Carey
Isidora Goyenechea 2800, las Condes Piso 42 755-0647 Santiago, Chile
Tel:(+56 2)29282200, Fax:(+56 2)29282200, E-mail: carey@carey.cl

History

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  • Early Last Century

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    In 1905, Francisco Carey (1873-1946) begins to practice law independently in Antofagasta, a major business center in the north of Chile. His law firm grows steadily and his clients include the major mining and nitrate companies of the time. One of such clients, the Antofagasta-Bolivia railway (FCAB), a U.K. corporation whose stock is still traded on the London Stock Exchange, was counseled by three generations of attorneys of the Carey family over the last one hundred years.

  • The 30’s

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    In 1935, Francisco’s son, Guillermo Carey (1912-1999) opens a branch of the firm in Santiago. At the same time, he becomes a professor of Economic Law at the Universidad Católica de Chile, where he continued to teach for over thirty years. The negotiation room of the law school is named after him.

  • The 40’s

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    Under the leadership of Guillermo Carey, the firm’s Santiago office becomes one of the leading legal practices in Chile. It experiences significant growth, in terms of both number of lawyers and clients.  The firm plays a role in most of the major transactions of the decade. Its foreign clients include Anaconda Copper Company, Anglo Lautaro Nitrate Company, Cerro de Pasco Corp., IBM, Koppers Co., Ford Motor Co. and Procter & Gamble. Its Chilean clients include Antofagasta PLC, Grupo Yarur and Embotelladora Andina.

  • 50’s

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    Guillermo Carey advises the Government of Chile in mining and international trade matters. He is also appointed as the lead negotiator of a free trade agreement with India, whose delegation was led by Prime Minister Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi. Guillermo Carey was the author of the “Law of the Escudo” (the currency that replaced the Chilean peso for 15 years), He was also one of the authors of the current Chilean Tax Code. Additionally, at the request of President Jorge Alessandri, he renegotiated the Chilean foreign debt in 1959.  Neither he nor the law firm charged any fees for the work performed in the interest of Chile.

    In this period, many other members of the law firm served in the interest of Chile. One of them, Alfonso Campos Menéndez, served in the Chilean Congress from 1949 to 1953.

    In the 50’s, the firm’s leaders include Guillermo Carey, Alfonso Campos Menéndez, Guillermo Ramírez, Carlos Urenda, Jorge Fernández and Gustavo Rosselot.

  • The 60’s

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    The firm keeps growing with the support of new generations of lawyers. With this growth, Carey y Cía. expands its practice areas, with a strong emphasis on mining and corporate matters. Large industrial and mining companies become clients, including Braden Copper Company, the owner of El Teniente mine (now owned by Codelco), Embotelladora Andina, Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores, Banco Continental, Banco Sudamericano, Celulosa Arauco, Minera Pudahuel, Fensa/Mademsa, the Briones Group, Sperry Rand and Wyeth Laboratories.

    In 1967, the firm moves to the top floor of the IBM building, at Agustinas 1235.

  • The 70’s

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    In 1976, the firm is established in its present form. Under the new rules set by the partners, it adopts a business and governance model based on the leading U.S. and U.K. law firms, where the only consideration to become a partner is professional merit. At this time, the current policies for recruitment, promotion and retirement of partners were set. Carey establishes new offices at Huérfanos 979.

    In 1978, Carey y Cía. represents Exxon Corporation in the purchase of the mine Disputada de Las Condes. This transaction initiates the Chilean privatization process after the expropriations of the Allende Administration (1970-1973) and signals the return of foreign investment into the country. The firm is also involved in a significant number of other privatizations, including a leading cement company, Cemento Melón, and the largest mining explosives company of South America, Enaex S.A.

  • The 80’s

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    Chilean financial market liberalization and declining interest rates contribute to an abundant supply of credit in Chile. Under the leadership of Jorge Carey, President of the Executive Committee, the firm experiences an increase in its number of financial services clients. These clients include World Bank, the International Financial Corporation, UBS, HSBC, Bank of America, Midland Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, American Express Banking Corporation, Banco de la Nación Argentina, Eximbank, OPIC, EDC, KFW, Libra Bank, and others. Carey y Cía. becomes one of the Chilean firms that represents the country’s public debt foreign creditors during the Latin American debt crisis of 1983.

