Sergio Michelsen

Partner  |  Brigard & Urrutia


Family Governance and Business

Family Office


Office Location


Short Biography

Sergio Michelsen has been a partner at Brigard Urrutia since 1994, with over three decades of extensive experience, he is one of the partners of the Trusts and Estates team. Primarily focused on advising prominent families in the Andean region, he specializes in wealth management, family governance, and resolving disputes related to family and corporate structures. Throughout his career, he has been a trusted advisor to several influential families, assisting them with wealth preservation, managing liquidity events, and facilitating the smooth transfer of family wealth across generations. His expertise extends to guiding families through M&A transactions involving their companies. Furthermore, Michelsen is dedicated to advising families on charitable and philanthropic initiatives, demonstrating a comprehensive approach to family wealth planning. Highly regarded by sources such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, and others, Michelsen expertise transits from advising families on wealth management and governance to his work in Corporate/M&A-transactions.

What is your favorite restaurant to take a client or colleague to?

A good steak house will always deliver and never dissapoints.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

The most valuable guidance I've received: Stay humble.

What was your first job?

While attending college, I worked as a law clerk with a prominent attorney.

What is the book you recommend to everyone?

From good to great, James C. Collins.

What changes do you expect to see in your practice over the next year?

What would be the effect of AI in Estate Planning and transactions.