Firm Profile > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile

CMS Carey & Allende
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago
Chile

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Corporate and M&A is a core practice area for CMS Carey & Allende, which specialises in complex transactions, including unsolicited tender offers and international expansion plans via acquisitions. The 22-strong group has been particularly active in deals involving energy, agribusiness and technology companies. Being part of CMS, it is fully integrated into the firm's global practice and the group enjoys permanent contact with specialists elsewhere in Latin America as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. Ramón Valdivieso and Jorge Allende Destuet co-head the corporate and M&A team, which also fields Jorge Allende Zañartu, Luis Felipe Arze and Fernando De Cárcer. Key support at senior associate level is provided by Ignacio Errazquin and Sebastian Barros.

Testimonials

They have full availability at all times, as well as extensive experience in cross- border operations. They are proactive, purposeful, and have problem-solving skills.

Jorge Allende D is a great team leader. He has extensive experience in the field, as well as in international legislation and in other branches of law, which make him a very complete and prepared lawyer. He has full availability and pays great attention to the client.

Senior associate Ignacio Errazquin is a proactive person, who always has new proposals and solutions to problems that may arise. He has full availability and provides great customer service.

Key clients

Sonda

Unilever

Sun Dreams

Nueva Inversiones Pacifico

Sun International

Private Shareholders Chile I

Societé General De Surveillance

Blackstone Group

AquaChile

Labour and employment Tier 2

The six-strong department at CMS Carey & Allende advises across a range of labour matters, including individual and collective bargaining, labour litigation (including dismissals and the closing of companies' operations), compliance, social security, harassment and immigration. Other areas of note include litigation, M&A-related labour law issues, labour contracts, and associated tax matters. The team has particular expertise in advising companies from the mining, construction and engineering industries. Well regarded practice head Enzo Canales (together with other respected labour lawyers from the market), recently founded a think tank in relation to Chile's current Labour Reform. Promoted to senior associate in 2019, Julio Frías provides key support.

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Testimonials

Enzo Canales stands out for his great technical knowledge and solid advice, that is provided very quickly and on time. They are a strategic ally in our labour management and we can count on them; despite being external, we consider them part of our team for their human and technical qualities, and dedication – far above other firms.

Key clients

Unilever

HDI Seguros

Bata

Ausenco

Estée Lauder

Accenture

Besalco Construcciones

Besalco Maquinarias

Jacobs

SAIPEM

Mining Tier 2

CMS Carey & Allende's five-strong practice advises mining companies on a range of matters, such as acquisitions, electricity supply contracts, permitting and the operation or maintenance of mining projects. It is also experienced in obtaining mining easements and frequently acts for banks on investments in mineral exploitation projects in Chile. The firm also fields specialists in relevant related areas, such as environmental regulation, water rights and public law. Advising on numerous large-scale mining projects in Chile since 1990, Jorge Allende Z leads the mining group, with notable support provided by experienced senior associate Aldo Poblete and associate Manuel Ponce.

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Key clients

Compañía Minera Sierra Norte

Solarpack Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

María Elena Solar

Inversiones Alxar

Real estate Tier 2

CMS Carey & Allende's four-member real estate, urban planning and infrastructure group has a strong focus on infrastructure development, urban development (including planning and zoning matters), and related regulatory issues. It also has longstanding experience in the development of pipelines and power transmission lines, expropriation processes and ownership title regularisation for industrial plants and other real estate assets. Pabla Gaínza heads the real estate and construction, and public law and regulatory practices; notable support is provided by senior associate Karin Muñoz, whose practice includes warehouse projects, urban planning law, and construction procedures (including potential conflicts).

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They have a good understanding of the real estate market and its regulations. They put together a good team with the architect’s offices to manage the necessary documentation for the permits.

Partner Pabla Gaínza and senior associate Karin Muñoz both show a good understanding of regulation. Both are accessible to meet our requirements.

Pabla Gaínza is an extraordinary lawyer, with a very broad knowledge of both the theory and practice of the rules that govern the real estate industry, as well as strong business vision.

‘Pabla Gaínza is a top-notch urban consultant and attorney. I have not met anyone in the industry with such complete knowledge of urban law, both theoretically and in its application. In addition, She has a business vision that combines very well with her legal knowledge. I think that Pabla is more than just a lawyer, she is a very complete urban adviser. Furthermore, she is very transparent in explaining the risks of decisions.

