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Specialist energy and mining consultancy¬†Laub & Quijandr√≠a Energy Group is home to a leading electricity-focused legal team that can call on in-house economists and engineers for major projects. The team advises numerous key domestic companies in the electricity, hydrocarbon and mining industries on a broad range of matters, from business and project strategy and financing, to concessions and corporate issues. Anthony Laub Benavides is a recognised name in the electricity sector and heads a practice group of seven other lawyers. All¬† are focused on energy law and have particular strength in regulatory issues; indeed, many of the team previously worked at government ministries, the energy regulatory body¬†OSINERGMIN and/or in-house at companies such as Petroper√ļ. Carlos Gomero Rigacci is also recommended.

Miranda & Amado has a long and 'superior' track record in this sector, advising significant market players on some of the largest projects in the country, including regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Engie Energia Peru, Enel Generación and IC Power (parent company of Kallpa Generación and its hydropower station Cerro del Aguila), and Samay (which owns the Puerto Bravo thermal power plant in Arequipa), are all clients. An impressive team is led by the 'very knowledgeable' Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis, a leading figure in the sector who can also draw on the experience of counsel Marifé Martinelli, (formerly of regulator OSINERGMIN), as well as the extensive multidisciplinary expertise spread throughout the firm. Specialist associate Pedro A Morales is a former in-house lawyer at the Economic Operations Committee of Peru's transmission authority, COES. Other matters include advising Minera Chinalco Peru on all the regulatory issues and procedures related to the supply of electricity to the Toromocho mining project from the national grid.

Rodrigo, El√≠as & Medrano ‚Äď Abogados¬†shines in all areas of energy and natural resources, including electricity, where the practice has 'solid knowledge of the sector' enabling it to 'quickly respond to issues, establish strategies and provide sustainable advice'. The practice acts for an impressive roll-call of power producers, transmission companies and distribution concessionaires such as¬†Red El√©ctrica, Sempra Energy, and the latter's subsidiary -electricity distribution utility¬†Luz del Sur- which the firm advises on an ongoing basis on a variety of matters, including the expansion of the 96MW Santa Teresa Hydro Power Plant.¬†Ver√≥nica Sattler 'works brilliantly in negotiations with third parties and public officials' and now heads the practice following the departure of¬†Mar√≠a Teresa Qui√Īones to form her own regulatory boutique, Qui√Īones Alayza Abogados. Sattler is supported by counsel Mar√≠a del Rosario Quiroga ¬†and 'excellent lawyer' Alejandro Manayalle, who focuses primarily upon infrastructure matters.

A 'leading firm in the Peruvian power sector', energy boutique Santiv√°√Īez Abogados has 'remarkable expertise and experience', including a 'great understanding of the commercial realities'. Clients praise the team's work ethic, professionalism and strength-in-depth. It is co-led by name partner and 'outstanding lawyer'¬†Roberto Santiv√°√Īez¬†('incredibly intelligent and always on top of everything');¬†Fidel Rocha¬†(currently leading advice to the Ministry of Energy and Mines on the $200m project to provide solar panels to rural parts of Peru that are off-grid), and¬†Paul S√ļmar¬†- who is principal adviser on electrical issues to¬†Proinversi√≥n, the state agency promoting infrastructure investment. Other highlights include working as local counsel, in conjunction with¬†Herbert Smith Freehills LLP,¬†to Spanish energy company¬†Abengoa on the $607m sale of a non-controlling 41% stake in Atlantica Yield, which owns assets constituting almost 40% of the Peruvian power transmission market.

