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 Energy and Natural Resources, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity, Oil and Gas, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Energy, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Energy, LACCA.

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/oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

José Miguel BustamanteCarey

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.