007 BRW "#1 Fastest Growing of the Year" 2008 Anthill's "Coolest Company of theYear".
Chairman Australis Mining Ltd
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL
We offer a range of legal services to help our clients deal with environmental issues that may arise from resource-intensive projects.
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