Clairfield International and seafood specialist Antarctica Advisors announce opening of office in Chile

Clairfield International in Miami, operating locally as Antarctica Advisors International, announced the opening of a new office in Santiago, Chile. The office in Chile will support Antarctica’s growth in South America and allow the firm to better serve its corporate clients in the region, offering unrivalled knowledge-based transaction advisory services in the food sector. The Chile office expands Clairfield’s presence in Latin America, joining existing teams in Mexico and Brazil that are also strong in the food and agribusiness industry, as well as in sectors such as natural resources, financial institutions, business services and industrial engineering, with a focus on crossborder transactions.

Clairfield/Antarctica’s experienced advisory team provides its food-industry clients with a wide range of investment banking services. Antarctica maintains a highly specialized seafood-industry M&A practice unique to the investment banking industry. It has a long track record of deal origination and successful execution in the region, having advised clients such as Camanchaca, AquaChile, Congelados Pacifico, Cooke Aquaculture, Nippon Suissan, and Robinson Crusoe.

The Chile office will be headed by Fernando Araya, an investment banking veteran with over 20 years of experience. Fernando previously served as general manager of Rabobank in Chile. During his tenure at Rabobank from 1996 to 2011, Fernando led the bank’s local corporate finance/M&A team. Prior to joining Antarctica, Fernando established a local firm providing independent advisory to multinational food companies in South America. His past professional experience also includes senior-level positions at JP Morgan Chase. Fernando has advised an extensive roster of clients, including Multiexport, Salmofood, and IANSA. He also sits on the board of a number of Chilean food companies.

Ignacio Kleiman, a managing partner at Antarctica, commented: “The opening of our new office in Santiago significantly strengthens and expands our firm’s capabilities in South America where many of the most important food companies maintain a presence. We are extremely pleased that Fernando has agreed to bring his expertise to our clients.”

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