Firm Profile > Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados > Lima, Peru

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados
AVENIDA SAN FELIPE 758
LIMA 15072
Peru

Banking and finance Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is the firm of choice for a significant market share of international financial institutions, domestic banks and large companies undertaking sophisticated and high-value transactions. It acted for Pan American Silver in its $500m financing granted by Bank of Nova Scotia, and is advising Standard Chartered Bank on its exit from the Peruvian market, both matters led by head of department Jean Paul Chabaneix, who is widely respected for his skill handling complex mandates. Strong support is provided by a large team of finance partners that grew to nine with the hire of capital markets specialist Nydia Guevara (from rival firm Miranda & Amado) and the promotion of Augusto Cáceres - although regulatory partner Gino Sangalli retired. Other names to note include Jorge Trelles, Juan Diego De Vinatea and Luis Enrique Palacios, while Nicolás Cornejo is a standout associate.

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Testimonials

They are very professional and diligent. They know perfectly the banking and financial legislation of Peru and provide excellent customer-oriented service.’

They are available at any time, are flexible and provide excellent service and advice geared to the needs of the client in each transaction.’

Key clients

Credicorp Capital

Banco de Crédito del Perú

BBVA Peru

Scotiabank Peru

HSBC Perú

Banco Sandander

Natixis

Compañia Minera Antamina

DNB Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is involved in some of the largest and most high-profile insolvencies in Peru, such as Doe Run, where it is acting for largest creditor Consorcio Minero - CORMIN, and the $1.5bn bankruptcy of China Fishery Group (CF Group), advising HSBC alongside Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. The team excels in procedural bankruptcy matters including private reorganisations, with a focus on the post-petition financing, reorganisation plans and asset-acquisition/divestment operations of insolvent or distressed companies. Practice head Guillermo Puelles is a full time specialist; he is supported by a strong team of cross-disciplinary partners including: Hugo Silva, recommended for corporate restructuring, construction and public procurement; finance expert Jorge Trelles; and counsel Gaspar Flores, who leads on administrative insolvency proceedings.

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Key clients

HSBC

Pan American Silver Huarón

SK Rental

Trafigura PTE

Consorcio Minero – CORMIN

Ecoexpress Javier Prado

Banco Santander Perú

Stork Peru (a Fluor company)

San Fernando

Avmax Aircraft

Compliance Tier 1

Excelling in both criminal prosecution work and the implementation of sophisticated compliance programmes, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados attracts a string of leading domestic and international companies as clients. Work includes anti-corruption programmes, criminal risk assessment and regulatory compliance for the likes of Lazard, Nexa Resources and Lima Airport Partners. On the corporate criminal side, the firm has a hefty caseload of money laundering, bribery and cartel cases, for example, acting for companies, executives and directors. Head of the practice José Reaño leads on the bulk of the matters, both advisory and criminal prosecution defence, with assistance from regulatory and industry specialists from across the firm, including infrastructure and projects partner Italo Carrano and Fernando Molina, a leader in project finance.

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Key clients

Telefónica del Perú

Mota Engil Peru

Scotiabank Peru

Pan American Silver Peru

Compańia Minera Antamina

Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina – CAF

Nexa Resources Peru

Banco GNB

San Fernando

Southern Peru Copper Corporation Sucursal del Peru

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Showcasing a sterling deal list in a difficult market, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is rarely without a role in the country's headline deals. It acted for Sempra Energy in the $3.59bn sale of its Peruvian and Chilean business units to China Yangtze Power International, Peru's largest deal by value in 2019; and represented Entel in its $722m international sale of telecommunication towers to American Tower. Both deals were led by the respected Jean Paul Chabaneix, head of the firm's M&A practice, who worked alongside fellow partner Jorge Trelles on the Entel deal. Heading up the corporate advisory practice is Ramón Vidurrizaga, who is also a litigator, while a string of stand-out individuals include: mining expert Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado; Luis Enrique Palacios, who led advice to Asterion Capital Partners in its $550m acquisition of 11 data centres from Telefónica; and 'professional’ Juan Diego De VinateaAugusto Cáceres was made partner January 2020, bringing the corporate partner headcount to an impressive 16.

Testimonials

Very responsive and worked hard to get the transaction completed very quickly. Available at all times to help progress the project and commercially minded.’

Juan Diego De Vinatea was the main partner and I enjoyed working with him: professional, easy to discuss legal points with and focused on the legal due diligence report. Available to answer questions as they arose.’

