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

Work Department

Real Estate & Construction 1 Public Law & Regulatory | Infrastructure & Projects


Pabla is partner and leads the Real Estate & Construction practice area. She has been active in the sector for over two decades, she is a go-to practitioner for urban planning and zoning matters, development of pipelines, electric lines and other easement matters, as well as expropriation processes and regularisation of industrial plants and other real estate assets.

Pabla was a part of the team that developed a Methodology for Integrated Projects for Santiago’s Inner Circle, for the World Bank’s PNUD program. She has also provided urban legal consulting for the Metropolitan SEREMI MINVU (Regional Secretariat for Urban Development Ministry of Chile), for the modification and creation of the Santiago Metropolitan Regulation Plan, on matters related to Patrimony and Public Areas.

She is highly involved in the practice of contentious administrative cases, before the various State public entities, such as the Comptroller General of the Republic, SEREMI MINVU, Health Ministry Regional Secretariat’s Office, Urban Development Division, Public Works Directorate, etc.

Key clients: Antofagasta Minerals (Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia (FCAB)), Banco Santander Chile S.A., Aki KB Minibogedas SpA., Banchile Inversiones S.A., Nevasa S.A. Administradora de Fondos, Unilever Chile S.A., Estée Lauder S.A.  (Cela Cosméticos S.A.)


1995-2010 Worked at Cariola, Diez, Perez, Cotapos law firm
2010 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as Director of the Real Estate & Zoning group
2012 Promoted to Partner
2018 Nominated as Chile Lawyer of the Year in Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America




1995 – Law Degree, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso School of Law
1997 – Certified in Tax Law for Current Businesses and Corporations, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
2005 – Certified in Financial Administrative Law, with a minor in “Public Assets, Urban Development, and Territory”, Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Pabla GaínzaCMS Carey & Allende

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.

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.