Firm Profile > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos
AV. ANDRÉS BELLO 2711, 19TH FLOOR
LAS CONDES
SANTIAGO
Chile

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Fielding a 48-member team, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' practice covers joint ventures, private equity and venture capital deals, acquisitions of private and public companies, complex corporate mergers and spin-offs, and corporate restructurings. The last year has seen the practice assist with M&A transactions in a range of industries, including mining, energy, infrastructure, financial services, media, healthcare and utilities, among others. The department fields 11 partners, including Francisco J Illanes (complex M&A deals, restructurings and shareholder agreements), corporate law and contracts expert Sergio DíezCristián Herrera (corporate law, foreign investment and security market regulations) and Gerardo Varela, who has been involved in M&A deals involving energy, aquaculture and retail companies, among others. Additional partner support is provided by Juan Pablo MatusCarlos Pérez-CotaposJosé Luis Letelier and Pedro Lluch. Growth in the team saw Andrea Saffie and Tomás Vidal become partners in January 2020, with strong senior associate support provided by María Francisca Salas and Sergio Balharry.

Testimonials

The firm is always willing to collaborate with all the legal requests that we submit to them, especially in corporate matters. They have vast knowledge in corporate law.

An excellent team that is well recognised in the market and technically strong.

I really like the commitment, professionalism, disposition and knowledge of the Cariola lawyers with whom I have worked. The work is excellent and I find them outstanding in all respects. I would also like to emphasise that I really like having advisers who are capable of clarifying my legal doubts from different perspectives.

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos is always ready for any legal uncertainty.

Cristián Herrera stands out for being an excellent lawyer with knowledge in different areas of law and, especially, in real estate matters. I fully trust his excellent advice, criteria and recommendations from all angles.

Cristián Herrera is recognised in the market for his knowledge of corporate issues.’

Senior associate María Francisca Salas has great knowledge in different areas of law (which seems important to me in order to have a complete and adequate vision); I also like her organisational skills, clarity of answers and high level of commitment.

María Francisca Salas is the one we work with the most, and we are extremely satisfied. She is very good technically and creatively, and is always available.’

Key clients

Ripley

Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Enel

SAP Agencia en Chile

Joyvio Group

Rabobank

Principal Financial Group

Levi Strauss & Co.

The Coca-Cola Company

Turner Broadcasting

WeWork Chile

The Carlyle Group

Quillayes

Marina del Sol

Mining Tier 1

Traditional mining market mainstay Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a 12-strong team that assists an array of international and local clients on the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects, worksite closures and associated matters. It also advises on headline acquisitions and the sales of mining companies and assets (copper, gold, silver, nitrates, iron ore, coal and salt, among others). Carlos Pérez-Cotapos consistently leads work teams on significant foreign mining investment projects, mining companies' M&A deals and the financing of mining projects; he recently acted for Bergbau Wagen on the leasing of 64 exploitation mining concessions to Sierra Atacama. Specialising in mining, M&A, project development and community affairs, experienced partner Gonzalo Grez is an integral part of the practice. Senior associate Cristóbal Herrera, who handles a broad array of mining and natural resource-law matters, is an additional point of contact.

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Goldcorp

NuevaUnión

Hudbay Minerals

Franco-Nevada

Norte Abierto

BHP

Minera Ricardo Resources

Trimetals

Moly-Cop

LS Nikko

Planta Recuperadora de Metales

Mineral Mining

Potash Dragon

Boart Longyear

Newcrest Mining

Solaris Copper

Silver Standard

Milpo

JSW Steel

Lumina Capital

Minera Cordillera

Gold Fields

Basecore Metals

Appian Natural Resources Fund

Real estate Tier 1

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' eight-strong practice is particularly well known for advising on major real estate M&A transactions, such as the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings and utilities' real estate assets. Other areas of strength include major real estate greenfield projects, including industrial plants, shopping malls and large data centres. The practice has also accumulated expertise in long-term lease agreements, as well as complex construction issues concerning industrial, commercial and energy projects. Juan Pablo Matus regularly advises on significant real estate projects; while Tomás Vidal, who is experienced in advising foreign funds on the acquisition of office buildings and condominium management, was made partner in 2020. Associate-level support is provided by Mónica Pavez.

