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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 > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Florencio BernalesCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

A first-class, serious and reliable law firm‘, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos houses an 18-member department that has a strong litigation track-record, frequently including disputes against the State or state agencies. Representative work includes litigation involving environmental, regulatory, energy, mining, securities and tax issues. Other areas of expertise range from construction disputes, insurance and torts, to competition and consumer protection issues, including class action defences. The litigation and arbitration practices are co-led by highly-regarded disputes specialist Florencio Bernales, who is ‘extremely focused on protecting clients’ businesses‘; Fernando Urrutia is highly active in construction claims and insolvency-related proceedings; Raimundo Moreno (contractual and tort processes; unfair competition), who ‘stands out for his legal knowledge‘; and Jorge Boldt , a civil and criminal law specialist. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Azar is a former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP foreign associate, while Trinidad Torres regularly seconds Bernales in litigation.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Florencio BernalesCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Arbitration is a core area for full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos and the 18-strong practice has longstanding experience in complex arbitral cases involving international infrastructure disputes, shareholder disputes, and mining companies’ energy supply contracts, among other matters. The arbitration group, which comprises partners who are ‘personally involved in every case‘ and includes two CAM Santiago arbitrators, is co-led by Florencio Bernales, the current chair of the Chilean Bar’s Arbitration Commission; Fernando Urrutia , a construction arbitration expert; Raimundo Moreno , whose recent caseload includes investment arbitrations; and Jorge Boldt, who is active in both civil and criminal matters. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Azar is a former foreign associate in the international arbitration and dispute resolution group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s New York office, while Trinidad Torres‘ recent experience includes seconding Bernales in a number of significant arbitration proceedings.

Chile > Insurance

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ four-member group routinely assists with claims against insurance companies that involve policies for construction, mining projects, commercial stores and distribution centres. It also advises insurance companies, brokers and banks on the development of new business; assists with reviewing insurance policies and insurance programmes; and acts on large insurance M&A transactions. The department is co-led by insurance disputes specialist Florencio Bernales, who also heads the litigation group; and Tomás Vidal, whose track record includes negotiating insurance policies. The associates to note are Daniel Washington, who assists with insurance policy claims and obligations, and insurance litigator Trinidad Torres.