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

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

Chile > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' hefty 48-strong department is consistently sought out for its expertise in joint venture, private equity and venture capital deals; the acquisition of private and public companies (at both domestic and cross-border levels); complex corporate mergers and spin-offs; and corporate restructuring transactions (with and without change of control). The full-service practice showcases several experienced partners, including Francisco J Illanes (M&A, restructuring and shareholder agreements); corporate law and contracts specialist Sergio DíezCristián Herrera (corporate law, foreign investment and securities regulations); and Andrea Saffie (partner as of 2020); both she and Gerardo Varela are 'notable for their knowledge of M&A and corporate matters'. Also integral to the team are corporate, commercial, real estate and M&A expert Juan Pablo Matus; mining specialist Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; recently promoted corporate and real estate partner Tomás Vidal; José Luis Letelier, who has over 30 years' business and corporate law, M&A and foreign investment experience; co-head of the natural resources and mining group Gonzalo Grez; and highly experienced senior counsel Sebastián Obach. Further key support is provided by senior associates María Francisca Salas, whose broad practice includes advice on fishing and aquaculture, energy and health issues, and M&A adviser Sergio Balharry. Former partner Pedro Lluch left for EY Law in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Letelier; Francisco J Illanes; Sergio Díez; Gerardo Varela; Cristián Herrera; Juan Pablo Matus; Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Gonzalo Grez; Andrea Saffie; Tomás Vidal; Sebastián Obach

Testimonials

There is great commitment from the lawyers to the work and they understand clients’ needs perfectly.

Total involvement in the client’s company, beyond the specific legal needs, to understand how it works and the environment, so as to provide complete solutions.

Knowledge of various specialities and the client’s business. Without a doubt, expert lawyers in their fields with great professional capacity – additionally, they are great people!

An excellent team, with the right perception of clients’ needs and the ability to work as a business partner with the internal legal team.

Cariola has a great corporate team and is generally at the top of our list for transactions in Chile. What distinguishes Cariola is its practical and realistic vision of matters, and it is the quality of the service and the precision of the advice that make them stand out.

Very good lawyers with deep knowledge of the industry, and very clever in business matters. I really like their practical advice, which comes with commercial vision.

Multidisciplinary team with excellent lawyers in all areas. In M&A, their dedication and availability to give priority attention to our affairs stand out.

Juan Pablo Matus is a highly experienced partner, and Gerardo Varela and Andrea Saffie are both notable for their knowledge of M&A and corporate matters.

Key clients

Sandvik

Transtelco

Maderas Arauco

Banmedica

ATCO Group

Empresas Gasco

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Cognita Schools

Empresas Soprole

Enel

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

With longstanding mining sector expertise, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' seven-member department fields a 'highly skilled and experienced team for all mining-related legal issues'; the practice assists a vast array of international and local clients with mining companies' M&A deals, worksite closures, and the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects. Recent highlights include advising Bergbau Wagen on a lease agreement executed with Sierra Atacama, which concerned 64 exploitation mining concessions for the Sierra Miranda Project in Mejillones. The team's principal practitioner is the 'excellentCarlos Pérez-Cotapos, who consistently leads work teams on foreign mining investment projects, mining-related M&A and related financings. His fellow partner, Gonzalo Grez, has particular contracts expertise, including mining hi-tech agreements and other sub-sectors involving the mining chain, communities, land access and cross-border transactions. Senior associates Cristóbal Herrera and Manuela Noguera, along with associates Patricio Turner and María Belén Fuenzalida, all handle mining and natural resources law work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Gonzalo Grez

Testimonials

Highly skilled and experienced team for all mining-related legal issues.

Well connected, and with a sense of the needs of both local and international clients.

Great for availability and superior advice.

Good team with practical experience for mining transactions.

We feel supported every step of the way. Apart from the “to-be-expected” skills of a legal adviser, the practice’s availability and negotiation skills make Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and his team a valuable asset for our company.

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos has been an excellent legal adviser over the years.

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and senior associate Cristóbal Herrera are both excellent.

