Firm Profile > Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria > Lima, Peru
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Tax Tier 1
Regional heavyweight Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is well placed for the tax management of cross-border transactions and general tax advisory for multinationals. Indeed, the firm acts for global management consultants McKinsey & Company in this regard, advising it on trans-Latin American deals. It fields one of the largest teams in the market, with 14 advisers led by tax specialists Walker Villanueva, who acts for a stream of leading domestic and regional companies; and Dante Sanguinetti, an expert on inbound investment by international companies. The practice's tax litigation offering is also in great demand; it is led by Carlos Moreano who advises on tax inspection strategies as well as handling judicial and administrative proceedings. Experienced associate Milagros Pastor stands out for her focus on strategic planning and transaction support.
Banking and finance Tier 2
The Lima office of regional firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria handles cross-border Latin America financings of the highest complexity, with stand-out capability in project financing and regulatory matters. Department head Ronald Fernández-Dávila is a leading practitioner, noted for his work representing local and foreign developers and operators in major road, railway and airport infrastructure projects, such as the Lima Metro expansion. The team also includes Ignacio López de Romaña, who led advice to Met Life on the $138m finance provided to Agrícola Andrea and Ozblu Perú, Agrovision Peru and Agro Industrial Paramonga; and Rafael Puiggros, who is recommended for capital markets and project finance. Former practice head Miguel Ronceros departed the firm in July 2019.
‘Their main strong point is their knowledge of our company and the regulatory framework.’
‘We would highlight their good response times and the consistency of their advice.’
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Graña y Montero
Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
BBVA Banco Continental
Continental Sociedad Titulizadora
Line One Peru Metro Expansion Company
Banco de Crédito del Peru
PG Impact Investments
Grupo Lindcorp y Red Megacentro
Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is an excellent choice for cross-border Latin American deals due to its genuinely streamlined offices in Chile and Colombia. By way of illustration, it acted for power infrastructure business Transelec Group, a conglomerate present in Chile and Peru, on its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding stock in Compañía Transmisora Norperuana. The advice was led by Rafael Boisset, co-head of the practice, who is particularly experienced in transactions across the mining, transportation, construction, energy and financial sectors. Fellow co-head Guillermo Ferrero is widely respected for his expertise in cross-border deals and complex reorganisations. Other individuals to highlight include Javier Ezeta, who has in-house experience in the industrial sector, and principal associates Víctor Abad and Raúl Vizcarra, both regulars on key deal teams. Former name partner Jose Delmar departed in January 2020 to open his own law firm, LegalCorp.
‘Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has been engaged by us since 2018 for corporate matters and M&A transactions, including amendment of company articles and compliance matters in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak. The firm has extensive experience in advising in corporate and M&A and its responsible team members are accessible around-the-clock, given the time zone difference of our locations. It has done an excellent job in helping the company assess and mitigate the relevant legal risks in association with our recent acquisition by means of bridging the gap between the parties in both cultural and legal perspectives. They demonstrated unique strengths in understanding our objectives, operations and practices. They never failed to meet tight schedules and milestones.’
‘Our main contact was Rafael Boisset, who is committed to enabling the smooth progress of the acquisition and going the extra mile to solve the unexpected legal issues which popped up during the execution stage of the acquisition.’
Orica Mining Services Peru
Inversiones Nacionales en Turismo (INTURSA)
Enfoca Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Inversión
Inversiones Alto del Alianza (formerly Agroindustrias Inka Gold)
Fraport – Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide
Dispute resolution Tier 2
'A great professional team’ at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is cultivating an impressive arbitration practice, advising on eight international arbitrations in the past year (seven of which are before the ICC), and acting as co-counsel alongside leading international law firms. Ramiro Portocarrero is co-chair of the firm's regional international arbitration practice; it is one of the few firms in Lima with a multijurisdictional Latin American offering. On the litigation side, the practice group has a growing caseload representing well-known domestic and international clients, with advice led by Portocarrero and fellow partner Sebastián Basombrio, who also handles arbitration. Completing a hat-trick of services, criminal law director Daniel Ramos is handling cases of fraud, money laundering and corporate collusion, for example, on behalf of significant companies.
