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

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

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


Senior Partner at Morales & Besa


Eugenio 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.


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association, accredited arbitrator with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and British-Chilean Chamber of Commerce.


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

(Leading individuals)

Eugenio BesaMorales & Besa

Fielding ‘an excellent team with vast experience‘, Morales & Besa‘s 23-strong corporate and M&A practice has longstanding experience in advising domestic and international companies from a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, energy, technology, mining and construction, among others; it handles both private and public M&A transactions for strategic buyers, investment banks and private equity funds, principally in Chile. Among the several experienced practitioners are name partners Guillermo Morales (acquisitions and sales, public tender offers, mergers, restructurings and corporate finance); and Eugenio Besa (commercial, financial and foreign investment matters). Also integral to the practice are M&A expert Michel Diban (‘very good negotiation skills‘), Macarena Laso (mergers of publicly listed companies), and corporate and commercial specialist Álvaro Barriga. Associate Vicente Valdés re-joined the team in 2020 after working as a foreign associate at Dechert LLP‘s New York office, but former senior associate Guillermo Pizarro moved in house (in the asset management sector) in January 2021.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

The energy practice at full-service firm Morales & Besa covers transactional work (handled jointly with the firm’s projects, banking and finance, and M&A departments), as well as regulatory and commercial advice involving energy project developments. The five-member group is co-led by Carlos Silva, who focuses on the infrastructure and energy sectors, particularly PPP projects; and ‘prominent lawyer‘ and senior associate Juan Carlos Valdivieso (who was general counsel at Primer Energía until February 2020). Additional partner-level support is provided by Eugenio Besa, while associate Constanza Araya (a June-2020 arrival from Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann) advises on energy and natural resources matters. Energy-focused associate Raimundo Ruiz was hired from Bertrand-Galindo, Barrueto & Barroilhet in February 2021 following the departure of former associates Gabriela Leaño and Augusta Quiñones, who both moved in house during the course of 2020. Since publication, Valdivieso has been raised to the partnership, effective January 2022.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

Morales & Besa‘s mining sector coverage ranges from mining law to corporate matters, finance, M&A and project development, along with construction, regulatory and environmental law matters. Leading the firm’s mining client relationships, Eugenio Besa assists with establishing foreign mining companies in Chile, and advises on shareholder agreements, option contracts, royalties, and tax and corporate matters. At non-partner level, director Paloma Infante is a dedicated mining law specialist; while Katannya Jablonsk is the key senior; associate Giancarlo Camillieri is also noted. Former practice director Lorena Barrientos moved in house at Algramo in February 2021. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Aldo Cardinali (from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados) as a partner of the energy and natural resources, environmental and project finance practices – effective as of Janaury 2022; his recent experience includes an almost three-year period as an advisor at the Ministry of Mining.