Firm Profile > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile
Morales & Besa Offices
3477 ISIDORA GOYENECHEA AVENUE, 19TH FLOOR
7550106 LAS CONDES
Morales & Besa > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1Morales & Besa fields one of the most specialized banking and finance teams in the Chilean legal market. The group is vastly experienced in restructuring, syndicated loans, structured finance, derivatives, distressed debt, and acquisition financing. It also regularly acts for developers, sponsors, lenders, multilateral institutions, guarantors, and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors on project finance. In addition, the team is recognized for its non-transactional work, namely in banking and financial regulations, licensing and compliance. José Miguel Carvajal has over two decades' experience in finance transactions; and Myriam Barahona focuses on banking and financial matters and project finance, both at national and foreign levels. Founding partner Guillermo Morales is also a key contact. Former partner Matías Langevin left for Honorato | Delaveau in 2019.
‘Excellent execution and speed, and they support all of a client’s requirements.’
‘We like its very good command of the subjects consulted on and permanent disposition of a truly multi-disciplinary team, 24/7.’
‘The speed of delivery of the requested documents and the internal co-ordination of each team are great.’
‘They provide timely advice with solid knowledge.’
‘We like them for their experience and specialty areas, in addition to their creative responses to new requests.’
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Intervial Chile (ISA Group)
Projects and infrastructure Tier 1
The 12-strong group at Morales & Besa is consistently involved in complex projects, predominantly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Its transactional experience is characterised by work for investors, developers and lenders on the structuring, developing, purchase, sale and financing of high-end projects. The firm also has a robust regulatory practice, which advises on due diligence, bidding processes, negotiations with the authorities, and litigation, including in relation to tenders for public works concessions. Carlos Silva is an infrastructure and energy specialist; José Miguel Carvajal focuses on commercial, corporate and financial aspects; Myriam Barahona is a banking, finance and project finance expert; and Macarena Laso heads the real estate and construction practice. Support at senior associate level is provided by Javier Balbontín, James Channing and Katannya Jablonski. Former senior associate Sebastián Leyton left to become head of legal at regulatory entity Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles, in January 2020.
‘The team excels in industry knowledge, commercial approach, responsiveness and client management, and is an absolute dynamite team. They properly manage tasks with a good ratio of partners and associates; and as a result, the fees are reasonable and appropriate.‘
‘We are very happy with the service provided. They have always answered us promptly and in a very professional matter. Other advantages are their lower hourly rates and a broad coverage of knowledge areas with up to date experience.‘
‘They consistently deliver and have proven to be one of our key trusted advisors in Chile.‘
‘The lawyers know the organisational culture of our company and the risks to which the industry is exposed. Morales and Besa’s team stands out from other law firms.‘
‘Each member of the team strives to form a relationship with its clients. The individuals are skilled in their practice and promptly tend to our matters. They have a creative approach that assists us to close our transactions.‘
‘They are always on top of all the details, and the firm’s attorneys show a special affinity with clients, in addition to knowledge of the industry in which they work, both financially and in public works contracts. They differ from the rest of the law firms in terms of the ease of contacting partners and lawyers, speed in responses, quality of responses and understanding of clients and their needs.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Intervial (ISA Group)
Sociedad Concesionaria Embalse La Punilla
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel (Santiago Airport)
‘The team gives certainty and concrete solutions to the problems that appear in this area. Strong teamwork allows them to give an overview of the issues they discuss.’
‘This is a firm with vast experience in financial and corporate matters, having the resources and skills to deal with very complex businesses. Given this, it is natural that the practice, when working as a team, achieves excellent results. The team’s main skills include great knowledge of the financial and construction industries, as well as great knowledge of the applicable regulations.’
‘This is a very good team that is professional and committed. It is very timely and fast in terms of communications and responses to the client, as well as in the presentations and legal proceedings themselves. It compares very favorably with other firms.’
‘They differ in the commitment with which they work, the professionalism and dedication with which they carry out their functions, and in the excellent teamwork team they have.’
‘They show dedication to the client and knowledge of the applicable regulations.’
‘Myriam Barahona has participated in numerous restructurings, standing out for managing teams that solve complex problems in a very short time and at an excellent level.’
‘Myriam Barahona’s financial experience gives her the practical perspective necessary to provide solutions to the different problems, while associate Orlando Palominos has great legal and practical knowledge of restructuring issues.’
