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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados offers a ‘comprehensive and customer-centric service’ with ‘insight of all legal and business angles’ and is ‘great for managing specific projects’. The practice picked up significant new clients over the past year, including Petroperú and Banco Santander, while showcase deals included advice to financial institutions including Credit Suisse (Cayman Islands) and Banco de Crédito del Perú, on their $340m multijurisdictional refinancing granted to Graña y Montero; the mandate was led by Andrés Kuan-Veng (who is ‘prudent’, ‘confident’ and ‘creative’) and fellow partner Mercedes Fernandez. Kuan-Veng also advised Petroperú on its $1.3bn loan for the Talara project, the country’s second-largest oil refinery, arranged by a consortium of eight international banks. Other notable work saw the firm represent Hydro Global Perú on the $365m project financing from China Development Bank for the construction of the San Gabán III hydropower plant. Gillian Paredes and Daniel Lovón, who has returned to the firm from Miami’s Holland & Knight LLP, complete the partner team.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Kuan-Veng - Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

With ‘profound knowledge of, not just legal issues in general, but those associated with the business’, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados offers its impressive client base of well-known international companies (both creditors and debtors) a comprehensive restructuring and insolvency service. British American Tobacco del Perú, Pepsi-Cola Panamericana and Citibank Peru are clients, while the firm represents the main creditor, Doe Run Cayman in the long-running bankruptcy proceedings of Doe Run Peru. Guido Muñiz Pujalt heads the team, supported by Gillian Paredes. Senior associate Anthony Lizarraga was formerly at the Specialised Bankruptcy Court of INDECOPI and is consistently recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Anthony Lizarraga - Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Top legal adviserMuñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has a strong track-record in a broad range of advisory and litigious competition and antitrust matters. The ‘outstanding’ team of associates, led by senior partner Pierino Stucchi, acts for household-name international companies including Bayer, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Abbot Laboratories. It successfully represented Trans American Airlines in an unfair competition complaint brought by the Peruvian Association of Air Companies. Senior associate José Antonio Bezada is a key lawyer of the practice.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Among the most competent in Peru’, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is ‘great on all levels: professionalism, knowledge and dedication’. Clients heap praise on the lead partners: department head Mauricio Olaya has ‘incredible business acumen’, ‘great negotiating abilities’ and ‘you always want him on your side of the table’; Juan Carlos Vélez is an ‘outstanding attorney’, ‘extraordinarily insightful’ and provides ‘thoughtful and intelligent advice’. The duo represented IT company GMD on its $91m sale by Graña y Montero to Advent International. Santiago Quiroz worked alongside Olaya in representing Corporación Pesquera Giuliana (owned by Romero Group), on its $37m acquisition of Pesquera Centinela, while Olaya again led in acting for soft drinks manufacturer Arca Continental on the merger between its beverage business in Mexico and South America with The Coca Cola Company’s beverage business in southern USA, a deal valued at $ 2.3bn globally and $700m in Peru. As these mandates demonstrate, the firm capitalises on its national spread – it has ten offices across the country – to attract instructions from a broad range of industries. Additionally, the team has been expanded considerably at associate level.

Leading lawyers

Mauricio Olaya - Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados impresses with its client base and caseload. It is representing media company Grupo La República in its action for constitutional protection for freedom of speech and information against Empresa Editora El Comercio, which owns over 50% of the print media market. It is also acting for Telefónica del Perú in a number of high-profile tax cases before both SUNAT and the Fiscal court. Other clients include Interbank, Corporación EW (the holding company of the Wong Group), Primax and BBVA Banco Continental. Leading the practice is respected name partner Fernando Meléndez who heads-up many of the instructions and is client partner to Telefónica. He is supported at partner level by Ericka Angulo Bazán. A significant loss for the team is the departure of Jamie Heredia Tamayo to Rodríguez Angobaldo Abogados and Roger Zavaleta to Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Highly efficientMuñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is praised for its ‘resolution of complex situations’, swift turnaround times and availability. It represents mid-sized and large companies from a range of industries in both an advisory and contentious capacity, including administrative sanction proceedings before OEFA. Team head Renato De Vettori is consistently recommended for her ‘extensive technical knowledge’ and ‘wide contact network in various public bodies related to environmental issues’.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Key clients at Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados include Avla Peru Compañía de Seguros, Marsh Rehder Corredores de Seguros and Guy Carpenter. The firm advises on the full range of regulatory and contentious matters, such as advice to Zelle International on a reinsurance adjustment claim, valued at $650m. Banking and finance partner Andrés Kuan-Veng heads a practice that is distinguished by its ‘very substantial "in the trenches" litigation experience’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

