Carey > Santiago, Chile > Firm Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 1

Comprising 'people with vast banking and financial sector expertise', Carey's sizeable 17-strong practice has extensive experience in advising creditors, investors and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated loans (secured and unsecured), project financing, and operations involving derivatives, among other matters; and in recent highlights assisted Export Development Canada with a $300m loan granted to Codelco. The practice group is co-led by Diego Peralta ('great experience in financial/regulatory matters'); 'trusted resource' Felipe Moro, who focuses primarily on lending deals, project financing, structured products and derivative transactions; Francisco Ugarte (financial product structuring and project finance); and Salvador Valdés, who recently advised Brookfield Asset Management on a credit agreement granted to its affiliate, Brookfield Americas Infrastructure Holdings Chile, by Itaú Corpbanca. Fernando Noriega (banking law, lending transactions and project financing) was made partner in May 2021, while associate Alejandra Daroch's experience includes assisting with the debt restructuring of publicly held company Masisa.

Practice head(s):

Diego Peralta; Salvador Valdés; Francisco Ugarte; Felipe Moro


This team comprises people with vast banking and financial sector expertise.

Trained to give quick answers to highly complex issues, and to make  comprehensive analyses when clients ask them questions that require vision.

Always available when emergencies appear; and each operation that we have carried out – even the daily ones – comprises the necessary dedication and meticulousness.

Clients can consider them a valuable ally and resource, because they create the space – when necessary – to be available to clients.

Felipe Moro, when necessary, will roll up his sleeves to work with clients; he is not only there for the big issues, he also gets involved in the less complex ones that can impact upon companies.

Felipe Moro is a trusted resource.

Diego Peralta has great experience in financial/regulatory matters‘.

Key clients

Export Development Canada


State Grid International Development


Empresas CMPC


Inversiones Grupo Saesa




Work highlights

  • Advised Export Development Canada on a $300m loan granted to Codelco.
  • Advised State Grid International Development on a $150m credit agreement granted by BBVA (Hong Kong Branch) to finance the acquisition of Inversiones Sempra.
  • Advised Codelco on a $165m loan agreement granted by the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

The 15-strong team (including four partners) at market-leading, full-service law firm Carey is dedicated almost exclusively to insolvency matters, consistently participating in Chile's major insolvency proceedings. Representative expertise for the practice ('one of the best - if not the best - in the Chilean legal industry') includes liquidations, reorganisation agreements, restructuring and negotiations, as well as representing creditor and debtor clients in proceedings. 'Respected bankruptcy lawyerRicardo Reveco leads an impressive team of insolvency litigators, and on the transactional side Salvador Valdés' practice includes corporate restructuring; Francisco Ugarte is co-head of the firm’s corporate/M&A, capital markets/banking and finance groups; and Cristián Figueroa is an expert in financial-distress scenarios. A strong line of associates includes senior Alejandra Daroch, whose broad practice includes distressed M&A and debt restructuring; and intermediates Roberto Villaseca, a specialist in insolvency and complex bankruptcy litigation proceedings; and Andrés Lafuente and Francisco Torm, who both act in complex bankruptcy litigation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Reveco; Salvador Valdés; Francisco Ugarte; Cristián Figueroa


Carey’s insolvency and restructuring team is one of the best – if not the best – in the Chilean legal industry; they have solid legal knowledge, but above all an extraordinary commercial and financial sense.

I have the best opinion of the firm’s service, and I dare to point out that Carey is one of the only firms in the Chilean legal industry that offers this standard of service. Not only for the preparation of its lawyers and the delivery of the assigned tasks, but, above all, for the depth of the analysis and ability to glimpse various scenarios that help clients make informed and conscious decisions.

Their lawyers are very up to date on the latest doctrinal and jurisprudential trends.

The depth of knowledge in bankruptcy/finance law, as well as the ability to put together complex agreements in a short timeframe, make them a unique and valuable practice.

A deep knowledge of legal issues that is not limited to matters specific to their area; the lawyers also have an exceptional ability to understand complex commercial and financial issues, which allows them to interact without difficulty with professionals who are not necessarily lawyers or familiar with legal issues.

Excellent team with a lot of confidence due to the strength of the specialists.

Ricardo Reveco is a well-known and respected bankruptcy lawyer, who has a great attitude towards clients.

Francisco Ugarte and associate Alejandra Daroch are excellent professionals, who are always available to give us a quality service.

Key clients



UMB Bank

Moneda Asset Management

Consorcio Financiero

Corp Group


Agrofoods Central Valley Chile

Qatar Airways

Red Salud UC Christus

Macquarie Bank

Banco Santander

Work highlights

  • Assisted major business conglomerate, Corp Group, with the renegotiation of financial obligations.
  • Assisted Banco Santander with Latam Airlines’ Chapter 11 reorganisation process, both in relation to derivatives and the commercial alliance between both brands.
  • Acted for Citibank (later replaced as trustee by UMB Bank) in the reorganisation proceedings of casino operator Enjoy.

Chile > Capital markets Tier 1

'With a tremendously strong capital markets team', Carey's 35-strong practice (including nine partners) has market-leading experience in advising issuers and bonds and stockholders on corporate bonds, securitised bonds and trade effects, as well as on both public and private securities. The group also assists with structuring and registering issuers and securities, along with managing relationships with stock exchanges, reporting requirements, periodic disclosures, and securities-related regulations. Other notable strengths include cross-border IPOs, capital increases, debt issuances, securitisation and derivatives. In recent highlights, Diego Peralta assisted Codelco with two large-value notes issuances; and Salvador Valdés advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board on a corporate bond restructure involving several companies. Other key advisers are Francisco Ugarte (securities, corporate governance and derivatives); Cristián Eyzaguirre, who has 'extraordinary knowledge of capital markets'; Felipe Moro (structured products and derivatives); Jorge Ugarte (a professor of securities market law at the Catholic University of Chile); co-head of the investment funds practice, Francisco Guzmán; and equity and debt offerings experts Cristián Figueroa and Patricia Silberman. Senior Alejandra Daroch leads associate input.

Practice head(s):

Diego Peralta; Salvador Valdés; Francisco Ugarte; Felipe Moro; Cristián Eyzaguirre; Jorge Ugarte; Francisco Guzmán; Cristián Figueroa; Patricia Silberman


Carey has a tremendously strong capital markets team, which leaves clients feeling very calm.

They know this sector’s regulations like few others.

Great for the experience and quality of its partners, their attitude and way of working.

Carey has a first-rate capital markets practice.

Carey handles traditional offerings as well as challenging and innovative offerings with class, dedication, knowledge and experience – it’s a winning combination!

Francisco Ugarte and Cristián Eyzaguirre are extraordinary lawyers; they are the people with whom I discuss complex matters and their opinion is key to my decision making.

