Avatar of Juan Eduardo Saldivia
Av. Andrés Bello 2687, Santiago, CL 7550611
(56-2) 25108900
(56-2) 25108941

Partner at SIV Abogados and member of the Chilean Bar Association. His areas of specialization include regulation of natural monopolies, environmental and natural resource law, water rights, public infrastructure and public works concessions. He provides comprehensive counsel on public-private relations, conflict resolution, crisis management and government procedures. From March 2006 to March 2010, he was Undersecretary of Public Works where he was responsible for leading efforts to pass new legislation including a law to modify the General Law on Public Works Concessions, approved unanimously by the Chilean Senate and Chamber of Deputies; a law to create an institutional structure for rural sanitation systems, approved unanimously by the Chilean Senate and currently under debate in the Chamber of Deputies; a law to create the Superintendency of Public Works, as well as some amendments to the Water Code. He also served as the Executive Secretary of the Technical Advisory Commission of the Committee of Ministers in charge of proposing guidelines for a new water policy for the country. From June 2006 to May 2010, he was Vice President of the Center for Information on Natural Resources (CIREN), an institute belonging to the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO) that is specialized in basic research on natural resources in Chile. He served as counsel to the National Council for Clean Production between 1998 and 2006, spearheading the signing of several public-private agreements designed to prevent environmental pollution through voluntary commitments made by industry with the relevant authorities. Between September 1996 and March 2006, he served as Superintendent of Sanitation Services, directing a legal reform to incorporate private-sector capital and transform and strengthen the sector's regulatory body. In 2003 and 2004, he was president of the Association of Potable Water and Sanitation Regulators of the Americas (ADERASA). In academia, he has lectured on utility regulation and theories of state intervention at the law schools at Universidad de Chile and Andrés Bello, respectively. In September 1988, he joined the general counsel's office at Banco Santiago -today Banco Santander-, where he remained until 1996. Within the bank, he provided legal counsel on judicial collections, guarantees, studies of corporate clients, bankruptcy, negotiations of syndicated loans, loan renegotiations and settlements. He is also engaged in private practice where he advises individuals and companies on civil and commercial matters. On August 2014, Mr. Saldivia assume as the chairman of the board of directors of Asociación de Concesiones de Obras de Infraestructura Pública, COPSA. He received his law degree from Universidad de Chile and was admitted to practice in Chile in 1988.