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Morales & Besa

Santiago de Chile Office

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Senior Partners: Guillermo Morales E., Eugenio Besa J-H.
Managing Partner: Macarena Laso A.
Number of partners: 14
Number of lawyers: 65

Firm Overview:
Morales & Besa was established in 1992 by a group of leading legal professionals in corporate and M&A.

Morales & Besa is a law firm that covers all areas of law relevant to business, with a strong transactional vocation and a focus on highly complex matters. The firm advises a select, broad and diversified portfolio of domestic and foreign clients, acting in the most diverse industries and sectors. Morales & Besa provide guidance when the stakes are high. Transactions require a special kind of advisor. One who has the client’s best interest at heart and who can deliver the best result when it counts.

Main Practice Areas:
Banking & Finance
Corporate and M&A
Capital Markets
Energy & Infrastructure
Regulation, Environment and Natural Resources
Real Estate & Urbanism
Dispute Resolution
Competition and Antitrust
Restructuring & Insolvency
IP & Data Protection
Public Law

International Outlook:
The firm fosters and maintains valuable relationships with firms around the world, which opens doors for the exchange of ideas, approaches, knowledge and experience. This results in innovative solutions, while keeping our independence as a local Chilean firm. Morales & Besa encourages its lawyers to pursue LL.M. degrees abroad and to participate in foreign associate programs in some of the most prestigious global law firms, further strengthening its relationships and the global outlook of its associates.

The firm is among the 10 Chilean firms included in the “International and Cross-Border Capabilities” section of Chambers and Partners Global Guide, which recognises those firms that offer the best experience in transactions with international components.

Recognising Excellence:
The firm and team have been recognised by some of the most prestigious legal directories and publications. Practices such as Projects and Infrastructure, Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, and Capital Markets are among the top tiers and leading positions of Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, among others. Environment, Energy, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Reorganization, Tax and Intellectual Property and Data Protection, among others, are also highly positioned in these and other specialty rankings, and so are the firm's most experienced lawyers.

The firm's work is often awarded or shortlisted for deal of the year by relevant publications such as Latin Lawyer, Latin Finance, IFLR, and IJGlobal, among others.

Morales & Besa do not only believe that diversity matters, as its almost 30 years of experience have shown, but also that it is key to creating a better working environment, where people can learn from difference. Ultimately, this helps to provide a better service and to achieve success for clients.

Diversity and meritocracy are part of the firm's foundational principles and it has always sought to recruit solely on the basis of excellence of applicants, professional credentials, integrity and work ethic, regardless of family, social, political or religious affiliations, gender or sexual orientation. Consequently, Morales & Besa has created a diverse environment, with lawyers coming from different backgrounds, with different ways of thinking and who in turn provide diverse perspectives.

The firm has always had a high number of female lawyers, including at partner level. The firm has a Diversity Committee, formed of partners, counsel, directors and senior associates, which is in charge of its diversity and inclusion activities and challenges.

From Morales & Besa it has been promoting several initiatives that allow it to contribute to a more sustainable day-to-day. During the last years, the firm has been deepening its waste management processes, which resulted in the consolidation of its collection and recycling system. Likewise, the firm fosters several initiatives for the reconditioning and reuse of materials.

In addition, because of its involvement and commitment to the environmental, the firm contributes, through pro bono initiatives, to different projects for the conservation and protection of the environment.

English, Portuguese, Spanish.