‘Their strengths are their solid training and experience; [they are] very prepared and aware of the best practices in the sector; management of digitisation tools, etc.’
‘Great dedication and flexibility to adapt the strategy and resources to the needs and preferences of the client. A great professional team.’
‘They are 100% committed to the client and their case.’
Técnicas Reunidas de Talara
Hitachi STS Italy / Hitachi Rail Italy
Fenix Power Peru
IC Power / Kenon Holdings
GCZ Ingenieros / GCZ Energía
Provías Nacional (Ministry of Tranportation and Comunications)
Aeropuertos Andinos del Perú
Concesionaria Vial del Perú
Labour and employment Tier 2
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has been engaged in succession planning for its acclaimed labour law practice: in January 2020 it absorbed the highly-regarded labour law boutique, Gonzales Hunt Abogados Laboralistas, comprising top-notch labour lawyer César Gonzales Hunt and his team. The aim is for existing practice head, unions/collective bargaining tsar Jaime Zavala to hand the baton to Hunt on retirement. The combined line-up now includes up-and-coming partner Pamela Navarro and principal associates Lidia Vilchez and Alicia Jimenez. An extensive resume includes two successes in the Supreme Court during the past year and a protracted but successfully resolved collective bargaining process on behalf of Aceros Arequipa.
Projects and infrastructure Tier 2
Ronald Fernández-Dávila at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is one of the most respected advisers in the sector, particularly regarding project finance matters. The firm is advising on multiple headline projects, such as Talara oil refinery, Lima Metro Line 1 expansion and Red Vial N° 6, a section of the Panamericana Sur Highway. However, the team has been depleted at partner level, following the departure of Miguel Ronceros and a temporary leave of absence granted to Mariana Simoes, both in in July 2019. Fernández-Dávila is now sole partner and leads a team of ten associates, including principals Aouda del Castillo and Miriam Sara.
‘Specialists in all areas with knowledge of their topics. Deep involvement in the sector at a commercial level.‘
‘Recommended for the prestige of their practice and experience in sector issues, especially Ronald Fernández-Dávila.‘
‘They are focused and open, and their search for negotiated solutions in disputes is prioritised, with a 360° analysis capacity. They clearly differ from other offices with similar characteristics.’
‘Ronald Fernández-Dávila is recommended for his breadth of analysis, search for imaginative solutions, transparency and contacts.’
Line One Peru Metro Expansion Company
Concesionaria Vial del Perú/Third Phase Works Sponsor: Hidalgo e Hidalgo,
Aeropuertos del Perú
Concesionara Vial del Perú
GMI Ingenieros Consultores
Autopista del Norte
Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria advises on a range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, utilising expertise from across the firm to provide industry-targeted advice. The firm has played a role in the China Fisheries Group bankruptcy, providing local advice to a group of bondholders with significant investment in the company, while other clients include television company Empresa Radiodiofusora 1160 and Dirige SAC, trustee of Doe Run Peru. Infrastructure and projects director Alfonso Pérez-Bonany is experienced in insolvency and restructuring and leads the practice.
‘The PPU team has professionals who, in addition to theoretical knowledge, have experience in this area. In recent years, we have worked with them constantly and we have negotiated various restructuring operations that included modifying a trust agreement or signing a new one. All negotiations were successful.’
‘The entire team has extensive experience, which makes an important difference from other firms, especially Alfonso Pérez-Bonany.’
Kirkland & Ellis
Dirige (Doe Run Peru’s Trustee)
Empresa Radiodiofusora 1160
Aeropuertos del Perú
Electricity Tier 3
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria offers strong regulatory support for transactions and project financings in the electricity sector, as well as complex dispute resolution capabilities. Senior counsel Carolina de Trazegnies is formerly of regulator OSINERGMIN and prior to that, leading arbitration firm Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados; she focuses on market regulation and dispute resolution, and is highly praised by clients for both. Senior associate Romina Stucchi joined the firm in June 2019 from government economic body FONAFE and focuses on the corporate and financing side of the sector.
