CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

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

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Housing 'a world-class corporate and M&A practice that is fully comparable to what might be found in US or global firms', CMS Carey & Allende's 23-strong department specialises in complex transactions, such as unsolicited tender offers and international expansion plans via acquisitions. The client base derives from a range of industries, including finance, energy, infrastructure, real estate, construction, telecoms, and hotels and leisure. Managing partner Ramón Valdivieso (M&A operations both in Chile and other parts of Latin America) co-heads the corporate and M&A group alongside Jorge Allende Destuet, who regularly participates in cross-border business combinations. Also highly regarded are M&A specialist Luis Felipe Arze and Fernando De Cárcer (M&A, capital markets and corporate law). Organic growth at the firm saw the promotion of Ignacio Errazquin to partner in January 2021, while at senior associate level, Sebastian Barros is active in energy, infrastructure and natural resources transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Valdivieso; Jorge Allende Destuet

Testimonials

CMS Carey & Allende has a world-class corporate and M&A practice that is fully comparable to what might be found in US or global firms.

Jorge Allende Destuet is excellent. He is and will be a leading corporate and M&A lawyer in Chile and the region for many decades to come.

Key clients

Pacific Hydro

Laboratorios Sanfer (Invekra Group)

Nueva Inversiones Pacifico Sur

Verano Capital

Grupo Cosemar

Blackstone

Aluwood

Fondo de Inversión Privado Victoria I

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Enagás

Work highlights

  • Advised Nueva Inversiones Pacífico Sur on the acquisition of a 65% stake in casino operator Sun Dreams from Sun Latam.
  • Advised Verano Capital Holding on the sale of a portfolio of several photovoltaic projects.
  • Advised Invekra (Laboratorio Sanfer’s holding company) on the negotiation and acquisition of a controlling stake in Laboratorio Pasteur from its founders.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon Tier 2

The nine-member department at CMS Carey & Allende advises a broad client portfolio on power transmissions, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and related water rights issues. It also assists with permits, regulatory issues, project finance and contract negotiations, along with generation and distribution matters; and has considerable experience in the infrastructure and renewables sectors. Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze both advise on transmission line, electrical generation and NCRE matters; Fernando De Cárcer is an energy-related project specialist; and senior associate Sebastián Barros' practice also includes energy and natural resources work. Former senior associate Aldo Poblete departed in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z; Fernando de Cárcer

Key clients

EDEMSA- Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios

Pacific Hydro Chile

Celeo Redes Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Enagás

Verano Capital

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Sociedad Agrícola y Forestal Santa Elena

Work highlights

  • Advised Verano Capital on the sale of a portfolio of several photovoltaic projects.
  • Advised Pacific Hydro on the acquisition of two photovoltaic projects in northern Chile.
  • Advised Porsche Aktiengesellschaft on the development of a joint venture project to produce green hydrogen together with Siemens and AME.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

With approximately 20 years' experience in advising mining companies on the creation and acquisition of mining properties, CMS Carey & Allende's compact, three-member mining practice also undertakes electricity supply contracts, permits, concessions, dispute resolution, and the operation and maintenance of mining projects; clients are additionally assisted with obtaining mining easements, while banks look to the team for advice on mineral exploitation projects. Further areas of relevant expertise include environmental regulations, water rights and other public law issues. Consistently advising on major mining projects throughout the last 25 years, Jorge Allende Z heads the mining group, while associate Manuel Ponce focuses on mining and water rights. Former senior associate Aldo Poblete left to establish APF Abogados in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z

Key clients

Inversiones Alxar

Compañía Minera Sierra Norte

Sociedad Contractual Minera Vilacollo

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Solarpack Chile

María Elena Solar

Compañía Minera Paso San Francisco

Work highlights

  • Advised Inversiones Alxar on the development of a business strategy to be executed by its subsidiaries, which included the negotiation and conclusion of various agreements, including leasing water rights and easements.
  • Advised María Elena Solar on protecting, controlling and constituting mining concessions.
  • Advised Compañía Minera Paso San Francisco on the sale of its shares.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 2

