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

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Corporate and M&A and Real Estate and Urban Development.


Managing Partner – Corporate and M&A and Real Estate and Urban Development.


Juan Pablo is our managing partner and joined the firm in 1989. He is primarily involved in providing legal advice on matters of corporate, business, mergers, acquisitions, and real estate law. He has represented numerous Chilean and foreign companies in multiple investment projects, the purchase and sale of companies and assets in various sectors of the economy, as well as in public offers of shares, placements of shares and corporate bonds. He has also participated as legal advisor in real estate and infrastructure projects, such as shopping centers, industrial plants, office and residential buildings, power plants, energy transmission lines, etc. In addition, Juan Pablo regularly represents open stock corporations in various submittals and applications before the Financial Market Commission and other public entities.


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association
International Bar Association
American Bar Association


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

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ hefty 48-strong department is consistently sought out for its expertise in joint venture, private equity and venture capital deals; the acquisition of private and public companies (at both domestic and cross-border levels); complex corporate mergers and spin-offs; and corporate restructuring transactions (with and without change of control). The full-service practice showcases several experienced partners, including Francisco J Illanes (M&A, restructuring and shareholder agreements); corporate law and contracts specialist Sergio DíezCristián Herrera (corporate law, foreign investment and securities regulations); and Andrea Saffie (partner as of 2020); both she and Gerardo Varela are ‘notable for their knowledge of M&A and corporate matters‘. Also integral to the team are corporate, commercial, real estate and M&A expert Juan Pablo Matus; mining specialist Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; recently promoted corporate and real estate partner Tomás Vidal; José Luis Letelier, who has over 30 years’ business and corporate law, M&A and foreign investment experience; co-head of the natural resources and mining group Gonzalo Grez; and highly experienced senior counsel Sebastián Obach. Further key support is provided by senior associates María Francisca Salas, whose broad practice includes advice on fishing and aquaculture, energy and health issues, and M&A adviser Sergio Balharry. Former partner Pedro Lluch left for EY Law in June 2020.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Fielding seven partners, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ large practice is consistently sought out for major energy and mining projects, as well as for its assistance with significant infrastructure and real estate work. In energy projects, the group’s expertise includes greenfield matters, while in projects and infrastructure it acts for a diverse range of entities, including multinational mining companies and industrial clients. The principal figures are Carlos Pérez-Cotapos (foreign investment projects); managing partner Juan Pablo Matus, whose broad practice includes real estate and infrastructure projects; M&A specialist Cristián Herrera; natural resources and mining co-head Gonzalo Grez; regulatory law department head Gonzalo Jiménez; and Rodrigo Sepúlveda, whose broad practice includes project finance. Growth in the department includes the elevation of Tomás Vidal (commercial, corporate and real estate advice) to the partnership in 2020.

Chile > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Juan Pablo MatusCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

A great asset when looking for real expertise‘, the eight-strong department at full-service Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is ‘second to none‘ in the Chilean market for its advice on major real estate M&A deals, including the purchase and sale of large shopping malls, office buildings, and utilities’ real estate assets. It is also highly experienced in major projects involving industrial plants, shopping malls and large IT premises, and consistently sought out for its assistance with urbanism and territorial development-related regulations, long-term lease agreements, and construction issues involving industrial, commercial and energy projects. Juan Pablo Matus, whose broad practice includes major real estate projects is ‘an excellent lawyer and negotiator‘; and promoted to partner in 2020, the ‘very responsiveTomás Vidal‘s ‘substantive experience‘ includes advising foreign funds on the acquisition of office buildings in Chile and the management of condominiums. At associate level, the practices of Mónica Pavez and Daniela Fierro include real estate assistance to local and foreign companies.