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 Electricity, Oil and Gas, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Recognized in Mining, Energy and Project Finance, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized as Thought Leader in Energy, LACCA.
Recognized in Energy, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas and Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Energy, Natural Resources and Projects, Top Ranked Legal.
Named Lawyer of the Year in Energy, Best Lawyers (2016).

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 and hydrocarbon

(Hall of Fame)

Juan Francisco MackennaCarey

Full-service law firm Carey fields a 13-strong energy group that consistently acts for developers and financial entities on some of the country’s major energy, gas and oil projects, Examples include coal, natural gas, hydroelectric power, liquefied natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal, and floating storage and regasification unit projects; the team’s full-service offering also covers regulatory issues, project development, and the negotiation of energy supply agreements. The practice is jointly led by Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who both focus on energy regulatory matters and energy projects; and mining and energy project specialist José Tomás Hurley (elevated to the partnership in November 2021). At senior associate level: Pablo Morales focuses on energy projects, while Carmenmaría Poblete‘s practice includes advising on the development, acquisition and financing of renewable energy projects.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The sizeable infrastructure, project development and project finance practice at market stalwart Carey has extensive experience in the development, financing and execution of energy infrastructure projects (thermoelectric, hydroelectric, oil and gas, wind, photovoltaic and biomass). The firm’s heavyweight projects expertise also covers mining, roads, hospitals, telecoms networks, ports, airport infrastructure, concessions, and housing and hospitality services. The ‘deeply capable‘ practice fields several leaders, namely: Rafael Vergara, who routinely advises on major mining transactions in Chile; Oscar Aitken, who co-heads the firm’s construction and engineering group alongside real estate group head Juan Pablo Stitchkin; Juan Francisco Mackenna and José Miguel Bustamante, who both advise on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects; water rights expert Alberto Cardemil, the co-head of the natural resources and environmental group; project development and finance specialist Felipe Moro; and Fernando Noriega, who focuses on project financing, banking law, lending, capital markets and foreign investment. Within the senior associate pool, Juan Pablo Vukasovic has notable projects experience, but former fellow senior Sophia Bobadilla left in February 2022.