Ms Macarena Laso > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Real Estate & Construction
Corporate/M&A
Projects

Position

Managing Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Real Estate and Construction.

Career

Macarena Laso has focused her practice on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, public concessions, real estate and construction works and infrastructure projects. She has experience advising investment funds of private equity, both regulated and private; negotiating construction agreements in representation of construction companies; and in advising on the bidding of public infrastructure projects, such as the drafting of guarantees and construction agreements.

She also advises on mergers of publicly listed companies and in the process of buying and selling companies, advising both the sellers and buyers to such companies.
She is an arbitrator of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM).

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

Chilean Bar Association.
Arbitrator of the Abitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

She is a member of the directory boards of Innergy Holdings, Innegy Transporte and Innergy Soluciones Energéticas. She is also a director of Gas Pacífico and Gas Pacífico Argentina, a member of Enap’s subsidiary companies’ boards, as well as an advisor to the board directory of Ingevec S.A. for over 7 years.

Education

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law School, Law degree (1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

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 > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Macarena LasoMorales & Besa

The transactional practice for Morales & Besa‘s sizeable 22-strong group (‘focused lawyers with great experience in projects‘) is consistently involved in high-end projects, including structuring, development, acquisition, sale and financing matters. The firm’s robust regulatory practice advises on due diligence processes, bidding participation, negotiating with the authorities, and litigation. The client base includes entities from several regulated sectors, such as energy, construction, public works and sewage water. Regularly leading multidisciplinary teams, infrastructure and energy specialist Carlos Silva advises on a project’s full chain; José Miguel Carvajal is a banking and finance expert; Myriam Barahona (‘outstanding problem-solving abilities‘) focuses on banking, finance and project finance work; and Macarena Laso is real estate and construction head. Strong support is provided by public works concessions and regulatory expert Katannya Jablonski. Former senior associate Javier Balbontín left the firm in January 2021, since when -in May- the firm has hired Macarena López  from Molina Ríos Abogados. Since publication, the firm has hired mining and environmental practitioner Aldo Cardinali (from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados) as a partner – effective as of Janaury 2022; his practice also encompasses project development matters.

Chile > Real estate

At ‘first-class law firmMorales & Besa, the six-member transactional and regulatory team consistently works alongside the firm’s regulatory, banking and finance, tax, and energy practices on real estate and construction matters; and its work ranges from real estate credits, sales and lease purchase agreements to the issuance of debt guarantees and land title studies. The group is headed by experienced partner Macarena Laso, who has broad experience in public concessions, real estate and construction works, and infrastructure projects.