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Among the largest teams in the market, Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International is ‘one of the best in Peru’ and provides an ‘excellent service’. It is the firm of choice for the state government in several high-profile proceedings: for example, it is acting for the Republic of Peru alongside White & Case LLP in an $160m ICSID arbitration brought by DP World Callao, P&O Dover and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company concerning unfair competition at key ports in Peru; advice is led by María del Carmen Tovar, who is praised for her professionalism. Head of practice Ana María Arrarte is leading advice to América Móvil Perú in $494m judicial proceedings brought by the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications concerning the methods used to charge mobile phone companies radio electric spectrum fees. Other key partners include Javier Tovar, Yvo Cuba and Javier de Belaunde, while senior associate Hugo Alonzo ‘seems to have a brilliant future’ and fellow senior associate Sheilah Vargas Soto is very experienced. Clients include the Republic of Ecuador, Interbank, Consorcio Constructor M2 Lima, Petroleos del Peru and Línea Amarilla.

Miranda & Amado stands out for the sheer size of its practice, strength-in-depth and proven expertise in complex and high-stakes litigation and arbitration. In particular, it has standout experience in regulatory disputes in the electricity, oil and gas, mining, real estate and telecoms sectors. Clients highlight the firm’s procedural knowledge, which is ‘outstanding’, its solution-driven approach and ‘strategic thinking.’ At the helm, Mauricio Raffo is a ‘very skilled trial lawyer’ noted for his creativity and honesty; Raffo and his team are ‘doing an extraordinary job’, while Juan Luis Avendaño V is widely acknowledged as a leading litigator. The practice was boosted by the arrival of eight associates and two partners – Giovanni Priori, who has ‘extensive experience in litigation’ and ‘knows the courts’, and Santiago Carrillo – from legacy dispute resolution boutique, Priori & Carrillo Abogados, which was absorbed by the firm. It also hired regulatory litigator Willy Pedreschi from Benites, Vargas & Ugaz. The team is defending Telefónica del Perú (TdP) in the Supreme Court in claims brought by America Móvil concerning interconnection infringements, claims which were thrown out at the lower court. Boasting a leading international arbitration practice, the firm is representing APM Terminals Callao, part of Maersk Transport and Logistics, in a variety of disputes including one against the state (concerning the construction of a Peruvian port), which was recently filed at the ISCID. The matter is led by arbitration specialist José Daniel Amado. Repsol Group, Siemens and Petroperu all instruct the firm.

Dominant force Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados excels in contentious work, the result of a hefty team of 11 partners and 14 associates handling civil, commercial and public law disputes at the highest level, including international arbitrations. Although it is a ‘considerably big firm, they manage to give a personal and detailed service’ and has a ‘great pool of lawyers that coordinate every case with all partners’. Lead partners include: José Tam, a very well-known litigator and current chair of the Peruvian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Ramón Vidurrizaga; and the highly-praised Luis Bedoya, who is a ‘leader in his area’ of civil procedure and commercial disputes and a seasoned counsel before various international arbitration forums, including the ICC. A distinguishing feature of the firm is its established white-collar crime practice. It is led by José Reaño and Enrique Piedra, who both previously worked for the anti-corruption authorities. Another stand-out feature, according to clients, is the team’s ‘speed of attention, and multidisciplinary and practical approach’. Among an extensive caseload are multiple arbitrations against government bodies concerning concession and PPP agreements, very high-value construction arbitrations on behalf of leading domestic companies, and judicial and international arbitration proceedings against the state government on behalf of a US investment fund. Clients include DP World, Melia Hotels International, Lima Airport Partners and Hudbay Peru.

