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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

According to clients, Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados’ Alfredo Bullard is ‘one of the best international arbitration practitioners in Latin America’, regularly acting as both an arbitrator and as counsel; his colleague Huáscar Ezcurra is also ‘a very seasoned arbitration specialist’. Miranda & Amado is noted for its expertise in the oil and gas, construction and transport sectors, and the team includes a number of highly regarded practitioners, such as José Daniel Amado, Mauricio Raffo, Luis Miranda and the ‘up-and-coming’ Martín Chocano. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, Alejandro Manayalle ‘understands the business concerns of his clients and is able to effectively advocate to achieve their goals’; José Tam and Luis Bedoya are further names to note. The team handles a mix of commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes. Juan José Cárdenas at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas is ‘extremely hard-working, business savvy, and a solid legal thinker’. President of the Peruvian Arbitration Institute, Carlos Soto is also noted.

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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Easily one of the top firms in Peru’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields an ‘excellent team of lawyers’, many of which have spent time at leading US and UK law firms. Led by the ‘exceptionalJean Paul Chabaneix, who ‘consistently seeks to add value to transactions’, the practice draws praise not just from clients, but from across the negotiating table, where one counterparty found the firm ‘very constructive on the deal, responsive and sympathetic to our needs’. The team excels in, and indeed focuses on, high-end, complex transactions and regulatory matters for the likes of Goldman Sachs, HSBC Peru, Scotiabank Peru and Banco de Crédito del Perú, in addition to assisting leading domestic companies seeking to raise finance. It acted as local counsel to a lending syndicate comprising Citibank, ABN AMRO, CIBC and BBVA on the £1.5bn refinancing granted to mining company Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde; Luis Enrique Palacios led on the deal. Palacios and his team have ‘extensive experience and knowledge in the various topics of corporate finance’. For project finance, ‘excellent negotiatorFernando Molina has ‘enough experience to address clearly the difficult issues on any deal’; he represented Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in their $316m financing to Graña y Montero for the expansion of Lima Metro’s Line 1. Capital markets instructions included Jorge Trelles’ advice to The Central America Bottling Corporation on its $500m international debt issuance. The team also includes: Juan Diego de Vinatea, who is ‘very experienced, time responsive and constructive’; and regulatory specialists Gino Sangalli and senior associate Nicolás Cornejo, who has ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and is ‘very committed to any project’. However, Diego Peschiera, also a regulatory specialist, moved to CMS Grau in July 2018.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Nicolás Cornejo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Outstanding’ firm Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws on its top-ranked tax, labour, public law and disputes practices, alongside it’s insolvency and restructuring specialists, to provide distressed companies and creditors with a comprehensive service. It was the preferred choice of Linklaters LLP to provide Peruvian advice to HSBC as one of the main creditors of China Fishery Group (and its Peruvian subsidiaries COPEINCA, CGF Investments and Sustainable Fishing Resources), in their $1bn bankruptcy proceedings. Other mandates include representing Banco Santander Peru in negotiations with Abengoa Perú, the Peruvian subsidiary of Spanish construction giant Abengoa which is undergoing pre-insolvency proceedings in Spain. Department head Guillermo Puelles is a renowned practitioner and is supported by Hugo Silva and Jorge Trelles, who together offer ‘extensive knowledge and experience’. They can also draw on a considerable talent pool at associate level, with a team of nine of whom Sergio Silva stands out for his proven expertise.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Puelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Full-service heavyweight Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados brings valuable antitrust capability to its premium client base – particularly in the power industry – with a capable team under the direction of Verónica Sattler. The practice is representing a group of electricity companies regarding merger control restrictions – the power industry is the only sector in Peru subject to merger control. Pharmaceutical Química Suiza, Solgas and Goodyear are clients.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Very good at an international level and outstanding on a Peruvian level’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is the firm of choice for many leading US and UK firms requiring Peruvian counsel. It fields a hefty 16 partners and 25 associates, led by Jean Paul Chabaneix (finance and M&A practice) and Ramón Vidurrizaga (corporate practice), providing a ‘360° view of transactions’ and ‘excellent, professional’ service. The firm’s ‘senior attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge’; Chabaneix, in particular, is widely lauded for his ‘integrity and skill’ and ‘impressive performance, especially in high-pressure scenarios’. He led Peruvian advice to China Southern Power Grid International in its $1.3bn acquisition of a 27.8% interest in Chilean transmission company Transelec from Canadian private equity investor Brookfield; he also advised United Health Group on its launch in Chile, Peru and Colombia through its $2.7bn acquisition of private health insurer Banmédica. Other star performers include: Eduardo López, who advised IFM Investors on its $2.6bn acquisition of Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL)’s infrastructure concessions subsidiary; Luis Enrique Palacios, Jorge Trelles, Alfonso Montoya and Juan Diego De Vinatea, who is ‘very constructive on a deal’. Among associates, Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza is ‘very commercial and aware of clients’ needs’ and Nicolás Cornejo is ‘very committed to any project and capable of addressing any difficult issue’. The team’s clients include: Sempra Energy, Prudential Financial, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and I Squared Capital.

