Dispute resolution in Peru
'One of the best in the Peruvian market', Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International houses 'excellent lawyers' who ensure a 'high quality representation of clients' interests'. In particular, those mandating the team praise its abilityto simplify complex issues and communicate effectively with judicial and arbitration panels. The heavyweight practice group of 23 lawyers -almost half of which are at partner or senior associate level- includes arbitration pioneer Javier De Belaunde and practice co-head Ana Maria Arrarte, who both have 'outstanding practices', and fellow co-head Maria del Carmen Tovar, who is current chair of the ICC in Peru. An extensive recent caseload includes successfully representing Petroperu in constitutional judicial proceedings following land expropriations by the State; valued at $150m, the case was led by Samuel Abad and set a legal precedent. In other highlights, the firm is acting for Metro de Lima Line 2 in respect of 18 judicial proceedings challenging $16.9m in fines imposed during construction of the Line 2 project. 'Great lawyer' Yvo Cuba Copello completes the five-partner team and creates 'innovative ideas to avoid disputes ', while names to note on the associate bench include Sheilah Vargas Soto, Roxana Gayoso and Enrique Johanson Cervantes.
'Outstanding'firm Miranda & Amado is at the forefront of high-end litigation and international arbitration, evidenced by a sizeable caseload of arbitral matters (including eight international arbitrations during the past year alone) and high-value matters before the judicial courts. Mandates include acting as local counsel to Autopista del Norte (in conjunction with the Paris office of Dechert LLP) in a $200m ICSID case against Republic of Peru and concerning delays on the construction of a major road in northern Peru; the advice is led by department head Mauricio Raffo, who is praised for his skill in the courtroom, supported by recently made-up Cristina Ferraro. On the litigious front, the firm is currently representing Repsol, Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda) and Telefónica del Perú in various matters that demonstrate the firm's expertise in regulated industry disputes. The practice stands out for the depth of its team, with Raffo heading a total of six partners and 26 associates that includes: leader in the field Juan Luis Avendaño V, international arbitration specialist José Daniel Amado and last year's dispute specialist hires, Giovanni Priori and Santiago Carrillo, who have bedded into the practice seamlessly and lead on many key mandates. Key support comes from highly-experienced counsels Sara Taipe and Giancarlo Cresci.
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is another giant in the sector: not only does it field a 16-strong disputes team (including six partners), but c1an also call on tier one specialists from across the firm as-and-when needed. The 'highly-trained' team advises on a vast array of civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional and public law matters for some of the largest companies in the region. Clients particularly appreciate the 'personalised attention' and partner involvement, as well as the 'professionalism of the team, service spirit and excellent results that are aligned with our expectations'. Lead partners include arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam, widely respected Luis Bedoya, Arturo Aza (whose work is 'remarkable') and arbitrator Italo Carrano, a 'professional highly dedicated to his clients'. The firm is currently handling over 80 arbitrations -some of which are significant international matters conducted under UNCITRAL or ICSID rules- for an array of clients typically drawn from the mining, finance and infrastructure sectors. They include Minera Las Bambas, Gases del Pacífico and Latin America Power Perú - which the firm is advising on a $150m LCC international arbitration against GCZ Energía concerning the termination of a joint venture agreement.
Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados
'Outstanding law firm' Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados handles high-value, high-stakes arbitration, particularly with regard to the regulated industries. In the disputes sector the team is completely focused on arbitration (as opposed to litigation), and where name partner Alfredo Bullard is a leader in the field. According to clients, the practice 'exceeds any expectations an in-house counsel may have when hiring top-notch law firms in high-profile cases': the team is 'very focused on winning the dispute' and the lawyers 'attention to detail and preparation to identify possible scenarios is amazing'. Representative work includes acting for a group of foreign investors in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Peruvian government, involving claims in excess of $250m. Bullard is 'one of the best construction attorneys that I have ever worked with' and co-leads the practice alongside Huáscar Ezcurra , whose 'ability to anticipate moves from the counterparty is astonishing'. However, Mario Reggiardo , the third former co-head of the practice, moved to Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados, a significant loss to the team, while last year's standout senior-associate, Pablo Mori, moved to Miami-based international dispute-resolution boutique GST LLP.
