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An ‘undeniable market leader’, Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International is ‘exceptional across the board in public law matters’, from administrative law and arbitration processes to constitutional law, government and public works contracts, concessions, and PPPs. Its strong bench includes one of the market’s leading names, Jorge Danós, a ‘unique lawyer’ with great experience in regulated markets and a special focus on administrative procedures and international arbitration. He successfully represented Ferrovías Central Andina in an arbitration claim brought by Peru’s Infrastructure and Communications Ministry over alleged breaches of the concession agreement to rehabilitate, maintain and operate the Ferrocarril del Centro railway project. Juan Carlos Morón has worked on a slew of significant matters, including advising Metro de Lima Linea 2 on regulatory matters during the execution of its concession agreement; and, together with Javier Tovar Gil, assisting Línea Amarilla with the transfer of shares from its strategic partner to Vinci Highways. Samuel Abad has strong constitutional law and human rights expertise, and recently represented the Junta de Propietarios Edificio Carlos Granda in a constitutional process to annul a construction license issued by the Municipality of San Isidro. Newly made partners Zita Aguilera and Inés Vázquez are also recommended, as is senior associate Ana Sofia Reyna.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados has a superb track record in public procurement processes, including public tenders, reverse auctions, corporate purchases, price-framework agreements, and related administrative proceedings. At the helm of the practice are public law specialist Carlos Carpio and regulatory expert Verónica Sattler, both of whom are renowned practitioners. Notably, Carpio is permanent counsel to ABB and América Móvil Perú, among others, on public procurement processes and associated regulatory matters. Sattler assisted Transmisora Electrica del Sur 3 (Tesur 3) with all stages of the bidding process for the build-operate-transfer concession of the Montalvo-Los Héroes transmission line. María Teresa Quiñones is a go-to name for BOOT contracts and PPPs, as well as national and international arbitration in the regulated sectors. Also recommended is Hugo Silva, who is advising Lego Systems on an agreement with Peru’s Ministry of Education in relation to the purchase of robotic kits for over 3,000 public schools. The team’s impressive client roster also includes Microsoft Perú, Compass Group, Sade, and Spartan Motors USA.

The ‘proactive and creative’ team at Rubio Leguía Normand excels at public bidding processes and regulatory policy matters, and is able to draw clients from both the public and the private sectors. Key practitioner Milagros Maraví has considerable experience, and acted for Graña y Montero on its bid for the concession rights to design, build, operate and maintain Lima’s drinking water supply; she is also advising the consortium formed by Cosapi, Pizzarotti, and Torres Camara on a bidding process for the award of the concession agreement for the Tren Huancayo-Huancavelica project. In an illustration of her administrative law expertise, Maraví advised the government on its legislative proposals to amend the General Administrative Procedure Act, and other related bills for administrative simplification. Also recommended are principal associates Arturo Ruiz and Milagros Mendoza, as well as senior associate Maribel Principe.

Boutique firm Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados specialises in economic regulatory matters and advises companies in highly-regulated sectors including energy, oil and gas, construction, fishing, telecoms and transportation. Name partner Alfredo Bullard is a go-to practitioner for regulatory, antitrust, and economic regulation mandates, and also brings to bear his experience handling cases before special and arbitral courts. Other names to note include Eduardo Quintana for his experience advising on concessions matters, and regulatory expert Alejandro Falla.

Garrigues boosted its regulatory practice with a hire at senior associate level: Johanna Holz joined from Azteca Comunicaciones, where she was head of regulation. The firm is known for its excellent record advising on regulatory and public law matters in relation to infrastructure projects and public procurement processes, and of-counsel Víctor Baca is particularly recommended for work in this area. However, the team also has strong experience in providing regulatory and public law consultancy in sectors as diverse as fishing, education, water, mining, retail, and oil and gas. Baca and senior associate Eduardo Ortega, who specialises in administrative and public law matters, assisted state agency SUNEDU with the implementation of a legal framework to regulate universities in Peru. The pair also advised Sociedad Aeroportuaria Kunturwasi on the public law and regulatory aspects of the financing and development of the International Airport of Chinchero – Cusco, although the concession has since been suspended.

Demonstrating a ‘high degree of expertise’ and able to build ‘teams of experts in various areas of the law’, Miranda & Amadoinspires trust, and prioritises its clients’ interests above all else’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis has vast experience in regulatory matters in the energy sector, and Luis Vinatea specialises in litigation and arbitration in highly regulated industries, including labour, gas, and telecoms. De-Bernardis is advising Gas Natural Fenosa on permitting and contractual relationships with the Peruvian government under the concession agreement for the expansion of natural gas services nationwide, and which it was awarded following a public bid. Other names to note include senior associate Claudia Tengan, regulatory expert Christian Chávez, and counsel Marife Martinelli. Since publication both Claudia Tengan and Christian Chávez have left the firm.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados’ public law practice ably supports the firm’s renowned corporate and projects work, and regularly handles administrative petitions and procedures before governmental entities. Among recent highlights, team head Gerardo Soto advised America Móvil Perú on its successful $306m offer in the bidding process for a 4G spectrum concession. Together with competition expert Carlos Patrón, he is assisting Exxon Mobil with an administrative procedure before the Municipality of Callao to obtain a building license. Associates to note include Karen Angeles, Mayra Aguirre and Michelle Aramburú.

CMS Grau demonstrated its commitment to its public law offering through the hire of administrative law specialist Ramón Huapaya as of-counsel; he now co-heads the practice with Vanessa Cisneros. The team regularly advises both private and public entities on regulatory matters related to public services, concessions and infrastructure, contracts with the State, and sectorial concessions, as well as related disputes. Recent highlights include advising Mall Peru on its bureaucratic barrier claim against the Municipality of Chiclayo regarding the latter’s decision to order the demolition of structures built by Open Plaza. Other clients include Río Seco, Petróleos del Perú and the Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones.

Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados suffered a blow with the departure of competition specialist Ivo Gagliuffi to become President of INDECOPI, but it retains a share of the market for public, administrative and regulatory law mandates owing to key senior associate Laura Francia’s expertise. In a recent highlight, the team advised finance boutique ASESORANDES on the design of sustainable modern markets for the city of Cusco, and the urban use of the disused railroad station of Wanchaq, owned by Ferrocarril Trasandino. The team acts for both public and private companies, and other clients include Colegio de Abogados de Lima, Grupo Centenario, and Gremio Peruano de Cosméticos e Higiene. Francia leads the team, which is able to draw on the regulatory skills of highly regarded competition head Joselyn Olaechea. Senior associate Maurice Saux is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ new boutique León e Iparraguirre Abogados has strong expertise in public contracts, administrative law, bureaucratic barriers, regulatory matters and administrative sanction proceedings. The practice recently represented Lan Perú on its claim against INDECOPI in relation to registration obligations imposed on certain retail companies. Luis Miguel León and Gianfranco Iparraguirre are the names to note, both previously at Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados.

Santiváñez Abogados has substantial experience in the power sector, and Fidel Rocha is the name to note for related regulatory and administrative matters. The firm’s expertise reaches into other highly regulated sectors, including natural resource and environmental matters, under the leadership of Karim Kahatt, and competition law under Roberto Santiváñez. The team is representing a number of power companies in administrative proceedings against public entities before the courts, including Electro Dunas, Compañía Eléctrica El Platanal, and Electronorte. Other clients include public body OSITRAN, Proinversión, and Cambridge Economic Policy Associates. Paul Sumar is also recommended.

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