Mr Salvador Valdés > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
Salvador Valdés photo

Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions / Capital Markets / Private Equity / Banking and Finance.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets and Banking and Finance Groups.


His practice includes advising international and local clients in public and private M&A transactions, including tender offers, auction processes, joint ventures, private equity investments, and corporate restructuring. He advises international and local banks such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, LarrainVial and BanChile Citi on the structuring of transaction and financial products, including advice on derivative matters. He also represents, on a regular basis, infrastructure funds on the acquisition, restructuring and financing of infrastructure projects in Chile.

Lawyer of the Year Award in Capital Markets, Best Lawyers (2019).
Lawyer of the Year Award in Corporate and M&A, Best Lawyers (2018).
Recognized in Corporate and M&A and in Capital Markets, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A and in Capital Markets, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500.
Recongnized in Corporate and M&A, IFLR1000.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets, LACCA.
Recognized in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Investment, Private Equity and Structured Finance, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in M&A, Who’s Who Legal.

Author of specialized publications on corporate governance, merger and acquisitions, international finance among others.


Spanish and English.


Member of the legal group, ICARE.
Member of the Board of Paz Corp and Adexus.
Member of the Board of the Chile-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Professor of Commercial Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (2005-2013).
Foreign Associate, Shearman & Sterling, New York (1996-1997).


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
LL.M, University of Chicago (1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Capital markets

The dedicated 33-strong group at market leviathan Carey has extensive capital markets experience, which includes advising on corporate and securitised bonds and high-profile securities offerings, including cross-border IPOs, capital increases, debt issuances and securitisation. The firm also has an outstanding derivatives practice, while other areas of strength include structuring and registering vehicles, managing relations with stock exchanges, and regulatory issues. In recent, high-profile work, Salvador ValdésCristián Figueroa and Patricia Silberman were part of a team that advised Enel Américas on the structuring of a capital increase and equity public offering for $3bn. The rest of the impressive partner list includes financial products and debt and equity securities specialist, Diego Peralta, structured products and derivatives expert Felipe Moro, and Jorge Ugarte (securities and debt and equity offerings). Also key to the practice are Cristián Figueroa  and Francisco Ugarte, while the firm’s funds practice, which is led by Cristián Eyzaguirre and Francisco Guzmán, was launched in 2016.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Salvador ValdésCarey

Market leviathan Carey fields an impressive, 67-strong department that is a leader in structuring M&A deals. The practice advises a wide range of clients, such as multinationals, funds and foreign companies investing for the first time in Chile, along with local and Latin American companies expanding their businesses in Chile and across the region. In reportedly the largest M&A operation in Chile in 2019, Francisco Ugarte was part of a team that advised State Grid International Development on a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Sempra Energy’s stake in Chilquinta Energía (and its electric transmission and distribution subsidiaries) and Tecnored, as well as Chilquinta’s 50% stake in Eletrans companies. The long list of other highly experienced partners includes senior figure and chairman Jorge Carey, managing partner Jaime Carey, Jorge UgartePablo Iacobelli and Salvador Valdés. Also critical to the group are Marcos RíosGuillermo AcuñaCristián Eyzaguirre and Claudio Lizana, along with Francisco GuzmánCristián Figuero and the recently promoted Patricia Silberman; between them the dozen partners cover all aspects of corporate, transactional and company law. From among a strong second tier, senior associate Alejandra Daroch is also noted.

Chile > Banking and finance

Full-service market-mainstay, Carey, has extensive experience advising creditors, investors and borrowers on all types of banking and financial transactions. Representative experience includes assisting with syndicated loans, liability management and project financing. The practice has also participated in a series of initiatives to update Chile’s laws and regulations. The banking and finance department heads are project finance and derivatives specialist Francisco UgarteDiego Peralta (noted for the structuring of financial products and financing of businesses); Felipe Moro, who is recommended for lending transactions, project financing, structured products and derivatives; and Salvador Valdés, who acts for several high-profile international and domestic banks and infrastructure funds on the financing of infrastructure projects in Chile. A strong associate line includes Fernando Noriega and Alejandra DarochSince publication, Noriega has been raised to the partnership – effective as of May 2021.