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Testimonials

The team I have worked with is excellent, and shows great knowledge in different areas of real estate, also within the framework of corporate and project consulting. I really like the level of commitment, excellent availability, quality of work and analysis, and extensive knowledge. I would recommend this firm in every way.

They have a very responsive and knowledgeable team. We have been working with Cariola on real estate transactions for over 20 years, and always with very positive results. They understand commercial issues just as well as legal issues, which makes the transaction process easier.

We have worked with Cariola for several years and its lawyers have deep technical knowledge (municipal licenses, rental contracts, mortgages, etc), as well as the know how to gauge the risks that we can or cannot take as a client. They also know how to explain local market features to an international client.

Total availability from senior attorneys of the firm to the most junior members. Great for technical knowledge.

I would like to highlight Tomás Vidal, who is very complete and clear in his answers.

Key clients

WeWork

Ripley Corp

Levi Strauss & Co

The Carlyle Group

Renovalia Energy Chile

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Marina del Sol

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group

Decathlon

Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

Banking and finance Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 12-strong banking and finance department is particularly active in structuring financial transactions, predominantly cross-border loans (with or without a security package). Other notable areas are mining, energy and infrastructure project finance; M&A acquisition finance; complex restructurings; specialized financings for agriculture producers; derivatives; and trade finance. The practice is also highly regarded for regulatory matters. Rodrigo Sepúlveda regularly advises multinational consortiums and local and international banks on the project financing for generation and distribution power projects. The other partners to note are Francisco Illanes, who is well known for complex financing deals, and Juan Antonio Parodi, who is experienced in finance structures, guarantees and credit documents.

Testimonials

In-depth knowledge of transactions and customer perspective.’

The big difference is the personalised attention of its partners.’

Rated for the dedication and motivation of Rodrigo Sepúlveda, who is extremely rigorous, conciliatory, organised and always compliant.’

Rodrigo Sepúlveda is always at the front of a transaction, with very high levels of personal dedication. He maintains excellent personal relationships as well as empathy during difficult times.’

Key clients

Rabobank

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

DnB Bank

Grupo Esmax

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Southern Cross Group

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Scotiabank Chile

Banco BICE

Itaú Corpbanca

Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP)

Banco Santander (Chile)

Principal Financial Group

Automotores Gildemeister

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The 12-strong group at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is vastly experienced in merger control matters, and cartel and abuse of dominance cases. Building on the firm's large base of consumer goods clients, the team has extensive knowledge of the retail industry and has also - thanks to the skill-sets of practice head Juan Cristóbal Gumucio - developed notable expertise and understanding of the interplay between competition law and IP rights. Gumucio can call on a knowledgeable second tier which includes key associates Elías Astudillo (particularly cartel and abuse of dominance cases), Camila Rojas (merger control), and Catalina González (merger control and compliance). Pedro Lluch exited to EY Legal in June 2020.

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Testimonials

The Cariola study team is characterized by having specialized knowledge in the area of ​​competition and antitrust law and by being recognized as one of the best lawyer teams in this area.’

They stand out for being able to provide advice that gives added value to the business in an efficient and timely manner. They are great for their availability and adequate use of resources, with first-rate professionals.’

It is a small team but highly specialized in this field. The biggest plus is that they care about knowing their client’s business in depth, which allows for more detail in the advice.’

Key clients

Unilever

Warner Media

Turner

Fonterra

Soprole

The Coca-Cola Company

American Airlines

Maxximiza

Iansa

Ripley

Accor

GNL Chile

Praxair

Chubb

Joyvio

Santillana

Banmedica

BO Packaging

International Paper

Marina del Sol

Quillayes

Surlat

Consumer and advertising law Tier 2

The five-strong team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos advises major advertisers such as Cencosud, Coca-Cola and Soprole on a regular basis, assisting with both litigation and advisory issues relating to matters such as new labelling requirements for food products (with clients including Kellogg’s and Ferrero). The practice also enjoys a successful track record before CONAR, while on the consumer side, the team handles consumer claims for high-profile clients, including Google. Head of the firm's tech, media and privacy group, Rodrigo Lavados, and well-known head of the competition practice, Juan Cristóbal Gumucio, are the partners to note; key support is provided by senior associate Felipe Fernández.

