Matías Desmadryl

Partner

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Chile

Water Resources

Personal contact

Front-running practitioner and co-head of department Matías Desmadryl garners plaudits from clients and peers alike for his prowess in water rights matters in Chile. He is frequently sought out by clients for his expertise in water rights matters in relation to mining projects, including sanctioning procedures and strategic regulatory advice. One clients states: “Matías Desmadryl is an expert lawyer in water law and has vast experience in the public and private sectors, which allows him to understand the most complex conflicts posed by water law and propose strategic solutions not only with a legal approach but also a technical one”. Antoher client enthuses: “Matías offers assertive advice that is hard to beat”. Chambers & Partners 2024.

Partner at PPU expert in Water Resources, environmental matters, and natural resources, with vast expertise in general regulatory matters and litigation. His professional practice focuses on expertly and skillfully managing highly-complex matters, which has enabled him to participate in varied and important investment projects, advising domestic and foreign clients. In 2010, he was appointed by the President of the Republic as the highest-ranking authority for water matters in Chile, as Director of the General Bureau for Water, where he led a team of experts from the World Bank in the elaboration of a report to diagnose water resources and their institutionality for the definition of the National Strategy for Water Resources. While in office, he led the creation of the National System for Water Information, the drafting and discussion of 2 bills of law to amend the Chilean Code of Waters and the Chilean Code on Criminal Law, and the elaboration of the texts that later resulted in the regulations for Underground Water Exploration and Exploitation, Large-Scale Hydraulic Works, and Ecological Flow-Rates.


Education

2018- 2019
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Business School
ESE Business School
2003
DIPLOMA, ECONOMIC ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, MAJOR IN NATURAL RESOURCES
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
1994- 1999
LAWYER
Law
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Languages

Spanish, English

Work experience

2021 - PRESENT
PARTNER
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
2013 - 2020
PARTNER
Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia
2010 - 2012
DIRECTOR GENERAL DE AGUAS
Dirección General de Aguas, Ministerio de Obras Públicas
2009 - 2010
ABOGADO ASUNTOS REGULATORIOS
Aguas Andinas
2003 - 2009
ABOGADO ÁREA REGULATORIA Y RECURSOS NATURALES
Allende Bascuñán Abogados

Publications

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Memberships

  • Director at APEMEC (Association of Small and Medium-sized Hydroelectric Power Plants)
  • Representative of the National Society of Agriculture on the National Board of Water for the creation of a new public water institution (2020)

Academic and Teaching Activities

    • 2012 - TO DATE
    • Water Rights in the Masters in Law (LLM)
    • PROFESOR - Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
    • 2018 - TO DATE
    • Environmental Compliance in Diploma on Compliance and Corporate Best Practices
    • PROFESOR - Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
    • 2014 - 2018
    • Water Rights in Masters of Environment, Chile
    • PROFESOR - University of Finis Terrae
    • 2014 - 2018
    • Mining Law and Water Rights
    • PROFESOR - University of Finis Terrae, Chile
    • 2021 - TO DATE
    • Water Rights in Diploma on Natural Resources and Environment
    • PROFESOR - University of the Andes, Chile