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

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Energy, Environmental and Regulatory law.


Partner – Energy, Environmental and Regulatory law.


Partner since 2009. He is the head of the Regulatory Law Department, which includes environmental, energy, utilities and administrative laws. He advises national and foreign companies on infrastructure projects, including the legal aspects of environmental impact studies, concessions, permits and other administrative authorizations, construction contracts and PPAs, and dispute resolution on the above matters.


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association
International Bar Association
American Bar Association.


Harvard University (LLM, 2001).
Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (LLB, 1996). 

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

The recent track record of Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ seven-strong group includes advising on gas pipelines, coal-fired power plants developments, and energy companies’ M&A. Its experience also includes the financing for a marine natural gas regasification terminal, PPA contracts, non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) projects, green hydrogen production; and energy supply contract-related arbitrations. Heading the practice, Gonzalo Jiménez‘s experience includes assisting local electricity-consuming companies with tender processes; Sergio Díez is a specialist in wind farm greenfield projects; and Martín Astorga is noted for the environmental aspect of energy projects. Key associate Verónica Cuadra routinely advises on electricity regulations.

Chile > Public law

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ six-member regulatory law department comprises experts in the relationships between private companies and governmental agencies and institutions. The team is particularly focused on environmental matters and energy projects, while also offering assistance with matters ranging from gas distribution, water regulations, telecoms and retail, to medical devices, public procurement, urban planning, and the food and beverage sector. The practice is co-led by regulatory law specialist Gonzalo Jiménez  , and Martín Astorga  , whose track record includes sanctions proceedings before the administrative authorities, as well as related legal claims. At associate level, senior Verónica Cuadra , as well as Miguel Ortiz , Raúl Alvarez  and Beatriz Prieto  are all active team members.

Chile > Environment

With ‘solid mastery of specific issues‘, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ six-strong practice is particularly noted for its environmental law advice on the development of industrial and telecoms facilities. Recent highlights include assisting ENEX with defending a sanctioning process initiated by the Environmental Superintendence for alleged non-compliance with light-pollution emission standards. The practice is co-led by Martín Astorga, who has longstanding experience in public and environmental law regulations, particularly environmental impact assessments (EIAs), atmospheric emissions and territorial planning; and energy, environmental and regulatory expert Gonzalo Jiménez (environmental impact studies, concessions and permits). At associate level, senior Verónica Cuadra is ‘accurate in her advice‘, while Raúl Alvarez and Miguel Ortiz are both active members of the firm’s regulatory and environmental law practices.

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.