Leading lawyers

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Enrique Palacios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Dominant force Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados excels in contentious work, the result of a hefty team of 11 partners and 14 associates handling civil, commercial and public law disputes at the highest level, including international arbitrations. Although it is a ‘considerably big firm, they manage to give a personal and detailed service’ and has a ‘great pool of lawyers that coordinate every case with all partners’. Lead partners include: José Tam, a very well-known litigator and current chair of the Peruvian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Ramón Vidurrizaga; and the highly-praised Luis Bedoya, who is a ‘leader in his area’ of civil procedure and commercial disputes and a seasoned counsel before various international arbitration forums, including the ICC. A distinguishing feature of the firm is its established white-collar crime practice. It is led by José Reaño and Enrique Piedra, who both previously worked for the anti-corruption authorities. Another stand-out feature, according to clients, is the team’s ‘speed of attention, and multidisciplinary and practical approach’. Among an extensive caseload are multiple arbitrations against government bodies concerning concession and PPP agreements, very high-value construction arbitrations on behalf of leading domestic companies, and judicial and international arbitration proceedings against the state government on behalf of a US investment fund. Clients include DP World, Melia Hotels International, Lima Airport Partners and Hudbay Peru.

Leading lawyers

Juan Guillermo Lohmann - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Bedoya - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The level of service at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘outstanding’, say clients, who highlight the firm’s knowledge of environmental law, appropriate advice and good relations with authorities. The practice stands out for its breadth across all industries and ability to handle litigation at the highest level. Led by the experienced Jenny Caldas, the team provides ongoing environmental advice to Graña y Montero Petrolera (GMP) concerning its 600 operational oil wells, in addition to regarding its oil and gas exploration activities; Caldas is also client partner to Peru LNG. In another highlight, practice co-head Francisco Tong is leading advice to Tahoe Resources regarding amendments to its Shahuindo mine-closure plan. The firm’s strength in depth in this arena is unmatched, with three partners, including fellow co-head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and experienced counsel Úrsula Zavala, steering a capable pool of five associates, all of whom are ‘prominent environmental lawyers.’ Senior associate Francisco Barrios is recommended for water issues, while Juan Carlos del Busto is building a credible forestry practice.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Tong - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Úrsula Zavala - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The ‘excellentRodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados stands out for its ‘very commercial and flexible’ advice, ‘understanding of clients’ needs’ and ‘very responsive’ service. It is the firm of choice for several leading UK-based insurance law firms requiring Peruvian advice and attracts a client base of household-name global insurers and reinsurers. The firm is currently representing insurers in a diverse array of claims, from the aviation sector to construction, for example. Department head Jorge Velarde is widely respected by the insurance industry for both his advisory and dispute resolution capability; he is supported by leading finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix and top-rated litigator Luis Bedoya, while specialist senior associate Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza is ‘very commercial and aware of clients’ needs’.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Velarde - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados boasts two leading individuals at the helm of its specialist practice, which is noted for its ‘excellent, 360°, professional handling of legal issues’. Héctor Alvarez and María del Carmen Alvarado have both played active roles in the development of IP law in Peru and now attract an enviable clientele of leading global companies, such as Microsoft, Intel Corporation and Mars. Alvarado successfully opposed a trade mark registration on behalf of PepsiCo attempted by Agroindustrial El Tambo, which went to appeal.

