Mr Oscar Aitken > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
Oscar Aitken photo

Work Department

Construction and Engineering / Infrastructure and Project Development / Labor and Employment Law.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the Labor and Corporate Immigration Group and co-head of the Construction and Engineering Group.


His practice includes litigation and arbitration, contracts, and general civil practice. His labor and corporate immigration practice includes collective bargaining, union matters, unfair labor practices, compensation and benefits, discrimination and general violations of employee fundamental rights, employment termination, work related illnesses and accidents, labor related litigation of all types, as well as work permits and visas for foreign personnel. In the construction and engineering practice, Mr. Aitken has vast experience in contracts for all phases of engineering work, as well as in all forms of construction and infrastructures related contracts including Design Built, EPC, EPCM and BOT. His practice ranges from experience with early stages of project development to bidding (including public concessions and PPP project), negotiation and preparation of contract documents, claims management and dispute resolution. Mr. Aitken also has experience in real estate and has been involved in a variety of projects from development of natural conservation parks to housing projects, office and apartment buildings, hotels, industrial developments, etc.

Lawyer of the Year Award in Immigration Law, Best Lawyers (2020).
Recognized in Labor and Employment and in Projects, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Project Finance & Infrastructure and in Labor, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Labor and Employment, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Labor and Employment, LACCA.
Recognized in Thought Leaders: Construction and Labor & Employment; and in Corporate Immigration, Government Contracts, Mediation, Pension & Benefits, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Immigration Law, Labor and Employment, Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Lawyer of the Year Award in Labor & Employment, Best Lawyers (2015).
Winner in the Real Estate Category, Leading Lawyers, Idealis (2014).
Recognized in Construction, Expert Guides.

Author of the Chilean chapter in Covid-19 Latin America Guide for Employers, Employment Law Alliance (ELA) (2020).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter of Construction and Projects Q&As Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018-2020).
Co-author of Chilean chapter, Outsourcing Book, Getting the Deal Through (2013-2015).

Frequent lecturer in seminars and conferences in Chile and abroad.


Spanish and English.


Professor of the Degree in Construction Law, Universidad de los Andes (since 2019).
Professor of the Degree in Corporate Governance and Compliance, Law School, Universidad del Desarrollo (2018-2019).
Professor of Specialization in Construction Law, Law School, Universidad de los Andes (2015-2018).
Vice co-chair and co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee and International Construction Projects Practice Group, International Bar Association (2010-2014).
Arbitrator of the Arbitration and Mediation Center, Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Founding fellow and past board member, International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL).
Founding fellow and president, Chilean Society of Construction Law.
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Member and past board member, Centro de Estudios de Derecho del Trabajo (CEDET).
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Assistant professor of Labor Law, Universidad de Chile (1990-1999).


Law, Universidad de Chile (Summa Cum Laude).
LL.M., University of Michigan (1991).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Óscar AitkenCarey

The 18-strong team at market-leading firm Carey routinely advises national and international companies on corporate labour matters, labour litigation and union negotiations, as well as immigration issues. The labour group is also able to leverage the expertise of its tax, civil, criminal, data privacy and IP colleagues for complex labour and employment matters, and acts for an enviable client base spans industries such as airlines, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, construction, mining, telecoms, retail, and banking and finance. The department is jointly led by Oscar Aitken, who has a broad labour practice, and whose recent experience includes advising an international airline on a collective bargaining process; labour and corporate immigration law specialist Francisca Corti, who ‘stands out for her solid knowledge in this area‘; and recently promoted partner Francisco Arce, an expert in employer-side union issues, collective bargaining, social security issues and labour litigation. Within the associate pool, Carla KarzulovicConstanza Trisotti and Valentina Kuscevic all have broad employment law experience.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The sizeable infrastructure, project development and project finance practice at market stalwart Carey has extensive experience in the development, financing and execution of energy infrastructure projects (thermoelectric, hydroelectric, oil and gas, wind, photovoltaic and biomass). The firm’s heavyweight projects expertise also covers mining, roads, hospitals, telecoms networks, ports, airport infrastructure, concessions, and housing and hospitality services. The ‘deeply capable‘ practice fields several leaders, namely: Rafael Vergara, who routinely advises on major mining transactions in Chile; Oscar Aitken, who co-heads the firm’s construction and engineering group alongside real estate group head Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who both advise on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects; water rights expert Alberto Cardemil, the co-head of the natural resources and environmental group; project development and finance specialist Felipe Moro; and Fernando Noriega, who focuses on project financing, banking law, lending, capital markets and foreign investment. Within the senior associate pool, Juan Pablo Vukasovic has notable projects experience, but former fellow senior Sophia Bobadilla left in February 2022.