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Newmont

NuevaUnión

Hudbay Minerals

Franco-Nevada

Norte Abierto

BHP

Minera Ricardo Resources

Trimetals

Moly-Cop

LS Nikko

Planta Recuperadora de Metales

Potash Dragon

Boart Longyear

Newcrest Mining

Solaris Copper

Silver Standard

Milpo

JSW Steel

Lumina Capital

Minera Cordillera

Gold Fields

Chile > Real estate Tier 1

'A great asset when looking for real expertise', the eight-strong department at full-service Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is 'second to none' in the Chilean market for its advice on major real estate M&A deals, including the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings, and utilities' real estate assets. It is also highly experienced in major projects involving industrial plants, shopping malls and large IT premises, and consistently sought out for its assistance with urbanism and territorial development-related regulations, long-term lease agreements, and construction issues involving industrial, commercial and energy projects. Juan Pablo Matus, whose broad practice includes major real estate projects is 'an excellent lawyer and negotiator'; and promoted to partner in 2020, the 'very responsive' Tomás Vidal's 'substantive experience' includes advising foreign funds on the acquisition of office buildings in Chile and the management of condominiums. At associate level, the practices of Mónica Pavez and Daniela Fierro include real estate assistance to local and foreign companies.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Matus; Tomás Vidal

Testimonials

Cariola’s expertise in M&A and real estate matters in Chile is second to none.

All of their attorneys are highly educated and have worked on several of the largest and most sophisticated deals in the country, which makes them a great asset when looking for real expertise.

Juan Pablo Matus is an excellent lawyer and negotiator.

Tomás Vidal is very responsive, has substantive experience and is very well organised. He is also a good communicator and does a great job at identifying high-risk/high-importance points (business and commercial), and separating them from less relevant issues during diligence/negotiations.

Key clients

Ripley Corp

Banco Ripley

Container Operators (Contopsa)

Maersk Container Industry

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group

Levi Strauss

WeWork

Chile > Banking and finance Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' ten-member banking and finance practice focuses on structuring cross-border loans, inclusive of tax analysis. Other areas of strength are project finance involving the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors; acquisition and corporate financings; corporations' restructurings; secured financing for agriculture producers and fish farming operations; and derivatives and trade finance. The team also maintains a robust regulatory practice. The departmental co-heads are Francisco Illanes, whose broad practice includes restructuring and creditor agreements; Rodrigo Sepúlveda (project finance and syndicated loans); and Juan Antonio Parodi, who assists with finance structuring, establishing guarantees, negotiating loan documents and project finance. Among the associate ranks, senior Sergio Balharry and intermediate Cristóbal Morales are noted. However, senior Florencia Grez moved to MBC Abogados in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Illanes; Rodrigo Sepúlveda; Juan Antonio Parodi

Testimonials

The team, led by Juan Antonio Parodi, is of a very high technical standard and very available to its clients.

When they work for a client’s company, they act as if the company were their own.

Key clients

DNB Bank

Rabobank

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Inter-American Development Bank

Esmax Distribución

UniCredit Bank

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social

Itaú Corpbanca

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Scotiabank Chile

Soltec Energías Renovables

BHP (Minera Escondida)

Chile > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 11-member practice has substantial experience in merger control matters, as well as notable strengths in cartel and abuse of dominance cases. It also has particular retail industry expertise as a result of the firm's large base of consumer goods clients, while -leveraging the firm's strong IP practice- the department has also developed expertise in the interplay between competition law and IP rights. Practice head Juan Cristóbal Gumucio, whose 'knowledge and business-oriented approach are impressive', assists with merger control, cartels and unilateral conduct, and compliance programmes. The associates to note are Camila Rojas, who has a 'great future in antitrust' and focuses on merger controls; and Catalina González who handles merger control and compliance matters. However, former partner Pedro Lluch and associate Elías Astudillo moved to EY Law in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Juan Cristóbal Gumucio

Testimonials

Very deep knowledge of the rules regulating antitrust law.’

The antitrust team is excellent and they manage to understand clients’ operations in detail – totally recommended!

A highly specialised team in this field and very competitive in relation to other firms that work in free competition.

Accredited experience in processing not only judicial, but also administrative matters before Chile’s FNE.

What makes it unique is the professionalism and dedication of its lawyers; they are dedicated to this branch of law, and maintain direct and permanent contact with the client until the matter is fully closed.

What differentiates them from other lawyers is that they are always up to date with the current regulations on competition and antitrust, as well as having extensive experience in cases and trials, which allows them to give answers that are not only theoretical, but based on jurisprudence.

