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Miranda & Amado remains hard to beat for complex, high-value and cross-border transactions, often earning the role of regional Latin American co-ordinator for deals. The heavyweight, 26-lawyer team, matched in resources by few firms in the market, provides ‘excellent industry knowledge, good response times and precise advice’. Clients also rate the personalised service: namely, attention from partners and an understanding of the client’s business. Luis Miranda succeeded Bruno Amiel as corporate head, with Amiel stepping up into the firm’s strategy committee. Miranda brings ‘commitment and creativity’ to the table and led advice to fuel retailer Primax on its $300m purchase of almost 450 petrol stations from competitor Grupo Pecsa. The experienced Roberto MacLean, assisted by banking and insurance specialist Rafael Corzo and head of tax Rocío Liu, acted for Intercorp Financial Services on its $268m acquisition of Peruvian insurance and mortgage companies Seguros Sura and Hipotecaria Sura from Sura Asset Management and Group Wiese respectively. The department’s six corporate and M&A-focused partners also include: the ‘very sharpBruno Amiel, who has a ‘strong character which is perfect in a tough negotiation environment’; Nathalie Paredes, who led TC Latin America Partners on its acquisition of Villa en El Polo real estate project, comprising the construction of 941 apartments in Lima; and Anahi Com. The 20-strong associate bench includes María Pía Talavera, who ‘stands out’ for her ‘relevant legal advice’. Clients include Telefónica del Perú, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mexican pharmaceutical, Laboratorios Sanfer.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados is a dominant force in the corporate arena, where practice co-head and ‘top negotiator’ José Antonio Payet is renowned for the gravitas and ‘fairness’ he brings to the table. Together with ‘greatSusan Castillo, who is praised for her ‘astuteness in the preparation and negotiation of contracts’, the pair lead one of the largest teams in the market, attracting some of the country’s most high-profile and high-value transactions. Payet, assisted by Eduardo Vega and Iván Chu (capital markets and tax partners, respectively), led advice to Enfoca SAFI, Peru’s largest private equity fund manager, on its £950m fund recapitalisation, a deal managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Fund. In another headline deal, the firm advised InRetail Perú Corp on its $583m acquisition of private healthcare company Quicorp; again, the deal was led by Payet – this time assisted by counsel Giovanna García, who recently joined the firm from a government role, and senior associate Alvaro Carrasco, who is singled out by clients for his ability. Other stand-out partners include José Cúneo, who is praised for his personal attention and ability to let ‘conversations flow’; and Juan José Cauvi, who advised real estate developer Inversiones Centenario on its £78m acquisition of Inmuebles Comerciales del Perú. Alfredo Chan was elevated to partner, and along with Cauvi, combines his M&A practice with leading the firm’s real estate team.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados - Spanish translation: Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados es una fuerza dominante en el ámbito corporativo, en la que el cojefe del despacho y "negociador principal", José Antonio Payet, es famoso por la seriedad e "imparcialidad" que trae a la mesa. Junto con la "gran" Susan Castillo, quien es elogiada por su "astucia en la preparación y negociación de contratos", la pareja lidera uno de los equipos más grandes del mercado, y atrae algunas de las transacciones más importantes y de mayor valor del país. Payet, con la asistencia de Eduardo Vega e Iván Chu (mercados de capital y socios fiscales, respectivamente), dirigió el asesoramiento a Enfoca SAFI, la mayor administradora de fondos de capital privado de Perú, en su recapitalización de fondos por £950 millones, un acuerdo administrado por Goldman Sachs Asset Management y el Fondo de Inversión del Plan de Pensiones de Canadá. En otro trato principal, la firma asesoró a InRetail Perú Corp en la adquisición de la compañía privada de salud Quicorp por un valor de $583 millones; nuevamente, el trato fue liderado por Payet, esta vez con la asistencia de la asesora legal Giovanna García, quien recientemente se unió a la firma proveniente de un cargo gubernamental, y el asociado sénior Álvaro Carrasco, quien es distinguido por los clientes por su habilidad. Otros socios destacados son José Cúneo, quien es elogiado por su atención personal y su capacidad para dejar que "las conversaciones fluyan"; y Juan José Cauvi, quien asesoró al promotor inmobiliario Inversiones Centenario en la adquisición de Inmuebles Comerciales del Perú por £78 millones. Alfredo Chan fue elevado a socio y, junto con Cauvi, combina su práctica de fusiones y adquisiciones con la dirección del equipo de bienes raíces de la firma.