Hernández & Cía. Abogados fields a 'very experienced team' led by Jorge Luis Zubiate (litigation), Ricardo Luque (arbitration) and Gonzalo del Río (white-collar crime), and advises a stellar list of clients that includes Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Viettel Peru (Bitel), Interbank and Grana y Montero. The team is currently advising on a very high value ICSID arbitration concerning one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country. Clients highlight to the team's 'ability to negotiate and reach settlements with counterparties in order to avoid costly litigation' and single out Zubiate for praise, noting he is 'very proactive, available and has a lot of experience' and 'excellent not only in litigation but in negotiation'. The practice grew its associate pool to 15 with the hire of four lawyers from rival firms and one junior promotion.
The 'very experienced' Fernando Meléndez heads the practice at Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados, which capitalises on its national office network to represent clients across the country in a local fashion. The team acts for numerous high-profile domestic and international companies, such as Telefónica del Perú, Citibank, Enel Distribución and Grupo La República. It is currently acting for major Peruvian retail conglomerate, Wong Group, in multiple cases against Bustamante Group related to the latters attempt to thwart Wong's acquisition of a controlling stake in sugar company Azucarera Andahuasi (asset value $100m). Other matters include representing Interbank in several proceedings against tax authority SUNAT concerning the issue of whether unpaid interest amounts to income for tax purposes. Seasoned litigation and arbtiration practitioner Edwin Pezo joined as a senior partner from his own firm, Lava & Pezo Abogados.
The disputes team at Osterling Abogados is 'extremely hands on, knowledgeable and dedicated'. A market leader in insurance law, it acts for most of the largest insurance companies in Peru, but also boasts a significant client roster of mining, energy, construction and real estate companies, as well as private clients. The practice has a lead role in the developing case law concerning a historical instance of compulsory land appropriation by the State, a matter in which it is acting for Inmobiliaria Santa Felicia in a $85m claim, and for Constructora Industrial y Comercial Vulcano in a separate $5m claim. The four-partner practice is co-led by Mauricio Martínez, client partner to top local insurer Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros, and Enrique Ferrando, a 'fierce arbitration practitioner' who is 'extremely well-versed in Peruvian law'; it can also call on experienced litigator Kodiak Semsch and recently promoted Gabriel Loli.
Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados fields a well-resourced team which covers all types of commercial disputes across arbitral, litigious, administrative and criminial courts. Clients report 'great service' and the team's ability to 'detect problems well in advance' of their arising. In a major boost to the practice, prominent arbitration expert Mario Reggiardo joined as partner from leading arbitration boutique Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados where he co-led the practice. He joins Julio César Pérez (head of dispute resolution), José Caro John (head of white collar crime) and Máximo Gordillo on the partner-level disputes bench. The practice acts for some of Peru's highest-profile companies and global players, with recent matters including success in a $25m claim on behalf of BNP Paribas following a 14-year battle against Avanzit (now Ezentis). Current mandates include advising Scotiabank, Interbank, Volcan Compañía Minera and Fenix Power, among others, in high-value litigation, while arbitration cases include a $65m dispute in the oil-and-gas sector.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's compact but successful practice advises on high-level litigation and international arbitration (with both areas led by the 'analytical' and 'logical' Ramiro Portocarrero), as well as white collar crime (led by 'very professional and reliable lawyer' Daniel Ramos). Clients -which include Ergon Peru, Hitachi Rail Italy, Telefónica del Perú and Doe Run Peru (in liquidation)- particularly appreciate the team's clarity of advice, responsiveness and personalised service. On the arbtral front, recent work includes the successful representation of Fenix Power Perú in a dispute with Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda) regarding the construction of facilities connected to a thermoelectric plant. Since publication the team has been further strengthened with the appointment of Sebastián Basombrio as a partner; his practice focuses on judicial and arbitration matters across the full range of commercial and civil disputes.
Rubio Leguía Normand has 'a lot of experience in this field' and attracts high-value and complex instructions as a result. The team is currently advising on an $80m international arbitration in the energy sector, while judicial cases include acting for telecommunications contractor Torres Unidas in proceedings against municipal authorities all over the country in relation to the constuction of telecoms masts. Practice head Bruno Marchese is 'always on the lookout for his client' and 'maintains permanent communication to give peace of mind'; he is supported by Fausto Viale and a decent-sized team of nine associates, including principals Alessandra Cocchella and Ursula Caro. Clients include Anglo American Quellaveco, American Airlines and Grupo Gloria.