Key clients

Antofagasta Railway Company

Banco Santander Chile

AKI KB Minibodegas

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Rezepka Inmobiliaria

Unilever

Dekra Revisión Técnica

BanChile Inversiones

Banking and finance Tier 3

As the local office of a multinational law firm, CMS Carey & Allende's six-strong banking and finance team is fully integrated within the global group of one of the largest law firms in the world. The practice covers project finance, receivables-based credit agreements, syndicated loans, debt restructurings, and the financing of international expansion plans. Finance and restructuring specialist Fernando De Cárcer leads the banking and finance practice, and Jorge Allende D is qualified in both Chile and New York. The group also fields tech and media industry specialist Diego Rodríguez, while Ignacio Errazquin is an experienced senior associate.

Key clients

Sun Dreams

Karün

Empresas AquaChile

Benchmark Genetics Chile

Sun International Chile

Solarpack

Ardian

Agrícola Pacífico Sur

Petra / Celta / Inversiones del Pacífico

Inversiones del Pacífico SpA.

Inversiones FK

Sonda

Broota

Environment Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende fields a three-strong practice group that advises on environmental impact assessments in relation to mining, power plant and high-voltage power line projects. Its assistance includes procuring environmental permits and environmental law-related administrative and judicial litigation. Senior associate Aldo Poblete heads the team, with the contentious capability boosted by the April-2019 hire of Stephan Lührmann as disputes practice director, from Urrutia & Cia; he focuses primarily on contentious administrative matters and environmental litigation.

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Key clients

Inversiones Alxar

Antofagasta Railway Company

Khiron Life Sciences

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Sociedad Agrícola y Forestal Santa Elena

Municipalidad de Quintero

Solarpack

Aluma Systems Servicios Chile

Municipalidad de Puchuncaví

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende's 10-strong team regularly advises high-profile domestic and international companies on projects involving power transmission, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts, and related water rights issues. It is particularly specialised in projects concerning the energy, agribusiness and telecoms sectors. Jorge Allende Z is an energy project specialist; also key to the group are experienced partners Luis Felipe Arze and Fernando De Cárcer, and senior associate Aldo Poblete.

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Key clients

Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA)

Enagás

GNL Quintero

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Celeo Redes

Solarpack

Hidroeléctrica Doña Alicia

Saeta Yield

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Tax Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende's six-strong tax department has particular expertise in local and international tax planning, indirect taxes (including VAT), and cross-border transactions. Other key areas are double taxation treaties, disputes, and acting for HNW individuals and families. The practice evidences particular industry experience in the energy, financial services, food and beverage, and hospitality sectors. Practice head Diego García is a tax planning and corporate restructuring expert, who is ably supported by senior consultant Cristóbal Groetaers.

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Key clients

Sun Dreams

QMC Telecom

Grupo Inso Chile

Solarpack España

Inmobiliaria del Inca

TMT Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende enjoys a longstanding relationship with Sonda, the largest Latin American-owned IT company. The firm also has a significant telecoms practice that provides advisory services on regulatory compliance and the development of local telecom infrastructure projects. The practice fields eight lawyers, including two partners: telecoms and IT expert Ramón Valdivieso; and Diego Rodríguez, who assists with new business in the IT and fin-tech sectors. Notable support is provided by both senior associate Alejandro Celedón and associate Ricardo Celedón.

Testimonials

I find it a very good team – very proactive and committed. They are fast, creative and also good negotiators. They understand our business and technology companies in general.

Diego Rodríguez understands technology companies. It is important to understand this particular industry well in order to give good legal advice.

Key clients

Sonda

Acepta.com

Charles Taylor Adjusting

Ignacio Canals

VIACOM

Venture capital Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende's three-strong team is experienced in advising the IT start-up industry on crowdfunding and regulatory issues. In October 2019, the firm, together with other CMS' other regional offices, launched a first-of-its-kind global legal accelerator programme, equIP, which is designed to nurture the development of tech start-ups across the region (and beyond). As part of the programme, the firm provides start-ups with access to investors, exclusive training and mentoring opportunities, and an active peer network. Diego Rodríguez's practice focuses primarily on the IT sector.

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Very good team. They know about financial technology and add value to the Association.

Future vision. They do not stay with the norm, but propose interesting things to make the fintech ecosystem evolve.

