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As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisors who can help you successfully handle complex infrastructure and project financing transactions.

Whether you are involved in public works programmes or private sector financing, you will get the legal advise you need from us in the participation of tenders, bestowals and awards, execution, and development of concession projects for energy, transportation, hospitals, penitentiary, and port areas.

We count on a team of lawyers with experience and knowledge in matters related to concessions, as well as tax, real estate, and development law, environmental law, and other legal specialties required for the tasks at hand.

Our lawyers have helped shape transactions across these sectors, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. And if you are facing a potential dispute, we have the experts to support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action. Whatever your situation, we have the track record and the people to help.

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"They have the knowledge we were looking for and offer broad experience advising on project finance matters. They are also very good advising on sector-related regulatory and contractual matters"

Chambers Latin America 2020

"They offer a good service. They have expertise regarding complex matters and good local contacts"

Chambers Latin America 2019

"The service has been exceptional, mainly because of the quickness of the lawyers to respond, as well as the quality of the service provided"

Chambers Latin America 2018

"CMS Carey & Allende’s projects team is complemented by the firm’s robust corporate, regulatory, construction and administrative law practices. Jorge Allende Z, Luis Felipe Arze and Pabla Gaínza are highly regarded practitioners"

The Legal 500 - 2017

"The lawyers at [CMS]Carey & Allende are flexible, proactive, and understand our company intimately, enabling them to handle very complicated work for us. They also make every effort to manage the different timetables between Chile and Europe so that we can count on them any time - and we hugely appreciate it"

