Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados > Lima, Peru > Firm Profile

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados
LAS BEGONIAS 475
PISO 6, SAN ISIDRO
LIMA 27, Peru
Peru

Peru > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados continues to expand its practice, recruiting heavily at associate level to keep apace with burgeoning instructions. An extensive client roster includes well-known domestic and international companies, such as LG Electronics (recent gain), Abbot and Nestlé, all represented during the past year, and the firm successfully won an unfair competition proceeding before INDECOPI against Clorox on behalf of Reckitt Benckiser Peru. Pierino Stucchi leads on the majority of key mandates and heads the practice, supported by a well-resourced team that includes José Antonio Bezada, who is client partner to several of the practice's most high-profile clients. At associate level, senior Carlos Rodas shines for his consistent contribution on key matters and is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Muñiz; Pierino Stucchi

Testimonials

Really outstanding lawyers in their specialties. With a great sense of responsibility towards their clients, always concerned with providing advice in a timely manner. Very thorough and well-supported answers.’

The firm’s best qualities: high expertise, concrete and grounded advice on customer needs, adequate response time management. Recommend: Jose Antonio Bezada, Raul Alosilla, Fernando Ballon, Eliane Zambrano and Pierino Stucchi.’

In our M&A transaction last year, we worked with Estudio Muniz to overcome many difficulties in antitrust review during the national emergency in Peru due to Covid-19. The team, including Pierino Stucchi, Raul Alosilla and Jose Antonio Bezada, showed their professional legal knowledge of the antitrust sector, their great initiative and innovation and their dedication to work. Facing difficulties, they never say no, but try their best to resolve the problems and gave us new ideas. They contributed greatly to the success of our transaction.’

A first class team.’

Very solid with continuity.’

Muniz is a large firm with the capacity to support and function as a boutique firm; despite its large size, its advice is highly focused on business needs.’

Our advisers Carlos Rodas, Jorge Muñiz and Jose Bezada have made our work experience unmatched and I could say that it is one of the best law firms in Latin America. Jorge Muñiz and Carlos Rodas in particular are excellent.’

The knowledge and specialisation, added to their experience, ensure their advice and lines of action give security to the client.’

Key clients

China Yangtze Power International (Hongkong)

China Three Gorges Corporation

LG Electronics

Nestle

Abbott

Redondos

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Cargill

COFCO Internacional

LDC Argentina

Honda del Peru

Bunge Argentina

Constructora Malaga Hermanos

Corporación Lindley S.A. (Coca-Cola Company exclusive bottler in Peru)

KVC Contratistas

Reckitt Benckiser Peru

Beiersdorf

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas – UPC (Laureate International Group University)

Bank Scotiabank

Bayer

Work highlights

  • Advised China Yangtze Power International (Hong Kong) and China Three Gorges Corporation on the administrative antitrust procedure for prior approval of the acquisition of the electric distribution company Luz del Sur.
  • Advised US Grain Council and Archer Daniels Midland Company in a subsidy investigation procedure initiated by INDECOPI to determine whether it was appropriate to apply countervailing duties to yellow corn from the US.
  • Successfully represented Reckitt Benckiser Perú in the complaint procedure before INDECOPI against Clorox Peru for acts of unfair competition in the form of deception.

Peru > Intellectual property Tier 1

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados showcases its expertise in this field with a vast client roster of household-name brands and emblematic companies, including Facebook (a recent gain), Volkswagen and Amazon, plus a raft of pharmaceuticals. Its team of nine lawyers is wholly dedicated to this area of practice: partners Piero Calderon-Oliva and Bruno Merchor-Valderrama lead on anti-counterfeiting/piracy and patents work, respectively. Notably, Calderon-Olivia has led the anti-piracy campaign for Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance in Peru for over 15 years. Overall head of the practice, Marta Fernández-Pepper leads on all trade mark matters and is a well-known industry figure. Six associates, including the experienced Johana Calderon-Valencia, complete the legal team, which has additional support from two in-house pharmaceutical chemists and an industrial engineer.

Practice head(s):

Marta Fernandez-Pepper

Testimonials

Responsible, serious and stable.’

Johana Calderón Valencia provides very careful and comprehensive advice.’

Bruno’s team is extraordinary; they have extensive knowledge of intellectual property issues and have handled our cases with 100% effectiveness and remain constantly friendly and willing to resolve our concerns.’

The work we do is with Bruno Melchor, who always gives us the assurance that we are in excellent hands with good advice. We haven’t really worked with other competitors, we haven’t had the need.’

The follow-up and relevance that they provide to their customers stands out.

Marta Fernandez is always available with a big smile and the best disposition to serve clients; regardless of hours or days, she gives herself a space to find the best solution for her clients with a great commitment.’

Highly specialised and personalised advice. For us, it is the personalised attention.’

Despite not being a boutique specialised in IP, they have a great knowledge of the various IP matters and are very quick in their response. Would recommend Marta Fernandez and Johanna Calderon.’

Key clients

Cervecerías Peruanas

Backus y Johnston (Peruvian subsidiary of AB InBev)

Business Software Alliance

Microsoft Corporation

Cisco Systems

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Rappi Inc.

