Specialist boutique Barrios & Fuentes, Abogados continues to advise on a broad range of mandates in the hydrocarbons sector, handling matters relating to environmental law, regulatory matters, permitting, negotiations and mediation, and public law; the practice group has considerable experience as regards farmout agreements (and associated tax structures, operation and joint operation agreements, accounting procedures, and refund of sales tax issues related to the exploratory stage of oil and gas development. The practice is co-led by Germán Barrios and Renzo Roberti; a longstanding member of the Sociedad Peruana de Hidrocarburos (SPH), Barrios has deep expertise across all segments of the hydrocarbons production chain and is particularly active on M&A and financing mandates; Roberti focuses on administrative and environmental law, and has particular experience of concessions, as well as negotiations with rural and indigenous communities regarding natural resources exploration. Focused on commercial and contracting matters, Liliana Callirgos is also a key contact; while Oscar Sánchez is recommended for environmental and regulatory matters.
Hydrocarbons in Peru
Barrios & Fuentes, Abogados
Germán Barrios; Renzo Roberti
A significant participant in the Peruvian market for over 60 years, CMS Grau has a strong reputation for oil-and-gas work both locally and internationally, and acts for key market players regarding transactional, litigious and regulatory matters. The team is currently led by Carlos Hamann, Augusto Astorga and Ramón Huapaya. Hamann handles regulatory and permitting matters and brings previous in-house counsel experience to issues including infrastructure concession bids, contracting and financing, and the negotiation of service contracts. With experience undertaking both domestic and international projects, Astorga is recommended for the negotiation and execution of hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation contracts; while Huapaya focuses on energy, public-services regulation, concessions, and infrastructure issues. Jesús Abanto, who acts for both private companies and state-owned entities, was raised made up to partner in May 2022 and is recommended for regulatory issues. Previously a partner at Delapuente, Nicole Freire (mining, oil and gas, regulation and environmental matters) joined as senior associate in April 2021; with disputes specialist Alessandra Cocchella, a former Rubio Leguía Normand principal associate, also joining as a senior in July, since when she has been raised to the partnership (as of January 2022).
Carlos Hamann; Augusto Astorga; Ramos Huapaya
‘Great work, great team, always available‘.
‘Professional quality service’.
‘Closeness to the client, proven experience and technical knowledge of the sector‘.
‘Good responsiveness and industry knowledge’.
Repsol Exploración (Peru branch)
Schlumberger del Perú
Shell Operaciones Perú
CNPC Peru (Chinese NOC subsidiary)
SK Innovation (Peru branch)
BP Exploration Operating Company
Baker Hughes International Operations
Pluspetrol Perú Corporation
Peru LNG (operated by Hunt Oil)
Repsol – Refinería la Pampilla
Gases del Norte del Perú (GASNORP)
Petróleos del Perú S.A. – PETROPERÚ
Gases del Pacífico
Transportadora de Gas del Perú
Nouvo Pignone International (Peru branch)
Compañía Operadora de Gas (COGA)
Graña y Montero Petrolera (GMP)
Savia Perú (KNOC & Ecopetrol)
Consorcio Terminales / Terminales del Perú (GMP + Oiltanking)
International Naval Surveys Bureau – INSB Class
T-Rex Engineering & Construction
- Advising Enagás on the recovery of its investments in Gasoducto Sur Peruano (GSP).
- Advising Tullow Oil PLC / Tullow Peru on the termination of four oil exploration licenses for offshore Peru, Blocks Z-38, Z-64, Z-67 and Z-68.
- Advised Petroperu on the negotiation with Perupetro regarding the on-shore exploitation contract of Block 192, Peru’s highest oil-producing block.
The team at Miranda & Amado is ‘very reliable and experienced' and demonstrates 'expertise in M&A, and deep knowledge of Peruvian law and the hydrocarbon industry'. Well known in the market for advising on high-profile and high-value oil-and gas-projects for large international and domestic energy companies, the practice has notable strength in M&A and transactional mandates, regulatory issues, financing, environmental matters and dispute resolution. Practice co-head Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis is recommended for transactional and development work in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors, while fellow co-head Alberto Delgado handles corporate and commercial matters. Guillermo Bracamonte is another active partner in the practice; he focuses on contractual and regulatory matters. Counsel Marifé Martinelli, whose previous experience includes three years at OSINERGMIN; and deeply experienced senior associate Pedro Antonio Morales, are additional names to note.
Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis; Alberto Delgado
‘The team is very reliable and experienced, and they are creative when dealing with billing and cost sharing‘.
‘Alberto Delgado is the firm’s partner and our contact person with the firm; he is very reliable and has very good business sense‘.
‘Expertise in M&A, and deep knowledge of Peruvian law and the hydrocarbon industry‘.
‘Attention to detail and personalised service‘.
Petróleos del Perú (Petroperú)
Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP)
BPZ Exploración y Producción (a subsidiaryof Grupo Alfa)
Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda)
Refinería La Pampilla (Repsol)
Korea National Oil Company
- Assisting Petroperú in all legal matters relating to the development and financing of the Talara crude oil refinery project for the modernisation and expansion of the refinery.
- Assisting Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP) with various gas regulatory, corporate and environmental matters related to its operations.
- Advised BPZ on regulatory, environmental and land management matters required for the development of its blocks both inland and offshore in the north of Peru.
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados offers a full-spectrum service to clients in the oil-and-gas industry, catering to all aspects of up-, mid- and downstream activity in the industry. This broad focus encompasses expertise in exploration and production contracts, joint venture agreements, engineering and construction agreements, environmental matters and disputes. The team utilises ancillary support from the firm’s corporate, tax, employment, IP and litigation practices to provide a one-stop-shop for clients; it is co-led by Jorge Pérez-Taiman, Jenny Caldas and senior associate Carolina Noriega. Pérez-Taiman brings strong international experience to the team and Caldas is recommended for administrative procedures before regulatory entities. Noriega handles permitting, contracting and commercial matters but is primarily focused on transactional matters in the sector; while specialised associate Talia Hormaeche‘s practice is centred on natural gas distribution matters. Jean Paul Chabaneix is an additional name to note for M&A, and financing matters in the industry.
‘The best legal team on hydrocarbon issues in the country‘.
‘Attention is magnificent, not only from the point of view of capabilities but also on a human level‘.
‘They have become a strategic partner in the company’s decision-making for many years‘.
‘The team at Estudio Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados has extensive knowledge of the energy and hydrocarbons sector in Peru‘.
‘I have worked with other firms in the country and I consider them to be the best‘.
‘They are our strategic allies since they have a high degree of understanding of the sector and the general context for issues related to oil & gas‘.
‘In the face of any query or requirement, it has a solid team prepared to carry out any legal matter‘.
‘The lawyers stand out for their high level of knowledge on the issues dealt with, understanding of the applicable legal and regulatory framework, willingness to attend to queries raised and the speed in providing responses‘.
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc
Gas Natural de Lima y Callao
Gases del Pacifico
Gases del Norte del Perú
Pluspetrol Perú Corporation
- Providing gneeral and regualtory advice to Matheson Tri-Gas Incorporated in relation to its bid to operate Petroperu’s hydrogen and nitrogen plants in the new Talara Refinery, in northern Peru.
- Successfully represented Gas Natural de Lima y Callao in the submission of an administrative claim before the regulatory agency OSINERGMIN, aimed at modifying a prior resolution denying a legal adjustment of tariffs due to the pandemic.
- Advising Contugas, the company in charge of natural distribution pipelines in the Ica Region, on its efforts to be allowed to update and transfer to its clients increases in natural gas prices and natural gas transportation costs, as provided by applicable regulations.
Specialised oil and gas boutique Vizquerra Córdova & Gálvez Abogados offers highly specialised expertise in regulatory, transactional, tax, labour and environmental matters. The 12-strong team, which has ‘a lot of experience in the field’, is co-directed by Carlos Raul Vizquerra and Luis Enrique Cordova. Vizquerra has particular experience of corporate and M&A matters in the sector, along with hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation matters, while the dual-qualified (Peru and New York) Córdova has similar experience, and also focuses on licencing and permitting matters, and agreements regarding farm-in/out arrangements. The practice also boasts partner specialised in tax, and administrative/environmental matters in relation to the industry.