Cristián Eyzaguirre is an excellent lawyer; he has extraordinary knowledge of capital markets, and is capable of proposing very innovative and practical solutions.

Key clients




Inversiones CMPC


Moneda AGF



UMB Bank

Algonquin Power & Utilities

Work highlights

  • Assisted Codelco with two large-value note issuances.
  • Advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board on a corporate bond restructure for sanitary companies Essbio, Esval and Nuevosur, and holding company Inversiones Southwater.
  • Advised BofA Securities, Credit Agricole Securities (USA), Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Securities on the $750m issuance of senior notes  by Banco Estado.

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

'Without a doubt, the best for free competition in Chile', full-service legal giant Carey is widely respected for its constant participation in Chile's most significant antitrust cases before the Antitrust Court (Tribunal de la Libre Competencia/TDLC), and the Supreme Court, as well as for investigations before the National Economic Prosecutor (Fiscalía Nacional Económica/FNE). The sizeable 18-member antitrust group also has broad expertise in the antitrust aspects of M&A deals; assists with compliance and regulatory matters; and is well known for its strong relationships with the local authorities. Leading the practice are Claudio Lizana, who has vast experience in litigating before the TDLC and Supreme Court, and in assisting with FNE merger-control processes; and current director of the Centre for Antitrust Studies of the Universidad Católica de Chile, Lorena Pavic, who is 'undoubtedly an exceptional antitrust lawyer'. Notable associate-level support is provided by José Pardo (antitrust, regulatory matters, administrative law and litigation); however, former senior Virginia Rivas left the firm in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Lizana; Lorena Pavic


It is strategic, committed and proactive – without a doubt, the best for free competition in Chile.

They understand a number of markets with exceptional depth and clarity, and they manage to give practical, fast and concrete solutions to complex situations.

Great for their ability to simplify the complex and a team that knows the realities of our business; they also have a good overview of the market, which is extremely useful – we consider them part of our team.

Claudio Lizana’s team is characterised by professionalism, as well as good and timely external support service.

Lorena Pavic and her team are bright, committed, available, versatile and creative.’

Lorena Pavic is committed, brilliant, accessible, efficient, effective, transmits certainty, and builds bonds of trust, all of which are supported by serious, meticulous work.

Lorena Pavic is undoubtedly an exceptional antitrust attorney; she has complete vision and is able to see the different consequences of one or another decision. She is also always up to date on subjects and capable of generating consensus during difficult scenarios.

Associate José Pardo is extremely detailed, proactive and with a business vision that allows him to make correct, fast and efficient decisions.

Key clients





Mitsui O S K  Lines

Fiat Chrysler

Fresenius Kabi Chile

Laboratorio Sanderson


Cruz Verde

Natura Cosméticos


Work highlights

  • Defended Fresenius Kabi Chile (FKC) and Laboratorios Sanderson (LS) before both the Antitrust Court and Supreme Court in a case brought by the FNE concerning alleged bid rigging and collusion between FKC, LS and Laboratorios Biosano.
  • Defended Cencosud against an FNE antitrust claim involving the alleged participation in a hub-and-spoke cartel with the other two main supermarket chains in Chile (Walmart Chile and SMU).
  • Acted for BCI before the Antitrust Court in a lawsuit submitted by three cryptocurrency exchanges against ten Chilean banks for an alleged exclusionary practice and collective abuse of dominant position.

Chile > Compliance Tier 1

'Standing out for its experience, knowledge and preparation', full-service market leader Carey's compliance and anti-corruption practice assists a wide range of foreign and local clients with corporate governance and regulatory and compliance matters, along with related disputes. In addition to its advice on the Chilean Corporate Criminal Liability Act, clients benefit from the team's provision of multi-jurisdictional advice in relation to corruption and money laundering matters. Also of note, the firm has been the Chilean legal partner of TRACE Anti-Corruption Bribery Systems since 2014. Civil and commercial litigation specialist Ricardo Reveco and co-head of the firm’s corporate and M&A group, Guillermo Acuña, advise companies on anti-corruption, corporate-crime risk management, internal investigations, ethics and compliance programmes, and anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF). Essential support is provided by highly-rated associate Pablo Albertz, 'a great asset and one of the few lawyers around who specialises in compliance'.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Acuña; Ricardo Reveco


They stand out for their experience, knowledge and preparation, which results in remarkable effectiveness.

High availability, speed and productivity, coupled with passion and enthusiasm – they love their work!

Commitment and total involvement with the client; in our company they are considered part of our internal work team. Compared to other firms, I consider they are in the top 2%.

Associate Pablo Albertz is a great asset, and one of the few lawyers around who specialises in compliance.

Key clients

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras

Empresas CMPC

Algonquin Power & Utilities



Manutara Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras on the design and implementation of a compliance programme.
  • Advised Empresas CMPC on cybercrime risk mitigation measures.
  • Advised Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp on the adjustment of its policies, procedures and internal protocols to comply with Chilean anti-corruption laws and regulations (following its acquisition of drinking water company Essal).

Chile > Consumer and advertising law Tier 1

Carey‘s dedicated advertising and consumer law practice is highly rated for its experience in consumer protection litigation, advertising and marketing campaigns, safety policies and recalls, and revision of standard form agreements and abusive clauses; it also houses specialists on the import and commercialisation of products into the Chilean market, as well as on e-commerce matters. Furthermore, it also has broad litigation expertise in relation to product liability, misleading advertisements and class actions, along with longstanding experience of procedures involving SERNAC. The key practitioners are Guillermo Carey, whose broad practice includes being co-head of the firm’s IP, IT, venture capital, private equity and life-science departments; co-head of the firm’s litigation practice Aldo Molinari; and senior associate María José Martabit, who focuses on digital marketing, product liability, recalls, adhesion contracts, and e-commerce platforms. Fellow senior Cristina Busquets has moved towards regulatory and life-science matters, but the practice can also call on a group of associates -including Eduardo Reveco– dedicated to advertising legislation and consumer regulation. Since publication, Martabit has left the firm, effective October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Carey; Aldo Molinari; María José Martabit

Other key lawyers:


One of the best qualities of this firm is that despite being the largest law firm in Chile, the service provided by the consumer practice is very specialised (as if it were a small firm).

They are able to explain problems and solutions to us in an easy and uncomplicated way – they certainly compare very  favourably with other firms.

Without a doubt, all issues approached by associate María José Martabit are  handled in a professional, attentive and creative way. Working with her is a pleasure, not only because she is an expert in the field, but because her way of approaching problems is clear, and she is able to glimpse issues that others do not see at first glance.

Associates María José Martabit and Eduardo Reveco are highlighted for their professionalism and practical knowledge of various consumer problems. They also stand out for stepping out of the typical role of lawyer, seeking creative solutions, and putting themselves in the place of both the company and  consumer.

