Mr Gonzalo Cordero > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and litigation. 
Bankruptcy & Insolvency


Partner at Morales & Besa, head of Dispute Resolution arbitration and litigation and co-head of Bankruptcy and Insolvency.


Gonzalo Cordero has developed a successful career in complex litigation and arbitration. He has focused on civil liability, representing several banks, public works concessionaries and retailers. He has also developed a renowned practice regarding construction disputes representing construction companies , principals and contractors. He also has ample experience in consumer protection disputes, representing utilities and banks in several cases. He has also successfully represented regulated clients in high-profile administrative litigation.

International experience:
Foreign associate, Internacional Arbitration and Trade Law groups at White & Case LLP, Washington D.C. (2003 – 2005). 


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association.
Arbitrator of the Chilean National Arbitration Center.


Columbia University,  LL.M. degree (2000).
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School, L.C.J.S. (1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring

Morales & Besa‘s eight-member insolvency, restructuring and reorganisation team is able to leverage off the firm’s widely respected banking and finance, capital markets and projects practices and has been particularly active in relation to situations faced by companies operating in Chile further to the Covid-19 pandemic, of late. The restructuring side of the practice is led by partners José Miguel Carvajal and Myriam Barahona, who also co-lead the banking and finance group. As to insolvency and bankruptcy work, Barahona is joined as co-head by partner Gonzalo Cordero, whose two decades of dispute resolution experience includes insolvency and bankruptcy procedures. The partners also receive strong support at senior associate level from Orlando Palominos , who is a go-to person for insolvency issues; and Juan Ignacio Eymin, whose litigation experience includes bankruptcy. Since publication, Palominos has moved to Lembeye Abogados – effective as of Janaury 2022.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The ‘excellent‘ 10-strong team at Morales & Besa has been particularly active, recently, with construction-related arbitrations involving the distribution of risks in infrastructure and public works projects – further to the pandemic’s impact on the economic equilibrium of contracts. Recognised for his expertise in disputes surrounding construction and contract interpretation, Gonzalo Cordero heads the practice, which includes senior associates: Orlando Palominos, who regularly represents public works concessionaires before arbitral tribunals; Juan Ignacio Eymin, who also assists with disputes before arbitration courts; and the recently promoted Nicolas Corbeaux, who re-joined in 2020 after undertaking an LLM at NYU. Since publication, Palominos has moved to Lembeye Abogados – with effect from Janaury 2022.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

Morales & Besa‘s ten-strong civil and commercial practice is consistently sought out for complex and substantial disputes; and its representative matters range from consumer protection and class actions, to administrative disputes, civil liability claims, construction matters and contractual liability. The team has also been active in relation to cases involving online services and social media. In recent highlights, practice head Gonzalo Cordero led the representation of Cencosud Retail, one of the largest retailers in Latin America, in a services contract claim filed by water and sanitation company, Aguas del Valle. At senior associate level, Orlando Palominos is a litigation, arbitration and insolvency expert; Juan Ignacio Eymin focuses on civil and administrative procedures; and recently promoted Nicolas Corbeaux‘s experience includes litigation in the construction, energy, infrastructure and public works concessions industries. Since publication, Eymin has been promoted to practice director  but Palominos has left the firm; both developments effective as of January 2022.