Carlos Raúl Vizquerra; Luis Enrique Córdova
‘Team with a lot of experience in the field’.
‘The firm provides good knowledge of the market, access to state entities and access to senior partners’.
‘The topics covered are highly complex and require a deep knowledge of the Peruvian reality, the hydrocarbon industry and the characteristics of the company’.
‘They carried out works connected to tax matters, antibribery policy and money laundering and other issues linked to the hydrocarbons industry’.
‘The lawyers have a proper business vision and provide us with high quality services that help us to make the right decisions’.
‘Various prestigious legal firms in the hydrocarbon sector were invited to present their technical and economic proposals and after an exhaustive evaluation, Vizquerra, Córdova & Galvez Abogados was chosen as our legal advisor on corporate and other matters’.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Gold Oil Peru
Hunt Oil Company of Peru
Petrovietnam Exploration Production Corporation
Pitkin Petroleum Perú z-38
Sonatrach Perú Corporation
Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International
Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International acts for large international energy companies and smaller domestic players across the oil-and-gas industry, including upstream, downstream, and midstream entities. The team is jointly led by Jorge Danós and Valentín Paniagua; with Danos focusing on administrative law in regulated markets, infrastructure and public service concessions, and constitutional law; and Paniagua specialising in transactional work, including M&A, and project finance. The multidisciplinary team can also call on Inés Vázquez and Maria Del Carmen Tovar for power and regulatory matters, respectively; while associate Cinthya Delgado De La Flor is recommended for permitting, licensing and regulatory matters. Legal manager Gino Garamendi Duran moved in-house at Consorcio Eléctrico de Villacuri in December 2021.
Jorge Danos; Valentin Paniagua
Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo
Total Nature Based Solutions
Shell International Exploration and Production
- Advised Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo (COFIDE) regarding the trust fund that, by law, it manages (“INFOGAS”), and which gathers and processes information from all the agents in the national natural-gas-for-vehicles (“GNV”) market.
- Ongoing advice to Woodside Energy on all regulatory, corporate, contractual, banking, and administrative matters related to its participation in Block 108 and regarding its relations with other interest holders in the license agreement.
- Advising Derco Perú on permitting for the construction of two fuel tanks, including (but not limited to) environmental, archaeological, fossil fuels, and municipal permits.
LQG Energy & Mining Consulting
LQG Energy & Mining Consulting is well known in the energy and natural resources arena and advises clients on major projects, including permitting, risk analysis, contracts and commercial operations. Carlos Gomero and Anthony Laub are key practitioners, as is Enrique Martinez Stolzembach, a 2020-hire from Pluspetro where he spent over a decade in positions including as commercial head for natural gas, and for oil and LPG, who provides additional experience and know-how as regards downstream matters. Associate Eva Santa Cruz can draw on past experience at Pétroperú and the Ministerio de Energía y Minas.
Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados advises key players in the up-, mid- and downstream segments of the oil-and-gas industry on corporate and regulatory matters. It also provides advice regarding environmental matters, occupational health and safety regulations, and contentious issues – including cases brought by regulators such as OSINERGMIN and the Peruvian environmental protection agency (OEFA). Recent mandates have seen the team -led by practice head Daniel Palomino– handling primarily permitting, compliance, commercialisation and administrative work. Palomino leads on most matters and is a name to note, particularly for disputes matters. Key associate support is provided by Tim Vela; specialised in environmental law, oil and gas, and occupational health and safety regulation in the energy sector as a whole, he joined from a public-sector role at OEFA in early 2021.
‘The team led by Daniel Palomino is the best in the sector for the subject in question‘.
‘A very capable and multidisciplinary team‘.
‘Tim Vela also stands out within this team‘.
‘It is a team that is always up to date with the regulations on the subject, well structured and dynamic‘.
‘Daniel Palomino is a lawyer who clearly knows very well the regulations of the matter he advises on, he is up-to-date at both the regulatory and business levels, being very clear and precise with his explanations‘.
‘Tim Vela is a lawyer who knows the regulations of the matter and is ready to advise the company in the best way‘.
‘In all cases the contact is very friendly and close‘.
‘The service is very good, due to the speed and clarity with which they handle the different areas that we consult‘.
