With the intention of strengthening its team, and due to significant challenges in key areas of intellectual property, innovation and technology, as well as competition, Chilean law firm Aninat Schwencke & Cía has added to its ranks Senior Counselors Maximiliano Santa-Cruz (Intellectual Property, New Technologies, and Innovation) and Sander van der Voorde (Competition); and as an external advisor on compliance matters Alejandra Vallejos.
Maximiliano Santa-Cruz was the Director General of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), the Chilean patent and trademark office, for nine years, from its creation in 2009 until October 2018, making this agency the first in Chile to incorporate telework in its operation (35%); and the first paperless public institution, being today at the forefront of digital transformation. He led INAPI to become one of the 21 International Patent Authorities within the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and to be considered the 2nd most innovative IP Office in the world (World Trademark Review). Santa Cruz is one of three panelists in the dispute over intellectual property and technology transfer between the United States and China in the WTO and is a consultant to the IDB, WIPO, and the EU. Prior to INAPI, he represented Chile in multilateral intellectual property negotiations within WIPO and the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, and in the Free Trade Agreements between Chile and the EU, the US, Korea and the P4. Santa Cruz received his law degree from the University of Chile and has a Master´s from the University of San Francisco, CA, USA.
Sander van der Voorde is an attorney from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His experience focuses on matters of competition, mergers and acquisitions, and research in different industries and jurisdictions. He worked for more than 20 years at Loeff, Claeys Verbeke and Allen and Overy in their offices in Brussels, Amsterdam, New York and London. He was a partner of FerradaNehme. He is a founding partner, together with Alejandra Vallejos, of Seal Legal Forensics, a company that offers a full range of services from evaluation and data analysis, document review and regulatory compliance.
Meanwhile, Alejandra Vallejos’ experience focuses on competition and corruption, with emphasis on the use of technologies for the adoption of good practices in corporate governments. Previously, Vallejos participated in the anti-cartel unit of the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office, FerradaNehme and the Ministries of Finance and Economy. Vallejos is a lawyer from the University of Chile with a Master’s in International Law, Universities of Heidelberg / Chile and a Master’s in Public Administration, Harvard University, Ash Center for Innovation Fellow, Harvard University, Luksic Fellow.