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Latin America

Morales & Besa was established in 1992 by a group of leading professionals in the fields of corporate, finance and tax law and has been at the forefront of the legal profession in Chile ever since, notably in cross-border transactions. It offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters and unrivalled execution capabilities, and adheres to the highest professional standards.

Morales & Besa is a premier full-service Chilean law firm with leading market practices, a global outlook and strong Latin American ties across multiple industries. The firm delivers effective and creative results for its clients' most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.

Practice areas

Banking and finance: the firm acts for most of Chile's national banks as well as some of the leading international players. It advises in all areas of investment banking and finance, including corporate finance, leveraged buyouts, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, distressed debt and restructuring, commercial lending and syndicated loans.

M&A: the firm is recognized as being among the leading mergers and acquisitions legal advisors in Chile. It regularly advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes, acting on emblematic and complex deals. Morales & Besa is a leading advisor on tender offers in Chile and it has represented international buyers and the government of Chile in major privatizations.

Capital markets: the firm advises on debt and equity securities offerings (including offerings made by the Republic of Chile), securitization and domestic and international listings of companies. The firm has particular expertise in the areas of asset management and venture capital law.

Taxation: Morales & Besa has extensive experience in devising and implementing creative tax solutions to address the particular needs of complex business structures.

Intellectual property: the firm advises on all kinds of intellectual property issues, infringement disputes and all other aspects of IP law. The firm is actively involved in the structuring and negotiation of licensing agreements and technology transfer agreements.

Litigation, arbitration and ADR: the firm's group of highly skilled litigation practitioners represents the firm's clients in a variety of civil, commercial, tax, antitrust, white-collar crime and other specialized litigation. The group has experience and is familiar with domestic and international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign awards in Chile. In the area of alternative dispute resolution its attorneys are active, particularly in large infrastructure projects and engineering contracts.

Employment: the firm has developed a strong employment law practice, leading collective bargaining processes, advising international corporations on issues concerning their Chilean employees and defending the interests of clients before the employment courts.

Real estate: the real estate practice group has advised on major projects, such as the construction of the tallest building in South America, and has extensive experience advising real estate investment companies.

Antitrust: Chile actively enforces its antitrust laws and the firm's lawyers undertake antitrust, competition and marketing-related cases involving companies in the Chilean market.

Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: Morales & Besa plays an active role in the development and deregulation of the Chilean energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors.

Criminal: the firm has a multidisciplinary team specialized in highly complex litigation for white collar, tax crime, cybercrime, anticorruption, criminal antitrust, antimony laundering and breaches of industrial and intellectual property regulation. The team has successfully represented domestic and international clients achieving criminal landmark judgments before the Chilean Courts of Justice.

Regulation and environment: Morales & Besa has comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of investment projects. This knowledge is applied to several areas such as legal due diligence, environmental impacts assessment system, environmental sanctioning proceedings, sectorial permits and - generally - to all matters concerning relevant government agencies. This practice also allows the firm to enrich other areas and achieve complete legal advice.

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  • Other fee-earners: 72
  • Total staff: 105

Latin America

Firm Overview:

Established in 1992, Morales & Besa is a premier fullservice Chilean law firm with leading market practices, a global outlook and strong Latin American ties across multiple industries. The firm delivers effective and creative results for its clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgement and a distinctively collaborative approach. The team offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters and unrivalled execution capabilities, and adheres to the highest professional standards.

Core Values:

From the very beginning ethics, integrity, and confidentiality have been the foundation of Morales & Besa. With its strong emphasis on teamwork, Morales & Besa expect its employees to maintain the highest ethical standards in everything they do. The firm is committed to achieving effective results for its clients, who can be assured that the firm's approach in everything it undertakes is grounded in professionalism & client service. Morales & Besa are at the forefront of international transactions and legal development in Chile for a reason — the firm's global outlook. Morales & Besa's perspective requires its lawyers to think innovatively and consider the impact on the domestic and international legal landscape when delivering unique solutions for its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust:

The firm has a strong antitrust/competition practice. Morales & Besa combines knowledgeable and agile antitrust lawyers, who are experienced advising companies in pre-merger review and in complex investigations and litigation before Chilean Competition Agencies.

Banking & Finance:

The firm is a leader in all areas of commercial and investment banking, including corporate lending, leveraged buyouts, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, distressed debt and restructuring, commercial lending and syndicated loans.

Capital Markets:

The firm regularly advises all major investment banks, securities firms and issuers in the structuring and execution of debt and equity offerings, securitisation of assets, listing of companies, domestically and internationally, capital markets regulation and related compliance matters.

Corporate & M&A:

The firm has in-depth knowledge of the development of sophisticated corporate structures, business combinations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, especially in the context of foreign direct investments. It advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes of private and listed companies across all industry sectors. Its privatisation practice group has represented international buyers and the government of Chile in all major transfers of Chilean state-owned assets and enterprises.

Criminal Law & Compliance:

The firm has a multidisciplinary team specialised in highly complex litigation for white-collar, tax crime, cybercrime, anticorruption, criminal antitrust, antimoney laundering and breaches of industrial and intellectual property regulation.

Energy, Public Utilities & Infrastructure:

Morales & Besa plays an active role in the continuing development and deregulation of the Chilean energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors. The firm has experience in the regulatory framework of infrastructure, public works, concessions, power generation, transmission and distribution, fuel transportation and distribution, water and sewage and public works.

 IP & Data Protection:

The firm advises on all kinds of IP issues, infringement disputes and all other aspects of IP law. The firm also advises in issues related to data privacy and IT.

Labour:

The team has experience in leading collective bargaining processes, advising international corporations with their employees in Chile and defending the interest of their clients before the labour courts.

Litigation, Arbitration & ADR:

The firm represents clients in a variety of civil, commercial, tax, antitrust and other specialised court litigation, including experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign awards. In the area of alternative dispute resolution its attorneys are active in large infrastructure projects and engineering contracts.

 Mining:

Morales & Besa's team has advised numerous domestic and international companies in all stages of their mining projects, from the establishment of mining property rights (concessions), to the construction and operation of their projects.

Pro Bono:

Pro bono is an integral part of the firm's practice — just as Morales & Besa has a duty to represent its clients, the firm believes it also has an obligation to represent those without a voice. Morales & Besa is passionate about sharing our skills and expertise to enable change for good.

Projects & Infrastructure:

Every project has a unique set of circumstances and characteristics, which is why we keep flexibility in our approach while being diligent and meticulous. Morales & Besa know that all projects require not only expert attention to detail, to ensure regulations are met, but also innovative thinking to ensure the project is fully finished and functioning.

Real Estate & Construction:

The real estate practice has advised major projects such as the tallest building in South America and has extensive experience with real estate investment companies.

Regulation & Environment:

Morales & Besa has a comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of investment projects. Taxation: The firm's tax specialists have extensive experience devising and implementing creative tax solutions to address the particular needs of complex business structures, especially in the context of foreign direct investments and cross-border financings.

International Work:

The firm acts for leading international financial and investment bank companies including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, SMBC, The Bank of China, Banco Santander and Banco Itaú— to name but a few. It also advises leading multinational companies including Acciona Energía, Accel-KKR, Koch Industries, Hitachi, EIG Global Energy Partners, Meridiam Infrastructure, Ferrovial and Iron Mountain, among others. All of the firm’s lawyers speak fluent English; many of them have undertaken secondments or postgraduate studies in the United States, Europe or Australia.

  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Espanol

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