Morales & Besa offers in-depth expertise in complex legal matters, unrivalled execution capabilities and adherence to international standards of the legal profession. It is among the largest law firms in Chile and provides comprehensive legal services to international and domestic clients. Banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, antitrust and regulated industries, taxation, intellectual property and litigation are particular areas of expertise. The firm regularly advises foreign and domestic clients in all kinds of complex cross-border transactions. Morales & Besa has advised several global sovereign bond issuances, capital market transactions, wrapped-bond issuances placed locally and in international capital markets. Among its clients are international or multinational companies, agencies of foreign governments and diplomatic representations of sovereign states; US and European banks, financial services companies, securities firms and a host of multinational corporations engaged in a variety of business sectors and industries such as telecommunications, oil and gas, infrastructure, energy, retailing and mining. Morales & Besa is also considered a leading pro bono law firm.
Areas of practice
Antitrust: Chile actively enforces its antitrust statute and the firm’s lawyers undertake antitrust, competition and marketing related cases involving companies in the Chilean market.
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.
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 firm has a strong labour law practice, 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, white-collar crime 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.
M&A: The firm 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.
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
Fax: +56 2 2472 7001