Novartis Pharma

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Tiendas por Departamento Ripley

Sandoz

Damper Trujillo

Cerámica Lima

Corporación Cerámica

Eurofarma Perú

Volkswagen

Amazon

Betfair

Uppay

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Represented Volkswagen in the application for registration of a sound trade mark to identify vehicles and means of transport; grouping, on behalf of third parties of automobiles, parts, and vehicle accessories: and transport services; this non-traditional trade mark was successfully registered in favour of the client.
  • Successfully opposed an application for trade mark registration on behalf of Tianneng Battery Group based on copyright of the design and bad faith of the applicant.
  • Acted for Interconexion Electrica in successful opposition against the registration of the trade mark ISA filed for Ismael Coco Chujica Flores based on noterietory recognition of the trade mark.

Peru > Compliance Tier 2

With partner-level expertise across all key areas of compliance, including corporate, competition and white-collar crime, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has a burgeoning practice and client base. Calling upon experts from across the firm, the practice is co-led by corporate and M&A head Mauricio Olaya, head of competition and antitrust Pierino Stucchi and Ian Paul Galarza, the firm's white-collar crime partner who specialises in criminal compliance and the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing in particular. The practice is largely focused on the development of compliance programmes for substantial companies.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Olaya; Pierino Stucchi; Ian Paul Galarza

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical

Valero Energy Corporation

Hewlett Packard

EXSA (Orica Group)

B Braun Medical

COSAPI

Compañia Operadora de Gas

Flesan (DVC Infraestructuras)

Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros

Banco GNB

Scotiabank

Representaciones Martin

Coca Cola Servicios del Perú

Corporación Lindley

Laive

Nestlé

Prosegur Activa

Colgate Palmolive

Cetco

Work highlights

  • Developed a compliance programme focused on consumer protection and advertising regulations on behalf of Prosegur Activa, including the preparation of a risk report and the development of a new compliance policy.
  • Developed a competition law-fcused compliance programme on  behalf of B. Braun Medical Peru, including the preparation of a risk report and -based on this- the development of a compliance policy.
  • Developed a compliance programme on consumer protection and advertising regulations nationwide for Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros , including a risk report and resulting new compliance policy.  

Peru > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

A dominant firm for deal volume in Peru, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados fields a large, 34-strong team across its national office network, attracting an extensive client base of mid-market to large companies. Its ace card is undoubtedly Mauricio Olaya, who heads the practice and is highly respected for his transaction capability, noted for his 'great ability to analyse different business models and incorporate legal tools at his service'. The firm is well-placed to advise on 2021's new merger law, boasting a top-tier competition practice. Indispensable to the team is 'very accessible' Ricardo de la Piedra, who led on the largest share of key mandates at the firm during the past year, including representing Chile's Grupo Edyce Balmoral on the disinvestment process of a 68% interest in Peruvian key infrastructure business player, Esmetal.  Juan Carlos Vélez is another lead partner of the practice and 'very skilled'.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Olaya

Testimonials

I consider Estudio Muñiz’s corporate and M&A practice unique due to the quality of their partners and associates. Over the years we have noticed that the firm’s philosophy promotes specialisation, so they have a wide scope of competent lawyers to assist us in whatever topic we may require. We trust them since they are a reputed firm in the market.

We work most of our matters with head partner Mauricio Olaya and partner Ricardo de la Piedra. Mauricio’s experience and reputation is off-the-charts, and that input combined in a team with Ricardo’s exceptional transactional expertise and practical approach makes Muñiz’s corporate and M&A team always our first choice. Ricardo is very accessible and has well-rounded business and legal knowledge, which is an important asset for us when negotiating deals. Diego Muñiz supports Mauricio and Ricardo in corporate matters. He is an experienced associate of the firm who is always responsive and gives well-supported answers.’

The lawyers at Estudio Muniz are very competent and efficient. They are our head law firm for all the aspects of our business. They have an impressive number of lawyers and are ready to jump in quickly when needed. Particularly, their corporate and M&A practice is spectacular.’

Our direct contact is partner Ricardo de la Piedra. He is a bright young lawyer who really stands-out due to his business understanding and transactional background. He is our lead counsel in all our corporate and transactional affairs, including the transnational corporate restructuring we undertook in 2020 and is currently under implementation, as well as a current M&A process that we are aiming to close in 2021. One of the things we most value is that he is empathetic and friendly, which really helps to smooth up negotiations with counterparties. Diego Garcia Sayan is an associate works along with Ricardo in our transactional matters. He is very active in corporate and contractual aspects too and is always willing to help things get resolved quickly.’

We have been clients of the firm for over three years now. Its transactional and corporate department is top-notch and their work is outstanding. As a group, we have investments in several businesses and industries and we always find quick, sophisticated, and solid advice from their corporate practice. In such three years, we have undertaken over six M&A transactions and they were all handled efficiently by the firm and led by partner Ricardo de la Piedra.’

Our transactional and corporate matters for the group’s needs are handled directly by Ricardo de la Piedra. He is our key partner at the firm and we are very happy with his performance. He is very concise and always has a practical approach that takes into consideration the business angle. He has been the lead counsel for several deals performed by the Group in the past years and provided outstanding assistance, including an international cannabis/life sciences acquisition made in California. In 2020, he led the Group’s three M&As processes. He is an experienced and smooth negotiator and it is vital to have him on our side of the table when negotiating deals. He truly understands our business. Diego Muniz is also a key part of the firm’s team that advises us. Diego is experienced in corporate matters and undertakes sophisticated corporate work for us, such as spin-offs, capitalizations and the performance of the shareholder agreements we have executed. He is also a key asset to us. Rolando Wilson was in the team that assisted us in the transfer of our private security businesses and provided professional and timely advice to secure that the deal went through. He was always available to discuss topics.’

