Hernán Peñafiel


Lawyer from the Universidad de Chile. Hernán has a very active litigation practice and has acted as an external lawyer for the Chilean State Defense Council in civil, commercial, administrative, and tax litigation matters. He is former Director of the Division of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Money Laundering of the State Defense Council, and he was granted a special distinction by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for his relevant participation in transnational money laundering investigations.

Hernán has participated as a member of the official delegations for Chile before GAFISUD, the Global Forum to Combat Corruption and the Inter-American Commission for Drug Abuse Control and Money Laundering. He is a regular speaker at international forums and conferences on these matters and a former member of the World Economic Forum. He is also a professor in the field of probity, compliance, and the prevention of the criminal responsibility of legal persons for courses and seminars at the Universidad Mayor, Universidad del Desarrollo and Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins, as well as at the Chilean Judicial Academy. Since 2010 he has also been a professor for the Diploma on Probity and Good Governance at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/University of Salamanca. Hernán previously worked as a lawyer at Banco de Chile, Republic National Bank of New York, and Itaú bank.

Studies and Experience

  • Lawyer, Universidad de Chile (1982).
  • Lecturer at the Law School of the Universidad Mayor (2003-2005).
  • Founding Partner in MS Compliance SA (2005-2012).
  • Professor in the postgraduate course on Probity and Good Governance of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (since 2010).
  • Professor for the postgraduate Corporate Governance and Compliance course at the
  • Universidad del Desarrollo (2016-2017)
  • Counsel for the Defense Council of the State of Chile (since 1995).
  • Partner at Chirgwin Law Firm (since 2013).
Hernán Peñafiel

Hernán Peñafiel

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Areas of Expertise

Infrastructure and Concessions
Our team has advised national and international companies on obtaining concessions and on the development of large infrastructure projects in Chile, in sectors such as roads, pharmaceuticals and mining projects....
Litigation and Arbitration
Chirgwin’s litigation practice area concentrates on the resolution of commercial, civil, financial, labor, and administrative disputes, focusing on resolving complex disputes. The practice area has highly trained professionals, led by...
Compliance is a major issue in today’s business world where companies are exposed to many legal, regulatory, and reputational risks. Furthermore, the globalization of business and the extraterritoriality of some...

Related News

Opinion – The uncertainty of scheduling pleadings in Chilean Courts – IdealexPress
Hernán Peñafiel contributed to the IdealexPress article on the uncertainty of the scheduling of pleadings in Chilean courts. “It is a simple and clear concept: wait in a sort of queue for the time to “see” your case...
Real Estate Week – IBA Conference and Chirgwin Wine Tasting
#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...
Labor Fair UC 2023
#FeriaUC2023 We share with you part of the record of the #feriadeltrabajo of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in its 2023 version. There were many conversations with students and lawyers in which there was genuine mutual interest,...
Looking Back on 2022
#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...
Andersen global – Regional Meeting – Miami 2022
#Networking | Between November 6 and 9, the Global New Leaders Meeting and the Andersen Global Latin America and Caribbean Regional Partner Meeting were held in Miami. The event in which our managing partner, Andrés Chirgwin, participated, contributed...
Andersen Global – Report – Labor Cost in Latin America
Our Andersen Latam Employment Law team has prepared the collaborative work Labor Cost in Latin America, which compiles information from 17 countries on the costs that the employer must bear when hiring workers in each of these jurisdictions...


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