Luis Alberto Aninat ’00 LL.M.
Like many international lawyers who earn graduate legal degrees in the United States, Luis Alberto Aninat ’00 LL.M. returned home to practice. As a founding partner of Aninat Schwencke & Cía in Santiago, Chile, he advises corporate clients, oversees litigation, and manages a growing law firm. “It has been an incredible ride,” says Aninat, who worked as a foreign associate at Cameron & Hornbostel in Washington, D.C., and as a partner at Aninat & Cía, his family’s law firm, before venturing out on his own.
Aninat teamed up with Juan Pablo Schwencke ’97 LL.M. in 2005 to discuss the possibility of forming a firm with national roots and international reach. The partners combined their savings, and they opened Aninat Schwencke & Cía in early 2006.
Seven years later, Aninat Schwencke has grown to include 40 attorneys, a number that may not sound so large by U.S. law firm standards, but one that ranks highly in a country where few firms employ more than 50 lawyers. “Chile is a very isolated and far-away country, and so we have really worked hard to be connected, mainly with the U.S., but also with some jurisdictions in Europe,” Aninat says.
Aninat, who is married with three daughters, has become an expert at balancing his roles at the law firm, as a professor at Universidad de Chile School of Law, and as a founder of the online newspaper El Dinamo. His leadership at Aninat Schwencke & Cía has paid off in spades. “In only seven years, which for me, looking back, looks like seven centuries,” Aninat says, “we have managed to become one of the top 10 or 12 law firms in the country.”