José Luis Honorato > Honorato | Delaveau > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Honorato | Delaveau
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Work Department

Corporate, M & A, Arbitration and mediantion, Public Law, Criminal Law




José Luis has a great deal of experience in arbitration and dispute resolution and in complex and innovative deals and transactions in civil and commercial areas.

He practiced as an attorney with Banco JP Morgan in Chile from 1981 to 1986. He then joined the firm Carey & Cía in 1986.

He founded his own firm in 1993 entitled Honorato, Russi y Eguiguren Ltda., and then left it in 2013 to create Honorato & Cía., which is now Honorato | Delaveau, where he currently practices.


Spanish and English


He is on the roster of arbitrators with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Center for Arbitration and Mediation


Attorney, Universidad de Chile (1982).

Graduate studies at the Academy of American and International Law, International and Comparative Law Center of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA (1991).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Honorato | Delaveau fields a nine-strong department that is highly focused on M&A deals for significant mid-market corporations; it also acts for private equity funds that acquire Chilean assets and businesses with a regional (Peru-Colombia) presence or expansion possibilities. The main advisers are name partners José Luis Honorato and Gonzalo Delaveau, along with corporate compliance of counsel Carlos Frias and associate Nicolás Garcia. The department’s capabilities were considerably upsized with the hires of corporate and M&A partner Matias Langevin from Morales & Besa; senior associate Antonia Vial (who is experienced in energy and technology-related M&A), from Arteaga Gorziglia & Cia Abogados; and compliance director Rebeca Zamora, in the second half of 2019.

Chile > Banking and finance

Honorato | Delaveau grew its banking and finance offering in 2019, through the hire of former Morales & Besa partner Matías Langevin. The seven-member team advises domestic and foreign creditors, investors and debtors on bilateral and syndicated loans, debt restructuring, project finance, and structured products and derivative transactions. The other key individuals are name partners Jose Luis Honorato and Gonzalo Delaveau, and structured and asset-backed financing specialist Sebastián Delpiano. Former senior associate Roberto Olivos moved in-house at Inversiones Tajamar. Since publication, the firm has hired financial-regulation specialist Felipe Divin, who will also head the firm’s information technology practice.