CMS Carey & Allende‘s six-member labour practice covers an array of areas, ranging from day-to-day matters, labour contracts and special employment conditions, to compensation packages and contentious matters (such as employee dismissals), and collective bargaining. Other areas of strength include social security, bi-national treaties and labour audit compliance services, M&A-related labour due diligence, foreign employees’ immigration requirements, and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings. The practice also fields sector expertise in mining, engineering, energy, consumer products, technology, finance and construction. Practice head Enzo Canales focuses on advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of labour law work, including arrangements for foreign workers, international social security agreements, collective bargaining and trials; and Julio Frías (labour litigation, collective bargaining, trade unions and conflict resolution) is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Enzo Canales

Testimonials

A team of professionals who can meet our requirements while maintaining a very good level of service.

What I value the most is that they explain in simple terms the doubts that one may have. While other firms sometimes prepare very technical explanations, at CMS they make it simpler, thus facilitating management and decision making.

Great for commitment and speed in responding to problems.’

Attentive to requirements, responds promptly, and above all has good knowledge of legal issues. In addition, the firm internalises our company’s policies, which helps in solving problems.

The firm is a great strategic partner for all the company’s labour matters.

Enzo Canales is empathetic, agile, has knowledge of the issues, and is available to meet the needs of the company.

Senior associate Julio Frías is great for his knowledge and clarity in execution.

Key clients

Unilever

Worley

Eléctrica de Medellín

HDI Seguros

Servizi Energia Italia

Vial y Vives – DSD

Estee Lauder

Besalco Construcciones

Accenture

Transbank

Alxar Minería

Work highlights

  • Assisted Unilever with several lawsuits due to the shutdown of some of its facilities, including a claim before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Advised Estée Lauder on the employment law effects surrounding the suspension of employment agreements.
  • Advised Worley on the labour issues surrounding a recent merger.

Chile > Real estate Tier 2

'Great for technical quality and legal creativity', CMS Carey & Allende is particularly focused on urban development, infrastructure development and regulatory matters. The compact team has longstanding experience in urban zoning matters, pipeline developments, power lines and other easement matters, as well as expropriation procedures and the regularisation of property titles for industrial plants and other real estate assets; and in addition to advising on project structuring at contractual, tax and financial levels, the group's assistance comprises property diagnoses and clearances, as well as designing appropriate legal structures. The 'best lawyer around for urban regulation issues', Pabla Gaínza heads the real estate and construction and public law and regulatory practices, with senior associate Karin Muñoz providing valuable support on real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Pabla Gainza

Testimonials

Stands out as a solid firm that gives efficient answers.

They seek, not only solutions, but also development strategies so as to advance the different issues at play.

Commitment and better knowledge of the market than others.

Great for technical quality and legal creativity.

The team, led by Pabla Gainza, differs from other firms for the speed of its responses and technical rigour.

Pabla Gainza’s greatest strength is her ability to mix legal knowledge with commercial and urban planning expertise; she also knows how the associated bureaucracy works, which allows her advice to be very complete and realistic.

Pabla Gainza has extensive theoretical and practical knowledge – she is the best lawyer around for urban regulation issues, as she knows every detail of the regulations and her recommendations are applicable and accurate.

Key clients

Antofagasta Railway Company

Banco Santander Chile

AKI KB Minibodegas

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Grupo Araucana

Unilever

Dekra Revisión Técnica

BanChile Inversiones

Inmobiliaria Tres Norte

Clarial

Work highlights

  • Advised Antofagasta Railway Company on both the development of an urban project in downtown Antofagasta and the development of a new subdivision plan, including the analysis of streets and expropriations by the Chilean government.
  • Assisted Aki KB with the review of property deeds, as well as a promise to enter into a purchase agreement for the acquisition of six plots of land for the construction of self-storage facilities.
  • Advised Dekra on construction matters, inspection plant relocations, and the procurement of building permits and construction contracts.

