Mr Juan Pablo Matus > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos
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Work Department

Corporate, M&A and real estate


Managing Partner – Corporate, M&A and Real Estate


Partner since 2002. He has specialized in corporate, commercial, real estate, construction projects and M&A matters. He has been actively involved in representing local and foreign companies in several major investment projects, acquisition of companies and assets, public offering of stocks and bonds. He has also participated as legal advisor of international companies involved in the infrastructure and energy industries and represents local publicly held companies before the Securities and Insurance Superintendency and other public agencies.


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association and American Bar Association.


Universidad de Chile (LLB, 1993). University of Michigan, USA (LLM, 1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ client base for projects includes private equity funds, mining companies and industrial entities. Representative work includes advising on the development and construction issues of power plant and transportation projects, as well as M&A, financing and planning aspects. Recent mandates saw the team advise Chile’s Banco de Crédito e Inversiones on the financing for a 20MW hydroelectric generation plant. Senior and managing partner José Luis Letelier, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Juan Pablo Matus are the key contacts, along with Cristián Herrera, Gonzalo Grez, Gonzalo Jiménez and Rodrigo Sepúlveda.

Chile > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Juan Pablo MatusCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos ‘has a well-coordinated and talented team that is very experienced in complex matters’. It advises on the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings and utilities’ real estate assets. The practice is also highly regarded for its assistance with real estate greenfield projects, such as industrial plants and data centres, and advises on construction issues. Clients include Turner Broadcasting System, Accor Hotels, KPMG Auditores Consultores and RaboFinance Chile, Recent matters saw the team advise Ripley  with the sale of real estate in Santiago and Concepción, which included the cancellation of existing liens on the properties. It also advised WeWork Chile, as lessee, on its lease agreement with Inversiones Centro Sur. Juan Pablo Matus is the principal contact.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

At Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos, ‘partners and associates from all the firm’s practices really do act as a team, something that is very difficult to find nowadays‘. The corporate practice covers both domestic and cross-border acquisitions of private and public companies, complex corporate mergers and spin-offs, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital deals, and corporate restructuring transactions. The team recently advised on M&A deals involving sectors such as mining, energy, infrastructure, banking and financial services, insurance and media, while the compliance practice is focused on antitrust, unfair competition and consumer protection laws. Notable clients include Ripley, Enel, Rabobank, Principal Financial Group, Renovalia Energy Chile The Coca-Cola Company and Turner Broadcasting. Recent mandates saw the team advise Legend Holdings’ subsidiary Joyvio Group on its $880m acquisition of listed-company Australis Seafoods, and  Canadian holding company ATCO on its $340m acquisition of a 40 per cent stake in Chilean port operation and development company, Neltume Ports. Other highlights included assisting AccorHotels on its $105m purchase (together with Chilean group Algeciras), of Atton Hoteles; and -in a significant bank assurance deal- act for Chubb Seguros on its strategic alliance with Banco de Chile (and its subsidiary Banchile). The firm has a very strong bench that includes José Luis Letelier, Sergio Díez, the recently returned Gerardo Varela, Cristián Herrera and Juan Pablo Matus. Other highly-rated partners are Francisco J Illanes, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, Gonzalo Grez, Pedro Lluch and Sebastián Obach. Jorge Boldt is the compliance contact. The team was further strengthened in January 2020 with the appointment of the transaction-focused Andrea Saffie, and Tomás Vidal (whose practice centers on corporate and commercial matters), to the partnership.