Key clients

adidas Chile



Canada Goose

Clorox Chile / The Clorox Company


Isapre Cruz Blanca

Empresas Iansa


Essity North America

Galderma Chile Laboratorios

Genomma Lab Chile







Marubeni Auto Finance Chile

MasterCard International

Mercado Libre Chile

Nestlé Chile

Nu Skin Enterprises Chile


Evercrisp Snack Productos De Chile

Porsche Volkswagen Servicios Financieros Chile





Toyota Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised LDA (a subsidiary of Empresas Iansa that specialises in the production, distribution and commercialisation of pet food) on a national recall process, carried out before the Servicio Agrícola Ganadero (SAG) and SERNAC.
  • Defended Wom against a class action filed by the ASOCOT consumer association in relation to alleged infringements of consumer protection legislation (predominantly advertising regulations).
  • Defended adidas against a judicial action filed by SERNAC before a local courthouse, based on alleged infringements of offers and the regulation of promotions.

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The best we have worked with for corporate and M&A issues‘, the 54-member department (including 15 partners) at longstanding market stalwart Carey consistently structures the market’s most significant M&A transactions; its expertise ranges from takeovers, public offerings, minority share purchases and acquisitions of companies or asset packages to private equity deals, and insolvency and reorganisation-related acquisitions. Among the department’s numerous expert partners are firm chair Jorge Carey; cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring specialist Salvador Valdés; managing partner and corporate law and M&A expert Jaime Carey; Cristián Eyzaguirre, who, alongside Francisco Guzmán and Claudio Lizana, recently advised Algonquin Power Utilities Corp on the $172.5m acquisition of Chilean water utility company Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos; and Pablo Iacobelli (current officer of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the IBA). The second line of highly rated partners are Chile and New York-qualified Patricia Silberman and Francisco Ugarte, who is ‘always available to give quality services‘, along with M&A specialists Marcos RíosGuillermo AcuñaJorge Ugarte and Cristián Figueroa. At senior associate level, Alejandra Daroch is ‘an excellent professional'. Since publication, the firm has also strengthened its China Desk, with the hire of Juan Pablo Qin as a project advisor - effective May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Carey; Jaime Carey; Claudio Lizana; Pablo Iacobelli; Salvador Valdés; Francisco Ugarte; Marcos Ríos; Guillermo Acuña; Cristián Eyzaguirre; Jorge Ugarte; Francisco Guzmán; Cristián Figueroa; Patricia Silberman


Carey’s team is the best we have worked with for corporate and M&A issues.

Francisco Ugarte is always available to give quality services.

Alejandra Daroch is an excellent professional.

Carey’s corporate team is very complete, solid and gives full guarantees to us as clients, that all the legal possibilities and their risks are being analysed to make the best legal and business decision. The practice is very problem-solving oriented, with a great business sense.

They have the ability to review the risks, and based on them, make the best decisions. A lot of experience, backed by a lot of legal, business, jurisprudence and practical sense to find solutions.

I especially highlight the partners Salvador Valdés and Cristián Figueroa.’

Among the associates, I highlight Angelica de la Carrera.’

It is a very robust team, they have the ability to analyse all angles and problems with great speed of response, and also take it quickly to legal documents.

Key clients

Enel Américas


Qatar Airways

Algonquin Power Utilities Corp


Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Moneda Asset Management


Sun International

Vitapro Chile


Larrain Vial Activos

Empresas Iansa

Sembcorp Industries

Nova Austral

Work highlights

  • Advised Santiago-headquartered Enel Américas on the structuring and negotiation of its acquisition of Enel Green Power’s renewable energy business in Central and South America (except Chile).
  • Advised Algonquin Power Utilities Corp on its $172.5m acquisition of Chilean water utility company, Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos.
  • Advised K+S on the high-value sale of K+S Chile, its local salt business subsidiary, to Stone Canyon Industries Holding (as part of a multi-jurisdictional sale in Canada, the US and Brazil).

Chile > Data privacy Tier 1

Full-service, market heavyweight Carey stands out for the key role it played both in the drafting of Chile’s main privacy and cybersecurity bills, and the formation of the relevant cybersecurity bodies in Chile. The team has developed high-end privacy services and products for the retail, healthcare, finance and insurance industries, in relation to data protection and cybersecurity issues; and the practice extends further to the application of local data protection regulations, privacy by design, data processing agreements and employees’ use of devices and cookie policies, along with international data transfers, codes of conduct, and implementation of cybersecurity tools. Team head Guillermo Carey‘s broad IP and technology practice includes data privacy matters, while the senior associate pool includes Jose Mercado and Elias Mohor. Former counsel and practice co-head Paulina Silva and associate Javiera Sepúlveda left to establish their own boutique practice in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Carey

Key clients




Aguas Andinas





Banco Santander










United Health Group



Mapfre Chile


Work highlights

  • Advising customer data group dunnhumby on day-to-day privacy queries.
  • Assisting Itrend (a public-private non-profit association currently undergoing incorporation) on the design of its data use policies.
  • Providing a data protection assessment and audit for Liberty Chile.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Full-service legal giant Carey fields a sizeable, 23-strong, arbitration practice that has extensive experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations; the 'top-notch' team acts before a range of local and international institutions, such as CAM Santiago, ICC and ICSID, as well as under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. The practice's attorneys are also experienced in arbitrating disputes in the media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors (among others). Appointed by the ICC as a member of the ICA in Paris for the 2018-2021 term, Gonzalo Fernández co-leads the practice with Aldo Molinari, who handles environmental disputes and commercial arbitration; Ricardo Reveco (insolvency, bankruptcy proceedings and construction disputes); and Juan Carlos Riesco, whose broad practice includes national and international arbitration. Key associate support comes from the experienced Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Fernández; Ricardo Reveco; Aldo Molinari; Juan Carlos Riesco


Carey is one of the largest law firms in the country and their dispute resolution and arbitration team is top notch.

The practice has very high levels of commitment – all team members show absolute dedication.

Strategy and legal knowledge of the highest level.

A highly technical team that is permanently concerned with providing first-class advice to its clients – this is what distinguishes them from other law firms.

Carey has extensive diversity programmes in place and they pursue diversity values in practice.

Gonzalo Fernández stands out for his high legal and strategic analysis skills.

Gonzalo Fernández is extremely well prepared and sharp – he is also very available.

Both Ricardo Reveco and associate Roberto Villaseca stand out for their great technical capacity, as well as their analysis and strategy skills and constant willingness to answer questions.