Key clients

Sempra Energy

CVC Fund VII

General Electric

Tahoe Resources

Cerro de Pasco Resouces

Credicorp Capital

Fidelidade

Asterion Capital Partners

Entel

Solarpack Corporacion Tecnológica

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'outstanding’ Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a mighty force in the disputes arena where it defends the interests of some of the largest companies in the country. It has stand-out dominance in the energy and mining sector, acting for the likes of Latin America Power Perú (LAP), Luz del Sur, Minera Las Bambas and Southern Perú Copper Corporation. It successfully defended LAP in a $150m international arbitration brought by GCZ Ingenieros and GCZ Energía (GCZ) that was not only dismissed, but saw damages and costs were awarded to the client. The 19-strong team, all full-time disputes lawyers, advise across the board of civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional and public law matters. Each of the team's six partners bring niche strengths or specialism to the practice, which is led by José Tam, an expert in civil/commercial and constitutional litigation and commercial arbitration. Tam led on the LAP case alongside international arbitration specialist Italo Carrano. Juan Guillermo Lohmann has been at the pinnacle of arbitration for decades, while José Reaño heads up the firm's first-rate white-collar crime practice. Indicative of the slew of work handled by the firm, it expanded its associate bench from ten to 13 in 2019, hires including that of experienced senior associate Martin Chocano from rivals Miranda & Amado.

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Testimonials

The team, and Italo Carrano in particular, has an outstanding practice in the legal market compared to other firms due to its solid preparation and vast experience in dispute resolution.’

They are outstanding. Their experience in all kinds of cases gives them an advantage over other law firms.’

Key clients

Latin America Power Perú

Luz del Sur

Eco Express Javier Prado

Cencosud Retail Perú

Minera Las Bambas

Gases del Pacífico

Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur

Minera Chinalco Perú

Compañía Minera Antamina

Southern Perú Copper Corporation Sucursal del Perú

Entel Perú

San Fernando

Melia Hotels International

SamCorp

Hudbay Perú

Lima Airport Partners

Electricity Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados remains dominant in the sector, despite the 2018 departure of former head of practice and leading light Maria Teresa Quiñones to form her own firm, Quiñones Alayza Abogados. The well-trained, 13-strong team, led by Verónica Sattler, has expertise across the full array of electricity matters, from generation and transmission to distribution. Consequently, it acts for a broad spread of major players in the sector; most notably, Sempra Energy, which the team advised on the $3.6bn sale of its Peruvian businesses - comprising Luz del Sur (generation), Inland Energy (generation) and Tecsur (an electrical construction company) - to China Yangtze Power International (CYP), in what was the largest ever transaction in the sector. The practice groups is also to be reckoned with on the regulatory front, where Alejandro Manayalle and experienced counsel María del Rosario Quiroga provide top flight advice and analysis; both are names to note.

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Key clients

Sempra Energy

Luz del Sur

Fénix Power Perú

Grupo Red Eléctrica (Red Eléctrica del Sur, Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur, Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur 2 and Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur 3)

Marcobre (Minsur)

Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde

Compañía Minera Antamina

Pan American Silver – Shahuindo, Yamobamba, La Arena and ETC (ex TAHOE Resources’ companies)

Gloria

Termochilca

Argentum

Zafranal

Ergon Peru – Tozzi Green

Canadian Solar

Enel

Environment Tier 1

A long-term pacesetter in this discipline, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados continues to be a dominant force, serving its extensive energy and mining client base with all their environmental law needs, contentious and advisory. A specialist environment subgroup, led by leading practitioner Francisco Tong, sits within the firm's top-tier energy and natural resources team, which is steered by the pre-eminent Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, providing clients with a streamlined offering. The in-demand team has expanded at associate level with two new recruits, while other lead advisors to mention include: Jenny Caldas, who is client partner to Repsol, CNPC and Perú LNG; and counsel Úrsula Zavala, a specialist in environmental and natural resources law.

Testimonials

They have a lot of knowledge and total efficiency, in addition to full availability for answering questions and especially solutions in the face of difficulties.’

The highights are their knowledge of the matter, availability and comprehensive solutions; they present us with alternatives with a risk and mitigating matrix.’

Key clients

Anglo American Peru

Antamina

Teck Peru

Cannfarm

Southern Peru Copper

Minera Barrick Misquichilca

Hudbay Peru

Iamgold Peru

Inland Energy

Minsur

Pan American Silver

Consorcio Maderero

Perú LNG

Shell Operaciones Perú

China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)

Intellectual property Tier 1

Market frontrunner Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados provides a fully comprehensive IP service to a multitude of elite global brands, including Prada, Microsoft, Pepsi Cola and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a list which demonstrates the diverse sector spread of the practice. The firm has been very active in the past year defending technology-related trade marks in judicial proceedings on behalf of some of the world's largest companies. The team boasts two market-leading individuals in co-practice heads Héctor Álvarez, who has steered the group for almost 40 years, and the high-profile María del Carmen AlvaradoMaritza Reategui heads the life sciences practice at the firm, while a modest-sized pool of associates includes the experienced Ricardo De Vettor and Ximena Aramburu.