Chile > TMT Tier 2

The experience of CMS Carey & Allende's seven-strong group ranges from hardware and software contract negotiations to IT service solutions, TMT-related M&A, financing and capital markets. The practice also fields experts in telecoms and IT service operators' strategic alliances, as well as telecoms-related regulatory compliance. The principal figures are corporate/M&A group co-head Ramón Valdivieso, who has substantial technology, media and communications sector knowledge; and IT specialist Diego Rodríguez, who assists with outsourcing agreements and software as a service (SaaS) contracts. The second line of advisers comprises highly regarded partner Ignacio Errazquin, who advises on telecoms-related merger control procedures; experienced senior associate Alejandro Celedón; and associate Ricardo Celedón, who rejoined in June 2020 from Berkeley University (after his LLM).

Practice head(s):

Ramón Valdivieso; Diego Rodríguez

Testimonials

They stay very involved with their clients and information flows easily.

Ramón Valdivieso is a great lawyer, who is attentive and ingenious.

Key clients

Sonda

AWS

Work highlights

  • Advised Sonda on a licensing agreement.

Chile > Venture capital Tier 2

CMS Carey & Allende has advised in relation to the start-up industry (and its regulation) since 2013; in October 2019, the firm, along with CMS‘ other LatAm 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). Focused on the VC space (particularly in relation to the technology and fintech sectors), Diego Rodríguez is part of the legal committee of the Association of Fintech Companies of Chile, which represents important start-ups in the fintech industry; Fernando De Cárcer has a longstanding track record in VC transactions. The practice of associate Ricardo Celedón (who re-joined in June 2020 after completing his LLM at Berkeley University) includes advising breakthrough start-ups on their development.

Practice head(s):

Diego Rodríguez

Testimonials

The firm has extensive experience in this area, which was demonstrated by the work carried out.

The strengths are that each of the points considered in the memorandum were discussed in detail, considering each of the possible risk factors to which our company could be exposed.

Without a doubt the advice is professional and of high quality.

The quality of the work is very good, analysing in detail the risks present.

Stands out as a firm that goes to great lengths to truly get to know its clients and understand in detail the multiple elements and intricacies that comprise the client.

Diego Rodríguez stands out for his availability to answer questions that arise.

Diego Rodríguez is an excellent lawyer, a skilled negotiator and with powerful knowledge of the financial industry and business.

Fernando De Cárcer’s ability to understand our business objectives, achieve symbiosis with our executive team and draw from a wide-ranging body of M&A experience have been key to our successfully completing transactions every time.

Key clients

Karün Europe

Broota

amiPASS

E-digital

Octo

Inversiones Northland

Pago Fácil

Asociación Fintech de Chile (FinteChile)

EdiPro

iHunt

Work highlights

  • Advised Pago Fácil, a startup in the fintech sector, on both legal and strategic issues.
  • Advised Broota, an equity-based crowdfunding company, on the regulatory aspects of its business (including representation before the authorities).
  • Advised Inversiones Northland on the substitution of angel investors’ convertible notes (issued by Chilean App Justo) for SAFE agreements, issued by a Cayman Islands holdco (in preparation for Justo’s entry into Y Combinators’ acceleration programme).

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende handles the full range of finance work, including project finance, receivables-based credit agreements, syndicated loans, debt restructuring, and the financing of international expansion plans; and the team frequently works alongside the firm’s M&A lawyers on big-ticket acquisition financings. Heading the banking and finance group, Fernando De Cárcer is well known for project financing involving the agribusiness, energy and defence sectors; and, promoted to partner in December 2020, Ignacio Errazquin‘s practice includes energy project finance. Senior associate Enrique Vergara also advises on banking and finance matters. Since publication, the firm has also promoted former bankruptcy-and-insolvency counsel, Victor Farro, to the partnership - effective December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fernando de Cárcer

