Chile 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Chile 2022

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Adolfo Tocornal

 Corporate lawyer | opdenergy

Energy and utilities

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Agustin Fracchia

 In-house lawyer / fiscal | RaboFinance Chile

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Alan Moya Dupre

Head of compliance | Codelco

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Alberto Vergara

Deputy general counsel, head of litigation | Scotiabank Chile

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Alejandra Urenda Silva

Legal manager North Latin America and Andean region | Electrolux

Consumer products

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Alejandro Celedón Raveau

General counsel | SONDA

Information technology

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Alejandro Palma Rioseco

General counsel and head of corporate affairs | Copec

Energy and utilities

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Alejandro Rubilar

Managing director | J.P. Morgan

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Alfonso Izquierdo Parada

General counsel and corporate compliance officer | Sacyr Chile

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Alicia Undurraga Pellegrini

Head of legal Chile | Anglo American

Materials and mining

Anastassia Fagetti Arenas

Legal manager, data protection officer and human rights correspondant | L’Oréal Chile

Consumer products

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Andrea Convalia

Legal head and compliance officer  | Roche Chile

Healthcare

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Andrea Fraga

Fiscal | SOFOFA

Non-profit / public sector

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Andrés Curia

Head of legal and commercial | Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

Energy and utilities

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Andrés Eyzaguirre

Corporate and legal affairs director | Nestlé Chile

Consumer products

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Andrés Parker

Legal director | Walmart

Consumer products

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Andrés Pérez Núñez

Senior lawyer | Sacyr Chile

Transport and infrastructure

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Andrés Winter

Gerente general | CorpGroup

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Bárbara Leighton

Legal manager Chile and Perú | Unilever

Consumer products

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Camila Andrea Álvarez Rojas

General counsel Latam | Solek

Energy and utilities

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Carlos Prat

Legal and corporate affairs manager | Glencore International

Materials and mining

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Carolina Carrasco

General counsel Chile and compliance officer Latam | ALSTOM

Transport and infrastructure

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Carolina Orrego Ceballos

Lawyer, legal and compliance manager | Melón

Materials and mining

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Carolina Oyarzún Barrera

Vice president associate general counsel head of legal Latin America | Everest Compañía de Seguros Generales Chile

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Caroline Lüders

General counsel - fiscal | KPMG Chile

Commercial and professional services

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Catalina Achermann

Vice president, corporate affairs and sustainability | WOM Chile

Telecommunication services

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Claudia Farjat

Country legal head for Chile | Novartis

Healthcare

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Claudia Gonzalez Montt

General counsel and external affairs officer | SMU

Consumer products

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Constanza Valle

Legal manager | IPAL

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Cristián Ceballos Argo

Legal manager | Farmacias Ahumada

Healthcare

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Cristián de la Cruz

Legal compliance manager | Celeo Redes

Energy and utilities

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Cristián Venegas-Puga G.

General counsel and head of compliance | BTG Pactual Chile

Financials

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Cristóbal Quezada Ruiz

Legal, public affairs and government manager | PepsiCo

Consumer products

Cristóbal Somarriva Quezada

Chief legal, sustainability and corporate affairs officer | Softys

Consumer products

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Dafne González

Director of legal affairs | Falabella

Consumer products

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Daniel Lorenzini

Regional legal counsel | Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

Materials and mining

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Diego Brieba Vial

General counsel, corporate affairs and corporate secretary | Aclara Resources

Energy and utilities

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Diego Corp Hoces de la Guardia

General counsel | Aela Energía

Energy and utilities

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Diego Peró

Gerente corporativo legal y personas | Bupa Chile

Healthcare

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Domingo Valdés

General counsel and secretary of the board | ENEL Chile and Enel Americas

Energy and utilities

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Duncan Grob

General manager, internal | Parque Arauco

Consumer products

Eduardo Diez R.