Juan Cristóbal Gumucio is an excellent lawyer, whose knowledge and business-oriented approach are impressive.

Associate Camila Rojas has proven to be very competent in this area and very committed to clients; she has a great future in antitrust.

Key clients

Unilever

WarnerMedia

Turner

Fonterra

Soprole

The Coca-Cola Company

American Airlines

Maxximiza

Iansa

Ripley

AZA

GNL Chile

Praxair

Global Group

SONACOL

Santillana

Banmédica

Nutreco

Maersk

Cámara Innovación Farmacéutica

Quillayes

Surlat

Ole Communications

Acceso y TV

Caja Compensacion Los Andes

Enel Green Power

Chile > Consumer and advertising law Tier 2

Regularly advising major advertisers such as Cencosud, Coca-Cola and Soprole, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' five-member group also frequently finds itself at the forefront of litigation and advisory work in relation to new labelling requirements for food products. In addition, the practice is recognised by the market for its successful track record before the Self-Regulating Advertising Board (CONAR); on the consumer side, it acts in consumer claims for Google. Leading the department is Rodrigo Lavados, who also heads the firm's tech, media and privacy group. Likewise key to the team is competition law head Juan Cristóbal Gumucio, whose broad experience includes pro-bono advice to different trade associations on consumer protection legislation amendments. At senior associate level, Felipe Fernández regularly works on consumer and advertising matters, while associate Gabriel Pensa's practice includes advertising ethics and consumer protection, along with food labelling and advertising.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Lavados

Testimonials

Highly professional.

Undoubtedly lawyers trained at the best universities, not only in Chile but in the world.

Lawyers prepared at the highest level and with a lot of experience.

Key clients

Soprole

Cencosud

Coca-Cola

Kellogg’s

Ferrero

Google

Arauco

Banco Bice

Medtronic

Canal 13

NFL

Chile > Data privacy Tier 2

Extremely focused on data privacy matters, the six-strong practice at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is 'fully up to date with international standards'; and in 2019, the firm entered into an alliance with the Chilean branch of 'Big Four' professional services network KPMG, so as to facilitate data protection-related legal, compliance and audit services. A member of the data privacy expert board at the Confederation of Production and Commerce, Rodrigo Lavados (who also works on IP matters) leads the firm's technology, privacy and media group. At senior associate level, Felipe Fernández advises clients such as Google, Coopeuch and IBM (on a daily basis) regarding data privacy matters, while Gabriel Pensa's practice also includes data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Lavados

Testimonials

They are very up to date with the regulations and the most relevant cases.

Cariola’s data privacy team has mastery not only of the legal side, but is fully trained to understand the challenges arising from technological advancement.

Comprehensive vision, capacity for collaboration with other disciplines, and strategic perspective based on strong legal and technical knowledge.

Fully up to date with international standards.

Rodrigo Lavados stands out both for his knowledge of matters and his way of working, which means he is very pleasant to work with.

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

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Composed of 'highly-trained trial lawyers', Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' diverse and inclusive 18-strong team has an impressive litigation track-record in relation to environment law, energy, mining, securities and tax, along with construction and insurance cases, competition matters, consumer protection and class action defences. Veteran practitioner and head of litigation, Florencio Bernales 'works very hard to have the best strategy'. He is flanked by fellow partners Fernando Urrutia, an expert in construction cases and insolvency-related proceedings; Raimundo Moreno, a civil litigation and arbitration specialist; and Jorge Boldt, who heads the white-collar and compliance practices. Notable senior associates include José Ignacio Azar (formerly a foreign attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) and Trinidad Torres, who regularly acts alongside Bernales. (Former litigation associate José Manuel Donoso has moved to the firm's corporate and competition departments).

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

We choose them for the extremely complex cases.

A team of excellent professionals, solidly trained, capable, and with an easy and pleasant manner.

They have very good legal training and a great understanding of the client’s needs.

The Cariola law firm has highly trained trial lawyers, both in knowledge of the regulations and in research matters, which they express in a very correct and satisfactory way in each of the disputes for which they are hired.

They deliver very accurate and fast information.

Renowned lawyers in litigation matters, such as Florencio Bernales, Jorge Boldt and senior associate Trinidad Torres, who are always willing to align the interests of the client with those of a solid defence and strategy.

