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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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