Muniz law firm has very experienced lawyers in the corporate and M&A practice. They have strong and efficient communication strategies and are constantly recognised in newspapers and publications. We feel very confident and trust their work.’

‘Our primary contacts are fluent in English and Spanish, which is very helpful considering that we are a transnational company. Our primary contact at the firm is Ricardo de la Piedra. We feel very comfortable with him, as he is available 24/7 and provides quick pragmatical responses regarding corporate and transactional matters. This is very important for us since he constantly simplifies complicated matters into easy solutions. We also work a lot with Alonso Vera. He is a partner that is very knowledgeable and experienced in contractual law and corporate matters. We handle most of our contracts with him and he takes care of our best interests. Diego Muñiz is a senior associate that is a regular part of our engagements. He is very responsive and provides useful legal advice.’

Key clients

Arca Continental

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Grupo HNG

Tasa

ContourGlobal

Cargill

Oben Holding Group

Grupo Romero

Agrokasa

Tata Consultancy Services

Delosi Group

Machu Picchu Foods

Backus

Open Mineral

Legrand – Bticino

Ceramica Lima

Dechini – DSE Ingenieria

Etex Group

Eli Lilly and Company

Siucho Group

Sugo

Pharmaris

Work highlights

  • Represented Chilean Grupo Edyce Balmoral on the disinvestment process of a 68% interest in key Peruvian infrastructure business player, Esmetal.
  • Advised Redondos, a key player in the food industry in Peru, on a collateralized corporate-financing transaction for P$175m, entered into with Credicorp Capital, Banco de Credito del Peru, BBVA Continental, Banco Interamericano de Finanzas and Banco Pichincha.
  • Represented CYP on the acquisition of electricity provider Luz del Sur from Sempra for $3.6bn.

Peru > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has a busy practice of litigation and arbitration matters on behalf of major domestic and international companies. The firm stands out for its versatility and broad spectrum of disputes, from tax litigation to product liability. It benefits from senior leadership in the experienced Fernando Meléndez, who is ably supported at partner level by Edwin Pezo and Ericka Angulo.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Meléndez

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

An impressive bank of clients at Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados includes Total, China National Petroleum Corporation and Grupo Energía Bogotá / Gas Natural De Lima Y Callao (Cálidda), demonstrating a broad practice across both the oil and gas industries. Energy and natural resources partner Daniel Palomino leads on the vast majority of matters, with input from regulatory associate Tony Bustamante, while multidisciplinary support from across the firm is utilised where needed, such as in transactions, disputes and financing within the sector. SA Exploration Holdings, A.P. Moller Maersk/APM Terminals and BASF are all recent client gains.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Palomino

Key clients

Grupo Energía Bogotá/Gas Natural De Lima Y Callao (Cálidda)

Compañia Operadora De Gas (COGA)

SA Exploration Holdings / SA Exploration Peru

Total

Orica / Orica Mining Services

China Road And Bridge Corporation (CRBC)

Dominion Steelcon/Dominion Peru Soluciones Y Servicios

A.P. Moller Maersk/APM Terminals

BASF

Valero Energy Corporation / Valero Peru

China National Petroleum Corporation / CNPC Peru

BPZ Energy / BPZ Exploración & Producción

Occidental Petroleum

GTM Chemicals / Corporación GTM Del Peru

Owens Illinois

Corporacion Primax

Energigas

Ferreyros

Salaverry Terminal Internacional

Tecnologica De Alimentos (TASA)

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Valero Energy Corporation on a wide variety of affairs related to the hydrocarbons downstream market, including representing Valero’s interests in several administrative procedures before the Ministry of Energy and Mines and OSINERGMIN in order to modify its supply plant.
  • Acted for Corporacion Primax on the formalisation of its merger with Peruana de Combustibles before OSINERGMIN, in order to update the hydrocarbons records required to operate.
  • Advised Total Peru on a significant administrative sanctioning procedure before the Supervisory Body for Private Investment in Energy and Mines – OSINERGMIN.

Peru > International trade (IT&C) Tier 2

With one of the largest dedicated teams in the country, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados demonstrates significant depth in this field. All six lawyers of the practice have gained prior experience at the Peruvian Customs Office, Tax Court of Peru or within international logistics entities. They are led by partner Eduardo Gonzalez, who has been advising in this regard since the 1990s - including a period as consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Trade. Other names to note include fellow partner Cesar Alva, who has over 20 years' focus in this area (although he is less active in individual matters) and associates Patricia Grey Chacón and Eduardo Benjamín De los Ríos Franco. The panoramic practice covers customs valuation, tariff classification, customs regimes, port and airport services, tax-customs treatment, audit procedures, international transactions and foreign trade planning, among other matters. An extensive client roster is drawn from a broad sector base.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gonzalez

