Firm Profile > Garrigues > Lima, Peru
AV. VICTOR ANDRES BELAUNDE 332
SAN ISIDRO, LIMA
Garrigues > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
Garrigues has positioned itself as a specialist in high-end local and cross-border finance transactions on behalf of domestic and global financial houses, including JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, BBVA and Scotiabank. The calibre of instructions handled is highlighted by the team's work for the lenders in the landmark $4bn financing provided to China Yangtze Power International for its acquisition of Luz del Sur from Sempra Energy. Without doubt, the firm's success in the finance arena is the result of a savvy, focused and well-trained team, comprising five expert partners and a large pool of 17 associates led by much-praised Oscar Arrús, noted for his corporate, structured and project financing capability in particular. Transactional specialists Sergio Amiel and Thomas Thorndike are central figures, leading on numerous pivotal matters, as are José Francisco Meier and Diego Harman, both noted for their project finance capability within a broader finance skillset. In support, a number of senior associates are gaining prominence, including Jorge Fuentes, who acts for premium clients of the practice, while Jorge Calle and Miluska Gutierrez Vega have been in demand on client teams during the past year. Indicative of work volume, the team expanded with two hires at junior associate level.
‘Thomas Thorndike is always available and ready to help.’
‘Their best features are availability, experience and prestige.’
‘The firm has integrity, experience and constant customer support. Diego Harman, Jorge Calle and Andrea Paiba stand out.’
Bank of America
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Capital markets Tier 1
A strong following among tier one investment banks ensures Garrigues a role in multiple landmark capital markets transactions, particularly of an international nature. It notably acted for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Santander Investment and Scotia Capital as joint book runners and initial purchasers in the global capital markets debut of Auna, the Peruvian health centre network, which issued $300m in senior notes due 2025. It also advised IDB Invest on its investment in Caja Arequipa's issue of social (gender) bonds, aimed at micro-entrepreneurial women. Deep expertise within the team is led by much-respected finance lawyer Oscar Arrús and includes: Sergio Amiel and Thomas Thorndike, who together led advice on the Auna deal; José Francisco Meier, whose clients include Deutsche Bank Securities and JP Morgan Securities; and the more junior partner, Diego Harman.
‘Thomas Thorndike is outstanding in capital markets and is a great deal-maker. He knows how to manage the times and demands of transactions well and anticipate and mitigate risks in a timely and adequate manner. He also has very good interpersonal management with counterparts and colleagues.‘
Bank of America
Santander Investment Securities
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
Garrigues offers a slick operation staffed by highly-focused New York-trained lawyers, capable of leading the most complex transactions, both domestic and cross-border. In essence, the 'M&A and corporate team stands out above the rest' for its 'excellent customer service', while more specifically, those instructing report the 'focused participation that does not consume hours or resources from clients'. Amid the pandemic crisis, the firm landed some prestigious instructions, most notably, acting for Heineken on its entry to Peru, poignant in a country where 98% of the drinks market is dominated by one player (AB InBev). While practice head Sergio Amiel takes the lead role on a number of the firm's most significant mandates, fellow partners Thomas Thorndike and José Francisco Meier are also integral to the practice and lead on various transactions. A very capable junior bench includes senior associate Héctor Zegarra, who returned from a year in Madrid in 2020 and assisted on the Heineken matter.
‘Very capable partners and close to the client.’
‘The Garrigues team has a high level of professionalism and commitment. Always available. It has a cohesive, multidisciplinary team, the ease with which they incorporate a specialist into a transaction is optimal, and their specific, focused participation that does not consume hours or resources from clients.’
‘They have always been very successful and timely with their advice. They have been advising the company for over three years and there have been no cases in which they have given the wrong advice. Adequate support in matters of data protection and monitoring of local and international legislation.’
‘The plus that makes Garriges lawyers stand out is that they are always available and can attend to the requirements in a timely manner. In addition, their best quality is the communication and teamwork skills they have between them, which allows complex issues to be approached from all legal specialties. Thomas Thorndike is the partner in charge of our company as a client and Eric Gatjens is our point of contact. They all provide excellent service.’
‘The lawyers at Garrigues know how to gain the trust of their client and the counterpart, generating the perception of knowledge, demonstrating security, practicality and focus throughout the execution of transactions. Always focused on the critical aspects of a transaction. Sergio Amiel and Thomas Thorndike stand out.’