Garrigues fields considerable expertise in the form of Melissa Nuñez Santti and the vastly experienced Hugo Forno Flórez, who is, according to one client, 'the best jurist in Peru' and 'the star individual of that team'. The pair are cultivating a successful practice at the firm, winning clients such as Cosapi, Petroperú and Prosegur, alongside existing clients including Telefónica del Perú and Engie Energia Perú. Litigation mandates includes representing construction company Viva GyM in a $30m land dispute with Activos Peruanos, while an extensive arbitration-caseload includes advising on pre-arbitraln proceedings concerning a multibillion-dollar investment in the oil-and-gas sector.
'Very proactive and practical', Estudio Olaechea 'provides sound advice' to a numerous major domestic companies and some international household names. Rolling mandates include acting for Maersk Group subsidiary APM Terminals Callao -a client it won from a competitor- on all its litigious needs, while new clients include Google which it is advising on a challenge to a sanction imposed by the Personal Data Protection Authority. The key partners are: Manuel Villa-García, who has 'extensive experience and a strategic approach'; the 'effective' Cecilia Catacora; and Carlos Martínez, who has a 'a good business approach' and is an experienced arbitrator. Clients also single out associate Stefano Osterling for his attention to detail and availability.
Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas is strong in both civil and criminal disputes work. The experienced Roger Zavaleta heads a civil litigation and arbitration practice that is noted for its 'technical knowledge', 'good preparation' and 'fast resolution of disputes'. He successfully defended construction company CEMSA in an $11m claim concerning the construction of a car park, recently, and is also acting for Telefónica del Perú and Entel Perú in ongoing litigation. On the penal side, 'very good lawyer' Augusto Loli leads a white-collar crime practice that acts for Banco de Crédito del Perú, America Television Channel 4 and Electrolux del Perú, among others. Loli is praised for his 'balanced and practical approach to cases' and is one of the most established practitioners in the corporate crime area. The team was strengthened further with the hire of senior associate Claudia Quispe from Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados in June 2018; and subsequently -in August 2019- of Rodrigo Urrutia , formerly director of arbitration and litigation at Benites, Vargas & Ugaz, who returns to the firm after nine years.
Earning promotion this year, Rodríguez Angobaldo Abogados is a 'very powerful boutique' that is 'highly-specialised in complex litigation'. With six dedicated disputes partners and a heavyweight 26-strong associate bench, it is now one of the largest dispute resolution firms in the Peruvian market, attracting clients such as Interbank, Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros, Telefónica del Perú and GMC Group. All the partners are 'great trial lawyers' and noted for the 'effectiveness of their strategies in complicated cases'; they include founding partner Fernando Rodriguez Angobaldo, Adolfo Pinillos who is a 'highly qualified and very reliable lawyer'; the 'very dedicated and results driven' Jaime Heredia and César Abanto, who has specialist niche-expertise in pension issues. Current mandates include advising on a $150m dispute against a government agency within the telecoms sector.
Benites, Vargas & Ugaz is a pioneer in the field of white-collar crime where the 'leaders of the team are benchmarks in their specialist areas'. Name partner José Ugaz is one of the best-known practitioners in this growing field, and co-leads alongside fellow founding partner Luis Vargas Valdivia and Roberto Pereira Chumbe. The firm represents Interbank in all its criminal law-related needs, such as allegations against managing directors, for example, and successfully defended the general manager of construction company Cosapi against charges of collusion, a case of high media interest. Telefónica Multimedia, Scotiabank and Minsur are also clients. Also of note is the firm's growing compliance offering. However, long-serving partner Hector Gadea Benavides and associate Rodrigo Urrutia moved to Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas in June and August 2019, respectively.
The 'detail-orientated' team at CMS Grau has a 'deep knowledge of arbitration and commercial disputes', and utilises specialist knowledge from across the firm to advise on complex issues. Last year's hire of Luis Alberto Liñán from Rodríguez Angobaldo Abogados has bolstered the practice at partner level; noted for his 'unique ideas and strategies' as well as experience, he is leading advice to Minera Las Bambas in a $454m damages claim brought by the Fuerabamba Peasant Community. Arbitration work includes significant disputes in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. Former arbitration head and senior associate Vanessa Cisneros moved in-house.
