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Alberto Cardemil

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Natural Resources and Environmental / Agribusiness Groups.


Partner, Carey.

His professional practice is focused on water law, natural resources transactions and litigation, corporate law and commercial law. Mr. Cardemil is also the head of the Agribusiness Group, and Carey’s China Regional Chief Representative.


Recognized as Leading Individual in Water and Mining, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Mining & Metals and in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
Lawyer of the Year Award in Water Law, Best Lawyers (2016).
Recognized in Natural Resources Law and Water Law, Best Lawyers.

Author of several articles in the field of natural resources law in specialized legal journals and financial publications.

Lecturer in seminars and conferences in the field of natural resources law.

Professor of LL.M. in Water Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (2014).
Foreign Associate, Projects and Corporate Groups, Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne and Perth (2005-2006).
Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad del Desarrollo (1999-2002).
Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (1998).


Spanish and English.


Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Member of the board of the Chinese Chilean Chamber of Commerce.
Chilean Association of Water Utilities Sector Lawyers.
Vice-chair, Environmental Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Founder and current Chair of Asociación de Energías Marinas (ADEMAR).


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
LL.M., University of Sydney, Australia (2005).



Within: Environment

Carey has a full-service environmental, indigenous and regulatory practice, which regularly acts on large, complex matters, such as mining, energy and aquaculture projects; it also has a robust environmental litigation team. Recent highlights saw the practice act for Compañía Minera Nevada in an administrative dispute and litigation, which included a sanctioning process for alleged non-compliance regarding a gold mine construction project and the review of the environmental license granted. On the transactional side, the team advised Danone on the environmental matters and permitting issues attendant to the sale of its Chilean subsidiary. Rafael Vergara, Alberto Cardemil and counsel Felipe Meneses are recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Carey’s recent highlights saw the team advise Total SunPower, as sponsor and parent company of Total SunPower El Pelícano, on the development and financing of the construction, commission, operation and maintenance of a 100MW photovoltaic (PV) plant and its related transmission lines and civil engineering works. Other matters included the team’s assistance to Asociación Chilena de Seguridad with the preparation of contracts and tender documents for the construction of a new workers’ hospital in Chile; while in lender-side work, it acted for Banco Security and Banco Consorcio in the financing of the development, construction and commissioning of two distributed-generation PV facilities. The department is headed by Rafael Vergara, Oscar Aitken and Juan Francisco Mackenna, alongside Alberto Cardemil, Felipe Moro, José Miguel Bustamante and Juan Pablo Stitchkin. Juan Guillermo Levine retired from the practice.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas

Within: Electricity/oil and gas

Carey is ‘a strong, reliable firm with excellent professionals’. The highly rated practice covers oil and gas, power purchase agreements (PPAs), transmission and distribution, and energy project development; it also assists with M&A, financing, litigation and regulatory aspects. The team acted for San Juan (Latin America Power) in the execution of PPAs with Metro, the state-owned company that operates Santiago’s subway. Other highlights saw the team advise Andes Mainstream on a successful energy supply bidding process; and it acted for Trina Solar in a joint venture with Grenergy Renovables for the development, construction and operation of two solar plants. Department heads Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who ‘enjoys excellent relations with clients’, are recommended; water law expert Alberto Cardemil is ‘a very good, reliable and loyal lawyer’.

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Within: Mining

Carey’s highly-rated practice covers the metallic and non-metallic mining industries, including water law issues, land-use surface rights and environmental-law matters; it also assists with contracts and financing. The team acted for Teck Quebrada Blanca in the expansion of its $6.2bn hypogene project, including mining legal-easement trials against the State of Chile for the right to use surface land. It also advised Teck Relincho on a high-value copper project, which included mining concessions, surface land and environmental matters; acted for Quantum Pacific Exploration in an agreement with Asset Chile to finance an exploration programme in northern Chile; and advised Kinross on the corporate restructuring of its mining assets. Other active clients include Codelco, Minera Valle Central, Kinross and Antofagasta Minerals. Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil and counsel Francisco Corona are the key names.

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