Competition and regulatory boutique Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados excels in litigation and arbitration in highly-regulated sectors, including energy, oil, insurance, gas, construction, fishing and transportation. Senior partner Alfredo Bullard appears before international commercial tribunals and ICSID tribunals, both as chairman and expert. He has also brought cases before the English Courts. The practice is co-led by Huáscar Ezcurra, who is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration. Civil litigator Mario Reggiardo brings the partnership team to three. The firm is advising on a number of very high-value disputes against the government concerning the withdrawal of key concession agreements in the transport and gas sectors.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados has augmented its commercial disputes practice with the hire of Gonzalo del Río from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, together with four associates from a variety of well-known firms, bringing in-demand white collar crime expertise to the firm. Most notably, del Río’s new criminal practice has hit the ground running, acting for former Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in an investigation by the Peruvian Congress into his possible relations with the Lava Jato case. Along with leading corporate lawyer Juan Luis Hernández, del Río is also acting for prized-client, Graña y Montero regarding its role in the same corruption scandal, undoubtedly the largest white-collar crime matter in the country’s history. The firm is also advising in a number of very high-value commercial disputes.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados impresses with its client base and caseload. It is representing media company Grupo La República in its action for constitutional protection for freedom of speech and information against Empresa Editora El Comercio, which owns over 50% of the print media market. It is also acting for Telefónica del Perú in a number of high-profile tax cases before both SUNAT and the Fiscal court. Other clients include Interbank, Corporación EW (the holding company of the Wong Group), Primax and BBVA Banco Continental. Leading the practice is respected name partner Fernando Meléndez who heads-up many of the instructions and is client partner to Telefónica. He is supported at partner level by Ericka Angulo Bazán. A significant loss for the team is the departure of Jamie Heredia Tamayo to Rodríguez Angobaldo Abogados and Roger Zavaleta to Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas.

Leading insurance firm Osterling Abogados unsurprisingly shines in the contentious arena, where it acts for global insurers as well as domestic and international companies. Seasoned litigator Enrique Ferrando Gamarra heads the team and led advice to Zurich Insurance concerning claims valued at $60m following the collapse of the Headrace Tunnel in the Huánuco region. He is also representing Peruvian insurer and reinsurer Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros in a $30m arbitration with policy holder Luz del Sur concerning the construction of a hydropower plant in Machu Picchu, Cusco. Fellow partners Mauricio Martinez and Kodiak Semsch can draw upon the support of capable senior associates Gabriel Loli León and Miguel Delgado.

Very high quality’, Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados represents multiple leading domestic and international companies – such as Backus and Johnston Brewery, Interbank, Lima Gas and BNP Paribas – in complex and high-value contentious issues. Máximo Gordillo ‘knows how to anticipate the strategy of the opposing party’ and successfully defended Scotiabank in a $50m claim brought by the Military and Police Pension Fund for contract annulments and damages. Practice co-heads Julio César Pérez and Domingo Rivarola are both in demand. The firm is one of the growing number of full-service firms to cultivate a white-collar crime practice to complement its ‘very good’ commercial litigation and arbitration offering. The criminal practice is led by prominent practitioner José Caro John, who is praised for his ‘knowledge’ and ‘astute solutions’, and senior associate Juan Diego Ugaz.

The rebranded Benites, Vargas & Ugaz is regrouping following the departure of two partners and three associates to Garrigues, including former name partner Hugo Forno and head of civil litigation Melissa Núñez. It also lost partner Willy Pedreschi to Miranda & Amado. On the upside, founding partner José Ugaz returned to the firm after completing his chair at Transparency International, Berlin. The ‘very competent’ firm is a leader in white-collar crime and compliance matters, and retains capability in commercial disputes, despite that segment being the main casualty of its lawyer departures. Luis Vargas Valdivia and Héctor Gadea Benavides are key partners and advise longstanding clients such as Telefónica and Interbank.

Very goodEstudio Olaechea has enjoyed an uptick in clients and instructions and consequently hired new partner Carlos Martínez from Rubio Leguía Normand and three associates from various competitor firms. Client gains include APM Terminals Callao, part of Maersk Group, which it is advising on multiple proceedings related to its operations at Callao Port’s Multipurpose North Terminal. The firm also boasts one of the more established white-collar crime practices in the market, led by José Luis Velarde, who is recommended for his ‘technical knowledge and intelligent strategies’ and is assisted by senior associate Giuseppe Marzullo. Other names to note are overall practice head Manuel Villa-García and Cecilia Catacora.