We had a very good experience with Florencio Bernales, who works very hard to have the best strategy – and obtains results.

Florencio Bernales is an excellent litigator.

Key clients

KPMG Chile

Larraín Vial (Corredora de Bolsa)

Enel Group

Summer Walker Tompkins

Ripley

Soprole

Google

BHP Billiton

IBM Chile

Banmédica

Vida Tres

Empresa Nacional de Energía

adidas Chile

Forestal Arauco

Toronto Capital Group

Sandvik Chile

Chile > Environment Tier 2

The five-member department at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is well known for its environmental law advice on the development of industrial and telecoms facilities. Recent work includes assisting with environmental assessment requirements, defending environmental permits and environmental damage claims, along with transactional due diligence and regulatory matters. The practice is co-lead by Martín Astorga, who specialises in natural resources, water law, atmospheric emissions, EIA matters and territorial planning; and energy, environmental and regulatory expert Gonzalo Jiménez, who also leads the firm's regulatory law practice. Key associate assistance comes from senior, Verónica Cuadra.

Practice head(s):

Martín Astorga; Gonzalo Jiménez

Testimonials

Its experience in environmental issues is very evident.

Excellent criteria when defining courses of action before the authorities.

Without a doubt, lawyers with a significant level of specialisation and knowledge of multiple complementary subjects.

Great experience and preparation.

The availability and attention received from Martín Astorga stands out.

Key clients

Esmax

IBM

Soprole

Prolesur

Junta de Vigilancia de la Primera Sección del Río Aconcagua

Vidrios Lirquén

IANSA

Nutrecco

Medtronic

ATCO

B Braun Medical

Enex

Enel

Contopsa

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 2

Chilean member-firm of the L&E Global employers’ counsel alliance, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ five-member department is well known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration and the labour issues surrounding company restructurings; it also has substantial experience in compensation packages, stock options plans and the tax aspects of labour benefits; it is also increasingly active in litigation. The team is particularly active in the retail, mining, IT, aviation, mass consumer products, manufacturing and technology sectors; notably, it has also developed a labour-related data privacy practice. Practice head Ricardo Tisi focuses on advising companies on labour, social security and immigration matters, with associate-level support provided by Bárbara Zlatar, Sebastián Krebs, Josefina Rivera and Teresita Melero, the latter joining from the firm’s civil, corporate and commercial law department in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Tisi; Bárbara Zlatar

Testimonials

Without a doubt, these are lawyers who are very prepared and experienced.

Ability to provide advice on multiple issues.

Great experience and with a lot of capacity.

Practical and reasonable solutions.

Great for their ability to respond to business requirements, which makes them extremely efficient.

Ricardo Tisi provides strong leadership.

Key clients

IBM de Chile

Adidas

Forever 21

Ripley

Coca Cola

Soprole

Fonterra

Coexpan

International Paper Cartones

Levi’s

Pontificia UC

Grupotec

Hasbro Latin America

Chile > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Fielding seven partners, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' large practice is consistently sought out for major energy and mining projects, as well as for its assistance with significant infrastructure and real estate work. In energy projects, the group's expertise includes greenfield matters, while in projects and infrastructure it acts for a diverse range of entities, including multinational mining companies and industrial clients. The principal figures are Carlos Pérez-Cotapos (foreign investment projects); managing partner Juan Pablo Matus, whose broad practice includes real estate and infrastructure projects; M&A specialist Cristián Herrera; natural resources and mining co-head Gonzalo Grez; regulatory law department head Gonzalo Jiménez; and Rodrigo Sepúlveda, whose broad practice includes project finance. Growth in the department includes the elevation of Tomás Vidal (commercial, corporate and real estate advice) to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Juan Pablo Matus; Cristián Herrera; Gonzalo Grez; Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda; Tomás Vidal

Key clients

Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group

Compañía Minera Cordillera Chile

Bergbau Wagen

Chile > TMT Tier 2

Known for its strong technology background, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 14-member group consistently assists major IT, telecoms, media and internet companies with their investments, joint ventures, transactional IP and litigation; it also has a robust regulatory practice in relation to IT and media projects, and is well known for its expertise in data processing, and large infrastructure projects involving technology components and corporate issues. Rodrigo Lavados (who also works on IP matters) leads the technology, privacy and media group alongside Francisco Illanes, who also heads the financial, banking and capital markets department. Additionally integral to the group are litigation and arbitration specialist Raimundo Moreno and banking and finance expert Juan Antonio Parodi. The department houses several associates, including Felipe Fernández, Gabriel Pensa and Cristóbal Morales.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Lavados; Francisco Illanes; Raimundo Moreno; Juan Antonio Parodi

