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Advanced Digital Mobile Telephony (3G)
Carey, July 2007

The main characteristic of Third Generation services (3G) is to permit voice, data and image transmissions at substantially higher speeds than traditional technologies (like 2G and 2.5G). This capability makes 3G the appropriate standard for mobile multimedia applications and wireless broadband data transmissions, allowing subscribers to be connected without interruption to the mobile web...

Amendments to Chilean Decree With Force of Law No. 211
Carey, September 2016

The Law Decree No. 211 was amended on August 30th, 2016 by Law 20,945 (the “New Law“). The following are the main amendments: Amendments on collusionThe New Law amends the crime of collusion introducing the per se standard to punish hard core cartels, providing evidence of the existence of an agreement being sufficient, independently of the power of the parties in the market and the anti-competitive effects...

Amendments to the Gas Service Law in Chile and Other Legal Provisions Enter Into Force
Carey, March 2017

The Law that “Amends the Gas Service Law and other legal provisions” (hereinafter, the “New Law” ) entered into force on February 9, 2017. The purpose of the New Law is to fill in the legal gaps existing in a market that, according to the parliamentary discussion, needs to improve the level of competition among their different actors...

Amendments to the Labor Code and New Minimum Monthly Income
Carey, August 2014

During the month of July of the current year, three relevant labor laws have been published in the Official Gazette: 1) Law No. 20,761 that extends the right of feeding children to working fathers and establishes new regulations regarding maternity.On July 22nd, 2014 the Law No. 20,761 was published in the Official Gazette...

Apostille, Towards a Simpler Legalization Process
Carey, August 2016

From August 30th of 2016, the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, commonly known as the “Apostille Convention”, and which changes the legalization process of foreign public documents, will enter into force in Chile. This treaty was signed on October 5th, 1961, and on December 2015 Chile completed the procedures to ratify it. In order to enforce this convention in Chile, Law No...

Banking Regulation in Chile: Overview
Carey, November 2019

Our partner, Felipe Moro, and our associate, Diego Lasagna, authored this year’s Thomson Reuter’s Practical Law guide about Banking Regulation in Chile, which provides, “a high level overview of the governance and supervision of banks, including legislation, regulatory bodies and the role of international standards, licensing, the rules on liquidity, foreign investment requirements, liquidation regimes and recent trends in the regulation of banks...

Bill of Law for the modification of Law N° 19.496 on the Protection of the Rights of Consumers
Carey, June 2014

On June 2nd, 2014, President Michelle Bachelet entered a bill into Congress which seeks to modify Law N° 19.496 on the Protection of the Rights of Consumers (“CPA”). The message of the bill recognizes that the tools provided by the current legislation to address violations to the rights of consumers are not sufficiently efficient or dissuasive: in several cases it is less expensive for providers to pay a fine for breach of the CPA, than to comply with such regulation...

Bill of Law Which Will Modify the Chilean Data Privacy Act: Comments to the Minutes Sent by the Ministry of Finance to the Congress
Carey, June 2016

The government recently announced that a bill will be submitted to Congress to modify the Chilean Data Privacy Law N° 19,628 (“DPL”). In connection with the future bill (yet to be presented before Congress), the Ministry of Finance sent to several members of Congress a set of informal minutes outlining the structure and core aspects of the bill.The following is a summary of the minutes, and an initial legal analysis prepared by Carey...

Bill of Law Which Will Modify the Chilean Data Privacy Act: Comments to the Minutes Sent by the Ministry of Finance to the Congress
Carey, June 2016

The government recently announced that a bill will be submitted to Congress to modify the Chilean Data Privacy Law N° 19,628 (“DPL”). In connection with the future bill (yet to be presented before Congress), the Ministry of Finance sent to several members of Congress a set of informal minutes outlining the structure and core aspects of the bill.The following is a summary of the minutes, and an initial legal analysis prepared by Carey...

Brexit and Its Effects on Intellectual Property Rights
Carey, July 2016

On June 23rd the United Kingdom (UK)1 decided, by means of a referendum, to exit from the European Union. This decision is known as “Brexit”. According to Art. 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the UK must notify the European Council – which for this purpose represents the EU – of its intention to exit, after which the parties will negotiate an agreement setting out the arrangements of that withdrawal and of the future relationship between the UK and the EU...

