Mr José Miguel Bustamante > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
José Miguel Bustamante photo

Work Department

Energy / Infrastructure and Project Development.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Energy Group.


His practice focuses on energy regulatory matters and various types of energy projects, including contracts for electricity, liquid fuels, natural gas, NCRE accreditations, use of transmission systems, 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 & Natural Resources, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Electricity, Oil and Gas, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Energy and Project Finance and Infrastructure, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Recognized in Energy, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Energy, LACCA.
Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources, Top Ranked Legal.

Co-author of Electricity Projects & Regulations, Latin Lawyer (2016-2017).


Spanish and English.


Co-writer of the SIC-SING interconnection bill, approved as the Law N° 20,726 (2013).
Member of the writing committee of the Public Electric Highway, presented to the Congress by President Sebastián Piñera (2012).
Member of the Energy Ministry’s writing committee for the NCRE bill (Law N° 20,698) (2010).
Lawyer, GasAtacama, in the development and implementation of the legal strategies for several electricity and gas projects; in the negotiation and extension of electric supply and gas supply contracts, in its transportation, in industrial construction contracts; in the proceeding and obtention of electric, mining and gas transportation concessions, and in litigation for easement of access, and in project finance (1999-2007).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Law, Universidad Diego Portales.
Degree in Administrative Economic Law: Competitive and Regulated Markets, Universidad Católica de Chile (2006).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

(Leading individuals)

José Miguel BustamanteCarey

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.