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Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International receives a steady flow of instructions relating to the development and financing of projects in Peru, and areas of specialism include advising developers, sponsors, constructors, banks and financers on infrastructure and energy projects. Juan Carlos de los Heros leads the group, which also includes María del Carmen Tovar, who is highly regarded for her regulatory expertise. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for Ergon Perú in a bridge financing granted by Crédit Suisse for a $30m project involving the installation and maintenance of 150,000 photovoltaic panels. The team is also assisting Sociedad Concesionaria Metro de Lima Línea 2 with the execution of its concession agreement for the $5.3bn metro line construction project. Also recommended are Juan Carlos Morón for his expertise in regulated markets, government contracts and public procurement matters; mining expert Valentín Paniagua; and newly made partners Zita Aguilera and Inés Vázquez.

Garrigues has an impressive track record in project finance and project development matters – particularly in the infrastructure sector – and the team is known for its ability to represent clients on either side of the table. In the green-field space, Oscar Arrús won an instruction from Sociedad Aeroportuaria Kunturwasi on the development and financing of the $658m International Airport of Chinchero Project, although the concession has subsequently been suspended. In another sponsor-side mandate, Thomas Thorndike is assisting Concesionaria Chavimochic with the development and financing of the $715.4m Chavimochic Irrigation Project, which involved a co-financing budget with a $150m loan from CAF to the Peruvian government. On the lender side, José Francisco Meier acted for the Panama branch of Bancolombia and Banco Davivienda, and Peru’s Banco GNB, regarding the regulatory approval of the financing and collateral package to concessionaire Deviandes for its $80m IIRSA Centro Tranche 2 highway project. Sergio Amiel is highly regarded, as is administrative law expert Víctor Baca, who recently joined the firm as of-counsel. Since research concluded the firm has hired Diego Harman as principal associate; he returns to Peru after four years in New York, most recently as an international associate in the banking and finance and Latin American project finance groups at Clifford Chance.

The ‘stupendousMiranda & Amado is ‘one of a handful of very top firms in Peru for project development and finance matters’. The ‘superb team’ is co-led by Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis and Alberto Delgado, and continues to land key roles in Peru’s most high-profile mandates, with notable recent engagements in infrastructure projects in the oil-and-gas and mining sectors. In a major highlight on the mining side, Delgado advised Minera Las Bambas on the $131m credit facility for PeruRail to build a transfer station in Pillones for the transportation of copper to the port of Matarani. Oil-and-gas lead De-Bernardis is assisting Petróleos del Perú with the project development and financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Talara crude oil refinery. Head of banking and finance José Miguel Puiggros is also a key contact for project finance work, and recently advised Banco Santander, and other lenders, on a $252m syndicated loan to Refinería La Pampilla for the construction of a new production unit. On the transactional side, mining expert Guillermo Bracamonte was Peruvian counsel to Great Panther Silver on its acquisition from Nyrstar of the Coricancha mine complex in the central Andes. Highly regarded senior associates Gabriela Dañino and Lisbeth Benavides specialise in project finance matters.

M&A and finance heavyweight Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is ‘very skilful’ on the transactional and financing side of projects, but it also has expertise in advising leading infrastructure developers and investors on regulatory matters, including due diligence and public bidding processes. Corporate and finance partner Ronald Fernández-Dávila heads the practice, and is particularly active in the structuring, financing and refinancing of infrastructure projects on behalf of sponsors, concessionaires and developers; he is assisting Aeropuertos del Peru with a $600m bond offering for the financing of its concession, and Concesionaria Vía Expresa Sur with the $160m financing of the Vía Expresa Sur project with the Municipality of Lima. The team has also been advising GyM Ferrovias and Graña y Montero on the negotiation of the international financing transaction for the expansion of Linea 1 Metro de Lima concession. Mariana Simoes has advised on a raft of sales and purchase transactions involving ongoing energy projects. Corporate finance specialists Manuel Ugarte and Miguel Ronceros are also recommended.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados’ 16-partner strong team has carved out a preeminent reputation for project finance work and also advises on the development of a significant proportion of Peru’s largest mining, energy and infrastructure projects. Carlos Carpio is acting as local counsel to a syndicate of banks on the $196.8m financing of the Vía Expresa Sur project in South Lima, while Jean Paul Chabaneix and Jorge Trelles assisted HSBC Bank, Goldman Sachs and Société Générale, as underwriters, with Petroperu’s $1bn 144A/Reg S international bond issuance for the modernisation of the Talara refinery. On the development side, ongoing mandates of note include Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado’s advice to Hudbay Minerals on the development of its $1.7bn copper project in the Andes; and Tahoe Resources on the development of its multimillion-dollar La Arena and Shahuindo mining projects. Also recommended are regulatory expert Verónica Sattler, as well as Fernando Molina, Juan Diego de Vinatea and Luis Enrique Palacios for project finance matters.