Key clients

Sun International

Elecnor

Nevasa Administradora General de Fondos

Sun Dreams

Nueva Inversiones Pacífico Sur

AKA Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Sun Dreams on the refinancing of a syndicated $152m loan, which was granted by BCI, Banco Estado, Scotiabank Chile and Banco de Chile.
  • Advised Sun International on refinancing a syndicated $61m loan, which was granted by BCI, Itaú Corpbanca, Scotiabank Chile and Banco Santander-Chile.
  • Advised Nueva Inversiones Pacífico Sur on a credit agreement, which was granted by Banco de Crédito e Inversiones.

Chile > Data privacy Tier 3

CMS Carey & Allende's four-member group advises on the applicable data protection legislation in Chile on an ongoing basis; and its advisory work recently increased as a result of a National Congress bill that will establish a new legal framework. The team also assists international clients with the adaptation and implementation of GDPR in Chile. Co-head of the office's TMC team, Diego Rodríguez predominantly focuses on the IT industry; however, associate Rodolfo Leiter moved in house at Mercado Libre in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Diego Rodríguez

Testimonials

The support of the CMS team has been essential in properly establishing the necessary safeguards for daily operations.

They have guided us very well, in terms of how we should protect data and what kind of commitment we should demand from clients (institutions).

Their knowledge of this area is apparent from the outset, and they apply the knowledge and experience they have had with other clients to speed up the results in the best way possible.

This is an intergenerational and interdisciplinary team that answers all my questions and requests, and they guide me in making decisions.

As different topics of interest arise, they make the entire CMS team available, so as to resolve issues satisfactorily.

Professional and punctual with my interests, they have allowed me to develop and materialise my business relationships.

One of the main differences at CMS is how they approach challenges by proposing diverse teams that are expert in different areas.

They have constantly supported us in the challenges that appear along the way, giving us their know-how and guiding us to making the right decisions.

Key clients

CORFO – Colaboratech

G-Care

E-Digital

i-Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised Fractal EDM on a contract negotiation with the private and public sector, involving the provision of health data analysis services, as well as data processing contracts and data protection regulation issues.
  • Advising G-Care, which uses sensitive personal data, on its privacy policies.
  • Advising i-Hunt on the processing of personal data of job candidates.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Housing a 10-member department CMS Carey & Allende handles both the financial side of projects, as well as the legal aspects surrounding project developments, ranging from feasibility and pre-contract studies to construction, operation and transfer issues. With notable specialisations in the energy, agribusiness and telecoms sectors, examples of work areas include power transmission, renewable energy, land easements, EPC contracts and water rights. Jorge Allende Z and Luis Felipe Arze co-head the infrastructure and projects group, which includes experienced partners Pabla Gaínza (public work concessions, surface property analysis, easements and land use conversion); and Fernando De Cárcer (public and private tendering for infrastructure works). Sebastián Barros is the senior associate to note, while former senior associate Aldo Poblete left the firm in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Z; Luis Felipe Arze

Testimonials

One of the most outstanding aspects of the advice provided by CMS is the availability of the staff and the rate/availability ratio.

The team was always 100% available to clarify and support any type of doubt and need, even supporting us on very complex technical issues.

Always going that extra mile, which is essential to every client.

One of the most outstanding aspects of the team is its availability to clients, and great willingness to attend to all enquiries in an efficient and timely manner, in addition to its solid knowledge of the market and sector.

Ability to understand and advise on the commercial and technical aspects of our business.

The advice provided stands out in the legal market for its deep commitment to the issues on which they advise, allowing a close relationship with the client that facilitates the work of the different companies and areas involved.

The CMS C&A team, led by Luis Felipe Arze and associate Sebastián Barros, stands out for its thorough knowledge of project-related legal matters.

Luis Felipe Arze has demonstrated his ability to lead in various legal areas; he has a thorough understanding of our operations and maintains a close relationship, which we highly value.

