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Work Department

Financial ,Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Market.




Gerardo Cruzat has been a partner of Prieto since 2016. He joined the Firm in 2012.

He leads the Banking and Finance practice of our Firm counting also with extensive experience in corporate and capital markets matters permanently participating and counseling both domestic and international clients in merger and acquisition transactions and reorganizations.

He earned his law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile finishing his studies on 2002. He has a postgraduate degree from the University of Duke, Durham, N.C. (LL.M., 2008).

Before joining Prieto, he worked as an associate at Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner; as a foreign lawyer at Uría Menéndez, Madrid, Spain between 2006 and 2007 and as a foreign lawyer at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, USA between 2008 and 2009.


Spanish and English.


He earned his law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2002. He has a postgraduate degree from the University of Duke, Durham, N.C. (LL.M., 2008).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Gerardo CruzatPrieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados‘ 12-strong team has been active, recently, advising on domestic and international syndicated loan agreements (predominantly on the debtor-side), and complex restructurings and corporate reorganisations. Other areas of strength include project finance and debt recovery, and the team has a notably high-profile role in debt placement work. Clients include Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte, CaixaBank, Engie Energía Chile and GM Financial and recent mandates saw the practice assist Eléctrica Nueva Energía with the amendment of series of loan agreements with Banco Santander-Chile; and Caixa Bank with the negotiation, execution and collateral agreements of a loan to Inversiones la Construction. Gerardo Cruzat heads up the banking and finance practice, while senior market figure Patricio Prieto L leads the capital markets team; practice director Isabel Margarita Wolleter is an experienced capital markets counsel.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

Prieto Abogados‘ ‘flexible practice‘ covers complex cross-border deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures; recent deals involved the energy, banking, insurance and pensions sectors. The 30-strong group is also experienced in transactions involving the retail sector and food and wine industries. Active clients of the department include Inversiones La Construcción (ILC), Engie Energía Chile, Altis Principal Investments and HDI Seguros. In recent matters, the team was counsel to ILC, which operates in the Chilean and Peruvian finance and healthcare sectors, on its $49m purchase of a stake in Chile’s Banco International and Factoring Baninter (the team also provides ongoing compliance advice to ILC). Juan Tagle and Fernando Bravo head up the practice, while José Andrés Pascual Moreno leads on compliance work. Also key to the group are Cristóbal Villarino, Gerardo CruzatPatricio Prieto L, senior associate Andrés Laymuns and associate Juan Andres IlharrebordeJaime Ríos  left to establish Ríos & Llaneza.

Chile > TMT

Prieto Abogados advises on the corporate, M&A, financing, tax, dispute resolutions and public law aspects of TMT work; notable clients include Telcordia Technologies, Empresas Red Salud, Multitiendas Corona and  MediaPro Chile; the practice also recently became Huawei (Chile)’s principal day-to-day legal adviser for contractual matters, compliance, government authority relations, and TMT-related litigation. Mario Gorziglia is telecoms and technology leader and Cristóbal Villarino advises foreign companies on the provision of web services in Chile. Gerardo Cruzat and senior associate Juan Andrés Ilharreborde are also key team members.