Key clients

APM Terminals Callao

Pfizer

Nestle Peru

Colgate-Palmolive Peru

Compañía Minera Antamina

Siemens

Kuehne + Nagel

Pepsico Alimentos Peru

Corporación Lindley

Mediterranean Shipping Company del Peru

Merck Peruana

Honda del Peru

Peru LNG

ABB

Sony Peru

Alicorp

Ferreyros Sociedad Anónima

Ingram Micro

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pfizer on the OEA (authorised economic operator) certification process, evaluating Pfizer’s processes and validating legal compliance with OEA requirements, holding coordination meetings with those responsible for each internal process and with the auditors of the Customs Administration.
  • Advised RB Health Peru on the rectification of royalties corresponding to imports made from the period 2016 to June 2020, which had not been included as part of the customs value of the imported merchandise.
  • Represented Colgate-Palmolive Peru before Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) to regularise the application in Peru of the preferential tariff treatment to the importation of the ‘shower gel’ product in the framework of Economic Complementation Agreement between Peru and the Mercosur States.

Peru > Labour and employment Tier 2

The national presence of Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados serves this area well, its ten offices throughout Peru advising local productive, agricultural, port and manufacturing industries, among others, on all their labour law needs. The practice stands out for its expertise in large-scale collective bargaining, in addition to a vast caseload of litigation on behalf of some leading domestic employers. Practice head Ricardo Herrera is widely respected and is leading advice in demanding and complex collective bargaining on behalf of APM Terminals Callao (port workers) and Nestlé Peru. Four other partners complete the senior team, including César Puntriano, who acts for some of the firm’s most important clients in judicial proceedings. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the April-2022 hire of Rocío Saux from Lazo, De Romaña & Bravo Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Herrera

Testimonials

We work with the partners Ricardo Herrera and César Puntriano, both of whom demonstrate full knowledge in the handling of labour regulations, in addition to their years’ of experience in practice, they always provide us with an additional, very valuable, approach when solving problems arising from work practice.’

What makes the work team at Estudio Muniz stand out is that they have practical knowledge of labour law due to the different relevant cases in which they have provided advice. In the team, the two partners Ricardo Herrera and César Puntriano stand out for these characteristics.’

Strengths are the experience of the labour practice lawyers together with the knowledge of the entities related to the subject.’

Ricardo Herrera is an expert in labour issues, with great ease and clarity of advice who, in addition to that, is always attentive to the detail that can make a difference. Together with César Puntriano, they make an excellent pair, who obtain very good results in labour litigation. Both work successfully in matters of individual and collective labour law.’

Key clients

Telefónica Del Peru

APM Terminals Callao

APM Inland Services

Mitsubishi Perú

LAIVE

Adecco Consulting

Diageo Peru

Credit Suisse

Cia. Operadora De Gas

Ferreyros

Salaverry Terminal Internacional

Avianca Peru

Cia Ericsson

Lindley (Inca Kola)

San Miguel Global

Ingredion Perú

Electroperu

Banco Central de Reserva

Banco de la Nación

Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda)

Contugas

Nestlé Perú

Transportes Marítimos (TRAMARSA)

Swissport Perú

Celima

Sky Airlines

Cornershop Perú

Work highlights

  • Advising several companies, including British Amercian Tobacco del Peru, on successfully implementing surveillance, prevention and control of Covid-19 in the workplace in accordance with a ministerial resolutions.
  • Continuous advice to Nestlé Peru in collective bargaining with six different unions and establishing a legal strategy and assisting the company beforethe Ministry of Labour.
  • Ongoing advice to APM Terminals Callao in collective bargaining with the port workers, including negotiation before the Ministry of Labour.

Peru > Public law and regulation Tier 2

National firm Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is well placed to advise companies around the country on their dealings with both local and central government and other administrative bodies. In this regard, the firm has a significant industrial client base, and acts Coca-Cola bottling company Corporación Lindley in an administrative procedure concerning the restriction on the transit of transport vehicles with certain weights and schedules in a bureaucratic barriers dispute with the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. The multidisciplinary team is led by head of competition Pierino Stucchi who has a broader regulatory skillset; firm senior partner and administrative lawyer Rolando Salvatierra; and José Antonio Bezada, who advises on economic administrative law, elimination of bureaucratic barriers and administrative sanctioning procedures.

Practice head(s):

Pierino Stucchi; Rolando Salvatierra; Elard Dianderas

Key clients

Optical Technologies

Motriza

Nestle Peru

Corporacion Lindley

Costeño Alimentos

Desarrollos Terrestres

APM Terminals

Grupo Inmobialirio Edifica

CBB Peru

Buenas Inversiones

Savia Peru

Savino del Bene del Peru

Corporacion de Industrias Standford

Terpel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Corporación Lindley in an administrative procedure for the elimination of bureaucratic barriers imposed by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima that restricts the transit of transport vehicles to certain weights and schedules.
  • Advising Terpel on an amparo process whereby the purpose is to eliminate a fine of almost $19m imposed by INDECOPI, on the grounds of  a violation of the right to due process based upon the right to be judged by an independent and impartial body.
  • Representing Optical Technologies in contentious administrative lawsuits to question a variety of resolutions imposing fines that were issued by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima.