Hunt Oil Company
Pluspetrol Peru Corporation
Cálidda (Grupo Energia Bogota)
Contugas (Grupo Energia Bogota)
AB InBev Backus
Orica Mining Services
- Advised Pluspetrol Peru Corporation regarding the suspension of its natural gas liquids fractionation plant ordered by the Municipality of Paracas.
- Advised Valero on the development of new business and contractual schemes for the commercialisation of a variety of fuels in Peru.
- Advised Corporación Primax on a critical administrative sanctioning procedure carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency – OEFA.
Meritas Alliance member for Peru, GSA counts UNNA Energía, Cepsa Peruana and Frontera Energy del Perú among its clients, as well as Canadian oil-and-gas business Altamesa Energy, which the firm advised on an international procurement regarding a Peruvian oil reservoir. Alberto Varillas heads a team that houses considerable knowledge and experience of the negotiation, procurement and operational aspects of the oil-and-gas activities, as well as consulting on hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, the negotiation and drafting of hydrocarbon block license contracts with the Government, along with share and purchase agreements and joint ventures, ownership title matters, and local community and environmental issues. On the latter front the team regularly advises on environmental impact assessments, administrative sanctioning procedures relating to environmental and health and safety regulations, and on compliance with government obligations. Recent mandates saw corporate and mining partner Edgardo Portaro advise Frontera regarding an administrative procedure; associate Samantha Boy also frequently provides assistance with hydrocarbon matters.
‘Personalised service, proven specialisation and good responsiveness’.
‘Closeness to the client, extensive knowledge of the sector and situation. Good responsiveness’.
Burlington Resources (Peru branch) /Conoco Phillips
Frontera Energy del Perú (formerly Pacific Stratus Energy del Perú)
Pluspetrol Peru Corporation
Procesadora de Gas Pariñas
China National Petroleum Company
Sapet Development Peru
Schlumberg del Peru
Aguaytia Energy del Peru
Altamesa Energy Canada
In the hydrocarbons segment, Santiváñez Abogados has an exclusive focus on natural gas matters, instructed by the majority of clients for its work on gas acquisition for large companies. It uses its strength in electricity work to advise major consumers on supply matters, a case in point being its advice to electricity co-generation company SDF Energía on gas transportation contracts, as well as similar work for clients from a range of manufacturing industries. The team also handles the development and financing of gas projects, particularly the procurement process; it advised Gaz Et L’Energie and government agency PROINVERSIÓN on the procurement process for their natural gas projects, concerning the development of a combined cycle gas plant (in Ica) and various pipelines for upland regions, respectively. Senior associate Luigi Rossini is a specialist in the hydrocarbons area, particularly the negotiation of gas supply, transportation and distribution contracts; he also has experience in project development and regulation. Name partner Roberto Santiváñez ('extensive knowledge of the energy and hydrocarbons sector') leads many of the firm’s matters and oversees the practice alongside established fellow partners Paul Sumar and Fidel Rocha.
Fidel Rocha; Roberto Santiváñez; Paul Sumar
‘The team is diverse. They all have strong knowledge of the sector. Co-ordination is with partner, senior associates and associates. All with a lot of availability to make immediate contact and attend to queries. Appropriate use of technology. Reasonable terms for bill payments’.
‘Partner Roberto Santivañez has extensive knowledge of the energy and hydrocarbons sector. Very prominent and recognised lawyer in that sector. Very important network of contacts within the sector. Very personalised attention and immediate availability’.
Agencia de Promoción de la Inversión Privada (PROINVERSIÓN)
Gaz Et L’Energie
Unión Andina de Cementos
Productos Tissue del Perú S.A. (Softys Perú)
Sudamericana de Fibras S.A.
- Advised Gaz Et L’Energie on the structuring of gas procurement and the negotiation of gas supply agreements (commodity, transportation and distribution capacity) and project development for a combine cycle gas generation plant of 565MW.
- Advised Olympic Perú on the structuring of commercial schemes for the supply of natural gas in the Piura region and preparation of natural gas supply contracts with two potential buyers that are LNG users.
- Advised Productos Tissue del Perú on the change of its consumer type from a regulated consumer to an independent one, in order to obtain savings due to the increase of its natural gas consumption in a production plant located in Santa Anita.