LEGAL ADVICE

We provide sound and comprehensive legal advice. From the moment you decide to work in Latin America -or with a Latin American country- we can help with a gamut of issues you will encounter, from contract negotiations with local companies or the State, taxation, and profit repatriation, to dispute resolution including, domestic litigation and national and international arbitration.

FINANCIAL PLANNING

We manage a broad range of issues regarding finances and commercial exchanges. It is not just about calculating Net Present Values and planned cash flows, it is knowing the market conditions and local culture that can impact your business.

CORPORATE STRATEGY

Doing business is a lot more complex than repeating what has been done successfully in the past. We help you set up the appropriate corporate structure, define the right timing to invest, to find potential partners for future joint ventures and avoid conflicts.

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ABOUT US

We are a law firm that provides legal services across industries, from mediation to domestic litigation or national and international arbitration, to financial planning and corporate strategy. We also provide services covering:

  • Foreign investment and trade
  • Contract negotiation
  • Government and community liaison

Our services are the result of over 30 years of experience in legal advice, dispute resolution, business development, civil service and government liaison, procurement and international economy expertise.

We offer comprehensive legal support for today’s problems and strategic advice for tomorrow’s challenges.

We know how hard it can be to operate in a different market and culture. Let us help you build a solid foundation for your business.  

Meet our Partners

Ricardo Vasquez Urra

Founding partner of Vásquez Urra Abogados, he has developed a strong career as private attorney, specializing on court litigation and arbitration, corporate law and investment law. 

Mr. Vásquez has advised and represented significant Chilean and foreign individuals and companies, from setting up their businesses to resolving legal disputes. His expertise ranges from mining through financial services, including energy, construction, health and the public sector.

Mr. Vásquez negotiated many free trade agreements on behalf of the State of Chile, where he developed a solid background in international trade, investment protection, financial services and dispute settlement. He has advised foreign Governments, members of parliament and international organizations, and is an active writer on issues ranging from investment matters to international dispute settlement, and is often invited to share his expertise abroad.

In September 2017, Mr. Vásquez was appointed Arbitrator on the selective roster of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He is also part of the arbitrator’s list appointed by Chile´s Judiciary Power for the period 2019-2020.

Mr. Vásquez holds a JD from Universidad de Chile School of Law, a Master´s Degree (LL.M) from the University of Sydney on International Commercial Arbitration, and post-graduate studies on Management of Investment Disputes, International Law, Financing and Corporate Law.

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Rodrigo Rojo

Financial and Strategy Partner at VUA, he has developed a solid career on international economic affairs and finance. Mr. Rojo has held key positions at the Board of Directors on international organizations and financial mechanisms backed by the Chilean state.

Mr. Rojo´s sectorial experience covers financial services, investments, transport and telecommunications among others, with a focus on trade and regulatory issues. While working abroad, Mr. Rojo also developed close relations with business associations and international companies. Recently, Mr. Rojo also worked internationally on social development projects, project evaluation and community impact. 

Mr. Rojo is Commercial Engineer from Universidad Santo Tomás and has post-graduate studies in Management and public policy from Universidad de Chile.

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MEET OUR OF COUNSEL

CAROLINA BELMAR G.

Carolina Belmar G. has more than 18 years of experience in intellectual property, international negotiations and drafting and approval of domestic laws.
Before joining VUA, she worked at the Chilean Patent and Trademark Office (INAPI) as Deputy Director (2009 – 2018). Ms. Belmar and her team turned INAPI into one of the most modern Public Services in Chile, and the 2nd most innovative worldwide Trademark Office, awarded by the specialized magazine World Trademark Review. Prior to her role at INAPI she worked at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of the Department of Intellectual Property, leading several of the intellectual property chapters of the Free Trade Agreements signed by Chile between 2005 and 2009.
She has been guest professor in postgraduate courses, speaker in several international seminars, and was one of the members of the Commission for the study of a New Commercial Code in Chile.
Ms. Belmar holds a JD from Universidad de Chile School of Law and a Master Degree (LL.M) from the Universidad de Alicante, Spain, in Intellectual Property and Information Society.
Publications: «Guidelines for Trademark Registration» (2010 and second edition 2018), «Appellations of Origin in Chile: development and future perspectives» (2016) and the «Intellectual Property Chapter” of the Guide on Free Trade Agreements of Chile: 10 years after the FTA with the United States (2015), among others.

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BRETT YOUNG

Brett Young is an Australian barrister who specialises in taxation law and commercial law at the New South Wales Bar. He acts for a broad range of clients including multinational corporations, small-to-medium businesses and high net worth individuals. He began practising as a barrister in 2003, has practised as a tax advisor since 1994 and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA).
He collaborates with VÁSQUEZ URRA Abogados on a range of issues pertaining to client needs related to areas of taxation law -including income tax, stamp duty, GST, land tax and other Federal and State revenue laws- commercial and equity law (including trusts), Estate planning, and appears before Federal Courts, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and NSW Supreme Court matters.

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Vásquez Urra Abogados

Mariano Sánchez Fontecilla 310, Piso 2
Las Condes, Región Metropolitana

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