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

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES
Macarena Laso photo

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate & Construction


Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Real Estate and Construction and co-head of Corporate and M&A.



Ms. Laso concentrates her practice in corporate, public private partnership, capital markets, investment funds, real estate and construction matters. Her experience covers a broad range of corporate transactions and the structuring, acquisition and finance of public infrastructure projects.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Corporate and M&A and Real Estate by Legal 500.
Recognized in Corporate Governance and Corporate and M&A and Real Estate and Tourism by Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Projects by Chambers and Partners (2017). 


Spanish and English.


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


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law School, L.C.J.S. (1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Macarena LasoMorales & Besa

Morales & Besa ‘takes the time to explain things in detail to its clients‘. The 28-strong practice has significant cross-border transactional experience and is particularly noted for the sale of state-owned enterprises and handing concession award bids to operate state-controlled activities; it also regularly assists with significant corporate governance matters, strategic associations and corporate restructuring, as well as the design and implementation of compliance programmes, anti-corruption policies and self-regulation. Recent mandates saw the team act for the shareholders of Aguas Chañar on the company’s $100m sale to Marubeni and Toesca Asset Management; advise two SMU subsidiaries on the $76m sale of Construmart to Private Investment Fund Hammer; and assist AAS and Acciona Aeropuertos on the acquisition of Latam Airlines Group’s ground handling business at Santiago’s International Airport. Founding partners Guillermo Morales and Eugenio Besa co-head the team; Macarena LasoCarlos Silva, Michel Diban, Matías Langevin and Álvaro Barriga are also experienced partners. An excellent professional‘, Edmundo Varas was promoted to partner; and Lorena Barrientos became the firm’s first-ever counsel. Associate María Teresa Manubens B is also noted. Clients include Cencosud, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Acciona Airport Services (AAS), Globalvía and The Carlyle Group.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

(Next Generation Partners)

Macarena LasoMorales & Besa

Morales & Besa is ‘speedy, efficient and adapts to clients’ needs‘. The 10-strong practice has a strong reputation in the market for its assistance to financiers, investors and developers with the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Key clients include Intervial, WPD Chile, Banco Security, Globalvía and Meridiam Infrastructure; the team is representing the latter, a major infrastructure investor and the concessionaire of a major, $200m hospital project in relation to issues caused by the insolvency of Italy-based constructor Astaldi. It also advised EIG Global Energy Partners, and its Chilean subsidiaries, on a $127m project financing for the Cerro Dominador power plants project. Carlos Silva (infrastructure and energy projects development), José Miguel Carvajal and Myriam Barahona (both focusing on project finance) head the practice. Also highly regarded are Eugenio Besa (transactions, project finance) and Macarena Laso (public concessions, real estate, construction and infrastructure), while notable associates include James Channing (construction, real estate, project finance), who ‘does a good job’, Javier Balbontín (project finance), and Sebastián Leyton (energy, natural resources, projects).

Chile > Real estate

For some clients, Morales & Besa‘s real estate and construction lawyers are ‘the best in class in every aspect of their work and a dedicated, well-prepared group of individuals‘. They frequently work alongside the firm’s regulatory, banking and finance, tax, and energy practices, with representative work including purchases, sales, leases, financing, developments, construction, zoning regulations and title review. Recent work included advising VivoCorp, CorpGroup’s real estate subsidiary, on a potential association with life insurance company Confuturo to develop a shopping mall. Carlos SilvaMacarena Laso and associate James Channing are the individuals to note.