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Juan Francisco Mackenna

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Energy / Infrastructure and Project Development


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Energy Group.


His practice area is focused on energy regulatory matters and various types of energy projects, including contracts for electricity, liquid fuels, natural gas, NCRE accreditations, electric transmission, gas transportation, engineering and construction of infrastructure projects, property and land use permits, environmental matters and litigation related to regulatory matters of the energy industry, and civil law.

Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources; and Projects, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Energy and in Mining & Metals, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Energy and Administrative Law, LACCA.
Recognized in Energy, Project Finance and Mining, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Lawyer of the Year Award in Energy, Best Lawyers (2016).
Recognized in Energy; Environmental; Natural Resources and Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.

Co-author of the Chilean chapter of Construction and Projects Q&As Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018/2019).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter of "Foreign Investment in South America: A Comprehensive Guide to Infrastructure and the Legal Environment", American Bar Association (2018).
Co-author of Electricity Projects & Regulations, Latin Lawyer (2015-2017).
Author of the Annual Report: Energy and Utilities, Financier Worldwide (2013).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter on Energy, First Edition, Global Legal Insights, Global Legal Group (2012).
Author of the Chilean chapter of Electricity Regulation, Getting the Deal Through (2007-2009).

Frequent lecturer in local and international seminars and conferences, such as the International Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Enagás and Green World Conferences, etc.


Spanish and English.


Member of the Advisory Council, Chilean Arab Chamber of Commerce and Investments.
Member of the Council, Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables (ACERA) (2017-2018).
Member of the Council, World Energy Council (WEC):
Founder and former vice-chairman, Small and Mid-sized Hydro Projects Association (APEMEC).
Member of the Energy Technical Commission, Confederación de la Producción y el Comercio (CPC).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Vice Chairman, Fundación Mi Parque.
Past President of the Chilean-Australian Chamber of Commerce (2010-2016).
Invited Scholar the Master of Energy Law, School of Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia (2012-2014).
Member of the Board of Instituto Libertad, El Líbero and Fundación Independízate.
Member of the International Bar Association.
Member of the Council of the IBA SEERIL Section of the Environment Energy Resources & Infrastructure Law.
Co-author of the SIC-SING interconnection bill, which was signed into law in 2013 (Law N° 20,726).
Member of the drafting committee of the Public Electric Highway, presented before Congress by President Sebastián Piñera in 2012.
Member of the Chilean Energy Ministry’s drafting committee for the NCRE bill, which was signed into law in 2010 (Law N° 20,698).
Past President of the Power Law Committee, International Bar Association (2011 and 2012).
Assistant Professor of Mining Law, Universidad de Chile (2001-2008).
Foreign Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York (2000-2001).
Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Diego Portales (1998).


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
LL.M., Duke University Law School (2000).
Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard University (2000).


Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Carey has significant experience in industry sectors such as mining, shipyards, ports and airports, hospitals, and real estate, as well as in power and renewable energy – including wind, solar and hydro power. Recent highlight mandates include advising Asociación Chilena de Seguridad on the legal structuring of a major hospital expansion project; and assisting a major power transmission line company with the project finance for transmission lines and substation construction projects. Rafael Vergara, Oscar Aitken and Juan Francisco Mackenna are all highly active and well regarded, as are Alberto Cardemil, José Miguel Bustamante, and Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Felipe Moro is singled-out as ‘a very good lawyer who has great understanding of his clients’ needs’;

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas

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Juan Francisco Mackenna - Carey

Within: Electricity/oil and gas

Carey’s ‘does an outstanding job across the board; the team always ensures the right lawyers are available to answer clients’ questions and provides a very high level of Chilean legal knowledge’. The firm’s broad practice covers oil and gas, transmission and distribution matters, and energy project development, including tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, and litigious and regulatory matters. Other areas of strength include land rights, electric and maritime concessions, indigenous affairs and water rights. Recent transactional highlights include advising Masisa on the $15m sale of its CoGen power plant to Neoelectra, which included both biomass and water supply agreements; and acting for Sonnedix Chile Holding on the $11.8m acquisition of a majority stake in Cox Energy Chile. Juan Francisco Mackenna, José Miguel Bustamante, and water law specialist Alberto Cardemil are the names to note.

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