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Miranda & Amado is a ‘go-to firm for arbitration and dispute resolution matters’, with clients lauding its ‘outstanding service’, its ‘team of solid and 100% client-driven professionals’, and its ‘unmatchable breadth of expertise’. ‘Top practitioner’ Mauricio Raffo heads the department, which is split evenly between litigation and arbitration work. On the litigation side, areas of particular strength include regulatory disputes in the electricity, hydrocarbons and telecoms sectors; both Raffo and Juan Luis Avendaño V are representing Telefónica del Perú in a string of administrative and regulatory proceedings in relation to competition, tax, telecom and consumer protection law. The team also has specialist expertise in the full range of constitutional, civil, commercial, tax and labour disputes; recent clients include Repsol, Gas Natural de Lima y Callao Cálidda, and Dafeli. In one highlight, Raffo is defending Apurimac Ferrum in 38 claims brought by Minera Apu concerning overlapping mining concessions. Counsels Sara Taipe and Giancarlo Cresci, as well as senior associates Adolfo Pinillos and Rodrigo Urrutia, are also noted for their litigation experience. On the arbitration side, the team has a strong focus on international arbitration cases and construction disputes. Luis Miranda is representing Bear Creek Mining Corporation on proceedings in relation to the expropriation of its rights over the Santa Ana Project; while Raffo and José Daniel Amado are acting for APM Terminals Callao in a dispute over the construction of a port in Peru. Other clients include Dessau International, Obrascón Huarte Lain and ENGIE Energía Perú. Also recommended are counsel Cristina Ferraro and senior associate Lucía Olavarría, who both specialise in investment and commercial arbitration.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados enjoys a unique reputation across litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime, and is widely recognised by peers as ‘a leader for dispute resolution matters of any kind’. Its sector experience is deep and varied, with telecoms, civil law, infrastructure, mining and real estate among the practice’s sweet spots; the team particularly stands out for its expertise advising on high-profile international commercial arbitrations and investor-state arbitrations. The team is ‘excellent in all aspects’ and scores highly for its ‘response times, deep knowledge, solid work and service value’. Among its most prominent practitioners, José Tam usually leads on litigation matters and has a ‘clear vision of strategy and goals for each legal case’; José Reaño and Efraín Vassallo are white-collar litigation experts; Arturo Aza is a respected litigator in administrative and constitutional law proceedings; Juan Guillermo Lohmann handles domestic arbitration matters; and Luis Bedoya specialises in international arbitration. All of them are ‘always ahead with their work’ and provide ‘a lot of assurance’ in the face of ‘any contigency’. Alejandro Manayalle, who was promoted to the partnership in 2015, is currently advising on two investor-state arbitrations against the Peruvian government, and two international arbitrations before ICSID and UNCITRAL.

The six-partner-strong Benites, Forno & Ugaz enjoys a superb reputation for its white-collar and criminal law practice, which peers describe as ‘first-class, among the best in Peru’. However, the firm also has an established reputation for civil, commercial, regulatory and constitutional cases – particularly in the energy and telecommunications sectors. Name partner José Ugaz is a market-leading white-collar and criminal-law practitioner; Luis Vargas Valdivia is also a ‘white-collar crime expert’, and Hugo Forno is a recognised specialist in the arbitration field. Also recommended are César Benites and Melissa Núñez for judicial litigation matters, and Héctor Gadea, who handles criminal law mandates.

Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados acts in high-value and sensitive arbitration cases, both domestic and international, for large companies in the energy, oil and gas, construction, fishing, transport and insurance sectors. The practice is co-led by Alfredo Bullard and Huáscar Ezcurra. ‘Arbitration expert’ Bullard has renowned expertise in matters related to regulated sectors and their respective regulatory bodies, while Ezcurra is the name to note for civil, insurance and corporate disputes. Senior associate Pablo Mori has broad arbitration capability, and particular strength in disputes related to insurance and health contracts. Associate José María de la Jara is also recommended.

With one of the most sizeable litigation groups in Peru, Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International has robust litigation and arbitration practices and is particularly prominent in energy, infrastructure and construction litigation. Javier de Belaunde is a star name, and is currently advising the Republic of Ecuador in a high-profile arbitration procedure. The highly regarded Ana María Arrarte heads the group, and recently represented Peru LNG in $45m judicial proceedings concerning its non-compliance with the Plan of Abandonment for a construction project for a liquefied natural gas exportation facility. Yvo Cuba specialises in civil and commercial litigation, and is representing Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos in a $30m dispute against Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur regarding an alleged contractual infringement. In another highlight, Samuel Abad acted for Refineria La Pampilla in proceedings brought by one of its shareholders. Other clients include SURA, Gilat to Home Peru and La Fiduciaria.

Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya Abogados provides a ‘magnificent service’ and garners praise for its ‘pragmatism’ and ‘pro-business approach’. The ‘outstanding’ Fernando Meléndez has ‘great prestige in the field’ and displays ‘great command’ of civil, administrative and commercial litigation. Together with Roger Zavaleta, he is representing Telefónica del Perú in a headline $800m case before Peru’s tax authority, SUNAT, as well as the country’s fiscal court, in relation to the payment of moratory interests and taxes. In another highlight Zavaleta is acting for Laboratorios Maver Peru in proceedings against the General Office of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs in relation to its medication, Tapsin. Other clients include Citibank, Savia Perú and Transportadora de Gas del Perú. Jaime Heredia is also recommended; and Ericka Angulo was promoted to the partnership in April 2016. Since the conclusion of research, Zavaleta has moved to Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas.

Osterling Abogados retains a strong record in cutting-edge civil and commercial law matters. ‘Truly superior lawyerEnrique Ferrando heads the team, and combines his litigation and arbitration skills with extensive sectorial knowledge in insurance, reinsurance and environmental matters. The three-partner practice also includes team head Mauricio Martínez, and newly made partner Kodiak Semsch. In an ongoing highlight, the team is representing Inmobiliaria Santa Felicia in proceedings against the government in relation to compensation for three expropriations, valued at $85m. It is also acting for Luis Leon Rupp in a liability claim against the government’s banking and insurance regulator (SBS) regarding a $97m indemnification claim for losses in relation to the liquidation of now-defunct local bank Banco de la Industria de la Construcción. Martinez, Ferrando and Semsch are also representing Inversiones Castelo Branco in $40m claims over rights in a real estate property acquired through a public bid. Other clients include Zurich Insurance, CMC Constructora and Latintecna. Gustavo Miró left to set up his own firm, Miró Quesada Abogados.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados is considered a ‘strategic ally’ given the strength of its ‘agile, intelligent and solid’ team, and leverages off its superb reputation for corporate and finance work to specialise in acting for major local and international clients in contentious proceedings. The firm is active in both litigation and arbitration and has a fine record for handling financial, commercial and corporate disputes. Julio César Pérez heads the team, and recently represented BNP Paribas in its claim against Ezentis concerning a credit-off-setting in a $25m financing facility agreement. Pérez is also acting for Terminales Portuarios Chancay in a constitutional claim brought by artisanal fishermen in relation to the construction of the port of Chancay; he is assisted by senior associate José Aguado and associate Milo Ruiz, with whom he forms a ‘powerful, clever and extremely client-focused team’. The ‘particularly goodDomingo Rivarola gets plaudits for his ‘high technical knowledge’ and ‘passion for what he does’; together with corporate partner Aldo Reggiardo, he successfully represented Perú Masivo in a domestic arbitration proceeding against the Municipality of Lima over the breach of a concession contract. Other highlights included Máximo Gordillo’s defense of Lima Gas in a damages claim brought by Par Motors. The team’s profile was further strengthened by the hire of prominent criminal law practitioner José Caro John, who joins the firm’s growing white-collar practice. Senior associates Alessandra Mendoza and Micaela Ortiz are highly regarded.

García Sayán Abogados is held in high esteem for its expertise in white-collar crime proceedings and the practice displays a strong slant towards criminal environmental lawsuits in the mining and oil sectors. However the team has a diversified practice that also handles commercial, civil, constitutional and administrative lawsuits, as well as administrative and family disputes before both judicial courts and arbitration panels. Diego Calmet is the name to note for white-collar crime matters; among his recent mandates, he is representing Sociedad Minera El Brocal on claims brought by the public prosecutor over environmental pollution limits; and Laive in several proceedings relating to claims concerning public health and public safety. Javier Villa is at the helm of the general dispute resolution practice; together with Martha Perez Reyes, he represented Buenaventura Group in a number of judicial proceedings related to civil, administrative and constitutional disputes over environmental fines and the infringement of safety regulations. Additionally, the team – which also includes Agustin Yrigoyen – assisted Cencosud with several civil and commercial litigation proceedings, and arbitration, related to disputes arising from its business.

