Mr Florencio Bernales > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration


Partner – Litigation and Arbitration


Partner since 2002. He currently leads our Litigation area. He specializes in national and international litigation and arbitration. He has participated in complex disputes linked to the most diverse areas of the economy, such as: construction, insurance, shareholder’s agreements, takeover operations, compensation, mining, the environment, electricity and antitrust. He also has extensive experience in negotiations.


Spanish and English.


  • Advisory of the Bar Association
  • Arbitrator of the list of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center (Chilean Chapter of the ICC)
  • Member of Adipro (Private International Law Association)
  • International Bar Association


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (LLB, 1985).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Insurance

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.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Florencio BernalesCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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 Bernalesworks 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).

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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.