Key clients

Sun Latam



Work highlights

  • Acted for casino industry player Sun Latam, in arbitration against Nueva Inversiones Pacífico Sur, which requested specific performance of a significant transaction.
  • Acted for insurance companies Liberty and Mapfre in a dispute initiated by Empresa Portuaria Iquique and Iquique Terminal Internacional, which concerned insurance indemnification to be paid for earthquake damages suffered by the Port of Iquique.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The largest law firm in Chile, full-service market stalwart Carey is widely respected for its participation in the country's most significant and complex cases. The 25-strong practice group is co-led by four figures: Gonzalo Fernández, who is recognised as one of Chile's top litigators; Aldo Molinari, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation along with administrative and environmental regulatory disputes; Ricardo Reveco, a specialist in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and construction disputes; and Juan Carlos Riesco, whose broad practice includes litigation, antitrust and regulatory litigation. Recent highlights include Fernández's representation of major casino corporation Sun Dreams in three suits against the Chilean Gambling Regulator (Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego), regarding the renewal of casinos' operational licenses in Chile. Notable support at associate level is provided by Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez, who focus on civil and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Fernández; Ricardo Reveco; Aldo Molinari; Juan Carlos Riesco

Key clients

Sun Dreams

AFP ProVida

Nueva Unión

MetLife Chile Seguros de Vida


Central Hidroeléctrica Chanleufu



Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Clínica Lo Curro

Sociedad de Inversiones Invermed

Agrícola La Encina


Agrícola Santa Sara

Work highlights

  • Acted for casino and gaming corporation Sun Dreams in three lawsuits against the Chilean Gambling Regulator, in relation to the rightful application of regulations for the renewal of casino licenses in Chile.
  • Acted for copper, gold and molybdenum extraction project Nueva Unión, in a claim filed by Christie, the owner of a neighbouring real estate property.
  • Acted for major tissue-paper manufacturer Essity, in two class actions seeking compensation for damages caused to consumers due to its past collusion with CMPC.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

Fielding a 12-member energy group, full-service legal giant Carey is consistently sought out by foreign and local companies for major energy project developments in Chile. The practice is active on various fronts, ranging from oil and gas, and electricity generation, transmission and distribution, to project development, M&A and financing; it also has extensive experience in competitive tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, regulatory matters, land rights, sector-specific permits, energy and power infrastructure litigation, and general regulatory matters. The practice is co-led by highly-rated partners Juan Francisco Mackenna (past President of the IBA's Power Law Committee); and regulatory and energy project development specialist José Miguel Bustamante. The second line of strong energy sector advisers includes experienced associates José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla, Pablo Morales and Montserrat Godoy.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Mackenna; José Miguel Bustamante

Key clients

State Grid International Development


Renewable Resources Group



Mainstream Renewable Power



Daelim Energy

Trina Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised State Grid International Development on the acquisition of Sempra Energy’s interest in Chilquinta Energía and Tecnored (an electricity-sector construction and infrastructure services company), and a 50% interest in Chilquinta holdings in Eletrans power transmission companies.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power (and its subsidiaries in Chile) on a NCRE portfolio project financing.
  • Assisted OPDEnergy (through subsidiary OPDEnergy Generación) with an approximately $103m financing granted by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (senior loan) and Banco Security (VAT loan) for the development of two renewable energy projects.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

'The pre-eminent firm in Chile', full-service market mainstay Carey fields an 'excellent' seven-strong department that is widely respected for its constant participation in significant Chilean mining projects, whether in relation to development, financings or transactions. Representative work includes assisting domestic and international mining companies with metallic and non-metallic minerals, as well as exploration, exploitation and processing matters. Clients also benefit from the team's experience in mining-related litigation and environmental issues. With expertise in mining, natural resources, energy and environment law, counsel Francisco Corona is director of the firm's mining practice. Corona is supported at partner level by the co-heads of the firm’s natural resources and environment group: the 'extremely experienced' Rafael Vergara; and Alberto Cardemil, who focuses on natural-resource transactions, litigation, agribusiness, and corporate and commercial law. Key support at associate level comes from seniors Esteban Fresno and Maximiliano Urrutia.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Alberto Cardemil; Francisco Corona


Carey is the pre-eminent firm in Chile; the lawyers not only bring great expertise and experience when assisting us, but do so in a practical and efficient way. They are also very enjoyable to deal with on a personal level.

Rafael Vergara is extremely experienced, not only in Chilean matters but also in understanding the needs of Canadian underwriters; his team is also excellent.

Key clients

Teck Resources


Barrick Gold Corporation

Minera Valle Central

Minera Andes del Sur



Aftermath Silver

Hudbay Minerals

Sichuan Tianqui Lithium Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Nueva Unión, a subsidiary of Teck Resources and Newmont Goldcorp, on the implementation of a large-value copper project.
  • Assisted Aftermath with the negotiation of agreements with Halo Labs and SSR Mining, in relation to the purchase of all the stock of Chilean holding company, Minera Cachinal (the owner of the Cachinal silver-gold project).
  • Advised Codelco on negotiations with Compañía Portuaria Mejillones and Terminal Graneles del Norte (as contractors), and on the drafting of a contract for the provision of comprehensive port services for the transfer of copper concentrates.

Chile > Environment Tier 1

Full-service legal powerhouse Carey houses a 12-strong environmental, indigenous and regulatory practice that consistently assists with environmental impact assessments (EIAs), as well as environmental sanctioning-proceedings for clients from a diverse range of industries, such as mining, energy, infrastructure, water utilities, aquaculture and agriculture. The firm has also developed a combined environmental litigation team alongside the dispute resolution group (co-led by partner Aldo Molinari) that handles complex administrative disputes and environmental litigation, including defence before the environmental courts. In addition to Molinari, the practice is co-led by Rafael Vergara, who has vast experience in regulatory and environmental evaluation processes, due diligence and audits; and Alberto Cardemil , head of the water and agribusiness practices. Providing strong senior associate-level support are Manuel José Barros and Julio Recordon (who 'gives complete advice on environmental issues'); both handle a range of environmental and indigenous law, territorial planning and project-related regulatory matters. Former practice director Felipe Meneses and senior associate Tomás Darricades to Lawgic Abogados and Moreno Sáez & Avilés, respectively, during the course of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Alberto Cardemil; Aldo Molinari


Strong knowledge of environmental law as applied to the development and financing of renewable energy projects.

Good strategic advice on complex environmental matters.

Senior associate Julio Recordon is a key attorney in Carey’s environmental practice; he is a lawyer who gives complete advice on environmental issues, taking into consideration not only purely legal aspects but also strategic and practical matters, so as to achieve environmental approval for projects, as well as their financing.

Key clients


Empresa Eléctrica Carén (Latin American Power Group)

Teck Resources

Complejo Portuario Mejillones

Mainstream Renewable Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on the financing for the second phase of a wind and solar power generation platform in Chile, which included the environmental assessment of three wind farms.
  • Assisted Astaldi, concessionaire for the Embalse Punilla project (tendered by the Chilean government to build an irrigation and hydropower generation dam), with a claim before the Third Environmental Court that the environmental permit was flawed.
  • Defended Empresa Eléctrica Carén against an environmental damages claim filed before the Environmental Court.