‘Associate Orlando Palominos has a deep understanding of bankruptcy and commercial law. In my experience, he is a lawyer to go to for all kinds of situations. He is a complete professional with very acute analysis.’
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Capital markets Tier 2Morales & Besa's seven-strong group regularly advises major global banks, local securities firms, global private equity funds and seasoned issuers on major Chilean capital market transactions. Recent work includes a sizeable IPO, bond issuances, a liability management transaction and a voluntary exchange and early redemption of project bonds process. Founding partner Guillermo Morales has over 35 years' experience in advising national and international banks and corporations, and José Miguel Carvajal has extensive experience in financing companies through bond and commercial paper issuances. Senior associate Andrea Díaz heads the capital markets regulation practice.
‘One aspect in which M&B stands out is the presence and concern of the partners in the structuring and implementation of their clients’ businesses.’
‘The M&B partners have maximum availability to serve clients. In capital markets, they have a very sharp team with vast experience in corporate and securities issues. Compared to other law firms, M&B has very good partner quality – it is one level higher than most practices.’
‘I highlight the meritocratic nature of the firm. It has a distinctive feature in the training of its lawyers, which is the thoroughness in the analysis and implementation of each transaction document.’
‘It is a team with great capacity for analysing problems that the client raises, always looking for innovative solutions.’
‘Guillermo Morales is rated for his deep knowledge of the capital markets and for being able to read the market on time. He stands out as one of the best exponents of his generation in this area.’
‘José Miguel Carvajal is known for his ability to respond quickly and commercially to the concerns of clients, without neglecting the delivery of a first-rate product.’
‘José Miguel Carvajal stands out for his high-level of analysis of any problem, dedicating the necessary time that the client requires.’
‘Associate Andrea Díaz has in-depth knowledge of stock market regulations.’
The Republic of Chile
JP Morgan Securities
Ruta del Maipo Sociedad Concesionaria
Corporate and M&A Tier 2Morales & Besa's 'very strong' corporate and M&A practice fields 26 lawyers, who advise a range of international bidders, private equity firms and local and international sellers on complex acquisition processes in Chile. The group is particularly noted for its privatisation expertise, and includes advisers with considerable sector knowledge in areas including infrastructure, energy, technology, mining and construction The practice boasts several experienced partners, including name partners Guillermo Morales (corporate finance, restructuring, M&A and capital markets) and Eugenio Besa (M&A, foreign investment, capital markets and project finance). Formerly GC at Corp Group, Álvaro Barriga brings profound in-house insight to a practice focused upon transactional matters. Other key practitioners include Edmundo Varas (commercial, financial and corporate advisory, restructuring, bond placements and derivatives), Macarena Laso (primarily M&A, capital markets and PPPs) and Michel Diban (corporate M&A, foreign investment and restructurings). Former partner Matías Langevin left for Honorato | Delaveau in July 2019; the team also lost senior associate María Teresa Manubens who moved in-house at Agrosuper in May 2019. However, a timely boost saw corporate and commercial associate Guillermo Pizarro return from a year as international associate at Milbank's New York office in August 2019.
‘The firm is a very strong, solid firm with extensive technical knowledge, and it has great availability to meet all demands. They are a very cordial team and are attentive to details.‘
‘The difference with competitors is in the price and agility with which they act. I really like their work. Other positive points are assertiveness, management, information security, clarity on issues and availability.‘
Merck, Sharp and Dohme (Animal Health Division)
EIG Atacama Management
DIF Capital Partners
Casa de Moneda de Chile
Competition and antitrust Tier 3The six-strong team at Morales & Besa is experienced in advising on merger and concentration transactions, representation in litigious matters, and compliance. Gonzalo Cordero has vast experience in competition matters before the Competition Tribunal; and recently promoted partner María José Henríquez is the former anti-cartel unit head of the FNE, where she led complex and high-profile collusive conduct investigations.
‘This team is highly specialized and possesses superior expertise to other law firms, in terms of its knowledge, practical experience and ability to develop extremely complex free competition analysis.’
‘Lawyers with exceptional competence, great ability to solve clients’ problems in the most correct way and exceptional skills as litigants.’