Key clients

Suez Chile

The Blackstone Group

EDEMSA- Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios

Pacific Hydro Chile

Celeo Redes Chile

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Enagás

Dekra

Hidroeléctrica Los Patos

Cosemar

Verano Capital

Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised The Blackstone Group (Blackstone) on the acquisition of a stake in US investment fund FRS Capital, which will lead to Blackstone gaining an indirect shareholding in Carrix, a container terminal operator in the Americas.
  • Advised Celeo Redes Chile on the international tender process for a construction project involving the expansion of Chile’s main power transmission grid.
  • Advised Verano Capital on the sale of a portfolio of several small and medium photovoltaic projects.

Chile > Tax Tier 3

Areas of tax expertise for the six-strong team at CMS Carey & Allende range from domestic and international tax planning, indirect taxation, cross-border transactions and double taxation treaties, to tax planning for HNW individuals and families, and devising tax-efficient structures for M&A deals (including tax due diligence work). It also provides tax counsel for corporate reorganisations, acts before the tax authorities, and assists with tax claims and litigation before the Chilean IRS and tax courts. Practice leader Diego García is particularly noted for tailor-made tax planning and corporate restructurings; tax group director Cristóbal Groetaers focuses on tax efficiency opportunities and fiscal compliance; and senior associate Gonzalo Serrano's practice includes tax planning for HNW individuals.

Practice head(s):

Diego García

Testimonials

Great for the team’s ability to understand the tax issues being dealt with and for their knowledge of the law and process.

Very well versed in case law.

They are highly creative at finding solutions and always available; and the work with different practice areas is co-ordinated very well and efficiently. The permanent updates on legal changes are also appreciated.

My experience with them has been far superior to that of other firms.

The level of its lawyers is remarkable, and it goes hand in hand with  personalised advice that allows a relationship of trust with them.

Very happy with the service.

Diego García stands out for his professionalism, personal concern and empathy.

Diego García, director Cristóbal Groetaers and senior associate Gonzalo Serrano’s knowledge of the workings of the judicial system and case law are outstanding.

Key clients

Grupo Inso Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Inso (a consortium including Inso, Condotte and Cossi) on the tax structure for a tender award of a contract for the design and construction of a new hospital in Ñuble (southern Chile).

Chile > Capital markets Tier 4

CMS Carey & Allende's six-member department advises on capital increases and bond issuances, as well as tender offers. Other notable areas include regulatory compliance, unsolicited tender offers, debt restructurings, and IPOs and follow-on offerings, as well as financing expansions through capital markets. Senior partner Ramón Valdivieso advises issuing companies and investment banks on the issuance, registration and placement of securities, while fellow co-head Jorge Allende D is known for his work involving the international hospitality, finance, and natural resources sectors. Senior associate Enrique Vergara's experience includes corporate bond issuances.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende D; Ramón Valdivieso

Testimonials

Experienced team with agility that is not afraid to handle unknown, innovative or unregulated matters.

Great support on regulatory matters.

Key clients

Nueva Inversiones Pacifico Sur

Sonda

Sun International

E-digital

Broota

Sun Dreams

Centerbridge

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Morgan Stanley

Zurcher Kantonalbank

Ardian Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Nueva Inversiones Pacífico Sur on a new share purchase agreement with Sun Latam, in relation to the purchase of a 65% stake in casino operator Sun Dreams.
  • Advised Sun Dreams on the required amendments to a 2012 bond-issuance agreement.
  • Advised Sun Dreams on the issuance of corporate bonds in the local market (for approximately $76m).

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

CMS Carey & Allende's six-strong litigation practice is expert in disputes involving construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, post-M&A issues, torts, IP infringement and consumer protection. The team is also sought out for its experience in bankruptcy and white-collar crime and has recently developed an insolvency sub-practice to handle reorganisations and similar matters. With over 12 years' experience of litigious and arbitral practice, Rodrigo Campero (who made partner in 2019) leads a practice group which also includes Stephan Luhrmann, appointed partner in January 2021 and who leads the regulatory litigation and environmental areas.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Campero

Testimonials

Excellent attention, knowledge and support.