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Key clients

Soprole

Cencosud

Coca-Cola

Kellogg’s

Ferrero

Google

Arauco

Banco Bice

Medtronic

Canal 13

NFL

Data privacy Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a six-strong group that is extremely focused on data privacy. In 2019, the firm entered into an alliance with the Chilean branch of 'Big Four' professional services network KPMG, so as to provide a legal, compliance and audit service in relation to data protection. Head of the firm's technology, media and privacy group, Rodrigo Lavados is a member of the data privacy expert board at the Confederation of Production and Commerce; key support comes from senior associate Felipe Fernández, who is active on data privacy matters for clients such as Google and Coopeuch.

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Testimonials

Their strong point is the lawyers’ detailed knowledge of data privacy issues, which is constantly updated. They are also good at anticipating future topics.

Key clients

Ripley

Louis Vuitton

Coca-Cola

DNB Group

Medtronic

Adidas

IBM

KPMG

Caja los Andes

Coopeuch

Banco Santander

Redbanc

El Mercurio

Metlife

Google

BHP

Environment Tier 2

Particularly active advising on the environmental legal aspects concerning the development of power plants, and industrial and telecoms facilities, recently, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a six-strong team. The practice also handles litigious matters and acts in sanctioning procedures. Gonzalo Jiménez is head of the regulatory law department, which includes the environment, energy, regulated public services and administrative law areas. Key environmental practitioners include Martín Astorga, who has some 17 years' environmental law experience - including a spell at regulatory body CONAMA; and senior associate Verónica Cuadra, who returned to the firm in late 2019 having completed her LLM studies at Cambridge University.

Testimonials

Cariola stands out in the industry for the proven experience of its partners and associates in participating in projects and environmental issues. Their opinions make a lot of sense to our business.

Cariola has the knowledge and connections to handle large, complex projects.

Gonzalo Jiménez stands out for his quality of analysis and achievement of favourable results for our company.

Key clients

ESMAX

BHP Billiton

Soprole

Junta de Vigilancia de la Primera Sección del Río Aconcagua

Vidrios Lirquén

Stericycle

Empresa Pública de Medellín (EPM)

MEDTRONIC

SGS Laboratories

B Braun Medical

ATCO

Cognita

Melqart

Labour and employment Tier 2

The four-strong department at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is best known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration, day-to-day labour support, and restructuring-related labour issues. It is also experienced in assisting with compensation packages, stock option plans, and tax issues involving labour benefits. The firm's broad industrial client base ensures strong sector-specific expertise, especially in retail, mining, IT, manufacturing and technology, and the practice has also experienced growth in its labour litigation practice. Ricardo Tisi (who focuses on labour, pensions and immigration) heads the labour group, with notable support provided by key senior associate Bárbara Zlatar.

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Testimonials

I work with Ricardo Tisi, who is a professional that is ready to solve issues, is updated on his work and is consistent in his recommendations and risk analysis. He is also open to new ideas, looks for innovations and dares to go for more.

It is a very professional law firm that provides support at all times and is also proactive.

Key clients

IBM de Chile

adidas

Nutreco Skretting

Ripley

Coca Cola

Soprole

Fonterra

Coexpan

International Paper Cartones

Joyvio Group

H. Lundbeck

Emirates

Pontificia UC

Grupotec

Hasbro Latin America

Hotelera Four Points

Ripley Bank

Delta Airlines

Alitalia

Automotores Gildemeister

DNB Bank

Sterycicle

Levi Strauss

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' sizeable 38-member practice group covers the infrastructure-project lifecycle from planning, finance, development and construction, through to operation and transactional matters. It is particularly experienced in energy projects (including greenfield), and regularly assists mining companies and its strong industrial client roster on their PPA requirements and associated needs. Carlos Pérez-Cotapos frequently advises on significant foreign mining investment projects; Rodrigo Sepúlveda is a finance, banking, securities and project finance expert; Cristián Herrera's practice covers project development, foreign investment, infrastructure, corporate law and security market regulations; and Gonzalo Jiménez is an infrastructure project specialist. Managing partner Juan Pablo Matus and Gonzalo Grez provide further partner-level support.

Testimonials

The team I have worked with is excellent and shows great knowledge, management skills and understanding of the projects they have advised me on, as well as agility, among other things. I really like the team’s level of commitment, excellent disposition and extensive knowledge. I would recommend this firm in every way.

