Carey is Chile’s largest full-service law ﬁrm. Our various corporate, litigation and regulatory groups are composed of highly specialized attorneys covering all areas of law. Our clients include some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and some of the most important local companies and institutions. We are recognized as one of the best-managed law ﬁrms not only in Chile, but in all of Latin America. The ﬁrm is a member of the Paciﬁc Rim Advisory Council, World Services Group, Terralex, The Interlex Group, TalkLaw and the Employment Law Alliance.
We are the market leaders in Intellectual Property prosecution in Chile, overseeing more than 5,000 patents and 28,000 trademarks. We have handled some of the most signiﬁcant patent infringement cases in Chile, and succeeded in protecting our clients’ interests.
We have extensive experience advising our clients in issues related to the prosecution and litigation of trademarks, patents and industrial designs, geographical indications, designations of origin, plant varieties, and domain names. Our areas of practice also include regulatory matters (pharmaceutical), copyright, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, franchising and distributorship, consumer protection and product liability, labelling and advertisement, data protection, trade secrets, intangible assets valuation, IP management, and unfair competition.
For 30 years, Albagli Zaliasnik (AZ) has been dedicated to providing clients with creative and innovative solutions. We are a leading non-traditional law firm providing a full spectrum of legal and business services, based in Santiago de Chile. At AZ, our goal is to add value to everything we do. Keeping this in mind, we proactively work with our clients using a holistic approach in order to produce forward-thinking and ingenious results in an ever changing technology-focused world.
AZ is a full-service law firm that is organized into three major practice groups: corporate, litigation and intellectual and industrial property. Within these core groups, we have various speciality practices that include banking and financial law, competition and antitrust, compliance, information technology and data protection, labor and employment law, venture capital, real estate law, tax law, public law, insurance, anti-counterfeiting and international commercial law as well as many types of litigation such as, criminal, civil and commercial, domestic and international arbitration, white-collar crime, extradition, and class action proceedings, among others.
AZ is one of the only law firms in Chile that has a skilled team which expertly mixes business with litigation. We regularly advise on complex cross-border transactions, have profound knowledge and experience within regulated markets, and are experts in preventative and criminal compliance. As a result of increased globalization, Chile and Latin America have implemented extensive regulatory requirements which increase the risk for national and international corporations to operate within these markets. For AZ, compliance is more than adhering to the rules or responding to issues after the fact, we treat compliance as a strategic instrument of corporate management.
At AZ, we think and work globally. We are one of the only law firms in Chile with a specialized in-house international team made up of tri-lingual lawyers and a support staff hailing from all corners of the world. Our concrete network of associate firms located in 65 different jurisdictions across the globe allows us to seamlessly work wherever our clients’ needs take them regardless of where they are located in the world.
Diversity and inclusion: At the start of 2019, AZ created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Since the inauguration, the committee has put on four different diversity workshops within the firm for all employees, not just lawyers, partnering with the local Chilean diversity promotion NGO Acción Empresas (http://accionempresas.cl/). Subsequently, due to our continued partnership with Acción Empresas, we have signed on as their chief legal representative (pro bono) in all sorts of matters.
Here in Latin America, and especially within Chile, the legal market lacks diversity. In AZ, we can proudly say that with us, that is not the case. Close to 50% of the AZ workforce is made up by women, the majority of our lawyers are under the age of 35, and we currently employ eight immigrants from different countries. Due to this dynamic make up, we have decided to promote what makes us different from the rest by formally creating a group of people within the firm dedicated to protecting AZ’s diverse ways.
AZ is one of the leaders in the wave of change that is coming to Chile and LatAm in general when it comes to diversity in the legal profession.
Pro Bono: AZ is a proud founding member of Fundación Pro Bono Chile and signatory of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas which is powered through the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in New York, USA. As such, pro bono matters are at the core of AZ’s firm values, which we instill into our associates and partners.
Although pro bono work is voluntary for the members of the firm, we support and promote the provision of pro bono services by our associates. The firm also expects partners to actively supervise the work of its associates, and expects new attorneys to work on at least one pro bono matter within their first year of incorporation.
One of the values of the firm in general is to promote the principles of diversity and non-discrimination. These principles are also materialized through pro bono work, since this allows access and coverage to the problems of legal relevance that Albagli Zaliasnik seeks to contribute to solve.
