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Diego Peralta

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Banking and Finance Group.


Partner, Carey.

His practice focuses on the creation and structuring of financial products and financing for all kinds of businesses, both from the lender or the borrower’s perspective; in the purchases and sales of companies and in the issuance and placement of debt and equity securities either in Chile or elsewhere.


Recognized as Leading Individual in Banking & Finance; Capital Markets and Corporate / M&A, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Banking & Finance and in Capital Markets, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Banking & Finance, Legal 500.
Recognized by International Financial Law Review, IFLR.
Recognized as Leading Private Practitioner in Banking & Finance, LACCA.
Recognized in Banking and in Capital Markets, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Banking and Finance; Corporate and M&A; Project Finance and Development Practice and Structured Finance Law, Best Lawyers.

Lecturer in “Chile Week” conference, China (2016).
Frequent lecturer in conferences organized by the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), American Bar Association (ABA), PRAC, Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos (FELABAN), among others.
Working Group to analyze a new General Banking Law, Chile (2015).
Legal counsel, Citicorp and Citibank, Chile (1985).
Clerk, Comptroller’s Office, Republic of Chile (1972).


Spanish and English.


Member of the Council, Chilean Bar Association (2017-2021).
Member of the Commission for the new Commercial Regulation in Chile (2016-2017).
Member of the New Commerce Codification commission.
Member of the Arbitration Body, Center for the Arbitration and Mediation, Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Member of the board of InBest, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote Chile as a business capital (since 2009).
Member of the Legal Committee, Chilean Banking Association (2000-2007).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Counsel and member of the Executive Committee, Inter-American Bar Association (IABA).


Law, Universidad de Chile.


Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Diego Peralta - Carey

Within: Banking and finance

Carey’s ‘highly professional and knowledgeable practice is outstanding’. It has longstanding experience in advising Chilean and foreign lenders, investors and borrowers on secured and unsecured syndicated and bilateral loan facilities; debt restructurings; public and private offerings and placements; and equity and debt securities. The practice is also highly regarded for securitisations; project financings; structured products; and derivative transactions. Felipe Moro led advice to SunPower, as sponsor and parent company of Total SunPower El Pelícano, on the project financing of the construction, commission, operation and maintenance of a 100MW photovoltaic plant and its related transmission lines and civil engineering works; and Diego Peralta, who is ‘a highly experienced lawyer in Chile for financial matters’, acted for International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the execution of a $30m loan agreement and the issuing of promissory notes under Chilean Law. Other highlights saw two independent teams act for both the lender and borrower on a $100m credit agreement granted by Rabobank Chile, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Banco de Crédito del Perú and Export Development Canada. Francisco Ugarte is also recommended.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

As well as its speed and full-service approach’, Careycharacterises itself by always looking out for its clients’ best interests’. The firm is highly rated in the market for its structuring of M&A deals, including takeovers through tender offers; minority share purchases; acquisitions of companies or assets; private equity transactions; and the purchase of companies or assets during insolvencies and reorganisations. It is also recommended for providing assistance on tax, finance, corporate governance issues, and the establishment of joint ventures and strategic alliances; and notable sector expertise includes mining, infrastructure, energy, financial institutions, construction, healthcare, telecoms and aquaculture. In 2016, the firm launched a private equity and fund formation practice group, led by Cristián Eyzaguirre, ‘a brilliant lawyer, who thinks out of the box and looks for creative solutions to fulfil clients’ needs’; and recently promoted partner Francisco Guzmán, who is ‘not only a great lawyer with deep technical knowledge, but also gives great support so as to close deals successfully’. Recent highlights saw Claudio Lizana lead advice to Melón on the sale of Melón Morteros to a subsidiary of French company Financière Dry Mix Solutions; Jaime Carey, Pablo Iacobelli and Guillermo Acuña act for Qatar Airways in the acquisition of a 10% stake of LATAM Airlines Group through the subscription of a $608m capital increase; and Marcos Ríos assist Fairfax Financial with the $240m acquisition of the commercial and consumer insurance operations of American International Group in Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay. Other key advisers include Salvador Valdés, Diego Peralta, Jorge Ugarte, Francisco Ugarte and senior partner Jorge Carey. Cristián Figueroa was promoted to the partnership.

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Within: Insurance

Carey is highly rated for its advice on incorporation and registration matters, complex dispute resolution and loss adjustment processes; and it has substantial expertise in representing lenders and borrowers in the structuring of their project finance insurance and reinsurance packages. Transactional highlights saw the team advise Fairfax Financial Holdings on the Chilean aspects of its $240m regional acquisition of AIG’s commercial and consumer insurance operations, which involved its businesses in Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay. The practice also acted for Fennia Mutual Insurance Company in the preparation of a memorandum, which related to statutory labour-accident insurance and employer-liability issues; and advised Aela Generación on the structuring and negotiation of an insurance and reinsurance package, including insurance and reinsurance endorsements for three wind farms. On the contentious side, the team successfully represented international insurance and reinsurance company Travelers Syndicate in the defence and settlement of an insurance loss dispute. Other active clients include Liberty International and Integro Insurance Brokers. Marcos Ríos, Pablo Iacobelli, Diego Peralta and Guillermo Acuña are recommended. Since publication, senior associate Matías Vergara has been promoted to partner.

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