Iron Mountain Chile
SSA Holdings International Chile
Unión Nacional de Artistas
Dispute resolution Tier 3Arbitration is at the heart of the disputes practice for noted corporate player Morales & Besa, although the ten-strong team also handles civil and commercial litigation, construction disputes, antitrust claims, contentious administrative proceedings and white-collar matters; of late it has been particularly active in infrastructure disputes related to public concessions and the energy sector. Practice head Gonzalo Cordero's disputes experience covers construction, consumer protection, high-profile administrative litigation and arbitration. Notable support is provided by senior associates Orlando Palominos (arbitration, litigation and insolvency), and Juan Ignacio Eymin (litigation and ADR, with a focus on civil and administrative procedures).
‘They are an excellent team, provide us with a very good service, are very personalised, and are always available to answer the phone or answer questions.‘
‘Morales & Besa stands out among our legal advisers for the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of their legal opinions. Unlike other law firms, all of excellent quality, Morales & Besa has forged an excellent professional relationship with us, providing advice on corporate and judicial matters, and collaborating on the resolution of disputes that arise from contracts.‘
‘The feature that stands out is the professional quality of the lawyers who provide us with advice. We have always received excellent professional advice, which gives us confidence and security in making our decisions. This continuous advice is fundamental to our management as a company.‘
‘Senior associate Orlando Palominos has strong expertise in litigation and civil law, outstanding knowledge of the law and an ability to think in practical terms. Orlando was very responsive; he understood the task perfectly and delivered the result within a short time. The work product was very clear so we are very satisfied with it and, overall, with the service we received. As opposed to other lawyers, Orlando worked closely with us and provided preliminary drafts with outside-the-box thinking in seeking solutions to our concerns, discussing them on a regular basis.‘
‘We are very happy with the relationship we developed with senior associate Orlando Palominos. He is a lawyer that stands out from his peers, thanks to his ability to combine a deep theoretical understanding with practical and down-to-earth solutions, tailored for business and the needs we presented. He is also always available to answer our questions, is very approachable and has no problem in receiving new ideas or comments on his work and is always looking for the best way to advise..‘
‘This team has an outstanding senior attorney in knowledge and customer service called Orlando Palominos. He is one of the main reasons why I use Morales & Besa.‘
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Sociedad Concesionaria Puente Industrial
Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel
Universidad de Chile
Environment Tier 3
Morales & Besa's broad practice covers environmental evaluations, administrative and sanctioning administrative proceedings, environmental permits, and the implementation of the Extended Producer Liability Law. Another area of note is the application of sectoral regulations in the sanitary, telecoms and aquaculture industries, among others. Promoted to practice director in July 2020, team leader Paloma Infante is a former Environment Ministry legal division head.
‘A very proactive team that is attentive to detail.‘
‘Extensive knowledge of the subject, with efficient and effective management of matters.‘
‘They are always available and have wide experience.‘
‘Paloma Infante excels with her knowledge and experience.‘
Corporación Altos del Cantillana
Gestión Ambiental Consultores
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Goverment of Chile
National Electric Coordinator
Mining Tier 3Morales & Besa's experienced partner Eugenio Besa heads a six-strong department providing all-encompassing advice, from mining, environmental and corporate law, to finance, M&A, project development, construction and regulatory issues. Typical work also includes assisting with mining rights and agreements, and the incorporation of mining entities and procurement of permits. Mining transactions-focused Lorena Barrientos became the firm's first-ever practice director in 2019; while Katannya Jablonski, Paloma Infante and James Channing provide notable associate-level support.
‘Great knowledge of the relationship between legal issues and business points. Excellent expertise and knowledge of environmental issues, land use and relations with authorities.‘
‘Associate James Channing is an excellent lawyer, who is very user friendly and has a good handling of those matters that are essential when structuring a transaction.‘
Arena Minerals Chile
Anglo Pacific Group
Real estate Tier 3
Morales & Besa's six-member real estate and infrastructure team is focused on both transactional and regulatory matters, and frequently works alongside the firm's banking and finance, tax, and energy practices. The department is led by experienced partner Macarena Laso, whose broad experience covers public concessions, real estate and construction works, along with infrastructure projects. The practice is strongly supported by senior associate James Channing, who brings approximately 10 years’ experience in construction, real estate, project finance and infrastructure to the practice.
