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    • Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis - Miranda & Amado
    • Anthony Laub - Laub & Quijandría Energy Group
    • María Teresa Quiñones - Quiñones Alayza Abogados
    • Roberto Santiváñez - Santiváñez Abogados

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Laub & Quijandría Energy Group is a dedicated legal and consultancy firm focused solely on the energy and mining sector, comprising lawyers, engineers and economists. Head lawyer Anthony Laub is a leading authority in the electricity sector for regulatory, concessions and projects, and is supported by seven specialist energy lawyers including Carlos Gomero and Gina Vega Ponce de León; they both bring in-house experience to the practice, having held high-level positions in the public and private sector respectively. In addition to a roster of some of the largest electricity projects in Peru in recent years, the outward-facing firm has developed a considerable international practice and has worked with The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and German development agency GIZ.

Miranda & Amado’s market-leading corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation lawyers provide ‘superior expertise’ and a 360° service to clients in this sector. Overseeing the electricity practice is Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis, who has an ‘incredible wealth of knowledge’, while counsel Marife Martinelli is recognised for her experience in regulatory matters. Past instructions include acting for Cerro Del Aguila on the financing, construction and operation of its hydroelectric plant in Huancavelica, central Peru (value $950m); while other clients include Energia Peru, Termochilca and Lineas de Transmision Peruanas. Respected regulatory counsel Alfonso Rivera and associate Juan Chang left the firm to assume roles in-house.

The well-resourced team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and ‘of the highest professional quality’. A total of four partners and seven associates ‘know a lot about our sector’ and are distinguished for their ‘personalised and assertive’ advice. Department head Verónica Sattler continues to advise Red Eléctrica del Sur as winning bidder of the concession to construct and operate the $59m 220 kV Tintaya-Azángaro transmission line and substations. Counsel María del Rosario Quiroga is representing Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde on the $600m construction of the San Jose´s substation and 500kv Chilca-Montalvo transmission line which will supply energy to its mine. Other names to mention are Alejandro Manayalle, who takes the lead on many high-level instructions, and associate Eduardo Ramos. However, after over 25 years’ at the firm, leading name María Teresa Quiñones left to establish regulatory boutique Quiñones Alayza Abogados in July 2018.

First class and highly reliableSantiváñez Abogados is a specialist in the energy sector, advising on all aspects from regulatory and environmental law to project development and finance. Name partner Roberto Santiváñez is a widely-acknowledged expert and steers a substantial team of partners and associates praised for their ‘transparency’ and ability to ‘always have an alternative solution to a problem’. Fidel Rocha stands out for his ‘knowledge of the sector and level of analysis’. Indicative of the firm’s standing in this field, it was hired by I Squared Capital to handle the regulatory, environmental and energy aspects of its headline $1.17bn acquisition of the Latin American and Caribbean assets of IC Power, while Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados led on all other aspects. The firm is assisting Anglo American Peru with the structure and conduct of its competitive bidding process to select power transmission services for the Quellaveco Mine project.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International excels in this sector under the leadership of María del Carmen Tovar. It is ‘very experienced in electrical regulation’ and has strengthened its role as adviser to the State over the past year. The firm continues to act for Construtora Andrade Gutierrez on the development of the 400MW-plus Lorena hydroelectric power project on the Marañon river, most recently renegotiating the client’s temporary generation concession into a permanent one. Other highlights include representing Genrent del Perú, concessionaire to design, finance, build, own, operate and maintain the power supply for the Iquitos project, comprising the installation of a thermal power plant – it is a region of Peru that is currently off-grid. The team benefits from the financing expertise of Juan Carlos de los Heros and sector-know-how of Ines Vazquez.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados has a ‘very high level of service in this sector’ and according to one client, is ‘probably the best in the country’. Brendan Oviedo and his team of experienced associates, including Romina Stucchi and Evelyn López, are praised for their ‘deep knowledge of the sector and great human qualities’, with notable expertise in regulatory matters. The firm is advising Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Ana on the construction of the 20MW Renovandes H1 hydropower plant project; and also handled the finance on behalf of Natixis for the $51m, 19.8MW Manta hydropower plant project. An extensive client roster of financiers and power and infrastructure companies includes Ferrovial, Enel Green Power and Interbank.

