JAVIER EDWARDS R.

PARTNER

jedwards@ednabogados.cl
+56 98 552 5180

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Banking and finance
  • Compliance and Anti-Corruption
  • Concessions
  • High complex contracts
  • Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy and Resources

EXPERIENCE

Prior to the re-founding of EDN Abogados, he was a partner of Palma Edwards Veszpremy, and before that he founded the firm.

Previously, he worked as a lawyer for the Central Bank of Chile (1983-1995), was Legal Manager of Minera Escondida Limitada (1995-2000), Legal Manager of Lan Airlines (2000-2001), Legal Manager of Global Wholesale Banking and Treasury of BBVA Chile (2001-2007), Legal Director of BBVA New York Branch (2007-2011), and Director of Legal and Insurance Affairs of Finning South America (2012-2016). In the exercise of these positions, he has provided legal advice in corporate, commercial, financial, regulatory, transactional and managerial matters of a wide range, with exposure throughout the field of corporate legal advice in business law.

He has more than twenty-five years of experience in corporate, financial, banking, economic, commercial and energy law.

Additionally, he has been a professor of economic and financial law at the Andrés Bello University, University Del Desarrollo and Adolfo Ibáñez University, and has participated as a visiting professor at the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona, ​​in Spain.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Law and Social Sciences (Distinction), Universidad de Chile, 1987.
  • Lawyer title granted by the Supreme Court of Justice, 1990.
  • Degree in International Commerce and Finance (with honors), University of Barcelona, ​​Spain, 1992.
  • Master in European Studies – European Union Law (with honors), University of Barcelona, ​​Spain, 1992.
  • Master (LL.M.) in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law (with honors), Fordham University, School of Law, New York, United States of America, 2011.

CAREER

  • Senior lawyer, Central Bank of Chile, 1990-1995.
  • Legal Counsel, Minera Escondida Limitada, 1995-2000.
  • Chief Lawyer of LAN Group (Today LATAM), 2000-2001.
  • Legal Manager of Global Wholesale Banking and Investment Banking, Treasury, Mutual Funds and Stock Brokerage, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Chile 2001-2007.
  • Executive Director of Legal Services (General Counsel), Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, New York Branch, 2007-2012.
  • Director Legal and Insurance Affairs, Finning South America, 2012-2016.
  • Founding Partner EDN Abogados, April 2016 to October 2018.
  • Partner Palma Edwards Veszpremy, November 2018 to July 2020.
  • Partner EDN Abogados, August 2020 to date.
  • Recognized by the international publication “Best Lawyers” 2020, in the banking and financial law practice area.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Senior Lawyer at the Central Bank of Chile, participated in the drafting of the new regulations that reflect the entry into force of the free exchange market system and foreign investment regime that has defined – without prejudice to conjunctural changes – the current system in the matter for over 20 years.
  • In his capacity as legal manager of companies of the size of Minera Escondida Limitada, Lan Airlines (today Latam Airlines), BBVA Chile and BBVA New York Branch, Finning South America, has participated in local and international transactions related to the development of mining exploitation ; local and regional expansions; local and international financing (bilateral, syndicated, project, structured, bond and commercial paper issues, securitizations, among other forms of capital raising and investment); mergers, acquisitions and divisions; definition of corporate structures and governments; internal regulatory processes to meet regulatory compliance standards; representation of the Chilean government on environmental issues related to mining (International Maritime Organization, Basel Convention on Transport of Hazardaous Wastes); negotiation with local and foreign authorities regarding the application and scope of exchange, customs and environmental regulations; definition of litigation strategy in arbitration matters associated with large-scale contracts, among other first-level matters addressed in the exercise of his role as Corporate Legal Manager.
  • Representation of Finning Chile and Caterpillar Inc. for the sale of a Finning subsidiary to the Paraguayan company Petersen.
  • Representation of BCI and BICE Banks in Club Deal financing for Territorial Real Estate Project (Santiago, Chile).
  • Representation of ENC Energy Portugal in restructuring companies Holding ENC Energy in Chile.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chilean Bar Association A.G.
  • Member of the Belgian and Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce A.G., Chile.
  • Member of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, New York.
  • Member of the International Bar Association, IBA.

LANGUAGES

Spanish, English and French

Team

FELIPE DÍAZ T.
FELIPE DÍAZ T.

Partner

MARÍA ESTER PAREDES M.
MARÍA ESTER PAREDES M.

Partner

ANDRÉS VESZPREMY S.
ANDRÉS VESZPREMY S.

Partner

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