Carlos Núñez and Ricardo Escobar’s team at DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar has a solid reputation for advising across all stages of projects and infrastructure matters, from the initial bidding process through to financing, construction, operation, contract management and conflict resolution. The firm plays a key role in the country’s largest projects, including the Gasoducto del Sur Peruano, Metro de Lima’s Linea 2, the Poechos Irrigation Project, and Linea Amarilla. Ongoing highlights include advising Intersur Concesiones on contractual, project financing, regulatory and arbitration matters in relation to its $600m inter-oceanic toll road project (Trench 4), which is the first PPP project developed under a co-financed concession mode.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ highly regarded infrastructure team has acted on a clutch of notable project financings in the transport, energy and natural resources sectors, and the group also has strong expertise in project-related regulatory, construction and development matters. Clients are drawn from both the public and private sectors. Ricardo Luque, José Manuel Abastos and Alfredo Filomeno are all experienced figures in the market, and lead a team that also includes energy and natural resources specialist Brendan Oviedo (who joined the firm in 2016) and name partner and corporate finance expert Juan Luis Hernández. Recent mandates saw the team advise Terminales Portuarios del Sur on a concession agreement for the $280m expansion project of the Matarani port. Senior associates Gracy Zapata and José Goyburu are key members of the team.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados is a strong brand for project finance instructions, with recent highlights in the energy, water, transportation, education and telecoms sector. The group is able to draw on the banking and finance expertise of Aldo Reggiardo, who recently advised Banco de Crédito del Perú on the project development and financing of the construction of a school in Piura, which involved a public tax incentive scheme. The group also has a strong record in bidding processes for concessions, privatisations, public-private partnerships, and management and consulting contracts. Gerardo Soto assisted America Móvil Perú with the bidding process for a 4G-spectrum concession, which it won with a $306m offer. Juan Antonio Egüez is another name to note.

Rubio Leguía Normand’s projects and infrastructure practice is highly regarded for its expertise in bidding processes, financing structures and development matters in relation to toll road, sanitation, water treatment, hospital and energy projects. Milagros Maraví is widely regarded as a leading name for regulatory matters, and recently advised Graña y Montero as a bidder in the tender process for the $600m concession of the construction, operation and maintenance of Lima’s drinking water supply. Carlos Arata is busy on the financing side, and is assisting China Development Bank, as lender, with the structuring of a $600m credit facility to Shougang Mining for the expansion of its Marcona Project. He is also counsel to Constructora Málaga on the development and financing of two hydroelectric power plants. Other clients include Corporación Andina de Fomento, Cosapi, IBT Group, and Minera Chinalco Perú.

CMS Grau boosted its practice with the hire of former Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados senior associate, Ramón Huapaya, as counsel. He is noted for his public law expertise, as is Giancarlo Villafranqui, who heads the team in conjunction with corporate law expert Michelle Barclay. Barclay and Villafranqui are singled out for their ‘great knowledge of their subject matter, timely delivery and client-oriented service’, and have broad sector capability, with particular expertise in public road, port, health and educational infrastructure. Highlights include advising PROINVERSION on the development of the $215m Salaverry Port Terminal project. Associates Úrsula Cedrón, Daniela Camacho and Néstor Shimabukuro are key members of the team.

Boutique firm Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray has a significant market share in the engineering and construction sector, where it represents contractors, engineering consultants, project managers and owners on infrastructure projects and construction-related arbitration proceedings. Recent matters saw founding partner Jaime Gray assist GyM with the development of a Design Build project for the expansion of the National Institute for Neoplastic Diseases Hospital. Other clients include Graña y Montero Petrolera, Terminal Internacional del Sur, and Cosapi. Construction law expert Enrique Navarro is a recognised leader in his field.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas strengthened its position in the market in 2016 through the promotion of María Luisa Peña to the partnership. The team covers a wide range of projects matters, from inception to financing and implementation, and has recently handled a slew of PPP transactions. Juan José Cárdenas is the key contact, and advised MESSER Gases del Perú on its $100m agreement with Siderperu for the supply of industrial gas, including the construction of an air separation plant. Other clients include Cintra Infraestructura, Dubai Ports World and Goldman Sachs. Luis Miguel Elías is also recommended.

The product of a split at the now defunct Carrizales & Vidal Abogados, infrastructure boutique Vidal Abogados has a strong focus on designing PPP contracts and investment projects from conception through to finish, with niche expertise in the water, sewage, sanitation, and health sectors. Name partner Julio Vidal is praised for his ‘great knowledge of regulations’ and ‘ability to perform equally well on both private and public sector issues’; he heads the practice with the ‘all-round excellent’ Evelyn Román Carrasco. Recent highlights included assisting Consorcio Veolia with the development of a Public-Private Partnership project to build infrastructure for hospital waste storage, collection and treatment. Other clients include Asociación San Juan Bautista, MDF Management, Constructora Consvial and the Peruvian Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation.

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