Mr Eugenio Besa > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
3477 ISIDORA GOYENECHEA AVENUE, 19TH FLOOR
7550106 LAS CONDES
SANTIAGO
Chile

Work Department

Corporate
Banking & Finance.
Mergers & Acquisitions.
Energy and Natural Resources. 
Tax.

Position

Partner at Morales & Besa and co-head of Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources and Tax.

Career

Expertise:

Mr. Besa, with over three decades of experience, has mainly dedicated his practice to corporate, financial and foreign investment matters. His experience covers mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and a broad range of financial transactions, especially project finance in the infrastructure and energy fields. Among the clients that he has represented are some of the main infrastructure developers and investors. He is an accredited arbitrator with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Corporate/M&A  by Chambers and Partners.
Recognized in Energy and Corporate and M&A by Latin Lawyer 250. 

Publications: 

He has co-authored “Public Works Concessions in Chile”, published in The International Construction Law Review (1998), and “A History and Future Outlook on Chilean Banking and Financial Regulation” published in Inside the Minds, Banking and Finance Client Strategies in Central and South America, Aspatore.

Languages

Spanish, English and French.

Memberships

Chilean Bar Association, French-Chilean Chamber of Commerce and British-Chilean Chamber of Commerce.

Education

Universidad de Chile Law School, L.C.J.S., graduated magna cum laude (1986).
University of California, Davis-Berkeley, American Law Program.

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 > Energy and natural resources > Mining

Morales & Besa‘s experienced partner Eugenio Besa heads a six-strong department providing all-encompassing advice, from mining, environmental and corporate law, to finance, M&A, project development, construction and regulatory issues. Typical work also includes assisting with mining rights and agreements, and the incorporation of mining entities and procurement of permits. Mining transactions-focused Lorena Barrientos became the firm’s first-ever practice director in 2019; while Katannya JablonskiPaloma Infante and James Channing provide notable associate-level support.

Chile > Tax

Morales & Besa‘s tax practice is involved in most of the firm’s transactions, including project finance, capital markets and M&A. The team also assists with general tax and compliance matters, along with administrative and legal representation before the tax authorities. Experienced partner Eugenio Besa, and counsel Gracia Curtze constitute the core of the team following the departures of former of counsel Francisca Pérez and senior attorney Jaime Rosso (to join TMF Group and Quadrant Abobgados, respectively). Curtze focuses on advising corporate clients and family offices in connection with transactional, financial and accounting matters; she has particular expertise advising international companies on investment issues.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity/oil and gas

Morales & Besa‘s five-member practice, led by experienced partners Eugenio Besa and Carlos Silva, is best-known for its transactional energy work and involvement in the developmental, construction, financing and operational phases of projects. Areas of expertise include project agreements for private PPAs, interconnection and tolling agreements, and fuel supply, EPC and O&M contracts. The team has undergone some change. Following the departures of former associate Verónica Vergara, who joined Barros & Errázuriz in mid-2019, and senior associate Sebastián Leyton – who became head of legal at the Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles in January 2020 – the firm hired the former general counsel of Primer Energía, Juan Carlos Valdivieso, as a senior associate in March. Further associate-level support is provided by Gabriela Leaño and Augusta Quiñones.