Chile > Insurance Tier 1

With 'deep sectoral knowledge and experience (especially in the insurance sector'), Carey fields a 10-member department (including three partners) that continuously advises large insurance companies and broker operations on complex, contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters. The practice is led by three experienced co-heads: insurance M&A specialists Marcos Ríos (go-to counsel for Liberty US) and Pablo Iacobelli (go-to counsel for MetLife Chile and MetLife US), along with regulatory expert Matías Vergara. Vergara recently led advice to Klare Corredora de Seguros (a new insur-tech joint venture between Banco Santander-Chile and Zurich Insurance Mobile Solutions) on its incorporation and registration as a broker, marking the first Chilean startup broker registered with the CMF (which absorbed the banking regulator in 2019). Associate Jorge Soto is a former chief counsel of MAPFRE Group surety insurance-company, Solunion SGC.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Ríos; Pablo Iacobelli; Matías Vergara


Excellent technical and specialised knowledge of this area, especially in complex matters.

Very good integration of the team and good handling of clients- a relationship of great trust has been generated.

A firm that keeps the client updated.

Carey’s team is orderly and coherent in the information, analysis and content of its responses.

A team with great experience and availability.

Deep sectoral knowledge and experience, especially in the insurance sphere.

Excellent responsiveness and availability.

Its greatest quality is specialised technical knowledge, business vision in finding solutions that suit clients’ needs, and the generation of trust. I speak especially of Matías Vergara, but also of associate Jorge Soto.

Key clients

Klare Corredora de Seguros

BNP Cardif Seguros de Vida

Solunion Chile Seguros de Crédito

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros de Vida Chile

Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida

Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales

BUPA Compañía de Seguros de Vida


ANV Insurance Company

Porsche Volkswagen Servicios Financieros

Work highlights

  • Advised DNB Bank Asa on the structure, negotiation and execution of an insurance and reinsurance programme for the refinancing of the Javiera Project and the construction and operation of the Sol del Desierto Project.
  • Assisted Sugal Chile with insurance claims and subsequent arbitration against Seguros Suramericana, which concerned three insurance losses in 2019 caused by electrical power cuts at a Sugal factory.
  • Advised Klare Corredora de Seguros (a new insurtech joint venture between Banco Santander Chile and Zurich Insurance Mobile Solutions) on its incorporation and registration as broker.

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 1

Tremendously creative and passionate about their work‘, the 35-strong group at full-service firm Carey is a market leader for intellectual property (IP) prosecution in Chile, with responsibility for over 5,000 patents and approximately 28,000 trade marks; it also houses specialists in the prosecution and litigation of trade marks, patents and industrial designs, geographical indications, designations of origin, plant varieties, and domain names. Additional areas of strength range from regulatory matters (pharmaceuticals), copyright, anti-counterfeiting and licensing to franchising, labelling, intangible asset valuation, IP management, and unfair competition. The co-heads of the firm’s IP and IT group are Guillermo Carey (also co-head of the life sciences group) and head of the firm’s anti-counterfeiting practice Francisco Carey, who are ‘both appreciated for their experience, reliability, professionalism, dedication and collaboration‘. Counsel Fernando García has vast experience in acting for pharmaceuticals-related companies on the protection and defence of IP assets, but former counsel Paulina Silva departed the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Carey; Francisco Carey; Fernando García


This team is unique because it brings together very diverse capabilities and works with extraordinary cohesion, empowerment and co-ordination.

They pay great attention to details and do not rest until they find the most precise solutions to our needs, so as to protect the innovations we develop; and they are tremendously creative and passionate about their work.

In legal actions they have proven to be very effective – compared to other firms, I place them in the top 5%.

In addition to being very good technically, Carey has an excellent administrative service, where billing is issued clearly, transparently and on time. This differs widely from the rest of the firms where this issue has always been a problem.

Solid solutions are put into practice with great vision.

To serve a manufacturing company like ours, this team has developed specific technical capabilities to be a functional counterpart to our engineering and business team. They also have business insight which makes them very effective in patenting strategies.

Francisco Carey and Guillermo Carey are both appreciated for their experience, reliability, professionalism, dedication and collaboration.

Guillermo Carey stands out for his great availability and involvement in all the matters that we encounter with the IP team – what is unique about Guillermo is his ability to generate conversations and analysis that lead us to think outside the box, and come up with solutions and business ideas that we had never considered before. His viewpoints are always broad, comprehensive, multifaceted and with business sense, and his great experience translates into excellent insights and the ability to anticipate.

Key clients

Societés des Produits Nestlé






Universidad Católica de Chile

Crystal Lagoons



Work highlights

  • Assisted Stokely-Van Camp with the filing of a discovery measure against a competitor, which concerned the unauthorised use of an identical sign in the same market segment (isotonic drinks).
  • Assisted Fosfoquim, a Chilean chemical company, with prosecuting a significant patent application.
  • Assisted Skechers US with its successful cancellation action against trade marks “OXDANS” and “I-CAX”, which were registered in class 25.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 1

Leading, full-service law firm Carey fields a large, 21-strong labour and employment practice group that is expert in major collective bargaining matters, as well as labour litigation involving wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment, fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and work-related accidents. The firm’s clients additionally benefit from the department’s assistance throughout the life cycle of company employees, ranging from hiring processes, taxation, social security issues, and compensation packages (including stock-related plans), to terminations, corporate policies, labour auditing, compliance, internal investigations, sub-contracting and labour due diligence during M&A deals. The firm also houses a robust corporate immigration practice that assists with work permits and visa applications. The practice is co-led by Oscar Aitken (a senior partner), who is primarily focused on leading the firm’s collective bargaining, unions and labour litigation practices; and Francisca Corti (a partner since 2017), whose workload spans labour and employment law, social security and corporate immigration. The strong second line of advisers include Francisco Arce (a partner since May 2021), along with associates Carla Karzulovic, Constanza Trisotti and Valentina Kuscevic.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Aitken; Francisca Corti

Key clients


Bristol Myers Squibb


American Airlines



Sherwin Williams

Cognizant Technology Solutions

JP Morgan

State Grid


Work highlights

  • Advised State Grid on the labour and employment aspects surrounding the acquisition of interests in Chilquinta Energía, as well as Tecnored and Eletrans.
  • Provided labour law advice to Sembcorp Industries on the sale of its water and sewage utility business in Chile to Sacyr.
  • Assisted an international communications company, which provides commercial printing and related services, with the closure of the company, involving mass terminations.