At Hernández & Cía. Abogados, contractual disputes, contentious construction matters and administrative litigation are all core areas of activity. The team is co-led by Ricardo Luque and Jorge Luis Zubiate, who recently represented EsSalud in a $1.7bn dispute with the Peruvian Pensions Office; they were assisted by highly regarded senior associate Carlos Gastello. In another highlight, Luque, who is the team’s go-to person for arbitration matters, acted for Sociedad Minera Austria Duvaz in $10m proceedings over the acquisition price of a mining project. Since research concluded the contentious department has further strengthened its offering with the hire of Gonzalo del Río Labarthe as partner-in-charge of the firm's new white-collar crime practice.

At Estudio Monroy Abogados, civil, commercial and constitutional disputes are all areas of particular expertise. Juan Monroy is recognised as a leading name in the judicial litigation arena. The team is well staffed at partner level and also includes Juan José Monroy, Mario Monroy, Alberto Simons, and Omar Cairo, who is recommended for contentious constitutional matters. Representative clients include Proime Contratistas Generales, Eteselva, Electroandes and Standard Chartered Bank.

The oldest law firm in Peru, Estudio Olaechea wins plaudits for its ‘first-class dispute resolution practice’. Litigation and arbitration are established areas of expertise for the team, which handles work for clients such as Caterpillar and Banco de Crédito del Perú; it also has an active white-collar crime arm led by ‘outstanding professional’ José Luis Velarde. Manuel Villa-Garcia and Cecilia Catacora are ‘extremely capable, client-oriented and entirely reliable’; together they are representing Sociedad Agrícola Pucala in a $150m claim concerning unpaid agrarian bonds against the Republic of Peru, which is to be heard before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Other clients include Honda Motor Company, Clorox Perú and International Youth Hostel Federation. At associate level, Alvaro Palao is recommended for commercial litigation, while Giuseppe Marzullo regularly assists on white-collar mandates.

Dispute resolution is a growing area for the recently merged Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, whose fields of expertise include construction, engineering, natural resources and corporate disputes. Representative of this ascendance is the firm’s increasing profile in international arbitration, under the leadership of Ramiro Portocarrero and José Delmar. The ‘strategy-oriented’ Portocarrero has ‘outstanding negotiation, litigation and arbitration skills’; he successfully acted for Empresa de Generación Eléctrica de Machupicchu in $13m judicial proceedings against contractor GyM, obtaining the annulment of an arbitration award in relation to a construction contract. Leysser León is highly regarded for contractual, medical and healthcare liability, insurance liability and torts matters. Other clients include GCZ Construcción, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and Volcan Compañía Minera.

Boutique firm Priori & Carrillo Abogados is a key player in Peru’s litigation and arbitration scene. Name partner Giovanni Priori continues to strengthen his reputation in the area, and has recently been appointed to head the commission for the reform of Peru’s Civil Procedural Code. Santiago Carrillo and Carlos Glave are both expert litigators and are highly regarded for civil and commercial proceedings. Representative clients include LAN, Cosapi and Minera Casapalca.

Rubio Leguía Normand’s ‘quality practice’ is highly active in infrastructure, mining, civil liability and torts disputes, and has experience in both judicial and arbitration proceedings. The ‘business savvyFausto Viale and Bruno Marchese, who co-lead the team, are representing major insurance company Pacífico Vida y Reaseguros–Credicorp in 19 civil claims, two constitutional disputes and three administrative proceedings. Marchese is also acting for Torres Unidas in 15 different proceedings against local governments in Peru concerning administrative rulings revoking its licences to construct new telecommunications towers. The mining sector is a significant source of instructions, and the firm regularly represents companies in claims over surface land rights, construction contracts, damages, and administrative decisions, both on the claimant and defendant side.

CMS Grau is highly rated by clients for its ‘great expertise, constant availability and quick response times’. The team routinely acts in tax, labour, mining, oil-and-gas and retail disputes, and it was recently instructed by Lima Airport Partners in a constitutional claim against Peru’s Ministry of Transport. It also successfully represented Minera Las Bambas in criminal and civil proceedings over alleged violations against rural communities and the amendment of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment. Vanessa Cisneros heads the team; among its associates, ‘very capable’ ‘strategist’ Raffo Velásquez and Jorge López are recommended.

CPB Abogados has a diverse dispute resolution practice which demonstrates expertise in industry sectors including mining, construction, telecoms and real estate. Team Head Mario Pinatte is particularly recommended for labour and employment disputes, as well as money laundering prevention matters, but also has experience in the wider commercial and civil disputes arena. In a recent highlight, Pinatte and highly regarded senior associate Claudia Vega successfully represented Empresa de Servicios de Ingeniería y Construcción in arbitration proceedings for damages against Norberto Odebrecht Sucursal; the case has moved to the judiciary.

DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar’s credentials in the construction and infrastructure disputes arena are widely recognised. The team regularly takes on complex construction claims in relation to cost overruns, price adjustments, force majeure, contract interpretation and indemnification claims, and also takes a leading role representing major construction companies in arbitration proceedings related to PPP projects. Key partner Carlos Núñez is representing Construções e Comercio Camargo Correa, as contractor, in a $70m arbitration procedure against the Regional Government of Piura over the termination of a construction contract concerning an irrigation project. He is also representing Metro de Lima Línea 2 against regulatory agency OSITRAN regarding the execution of the $6.6bn PPP contract for the development of the Línea 2 project. Guillermo Hesse has experience in commercial disputes, and is representing Empresa de Transformación Agraria in a number of arbitration procedures against Programa Nacional de Saneamiento Rural related to three contracts for the construction of basic sanitary units and water supply systems in Southern Peru.

Boutique firm Estudio Linares Abogados has a strong showing in litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime matters. The team advises companies from a broad array of sectors, including energy, mining, construction and banking, across the full range of contentious cases and forums. Daniel Linares is respected for arbitration matters, while Arturo Linares specialises in criminal law proceedings, Augusto Linares Talavera handles white-collar crime cases, and newly made partner Augusto Linares Muñoz has broad experience in dispute resolution matters in the construction, mining, and insurance sectors.

Estudio Paitán & Asociados’ exclusive focus on arbitration allows for a highly specialised practice that shines in all the key foreign investment areas in Peru, including construction, sanitation, hydrocarbons, fishing, telecoms, infrastructure, and public utilities. ICSID arbitration is a particular forte, although the firm also handles commercial arbitration proceedings under ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as arbitration disputes over public contracts. Name partner Carlos Paitán has 15 years experience in the area, and leads a compact team of three with strong sectorial expertise. Recent highlights include successfully representing Chinese investor Tza Yap Shum in $1m ICSID proceedings against Peru over the expropriation of its fish meal business; French investor Renée Levy against the Peruvian state in $840m ICSID proceedings over the intervention and liquidation of Nuevo Mundo Bank by the Peruvian banking regulator; and US company Renco before an UNCITRAL tribunal in claims totalling $800m related to alleged arbitrary and unfair measures applied to industrial activities in the mining industry.

The dispute resolution practice at Gallo Barrios Pickmann Abogados is led by Giancarlo Mandriotti, who has considerable expertise in commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration. He is currently representing a local company in arbitration proceedings over damages in relation to the cancellation of a high-profile restaurant business project, and is also acting for an American freight forwarder against Peru’s Air Force in relation to the execution of a transportation contract. As we go to press, the firm has just announced the opening of two new practices as part of its combination with Dentons (which is expected to be launched in October): criminal law, which will be led by Marcello Croci; and compliance, which will be led by Claudio Cajina; both join as partners from the former Croci, Silva y Cajina Abogados. Concurrently the disputes practice has recruited José Miguel Cárdenas as counsel responsible for litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas gave a significant boost to its dispute resolution practice in 2016 by integrating white-collar crime boutique Loli & García Cavero Abogados; the new arrivals include top-flight white-collar litigator Augusto Loli (who joins as a senior partner), and Percy García, (who joins as counsel). In a major headline case, Loli is currently advising Peru’s President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, in a criminal investigation over his alleged involvement in Brazil’s Lava Jato scandal when he was Prime Minister; the case was later dismissed, but an appeal is still pending. He also successfully defended Banco de Crédito del Perú in criminal proceedings over fraud claims; and Telefónica del Perú over alleged collusion with former government officials resulting in tax fraud. Jose Miguel Cardenas remains the name to note for civil, commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration. Since research concluded, Roger Zavaleta has joined the department, as a partner, from Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya Abogados.

Boutique outfit Rodríguez Angobaldo Abogados is entirely dedicated to dispute resolution, and has a growing arbitration practice in addition to established litigation expertise. Clients are drawn from the banking, insurance, fishing, and real estate sectors, among others. Key partners Adolfo Román and Fernando Rodríguez are representing Banco de Crédito del Perú before the competition authority in a $5.5m dispute over a fraudulent sale in the framework of a bankruptcy proceeding. Luis Alberto Liñán specialises in civil cases and is acting for Constructora Málaga on a shareholding dispute within an infrastructure consortium.

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