Team Spotlight: Carla Lopez, Practice Lead Chile

Introducing Carla

Carla López is Practice Lead – Chile and Senior Corporate Lawyer at Harris Gomez Group. As part of her role at Harris Gomez Group, a distinguished multidisciplinary firm specialising in cross-border transactions between common law countries and Latin America, Carla has consistently demonstrated an impressive ability to navigate the complexities of cross-border transactions, offering invaluable counsel to companies operating at the intersection of common law countries and Latin America.

Background and education

Carla’s journey as a lawyer commenced in 2013, and she quickly ascended through the ranks to become a highly-respected authority in her field. In her time as a lawyer, she has worked to provide balanced counsel to companies on an array of corporate matters, including project finance, infrastructure development, market regulation, and antitrust. Her profound expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of business transactions, corporate compliance, and investment development.

Education has always been a cornerstone of Carla’s foundation and success. Carla holds LL.M. degrees from the esteemed New York University School of Law and Universidad de Chile. Carla is a member of the New York State Bar Association since June 2020. Her appetite for knowledge has also led her to complete diplomas in market regulation from the prestigious Universidad de Chile, and economic analysis of real estate and corporate law at the renowned University of Chicago Law School.

Carla López’s profile has risen steadily over the course of her career, as she’s overseen pivotal operations across diverse sectors, including religious institutions, agricultural forestry, mining, and energy sector. Her dedication to excellence was further affirmed when she was bestowed with the prestigious “Rising Star” accolade in Antitrust by The Legal 500 in October 2020, a testament to her outstanding achievements in the field.

Current projects

Currently, Carla is leading the corporate restructuring of a leading civil and mining construction services provider as it makes its entrance into Chile. The client is a well-known company that offers earthmoving equipment for rent and sale, boasting a diverse fleet of machinery, including dumpers, excavators, loaders, graders, and more. Carla’s adept leadership in this endeavour has ensured that the client’s entry into Chile has been as smooth as possible.

Carla is also at the helm of contract negotiations with one of the world’s top mining companies for a METS software services company. The client is an innovative Australian company specialising in cloud-based software for real-time data access. This software aids organisations in recruitment, assignment management, continuity, and regulatory compliance, underlining Carla’s commitment to driving innovation and efficiency in the legal sphere.

The value Carla brings

The corporate restructuring project has been a challenging but rewarding experience. It not only reinforced the importance of adaptability but also highlighted the immense value of collaborative problem-solving. Working closely with the client, we navigated the complexities of cross-border operations, emerging with a streamlined and efficient corporate structure that has now set the stage for their success in Chile and the wider region. This project underscored that the true essence of good counsel lies in finding solutions that not only meet legal standards but also empower businesses to thrive in their respective markets.”

–  Quote from Carla

Harris Gomez Group opened its doors in 1997 as an Australian legal and commercial firm. In 2001, we expanded our practice to the international market with the establishment of our office in Santiago, Chile. This international expansion meant that as an English speaking law firm we could provide an essential bridge for Australian companies with interests and activities in Latin America, and to provide legal advice in Chile, Peru and the rest of Latin America. In opening this office, HGG became the first Australian law firm with an office in Latin America.
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