Jorge Allende Destuet > 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 | Capital Markets | Projects & Infrastructure


Jorge is partner and the co-head of the Corporate/M&A team. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital market operations, startups, and private equity. He counsels international clients on matters of finance, hospitality, and natural resources.

He is also well recognized for his active practice in the capital markets arena and he has regularly participated in cross-border business combination operations, advising both local clients in their expansion endeavours in Latin America, as well as for foreign clients in their businesses in Chile, and in other regions of Latin America.

Key clients: Sun Dreams S.A., The Blackstone Group L.P., Enagás S.A., Centerbridge Partners, AquaChile S.A, KKR.


2009-2011 Worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York city
2011 Admitted to the New York bar
2011 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as associate
2015 Promoted to partner at CMS Carey & Allende
2017 Appointed co-head of the Corporate/M&A group
2017 Recognized by the Finance Monthtly Awards as Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Member of the CMS Corporate/M&A Management Committee.


Spanish, English


2004 – Study Abroad Program, University of California Berkeley
2005 – Law Degree summa cum laude, Universidad de Chile School of Law
2009 – Master of Corporate Law, New York University
2014 – Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program, Stanford University

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.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

CMS continues to make a further impression in cross-border M&A, driven in part by the firm’s global presence. The Latin America group has experienced an upsurge in distressed M&A engagements, including deals in the hotels and leisure sector, along with infrastructure, energy and renewables investments, and private equity transactions. With prominent teams in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, it has strong connections to local and regional businesses, while making use of the firm’s global network and relationships with US-based firms. Jorge Allende Destuet and Ramón Valdivieso are key names in Chile, Juan Carlos Escudero  is a prominent figure in Peru, Juan Camilo Rodríguez is a leader in Colombia, and Ted Rhodes is an experienced energy M&A specialist in Brazil.