Mr Juan Francisco Mackenna > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

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, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity, Oil and Gas, The Legal 500.
Recognized as Thought Leader in Energy, LACCA.
Recognized in Thought Leaders Global Elite: Energy; and in Mining and Project Finance, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Lawyer of the Year Award in Energy, Best Lawyers (2016).
Recognized in Energy, Natural Resources, Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.

Co-author of the Chilean chapter of Construction and Projects Q&As Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018-2020).
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).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Juan Francisco MackennaCarey

The 14-strong energy group at full-service market powerhouse Carey handles mandates across the oil and gas, electricity generation, transmission and distribution sectors, including project development, M&A and financing. It also has extensive experience in competitive tender processes for power supply and transmission infrastructure, land rights, sector-specific permits, energy and power infrastructure litigation, and general regulatory matters; with further growing expertise in complex oil and gas and energy-related agreements. With 40 years’ energy experience between them, energy law specialists Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante cover the entire array of sector specialisms. The pair co-head a practice group featuring a strong line of associates in Rosario Martínez, José Tomás Hurley, Carmenmaría Poblete, Sophia Bobadilla, Pablo Morales and Montserrat Godoy.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

At full-service market-mainstay, Carey, the sizeable 47-strong projects practice draws upon the expertise of several of the firm’s highly specialised working groups. The firm has a long-established engineering and construction team which has developed significant experience in numerous industry sectors including mining, desalination and water facilities, ports and airports, hospitals, hotels, and real estate. This combines with members of the environmental, natural resources, project finance, real estate and energy teams on an as-required basis. The result is a department co-led by seven experienced partners: Oscar Aitken and Juan Pablo Stitchkin, who co-head the firm’s engineering and construction group; natural resources and environment team co-heads Rafael Vergara and Alberto CardemilJuan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who co-head the firm’s energy group; and co-banking and finance head, Felipe Moro. The senior associate to note is Fernando Noriega, whose handles the financing aspects of project and infrastructure matters.