Event information

Date: Tue 18 Jun 2024 Time: 1.00pm - 7.30pm Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Presidente Kennedy Avenue #4601, 7560994, Santiago

Following last year’s successful edition, The Legal 500 eagerly announces its return to Santiago for the GC Summit: Chile 2024, being held on June 18th. Tailored exclusively for the nation’s esteemed in-house community, the conference aims to foster networking, knowledge exchange, and insights from a distinguished panel of speakers.

The conference will cover a diverse range of timely topics, including navigating evolving landscapes in labour relations, confronting challenges unique to Chile’s in-house legal sphere, dispute resolution strategies, data protection practices, and more. With robust panel discussions and ample opportunities for interaction among fellow in-house counsel, the event pledges to be a pragmatic, forward-thinking affair uniting some of the country’s foremost legal luminaries.

The schedule includes panel sessions brimming with invaluable insights and discussions, presented in collaboration with our local key partners: Magliona Abogados, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, Munita & Olavarría Abogados, and PAGBAM.

In addition to the participation of top lawyers from our partner law firms, the conference will spotlight the unique perspectives of in-house counsel on these critical matters, ensuring attendees receive a holistic and insightful discourse. You can expect the presence of some distinguished guest speakers, who will enrich the dialogue further.

For corporate lawyers in Chile seeking to advance their careers and forge connections with peers, this event is indispensable. As customary, the summit will conclude with ample opportunities for networking within the Chilean legal landscape.

The GC Summit: Chile 2024 extends a cordial invitation to the nation’s preeminent in-house counsel representing leading companies, alongside top practitioners. Together, they will tackle into discussions surrounding the evolving roles of in-house legal leaders and the numerous challenges, opportunities, and issues awaiting them in 2024 and beyond.


1.00pm – 2.00pm Registration 

2.00pm – 2.15pm Opening Remarks

  • Francisco Castro, senior research analyst, The Legal 500

2.15pm – 3.05pm  Panel 1 sponsored by Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

  • Alfredo Waugh Correa, partner, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo
  • María Agnes Salah Abusleme, chairwoman, CAM Santiago
  • Gonzalo Smith Ferrer, chief legal officer and corporate governance, Falabella
  • María José Poblete Gómez, corporate legal manager, Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado

3.05pm – 3.55pm Panel 2 sponsored by Magliona Abogados

3.55pm – 4.10pm Coffee Break

4.10pm – 5.00pm Navigating new frontiers in labour relations: legal changes and challenges in Chile

During this session, our exciting panel of guest speakers will look at the latest developments in navigating the swiftly changing landscape of labour relations in Chile.

Tackling the depths of legislative evolution, we’ll dissect the implications and strategic considerations of the transition to a 40-hour workweek, as mandated by Law 21.561 and explore the profound impact of recent legislation, including the far-reaching effects of Law 21.643, or “Ley Karin,” on workplace dynamics encompassing harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace violence.

In parallel, we’ll unravel the complexities surrounding remote work, scrutinising legal frameworks and distilling best practices amidst evolving workplace paradigms. Additionally, we’ll illuminate the legal considerations accompanying the rise of digital nomadism, providing invaluable insights for both companies and employees navigating this burgeoning frontier.

We extend a warm invitation to join us in discussing the legal developments shaping Chile’s labour landscape, fostering dialogue, and forging pathways to informed action and collaborative progress.

  • Enrique Munita, founding partner, Munita & Olavarría Abogados

5.00pm – 5.50pm Panel 4 sponsored by PAGBAM

5.50pm – 6.20pm Panel 5

6.20pm – 6.25pm Closing Remarks

6.25pm – 7.25pm Drinks and canapes


Alfredo Waugh Correa, partner, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo

Member of the Chilean Bar Association (2001), his practice focuses on civil, commercial and consumer protection litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo Abogados, Alfredo worked as an associate attorney at Carey y Cía. (1996 – 2003) and as partner in charge of the litigation area at Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner -now Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría- (2003 – 2006).

María Agnes Salah Abusleme, chairwoman, CAM Santiago

Dr. María Agnes is the Chairwoman of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of a Commerce. She is a lawyer from the University of Chile, master in Law from Harvard University, in Tax Law from the University of Chile and a Doctor in Law from the University of Chile. She’s an associate Professor of the Department of Private Law and full-time researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor at Cambridge University Law School, mentor of the “AJ CAM Santiago Mentoring Program: Women Leaders in Arbitration” and the “Learning to Lead Program.” Former Director of International Relations of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile. Previously she was an attorney in the tax and judicial group at Carey.

Gonzalo Smith Ferrer, chief legal officer and corporate governance, Falabella

Gonzalo Smith Ferrer has served as Corporate Manager of Legal Affairs and Governance since December 16, 2015. He is a lawyer in Chile and North Carolina (USA), graduated in Law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. He was previously vice president and general counsel of Walmart for all of Latin America; legal affairs manager of Walmart Chile; Associate at Carey y Cía. (Santiago), in addition to having worked at Cuatrecasas Abogados (Madrid) and Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York).

María José Poblete Gómez, corporate legal manager, Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado

María José Poblete Gómez is a lawyer graduated from the Universidad de Chile, with a Master’s degree in business law and management from ESSEC, Paris, France. She is admitted to practice law in Chile and before the Paris Bar Association. She is currently the Legal Manager of Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE), has been Head of the Secretariat of the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (TDLC) and has worked as a lawyer in international and domestic arbitration, both in Chile and Paris, among other matters. Ms. Poblete is also a writer, having published the novels “Desde el confín” and “El desvelo” and co-authored the book “Somos Diversidad”.

Enrique Munita, founding partner, Munita & Olavarría Abogados

Enrique Munita’s labour and employment law practice extends over 25 years. He works with global employers and local market leaders on Human Resources policies, incentive schemes, restructuring, conflicts, dismissals, unions and collective bargaining.

He possesses extensive experience in cross-border and local matters related to international secondment, employee compensation and benefits, labour disputes and immigration. Having profound experience in labour and employment matters, he advises large investment and consulting companies, firms in the banking and finance sector, airlines, food industry, media, IT and healthcare companies.

Mr. Munita has been professor of Labour Law in several Chilean universities. He is currently professor of postgraduate studies at the Law School of the University of Los Andes in Chile. He also advises employers’ associations and has been a speaker at Chilean and international law conferences.

Francisco Castro, senior research analyst, The Legal 500

Francisco joined the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist series in August 2022. As part of its in-house legal research team, Francisco’s work focuses on researching, editing and interviewing some of the most prominent and exceptional in-house counsel of some of the largest companies in the world. He has also played a part in the hosting of the Legal 500 webinar series, which provides market-leading expertise on a distinctive digital platform. Additionally, Francisco has extensive research experience in other fields, such as Public Policy, Higher Education and International Law. Other scientific areas of interest include International Relations, Geopolitics and International Humanitarian Law. Francisco is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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