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Highly recommended as the best in the market’, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados’s long heritage in this sector, unrivalled client list and a cast of 18 lawyers fully dedicated to this sector, sets it apart from rivals. Head of the practice and firm managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado has an international reputation for his expertise and is widely-perceived as a leading individual, as is corporate and finance specialist Oscar Benavides. Other standout individuals include Francisco Tong, who leads on the regulatory, administrative and environmental aspects. Together, the entire team ‘demonstrates high knowledge of the matters and a real culture of service to the client’. Clients include some of the biggest mining actors operating in Peru, including Anglo American Peru, Southern Copper, Barrick Gold Corporation, Minsur and Compañía Minera Antamina (owned by BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck Resources and Mitsubishi). The firm is providing ongoing advice to Minera Chinalco Perú, the local subsidiary of the Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco), on all legal aspects of the operation of its $4.8bn Toromocho copper mine; and is acting for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, on its $4.7bn expansion of the Cerro Verde open-pit copper and molybdenum mine, an instruction that also includes litigious matters.

CMS Grau is ‘one of the leading firms in Peru for sure’ and provides ‘very good service and expertise’ in this sector. The fully standalone team handles all requirements of both public and private sector mining clients, from M&A and financing to project planning and administrative law. Head of practice Cecilia Gonzáles leads five other partners and is ‘professional’, ‘extremely responsive and provides solid advice’. She led representation to Osisko Gold Royalties on its CAD$1.125bn acquisition of the high-quality precious metals portfolio of rights and assets from Orion Mine Finance, which includes royalties over Peruvian projects such as the Antamina, Ollachea and Tintaya. Other highlights included representing the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its joint venture with Glencore to create a base-metals royalty company, the world’s first major base metals-focused royalty enterprise. The CMS advice was led by Gonzales and Marité Aragaki. Partners of note also include Raúl Ferreyra and Liliana Pautrat.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International excels in the financings of projects and transactions, where it ‘adds a lot of value supporting foreign lenders’, but also boasts a steady flow of ongoing advice to mining companies, both domestic and international. For example, it advised Trevali Mining Corporation on its $190m loan (from a syndicate that included Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Bank Canada), to acquire a portfolio of zinc assets from Glencore; and is advising Peruvian mining company Minera Aurífera Retamas (Marsa) on all its legal requirements concerning its gold mine in northern Peru, one of the largest underground gold mines in the country. The team is led by Valentín Paniagua, who is praised for his ‘comprehensive knowledge and experience in the mining sector’; and benefits from the ‘very good and clear communication’ of corporate and finance partner Oscar Trelles, who is ‘very knowledgeable, efficient and proactive’, and Ina María Drago, who stands out for her ‘commitment to the client and breadth of knowledge’.

A fully-comprehensive offering at García Sayán Abogados provides an ‘unbeatable level of service’ that is ‘very responsive’ to clients’ needs. Its team of full-time specialists advise a significant number of mining companies, including Cerro del Aguila (now merged with Kallpa Generación), Pucará Resources, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura and subsidiary Compañía Minera Coimolache. José Miguel Morales and Diego Grisolle are consistently recommended and are supported by a sizeable team of associates. Grisolle and experienced senior associate Nancy Ogata are representing Kallpa Generación in a dispute concerning mining concessions. ‘Advice is always acute, supported by analysis and very solid reasoning,’ concludes a client.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados draws praise for its ‘exceptional service’ and ‘deep knowledge’, both of the industry and client projects. It swelled its team by a mighty ten lawyers in 2017, hiring partners Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino and Miyanou Dufour plus eight associates from Osterling Abogados, markedly augmenting both its expertise, strength-in-depth and client roster. Dufour is lauded for his ‘sharpness of analysis’ and ‘creativity in solutions’, while Huertas del Pino has ‘extensive experience’. They join head of practice Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui, who recently provided Peruvian mining law advice to the State in arbitration under ICSID rules brought by Bear Creek Mining Corporation, which claimed $522m over the Santa Ana mining project, but was ultimately awarded $30m. He also led advice to Hudbay Peru on its $46m acquisition of a five-year mining assignment and transfer option for mining concessions belonging to Compañía Minera María Reina and concerning the Katanga mining project. Río Tinto Minera, Compañía Minera Antamina and Orion Mine Finance are clients.

