Mr Ignacio Gillmore > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology / Public Law / Licensing, Franchising and Distributorship.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Life Sciences and Biotechnology and Public Law Groups.


His practice focuses on life sciences, biotechnology and public law, advising companies on intellectual property issues related to the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, medical devices, commercialization and advertisement of these products, scientific research, clinical studies, regulation of medical professions, privacy, data protection, public and private procurement and biddings, licenses, distribution and franchises. He also represents clients in administrative processes and in sanitary, administrative and judicial litigation derived from those operations.

Named Lawyer of the Year in Life Sciences, Best Lawyers (2021).
Recognized in Life Sciences, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Life Sciences, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Intellectual Property and Administrative Law, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Life Sciences – Regulatory and Patent Litigation, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Intellectual Property and Life Sciences, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Life Sciences, Leading Lawyers.
Recognized in Life Sciences, Top Ranked Legal.

Co-author of The Pharma Legal Handbook: Chile, Pharma Boardroom (2019).
Author of several local and foreign publications related to life sciences and regulatory law.

Speaker in lectures and seminars in regulatory matters in Chile and abroad.


Spanish and English.


Professor of the Graduate Course of Regulatory Affairs in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Universidad de Chile (since 2017).
Professor of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs in Pharmaceutical, Biological and Cosmetic Products Degree, Universidad de Chile (since 2009).
Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad de Chile (2005-2009).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Law, Universidad de Chile

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Ignacio GillmoreCarey

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.

Chile > Public law

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.