We have advised public institutions, foundations, corporations, trade unions and non-profit social organizations, among others.
At the request of former President Ricardo Lagos in 2012, Carey begun providing advice to the Chilean government in the international arbitration process known as “Caso Clarín” (Clarín Case). In 1996, Víctor Pey and the President Allende Foundation filed a claim with the International Arbitration Center (ICSID) in connection to the alleged expropriation of goods from El Clarín newspaper during the first days of the military regime in Chile. During her two periods of administration, President Michelle Bachelet, as well as former President Sebastián Piñera, confirmed Carey as governmental legal adviser, work our firm has carried out ad honorem for almost two decades.
Carey represented more than 100 families of the borough of Padre Hurtado that were subjects of a scam perpetrated by the former mayor of the borough and his daughter in the sale of lands for the construction of their homes. The former mayor of the borough promised the neighbours the delivery of parcels for the construction of their houses in 2002. Families, with great effort, raised funds to pay for those lands, but at the time of recording the real estate in the Real Estate Registrar, they were informed that parcels would be auctioned by the National Comptroller General Office as a consequence of unpaid taxes. The debt amounted to CLP 250 million and properties were about to be auctioned. Carey represented the plaintiffs in the legal process and finally convinced the court to sentence the former mayor and his daughter to three years of imprisonment, plus damages compensation for the families affected by this scam.
Carey advised the Volunteers of Valparaíso’s Lifeboats, emblematic institution whose primary mission is to safeguard human life at sea, in a judicial conflict with the current concessionaire of the restaurant “Botes Salvavidas” (Lifeboat) located in Prat pier in Valparaíso, which is owned by the institution. Because of default in rent payments by concessionaire, the Volunteers were close to problems related to underfinancing. With Carey’s support, the parties negotiated an agreement on payments that will allow Volunteers to continue providing their services to the community.
FIS is a private fund that seeks to support social institutions that have financial needs so that they can grow and reach operational self-sustainability. Carey advised FIS in an investment project making a pro bono due diligence for the company ChileRecicla, the first recycling plant for electronic and electric wastes in the South of Chile, located in Chillán, which provides integral management services for recycling of electronic and electric equipment that are no longer in use. Funds granted by FIS after Carey’s legal advice were destined to the automation of ChileRecicla plant and to finance the acquisition of equipment and facility implementation necessary to boost their growth.
B Corporations, which are part of Sistema B, are companies that redefine the meaning of corporate success, using the market strength to provide solutions to social and environmental problems in Chile as well as abroad. Carey advised Sistema B on the protection and registration of the brand Sistema B, and registration of a boardgame called “Granjeros” (Farmers), which promotes values such as collaboration and the common good.
The following are a few examples of the pro bono work that is performed by our lawyers:
Organization whose purpose is to overcome the poverty situation that thousands of people undergo in precarious settlements, through the joint action of its inhabitants and young volunteers of Latin America and the Caribbean. Carey has advised them on the analysis of their corporate structure to combine their activities in Chile and Latin America, and also on employment, contractual, legal, tax and industrial property issues, related to their activities in Chile as well as in the rest of Latin America.
FUNDACIÓN MI PARQUE
Organization aimed to improve the quality of life in vulnerable neighborhoods through a public participation process in the design, construction and activation of green areas. Carey has advised them on legal matters, such as judicial affairs, contracts for the provision of services and for construction.
NGO that supports entrepreneurs using a model of collaborative education to strengthen their businesses and skills. Carey has advised different women ventures that aim to produce a positive impact in our society, on legal matters such as attainment of permits, brands and intellectual property issues, employment and contractual matters.
Hogar de Cristo
Public charity institution with a tradition of more than 70 years, which is part of the work carried out by the Jesuits in Chile. Jorge Carey is member of its Financial Committee.
Organization that promotes and communicates the development of innovation by supporting entrepreneurs through different programs of social interest. Carey provided advice in connection with their organization and operation, mainly on corporate, employment and intellectual property matters.
FUNDACIÓN GARRAS Y PATAS
Foundation that promotes a culture of respect, care and well-being of all animals. Carey advised them on different corporate matters.
FUNDACIÓN MIRADAS COMPARTIDAS
Organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people who are intellectually disabled, mainly through entertainment and leisure activities. Carey gave them advice on different corporate matters.
LABORATORIO DE ARTE LÓBULO TEMPORAL
Foundation that encourages the integration and development of deaf people, mainly through activities and cultural projects. Carey provided advice on the incorporation of the institution.
Organization whose purpose is to provide support to preterm babies. Carey gave them advice on corporate matters.
FUNDACIÓN JEAN JACQUES DESSALINES
Organization that aims to provide pedagogical, psychological and social support to non-Spanish speaking immigrants in Chile, creating a Spanish school and enabling cultural inclusion of Haitians. Carey provided advice on the incorporation and preparation of bylaws for the institution.