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CMS Grau

Work Department

Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, M&A, Project Finance


Partner and cohead of the Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A and Capital Markets practice areas.


Diego is a BAF and capital markets reference in the Peruvian market with more than 20 years of experience dealing with global investment banking, securities and investment management firms and participating in most of the more complex banking and capital markets deals executed during the last years.

Diego advises financial institutions and borrowers on structured finance transactions, represents underwriters and issuers on project finance, capital markets and lending deals, participates in cross border transactions, 144A/RegS issuances, project bonds, international syndications, among others.

Former Assistant General Counsel at BCP, Chairman of the Banking Committee – Peruvian Banking Association; former Partner at Rodrigo, Elías Medrano (11 years). Professor and frequent speaker at international and local events.


Spanish, English


Lima Bar Association (CAL)


  • 2004 – Legal Issues and Documentation in Swaps and other OTC Derivatives – Nueva York, Euromoney Training Programs
  • 2003 – Loan Documentation, Nueva York – Nueva York, Euromoney Training Program
  • 2000 – LL.M. en Derecho Comparado, Concentración en Derecho Corporativo, Financiero y Transacciones Internacionales – New York University School of Law
  • 1997 – Law degree with honours – Universidad de Lima
  • 1994 – Complete studies for obtaining the Bachelor in Philosophy – Pontifical and Civil Theology Faculty of Lima

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Corporate and M&A

CMS Grau‘s international network allows it to handle a considerable volume of cross-border matters, with work involving European nations as well as other Latin American jurisdictions. The practice is led by Juan Carlos Escudero, whose recent mandates include advising Argentinian e-commerce site Mercado Libre on the modification of its business model for Peru; and Miguel Viale, a transactional specialist who handles banking, finance and capital markets matters, as well as M&A. Recent matters include the structuring of share sales, the reorganisation of the composition of shareholdings, due diligence on M&A targets and both acquisitions and sales. The lead partners can also call on finance specialist Diego Peschiera ; dual-qualified (Peru / New York) insolvency and restructuring expert Michelle Barclay; and energy specialist Carlos Hamann. Key support comes from younger partners Carolina Gajate  (real estate and corporate law); Marité Aragaki (corporate M&A / project finance); and senior associate Carlos Calderón, who handles corporate finance and M&A with an emphasis on the hospitality, manufacturing, natural resources, agricultural and IT sectors.

Peru > Banking and finance

The seven-strong banking and finance practice at CMS Grau handles a broad range of financing types and instruments, including traditional and syndicated lending, capital markets matters, trusts and trust bonds, equity and project finance, among others, acting for a consolidated client roster which reflects a notable focus on mining, energy and renewables, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. The team is jointly led by Juan Carlos Escudero, Diego Peschiera and Miguel Viale; managing partner Escudero acts for financial institutions and a broad range of companies on banking and corporate matters; Peschiera focuses on capital markets, M&A, and both corporate and project finance; while Viale specialises in bank lending, trusts and securitisation. Key support is provided by senior associate Carlos Calderón; the co-founder and director of a small investment fund, his practice focuses on M&A, financings, capital markets, joint ventures and cross-border transactions. Since the conclusion of research, the practice has been further strengthened with the September 2022 hire of Juan José Hopkins, formerly the founding partner (and director) of SUMARA Hub Legal.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

CMS has a wide-ranging banking and finance practice in Latin America, given additional geographic coverage by its multiple offices in the region (Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico). From acquisition financings to the development of fintech markets in key jurisdictions, the Latin America team benefits from the global firm’s standing and expertise in key segments, along with strong connections to top law firms in New York and elsewhere in North America. Its impressive client base includes private equity houses, corporates, government entities, banks and DFIs. Key partners include Fernando De Cárcer and Jorge Allende Destuet in Santiago, Daniel Rodríguez and Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero in Bogota, and Miguel Viale and Diego Peschiera  in Lima.