Excellent human and professional qualities.

Rodrigo Campero is a good litigator, who is attentive in his approach and ingenious for judicial defence strategy.

Rodrigo Campero is a great litigant.

Key clients

Virbac-Centrovet

Agrícola Pacífico Sur

ATC Sitios de Chile

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Universidad San Sebastián

Derco

Bob Rental

Sociedad Eléctricas de Medellín

Agrícola Santa Irene

Municipalidad Quintero

Work highlights

  • Defended Virbac-Centrovet against infringement and patent-nullity litigation brought by Intervet, alleging the illegal sale of a product that was supposedly produced using a product patented by the claimant.
  • Acted for Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro in a tort action against 214 former employees, who misused the workers’ compensation system.
  • Represented Agrícola Santa Irene in its suit against MIP Agro (a local provider of agriculture products) for damages arising from the application of its product OLITEC, which affected several hectares of citrus plantations.

Chile > Environment Tier 4

Active in projects requiring government authorisation, CMS Carey & Allende's three-member team regularly interacts with regional communities and other stakeholders; is experienced in the EIA system concerning mining, power plant and high-voltage power line projects; and assists with procuring various environmental permits. The firm has also developed an environmental disputes and litigation practice that benefits from in-house administrative law expertise. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Stephan Lührmann (at Urrutia & Cia until 2019) oversees the group's environmental and regulatory litigation work; and associate Manuel Ponce focuses on mining and water rights. Former senior associate Aldo Poblete left to establish his own firm in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Lührmann

Key clients

Inversiones Alxar

Khiron Life Sciences Corp

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Solarpack

Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA)

Work highlights

  • Advised EDEMSA on the environmental issues that arose from the construction of a transmission line project.
  • Advised Khiron Life Sciences Corp on the local regulations applicable to cannabis-based pharmaceutical and food products.
  • Advised Hidroeléctrica Lumen on procuring all the necessary permits for the development of the Chaica River Hydroelectric Power Plant project in southern Chile’s Los Lagos Region.

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 4

Outstanding in planning and executing strategies for complex cases’, CMS Carey & Allende’s industrial and intellectual property practice consistently works with global brands from the banking, technology, media, life sciences and fast-moving consumer goods sectors on IP matters; its experience covers trade marks, patents, copyright and domain names, along with counterfeiting and piracy, litigation and data protection. With approximately 20 years’ IP experience, Matías Somarriva (trade marks, patents, industrial designs, litigation, copyright and unfair competition) leads the IP group. Former senior associate Paz Marambio left the firm in 2020 and has since moved in house at BAT.

Practice head(s):

Matías Somarriva

Testimonials

Outstanding in planning and executing strategies for complex cases.

Depth of knowledge and the ability to design strategies make CMS Carey & Allende a leading firm.

Their knowledge of the law is very good, and the team led by Matías Somarriva works very well and with impressive precision.

Matías Somarriva is great for his in-depth knowledge and experience, his versatility when litigating complex cases, and the ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances arising from litigation.

Key clients

Inversiones Renacer

Khiron Life Sciences Corp

Easy

Quintec Distribucion

Work highlights

  • Assisted Inversiones Renacer with replying to a cease and desist letter from Red de Clínicas Regionales, which concerned the use of the trade mark CLÍNICA ANDES SALUD CONCEPCIÓN.
  • Assisted Khiron Life Sciences Corp with both filing an application for trade mark ZERENIA and responding to the opposition requesting its rejection.
  • Assisted Quintec Distribucion with filing a response to BMW’s oppositions and action, which involved trade marks PLUG & PLAY and PLUG AND PLAY.

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 and finance, dispute resolution, tax, real estate, intellectual property and employment law as well as in the energy, infrastructure and construction, mining, consumer products, technology, media and 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 excellent at law, but the challenge to go beyond and participate in our clients’ important decisions is what we really enjoy.