Top-notch in the Peruvian legal market’, Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas has ‘vast experience in transactions’ and ‘refreshing business sense’. In particular, clients report the firm’s ability to resolve complex issues so as to drive deals forward, and laud its ‘proactivity, tact and efficient communication’ with counterparties to facilitate transactions. Another stand-out feature of the practice is the seamless relation between corporate and tax departments: ‘their tax practice for transactional services truly complements their M&A practice’. Unsurprisingly, the firm earns a considerable market share of top-drawer instructions: it acted for Glencore International on its $956m acquisition of a controlling stake in Volcan Compañia Minera, the mining sector’s largest transaction in recent years. The firm also advised Grupo Pecsa on its sale of 90% of its service-station business to Primax; and represented Grupo Wiese and Sura Asset Management on the $268m sale of their insurance and mortgage companies to Intercorp Financial Services. Leadership of the team is shared between ‘senior statesman’ of Peruvian corporate law Alberto Rebaza and Felipe Boisset, who ‘knows when to be tough and when to be flexible’. Other partners include ‘committed’ Alexandra Orbezo and the recently made-up Daniel Gonzales, who ‘always finds creative solutions’. The firm is cultivating a strong bench at associate level, among whom Lucía Ochoa has assisted with a number of key mandates, as has Fiorella Atoche, while María Fernanda Gadea advised on both the Glencore and Grupo Pecsa deals.

Very good at an international level and outstanding on a Peruvian level’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is the firm of choice for many leading US and UK firms requiring Peruvian counsel. It fields a hefty 16 partners and 25 associates, led by Jean Paul Chabaneix (finance and M&A practice) and Ramón Vidurrizaga (corporate practice), providing a ‘360° view of transactions’ and ‘excellent, professional’ service. The firm’s ‘senior attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge’; Chabaneix, in particular, is widely lauded for his ‘integrity and skill’ and ‘impressive performance, especially in high-pressure scenarios’. He led Peruvian advice to China Southern Power Grid International in its $1.3bn acquisition of a 27.8% interest in Chilean transmission company Transelec from Canadian private equity investor Brookfield; he also advised United Health Group on its launch in Chile, Peru and Colombia through its $2.7bn acquisition of private health insurer Banmédica. Other star performers include: Eduardo López, who advised IFM Investors on its $2.6bn acquisition of Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL)’s infrastructure concessions subsidiary; Luis Enrique Palacios, Jorge Trelles, Alfonso Montoya and Juan Diego De Vinatea, who is ‘very constructive on a deal’. Among associates, Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza is ‘very commercial and aware of clients’ needs’ and Nicolás Cornejo is ‘very committed to any project and capable of addressing any difficult issue’. The team’s clients include: Sempra Energy, Prudential Financial, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and I Squared Capital.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International is an ‘excellent option’ and clients ‘love working with the firm’ because ‘we can rely on their high standards and consistency in quality, as well as their transactional experience’. The firm’s offering of domestic knowhow and global resources is ideal for significant, cross-border matters. Consequently, it acted for German multinational Henkel on the Peruvian aspects of its $1.05bn acquisition of Darex Packaging from GCP Applied Technologies. The advice was led by co-team head and leading corporate lawyer Jorge Ossio. Fellow co-head Liliana Espinosa earns great praise for her ‘experience and negotiation ability’; she advised Kandeo Fund II (Perú) Financial Services and Kandeo Spain Latam on a $50m investment agreement with San Ignacio de Loyola for the development of the latter’s education-sector business plans in Peru, Paraguay and the US. The team also benefits from the skills of corporate and finance partners Rafael Picasso and ‘great, knowledgeable’ Oscar Trelles, together with Inés Baca and telecoms regulatory specialist Teresa Tovar. Within the sizeable associate pool, Paolo Robilliard is ‘very attentive and diligent’. Goldman Sachs, SBA Communications Corporation and Mitsui & Co (USA) Inc are clients.

