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 > Banking and finance

CMS Carey & Allende‘s five-member team handles syndicated loans, project finance and receivables-based credit agreements, with other key areas ranging from debt restructuring to the financing of international expansion plans and capital markets transactions. Clients also benefit from the group’s ability to leverage the expertise of M&A colleagues during big-ticket acquisition financings. Leading the group, Fernando De Cárcer‘s experience includes advising publicly-held companies on the issuance, registration and placement of securities. Other key advisers include hospitality, finance and natural resources specialist Jorge Allende Destuet; and senior associate Enrique Vergara, who advises both local and foreign clients on banking and finance matters.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

CMS has continued to cement its position in Latin America with local teams in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, and an international group in Brazil. The firm remains noted for its work in energy, including oil and gas, though with an increasing emphasis on renewables and energy transition sectors such as green hydrogen. Mining is another core strength, particularly in its Chile and Peru offices. Increasingly, the digital sector is an additional key area for many of the Latin America offices. The firm also continues to impress in private equity, especially in technology infrastructure segments – fibre optics, data centres and cell towers. Jorge Allende Destuet   and Ramón Valdivieso   are prominent names in M&A and private equity in Chile, Juan Carlos Escudero  is a key figure in Peru, Juan Camilo Rodríguez   is a leader in Colombia, and Ted Rhodes  has many years of experience in Latin America energy M&A, having led the Rio office since 2010.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

CMS has a wide-ranging banking and finance practice in Latin America, given additional geographic coverage by its multiple offices in the region (Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico). From acquisition financings to the development of fintech markets in key jurisdictions, the Latin America team benefits from the global firm’s standing and expertise in key segments, along with strong connections to top law firms in New York and elsewhere in North America. Its impressive client base includes private equity houses, corporates, government entities, banks and DFIs. Key partners include Fernando De Cárcer and Jorge Allende Destuet in Santiago, Daniel Rodríguez and Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero in Bogota, and Miguel Viale and Diego Peschiera  in Lima.