The 'very well organized team' at¬†Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International advises on all phases of power projects, from corporate and project development, to regulatory amtters and dispute resolution. Clients include¬†Trevali Per√ļ,¬†Agrovisi√≥n Corp and¬†Infraestructuras y Energ√≠as del Per√ļ, as well as Fenix Power Per√ļ which the firm is currently advising on electricity spot pricing following damage to the natural gas pipeline belonging to¬†Transportadora de Gas del Per√ļ. The team is praised for its 'excellent' negotiation, communication, customer service and 'solid legal knowledge'. Practice head¬†Mar√≠a del Carmen Tovar Gil¬† is leading on a number of significant arbitrations in the sector, while¬†In√©s V√°zquez Vargas, a¬†former general counsel at Latin American Power, bring an in-house perspective and knowledge to the team.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados advises on all stages of power projects on behalf of major financial institutions, project developers and power companies such as Interbank, Polaris Infastructure and Fenix Power. An extensive caseload includes acting for Empresa Línea Transmisión on amendments to its concession contract for the 220kV Carhuaquero-Cajamarca Norte-Cáclic-Moyobamba transmission line project, and representing Consorcio Transmantaro (CTM) in arbitration concerning the 500kV Mantaro-Marcona-Socabaya-Montalvo transmission line, at 900km, Peru's longest. The small but expert team is 'accessible' with 'quick response times' and comprises practice head Brendan Oviedo, who is well-known is the sector, experienced senior associate Evelyn Lopez and the more junior Daniela Falcone.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, P√©rez Abogados's practice group¬†is 'very experienced' and provides ongoing counsel to a number of key players in the electricity sector,¬† where it demonstrates particular strength in regulatory and public law matters. It's trophy client is Peru's largest energy conglomerate, Enel Generaci√≥n Per√ļ, which the team is advising on sanctioning and administrative proceedings before local authorities (among other issues); it is also advising¬† subsidiary Enel Green Energy on thje negotiation of amendments to its renewable energy electricity supply agreements with the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The firm's head of regulatory matters,¬†Gerardo Soto, has 'significant knowledge of the power sector', as does associate Mayra Aguirre, who specialises in electricity regulation and administrative law.¬†Other clients include¬†Electroper√ļ and COES.

Widely acknowledged for its mining practice, CMS Grau actually has expertise across the board in the energy and natural resources area. It is gaining ground in the electricity sector off the back of work for leading companies Luz del Sur and Enel Distribución; the result is a growing reputation for regulatory and public law issues. Clients appreciate the 'detailed knowledge of our operations and the sector' and 'capabilities to provide an excellent service'. Practice co-heads Carlos Hamann and Ramón Huapaya are the key advisors and lead a seven-strong team. Senior associte Germán Tarazona is also noted.

Mu√Īiz, Olaya, Mel√©ndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados earned several significant new clients during the past year, including¬†CountourGlobal subsidiary Energia Eolica,¬†Energy Development Corporation (EDC) Peru and¬†Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSE). The team is advising the latter on a pilot project to introduce the first electric buses into the Lima public transport system. Other key instructions include acting for the acquiring consortium (led by China Three Gorges) in the ongoing $1.39bn acquisition of Peru‚Äôs third¬† largest hydroelectric power plant, Chaglla, from Odebrecht (the deal has been delayed since 2017 while government authorities determine how much of the acquisition price will be offset by fines from corruption charges). Senior partner of the firm¬†Rolando Salvatierra¬† leads the practice.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is building an electricity practice under the guidance of senior counsel¬†Carolina de Trazegnies, who has a growing reputation in the market, particularly for contentious issues. She 'knows and understands the energy industry extremely well' and 'gets into the weeds of technical regulations without losing sight of the big picture and the client's objectives'. The team is acting for Spain's¬†Grenergy Renovables, an operator of power generation projects from renewable sources, in relation to a $40m financing for two wind-farms. De Trazegnies also recently provided expert legal opinion in a high-stakes arbitration in the electricity sector. The practice benefits from the infrastructure expertise of Rafael Puiggros¬†, but former senior associate Margarett Matos¬†left for Qui√Īones Alayza Abogados¬†in February 2019.

