Mr Edmundo Varas > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Data Protection.
Corporate/M&A

Position

Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Intellectual Property and Data Protection, and Pro Bono.

Career

Expertise:
Mr. Varas concentrates his practice on corporate and intellectual property and data protection matters. He specializes in advising companies both local and international, in various sectors such as technology, mining financial, health, education/culture, communications, advertising, wine, logistics, entertainment/ gambling/ casinos among others.

Awards and recognitions:
Mr. Varas assumed as Pro Bono program coordinator since 2007, where he advises various non profit entities. The firm has been recognized for seven years in-a-row as Leading Light by Latin Lawyer and The Vance Center for International Justice. 

Technology and Digital Services and Trademark Prosecution specialties have been recognized by Leaders League in their Intellectual Property ranking. 

He was recognized as  “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” and its Pro Bono Program as  “Pro Bono program of the Year”, both as “Highly Commended”, by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion (2019). 

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

Chilean Bar Association.
Fundación Pro Bono.

Education

Universidad de Los Andes, Law School, Master in Corporate Law (LL.M) (2012).
Universidad de Los Andes, Law School, Diploma in Companies and Finance (2010).
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law School, Licenciate in Laws (2007).
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Bachelor in Social and Human Sciences (2000).

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 > Data privacy

Leveraging its recently formed IP practice, Morales & Besa advises on data privacy matters surrounding M&A and financial transactions. The team also assists with contractual matters, such as cross-border data transfers, and personal data processing authorisations and agreements. In addition, it focuses on cybersecurity issues, particularly in relation to new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, web and mobile apps, and cryptocurrencies. Edmundo Varas is the partner in charge, with support from associate Marco Correa.