Juan Carlos Escudero > CMS Grau > Lima, Peru > Lawyer Profile

CMS Grau

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate M&A, Projects.


Managing partner and cohead of the Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets areas. 


Juan Carlos has more than 20 years of experience advising local and foreign companies from all sectors on merger and acquisitions, major financial transactions, complex securities issues, acquisition of real-estate and infrastructure projects, purchase, sale and separation of assets and corporate reorganizations. His experience allows him to strategically structure operations considering key components sectors such as energy, mining, real estate, technology, telecom, lifesciences, among others. He participated in the largest M&A deals in the last years in Peru.

Juan Carlos is professor of the Mergers and Acquisitions Law Course of Graduate Studies at the ESAN University since 2014.

Formerly, Juan Carlos worked at Swidler & Berlin, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, which merged with New York City’s Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman & Goodman LLP, to become Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman LLP. He was in charge of foreign investment matters of Latin America.


Spanish and English.


Lima Bar Association (CAL). Member of the Arbitration Center of the Chambers of Commerce of Lima.


University of Connecticut, USA – Master in Laws, LLM. George Washington University, USA – CLP. Universidad del Pacifico – M&A Diploma. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. – Law Degree.

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Corporate and M&A

Combining long-established local expertise with extensive international muscle, CMS Grau is an obvious choice for cross-border transactions and regional corporate planning. Managing partner Juan Carlos Escudero V heads the practice alongside the more junior but highly-regarded Miguel Viale. Clients appreciate the ‘proactive’ and ‘very empathetic team‘ that gets to grips with clients’ business quickly, with lawyers who prove ‘highly imaginative in their strategies‘. Clients are drawn from a broad sector-base, but the firm has particular strength in the energy, mining, real estate, technology, telecom and life sciences areas. Recent highlights include acting for a significant Chilean electricity transmission company on its acquisition of the Peruvian subsidiaries of Orazul Energia (UK) Holdings, controlled by I Squared Capital; the advice was led by Viale.

Peru > Banking and finance

A comprehensive offering at CMS Grau provides solid capability across all types of financing, with specialist expertise in mining projects, energy, infrastructure investments and concessions, real estate and retail financing. Managing partner Juan Carlos Escudero oversees the practice alongside Diego Peschiera, a banking and finance specialist with considerable expertise across a broad range of financial matters. Peschiera led advice to Chilean private fund Volcom Capital on $200m-worth of loans and refinancing on behalf of a portfolio of companies during the past year. The team also includes the talents of Miguel Viale, who takes the lead in multiple deal highlights at the firm.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

CMS continues to make a further impression in cross-border M&A, driven in part by the firm’s global presence. The Latin America group has experienced an upsurge in distressed M&A engagements, including deals in the hotels and leisure sector, along with infrastructure, energy and renewables investments, and private equity transactions. With prominent teams in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, it has strong connections to local and regional businesses, while making use of the firm’s global network and relationships with US-based firms. Jorge Allende Destuet and Ramón Valdivieso are key names in Chile, Juan Carlos Escudero  is a prominent figure in Peru, Juan Camilo Rodríguez is a leader in Colombia, and Ted Rhodes is an experienced energy M&A specialist in Brazil.