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Local Parter.  Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés heads the Dispute Resolution and Antitrust practice groups of Baker McKenzie’s Santiago office.


Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés heads the Dispute Resolution and Antitrust practice groups of Baker McKenzie’s Santiago office. He has represented the Chilean State, as well as major transnational and local companies in a broad range of cases, from long-term energy contracts to construction, projects and investment protection matters. He is ranked among the most recommended lawyers for dispute resolution, antitrust and public law by Chambers & Partners.

Rodrigo serves as arbitrator of the Center of Arbitration and the Chamber Commerce of Santiago and is a professor of constitutional and civil law at the Catholic University’s School of Law. He has written articles for various publications, particularly on constitutional law, civil liabilities and arbitration matters.

Practice Focus:

Rodrigo focuses his practice on litigation as well as domestic and international arbitration, particularly in the areas of civil, administrative, constitutional, commercial, regulatory, insurance, securities, finance, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He has extensive experience in complex disputes and has appeared in cases under major domestic and international arbitration rules.

Representative Legal Matters:

  • Represented an important international mining company developing a key mining project in Chile valued approximately at USD 1.5 billion.
  • Represented a joint-stock company in the construction of a thermal power plant of 350 MW for a major player in the Chilean energy market.
  • Represented a Slovak company against a major player in the Chilean energy market in a dispute arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a power plant.
  • Advised a mining company in acquiring permits to begin the process of developing a world-class copper-molybdenum project in Chile.
  • Obtained favorable results for the State of Chile in a litigation involving a claim seeking compensation for environmental damages purportedly suffered in the vicinities of Laja River as a result of construction works in a highway north of Concepción.

Related Expertise:

Professional Honors: 

  • Best Lawyer in Chile, Global Banking & Finance Review, 2012
  • Best Litigator in Chile, Client Choice Award, 2013
  • Best Litigator in Chile, International Law Office Awards
  • Recognized, Who’s Who Legal
  • Recognized, Legal 500
  • Received Deal of the Year Award for Dispute Resolution, Latin Lawyer 2011


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  • Catholic University of Chile (Lic. in Law) (1998)
  • Catholic University of Chile (LL.B.) (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Competition and antitrust

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Rodrigo Diaz de ValdesBaker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile‘s nine-strong Santiago antitrust practice is best known for multijurisdictional merger-control issues, global cartels, antitrust compliance, and competition litigation. Acting across the spectrum of antitrust work, the group also assists with compliance and internal investigations. Clients additionally benefit from the team’s leveraging of the firm’s global competition practice, which facilitates access to approximately 320 lawyers across 47 jurisdictions. The group is led by longstanding antitrust expert Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, whose track record includes major victories before both the Competition Tribunal and the Supreme Court; with additional, key, partner-level support provided by fintech and TMT sector specialist Diego Ferrada and litigator Ignacio Naudon. Associate Juan Ignacio Donoso is a former FNE antitrust division deputy-head, whose practice covers merger-control proceedings, compliance, and abuse-of-dominance and cartel investigations.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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Rodrigo Díaz de ValdésBaker McKenzie Chile

Acting for both domestic and international clients, Baker McKenzie Chile‘s specialised national and international arbitration practice is particularly active in disputes involving construction, infrastructure projects, securities and mining. The 13-strong group, which is additionally experienced in high-stakes investment arbitrations, is headed up by well-known arbitral practitioner Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés, who also leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Chile. Providing key partner-level support, Ignacio Naudon has broad expertise in both national and international arbitration concerning infrastructure projects, construction contracts and distribution agreements; and within the Santiago office’s associate group, both Antonio López and Arantxa Ereche Tuzzini participate in construction-related arbitrations.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

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Rodrigo Díaz de ValdésBaker McKenzie Chile

Specialising in complex litigation, Baker McKenzie Chile‘s 12-member group acts for both multinationals and major domestic companies in litigating class actions, as well as infrastructure, retail, securities, and mining-related disputes. Leading the dispute resolution practice in Chile, Rodrigo Díaz de Valdésstands out‘ for his track record in representing the Chilean State, as well as major international and local companies, in cases involving long-term energy contracts, construction, projects and investment protection issues; while the wide-ranging disputes experience of Ignacio Naudon encompasses class actions, infrastructure projects, distribution agreements, and corporate and M&A-related litigation. Of note in the Santiago office’s associate group are dispute resolution and arbitration practitioner Antonio López, and public, civil and commercial law expert Felipe Soza.

Chile > Public law

Baker McKenzie Chile’’s five-strong team fields constitutional, administrative and human rights lawyers who advise clients from the healthcare, insurance, infrastructure, construction, mining, pharma, and defence and aerospace sectors. With ‘an edge over other law firms’, the group additionally works on defence-side Constitutional Court matters, while recent highlights further include working alongside industry guilds during discussions on Chile’s new Constitution. The practice is led by Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés (a professor of civil and constitutional law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), who frequently advises legislative commissions on high-profile public issues. Associate Felipe Soza’s practice covers constitutional litigation and administrative law.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Baker McKenzie LLP’s international arbitration team is largely located in Latin America itself, primarily in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. The firm has are fine reputation in investment and commercial arbitration, notably in the energy, infrastructure and construction fields. Santiago partner Rodrigo Diaz de Valdes represents both state and private sector entities in cross border arbitrations, including those in the mining, energy and construction sectors. Lima’s Maria Del Carmen Tovar has represented the Peruvian state and state-entities in a series of investment arbitrations. Bogota partner Claudia Benavides Galvís is global chair of the firm’s dispute resolution group and an experienced figure in investment and commercial arbitrations, particularly for private companies. Luis Dates in Buenos Aires and Caracas-based Eugenio Hernández-Bretón are also key names.