I would especially like to highlight Cristián Herrera (partner), who stands out for being an excellent lawyer with knowledge in different areas of law, which allows him, within the framework of the development of the projects in which he has advised me, to have the complete picture.

Key clients

Rio Tinto

ATCO

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Minera Ricardo Resources

Solaris Copper

Metro de Santiago

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group

TMT Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 11-strong TMT group is best known for assisting international and local IT, telecoms, media and internet companies with their investments in local companies, joint ventures, transactional IP and litigation. It also advises on the regulatory aspects of IT and media projects, as well as data processing, large infrastructure projects with technological components, and related corporate matters. Rodrigo Lavados and Francisco J Illanes head the technology, privacy and media group, while Raimundo Moreno specialises in contentious matters. Key support is provided by senior associate Felipe Fernández, who moved over from the firm's IP wing, Sargent & Krahn in January 2019.

Key clients

Turner Broadcasting

Acceso TV

Amazon

Google

Redbanc

Comscore

Nokia

Polla Chilena de Beneficencia

Chilevisión

IBM

KPMG

Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' insolvency team leverages off the firm's expertise in contentious proceedings, financial restructuring, taxation and white-collar crime, as well as its significant relationships with Chile's main banks and financial institutions. The partners to note are Raimundo Moreno, who is regularly involved in landmark reorganisations and liquidation proceedings, including pre-judicial negotiations during financial distress situations; and Fernando Urrutia, an expert in insolvency-related proceedings, including litigation and national and international arbitration.

Key clients

Banmédica Group

Automotores Gildemeister

Finameris Servicios Financieros

Capital markets Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a 12-strong department that is led by experienced partners Francisco J Illanes, Rodrigo Sepúlveda and Juan Antonio Parodi. The group advises investment banks and financial advisers, investors and issuers on the private and public debt and equity offering of securities in both Chile and abroad, including IPOs and private placements. Notable support is provided at associate level by Sergio Balharry, Marco Antonio Aravena and Florencia Grez.

Testimonials

They are very available and are committed; they also provide quick responses and keep their clients informed. The lawyers are also very decisive and orderly. I think these are the main differentiators with some competitors.’

Key clients

Joyvio

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

DNB Markets

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro

Banchile

Automotores Gildemeister

Nordic Trustee

Enel Generación Chile

Enel Chile

Banco Ripley

Principal Financial Group

Inversiones Transfield Services (Chile) Holdings

Ripley

Enel

Credit Suisse Securities

Compliance Tier 3

The four-strong team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is experienced in advising both on the prevention of - or response to - criminal and administrative infractions, such as internal frauds, prosecuting authorities' interrogations and defrauding of third parties; it also assists with compliance models. Clients benefit from the practice working in conjunction with the firm's tax, IP, labour, regulatory and litigation departments, as well as particular sector expertise in food, medical devices, IT, transport and mining. Advising on compliance, criminal liability and associated litigation and arbitration, Jorge Boldt is the key contact.

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Testimonials

They stand out for being one of the most prestigious firms in this area and for providing advice that adds value to the business.’

Cariola’s compliance team stands out for its availability to provide legal advice in a timely and efficient manner, adding value to the business, performing adequate case management and providing tools to the company’s internal legal teams.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Chile

Braun

Medtronic

Enel

KPMG

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 17-strong team regularly handles litigation involving environmental, regulatory, energy, mining, securities and tax-related disputes, along with construction, insurance, tort, competition and consumer protection claims. Compliance and white-collar crime are areas of recent growth for the firm. Seasoned practitioner Florencio Bernales leads the disputes team; a contentious all-rounder, he handles both litigation and arbitration. Fellow partner Raimundo Moreno (civil litigation and arbitration), Fernando Urrutia (particularly construction cases and insolvency proceedings), and Jorge Boldt (complex litigation, arbitration, corporate investigations and criminal compliance) are the other key contacts. A strong second tier includes senior associates José Ignacio Azar, José Manuel Donoso and Trinidad Torres.

Testimonials

Working with this firm gives me peace of mind that they will do an excellent job and defend the interests of the entity I represent in the best ways. They have a lot of knowledge in their area and contribute to the solution of  problems in a very adequate way (unlike other firms that make matters more complex), with great negotiation skills in reaching agreements. They maintain an excellent level of communication with the client, which allows for working in a very co-ordinated way.