Key clients

Asociación Fintech

Pago Fácil

Broota

amiPASS

CORFO

Graftory

Karün

Capital markets Tier 4

The eight-strong team at CMS Carey & Allende is frequently instructed to handle capital increases, IPOs, follow-on offerings and bond issuances, and stands out for its assistance with tender offers - most recently in the technology, gaming and aquaculture sectors. In addition, the practice fields experts in regulatory compliance matters before the Chilean Securities and Exchange Commission. Highly regarded managing partner Ramón Valdivieso heads the capital markets team alongside Jorge Allende D.  

Key clients

Sun International

Sun Dreams

Empresas AquaChile

Sonda

Broota

Data privacy Tier 4

CMS Carey & Allende extended its scope of expertise to include content and data protection matters back in 2018. Today, the team advises foreign and domestic clients on their data processing and data transfer activities, including advising on Chile's applicable data protection legislation. Focused primarily on the technology, media and communications industry, Diego Rodríguez is the key name.

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The team is characterised by being at the disposal of its clients.

We would highlight the planning and methodology used. The physical spaces to hold the meetings are also first class and the experience is unique.

CMS has specialists in several areas and clients meet partners directly, which allows us to learn from them and establish a unique trust.

Key clients

Sonda

GCare

Dispute resolution Tier 4

CMS Carey & Allende's Rodrigo Campero (who made partner in 2019) leads the five-member dispute resolution department. IThe practice group has particular litigation expertise in construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, post-M&A disputes and torts; other notable areas include IP infringement, consumer protection, insolvency, public procurement and white-collar crime. The group also has a significant arbitration practice. Senior consultant Stephan Luhrmann focuses his practice on environmental litigation. Ferdinand Schnettler moved in house at Salmones Caleta Bay in April 2020.

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Key clients

Virbac-Centrovet

Agrícola Pacífico Sur

Nol-Tec Chile Ingeniería

ATC Sitios de Chile

Inso Chile

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Universidad San Sebastián

Inversiones Acuícolas

Pesco

Sociedad Contractual Minera Vilacoll

Intellectual property Tier 4

CMS Carey & Allende's IP group advises a number of major brands drawn from a range of sectors including banks, technology, media, life sciences and consumer goods. It specialises in the protection of industrial and intellectual property, particularly in relation to trade marks, patents, copyright, domain names, counterfeiting and piracy, litigation and data protection. Matías Somarriva leads the IP group, which includes senior associate Paz Marambio.

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Testimonials

Follow-up and personal service are key components of a good working relationship between clients and a firm, and CMS Carey & Allende are excellent communicators.

They are very rigorous in the monitoring and development of all the cases that we have. I highlight their proactivity and advice on the best action for the protection of the brand. We can safely say that it is a professional team with high quality standards, and which is comparable to any large firm.

They have a great capacity to react to any subject. We would highlight, as our benchmark in the country, the great work of Matías Somarriva.

Matías Somarriva gives a very personal service as well as in-depth explanations of options and expectations, which is priceless information.

Key clients

Ingeniería y Proyecto Tesla

Electricity/oil and gas

CMS Carey & Allende fields a seven-strong team that assists with permits, project finance, contract negotiations, distribution matters and acquisitions. It has considerable experience in the infrastructure and renewables sectors, particularly hydroelectric and solar energy projects, as well as the construction of transmission lines. Other areas of strength include advising energy, construction and engineering companies, along with investment funds, on public energy tenders and project development, including EPC contracts, PPAs and regulatory issues. Co-founding partner Jorge Allende Zañartu and Luis Felipe Arze lead the energy group, which includes energy project expert Fernando De Cárcer, and experienced senior associate Aldo Poblete.

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Key clients

EDEMSA

Enagás

GNL Quintero

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Celeo Redes

Solarpack

Centrovet

B O Packaging

SAIPEM

CMS Carey & Allende was founded in 1993 and became part of CMS in January 2017. The team of over 40 lawyers is focused on assisting both national and international clients. The firm has proven expertise in Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Employment law as well as in the Energy, Infrastructure & Construction, Mining, Consumer Products, Technology, Media & Communications and Healthcare sectors. They are consistently developing new ways of providing services to their clients, to assist in key legal issues, in commercial operations and projects and in conflict resolutions – always going beyond the legal perspective.
CMS is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice, with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries across the world and more than 4,800 lawyers. CMS has a strong presence in Latin America, with offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We are one of the few law firms present in all Pacific Alliance countries.
We are good at law, but the challenge to go beyond and participate in our client’s important decisions is what we really enjoy.