An energy, infrastructure and TMT boutique,¬†Qui√Īones Alayza Abogados¬†opened its doors in July 2018; it was founded by leading power lawyer¬†Maria Teresa Qui√Īones, previously head of the energy practice at heavyweight Rodrigo, El√≠as & Medrano ‚Äď Abogados. A highly-acclaimed lawyer in the field,¬†Qui√Īones 'delivers her advice in a powerful and confident manner'; her clients include electricity-giants¬†Luz del Sur,¬†Kallpa Generaci√≥n and¬†Inkia Energy - the team recently advised the latter on a challenge to decisions of grid operator¬†COES concerning the Puerto Bravo Power Plant. Qui√Īones is backed by a talented team of associates including¬†Margarett Matos, formerly of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria¬†and -previously- at COES.

Rubio Leguía Normand enters the ranking as a result of genuine focus and capability in the electricity sector by recently made-up Daniela García Belaunde, who has been building the firm's power practice since her 2017 arrival from Laub & Quijandría Energy Group. García 'understands what regulators are looking for and tailors the work to meet that criteria', while her team grasps 'the whole scope and technical aspects of COES and that is quite refreshing', comment clients. The team acted for the Ministry of Energy and Mines, recently, with regard to the transfer of a concession for an electricity distribution company. Other mandates included regulatory advice to Frontera Energy Corporation in relation to its $350m bond offering. Other key team members include senior associate Diana Rivera , who 'delivers all the time and never drops the ball'; and Katherine Yesquén Lihim , who was promoted to principal associate. Other clients include Grupo Energía Bogota and Transportadora de Gas Internacional.


Mining

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The 'deep team' at¬†Rodrigo, El√≠as & Medrano ‚Äď Abogados eclipses the competition, showered with praise for its performance as a 'natural and seamless extension of our company's management'; moreover, it is 'comprehensive and well put together to compliment each member', 'driven by the win' and 'differs from the competition in that the lawyers truly operate as a team'. The firm has advised on the¬†construction, operation and expansion of the largest mines in the country, in addition to handling disputes, mining exploration projects and top-drawer transactions. Recent instructions include acting for Southern Peru Copper Corporation on its successful $2.5bn bid for the¬†Michiquillay copper project (due to commence production in 2025, it will be one of the largest copper mines in Peru); and advising Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on its $900m project finance for the development of its Mina Just project. The team also provides ongoing strategic advice to a roll-call of leading mining companies, such as Compa√Ī√≠a Minera Antamina, Minera Chinalco Per√ļ, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Hudbay Per√ļ, MMG Las Bambas, Anglo American (Quellaveco) and Tahoe Resources. Department head¬†Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is 'the kind of sophisticated corporate partner who would not be out of place in a first-tier firm in New York or London'; other key lawyers include corporate partner¬†Oscar Benavides, who is 'instrumental in making our business a success' and regulatory specialist¬†Francisco Tong, who is 'very detail oriented'.¬†¬†Also noted is recently made-up partner Francisco Barrios¬†-a former head of legal at Minera Milpo- who specializes in environmental, water and permit-related mining matters

CMS Grau excels in this area, which has long been a core strength of the firm. It's 'very committed team' 'understands the sector' and provides a complete 360¬į service - from large-scale M&A to strategic planning, project management and regulatory advice. Clients include major industry players -both domestic and international- such as¬†Compa√Ī√≠a de Minas Buenaventura, Minera Cappex, Wheaton Precious Metals Corp and¬†Rio Tinto Mining & Exploration. The four expert partners¬†include head of practice¬†Cecilia Gonz√°les, a leading figure in both mining M&A and regulation, supported by¬†Liliana Pautrat, Marit√© Aragaki and Ra√ļl Ferreryra;¬†all have 'extensive experience'. Moreover, the practice can also call on¬†name partner and mining law legend Miguel Grau¬†as required. Recent mandates saw Gonz√°les lead advice to¬†Panoro Minerals (and local subsidiary Panoro Apurimac) on an interim agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) for the exploration of the Humamantata properties in southern Peru.

