Mr Gonzalo Fernández > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Arbitration / Criminal Law / Litigation / Public Law.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group.


His practice is focused on the areas of litigation, national and international arbitration, corporate law, securities, and business law.

Recognized in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Anti-corruption, Investigations and Compliance, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration and Litigation, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation Latin America.
Recognized in Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Top Ranked Legal.

Co-author of the Chilean chapter in IBA Toolkit on Insolvency and Arbitration, IBA (2021).
Author of a chapter in “Highlighted Sentences 2018”, Libertad y Desarrollo (2019).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter in the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation, Chambers and Partners (2019).
Author of the article “The arbitration agreement in Chilean law: its nature, requirements and effects”, published in Arbitration Treaty, The Arbitration Agreement, Grupo Editorial Ibañez: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia and the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration.
Author of the chapter “International Commercial Arbitration in Chile: legal framework and jurisprudence”, published in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America: Legal framework and jurisprudence, Wolters Kluwer group, Madrid, 1st edition (2009).
Op-ed writer of El Mercurio Legal, Contracts and Torts series (permanent).

Lecturer in the 8th Americas Workshop organized by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), Santiago (2012).
Speaker in the seminar “New ICC 2012 Arbitration Rules”, organized by the International Arbitration Court of the ICC (2012).
Lecturer at the Workshop on International Commercial Arbitration organized by the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London and the Arbitration Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (2011).


Spanish and English.


Member of the International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2018-2021, 2021-2024).
Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (since 1997).
Foreign Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York (1998-1999).
Member of the panel of the Arbitration Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Member of the panel for dispute resolution at Mercosur (appointed by the Government of Chile).
Representative of the firm in the Probono Foundation.
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (admitted with the school’s highest entrance score in 1987).
Best student award (1987 – 1991).
University Merit Award for being the best student of Universidad Católica de Chile (1989).
Ranked highest in his class – Montenegro, Tocornal and Gutiérrez awards.
LL.M., Harvard University (Fulbright and Presidente de la República scholarships) (1997).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Gonzalo FernándezCarey

The large, 25-member arbitration practice (including four partners) at market stalwart Carey has enviable experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations. The ‘unique‘ group acts before both local and international institutions, such as the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago),  the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as under United Nation Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules; and has extensive experience in arbitrating disputes in the media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors. The principal figures are: Gonzalo Fernández (recently re-elected by the ICC as an ICA member in Paris for 2021- 2023), who ‘has a deep understanding of arbitration‘; Ricardo Reveco, an expert in commercial arbitrations involving corporate conflicts; Aldo Molinari, who focuses on commercial and investment arbitrations; and ‘outstanding practitionerJuan Carlos Riesco. Key associate Mónica Pérez has a broad domestic and international commercial arbitration practice.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Gonzalo FernándezCarey

The weighty 25-strong practice at Chilean legal giant Carey is highly experienced in the resolution of complex civil and commercial lawsuits, including shareholder conflicts, environmental and sanctioning procedures, construction claims, and concessions-related disputes. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s leveraging the firm’s specialisms in construction, environment and consumer law, as well as regulated markets such as energy, health and pensions. The practice is jointly led by Gonzalo Fernández, who routinely acts in Chile’s most complex legal disputes; Ricardo Reveco, who ‘combines very high-level academic training with outstanding practical capabilities‘; Aldo Molinari, who undertakes administrative and environmental regulatory disputes, as well as civil and commercial litigation; and Juan Carlos Riesco, who is also a highly rate litigation partner. Within the associate pool, senior Mónica Pérez‘s broad practice includes pre-litigious advice to clients in the mining, insurance, energy,  retail and automotive sectors; and Roberto Villaseca routinely acts before both ordinary and special litigation courts.

Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime

Active in criminal economic and tax matters, cybercrime and anti-corruption legislation violations, Carey‘s criminal litigation practice also houses experts in asset laundering, and crime-related industrial and intellectual property law breaches. Former white-collar team head Alvaro Carreño recently left the firm (as did associates Francisca Franzani and Fernanda Montes), with the criminal law team now led by senior counsel Rodrigo Aldoney who joined in February 2022 from BCP Abogados; his practice covers all areas of criminal law, mainly economic and environmental crime, fraud, competition, corporate criminal liability and highly complex litigation in general. At partner level, litigation group co-head Gonzalo Fernández also acts on criminal matters, while the contentious practices of senior associate Eduardo Alcaino and associate Caterina Ravera are also primarily focused on white-collar crime.

Chile > Public law

The 10-strong department at full-service legal giant Carey acts across the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets, and public litigation. The team regularly assists in relation to administrative and constitutional litigation, constitutional rights, and public procurement and public concessions. Other areas of strength range from sanctioning procedures, regulatory compliance, and state-owned companies’ regulations, to legislative and regulatory enactment; and the group is particularly well known for its legal opinions on complex private-public conflicts. The practice fields a number of experienced partners, namely: Ignacio Gillmore, who has vast experience in administrative contracts, public tenders, and administrative litigation; litigation head Gonzalo Fernández, a regulatory disputes specialist; Juan Carlos Riesco, who focuses on administrative sanctioning procedures that are led by public entities; and senior counsel and renowned constitutional practitioner Patricio Zapata, who was hired in August 2021 from Zapata y Compañía and is a former President of the Citizen Council of Observers of the Constituent Process. At associate level, senior Juan Ignacio Alarcón, along with Sergio Cifuentes, Martin Canessa and Carolina Baeza, are all key public law group members. However, mid-2021 saw Camilo Lledó leave to co-found Chahuán Letelier Lledó, and Cindy Thorsen move in house at Copec.