Lucía Olavarría Salinas

During my career I have focused on advising ongoing projects in regulatory matters and representing clients in complex arbitrations. At the beginning of my career I specialized in telecommunications regulations, energy, administrative law and antitrust. Since 2012 I´ve worked representing clients in commercial and investment arbitrations. The area of law that thrills me is the combination of regulatory advice for an on-going project and preventing and solving disputes.

Throughout my professional experience, I´ve had the opportunity to accompany different clients in their negotiations of construction contracts and in construction disputes related to large power plants, transmission lines and mining projects. To experience a project´s construction phase, understanding the concerns of the project managers and the financing aspects of the projects, has given me the ability to provide legal advice that is connected to the business side.

My experience working for the government, as advisor to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, was like obtaining a second master degree. I learned to live administrative law from within, experiencing the challenges and acknowledging the political implications of administrative decision making.

I join QA Legal because the firm provides its clients a strategic, transversal and specialized vision. We are a firm where lawyers can develop and grow in different areas with no constraints. QA Legal promotes the development of its team, valuing diversity, the acquisition of a variety of skills, gives opportunities for flexible work and allows its lawyers to find their own balance between work and personal life. These are the values that I deeply value in this institution and that motivated me to join the team.