Dentons Peru is rated for the 'most professional way each case is handled', 'knowledge' and 'fluid communication' with the client. It enjoys a steady flow of judicial cases and arbitrations, particularly in the energy and construction sector: indeed, it is currently defending road infrastructure concessionaire Rutas de Lima in a $15m dispute against shopping mall owners Aventura Plaza. Other matters include onging counsel to precious-metals company Minera in a $240m arbitration against Peru's state-owned development bank, COFIDE. Claudio Cajina now heads the practice alone following the departure of former co-head Giancarlo Mandriotti to Quiroga & Barton Abogados. GyM Ferrovías, Lenovo and BDO Consulting are all recent client gains.
Guillermo Hesse heads the litigation and arbitration practice at DLA Piper Perú and is a 'professional who takes charge of the case and client' with 'great knowledge of the law and procedure'. Clients appreciate the 'personal treatment' they receive from the firm and hold the 'very broad knowledge of arbitration issues' and 'dedicated service' it provides in high regard. The practice is particularly strong in energy and infrastructure-related disputes, where projects partner Carlos Nuñez brings considerable arbitration experience to the offering and is praised for his knowledge, strategy and assured advice. The firm is counsel to Metro de Lima Línea 2 in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru for an alleged breach of contract concerning the Line 2 concession agreement (value in dispute $460m).
García Sayán Abogados is particularly recognised for its contentious work in the mining, energy, hydrocarbon, banking and retail sectors, where it undertakes both litigation arbitration (domestic and international). High-profile practitoner Javier Villa Garcia is head of the practice, with key support coming from Agustín Yrigoyen, a 'very detail-oriented, reliable and responsive lawyer'. The firm recently won a $20m arbitration on behalf of Compañía Minera Chungar and Volcan against Odebrecht Energia del Peru and Odebrecht Participacoes e Investimentos. Representative clients include Buenaventura Group and Volcan Compañía Minera -both clients for over 20 years- Volvo Group and SGS Société Générale de Surveillance.
Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados
'Very good in the area of commercial arbitration', Lazo & De Romaña Abogados enters the ranking this year, its small but capable team praised by clients as 'fast and really good, unlike many competitors'. Practice head Miguel Grau, who can 'anticipate his clients' needs' and delivers 'creative strategies', leads a trio of specialist associates and can call on additional partner-level input from across the firm when when needed. The team is currently acting as local counsel (alongside Arnold & Porter) to the Peruvian state government in two major ICSID arbitrations: one a $1.5bn dispute against Odebrecht Latinvest and Odebrecht Latin Finance concerning cancellation of the Gasoducto del Sur pipeine concession; the second a $500m-case brought by Energas for the recovery of its investments in the above project. Senior associate Augusto Pereyra is also noted. Since publication, Grau has departed -taking Pereyra with him- to establish his own contentious boutique; the firm has responded by hiring experienced disputes professional Richard Allemant.
Estudio Linares Abogados
Boutique firm Estudio Linares Abogados is fully focused on the prevention and remedy of disputes in all forums: civil, administrative, arbitral and penal. According to clients, it dsitinguishes itself through 'close and personal attention', 'high levels of preparation' and 'efficiency' while the weighty 14-lawyer team is 'solid', 'responsible', 'professional' and gives confidence. The practice's five partners include Daniel Linares Aviléz, who leads on civil litigation and arbitration cases, and Augusto Linares Muñoz and Christian Linares Muñoz who co-lead the white collar crime practice. Instructions include representing a key mining company in a concession dispute and advising a leading cement company in litigation concerning disputed land.
Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray
Construction boutique Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray is in high demand in the post-Odebrecht climate, assisting construction companies and counterparties on some high-stakes dispute resolution and arbitration. Name partners Enrique Navarro, Gustavo Paredes and Jaime Gray are all specialist constructions lawyers who dedicate more than 50% of their practice to dispute resolution. Instructions include advising on contentious cases that have arisen during the expansion of Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport; and clients include construction company COSAPI, Compañía Minera Antamina and Corporación Aceros Arequipa - the latter two recent client gains. Associate José Steck is highlighted for his focus and experience in alternative dispute resolution.
Dispute resolution specislists, boutique firm Estudio Paitán & Asociados has particular expertise in international arbitration and 'extensive knowledge of construction contracts and arbitration disputes'. It stands out for its 'excellent service', in particular that provided by name partner Carlos Paitán Contreras and senior associate Jose Salcedo . Recent work includes ICC arbitration concerning an energy sector concession agreement, and ICSID arbitration regarding the construction of a hydroelectric plant. Clients of the firm include the Ministry of Housing and Construction, Petroperu and the Municipality of Lima.