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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos (Cariola) is Chile’s leading law firms with almost 100 attorneys and a team of over 250 people. As a full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos adds value to its clients through all of the firm’s areas of practice: general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, mining and natural resources, environmental, banking, finance, project finance and capital markets, tax, employment, litigation and arbitration, energy (hydro, solar, wind, biomass, thermal, geothermal), oil and gas, public utilities and infrastructure, media and telecommunications, antitrust and competition law, hotels and resorts, casinos, aquaculture and fisheries, as well as real estate and urban development, in order to provide a thorough service in all areas that are relevant for doing business in Chile. The firm has one partner in charge at least, leading a team of associate lawyers and specialized attorneys to work for the assigned case and providing the best solution in the firm’s permanent interaction across all of its areas. During a transaction, a leading partner works with the most experienced and specialized lawyers in their areas of practice, encouraging their specialty in the different areas and giving an excellent service to their clients.

Cariola is proud of being one of the top firms in Chile due to its local and international experience. The firm has been advising international and foreign large and mid-sized companies in different transactions for more than 50 years; many of those companies are still its clients. The firm frequently joins international working groups in connection with acquisitions, due diligence, project work, tax planning, corporate compliance, antitrust and litigation. It also advises foreign investors, foreign banks and financial institutions carrying out financial transactions and/or structuring project financing in Chile. The firm’s lawyers are accustomed to working in close co-ordination with in-house legal counsels of international corporations and international law firms.

Cariola’s lawyers are trained to be proactive in the best interest of clients, especially those based abroad. They are on top of legal and business developments and provide information on changes in the legal framework and policies, informing on the effects that these changes might have for clients and their projects.

The partners and associate lawyers of Cariola are outstanding practitioners and have gained recognition in the academic field by lecturing as professors in Chile’s most respected law schools and universities. The team are at least bilingual, and many members of the firm hold postgraduate degrees from universities in the US or Europe and have spent time abroad training at international law firms.

The firm’s Asia desk has had an increase in its Chinese client base, advising state-owned and private Chinese companies, and participation in transactions and corporate advisory services in different areas such as agro-industry, mining, transport and renewable energy, among others. The Asia desk is led by the partner Sergio Díez, who has been recognized as foreign expert by the international publication Chambers and Partners.

Sargent & Krahn is the sister company of the general law practice firm Cariola. It is the oldest and most experienced firm offering legal services in intellectual property (IP) in Chile. The firm provides services in all areas of IP, including: trademarks; patents, utility models and industrial designs; pharmaceutical law and data protection; copyrights; technology, privacy and media; domain names; contracts; unfair competition and consumer protection; litigation, geographical indications; designations of origin and plant breeder’s rights.

Partners: 20

Other fee-earners: 72

Total staff: 250

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