Excellent level of communication with the client. Great theoretical, practical and jurisprudence knowledge of subjects, which gives a lot of peace of mind. They are facilitators of agreements and search for solutions, and provide  dedication, knowledge and speed.

The firm has a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers. Issues that affect clients can be addressed in depth with specialists from each area. They are effective and quick to visualise all aspects of cases.

They always act with strict adherence to ethics and morals. In this, they differ from many other law firms that base their practices on aggressiveness and intimidation, without due knowledge. They also have a number of highly qualified attorneys who form a critical mass, which allows them to keep all their cases up to date and with adequate knowledge of each case.

The lawyers of the firm are noted for their professionalism and ethics and are morally outstanding, with important connections in the political, business and legal world.

Its great asset is being focused on adherence to the law and good practices.’

They understand in depth their clients’ businesses and can advise on creative and intelligent solutions. They have also developed wide experience in arbitration and the resolution of economic and legal conflicts between partners.

Partners Fernando Urrutia and Florencio Bernales are recognised for being firm, professional and of good judgement, both in legal and commercial aspects.

Key clients

KPMG (Chile)

Larraín Vial Corredora de Bolsa

Enel

Summer Walker Tompkins

Ripley

Soprole

Google

BHP Billiton

IBM Chile

Banmédica & Vida Tres

Sandvik

Sodexo Alliance

Enex

Insurance Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos's insurance group regularly acts for large industrial and commercial clients in claims against insurance companies, particularly in relation to insurance policies that cover construction, mining projects, commercial stores and distribution centres. The practice also assists with reviewing insurance policies, negotiations with insurance and reinsurance companies, developing new business, and regulatory requirements. Florencio Bernales leads the insurance group, which also fields experienced partner Raimundo Moreno and Tomás Vidal, who was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Testimonials

The team is solid. They are professionals from different disciplines, which means the final product is of high quality.

They are always looking to help the client achieve its legal and commercial objectives.

They are a good business partner.

Key clients

Ripley Corp

Banco Ripley

Chubb Group Holdings

Marsh

Guy Carpenter & Company Corredores de Reaseguros

Maersk Chile

Banmédica

Vida Tres

Public law Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' public law expertise traditionally focused on heavily regulated industries, such as gas distribution, energy generation, transmission and distribution, the water industry and telecoms. Of late, the practice has expanded to cover administrative procedure-related constitutional actions involving securities and food and beverage regulations, as well as education. The five-strong regulatory law department, which includes members of the environmental, energy, utilities and administrative law practices, is led by Gonzalo Jiménez. However, experienced counsel Carolina Helfmann  (constitutional, environmental and regulatory law), left the firm in December 2019.

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Key clients

BHP Billiton

SGS

Dufry Group

Aldeasa Chile

Larraín Vial

IBM Chile

Allergan

ATCO

Soprole

Polla Chilena de Beneficencia

Inmobiliaria ISA

Venture capital Tier 3

The venture capital sphere is a sector that Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has developed relatively recently, leveraging off its expertise in related legal areas, such as new technologies, IP, data privacy, and corporate and finance law. Seeking to assist clients from idea-inception through to the generation of successful ventures, the practice advises entrepreneurs and emerging private companies on each growth stage, corporate governance, and long-term service agreements. Rodrigo Lavados heads the firm’s IP, technology, privacy, start-up and VC teams, which include experienced associate Ernesto Eckholt.

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Key clients

WeWork

Datamart

Desert Point

Tax Tier 4

The five-member team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has been particularly active, recently, in tax dispute matters, including audit procedures, as well as representing clients  proposing amendments to Chile's recent tax reform bill. The practice also advises local and international clients on a daily basis, and assists with the tax structuring of M&A and finance deals. A partner since 2018, and recently appointed director of the International Fiscal Association's Chilean branch, Javier Cerón leads the tax practice. The practice group was strengthened in November 2019 with the arrival of semi-senior María Paz De Carcer from Pereira Covarrubias Montes Abogados.

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Testimonials

Cariola… but especially Javier Cerón, who is a lawyer very committed to the objectives of IBM, quick to respond and with a general point of view of the business and the expected solution. Compared to other firms, they provide a personalized and superior service.