Peru > Tax Tier 2

The team at Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados focuses on tax planning and optimisation to avoid contentious dealings with the tax authorities. It is also able to advise more widely on all fiscal matters, including tax compliance, audits, litigation, advisory, and M&A and financial transactions; notably the firm also offers transfer pricing advice via sibling entity Muñiz Transfer Pricing. Internationally-trained Fernando Castro focuses on corporate transactions and leads an experienced team of 18 lawyers. Fellow partners include: Daniel Ono, who has a focus on the automobile, industrial, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors; transactional specialist Jorge Otoya; and Luis Garcia, who handles tax audits, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Castro

Testimonials

Well structured tax team.

Jorge Otoya is best in class by far. Very detail-oriented and knowledgeable of tax matters.

Quality team with a lot of empathy; Fernando Castro is the one who attends us.’

Luis Garcia makes his area stands out: his quick and efficient response capacity as well as the knowledge of his client distinguishes his practice.’

It is unique in that is is very proactive and engages with the needs of clients. Fernando Castro is recommended.’

The lawyers who attend us have known us for many years and know what we want as a company, what our goals are and how they can help us to achieve it. They are always with us before any examination before the Tax Administration.’

Luis García and Jorge Otoya are the ones who permanently support us in tax matters. The plus is that they are always there when you need them.’

Key clients

Ericsson

Maersk

Harvard Management Company

Banco BBVA Perú

Inkia

China Three Gorges

Goldman Sachs

CBB Perú (formerly Cementos Bío Bío)

Work highlights

  • Advised Zest Capital on the design and set-up of tax efficient structures for their investment funds, to enable customers to have preferential tax treatment when making investments in different type of offshore product.
  • Provided tax advice to Air BP PBF del Perú (a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation) in connection with a successful refund of the input VAT and with the audit that was subsequently carried out by the Tax Administration in connection with said tax.
  • Successfully represented Empresa Agroindustrial Paramonga in the amparo proceeding which was begun with the aim of obtaining a Constitutional Court ruling on (i) the operation of the statute of limitations, given that the company had been litigating for almost 15 years, and (ii) the extinction of interest accrued past the time the authorities had to decide on the administrative claims submitted against the notices of assessment.

Peru > TMT (Technology, media and telecoms) Tier 2

Like a number of competitors, the TMT practice at Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is led by its competition lawyers, namely leading individual Pierino Stucchi and fellow partner José Antonio Bezada. Together with associate David Chong, the trio are founding members of the Peruvian Society of Digital Law and Business (SODITAL). An impressive client roster includes leading international players from both the telecoms and technology sectors, which the team advises on a broad spectrum of needs, including administrative procedures, regulatory matters, compliance, data privacy and public procurement. New clients include British Telecom Latam, Amazon Prime and Siemens.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Muñiz; Pierino Stucchi

Testimonials

Proactive communication is something that characterises Estudio Muniz, not only a certain partner, but almost all the members of the team in various specialties.’

In general, the lawyers with whom we interact in the various areas have a virtue and characteristic in common: good disposition, knowledge and a very good attitude.’

They are very responsive, and provide clear and practical advice. They are reliable and keep you updated of the progress of the matter.

All team members are highly competent in their area of ​​expertise. They also have the guidance of an excellent leader: Pierino Stucchi. Among the most outstanding points are the following: (1) a solid and very complete expertise in his specialty; (2) a clear, useful and practical approach in relation to the needs of his clients (he is an excellent partner of business); (3) proactivity, efficiency and strategic vision; and (4) attentive disposition and organised and structured support. Personally, they are my clear first choice in their specialty.’

The whole team is very solid but especially Pierino Stucchi (lead partner of the area) and Jose Bezada (partner) stand out. Pierino Stucchi is truly an expert with impressive handling in his specialty. He has a great capacity to understand the support that his clients require and to communicate very clearly and effectively. He has a passion for what he does and provides the highest quality and optimal service. In a word, the support it provides is impeccable. I attribute the quality of the team to the great leadership of Pierino. Finally, he not only has the best professional qualities but also personal qualities (which is important in any professional relationship), generating a lot of trust. Jose Bezada has a very deep handling of the issues of his expertise and a very valuable professional experience. He has a great disposition and is very focused and concerned that the client is satisfied and really has the sophisticated and solid support that they require. He is an excellent lawyer with the best professional and personal qualities.’

Expert knowledge on the subject is the main strength. This gives confidence that the commission entrusted will be properly attended and with a high probability of success. Their prestige in the market is another element that gives a lot of confidence in the firm.’

Their best qualities are the expert knowledge of the subject and the kindness with which they treat their clients.’

Key clients

Sencinet (British Telecom Latam)

British Telecom (BT Peru)

Amazon Prime

Boa Compra Brazil

Upday

Robert Bosch

Siemens

Axess Perú

Experian

Globalsat Perú

Fiberlux

Wi-Net Telecom

Rash Peru (Coolbox)

Scotiabank Peru

Calsa Peru (Fleishman)

DH Empresas (CasaIdeas)

Danper Trujillo

Honda del Peru

Machu Picchu Foods

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Peru

Representaciones Martin

San Silvestre School

Tucan Inversiones

Varifarma Peru

Vend (Vendomatica)

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised British Telecom (BT Peru) in the procedure before the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for the granting of a single concession for the provision of public telecommunications services.  
  • Undertook a regulatory compliance programme on behalf of Amazon Prime Video in matters of telecom, media, data privacy and consumer protection in digital environments.
  • Represented Desarrollos Terrestres in an administrative procedure that allowed the elimination of bureaucratic barriers that impeded the development of its provision of telecommunications infrastructure services.

