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Baker McKenzie Chile


Local Partner in the Santiago, Chile office.


Fernando Castro joined the Firm in 2000, and has since practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganization, capital markets and civil and commercial law. He is a licensee in Juridical and Social Sciences and obtained his LL.M. degree from the University Of Chicago in 2008.

Practice Focus

Mr. Castro routinely works on corporate and partnership law, as well as all legal matters related to contractual law, securities law and foreign investments. He has an extensive experience on Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity transactions, Corporate Finance and multijurisdictional corporate reorganizations. His clients include domestic and foreign multinational companies.

Representative Legal Matters:

  • Advised Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a Japanese state-owned enterprise, in the auction process and subsequent sale of its 50% stake in the Chilean water supply conglomerate Aguas Nuevas S.A., Aguas del Altiplano S.A., Aguas Araucanía S.A., Aguas Magallanes S.A. and Aguas Chañar S.A., to MG Leasing Corporation, an affiliate of Marubeni.
  • Advised Landsberg Investments, S.L., a joint venture led by Altra Inversiones (Colombian private equity fund manager), and DEG, a German Development Financial Institution, on the acquisition of a 38.8% stake in Avla S.A., a leading organization in surety bonds and trade credit  in Chile and Peru.
  • Advised US telecoms provider Motorola Solutions in the acquisition of a Chilean based support service group of companies.
  • Advised Alliance Boots with the completion of the tender offer for the purchase of 99.39% of the shares of Farmacias Ahumada S.A. (FASA), which are listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange. The completion of this transaction follows acceptance of regulatory approvals and the closing of the cash tender offer for the outstanding fully diluted share capital of FASA. Subsequently advised Alliance Boots on their second public tender offer for the shares of FASA that had not been acquired during the first tender offer and the following reorganizational process.
  • Has advised several local and multinational companies in their corporate reorganizations including Abbott, CFR, Medtronic, Shire/Takeda, Merck, Oracle, Grupo Security, and many others.
  • Advised Grupo Security in the acquisition of the “Cruz del Sur” group of companies (including a life insurance company, an assets management company, a stock broker, a loan and mortgage entity and two additional intra group services entities) for over USD 300 million, allowing the company to double its insurance business, as well as its life annuities stock and investment portfolio.
  • Advised Atlantia in the sale of a 49.99% stake to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), in a transaction valued at USD 1.15 billion.
  • Advised Viña Concha y Toro S.A. in several capital increases for over USD 100 million through the issuance of common stock and their registration with the Chilean Commission for the Financial Market (CMF).
  • Has advised Viña Concha y Toro S.A., Grupo Security S.A., Inversiones Previsión Security Limitada and other companies in the issuance, registration with the Chilean Commission for the Financial Market and placement of several multimillion dollars lines of corporate bonds.
  • Advised Grupo Security S.A. in several capital increases for over USD 200 million throughout the years, through the issuance of common stock and its registration with the Commission for the Financial Market.
  • Advised on a multimillion acquisition by Autostrade per l’Italia of a controlling stake in several companies active in the construction and exploitation of toll motorways in Chile owned by the Chilean subsidiaries of Itinere Infraestructuras.
  • Advised Autostrade in a foreign loan from banco Santander S.A. (Spain) for USD 113 million.

Related Expertise:


Spanish - English



  • University of Chicago (LL.M.) (2008)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (LL.B.) (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Fernando CastroBaker McKenzie Chile

Chile > Capital markets

Acting for financial institutions, issuers, managers and other capital markets-related providers, Baker McKenzie Chile‘s seven-member capital markets department is experienced in tender offer mandates, corporate debt placements and securitisations. It also regularly assists with the regulatory aspects of Chilean securities. The team is jointly led by securities law expert Fernando Castro and Jaime Munro, whose transactional workload encompasses capital markets matters. The practice of associate to note Cristóbal Larrain includes experience in tender offers.

Chile > Life sciences

The eight-member group at Baker McKenzie Chile acts for a raft of international clients from the healthcare and life sciences industries, while the Santiago office’s market presence notably benefitting from membership of Baker McKenzie’s extensive global network. The practice’s scope of expertise ranges from regulatory, consumer safety and competition, to IP, data protection, and commercial contractual matters. It is also active in life sciences-related tax, compliance, M&A and dispute resolution work. The practice is led by intellectual and industrial property expert Valentina Venturelli, whose practice includes the import, distribution and commercialisation of products, sanitary regulation, clinical trials, and scientific research. Fernando Castro provides further partner-level support, while associates Carlos Lazcano, Maria Elena Dörr and Martín Muller are also key team members.