Mr José Luis Letelier > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Corporate /Mergers and Acquisitions/Foreign Investment


Partner – Corporate /Mergers and Acquisitions/Foreign Investment


Partner since 1985. He has been as legal counsel for foreign owned Chilean companies and participated in several company acquisitions in Chile, from publicly held companies to small privately owned businesses and asset based transactions. José Luis also provides corporate and commercial assistance to local subsidiaries of transnational entities, involved in different activities as diverse as power generation infrastructure, shipping and logistics, technology, insurance and financial services, retail, consumer products and foodstuffs manufacturers and distributors.


Spanish and English.


International Bar Association
American Bar Association


University of California Los Angeles, UCLA (LLM, 1988)
Universidad de Chile (LLB,1983).
He also followed a summer course in International Trade with San Diego University at Kings College, London 1988 and an International Law Internship Program with McGeorge School of Law, University of The Pacific, Salzburg 1988.

Lawyer Rankings

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.