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Estudio Olaechea

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Estudio Olaechea has a solid practice advising on matters ranging from leniency proceedings and antitrust disputes to everyday compliance advice. The versatile Martín Serkovic  'always provides efficient solutions' and leads a team of four associates, of whom Jean Francois Deville is particularly experienced. In a case currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court, the pair are advising cleaning products-multinational, Clorox, regarding alleged vertical collusive practices with supplier Quimpac. Serkovic and Deville are also acting for shipping company Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) in proceedings concerning alleged collusive practices in the transport of rolling cargo.

Insurance Tier 2

With one of the few standalone practices in the market, Estudio Olaechea provides an all-round insurance law offering to a distinctly international client base, comprising big-name players such as AXA, AIG, Swiss Re and Marsh Rehder Corredores de Seguros. Work highlights include high-value and business-critical claims, and regulatory advice to companies entering the Peruvian market, among other matters. Full-time insurance practitioner and departmental head Jesús Matos is highly regarded and a well known fugure in insurance circles; the team includes associate Paloma Mufarech who is noted for her experience including transactional support.

Real estate Tier 2

The 'first class lawyers' at Estudio Olaechea provide a very comprehensive real estate offering to some big-name clients, including Pfizer (which the team is advising on its headquarters' $3m lease), W Capital and Michelin. Current matters include ongoing advise to Akko Group on post-completion issues following the construction of its $65m business centre, completed in 2018. Practice head Rossana Natteri and her team provide a 'boutique service' with 'quick solutions'; described as 'supportive and efficient' and 'knowledgeable about their area', the group is praised for 'solving any obstacle ethically'. Associates Alberto Meneses and Paloma Hoyos are also consistently singled-out.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Estudio Olaechea provides 'innovative solutions from many perspectives' and advises an impressive array of international financial blue-chips, such as BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Standard Chartered (a recent gain), on regulatory matters. On the transactional front, the firm acted for a domestic asset management company as arranger of a $300m local bond issue in the mining sector, advice led by practice co-head Carlo Viacava. Fellow co-head Jesús Matos specialises in equipment financings, primarily for well-known international manufacturing companies. Senior associates Valery Vicente and Vladimir Popov are also noted, with the bench beign further strengthened with the January 2019 hire of Jessica Mercado, former general counsel at BD Capital, also as a senior associate. Other clients include Banco Itaú, Mizuho Bank, Bank of America, Macquarie Capital, Wells Fargo and Société Générale.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Estudio Olaechea has a 'deep and broad knowledge across a range of topics', is 'creative and thorough' and delivers 'excellent service and availability'. Demonstrating the growing international nature of the practice, the firm landed a number of impressive -primarily foreign- client gains over the past year, such as Akzo Nobel, Viacom, Saint Gobain and Trip Advisor. Transactions included working alongside Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as Peruvian counsel to Excellence Logging Limited (EXLOG) on its $50m acquisition of the surface data logging business of Weatherford International, and acting for plastic company Ravago on its $15m acquisition of plastic resins company Dispercol. The practice's five multidisciplinary partners include: senior partner José Antonio Honda who is 'dependable for his timely response, diligence, and creativity'; Martín Serkovic, a 'proactive leader' who has 'wide experience on diverse market sectors, always providing efficient solutions for each one of them'; and Carlo Viacava , who is experienced in private equity deals. Mariela Angeles and recent hire Joanna Dawson are notable senior associates.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

'Very proactive and practical', Estudio Olaechea 'provides sound advice' to a numerous major domestic companies and some international household names. Rolling mandates include acting for Maersk Group subsidiary APM Terminals Callao -a client it won from a competitor- on all its litigious needs, while new clients include Google which it is advising on a challenge to a sanction imposed by the Personal Data Protection Authority. The key partners are: Manuel Villa-García, who has 'extensive experience and a strategic approach'; the 'effective' Cecilia Catacora; and Carlos Martínez, who has a 'a good business approach' and is an experienced arbitrator. Clients also single out associate Stefano Osterling for his attention to detail and availability.

Environment Tier 3

Estudio Olaechea's José Antonio Honda is well-versed in environmental law, particularly in relation to the environmental aspects of corporate transactions and infrastructure projects within the mining, energy and ports sectors. Maersk Group subsidiary APM Terminals Callao - the concessionaire of Peru's main port, Terminal Norte Multipropósito (TNM) -  is a key practice client; the team has advised it on  multiple issues during the past year, including advice on obtaining and implementing the necessary environmental authorisations for the refurbishment of TNM’s Pier Seven. Senior associate Stephanie Límaco , who returned from a pacement at WilmerHale 's London office, also participates in the sector.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Estudio Olaechea delivers an 'excellent service in all Peruvian IP matters', with professionalism, fast response times and 'advice beyond what is expected' comment clients. Indeed, the practice has expanded its roster with the addition of clients including Pernod Ricard Peru, Lincoln Electric Company and Megacell Telecomunicaciones, over the last year. Recent mandates saw the team act for The Clorox Company on protection of its brand portfolio, including litigation. Head of the practice Mónica Germany is an 'exceptional IP lawyer'.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Estudio Olaechea attracts high-calibre clients, who describe the firm as a 'real partner', 'very responsive and knowledgeable' and noted for its teamwork. Credit Suisse, Saipem and IMS Internet Media Services are recent gains ona c lient roster that already includes Cisco Systems, Kimberly Clark and Michelin. José Antonio Valdez, who is noted for his commitment, and Lucianna Polar co-head the practice; the pair are currently leading advice to a multinational on the structuring and design of its workforce to minimise labour law contingencies.

