Mr José Ignacio Mercado > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Data Protection, Telecommunications, Media and Technology, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Licensing, Franchising and Distributorship


Counsel of Carey’s Data Protection and Technology group.


His practice focuses on matters related to privacy, data protection and cybersecurity, as well as intellectual property and the development of strategies to protect intellectual and industrial property, including preparation, negotiation and implementation of technology transfer agreements such as licensing agreements, franchising agreements, distribution agreements, etc.

He also has experience assisting technology companies with the preparation and implementation of commercial scaling-up and go-to-market actions, both in Chile and abroad.

His practice also includes advice on regulation in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, and medical devices industries, as well as on topics regarding marketing and promotion of these products.


Spanish and English


Legal Director, Crystal Lagoons, The Netherlands/Chile (2015-2018).


Law, Universidad de Chile (Summa Cum Laude).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Data privacy

(Rising stars)

José Ignacio MercadoCarey

The data protection practice at legal giant Carey fields ‘lawyers who are very good at describing things in a simple way‘, with its longstanding experience encompassing a wide array of privacy matters, cybersecurity issues and technology-related work. In addition to its assistance with the application of local data protection regulations, the seven-strong team advises on privacy by design, data processing agreements, employees’ use of technological devices, cookie policies, international data-transfers, codes of conducts, and privacy policies. Heading up the practice, the broad IP and technology expertise of Guillermo Carey (a past president of the American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce) covers a broad range of data privacy matters; recently promoted practice director José Ignacio Mercado focuses his data protection practice on health and pharma-related data issues; and senior associate Elias Mohor primarily acts on privacy, personal data and information security.

Chile > TMT

The 13-member department at legal giant Carey consistently advises on significant TMT-related regulatory, corporate, financial and contractual issues, including the multi-jurisdictional management of cross-border projects. The ‘powerful‘ practice’s representative expertise covers technology contracting, internet and net neutrality, Internet of Things (IoT) and OTT matters, along with online platforms, cloud technologies, robotics and blockchain. Other areas of strength include smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, algorithms, AI, data protection and cybersecurity. The practice is jointly led by Alfonso Silva, an expert in telecoms sector-related regulatory and transactional issues; IP expert Guillermo Carey, whose broad expertise covers licensing, e-commerce, technology transfers, and distribution and franchise agreements; and telecoms regulatory counsel Eduardo Martin. At associate level, senior Raúl Mazzarella‘s TMT practice includes blockchain and cryptocurrency work, while recently promoted director José Ignacio Mercado focuses on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues.

Chile > Life sciences

The best in the Chilean market’, Carey‘s life sciences practice has extensive experience in advising clients from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical devices and food industries. Representative expertise includes advising on the incorporation of pharmaceutical companies in Chile before the sanitary authorities; and the sanitary registration and modification of pharmaceuticals, biotechnological products, cosmetics, and medical devices. Additional areas of strength cover product labelling, clinical trials, advertising, data privacy, patent defence work, compliance, and administrative procedures. The practice is co-led by Guillermo Carey, who routinely advises pharmaceutical laboratories on regulatory matters; pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, cosmetics and agribusiness sector expert Ignacio Gillmore; and counsel Fernando García, who consistently acts for life sciences companies. The impressive associate pool includes recently promoted director José Ignacio Mercado (pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and medical devices regulations); José Santos Ossa, who focuses on life sciences, biotechnology and public law; food and beverages regulatory specialist Cristina Busquets; and Camila Suárez, who is also active in life sciences and regulatory work.