Firm Profile > Abdala y Cia > Santiago, Chile

Abdala y Cia

Labour and employment Tier 4

Abdala y Cia's four-strong team is experienced in complex labour law disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, corporate law-related labour matters, social security, immigration, terminations, and sexual harassment investigations. José Ignacio Arteaga can draw on over 25 years' labour law experience; key associate Andrea Abdala Ready, who handles litigation, advisory and corporate labour matters, arrived from Morales & Besa in 2018.

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Clear teamwork is evident between the different lawyers that make up the firm, providing an efficient and timely response to the client. They are proactive professionals within the framework of the legal dynamism that currently prevails in the region.

José Ignacio Arteaga and Andrea Abdala Ready are at the client’s disposal at all times, using different technological tools to support the company’s daily decisions. They know and understand the problems, offering solutions that can be put into practice, minimising the exposure of the company.

Key clients

Jazmin Chebar

Worley Parsons Chile

IFX Networks Chile


R&Q Ingeniería

Banco de la Nación Argentina


Transportes Centropuerto

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Founded in 1988 and today the Chilean member of the DRT International Law Firm & Alliance, Abdala y Cia has grown accompanying clients which in many cases it helped establish. The five-strong practice group provides ongoing general corporate and transactional assistance to clients in sectors ranging from construction, casinos and consumer-product manufacture to pharma, software and telecoms. Founding partner and corporate all-rounder Ricardo Abdala Hirane co-heads the practice.

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It is a team whose main characteristic is flexibility and speed in dealing with issues, with an excellent degree of involvement in the outcome. Due to its performance and commitment, I find far above the teams of other firms.

The common qualities of this team are being quick and effective in solving  different tasks, finding the most suitable solutions and above all a very high commitment to clients’ needs.

They become personally involved in the issues that are presented to them, taking them as their own, with very personalised attention and great knowledge of different legal matters – a great team.

The Abdala y Cia practice is a 24/7 team and always ready to respond at any time (even when on vacation). What characterises them is their degree of commitment to both the client and to reaching the best result during negotiations.

I have worked with other firms of the same level but this firm’s level of delivery of information and participation goes beyond what is expected. In fact, we worked with them because they were recommended by owners of the most relevant companies in Chile. If I must indicate what stands out, it is their unconditional commitment.

Ricardo Abdala Hirane has a unique ability to develop strategies and to read opponents. He is always present and concerned about not leaving loose ends, so as to have the best preparation for negotiations, even when complex and hostile.

Key clients

R&Q Ingeniería

Ovalle Casino Resort

Plaza Maule

Jazmines Chebar

Gabefar Chile


French Beauty

Grupo CTO Chile

Vicherat & Pradenas

Mundos del Vino


Software One Chile

Banco de la Nación Argentina

Embajada y consulado Argentino

French Beauty

The firm: Abdala & Cía, was founded in Santiago, Chile in 1988 by Ricardo Abdala Hirane. With more than 30 years of experience we have a strong knowledge of the Chilean market; the start-up of foreign companies; foreign investment and public and private tenders.

Main practice areas: Corporate/M&A; Employment and Labour Law, Commercial Law; Succession Law; Administrative Law; Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; Public and Private Sector Tenders; Criminal Law; Family Law; Information Technology; Energy; Banking and Finance; Tax; and Private Client Advice. Global assistance for our clients through complete and integral services, including different subjects to organize their investments, minimizing risks, structuring businesses, wealth, taxes, family and disputes.

Our Corporate/M&A practice exceeds our clients’ expectations by offering a legal service that delivers complete, integrated and practical legal solutions. This, is a result of the expertise and the skills of our Managing Partner, Ricardo Abdala. When advising clients, Ricardo analyses all legal sides of the client’s case; proposes and anticipates solutions to queries that the client has not even thought of.

Our Labour and Employment practice  offers a legal service that includes a complete overview of our clients’ companies and businesses, providing complex legal advice. This, is a result of the expertise of our partner, José Ignacio Arteaga, who dominates the labour and employment law and commercial/business law arenas. In fact, when reviewing a specific labour matter we offer the particular labour solution and a complete business insight.

Our firm is known for creating long term relationships and striving to support our clients’ businesses, helping them grow and reach their commercial goals. Most of our clients have worked with us for 20+ years.

Abdala & Cía offers a worldwide service to its clients due to the strategic alliance it has formed for 10+ years with the US law firm Diaz, Reus & Targ, and its members which include a global network of offices, DRT International Law Firm & Alliance, in the US, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate / M&A Ricardo Abdala Hirane +56 224 608 050
Labour & Employment José Ignacio Arteaga +56 224 608 050
Litigation & Arbitration Michele Daroch Sagredo +56 224 608 050
Tax law Rodrigo Rojas Palma +56 224 608 050
Family law Michele Daroch Sagredo +56 224 608 050
Banking & Finance Ricardo Abdala Hirane +56 224 608 050
Foreign Investments in Chile Ricardo Abdala Hirane +56 224 608 050
Energy Augusto Quintana +56 224 608 050
Regulatory law Andrés Culagovski +56 224 608 050
International Arbitration Andrés Culagovski +56 224 608 050
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ricardo Abdala  photo Mr Ricardo Abdala Founder and managing Partner
Ms Andrea Abdala Ready  photo Ms Andrea Abdala Ready Associate
Mr José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu  photo Mr José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu Partner. Head of the Labour & Employment department
Mr Fuad Eduardo Chahin Valenzuela  photo Mr Fuad Eduardo Chahin Valenzuela Partner
 Andrés Culagovski  photo Andrés Culagovski Lawyer
 Michelle Daroch Sagredo  photo Michelle Daroch Sagredo Partner
 Evelyn Happke  photo Evelyn Happke Lawyer
 Javiera Ocampo  photo Javiera Ocampo Lawyer
 Augusto Quintana Benavides  photo Augusto Quintana Benavides Lawyer
 Rodrigo Rojas Palma  photo Rodrigo Rojas Palma Lawyer
 José Pablo Spencer  photo José Pablo Spencer Lawyer
 Ignacio Suarez Eytel  photo Ignacio Suarez Eytel Lawyer
 Rene Zalaquett  photo Rene Zalaquett Lawyer