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Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International boasts one of the most established and comprehensive practices in the market; consequently, it is the firm of choice for both major companies and public entities on big-ticket or complex issues. Its service level is ‘one of the highest in country’ due to its ‘clear and precise answers’ and the ‘professionalism and experience’ of the team. Jorge Danós, an ‘expert in administrative law’ who is ‘very good in cross examination’ and has a ‘wide knowledge of public law’, leads the team. Key advisers also include Juan Carlos Morón, who is focused on regulated markets, government contracts and public procurement, Samuel Abad and Zita Aguilera. The team continues to advise the concessionaire of the $5.3bn Lima Metro Line 2, including regulatory issues and an addendum to the concession agreement, and is instructed by Peru’s financial regulator, Superintendencia de Banca y Seguros (SBS) to perform a review of regulatory sanctions. On the contentious side, the firm is acting for state company, Petroperu, in Superior Court litigation against state body SBN, following a disputed transfer of land to the Ministry of Transport and Communication. Both Danós and Morón are also assisting the Ministry of Justice with preparation of a new bill concerning contentious administrative law.

Garrigues provides ‘outstanding’ service and is praised for its ‘level of knowledge’ and ‘professionalism’. In particular, practice head and counsel Víctor Baca is described as ‘the best administrative lawyer in Peru’ and is noted for his ‘closeness to various public bodies’. A leader in high-profile infrastructure projects, the firm is also well-versed in public procurement and regulatory matters. An extensive résumé includes acting for universities regulator SUNEDU on a new legal framework for administrative sanction proceedings for Peruvian universities, as well as an audit of assessment procedures to ensure compliance with OECD requirements. Public procurement work includes acting for Iron Mountain Peru in its bid to provide custody, storage and document management for the government. The team is also advising the Ministry of Energy and Mines on an assessment of electricity concession regulations. Other work includes major infrastructure projects with considerable public interest, while the expanding team hired senior associate Giancarlo Vignolo from Duke Energy (now I Squared Capital). Other names to note are senior associates Eduardo Ortega and Johanna Holz.

The public law and public procurement practice group at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados shines in major-league government contracts, advising its predominantly private sector client base on all aspects of dealings with local and national government – from bidding processes, concession agreements and public procurement to ongoing regulatory and administrative law issues, for example. The group also includes a specialist fisheries practice, providing advice on environmental, health, maritime and water-law matters. A platinum client base includes Microsoft Peru, which the firm advised on two public procurement processes to provide specialist software and products for the Peruvian tax authority (advice led by Hugo Silva). Department head Carlos Carpio and Silva provide all public procurement and regulatory advice to América Móvil Peru, Sistemas Oracle del Peru, Colombia’s Compañia de Medicina Prepagada Colsanitas and Lego Systems, among others; while the Peruvian branch of China Energy Engineering Group instructed the firm on its application to become a participant, bidder and contractor in Peruvian public procurement. Other stand-out team members include Verónica Sattler, noted for her regulatory expertise and experienced senior associate Augusto Effio. Italo Carrano was promoted to partner. However, well-known energy and regulatory specialist María Teresa Quiñones left to establish regulatory boutique Quiñones Alayza Abogados in July 2018.

‘Excellent’ Rubio Leguía Normand is a regular at the forefront of headline public service contracts and projects on behalf of some of the country’s largest companies and public entities. It excels in all areas of administrative, regulatory and compliance across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, sanitation, roads, railroads, education, health and irrigation, where it ‘knows the subjects very well’ and ‘gives good advice’. Head of practice Milagros Maraví is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field and consistently recommended by clients for her knowledge and quality of service, which is ‘personalised’, while members of the team as a whole are ‘all amazing’. They include principal associates Arturo Ruiz and Milagros Mendoza. The firm is advising Veolia Servicios Peru on its ‘Great Clean Market’ self-financed private initiative awarded by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, while contentious work includes acting for Torres Unidas in multiple proceedings before the INDECOPI against various municipalities concerning the acquisition, installation and maintenance of passive infrastructure for the provision of public telecommunications services. The Metropolitan Municipality of Lima is a client.

Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados advises on administrative and regulatory matters across a range of industries and stands out for its client balance, acting for both major companies and domestic and international public entities. The firm recently recruited experienced senior associate Lucía Villarán from The World Bank, who joins an ‘expert team’ led by Alejandro Falla (formerly in-house at competition authority, INDECOPI), and Eduardo Quintana (who has spent time both at INDECOPI and telecoms regulator OSIPTEL). Recent instructions span the oil and gas, telecoms, ports, fishing, electricity and shipping industries.

Miranda & Amado utilises cross-departmental expertise in areas such as projects, energy, environmental law and dispute resolution, matched by public law and regulatory capability, to handle a broad range of matters. It is advising ABL Pharma and Grunenthal on a government-led bid to purchase the medicine Olanzapina and is acting for Prosegur Tecnología in a public procurement called by the National Bank to install and maintain security cameras and video vigilance for its agencies nationwide. Both matters are led by practice head and firm co-managing partner Luis Vinatea, who is also known for his labour law expertise. Clients highlight counsel Marife Martinelli for her ‘extensive knowledge of the energy sector and regulation of natural gas’, while fellow counsel Willy Pedreschi joined the firm from Benites, Vargas & Ugaz.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados has markedly increased its public-sector client base during the past year, gaining the government ministries for Transport and Communications, Health, and the Economy and Finance as new clients; private sector wins included Organización Terpel (formerly Exxon Mobil), Inca Rail and Lipigas Group. Alonso Rey is advising the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the PPP project Red Vial No. 4 for the construction of an additional roadway in the Panamerican Highway in northern Peru. Team leader Gerardo Soto is advising Graña y Montero on the regulatory aspects of the termination of the Southern natural gas pipeline project.

The ‘excellent’ CMS Grau advises a raft of high-profile companies in proceedings before various regulatory bodies. It is defending Solgas in administrative sanction proceedings before OSINERGMIN and OEFA; acting for Entel before OSIPTEL and the Ministry of Transport; and representing both Repsol and Latam Airlines before INDECOPI. Highly regarded by peers, Ramón Huapaya heads a team of three associates and is a ‘point of reference in matters of administrative and regulatory law’.

The team at Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados is ‘very professional with great knowledge of Peruvian public law and regulation’. Led by very capable senior associate Laura Francia, the firm enjoys a broad caseload of administrative and regulatory matters and is defending the Lima Bar (Colegio de Abogados de Lima) in an appeal before INDECOPI concerning allegations of bureaucratic barriers. Senior associate Maurice Saux is a ‘problem solver’ who is ‘always prepared to weigh different alternatives’.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados advises on administrative and regulatory issues, as well as infrastructure and PPP matters. It is particularly strong in contentious work, representing clients against regulatory or government bodies. Practice head Rolando Salvatierra is an experienced administrative lawyer who previously worked at the Ministry of Energy and Mines and regulator OSINERGMIN. The team is representing Lima Gas in administrative sanctioning procedures brought by the Municipality of Callao Province regarding the expansion and remodelling of the client’s industrial plant.

Focusing on public private partnerships and public procurement, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria boasts a decent concessionaire client base which includes GyM Ferrovías and Aeropuertos del Perú. Head of practice Ronald Fernández-Dávila is representing Consortium Javier Prado (comprising Graña y Montero and other companies), in a court dispute with the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima over the concession for the expressway Javier Prado-La Marina-Faucett. Telefónica del Perú is a recent client gain.

A leader in the heavily-regulated power sector, Santiváñez Abogados is the firm of choice for the Ministry of Energy and Mines in matters of important national interest. For example, regulatory expert Fidel Rocha is leading advice to the Ministry on the $200m investment to supply solar panels in remote off-grid parts of northern Peru. Team leader Paul Sumar is very highly regarded, as is top electricity lawyer Roberto Santiváñez. Clients range from state electricity-distribution companies to other public entities, including OSITRAN and Proinversion.

Competition and antitrust specialists Luis Miguel León and Gianfranco Iparraguirre at León e Iparraguirre Abogados also handle a broad range of public law matters for their loyal client base, representing domestic heavyweights such as Peruvian automotive company Diveimport and Colegio Recoleta, a leading private school, in municipal, regulatory and punitive law matters against local and national government bodies. Other clients include LATAM Airlines, commercial beverage association ABRESSA and Prosegur.

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