Chilean firm Carey has promoted three lawyers to counsel
positions, two of them women, in its corporate and M&A, IP and
technology, and environmental practices.
The firm announced it had promoted corporate lawyer Patricia
Silberman, 40, electronic commerce and data protection lawyer
Paulina Silva, 40, and environmental practitioner Felipe Meneses,
41, effective 6 September. The promotions come just four months
after Carey made three new partners, with the promotions of
litigation lawyer Aldo Molinari and M&A attorneys Francisco
Guzmán and Jorge Ugarte. At Carey, counsel positions are an
alternative to becoming partner.
Managing partner Jaime Carey points to Chile's recent tax
reform, new data projection regulations and the increasing demand
for sustainable development in line with OECD principles and its
effect on environmental law, as reasons for the promotions.
Silberman's promotion reinforces one of Carey's
strongest suits, its M&A group. Her practice covers mergers and
acquisitions, global finance, securities, capital markets and
international trade. She has experience advising on major
cross-border transactions, including helping Qatar Airways buy a
minority stake in Chilean carrier LATAM for US$613 million earlier
this year. Also this year, she worked with Australian packager
Amcor on its acquisition of Chilean counterpart Techpack's
flexible packaging unit. Silberman is admitted to practise in Chile
and New York.
Meanwhile Silva has been visible on several M&A transactions
in recent years, including Scotiabank's purchase of a majority
stake in Cencosud's financial services arm in 2014.
Meneses focuses his environmental practice on indigenous
regulations and regulatory matters, advising on project development
and assessments, environmental audits, and litigation. He provided
environmental law advice when Carey helped Pattern Energy Group
obtain project finance for a solar plant in the Atacama desert last
The promotions mean half of Carey's eight counsel positions
are occupied by women. Two of that number, recently promoted
Alejandra Risso and Mariela Riquelme, are certified accountants in
the firm's tax group. "Gender equality is a topic we are
very concerned about," says Jaime Carey. The firm already runs
an internal mentoring programme for young female lawyers and next
month will roll out a flexi-time policy.
Originally published by Latin
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