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 > Corporate and M&A

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.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

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.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

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.