Chile > Life sciences Tier 1

The largest law firm in Chile, Carey fields a seven-strong department that has broad expertise in relation to the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical devices sectors. Typical work covers incorporating new pharmaceutical companies in Chile; registration of biotechnological products, cosmetics and medical devices; product labelling; and clinical trials. Other areas of strength include advertising and promotion; veterinary products; agrochemicals; patent defence; and representation in administrative procedures. On the food products side, the practice is expert in infant milk formulas, food supplements, nutritional products, as well as animal food product authorisations, customs clearance proceedings, and representation before food industry associations. The co-heads of the department are IP head Guillermo Carey, who formed the firm’s life sciences practice and advises multinational clients on regulatory, data protection and patent enforcement issues; Ignacio Gillmore, a specialist in life sciences and regulatory matters; and counsel Fernando García, who primarily advises life sciences market-related companies. A strong second line of associates showcases José Santos Ossa (life sciences and regulatory work); Cristina Busquets (food and beverages regulation); and José Ignacio Mercado, who is predominantly focused on life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Carey; Ignacio Gillmore; Fernando García


Immediate, robust response and through multidisciplinary teams.

Ignacio Gilmore, José Ossa, José Mercado, very expert professionals who provide answers exceeding expectations and comparisons.

Excellent use of technology to communicate legal news.

Key clients


Johnson & Johnson











Work highlights

  • Assisted Alcon with the recovery of medical devices, comprising ophthalmological surgery equipment.
  • Defended Merck before the Public Health Institute in relation to an administrative sanitary sanctioning procedure for alleged product quality problems.
  • Assists Asociación Gremial de Dispositivos Médicos de Chile with regulatory, tax, corporate and antitrust matters, including the review of agreements for the development of interoperability protocols for medical devices (in connection with electronic medical records).

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The 47-strong projects practice at full-service legal heavyweight Carey has a long-established engineering and construction team with significant experience in industry sectors such as mining (including desalinated water facilities) ports and airports, hospitals, hotels, real estate and shipyards, along with liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, wind and solar power, hydropower, and gas-fired power plants. In recent highlights, the team assisted Lima Airport Partners (concessionaire of Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport), as international counsel, with the preparation of bidding documents and contracts for the airport's expansion. Among the several highly rated partners are: Juan Pablo Stitchkin ('a lot of knowledge and experience in construction projects') and Oscar Aitken, who jointly lead the firm’s engineering and construction group; co-heads of the natural resources and environment team, Rafael Vergara and Alberto Cardemil; Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who are the energy group's co-heads; and co-banking and finance head, Felipe Moro. At associate level, Loreto Ribera, Sophia Bobadilla, Maximiliano Urrutia and Carmenmaría Poblete are also key practice members.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vergara; Oscar Aitken; Juan Francisco Mackenna; Alberto Cardemil; Felipe Moro; José Miguel Bustamante; Juan Pablo Stitchkin


The firm sends updates on legislation and information that are of interest to us on a regular and constant basis.

It is fast and timely in attending and answering specific queries or doubts.

When other lawyers have attended us, they have always been good.

The team, led by partner Juan Pablo Stitchkin, has extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry and related sectors.

Juan Pablo Stitchkin has a lot of knowledge and experience in construction projects, which has been very useful for us during a long-term project with multiple simultaneous contracts.

Key clients


Aguas Pacífico

Antofagasta Minerals

Lima Airport Partners




Acciona Energía


Work highlights

  • Assisted Antofagasta Minerals with the development of a 95 ktpd copper concentrate plant, molybdenum plant, sea water pumping systems, and other relevant infrastructure for Minera Centinela.
  • Assisted Lima Airport Partners (concessionaire of Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport), as international counsel, with the preparation of bidding documents and contracts for the airport’s expansion.
  • Assisted Aguas Pacífico with the preparation of tender documents and contracts for the development of a desalination plant, cross-country piping and electrical substation.

Chile > Public law Tier 1

Fielding ‘top-level partners and the best associates‘, Carey‘s nine-member department assists with the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets and litigation. Representative areas include constitutional rights, public procurement and public concessions, sanctioning procedures and regulatory compliance, along with state-owned companies’ regulation, and legislation and regulations enactment. The group also has extensive litigation experience before the ordinary Courts, Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, Expert Panels, the Public Procurement Court, the Transparency Council and the General Comptroller of the Republic. In keeping with the country’s constitutional renewal, August 2021 saw the firm hire administrative and constitutional specialist Patricio Zapata as new practice lead; the former head the Citizen Council of Observers of the constituent process convened by then President Bachelet, he handles both advisory and litigious matters in his areas of specialization. Zapata joins an impressive group of key partners comprising Ignacio Gillmore, who is experienced in administrative contracts, litigation and public tenders; litigation group head Gonzalo Fernández; and Juan Carlos Riesco (elected partner in 2018), who assists with public entity-led administrative sanctions proceedings, as well as consequential matters before the civil courts. Notable associates include Cindy Thorsen, who focuses on administrative, constitutional and regulatory law; and public law and regulation group members Sergio Cifuentes, Pedro Martinez and January 2020 arrival Carolina Baeza; however, Camilo Lledó departed in May 2021 to co-found his own firm. Since the conclusion of research, Thorsen has moved in house at Copec with effect from July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Gillmore; Gonzalo Fernández; Juan Carlos Riesco


Being the largest firm in the country and covering all areas of legal practice, allows them to provide comprehensive and integrated advice.

Prevents problems in an effective manner, and resolves them when they occur.

Carey has an interdisciplinary team that makes it very strong when offering its services and responding to daily matters.

It has the best law school students, and as a consequence top-level partners and the best associates.

Carey is a top-level firm in Chile that stands out in terms of collaboration between specialised departments, technology use, and its ability to adapt to different client billing systems.

Carey has simplified the way of charging for its services, in order to deliver as much information as possible, thereby delivering more transparency to the entire process.

Ignacio Gillmore stands out mainly for his large amount of knowledge in all areas of law, not only regulatory matters and the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors, but also in judicial matters, technology, trade marks, and intellectual and industrial property – all this makes him a very complete lawyer.

Key clients

Sun Dreams

Banchile Administradora General de Fondos

MetLife Chile Seguros de Vida


Universidad Católica de Chile – Red Salud UC

Liberty Compañía de Seguros

Track Group

Compass Group

BAE Systems (International)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sun Dreams in three lawsuits against the Chilean Gambling Regulator, in relation to the rightful application of regulations for casino licence renewals.
  • Assisted Track Group with the bidding process for a telematic monitoring of convicts contract.
  • Acted for Red Salud UC (branch of the Universidad Católica de Chile, which owns several hospitals and health centres in Chile) in four trials against private health insurer Isapre Nueva Masvida and the Health Superintendency.

