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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Closely interwoven with the firm’s corporate practice, Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ banking and finance team attracts a good balance of bank lending, capital markets and project finance, and has a strong following in the local and foreign investment funds industry: FARO Capital, SIGMA, The Carlyle Group, Brookfield, and Acon Investments are all major clients. Headline work saw Juan Luis Hernández and Diego Carrión assist The Abraaj Group with a mezzanine loan granted to its subsidiary Cinco Millas. Together with the firm’s projects team, José Manuel Abastos advised Terminal Internacional del Sur on the $280m project financing provided by a syndicate of banks for the expansion of the Matarani Port. Other project finance work saw Alfredo Filomeno assist Banco Santander Panamá and COFIDE with a $30m loan granted to La Virgen for the development of a hydropower plan in Junín. Juan Luis Hernández heads the team, which also counts on a strong bench of senior associates, including: Sandro Cogorno, Mónica Posada, José Goyburu and Gisella Domecq.

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Juan Luis Hernández - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

At Hernández & Cía. Abogados, Enrique Cavero is a key contact for competition and antitrust matters, and has particular capability in barriers to entry, consumer protection and advertising law matters. Among recent highlights, Cavero is acting for CORSERSAC in an INDECOPI antitrust investigation regarding alleged monopolistic practices in the gas trading industry. He is also handling four litigation proceedings for Procter & Gamble in relation to advertising matters – three before CONAR and one before INDECOPI. Other clients include Ripley, Scotiabank and Bitel.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Under the leadership of name partner Juan Luis Hernández, Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ corporate and M&A practice has particular strength acting on the buyer side of private equity transactions, but also handles a steady flow of deals in the retail, banking, real estate and mining sectors. Among the group’s high-profile work, Hernández advised Compañia Minera Milpo’s minority shareholders on the $200m sale of their 20.17% stake in Milpo to Votorantim Metais Cajamarquilla. Another transactional specialist, Diego Carrión led the advice to armoured transport company Hermes (a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group) on its acquisition of Smart Security. The highly regarded José Manuel Abastos assisted private equity investor L Catterton with the purchase of a minority stake in Colombian gym chain Bodytech. Permanent clients for non-transactional corporate advice include General Electric’s Peruvian subsidiaries, Asics, COFIDE, and Jupiter Technology Peru. Also recommended are: Alfredo Filomeno (who assisted both Dinet and Dinet Perú with their merger, thereby unifying two of Grupo Sandoval’s main lines of business); Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui; and senior associate Sandro Cogorno.

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Juan Luis Hernández - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