Key clients

Turner Broadcasting

Acceso TV

Amazon

Google

Redbanc

Comscore

Nokia

Polla Chilena de Beneficencia

Chilevision (Television Broadcasting Company)

IBM

Chile > Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Enjoying excellent relationships with major local banks and financial institutions, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' seven-strong insolvency department draws upon the expertise of in-house bankruptcy proceedings specialists, along with financial restructuring, tax and labour law practitioners, litigators, and white-collar crime experts. The co-practice heads are Raimundo Moreno, whose experience includes several reorganisation and liquidation proceedings (including pre-judicial negotiations in financial distress situations); and Fernando Urrutia who 'gets directly involved' and whose complex litigation practice includes reorganisations and bankruptcy. At associate level, José Pedro Villablanca and José Miguel Flores are key practice members from the litigation and arbitration department, while Sergio Balharry is active on the banking, finance, capital markets and corporate/M&A side.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Moreno; Fernando Urrutia

Testimonials

Cariola’s attorneys have demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience in corporate liquidation and bankruptcy issues.

Cariola’s insolvency team is made up of lawyers who are very solid in their knowledge of both procedures and how to act before the courts.

A very complete team with both young lawyers (including women in the team, which is not very frequent) and seniors who are very prepared; and the partner with whom we work is personally involved in all cases.

Fernando Urrutia stands out for both his theoretical knowledge of liquidation processes and how they are handled in court.

Fernando Urrutia gets directly involved, which gives a lot of confidence to the client, not only because of the solid knowledge transmitted but also because of the strategies discussed and explained to the client – this is highly valued.

Key clients

Banmédica Group

Finameris Servicios Financieros

Banco de Chile

B Braun Medical

Sandvik

Automotores Gildemeister

IBM

Clear Springs

Chile > Capital markets Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos fields a 10-strong team that assists investment banks, financial advisers, investors and issuers with private and public debt and equity securities offerings in both Chile and abroad, including IPOs, 144As, Reg S work and private placements. The practice co-heads are the widely respected partners Francisco J Illanes (M&A, banking and finance, capital markets and telecoms); Rodrigo Sepúlveda (issuance of debt and capital instruments, syndicated loans and other financial transactions); and Juan Antonio Parodi (securities issuances). Key associate support comes from, senior Sergio Balharry; however, former senior associates Marco Antonio Aravena and Florencia Grez moved to Mercado Libre and MBC Abogados, in January and June 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Illanes; Rodrigo Sepúlveda; Juan Antonio Parodi

Key clients

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 Corp

Enel

Credit Suisse Securities

Banvida

Esmax Distribución

Rentas e Inversiones Baker

Chile > Compliance Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' multi-disciplinary, four-member team consistently works alongside the firm's tax, IP, labour, regulatory and litigation departments. Representative work includes advising on the prevention of (or response to) criminal and administrative infringements, in relation to internal fraud, prosecuting authorities' interrogations, and the defrauding of third parties; the practice also assists with the implementation and monitoring of compliance models. In addition to heading the firm's white-collar practice, the 'highly recommendedJorge Boldt (a partner since 2018) is the lead compliance adviser; key support is provided by associate Lorena Avendaño.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

Great knowledge of various matters that can cause risks and losses to  companies.

Undoubtedly highly trained people.

Jorge Boldt is highly recommended and has great availability.

Jorge Boldt is great for his handling of various matters that help reduce risks, and he provides fast and reliable solutions.

Key clients

B Braun

BHP

Coca-Cola

Medtronic

Soprole

Maersk

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Arbitration work represents approximately 60% of the work conducted by Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 'outstanding' dispute resolution department. The 18-strong team (including two partners who are listed as CAM Santiago arbitrators) has longstanding experience in complex arbitration concerning international infrastructure disputes, mining company-related energy supply contracts, and shareholder disputes, among other matters. The practice has four co-heads: litigation head Florencio Bernales, who undertakes arbitration in addition to his national and international litigation caseload; construction and insolvency expert Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno, whose experience includes ICSID investment arbitrations; and business litigation and arbitration specialist Jorge Boldt. Key support comes from senior associates José Ignacio Azar and Trinidad Torres.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Fernando Urrutia; Raimundo Moreno; Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

Cariola’s legal team is outstanding; they have the internal analytical capacity to pre-empt scenarios and alternative courses of action during disputes.