A highly-recommended option for Peru’, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is ‘fast and competent with easy access to professionals and good value for money’. A heavyweight in the field, it boasts five partners, in-house pharmaceutical chemists and an in-house industrial engineer. In overall charge is leading light Marta Fernández Pepper, who is highlighted for her ‘rapid response, high knowledge, precision and good organisation’. Bruno Merchor successfully led advice to Bayer in a judicial challenge to a patent refusal, while Piero Calderón Oliva is advising Microsoft Corporation in a software infringement dispute. Juli Gutierrez left the firm for Diez Canseco Competencia & PI.

Leading lawyers

Marta Fernández Pepper - Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

True business partnersMuñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados receives great praise from clients for its responsiveness, quality of advice and tailored solutions, and is distinguished by its regional presence which serves industrial companies well. According to one source, ‘labour law and litigation in Peru is complex, fast-paced, multi-dimensional and ever-changing, and Muñiz is always at the top of the game’. Ricardo Herrera, whose ‘skills in this field are of a very high level’, leads a well-resourced team of four partners, including ‘brilliantCésar Puntriano, and 18 associates among whom José Manuel Angulo has ‘tremendous drive’ and is ‘very focused and technical’. Clients of the practice include Nestlé Peru, which the team is advising on collective bargaining and other matters; Telefónica del Perú, which instructs the team in judicial proceedings nationwide; Mitsubishi Perú and Adecco Consulting.

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Public law and regulation
Public law and regulation - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Excellent in all respects’, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados offers a ‘highly efficient’ and ‘very personal’ service. Quality instructions and clients include representing Corporacion Zolla on the acquisition of land for a new state-of-the-art city outside Lima comprising housing, shopping, hotels and hospitals, among other features; and acting for Graña y Montero on the $20.46m transfer of one of its corporate buildings to Chile’s BP Capital. The key partners are Yuri Vega, who is ‘is always available to meet clients’ requirements’ and Fernando Babarczy, ‘the best lawyer in land issues throughout the country’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

At Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados, the ‘overall level of service is excellent’ and there is ‘always a team on the other end of the phone, where every individual knows the case file and is well prepared to answer client’s requests’. The large partner-team includes department head and name partner Fernando Castro and fellow name-partner Daniel Ono, who work alongside four other partners with specialist tax knowledge. The practice excels in providing tax advice in major corporate transactions and financings, as evidenced by its work for China Three Gorges on its $1.39bn acquisition of Empresa de Generación Huallaga (owner of the Chaglla hydroelectric plant), from Odebrecht, with tax advice led by Jorge Otoya. He also advised Arca Continental on the tax aspects of the restructuring of its bottling business via share transfer to a Mexican subsidiary, deal value $780m. Colgate Palmolive, PespsiCo and BASF also instruct the team.

Next generation lawyers

Frezzia Saavedra - Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has an established, cross-departmental practice led by experienced mining lawyer Gabriela Jáuregui, whose expertise spans regulatory matters, transactions, disputes and criminal activity in the mining sector. Most notably, the firm acts for the government’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (Proinversion) on the organisation of the international public bid to develop the Michiquillay mining project, potential investment value $1.9bn. Private sector clients include Core Minerals Peru, Shougang Hierro Peru and Minera Gold Fields Peru.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

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.

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