Mr Aldo Cardinali > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

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Environment, mining, and natural resources


Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Environment, mining, and natural resources.


Aldo Cardinali has focused his career on energy, mining, and environmental matters, as both privet and public sector, with experience in project development, transaction and regulatory aspects. He also focuses his practice on the environmental impact assessment system, land use regulations, environmental audits, projects development, law reports, enforcement processes, judicial and administrative environmental litigation, acquisition and legal protection of surface lands for conservation and sustainable development purposes.


Spanish and English.


Universidad de los Andes, School of Law, Law degree (2012).

Supreme Court, Admitted to practice (2013).

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Diploma in “Environmental Law and Sustainable Development” (2013).

University of Melbourne, Master in Environmental Law (2015).

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Diploma in “New Energy Markets and Systems” (2021).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Next Generation Partners)

Aldo Cardinali – Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s team regularly advises on mining exploration, exploitation, M&A and project finance, with its advice also extending to project development, construction, and regulatory and environmental aspects. Eugenio Besa is experienced in establishing foreign mining companies in Chile. Moreover, the January 2022 arrival of the former head of the Ministry of Mining’s Sustainable Division, Aldo Cardinali, who returned to the firm as partner from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados expanded the team’s partner level resources, and came in the wake of the hire of mining law-focused associate Catalina Troncoso from Bertrand-Galindo, Barrueto y Barroilhet Abogados in June 2021. However, former associate Giancarlo Camillieri joined eelaw in October 2021, director Paloma Infante M left for an in-house role in early 2022, and regulatory-specialist senior Katannya Jablonski  recently went freelance.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Morales & Besa‘s team has longstanding infrastructure and energy sector experience, its practice scope ranging from project development, acquisition and financing matters, to contractual, regulatory and litigation issues. In addition to acting for major energy and construction industry players, the multidisciplinary group routinely assists clients from the public works and sewage water sectors with obtaining project-related authorisations and permits. The practice is led by infrastructure and energy projects specialist Carlos Silva, while Macarena Laso heads the firm’s real estate and construction team. Partner-level growth in 2022 includes the return of Aldo Cardinali (project developments) as partner from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados, and the elevation of energy expert Juan Carlos Valdivieso. At senior associate level, Macarena López was recruited from Molina Ríos Abogados in July 2021, and focuses on projects, construction and engineering matters; and Katannya Jablonski is an energy and natural resources, regulated markets and concessions specialist. Senior James Channing left for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in the US in August 2021.

Chile > Environment

Morales & Besa‘s environmental law practice routinely acts on complex environmental projects in both the public and private sector; it is particularly focused on the environmental assessment of projects, enforcement and sanctioning processes, along with environmental litigation. The group also fields specialists in public contracts, and water and mining law. Aldo Cardinali joined the environmental, mining, and natural resources department as partner in January 2022 from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados; and is supported by associate María Francisca Bannura, whose recent experience includes transaction-related environmental matters. Former team leader and director Paloma Infante M, senior associate Giancarlo Camillieri and associate Josefina Derpich, all departed the firm during 2021.