Leading lawyers

Héctor Alvarez - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

María del Carmen Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Ricardo de Vettor - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘superior’ across all aspects of labour law. Clients highlight the firm’s understanding of their business and ability to ‘always respond by considering problems or issues from the past, which they connect to give us full advice’. The practice stands out for its bet-the-company litigation on behalf of leading domestic companies and had a number of cases in the Supreme Court recently: it successfully defended Compañía Minera Antamina in the higher court in a claim by employees of a service company seeking to join the main payroll; and set new law in the Supreme Court on behalf of an industrial material manufacturer concerning overtime pay. Department co-head Mario Pasco led advice in both cases; he is described as an ‘excellent negotiator and strategist’. His fellow practice co-lead, José Balta, is a leading figure in the market and recently led advice to Tahoe Resources on its first collective bargaining process following creation of a new labour union. Among a number of experienced associates, Ernesto Cárdenas is ‘very sharp and also very calm’, is ‘always available’ and a ‘person that you can trust’.

Leading lawyers

José Balta - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Ernesto Cárdenas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Iván Blume - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws together its star finance, mining and regulatory lawyers to provide a ‘best in the market’ team. ‘Exceptional’ finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix co-leads alongside top mining expert Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, who brings a ‘real culture of service to the client’. They steer a mammoth, cross-departmental team of 17 partners and 27 associates advising on all stages of major project work. Among other work, Fernando Molina led advice to Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as lenders, in the project financing of expansion of Lima Metro Line 1, including $316m to concessionaire GyM Ferrovías. Meanwhile, the firm continues to act for Hudbury Minerals in the development of its $ 1.7bn copper project. Anglo American Quellaveco and Peru Rail are also clients. Italo Carrano was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Public law and regulation
Public law and regulation - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Augusto Effio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados advises some of the largest players in the market, such as investment fund manager AC Capitales SAFI, which it has advised on approximately $92m in real estate investments in the country; Tahoe Resources Perú, which receives ongoing advice to facilitate the expansion of its Shahuind gold mine; and Viva GyM, which the firm is advising on the development of 11,100 houses which will be sold through social programs. More novel instructions include acting for Inversiones La Maddalena on the construction of a marina comprising jetty, sea hotel, aquarium, funfair and waterwheel and requiring the acquisition of rights over land and sea. The department is led by Carlos Carpio, one of the most recognised and respected lawyers in the sector, with support from the versatile Hugo Silva who is noted for his construction knowledge. Martín Mejorada has left the firm.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields a mighty ten partners and 14 associates in this practice area; they provide a ‘great service’, ‘quick and complete responses’, ‘up-to-date knowledge’ and have ‘good availability for discussions’. Leading figure in the market Alex Córdova and ‘very professionalAlex Morris head the practice, which benefits from input from name partner Humberto Medrano, who is particularly skilled in tax litigation. The firm’s leading corporate and finance departments require tax support at the highest level and the team doesn’t fail to deliver. José Talledo led tax advice to I Squared Capital on its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Latin American assets; and together with of counsel Andrea Madueño, Talledo also acted for Minsur on its $85m acquisition of the remaining 30% stake in Marcobre that it did not already own. Contentious work included representing Sacos Pisco in a $6m dispute before the tax court which finally found in the client’s favour – the advice was led by Cordova assisted by recent hire Joan Tello, an associate from Ernst & Young. Indeed, the firm augmented its team at associate level by a total of three hires, but lost principal associate Rosa Chevarría to Garrigues.