Garrigues’ top finance team boasts considerable corporate and M&A capability and provide an ‘excellent service’ in cross-border and domestic transactions. Sergio Amiel, Oscar Arrús, Thomas Thorndike and José Francisco Meier all shine for their ‘great technical strength’, while Alvaro Valle excels in corporate matters in the energy sector. As a result, the firm attracts some stellar instructions, such as representing key client Advent International on its $91m acquisition of IT services company GMD from Graña y Montero, which was led by Sergio Amiel. Other matters include Meier’s work in advising Grupo GTD on its $15m acquisition of Netline Peru, consolidating GTD’s presence in the Peruvian telecommunications industry; and acting for Iron Mountain Peru on its purchase of filing services company and competitor, Ransa Comercial and Depósitos, from Peruvian conglomerate Romero Group, which saw Amiel again lead the advice. Among the team’s second line, senior associates Héctor Zegarra and Jorge Fuentes are highlighted by clients for their experience. They were joined by principal associate Diego Harman from the New York office of Clifford Chance.

A bullish year for Hernández & Cía. Abogados saw it gain trophy clients Graña y Montero (GyM), Backus (part of the ABInbev Group), Chubb Seguros and mining company Hudbay Minerals, all of which instruct the firm for everyday corporate matters. For example, the firm is providing general corporate advice, including capital markets regulatory and corporate governance issues, to construction giant GyM in the wake of its involvement in the Lava Jato case. Other stellar clients include Proctor & Gamble, Hermes and Kodak, which take advantage of the firm’s market-leading tax practice to complement its corporate advice. On the transaction front, the firm acted for beer company Ambev Peru, also part of the global AB InBev Group, on the $42.5m transfer of its Huachipa beer manufacturing and bottling plant to CBC Peruna. Practice head Juan Luis Hernández led the advice, assisted by Alfredo Filomeno and tax partner Leonardo López. In other deals, José Manuel Abastos led Peruvian advice to Sealed Air Corporation regarding its $3.2bn global sale of Diversey’s care, hygiene and cleaning businesses to Bain Capital Private Equity. Other names to note are Diego Carrión and Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui; the team has also bulked up with associate-level lateral hires.

Among the most competent in Peru’, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is ‘great on all levels: professionalism, knowledge and dedication’. Clients heap praise on the lead partners: department head Mauricio Olaya has ‘incredible business acumen’, ‘great negotiating abilities’ and ‘you always want him on your side of the table’; Juan Carlos Vélez is an ‘outstanding attorney’, ‘extraordinarily insightful’ and provides ‘thoughtful and intelligent advice’. The duo represented IT company GMD on its $91m sale by Graña y Montero to Advent International. Santiago Quiroz worked alongside Olaya in representing Corporación Pesquera Giuliana (owned by Romero Group), on its $37m acquisition of Pesquera Centinela, while Olaya again led in acting for soft drinks manufacturer Arca Continental on the merger between its beverage business in Mexico and South America with The Coca Cola Company’s beverage business in southern USA, a deal valued at $ 2.3bn globally and $700m in Peru. As these mandates demonstrate, the firm capitalises on its national spread – it has ten offices across the country – to attract instructions from a broad range of industries. Additionally, the team has been expanded considerably at associate level.

Estudio Olaechea is ‘extremely responsive, with a business approach’ and has ‘proven to be a modern firm, highly specialised and with high ethical standards’. It fields five partners in this area, including: Carlo Viacava, who is able to ‘anticipate and propose solutions’; ‘business-savvy, classy and extremely down-to-earth’ María Eugenia Yába, who is noted for her expertise in aviation matters; and Martín Serkovic, who is ‘always staying current with the new trends of law’. The firm boasts a strong bench of associates that is praised by clients and was expanded further with hires from Shearman & Sterling LLP New York, Martinot Abogados and a UK limited company. Partner Jesús Matos led advice to Chile’s EuroAmerica on its acquisition of 50% of Peruvian insurance company, Rigel Peru; and José Antonio Honda acted for High Power Exploration (HPX) on its joint venture with Teck Peru for the development of Las Tinajas mining project. Other headline mandates include a hundred-million dollar-plus share sale and handling the Peruvian aspects of a multi-hundred-million-dollar global acquisition in the BPO-sector.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria provides a ‘very good level of service’ across a range of sectors, and is ‘knowledgeable, always available and focused on the customer’. The 20-strong corporate and M&A team boasts the talents of co-heads Guillermo Ferrero and Rafael Boisset, both experienced transaction lawyers. The firm is distinguished by its regional reach, with offices in Bogotá, Colombia and Santiago, Chile as well as Lima, and as a result attracts a fair amount of cross-border, Latin American work. In Peru, Boisset is advising private equity fund joint venture between Brookfield and Suez on its $80m acquisition of Trasvase Olmos and H2Olmos, the concession holders of Project Olmos, from the beleaguered Odebrecht. Project Olmos includes construction of Limón Dam in northwest Peru. Meanwhile Ferrero acted for Staedtler on its launch in Peru via the $54m acquisition of a 75% stake in Artesco, a Peruvian school and office-supplies manufacturer. The practice counts WSP Global, The Carlyle Group, Unilabs and Pesquera Centinela (Romero Group) among its clients. Other members of the team noted for their capability include: Javier Ezeta, who advised Unilabs on a recent deal; Viviana Garcia, who combines her M&A practice with infrastructure and projects; and principal associate Víctor Abad.

