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Chile

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is particularly active in structuring cross-border loans. The team also advises on project finance in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors; M&A acquisition finance and domestic corporate financings; complex restructurings; secured financing for agriculture producers; and derivatives and trade finance. Other areas of strength for the firm include regulatory advice. Recent matters saw the team advise Inversiones Arión, as borrower, on a $275m credit facility to finance the acquisition of Grupo Petrobras Chile. Francisco Illanes and Rodrigo Sepúlveda are recommended. Juan Antonio Parodi is also well regarded.

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Francisco Illanes - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ practice strengths include merger control matters, cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and the interplay between competition law and IP rights. Recent matters saw the team defend Unilever Chile against a lawsuit for alleged exclusionary conduct in relation to exclusive distribution schemes, conditional rebates and shelf space. Juan Cristóbal Gumucio is highly rated.

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Juan Cristóbal Gumucio - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos’ practice covers joint-ventures; private equity and venture capital deals; the acquisition of private and public companies; complex corporate mergers and spin-offs; and corporate restructuring transactions. Gerardo Varela and Juan Pablo Matus led advice to the controlling shareholders of Ripley Corporation, one of the largest retail companies in Chile and Peru, on its partnership agreement with El Puerto de Liverpool, Mexico’s largest department store. Other recent matters saw the team advise energy group Enersis Américas on a public tender offer for the purchase of all the shares issued by its subsidiary, Endesa Américas. José Luis Letelier, Sergio Díez, Cristián Herrera are highly rated practitioners.

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Gerardo Varela - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is particularly experienced in disputes involving infrastructure, securities, labour law, civil liability and torts. In the high-profile Cascadas case, the team defended financial services firm Larrain Vial and two of its executives against fines imposed by Chile’s securities and insurance regulator (SVS). Raimundo Moreno, Florencio Bernales and Fernando Urrutia are recommended.

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Florencio Bernales - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is highly regarded for its assistance with the environmental law aspects of power-plant greenfield project developments. Recent highlights saw the practice successfully act for Compañía Minera Paguanta at Supreme Court level in the complex environmental evaluation of the Paguanta mining project, which comprises silver, zinc, lead and gold mineral resources. Gonzalo Jiménez and environmental and regulatory law expert Martín Astorga are recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos advises large industrial and commercial clients on their claims against insurance companies, particularly regarding construction and mining insurance policies. The team also assists with the review of insurance policies and negotiations with insurers. It provides ongoing advice to Ripley Corp on the insurance requirements in contracts, settlements with insurance companies, and regulatory issues. Maersk Chile is also a client of the firm; Florencio Bernales and Raimundo Moreno are the key contacts.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is best known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration and the labour law issues of company restructurings. The practice is also recommended for its experience in compensation packages, stock-option plans and labour benefit-related tax issues; and it has specific sector expertise in retail, mining, IT, consumer product manufacturing and technology. The team acted for Automatic Data Processing in a collective bargaining process; it also assists Ripley on a daily basis. Ricardo Tisi is recommended.

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Ricardo Tisi - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for its advice on infrastructure projects in relation to planning, development, construction, M&A and financing. The practice regularly acts for a private equity funds on power plant projects; and is well known for its advice to mining companies and industrial clients. The team recently acted for Chilean banks Itaú Corpbanca and Banco Security in the financing of a PV power project. José Luis Letelier, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and provides excellent advice’, and Juan Pablo Matus, together with Cristián Herrera, Gonzalo Grez, Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda are recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for major real estate M&A transactions, such as the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings, and utilities’ real estate assets; the practice is also highly rated for significant real estate greenfield projects, such as industrial plants, shopping malls and data centres, and fields experts in construction-related negotiations and long leases. Ripley Corp (RC) is a regular client; the team advised RC’s subsidiaries in several real estate transactions, including lease agreements and a property purchase and sale agreement. The practice also assisted RC with its subsidiary’s acquisition of 16.5% of shopping malls-operator, Inmobiliaria Mall Viña del Mar. Juan Pablo Matus is recommended.

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Juan Pablo Matus - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is recommended for its advice to telecoms, IT, media and internet companies on investments in local companies, joint ventures, transactional IP and litigation; the practice is also experienced in the regulatory side of IT and media projects, as well as data processing, large infrastructure projects with technology components, and TMT-related corporate matters. The team recently advised CNN Chile on corporate issues, and assisted Multichannel with corporate and regulatory matters. Other active clients include Turner Broadcasting, Google, Nokia, IBM and Discovery Communications. Rodrigo Lavados is the technology, privacy and media group head; and Francisco Illanes is also a key adviser.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotaposhas solid industry knowledge, provides accurate advice and has an excellent group of professionals’. The firm is recommended for tax planning and its tax litigation practice is also growing. The practice group recently advised on high-profile tax audits and tax disputes. Francisco Illanes is recommended, senior associate Javier Cerón ‘gives good advice’, and senior counsel Pedro Deutsch provides specialist tax advice on major mining projects. Former senior counsel Marcela Silva joined Deloitte Legal Chile.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources

Electricity/oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos acts for foreign and local companies in greenfield renewable energy projects, such as mini-hydro, solar and wind farms, and also assists with regulatory aspects, project financing and dispute resolution issues. Recent matters saw the team advise Metro, a government-owned company which operates Santiago’s underground, on an energy and capacity supply agreement with Latin America Power. It also regularly advises a high-profile private equity fund on its energy projects. Gonzalo Jiménez, Sergio Díez, Gerardo Varela and Martín Astorga are recommended.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

One of the leading firms in Chile’, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos regularly advises foreign and local clients on the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects and worksite closures; and the practice also acts on acquisitions and sales of mining companies and assets. The team advised Trimetals Mining Chile on the amendment to a mining-concession option agreement. It also acted for FQM Exploration (Chile) on the sale of mining properties; acted for Minera Juncal y La Flora, a subsidiary of Silver Standard, on the negotiation, structuring and drafting of a mining-concession sales agreement; and assisted Gold Fields with the exercise of several mining option agreements related to its Salares Norte project. The client list also includes Rio Tinto, First Quantum, Goldcorp and Mineral Mining. Carlos Pérez-Cotapos is ‘an excellent partner to clients on Chilean deals, provides great service, and has in-depth mining knowledge’. Gonzalo Grez is also recommended.

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Carlos Pérez-Cotapos - Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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