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 primarily 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 Litigation and Arbitration, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration and Litigation, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Litigation, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500.

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).
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

(Leading individuals)

Gonzalo FernándezCarey

The 22-strong practice at full-service market mainstay Carey has successfully litigated on behalf of global corporations, financial institutions, local companies, foreign investors and the Republic of Chile, among others. The department houses extensive experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitration across a wide range of sectors, including media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals. Its four co-heads are commercial arbitration specialist Gonzalo Fernández; insolvency, bankruptcy and construction disputes expert, Ricardo Reveco; environmental disputes and commercial arbitration specialist Aldo Molinari; and Juan Carlos Riesco, who is recommended for antitrust and regulatory litigation and arbitration, cover the waterfront of disputes matters. Strong support is provided by senior associate Alvaro Carreño, who runs the office’s day-to-day white-collar crime practice, and associates Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez, who are members of the litigation and arbitration groups respectively.

Chile > Public law

The eight-member public law department at full-service firm Carey covers the spectrum of administrative law, constitutional law, regulated markets and contentious-administrative dispute resolution. The practice group is highly rated for its prowess in litigation, constitutional rights, public procurement and public concessions, sanctioning procedures and regulatory compliance. It also serves as a strong back-up to the firm’s practices in energy, environmental law, telecoms, life sciences, construction and infrastructure, as well as antitrust, mining, IT and IP. Ignacio Gillmore has vast experience in administrative contracts, litigation and public tenders; Gonzalo Fernández heads the litigation group; and Juan Carlos Riesco who made partner back in 2018, belongs to both the litigation and public law groups. At associate level, Camilo Lledó assists with public contracts and concessions, litigation and regulatory issues. Former associate Constanza Hube left to become director of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s Foro Constitucional.