Chambers and Partners Latin America
28 September 2018
IPBA Lat­in Amer­ic­an Re­gion­al Con­fer­ence - San­ti­ago, Chile
Busi­ness Op­por­tun­it­ies in LatAmMod­er­at­or: Fernando de Car­cer, Part­ner - CMS Carey & Al­lendeLat­in Amer­ica presents a highly di­verse in­vest­ment land­scape. Cre­at­ing an at­tract­ive en­vir­on­ment for in­vestors in in­fra­struc­ture is no easy task. Polit­ics and policy can make or break private par­ti­cip­a­tion and the flow of in­vest­ment. As tra­di­tion­al in­fra­struc­ture as­sets classes be­come more com­pet­it­ive, in­vestors are in­creas­ingly look­ing to al­tern­at­ives. The South Amer­ic­an coun­tries are fo­cus­ing much of their at­ten­tion on en­ergy and trans­port­a­tion and there are huge op­por­tun­it­ies across the whole re­gion, but some will re­quire more ap­pet­ite for risk than oth­ers. Private cap­it­al will be an im­port­ant com­pon­ent in meet­ing this goal.The top­ics to be covered will be, for each of the coun­tries rep­res­en­ted in the pan­el: Up­date of re­gion­al in­vest­ment en­vir­on­ment, flag­ship in­fra­struc­ture/PPP pro­grams and loc­al trends.Chile is the most at­tract­ive in­fra­struc­ture mar­ket in Lat­in Amer­ica and the el­ev­enth glob­ally, be­ne­fit­ing from a highly fa­vor­able tax en­vir­on­ment, strong gov­ernance and sta­bil­ity. Chile is also a re­new­ables haven, with ef­fect­ive policies and well-de­signed auc­tions that have suc­cess­fully at­trac­ted in­ter­na­tion­al de­velopers in re­cent years. The coun­try is also one of the glob­al pi­on­eers of cor­por­ate PPAs, long-term fixed-price agree­ments between cor­por­ate en­tit­ies and re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­at­ors.Peru has been among the re­gion’s fast­est grow­ing eco­nom­ies over the past dec­ade, and is one of Lat­in Amer­ica’s most de­veloped in­fra­struc­ture mar­kets. There is a large in­fra­struc­ture gap, es­pe­cially with­in the en­ergy, trans­port and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions sec­tors.Colom­bia boasts one of the most am­bi­tious PPP pro­gram­mers in the world, the flag­ship Fourth Gen­er­a­tion (4G) roads ini­ti­at­ive.Brazil is cur­rently ex­per­i­en­cing a tim­id eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery the coun­try has em­barked on a ma­jor privat­iz­a­tion pro­gram, at­tract­ing glob­al mar­ket play­ers.Ar­gen­tina's in­vest­ment op­tions for pub­lic works and in­fra­struc­ture are ample and var­ied. Re­quir­ing an ur­gent boom in in­fra­struc­ture, mul­ti­lat­er­al cred­it in­sti­tu­tions have already guar­an­teed their sup­port and an­nounced more than USD 6.0 bil­lion in in­vest­ment fin­an­cing.Speak­ers:Chile: Ian Fre­d­er­ick Dir­ect­or In­vest­Chile ifre­d­er­[email protected]­vest­chile.gob.cl ht­tps://in­vest­chile.gob.cl/Peru: Julio José Po­lanco Pérez Dir­ect­or Ofi­cina Comer­cial del Perú en Chile [email protected]­cetur.gob.pe www.oc­ex­per­uenchile.clColom­bia: Jorge Hernán Gutiér­rez Ramírez Dir­ect­or PRO­COLOM­BIA Chile jgu­ti­er­[email protected]­colom­bia.co www.pro­colom­bia.coAr­gen­tina: Mari­ano Mil­let Asia Seni­or Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Agen­cia Ar­gen­tina de In­ver­siones y Comer­cio In­ter­nacion­al mmil­[email protected]­ver­sio­nycomer­cio.org.ar ht­tp://www.in­ver­sio­nycomer­cio.org.ar/Brasil: Ren­ata Rossini Fas­ano Jefa del Sec­tor de Comer­cio, Tur­ismo e In­ver­siones (SECOM) Em­ba­jada de Brasil en San­ti­ago ren­ata.fas­[email protected]­amaraty.gov.br ht­tp://san­ti­ago.it­amaraty.gov.br/es-es/Main.xml
In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Amer­ica Over­view
Cre­at­ing an at­tract­ive en­vir­on­ment for in­vestors in in­fra­struc­ture is no easy task. Polit­ics and policy can make or break private par­ti­cip­a­tion and the flow of in­vest­ment. Something that has nev­er been clear­er than in this year’s CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex which ranks 40 jur­is­dic­tions in or­der of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment at­tract­ive­ness.This sup­ple­ment fo­cuses on the Amer­icas. Canada is reap­ing the be­ne­fits of its gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture and ranks second in the In­dex.  It wins its po­s­i­tion thanks to clear pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ures, a large PPP pipeline and an es­tab­lished in­vest­ment com­munity.  Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau will launch the Canada In­fra­struc­ture Bank (CIB) by the end of 2017 and has prom­ised to spend CAN$187bn on in­fra­struc­ture over the next 12 years.  Polit­ic­al sup­port of the CIB is mixed and this may im­pact the pro­ject pipeline, but Canada is un­doubtedly a hot spot for private cap­it­al. The United States ranks sev­enth in the In­dex.  It has a de­cent­ral­ised ap­proach to in­fra­struc­ture and PPP and much of its ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture is in des­per­ate need of an up­grade.  Pres­id­ent Trump has prom­ised a US$1trn in­fra­struc­ture plan but un­til the de­tails are re­leased, the op­por­tun­it­ies for in­vest­ment are un­cer­tain. Chile is the highest rank­ing South Amer­ic­an coun­try and ranks 11th in the In­dex.  It is a glob­al pi­on­eer of PPAs and has be­ne­fit­ted from its strong gov­ernance and sta­bil­ity and a fa­vour­able tax en­vir­on­ment.   The pipeline of pro­jects across oth­er Lat­in Amer­ic­an coun­tries also presents op­por­tun­it­ies for in­vestors: Mex­ico has just an­nounced 12 new pro­jects, Colom­bia has an am­bi­tious roads ini­ti­at­ive and Brazil has em­barked upon a ma­jor privat­isa­tion pro­gramme. The South Amer­ic­an coun­tries in­cluded in the In­dex are fo­cus­ing much of their at­ten­tion on en­ergy and trans­port­a­tion.  Re­cent nat­ur­al dis­asters, such as the re­cent earth­quake in Mex­ico in Septem­ber 2017, have also cre­ated a new and ur­gent need for ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture to be re­paired and re­placed.  Private cap­it­al will be an im­port­ant com­pon­ent in meet­ing this need. The In­dex presents a pos­it­ive out­look for the Amer­icas.  There are huge op­por­tun­it­ies across the whole re­gion, but some will re­quire more ap­pet­ite for risk than oth­ers.
CMS in Lat­in Amer­ica En­ergy, Min­ing & Pro­jects
CMS has stead­ily grown its pres­ence in Lat­in Amer­ica over the past ten years. In 2017 we ad­ded to our well-es­tab­lished of­fices in Rio de Janeiro and Mex­ico three new CMS mem­ber firms in Chile, Colom­bia and Peru.Our six of­fices across five of the most im­port­ant eco­nom­ies in Lat­in Amer­ica par­ti­cip­ate from a re­gion­al CMS com­mit­tee to provide cli­ents with con­sist­ent, in­teg­rated cov­er­age through­out these jur­is­dic­tions.Most Lat­in Amer­ic­an eco­nom­ies have long been driv­en by the en­ergy and nat­ur­al re­sources sec­tors, but have been slow to make ne­ces­sary in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects. The pic­ture has changed over re­cent years, as many Lat­in Amer­ic­an coun­tries have launched ma­jor in­vest­ment pro­grammes to deal with the in­fra­struc­ture de­fi­cit and serve a grow­ing middle class.CMS is play­ing an act­ive role in these changes – our en­ergy, min­ing, pro­jects and con­struc­tion prac­tices are cent­ral to our work across the re­gion. Our law­yers com­bine deep know­ledge of these core sec­tors with ex­pert­ise in com­ple­ment­ary prac­tice areas – in­clud­ing real es­tate, pro­ject fin­ance, cor­por­ate law, ad­min­is­trat­ive law, en­vir­on­ment­al law, and em­ploy­ment. This unique com­bin­a­tion of­fers you much more than just tech­nic­al leg­al ser­vices – we de­liv­er busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice on mar­ket prac­tice, ne­go­ti­at­ing po­s­i­tions and risk as­sess­ment.


