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 15 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 40% of Harris Gomez Groups fees are derived through arrangements other than the billable hour.
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
Some of the best advice we received when we started thinking about establishing our Santiago office was to go and see Harris and his team. In addition to helping us wade through all the legal prerequisites for setting up our company, bank accounts and general administration, we have really appreciated Harris’ introductions and networking focus. Harris truly has his clients best interests as his primary focus.
General Manager Chile, TSG Consulting
Harris has been a great champion of Australian companies taking their first steps towards exporting into Latin America. He has a very thorough knowledge of doing business in LATAM and has consistently provided excellent advice, helped find effective solutions and has delivered great results at all stages - from just starting out to establishing operation in this region.
INDUSTREA - General Electric Company
Former Chief Technology Officier of Industrea Ltd
As an Australian iconic Company, when we took the decision to create and register a local company to support our growing business in Chile we needed to feel assured that we would be well represented. We selected Harris Gomez Group to advise and act as our representatives throughout the process. HGG provided guidance and advice throughout the entire process and assisted with administrative duties that greatly assisted in unnecessary drain on our local limited resources. The effective manner in which HGG carried out and continue to provide support allows us to focus on doing what we do well, supporting providing value to our customers.
Vice President Mining, Global Markets
Harris is fully bilingual and attuned to the subtle nuances of both the Australian and Latin American cultures. Has lived and in both Australia and Chile and been brought up in an Anglo-Chilean society As such he bridges the business and cultural gaps that so many companies do not see nor appreciate and thus are subject to delays and the tendency to “fall into pot holes” in setting up and also in ongoing operations. He brings the “gringo” into the Latin world, which can be very different to the Anglo culture and laws. He also has a wide network including businesses and government departments both in Chile and Australia. In fact it can be said that he acts as the Honorary Australia Ambassador in Chile.
General Manager Chile, Kingsgate Consolidated Limited
Harris Gomez Group ("HGG") established itself in Chile as a binational legal agency, with a capability to provide legal services for Australian companies operating in Chile while maintaining compliance obligations in both Australia and Chile. That HGG has been successful at this is self-evident in that it has survived and thrived, with branches established in Argentina, Peru and Colombia. In my experience of HGG and that, which distinguishes it, is the personal service and initiative. As a small client, I have always been treated as someone special, a rare privilege from a legal entity. I am highly impressed with initiative shown by Harris and his staff in coming up with unique solutions to intractable problems, which shows that they think beyond the legal aspect but consider the true implications of situations to clients. This attitude reflects in HGG's willingness to share its knowledge of the Chilean and wider Latin American regulatory environment through its newsletters, which are written for non-legalpeople to understand, as well as Harris' willingness to connect people with common interests at no personal gain to himself.
Managing Director, Castillo Copper
Harris Gomez have provided us with a worry free environment in which we are able to focus on our business development in Chile. From addressing the complex legal and compliance issues in an unfamiliar setting to providing ongoing advice and assistance particular to our needs, Harris Gomez have been an invaluable partner in our Latin American venture.
CFO, Keech Australia
Harris Gomez has provided Sedgman with excellent services by differentiating themselves with knowledge of both the Australian and Chilean legislation. It was always challenging to explain to our Australian colleagues the differences between Chile and Australia but Harris has made our lives easier by giving us the best of both worlds.
Javier Freire, Executive General Manager - America
Executive General Manager - America
MINING AND ENERGY
We offer a complete range of legal services to help you develop your projects in Latin America.
By Miguel Guerrero , Senior Tax Lawyer. An important choice that companies funding their Chilean entities need to make is the form in which they do this— by debt or equity. In many cases, a good tax strategy is to use debt because at some point when the local entity is creating profit, this allows the debt […]
Harris Gomez presented at the Latin American Down Under Conference in Perth in May. His topic was featured in the latest issue of Paydirt discussing the practical aspects of entering Latin America. Harris Gomez Group has been assisting foreign companies enter the Latin American Region for the last 16 years. Below is the article that was […]