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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

A 'very experienced team' at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria shines in the financial and regulatory aspects of major road, port, railway, airport and water infrastructure projects, where clients appreciate the 'integrated specialists for all aspects of the project', enabling the firm to 'understand all sides of a problem'. Team leader and project finance specialist Ronald Fernández-Dávila is repeatedly singled-out for his 'great experience with ongoing infrastructure projects', is 'well recognised in the sector' and has a 'great approach with clients'. He is leading advice to COVIPERU, the concessionaire of the Red Vial No. 6 section of the Panamericana Sur Highway, on concession amendments to enable the construction of the third phase, a second lane stretching 54km. Other key advisers include Manuel Ugarte.

Tax Tier 1

The tax team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria comprises 'excellent professionals' who are 'always willing to help', 'understand clients' needs and meet deadlines efficiently'. The practice is divided into three: international taxation and tax planning, litigation, and advisory and consulting, with the practice exceling in all areas. It is currently acting for Doe Run (in liquidation) in the Supreme Court in a $60m dispute with tax authority concerning VAT - having won in the lower courts SUNAT took the matter to a final appeal. The case, which will set a precedent in the mining sector, is led by co-practice head and 'standout partner' Walker Villanueva, a leading figure in the market; he also led advice to Breca Group on the tax planning of 20 of its companies across different sectors as diverse as construction, fishing and hospitality.His fellow practice co-head, Dante Sanguinetti is particularly well-known for his experience in the tax aspects of inbound investments by foreign companies. Also of note is director of tax litigation Carlos Moreano. Other clients include Lindcorp, Uber, LATAM and Spanish renewable energy company Grenergy.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has a robust and highly-capable practice that advises on a broad spectrum of domestic and cross-border matters and has standout expertise in project finance. Ronald Fernández-Dávila has 'extensive experience in structured finance that needs the approval of the Peruvian state' and led local advice to Line One Peru Metro Expansion Company on its $273m project bond offering. Indeed, the three-partner 'professional team' has 'multiple specialities' and provides 'integral solutions to the different problems'; in addition to Fernández-Dávila it comprises  Ignacio López de Romaña (formerly of Citibank) and Rafael Puiggros. Puiggros acted for a lending syndicate -including Scotiabank, HSBC Canada and Société Générale- on a $275m loan facility granted to Trevali Mining Corporation, while in other highlights, López de Romaña led advice to Chile's Banco de Crédito de Inversiones (BCI) on a $42m financing granted to Graña y Montero using a structure new to the Peruvian market. Other representative practice clients include BBVA Banco Continental, Inter-American Investment Corporation and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Experienced associates include Gabriela Cuadros and Luciana Carpio-Rivero who are noted for their track record in key deals.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

One of the few pan-Latin American firms in the market, multi-jurisidictional project Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is increasingly operating as the single firm originally envisaged. Like its counterparts in Santiago and Bogotá, the Peruvian office advises on big-ticket, cross border transactions, and provides clients with the 'right balance between corporate and local needs'. Advice is 'fast and secure' and the team is 'flexible in understanding customer needs'. Recent mandates saw practice co-head Rafael Boisset lead advice to Intradevco Industrial on its $490m sale to Alicorp. Boisset 'stands outs as a person and a professional', as does principal associate Raúl Vizcarra. Other significant highlights included representing Cosco Shipping Ports on the $225m acquisition of a 60% stake in Terminales Portuarios Chancay from Volcan Compañía Minera. Other key members of the department include: practice co-head Guillermo Ferrero, praised for his 'deep understanding of legal aspects, negotiating skills and commitment to clients'; 'well-trained lawyer' Rafael Puiggros; and Viviana García, who heads the firm's Chinese investment-focused Asia desk.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's compact but successful practice advises on high-level litigation and international arbitration (with both areas led by the 'analytical' and 'logical' Ramiro Portocarrero), as well as white collar crime (led by 'very professional and reliable lawyer' Daniel Ramos). Clients -which include Ergon Peru, Hitachi Rail Italy, Telefónica del Perú and Doe Run Peru (in liquidation)- particularly appreciate the team's clarity of advice, responsiveness and personalised service. On the arbtral front, recent work includes the successful representation of Fenix Power Perú in a dispute with Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda) regarding the construction of facilities connected to a thermoelectric plant. Since publication the team has been further strengthened with the appointment of Sebastián Basombrio as a partner; his practice focuses on judicial and arbitration matters across the full range of commercial and civil disputes.  

Labour and employment Tier 2

Clients of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria 's labour practice roundly praise its 'superior quality' and 'business-orientated' service, highlighting the team's broad skill-set, strong negotiating ability and fast response times. One of the most experienced labour lawyers in the country, practice co-head Jaime Zavala is noted for his 'great knowledge' and good relations with the Labour Ministry; while fellow practice leader Pamela Navarro is an 'outstanding labour partner'. Other key team members include principal associates César Cisneros, who 'understands our business needs perfectly' and Lidia Vilchez, who is noted for her negotiating skills. Recent matters include advising Glencore subsidiary Compañía Minera Antapaccay on collective bargaining - involving negotiations before the Labour Ministry- and litigation on behalf of Dell Peru.

