Juan P. Schwencke

Juan P. Schwencke is a leading business lawyer and advisor in Chile and the region. Graduated from the Universidad de Chile and Columbia University, he has lived in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, New York and Miami, gaining a tremendous cross-border experience blended with deep local knowledge. As part of his career, Juan P. worked at Cleary Gottlieb in New York and Frankurt.

Juan P. has worked on hundreds of matters in a broad range of practices including, financing, M&A, complex dispute resolutions, capital markets, workouts and restructurings, corporate governance, crisis management, among others, representing local and multinational banking institutions, family offices, private equity/VC funds, real estate developers, and companies in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, agribusiness, media, communication and advertising sectors as well as highly regulated industries, including transportation, healthcare and financial services.

As a well-connected business advisor and influential lawyer, Juan P. also seats in various board of directors of local and international companies conducting business majorly in Chile and is a permanent columnist at La Segunda, a local business and political newspaper. Juan P. is often a lecturer on M&A / private equity matters and is involved with many not-for-profit organizations. 



LLM, Columbia University, NY, (1997)

J.D. Equivalent, Universidad de Chile, Chile 

Honors & Distinctions

The LEGAL 500. Latin America. Recommended Lawyer (2018, 2019, 2021)

CHAMBERS. Ranked in Latin America (2016, 2020). Ranked in Global (2015)

IFLR 1000. Highly regarded

Best Lawyers. Banking and Finance Law, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

LACCA. Approved. (2018- 2019) 

The LEGAL 500. Latin America. Leading Individual (2017)

Language Capability

Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), German (Proficient)


Colegio de Abogados de Chile, AG.

International Bar Association

American Bar Association

Board Member of International Lawyers Network (ILN)

Princeton Club (New York)

Notable Experience

-Advised Austral Capital Partners in the sale of Paperless (the largest electronic invoicing and documentation company in the country) to the US technology solutions company Sovos Compliance LLC.

-Advised Geomar SpA (one of the main producers of canned seafood in the country) in the sale of a stake in an investment vehicle managed by Encourage Capital LLC.

-Advised the Endurance Outdoor Private Investment Fund (managed by Endurance Investments S.A.) in the purchase and transfer of 40% of the Lippi S.A. brand.

-Advised the Private Investment Fund Waste to Energy I, managed by the Chilean company Genera Austral SA, in the sale of all of its shares to the energy investment fund BIO E SpA, managed by SCLA, an investment fund manager in the energy sector.

-Advised Y&R Chile in the restructuring of the group companies in Chile.

-Advised Inder SpA (family offce of the Del Río Goudie family) to carry out its new acquisitions, including the purchase of 33.33% of the shares of Alto SA, one of the most successful companies in the industry of the crime prevention.

-Advised the Brazilian technology company Inmetrics in the exit of minority shareholders of its Chilean subsidiary, through the execution of an option contained in the shareholder agreement of said subsidiary.

-Advised the University of California - Davis in the execution and fulfillment of a Grant Agreement signed with Corfo (Chilean innovation promotion agency) within its Program of Attraction of International R&D Centers of Excellence for Competitiveness 2.0.

-Advised SalfaCorp in expanding its presence in Latin America through the acquisition of three companies. The first in Chile and the following two in Peru: Revesol S.A., Desarrollo Tecnológico Ingeniería S.A., Des & Sal Ingeniería y Construcción S.A.C.

-Advised Inder SpA in the acquisition of shareholdings in: Scopix S.A., a company that provides services to retail companies in the United States; Invivo, a company located in Boston, United States, that carries out biotechnology and life science activities; Multicaja S.A., a transactional services company that aims to contact issuers (banks, commercial houses, telephone companies) with businesses and customers; Vaki, a company located in Iceland, which develops high-tech products and services for the aquaculture industry.

-Advised ESVAL S.A. and CAP S.A. in updating the covenants contained in its debt instruments in accordance with IFRS.

-Advised ESVAL S.A. in the issuance of its Series R, S and T bonds, registration of new bond lines and placement of bonds charged to them (US $ 83 million) and in the placement of bills of exchange (US $ 9.7 million).

-Advised Austral Capital in updating the regulations of its investment funds, in accordance with the new legislation.

-Advised Lexington Partners, representing them in the negotiation of the incorporation of a local subordinated fund managed by Compass that in turn invests in capital funds managed by Lexington, and the review and negotiation of the documents to obtain the approval of the local subordinated fund at the CMF.

-Advised P2 Capital Advisors in the negotiation of the incorporation of a local subordinated fund managed by Asset, which in turn will invest the entities managed by P2, including the preparation of the documents to obtain the approval of the local subordinated fund at the CMF.

-Advised CVC Capital Partners to negotiate the incorporation of a local subordinated fund to be managed by HMC Nevasa that will invest in private capital funds managed by CVC, including the preparation and discussion of the documents to obtain the approval of the local subordinated fund at the CMF.

-Advised Citigroup Global Markets Inc., in its capacity as dealer manager and offeror, in the offer of acquisition of international bonds for up to the sum of US $ 600,000,000 carried out by ENAP.

-Advised Tiger Global Fund, one of the main private investment funds in the United States, in the acquisition of the company Despegar.com.

-Advised Real Estate Portal in the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to Mercado Libre.

-Advised Agrícola San Clemente and William S. Haines, a relevant producer of cranberries in the United States, in the acquisition of a significant stake in Cranberries Austral Chile S.A., the second largest producer of cranberries outside of North America.

-Advised WPP Group, one of the main communication, media and advertising conglomerates in the world, in the acquisition of part or all of the following companies: Young & Rubicam (Prolam), J. Walter Thompson (JWT), Burson- Marsteller, Gray Global Group, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Actionline, Grupo M and CADEM.

-Advised Frutos del Maipo in the sale of 100% of the company to the food producer Watt’s.

- Advice to ESVAL S.A. in the successful registration before the Financial Market Comission (CMF) of a new line of commercial papers in the public securities market in Chile, for the total amount of USD $ 32.4 million. Then, advice to ESVAL S.A. in the placement of commercial paper, attributed to this new line, obtaining a total of US $ 12.2 million.

- Advice to ESVAL S.A., in the modification of all its contracts currently in force to adjust its provisions and financial coefficients to the new accounting standard IFRS.

- Advice to CAP S.A. in the modification of the contract for a bond line, to: (i) release the guarantees of the contract; (ii) allow CAP S.A. grant guarantees in relation to project financing; (iii) other formal modifications.

- Advice to ESVAL S.A., in the successful registration within the CMF of a new modification to a line of bonds currently registered at the CMF. Then, advice to ESVAL S.A. in the placement of bonds imputed to the modified line, obtaining a total of US $ 45 million.

- Advising Warburg Pincus in the negotiation of a compromise agreement with Picton Advisors and in the preparation, negotiation and review of all documents to be submitted to the CMF to obtain the approval of the Investment Fund WP XI, an incorporated public investment fund. under Law No. 18,815.

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