At Hernández & Cía. Abogados, contractual disputes, contentious construction matters and administrative litigation are all core areas of activity. The team is co-led by Ricardo Luque and Jorge Luis Zubiate, who recently represented EsSalud in a $1.7bn dispute with the Peruvian Pensions Office; they were assisted by highly regarded senior associate Carlos Gastello. In another highlight, Luque, who is the team’s go-to person for arbitration matters, acted for Sociedad Minera Austria Duvaz in $10m proceedings over the acquisition price of a mining project. Since research concluded the contentious department has further strengthened its offering with the hire of Gonzalo del Río Labarthe as partner-in-charge of the firm's new white-collar crime practice.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados has a broad-ranging environmental practice, with experience in compliance, impact assessments, permitting issues and due diligence processes. Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui heads the team, and has been advising Procter & Gamble on the environmental aspects of the closure of its detergent production line, which included solid waste disposal matters. Lorena Tanji is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados is particularly active in the IP litigation sphere, although the firm also enjoys a strong reputation for trade-mark and copyright registration, and competition law matters. Practice head Enrique Cavero is ‘quick, very competent, and always available’; in 2016, he represented Hudbay Minerals in a copyright infringement claim brought by software development company White Lion. He is also handling both contentious and non-contentious IP matters for Gol TV Latin America, including its portfolio management, and IP transfer and licencing agreements, as well as trade-mark litigation.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ labour practice has seen a substantial degree of change in 2016. Most notably, Michael Vidal joined the firm as lead partner from a senior manager position at Ernst & Young, bringing with him former manager – now associate – Diego Castillo; and former team head Orlando de las Casas left the firm. The team of six continues to advise the department’s longstanding clients, including Michael Page and Accenture Peru, as well as acting for clients that followed Vidal after his move, such as Naviera Transoceánica, Aje Group and Helados Popsy. The team has strong litigation expertise, and recently defended Interseguro in several proceedings related to social security requirements. Other highlights included representing Aje Group in a collective bargaining process.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ highly regarded infrastructure team has acted on a clutch of notable project financings in the transport, energy and natural resources sectors, and the group also has strong expertise in project-related regulatory, construction and development matters. Clients are drawn from both the public and private sectors. Ricardo Luque, José Manuel Abastos and Alfredo Filomeno are all experienced figures in the market, and lead a team that also includes energy and natural resources specialist Brendan Oviedo (who joined the firm in 2016) and name partner and corporate finance expert Juan Luis Hernández. Recent mandates saw the team advise Terminales Portuarios del Sur on a concession agreement for the $280m expansion project of the Matarani port. Senior associates Gracy Zapata and José Goyburu are key members of the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados is praised for its real estate expertise in large corporate, finance and mining deals, and acts for its corporate clients in real estate acquisitions, developments, land use, zoning and municipal regulations matters. Jorge Luis Zubiate heads the team, which often draws on the expertise of banking expert Alfredo Filomeno and senior associate Gisella Domecq. Clients include Anholt Services, Promotora Industrial Inmobiliaria de Piura, Interseguro Compañía de Seguro, and Ascis Perú.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Drawing on 25 years of ‘excellence in the field’, Hernández & Cía. Abogados houses a compact but ‘prominent tax practice in Peru’, and scores points for its ‘expertise’ and ‘knowing the sector inside-out’. Tax head Luis Hernández is highly sought after, and there is consensus among peers to say he is a ‘standout name for tax matters in Peru’. In addition, Leonardo López is highly regarded for customs and foreign trade matters, the ‘sophisticated’ Milagros Bustillos is a ‘noted tax specialist’, and the recently hired Fernando Núñez brings his expertise in repatriation of capital and tax amnesty issues to the team. The department maintains a strong reputation for both procedural and transactional work, which positions it as a first choice for the full spectrum of tax services. It also fields an excellent corporate support practice, as evidenced by López’s recent advice to Compañia Minera Milpo’s minority shareholders on the transfer of their $200m stake to Votorantim Metais Cajamarquilla through a public offering on the Lima Stock Exchange. The team is also highly active in capital increases, tax structuring, issuance of notes, and impugnation proceedings. The team’s impressive client roster includes COFIDE, Grupo Telefónica, Perupetro, Interbank Group, and Consorcio Fútbol Perú.

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Luis Hernández - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Patricia Tamashiro - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Roxana Terrones - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

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

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

In 2016, Hernández & Cía. Abogados bolstered its power practice with the hire of Brendan Oviedo, who was formerly partner at Rubio Leguía Normand. Oviedo is hailed as a ‘must-go for energy matters’ on the back of his ‘deep understanding of the technical, financial, commercial, and regulatory aspects of energy projects’. The ‘very high-quality practice’ provides an ‘excellent and efficient service’, and is advising Enel Green Power Peru on its bidding process in Peru’s fourth renewable energy auction. Oviedo also assisted Empresa Línea Transmisión CCNCM with the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the $106.8m transmission line project. Senior associate Romina Stucchi is also recommended.

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Romina Stucchi - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 3

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

Hernández & Cía. Abogados has a solid record advising mining companies across the full range of matters, including financings, acquisitions of mineral rights, permits, developments, exploration, water and land rights, as well as storage and commercial operations. Among the practice’s highlights, Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui assisted Juan Paulo Quay obtain permits for exploration and exploitation activities within the framework of its non-metallic Bayóvar N°12 mining project. On the transactional side, he advised Standard Tolling on the sale of La Quinua mining plant’s minerals and mining equipment to Inca One Gold Corp. He was also counsel to Compañía Minera Kuri Kullu on the amendment of a transfer agreement regarding the Ollachea mine project entered into with Rio Tinto. Senior associate Lorena Tanji is also recommended.

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Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui - Hernández & Cía. Abogados

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