Availability, quick response, finished technical knowledge. Javier Cerón is an outstanding partner and Brian Bustos is a committed and efficient associate.

Key clients

Banmédica

IBM

Rabobank

DNB Nor Bank

Rio Tinto

Soprole

Pontificia Universidad Católica

Coca Cola

Automatic Data Processing

Turner Broadcasting

Metro

Electricity/oil and gas

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' eight-member department has longstanding experience in advising on greenfield thermal power plants in Chile. It also acts for mining companies and industrial clients, which demand large blocks of energy through PPAs, and assists developers with the bidding process for the sale of energy and capacity. Gonzalo Jiménez heads the department, which includes Sergio Díez (focusing on wind farms and greenfield projects), Martín Astorga – who assists with the environmental side of energy projects – and associate Verónica Cuadra (on electricity regulations).

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Key clients

ATCO

EPM

Soprole

Vidrios Lirquén

Metro de Santiago

Enel

BHP Billiton

Stericycle

BO Paper

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos (Cariola) is Chile’s leading law firm with 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 it’s areas of practice: general corporate; mergers and acquisitions; mining and natural resources; environmental; banking, finance, project finance and capital markets; constitutional law; regulatory law; tax; antitrust and competition; labor, social security and immigration; litigation and arbitration; white-collar and compliance; energy (hydro, solar, wind, biomass, thermal, geothermal); oil and gas; transportation and infrastructure; technology, privacy and media; hotels, resorts and casinos; aquaculture and fisheries; intellectual property; real estate and urban development; insurance; insolvency; family offices and holdings.

