Nowadays, international trade in goods and services represents one of the main activities in the chilean economy. Chile is the country that has signed the highest number of free trade agreements in the world. Those trade agreements have given the country a preferential access to the worldwide markets of goods and services.

ADEXCO LAWYERS specializes in legal advice on foreign trade, customs operations, customs taxes, administrative law, and corporate matters related to general business and contracts, among other subjects. Our main objective is to provide the highest standard of legal advice to our customers. ADEXCO LAWYERS works with companies and persons from different industries for whom international trade is a core component of their businesses.

Our organization develops specialized advice on foreign trade aimed at supporting the customs procedures needed to the operation of the core business of our clients. We offer specialized legal advice and support administrative procedures in the National Customs Service of Chile related to infringements, claims for an improper valuation of goods, misclassification of a tariff, legal defense against smuggling charges, court procedures in the Tax and Customs Courts, among others. Our team is composed by lawyers that are experts on Customs and Foreign Trade Law.

Our firm has developed a modern methodology to identify, assess and satisfy the needs of our customers, allowing them to focus on their corporate and personal activities with the confidence that they are being supported by a knowledgeable and solid team of professionals.




  • Legal insertion of foreign goods into the Chilean market: We perform all the steps necessary in the public agencies of the country to obtain the legal certificates and permits required to marketing foreign products in Chile.
  • Outsourcing in foreign trade: We manage all the trade activities of our foreign clients operating in Chile, including the hiring a customs agent to the delivery of goods in your warehouse.
  • International recruitment: We advise our clients in the negotiation, drafting and reviewing of international contracts with their counterparts.
  • Legal constitution of companies in Chile: Our firm manage all the legal steps to establish foreign companies in Chile.
  • Legal representation of companies in Chile: Our office represents companies before the Chilean authorities to carry out all the formalities required for the development of their business.

Fernando Vargas Olivares

Senior Attorney. Founding Partner.
Area of Foreing Trade. Area of Customs Laws.


Fernando advise companies on matters relating to foreign trade, customs law, civil law, commercial law and public law. He also represents clients in special administrative procedures involving public entities like the National Customs Service, the Institute of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission of Anti-Dumping and Price Distortion, among others. Fernando is specialized in advising his clients in the initiation of international business and the elaboration of a strategic plan for the negotiation of international and local contracts. Fernando also advise clients to fully exploit the tax benefits derived from the international trade agreements signed by Chile. Finally, Fernando handles requirements of the Law on Transparency in specialized fields of international trade.


Fernando has an extensive experience in the public and the private sector, among which stands out: President of the General Board of Customs of Chile, appointed by the President of the Republic of Chile (2012 – 2013), a court in charge of solving administrative disputes related to customs and tax matters – Director of the Integrated Foreign Trade System of Chile ( in the Ministry of Finance of Chile ( (2012) where he led the legal aspects of the project and the organization and implementation of the system – Head of the Judicial Department of the Housing and Urban Authority of Santiago of Chile (2012-2014) – Regional Internal Comptroller of the Housing and Urban Authority of the O’Higgins Region of Chile (2011-2012).

In the private area, Fernando’s most relevant positions include: General Manager of the Private Customs Agency M.V.R. y Cia. Ltda. (2003-2009) – Founding Partner of the Law Firm “Adexco Lawyers” ( – Professor of the Chair of «Law and New Business», Faculty of Engineering, San Sebastián University of Chile (2016 – present),

Education and Academic Degrees

Basic and Secondary Education Cordillera High School of Santiago, Chile – Bachelor of Law and Social Sciences, law degree, University Gabriela Mistral of Chile – Memory grade «The Customs Destination of Export» approved with distinction – Degree in “Customs Law and Foreign Trade”, Faculty of law, Finis Terrae University of Chile – Former assistant professor of the chair of Commercial law, Faculty of law, Gabriela Mistral University of Chile.


Spanish (native) – English (fluent).


Office Phone: (+56) 229 076 084

Cell Phone: (+56) 985 012 875


Paula A. Elías Auad.

Senior Attorney. Main Partner & CEO.
Area of Natural Resources. Area of Corporate Law.


Paula has focused her professional practice in Environmental Law and Regulatory Law, especially in Hydric Resources Law. With over 11 years of professional experience in the area, she has advised important companies among which there are vineyards, real estate corporations, and retail companies. Furthermore, her practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, with a strong experience linked to the commercial and business areas.


She started her professional legal career as attorney of the Law Firm Jaeger, Joannon, Daiber & Barros Abogados Asociados. Once she earned her degree, she joined the Grupo Quinta, where she worked as in-house lawyer. Her responsibilities focused in particular on the exercise of the rights of use of groundwater, in everything related to the Water Code. In addition, she permanently advises the Geosud Group, a company dedicated to drill boreholes in Chile and Peru. In 2012, she founded the H2O Consulting Group, where she worked as the in-house lawyer leading the area of ​​environmental and corporate law, as well as the company’s brokerage area.

During 2014, in a joint effort with important lawyers in the area, she forms the H2O Abogados Law Firm, where in addition to carrying out tasks related to her practice as a partner in the area of ​​natural resources, she served as CEO. She worked there until 2017. Then, she created the Law Firm Elías Abogados, practicing in the area of ​​natural resources, environment, corporate, business management, and regulatory matters. At the same time, she became a partner and CEO of the Adexco Abogados Law Firm, specialists in foreign investment, international trade, customs law, and international law, where she works in international regulatory matters, corporate and commercial law, and business management.

Education and Academic Degrees

Elementary and high school at Colegio Bradford School; Law Degree at Universidad Gabriela Mistral; Magister In Enviromental and Natural Resources Law at Universidad del Desarrollo.


Native Spanish – Intermediate English.


Office Phone: (+56) 229 076 084

Cell Phone: (+56) 993 312 553




Cell phone: (+56) 985 012 875

Twitter: @adexcoabogados

Linkedin: Adexco Lawyers



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