Clients at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International laud the firm's 'perfect knowledge of the mining & natural resources sector', 'personal approach' and 'the availability and professionalism of the team¬†'. A combination of mining law specialists, led by¬†Valentin Paniagua Jara, who is noted for his knowledge and commercialism, and Ina Mar√≠a Drago, together with colleagues from the firm's leading finance and corporate practices, provide a high-calibre offering. Recent instructions include acting for¬†Sierra Antapite on the acquisition of the Azulcocha zinc-manganese mine and its processing plant from La Fiduciaria, and representing¬†Anglo Pacific Group in the acquisition of a 0.5% net smelter return royalty over the Ca√Īariaco Copper Project from Entr√©e Resources. Ongoing regulatory, mining and corporate advice is also provided to clients such as¬†Trevali Per√ļ, Volcan¬†Compa√Ī√≠a Minera and the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Hern√°ndez & C√≠a. Abogados¬†fields a 'large legal team across all disciplines with good commercial reality'. In the extractive sector, lead partners¬†Luis Rodr√≠guez-Mari√°tegui ('a market standout'),¬†Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino and¬†Miyanou Dufour combine their mining law expertise with that of environmental and land law, a valuable combination that has resulted in a notable increase in instructions despite a sluggish market. Described as 'empathetic, quick to understand and grasp difficulties, and equally quick and willing to resolve them', the team -led by Rodr√≠guez-Mari√°tegui- acted as local counsel to Pan American Silver Corp on its $1.3bn acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Tahoe Resources. It also provides ongoing representation to Rio Tinto Minera Per√ļ Limitada concerning its¬†La Granja project, including advice on the compliance process of pending social commitments towards communities in the project area. Other clients include Glencore subsidiary Compa√Īia Minera Antapaccay, Karmin Exploration and¬†Hudbay Per√ļ.

Miranda & Amado boasts a client list the envy of the market, comprising lead international and domestic players such as Anglo American, Glencore-Xstrata, Rio Tinto, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Las Bambas Mining Company and Chinalco, among others. The mining team is 'responsive, quick and efficient' and sits within the firm's tier one projects practice, bringing a wealth of cross-departmental capability to the fore alongside specialist mining and environmental expertise from practice head Alberto Delgado and fellow partner Guillermo Bracamonte. Recent work included acting for Mitsubishi subsiary MCQ Copper on its $600m stake increase in Anglo American Quellaveco, which owns the Quellaveco copper project.  Advisory work includes representing Minera Chinalco Peru on the operation of the Toromocho mine, including advice on regulatory land management issues. The team was further strengthend with the 2018 hire of senior associate Cynthia Rebaza  from Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas.

Rubio Leguía Normand has a 'great mining practice with experienced lawyers'. They include well-known practice head Xennia Forno, a 'senior partner with great knowledge of the mining sector, permits and government affairs', and the very highly-rated associate Miguel Angel Soto, a 'great young lawyer' with a 'keen sense for spotting issues and delivering solutions'. In a fruitful year for the practice, it was instructed by Anglo American to advise on the development of the greenfield Quellaveco project, expected to cost $5bn. Moreover,  the team also welcomed new partner Diego Grisolle, formerly the head of mining at García Sayán Abogados, a substantial coup for the practice. An enviable client base includes Bear Creek Mining Company, Southern Peaks Mining, Minera Yanacocha and Nexa Resources.

Dentons Peru handles all aspects of mining work, with particular skill in corporate and financing matters within the sector. The modestly sized team, comprising experienced practice head Fernando Pickmann and three associates,  clearly punches above its weight. During the past year the team advised new client Bear Creek Mining Corporation on its $286m share listing on the Lima Stock Exchange; and represented Inca One Gold Corporation (another client gain), on its $12m acquisition of Anthem United -which owns a 90% interest in the Koricancha ore processing facility- from Equinox Gold Corp. Non-transactional work includes advising state investment agency Proinversion on the preparation of the tender bid and legal structure to sell  two mining projects located in Apurimac, southern Peru.

