- Senior Partner: Jorge Carey
- Managing Partner: Jaime Carey
- Number of partners worldwide: : 24
- Number of other lawyers worldwide: 136
THE FIRM: Carey is Chile’s largest full-service law firm. It provides a complete range of financial and business legal services to many of the world’s most prestigious companies, as well as to international organisations, local public and private enterprises and institutions, and to individuals. It is perceived to be one of the best managed law firms in the country and is amongst the very top in Latin America. Mr Jorge Carey, widely recognised for his leadership skills, was awarded Chambers Global 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. The firm is a member of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, World Services Group, Terralex, International Network of Boutique Law Firms and The Interlex Group.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Antitrust: Carey has a proven track record in securing clearance for complex M&A and joint ventures. The firm’s antitrust practice encompasses all areas of antitrust law, including advisory on regulatory compliance and assessment of operations from a free competition point of view.
Banking & Finance: The firm has a long tradition of representing leading Chilean and foreign banks in transactions of every kind, including secured and unsecured syndicated loan facilities; equity and debt securities offerings; placements of debt securities; letters of credit and other credit enhancement devices; note purchase agreements; project financings; structured products; debt restructurings; and derivative transactions.
Energy & Gas & Oil: Carey has worked on the implementation, financing and refinancing of some of the major energy, and gas and oil projects in the country (including coal and LNG projects), advising public and private sectors. The firm provides a complete service ranging from regulatory matters to M&A, joint ventures, negotiation, project development and financing, including the acquisition and sale of electric, gas and oil assets and industrial interests.
Engineering & Construction: The firm is market leader in this highly specialised area with a practice group devoted exclusively to advising major international and local clients doing construction and engineering projects in Chile, both as owners or contractors. Services range from early project inception (with Carey’s Natural Resources and Environment group) to bidding stages, contract preparation and negotiation, handling of claims, dispute resolution including arbitration and litigation in a task force approach with Carey’s litigation practice groups. Carey has ample experience in all kinds of contracting systems including EPC, EPCM and BOT.
Government Contracts: Carey represents multinational contractors and manufacturers in the defence, security, gaming, construction and other regulated and unregulated industries, in all their government contracting requirements in Chile.
IP: HarneckerCarey, Carey’s intellectual property practice area, provides a wide range of services, including prosecution and litigation of trademarks, patents, utility models, designs, copyright and domain names, licensing, distributorship, agency and franchise agreements, infringements and unfair competition. Also the firm has a strong expertise in consumer protection and product liability matters. In pharmaceutical, the firm provides counselling on a variety of areas such as patent prosecution, litigation, antitrust and regulatory matters.
Labour & Immigration: Actively involved in collective bargaining in different industries. Vast experience in hiring processes, compensation packages (including stock related plans), terminations and massive lay-offs, labour auditing and legal compliance, subcontracting, labour due diligences, internal investigations, and taxation of employees. Also provides immigration services, such as work contract and temporary residence visas, work permits, and apostille of documents.
Litigation & Arbitration: Carey has earned a national reputation for excellence in complex high-stakes, high-profile business disputes, including civil, commercial, criminal, labour, antitrust, tax and bankruptcy cases involving major multinational clients. The firm’s practice also includes national and international arbitration cases under the auspices of the ICSID and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as under the UNCITRAL Rules.
M&A: The firm has a market leading practice in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, associations, strategic alliances and public tender offers. It has been involved in many of the major M&A deals in Chile in the last two decades and has been widely recognised for its efficiency, time effectiveness and creativity in achieving clients’ goals.
Natural Resources & Environment: The firm advises clients in all natural resources areas and has been involved in all kinds of mining, water, hydropower, conventional and non-conventional renewable energy, conservation, industrial and forestry projects developed in the country, either as counsel to the project owners, sponsors or financiers. The firm advises clients in all environmental areas, including regulatory compliance, due diligence, audits, assessment and counseling on environmental liability, litigation, and environmental financial products transactions.
Real Estate: Experience in acquisitions and disposals; joint ventures; portfolio sales and securitisation; real estate investment funds; tax efficiency structuring; real estate financing; sale and leasebacks; development; construction; leases and real estate management; and dispute resolution.
Tax: The firm’s Tax Group has positioned itself as the largest tax practice among law firms and the leading competitor of the tax departments of large auditing firms. Constantly involved in structuring of major and complex national and international transactions, tax litigation, tax planning and tax due diligence processes.
Telecommunications, Media & IT: Carey advises leading incumbents and technology providers and has a wide knowledge of the regulatory, financial and transactional aspects of this industry. Heavily involved in and exposed to competition and litigation issues of the telecom market. Also active in the media and IT fields.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: Carey provides a complete service to international clients looking to do business in Chile with years of experience in international business issues and cross-border transactions.
The firm’s clients are mainly multinationals. A list is available upon request.