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

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Banking and Finance
Projec Finance
Restructuring & Insolvency


Partner at Morales & Besa.


Myriam Barahona, partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Banking and Finance and Project Finance, has centered her practice in banking, financial and project finance matters and she regularly leads complex transactions in such areas. Myriam, 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 .

She also has ample experience in restructuring and insolvency matters, having been involved in some of the most emblematic reorganization procedures in recent times.

Myriam worked as a foreign associate at 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‘s 14-strong banking and finance team ‘works with dedication and haste, always considering the interests and urgencies of clients‘. It has vast experience in syndicated loans, structured and project finance, derivatives, regulatory matters and acquisition/LBO financing; the group also consistently leads on complex, cross-border financings. The firm additionally houses energy (particularly renewables), utilities, infrastructure, retail, real estate and mining sector specialists, handling financings in all these sectors; and in 2020 it played a leading market role in relation to debt restructuring. The practice co-heads are José Miguel Carvajal (‘great ability to understand complex legal problems‘), who advises on syndicated local and international loans, project finance and debt restructuring; and with two decades of experience, Myriam Barahona (‘probably one of the best lawyers in Chile for banking and finance‘) who focuses on domestic and international deals, including project finance. Providing support is young associate Bernardo Mora, whose experience includes advising both financial institutions and corporates on financings.

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

Morales & Besa‘s eight-member insolvency, restructuring and reorganisation team is able to leverage off the firm’s widely respected banking and finance, capital markets and projects practices and has been particularly active in relation to situations faced by companies operating in Chile further to the Covid-19 pandemic, of late. The restructuring side of the practice is led by partners José Miguel Carvajal and Myriam Barahona, who also co-lead the banking and finance group. As to insolvency and bankruptcy work, Barahona is joined as co-head by partner Gonzalo Cordero, whose two decades of dispute resolution experience includes insolvency and bankruptcy procedures. The partners also receive strong support at senior associate level from Orlando Palominos , who is a go-to person for insolvency issues; and Juan Ignacio Eymin, whose litigation experience includes bankruptcy. Since publication, Palominos has moved to Lembeye Abogados – effective as of Janaury 2022.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The transactional practice for Morales & Besa‘s sizeable 22-strong group (‘focused lawyers with great experience in projects‘) is consistently involved in high-end projects, including structuring, development, acquisition, sale and financing matters. The firm’s robust regulatory practice advises on due diligence processes, bidding participation, negotiating with the authorities, and litigation. The client base includes entities from several regulated sectors, such as energy, construction, public works and sewage water. Regularly leading multidisciplinary teams, infrastructure and energy specialist Carlos Silva advises on a project’s full chain; José Miguel Carvajal is a banking and finance expert; Myriam Barahona (‘outstanding problem-solving abilities‘) focuses on banking, finance and project finance work; and Macarena Laso is real estate and construction head. Strong support is provided by public works concessions and regulatory expert Katannya Jablonski. Former senior associate Javier Balbontín left the firm in January 2021, since when -in May- the firm has hired Macarena López  from Molina Ríos Abogados. Since publication, the firm has hired mining and environmental practitioner Aldo Cardinali (from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados) as a partner – effective as of Janaury 2022; his practice also encompasses project development matters.