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Enzo Canales


CMS Carey & Allende
Av. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 10
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago
Languages Spanish, English

Enzo is Head of  the Employment & Pensions Group at CMS Carey & Allende. His professional practice focuses on systems applicable to foreign workers, international social security treaties, norm compliance, collective bargaining, and trials.

Enzo frequently advises foreign companies from various industries, throughout the stages of hiring personnel, on the establishment of special employment conditions, on the structuring of payment packages, on matters of employee safety and health, on termination of employment, and in representation & defense of clients as employers in labor trials of all kinds.

His team works in a coordinated effort, on corporate and tax issues, and participates in all due diligence processes related to M&A operations.

Enzo has been a speaker in ABA international forums, on matters related to labor law.


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"Enzo Canales has a good amount of expertise and is serious, professional and skilful in labour matters"

Chambers Latin America - 2023

"Enzo is a senior professional with great technical knowledge and a very good ability to understand his clients' businesses,…he is intelligent, strategically minded and always available"

Chambers Latin America-2021

"Enzo Canales stands out for his great technical knowledge and solid advice, that is provided very quickly and on time"

The Legal 500 - 2021

"Enzo Canales is empathetic, agile, has knowledge of the issues, and is available to meet the needs of the company"

The Legal 500 - 2022

"A very knowledgeable lawyer with vast experience in complex matters who is able to explain complicated topics in a very clear and simple way"

Chambers Latin America

"Clients express strong appreciation for his exhaustive work ethic, precise approach and ability to identify the key issues in their matters"

Chambers Latin America

Relevant experience

  • Unilever Chile, subsidiary of the British-Dutch multinational company, on labour matters.
  • Alxar Minería (former Minera Can-Can) on employment matters.
  • Besalco Construcciones  on labour matters, trials, and collective bargaining. 
  • Besalco MD Montajes on labour matters, trials, and collective bargaining. 
  • Estee Lauder, multinational on skincare products, on labour matters, trials, and collective bargaining.  
  • Transbank, important payment intermediary company in Chile, on labour matters, including restructuring process and labour trials. 
  • K+S Chile, Chilean subsidiary of the group comprised of salt extraction and transportation companies, on labour matters. 
  • Ausenco Chile on labour matters, trials, and collective bargaining. 
  • Worley, engineering company, on labor matters such as employment contracts, lawsuits, collective bargain, relationship with trade union, and on all employment matters related to M&A procesess (Jacobs /SKM and Worley/Jacobs).  
  • Saipem, Italian company of the oil and gas sector, which expanded to Chile two years ago, on labour matters. 
  • Eléctricas de Medellín  on labour matters, trials, and collective bargaining. 
    Accenture, multinational professional services company that provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, on labour matters and trials. 
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Awards & Rankings

Endorsed by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Leaders League, and Latin Lawyer 250.

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  • 2008 – Labor Reform Certification, Instituto de Estudios Judiciales
  • 2005 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
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