Chile > Real estate Tier 1

Fielding 'one of the best real estate practices on the market', the 11-strong department at heavyweight firm Carey has substantial experience in the development, financing, construction and sale of real estate projects, including residential, commercial, industrial, mining, energy, hotels, casinos, agro-housing, conservation parks, shopping centres, office buildings and educational centres. It also houses specialists in purchases, sales, leases, portfolio securitisation, and real estate asset management; and the practice's advice typically encompasses corporate, regulatory and tax issues, as well as assessing potential dispute resolution claims. With previous experience including almost a decade at a major real estate development company, 'excellent legal and strategic adviserJuan Pablo Stitchkin is widely respected for his advice on property development, commercial real estate, retail, regulatory issues and zoning, along with claim management and construction issues; and co-head and counsel Eduardo Martin (Officer of the International Bar Association Real Estate Committee) is highly regarded for acquisitions, sales and leasing work. Strong support is provided by associates Javiera Avilés and Tomás Varela ('great handling of real estate/urban issues'), who both have broad experience in real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Eduardo Martin

Other key lawyers:


The Carey real estate group is a solid team, with excellent negotiators who are very knowledgeable about the market.

One of the best real estate practices on the market.

Great technical and legal knowledge that makes them an indispensable ally for negotiations and support during the development of real estate projects.

They understand the problems of the real estate world very well, so they are quite autonomous and do not need the client’s input for everything.

The team has a lot of experience, which is of great help to clients.

A good team, particularly Juan Pablo Stitchkin, who is an excellent legal and strategic adviser – I would highlight his negotiating skills and knowledge of the market.

Juan Pablo Stitchkin understands the issues and problems of the real estate world.

Associate Tomás Varela knows what he is talking about – great handling of real estate/urban issues, with a business vision that makes him stand out at the table; he has the ability to transmit real confidence.

Key clients


Liberty Mutual

Empresas Iansa




Inmobiliaria Nueva Córdova

Clorox Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised FAS, a Chilean distributor of faucets and valves, on the contracts for the sale of the company’s headquarters and warehouse in Santiago.
  • Advised Falabella on the new company construction contracts and bidding terms documents for the development of different anchor stores and related projects in Chile.
  • Assisted H&M with its long-term leases in Chile, including related title searches.

Chile > Tax Tier 1

Fielding a sizeable 19-strong department, Carey advises on the full gamut of tax matters, including consultancy services, planning, due diligence, assistance during tax audits, administrative procedures before Chile's Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and tax litigation. The firm has expanded its transfer pricing offering from legal advice to include financial analysis assistance; clients additionally benefit from the multidisciplinary practice's in-house certified accountants and economist. The practice co-heads are Jessica Power, who advises on personal and corporate tax, VAT, M&A, foreign investments and tax litigation; 'fast and practical' managing partner Jaime Carey (tax planning and consulting, project finance, M&A, leasing and foreign investment); and Manuel Garcés (elevated to the partnership in December 2019), whose practice comprises consultancy work, corporate tax, VAT, transactions and tax litigation. The strong associate pool includes senior Daniela Pfeffer and Ximena Silberman; and in April 2021, the firm welcomed back Manuel Alcalde as partner, following a three-year stint as the Chilean Ministry of Finance's tax policy head.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Carey; Jessica Power; Manuel Garcés


Their experience and knowledge made the advice accurate and without delay.’

They have an expert accounting team that allowed them to provide us with comprehensive advice, which was what we needed.

Carey’s team is different from others because of its permanent availability, immediate responses to emails and whats app messages, and the constant prioritising of clients.

Innovative approach when interpreting tax issues, seeking the appropriate legal nuances that allow the sustenance of the client’s position in the event of a dispute with the tax authority; the team also has excellent conciliation skills in case of disputes.

Carey’s internal management and operations make the billing process quite expeditious and in compliance with the requirements of our company.

Jessica Power is direct- she gave us sincere advice, looking out for the client and not herself.

Jaime Carey is fast and practical.

Key clients


AFP ProVida

Zurich Santander Seguros



Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Board

Air Products


State Grid


Vespucio Norte Express

Chile > TMT Tier 1

Full-service market major Carey houses a 12-strong group that has specialised expertise in telecoms, media, technology contracting, internet and net neutrality, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and over-the-top (OTT) and online platforms. Other areas of focus include cloud technologies, robotics, blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI), data protection and cybersecurity. The practice's experience further extends to regulatory matters, such as obtaining, amending and cancelling licences for telecoms services. The practice is co-led by regulatory and transactions specialist Alfonso Silva; IP specialist Guillermo Carey, who advises high-impact Chilean technology companies on technology transfer and internationalisation issues; and counsel Eduardo Martin (regulatory, licences, permits and M&A). The associate to note is Raúl Mazzarella (blockchain/cryptocurrency, corporate law/foreign investment/M&A, international trade and direct selling). Former counsel Paulina Silva and associates Javier Undurraga and Javiera Sepúlveda recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Silva; Guillermo Carey; Eduardo Martin

Key clients


VTR Global Com

Motorola Mobility


Dentsu Aegis Network

Toyota Chile



Instituto para la Resiliencia ante Desastres – Itrend

Liberty Chile

Work highlights

  • Assists WOM with the corporate, regulatory, financing and antitrust aspects of its mobile telephone and data transmission operations in Chile, including the Chilean regulator’s 5G spectrum public bidding process.
  • Assisted VTR Global Com with its negotiations with Canal del Fútbol (a Turner affiliate) surrounding a new agreement for the transmission (through several platforms) of football games.
  • Advises Motorola Mobility on the corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation issues surrounding the provision of its business and services in Chile.

Chile > Venture capital Tier 1

Focused on venture capital (VC) as a specific practice group since 2012, Carey now fields an 18-strong specialist department (including three partners) that is experienced in advising both domestic and international venture capital funds on the purchase and sale of companies, as well as supporting start-ups from their initial stages through to the internationalisation process. The group also assists venture capital funds with their formation, as well as with the search for effective structures that meet the needs of investors and organisations providing financial resources, such as the Chilean Agency for Economic Development (CORFO), CAF (development bank) and Inter-American Development Bank. The principal names are director and recently appointed President of the Chilean Venture Capital Association Francisco GuzmánGuillermo Carey, who advises high-impact Chilean technology companies on technology transfers and internationalisation processes; and M&A, private equity and corporate governance expert Cristián Eyzaguirre. Former senior associate Javiera Sepúlveda left the firm in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Guzmán; Guillermo Carey; Cristián Eyzaguirre


Great knowledge of the start-up and venture capital environment, both in Chile and abroad.

Very good contacts and quick and accurate responses, and they find answers very quickly.

Very fast and efficient reaction to the situations posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The practice worked very well via Zoom – no change was noticed.

The venture capital team is made up of very high-level professionals; the partners in charge combine deep legal knowledge with great business vision.

The team understands the meaning of venture capital – other firms tend to regard private equity as being the same as venture capital, failing to consider that the objectives of these practices are different.

The team has specific knowledge of the venture capital industry, not only at a national level, but also internationally, which is highly relevant.’

The work is carried out in a professional manner and the relationship with the client is very well managed.

Francisco Guzmán stands out for his deep knowledge of the issues, and contacts inside and outside of Chile.