Leading lawyers

Alex Córdova - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Humberto Medrano - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Raúl Hidalgo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The well-resourced team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and ‘of the highest professional quality’. A total of four partners and seven associates ‘know a lot about our sector’ and are distinguished for their ‘personalised and assertive’ advice. Department head Verónica Sattler continues to advise Red Eléctrica del Sur as winning bidder of the concession to construct and operate the $59m 220 kV Tintaya-Azángaro transmission line and substations. Counsel María del Rosario Quiroga is representing Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde on the $600m construction of the San Jose´s substation and 500kv Chilca-Montalvo transmission line which will supply energy to its mine. Other names to mention are Alejandro Manayalle, who takes the lead on many high-level instructions, and associate Eduardo Ramos. However, after over 25 years’ at the firm, leading name María Teresa Quiñones left to establish regulatory boutique Quiñones Alayza Abogados in July 2018.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Highly recommended as the best in the market’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados’s long heritage in this sector, unrivalled client list and a cast of 18 lawyers fully dedicated to this sector, sets it apart from rivals. Head of the practice and firm managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado has an international reputation for his expertise and is widely-perceived as a leading individual, as is corporate and finance specialist Oscar Benavides. Other standout individuals include Francisco Tong, who leads on the regulatory, administrative and environmental aspects. Together, the entire team ‘demonstrates high knowledge of the matters and a real culture of service to the client’. Clients include some of the biggest mining actors operating in Peru, including Anglo American Peru, Southern Copper, Barrick Gold Corporation, Minsur and Compañía Minera Antamina (owned by BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck Resources and Mitsubishi). The firm is providing ongoing advice to Minera Chinalco Perú, the local subsidiary of the Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco), on all legal aspects of the operation of its $4.8bn Toromocho copper mine; and is acting for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, on its $4.7bn expansion of the Cerro Verde open-pit copper and molybdenum mine, an instruction that also includes litigious matters.

Leading lawyers

Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Oscar Benavides - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Claudio Ferrero - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Francisco Barrios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Praised for its sector knowledge and ‘personalised attention’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields a large, cross-departmental team with standout oil and gas expertise in counsel Jorge Pérez-Taiman, environmental specialist Jenny Caldas and Jean Paul Chabaneix for industry financing. An extensive client list includes Exxon Mobil, Repsol, Shell Operaciones Peru, Hunt Oil and Frontera Energy, the latter three all client gains this year. Pérez-Taiman is leading advice to Karoon Gas on its landmark deep-water exploration (using techniques – such as mobile drilling units – unused to date in Peru) of the country’s northern coast, potential value $1-3bn. Senior associate Eduardo Ramos is singled out for praise.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Pérez-Taiman - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Noriega - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Eduardo Ramos - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

According to clients, Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados’ Alfredo Bullard is ‘one of the best international arbitration practitioners in Latin America’, regularly acting as both an arbitrator and as counsel; his colleague Huáscar Ezcurra is also ‘a very seasoned arbitration specialist’. Miranda & Amado is noted for its expertise in the oil and gas, construction and transport sectors, and the team includes a number of highly regarded practitioners, such as José Daniel Amado, Mauricio Raffo, Luis Miranda and the ‘up-and-coming’ Martín Chocano. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, Alejandro Manayalle ‘understands the business concerns of his clients and is able to effectively advocate to achieve their goals’; José Tam and Luis Bedoya are further names to note. The team handles a mix of commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes. Juan José Cárdenas at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas is ‘extremely hard-working, business savvy, and a solid legal thinker’. President of the Peruvian Arbitration Institute, Carlos Soto is also noted.