‘The real estate team is very experienced. It has provided us with advice on simple issues of real estate law, as well as more complex tenders.‘
‘They are very orderly, fast and efficient. I have been working with M&B since its creation. I have been advised on several real estate purchases. They know real estate issues very well and also handle real estate-related tax issues very well.‘
‘They are great professionals, very solid at a technical level and very pleasant to work with.‘
So Send I You International
Compañía de Seguros de Vida Confuturo
Patagonia Ventures Chile
Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional
Sociedad Concesionaria Metropolitana de Salud
Data privacy Tier 4Leveraging its recently formed IP practice, Morales & Besa advises on data privacy matters surrounding M&A and financial transactions. The team also assists with contractual matters, such as cross-border data transfers, and personal data processing authorisations and agreements. In addition, it focuses on cybersecurity issues, particularly in relation to new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, web and mobile apps, and cryptocurrencies. Edmundo Varas is the partner in charge, with support from associate Marco Correa.
Labour and employment Tier 4
Morales & Besa's labour team covers individual and collective rights, social security, immigration, executive compensation plans, and employee benefits. It is also experienced in labour law litigation. Sector expertise for the practice includes banks, construction, transportation, energy, aviation, retail, and food and drink. Senior associate and litigation specialist Angelina Migliorelli heads the labour and employment practice with partner-level engagement from Álvaro Barriga (co-head of the firm's corporate and M&A department), and associate Diego González.
‘Knowledge of the procedures and great, practical support. They also have good negotiation skills during complex cases.‘
‘It is a highly qualified and trained team that is always empathetic; the lawyers are concerned with providing quick, effective and practical solutions that allow successful cases to be addressed.‘
‘The availability and personalised attention are two of the points that stand out the most in the team we work with. The lawyers are concerned with knowing and understanding our business; and, from that perspective, they advise more effectively.‘
‘Great availability and their experience is clear.‘
Internationational School Partnership
Iron Mountain Chile
Tax Tier 4
Morales & Besa's tax practice is involved in most of the firm's transactions, including project finance, capital markets and M&A. The team also assists with general tax and compliance matters, along with administrative and legal representation before the tax authorities. Experienced partner Eugenio Besa, and counsel Gracia Curtze constitute the core of the team following the departures of former of counsel Francisca Pérez and senior attorney Jaime Rosso (to join TMF Group and Quadrant Abobgados, respectively). Curtze focuses on advising corporate clients and family offices in connection with transactional, financial and accounting matters; she has particular expertise advising international companies on investment issues.
‘Compared to other Chilean firms with which we have worked, Morales & Besa is very reactive, answering clients’ requests quickly and practically, and addressing problems effectively. This attention differs significantly from other law firms in Chile, with which we have worked in the past.‘
‘Dedicated to achieving a proper understanding of what the client requires and agile in the preparation of strategy and definition of critical points, it is a high-level team and highly focused on compliance.’
EIG Global Energy Partners
The Republic of Chile
‘The team excels in industry knowledge, commercial approach, responsiveness and client management, and is an absolute dynamite practice. They properly manage tasks with a good ratio of partners and associates and as a result, the fees are reasonable and appropriate.‘
‘They consistently deliver and have proven to be one of our key trusted advisers in Chile.‘
‘Each member of the team strives to form a relationship with its clients. The individuals are skilled in their practice and promptly tend to our matters. They also have a creative approach that assists in closing transactions and are on top of all the details.‘
‘The team has diverse capabilities, including taxes, permits, regulatory elements and financial activities.‘
EIG Global Energy Partners
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation
Celeo Redes Chile
Morales & Besa > Firm Profile
Morales & Besa was established in 1992 by a group of leading professionals in the fields of corporate, finance and tax law and has been at the forefront of the legal profession in Chile ever since, notably in cross-border transactions. It offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters and unrivalled execution capabilities, and adheres to the highest professional standards.
Morales & Besa is a premier full-service Chilean law firm with leading market practices, a global outlook and strong Latin American ties across multiple industries. The firm delivers effective and creative results for its clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.
Banking and finance: the firm acts for most of Chile’s national banks as well as some of the leading international players. It advises in all areas of investment banking and finance, including corporate finance, leveraged buyouts, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, distressed debt and restructuring, commercial lending and syndicated loans.
