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

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

Work Department

Capital Markets
Corporate and M&A
Banking & Finance

Position

Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Capital Markets and co-head of Corporate/M&A. 

 

Career

Expertise:
The practice of Mr. Morales extends for more than three decades. He has vast experience advising both national and international companies in the processes of planning, negotiating and executing acquisition transactions and mergers, debt and equity securities offerings, and corporate restructurings. Over the years he has advised and represented prominent national and international companies and institutions in a wide variety of situations and transactions, including virtually all major global banks and numerous domestic and multinational corporate clients in a variety of sectors and industries. Mr. Morales has acted as special counsel to the Republic of Chile in all its major capital market transactions since 1999 to date. In 2019 he advised Cencosud, a regional retailer, as issuer in the largest initial public offering on record in Chile among other outstanding engagements.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Corporate and M&A by Legal 500. 
Recognized as “Highly Regarded” by IFLR1000.
Recognized in Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, and in Banking & Finance by Chambers and Partners.
Recognized in Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance and in Pro Bono by Latin Lawyer 250. 

International experience:
Foreign associate in New York at White & Case and was Secretary of the Inter-American Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Associate (1987-1988).

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

He is the Honorary Legal Adviser to HMA British Embassy in Santiago and member of the Chilean Bar Association, Fundación Pro Bono Chile, the British-Chilean Chamber of Commerce, and the North American Chilean Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is legal counsellor and director of Make-a-Wish Foundation (Chile).

Education

Master of Laws (LLM), University of Chicago Law School (1987).
Law degree, graduated magna cum laude, Universidad de Chile, Law School (1983).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Guillermo MoralesMorales & Besa

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 > Banking and finance

Morales & Besa fields one of the most specialized banking and finance teams in the Chilean legal market. The group is vastly experienced in restructuring, syndicated loans, structured finance, derivatives, distressed debt, and acquisition financing. It also regularly acts for developers, sponsors, lenders, multilateral institutions, guarantors, and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors on project finance. In addition, the team is recognized for its non-transactional work, namely in banking and financial regulations, licensing and compliance. José Miguel Carvajal has over two decades’ experience in finance transactions; and Myriam Barahona focuses on banking and financial matters and project finance, both at national and foreign levels. Founding partner Guillermo Morales is also a key contact. Former partner Matías Langevin left for Honorato | Delaveau in 2019.

Chile > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Guillermo MoralesMorales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s seven-strong group regularly advises major global banks, local securities firms, global private equity funds and seasoned issuers on major Chilean capital market transactions. Recent work includes a sizeable IPO, bond issuances, a liability management transaction and a voluntary exchange and early redemption of project bonds process. Founding partner Guillermo Morales has over 35 years’ experience in advising national and international banks and corporations, and José Miguel Carvajal has extensive experience in financing companies through bond and commercial paper issuances. Senior associate Andrea Díaz heads the capital markets regulation practice; since publcation, she has been raised to the partnership, effective as of July 2021.