Chief legal and compliance officer | Generadora Metropolitana

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Eduardo Poehls

Legal manager | Socofar

Healthcare

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Eduardo Rodríguez

Corporate and legal affairs manager | Empresas Hites

Consumer products

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Eduardo Tagle Gana

Chief legal officer and secretary of the board | Transelec

Energy and utilities

Elena Yubero Gonçalves

General counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary | Grupo Automotores Gildemeister

Consumer products

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Eric Rees

In-house lawyer, fiscal | Provida

Financials

Felipe Barrera Orellana

Legal and compliance manager | LG Electronics

Consumer products

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Felipe Corvalán

General counsel | Moneda Asset Management

Financials

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Felipe Frias

General counsel | Mundo Pacífico

Telecommunication services

Felipe Leigh

Legal manager – compliance and ethics | The Adecco Group

Commercial and professional services

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Felipe Merino

Contract and intellectual property manager | Codelco

Materials and mining

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Felipe Olivares Mercado

Legal director South America | Acciona Energía Chile

Energy and utilities

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Felipe Ulloa

Legal department specialist | ABB

Industrials and real estate

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Felipe Zaldívar

Legal director | Santander

Financials

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Fernando Carmash

Director, in-house lawyer | BCI

Financials

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Fernando Eyzaguirre

Executive director | JP Morgan

Financials

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Fernando Moyano

In-house lawyer, fiscal | VIVOcorp

Industrials and real estate

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Fernando Valdés

Chief legal officer – ethics | ENGIE Energía Chile

Energy and utilities

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Francisca Celedón

Legal manager | Cía de Seguros MetLife

Financials

Francisca Larraín

Vice president of legal and compliance in Andes | Liberty Mutual Insurance

Financials

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Francisca Miranda

Head of legal and compliance Chile, Perú and Ecuador | Boehringer Ingelheim

Healthcare

Francisco Vial

General counsel | Komatsu Latin America

Materials and mining

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Gisela Candurra

Head of legal Chile and Perú | Merck

Healthcare

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Gonzalo Montoya

Legal manager | Antofagasta Minerals

Materials and mining

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Gonzalo Novoa

In-house lawyer, fiscal | Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Norte Express

Transport and infrastructure

Gonzalo Paredes Saieg

General counsel | oEnergy Generación Solar Distribuida 

Energy and utilities

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Gonzalo Smith

Chief legal and governance officer | Falabella

Consumer products

Guillermo Herrera

General counsel for Latin America and Caribbean, and regional director risk management LAC | WSP

Commercial and professional services

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Hector Herrera

Legal director Chile | MetLife

Financials

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Hernán Felipe Velasco Viveros

Legal director | HIF Global

Energy and utilities

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Hernán Torres Aguirre

Head of legal | Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Sports and media

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Horacio Aránguiz

In-house lawyer, fiscal | Enel Distribución

Energy and utilities

Ignacio Aránguiz Pinto

Senior legal counsel | Banco de Chile

Financials

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Ignacio Díaz

Head of legal | Atlas Renewable Energy

Energy and utilities

Ignacio Manuel Liberman Yaconi

Director of legal affairs | Empresa de Correos de Chile

Transport and infrastructure

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Ignacio Parra Benavente

Legal and compliance officer | Coface Chile

Financials

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Ignacio Quiñones

In-house lawyer, fiscal | Enel Generación

Energy and utilities

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Ignacio Saavedra

General counsel and corporate secretary | HSBC

Financials

Isabel Margarita Cabello Silva

General counsel | Banco del Estado de Chile

Financials

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Ivana Domitrovic G.

