Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

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

Chile > Environment Tier 2

Fielding ‘professionals with extensive experience in environmental work', Schultz Carrasco Benitez Abogados' 13-strong environmental and natural resources department is increasingly active in environmental assessment work. The team also regularly defends clients against project developments’ administrative special procedures before the Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court and Environmental Court. It additionally advises on compliance with Chile’s environmental legislation. Jointly leading the department, former Environmental Assessment Agency regional director Edesio Carrasco focuses primarily on environmental and sectorial permits, energy, land-use planning and industrial project development; while former Ministry of the Environment’s legal division head, Rodrigo Benítez is a specialist in the environmental assessment of mining, energy, infrastructure and agro-industry investment projects. At associate level, Graciela Venegasprovides great support'; Carlo Sepúlveda focuses on administrative and environmental law, and environmental litigation at administrative and court levels; and Ingrid Henríquez advises on environmental, urban, energy and health law.

Practice head(s):

Edesio Carrasco; Rodrigo Benítez


Absolutely committed to clients and it has a very balanced team that covers both technical and legal aspects).

Up to date on the issues and with great strategic vision.

Well prepared to understand clients’ requirements, the team understands technical issues and their legal impact very well.

Professionals with extensive experience in environmental work, in-depth knowledge of the issues, and well-founded opinions that are close to reality (and above all implementable).

The great attention paid to clients is a real attribute.

The team is versatile in environmental issues, and resolves queries and reviews reports in a very short time, which is essential for firms and projects.

Highly efficient and effective in the work it does. The biggest plus is its great handling of technical issues in the environmental space, and its strategic view of the processes.

Edesio Carrasco and Rodrigo Benítez really stand out, and associate Graciela Venegas provides great support.

Key clients

Socovesa Sur

EDF Renewables Chile


Puerto Caldera

Compañía Minera del Pacífico

Sierra Gorda SCM

Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta de la Fruta

Obrascón Huarte Lain



Work highlights

  • Advising Compañía Minera del Pacífico on the environmental assessments for all its projects.
  • Advised Conexión Energía on the environmental assessment of the Kimal-Lo Aguirre transmission line project.
  • Advised Aguas Pacífico on the environmental approval of the San Isidro-Quilapilún project, which allows desalinated water to be conveyed through two regions to supply the Metropolitan Region’s northern area.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Carlos Schultz +56 2 2385 0001
Environment Rodrigo Benítez +56 2 2385 0011
Environment Edesio Carrasco +56 2 2385 0002
Environment Carlo Sepúlveda +56 2 23850003
Environment Graciela Venegas + 56 223850004
Photo Name Position Profile
Maximiliano  Alfaro photo Mr Maximiliano Alfaro Senior lawyer at Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department
Mario  Arrué photo Mr Mario Arrué Senior lawyer of the Environmental Assessment Department
Rodrigo Benítez photo Mr Rodrigo Benítez Partner of the Public Law and Natural Resources Group
Esteban  Cañas photo Mr Esteban Cañas Senior lawyer at the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.
Edesio Carrasco photo Mr Edesio Carrasco Partner in charge of the Public Law and Natural Resources Group
Roberto Guerrero photo Mr Roberto Guerrero Junior Associate at Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department
Ingrid  Henríquez photo Mrs Ingrid Henríquez Environmental Compliance and Sectorial Permit Department Director
José  Illanes photo Mr José Illanes Junior Associate at Environmental Assessment Department
Micaela Krogh photo Mrs Micaela Krogh Junior Associate at Environmental Assessment Department
Carlos Schultz photo Mr Carlos Schultz Partner in charge of the Corporate Area, Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital…
Carlo Sepúlveda photo Mr Carlo Sepúlveda Litigation & Dispute Resolution Director
Soledad Traub photo Mrs Soledad Traub Senior Associate at Compliance and Sectorial Permit Department
Graciela  Venegas photo Mrs Graciela Venegas Environmental Assessment Departament Director
Associates : 13