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CMS Carey & Allende
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago

CMS Carey & Allende was founded in 1993 and became part of CMS in January 2017. The team of over 40 lawyers is focused on assisting both national and international clients. The firm has proven expertise in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution, tax, real estate, intellectual property and employment law as well as in the energy, infrastructure and construction, mining, consumer products, technology, media and communications and healthcare sectors. They are consistently developing new ways of providing services to their clients, to assist in key legal issues, in commercial operations and projects and in conflict resolutions – always going beyond the legal perspective.

CMS is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice, with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries across the world and more than 4,800 lawyers. CMS has a strong presence in Latin America, with offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We are one of the few law firms present in all Pacific Alliance countries.

We are excellent at law, but the challenge to go beyond and participate in our clients’ important decisions is what we really enjoy.

CMS Carey & Allende – facts and figures
Founded: 1993
Lawyers: 45
Partners: 11

Practice areas and sector groups
Banking and finance:
CMS Chile knows the banking and finance dynamics on both a local as well as an international scale, covering the full spectrum of banking, finance, regulatory, and capital markets law. Maintains its strong record of accomplishment in advising companies from the technology, retail and hospitality industries on a range of matters, including bond issuances, tender offers and regulatory compliance including representing clients before the Chilean Securities and Exchange Commission (SVS).The firm ensures its services are ahead of market trends, anticipating the challenging environment of your business.

Corporate/M&A: CMS Chile’s strong practice enjoys a regional reputation of excellence and an in-depth expertise, advising some of the leading Chilean companies on mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions that involve clients from the finance, energy, infrastructure, real estate and construction industries, as well as the telecom and hotels sectors. Foreign companies looking to enter Chile and current players rethinking their share of the market trust the team to steer their transactions. Its seal is to incorporate elements that allow operations to be successful in time, understanding the challenges that its international clients face in the development of their business.

Dispute resolution: Experienced disputes practice with notable capabilities in civil and commercial litigation and ADR mandates. Regularly advises clients on disputes related to insurance and construction matters, as well as offering experience in the financial services, telecommunications and natural resources industries. Additional capabilities include advice on insolvency disputes and corporate governance.

Employment and pensions: CMS Chile’s reputable employment practice covers all manner of concerns. It handles day-to-day issues, employment agreements, visas, foreign-employee immigration requirements, social security matters as well as more contentious matters, such as employee dismissals, collective bargaining and employment litigation; also advises on M&A-related labour law issues. CMS Chile prides itself on excellent knowledge of social security bi-national treaties and labour compliance audit services.

Energy and climate change:  CMS Chile provides permanent services to the most important conventional energy producers as pertaining to environmental and territorial feasibility of their projects, establishment of easements and rights-of-way, the obtaining and purchasing of water-use rights, electrical system interconnections, permits, and energy supply contracts. The firm’s activity has been particularly intense, having advised clients a great deal on new transmission line projects, and non-conventional renewable energy source projects. In this manner, CMS Chile has been able to participate in the earliest of stages in these projects, to the point of entry into operation, as well as financing, M&A, and private equity related to the same.

Environment: CMS Chile’s environment group provides with legal services in order to bring projects into fruition, finding the balance of compatibility with the criteria set forth by authorities as well as by the community at large.
It is experienced in advising on the preparation, review, correction, and improvement of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), administrative procedure before environmental authorities particularly in mining, real estate, energy (power plant and high-voltage power line projects) sectors.

Infrastructure and projects: CMS Chile has a strong practice in project matters with expertise spanning financing, development, engineering, construction and operation. Experience handling a range of major projects, supporting a portfolio of local and international clients on the execution and development of public and private sector concession projects, particular focus on telecoms infrastructure, power generation and transmission, and additional strength in matters concerning aquaculture and regulatory issues.

Intellectual property: CMS Chile strong reputation for enforcement matters is already well established in Chile. The team covers trademarks, patents, copyright, domain names, counterfeiting, litigation and data protection.

Mining: CMS Chile acts for a diverse roster of local and international clients from the energy, mining and construction fields on mining concessions and easements, as well as relevant M&A transactions and subsoil protection for renewable energy projects. Additional expertise includes supply and option agreements and EPC contracts. Regularly collaborates with the firm’s energy, corporate, projects, dispute resolution and employment departments.

Private equity: We understand that the success of an operation in private equity is based on adequately conciliating the interests and expectations of all those involved.

We have participated in private equity operations in various industries, representing both companies that have received investments of this kind, as well as large investors.

We get involved with you in each transaction, in order to understand the business culture of the players involved, so as to successfully reconcile the vision and expectations of the controller, the investor, and the receiver.

We have designed and implemented structures aimed at maximising the synergies that arise in these types of operations, considering non-monetary contributions, investor participation in the company’s development, and the exit mechanisms placed in order to maximise investment, all of the foregoing fostering adequate rapport among all of the parties involved.