Managing partner Juan Carlos Escudero heads the practice at CMS Grau, which is capitalising on its international network, both in terms of client referral and sharing know-how across different jurisdictions. The team was boosted by the arrival of finance and corporate partner Sergio Oquendo, formerly of Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados. The cross-department practice utilises the talents of corporate restructuring specialist Michelle Barclay, mining and environment head Cecilia Gonzáles and energy partner Carlos Hamann, to bring sector expertise to mandates. The team acted for South African/Chilean corporate group Sun Dreams on its $26m acquisition of Thunderbirds’ Peruvian casino companies and real estate, a matter led by Escudero assisted by associate Carlos Calderón. In another highlight, Escudero is again leading advice, this time assisted by associate Miguel Viale, to the shareholders of Peruvian pharmaceutical and veterinary products manufacture Pharmadix, in the sale of their shares and interests. Other clients include Rio Tinto, Glencore, Enagás and Grupo Falabella.

DLA Piper Peru has a solid and expanding practice under the direction of partner trio Luis Vargas, Fernando Lanfranco and Sergio Barboza. Vargas, in particular, is consistently recommended by clients for his skill in both general corporate and M&A work. A supporting cast of five associates, including experienced seniors Janilú Badiola and Daniel Flores, completes the team. Impressively, the firm acted for Graña y Montero on its £22m sale of 51% of Compañía Operadora del Gas del Amazonas (COGA) and 51% of Tecgas Inc to Enagas and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). It also acted for German energy company Lahmeyer International on the sale of 50% of Lahmeyer Agua y Energía to Grupo Ferradas. The practice will benefit from the know-how of new projects and infrastructure partner Jorge Córdova, who joined the firm from Miranda & Amado.

Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados squares up against much larger firms in a number of transactions, its ‘young team’ proving its capability in significant deals. For example, it acted for Synlab Diagnosticos Globales opposite Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados on its $20m acquisition of Medlab Cantella Colichón, effectively Synlab’s first venture in Peru. Practice head Jorge Lazo led advice to individual Eduardo Zagazeta Nolasco regarding the $18m sale of his 24% stake in Netline Perú to Chile’s GTD Inversiones and its Peruvian subsidiary, Wigo, where the purchaser was advised by Garrigues. Other clients of the firm include Cemex Peru, Arthur J Gallagher Peru, Corredores de Seguros and Kaercher Peru, while key members of the team also include Victor Lazo and senior associates Claudia Távara and Luis Lazo.

Joining the ranking this year, Martinot Abogados has acquired a substantial résumé of mid-market transactions for domestic and international companies. It acted for Crown Gaming and Novomatic Peru on the $26m transfer of shares in Sierra Machines and Inmobiliaria Rapid (the casino operations of Admiral Group), advice led by Jorge Martín Zúñiga. Zúñiga also led counsel to Ariana Management Corp on its $92m merger with Corporación de Gestión Minera. The team, led by name partner Luis Fernando Martinot, has ‘solid knowledge of Peruvian and international law’ and its lawyers ‘know their subjects 100%’. Clients also appreciate the speed with which the firm ‘understood the business and could translate it into a contract’. Yanira Becerra completes the three-partner team.

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