Established in 1992, Morales & Besa is a premier full-service Chilean law firm with leading market practices, a global outlook and strong Latin American ties across multiple industries. The firm delivers effective and creative results for its clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgement and a distinctively collaborative approach. The team offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters and unrivalled execution capabilities, and adheres to the highest professional standards.
Areas of practice
Antitrust: The firm has a strong antitrust/competition practice. Our team combines knowledgeable and agile antitrust lawyers, who are experienced advising companies in pre-merger review and in complex investigations and litigation before Chilean Competition Agencies.
Banking and finance: The firm is a leader in all areas of commercial and investment banking, including corporate lending, leveraged buyouts, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, distressed debt and restructuring, commercial lending and syndicated loans.
Capital markets: The firm regularly advises all major investment banks, securities firms and issuers in the structuring and execution of debt and equity offerings, securitisation of assets, listing of companies, domestically and internationally, capital markets regulation and related compliance matters.
Criminal law and compliance: The firm has a multidisciplinary team specialised in highly complex litigation for white-collar, tax crime, cybercrime, anticorruption, criminal antitrust, anti money laundering and breaches of industrial and intellectual property regulation.
Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: Morales & Besa plays an active role in the continuing development and deregulation of the Chilean energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors. The firm has experience in the regulatory framework of infrastructure, public works, concessions, power generation, transmission and distribution, fuel transportation and distribution, water and sewage and public works.
IP: The firm advises on all kinds of IP issues, infringement disputes and all other aspects of IP law. The firm also advises in issues related to data privacy and IT.
Labour: The team has experience in leading collective bargaining processes, advising international corporations with their employees in Chile and defending the interest of their clients before the labour courts.
Litigation, arbitration and ADR: The firm represents clients in a variety of civil, commercial, tax, antitrust and other specialised court litigation, including experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign awards. In the area of alternative dispute resolution its attorneys are active in large infrastructure projects and engineering contracts.
Corporate and M&A: The firm has in-depth knowledge of the development of sophisticated corporate structures, business combinations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, especially in the context of foreign direct investments. It advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes of private and listed companies across all industry sectors. Its privatisation practice group has represented international buyers and the government of Chile in all major transfers of Chilean state-owned assets and enterprises.
Real estate: The real estate practice has advised major projects such as the tallest building in South America and has extensive experience with real estate investment companies.
Regulation and environment: Morales & Besa has a comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of investment projects.
Taxation: The firm has a highly specialised tax practice group that provides advice on tax planning, tax-driven restructurings, tax litigation and general tax advice.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3477, Piso 19
Las Condes, Santiago 7550106
Tel: +56 2 2472 7000