Peru > Banking and finance Tier 3

Acting on both the lender and borrower side of sizable transactions, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados acts for a range of domestic and international banks, as well as large local companies seeking finance. In a tumultuous couple of years for the practice, 2021 saw the departure of partner Mercedes Fernández, who traditionally led on multiple key matters at the firm, which followed on from the previous year’s departure of former practice head Andrés Kuan-Veng. Current head Sergio Oquendo has broad finance and transactional expertise and is now flanked by February-2021 hire, Jeanette Aliaga , formerly of Rubio Leguía Normand (where Kuan-Veng now leads the practice) – although her practice is largely capital markets focused.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Oquendo

Key clients

China Yangtze Power Co/China Three Gorges Corporation

Acumen LatAm Impact Ventures

Volcom Capital

Santander Financiamientos

Citibank

BBVA Perú

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

ICBC Perú Bank

JPMorgan Chase

Petróleos del Peru-PetroPerú

Banco Internacional del Peru – Interbank

Banco Santander

Inversiones Nacionales de Turismo-INTURSA (Breca Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Aquaventure Holdings Peru on a multijurisdictional $163m secured loan facility granted by Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as administrative agent, Deutsche Bank NewYork branch and Comvest Credit Partners V as arrangers, and Deutsche Bank New York as issuing bank and other lenders from time to time.
  • Acted for Arca Continental in obtaing a P$44m credit facility granted by Scotiabank Perú and Banco de Crédito del Perú to prepay international bonds issued by Arca.
  • Advised Banco BBVA Perú in a term-loan credit agreement of up to $50m granted by Mizuho Bank under NewYork law.

Peru > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Building on exposure gained as counsel in one of Peru's largest (and among the most protracted) bankruptcy cases, Doe Run, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados acts for a broad range of debtors and creditors on all aspects of the bankruptcy process, and is well-versed in company reorganisation and restructuring. The team boasts a full-time specialist in practice head Anthony Lizárraga Vera-Portocarrero, ably supported by the firm's senior partner Guido Muñiz, who is also focused on business restructuring and bankruptcy issues.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Lizárraga Vera-Portocarrero

Testimonials

Their knowledge and adaptation of the field benefits us widely. In many cases, this experience stands out with the willingness to adapt even to the internal procedures of our company.’

Lawyers are proposed according to the specialty we require, and being specialists in their field, we obtain the best according to their experience. Recommended: Anthony Lizarraga.’

An unmatched experience in actually getting results within the Peruvian justice system which is known for endless bureaucracy without results. The staff, from the lawyers to the secretaries, are all extremely friendly, professional and prompt. Anthony Lizarraga was incredible, endlessly helpful and provided us with effective alternatives whenever the case got stuck against some wall.’

Professionalism – a sharp understanding of the clients needs and then an equal understanding of the legal framework in Peru and making an effective match between the need and the right legal structure. Anthony Lizarraga was  very responsive despite his heavy work load and busy schedule. He made himself available to me at my request and was personally present at every engagement with third party people and in every meeting.’

They have a very good quality of care and handle their issues very well. They are highly specialised.

Best attributes are the quality of care, knowledge and contactability.’

Their expert knowledge of the subject, kindness towards clients and promptness of responses are the main attributes of this area.’

Key clients

Doe Run Cayman

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia (sucursal del Perú)

Pepsi-Cola Panamericana

Ferreyros

ICBC Perú Bank

Citibank del Perú

Regional One

Pfizer

Hewlett -Packard Peru

Mitsui Auto Finance Peru

Jas Forwarding Peru

Bayer

Tubisa

Sherwin-Williams Peru

Fertilizacion Tecnica

Corporacion GTM del Peru

Securesoft Corporation

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act as exclusive counsel to Doe Run Cayman in the bankruptcy of Doe Run Peru; the client is the main shareholder  and one of the largest creditors of Doe Run Peru.    
  • Advising creditor Pepsi-Cola Panamericana on the long-running bankruptcy proceedings of Compañía Embolletadora del Pacífico (Cepsa).
  • Advised Hewlett-Packard Peru on the bankruptcy proceeding of Universidad Inca Garcilaso De La Vega (UIGV), in which HP has an important financial claim.

Peru > Capital markets Tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados has valuable expertise in this area, as evidenced by some high-value transactions, including a $500m offering on behalf of Peru's state-owned development bank COFIDE. The team also has regulatory capability, with mandates received from domestic and international banks. In a revolving doors scenario, however, key capital markets partner Mercedes Fernández departed the firm in March 2021, following the arrival of securities specialist Jeanette Aliaga, the previous month, from Rubio Leguía Normand. Head of banking and finance at the firm, Sergio Oquendo continues to oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Oquendo

Key clients

China Three Gorges/China Yangtze Power

Arca Continental

Banco BBVA Perú

Citibank

JPMorgan Chase

Credit Suisse

Inversiones Nacionales de Turismo (INTURSA)

Engie Energía Perú

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

COFIDE

Avla

Oficina de Normalización Previsional (ONP)

