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Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados
Isidora Goyenechea 3250,
8th floor
Las Condes

Chile > Environment Tier 2

With 'unique knowledge in environmental matters', Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados' nine-member practice comprises several members with previous experience at key environmental agencies, such as the Chilean Environmental Assessment Agency and the Ministry of the Environment; and the group was recently active in environmental litigation, environmental assessments and project-related issues. The experienced co-heads are Edesio Carrasco ('one of the most recognised environmental lawyers in Chile'), who focuses on environment and sectorial permits, energy, land use planning, and the development of industrial projects; and investment project environmental assessment expert Rodrigo Benítez. The second line of attorneys comprises senior associates Carlo Sepúlveda and Graciela Venegas, both former Environmental Assessment Agency attorneys, and Ingrid Henríquez, a former legal division head at the Ministry of the Environment.

Practice head(s):

Edesio Carrasco; Rodrigo Benítez


Unique knowledge in environmental matters associated with the development of renewable energy projects.

The team is very solid – both the partners and the junior lawyers handle environmental issues very well. They are very professional and with great judgement.

The skills of the team include excellent knowledge of the public administration.

What differentiates them is their past experience and knowledge of the public sector, which is crucial for private projects that depend on the interpretation and application of environmental regulations.’

Great knowledge of environmental legislation and how to comply with it, and a lot of experience in various projects, which is a plus when giving an opinion on a specific problem.

Edesio Carrasco is one of the most recognised environmental lawyers in Chile; his practical experience and technical knowledge allow him to provide not only legal, but also strategic, assistance with the environmental approval of projects and environmental permits.

Edesio Carrasco is a great partner who knows a lot and works well in a team. He understands the problems that come up and the way of thinking of authorities and communities.

Rodrigo Benítez is very committed to clients, which can be seen from his advice and solutions.

Key clients

Sierra Gorda SCM

Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Inversiones y Asesorías HyC

Empresa Nacional de Minería

Corporación Nacional del Cobre

Aguas Pacífico

Inmobiliaria Fundamenta


Work highlights

  • Acted (before the Environmental Court) for Mainstream Renewable Power Chile in its defence of the environmental licence for its wind energy project, Puelche Sur.
  • Represented Inmobiliaria Fundamenta in the administrative defence of the environmental licence for its real estate project, Egaña Comunidad Sustentable.
  • Advised Inversiones y Asesorías HyC on the environmental assessment of its real estate project, Desarrollo Inmobiliario Batuco Etapa I, which involved 1,637 housing units.

Schultz Carrasco Benítez is a boutique law firm in Santiago, Chile. It was founded to provide legal advice with high specialization standards to entities and people seeking a personalized and efficient service in environmental and natural resources law, as well as corporate/M&A and general practice matters, backed by a litigation department in those areas. The firm identifies problems and also seeks to solve them in a strategic manner that adds value for its clients. Furthermore, the firm provides an innovative and reliable solution for its client’s legal disputes or conflicts.

The firm focuses on both immediate and long-term goals with its clients, helping them address and anticipate challenges across a changing environment giving them strategic and innovative solutions to their necessities. Additionally, the firm’s collaborative culture allows the firm to work as a team, permanently sharing its insight and experience with clients. The firm’s clients include local and international companies with operations both in Chile and abroad.

Corporate and M&A: Our team advises individuals and companies on corporate matters, including joint ventures, national and international associations, as well as on structuring mergers and acquisitions of companies of different sizes, such as open or close corporations, investment funds, national or foreign entities, whether or not they are under a regulated market.

We have experience in national and international financing transactions, involving simple credits and/or syndicated ones, including financing and structuring of projects and the issuance of bonds or other debt securities and their placement in Chile or abroad. The above includes advice on debt restructuring and investments to and from Chile.

Environmental and natural resources law: We advise our clients strategically on all matters relating to environmental and administrative regulations, including environmental audits and the assessment of activities or projects within the Environmental Impact Assessment System. We have experience in advising our clients regarding the rules, principles and standards of ILO Convention No. 169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (1989) and the early assessment of indigenous communities and factors to be considered in the development of a project.

Also, we provide advice to mining, energy, agro-industrial, and real estate projects, accompanying our clients in case of an inspection or sanctioning process conducted by the Superintendence of Environment or other authority, and also taking charge of their administrative and judicial defense.

Litigation: We defend our clients in a number of administrative special procedures necessary for the development of a project, before any court or administrative agency, including the Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court, as well the recently established Environmental Court.

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Environment Rodrigo Bení 2 2385 0011
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Mr Rodrigo Benítez photo Mr Rodrigo BenítezPartner of the Public Law and Natural Resources Group
Mr Edesio Carrasco photo Mr Edesio CarrascoPartner in charge of the Public Law and Natural Resources Group
Mr Carlos Schultz photo Mr Carlos SchultzPartner in charge of the Corporate Area, Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital…
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