M&A: the firm is recognized as being among the leading mergers and acquisitions legal advisors in Chile. It regularly advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes, acting on emblematic and complex deals. Morales & Besa is a leading advisor on tender offers in Chile and it has represented international buyers and the government of Chile in major privatizations.
Capital markets: the firm advises on debt and equity securities offerings (including offerings made by the Republic of Chile), securitization and domestic and international listings of companies. The firm has particular expertise in the areas of asset management and venture capital law.
Taxation: Morales & Besa has extensive experience in devising and implementing creative tax solutions to address the particular needs of complex business structures.
Intellectual property: the firm advises on all kinds of intellectual property issues, infringement disputes and all other aspects of IP law. The firm is actively involved in the structuring and negotiation of licensing agreements and technology transfer agreements.
Litigation, arbitration and ADR: the firm’s group of highly skilled litigation practitioners represents the firm’s clients in a variety of civil, commercial, tax, antitrust, white-collar crime and other specialized litigation. The group has experience and is familiar with domestic and international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign awards in Chile. In the area of alternative dispute resolution its attorneys are active, particularly in large infrastructure projects and engineering contracts.
Employment: the firm has developed a strong employment law practice, leading collective bargaining processes, advising international corporations on issues concerning their Chilean employees and defending the interests of clients before the employment courts.
Real estate: the real estate practice group has advised on major projects, such as the construction of the tallest building in South America, and has extensive experience advising real estate investment companies.
Antitrust: Chile actively enforces its antitrust laws and the firm’s lawyers undertake antitrust, competition and marketing-related cases involving companies in the Chilean market.
Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: Morales & Besa plays an active role in the development and deregulation of the Chilean energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors.
Criminal: the firm has a multidisciplinary team specialized in highly complex litigation for white collar, tax crime, cybercrime, anticorruption, criminal antitrust, antimony laundering and breaches of industrial and intellectual property regulation. The team has successfully represented domestic and international clients achieving criminal landmark judgments before the Chilean Courts of Justice.
Regulation and environment: Morales & Besa has comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of investment projects. This knowledge is applied to several areas such as legal due diligence, environmental impacts assessment system, environmental sanctioning proceedings, sectorial permits and – generally – to all matters concerning relevant government agencies. This practice also allows the firm to enrich other areas and achieve complete legal advice.
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|Ms Myriam Barahona||Partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Banking and Finance and…||View Profile|
|Ms Lorena Barrientos||Director at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Mr Álvaro Barriga||Partner at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Mr Eugenio Besa||Partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural…||View Profile|
|José Miguel Carvajal||Managing Partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Banking and Finance,…||View Profile|
|Mr James Channing||Senior associate at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Mr Gonzalo Cordero||Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Dispute Resolution arbitration and litigation…||View Profile|
|Ms Andrea Díaz||Senior associate at Morales & Besa, head of Capital Markets Regulation practice.||View Profile|
|Mr Michel Diban||Partner at Morales & Besa, co-head of Corporate/M&A.||View Profile|
|Mr Juan Ignacio Eymin||Senior associate at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|María José Henríquez||Head of Competition and Antitrust at Morales & Besa||View Profile|
|Ms Paloma Infante||Director at Morales & Besa, head of Regulation and Environment.||View Profile|
|Ms Katannya Jablonski||Senior associate at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Ms Macarena Laso||Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Real Estate and Construction.||View Profile|
|Ms Angelina Migliorelli||Senior associate at Morales & Besa and head of Labour and Employment.||View Profile|
|Mr Guillermo Morales||Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Capital Markets and co-head…||View Profile|
|Mr Orlando Palominos||Senior associate at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Mr Guillermo Pizarro||Senior associate at Morales & Besa.||View Profile|
|Mr Carlos Silva||Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Projects and Infrastructure.||View Profile|
|Mr Clemente Silva A.||Senior Associate at Morales & Besa||View Profile|
|Mr Juan Carlos Valdivieso T.||Senior associate and head of Energy and Natural Resources practice.||View Profile|
|Mr Edmundo Varas||Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Intellectual Property and Data Protection,…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 72 Total staff : 105
OtherPartners : 12
Morales & Besa > Firm Profile
Firm overview: Established in 1992, Morales & Besa is a premier full service Chilean law firm with leading market practices, a global outlook and strong Latin American ties across multiple industries. The firm delivers effective and creative results for its clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgement and a distinctively collaborative approach. The team offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters and unrivalled execution capabilities, and adheres to the highest professional standards.
