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Morales & Besa

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

Established full-service firm particularly well recognised for its work in the financing of energy projects. Particularly well versed in the wind, photovoltaic and solar power generation sectors. Regularly sought after to advise on transmission and distribution matters. Grupo Ibereólica, Solarpack and Natural Resources Defense Council are new client wins.

Strengths

A client states: "I have a very good opinion about the firm in general, they are very flexible and always ready to find a solution."

Work highlights

Advised SMBC as senior lender on the USD110 million financing of the Cabo Leones III 78 MW wind farm.

Notable practitioners

Eugenio Besa and Sebastián Leyton are the key client contacts.

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Overview

Our department is best known as a transactional energy department, with a focus on supporting relevant transactions related to energy projects, including the development, construction, financing and operation phases. This implies that, as part of our work, we focus in relevant project agreements for these types of projects such as private PPAs, interconnection and tolling agreements, and fuel supply, as well as EPC, O&M and other ancillary agreements.

We have been at the forefront of the broad Chilean energy industry having advised emblematic projects such as the Cerro Dominador CSP Project, the first CSP project in Latin America.

We have represented several local and international developers in the structuring and negotiation of their energy projects in Chile. We have also participated in M&A processes, most recently acting for EIG Global Energy Partners in the acquisition of solar projects.

Also, ancillary to our project finance practice, we have consolidated and expanded our leading role in financing facilities to develop small distributed generation assets (PMGD), advising several lenders in the financing of portfolios of small renewable projects. During the last year, we have been involved in the financing or refinancing of major projects of the energy sector, representing the developers / borrowers of projects such as the Cabo Leones III wind farm (78 MW), and for the second portfolio of 18 solar projects owned by AD Capital, among other relevant transactions.



Members

Besa, Eugenio (Head of Department)

Silva, Carlos

Valdivieso, Juan Carlos

Clients

Banco Santander Chile

Banco Security

Celeo Redes Chile SpA

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DNB Bank

EIG Global Energy Partners

Prime Energía SpA

Solairedirect

Solarpack

Sonnedix

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

WPD

X-Elio (formerly Gestamp)

Industries

Banks

Construction & Materials

Energy

Government

mining

mining

Real Estate

Utilities

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Morales & Besa

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Department location

Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3477

Piso 19

Las Condes

Santiago de Chile

Santiago

Chile

7550106

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