Juan Ignacio Santa María

Of Counsel

Lawyer from the Gabriela Mistral University with a Master’s in Economics and Management from the same university. He is specialized in all areas of financing, as well as in banking, financial regulation, corporate governance, and capital markets.

He has more than 20 years’ professional experience in major banks and national and international financial groups, where he served as Head Lawyer and Legal Affairs Manager. He also has significant experience corporate law, real estate, and the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing (Compliance).

He has led the structuring of important financing projects with the participation of banks located both in Chile and abroad, and has worked as Compliance Manager in charge of crime prevention in accordance with Law 21.121 on Criminal Liability of Legal Persons, with responsibility for training in these matters.

Studies and Experience

  • Lawyer, Universidad Gabriela Mistral (1995).
  • Master in Economics and Business Management for Lawyers, Universidad Gabriela Mistral (1998).
  • Compliance and Good Corporate Governance, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2018).
  • Diploma in Free Competition, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (2019).
  • Chief Counsel at Baned Legal Services (2000-2002).
  • Senior Counsel at ABN AMRO Bank (2002-2008).
  • Chief Counsel at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) (2008 -2010).
  • General Counsel in Grupo Costanera (2011).
  • Chief Counsel at Rabobank Chile (2012-2014).
  • General Counsel at Rabobank Chile (2014 – 2017).
  • Compliance Manager at Banco BICE and subsidiaries (2019).
  • Of Counsel at Chirgwin (since 2018).
Juan Ignacio Santa María

Juan Ignacio Santa María

Of Counsel
Spanish | English

Areas of Expertise

Global Mobility
The advice at Global Mobility practice area allows the Client to have clarity regarding all the migratory aspects of a foreigner who comes to Chile, whether as a tourist, as...
Banking, Financing, and Investments
Our banking and financial law team has extensive professional experience in matters related to national and international banks, as well as financial institutions. It provides a comprehensive legal service focused...
Corporate and Business
We specialize in providing agile and dynamic advice in all corporate law areas, which has involved us as major players in successful business projects. We provide a corporate service that...

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#Event Last week our Real Estate Practice Area Director participated in the 13th Annual Real Estate Investments Conference organized by the International Bar Association. In addition, the day before the start of the conference we were pleased to...
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#Legalnews | We share this note from Idealex.press about the regulatory challenges of the new Fintech Law. Our of counsel from the Banking, Financing, and Investments practice area, Juan Ignacio Santa María Oyanedel, commented on the benefits that...
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#2022InReview | There were many memorable moments this year. For those we see in the video, we missed to include several more. We are sure that in 2023 we will continue to build partnerships and great opportunities will...
Legal Alert – CMF – General Standard No. 484
#Alert CMF | The Commission for the Financial Market (CMF) issued General Rule No. 484, which establishes requirements and conditions so that the commissions charged to the debtor of a money credit operation are not considered interest, for...


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