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Alberto Cardemil

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Water Rights / China Desk / Agribusiness / Infrastructure and Project Development/
Mining / Environmental Law and Litigation


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and  Environmental Group.


His professional practice is focused on water law, natural resources transactions and litigation, agribusiness, corporate law and commercial law. Additionally, he leads the Carey’s China Desk.               

Lawyer of the Year Award in Water Law, Best Lawyers (2016).
Recognized in Energy, Water Law and Mining, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Mining & Metals and in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Water Law and Natural Resources Law, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Project Development and M&A, IFLR1000.
Recognized in Mining, Who's Who Legal.

Co-author of the Chilean chapter in Legal Environment Report of the "Belt and Road" Countries, Volume III, Peking University Press (2018).
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.


Spanish and English.


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


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



Within: Environment

Carey’s full-service environmental, indigenous and regulatory practice is highly rated for large, complex matters in areas such as mining, non-conventional renewable energy and aquaculture; and the environmental litigation team regularly works alongside the firm’s disputes resolution group on administrative disputes. Highlights included advising Hidronor, which operates in the industrial waste sector, on strategic environmental analysis and associated advice concerning the development of a new phase of the largest security landfill for industrial waste in southern Chile. In contentious matters, the team defended concrete producer Melón against a claim for alleged environmental contamination damage filed by fishing organisations. Alberto Cardemil is highly rated; Rafael Vergara has vast experience in regulatory and environmental evaluation procedures, due diligence and audits; and counsel Felipe Meneses focuses on environmental and indigenous law, territorial planning and regulatory matters, including complex administrative disputes and litigation.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Carey has significant experience in industry sectors such as mining, shipyards, ports and airports, hospitals, and real estate, as well as in power and renewable energy – including wind, solar and hydro power. Recent highlight mandates include advising Asociación Chilena de Seguridad on the legal structuring of a major hospital expansion project; and assisting a major power transmission line company with the project finance for transmission lines and substation construction projects. Rafael Vergara, Oscar Aitken and Juan Francisco Mackenna are all highly active and well regarded, as are Alberto Cardemil, José Miguel Bustamante, and Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Felipe Moro is singled-out as ‘a very good lawyer who has great understanding of his clients’ needs’;

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas

Within: Electricity/oil and gas

Carey’s ‘does an outstanding job across the board; the team always ensures the right lawyers are available to answer clients’ questions and provides a very high level of Chilean legal knowledge’. The firm’s broad practice covers oil and gas, transmission and distribution matters, and energy project development, including tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, and litigious and regulatory matters. Other areas of strength include land rights, electric and maritime concessions, indigenous affairs and water rights. Recent transactional highlights include advising Masisa on the $15m sale of its CoGen power plant to Neoelectra, which included both biomass and water supply agreements; and acting for Sonnedix Chile Holding on the $11.8m acquisition of a majority stake in Cox Energy Chile. Juan Francisco Mackenna, José Miguel Bustamante, and water law specialist Alberto Cardemil are the names to note.

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Within: Mining

Carey advises foreign and local mining companies, sponsors and lenders on significant mining projects. The practice group’s scope ranges across metallic and non-metallic mining sectors, and handles mining, water, and land use rights, as well as environmental, community and technical and regulatory issues. It recently advised Codelco on the development of its Radomiro Tomic copper project in northern Chile; and advised Kinross on the constitution of a group of mining concessions. Other highlights include advising Teck Quebrada Blanca on the expansion of its hypogene project; the assistance included mining legal easements litigation against the State to obtain the right to use surface land for additional project expansion and new facilities. Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil are ‘truly fantastic’; and Francisco Corona is a key counsel.

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