Mr Carlos Silva > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Projects and Infrastructure
Project Finance
Corporate and M&A
Banking and Finance


Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Projects and Infrastructure.


Carlos Silva concentrates his practice in projects, financing and acquisitions, mainly in the infrastructure and energy fields. His experience covers PPP projects. He has broad experience and knowledge of the industry which provides him a global vision and the ability to manage complex projects in their different phases. He normally leads multidisciplinary teams, combining the underlying regulatory aspects of the project and the complexities involved (bidding processes, project financing, M&A or restructurings). He has advised global project developers and investors, leading banks and financial institutions.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Projects and Infrastructure by Legal 500.
Recognized in Projects (Band 1) and in Banking and Finance by Chambers and Partners.
Recognized as Highly Regarded by IFLR1000. 
Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year2 2018 in Project Finance & Development by Best Lawyers. 

International experience: 
Foreign associate at Shearman & Sterling, NY (1999-2000).


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association.
Member of the legal committee of the Chilean-British Chamber of Commerce.


Masters of Laws (LLM), Duke University, Law School (1999).
Law degree, Universidad de Chile School of Law (1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Carlos SilvaMorales & Besa

The 12-strong group at Morales & Besa is consistently involved in complex projects, predominantly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Its transactional experience is characterised by work for investors, developers and lenders on the structuring, developing, purchase, sale and financing of high-end projects. The firm also has a robust regulatory practice, which advises on due diligence, bidding processes, negotiations with the authorities, and litigation, including in relation to tenders for public works concessions. Carlos Silva is an infrastructure and energy specialist; José Miguel Carvajal focuses on commercial, corporate and financial aspects; Myriam Barahona is a banking, finance and project finance expert; and Macarena Laso heads the real estate and construction practice. Support at senior associate level is provided by Javier BalbontínJames Channing and Katannya Jablonski. Former senior associate Sebastián Leyton left to become head of legal at regulatory entity Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles, in January 2020.

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.