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Ada Alegre Consultores is an environmental boutique that provides a comprehensive service to the country’s largest industries and government bodies, with particular expertise in natural resources and major infrastructure projects. Name partner Ada Alegre has a high profile in the market and brings in-house expertise and know-how from roles within government ministries to the table. The small but experienced team includes Rasul Camborda and Betty Suasnabar. Clients include construction companies and major players from the mining, oil and gas sectors. The firm has ‘the most specialised environmental practice in the country’.

Delapuente is another boutique focused on administrative, environmental and health-and-safety law, with a growing practice in compliance and the management of corporate risk. The firm advises major companies on all aspects of environmental impact, from obtaining permits at the start of operations to regulatory issues related to protected natural areas and biodiversity, for example. Head of the practice Lorenzo de la Puente is a ‘pioneer’ of environmental law and is assisted by the experienced Luzmila Zegarra and Nicole Freire.

One of the best firms in this area’, Miranda & Amado dedicates three full-time associates to the practice, including senior Alberto Ventura Rivas, with the team led by natural resources specialist, recently elected co-managing partner Alberto Delgado. The team focuses on the environmental needs of its high-calibre client base, which includes Engie Energía Perú, Repsol Exploración Perú and Minera Las Bambas. Recent instructions included advising new client Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP) on compliance matters concerning the operation of its hydrocarbon transportation system pipeline as well as representation in administrative sanction proceedings brought by OEFA and OSINERGMIN.

The level of service at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘outstanding’, say clients, who highlight the firm’s knowledge of environmental law, appropriate advice and good relations with authorities. The practice stands out for its breadth across all industries and ability to handle litigation at the highest level. Led by the experienced Jenny Caldas, the team provides ongoing environmental advice to Graña y Montero Petrolera (GMP) concerning its 600 operational oil wells, in addition to regarding its oil and gas exploration activities; Caldas is also client partner to Peru LNG. In another highlight, practice co-head Francisco Tong is leading advice to Tahoe Resources regarding amendments to its Shahuindo mine-closure plan. The firm’s strength in depth in this arena is unmatched, with three partners, including fellow co-head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and experienced counsel Úrsula Zavala, steering a capable pool of five associates, all of whom are ‘prominent environmental lawyers.’ Senior associate Francisco Barrios is recommended for water issues, while Juan Carlos del Busto is building a credible forestry practice.

CMS Grau complements its high-quality energy and mining practices with expertise in environmental issues. It now fields two partners in the team, following the promotion of Paola Carbajal to partner, supporting head of practice Vito Verna. Clients appreciate the ‘knowledge of the industry and the strength of the team’, as well as its ‘innovative digital services’ – namely the firm’s ‘GEORGE’ client software for regulatory updates. Key instructions include providing a health-and-safety and environment audit for Compañía de Minas Buenaventura in respect of its eight mines and acting for Kimberly Clark on all environmental aspects of its two production plants in Peru.

A ‘young and very dedicated’ team at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International is praised for its industry knowledge, depth and speed of response and tailored advice. The broad practice has branched out beyond natural resources to other industries such as telecoms and agriculture, for example. It provided environmental impact and compliance advice to Azteca Comunicaciones regarding its $325m Red Dorsal Nacional de Fibra Optica project, the first nationwide fibre optic installation in Peru which stretches 13,000km. Key members of the cross-disciplinary team include environmental specialist Ina María Drago; and associates Alexandra Carranza, praised for her client attention; and Natalia Zúñiga, who is noted for her knowledge of solid waste regulations.

A significantly bolstered team at Hernández & Cía. Abogados now includes partners Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino and Miyanou Dufour plus eight associates from Osterling Abogados, which closed its environmental practice, and a further senior associate from García Sayán Abogados. Head of practice Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui is leading advice to Terminal Internacional del Sur on administrative sanction proceedings brought by environment regulator OEFA; he also provided environmental advice to the government in its arbitration with Bear Creek Mining. Dufour has ‘deep knowledge of a client’s activities’; Huertas del Pino provides ‘solid legal argument’. Clients include local subsidiaries of HudBay, Río Tinto and Procter & Gamble.