A stellar client base at Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados includes Enel Generación Perú and related companies, Electroperú and national grid operating body, COES. The firm is ‘very experienced in electrical and electrical environmental regulation’ and typically advises on regulatory issues, administrative proceedings and power purchase agreements, for example. Head of practice Gerardo Soto and senior associate Mayra Aguirre are providing ongoing advice to Genrent del Peru concerning its Iquitos Cold Reserve Generation Plant, value $100m. Project finance partner Aldo Reggiardo, assisted by Aguirre, led advice to China Development Bank on its $365m financing to Hydro Global Peru for the construction of the San Gabán III hydroelectric power plant.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados - Spanish translation: En la base de clientes estelares de Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados figuran Enel Generación Perú y empresas relacionadas, Electroperú y el Comité de Operaciones del Sistema Interconectado Nacional (COES). La firma tiene "mucha experiencia tanto en la regulación eléctrica como en la ambiental eléctrica" y, por lo general, asesora en cuanto a asuntos regulatorios, procedimientos administrativos y acuerdos de compra de energía, por ejemplo. El jefe del despacho, Gerardo Soto, y la asociada sénior, Mayra Aguirre, brindan asesoría continua a Genrent del Perú con respecto a su planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Iquitos, valorada en $100 millones. El socio de financiación de proyectos, Aldo Reggiardo, con la colaboración de Aguirre, dirigió el asesoramiento al Banco de Desarrollo de China en su financiación por $365 millones a Hydro Global Perú para la construcción de la central hidroeléctrica San Gabán III.

CMS Grau’s ‘group of experts complement each other very well’ across the different energy sectors. It is representing Italian electricity and gas multinational ENEL on the construction of the 20MW Ayununga hydroelectric project and continues to advise Latin American development bank CAF on the $80m financing of the 84MW La Virgen hydroelectric power plant. ‘Great negotiator’ Carlos Hamann and Augusto Astorga, who has ‘much experience’ in the sector, lead the practice.

Garrigues earns its place in this ranking for its premier financing and projects expertise, which was further boosted by the arrival of power lawyer Giancarlo Vignolo, a senior associate from Duke Energy Peru (now I Squared Capital). Noted for his ‘practical solutions’, department head Víctor Baca led advice to Indian electricity transmission company Sterlite Power Grid Ventures on its bid for the Mantaro-Nueva Yanango-Carapongo and Nueva Yanango-Nueva Huánuco transmission line PPP projects, which was ultimately won by Interconnexion Electrica (ISA). The Ministry of Energy and Mines is also a client.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is building a very credible practice under senior partner Rolando Salvatierra and a small group of capable associates. In a sterling year, it won roles on two headline matters: acting for Ace Investment Fund (part of the consortium led by China Three Gorges - CTG), on its $1.39bn acquisition of the Chaglla hydroelectric plant from Odebrecht; and representing Hydro Global Peru (a joint venture between CGT and Portugal’s EDP Energias), on its $365m financing from China Development Bank for the construction of the San Gabán III hydroelectric power plant.


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Highly recommended as the best in the market’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados’s long heritage in this sector, unrivalled client list and a cast of 18 lawyers fully dedicated to this sector, sets it apart from rivals. Head of the practice and firm managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado has an international reputation for his expertise and is widely-perceived as a leading individual, as is corporate and finance specialist Oscar Benavides. Other standout individuals include Francisco Tong, who leads on the regulatory, administrative and environmental aspects. Together, the entire team ‘demonstrates high knowledge of the matters and a real culture of service to the client’. Clients include some of the biggest mining actors operating in Peru, including Anglo American Peru, Southern Copper, Barrick Gold Corporation, Minsur and Compañía Minera Antamina (owned by BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck Resources and Mitsubishi). The firm is providing ongoing advice to Minera Chinalco Perú, the local subsidiary of the Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco), on all legal aspects of the operation of its $4.8bn Toromocho copper mine; and is acting for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, on its $4.7bn expansion of the Cerro Verde open-pit copper and molybdenum mine, an instruction that also includes litigious matters.