Key clients

Frito-Lay North America

Inditex (Zara)

Intel

Microsoft

Panasonic

PepsiCo

Mars

Abercrombie & Fitch (Europe)

Reckitt Benckiser

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Assa Abloy Group

Discovery Communications

Beijing Deepcool Schi-Tech Co

Kawasaki

Decon7 Systems

Immunote

International trade (IT&C) Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados handles trade and customs work of the highest strategic importance for its extensive client roster of domestic heavyweight companies and well-known multinationals. The team stands out for its expertise in customs planning and international trade structuring to maximise the customs benefits of import and export operations. Indeed, it represents some of the largest importers and exporters in the mining, oil and gas, power, chemical, technology and telecommunications, vehicle importation, agriculture and textiles sectors; and is experienced in disputes and administrative challenges before all relevant forums, including the Court of Justice of the Andean Community. The practice is led by the only full-time international trade specialist partner in the Peruvian legal market, Julio Guadalupe, who is particularly expert in customs valuation matters. He is assisted in the practice by two associates: senior Juan Acuña , who has 13 years' experience and litigates before the customs, tax court and the judiciary; and the more junior Enrique Vargas, who has eight years' experience in the field.

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Key clients

Compañia Goodyear del Peru

Volvo Peru

Grupo Scharff (Fedex’s representative in Peru)

Omnilife Peru

Hudbay Peru

Southern Peru Copper

Entel Peru

San Fernando

Gloria

Kallpa Generacion.

Nokia Siemens Networks Peru

Anglo American Peru

Corporacion Lindley

Solgas

Levi Strauss & Co

Labour and employment Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a stalwart of Peruvian labour law, dominating large-scale collective bargaining procedures in the heavily unionised mining sector, and handling labour structuring, redundancies and litigation on behalf of some of the country's largest companies. Clients highlight the 'well organised' and 'united’ team that provides 'out-of-the-box and practical, customised solutions’. It is led by market frontrunners José Balta, who is currently advising a well-known company on salary equality, and Mario Pasco, who recently led advice to a leading mining company with regard to strike action. The 18-strong team also includes Ernesto Cárdenas, described as a 'luxury’ to have at the union bargaining table, and senior associate Iván Blume, who specialises in corporate immigration, discrimination, cross-border labour issues and privacy matters.

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Testimonials

The firm is the best on the market without a doubt, both at partner level and the excellent associates it has.’

Strong point is the soundness of the advice. José Balta and associates Claudia Cermeño and Luis Chang  are excellent.’

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has top-notch professionals, technically proficient and very customer-oriented.’

They have the ability to translate a technical/legal foundation into advice that provides clarity that is easy to understand, as well as a practical recommendation that can be actionable. José Balta has been our leading advisor.’

They are a united team that talks regularly to each other, so when you give a request to one of the lawyers, it complements information with the rest of their team and even from other areas, to provide much more comprehensive advice. They are well organised and respect the deadlines that they set. The answers are out-of-the-box and practical, customised solutions. They are not a team that only reads the law to you and interprets it for you, they are an ally because they go much further.’

Ernesto Cárdenas stands out for his leadership, patience, working understanding and for being available 24/7; when you ask for advice, he is able to connect possible problems with situations that happened one or two years ago to prevent them from coming back. He is an excellent advisor and having him at a union bargaining table is a luxury – an intelligent person, easy to reach and conciliatory.’

Key clients

Southern Peru Copper

Compañía Minera Antamina

Minsur

Marcobre

Hudbay Minerals

Panamerican Silver

Microsoft

Fluor Daniel

Lacoste (Devanlay)

Productos Avon

Mining Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados dominates the sector, its tier-one corporate, finance, public law and disputes practices combining with expert mining regulatory and market knowledge to provide an unparalleled offering. Consequently, numerous international and domestic mining companies instruct the firm for ongoing strategic advice, such as Anglo American Quellaveco, Pan American Silver, Marcobre and MMG Las Bambas, while at the other end of the spectrum the firm advises over 20 junior mining exploration companies. Practice head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is pre-eminent in the field, and notably led advice, alongside Francisco Tong, to Southern Peru Copper Corporation on the reinstating of its construction permit for the $1.4bn SPCC Tia Maria mine, which had been suspended by the State following violent local protests. The case attracted international media attention and sets a precedent for the Peruvian mining industry. Other key advisers of the 20-strong team include Oscar Benavides and Claudio Ferrero, who both focus on the corporate and finance aspects of the mining sector; and Francisco Barrios was made partner in August 2019.