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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Easily one of the top firms in Peru’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields an ‘excellent team of lawyers’, many of which have spent time at leading US and UK law firms. Led by the ‘exceptionalJean Paul Chabaneix, who ‘consistently seeks to add value to transactions’, the practice draws praise not just from clients, but from across the negotiating table, where one counterparty found the firm ‘very constructive on the deal, responsive and sympathetic to our needs’. The team excels in, and indeed focuses on, high-end, complex transactions and regulatory matters for the likes of Goldman Sachs, HSBC Peru, Scotiabank Peru and Banco de Crédito del Perú, in addition to assisting leading domestic companies seeking to raise finance. It acted as local counsel to a lending syndicate comprising Citibank, ABN AMRO, CIBC and BBVA on the £1.5bn refinancing granted to mining company Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde; Luis Enrique Palacios led on the deal. Palacios and his team have ‘extensive experience and knowledge in the various topics of corporate finance’. For project finance, ‘excellent negotiatorFernando Molina has ‘enough experience to address clearly the difficult issues on any deal’; he represented Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in their $316m financing to Graña y Montero for the expansion of Lima Metro’s Line 1. Capital markets instructions included Jorge Trelles’ advice to The Central America Bottling Corporation on its $500m international debt issuance. The team also includes: Juan Diego de Vinatea, who is ‘very experienced, time responsive and constructive’; and regulatory specialists Gino Sangalli and senior associate Nicolás Cornejo, who has ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and is ‘very committed to any project’. However, Diego Peschiera, also a regulatory specialist, moved to CMS Grau in July 2018.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Nicolás Cornejo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Outstanding’ firm Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws on its top-ranked tax, labour, public law and disputes practices, alongside it’s insolvency and restructuring specialists, to provide distressed companies and creditors with a comprehensive service. It was the preferred choice of Linklaters LLP to provide Peruvian advice to HSBC as one of the main creditors of China Fishery Group (and its Peruvian subsidiaries COPEINCA, CGF Investments and Sustainable Fishing Resources), in their $1bn bankruptcy proceedings. Other mandates include representing Banco Santander Peru in negotiations with Abengoa Perú, the Peruvian subsidiary of Spanish construction giant Abengoa which is undergoing pre-insolvency proceedings in Spain. Department head Guillermo Puelles is a renowned practitioner and is supported by Hugo Silva and Jorge Trelles, who together offer ‘extensive knowledge and experience’. They can also draw on a considerable talent pool at associate level, with a team of nine of whom Sergio Silva stands out for his proven expertise.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Puelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Full-service heavyweight Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados brings valuable antitrust capability to its premium client base – particularly in the power industry – with a capable team under the direction of Verónica Sattler. The practice is representing a group of electricity companies regarding merger control restrictions – the power industry is the only sector in Peru subject to merger control. Pharmaceutical Química Suiza, Solgas and Goodyear are clients.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Very good at an international level and outstanding on a Peruvian level’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is the firm of choice for many leading US and UK firms requiring Peruvian counsel. It fields a hefty 16 partners and 25 associates, led by Jean Paul Chabaneix (finance and M&A practice) and Ramón Vidurrizaga (corporate practice), providing a ‘360° view of transactions’ and ‘excellent, professional’ service. The firm’s ‘senior attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge’; Chabaneix, in particular, is widely lauded for his ‘integrity and skill’ and ‘impressive performance, especially in high-pressure scenarios’. He led Peruvian advice to China Southern Power Grid International in its $1.3bn acquisition of a 27.8% interest in Chilean transmission company Transelec from Canadian private equity investor Brookfield; he also advised United Health Group on its launch in Chile, Peru and Colombia through its $2.7bn acquisition of private health insurer Banmédica. Other star performers include: Eduardo López, who advised IFM Investors on its $2.6bn acquisition of Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL)’s infrastructure concessions subsidiary; Luis Enrique Palacios, Jorge Trelles, Alfonso Montoya and Juan Diego De Vinatea, who is ‘very constructive on a deal’. Among associates, Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza is ‘very commercial and aware of clients’ needs’ and Nicolás Cornejo is ‘very committed to any project and capable of addressing any difficult issue’. The team’s clients include: Sempra Energy, Prudential Financial, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and I Squared Capital.

Leading lawyers

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Enrique Palacios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Dominant force Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados excels in contentious work, the result of a hefty team of 11 partners and 14 associates handling civil, commercial and public law disputes at the highest level, including international arbitrations. Although it is a ‘considerably big firm, they manage to give a personal and detailed service’ and has a ‘great pool of lawyers that coordinate every case with all partners’. Lead partners include: José Tam, a very well-known litigator and current chair of the Peruvian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Ramón Vidurrizaga; and the highly-praised Luis Bedoya, who is a ‘leader in his area’ of civil procedure and commercial disputes and a seasoned counsel before various international arbitration forums, including the ICC. A distinguishing feature of the firm is its established white-collar crime practice. It is led by José Reaño and Enrique Piedra, who both previously worked for the anti-corruption authorities. Another stand-out feature, according to clients, is the team’s ‘speed of attention, and multidisciplinary and practical approach’. Among an extensive caseload are multiple arbitrations against government bodies concerning concession and PPP agreements, very high-value construction arbitrations on behalf of leading domestic companies, and judicial and international arbitration proceedings against the state government on behalf of a US investment fund. Clients include DP World, Melia Hotels International, Lima Airport Partners and Hudbay Peru.

