Mr James Channing > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES
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Work Department

Real Estate & Construction
Projects and infrastructure


Senior associate at Morales & Besa and co-head of Real Estate and Construction. 


Mr. Channing concentrates his practice in transactional and corporate matters, with emphasis on construction and infrastructure projects in the public concessions (public private partnerships), energy and real estate sectors. He has experience drafting and negotiating project agreements for PPP and infrastructure projects (EPC, O&M, Asset Management, etc.). He also has experience in M&A and project finance transactions related to the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Mr. Channing has advised lenders, developers and contractors during his practice.

International experience:
Foreign associate, Jones Day, in the Projects & Infrastructure practice, Miami, FL (2016-2017).
Intern of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Hamburg, Germany (2009).

Academic activities:
Speaker of the team of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez that represented Chile in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC. (2007-2008)
Coach of the team of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez that represented Chile in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC. (2011)


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association. 


University of Virginia Law School, LL.M degree (2016). 
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Law School, L.C.J.S., Viña del Mar, Chile (2009)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

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.