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
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.
Competition/antitrust: Morales & Besa 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.
Corporate and M&A: The firm has in-depth knowledge of the development of sophisticated corporate structures, business combinations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements. It advises international and domestic buyers and sellers in acquisitions and takeover processes of private and listed companies across all industry sectors.
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 and natural resources: 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 and data protection: 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.
Mining: Morales & Besa's team has advised numerous domestic and international companies in all stages of their mining projects, from the establishment of mining property rights.
Projects and infrastructure: Every project has a unique set of circumstances and characteristics, which is why we keep flexibility in our approach while being diligent and meticulous. We know that all projects require not only expert attention to detail, to ensure regulations are met, but also innovative thinking to ensure the project is fully finished and functioning.
Real estate and construction: 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 comprehensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters related to all types of projects.
Taxation: We have extensive experience devising and implementing creative tax solutions to address the particular needs of complex business structures, especially in the context of foreign direct investments and cross-border financings.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3477, 19th floor
Las Condes, Santiago 7550106
Tel: +56 2 2472 7000