A mixed year for¬†Garc√≠a Say√°n Abogados saw the departure of its head of practice, Diego Grisolle to rival firm Rubio Legu√≠a Normand, and the recruitment of new partner Edgardo Portaro, the former general counsel at mining company Nyrstar. The firm also boosted its team at associate level with two lateral hires. A raft of significant mining companies instruct the firm on a full range of commercial, contractual and regulatory matters, including exploration and exploitation contracts and the management of issues with local rural communities. Recent mandates included advising for¬†Pucar√° Resources on the¬†negotiation and execution of an assignment agreement concerning the mining concessions of the SantoTom√°s Project. Other clients of the practice include Compa√Ī√≠a de Minas Buenaventura,¬†Southern Peaks Mining,¬†Volc√°n Compa√Ī√≠a Minera and recent gains¬†Nueva Granada Gold Corp and¬†Quantica Inversiones.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, P√©rez Abogados provides a 'very professional and personalized service' with capability throughout all¬†stages of mining projects, from exploration and construction to operation and closure, including M&A and¬†financing transactions. Efforts to grow the practice are paying dividends, with a number of high-profile client gains and instructions during the past year.¬†Glencore,¬†Las Bambas Compa√Ī√≠a Minera and state agency¬†Proinversi√≥n are all new clients, while notable work included acting for the substantive syndicate of domestic and international lenders in the $900m financing extended to¬†Marcobre for its Mina Justa project. The team is also advising Proinversion on a private initiative process to develop the El Algarrobo mining project in northern Peru. Head of practice¬†Jos√© C√ļneo excels on the transactional side, with counsel¬†Angel Chavez¬† leading on regulatory and environmental issues.

The 'very good team' at¬†Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria advises on all the key needs of the mining industry under the direction of new practice head¬†Rafael Lengua, recruited from Compa√Ī√≠a Minera Miski Mayo, which is now a client of the firm. Lengua brings additional mining, corporate and finance expertise to the practice (not to mention an in-house persepctive) and is an 'excellent professional' praised for his 'innovative solutions, negotiating skills and technical knowledge'. The team as a whole is highlighted for its commitment and response times and includes¬†Ricardo Harten, who acts as client-partner to BHP Biliton; and¬†Hernan Torres, a regulatory and environmental specialist. Other clients include¬†Sumitomo Metal Mining Co,¬†Inversiones Alxar,¬†Nexa Resources Peru and¬†R√≠o Blanco Copper.

Recently made-up¬†Daniel Palomino heads the practice at Mu√Īiz, Olaya, Mel√©ndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados, after returning to the firm in 2018 following a period abroadundertaking his LLM. He leads a modest-sized team of six lawyers who are¬†'always ready to attend to our issues, which they resolve promptly and with excellent results'; they also 'carry out their work with great passion and therefore always provide us with an excellent service'. The team acts for Mitsubishi Corporation on the mining regulatory matters related to its 40% stake in the Quellaveco mining project, while other clients include Southern Peaks Mining, state investment agency Proinversion and Canada's Dynacor Gold Mines.

One of the Estudio Olaechea's senior partners, José Antonio Honda is an experienced mining professional and heads the firm's energy and mining practice, with support from a small group of associates that includes senior associate Stephanie Límaco who arrived from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in 2018. In addition to advising some well-known mining companies, the team typically acts for suppliers, such as Geochem International (a distributor of geochemical products used by the mining industry), which the firm recently advised on restructuring its operations in Peru. Other work includes advising Imerys Minerales Peru, which holds mining concessions in southern Peru, on negotiations with the rural community which owns the land in which the concessions are located.