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CMS Lat­in Amer­ica - Cor­por­ate/M&A, En­ergy, Min­ing & Pro­jects Bro­chure
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GRESB 2020 – It’s Ques­tion Time!
GRESB has launched its 2020 Real Es­tate As­sess­ment. GRESB is the lead­ing glob­al En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) bench­mark for the real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture in­dus­tries. It is a vol­un­tary...
07 May 2020
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...
28 April 2020
In­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sions: Eng­lish law holds the line...
A Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court de­cision last week has con­sidered a dir­ect at­tack on the tra­di­tion­ally nar­row in­ter­pret­a­tion giv­en by the Eng­lish courts to in­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sion...
27 November 2019
In­vest­ment ar­bit­ra­tion and con­struc­tion con­tracts: jur­is­dic­tion over an­cil­lary...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has up­held jur­is­dic­tion over a dis­pute con­cern­ing an al­leged set­tle­ment agree­ment arising from con­tract­or claims on a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject in the Re­pub­lic of Mozam­bi­que....
04 November 2019
In­tro­du­cing the FID­IC Em­er­ald Book
Earli­er this year FID­IC re­leased its new “Em­er­ald Book” – Con­di­tions of Con­tract for Un­der­ground Works. This ad­di­tion to the FID­IC suite seeks to fill a gap amongst stand­ard forms as a spe­cial­ist...
17 October 2019
Delay ana­lys­is un­der the mi­cro­scope: com­mon sense wins out over meth­od­o­logy
A de­cision of an Aus­trali­an court last month has con­sidered the evid­en­tial re­quire­ments for prov­ing delay claims in con­struc­tion dis­putes. The de­cision com­ments on the rel­ev­ance of the 2nd Edi­tion of...
11 October 2019
Quantum meruit claims after ter­min­a­tion: a chan­ging of the tide?
A de­cision of the Hight Court of Aus­tralia earli­er this week has held that resti­tu­tion­ary claims on a quantum meruit (i.e. reas­on­able price) basis by con­tract­ors after the ter­min­a­tion of a con­struc­tion...
03 October 2019
Use of Dis­pute Boards: one of FIDIC's five Golden Prin­ciples
FID­IC has re­cently pub­lished de­tailed guid­ance as to the five “Golden Prin­ciples” first in­cluded with the FID­IC 2017 suite of con­tracts. These prin­ciples seek to identi­fy lim­its to the types of amend­ments...
19 July 2019
Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are...
24 May 2019
FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions: Hong Kong High Court guid­ance
A re­cent de­cision of the Hong Kong High Court has con­sidered the ef­fect of claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions which re­quire a con­tract­or to state the con­trac­tu­al basis of a claim. Such a re­quire­ment now forms...
14 March 2019
Ship­ping and car­bon: EU and IMO sys­tems to align
On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the European Com­mis­sion (EC) tabled a pro­pos­al con­cern­ing the amend­ment of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 on the mon­it­or­ing, re­port­ing and veri­fic­a­tion of car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from mari­time...