‘As an internal lawyer, I need to be sure that there is a complete management of the business logic of our company, in order to receive optimal and comprehensive legal advice when requested. The team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has experience and knowledge of the sector and competes positively with teams from other law firms with which we also work.’
‘Carolina de Trazegnies manages the energy area, and highlights her knowledge of the sector and previous experience as a lawyer at OSINERGMIN. Marco Castañeda, who works in the team with Carolina, also stands out for his knowledge of the sector and his specialised master’s degree in the subject and has complemented the team in an ideal way with his previous knowledge and experience.’
‘The quality of the lawyers is excellent, in particular Carolina de Trazegnies. She has a deep technical knowledge of energy issues and the ability to explain it. She has excellent command of the English language. The firm’s customer service is impeccable and their response times too.’
‘Carolina de Trazegnies has much more mastery of energy issues than other attorneys from other firms with whom we have had an opportunity to work. In addition to her knowledge, Carolina is fluent in international litigation (particularly arbitration) being able to advise comprehensively in energy-related litigation. She is meticulous in her work and always ready to receive feedback. She is the best lawyer we have had the opportunity to work with in Peru.’
‘The firm has high knowledge of electrical regulations and related mergers and acquisitions. Very good internal coordination between the lawyers, which makes the quality of the service comparatively better than other firms in Peru.’
‘They have an important capacity for analysis and diagnosis that transmits confidence to the client. Competitors are generally less accurate than Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria in their analysis and diagnosis. The firm has a high ability to track issues. Among the outstanding lawyers I can mention are Rafael Boisset and Romina Stucchi.’
Transelec (Conelsur LT)
Mining Tier 3
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria advises on transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution on behalf of mining sector clients, the practice being led by corporate and mining specialist Rafael Lengua, who brings valuable in-house mining experience to the team. Notably, the firm has a longstanding relationship with BHP Billiton, acting for its local subsidiary on exploration activities; and it was also called upon by consultancy Macroconsult and the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru to compile an international mining competitiveness index which is influencing government policy on the sector. Senior associate Roberto Velarde focuses on the corporate and regulatory aspects of mining projects, including all types of permits and authorisations.
‘Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has one of the leading mining practices among Peruvian law firms. Their team is composed of very experienced lawyers with outstanding capabilities.’
‘I had the chance to work with Rafael Lengua, partner of the firm, in a very important project that required a thorough understanding of mining law and regulation in six countries. Mr Lengua’s team was able to process a significant amount of information and arrive at relevant conclusions. His interpersonal skills allowed him to achieve a succesful engagement of all the parties that participated in the project, especially the client.’
Compañía Minera Miski Mayo
BHP Billiton World Exploration (Peru)
Nexa Resources Peru
Sumitomo Metal Mining
Resource Capital Funds
Compañía Minera Antamina
Compañía Minera Quechua
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation – JOGMEC
Mitsui Mining and Smelting (Peru)
Pan Pacific Copper
Compañía Minera Santa Luisa
Ocean Trading Partners
Public law and regulation Tier 3
Leading project finance lawyer Ronald Fernández-Dávila heads up the public law practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria alongside the projects area, given the obvious synergies between the two. The focus is PPP and public procurement, as well as representing companies with a variety of other dealings with government organisations. Notably, the firm has a growing practice in aviation, listing LATAM Airlines Perú, Delta Airlines, Sky Airlines and Aeromexico among clients. Principal associates Carlos González Prada, an administrative and regulatory specialist; and Miriam Sara, who focuses on projects, are key advisers in the team. Miguel Ronceros left the firm in July 2019.