CMS Grau is ‘one of the leading firms in Peru for sure’ and provides ‘very good service and expertise’ in this sector. The fully standalone team handles all requirements of both public and private sector mining clients, from M&A and financing to project planning and administrative law. Head of practice Cecilia Gonzáles leads five other partners and is ‘professional’, ‘extremely responsive and provides solid advice’. She led representation to Osisko Gold Royalties on its CAD$1.125bn acquisition of the high-quality precious metals portfolio of rights and assets from Orion Mine Finance, which includes royalties over Peruvian projects such as the Antamina, Ollachea and Tintaya. Other highlights included representing the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its joint venture with Glencore to create a base-metals royalty company, the world’s first major base metals-focused royalty enterprise. The CMS advice was led by Gonzales and Marité Aragaki. Partners of note also include Raúl Ferreyra and Liliana Pautrat.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International excels in the financings of projects and transactions, where it ‘adds a lot of value supporting foreign lenders’, but also boasts a steady flow of ongoing advice to mining companies, both domestic and international. For example, it advised Trevali Mining Corporation on its $190m loan (from a syndicate that included Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Bank Canada), to acquire a portfolio of zinc assets from Glencore; and is advising Peruvian mining company Minera Aurífera Retamas (Marsa) on all its legal requirements concerning its gold mine in northern Peru, one of the largest underground gold mines in the country. The team is led by Valentín Paniagua, who is praised for his ‘comprehensive knowledge and experience in the mining sector’; and benefits from the ‘very good and clear communication’ of corporate and finance partner Oscar Trelles, who is ‘very knowledgeable, efficient and proactive’, and Ina María Drago, who stands out for her ‘commitment to the client and breadth of knowledge’.

A fully-comprehensive offering at García Sayán Abogados provides an ‘unbeatable level of service’ that is ‘very responsive’ to clients’ needs. Its team of full-time specialists advise a significant number of mining companies, including Cerro del Aguila (now merged with Kallpa Generación), Pucará Resources, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura and subsidiary Compañía Minera Coimolache. José Miguel Morales and Diego Grisolle are consistently recommended and are supported by a sizeable team of associates. Grisolle and experienced senior associate Nancy Ogata are representing Kallpa Generación in a dispute concerning mining concessions. ‘Advice is always acute, supported by analysis and very solid reasoning,’ concludes a client.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados draws praise for its ‘exceptional service’ and ‘deep knowledge’, both of the industry and client projects. It swelled its team by a mighty ten lawyers in 2017, hiring partners Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino and Miyanou Dufour plus eight associates from Osterling Abogados, markedly augmenting both its expertise, strength-in-depth and client roster. Dufour is lauded for his ‘sharpness of analysis’ and ‘creativity in solutions’, while Huertas del Pino has ‘extensive experience’. They join head of practice Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui, who recently provided Peruvian mining law advice to the State in arbitration under ICSID rules brought by Bear Creek Mining Corporation, which claimed $522m over the Santa Ana mining project, but was ultimately awarded $30m. He also led advice to Hudbay Peru on its $46m acquisition of a five-year mining assignment and transfer option for mining concessions belonging to Compañía Minera María Reina and concerning the Katanga mining project. Río Tinto Minera, Compañía Minera Antamina and Orion Mine Finance are clients.

Miranda & Amado is ‘top notch, provides superb service delivery’ and ‘is super responsive and commercial’. Clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘excellent subject matter knowledge’ and ‘would not hesitate to recommend it’. Such high praise is largely targeted at head of practice Alberto Delgado and fellow partner Guillermo Bracamonte, who lead a team of six associates. The team’s client list includes sector stars Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Glencore-Xstrata and Las Bambas Mining Company, while recent instructions include advising Australia’s Red Citadel Resources on establishing operations in Peru. The firm also acted for Bear Creek Mining in its $522m rights dispute over the Santa Ana Project against the Peruvian State. Delgado assumed the position of co-managing partner of the firm in 2018.

A compact but experienced team at Dentons has a substantial client base of local and international clients, typically mining companies either established or seeking a share of Peru’s rich resource reserves. Practice head Fernando Pickmann is recognised for his work advising start-up and fledging mining companies, and for raising finance on the capital markets. Assisted by associate Mario Chirinos, he recently acted for Canada’s Tinka Resources on raising $121m on the Lima Stock Exchange; and also represented Regulus Resources in its joint venture with Compañia de Minas Buenaventura, including the development of mining and exploration projects in Cajamarca, this time assisted by associate Pilar Olaechea.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria acts for a number of top-drawer clients and is lead adviser to BHP Biliton in Peru. Other clients include Compañía Minera Glencore, Pan Pacific Copper and recent gain, Compañía Minera Antamina. Recent highlights of the practice, co-led by experienced partners Ricardo Harten and Hernan Torres, include representing Compañía Minera Milpo (now Nexa Resources Peru) on its bid for the Michiquillay mining project in Cajamarca, part of the international public bid opened by government agency Proinversion in early 2018. The firm also acted for Inversiones Alxar, part of Chile’s Empresas Copec, on its $200m acquisition of a 40% stake in Cumbres Andinas, which owns the Mina Justa copper project, from Minsur.