‘The Garrigues Peru M&A team is strong and experienced. They handle very well in local law deals as well as foreign law (NY mainly). Having worked with many firms in Peru, the M&A and corporate team stands out above the rest. They have excellent customer service and are always available to advise us. They have partnered us since 2012 in our growth in Peru.’
‘Sergio Amiel is permanently dedicated to the growth of our business by participating in the negotiations that we request. He understands very well our needs and the position of the legal, M&A, commercial and operations department of our company. Sergio has even participated in our company transactions in Colombia due to his great understanding of our business and relationship with C-Level executives. Hector Zegarra handles complex transactions very well and manages to unblock situations in the infrastructure business in which a deal may be complicated.’
Séché Enviorment Group
Arval Relsa Perú
Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)
Red Eléctrica Internacional
Intercorp Financial Services
Andino Investment Holding
Bank of America Rep Office
Projects and infrastructure Tier 1
Garrigues remains hard to beat for project finance advice on the lender/sponsor side, where the team acts for global and domestic banks on landmark projects. They include representing BNP Paribas, Societé Generale and SMBC in three simultaneous financings (aggregate value: $226m), for three power plants owned by Solarpack and Ardian. It is also advising on the Jorge Chavez International Airport expansion, and the Red Vial No. 4 toll road concession. Other areas of expertise include PPP tenders, EPC/operation and maintenance contracts, development, regulatory/permitting advice, government negotiations and lender renegotiations, among other matters. The team offers senior capability at both partner and associate level and comprises five partners, led by market-leader Oscar Arrús (who primarily focuses on toll roads, rail and sanitation), one counsel and a hefty 17 associates, including five principal/seniors. Key names include: partners Thomas Thorndike and Diego Harman, both strong on project finance; counsel and public law/regulatory specialist Victor Baca; and principal associate Johanna Holz, who specialises in infrastructure, telecoms and energy projects.
Gas Natural de Lima y Callao
Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)
Public law and regulation Tier 1
Garrigues shines on infrastructure projects of national importance, but also has broad expertise across vital public procurement, administrative proceedings, and more recently, novel government-to-government (G2G) mandates. It is acting for the Republic of Peru on its G2G with the UK regarding a £1.6bn contract to assist on the rebuilding of critical infrastructure for sanitation, health and education (among other areas), damaged by the 2017 coastal El Niño phenomenon. Private sector clients include Heineken, Roche and domestic and international banks. At the helm is leading public law and administrative and regulatory expert Victor Baca, who offers over two decades' experience with in this field. He is supported by a strong band of senior associates, including Eduardo Ortega, who has specialist telecom, energy, environmental and natural resource capability in the public law context; and Johanna Holz, whose client following includes multiple banks.
‘The lawyers know in-depth the services provided by the company and the advice they provide us with is very specialised as a result. Stand out features are the quality of service and professionalism.’
‘They are agile and reliable in their answers, and show great knowledge on the issues consulted; they also give constant support to the requirements of the company above what is expected. Their kindness and availability to meet the requirements of the company are also highlights.’
‘The team is highly prepared to face and resolve the different cases and queries that we have. The quality of the members of the legal team is undeniable and they are very accessible, always maintaining direct contact. The team compares favourably with other teams from other high-level firms.’
‘The preparation and knowledge on the subject stands out. Víctor Baca, Eduardo Ortega and Lissy Vega-Centeno are outstanding.’
Autoridad para la Reconstrucción con Cambios (ARCC)
Organismo Estatal de Fiscalización Ambiental (OEFA)
Roche Farma Perú
Lion First Responder PPE
Limba Services (Heineken)
Rentaequipos Leasing Perú (Rentaequipos)
Andean Telecom Partners Perú (ATP)
KfW Ipex Bank
Itaú Corpbanca (New York branch)
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Garrigues is a preferred choice of the State government and leading domestic and foreign companies for high-stakes international arbitration and judicial proceedings. It continues to defend Telefónica del Perú, for instance, in $70m debt-execution proceedings brought by Santa Graciela, having taken the case over from a competitor. The practice benefits from strong leadership in co-heads Hugo Forno Flórez and Melissa Nuñez Santti, who bring 35- and 17-years' experience, respectively, to the team. Forno Flórez is particularly skilled in negotiation and dispute prevention in critical cases. A junior bench of seven associates includes very experienced principal associate Javier Bueno Zúñiga, who has a growing practice in trials against Government entities, and senior associate Javier Jimeno Goicochea.