Chile - Digital Television: Tough Decisions
Carey, February 2007

During the last 10 years there has been a significant market debate about the position Chile should take in connection with open digital television. This debate is all teh more significant because this service may predominate in the future because of its ability to allowing users to better administer the content they wish to watch. Since the beginning of the debate, different countries have tried to introduce their respective technologies in Chile...

Chile - Investing, The Private Equity Review - Edition 6
Carey, June 2017

I OVERVIEW The private equity industry has continued to develop in Chile but at rates lower than in previous years. Growth rates of 2.1 per cent for the year ended 31 December 2015 and an expected rate of 1.6 per cent for the year ended 31 December 2016 have certainly affected the investment activity generally. Chile continues to offer, however, an attractive business environment and a stable legal framework...

Chile accedes the Budapest Treaty
Carey, July 2011

On May 5th, 2011 Chile joined the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. In Chile, this treaty will enter into force on August 5th, 2011...

Chile and the United States Sign the Inter-Governmental Agreement (“IGA”) Within the Scope of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”)
Carey, April 2014

FATCA is a United States Act that requires US persons, including individuals who live outside the United States, to report their financial accounts held outside of the US, and requires foreign financial institutions (“FFIs“) to report information regarding their US clients to the US Internal Revenue Service (“US IRS”). FATCA was meant to combat offshore tax evasion and to recoup federal tax revenues...

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...

Chilean Environmental Evaluation Service Releases New Guide for Determining the Environmental Flow for Hydropower Plants
Carey, July 2016

The Environmental Evaluation Service (SEIA) has published the “Guide for Determination of the Ecological Flow for Hydropower Plants”.The objective of the Guide is to establish uniform criteria for determining the environmental flow regime in hydropower plant projects that are evaluated by the SEIA. The Guide incorporates the use of hydrological criteria, valuation of ecosystem services and anthropic uses, while also taking into account the particular project’s specific characteristics...

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...

Debate about the creation of a State run Infrastructure Fund starts in Chilean Congress
Carey, June 2016

On June 8, discussion started in the Public Works Commission of the Senate over the law project which creates the state company, “Fondo de Infraestructura S.A.”. The Project shall be approved by a special quorum (quórum calificado) as indicated in article 19 No. 21 of the Political Constitution of the Republic of Chile...

Debate in The Antitrus Court Regarding Participation of Incumbent Mobile Telephony Operators in Public Bid for 3G Licenses
Carey, December 2007

The soon-to-come public bid for the distribution of third generation ("3G") mobile telephony licenses has generated an interesting discussion in the Chilean telecommunications market...

Financial Stability Council and Amendments to General Banking Law and Insurance Law
Carey, December 2014

On November 6, 2014, Law No. 20,789 was published in the Official Gazette, granting legal status to theConsejo de Estabilidad Financiera (Financial Stability Council or “CEF”). The CEF is part of the Ministry of Finance, and was originally created in 2011 by means of a ministerial decree.

Getting the Deal Through - Anti-Corruption 2011 - Chile
Carey, June 2011

1.      International anti-corruption conventions To which international anti-corruption conventions is your country a signatory? Chile is a signatory to and has ratified the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.   2...

Getting the Deal Through - Anti-Corruption Regulation 2012 - Chile
Carey, April 2012

International anti-corruption conventions to which international anti-corruption conventions is your country a signatory? Chile is a signatory to and has ratified the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption...

Getting the Deal Through - Mergers & Acquisitions - Chile
Carey, June 2011

1. Types of transaction How may businesses combine?  The most common forms of business combinations are as follows...

Getting the Deal Through - Mining 2011 - Chile
Carey, September 2011

Chile Rafael Vergara and Juan Francisco Mackenna Carey y Cía Ltda   Mining industry Getting the Deal Through - Mining 2013
Carey, July 2013

Mining Industry 1. What is the nature and importance of the mining industry in your country?The mining industry accounts for 13 per cent of the GDP and 62.6 per cent of Chile’s total exports (US$49.3 billion). Chile is the largest producer of copper (31.9 per cent) in the world market and also produces other metals, such as silver and gold, and many non-metallic substances. The mining industry is mainly owned by private foreign and national companies...

 

 

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