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Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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Mining and Natural Resources, Project Development and Communities, Corporate and M&A


Partner - Mining and Natural Resources, Project Development and Communities, Corporate and M&A


Partner since 2008. He is one of the partners that heads the Natural Resources and Mining group and advises mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure companies on their activities including exploration, project development, communities and operations in Chile; designing, structuring, negotiating and implementing of M&A and JV transactions; project finance; divestment of companies or assets; private and public bids, cross-border transactions, and regulatory issues.


Spanish and English.


Chilean Bar Association and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.


Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (LLB, 1995). Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (LLM, 1998). Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile.


Corporate and M&A

Within: 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.

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Chile: Energy and natural resources


Within: Mining

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos assists foreign and local clients on the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects,  as well as worksite closures and associated issues; it also advises on significant acquisitions and sales of mining companies and assets. The team acted for Appian Capital Advisory on its acquisition of a 30 per cent stake of the outstanding share capital of Compañia Minera Caserones from Minera Auromin; and Goldcorp on the contribution of Minera Eton (owner of the Caspiche Project), to Compañia Minera Casale. Carlos Pérez-Cotapos and Gonzalo Grez, along with senior associate Cristóbal Herrera, are the names to note. Key clients include Rio Tinto, Goldcorp, Hudbay Minerals, BHP, Planta Recuperadora de Metales and Mineral Mining.

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