General counsel | Air Products Group

Industrials and real estate

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Jaime Martínez

In-house lawyer, fiscal | Parque del Recuerdo

Industrials and real estate

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Javier Allard

Corporate legal affairs manager | Falabella

Consumer products

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Javier Carrasco

Legal services manager | Tinguiririca Energía

Energy and utilities

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Javier Concha

 Vice president legal and compliance | Sociedad Punta de Lobos

Materials and mining

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Javiera Escanilla

Head lawyer | Nuevo Pudahuel

Transport and infrastructure

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Jean Paul Azaro

Head of legal and compliance officer | Alcon

Healthcare

Jean Paul Azaro Silva

Legal and compliance head South Cone Cluster | Alcon Laboratories

Healthcare

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Jorge González

In-house legal counsel | Fresenius Sanderson

Healthcare

Jorge Hirmas

General counsel Latin America and global legal operations | Orica

Materials and mining

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José Manuel Rebolledo

External legal director | Grupo Gibraltar

Industrials and real estate

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José Tomás Palacios

General counsel | SAAM

Transport and infrastructure

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Josefina Tocornal

Banco Falabella | Legal and compliance manager

Financials

Juan Carlos Motta Ponce

Legal manager | SK Comercial

Industrials and real estate

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Juan Pablo Araya Marco

General counsel and attesting officer | Banco Central de Chile

Financials

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Juan Pablo Suffiotti

General counsel | Echeverría Izquierdo Montajes Industriales

Industrials and real estate

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Karen Piddo

General counsel | MH Inversiones

Industrials and real estate

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Karin Ioannidis

Head of legal, patent and compliance – Chile | Bayer

Healthcare

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Katherine Barcia Schott

Legal director | ADP

Commercial and professional services

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Kilian Häberli Kaufmann

Head of legal Latam South Pacific | Etex

Industrials and real estate

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L. Andrés Lopez C.

Legal and compliance director | Vías Chile

Transport and infrastructure

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Lorena Ferreira

In-house lawyer | Codelco

Materials and mining

Luis Enrique Pineda Macias

Legal and compliance manager | Grupo Bureau Veritas Chile

Commercial and professional services

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Macarena Blanc Dauros

Legal counsel corporate and contracts | Adexus

Information technology

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Magdalena Strahovsky Villanueva

Human resources director | G4S Security Services Chile

Commercial and professional services

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Manuel Díaz Moles

Legal and compliance manager | Gold Fields Chile

Materials and mining

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Manuel José Prieto

Senior legal counsel | Sonnedix

Energy and utilities

Manuel Somarriva Loyola

Legal and HR corporate director | FORUS

Consumer products

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Marcela Cardenas

Deputy general counsel | Ripley Corp

Consumer products

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Marcela Inzunza

Head of legal Latam South Pacific  | GlaxoSmithKline

Healthcare

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Marcelo Fica Aránguez

General counsel | WOM

Telecommunication services

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Margaret Hirsch

Director legal and compliance | Adidas

Consumer products

María Consuelo Mengual

Company secretary and general counsel | Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional

Non-profit / public sector

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María Loreto Galaz

In-house lawyer | Deloitte

Commercial and professional services

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María Paz Alvear

General counsel | Gasvalpo

Energy and utilities

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María Paz Cerda

Vice president general counsel | AES Andes

Energy and utilities

Maria Teresa Jottar Nasrallah

Legal division manager | Santander Chile

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Mariana Gómez Moffat

Managing director legal | Credicorp Capital

Financials

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Mariana Viera Gutiérrez

Principal legal counsel | Medtronic

Healthcare

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Mario Larenas González

Legal and administration director | Minera Freeport McMoRan South America Limitada

Materials and mining

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Matías Vial

Legal manager | Larrain Vial

Financials

Maximiliano Schmidt Gabler

General counsel and general secretary | Mapfre Chile

Financials

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Miguel Dunay

Vice president of corporate and legal affairs | Molymet

Materials and mining

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Miguel Oyonarte Weldt

Vice president legal, regulatory and coporate affairs | VTR Comunicaciones

Telecommunication services

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Nicolai Bakovic Hudig

General counsel – fiscal | Teck Resources Chile Limitada

Materials and mining

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Nicolás Cabello 

General counsel | Empresas Banmédica-UHG

Healthcare

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Óscar Jara León

Legal manager – fiscal | Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército

Industrials and real estate

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Pablo Guzman Anrique

Legal and auctions director | Colliers Chile

Industrials and real estate

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Pablo Pacheco Escalona

Regional legal manager, Latin America  | Amplifon

Healthcare

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Paolo Leonelli

Legal affairs manager | Farmacias Ahumada

Healthcare

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Patricio Enei

Legal vice president | Antofagasta Minerals

Materials and mining

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Patricio Reyes

Legal corporate manager | Masisa

Materials and mining

Paul de la Taille

Legal manager | Empresas Iansa

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Paula Rodriguez Salas

Specialist lawyer | Masisa

Materials and mining

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Paulina Cox

Head of legal, compliance and ethics officer | EDF Renewables Chile

Energy and utilities

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Pedro Pablo Cerda

Head of legal | ISA INTERCHILE

Energy and utilities

Pedro Parga

General counsel | Invexans

Industrials and real estate

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Rafael Bilbao Deramond

Vice president and general counsel | Scotiabank Chile

Financials

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Rafael Le-Bert

General counsel | Camanchaca

Food

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Renzo Parodi

Associate general counsel and head of Latin America legal organisation | TATA Consultancy Services