Core values: From the very beginning ethics, integrity, and confidentiality have been the foundation of Morales & Besa. With its strong emphasis on teamwork, Morales & Besa expect its employees to maintain the highest ethical standards in everything they do. The firm is committed to achieving effective results for its clients, who can be assured that the firm’s approach in everything it undertakes is grounded in professionalism & client service. Morales & Besa are at the forefront of international transactions and legal development in Chile for a reason — the firm’s global outlook. Morales & Besa’s perspective requires its lawyers to think innovatively and consider the impact on the domestic and international legal landscape when delivering unique solutions for its clients.
Main areas of practice
Antitrust: The firm has a strong antitrust/competition practice. Morales & Besa combines knowledgeable and agile antitrust lawyers, who are experienced advising companies in pre-merger review and in complex investigations and litigation before Chilean Competition Agencies.
Banking and finance: The firm is a leader in all areas of commercial and investment banking, including corporate lending, leveraged buyouts, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, distressed debt and restructuring, commercial lending and syndicated loans.
Capital markets: The firm regularly advises all major investment banks, securities firms and issuers in the structuring and execution of debt and equity offerings, securitisation of assets, listing of companies, domestically and internationally, capital markets regulation and related compliance matters.
Corporate & M&A: The firm has in-depth knowledge of the development of sophisticated corporate structures, business combinations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, especially in the context of foreign direct investments. It advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes of private and listed companies across all industry sectors. Its privatisation practice group has represented international buyers and the government of Chile in all major transfers of Chilean state-owned assets and enterprises.
Criminal law and compliance:
The firm has a multidisciplinary team specialised in highly complex litigation for white-collar, tax crime, cybercrime, anti-corruption, criminal antitrust, anti-money laundering and breaches of industrial and intellectual property regulation.
Energy, Public Utilities & Infrastructure:
Morales & Besa plays an active role in the continuing development and deregulation of the Chilean energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors. The firm has experience in the regulatory framework of infrastructure, public works, concessions, power generation, transmission and distribution, fuel transportation and distribution, water and sewage and public works.
IP and data protection: The firm advises on all kinds of IP issues, infringement disputes and all other aspects of IP law. The firm also advises in issues related to data privacy and IT.
Labour: The team has experience in leading collective bargaining processes, advising international corporations with their employees in Chile and defending the interest of their clients before the labour courts.
Litigation, arbitration and ADR: The firm represents clients in a variety of civil, commercial, tax, antitrust and other specialised court litigation, including experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign awards. In the area of alternative dispute resolution its attorneys are active in large infrastructure projects and engineering contracts.
Mining: Morales & Besa’s team has advised numerous domestic and international companies in all stages of their mining projects, from the establishment of mining property rights (concessions), to the construction and operation of their projects.
Pro bono: Pro bono is an integral part of the firm’s practice — just as Morales & Besa has a duty to represent its clients, the firm believes it also has an obligation to represent those without a voice. Morales & Besa is passionate about sharing our skills and expertise to enable change for good.
Projects infrastructure: Every project has a unique set of circumstances and characteristics, which is why we keep flexibility in our approach while being diligent and meticulous. Morales & Besa know that all projects require not only expert attention to detail, to ensure regulations are met, but also innovative thinking to ensure the project is fully finished and functioning.
Real estate and construction: The real estate practice has advised major projects such as the tallest building in South America and has extensive experience with real estate investment companies.
Regulation and environment: Morales & Besa has a comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of investment projects. Taxation: The firm’s tax specialists have extensive experience devising and implementing creative tax solutions to address the particular needs of complex business structures, especially in the context of foreign direct investments and cross-border financings.
International work: The firm acts for leading international financial and investment bank companies including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, SMBC, The Bank of China, Banco Santander and Banco Itaú— to name but a few. It also advises leading multinational companies including Acciona Energía, Accel-KKR, Koch Industries, Hitachi, EIG Global Energy Partners, Meridiam Infrastructure, Ferrovial and Iron Mountain, among others. All of the firm’s lawyers speak fluent English; many of them have undertaken secondments or postgraduate studies in the United States, Europe or Australia.