Martín Santa María > Guerrero Olivos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Guerrero Olivos
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Work Department

Real Estate and Environmental groups


Managing partner of Guerrero Olivos, leading partner of the real estate group and member of the environmental law group. He specializes in project development, construction, real estate regulatory and permitting, acquisition and sale of real estate projects and AAA Class buildings, environmental regulatory and transactional matters and environmental disputes.

His real estate practice has both a transactional and a regulatory focus. In the regulatory area, Martín has become one of the most prominent experts in Chile in zoning regulations and real estate permits conflicts


Associate with Carey (1995-1997).
Adviser and Chief of Staff of the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning of Chile (1997- 2000).
General manager of Sustentable S.A., a Chilean environmental consultancy firm (2003-2006).


Spanish and English.


Martín is Co-Director of the Real Estate Law and Business Diploma, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School , and has served as Professor in the Urban Planning Master at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Architecture School .

He served as Adviser and Chief of Staff of the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning of Chile from 1997 to 2000 and is the CEO of Chilean environmental consultancy firm Sustentable S.A. from 2002 to 2006.


He graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law (1995). He has a Master of Laws (LLM) and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan (2002).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Public law

The 10-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos covers public law litigation, judicial reviews and representing clients before the regulatory bodies. The team also assists with public-bid processes and public procurement, and obtaining permits and approvals; its recent caseload includes matters in the mining, real estate and utilities, banking and finance, TMT, aquaculture and transport sectors. The practice is co-led by Eduardo Cordero  , a specialist in constitutional and administrative law and regulated industries, who routinely assists with regulatory processes and transactional matters, and is experienced in filing reports before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court; and José Gabriel Undurraga , whose recent workload includes advising on competitive tendering, public procurement and sanctioning. Further support is provided by projects-related public law expert Martín Santa María  ; and associate Roberto Burgos , who assists with public procurement, litigation and transactional matters. In June 2022, the firm incorporated highly respected public law professor, Rosa Fernanda Gómez , as senior counsel in its public law and regulated markets practice.

Chile > Real estate

(Hall of Fame)

Martín Santa María    – Guerrero Olivos

Great for its business vision‘, Guerrero Olivos‘ seven-strong team handles real estate transactions and real estate finance, as well as real estate asset management and project development. Its assistance ranges from pre-contractual matters (such as letters of intent for site acquisitions), purchases, permitting, and construction and architectural contracts, through to sales. It also has a robust regulatory team and is routinely sought out for major real estate litigation. The practice of managing partner and practice head Martín Santa María   straddles both transactional (AAA office matters, site deals and ongoing servicing of real estate developers) and regulatory work (zoning regulations and permit conflicts). Further key support at partner level is provided by public law and regulatory specialist José Gabriel Undurraga ; and senior associates Tomás Rosemary  and Macarena Montt  (a 2021 rehire after two years as legal manager at real estate developer Patagonland), who are both active in transactional real estate matters.

Chile > Environment

The 13-strong practice at full-service firm Guerrero Olivos acts on a broad range of environment matters, with particular focus on M&A-related environmental work, litigation and regulatory compliance. It also fields specialists in wetlands, waste management, water rights and the environmental aspects of project finance and development. Among the firm’s several experienced partners, Clemente Pérez is consistently involved in major projects; Martín Santa María specialises in the environmental assessments of projects, environmental litigation, and urban planning; Benjamín Pérez is a water law expert; and Sebastián Abogabir is an ‘extraordinarily complete adviser‘ whose practice encompasses energy, natural resources, water law and environmental matters. Within the associate pool, Francisca Pellegrini advises on the environmental aspects of project finance and M&A, and project-related environmental assessments, and Antonia Ibarra is also a key team member.