Commercial and professional services

Ricardo Muza

Regional legal director for the Andean Cluster | Pfizer

Healthcare

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Rodrigo Schele Velasco

Head of legal | Fresenius Medical Care Chile

Healthcare

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Romualdo Araos

Senior legal manager | GM Financial

Financials

Ruben Henriquez

Legal and regulatory affairs manager | Australis Seafoods

Food

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Sebastián Rivera

Corporate manager of legal affairs | Cencosud

Consumer products

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Sebastián Salgó

In-house lawyer | Banco Internacional

Financials

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Sergio Rivera Lino

In-house lawyer | BNP Paribas Cardif

Financials

Silvana Rosso Galleguillos

Corporate legal advisor | Nestlé Chile

Food

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Stefan Franken Osorio

Chief legal and sustainability officer | CAP

Materials and mining

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Tabata Santelices

Head of legal | NotCo

Healthcare

Tatiana Munro Cabezas

Corporate legal manager | Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Non-profit / public sector

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Valeria González

Gerente de asuntos legales | GNL Quintero

Energy and utilities

Valeria Sanhueza Castelletto

Senior corporate and real estate lawyer | Gibraltar Group

Industrials and real estate

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Ximena Santibáñez Soto

General counsel | Walmart Chile

Consumer products

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The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms around the world for 35 years. Over the course of the last decade, we have expanded our legal analysis to include corporate counsel–again on a global scale–as reflected in our GC Powerlist series, which identifies the leading corporate counsel in more than 150 jurisdictions.

As lead researcher for The Legal 500’s Chile GC Powerlist 2022, it is my pleasure to introduce this extensive edition of the GC Powerlist series. Rarely have we conducted so many interviews with the leading in-house legal minds of a country while investigating; it was a privilege to be able to speak with the lawyers contained within these pages about opportunities and challenges they face now and in the future. Some examples of these enervating discussions are below.

In common with their contemporaries around the world, Chile-based GCs have endured a highly uncertain past two years. As Alberto Vergara, director of litigation at Scotiabank Chile reflects, ‘the Covid-19 pandemic made the changes and challenges that we were already facing even more dramatic, urgent, and exponential. Legal counsel, especially in-house ones, had to adopt overnight ways of working that we previously would have considered counterintuitive’. He views the agility that he and his in-house legal colleagues showed in adapting to the pandemic’s new requirements in order to continue effectively serving their organisations as a point of pride: ‘We as legal counsel were crucial in order to provide the legal advice required to adapt to the new circumstances, putting aside our established wisdom and old ways of working. We should be proud of the outcome.’

Anastassia Fagetti Arenas, legal manager, data protection officer and human rights correspondent for L’Oreal Chile summed up the huge value that top-quality in-house counsel can give to an organisation, with a fitting tribute to her contemporaries: ‘With our ability to anticipate changes in an increasingly volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous world, having a position in legal matters allows us to evaluate the most suitable solutions proactively and take a more active role in the face of different changes or challenges. This ability to accelerate our legal vision allows us to protect the organisation’s reputation and ourselves against possible impacts on the company, our stakeholders, and shareholders.’

I am extremely pleased to present this list of the most successful, agile and innovative in-house lawyers in Chile.

Yoonsong Choi | Lead Research Analyst | GC Powerlist Chile 2022

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The Legal 500 has kindly invited Carey to host the fourth edition of the GC Powerlist Chile, which recognises the most influential and innovative general counsel of Chile. In order to identify the top general counsel in the country, The Legal 500 conducted independent research, which includes in-depth consultations with important members of the Chilean legal community, with a particular emphasis on those general counsel that promote effective team collaboration.

Carey warmly congratulates those who have been recognised, including those with whom we have shared professional experiences that have enabled us to appreciate first hand their leadership and effectiveness.