CMS Carey & Allende – Facts & Figure
Founded in 1993

Lawyers. 45
Partners: 11

Practice areas and Sector groups
Banking and finance:
CMS Chile knows the Banking & Finance dynamics on both a local as well as an international scale, covering the full spectrum of banking, finance, regulatory, and capital markets law. Maintains its strong record of accomplishment in advising companies from the technology, retail and hospitality industries on a range of matters, including bond issuances, tender offers and regulatory compliance including representing clients before the Chilean Securities and Exchange Commission (SVS).The firm ensures its services are ahead of market trends, anticipating the challenging environment of your business.

Corporate/M&A: CMS Chile’s strong practice enjoys a regional reputation of excellence and an in-depth expertise, advising some of the leading Chilean companies on mergers & acquisitions, and cross-border transactions that involve clients from the finance, energy, infrastructure, real estate and construction industries, as well as the telecom and hotels sectors. Foreign companies looking to enter Chile and current players rethinking their share of the market trust the team to steer their transactions. Its seal is to incorporate elements that allow operations to be successful in time, understanding the challenges that its international clients face in the development of their business.

Dispute resolution: Experienced disputes practice with notable capabilities in civil and commercial litigation and ADR mandates. Regularly advises clients on disputes related to insurance and construction matters, as well as offering experience in the financial services, telecommunications and natural resources industries. Additional capabilities include advice on insolvency disputes and corporate governance.

Employment and pensions: CMS Chile’s reputable employment practice covers all manner of concerns. It handles day-to-day issues, employment agreements, visas, foreign-employee immigration requirements, social security matters as well as more contentious matters, such as employee dismissals, collective bargaining and employment litigation; also advises on M&A-related labour law issues. CMS Chile prides itself on excellent knowledge of social security bi-national treaties and labour compliance audit services.

Energy & Climate Change:  CMS Chile provides permanent services to the most important conventional energy producers as pertaining to environmental and territorial feasibility of their projects, establishment of easements and rights-of-way, the obtaining and purchasing of water-use rights, electrical system interconnections, permits, and energy supply contracts. The firm’s activity has been particularly intense, having advised clients a great deal on new transmission line projects, and non-conventional renewable energy source projects. In this manner, CMS Chile has been able to participate in the earliest of stages in these projects, to the point of entry into operation, as well as financing, M&A, and private equity related to the same.

Environment: CMS Chile’s environment group provides with legal services in order to bring projects into fruition, finding the balance of compatibility with the criteria set forth by authorities as well as by the community at large.
It is experienced in advising on the preparation, review, correction, and improvement of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), administrative procedure before environmental authorities particularly in mining, real estate, energy (power plant and high-voltage power line projects) sectors

Infrastructure and projects: CMS Chile has a strong practice in project matters with expertise spanning financing, development, engineering, construction and operation. Experience handling a range of major projects, supporting a portfolio of local and international clients on the execution and development of public and private sector concession projects, particular focus on telecoms infrastructure, power generation and transmission, and additional strength in matters concerning aquaculture and regulatory issues.

Intellectual property: CMS Chile strong reputation for enforcement matters is already well established in Chile. The team covers trademarks, patents, copyright, domain names, counterfeiting, litigation and data protection.

Mining: CMS Chile acts for a diverse roster of local and international clients from the energy, mining and construction fields on mining concessions and easements, as well as relevant M&A transactions and subsoil protection for renewable energy projects. Additional expertise includes supply and option agreements and EPC contracts. Regularly collaborates with the firm’s Energy, Corporate, Projects, Dispute Resolution and Employment departments.

Private equity: We understand that the success of an operation in private equity is based on adequately conciliating the interests and expectations of all those involved.

We have participated in private equity operations in various industries, representing both companies that have received investments of this kind, as well as large investors.

We get involved with you in each transaction, in order to understand the business culture of the players involved, so as to successfully reconcile the vision and expectations of the controller, the investor, and the receiver.

We have designed and implemented structures aimed at maximising the synergies that arise in these types of operations, considering non-monetary contributions, investor participation in the company’s development, and the exit mechanisms placed in order to maximise investment, all of the foregoing fostering adequate rapport among all of the parties involved.

Real estate and construction: CMS Chile takes on projects from the initial strategic stages of planning, providing consulting services in the complete legal analysis for given real estate; as well as for its acquisition, construction, and approval of all related permits, dedicated to advising clients on the development and construction of real estate and urban development projects, as well as expropriation mandates and property title regularisation for industrial plants and other real estate assets. Offers additional capabilities in handling contentious matters related to real estate.

