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Luis Enrique Palacios

Work (511) 619-1900
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance.


Luis Enrique Palacios is a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, who specializes in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and corporate finance.


Mr. Palacios became a partner of the firm in 2010. He has represented acquirers, sellers, targets, financial advisors, financiers and others in M&A deals and commercial and multilateral lenders, export-credit agencies, debtors, underwriters, issuers, sponsors, guarantors, agents, financial advisors and others in banking and finance deals. He was included in Latin Lawyer’s Twenty under 40 survey of leading Peruvian lawyers and is profiled as a leading lawyer in Peru by Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR, and PLC Which Lawyer?


Spanish and english.


Lima Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA).


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Law School (1999); Duke University (LL.M.) (2000).


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Few headline deals come to the Peruvian market without Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados' presence at the table, the result of an 'excellent' and 'constructive' team and enviable client roster. It is the firm of choice for most of the country's top domestic banks -such as Credicorp Capital, Banco de Crédito del Perú, BBVA Continental and Scotiabank- for both regulatory and transactions. It also advises major international financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Santander and DNB Bank and some of the country's prime borrowers, namely Graña y Montero and Southern Copper Corporation. The practice's eight partners are led by the  'exceptionalJean Paul Chabaneix, and includes project finance star Fernando MolinaLuis Enrique Palacios (who is lauded for his corporate finance expertise), and regulatory specialist Gino Sangalli. Counsel Paul Castritius, formerly of the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission, brings public sector capital markets experience to the firm. Recent deal highlights included working alongside London's Clifford Chance in advice to Natixis, American General Life Insurance, Pacific Life Insurance and MetLife on hybrid financing (comprising a $75m loan and $100m bond issue) granted to transmission line concessionaire CCNCM. On the borrower side, the firm represented Tahoe Resources on its $200m financing from Scotiabank and HSBC Securities, and avocado distributor Mission Produce on its $275m loan from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The firm also provided local law advice to TMF Group in the $1bn international debt issuance by DirecTV, a deal led by Palacios. Augusto Cáceres, who was raised to the partnership in July 2019, and associates Efrain Salazar and Nicolás Cornejo are also very well regarded. Regulatory lawyer Diego Peschiera moved to CMS Grau.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Luis Enrique Palacios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Within: Corporate and M&A

'Arguably the market leaders', Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a dominant force in high-end, complex transactions. Clients praise its sophisticated offering that is 'best in class for partner involvement', as well as its legal knowledge, responsiveness and communication. The firm is advising Sempra Energy on the Peruvian aspects of the proposed sale of its Peruvian and Chilean business units, including Luz del Sur - potentially the largest deal of 2019 in Peru. Leading the advice is the firm's head of M&A Jean Paul Chabaneix, who 'provides spectacular insight and service on a client's most challenging problems' and 'gets the deal done', and Jorge Trelles, who 'identifies the main needs of each in-house counsel', 'drafts particularly well' and is 'of essential assistance in negotiations'. Other deal highlights saw a team led by Eduardo López act as local counsel to Belmond on its $3.2bn acquisition by Louis Vuitton; while Trelles teamed-up with Luis Enrique Palacios to advise I Squared Capital on its $341m acquisition of a 25% stake in power generation companies Kallpa Generación and Samay I from Energía del Pacífico. Other key individuals in the practice group, one of the largest in the market, are: Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, a market leader in mining M&A; Ramón Vidurrizaga, who heads the general corporate practice; Sandro Fuentes and Alfonso Montoya. The team has also been strengthened with Augusto Cáceres' July-2019 elevation to the partnership; he focuses on M&A, corporate and project finace, venture capital and technology.

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