Real estate and construction: CMS Chile takes on projects from the initial strategic stages of planning, providing consulting services in the complete legal analysis for given real estate; as well as for its acquisition, construction, and approval of all related permits, dedicated to advising clients on the development and construction of real estate and urban development projects, as well as expropriation mandates and property title regularisation for industrial plants and other real estate assets. Offers additional capabilities in handling contentious matters related to real estate.

Tax:  CMS Chile’s tax strengths include domestic and international tax planning, and assistance with VAT, indirect taxation and cross-border transactions; the team also includes experts in double-taxation treaties and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and families, and represents clients before the tax authorities. Its tax team devises tax efficient structures for mergers and acquisitions and tax counsel for corporate reorganisations. It is visible in the retail, hospitality and construction sectors, among others.

TMC – Technology, media and communications: CMS Chile represents high-profile players from the TMC sector. Well equipped to negotiate licensing agreements, IT service contracts and the acquisition of media assets, as well as administrative disputes before the relevant authorities and fintech mandates. Practice has expanded to cover data protection, while it continues to advise companies on cross-border M&A deals in the telecoms sector and provide relevant regulatory and compliance counsel. Continues to represent major names in the telecommunications and technology industries.

Other practice areas and sectors: commercial, competition, compliance, environment, public law and regulatory, consumer products, healthcare, hotels and leisure, mining, private equity

Clients: CMS Carey & Allende works alongside global colleagues organised in 19 practice areas and sector groups. We offer our clients -both domestic companies and multinational enterprises- the latest legal knowledge and best practices worldwide. A complete list is available upon request.

Please visit our website for more info regarding our other practice areas.

Banking & Finance Fernando De Cárcerfernando.decarcer@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Compliance Rodrigo Camperorodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Corporate/M&A Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Corporate/M&A Jorge Allende Destuetjorge.allended@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Dispute Resolution Rodrigo Camperorodrigo.campero@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Employment & Pension Enzo Canalesenzo.canales@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Energy Jorge Allende Zañartujorge.allende@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Energy Luis Felipe Arzeluis.arze@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
Environment Stephan Lührmannstephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Infrastructure & Projects Luis Felipe Arzeluis.arze@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
Intellectual Property Matías Somarrivamatias.somarriva@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2015
Mining Jorge Allende Zañartujorge.allende@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Private Equity Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Public Procurement Stephan Lührmannstephan.luhrmann@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Real Estate & Construction Pabla Gaínzapabla.gainza@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2093
Tax Diego Garcíadiego.garcia@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2032
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Ramón Valdiviesoramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2038
Technology, Media & Communication (TMC) Diego Rodríguezdiego.rodriguez@cms-ca.com56 22 485 2073
Jorge Allende photo Jorge AllendeJorge is a senior partner and head of the Mining and Energy…
Jorge Allende Destuet photo Jorge Allende DestuetJorge is partner and the co-head of the Corporate/M&A team. His practice…
Luis Felipe Arze photo Luis Felipe ArzeLuis Felipe is partner and co-head of M&A and Infrastructure & Projects…
Sebastián Barros photo Sebastián BarrosSebastián is senior associate and has been part of the  Corporate/M&A Group at…
Rodrigo Campero photo Rodrigo CamperoRodrigo is partner and leads Dispute Resolution and Compliance practice groups for…
Enzo Canales photo Enzo CanalesEnzo is partner and leads the Employment & Pensions group for CMS…
Fernando De Cárcer photo Fernando De CárcerFernando is partner and leads the Banking & Finance group and he…
Ignacio Errazquin photo Ignacio ErrazquinIgnacio is a partner and has been part of the Corporate/M&A and Technology,…
Julio Frías photo Julio FríasJulio is a senior associate and member of the Employment & Pensions…
Pabla Gainza photo Pabla GainzaPabla is partner and leads the Real Estate & Construction practice area.…
Diego García photo Diego GarcíaDiego is the partner that leads the Tax group for CMS Carey…
Stephan Lührmann photo Stephan LührmannStephan is a partner and Head of the Environment and ESG Groups…
Karin Muñoz photo Karin MuñozKarin is senior associate and a member of the Real Estate &…
Manuel Ponce photo Manuel PonceManuel is a member of the Mining sector group for CMS Carey…
Diego Rodríguez photo Diego RodríguezDiego is partner and head of the Venture Capital and Fintech Groups…
Matías Somarriva photo Matías SomarrivaMatías is Head of the Intellectual Property Group at CMS Carey &…
Ramón Valdivieso photo Ramón ValdiviesoRamón is co-head of the Corporate/M&A practice area and leads the Technology,…
Enrique  Vergara photo Enrique VergaraEnrique is senior associate and has been part of the Banking &…


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