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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea receives great praise from clients, for its ‘tremendous, proactive service’, ‘very good network of contacts’ and ‘impeccable work in international financial areas’. In particular, department head Carlo Viacava has ‘profound knowledge of financial regulation’ and together with his two-partner, nine-associate team is ‘great to work with’. While less visible on high-profile financings, the firm has a strong following among major international players for regulatory and financial product advice, for example. It advised Société Générale on the creation and structuring of a proprietary index linked to $100m of corporate and sovereign bonds. It also represented BlackRock before the Peruvian financial authorities to spearhead regulation reform for investment fund managers.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaecheaadds value to my business’, says a client, while others highlight the ‘fast response’ and ‘very friendly and open’ lawyers. The team attracts some significant cases as a result, for example, representing Latin American shipping-major Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) in proceedings against six shipping companies alleging collusive practices in the international transport of rolling cargo. Team head Martín Serkovic is ‘excellent’ and his ‘knowledge and negotiation skills are an asset’. Senior associate Mariela Ángeles is ‘efficient’ and gives ‘outstanding advice’.

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

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea is ‘extremely responsive, with a business approach’ and has ‘proven to be a modern firm, highly specialised and with high ethical standards’. It fields five partners in this area, including: Carlo Viacava, who is able to ‘anticipate and propose solutions’; ‘business-savvy, classy and extremely down-to-earth’ María Eugenia Yába, who is noted for her expertise in aviation matters; and Martín Serkovic, who is ‘always staying current with the new trends of law’. The firm boasts a strong bench of associates that is praised by clients and was expanded further with hires from Shearman & Sterling LLP New York, Martinot Abogados and a UK limited company. Partner Jesús Matos led advice to Chile’s EuroAmerica on its acquisition of 50% of Peruvian insurance company, Rigel Peru; and José Antonio Honda acted for High Power Exploration (HPX) on its joint venture with Teck Peru for the development of Las Tinajas mining project. Other headline mandates include a hundred-million dollar-plus share sale and handling the Peruvian aspects of a multi-hundred-million-dollar global acquisition in the BPO-sector.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Estudio Olaechea

Very goodEstudio Olaechea has enjoyed an uptick in clients and instructions and consequently hired new partner Carlos Martínez from Rubio Leguía Normand and three associates from various competitor firms. Client gains include APM Terminals Callao, part of Maersk Group, which it is advising on multiple proceedings related to its operations at Callao Port’s Multipurpose North Terminal. The firm also boasts one of the more established white-collar crime practices in the market, led by José Luis Velarde, who is recommended for his ‘technical knowledge and intelligent strategies’ and is assisted by senior associate Giuseppe Marzullo. Other names to note are overall practice head Manuel Villa-García and Cecilia Catacora.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea has environmental capability led by experienced corporate, mining and regulatory partner José Antonio Honda, who is ‘very professional’ and ‘dedicated’. Although environmental issues within the mining sector comprise the bulk of instructions, the firm also advises in other sectors, for example, rail and agriculture. Clients of the team include High Power Exploration, Imerys Minerales Peru and Ravago Group.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea has a significant practice, distinguished by its full-time insurance team led by the very experienced Jesús Matos. As a result, the firm attracts multiple international players in the industry, from global insurers and reinsurers to banks and other financial institutions, as well as corporates. They include ABN Amro Life, Marsh Rehder Corredores de Seguros, Rigel Peru Compañia de Seguros de Vida and Caterpillar International Services del Perú.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Estudio Olaechea

The ‘excellent’ Mónica Germany at Estudio Olaechea is very experienced in the field, attracting high-calibre clients and instructions as a result. She led advice to Tuenti Technologies, a subsidiary of Telefónica, in successfully opposing a trade mark application by Entel, and gained Western Union as a new client. The firm handles the trade mark portfolio of a leading internet company. Senior associate Cristina Fernández is well regarded.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea provides a full-service labour and employment service that is ‘very good’, has ‘solid capability’ and is recommended for its ‘technical knowledge’. With two partners and five associates, the practice is well resourced and co-led by José Antonio Valdez, who is distinguished by his ‘technical knowledge and strategic intelligence’ and ‘excellentLucianna Polar. The team attracts some household-name multinationals as clients and is also instructed by international law firms requiring Peruvian labour law advice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Estudio Olaechea

Estudio Olaechea has ‘a lot of experience in solving the most difficult issues’ and is ‘always available in the face of urgent problems’. The firm provides a very comprehensive offering to significant players in the sector, such as developer Akko Group, real estate investment fund W Capital SAFI and construction distributor Cosmoplas Peru. Head of the practice Rossana Natteri is an ‘excellent conciliator and good negotiator’ and was recently promoted to equity partner. A strong associate bench includes Daniel Amiel and Alberto Meneses who are ‘experienced attorneys, who provide simple and quick solutions’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Estudio Olaechea

Indicative of the expertise at the firm, Estudio Olaechea has an impressive client book which includes Michelin, Air Canada and BlackRock Asset Management. Led by Jorge Dávila, formerly of one of the Big Four accountancy firms, and Carolina Rodriguez, who brings in-house and government ministry experience to the practice, the team is strong across the full range of tax issues, from litigation to corporate support and general advisory work. It provided tax advice to Akko Group on its $50m construction project for a new office block in Lima and is representing a mobile telecoms equipment provider on a $18m dispute before the tax court. Senior associate Natali Huaylla is recommended.

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

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

Estudio Olaechea

Experienced mining lawyer José Antonio Honda leads a comprehensive practice at Estudio Olaechea which acts for mining companies and suppliers (among others) on the full spectrum on legal matters in this sector. The team continues to advise High Power Exploration on its joint venture with Teck Peru in connection with the development of Las Tinajas mining project, and also represents Imerys Minerales Peru, the holder of mining concessions in southern Peru currently at the exploitation stage. ME Elecmetal and Ravago Group are new client gains.

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