Although Chile is experiencing tumultuous times, including the drafting of a new constitution which will be approved or rejected through a referendum in September, the legal community in Chile widely believes that our democratic traditions, our solid institutions, a general absence of corruption and a respect for the rule of law will ultimately allow our country to continue prospering and maintain its position as one of the leading nations in Latin America.

Carey reiterates its belief that the general counsel recognised by The Legal 500 have played, and will continue to play, an important role in maintaining Chile’s high ethical and political standards. We view them as legal lighthouses which guide the corporations they serve, preventing them from making decisions that might lead them to dangerous waters. As Chile’s largest law firm, Carey, of course, shares this task.

We also share many of the same values and beliefs with this group of prestigious general counsels. Building a strong and positive culture in a law firm is not an easy task and requires continual work and reflection. We at Carey appreciate the leadership and inspiration that the lawyers recognised by The Legal 500 this year provide to the entire legal community.

Thank you to The Legal 500 for this invitation and, once again, congratulations to the general counsel selected for their outstanding work.

Jorge Carey | Chairman | Carey

 

GC Summit Portugal 2024

On April 9th, The Legal 500 was delighted to be back in Lisbon, hosting the GC Summit Portugal 2024 at the EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel. The event convened the nation’s in-house legal community alongside five leading law firms and 20 esteemed speakers, providing a platform for the highest calibre of legal expertise to examine pressing issues faced by corporate counsel.

The conference kicked off with opening remarks from Francisco Castro, The Legal 500’s editorial lead, underscoring the significance of uniting the in-house community and collaborating with law firms to deliver top-notch content tailored to their interests.

The first panel, in collaboration with Abreu Advogados, brought the topic of Intellectual Property to the forefront. César Bessa Monteiro Jr., partner at Abreu Advogados moderated a discussion with Sara Barbot, legal director at BA Glass, Pedro Gonçalves, director of legal and compliance at Unbabel and Rita Branquinho Lobo, head of legal affairs at Novabase. The session explored challenges companies encounter in safeguarding their rights and sharing intangible assets in collaborative endeavours.

The subsequent session, brought by CMS Portugal, with esteemed speakers Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, partner at CMS Portugal, Pedro Amaral Frazão, adviser to the chairman at Grupo Sousa, Tiago de Magalhães, senior associate at CMS Portugal and Sandro dos Santos Zeineddin, director of information systems at Portway, delved into the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), exploring innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies reshaping the corporate landscape.

After a short coffee break to exchange ideas on the topics discussed, the third panel of the afternoon, in collaboration with Morais Leitão, introduced the firm’s ML Assessment.ai, the firm’s innovative approach to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape, through AI-driven solutions. The session was moderated by Magda Viçoso, partner at Morais Leitão and Carlos Coelho, director of innovation and knowledge at Morais Leitão, alongside guest speakers Bruno Pina, chief legal officer at Repsol and Ana Moniz Macedo, director of corporate affairs at Millennium BCP.

The session that followed, brought by VdA, focused on the Voluntary Carbon Markets newest legislation, both at the Portuguese and the EU levels, which brings new opportunities to, among others, create financial products on the grounds of bold carbon credits. The discussion was led by Assunção Cristas, partner, ESG integrated services platform and the environment at VdA, Hugo Moredo Santos, partner, banking & finance at VdA, Patrícia Mendes, head of legal and compliance at Volkswagen Financial Services and Angela Lucas, co-founder, partner & board member at LAND Fund.

Concluding the day, leading firm PLMJ, brought a dynamic discussion on the evolving fintech scene in Portugal, taking an in-depth look at the latest trends, from the acquisition of regulated entities and the creation of new ones to the opening of branches and the establishment of joint ventures. Speakers were Bruno Ferreira, managing partner at PLMJ, and André Abrantes and Tomás Almeida Ribeiro, managing associates at PLMJ.

In summary, the GC Summit Portugal 2024 served as a catalyst for fostering legal excellence, promoting business innovation, and forging meaningful connections within the legal and corporate community. Following the event’s impressive conclusion, the dialogue continued into a drinks and canapes reception. Here, lingering questions were addressed, and attendees seized the opportunity to reconnect with their peers.

On June 27th, The Legal 500 will return to Lisbon for the release of its annual GC Powerlist: Portugal, highlighting the top in-house lawyers in the country, in collaboration with PLMJ.