Tax:  CMS Chile’s tax strengths include domestic and international tax planning, and assistance with VAT, indirect taxation and cross-border transactions; the team also includes experts in double-taxation treaties and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families, and represents clients before the tax authorities. Its tax team devises tax efficient structures for mergers and acquisitions and tax counsel for corporate reorganisations. It is visible in the retail, hospitality and construction sectors, among others.

TMC – Technology, media and communications: CMS Chile represents high-profile players from the TMC sector. Well equipped to negotiate licensing agreements, IT service contracts and the acquisition of media assets, as well as administrative disputes before the relevant authorities and fintech mandates. Practice has expanded to cover data protection, while it continues to advise companies on cross-border M&A deals in the telecoms sector and provide relevant regulatory and compliance counsel. Continues to represent major names in the telecommunications and technology industries.

Other Practice areas and Sector: Commercial, Competition, Compliance, Environment, Public Law & Regulatory, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Hotels & Leisure, Mining, Private Equity.

Clients: CMS Carey & Allende works alongside global colleagues organised in 19 practice areas and sector groups. We offer our clients -both domestic companies and multinational enterprises- the latest legal knowledge and best practices worldwide. A complete list is available upon request.

Please visit our website https://cms.law/en/chl for more info regarding our other Practice areas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance Fernando De Cárcer fernando.decarcer@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Compliance Rodrigo Campero rodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2015
Corporate/M&A Ramón Valdivieso ramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Corporate/M&A Jorge Allende Destuet jorge.allended@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2015
Dispute Resolution Rodrigo Campero rodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2015
Employment & Pension Enzo Canales enzo.canales@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2093
Energy Jorge Allende Zañartu jorge.allende@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Energy Luis Felipe Arze luis.arze@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2073
Environment Stephan Lührmann stephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2015
Infrastructure & Projects Luis Felipe Arze luis.arze@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2073
Intellectual Property Matías Somarriva matias.somarriva@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2015
Mining Jorge Allende Zañartu jorge.allende@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Private Equity Ramón Valdivieso ramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Public Procurement Stephan Lührmann stephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2093
Real Estate & Construction Pabla Gaínza pabla.gainza@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2093
Tax Diego García diego.garcia@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2032
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Ramón Valdivieso ramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2038
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Diego Rodríguez diego.rodriguez@cms-ca.com 56 22 485 2073
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jorge Allende  photo Mr Jorge Allende Jorge is a senior partner and head of the Mining and Energy…
 Jorge Allende Destuet  photo Jorge Allende Destuet Jorge is partner and the co-head of the Corporate/M&A team. His practice…
Mr Luis Felipe Arze  photo Mr Luis Felipe Arze Luis Felipe is partner and co-head of M&A and Infrastructure & Projects…
 Rodrigo Campero photo Rodrigo Campero Rodrigo is partner and leads Dispute Resolution and Compliance practice groups for…
Mr Enzo Canales  photo Mr Enzo Canales Enzo is partner and leads the Employment & Pensions group for CMS…
 Fernando De Cárcer photo Fernando De Cárcer Fernando is partner and leads the Banking & Finance group and he…
 Ignacio Errazquin photo Ignacio Errazquin Ignacio is senior associate and has been a member of the Corporate/M&A…
 Julio Frías photo Julio Frías Julio is a senior associate and member of the Employment & Pensions…
Mrs Pabla Gainza  photo Mrs Pabla Gainza Pabla is partner and leads the Real Estate & Construction practice area.…
Mr Diego García  photo Mr Diego García Diego is the partner that leads the Tax group for CMS Carey…
 Cristóbal Groetaers photo Cristóbal Groetaers Cristóbal is director and a member of the Tax group.  He focuses…
 Paz Marambio photo Paz Marambio Since publication Paz Marambio has left the firm.
 Karin Muñoz photo Karin Muñoz Karin is senior associate and a member of the Real Estate &…
 Aldo Poblete photo Aldo Poblete   Since publication, Aldo Poblete has left the firm.
 Manuel Ponce photo Manuel Ponce Manuel is a member of the Mining sector group for CMS Carey…
 Diego Rodríguez photo Diego Rodríguez Diego is co-head of TMC and a member of the Corporate/M&A and…
 Matías Somarriva photo Matías Somarriva Matías is head of the Intellectual Property group for CMS Carey &…
Mr Ramón Valdivieso  photo Mr Ramón Valdivieso Ramón is co-head of the Corporate/M&A practice area and leads the Technology,…