Ms Karen Werner > Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana
7550611 LAS CONDES
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Work Department

  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency


Karen Werner is partner and co-head of BMAJ’s Civil and Commercial Litigation practice area.

She represents local and international clients in highly complex cases across the range of civil and commercial lawsuits, conflicts between shareholders, insolvency proceedings and company reorganizations.

Karen has extensive experience in the energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, financial services and real estate industries; among others.

She is a member of the Women Lawyers Committee of the Chilean Bar Association and included in the list of Young Arbitrators at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Mediation Centre.


  • Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados (since 2019);
  • Senior Associate, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo (2018);
  • International Associate, Covington & Burling LLP, New York, USA (2017-2018);
  • Associate, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo (2013-2016);
  • Associate, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos & Compañía (2009-2013).


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  • Chilean Bar Association;
  • Member, Directory of Women Experts of the Chilean Bar Association;
  • Young Arbitrator, Santiago Chamber of Commerce’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAM Santiago);
  • Women Lawyers Committee, Chilean Bar Association;
  • WIP Chile, ‘Women in the Profession’ program, The Vance Center (since 2018).


  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, New York, USA (2017);
  • Accepted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Chile (2010);
  • J.D. (magna cum laude), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

The sizeable, 22-strong, bankruptcy and insolvency practice at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana brings together the firm’s corporate and litigation teams during liquidation and insolvency phases, and on complex commercial restructurings, refinancing, and out of court agreements. Recently particularly active in relation to infrastructure, mining and energy industry clients, the team can also call upon the firm’s tax and labour practices where necessary. Co-leading the practice are: Octavio Bofill, whose experience includes advising Chilean creditors of Latam Airlines in US Chapter 11 proceedings; and fellow co-founding partner Alejandro Álvarez, who advises clients from a range of industries on their insolvency proceedings. A strong second line of partners comprises Karen Werner (civil and commercial litigation); and Rodrigo Saffirio, whose experience includes advising the creditors of companies from the mining and energy sectors in particular.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Karen WernerBofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana

Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana‘s 23-strong litigation practice is well known in the market for its representation of local and international clients from the mining, energy, retail, finance and infrastructure sectors. It is co-led by Andrés Jana, who led representation of the Chilean Government’s Ministry of Public Works during pre-trial negotiations concerning the construction of a suspension bridge over the Chacao Channel; Rodrigo Gil, a contract law specialist; and ‘extraordinary lawyer and litigatorKaren Werner, who was hired from Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo in 2019. Werner recently co-led the team acting for three insurance companies in a contractual dispute regarding the Valle Grande real estate project. At senior associate level, Tomás Bown focuses on commercial lawsuits, conflicts between shareholders, insolvencies, and construction and mining-related disputes.