Mr Agustín Martorell > Prieto Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Prieto Abogados
Alonso de Córdova 4355 (piso 15)

Work Department

Environment,Sustainable Development, Circular Economy, Energy and Natural Resources, Mining, Public Law




Agustín Martorell has been partner of Prieto since 2022.

He leads the environmental team and provides legal advice to both domestic and international clients on project development in all their phases. He has worked in mining, energy, aquiculture and infrastructure industries.

Mr. Martorell is an experienced lawyer in project development, counseling companies before governmental authorities and agencies, including permitting, administrative procedures, environmental judicial actions, environmental assessment processes, among others. In addition, he has collaborated in M&A transactions and project finance in the mining and energy industries.

Mr. Martorell holds his law degree from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez since 2011; a master degree in Energy and Natural Resources law at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2015); and a postgraduate diploma in public economic law at the Universidad de Chile (2013).

He has been teacher assistant in public law courses and he is currently professor of Natural Resources Regulation at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Environmental Law at undergraduate and the Public Law Master of Universidad Santo Tomás.

Before joining Prieto, he worked as senior associate lawyer on the mining, environmental and natural resources team at Claro & Cía. (2016-2018) and associate at Morales & Besa (2012-2016).

He is admitted to practice in Chile and is a member of the Chilean Bar Association and the Chilean Environmental Association.


Spanish and English


LL.M. in Energy and Natural Resources Law, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Post Graduate Diploma in Public Economic Law, Universidad de Chile, 2013.

Law degree Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile, 2011.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Environment

(Next Generation Partners)

Agustín MartorellPrieto Abogados

One of the best with which clients could work‘, Prieto Abogados‘ energy-focused-environmental law team consistently participates in environmental assessment processes throughout Chile. The team additionally houses real estate industry experts, while also being active in environmental law-related sanctioning proceedings. The practice group’s recent mandates include assisting with environmental damages actions before Chile’s environmental courts in relation to soil, underground water and infrastructure, among other matters. Recently-promoted partner and practice head Agustín Martorell is an ‘exceptional lawyer‘, whose experience encompasses the mining, energy, infrastructure, and fishing and aquaculture sectors; while counsel and former Environmental Assessment Service legal department head, Romina Tobar, is an April 2023 recruit. In the associate pool, Ignacio Matte advises on environmental law and regulatory issues. Former associates Andrés Maldini and Isabel Becerra both departed the firm during 2022.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

The ‘very responsive‘ 10-member mining practice at full-service firm Prieto Abogados advises an array of domestic and international clients (including investment funds) on mining rights – particularly since these have become increasingly critical to the funding sought for the development of energy, infrastructure and real estate projects. The mining department also assists with a range of judicial proceedings and private arbitrations. The team is jointly led director of the firm’s environmental and public law practices, Agustín Martorell (who was raised to the partnership in January 2022), whose broad expertise covers environmental law and project development, in relation to the mining, energy, infrastructure, and fishing and aquaculture industries; and M&A leader Juan Tagle, who is also experienced in mining projects. Associates Ignacio Matte (environmental, regulatory and mining law) and Ignacio Quintana (a 2022 hire from BEC Abogados) complete the team. Former seniors Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría left the firm for Solek Holding Chile and Rockville Capital, respectively, during the course of 2022.

Chile > Public law

The ‘proactive, committed and responsible’ 10-member public and administrative law department at full-service practice Prieto Abogados covers public law disputes, sanctioning proceedings, transactions-related regulatory reviews, and interactions with authorities; the team’s recent caseload includes public law matters involving healthcare, telecoms, infrastructure, and  environmental sector clients. The group is led by the ‘very innovative’ counsel Juan Pablo Riesco, who acts for both national and international companies on regulatory and administrative matters. Partner-level support is provided by Fernando Samaniego, whose disputes practice covers proceedings before administrative and regulatory authorities; and Agustín Martorell, a recently-promoted partner who is increasingly active in administrative, public and regulatory law-related work.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbons

Recent highlights for Prieto Abogados‘ ‘very responsive‘ and 23-strong energy and natural resources team include regulatory work, major M&A transactions, the construction of a large energy generation portfolio, and desalinisation projects. Its current caseload also includes the sale of a sizeable distributed generation portfolio and the acquisition, development and construction of non-conventional renewable energy projects (including the associated due diligence processes). The practice is co-led by M&A leader and energy and natural resources specialist, Juan Tagle; and corporate team head Fernando Bravo, who routinely acts for major energy sector clients. The second line of active advisers features Nicolás Yuraszeck K, who has longstanding experience in construction projects, tender processes, project finance, regulatory advice, and energy M&A; and Agustín Martorell, who acts on energy and natural resources-related projects and regulatory matters. At counsel level, Andrea Von Chrismar brings antitrust expertise to energy-related regulatory issues; and Federico Rodríguez‘s wide-ranging practice covers negotiations with developers, corporate matters, financing, and renewable generation projects.