Ms Myriam Barahona > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Banking and Finance
Projec Finance 


Partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Banking and Finance and Project Finance.



Ms. Barahona has centered her practice in banking, financial and project finance matters and she regularly leads complex transactions in such areas. Ms. Barahona, whose practice of law extends for two decades, has vast experience in domestic and cross-border lending transactions, debt restructuring; bond placements; and project finance, especially in connection to energy and natural resources, and infrastructure projects, advising both lenders and borrowers . Ms. Barahona has also ample experience in restructuring and insolvency matters, having been involved in some of the most emblematic reorganization procedures in recent times.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Banking and Finance and Projects and Infrastructure by Legal 500. 
Recognized in Banking and Finance and Projects by Chambers and Partners Latam.
Recognized in Banking and Finance and Project Development by IFLR1000.
Recognized in Banking and Finance and Project Finance and Infrastructure by IFLR1000.
Recognized Top 1 in Banking and Finance by Leading Lawyers 2019.
Recognized in Banking and Finance and Project Finance and Infrastructure by Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized as Best Lawyer in Finance in Latam by “Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2019” by Euromedia Legal Media Group. 


Co-author of the Chilean chapter of 12th version of the GTDT Project Finance Guide (2017 to 2019). Co-author “Acquisition Finance”, Latin Lawyer (2016).

International experience:

Foreign Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, New York, USA (2007-2008).


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association.


University of Chicago Law School, LL.M Degree (2007).
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School. L.C.J.S. (1998).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Myriam BarahonaMorales & Besa

Morales & 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.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

Morales & Besa‘s six-strong specialized insolvency, restructuring and reorganization department leverages off the firm’s prestigious banking and finance, capital markets and projects practices. The team has expertise in reorganization proceedings and out-of-court debt restructuring agreements, as well as insolvency scenarios before the courts, agreements reached with creditors, and the implementation of complex structures. It is also particularly experienced in matters involving the healthcare, financial services, construction and energy sectors. Myriam Barahona, whose broad practice includes insolvency and restructuring, and Gonzalo Cordero, who  is recommended for insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation, are the key contacts. Contentious support is provided by experienced associates Orlando Palominos and Juan Ignacio Eymin.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

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 BalbontínJames 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.