Mining Tier 4

One of the Estudio Olaechea's senior partners, José Antonio Honda is an experienced mining professional and heads the firm's energy and mining practice, with support from a small group of associates that includes senior associate Stephanie Límaco who arrived from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in 2018. In addition to advising some well-known mining companies, the team typically acts for suppliers, such as Geochem International (a distributor of geochemical products used by the mining industry), which the firm recently advised on restructuring its operations in Peru. Other work includes advising Imerys Minerales Peru, which holds mining concessions in southern Peru, on negotiations with the rural community which owns the land in which the concessions are located.

Tax Tier 4

A 'strong tax practice' at Estudio Olaechea has proven expertise across the board in advisory, transactions and litigation. Its 'very good team of tax experts' are distinguished for their 'trust and commitment', 'objective advice' and 'high-quality services'. They include department head Jorge Dávila, who instills confidence and a 'feeling of calm' in clients, Carolina Rodríguez, who focuses on international tax and customs, and 'very efficient' associate Natali Huaylla. The firm is advising mobile telecoms infrastructure provider Desarrollos Terrestres Peru on the tax planning of its $100m agreement with ATM Towers to facilitate its expansion in Peru and Latin America.


Estudio Olaechea is a full-service law firm committed to high-quality, creative and efficient legal assistance for the particular needs of every client. The firm places great emphasis on the highest ethical and professional standards, having inherited a legacy of over 140 years of legal experience. Its purpose is to develop a solid long-term relationship with its clients, advising them on all their legal matters and working on customized solutions so that they can achieve their business goals and sustain a competitive advantage.

Estudio Olaechea has as policy a teamwork approach from a broad and inter-disciplinary perspective to develop solutions at competitive costs. It encourages this strategy when necessary, often combining legal and business skills. Many of the firm’s professionals have worked, studied and/or lived abroad and are up-to-date with international business trends and legal working schemes.

The firm

Founded in 1878, Estudio Olaechea is among the largest and most experienced law firms in Peru. For more than 140 years, the firm has provided practical, tailor-made and innovative solutions in a timely and efficient manner to local and international clients.

Estudio Olaechea has established close working relationships with a network of independent law firms of the highest level throughout Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. The firm has an independent correspondent relationship as the Peruvian member of Lex Mundi, Club de Abogados, The Interlex Group and Ius Laboris.

Also, the firm has always been involved in civic activities by providing pro bono legal assistance to religious, cultural, charitable and sports organizations.

Main areas of practice

Estudio Olaechea’s attorneys represent buyers, sellers, investors, shareholders groups and financial advisors in structuring, negotiating and consummating complex domestic and international business combinations and other commercial transactions. It has assisted many important multinational companies in establishing and performing their businesses according to the highest legal standards.

The firm has long-standing and valued professional relationships with banks, financial institutions and industries representing customers from all around the world.

The firm’s practice areas in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, civil law and contracts, administrative law, data protection, product liability, consumer protection, energy, banking and finance, stock markets, international and corporate transactions, competition and antitrust, real estate, environmental law, intellectual property, labor and immigration, litigation and arbitration have been specially recognized locally and internationally.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Jose Antonio Olaechea
Banking & Finance - Coporate M&A - Investment Funds Carlo Viacava
Aviation Law - Regulatory Law Maria Eugenia Yabar
Corporate Law - Competition / Anti trust - Bankruptcy Martin Serkovic
Insurance - Banking & Finance Jesus Matos
Labor and employment Jose Antonio Valdez
Labor and employment Lucianna Polar
Tax Jorge Dávila
Customs Carolina Rodríguez
Dispute resolution - Arbitration Manuel Villa-García
Dispute resolution Cecilia Catacora
Dispute resolution - Arbitration Carlos Martínez
Energy and natural resources - Corporate M&A Jose Antonio Honda
Intellectual property Monica Germany
Real estate Rossana Natteri
Compliance - White Collar Crime Jose Luis Velarde
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Cecilia Catacora  photo Mrs Cecilia Catacora
Mr Jorge Dávila  photo Mr Jorge Dávila
Mrs Mónica Germany  photo Mrs Mónica Germany
Mr José Antonio Honda  photo Mr José Antonio Honda
Mr Jesús Matos  photo Mr Jesús Matos
Mrs Rossana Natteri  photo Mrs Rossana Natteri
Mr José Antonio Olaechea  photo Mr José Antonio Olaechea
Miss Lucianna Polar  photo Miss Lucianna Polar
Miss Carolina Rodríguez  photo Miss Carolina Rodríguez
Mr Martín Serkovic  photo Mr Martín Serkovic
Mr José Antonio Valdez  photo Mr José Antonio Valdez
Mr José Luis Velarde  photo Mr José Luis Velarde
Mr Carlo Viacava photo Mr Carlo Viacava
Mr Manuel Villa-García  photo Mr Manuel Villa-García
Mrs María Eugenia Yabar  photo Mrs María Eugenia Yabar
Other fee-earners : 50
Total staff : 120
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