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

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Environment, mining, and natural resources


Partner of Mining, Natural Resources and Environment team at Morales & Besa.


Aldo 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.

Prior to joining Morales & Besa in 2020 was Partner of Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados. He also served as head of the sustainable development division of the Ministry of Mining, and head of the environmental and natural resources group of Prieto Abogados.


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

The five-member mining law team at full-service firm Morales & Besa handles all aspects of mining projects. Its specialisms range from exploration and exploitation issues and complex regulatory work, to project feasibility matters, and high-value acquisitions and financings. The group is also able to leverage the expertise of its transactional and environmental law colleagues for mining issues. Recent mandates encompassed permitting, mortgaging transactions, mineral-acquisition agreements, and the purchase of mining rights. The practice is led by Aldo Cardinali, the former head of the Ministry of Mining’s Sustainability Division, who returned to the firm as a partner in early 2022 from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados. Associate Catalina Troncoso  is also a key member of the firm’s mining team.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The large projects team at full-service outfit Morales & Besa particularly stands out for its infrastructure credentials in relation to project development, acquisitions, financing, contracts, regulatory issues and related litigation. The multidisciplinary group’s recent track record includes mandates involving airports, solar power plants, PPP projects, toll roads, and renewables. The practice is also increasingly expanding its market share of engineering, procurement and construction matters. Heading the practice, Carlos Silva’s experience covers the gamut of project issues, from structuring to development, financing and M&A work; real estate and construction department leader Macarena Laso assists with corporate transactions, along with the structuring, acquisition and financing of public infrastructure projects; and Myriam Barahona and Eugenio Besa are both project finance experts. The next line of partners features recently-elevated Juan Carlos Valdivieso, who acts on energy and infrastructure-related transactional and regulatory aspects; and 2022-returnee and projects specialist Aldo Cardinali. Within the firm’s senior associate pool, Macarena López is noted for projects, construction and engineering matters, while Nicolás Corbeaux specialises in construction disputes. Former senior associate  Katannya Jablonski left for the General Directorate of Concessions in October 2022.

Chile > Environment

Morales & Besa‘s four-member team has notable experience in substantial environmental projects. Its expertise covers both environmental and regulatory aspects, including environmental assessments of projects, environmental litigation, and enforcement and sanctioning processes. The team additionally advises on urban matters, water issues, mining law and public contracts. Recruited as a partner in early 2022 for the firm’s environmental, mining, and natural resources practice from Infante Valenzuela Molina AbogadosAldo Cardinali‘s recent experience includes providing environmental assessment advice to mining companies KGHM and Minera Carrizalillo. Former senior associate María Francisca Bannura left hte firm in August 2023.