Key clients

Future Positive

CMPC Ventures

Manutara Ventures


Impact Ideas VC

Open Education

Chilean Venture Capital Association

Americas Car Group

Genesis Ventures

Screen Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Americas Car Group on the merger of Frontier Car Group (which operates a car sales platform in Chile) with OLX Group, the transaction propelling the new company into the select group of unicorns.
  • Assisted Screen Capital (SC), a venture capital company focused on the film and entertainment industries, with the incorporation of Aurus as strategic partner of the firm, and with the incorporation and launching of SC’s first investment fund.
  • Advised Genesis Partners, a venture capital investment fund manager, on the incorporation of a new VC fund, which included a financing granted by CORFO’s programme for VC investment funds that focus on early-stage companies.

Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 2

At full-service market stalwart Carey, the focus of its ‘excellent team of criminal litigators‘ ranges from penal economic and tax matters, cybercrime and violations of anti-corruption legislation to the laundering of domestic and international assets, as well as breaches of industrial and intellectual property law. Clients can additionally benefit from the firm’s assistance with risk prevention and analysis, internal investigations, and administrative and judicial matters. Heading the firm’s litigation group, Gonzalo Fernández is consistently involved in complex cases, including criminal matters. It is at associate level, however, where the team displays particular white-collar strength, with five active litigators all involved in penal and criminal matters: Alvaro Carreño (‘brilliant in court’), who leads the white-collar team; Francisca Franzani; Eduardo AlcainoCaterina Ravera; and Fernanda Montes. Since publication, Carreño has left the firm, which has since hired Rodrigo Aldoney from BCP Abogados as of February 2022; he arrives as a senior counsel with responsibility for the firm’s criminal practice.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Fernández; Rodrigo Aldoney


It is a very consolidated team, with deep knowledge and detailed analysis of the cases and problems that arise.

Solid knowledge and extensive experience.

Compares favourably with other firms for its corporate criminal law specialty.

A team with great experience in the handling of judicial and criminal disputes.

Carey has an excellent team of criminal litigators, who are very solid without a doubt.

Great connoisseurs and applicants of the law.

Associate Álvaro Carreño has good technical knowledge and academic training.

Alvaro Carreño is an excellent professional‘.

Carey is Chile’s largest law firm with over 270 legal professionals and it is widely perceived as one of the leading law firms in Latin America. The firm was established in its present form in 1976. Its origins, however, can be traced to the year 1905 when Francisco Carey (1873-1946) started practicing law independently. Under the leadership of his son, Guillermo Carey (1912-1999), the firm became a leading player in the Chilean corporate legal market.

Carey is a full-service firm. The firm’s various corporate, litigation and regulatory groups include highly-specialized attorneys and practice areas covering all areas of law. Carey’s clients are some of the world’s largest multinationals, international organizations, and some of the most important local companies and institutions. The firm’s lawyers have graduated from the best law schools in Chile and most of its mid and senior-level associates have graduate degrees from some of the world’s most prominent universities.

Carey is an effective bridge between legal systems. Most of the firm’s partners and senior associates have worked in North America, Asia and Europe, as foreign or regular associates with leading international law firms, or as in-house counsel for major corporations or international institutions.

Carey is a member of several prestigious international legal networks which allow us to provide our clients with trusted, quality legal service that meets their needs both regionally and globally. Carey is member of: ALAE, ELA, FLI INTERLEX, PRAC, RIELA, TERRALEX and WSG.

Practice areas and industries: Carey’s practice areas and industries are: agribusiness; antitrust and regulated markets; arbitration; aviation; banking and finance; capital markets; China desk; compliance and anti-corruption; construction and engineering; consumer law and advertisement; corporate immigration; criminal law; customs and international trade; data protection; direct sales; energy; environmental law and litigation; family companies and holdings; fund formation; government procurement; hospitality and gaming; infrastructure and project development; insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property; labor and employment law; licensing, franchising and distributorship; litigation; maritime and ports; mergers and acquisitions; mining; pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; private equity; public law; real estate; tax law; telecommunications, media and technology; venture capital; water rights.

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Mr Oscar Aitken  photo Mr Oscar Aitken Partner of Carey and co-head of the Labor and Corporate Immigration Group…
Mr Manuel Alcalde photo Mr Manuel AlcaldePartner at Carey and co-head of Carey’s Tax Group.
Mr Francisco Arce photo Mr Francisco ArcePartner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Labor Group.
Mr José Miguel Bustamante  photo Mr José Miguel Bustamante Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Energy Group.
Mr Alberto Cardemil  photo Mr Alberto Cardemil Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and  Environmental…
Mr Francisco Carey  photo Mr Francisco Carey Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm´s Intellectual Property and Information…
Mr Jaime Carey  photo Mr Jaime Carey Carey’s Managing Partner and co-head of the firm’s Tax Group.
Mr Jorge Carey  photo Mr Jorge Carey Chairman of Carey.
Mr Francisco Corona  photo Mr Francisco Corona Counsel of Carey’s Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Goup.
Mrs Francisca Corti  photo Mrs Francisca Corti Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Labor and Corporate Immigration…
Mr Cristián Eyzaguirre  photo Mr Cristián Eyzaguirre Partner of Carey and member of the firm´s Mergers & Acquisitions and…
Mr Gonzalo Fernández  photo Mr Gonzalo Fernández Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group.
Mr Cristián Figueroa  photo Mr Cristián Figueroa Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers &…
Mr Manuel José Garcés  photo Mr Manuel José Garcés Partner at Carey and co-head of Carey’s Tax Group.
Mr Fernando García  photo Mr Fernando García Counsel of Carey’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group.
Mr Ignacio Gillmore  photo Mr Ignacio Gillmore Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Life Sciences and Biotechnology…
Mr Francisco Guzmán  photo Mr Francisco Guzmán Partner of Carey and member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and…
Mr Pablo Iacobelli  photo Mr Pablo Iacobelli Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers &…
Mr Claudio Lizana  photo Mr Claudio Lizana Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers &…
Mr Juan Francisco Mackenna  photo Mr Juan Francisco Mackenna Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Energy Group.
Mr Eduardo Martin  photo Mr Eduardo Martin Counsel of Regulatory Matters of Carey’s Corporate / Telecom Group.
Mr Aldo Molinari  photo Mr Aldo Molinari Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm´s Litigation Group.
Mr Felipe Moro  photo Mr Felipe Moro Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Banking and Finance Group.
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Mrs Jessica Power  photo Mrs Jessica Power Partner at Carey since 2008 and co-head of Carey’s Tax Group.
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Mr Juan Carlos Riesco  photo Mr Juan Carlos Riesco Parner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group.
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Mr Francisco Ugarte  photo Mr Francisco Ugarte Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers &…
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Mr Patricio Zapata photo Mr Patricio ZapataSenior Counsel of the Public Law group.
Other fee-earners : 272
Total staff : 525
English (fluent)
Chinese (Mandarin)
The Interlex Group
Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
World Services Group (WSG)
Equity partners : 37