Rubio Leguía Normand provides a ‘great legal service’ characterised by its knowledge and experience of environmental issues, particularly in the mining sector. However, as demonstrated by its caseload, the firm advises across a diverse range of industries: it is providing environmental and safety audits for AGP Perú and Villa Andina concerning their respective glass manufacturing plant and organic food processing plants. Other clients include Southern Peaks Mining, Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Ana and Minera Barrick. Mining duo Xennia Forno and senior associate Miguel Ángel Soto are both highlighted for their knowledge and experience.

Santiváñez Abogados supports it first-class power practice with significant environmental, health-and-safety and compliance capability, led by experienced practitioner Karim Kahatt. Showcasing the team’s expertise, it handled the environmental due diligence of thermoelectric and hydroelectric power generation plants for I Squared Capital during its global $1.2bn acquisition of IC Power. Other highlights included acting for Bear Creek Mining on obtaining environmental clearance for its Antapata substation and transmission line. The firm stands out for its ‘vision and experience in environmental law and health and safety’, and a ‘level of specialisation and expertise’ not seen elsewhere.

García Sayán Abogados complements its strength in mining, oil and gas with a solid environmental practice, well-resourced with two partners and three associates. Alberto Varillas and Diego Grisolle lead the practice and represented Gate Gourmet Perú in two separate matters concerning the solid waste management plan of its food and beverage plant. Other recent work included advice to Industrias Bioacuáticas Talara on the environmental issues of a corporate reorganisation of two companies from the group.

The three-year-old environmental practice at Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados has ‘great development potential in the Peruvian and regional legal market’ thanks to the pedigree of its experienced senior associate team: co-head of the practice Juan Manuel Pazos ‘differentiates himself from other lawyers by finding intelligent, effective and creative solutions in cases of extreme complexity’; fellow co-head Julián Li is noted for his water-law expertise and ‘embodies the best of the environmental and natural resources area, a leader with values and great professional training’. An impressive 50% growth in the team’s client base saw Fenix Power Peru, Lima Airport Partners and Peru LNG, among others, instruct the team; it successfully defended Cemex Peru in administrative sanctioning procedures regarding four separate environmental breaches, avoiding a $1.2m fine.

Highly efficientMuñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is praised for its ‘resolution of complex situations’, swift turnaround times and availability. It represents mid-sized and large companies from a range of industries in both an advisory and contentious capacity, including administrative sanction proceedings before OEFA. Team head Renato De Vettori is consistently recommended for her ‘extensive technical knowledge’ and ‘wide contact network in various public bodies related to environmental issues’.

Estudio Olaechea has environmental capability led by experienced corporate, mining and regulatory partner José Antonio Honda, who is ‘very professional’ and ‘dedicated’. Although environmental issues within the mining sector comprise the bulk of instructions, the firm also advises in other sectors, for example, rail and agriculture. Clients of the team include High Power Exploration, Imerys Minerales Peru and Ravago Group.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados provides a ‘very high level of service’ in this field, largely due to the expertise of senior associate and practice co-head Vanessa Chávarry, who is highlighted for her knowledge and experience in environmental issues. The firm acts for a broad spectrum of clients, from banks and mining companies to businesses in other heavy industries, such as electricity and gas. It acts for R P Global Perú on the environmental and social aspects of its various hydroelectric power plants around the country; and provides regular advice to Compañía Minera Las Camelias, Enel Generación Perú and Lima Gas, among others.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria gained valuable new clients during the past year – such as Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, Lima Airport Partners and highway construction company, Survial, a subsidiary of Graña y Montero. It is acting for Concesionaria La Chira on the environmental aspects of its sewage treatment plant which covers 18 districts in Lima; and representing APM Terminals Callao regarding environmental liabilities of the multipurpose North Terminal at Callao Port. Practice head Fabiola Capurro is leading the advice on both matters. BHP Billiton World Exploration (Peru) is a client.

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