Nicolás Balmaceda


Nicolás, partner at Barros & Errázuriz, has more than 20 years of professional experience. He has mainly developed the areas of infrastructure, banking and finance and mergers and acquisitions of the Firm, leading teams for the construction of the two liquefied natural gas terminals in Chile; construction and financing of ports and roads, both in the country and abroad; financing of two of the three groups of private prison concessions in the country; financing of the only urban tunnel in Chile; construction of oil pipelines and airports; financing and development of generation and electric transmission projects, among others.

Through corporate and project financing, legislative and governmental advising, infrastructure, energy and corporate advising in general, Nicolás has represented banks and public and private financial institutions, port companies, public works concessionaires, construction and engineering companies, sponsors and shareholders of the previous ones.

Nicolás forms part of the list of arbitrators of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

Professional experience

  • Partner, Barros & Errázuriz, since 1995.
  • Foreign Associate, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae LLP, New York, United States, 2000 – 2001.


  • Energy and Environment (LL.M.), Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, United States, 2000.
  • Law School, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Degree awarded with two votes of distinction, 1996.


  • Spanish
  • English


  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
  • Member of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the Legal Committee of the Asociación de Concesionarios de Obras de Infraestructura Pública AG (Copsa), Chilean union entity that groups most of the holders of public works concession contracts tendered by the Ministry of Public Works.

Latest Recognitions

  • Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 2019, Chile, Banking & Finance.
  • Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 2019, Chile, Projects.
  • Band 3, Chambers Latin America 2021, Chile, Projects.
  • Highly Regarded, IFLR 1000 2020, Chile, Banking & Finance.
  • Thought Leader, LACCA Approved 2020, Banking & Finance.


  • Banking, Capital Markets and Financial Services
  • Energy, Mining & Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Services
  • Real State & Construction