Jorge Allende Destuet > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate/M&A | Capital Markets | Projects & Infrastructure


Jorge is partner and the co-head of the Corporate/M&A team. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital market operations, startups, and private equity. He counsels international clients on matters of finance, hospitality, and natural resources.

He is also well recognized for his active practice in the capital markets arena and he has regularly participated in cross-border business combination operations, advising both local clients in their expansion endeavours in Latin America, as well as for foreign clients in their businesses in Chile, and in other regions of Latin America.

Key clients: Sun Dreams S.A., The Blackstone Group L.P., Enagás S.A., Centerbridge Partners, AquaChile S.A, KKR.


2009-2011 Worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York city
2011 Admitted to the New York bar
2011 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as associate
2015 Promoted to partner at CMS Carey & Allende
2017 Appointed co-head of the Corporate/M&A group
2017 Recognized by the Finance Monthtly Awards as Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Member of the CMS Corporate/M&A Management Committee.


Spanish, English


2004 – Study Abroad Program, University of California Berkeley
2005 – Law Degree summa cum laude, Universidad de Chile School of Law
2009 – Master of Corporate Law, New York University
2014 – Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program, Stanford University

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

The six-strong group at CMS Carey & Allende advises creditors, investors and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated loan agreements, along with project financings involving energy and infrastructure. It also assists with financings for the acquisition of companies and assets, as well as debt restructuring, international expansion financings and capital markets deals. Practice head Fernando De Cárcer is a securities and corporate governance specialist, while the practice of senior associate Enrique Vergara incorporates syndicated loans, project financing, debt restructuring, credit transfers, and corporate bonds. Dual-qualified in both New York and Chile, Jorge Allende Destuet is working as a visiting partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP since August 2022.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

CMS has become a considerable force in Latin America banking and finance with its integrated offices in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. It has further enhanced this offering through a cooperation agreement with Brazilian law firm FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS in 2023.The established team has a fine record in financings and restructurings, and represents some of the biggest international and regional lenders – including multilateral development banks – that operate in the market. It is also noted for its links to private equity sponsors, corporates and government entities. The various offices have landed key roles in a series of headline acquisition financings, project financings and restructurings, including advising BBVA Colombia on a $200m loan facility to Akzo Nobel Coatings and its Colombian SPV for the acquisition of Grupo Orbis, a major Colombian chemicals and paint conglomerate. Fernando De Cárcer and Jorge Allende Destuet are the key figures in Santiago, along with Sergio Rodriguez-Azuero and Daniel Rodríguez in Bogota. Miguel Viale and Diego Peschiera are the practitioners of note in Lima.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

CMS has a deep commitment to Latin America through its multiple offices in the region; it has local offices in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, along with an office of international lawyers in Brazil. It augmented this with a cooperation agreement with Brazilian law firm FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS in 2023. The Latin America team continues to make an impression in private equity investments and exits, along with energy and infrastructure transactions; oil and gas, renewables and the digital environment are key fortes for the team. The group frequently works alongside some of the top law firms on Wall Street and across the US. Jorge Allende Destuet and Ramón Valdivieso are co-heads of the corporate and M&A team in Chile, and are noted for private equity and M&A transactions. Juan Camilo Rodríguez leads the group in Colombia, and Peru office managing partner Juan Carlos Escudero is also an experienced transactional practitioner. Ted Rhodes is a key figure in Rio de Janeiro and is noted for his expertise in energy transactions.