They always surprise me, as the results are so good.

Its strong point is having a large and consolidated team with extensive legal experience.

They are capable of covering many and varied areas of litigation simultaneously – and with excellent results.

Correct strategy for each case and the correct initial evaluations of cases, which are then ratified by the resolutions of the arbitrator at each stage of the arbitration.

Florencio Bernales has great experience in complex litigation.

Fernando Urrutia’s skills are his commitment to the client’s cause.

Associate Trinidad Torres has, in a short time, shown great ability in this area.’

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Minera Escondida

Minera Spence

Sandvik

Planta Recuperadora de Metales

Sodexo Alliance

Enex

Loomis

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Cognita Chile

Chile > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime Tier 3

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' 'high-quality, multidisciplinary team is constantly up to date with trends and legal changes'. The firm's white-collar practice is firmly intertwined with the compliance practice, consistently advising on criminal matters and administrative infringements, including internal fraud and prosecuting authorities' investigations. In addition to his broad arbitration and litigation practice, the 'very remarkable lawyer', Jorge Boldt, heads the firm's white-collar group.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Boldt

Testimonials

Lawyers with quick and efficient responses, which allow coverage of all risk scenarios.

They are always available and give answers that leave you calm about the risks.

Reliable in their comments with accurate appraisals.

High-quality, multidisciplinary team that is constantly up to date with trends and legal changes.

Excellent use of resources without compromising quality.

Jorge Boldt is a very remarkable lawyer.

Key clients

Connors

Ripley

Honda

Lego

Chile > Public law Tier 3

Full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has longstanding public law expertise that is historically geared towards heavily regulated industries, such as gas distribution, energy generation, transmission and distribution, water regulations and telecoms. The practice has also expanded to cover administrative procedure-related constitutional actions in areas such as securities and food and beverage regulations, and education. The five-strong department, which covers regulatory law (including administrative/constitutional law and energy and environmental law), is co-led by Gonzalo Jiménez, whose experience includes advising electricity consumption companies on tender processes; and environmental and regulatory law expert Martín Astorga, whose practice includes sanctions proceedings. Senior associate Verónica Cuadra, along with associates Miguel Ortiz and Raúl Alvarez, complete the team.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Jiménez; Martín Astorga

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Ripley

Dufry Group – Aldeasa Chile

Banco Estado

IBM Chile

B Braun

ATCO

Chilean Association of Subscription TV Operators (Acceso TV)

Nutreco (Skretting)

Inmobiliaria ISA

Chile > Venture capital Tier 3

A practice area of recent development for Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos, its team advises entrepreneurs and emerging private companies on every stage of growth, corporate governance, long-term service agreements, and the transformation of ideas into successful ventures. The team also has particular expertise in associated areas, such as the development of new technologies, IP, data privacy and corporate law. IP and IT specialist Rodrigo Lavados heads the firm’s IP, technology, privacy, start-up and VC teams, which include senior associate Ernesto Eckholt, who is experienced in the structuring, formation, organisation and operation of VC matters.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Lavados

Key clients

WeWork

Datamart

Desert Point

Krealo (Credicorp branch)

Alpha FX

qScire

Chile > Insurance Tier 4

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is regularly sought out for its representation of large industrial and commercial clients during their claims against insurance companies, particularly in relation to policies covering construction, mining, commercial stores and distribution centres. The team's expertise ranges from loss adjustment procedures to negotiations and litigation with insurance companies. It also assists with reviewing insurance policies and insurance programmes, as well as the development of new business, drafting insurance distribution agreements, and insurance M&A. Litigation head Florencio Bernales is an insurance disputes expert; Tomás Vidal (a partner as of January 2020) advises on insurance policy-related negotiations; and associate Trinidad Torres assists with insurance policy-related lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Florencio Bernales; Tomás Vidal

Testimonials

High levels of proactivity and involvement with the company’s internal teams.