    As a result of this crisis, the firm represents numerous creditors of companies in bankruptcy or with financial difficulties, including Firestone Chile and El Mercurio, which leads to major financial reorganization processes.

    In 1981, Carey y Cía. moves to the top floors of the Fundación Building, at Miraflores 178, near the foot of Cerro Santa Lucía.

  • The 90’s

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    American Depository Receipts (ADRs) and bond issuances begin in the U.S. market and Carey y Cía. advises many Chilean issuers, including Laboratorio Chile, Embotelladora Andina, Banco Osorno and Banco Edwards.

    During the strong mining boom, the firm is actively involved in many of the mining project’s financings, in bidding processes involving mining properties, and in the subsequent development of these projects.

    Carey y Cía. also further strengthens and develops specialized practice areas, with special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, energy, telecommunications, litigation, intellectual property, competition law, labor law, engineering and construction, consumer rights, and natural resources, among other. At the end of the decade, the firm’s tax group becomes one of the leading tax practices in Chile, under the leadership of Jaime Carey and Ricardo Escobar. In 2006, Escobar was named National Director of the Chilean Internal Revenue Service.

    In 1990, the firm’s office is located in the Las Americas Building, at Miraflores 222.

    During the administration of President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, the firm plays a key role in the privatization of utilities and in public works concessions (toll roads, ports and other public-private partnerships or PPPs). It also plays a role in negotiating contracts to develop pipelines to bring gas from Argentina to Chile.

    In 1995, with 26 attorneys, Carey Cía. becomes the largest Chilean law firm in terms of number of lawyers, a position that it continues to hold today. In 1996, that number rises to 34, in 1998 to 49, in 1999 to 60, and to 74 at the turn of the Millennium.

  • The 2000’s

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    During the administration of President Ricardo Lagos, Carey y Cía. actively participates in the negotiation of free trade agreements with the United States, the European Union, Canada and other countries. The firm is also involved in highway concession projects.

    In 2002, at the personal request of President Ricardo Lagos, Carey y Cía. assumes, pro bono, the defense of the State of Chile in the Clarín Case. This was an ICSID investment arbitration case involving the largest claim ever filed against Chile.

    Throughout the decade, Carey y Cía. participates in many of the largest M&A transactions in Chilean history and in multiple landmark antitrust cases. The firm also develops a criminal law group and expands its international arbitration group.

    There is an energy crisis caused by the gross reduction in the supply of Argentinean natural gas. In line with the public and private sectors’ efforts to increase and diversify the country’s energy matrix, Carey y Cía. advises some of the world’s leading energy companies on liquefied natural gas (LNG), run-of-river hydro power, wind power, and other non-conventional renewable power projects.

    Throughout this decade, Carey y Cía. receives the highest number of awards and recognitions given to a Chilean law firm by international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer and Client Choice Guide.

    In 2007, Jorge Carey receives Chambers & Partners’ worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the legal profession. In 2008, he is named Firm Leader of the Year by Latin Lawyer for his contribution to the profession in Latin America.

    Carey y Cía. consolidates its international presence and participates in various global and regional networks formed by some of the world’s most prestigious law firms,. These networks include the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), the World Services Group, Interlex, and Terralex. Carey y Cía. also actively participates in professional bar associations and legal organizations, such as IBA, ABA, The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, IPBA, FIA, Felaban, ICC and IBC.

    In 2009, to strengthen its Intellectual Property practice, Carey y Cía. absorbes Estudio Harnecker Ltda., one of the leading IP law firms in Chile.

  • The 2010’s

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    In September 2010, Carey y Cía. changes its name to Carey and moves to its new offices located in the Titanium Building, in the El Golf financial district.

    In 2012, Carey is recognized as Latin American Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Latin American, one of the most prestigious legal publications worldwide.

    Currently, the firm has over 200 legal professionals, and in total more than 450 people work at the firm.