Cristóbal Morandé > Larrain y Asociados Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Larrain y Asociados Abogados
Avenida El Bosque 130
Piso 12, Las Condes

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His main practice areas are regulated services and natural resources, energy law, project financing, commercial and corporate laws, and mergers and acquisitions.


Cristóbal Morandé joined Larrain y Asociados in 2004 and has been a partner since 2017.


During 2014 he worked as a foreign associate at Mayer Brown LLP, in Houston, USA.

He has been Assistant Professor of Civil Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, (2006-2008) and of Economic Law at the Universidad de los Andes (2006-2008).

He is co-author of the Chilean chapter of the “Global Renewable Energy Guide” (2017 and 2018), published by Cakmak Publishing.


Spanish and English.


He studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (LL.B.) and was admitted in 2005. He obtained an Economic Administrative Law Degree with mention in Natural Resources and Public Services from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2006) and in 2009 he obtained a Master of Law (LL.M.) in International Business and Economic Law from the University of Georgetown, USA.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields 11 corporate lawyers, including four partners, who specialise in M&A, asset purchases and sales, sales of operations, and restructuring, along with associated finance requirements. The department also assists with day-to-day activities, including corporate governance, majority and minority interests, contracts, company formation, corporate regulatory matters and reorganisations. Long-known for its particular expertise in projects, infrastructure and energy and natural resources, the practice group is co-led by deeply experienced partners Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, who have particular knowledge of the regulated industries and energy and natural resources sectors. Other key team members includes younger, established partners Juan Carlos Bulnes and Cristóbal Morandé, along with of counsel Ricardo Peña (also a transactional, energy and projects specialist), and up coming associate Juan de Dios Ferrada Walker.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ specialised nine-member energy and natural resources team advises mining companies and projects on the survey, exploration, development, construction and operational stages of their activities. It also assists with the acquisition and sale of mining companies, mining assets and real estate. In addition, the practice is experienced in project finance, option agreements, treatment plant construction, and mining sector technology development agreements. With a longstanding reputation and deep experience in the sector, Jorge Granic is a regular counsel to large mining companies; and Cristóbal Morandé, whose practice covers regulated services and natural resources, energy law, project financing and corporate/M&A, is also an active in the sector.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity/oil and gas

(Next Generation Partners)

Cristóbal MorandéLarrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields nine lawyers who are widely recognised for their work in energy and natural resources-related sectors, such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and water. It has particular expertise with M&A deals in the energy space, tender and bidding processes, energy project development, and regulatory matters. Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé are highly-rated partners. Morandé recently led advice to Transchile Charrúa Chile on a memorandum of understanding and build–own–operate–transfer agreements for the construction of a transmission line and substation. Key support is provided by of counsels Ricardo Peña and Cristián Araya, along with August 2019 associate hire Javiera Méndez – formerly deputy legal head at the National Energy Commission – and fellow associates Joaquín Larrain and Francisco Cerda.

Chile > Environment

The nine-strong department at Larrain y Asociados Abogados is experienced in the environmental law aspects surrounding energy, mining, oil and gas, electricity and water-related matters. Typical work includes obtaining environmental permits, ascertaining the performance of environmental standards, environmental auditing, and acting in investigations and environmental damage claims. The practice also has substantial water law expertise. Experienced partners Jorge Granic and Cristóbal Morandé head the group.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Larrain y Asociados Abogados‘ 13-strong practice has become a go-to team for the structuring of complex project solutions for industrial clients. It has particular expertise in advising on the development, financing, construction and operational stages of infrastructure projects across sectors including mining, energy, road, rail, ports and hospitals. The team also assists with associated contentious issues including construction disputes. The practice is led by infrastructure experts Arturo Bulnes and Jorge Granic, with partners Cristóbal Morandé, Carlos Aravena and Juan Carlos Bulnes, of counsel Ricardo Peña, and associates Joaquín Larrain, Javiera Méndez (deputy legal head of the National Energy Commission until her August-2019 arrival at the firm), and Juan de Dios Ferrada providing further support.