Firm Profile > Kennedys > Santiago, Chile


Insurance Tier 2

Kennedys 'has an intelligent team of lawyers, solid technical knowledge and emotional intelligence, which makes it easy to deal with them'. The practice is part of the wider network of global law firm Kennedys and is well known for its advice on directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, life and health insurance, property and public-liability claims, as well as insurance regulation, claims management and defence, policy wordings, coverage, and corporate insurance. Clients include Chubb de Chile Compañía de Seguros Generales, Southbridge Compania de Seguros Generales and HDI Seguros; recent work includes advising insured party Parque Arauco on the structure of it's insurance program, covering assets across Chile, Colombia and Peru valued at $2bn; and acting for the reinsurers on a claim arising out of a $25m securities theft. The Santiago office's June 2019 absorbtion of local boutique Peralta, Gutierrez y Asociados saw the arrival of Jose Antonio Gutierrez -who becomes practice co-head alongside managing partner Mario Diemoz ('profound knowledge of the insurance industry')- and senior market figure Ricardo Peralta V , a 50-year veteran of the sector who is now of counsel. The team, which could already count on the strength of the highly-regarded Radoslav Depolo and Gian Carlo Lorenzini (corporate and litigation heads, respectively), has also been strengthened at the senior associate level: following the arrival of Rodrigo Hayvard from Zurich Insurance Group in May 2018, the above merger also saw the incorporation of Jorge Canales, giving the team an impressive second-tier.

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Gian Carlo Lorenzini heads the litigation department at insurance-specialist firm Kennedys. Recent highlights saw the team advise a computer distribution company on a credit-related claim. Ricardo Peralta Valenzuela joined from Peralta, Gutierrez y Asociados. .

The Kennedys office in Chile provides specialist advice to international and domestic insurers, based on a deep understanding of the local insurance market.

We advise on all aspects of insurance law and litigation, including the defence of claims, policy wordings, coverage advice and corporate insurance. We have significant experience in resolving high value and complex claims, particularly in relation to mining, energy and financial lines.

We also provide advice in relation to regulatory matters, compliance, corporate law, antitrust law, information technology (data privacy, e-commerce, networks), labour law, consumer law, intellectual property and real estate.

Our Chilean insurance and reinsurance professionals are part of the wider Kennedys network. We work closely with our network of Latin American offices and our Miami regional hub for the Americas. In addition we have an extensive network across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. We work together to provide a seamless legal service in Latin America and beyond.

Brief history of the firm

Kennedys has a rich history of delivering straightforward advice, even when the issues are complex, to help clients navigate challenges, today and tomorrow. Since 1899 we have been listening to our clients’ needs and we will continue to expand our global footprint in recognition of how the insurance market develops and where our clients need us. Kennedys opened its offices in Santiago on 2016 by building on the strong tradition and like values of Sateler, Depolo Diemoz who was already a locally renowned firm with strong ties to the market.

A synopsis of the firm’s main areas of practice

Kennedys Insurance and Reinsurance practice has significant experience advising on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law, including regulation, claims management and the defence of claims, policy wordings, coverage advice, corporate insurance and general corporate and competition law for the insurance industry. We are known for our ability to advice on contentious and non-contentious matters arising from highly complex issues and claims, particularly in relation to mining, energy and financial lines as well as by providing sound and practical regulatory and risk analysis advisory.

The type of work the department is usually involved can be classified intro four distinct buckets, thus providing a superior offering if only in terms of breadth of service:

  • Regulatory
  • Claims
  • Litigation, including ADR
  • Risk analysis

The Firm´s Insurance and Reinsurance practice is coupled with a strong Commercial and Corporate practice with significant experience advising on corporate matters ranging from company acquisitions, dispositions and related financing arrangements, capitalisations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements, securities and governance matters. Most members of the practice also complement their legal credentials with hands on experience serving as directors for large corporations.

The type of work the department is usually involved can be classified into three distinct buckets:

  • M&A
  • Financing arrangements
  • General corporate work

Cutting throughout both practices, Kennedys Litigation practice has significant experience acting for clients on abroad range of contentious matters and industries from damages arising out of explosion to pollution to professional liability claims. The team acts for clients on commercial disputes before civil courts and assists clients on in all stages of litigation including pre-trial negotiations, documentation and preparation for trial, summary judgement motions, trial, appeals and enforcement proceedings and extends to domestic arbitration.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Radoslav Depolo
Judgment Procedures / Civil / Labor / Criminal And Local Gian Carlo Lorenzini
Tax Paola Peirano
Insurance Mario Diemoz
Insurance José Antonio Gutierrez
Health Superintendency Mediations Gian Carlo Lorenzini
Economic Radoslav Depolo
Right Of Competition Radoslav Depolo
Arbitration Ricardo Peralta Valenzuela
Arbitration Gian Carlo Lorenzini
Arbitration José Antonio Gutierrez
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jorge Canales  photo Jorge Canales
 Radoslav  Depolo  photo Radoslav  Depolo
 Mario  Diemoz  photo Mario  Diemoz
 José Antonio Gutierrez  photo José Antonio Gutierrez
 Salvador Gutierrez  photo Salvador Gutierrez
 Gian Carlo Lorenzini  photo Gian Carlo Lorenzini
 Pia Parmar  photo Pia Parmar
 Paola Peirano  photo Paola Peirano
 Ricardo Peralta  photo Ricardo Peralta
 Muriel Poirier  photo Muriel Poirier
 Camila Ramirez  photo Camila Ramirez
Number of partners : 5
Number of other fee-earners : 8
Total staff : 17
English (fluent)
AIDA International Insurance Law Association
British Chamber of Commerce
Managing Partner : Mario Diemoz Piretta
Partner : Radoslav Depolo
Of Counsel : Ricardo Peralta
Partner : José Antonio Gutierrez
Partner : Gian Carlo Lorenzini