LarraÍn Vial Sociedad Agente de Bolsa

Ferreycorp

Enel Distribución Perú

Work highlights

  • Advised CYPC on the mandatory ex-post tender offer carried out as a consequence of the acquisition of Sempra’s stake in Sempra America Bermudas and Peruvian Opportunity Company (both holders of the majority of the shares of Luz del Sur) with common shares listed on the Lima Stock Exchange, value $560.8m
  • Represented COFIDE on the offering of its 2.400% notes due 2027 for an aggregate principal amount of $500m, as we as representing the client in the settlement and liquidation of the concurrent cash tender offer launched by HSBC Securities (USA) for an aggregate purchase price of up to $600m for COFIDE’s outstanding (i) 4.750% notes due 2022 and (ii) 4.750% notes due 2025 directed to holders of the aforementioned existing notes.
  • Counsel to Ferreycorp and its subsidiaries on the issuance of notes for $90m in favour of The Prudential Insurance Company of America, through its PGIM division.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity Tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados advises on all phases of significant power projects, from obtaining concessions, licences and permits through to investment and project development. Fresh from advising on 2020's headline electricity transaction - representing China Yangtze Power Co (CYPC) on its $3.6bn acquisition of Luz del Sur from Sempra Energy - the firm continues to advise the company on its ongoing business matters in Peru. Firm senior partner Rolando Salvatierra has a strong focus on this sector, particularly from an administrative law perspective.

Practice head(s):

Rolando Salvatierra

Key clients

Hydro Global Peru

China Yangtze Power International Company

Empresa Agroindustrial La Punta and Minera Vicus

CBB Peru

Electro Puno

RP Global Peru

Sociedad Eléctrica del Sur Oeste

Arequipa

Pesquera Caral

Invenergy Group

Distriluz Group

Consorcio Electrico de Villacuri (COELVISAC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hydro Global Peru on contractual matters concerning the San Gaban III power plant project, as well as matters associated with a force majeure qualification request at the Ministry of Energy and Mines due to delays in the construction of the Transmission Line 22.9kV for the San Gaban III Project due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for the purchaser China Yangtze Power International Co on the sale of Sempra Energy’s equity interests in Peruvian businesses, including 83.6% of its interests in Luz del Sur, the largest electricity company in Peru; as well as ongoing support on electricity regulatory matters since the April 2020 closing of the transaction.
  • Advising Empresa Agroindustrial La Punta and Minera Vicus which are acting jointly on an electrification project in the valley of Caral, in northern Lima, including advice on the construction of a 50km transmission line, power purchase agreements and electricity systems.

Peru > Real estate Tier 3

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados specialises in high-end land and property transactions and acts for some significant companies, such as La Positiva Vida Seguros y Reaseguros and Makro Supermayorista. The national firm also has capability in project design, implementation and management, real estate financing and municipal law, among other market segments. Head of the well-resourced team Yuri Vega is a combined corporate, real estate and construction lawyer, while Elard Dianderas leads the firm's municipal regulation and administrative authorisation practice area.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Vega Mere

Key clients

Imagina

La Positiva Vida Seguros Y Reaseguros

Fundamenta

La Venturosa

Britania

Inverdes

Compass Group

Grupo Edifica

Puerta De Hierro

Echevarría Izquierdo (Senda)

Core Capital

Makro Supermayorista

Work highlights

  • Acted for La Llave on the sale of a $5.5m property in central Lima to  Colonial del Perú.
  • Represented Randstad Group Italia in the sale of offices located in Miraflores, Peru, to the company Lavoro Perú.
  • Advised Skberge Peru on the $5.1m acquisition of land located at the intersection of Jr. Santorin and Cristobal de Peralta Norte, from seller Santorin Inmobiliaria.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 4

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados takes a multidisciplinary approach to mining work, offering clients appropriate expertise from across the firm steered by corporate partner Daniel Palomino, who has a particular focus on the industry. Another key figure is senior associate Tony Bustamante, a former in-house lawyer at both Gold Fields La Cima and the Peruvian Environmental Protection Agency, who leads on matters related to environmental mining sanctioning procedures. Dynacor Gold Mines is a principal client of the practice, which advised it on activities related to both its gold and silver mines, recently; on the financing side, the team acts for Citigroup and Bank of Nova Scotia.

Key clients

Orica

Citigroup

Bank Of Nova Scotia

Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China

AP Moller Maersk / APM Terminals Callao

Marsh & Mclennan Companies / Marsh Rehder

Thyssenkrupp

Rio Blanco Copper

Votorantim Cimentos

Cementos Bio Bio / ICBB Peru

Dynacor Gold Mines / Minera Veta Dorada

Fresnillo

Grupo Calidra / Calquipa

Atlas International Vault And Safe Deposit Boxes (Panama)

Glore Perú

Minera Vicus

Metco Trading

Incimmet

Ferreyros

AMEC Foster Wheeler Peru

Work highlights

  • Acting for Brazilian cement company Votorantim Cimentos on the management of their mining concessions around the country, including its legal and administrative obligations and commitments.
  • Providing mining and corporate legal advice to Dynacor Gold Mines on its project to expand its processing activities in northern Peru; the work included assessing the regulatory, mining and environmental aspects involved in this new gold plant.
  • Advising Dynacor Gold Mines on its exploration silver mining project named  Tumipampa Sur, located in the Apurimac region.