Leading lawyers

Juan Guillermo Lohmann - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Bedoya - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The level of service at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘outstanding’, say clients, who highlight the firm’s knowledge of environmental law, appropriate advice and good relations with authorities. The practice stands out for its breadth across all industries and ability to handle litigation at the highest level. Led by the experienced Jenny Caldas, the team provides ongoing environmental advice to Graña y Montero Petrolera (GMP) concerning its 600 operational oil wells, in addition to regarding its oil and gas exploration activities; Caldas is also client partner to Peru LNG. In another highlight, practice co-head Francisco Tong is leading advice to Tahoe Resources regarding amendments to its Shahuindo mine-closure plan. The firm’s strength in depth in this arena is unmatched, with three partners, including fellow co-head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and experienced counsel Úrsula Zavala, steering a capable pool of five associates, all of whom are ‘prominent environmental lawyers.’ Senior associate Francisco Barrios is recommended for water issues, while Juan Carlos del Busto is building a credible forestry practice.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Tong - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Úrsula Zavala - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The ‘excellentRodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados stands out for its ‘very commercial and flexible’ advice, ‘understanding of clients’ needs’ and ‘very responsive’ service. It is the firm of choice for several leading UK-based insurance law firms requiring Peruvian advice and attracts a client base of household-name global insurers and reinsurers. The firm is currently representing insurers in a diverse array of claims, from the aviation sector to construction, for example. Department head Jorge Velarde is widely respected by the insurance industry for both his advisory and dispute resolution capability; he is supported by leading finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix and top-rated litigator Luis Bedoya, while specialist senior associate Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza is ‘very commercial and aware of clients’ needs’.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Velarde - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados boasts two leading individuals at the helm of its specialist practice, which is noted for its ‘excellent, 360°, professional handling of legal issues’. Héctor Alvarez and María del Carmen Alvarado have both played active roles in the development of IP law in Peru and now attract an enviable clientele of leading global companies, such as Microsoft, Intel Corporation and Mars. Alvarado successfully opposed a trade mark registration on behalf of PepsiCo attempted by Agroindustrial El Tambo, which went to appeal.

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Héctor Alvarez - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

María del Carmen Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Ricardo de Vettor - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘superior’ across all aspects of labour law. Clients highlight the firm’s understanding of their business and ability to ‘always respond by considering problems or issues from the past, which they connect to give us full advice’. The practice stands out for its bet-the-company litigation on behalf of leading domestic companies and had a number of cases in the Supreme Court recently: it successfully defended Compañía Minera Antamina in the higher court in a claim by employees of a service company seeking to join the main payroll; and set new law in the Supreme Court on behalf of an industrial material manufacturer concerning overtime pay. Department co-head Mario Pasco led advice in both cases; he is described as an ‘excellent negotiator and strategist’. His fellow practice co-lead, José Balta, is a leading figure in the market and recently led advice to Tahoe Resources on its first collective bargaining process following creation of a new labour union. Among a number of experienced associates, Ernesto Cárdenas is ‘very sharp and also very calm’, is ‘always available’ and a ‘person that you can trust’.

Leading lawyers

José Balta - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Ernesto Cárdenas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Iván Blume - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws together its star finance, mining and regulatory lawyers to provide a ‘best in the market’ team. ‘Exceptional’ finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix co-leads alongside top mining expert Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, who brings a ‘real culture of service to the client’. They steer a mammoth, cross-departmental team of 17 partners and 27 associates advising on all stages of major project work. Among other work, Fernando Molina led advice to Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as lenders, in the project financing of expansion of Lima Metro Line 1, including $316m to concessionaire GyM Ferrovías. Meanwhile, the firm continues to act for Hudbury Minerals in the development of its $ 1.7bn copper project. Anglo American Quellaveco and Peru Rail are also clients. Italo Carrano was promoted to partner.