Good to work with’, Rubio Leguía Normand provides ‘great legal service’ and department head Xennia Forno has ‘great knowledge and experience in the mining sector as well as a really good relationship with mining authorities’. Clients also highlight associate Miguel Ángel Soto, who is a ‘great young lawyer with knowledge and experience’. Soto led advice to Jinzhao Mining on the optimisation of the Pampa de Pongo project, including modification of the original construction design of the mine. Nexa Resources, Bear Creek Mining, Southern Peaks Mining and Gold Fields all instruct the firm.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has an established, cross-departmental practice led by experienced mining lawyer Gabriela Jáuregui, whose expertise spans regulatory matters, transactions, disputes and criminal activity in the mining sector. Most notably, the firm acts for the government’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (Proinversion) on the organisation of the international public bid to develop the Michiquillay mining project, potential investment value $1.9bn. Private sector clients include Core Minerals Peru, Shougang Hierro Peru and Minera Gold Fields Peru.

Experienced mining lawyer José Antonio Honda leads a comprehensive practice at Estudio Olaechea which acts for mining companies and suppliers (among others) on the full spectrum on legal matters in this sector. The team continues to advise High Power Exploration on its joint venture with Teck Peru in connection with the development of Las Tinajas mining project, and also represents Imerys Minerales Peru, the holder of mining concessions in southern Peru currently at the exploitation stage. ME Elecmetal and Ravago Group are new client gains.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados strengthened its mining capability with the hire of counsel Ángel Chávez, formerly of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. He joins head of practice and corporate and finance partner José Cúneo, who is successfully building the practice, which ‘being a young area’ for the firm, ‘means the attitude and impetus of its members makes the service quite agile and efficient’. Clients include Compañía Minera Las Camelias (a recent gain), Compañía Minera Zafranal and Gold Fields La Cima. Environmental senior associate Vanessa Chávarry is a ‘very good professional who knows the sector very well’.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados - Spanish translation: Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados fortaleció su capacidad minera con la contratación del abogado Ángel Chávez, anteriormente del Ministerio de Energía y Minas. Se une al jefe del despacho y socio corporativo y financiero José Cúneo, quien está desarrollando exitosamente el despacho, que "al ser un área joven" para la firma, "significa que la actitud y el ímpetu de sus miembros hacen que el servicio sea bastante ágil y eficiente". Entre sus clientes figuran Compañía Minera Las Camelias (una adquisición reciente), Compañía Minera Zafranal y Gold Fields La Cima. La asociada ambiental sénior Vanessa Chávarry es una "muy buena profesional que conoce muy bien el sector".

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Barrios & Fuentes, Abogados has a strong trajectory in this sector, bringing many years’ experience to bear as it advises on all aspects from upstream to downstream matters and from project financing to corporate issues and exploration licences. In particular, name partner Germán Barrios is widely perceived as a leader in the field, representing key players in the oil and gas sector, such as Latin American exploration company Union Oil and Gas Group, and Australia’s Karoon Gas, which has interests in the Tumbes Basin in offshore northern Peru. Other team members include tax partner Katarzyna Dunin-Borkowski, who is noted for her expertise in the hydrocarbon sector, and Oscar Sánchez, who specialises in environmental issues.

Estudio Gálvez Abogados is a specialist oil and gas boutique with ‘proven knowledge of the sector, professionalism and experience’; it is ‘very well recognised in the hydrocarbons industry and stands out compared to others’. In particular, Carlos Vizquerra is a ‘great negotiator, with excellent communication skills’ who is ‘creative’ and ‘quick to respond’, while Luis Córdova shines for his ‘sharp, great analytical skills’ and who also ‘proposes creative solutions’. The team acted for Petroperú in a potential exploration and exploitation joint venture with Pacific Stratus Energy del Peru; and advised Gold Oil Perú on relinquishing an exploration block and the related termination of its relationship with Union Oil & Gas Group.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados boasts a healthy resumé of instructions in a challenging market, acting for Petroperú on the engineering, procurement and construction of auxiliary units and the complementary works contract for its Talara refinery; and advising the same client in negotiations with Pacific Stratus Energy del Perú to participate in the exploration and exploitation of a block in Loreto. The firm also represented CNPC on development rights to explore a natural gas block. Repsol Exploracion Peru, Maple Gas Corporation and Gran Tierra Energy are all clients of a practice group led by Ricardo Silva, with support from Fernando Babarczy.