Oil and gas

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Barrios & Fuentes, Abogados is a predominant player in the field, advising on all aspects of the oil-and-gas industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream matters. Name partner Germán Barrios brings many years' experience to the market and has a built a team of expert specialists. They include Raul Barrios, Renzo Roberti Vidal, environmental partner Oscar Sánchez and recently-promoted partner Liliana Callirgos. Work examples include project financing, corporate matters, exploration licensing and disputes for some of the main actors in the industry, both domestic and overseas. Clients include Union Oil and Gas Group and Karoon Gas, which has interests in the Tumbes Basin in offshore northern Peru.

In¬†Carlos Hamann and¬†Augusto Astorga, CMS Grau boasts two high-profile lawyers¬† who 'really understand the sector and can be¬†easily included into work teams'; both bring in-house experience and technical knowledge to the practice. The pair lead a 'very committed team' comprising¬† eight associates. Moreover, oil and gas is not just a strength of the Lima office but also of the CMS network globally, facilitating the development of a stellar client base that includes key client of the local practice; the roster includes Enag√°s Internacional, Tullow Oil,¬†Shell Operaciones Per√ļ,¬†CNPC Peru, Repsol and¬†Gra√Īa y Montero Petrolera (GMP). The team won a competitive pitch to advise state-owned Petroperu on negotiations with Perupetro regarding the former's award of Block 192, currently Peru's most productive oil block. Other notable practice figures include regulatory and technical hydrocarbons specialist, associate Jesus Abanto, previoulsy legal supervisor at OSINERGMIN's Natural Gas Audit office.

The 'amazing' Estudio G√°lvez Abogados has an 'excellent reputation' and is 'very well known in the oil and gas industry'. Despite its boutique format, the firm advises on the entire remit of sector issues, from transactions and regulatory matters to tax, labour and environmental law. According to clients, it stands out for the degree of partner involvement, sector experience and knowledge, client commitment, innovation and 'understanding of the oil and gas business and culture'. Leading the practice are:¬†Carlos Raul Vizquerra, who has 'great communication and negotiation skills' and 'rapidly builds trust with the counterparty, making any deal easier'; and¬†Luis C√≥rdova, who is a 'great analyst and has the capacity to plan ahead and anticipate'. Clients include Petroperu,¬†Per√ļ LNG,¬†Gold Oil Per√ļ,¬†Hunt Oil Company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and¬†Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (USA).

Rodrigo, El√≠as & Medrano ‚Äď Abogados has one of the largest teams in the market, combing the specialist regulatory expertise of 'true star' Jorge P√©rez-Taiman and¬†Jenny Caldas (environmental law), with market-leading transactional practitioners from across the firm, such as¬†Jean Paul Chabaneix, who has accumulated considerable oil and gas know-how. The result is a fully-comprehensive offering, attracting big-ticket instructions. The team is currently advising Gases del Pacifico (GDP) on all issues related to its $250m project to transport LNG by road for subsequent regasification and distribution as piped natural gas; and representing Colombia's Promigas on its participation in a government tendering process to¬†supply natural gas to several regions in central/south Peru; both matters are led by P√©rez-Taiman. Specialised senior associates Carolina Noriega and Eduardo Ramos are also both highly regarded. An enviable client list includes¬†Exxon Mobil,¬†Shell Operaciones Peru,¬†Repsol and Sempra Energy.

Garc√≠a Say√°n Abogados advises on all contracts and concessions for exploration and exploitation, as well as storage, transport and distribution matters. Currently, it is particularly active representing clients in contentious issues, such as the defence of administrative complaints regarding environmental and technical issues. In this regard, it recently won two administrative procedures on behalf of key client of the practice,¬†Gra√Īa y Montero Petrolera in the Appeals Court for Sanctions in Energy and Mines, following fines imposed by OSINERGMIN relating to minimum reserves of liquid petroleum gas. The advice was led by head of the practice¬†Alberto Varillas. Former senior associate Nancy Ogata moved to Rubio Legu√≠a Normand.

