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Guillermo Morales

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Morales & Besa

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Mergers & Acquisitions
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Energy & Natural Resources


Partner at Morales & Besa and head of Capital Markets and co-head of Corporate and M&A. 



The practice of law of Mr. Morales extends for more than three decades. He has vast experience advising both national and international companies in the processes of planning, negotiating and executing acquisition transactions and mergers, debt and equity securities offerings, and corporate restructurings.

Over the years he has advised and represented prominent national and international companies and institutions in a wide variety of situations and transactions. Among the clients that he has represented are all the major global banks and renowned corporate clients. He has been special local counsel to the Republic of Chile in all its major capital market transactions ever since 1999, as well as in virtually all its subsequent issuances and liability management transactions to date.

Awards and recognitions:
Recognized in Corporate and M&A by Legal 500. 
Recognized as "Highly Regarded" by IFLR1000.
Recognized in Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, and in Banking & Finance by Chambers and Partners.
Recognized in Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance and in Pro Bono by Latin Lawyer 250. 

International experience:
During 1987 and 1988, he practiced as a foreign associate in New York at White & Case and was Secretary of the Inter-American Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Associate.

He is the Honorary Legal Adviser of the British Embassy in Santiago and member of the Bar Association in Chile. Additionally, he is legal counselor and director of Make a Wish Foundation (Chile).

Mr. Morales is the author, among other publications, of “Privatization in Latin America”, Latin Finance (March 1991) and “Mergers & Acquisitions”, International Finance Law Review (April 1996).


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association.
Fundación Pro-Bono.
British-Chilean Chamber of Commerce. 


University of Chicago, Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1987).
Fulbright Scholarship (1986).
Universidad de Chile School of Law (1983), L.C.J.S., graduated magna cum laude (1985).


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Morales & Besa's 'truly professional and hardworking team has deep knowledge of Chilean legal issues'. It fields experts in restructuring, syndicated loans, structured finance, derivatives, regulatory matters and distressed debt, and it is experienced in industries such as retail, real estate, mining, energy, utilities and infrastructure. In project finance, the group acts for developers, sponsors, lenders, multilateral institutions, guarantors and EPC contractors on project structuring, financing, and construction and contractual issues. On the non-transactional side, the group regularly assists companies with licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. Notable clients include Enjoy, Los Guindos Generación, Banco BICE and Japan's SMBC. Myriam Barahona and José Miguel Carvajal are the department heads; recent mandates saw Barahona lead advice to BCI Asesoría Financiera concerning syndicated loans granted to two companies of the Vías Chile Group; and Carvajal assist Banco de Crédito e Inversiones with the amendment of the outstanding debt of CorpGroup holding group members. Other matters saw name-partner Guillermo Morales, who is 'one of the first lawyers clients in Chile should call with difficult questions', act for retail conglomerate Cencosud, as borrower, on a loan facility granted by EDC to refinance existing indebtedness. Co-founding partner Eugenio Besa , Carlos Silva and Matías Langevin (who is 'very focused on the key details that can often make or break capital markets deals') are also all highly-regarded practitioners. At senior associate level, Ignacio Menchaca and Javier Balbontin are the key names; former senior associate Ignacio Delpino moved in-house to Banco Security.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Guillermo Morales - Morales & Besa

Within: Corporate and M&A

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 Cha√Īar 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‚Äôs International Airport. Founding partners Guillermo Morales¬†and Eugenio Besa co-head the team;¬†Macarena Laso,¬† Carlos Silva, Michel Diban, Mat√≠as Langevin¬†and¬†√Ālvaro 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 Mar√≠a Teresa Manubens B is also noted. Clients include Cencosud,¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Acciona Airport Services (AAS), Globalv√≠a and The Carlyle Group.

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