Miranda & Amado is ‘top notch, provides superb service delivery’ and ‘is super responsive and commercial’. Clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘excellent subject matter knowledge’ and ‘would not hesitate to recommend it’. Such high praise is largely targeted at head of practice Alberto Delgado and fellow partner Guillermo Bracamonte, who lead a team of six associates. The team’s client list includes sector stars Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Glencore-Xstrata and Las Bambas Mining Company, while recent instructions include advising Australia’s Red Citadel Resources on establishing operations in Peru. The firm also acted for Bear Creek Mining in its $522m rights dispute over the Santa Ana Project against the Peruvian State. Delgado assumed the position of co-managing partner of the firm in 2018.

A compact but experienced team at Dentons Gallo Barrios Pickmann Abogados has a substantial client base of local and international clients, typically mining companies either established or seeking a share of Peru’s rich resource reserves. Practice head Fernando Pickmann is recognised for his work advising start-up and fledging mining companies, and for raising finance on the capital markets. Assisted by associate Mario Chirinos, he recently acted for Canada’s Tinka Resources on raising $121m on the Lima Stock Exchange; and also represented Regulus Resources in its joint venture with Compañia de Minas Buenaventura, including the development of mining and exploration projects in Cajamarca, this time assisted by associate Pilar Olaechea.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria acts for a number of top-drawer clients and is lead adviser to BHP Biliton in Peru. Other clients include Compañía Minera Glencore, Pan Pacific Copper and recent gain, Compañía Minera Antamina. Recent highlights of the practice, co-led by experienced partners Ricardo Harten and Hernan Torres, include representing Compañía Minera Milpo (now Nexa Resources Peru) on its bid for the Michiquillay mining project in Cajamarca, part of the international public bid opened by government agency Proinversion in early 2018. The firm also acted for Inversiones Alxar, part of Chile’s Empresas Copec, on its $200m acquisition of a 40% stake in Cumbres Andinas, which owns the Mina Justa copper project, from Minsur.

Good to work with’, Rubio Leguía Normand provides ‘great legal service’ and department head Xennia Forno has ‘great knowledge and experience in the mining sector as well as a really good relationship with mining authorities’. Clients also highlight associate Miguel Ángel Soto, who is a ‘great young lawyer with knowledge and experience’. Soto led advice to Jinzhao Mining on the optimisation of the Pampa de Pongo project, including modification of the original construction design of the mine. Nexa Resources, Bear Creek Mining, Southern Peaks Mining and Gold Fields all instruct the firm.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has an established, cross-departmental practice led by experienced mining lawyer Gabriela Jáuregui, whose expertise spans regulatory matters, transactions, disputes and criminal activity in the mining sector. Most notably, the firm acts for the government’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (Proinversion) on the organisation of the international public bid to develop the Michiquillay mining project, potential investment value $1.9bn. Private sector clients include Core Minerals Peru, Shougang Hierro Peru and Minera Gold Fields Peru.

Experienced mining lawyer José Antonio Honda leads a comprehensive practice at Estudio Olaechea which acts for mining companies and suppliers (among others) on the full spectrum on legal matters in this sector. The team continues to advise High Power Exploration on its joint venture with Teck Peru in connection with the development of Las Tinajas mining project, and also represents Imerys Minerales Peru, the holder of mining concessions in southern Peru currently at the exploitation stage. ME Elecmetal and Ravago Group are new client gains.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados strengthened its mining capability with the hire of counsel Ángel Chávez, formerly of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. He joins head of practice and corporate and finance partner José Cúneo, who is successfully building the practice, which ‘being a young area’ for the firm, ‘means the attitude and impetus of its members makes the service quite agile and efficient’. Clients include Compañía Minera Las Camelias (a recent gain), Compañía Minera Zafranal and Gold Fields La Cima. Environmental senior associate Vanessa Chávarry is a ‘very good professional who knows the sector very well’.

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