Legal, technical and economic energy-consultancy¬†Laub & Quijandr√≠a Energy Group is noted for its broad sector knowledge and experience in the oil and gas area. Work includes project investment and development, regulatory matters, dispute resolution and transactions, as well as environmental advice and issues related to social and land rights. Several members of the team bring in-house experience to the practice, having previously worked in government departments including the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, OSINERGMIN and state-owned company Petroper√ļ. Key practice advisers include¬†Anthony Laub,¬†Fernando Pomatailla and¬†Gina Vega Ponce de Le√≥n.

Miranda & Amado is a frequent participant in big-ticket transactions and project matters in the oil and gas industry, and also demonstrated additional expertise in dispute resolution. Its multidisciplinary approach draws upon experts from across the firm, led by projects partners Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis and Alberto Delgado. Ongoing mandates have seen the team continue its work on behalf of Petroperu concerning the development and financing of the $3.5bn Talara oil refinery modernisation and expansion project; De-Bernardis is leading on the matter, with assistance from energy and projects partner Guillermo Bracamonte.  In other work the practice is also acting for Repsol Group on a range of disputes - from breach of contract to labour issues. Clients include Primax, CNPC International and Peru LNG.

Mu√Īiz, Olaya, Mel√©ndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has extensive experience in this sector, attracting a prestigious client roster that includes Repsol Exporacion, Petroperu, Maple Gas Corporation and Gran Tierra Energy. The firm's comprehensive practice advises on all exploration and exploitation stages of the industry, including¬†administrative sanctioning procedures conducted by OSINERGMIN.¬† Representative work includes acting for key client China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on a $13m ICC arbitration¬†filed against Petrobras, and representing Maple Gas regarding its exploration blocks and refinery in Ucayali, including advice on negotiations with Petroperu and the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Oil and gas expert¬†Ricardo Silva boasts 35 years' experience and heads the practice; key support comes from Fernando Babarczy, who specialises in native communities and land-associated matters.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International utilises experts from across the firm to advise some top-draw clients in this sector; they, in turn, praise the 'multidisciplinary approach to solve complex problems' and 'personalized attention'. In a boost to the practice, the team hired Gino Garamendi in April 2018; formerly a legal advisor at at Tecpetrol, he has 'extensive experience'. The practice has since earned a role on the panel of a significant international energy company and also recently gained an instruction form a global oil major. Key practitioners in the area include head of public law¬†Jorge Dan√≥s, who has a 'great impact on administrative bodies'; and associate¬†Natalia Z√ļ√Īiga, who demonstrates¬† 'expert knowledge in administrative and regulatory matters'. Clients include Perupetro,¬†Petrobras de Valores Internacional de Espana and¬†Grupo Energ√≠a Bogot√°.

Energy boutique Santiv√°√Īez Abogados is best known for its electricity work but also has valuable expertise in the gas sector. Co-head of the practice Paul S√ļmar is a former director of major¬†hydrocarbons trading-company Petroperu; he is currently advising state investment agency¬†Proinversion on a $300m project to distribute natural gas through pipeline networks in seven regions of the country, part of a national policy for the mass use of natural gas. The team is also acting for¬†SDF Energ√≠a, Peru's first¬†electricity co-generation plant, on contractual matters with Pluspetrol Peru concerning its natural gas supply. Other key members of the team include¬†'excellent professional'¬†Roberto Santiv√°√Īez, who is 'able to provide additional solutions to the scenarios', and¬†Fidel Rocha.


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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 
  • Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (‚Äú CMB ‚ÄĚ) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqu√© on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (‚Äú Communiqu√© ‚ÄĚ), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqu√© entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (‚ÄúFTS‚ÄĚ) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept.¬†
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.
  • CJEU RULED ON THE APPLICATION OF THE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP CONCEPT

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the ‚ÄúDanish Beneficial Ownership Cases‚ÄĚ, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • ITALIAN RULES ON JOINT VENTURES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND CONCESSIONS

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  

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