Ms Andrea Saffie > Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Family Offices and Holdings and Foreign Investment


Partner – Corporate, M&A, Family Offices and Holdings and Foreign Investment


Partner since 2020. Her main areas of practice are Civil, Corporate and Commercial Law. She practices in Mergers and Acquisitions, in the family business area, and covers the following industries: services; casinos; oil; agro-industrial; hotel; paper and forestry; investment funds and family offices. Andrea has participated in numerous and important transactions, advising international clients during the whole acquisition process, development and financing process.


Spanish and English.


International Bar Association


Universidad de Chile (LLB, 2008)

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Andrea SaffieCariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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.

Chile > Venture capital

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ seven-strong team advises entrepreneurs and emerging private companies at every stage of growth. Its expertise includes corporate governance, service contracts and shareholder agreements. The group is also experienced in related legal areas, such as new technologies, IP, data privacy and corporate law. The start-up and VC teams are co-led by Rodrigo Lavados, whose practice covers software licenses, trade marks, technology transfer contracts, and technology-related projects; and Andrea Saffie (promoted to partner in 2020), whose sector expertise encompasses investment funds and family offices. Senior associate Ernesto Eckholt‘s experience includes the structuring, formation and operation of venture capital.