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

Full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos houses a practice group 44-strong (including 11 partners) that covers the full range of corporate and M&A work. The group’s representative expertise ranges from joint ventures and private equity / venture capital deals, to the acquisition of private and public companies, domestic and cross-border transactions, corporate mergers and spin-offs, and corporate restructurings. The firm fields multiple highly-rated partners, including: corporate law and contracts specialist Sergio Díez; Gerardo Varela, whose M&A track record includes energy, retail and aquaculture sector deals; Cristián Herrera, an adviser on corporate and transactional laws (as well as foreign investment and securities regulations); corporate, commercial, real estate and M&A expert, Juan Pablo Matus; and Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who assists with corporate, natural resources and mining law matters. Senior partner Francisco J Illanes, José Luis Letelier and Gonzalo Grez are additional key practitioners, along with younger partner Andrea Saffie. The first line of advisors was further strengthened in July 2023 with the hire of Nicolás Lustig, who returns to private practice after more than 15 years in various in-house positions – most recently some eight years at BHP. Within the firm’s senior associate ranks, María Francisca Salas and Sergio Balharry both advise on M&A deals.