OUR TEAM

Ignacio Araya Senior Associate

EXPERIENCE

Ignacio focuses his practice in all sorts of corporate affairs and in matters related to financial regulation, corporate law, stock market and corporate financing, mainly advising Fintech companies, including cryptocurrency exchanges, open banking, remittance companies and digital lending platforms. He advises various national and international clients, focusing mainly on startups.

Previously, he was an Attorney at the Normative Area of the Central Bank of Chile (2018-2021), an Associate Lawyer of the Corporate Group at Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana Abogados (2017-2018) and the Chief Legal Officer of Synacore SpA (2013-2016).

During the first semester of 2022, he was a Visiting Researcher at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), conducting a study on the legal status of cryptoassets under Chilean law.

He is a member of the Special Registry of Referees of the Court of Appeals of Santiago since the Biennium 2019-2020, having been re-elected for the Biennium 2021-2022 and he is a member of the Chilean Bar Association A.G.

As for his academic activities, Ignacio is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chile (since 2016) and an Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Santiago de Chile (since 2020). In both institutions, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Corporate Financing, Corporate Governance, Banking and Financial Regulation, Stock Market, Fintechs and the legal status of cryptoassets. He is currently the Academic Co-coordinator of the Diploma in Corporate Governance and Compliance (since 2021) and the Diploma in Structures, Financing and Corporate Taxation (since 2022), both taught by the University of Chile’s Law School.

He was Deputy Secretary of the Securities Market Subcommittee of the Study Commission for a New Commercial Codification, organized by the University of Chile’s Law School and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (2016-2017).

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Law and Social Sciences (summa cum laude) and Attorney, Universidad de Chile (2014).
Master of Laws in Private Law (summa cum laude), Universidad de Chile (2020). Graduated 3rd overall in the 2020 class.
Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Chicago (2016). Beneficiary of the Becas Chile Scholarship Program for master's studies abroad, granted by the Government of Chile and the Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Scholarship, granted by the University of Chicago.
Course: “Cambridge FinTech & Regulatory Innovation Programme”, taught by the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge (2019).
Course "Foundations of Central Bank Law", taught by the International Monetary Fund (2019).
Certificate in Competition Law and Policy, Universidad de Chile (2010).