Real estate Tier 2

An impressive client and deal list at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is testament to the calibre of the practice, which handles high-value and strategically-key transactions and developments, among other matters. Recent mandates include advising Lima Airport Partners on the $600m development of 'airport city' for air and port-related businesses; and representing Hexagrama 1 on its $60m acquisition of 7,200m² of land in the district of Barranco for a mixed-use project that will include a shopping centre, hotel, housing and office space. The practice is led by experienced partners Jorge Reátegui  and Manuel Ugarte.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria draws on expertise from across the firm to advise financiers and major companies on all aspects of distressed business from a range of sectors. Projects and infrastructure specialist Alfonso Pérez-Bonany heads up the practice and brings past, public sector-experience -at INDECOPI's bankruptcy Commission (CCO)- to the team. Flagship cases include providing local law advice to a group of China Fisheries Group's bondholders -owed approximately $500m- on  behalf of Kirkland & Ellis; and acting for Dirige as a trustee of Doe Run Peru. Other matters include representing Empresa Radiodifusora, an affiliate of TV-company Andina de Radiodifusión, on its reorganisation proceedings before the bankruptcy commission.

Electricity Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is building an electricity practice under the guidance of senior counsel Carolina de Trazegnies, who has a growing reputation in the market, particularly for contentious issues. She 'knows and understands the energy industry extremely well' and 'gets into the weeds of technical regulations without losing sight of the big picture and the client's objectives'. The team is acting for Spain's Grenergy Renovables, an operator of power generation projects from renewable sources, in relation to a $40m financing for two wind-farms. De Trazegnies also recently provided expert legal opinion in a high-stakes arbitration in the electricity sector. The practice benefits from the infrastructure expertise of Rafael Puiggros , but former senior associate Margarett Matos left for Quiñones Alayza Abogados in February 2019.

Environment Tier 3

The 'competent and reliable' team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria provides both corporate support and regulatory advice to clients including Compañía Minera Antapaccay, Agrícola Santa Regina (both recent gains), Orica Mining Services Perú and Aeropuertos del Perú. Led by 'very good' public administrative lawyer Fabiola Capurro, the team 'knows environmental law very well' and gives 'solutions in a short time'. Capurro led environmental advice to Inversiones Alxar regarding its $182m acquisition of Cumbres Andinas, which owns local mining company Marcobre and the Mina Justa copper mining project.

Mining Tier 3

The 'very good team' at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria advises on all the key needs of the mining industry under the direction of new practice head Rafael Lengua; recruited from Compañía Minera Miski Mayo (which is now a client of the firm), he was raised to the partnership in January 2020. Lengua brings additional mining, corporate and finance expertise to the practice (not to mention an in-house persepctive) and is an 'excellent professional' praised for his 'innovative solutions, negotiating skills and technical knowledge'. The team as a whole is highlighted for its commitment and response times and includes Ricardo Harten, who acts as client-partner to BHP Biliton; and Hernan Torres, a regulatory and environmental specialist. Other clients include Sumitomo Metal Mining Co, Inversiones Alxar, Nexa Resources Peru and Río Blanco Copper.  

Public law and regulation Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is well-versed across the spectrum of public law matters, recently advising Telefónica del Perú on its appeals regarding public procurement bids, for example, and acting for Aeropuertos del Perú on its concession contract to operate and maintain 12 airports in Peru's main cities. The team also acts for GyM Ferrovías on its concession contract for the Line 1 Metro of Lima. Principal associate Carlos González Prada is the key contact, with partner level support from infrastructure heavyweight Ronald Fernández-Dávila.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados stands out for its 'deep knowledge of how an arbitration procedure works' and its ability to provide 'innovative solutions to specific problems'. Within the 'powerhouse team', Alfredo Bullard is 'one of the best construction attorneys in Latin America' and recently acted for a group of foreign investors in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Peruvian government. Huáscar Ezcurra, who has 'astonishing ability to anticipate moves from the counterparty' is also highly recommended. Miranda & Amado has notable expertise in the oil and gas, construction, and transport sectors, and has a number of well regarded practitioners including José Daniel AmadoMauricio Raffo and Luis Miranda. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam and the widely respected Luis Bedoya are names to note within the team which handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and commercial disputes. Construction boutique Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray's Gustavo Paredes is also recommended, as is Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's Ramiro Portocarrero.


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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Co-chairs M Armas
Co-chairs M Acero
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
Competition J Delmar
Competition V Vergaray
Corporate/M&A G Ferrero
Corporate/M&A R Boisset
Corporate/M&A J Ezeta
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
Labor J Zavala
Labor P Navarro
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
TMT J Delmar
TMT V Garcia
Other fee-earners : 367
Total staff : 615
Partners : 52