Total clarity about who is leading the client relationship and the case; but at the same time they maintain a lot of co-ordination and advice between different areas and the people on the team.

Much more flexible and organised than other firms.

Impeccable technical quality with absolute clarity about what they intend to do and the different paths available, as well as the benefits, risks and costs.

Technical excellence with knowledge of the case in hand.

Availability to explain, update and resolve doubts.

Key clients

Ripley Corp

Banco Ripley

Marsh (Corredores de Seguros)

Guy Carpenter (Corredores de Reaseguros)

Maersk Chile

Isapre Banmédica

Isapre Vida Tres

Banmédica

Campbell Global Timber Fund

Campbell Global Timber Partnership

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Leveraging off the firm's substantial litigation and corporate practices, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos' five-strong team fields 'extraordinary lawyers' who are highly active in tax disputes, including audit procedures; advising local and international clients on a daily basis; and assisting with the tax structuring of M&A and finance transactions. Recently appointed director of the International Fiscal Association's Chilean branch, Javier Cerón (a partner since 2018) heads the tax practice, which includes tax law associate María Paz De Carcer.

Practice head(s):

Javier Cerón

Testimonials

Cariola is a Class A firm in Chile.

Javier Cerón’s day-to-day support for the business is essential; he and his team are extraordinary lawyers and we are very happy to work with them.

Javier Cerón makes the difference.

Key clients

Disney

IBM

Ripley

Inmobiliaria Fundamenta

DNB Group

Coca-Cola

Banmédica

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Automatic Data Processing

Rio Tinto

Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

The six-member team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is widely respected for its experience in greenfield renewable energy projects, such as mini-hydro plants and solar and wind farms; and it regularly assists major mining companies and industrial clients seeking guaranteed large blocks of energy through PPAs. Experienced partner Gonzalo Jiménez (litigation involving energy and fuel supply contracts) leads the practice, which also fields Sergio Díez, who has vast experience in wind farm greenfield projects; and Martín Astorga, who is highly regarded for his experience in the environmental aspects of energy projects. At associate level, senior Verónica Cuadra advises on electricity and environmental regulation.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Jiménez

Key clients

ATCO

Metro de Santiago

Enel

Shandong Gold

BO Paper

COEXPAN

Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

Maersk

IBM

Nutreco – Skretting

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos (Cariola) is Chile’s leading law firm with more than 96 attorneys and a multidisciplinary team of supporting staff of approximately 250 people. As a full-service firm, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos always  adds value to every client through all of the available 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 and venture capital.

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 very committed as clients. The firm frequently joins international working groups in connection with acquisitions, due diligence, project work, tax planning, corporate compliance, antitrust and litigation. Cariola also outstands in advising 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 has also created an extensive network of international contacts currently in more than 250 cities in 80 countries to provide a broader global vision. This allows our lawyers to develop an international legal practice, focusing on acquiring global skills and a disruptive mindset in which teamwork is essential for co-creating the expertise of each area.

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 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.

During the last few years, 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.

All intellectual property services are provided through our sister firm, Sargent & Krahn, which has been the top firm in this field in Chile ever since 1889. These services encompass: trademarks; patents, life sciences; utility models and industrial designs; pharmaceutical; copyrights; technology, privacy, cybersecurity 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@sargent.cl +562 2368 3557
Intellectual Property Juan Pablo Egaña jpegana@sargent.cl +562 2368 3554
Intellectual Property Rodrigo Lavados rlavados@sargent.cl +562 2368 3557
Intellectual Property Eduardo Lobos elobos@sargent.cl +562 2360 4038
Intellectual Property Cristián Barros cbarros@sargent.cl +562 2368 3511
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
 Cristián Barros  photo Cristián Barros Partner at Sargent & Krahn (Our IP sister firm) – Intellectual Property
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…
 Juan Pablo Egaña  photo 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
 Carlos Pérez-Cotapos  photo Carlos Pérez-Cotapos Partner – Mining and Natural Resources,Projects, Energy, Corporate and M&A.
Mr Juan Antonio Parodi  photo Mr Juan Antonio Parodi Partner – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
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.
 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
 Tomás Vidal  photo Tomás Vidal Partner – Corporate, M&A, Real Estate and Urban Planning and Insurance
Other fee-earners : 76
Total staff : 250
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