Our firm, founded in 1981, relies on a team of professionals highly specialized in the different areas of law and thoroughly familiar with the economic sectors in which they work, which makes our legal services fit perfectly with our clients’ business strategies. We are the only firm in Peru with nationwide coverage through a vast network of offices, which makes us offer high quality services in almost every city in Peru. Our lawyers’ international experience is highly appreciated by our clients in the context of integration with the rest of the world.

We have more than 35 practice areas, offering a high standard of quality services, with specialized professionals for each area, competitive pricing and a timely service. Thanks to the combination of these three factors, our clients are really satisfied with the service we provide, which in turn allows us to build long-lasting relationships.

We designate one account lawyer for each client. This lawyer, whom we call “Attache”, is in charge of looking after the client-firm relationship and proposing the most efficient and cost-effective strategy for each case, transaction or task entrusted to us. If more than one practice group needs to become involved in a case, then the Attache will be in charge of setting up the most appropriate team of lawyers to deal with the case.

Our firm was the first, and probably still the only one, with a quality control customer service department. This department is in charge of staying in contact with clients to know how satisfied they are with the service. Team members permanently work on ways to improve relationships with clients.

The firm has deeply diversified its offer. There is Muniz Transfer Pricing, a sister entity devoted to transfer pricing and Semigra, a company that provides a migration consultancy. Recently the firm has set up an alliance with Intedya, a well known Spanish company with a presence in 16 countries and which is focused on implementing compliance programs to several companies, and with Contalex, a provider of accounting services.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
principal partners Jorge Muñiz Zichesjmuniz@munizlaw.com
principal partners Mauricio Olaya Nohramolaya@munizlaw.com
principal partners Fernando Meléndez Fernándezmelendez@munizlaw.com
principal partners Fernando Castro Kahnfcastro@munizlaw.com
principal partners Daniel Ono Hiratadono@munizlaw.com
principal partners Ricardo Herrera Vásquezrherrera@munizlaw.com
principal partner Marta Fernándezmartaf@munizlaw.com
principal partner Eduardo Gonzálezeduardog@munizlaw.com
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Dra Ericka Angulo photo Dra Ericka AnguloSenior Partner
Dr José Ballón photo Dr José BallónSenior partner
Dr José Antonio Bezada photo Dr José Antonio BezadaPartner
Dr Frank Boyle photo Dr Frank BoylePartner, Foreign Desk Europe
Dr Piero Calderón photo Dr Piero CalderónSenior Partner
Dr Fernando Castro photo Dr Fernando CastroPrincipal partner and head of the Tax practice group
Dr Renato De Vettori photo Dr Renato De VettoriPartner and head
Dr Ricardo De la Piedra photo Dr Ricardo De la PiedraPartner
Dr Elard Dianderas photo Dr Elard DianderasPartner
Dra Annalucia Fasson photo Dra Annalucia FassonPartner
Dra Marta Fernández photo Dra Marta FernándezPrincipal partner and head of the IP practice group
Dr Mercedes Fernández photo Dr Mercedes FernándezSenior Partner
Dr Guillermo Flores photo Dr Guillermo FloresPartner
Dra María del Pilar Flórez photo Dra María del Pilar FlórezSenior partner
Dr Luis García photo Dr Luis GarcíaSenior Partner
Dr Ricardo Herrera photo Dr Ricardo HerreraPrincipal partner and head of the Labour practice group
Dra Andrea Jara photo Dra Andrea JaraPartner
Dra Magali Lazo photo Dra Magali LazoPartner
Dr Fernando Meléndez photo Dr Fernando MeléndezPrincipal partner and head of the Dispute Resolution practice group
Dr Bruno Merchor photo Dr Bruno MerchorSenior partner
Dr Carlos Morán photo Dr Carlos MoránPartner
Dr Guido Muñiz photo Dr Guido MuñizSenior partner
Dr Jorge Muñiz photo Dr Jorge Muñiz
Dr Mauricio Olaya photo Dr Mauricio OlayaPrincipal partner and head of the Corporate and M&A practice group
Dr Daniel Ono photo Dr Daniel OnoPrincipal partner
Dra Karin Orbezo photo Dra Karin OrbezoSenior Partner
Dr Jorge Otoya photo Dr Jorge OtoyaSenior partner
Dr Edwin Pezo photo Dr Edwin PezoSenior Partner
Dr César Puntriano photo Dr César PuntrianoSenior partner
Dr Santiago Quiroz photo Dr Santiago QuirozPartner
Dr Guillermo Ruiz photo Dr Guillermo RuizSenior partner
Dra Frezzia Saavedra photo Dra Frezzia SaavedraPartner
Dr Juan Carlos Salinas photo Dr Juan Carlos SalinasPartner
Dr Rolando Salvatierrra photo Dr Rolando SalvatierrraSenior partner
Dr Boris Sebastiani photo Dr Boris SebastianiPartner
Dr Pierino Stucchi photo Dr Pierino StucchiSenior partner and head of the Competition practice group
Dr Yuri Vega photo Dr Yuri VegaSenior partner and head
Dr Juan Carlos Vélez photo Dr Juan Carlos VélezSenior partner
Dr Alonso Vera photo Dr Alonso VeraPartner
Dr Ricardo Vilchez photo Dr Ricardo VilchezPartner
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