The firm has at least one partner in charge of an assigned case, leading a team of associate lawyers and specialized attorneys who provide the best solution across all areas of law. 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 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 counsel 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-Pacific practice has increased its presence in Asia-Pacific, especially in China, by organizing and participating in seminars and conferences in China and establishing contacts with Chinese authorities, chambers of commerce and other social and business organizations. In our client portfolio we are proud to have several Chinese companies, both state-owned and private, engaged in sectors of business such as mining, agroindustry, automotive, industrial and heavy machinery. In order to consolidate our relationship with Asian investors, our firm has created the Asia-Pacific practice through which we are prepared to conduct all the China- and Asia-Pacific-related transactions handled by our firm and to provide specialized services to our clients.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust / Competition Juan Cristóbal Gumucio jcgumucio@cariola.cl +562 2368 3559
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Francisco J. Illanes fjillanes@cariola.cl +562 2360 4040
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Rodrigo Sepúlveda rsepulveda@cariola.cl +562 2360 4042
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Juan Antonio Parodi jparodi@cariola.cl +562 2360 4048
Corporate and M&A Francisco J. Illanes fjillanes@cariola.cl +562 2360 4040
Corporate and M&A José Luis Letelier jletelier@cariola.cl +562 2368 3588
Corporate and M&A Sergio Díez sdiez@cariola.cl +562 2368 3583
Corporate and M&A Carlos Pérez-Cotapos cperez-cotapos@cariola.cl +562 2368 3591
Corporate and M&A Gerardo Varela gvarela@cariola.cl +562 2368 3585
Corporate and M&A Juan Pablo Matus jpmatus@cariola.cl +562 2368 3588
Corporate and M&A Cristián Herrera cherrera@cariola.cl +562 2368 3596
Corporate and M&A Gonzalo Grez ggrez@cariola.cl +562 2368 3591
Corporate and M&A Tomás Vidal tvidal@cariola.cl +562 2655 6078
Corporate and M&A Andrea Saffie asaffie@cariola.cl +562 2368 3578
Energy Gonzalo Jiménez gjimenez@cariola.cl +562 2360 4047
Energy Sergio Díez sdiez@cariola.cl +562 2368 3583
Environmental Gonzalo Jiménez gjimenez@cariola.cl +562 2360 4047
Environmental Martín Astorga mastorga@cariola.cl +562 2360 4047
Intellectual Property Alfredo Montaner amontaner@cariola.cl +562 2368 3557
Intellectual Property Juan Pablo Egaña jpegana@cariola.cl +562 2368 3554
Intellectual Property Rodrigo Lavados rlavados@cariola.cl +562 2368 3557
Intellectual Property Eduardo Lobos elobos@cariola.cl +562 2360 4038
Litigation and Arbitration Florencio Bernales fbernales@cariola.cl +562 2360 4006
Litigation and Arbitration Fernando Urrutia furrutia@cariola.cl +562 2655 6006
Litigation and Arbitration Raimundo Moreno rmoreno@cariola.cl +562 2360 4006
Litigation and Arbitration Jorge Boldt jboldt@cariola.cl +562 2655 6006
Labor Law, Social Security and Immigration Ricardo Tisi rtisi@cariola.cl +562 2360 4028
Mining and Natural Resources Carlos Pérez-Cotapos cperez-cotapos@cariola.cl +562 2368 3591
Mining and Natural Resources Gonzalo Grez ggrez@cariola.cl +562 2368 3591
Real Estate and Urban Development Juan Pablo Matus jpmatus@cariola.cl +562 2368 3588
Real Estate and Urban Development Tomás Vidal tvidal@cariola.cl +562 2655 6078
Taxation Javier Cerón jceron@cariola.cl +562 2360 4028
White Collar and Compliance Jorge Boldt jboldt@cariola.cl +562 2655 6006
Photo Name Position Profile
 Martín Astorga photo Martín Astorga Partner – Environmental and Regulatory Law
Mr Florencio Bernales  photo Mr Florencio Bernales Partner – Litigation and Arbitration
Mr Jorge Boldt  photo Mr Jorge Boldt Partner – Litigation and Arbitration / White Collar and Compliance
 Javier Cerón photo Javier Cerón Partner – Taxation
 Sergio Díez photo Sergio Díez Partner – Corporate, M&A, energy, fisheries and aquaculture, Asia-Pacific, hotels, resorts and…
Mr Juan Pablo Egaña  photo Mr Juan Pablo Egaña Partner at Sargent & Krahn (Our IP sister firm) – Intellectual Property
Mr Gonzalo Grez  photo Mr Gonzalo Grez Partner – Mining and Natural Resources, Project Development and Communities, Corporate and…
 Juan Cristóbal Gumucio photo Juan Cristóbal Gumucio Partner – Competition / Antitrust
 Cristián Herrera photo Cristián Herrera Partner – Corporate, M&A, Foreign Investment and Infrastructure.
Mr Francisco J Illanes  photo Mr Francisco J Illanes Senior Partner  – Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Technology, Privacy…
 Gonzalo Jiménez photo Gonzalo Jiménez Partner – Energy, Environmental and Regulatory law.
Mr Rodrigo Lavados  photo Mr Rodrigo Lavados Partner – Intellectual Property, Technology, Privacy and Media.
 José Luis Letelier photo José Luis Letelier Partner – Corporate /Mergers and Acquisitions/Foreign Investment
Mr Eduardo Lobos  photo Mr Eduardo Lobos Partner at Sargent & Krahn (Our IP sister firm) – Intellectual Property
Mr Juan Pablo Matus  photo Mr Juan Pablo Matus Managing Partner – Corporate and M&A and Real Estate and Urban Development.
Mr Alfredo Montaner  photo Mr Alfredo Montaner Partner at Sargent & Krahn (Our IP sister firm) – Intellectual Property
Mr Raimundo Moreno  photo Mr Raimundo Moreno Partner – Litigation and Arbitration
Mr Juan Antonio Parodi  photo Mr Juan Antonio Parodi Partner – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
 Carlos Pérez-Cotapos photo Carlos Pérez-Cotapos Partner – Mining and Natural Resources,Projects, Energy, Corporate and M&A.
Ms Andrea  Saffie photo Ms Andrea Saffie Partner – Corporate, M&A, Family Offices and Holdings and Foreign Investment
 Rodrigo Sepúlveda photo Rodrigo Sepúlveda Partner – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Securities and Foreign Investment.
Mr Ricardo Tisi  photo Mr Ricardo Tisi Partner – Labor Law, Social Security and Immigration.
Mr Fernando Urrutia  photo Mr Fernando Urrutia Partner – Litigation and Arbitration
Mr Gerardo Varela  photo Mr Gerardo Varela Partner – Corporate, M&A, Family offices and Holdings
Sr Tomás Vidal photo Sr Tomás Vidal Partner – Corporate, M&A, Real Estate and Urban Planning and Insurance
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