Francisco Guzmán

+56 2 2928 2217

His practice focuses on representing local and foreign clients in mergers and acquisitions of companies, asset acquisitions, fund formation, structuring, registration and management of funds, and investment in portfolio companies, private equity and venture capital, joint ventures, corporate governance and securities regulation (for issuers, investors, brokers and other market players.


  • UnitedHealth Group in the acquisition of Banmédica, a Chilean healthcare company, for USD2.8 billion. Banmédica has operations in the health insurance, healthcare and medical rescue businesses, with presence in Chile, Colombia and Peru.
  • Alberta Investment Management Corporation, a Canadian investment fund, on the sale of its 50% stake in Autopista Central to Abertis Infraestructuras for USD1 billion.
  • Codelco on the issuance of 10-year bonds for USD400 million approx. (UF10 million) in the local market. This bond is the comeback of Codelco after more than 10 years to the local bond market.
  • Aurus on the investments of venture capital funds Aurus Bios (biotechnology) and Aurus Ventures III (mining).
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) on an investment of USD140 million in Consorcio Financiero, a Chilean holding, to support its growth and regional expansion.
  • Christus Health, a not-for-profit institution and one of the ten largest healthcare operators on the US, on the acquisition of 50% of Red Salud UC, the largest private healthcare group in Chile, owned by Universidad Católica de Chile, and on the negotiation of corporate governance issues.
  • Equitas Capital on the incorporation of a fund management company and on the organization of its investment funds.
  • Antofagasta Railway Company and Inversiones Punta de Rieles, subsidiaries of Antofagasta PLC, on the sale of 100% of the shares of Aguas de Antofagasta, a company dedicated to the production of drinking water and treatment and disposal of sewage in northern Chile, to Empresas Públicas de Medellín, a Colombian business group, for USD965 million.
  • Fundación Ciencia y Vida on financing, strategic partnerships and internationalization of its entrepreneurships in biotechnology.
  • GENESIS Ventures on investments in technology startups, and on the management of its investment fund.
  • Teck on a joint venture with Goldcorp for USD3.5 billion, which will combine its Chilean assets, Relincho and El Morro, in the Corridor Project.
  • Graña y Montero on the purchase of 44% of Adexus, a technology company with offices in Chile, Peru and Ecuador.
  • Quantum Pacific Exploration, a mining exploration company, on signing an agreement with Mining Exploration Fund Asset Chile to co-finance a program of mineral exploration in northern Chile.
  • Publicar Multimedia, a Colombian company, on the acquisition of HIBU Chile, a company dedicated to provide digital and yellow pages services.
  • Ingram Micro, an IT distribution company, on the acquisition of Brazilian technology company Ação Informática and its subsidiaries in Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay, for USD78 million.
  • Christus Health on the acquisition of 50% of San Carlos de Apoquindo Clinic from Colmena, a health insurance company belonging to the Bethia Group.
  • CAM Chile on the purchase of Coasin Instalaciones, a service company in the telecommunications sector.
  • Graña y Montero, a Peruvian group, on the acquisition of DSD Construcciones y Montajes from the German Group Ferrostaal, for USD41 million.
  • Goldman Sachs on the registration of a local bond in Chilean Pesos (Huaso Bond) for USD1 billion.
  • The controlling group of Falabella on the preparation of their new shareholders´agreement that regulates the corporate governance of the company.


  • Recognized in Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500.
  • Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions, Who’s Who Legal.
  • Recognized in Corporate and M&A, Latin Lawyer 250.
  • Recognized in Corporate and M&A, Best Lawyers.


  • Latin America Group Leader for the Private Equity Group, World Services Group.
  • Associate of the International Arbitration Practice Group, White & Case, New York (2010-2011).
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association.
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
  • Member of the Private Equity Expert Panel accredited by the English publication “The Law Reviews”.
  • Member of the board of Fundación Independízate.
  • Member of the board of Aceleradora de Negocios Link, Mujeres Empresarias.
  • Professor of Commercial Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (2008).


  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter in Private Equity, Getting the Deal Through (2017).
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter of the book “The Private Equity Law Review”, Law Business Research (2012-2016).
  • Co-translator to Spanish of the “IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses”, International Bar Association (2011).
  • Author of the book “Inside Information in the Securities Market”, LexisNexis (2007), and 2nd edition (2009).


  • Speaker in the VI Annual Private Equity Conference, Latin Lawyer, New York (2015).
  • Speaker in the II Annual M&A Conference, Latin Lawyer, Brazil (2011).
  • Lecturer in the Seminar “Investment opportunities – The case of Chile, Peru and Colombia”, Columbia Law School, New York (2011).
  • Lecturer in the Seminar “International Practice of Law”, New York University (NYU Stern School of Business), New York (2011).


  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • LL.M., Columbia University (James Kent Scholar, the highest honors awarded by Columbia Law School) (2010).


  • Chile (2006).
  • New York (2011).


  • Spanish.
  • English.

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