Alberto Cardemil

Partner

acardemil@carey.cl
+56 2 2928 2211

Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and  Environmental Group. His professional practice is focused on water law, natural resources transactions and litigation, agribusiness, corporate law and commercial law. Additionally, he leads the Carey’s China Desk.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Minera Mantos de Oro, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, on the acquisition of the mining concessions held jointly with Cominor in the La Coipa gold and silver mine. Mantos de Oro took full ownership of the assets by creating a spin-off of their joint venture, which subsequently bought from Cominor.
  • Yanghe, a subsidiary of the state-owned chinese group Jiangsu Yanghe Distillery, on the acquisition of a 12,5% stake of Viña San Pedro Tarapacá, a Chilean listed company, for approx. USD65 million.
  • IFM Investors on the sale of Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy company with assets in Australia, Chile and Brazil, to State Power Investment Corp. of China. This deal was recognized as Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year of 2016 by Latin Finance.
  • Andes Mining & Energy regarding water laws and regulations including water easements and permits to be granted by the local water authority, in the context of the development of the Santiago Solar Photovoltaic Project.
  • Energía Coyanco on the development of a hydroelectric plant that generates clean energy which involved an investment of more than USD50 million.
  • Esval on preparing title reports for the acquisition of water rights and also, general advice and legal opinon on high complex issues on this matter.
  • Compañía Minera Barrick Chile on the preparation of the vendor due diligence report on water rights regarding the sale of Compañía Minera Zaldívar, including permanent advice on the designing of water rights legal strategy, regulations, permits, and water rights consolidations for the development of Pascua Lama mining project.
  • Copihue (Ferrero Rocher) on legal advice in water rights, due diligences, purchase agreements, submission and supporting in administrative procedures of applications to acquire water rights, for the development of its agricultural enterprise.
  • Atiaia Energía on continuous legal advice in its water rights strategy, regulation and permits, supporting in judicial and administrative procedures regarding water rights, for the development of its hydropower plant Rucalhue and Río Bueno.
  • Kinross on permanent legal advice in the designing of water rights legal strategy, water rights consolidations and advice on judicial and administrative procedures for the development of its mining projects Lobo Marte, Mantos de Oro and Maricunga.
  • Pacific Hydro Group on continuous advice in the designing of water rights legal strategy, regulation and permits matters for the development of its projects and hydropower plants Chacayes, Coya, Pangal, Los Arándanos, Nido de Águila, La Higuera and La Confluencia.
  • Latin America Power on the easement negotiation with a Chinese company in relation to Project San Juan.
  • Latin America Power on water rights matters regarding some conflicts during the construction of the transmission lines related to hydro power plant projects Carilafquén and Malalcahuello.
  • Origin Energy on the acquisition of 51% of hydroelectric company Energía Austral from Xstrata Chile for USD150 million, project whose total estimated investment is USD4 billion.
  • Teck on general legal advice on water law and water rights matters for Teck Quebrada Blanca and Teck Relincho projects.
  • Hidroeléctrica Rio Lena, a Spanish generator, on the process to obtain, consolidate and protect its water rights to develop hydropower projects for a total capacity of 250MW.
  • Atiaia Energía on all aspects related to the due diligence, negotiation and execution of the acquisition from Forestal Comaco of non-consumptive water rights and the implementation of a post-transaction strategy to secure and protect such rights that are key for the future development and construction of a 93MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant in the Biobio river.
  • AMX de Chile (Eike Batista Group) on the closing of the sale of water rights and other related assets to Minera Escondida, operated by BHP Billiton.
  • E-ON on the due diligence of environmental and judicial matters and administrative procedures concerning the Castilla Coal Power Project, for the acquisition of certain interest in the Brazilian holding, MPX, for €350 million.
  • Atiaia Energía on the acquisition of key water rights from AES Gener for a future hydroelectric generation project of 110MW in the Bueno River and on the implementation of a strategy to secure and protect the water rights required for such project.
  • Hidroeléctrica La Higuera and Hidroeléctrica La Confluencia on water law and water rights matters.
  • Atiaia Energía on the acquisition of key water rights for a future hydroelectric generation project of 93MW in the Biobio River and on the implementation of a strategy to secure and protect the water rights required for the project.
  • Hidroeléctrica Ensenada on the successful legal defense of the environmental qualification resolution of the project “Transmission Line Ensenada – Melipulli”.
  • Surelec on the successful challenge in court of several judicial opposition actions to its water usage rights for hydropower development.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Lawyer of the Year Award in Water Law, Best Lawyers (2016).
  • Recognized in Water Law and Mining, Chambers Latin America.
  • Recognized in Mining & Metals and in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
  • Recognized in Water Law and Natural Resources Law, Best Lawyers.

ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the board of the Chinese Chilean Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chilean Association of Water Utilities Sector Lawyers.
  • Vice-Chair of the Environmental Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
  • Founder and current Chair of Asociación de Energías Marinas (ADEMAR).
  • Professor of LL.M. in Water Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (2014).
  • Foreign Associate, Projects and Corporate Groups, Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne and Perth (2005-2006).
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad del Desarrollo (1999-2002).
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (1998).
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author of several articles in the field of natural resources law in specialized legal journals and financial publications.

SEMINARS

  • Lecturer in seminars and conferences in the field of natural resources law.


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