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Juan Francisco Mackenna

Juan Francisco Mackenna

Partner

Expertise

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure and Project Development

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

IBA Group
Member
Mining Group
Member

Carey
Chile

Profile

Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Energy Group. His practice area is focused on energy regulatory matters and various types of energy projects, including contracts for electricity, liquid fuels, natural gas, NCRE accreditations, electric transmission, gas transportation, engineering and construction of infrastructure projects, property and land use permits, environmental matters and litigation related to regulatory matters of the energy industry, and civil law.

Bar Admissions

Chile (1997).

Education

  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • LL.M., Duke University Law School (2000).
  • Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard University (2000).
Areas of Practice

Energy | Infrastructure and Project Development

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources; and Projects, Chambers Latin America.
  • Recognized in Energy, Latin Lawyer 250.
  • Recognized in Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity, Oil and Gas, The Legal 500.
  • Recognized as Thought Leader in Energy, LACCA.
  • Recognized in Thought Leaders Global Elite: Energy; and in Mining and Project Finance, Who’s Who Legal.
  • Recognized in Project Development, IFLR1000.
  • Lawyer of the Year Award in Energy, Best Lawyers (2016).
  • Recognized in Energy, Natural Resources, Project Finance and Development, Best Lawyers.


Professional Activities and Experience

  • Member of the Advisory Council, Chilean Arab Chamber of Commerce and Investments.
  • Member of the Council, Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables (ACERA) (2017-2018).
  • Member of the Council, World Energy Council (WEC):
  • Founder and former vice-chairman, Small and Mid-sized Hydro Projects Association (APEMEC).
  • Member of the Energy Technical Commission, Confederación de la Producción y el Comercio (CPC).
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
  • Vice Chairman, Fundación Mi Parque.
  • Past President of the Chilean-Australian Chamber of Commerce (2010-2016).
  • Invited Scholar the Master of Energy Law, School of Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia (2012-2014).
  • Member of the Board of Instituto Libertad, El Líbero and Fundación Independízate.
  • Member of the International Bar Association.
  • Member of the Council of the IBA SEERIL Section of the Environment Energy Resources & Infrastructure Law.
  • Co-author of the SIC-SING interconnection bill, which was signed into law in 2013 (Law N° 20,726).
  • Member of the drafting committee of the Public Electric Highway, presented before Congress by President Sebastián Piñera in 2012.
  • Member of the Chilean Energy Ministry’s drafting committee for the NCRE bill, which was signed into law in 2010 (Law N° 20,698).
  • Past President of the Power Law Committee, International Bar Association (2011 and 2012).
  • Assistant Professor of Mining Law, Universidad de Chile (2001-2008).
  • Foreign Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York (2000-2001).
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Diego Portales (1998).

Articles

Ministry of Energy Establishes Criteria for Requests of Unique Collective Permit Applicable to Power Generation Companies
Carey, July 2020

By means of Ordinary Resolution No. 675/2020 dated July 8th, 2020 (“Ordinary 675”), the Ministry of Energy established the criteria of the requests of Unique Collective Permits applicable to companies with power generation businesses in the context of the transit instructions issued by the sanitary authority due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

NEC Exempt Resolution No. 176 that Determines the Scope on the Exclusive Business Purpose of Energy Distribution Companies
Carey, June 2020

The National Energy Commission (“NEC”) issued on May 29, 2020 the Exempt Resolution No. 176 (“NEC ER 176”) that determines the scope on the exclusive business purpose and separate accountings of energy distribution companies, for the provision of the energy distribution public service according to what was set in Law No. 21,194. The NEC ER 176 was published in the Official Gazette on June 9, 2020...

CORFO Creates Green Credit to Boost Investment in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Circular Economy Projects.
Carey, June 2020

On June 11, 2020, Resolution No. 29/2020 (“RES 29”) of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (“CORFO”), which approved the regulations that will govern the “Green Credit” program, was published in the Official Gazette. The RES 29 aims to endorse the investment in renewable energy projects during the economic contingency arising post Covid-19. (https://www.corfo.cl/sites/cpp/sala_de_prensa/nacional/10_06_2020_corfo_crea_credito_verde)...

Additional Articles

  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter of Construction and Projects Q&As Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018-2020).
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter of «Foreign Investment in South America: A Comprehensive Guide to Infrastructure and the Legal Environment», American Bar Association (2018).
  • Co-author of Electricity Projects & Regulations, Latin Lawyer (2015-2017).
  • Author of the Annual Report: Energy and Utilities, Financier Worldwide (2013).
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter on Energy, First Edition, Global Legal Insights, Global Legal Group (2012).
  • Author of the Chilean chapter of Electricity Regulation, Getting the Deal Through (2007-2009).

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