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Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Public law and regulation
Public law and regulation - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Augusto Effio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados advises some of the largest players in the market, such as investment fund manager AC Capitales SAFI, which it has advised on approximately $92m in real estate investments in the country; Tahoe Resources Perú, which receives ongoing advice to facilitate the expansion of its Shahuind gold mine; and Viva GyM, which the firm is advising on the development of 11,100 houses which will be sold through social programs. More novel instructions include acting for Inversiones La Maddalena on the construction of a marina comprising jetty, sea hotel, aquarium, funfair and waterwheel and requiring the acquisition of rights over land and sea. The department is led by Carlos Carpio, one of the most recognised and respected lawyers in the sector, with support from the versatile Hugo Silva who is noted for his construction knowledge. Martín Mejorada has left the firm.

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Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields a mighty ten partners and 14 associates in this practice area; they provide a ‘great service’, ‘quick and complete responses’, ‘up-to-date knowledge’ and have ‘good availability for discussions’. Leading figure in the market Alex Córdova and ‘very professionalAlex Morris head the practice, which benefits from input from name partner Humberto Medrano, who is particularly skilled in tax litigation. The firm’s leading corporate and finance departments require tax support at the highest level and the team doesn’t fail to deliver. José Talledo led tax advice to I Squared Capital on its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Latin American assets; and together with of counsel Andrea Madueño, Talledo also acted for Minsur on its $85m acquisition of the remaining 30% stake in Marcobre that it did not already own. Contentious work included representing Sacos Pisco in a $6m dispute before the tax court which finally found in the client’s favour – the advice was led by Cordova assisted by recent hire Joan Tello, an associate from Ernst & Young. Indeed, the firm augmented its team at associate level by a total of three hires, but lost principal associate Rosa Chevarría to Garrigues.

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Alex Córdova - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Humberto Medrano - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Raúl Hidalgo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The well-resourced team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and ‘of the highest professional quality’. A total of four partners and seven associates ‘know a lot about our sector’ and are distinguished for their ‘personalised and assertive’ advice. Department head Verónica Sattler continues to advise Red Eléctrica del Sur as winning bidder of the concession to construct and operate the $59m 220 kV Tintaya-Azángaro transmission line and substations. Counsel María del Rosario Quiroga is representing Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde on the $600m construction of the San Jose´s substation and 500kv Chilca-Montalvo transmission line which will supply energy to its mine. Other names to mention are Alejandro Manayalle, who takes the lead on many high-level instructions, and associate Eduardo Ramos. However, after over 25 years’ at the firm, leading name María Teresa Quiñones left to establish regulatory boutique Quiñones Alayza Abogados in July 2018.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Highly recommended as the best in the market’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados’s long heritage in this sector, unrivalled client list and a cast of 18 lawyers fully dedicated to this sector, sets it apart from rivals. Head of the practice and firm managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado has an international reputation for his expertise and is widely-perceived as a leading individual, as is corporate and finance specialist Oscar Benavides. Other standout individuals include Francisco Tong, who leads on the regulatory, administrative and environmental aspects. Together, the entire team ‘demonstrates high knowledge of the matters and a real culture of service to the client’. Clients include some of the biggest mining actors operating in Peru, including Anglo American Peru, Southern Copper, Barrick Gold Corporation, Minsur and Compañía Minera Antamina (owned by BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck Resources and Mitsubishi). The firm is providing ongoing advice to Minera Chinalco Perú, the local subsidiary of the Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco), on all legal aspects of the operation of its $4.8bn Toromocho copper mine; and is acting for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, on its $4.7bn expansion of the Cerro Verde open-pit copper and molybdenum mine, an instruction that also includes litigious matters.

Leading lawyers

Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Oscar Benavides - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Claudio Ferrero - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Francisco Barrios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Praised for its sector knowledge and ‘personalised attention’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados fields a large, cross-departmental team with standout oil and gas expertise in counsel Jorge Pérez-Taiman, environmental specialist Jenny Caldas and Jean Paul Chabaneix for industry financing. An extensive client list includes Exxon Mobil, Repsol, Shell Operaciones Peru, Hunt Oil and Frontera Energy, the latter three all client gains this year. Pérez-Taiman is leading advice to Karoon Gas on its landmark deep-water exploration (using techniques – such as mobile drilling units – unused to date in Peru) of the country’s northern coast, potential value $1-3bn. Senior associate Eduardo Ramos is singled out for praise.

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Jorge Pérez-Taiman - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Noriega - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Eduardo Ramos - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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