Mr Michel Diban > Morales & Besa > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Morales & Besa
7550106 LAS CONDES

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions.


Partner at Morales & Besa, co-head of Corporate/M&A.


Mr. Diban concentrates on corporate and commercial matters, mainly in M&A. He has broad experience in the processes of planning, negotiating, structuring and executing M&A transactions. Mr. Diban regularly leads major acquisition, sale and merger processes of Chilean and foreign companies along with several domestic and cross-border financings. As to his corporate advisory, he counsels international and local companies and major local and international investment funds, among others.

Awards and recognitions:
Recommended in Corporate/M&A by Legal 500.
Recognized in Corporate/M&A by Chambers and Partners.
Recognized in Corporate/M&A by IFLR100.
Recognized in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity by Latin Lawyer 250. 

International experience:

Foreign associate at Lobo & de Rizzo Advogados Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012). 

Academic activities:
He is currently a professor of the M&A section in a post-graduate program at Universidad de Los Andes.


Co-author “Corporate M&A 2017: Chile Trends & Developments” (2016).
Co-author “Corporate M&A 2017: Chile Law & Practice” (2016); Co-author “Corporate M&A” (2015).


Spanish, English and Portuguese.


Master of Laws (LL.M), Northwestern University, Chicago (2010).
Law degree, magna cum laude, Universidad de los Andes, School of Law (2010).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Michel DibanMorales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s ‘very strong corporate and M&A practice fields 26 lawyers, who advise a range of international bidders, private equity firms and local and international sellers on complex acquisition processes in Chile. The group is particularly noted for its privatisation expertise, and includes advisers with considerable sector knowledge in areas including infrastructure, energy, technology, mining and construction The practice boasts several experienced partners, including name partners Guillermo Morales (corporate finance, restructuring, M&A and capital markets) and Eugenio Besa (M&A, foreign investment, capital markets and project finance). Formerly GC at Corp Group, Álvaro Barriga brings profound in-house insight to a practice focused upon transactional matters. Other key practitioners include Edmundo Varas (commercial, financial and corporate advisory, restructuring, bond placements and derivatives), Macarena Laso (primarily M&A, capital markets and PPPs) and Michel Diban (corporate M&A, foreign investment and restructurings). Former partner Matías Langevin left for Honorato | Delaveau in July 2019; the team also lost senior associate María Teresa Manubens who moved in-house at Agrosuper in May 2019. However, a timely boost saw corporate and commercial associate Guillermo Pizarro return from a year as international associate at Milbank‘s New York office in August 2019.