The in-demand and ‘solidPhilippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria utilises its cross-department expertise in areas such as corporate, tax, energy and construction in conjunction with its litigators and arbitrators. In arbitration, Ramiro Portocarrero heads the practice and acts for some globally-recognised companies in domestic forums. He also leads the general litigation practice alongside Leysser León, where the service is ‘remarkable’, and is acting for Telefónica del Peru (a new client to the practice) in multiple lawsuits challenging decisions of regulator OSIPTEL. In the white-collar crime segment, the firm acts for Uber Perú, Mondelez Perú and Orica Mining Services. The criminal practice is now led by Daniel Ramos, recruited from MOAR Abogados, following the departure of Gonzalo del Río to Hernández & Cía. Abogados. Litigator and name partner Augusto Ferrero also left the firm to join the Constitutional Court.

Leading corporate and M&A firm Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas has significant capability in contentious work, where it offers ‘optimum’ service and ‘provides solutions’. Notably, it boasts a significant criminal practice led by the ‘analytical’ Augusto Loli, who directs seven other white-collar crime specialists. They include Percy García and César Pantoja, who have 53 years’ corporate-crime experience between them. Loli is leading advice to Banco de Crédito del Perú in relation to fraud investigations. Meanwhile, the commercial disputes practice was boosted by the hire of new head Roger Zavaleta from Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados; among other skills, Zavaleta is experienced in international and domestic arbitration. Enfoca SAFI, Graña y Montero Ferrovías and Glencore Minera subsidiary Perubar are all clients.

Rubio Leguía Normand is consistently recommended by clients for its skill in disputes work, and according to one well-known company, has ‘among the very best litigation teams.’ In particular, head partner Bruno Marchese is a ‘highly-regarded professional, responsive and someone you can trust’. Indicative of the expertise of the practice, it has been instructed by the State, alongside White & Case LLP Washington, regarding $1.6bn in claims brought by Gramercy Funds Management and Gramercy Peru Holdings concerning historical ‘Agrarian Reform Bonds’ issued as compensation following land redistribution in 1960s. Fellow key partner Fausto Viale is leading advice to Anglo American Quellaveco concerning land disputes related to the Quellaveco mining project. Other clients include American Airlines.

CMS Grau has a broad offering, structuring its practice across four disciplines: judicial processes, led by associate Andrea Bazán; arbitration, where overall practice head Vanessa Cisneros, who ‘offers solutions tailored to clients’ needs’, and the ‘very competent’ Ramón Huapaya take the lead; public law, also led by Huapaya; and the newly-established compliance practice, with senior associate Carolina Cueva at the helm. Overall, the team ‘quickly understands the problem and proposes clever and effective solutions’. An impressive client base includes SOLGAS Perú, Petroperu, Banco de Crédito del Perú and Enagás.

At DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar, Guillermo Hesse handles judicial and arbitration proceedings across a range of sectors, but with notable strength in infrastructure and projects-related contentious issues. The firm has a number of cases against the State, for example acting for Certificaciones del Perú (CERPER) in multimillion-dollar claims against the government following a 2015 international tender to control Peru’s industrial fishing activity. Other work includes representing Evergreen International Storage and Transport Corporation in a Constitutional Court appeal. Hess is assisted on the majority of matters by senior associates Javier Abusada and Hernán Jordán, who bring 20 and 15 years’ experience to the practice respectively.

Dentons Gallo Barrios Pickmann Abogados has already experienced an uptick in instructions since joining the global network at the end of 2017. The firm is advising Minera IRL in a $100m arbitration against public finance company Corporacion Financiera de Desarrollo (COFIDE), represented by Miranda & Amado, concerning the financing of the Ollachea gold mining project. It is also acting for Galvao Engenharia Sucursal Peru in a $35m arbitration against Sedapal, Lima’s water and sewerage public utility. The two matters are led by Giancarlo Mandriotti and Claudio Cajina respectively, both co-heads of the department. Consultant José Miguel Cárdenas is also a key member of the team.

