Luis Felipe Arze > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate/M&A | Projects & Infrastructure | Energy


Luis Felipe is partner and co-head of M&A and Infrastructure & Projects groups at CMS Carey & Allende.
He often assists with acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, investment transactions and joint ventures whether acting for multinationals, large corporations, scale-ups, start-ups, entrepreneurs or investors; particularly in the healthcare, energy and insurance industries. He is well versed in commercial agreements and corporate governance matters.
He possesses extensive experience advising clients on engineering and construction matters relating to the development and operation of infrastructure and energy projects. He offers additional capabilities handling the structuring, negotiation and execution of contracts in the renewable energy fields.
He is the co-author and co-lead partner of the Latin American GC: Rising to the challenge, a CMS study that explores the development of the General Counsel role and how the world in which GCs work does impact them. This is the first study of its kind in the region.

Key clients: Unilever, Dekra, Charles Taylor, Infrared Capital Partners, Accenture, Eléctricas de Medellín S.A. and Pacific Hydro


2002 – 2003 Worked at Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett, LLP., New York city
2004 – 2005 Worked as regional in-house counsel for Unilever, in charge of local operations as well as of mergers and acquisitions for the company in Latin America.
2007 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as partne


Spanish and English.


1997 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
2003 – Master of Law (LL.M.), New York University School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

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.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > 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.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

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. Since publication, Errazquin has been raised to the partnership (effective as of January 2021).