Mr Carlos Aravena > Larrain y Asociados Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Larrain y Asociados Abogados
Avenida El Bosque 130
Piso 12, Las Condes
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His practice is focused in litigation and arbitration, construction contracts, public works concessions and infrastructure and sports law.

Mr. Aravena is advisor to construction and concession companies in bidding process of toll road projects, negotiations and amendments, and in litigation related to the construction, operation and maintenance of public works infrastructure.




Carlos Aravena joined Larrain y Asociados in 1997 and has been a partner since 2004.

Between 1991 and 1996 he was assistant professor of Commercial Law at Universidad Andrés Bello and Universidad Central.


Spanish and English


He is member of the Bar Association and the Legal Commission of ANFP.


He studied at the Universidad de Chile (LL.B.), and was admitted in 1996. He specialized in Commercial Law at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain (1995), and obtained a Degree in Corporate Law, granted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

Housing ‘a team of lawyers at the highest level‘, Larrain y Asociados Abogados is routinely mandated on commercial, civil, bankruptcy, tax and administrative litigation. The nine-member team also acts in disputes brought before Chile’s Consumer Agency, SERNAC, in relation to the energy, water, sanitation and public services sectors. José Pedro Baraona has a strong track record in litigation; Carlos Aravena acts in disputes involving public infrastructure works; and Isabel Palacios -a partner since January 2022- specialises in civil and commercial cases. Tax expert Víctor Manuel Avilés is also a key contentious practitioner. In the associate ranks, seniors César Vásquez and Claudio Torres, along with Macarena Gonzalez, Catalina Cortez, and 2022 hire from Andrade Leiva AbogadosDaniela Baron all maintain litigation-focused practices.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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January 2022 saw Larrain y Asociados Abogados promote arbitration specialist Isabel Palacios (who becomes the firm’s first female partner), notably reinforcing a practice where she routinely works alongside litigation and arbitration specialist Carlos Aravena; with over 14 years’ experience, she has particular expertise in the arbitration of disputes concerning construction and public works concessions.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

A go-to firm for project development, financing and construction, Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ areas of recent growth range from desalinisation and seawater conveyance projects, to mining industry-related matters. Other recent highlights cover highways and toll roads, ports, bridges, hospitals, public concessions, industrial facilities and the energy sector in general. The 15-strong group advises on all stages of projects, its expertise covering ownership structuring, permits and community engagement plans, as well as related disputes. Widely-respected project development, infrastructure and energy and natural resources specialist Jorge Granic co-leads the team in conjunction with Arturo Bulnes, who advises on projects involving the concession of public works and services. Other highly-regarded advisers include construction contract-focused litigator Carlos Aravena; of counsel Ricardo Peña, who routinely structures energy and infrastructure projects; Cristóbal Morandé and Juan Carlos Bulnes, who both act on a broad range of project matters; infrastructure and energy project specialist Joaquín Larrain; and Juan de Dios Ferrada, who regularly structures complex project partnerships and joint ventures. Associates Javiera MéndezFrancisco Cerda, José Spoerer and Michelle Inzunza are all active team members.