Hugo Forno Flórez; Melissa Núñez Santti
‘Garrigues meets all our objectives: a deep knowledge of the law, regulations and standards related to the matters they are going to advise on, as well as a solid training and impeccable reputation and track record. They inspire trust as well as provide it since this is one of the most important pillars to maintain this type of relationship. Finally, they are involved with the vision and mission of the business in order to be able to provide the appropriate solutions.’
‘They differ in availability and legal creativity in the solutions provided. In the proposed topics they are the best in the market, they have the legal prestige that gives them an important strength and it is a firm that cares about the client, and they say what must necessarily be indicated. In addition, they are very clear in the economic proposals of their services. All this generates a lot of confidence.‘
Republic of Peru
Telefónica del Perú
Andean Telecom Partners Perú
Veolia Servicios Perú
Peruana de Moldeados
Sociedad de Beneficencia del Cusco
Rentaequipos Leasing Peru
Tax Tier 4
Growing in profile, the team at Garrigues advises an impressive client roster of leading domestic and international companies, with stand-out strength in corporate and finance transactional support. It notably led tax advice to Heineken on its landmark entry into the Peruvian market, for example, work led by head of the practice Javier De La Vega, a seasoned tax lawyer who specialises in consultancy, structuring, compliance and due diligence. His team of eight associates includes principals Rosa Chevarría, a litigator, and Rafael Martinelli, who is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions.
Javier De La Vega
‘Excellent knowledge of complex tax issues, specifically related to financial and M&A issues. Rosa Chevarría stands out particularly for her commitment, quality of service and expertise.‘
‘Ability to work under pressure efficiently and without neglecting details, as well as the delivery of jobs/advice within the deadlines agreed with the client.’
‘The Garrigues tax team, in addition to having a high level of knowledge of the issues, is capable of proposing practical alternatives to complex situations that a company may go through. I also highlight the way they present their points in a firm, convincing and diplomatic way during the meetings. Garrigues stands out from other firms.’
‘Plus points are: specialised knowledge, pragmatic points of view and negotiation techniques. Qualities: empathy, availability. I highlight the participation of Javier de la Vega and Hernan Aquije.’
‘I would highlight their fast response to requests and clarity and quality of advice. Javier de la Vega and Armando Buendía stand out.’
Green Gold Forestry Peru
Ampacet Spain Holding
Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR)
IHS Netherlands BR
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Compass CIM Latin America (CCLA)
Garrigues > Firm Profile
Garrigues’ Peru office offers expert multidisciplinary advice, providing support to both local clients and international investors on entering and pursuing their business activities in the Peruvian market.
When it decided to open its office in Lima, in 2014, Garrigues knew that it needed to put together a top-tier team of lawyers to lead the Peruvian practice, bearing in mind the extremely competitive nature of this market and Garrigues’ high standards of client service worldwide.
Over the last few years, Garrigues’ immediate positioning as one of the leading firms in Peru has been clear, having provided advice on some of the highest-level projects, corporate transactions and matters, acted as legal counsel to top-tier international and domestic clients who are industry leaders in Latin America.
Garrigues’ team in Peru now comprises 44 professionals, all highly respected in the Peruvian legal services market and with extensive expertise in the area of international investment.
The firm has more than 100 professionals in the whole of Latin America, distributed among its five offices: Lima, Bogota, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. Garrigues has the largest network of its own offices in the region among the major European law firms. It also has its own offices in Spain (in 20 cities), Belgium, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Portugal, Poland, Morocco, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Garrigues’ office in Peru offers a broad range of business law advisory services, with a team of professionals specializing in banking and finance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure, public law, capital markets, tax, labor and employment, dispute resolution, real estate and energy, among other practices.
Oscar Arrus – partner (firstname.lastname@example.org): Oscar has extensive expertise advising issuers and borrowers, as well as domestic and international financial entities (as lenders, structuring agents, underwriters, etc) in the most complex international and domestic finance transactions. Before joining Garrigues, he was a partner at Rubio Leguia Normand, and as an associate in Baker & Hostetler (Washington DC).
|Capital markets||José Francisco Meier|
|Capital markets||Sergio Amiel|
|Capital markets||Oscar Arrús|
|Tax||Javier de la Vega|
|Public law||Victor Baca|
|Dispute resolution||Hugo Forno|
|Dispute resolution||Melissa Nuñez|