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Very competentEstudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International brings together leaders from across the firm for its multidisciplinary energy, mining and infrastructure (EMI) industry group, one of six global industry groups within the international firm’s network. The firm excels in all aspects of major project work, from procurement and financing through to development and operation. It is advising Ergon Perú on the installation of solar panels in parts of Peru unconnected to the electricity grid, including financing from two major international banks and investment agreements with the government, the first such project in the country and valued at $430m. It is also advising the sponsor and borrower in the Red Vial No. 4 toll road project and the concessionaire in the $5.3bn Lima Metro Line 2. Lead lawyers include: overall head of practice and finance expert Juan Carlos de los Heros; ‘great’ Oscar Trelles; ‘experienced professional’ María del Carmen Tovar; and Javier Tovar, among others.

Garrigues is hard to beat for major infrastructure projects across an array of sectors, scooping roles in the largest matters across the country. It particularly shines on the financing side, where clients benefit from market-leading banking and finance lawyers including practice head Oscar Arrús, Thomas Thorndike, who has ‘excellent technical ability’, and Sergio Amiel. A strong junior bench includes experienced Johanna Holz and recently recruited Diego Harman. All display a ‘high level of professionalism’. Marquee mandates include: acting for Santander and Interbank, as lenders, on the Linea Amarilla toll road project; advising Sterlite Power Grid on its bid for the award of the Mantaro-Nueva Yanango-Carapongo and Nueva Yanango-Nueva Huánuco transmission line PPP projects; and continued advice to Metro de Lima Línea 2 as sponsor on the development of the Lima Metro Line 2.

Miranda & Amado is a heavyweight in the sector, providing ‘superb service delivery’ that is ‘super responsive’ and ‘commercial’. A regular in key matters, it recently acted for Banco Santander and Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) on its $183m loan to Terminal Portuario Paracas for the development and upgrade of Puerto General San Martín de Pisco project. Past matters also included advice to Minera Las Bambas on the $131m credit facility for PeruRail to build a transfer station in Pillones (for the transportation of copper to the port of Matarani) and acting for Petróleos del Perú on the project development and financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Talara crude oil refinery. The practice is co-lead by energy experts Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis, who has ‘an incredible wealth of knowledge’; and the ‘very intelligent and analytical’ Alberto Delgado. Jorge Córdova moved to DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar, but Enrique Felices re-joined the firm following two years’ absence undertaking senior roles within the government and the OECD.

The enviable client roster at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is indicative of the calibre of its practice. Key clients include: GyM Ferrovías, which the firm advised on $316m financing for the expansion of the Lima Metro Line 1; Lima Airport Partners, which sought the firm’s advice regarding negotiations with the State for a $1.5bn concession addendum to facilitate a radical expansion of Peru’s main airport; and APM Terminals Callao, represented by the team in its $35m additional financing for development of Stage 2A of the multipurpose North Terminal at Callao. Department head and leading individual Ronald Fernández-Dávila oversees a large team that includes infrastructure and finance partner Miguel Ronceros, Manuel Ugarte, who is praised for his ‘deep knowledge and negotiation skills’ and regulatory specialist Mariana Simoes.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws together its star finance, mining and regulatory lawyers to provide a ‘best in the market’ team. ‘Exceptional’ finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix co-leads alongside top mining expert Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, who brings a ‘real culture of service to the client’. They steer a mammoth, cross-departmental team of 17 partners and 27 associates advising on all stages of major project work. Among other work, Fernando Molina led advice to Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as lenders, in the project financing of expansion of Lima Metro Line 1, including $316m to concessionaire GyM Ferrovías. Meanwhile, the firm continues to act for Hudbury Minerals in the development of its $ 1.7bn copper project. Anglo American Quellaveco and Peru Rail are also clients. Italo Carrano was promoted to partner.

DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar excels in this area, winning roles on multiple headline projects. The very experienced Carlos Nuñez is leading advice to the EPC consortium in Lima Metro Line 2, currently in the construction phase; at $5.3bn, it is the largest-ever PPP in Peru to be granted in a single bidding process. Nuñez is also advising Aeropuertos del Perú in the PPP for airport construction, development and maintenance of 12 regional airports. Other key members of the team are Ricardo Escobar and principal associate Victor Velasquez, while partner Jorge Córdova joined from Miranda & Amado, a coup for team.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados brings its notable power expertise to the projects arena, as demonstrated by roles in the Cajamarca Norte-Carhuaquero 220kV transmission line and substations project, where it is acting for the concessionaire, and its representation of Interbank in a project financing for the Zaña hydropower plant project – both matters were led by Brendan Oviedo. However, the team’s expertise extends to other sectors, including transport, ports and telecoms, for example. Alfredo Filomeno advised Banco Santander in long-term financing for the repair and maintenance of the Longitudinal de la Sierra highway (Section 2), total value $552m; and Ricardo Luque and Enrique Cavero continue to advise Hudbury Peru on improvements to its Chumbivilcas copper mine.

Strong across the board of both financing and regulatory matters, Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados advises some of the biggest names involved in the country’s current major projects, whether financiers, constructors or developers. It acted for China Development Bank as lender to Hydro Global Perú in the construction and operation of the 209MW San Gaban III hydro power plant – the advice led by practice co-head Aldo Reggiardo; and continues to advise trophy client Graña y Montero, as shareholder in Gasoducto Sur Peruano, on the termination of the concession agreement for the Southern Gas pipeline, led by co-head of practice Juan Antonio Egüez.

The recently made-up Giancarlo Villafranqui is building a successful practice at CMS Grau, which benefits from a strong domestic reputation, particularly in the mining and energy sectors, and the know-how of the firm’s global infrastructure practice group. The team won a pitch to advise The World Bank, alongside Deloitte Asesores y Consultores and Llama Urban Designs, to provide an evaluation of the development potential of Lima Metro Line 2. Other key members of the team are Michelle Barclay and senior associate Ursula Cedrón.

Construction specialist Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray has ‘immense experience in infrastructure projects’ and ‘the ability (rare in lawyers) to understand engineers’. Clients highlight the firm’s ‘ability to identify the relevant background’ and ‘to get deeply involved in the technical aspects, in addition to the contractual ones’. Lead partner Enrique Navarro Sologuren continues to enjoy a long career in the sector. The team is acting for Consorcio Saneamiento La Joya concerning a $35m water supply and sanitation project in Arequipa that will benefit ten towns; Graña y Montero and its subsidiaries are among the practice group’s key clients. Jaime Gray and Gustavo Paredes are also recommended.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas has an ‘in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure business, not only in Peru but also in the region’ and delivers an ‘outstanding’ service. It acted for the Dutch investment fund that loaned $34m to APM Terminals Callao for financing the second stage of Callao port’s multipurpose North Terminal; and represented government agency Proinversión on the bidding process for the $94m Amazonian Waterway project, awarded to Sinohydro Corporation in what was the first PPP project to be awarded to a Chinese company in Peru. Juan José Cárdenas and María Luisa Peña demonstrate ‘broad expertise in the market’ and have ‘arranged a very strong and diverse team’.

Rubio Leguía Normand is instructed in many key projects across a range of industries; its eight-strong team is led by leading public law specialist Milagros Maraví with support from ‘good lawyer’ Carlos Arata, who is strong in finance. Matters include acting for the consortium comprising Obrainsa, Astaldi and Egis companies in its bid for the concession contract for the Longitudinal de la Sierra highway (Section 4), and continued representation of Graña y Montero in its bid for the development and maintenance of Lima’s water supply.

Top power firm Santiváñez Abogados receives instructions on some strategically-key projects in that sector. It is advising Anglo American on transmission services and electricity contracting for its Quellaveco copper mine, and represented Hidroeléctrica Marañon on the acquisition, construction and financing of its 18.6MW hydroelectric plan. Practice head Paul Sumar and name partner Roberto Santiváñez lead the advice, assisted by 12 associates.

Very competent’ boutique Vidal Abogados provides an ‘efficient and proactive’ service for companies and government departments. It is advising the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation on replacing Aguas de Tumbes as concessionaire of the Tumbes sanitation services; the mandate is led by name partner Julio Vidal Villanueva, who has a ‘very good level of knowledge’. Also in the waste services segment, the firm is acting for Veolia Group on the PPP for the management of hospital solid waste in Lima and Callao.

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