Jaime Carey's appointment as chair of the IBA Legal Practice
Division (LPD) is thought to be the highest-ranking position held
by a Chilean lawyer at the association.
Carey managing partner Jaime Carey will take office on 1 January
for a two-year period. He was appointed during the IBA's annual
conference, held in September in Washington, DC.
The prominent corporate and tax lawyer plans to increase the
LPD's profile worldwide during his tenure. "My goal is to
give the LPD as much visibility as possible in the global legal
scene and to have its different committees and foras undertake more
worldwide projects," he says. In particular, he plans to
expand the IBA's reach in the legal markets of China, India,
the Middle East and Africa.
He expects to spend more time away from Carey's Santiago
base in the coming years. "I foresee that I will spend at
least 40% of my time undertaking IBA responsibilities," he
predicts. "I have been participating in the IBA for 33 years
and have held many positions [so] I have learned to make my
practice compatible with IBA responsibilities," he says,
acknowledging that the chairmanship will demand more from him than
the positions he previously held.
Carey is the first Chilean lawyer to chair the LPD. The division
has had a Latin American leader in the past though: Hoet
Peláez Castillo & Duque partner Fernando Pelaez-Pier
chaired in 2003. He went on to become IBA president in 2010.
Meanwhile, Brazilian Horacio Bernardes-Neto is preparing to take
on the vice-presidency of the IBA next year, becoming president in
2018. He is the association's first Brazilian and native
Portuguese-speaking president and was previously secretary
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