Mr Gonzalo Grez > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Mining and Natural Resources, Project Development and Communities, Corporate and M&A


Partner – Mining and Natural Resources, Project Development and Communities, Corporate and M&A


Partner since 2008. Gonzalo is a partner of the Mining Group, specialized in M&A, mining, corporate, energy, project development, mining contracts, land access and water rights. He advises companies doing business in Chile, Argentina and Ecuador based on a comprehensive understanding of the mining
business. He counts with a recognized experience in designing strategies for mining transactions and has a strong expertise in negotiating joint venture and all types of agreements related to the mining and energy activities.


Spanish and English.


Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Vice Chair Environmental Committee IPBA
International Bar Association


Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (LLM, 1998).
Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (LLB, 1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Leading individuals)

Gonzalo GrezCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The seven-strong mining team at full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has a particularly strong track record in mining companies’ M&A deals, as well as the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects. It also assists with worksite closures and associated aspects. The practice is jointly led by the 2021-2022 co-chair of the IBA Mining Committee, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who is regularly sought out for major foreign mining investment projects, mining sector-related M&A transactions, and the financing of mining projects; and Gonzalo Grez, who has notable expertise in mining-related hi-tech agreements, along with other mining-chain matters, community and land access issues, and cross-border transactions. Routinely handling mining and natural resources law work, senior associate Cristóbal Herrera leads the firm’s associate team for this area.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

The ‘very complete’ 44-strong practice at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is consistently sought out for its expertise in joint ventures, private equity and venture capital deals, as well as the acquisition of private and public companies. It also houses specialists in mergers and spin-offs, along with corporate restructuring transactions; and boasts a recent transactional track-record that is particularly strong in the mining, energy, infrastructure, insurance, media, and banking (/financial service) sectors, among others. The practice group houses a core group of highly in-demand partners; namely senior figures Francisco J Illanes (‘a leading lawyer in the local legal environment‘ who also has extensive international experience); corporate law expert Sergio Díez; M&A specialist Gerardo Varela; and Cristián Herrera, who advises on corporate/M&A, foreign investment and securities regulations; while Juan Pablo Matus and recently promoted Tomás Vidalboth demonstrate great technical knowledge‘. Corporate, natural resources and mining law specialist Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; mining contracts expert Gonzalo Grez; and Andrea Saffie are also integral to the practice, as is José Luis Letelier, who has longstanding corporate law, M&A and foreign investment expertise. At senior associate level, María Francisca Salas and Sergio Balharry  are active M&A advisers.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

The 20-strong team at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ has a strong track record in greenfield energy, telecoms and mining projects, as well as being active in infrastructure and real estate matters. Being full-service, the practice’s infrastructure expertise includes planning, development and construction issues, as well as M&A and financing. The group is jointly led by seven partners: mining expert Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; managing partner Juan Pablo Matus, who advises on corporate matters, M&A and real estate law; Cristián Herrera whose broad practice includes infrastructure projects; natural resources and mining co-leader Gonzalo Grez; regulatory law head Gonzalo Jiménez; Rodrigo Sepúlveda, who acts on the financing of electricity distribution and generation projects; and commercial, corporate and real estate specialist Tomás Vidal (a partner since 2020). Associates Verónica Cuadra, Daniela Fierro  and Cristóbal Herrera are also key team members.