Praised for its sector knowledge and ‘personalised attention’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields a large, cross-departmental team with standout oil and gas expertise in counsel Jorge Pérez-Taiman, environmental specialist Jenny Caldas and Jean Paul Chabaneix for industry financing. An extensive client list includes Exxon Mobil, Repsol, Shell Operaciones Peru, Hunt Oil and Frontera Energy, the latter three all client gains this year. Pérez-Taiman is leading advice to Karoon Gas on its landmark deep-water exploration (using techniques – such as mobile drilling units – unused to date in Peru) of the country’s northern coast, potential value $1-3bn. Senior associate Eduardo Ramos is singled out for praise.

CMS Grau has ‘extensive experience in the energy, hydrocarbons and gas sector’ and its ‘group of experts complement each other very well’. Oil and gas is a sector strength across the CMS international network, and in Peru it does not disappoint: co-head Carlos Hamann is ‘dynamic and proactive’; fellow co-head Augusto Astorga has ‘much experience in energy projects’ and Ramón Huapaya is ‘very competent in regulatory affairs’. The team is acting for Tullow Oil on the negotiation of five offshore licence contracts with Perupetro, the Peruvian government hydrocarbon agency, for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, potential value $250m. An extensive client list includes Enagás Internacional, Petroperu, Graña y Montero Petrolera and Shell Oil Company. Many of the team have worked in-house in this sector, which provides a broader perspective on matters, notes a client.

García Sayán Abogados’ considerable expertise in this sector is led by the ‘very responsiveAlberto Varillas who is highlighted for the ‘rigour of his analysis’ yet ‘clear and practical advice’. The team advises on matters including contracts and concessions for exploration and exploitation, as well as handling issues related to storage, transport and distribution, for example. Clients include CNPC Internacional Peru (the local subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation), ConocoPhillips, Graña y Montero Petrolera and Midas Gas. Nancy Ogata is focused in oil and gas matters and was promoted to senior associate. ‘The main differentiator with other firms is their knowledge of our company and its activities’, says a client.

Energy boutique Laub & Quijandría Energy Group has a significant practice, advising on all aspects from exploration and exploitation contracts through to project management and delivery. Fernando Pomotailla is noted for his regulatory expertise and is a former head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Hydrocarbons Regulation Bureau. Anthony Laub also advises in this sector and Gina Vega Ponce de León was formerly in-house at Petroperu. The firm has recently branched out to provide capability throughout Central America via a best-friends network.

Miranda & Amado excels in major projects, M&A, finance and disputes in this sector, but also has the regulatory expertise necessary for key instructions. For example, it continues its role as lead adviser to Petroperu on the development and financing of the Talara crude oil refinery, most recently advising on its $2bn bond issue to raise finance to upgrade the refinery. Other work includes acting for Gas Natural Fenosa on the concession for the expansion of natural gas services nationwide, a mandate won following a public bid. The practice is co-led by Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis, client partner to Petroperu, and Alberto Delgado, who is ‘very intelligent and analytical’ and ‘able to answer questions quickly and with substance’.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International ranks Petroperu and government entity Perupetro among its clients. It continues to advise the former on sanctions imposed by environmental regulatory agency OEFA following oil spills from its northern-Peruvian pipeline, a matter led by public law specialist Jorge Danós; and is acting for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, a new entrant in the Peruvian upstream market following the award of three northern off-shore blocks, the advice being led by Rolando Ramírez-Gastón. Valentín Paniagua overseas the firm’s natural resources practice.

Energy specialist Santiváñez Abogados focuses on the natural gas market, from distribution at source via transportation or pipeline, to the development and financing of infrastructure projects. It is currently advising government agency Proinversión on the promotion of private investment for the distribution of natural gas via pipeline throughout seven regions of Peru. Other work includes acting for Electro Dunas on the gas supply contract with Contugas for it Pedregal thermal power plant. Key members of the team are Luigi Rossini, Paul Sumar and Roberto Santiváñez.

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