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Morales & Besa

Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for

Acclaimed full-service firm frequently retained by investment funds and multinationals to assist with high-profile and cross-border M&A transactions in several industries, such as energy, real estate and hospitality. Team is also experienced advising local companies and foreign investors on corporate restructuring mandates. Sungrow, Enel X and L Catterton are new client wins.

Strengths

"They are a solid team from a legal perspective and have commercial awareness, which makes them stand out from other law firms we work with," comments a client.

Work highlights

Assisted Foragola with the acquisition of a majority stake in Endalia.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Eugenio Besa is "very knowledgeable," as reported by a market commentator, while another observer states: "He is a formidable lawyer." He is appreciated by clients and other interviewees for his role in the corporate and M&A sphere, in which he assists clients with divestitures and capital increase matters.

Founding partner Guillermo Morales co-heads the department and can claim a significant track record in this practice area. He is adept at advising companies on acquisitions and cross-border deals.

Partner Macarena Laso Aguirre is active in M&A and is held in high regard by a client, who describes her as "decisive and knowledgeable."

Noteworthy partner Michel Diban is "a friendly and skilled lawyer," comments a market onlooker. A client says: "He is very experienced in M&A and has good commercial awareness, which is very helpful," and goes on: "He is a very good negotiator."

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Overview

Our Corporate and M&A has gained knowledge and experience throughout advisories to many companies, of a wide range of areas, such as infrastructure, energy, technology, mining, construction, among many others. Especially in M&A, we have advised different international bidders, private equity firms and local and international sellers in the most challenging acquisition processes in Chile.

We are positioned as market leaders in privatization, and we have advised in virtually all key divestments and sales of state-owned enterprises, and bidding processes for the award of concessions to operate state-controlled activities and resources. 

Recent relevant experience: 

    • Buy-side: Advice to Accel KKR group in the acquisition of Endalia; E. & J. Gallo Winery  in the acquisition of brands and winemaking facilities of Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIF Capital Partners in the acquisition of a non-controlling stake (49%) in Sociedad Concesionaria Ruta del Algarrobo S.A.; and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in the acquisition of a 30% interest in the Mantoverde copper mine; among others.

    • Sell-side: Corpgroup, through some of its branches, in the sale of several commercial assets, such as malls, outlets and, and a convenience store chain; CIMIC in the sale, to Elliot Advisor,  of 50% of the shares in Thiess; EFG Chile in its merger with Fynsa;  and Inversiones Torca and Inversiones Villarrica in the sale of 80% of their equity in Galénica S.A. to Australis Capital, among others.

Members

Besa, Eugenio (Head of Department)

Diban, Michel (Head of Department)

Morales, Guillermo (Head of Department)

Barriga, Álvaro

Laso Aguirre, Macarena

Prieto, Juan Domingo

Silva, Carlos

Valdés, Vicente

Varas, Edmundo

Clients

Accel KKR

Acciona

Cencosud S.A.

Corpgroup

DIF Capital Partners

EIG Atacama Management SpA

Globalvía

Ingevec S.A.

Iron Mountain

Merck, Sharp and Dohme Corporation

MIQ Logistics

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Partners Group

Stars Investment

Team Foods Colombia S.A.

Teras Capital

Vivocorp S.A.

Industries

Banks

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Government

Infrastructure

Mining and Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Telecommunications

Corporate/M&A

Morales & Besa

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Location

Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3477

Piso 19

Las Condes

Santiago de Chile

Santiago

Chile

7550106

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Chile

Corporate/M&A


Eugenio Besa
Band 3
Guillermo Morales
Band 3
Macarena Laso Aguirre
Band 5
Michel Diban
Band 3