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Gonzalo Fernández

Gonzalo Fernández



  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Criminal Law

WSG Practice Industries



WSG Leadership

Criminal Law

Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group. His practice is focused on the areas of litigation, national and international arbitration, corporate law, securities, and business law.

Bar Admissions

Chile (1994).


  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (admitted with the school’s highest entrance score in 1987).
  • LL.M., Harvard University (Fulbright and Presidente de la República scholarships) (1997).
  • Best Student Award (1987 - 1991).
  • University Merit Award for being the best student of Universidad Católica de Chile (1989).
  • Ranked highest in his class - Montenegro, Tocornal and Gutiérrez Awards.
Areas of Practice

Arbitration | Criminal Law | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Recognized in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration, Chambers Latin America.
  • Recognized in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500.
  • Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Anti-corruption, Investigations and Compliance, Latin Lawyer 250.
  • Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Who's Who Legal.
  • Recognized in Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration and Litigation, Best Lawyers.
  • Recongnized in Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Top Ranked Legal.

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Member of the International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2018-2021).
  • Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (since 1997).
  • Foreign associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York (1998-1999).
  • Member of the panel of the Arbitration Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the panel for dispute resolution at Mercosur (appointed by the Government of Chile).
  • Representative of the firm in the Probono Foundation.
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Corporate Criminal Liability Act (Law. No. 20,393 or “CCLA”) Amendments: Willful Receiving of Stolen Goods As an Underlying Crime
Carey, August 2016

On July 5, 2016 the Chilean Congress enacted Law No. 20,931 (“Anti-crime Agenda”), strengthening the prosecution of robbery, burglary, theft and willfully or negligently receiving or possessing stolen goods. The Chilean Criminal Code sanctions any individual who knowingly or negligently possesses, transports, buys, converts or trades goods proceeding from theft, robbery, embezzlement and/or cattle theft. Negligent behavior can also be prosecuted...

Additional Articles

  • Author of a chapter in "Highlighted Sentences 2018", Libertad y Desarrollo (2019).
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter in the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation, Chambers and Partners (2019).
  • Author of the article "The arbitration agreement in Chilean law: its nature, requirements and effects", published in Arbitration Treaty, The Arbitration Agreement, Grupo Editorial Ibañez: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia and the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration.
  • Author of the chapter "International Commercial Arbitration in Chile: Legal Framework and Jurisprudence", published in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America: Legal Framework and Jurisprudence, Wolters Kluwer group, Madrid, 1st edition (2009).
  • Op-ed writer of El Mercurio Legal, Contracts and Torts series (permanent).

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