Empresa Marítima del Perú
LATAM Airlines Perú
Telefónica del Perú
Real estate Tier 3
An impressive client list at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is testament to the solid and capable practice at the firm, which represents the likes of Graña y Montero, Lima Airport Partners (LAP) and Mondelez Perú. The department has endured considerable movement however: June 2020 saw the departure of practice co-head Jorge Reátegui to Hernández & Cía. Abogados, taking experienced senior associate Alan Pasco and an additional junior with him. This, in turn, followed the stepping down of partner Luis Peschiera on a temporary leave of absence in July 2019, leaving the team much depleted at partner level. Nevertheless, experienced real estate and infrastructure specialist Manuel Ugarte remains in over-all charge of the practice and can call on a team of five associates.
Graña y Montero
V & V Grupo Inmobiliario Constructor
Orica Mining Services Perú
Ingleby Perú Holding
Z y V Inversiones
Instituciones Toulouse Lautrec de Educación Superior
Lima Airport Partners
Aspillaga Anderson Hermanos
Administradora Jockey Plaza Shopping Centre
Capital markets Tier 4
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria provides advice on securities regulation and some transactional matters, primarily to issuers, brokers, securitisation firms and banks. It also has experience in investment-fund matters, acting for a string of fund managers. Antonio Guarniz is the key partner and practice head; heformerly worked in-house at the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONASEV).
‘Very professional team with a high level of support in all areas. The partners are willing to continuously monitor processes.’
‘They have excellent support and can comprehensively meet the requirements that arise.’
JP Morgan Chase
BBVA Banco Continental
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria > Firm Profile
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is the first major Ibero-American law firm, with offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru. Uria Menendez also brings to the Firm its network of offices.
Areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: advises banks on syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing and the development of the innovative financial structures and products, represents underwriters and issuers in the placement of bond and securities in Peru and abroad.
Competition: antitrust, including investigations by authorities, litigation concerning cartels and abuse of dominance, consultations on M&A operations, settlements, audits on level of compliance and legal reports.
Corporate and M&A: all aspects of corporate law, including business integrations, tax matters, structuring and implementing public tender offers and the acquisition and sale of listed companies, restructurings, national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and business reorganization proceedings.
Dispute resolution: prevention and resolution of civil and criminal disputes involving complex legal and technical issues for national and international clients spanning a wide range of industries.
Energy, mining and natural resources: highly specialized lawyers provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others.
Infrastructure and projects: advising companies involved in toll roads and ports and purchasers and sellers; participated as counsel in financing; and on the privatization of public utilities and ports.
Intellectual property/life sciences: all aspects of intellectual property, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, copyrights, sports and entertainment matters, litigation, unfair competition, pharmaceutical licensing and health registrations.
Labor: litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety.
Private clients and family: long-term all inclusive legal advice, in accordance with the highest international standards, for business families on the development of estate planning structures.
Public law: long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.
Real estate: shopping mall planning and construction, superstore construction, real estate trusts and leasing, long term lease agreements, due diligence, real estate guarantees, regulatory issues and local permits.
Tax and international trade: structuring domestic and international operations and transactions involving foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange, tax planning, customs consulting and tax litigation.
TMT (technology, media and telecommunications): advising multinational media and technology companies in all their regional legal matters, from software licenses and TV formats to customs matters.
|Banking, finance and capital markets||A Guarniz|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||R Puiggros|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||I López de Romaña|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||R Fernández-Davila|
|Dispute resolution||R Portocarrero|
|Dispute resolution||D Ramos|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||L Peschiera|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||C de Trazegnies|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||R Puiggros|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||R Lengua|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||H Torres|
|Energy, mining and natural resources||F Capurro|
|Infrastructure and projects||R Fernández-Dávila|
|Infrastructure and projects||M Ugarte|
|Infrastructure and projects||M Simoes|
|Private clients and family||R Boisset|
|Private clients and family||I López de Romaña|
|Public law||R Fernández-Dávila|
|Public law||M Simoes|
|Real estate||M Ugarte|
|Real estate||J Reátegui|
|Real estate||L Peschiera|
|Tax and international trade||W Villanueva|
|Tax and international trade||D Sanguinetti|
|Tax and international trade||C Moreano|