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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.

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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