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Rafael Vergara

Rafael Vergara



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Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm´s Natural Resources and Environment Group. His practice focuses on natural resources, mining, water rights, energy, environment, surface lands, project financing, and corporate and commercial law.

Bar Admissions

Chile (1987).


  • Law, Universidad de Chile.
  • Academy of American and International Law, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas (USA) (1993).
  • Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard University (1997).
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Recognized in Mining and Projects, Chambers Latin America.
  • Recognized in Mining, Projects and Infrastructure, The Legal 500.
  • Recognized in Mining & Metals, Latin Lawyer 250.
  • Recognized in Thought Leaders Global Elite, Who’s Who Legal.
  • Recognized in Mining, Environment: Environment/Climate Change, Project Finance and Energy, Who’s Who Legal.
  • Elected Best Undergraduate Professor Award, Law School, Universidad de Chile.
  • Lawyer of the Year Award in Energy (2015) and Natural Resources, Best Lawyers (2014, 2016 and 2019).
  • Recognized in Natural Resources; Environmental; Energy, Mining and Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.
  • Recognized in Energy, LACCA.
  • Winner in the Natural Resources: Mining Category, Leading Lawyers, Idealis (2013 and 2015).

Professional Activities and Experience

  • At-Large Council Member representative for Latin America, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) (2017-2019).
  • Trustee-at-Large, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2012-2015).
  • Member of the board, Chilean Bar Association (2006-2011).
  • Professor of Mining Law, Universidad de los Andes (since 2003).
  • Professor of Mining Law, Universidad de Chile (since 1996).
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
  • Visiting Professor in several graduate studies and Master Degree Programs on Natural Resources Law at several Chilean Universities.
  • Member of the panel of arbitrators, Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago.
  • Member of the Legal Committee of the National Mining Association (SONAMI).
  • Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
  • Member of the International Bar Association.
  • Member of the American Bar Association.
  • Member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).
  • Secretary of the Association of Latin American Mining Lawyers (AMLA).
  • Member of the Red Interamericana de Especialistas en Legislación Ambiental (RIELA).


Chile Offers Manufacturing Incentives to Promote the Development of Lithium Products
Carey, May 2017

The Chilean Economic Development Agency, Corfo, and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, InvestChile, have announced the opening of the first call for national and foreign companies, to express their interest in manufacturing lithium products, such as battery cathodes and electrolytes. Companies that are selected will be guaranteed 25 per cent of US producer Albemarle’s lithium production at the lowest cost available in the market...

New Law Establishes Environmental Conservation Right in Chile
Carey, July 2016

On June 25th, 2016, Law No. 20,930 that establishes the environmental conservation right was published in the Official Gazzette. The purpose of this law is to create a mechanism to simplify and promote the participation of private parties in the conservation of the environment, as a complement to the work done by the State in these matters. This right has its origin in Comparative Law...

New law on waste management, extended liability of the producer and recycling
Carey, May 2016

Today, Wednesday, June 1st, the Framework Law for the Management of Waste, Extended Liability of the Producer and Promotion of Recycling No. 20,920 (the “Law”) was published.PurposeThe Law seeks to reduce the generation of waste and encourage its reuse, recycling and other types of recovery...

Additional Articles

  • Co-author of the article Streaming Agreements – Mining, Getting the Deal Through (2019).
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter of Construction and Projects Q&As Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018/2019).
  • Author of the Chilean chapter on Mining, Getting the Deal Through (2010-2013).

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