Javier Villa García heads the practice at García Sayán Abogados which, with support from Agustin Yrigoyen and senior associate Carlos Chávez, focuses on civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation and arbitration. García and Chavez are leading advice to Buenaventura Group in multiple proceedings, including arbitration concerning environmental and safety breaches in the mining sector, value $25m. Other clients include Volvo Group and its local subsidiaries, Agrofoods Central Valley Chile and Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).

New to the ranking, Garrigues’ fledgling practice is staffed by former key partners and some associates from leading litigation boutique Benites, Vargas & Ugaz. They are: former name partner there, Hugo Forno; former head of civil litigation Melissa Núñez, who has ‘good knowledge’ and ‘extensive experience in litigation’; and associates Javier Bueno and Joel Campos. Benefitting from the international platform of the Spanish-headquartered firm, the team already has a growing caseload to add to the partners’ existing client roster. Both Forno and Nuñez continue to represent Telefonica del Peru in enforcement of a Constitutional Court judgement in favour of their client. Other clients include Engie Energia Peru, Olympic Peru and Ameco.

Dispute resolution boutique Estudio Linares Abogados has ‘extensive experience’ in civil, commercial and criminal litigation and arbitration. Clients particularly appreciate that ‘partners are always available, and they are tremendously quick to react’. The five partners and eight associates are led by ‘proactive’ Daniel Linares (civil and commercial) and ‘dedicated’ Arturo Linares (white-collar crime). The firm’s broad caseload includes multimillion-dollar matters in the mining, agriculture, music and construction industries, for example, while clients include oil majors and global consultancy companies. The team comprises ‘great litigators’ who are ‘extremely reliable’.

Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray is a construction boutique with over half the practice dedicated to dispute resolution in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors. Practitioners get ‘deeply involved in the technical aspects’ and their work as arbitrators ‘gives them a global knowledge of the industry’. In 2017 alone, the firm handled 36 arbitrations, led by key partners Enrique Navarro Sologuren, Gustavo Paredes and Jaime Gray. The firm is currently acting as co-counsel alongside Clifford Chance in a high-stakes, very high-value international arbitration concerning an infrastructure project. The firm is also advising a client in another high-value arbitration against the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. Clients of the firm include Graña y Montero, Graña y Montero Petrolera, Terminal Internacional del Sur, and COSAPI.

Estudio Paitán & Asociados is a small but successful arbitration boutique recognised for its skill in investment disputes and matters involving the State. The main focus of the practice is international arbitration, handling cases under ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, for example. Name partner Carlos Paitán is praised for his dedication, knowledge and ‘high-quality service’. He is currently advising on a multimillion-dollar ICSID arbitration in the telecoms sector, assisted by newly-made up partners José Salcedo and Danny Quiroga. The trio, who are ‘efficient, quick in their responses’ and ‘successful, particularly in the ICSID’, are also acting in a high-value, UNCITRAL investment arbitration in the gaming industry. An extensive client list includes: Latam Hydro and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (both recent client gains); Corporacion Boulevard; and the Ministry of Housing and Construction.

First class litigation boutiqueRodríguez Angobaldo Abogados has an impressive client roster, indicative of the expertise of ‘standout’ founding partner Fernando Rodriguez Angobaldo – noted for his clarity and strategy – and his team. Clients include Scotiabank, Banco de Crédito del Perú, leading domestic insurer Rímac Seguros and Entel Perú. In a mixed year, two key partners departed: Luis Alberto Liñan returned to former firm CMS Grau; and Adolfo Román went in-house at Banco Financiero. However, respected civil litigation partner Jaime Heredia Tamayo joined from Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados and César Abanto Revilla was recruited from Estudio González & Asociados. Álvaro Bonilla Concha was promoted to partner.

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