Chile’s Morales & Besa appoints two new partners

Chilean law firm Morales & Besa has announced the promotion of two new partners, Juan Carlos Valdivieso and Aldo Cardinali, who will take over in the energy and environment, mining, and natural resources areas, respectively.

Posted Friday, January 7th 2022
Chile’s Morales & Besa appoints two new partners

Juan Carlos Valdivieso takes over as partner in the energy area, a challenge he undertakes after two years at Morales & Besa, since joining the firm in 2020 to lead the same area.

He is a law graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and holds a diploma in electricity markets from the same university and an LLM with a specialization in energy and environment from the University of Texas.

Prior to joining the firm he served as legal manager at Prime Energía (2017-2020), and was alternate director of the Chilean Association of Generators. He has also held the position of associate at Arteaga Gorziglia law firm in Santiago, and an international associate at Holland & Knight in Miami.

“In addition to being very happy with this appointment, I feel very challenged considering the timing. The energy sector, and in general the infrastructure sector in areas such as telecommunications, desalination or transportation, are at an important juncture, which will require a relevant level of investment to make the transition a reality”, Juan Carlos said.

For his part, Aldo Cardinali, who from 2015-17was an associate at Morales & Besa, takes over as partner of the environmental, mining, and natural resources area.

He is a law graduate from the Universidad de Los Andes, holds an LLM in environmental law from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and a diploma in future electricity markets and their regulation and in environment and sustainable development from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He has ample experience advising in the development of energy, mining, real estate, infrastructure and other projects of diverse nature, as well as in environmental and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Morales & Besa he was a partner at law firm IVM Abogados, and prior to that headed the sustainable development division of the Ministry of Mining, and headed the environmental and natural resources area of Prieto Abogados.

“I am very happy to have the opportunity to join Morales & Besa again as partner and leader of the area I was part of some years ago. Morales & Besa is one of the most prestigious law firms in our country, where the level of excellence in its work with a view to satisfying the different needs and requirements of its clients, no matter how complex they may be, is one of its most characteristic hallmarks. In natural resources and environmental matters, our challenge as a group will be to continue promoting this area as a national and international leader,” he said.