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

Larrain y Asociados Abogados
Avenida El Bosque 130
Piso 12, Las Condes

Work Department

He has focused in business law, comprehensively advising the development of diverse projects, including real estate, energy, mining, tourism and infrastructure. He has also been active in regulatory law, especially in issues related with public concessions, the territory and Governmental Agencies.


Juan Carlos Bulnes joined Larrain y Asociados in 2002 and is a partner since 2016.


From 2011 until March, 2014 he served as Undersecretary of the Chilean National Property Ministry. During said period he also integrated, as Undersecretary or Minister Deputy, several National Councils, including the National Council for Maritime Affairs (CNUBC), the National Council for Indigenous Affairs (CONADI), the National Council for Tourism; and the National Council for Land, City and Infrastructure (COMICYT).

Juan Carlos has ample academic experience. He has taught the course Civil Law at Universidad Católica de Chile (2005) and at Universidad de los Andes (2008-2010), as well as Torts and Business Law at the Universidad de los Andes (2005 and 2006, respectively).


Spanish and English.


He studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (J.D.) (summa cum laude) and was admitted in 2003. In 2007 he obtained a Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley, USA (Boalt Hall School of Law Scholarship). During 2007 he worked as a foreign associate in Stikeman Elliott LL.P. (Montreal, Canada).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields 11 corporate lawyers, including four partners, who specialise in M&A, asset purchases and sales, sales of operations, and restructuring, along with associated finance requirements. The department also assists with day-to-day activities, including corporate governance, majority and minority interests, contracts, company formation, corporate regulatory matters and reorganisations. Long-known for its particular expertise in projects, infrastructure and energy and natural resources, the practice group is co-led by deeply experienced partners Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, who have particular knowledge of the regulated industries and energy and natural resources sectors. Other key team members includes younger, established partners Juan Carlos Bulnes and Cristóbal Morandé, along with of counsel Ricardo Peña (also a transactional, energy and projects specialist), and up coming associate Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker.

Chile > Real estate

With particular expertise in the infrastructure and construction sectors, Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ seven-member real estate department specialises in title reviews, collateral issues, co-ownership regulations, and purchase and transactional agreements. Its representative high-stakes work covers housing, hospitality, viticulture, energy and mining sector-related projects. The real estate team is led by experienced partners José Pedro Baraona and former Undersecretary at Chile’s National Property Ministry, Juan Carlos Bulnes. Senior associate Juan de Dios Ferrada and associate José Spoerer provide notable support.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ 13-strong practice has become a go-to team for the structuring of complex project solutions for industrial clients. It has particular expertise in advising on the development, financing, construction and operational stages of infrastructure projects across sectors including mining, energy, road, rail, ports and hospitals. The team also assists with associated contentious issues including construction disputes. The practice is led by infrastructure experts Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, with partners Cristóbal Morandé, Carlos Aravena and Juan Carlos Bulnes, of counsel Ricardo Peña, and associates Joaquín Larrain, Javiera Méndez (deputy legal head of the National Energy Commission until her August-2019 arrival at the firm), and Juan de Dios Ferrada providing further support.