Latin Lawyer is pleased to announce the recipients of three Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jorge Carey, chairman of Chile’s largest law firm, Carey; Wald e Associados Advogados founder Arnoldo Wald; and Juan Manuel Prieto of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia), who receives his award posthumously.
Widely credited with introducing the concept of institutionalisation to the Chilean legal market, Jorge Carey has demonstrated considerable foresight when it comes to law firm leadership. Now chairman of Carey, the foundations he laid ensure the firm remains ahead of the game. Carey has a modern approach to law firm management and is known for the strength of its internal structure, which promotes cross-selling, fosters team spirit and enables practice groups to develop remarkably deep pools of knowledge. One of the country’s most respected practitioners, Jorge Carey also maintains a very well-regarded practice, particularly in arbitration most recently, where his work on behalf of the Chilean government has won him recognition.
Arnoldo Wald is one of the most respected disputes practitioners in Brazil. One of the first lawyers in the country to focus on arbitration, Wald’s contribution to the practice has raised Brazil’s global profile in the field. His books on the subject are the foundation of most young lawyers’ knowledge of the area. Litigation is another of his strengths: he represented the National Confederation of Financial Institutions in one of the most significant lawsuits on banking law in Brazilian history. While his firm has diversified into corporate work in the past, it is now back in boutique mode, with a strict focus on arbitration and litigation, the work it does best. It is known for undertaking premium cases.
Juan Manuel Prieto, the founder of the firm that became Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia), passed away in January. The talented lawyer was the architect of one of Colombia’s most successful law firms, transforming a small operation into one of the market’s leading dealmakers that has gone on to pursue an ambitious regional strategy. Known for his transactional prowess, international vision and rainmaking skills, Prieto instigated changes to his firm’s management structure that helped make it the top-tier firm it is today. He was also formerly the Colombian ambassador to Italy, Greece and the United Nations, and recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of San Carlos for his contributions to international policy and Colombian law.
The awards will be presented at our annual awards ceremony held in aid of three of the region’s pro bono clearinghouses; Argentina’s Comisión de Trabajo Pro Bono e Interés Público, Brazil’s Instituto Pro Bono and Venezuela’s Fundación Pro Bono.