Mr Álvaro Barriga > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions.
Project Finance.


Partner at Morales & Besa.


Mr. Barriga concentrates his practice on corporate and commercial matters, mainly in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Barriga has participated in major acquisition, sale, merger and restructuring processes of Chilean and foreign companies, in several cross-border financings, and in permanent advisory to multinational corporations and investment funds.

Awards and recognitions:

Recognized by Legal 500 within the “100 most influential In-House Lawyers in Latin America” (2014).
Recognized in Corporate and M&A by Latin Lawyer 250. 

International experience: 
Foreign associate, Sidley Austin, New York, USA (2000-2001).


English and Spanish.


Member of the Chilean Bar


New York University, LL.M degree in Corporate Law (2000).
Universidad Diego Portales Law School, L.C.J.S. (1995).
University of California Irvine, Certificate in International Finance (2017).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Morales & 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.

Chile > Labour and employment

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.