Through pro bono work, all the lawyers in the office are given the possibility of providing representation in cases that require access to justice, providing the special attention and emphasis that these cases need given their social relevance. It is also possible to fulfill one of the tasks of the essence of the lawyer; this is to work “for the good” or in Latin “pro bono”, considering it to be sufficient motivation for the members of the study to participate actively to give access to justice to people, non-governmental organizations and vulnerable groups or sectors that require it.
Examples of key clients for AZ: Airbus, Walmart Inc, Empresas La Polar, Mitsubishi, Thompson Reuters, Louis Vuitton, Mega Pharma, WOM S.A., Pharma Investi, Abbott Laboratories, Cushman & Wakefield, Banco do Brasil, Fox Latin-American Channels, Fila, Puma, Nokia, Grupo Secuoya, Hasbro Inc., Laboratorios Saval, Aguas Andinas, Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, Gasmar S.A., among many others.
Magliona Abogados provides legal services of excellence both to local and multinational companies. We specialize in corporate matters, tax services, complex business litigation and finance structures, telecommunications, technology law, intellectual and industrial property, government relations and public policies, including, among others, corporate structuring, due diligence planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial assistance, syndicated loans, liability restructuring and leasing. We are experts in licensing and software development agreements, technological platforms, franchises, data protection, cyber crime, distribution, production and financing of film and TV productions.
Magliona Abogados advises its clients in the registration of trademarks, patents and industrial designs, as well as in matters relating to copyright and the internet matters.
The protection of intellectual property has a special relevance for companies as they continue to expand and protect their technologies, brands, products, data and services.
Magliona Abogados is a leading firm in the Intellectual Property market, providing strategic, commercial and litigation advice in the area.
The Firm is integrated by 5 partners, 10 associates, 1 General Counsel, 1 Senior Advisor, and 1 External Consultant supported by 25 qualified bilingual staff personnel and ultimate IT Systems, including our in-house and external data domain and email server.
Prosecution and litigation teams of Trademark and Domain Name (led by Senior Partner Max Villaseca) supported by Attorneys at Law Felipe Pavez, Alvaro Arévalo, Claudia Varas, Francisco Valverde, and Carol Schmeisser; Patent (led by Partner Eduardo Molina) supported by Engineers Oscar Isler and María José Morales; and Plants Varieties (led by Engineer Partner Loreto Vera) and outstandingly supported by Attorneys at Law Carolina Muñoz and Francisco Valverde.
Our firm has also developed a strong Copyright Area lead by our Partner Alvaro Arévalo, who has very effectively advised both domestic and international editorials, and a Science Area, led by Partner Chemical Engineer Loreto Vera, who has developed strategic counseling to major Chilean Universities together with her co-team Francisco Valverde and Carolina Muñoz, in innovation and corporate aspects.
All the above are definitively supported by an enforcement department in charge to sue infringers of IP rights, led by Partner Felipe Pavez supported by Attorneys at Law, Claudia Varas, Francisco Valverde, and Carol Schmeisser. The compliance of IP and related rights have been mostly enforced through administrative, criminal, and civil actions, including unfair competition, consumer rights, comparative advertisement, data protection, and regulatory rights, supported by experienced External Consultant, Attorney at Law Carlos Silva.
Lastly but not least, the Firm counts with a Corporate Area of practice dealing with commercial, civil, labor, and taxation issues, to assist clients once their Intellectual Property has been dully settled and they decide to start doing business in Chile through the exploitation of their IP Rights, such as franchising, licensing, distribution agreements, etc. The Corporate Department is led by Partner Felipe Pavéz, assisted by Associate Attorney Carolina Muñoz, and primarily supported by Senior Advisor Sergio Amenábar.
All the above practices are supported by General Counsel Bernardo Serrano.
The last two years have not been easy for Chile. In October 2019, a series of social protests began and led to several episodes of violence never seen before in the country. These interfered in the normal operation of institutions and companies, as well as in Chilean economic forecasts. The signing of an agreement between political parties and the announcement of a plebiscite about the need for a new Constitution (which was held on October 25, 2020) calmed spirits a bit. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of this year added greater instability to the situation that had already been dragging on since October last year.
During this period, our Firm has demonstrated its resilience in the face of difficulties, maintaining a stable, committed, and experienced team. We have adapted to work telematically as far as possible.