CMS Carey & Allende – facts and figures
Founded: 1993
Lawyers: 45
Partners: 11

Practice areas and sector groups
Banking and finance:
CMS Chile knows the banking and 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 and 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 and 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 sectors: commercial, competition, compliance, environment, public law and regulatory, consumer products, healthcare, hotels and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & Finance Fernando De Cárcerfernando.decarcer@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Compliance Rodrigo Camperorodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Corporate/M&A Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Corporate/M&A Jorge Allende Destuetjorge.allended@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Dispute Resolution Rodrigo Camperorodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Employment & Pension Enzo Canalesenzo.canales@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Energy Jorge Allende Zañartujorge.allende@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Energy Luis Felipe Arzeluis.arze@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
Environment Stephan Lührmannstephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Infrastructure & Projects Luis Felipe Arzeluis.arze@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
Intellectual Property Matías Somarrivamatias.somarriva@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Mining Jorge Allende Zañartujorge.allende@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Private Equity Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Public Procurement Stephan Lührmannstephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Real Estate & Construction Pabla Gaínzapabla.gainza@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Tax Diego Garcíadiego.garcia@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2032
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Diego Rodríguezdiego.rodriguez@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jorge Allende photo Jorge AllendeJorge is a senior partner and head of the Mining and Energy…
Jorge Allende Destuet photo Jorge Allende DestuetJorge is partner and the co-head of the Corporate/M&A team. His practice…
Luis Felipe Arze photo Luis Felipe ArzeLuis Felipe is partner and co-head of M&A and Infrastructure & Projects…
Sebastián Barros photo Sebastián BarrosSebastián is senior associate and has been part of the  Corporate/M&A Group at…
Sebastián Barros photo Sebastián BarrosSebastián is senior associate and has been part of the  Corporate/M&A Group at…
Rodrigo Campero photo Rodrigo CamperoRodrigo is partner and leads Dispute Resolution and Compliance practice groups for…
Enzo Canales photo Enzo CanalesEnzo is partner and leads the Employment & Pensions group for CMS…
Fernando De Cárcer photo Fernando De CárcerFernando is partner and leads the Banking & Finance group and he…
Fernando De Cárcer photo Fernando De CárcerFernando is partner and leads the Banking & Finance group and he…
Ignacio Errazquin photo Ignacio ErrazquinIgnacio is a partner and has been part of the Corporate/M&A and Technology,…
Julio Frías photo Julio FríasJulio is a senior associate and member of the Employment & Pensions…
Pabla Gainza photo Pabla GainzaPabla is partner and leads the Real Estate & Construction practice area.…
Diego García photo Diego GarcíaDiego is the partner that leads the Tax group for CMS Carey…
Diego García photo Diego GarcíaDiego is the partner that leads the Tax group for CMS Carey…
Stephan Lührmann photo Stephan LührmannStephan is a partner and Head of the Environment and ESG Groups…
Stephan Lührmann photo Stephan LührmannStephan is a partner and Head of the Environment and ESG Groups…
Karin Muñoz photo Karin MuñozKarin is senior associate and a member of the Real Estate &…
Manuel Ponce photo Manuel PonceManuel is a member of the Mining sector group for CMS Carey…
Diego Rodríguez photo Diego RodríguezDiego is partner and head of the Venture Capital and Fintech Groups…
Diego Rodríguez photo Diego RodríguezDiego is partner and head of the Venture Capital and Fintech Groups…
Matías Somarriva photo Matías SomarrivaMatías is Head of the Intellectual Property Group at CMS Carey &…
Matías Somarriva photo Matías SomarrivaMatías is Head of the Intellectual Property Group at CMS Carey &…
Ramón Valdivieso photo Ramón ValdiviesoRamón is co-head of the Corporate/M&A practice area and leads the Technology,…
Enrique  Vergara photo Enrique VergaraEnrique is senior associate and has been part of the Banking &…