Chile’s Sarmiento & Walker appoints William García as partner

Chilean law firm Sarmiento & Walker, specialists in public and constitutional law, has hired William García as a partner to open a new regulatory and administrative matters practice, consolidating the firm's project to take advantage of the joint experience of its members to focus on the resolution of disputes between the public and private sectors.

Posted Thursday, April 8th 2021
Chile’s Sarmiento & Walker appoints William García as partner

The firm’s newest partner, and its third, William García Machmar, holds a master's degree in public law from the Universidad de Chile and an LLM from New York University, and has more than 10 years of experience in the public sector.

Between 2014-18 he was head of the legal-legislative division of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, where he also worked as an advisor between 2006-10. Prior to that, he worked as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court.

During his professional practice, he has advised the public and private sector on regulatory, constitutional, and administrative law matters.

In the academic field, he was a researcher at the Center for Regulation and Competition of the Universidad de Chile between 2012-14 and has taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad Andrés Bello and Universidad Alberto Hurtado, and currently teaches administrative law at the latter.

In addition to having known the current partners at Sarmiento & Walker for many years, he shares their comprehensive view of the advice they provide to their clients, García said.

"The firm is characterized by taking charge of both the general design of the legal strategy and the litigation in the administrative or jurisdictional venues where it is resolved," he added.

The firm’s litigation on constitutional matters, which is one of the firm's hallmarks, “has a strong strategic component and require intensive preparation from the initiation of the litigation until it comes through the Constitutional Court, as also happens in lawsuits relating to sectoral matters such as urban planning, electricity or associated with the environment that fall under the jurisdiction of civil courts or in all types of proceedings before the General Comptroller  of the Republic", he added.

"Our purpose is to serve as agents before the administration for the resolution of complex controversies, providing legal advice for large and medium-sized companies, as well as to work in alliance with other law firms that often require the preparation of legal reports or highly specialized strategies in the matters covered by our office,” according to the firm’s co-founding partner Claudia Sarmiento.

For her part, co-founding partner of the Santiago-based firm, Elisa Walker, said: "We have experience in advising institutions and private companies, as well as the public sector, in interacting with international organizations, or participating in the regulatory design and processing of laws and regulations and in academia. This allows us to generate rigorous and cutting-edge regulatory solutions that respond to the social changes that are taking place in civil society, the private sector and the public sector, both nationally and internationally.”