Oil and gas in Peru
Barrios & Fuentes, Abogados
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 Enagás Internacional, Tullow Oil, Shell Operaciones Perú, CNPC Peru, Repsol and Graña 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.
Estudio Gálvez Abogados
The 'amazing' Estudio Gálvez 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 Córdova, who is a 'great analyst and has the capacity to plan ahead and anticipate'. Clients include Petroperu, Perú LNG, Gold Oil Perú, Hunt Oil Company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (USA).
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has one of the largest teams in the market, combing the specialist regulatory expertise of 'true star' Jorge Pérez-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 Pérez-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.
García Sayán 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, Graña 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 Leguía Normand.
Laub & Quijandría Energy Group
Legal, technical and economic energy-consultancy Laub & Quijandría 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 Petroperú. Key practice advisers include Anthony Laub, Fernando Pomatailla and Gina Vega Ponce de León.
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.
Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, 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 Danós, who has a 'great impact on administrative bodies'; and associate Natalia Zúñiga, who demonstrates 'expert knowledge in administrative and regulatory matters'. Clients include Perupetro, Petrobras de Valores Internacional de Espana and Grupo Energía Bogotá.
Energy boutique Santiváñez Abogados is best known for its electricity work but also has valuable expertise in the gas sector. Co-head of the practice Paul Súmar 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 Energía, 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 Santiváñez, who is 'able to provide additional solutions to the scenarios', and Fidel Rocha.