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Key clients

Compañía Minera Antamina (Shareaholders: Glencore, BHP Billiton, Teck Resources and Mitsubishi)

Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde (Freeport McMoran)

Minmetals / MMG/ Minera Las Bambas / Lumina Copper

China Aluminum Corp / Chinalco / Minera Chinalco Perú (Chinalco Group)

Anglo American Quellaveco / Anglo American Peru

Southern Copper

Barrick Gold Corporation / Barrick Misquichilca

Minsur

Hudbay Minerals

Lundin Mining

Pan American Silver

Marcobre

Gold Fields

Antofagasta Minerals

Iamgold

Oil and gas Tier 1

A stellar client list at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados includes dominant players from both the oil and gas industries, such as Shell Operaciones Peru, ExxonMobil and Promigas. It excels in all areas of regulatory, contract, financing, projects and disputes work, most notably assisting Gases del Norte del Peru (GASNORP) in winning the concession for the distribution of natural gas (by pipeline) in the Piura Region following a six-year, litigious battle with the State. A large team of twelve advisers is led by leading figure Jorge Pérez-Taiman, who is highlighted for his international experience; Jenny Caldas, who is particularly strong in the environmental and regulatory aspects of the hydrocarbons industry; and top-ranked corporate and finance lawyer Jean Paul Chabaneix, who is recommended for upstream activities. The junior bench includes senior associates Carolina Noriega, who focuses on downstream issues; and Eduardo Ramos, formerly of OSINERGMIN and Petroperu.

Testimonials

The firm is unique because they always behave as strategic partners to our company. They are not only legal consultants but business advisers.’

Jorge Pérez-Taiman, Carolina Noriega  and Piero Scarafone are recommended. They are highly trained attorneys who not only answer legal questions, they always go beyond it, understand the business and share in the transaction until it is completed. Their availability is absolute, their friendliness is incredible.’

Key clients

Shell Operaciones Peru

ExxonMobil

Promigas

Gases del Pacífico – Quavii

Gases del Norte del Peru

Gas Comprimido del Peru

Savia

Trafigura

Pluspetrol

Stena Drilling

Geopark

China National Petroleum Company

Peru LNG

Pegasus Capital Advisors

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados draws upon leaders from across the firm for a stellar offering, many of whom have specialist expertise in major infrastructure and project finance. Eminent mining lawyer Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado joins forces with top-notch project finance partner Jean Paul Chabaneix to steer teams from the firm's finance, mining and regulatory practices on projects of economic importance and top-drawer financings. They include acting for the lenders, led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and BBVA Securities, in their $355m syndicated loan to natural gas distributor Contugas for the refinancing of its existing project financing. Fernando Molina is widely lauded for his project finance expertise; and senior associate Nicolás Cornejo is also noted.

Key clients

Lima Airport Partners

Banco Santander

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Rutas de Lima

Minsur

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank

LatAm Logistics Properties

Inter-American Development Bank

JP Morgan Chase

DP World Callao

Mota Engil Perú

Ferrocarril Transandino

Solarpack

Perú Rail

Public law and regulation Tier 1

Few firms can match the scale of the offering provided by Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, where the sector is split into two distinct practices: public law, led by Carlos Carpio, and regulatory, led by energy specialist Verónica Sattler. The firm is able to leverage from multiple tier one teams in other practice areas across both these areas, and is particularly strong in associated litigation and arbitration matters. Its stellar client roster includes Microsoft, which the firm advised on its public procurement to provide electronic paperwork for the Peruvian Tax Authority (SUNAT), a matter led by key partner and public procurement specialist Hugo Silva. Other recommended individuals include: infrastructure and international arbitration partner Alejandro Manayalle; Italo Carrano, who advises on concessions and PPP; and from the associate bench, Augusto Effio and Diana Briones, who specialise in public procurement and regulatory law respectively; and fisheries expert Richard Inurritegui.

Testimonials

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados meets all the necessary requirements and exceeds the teams from other firms.’

They have comprehensive care and are attentive to developments to alert the client. They are attentive and punctual on the proposed date.’

The public and regulatory team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados provides personalised advice, with a level of detail and depth in all the issues that not only considers the public law aspects but also complements the various specialised branches of the firm such as tax and civil law, among others.’

Their strength is not only the legal knowledge provided by the team but also the knowledge and management of commercial issues. The way they manage to understand what the client wants before diving strictly into the legal aspects. I would like to recommend Carlos Carpio.’

Key clients

Tecnologia Industrial Y Nacional – TECNASA

América Móvil Perú

Compañía De Medicina Prepagada Colsanitas

Microsoft Corporation

Sistemas Oracle Del Perú

Fresenius Medical Care Del Perú

Compañía Peruana De Radiodifusión

Southern Peru Copper Corporation

Minera Chinalco Perú

APM Terminals Callao

Consorcio Ximesa

Veolia Servicios Perú

ABB Group

Sade Compagnie Generale De Travaux D’Hidraulique

PLM Inversiones Inmobiliarias

Rutas de Lima

DP World Callao

Real estate Tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados provides comprehensive expertise across all property law disciplines, with specialist know-how in areas such as urbanism, engineering, architecture, archaeology, analysis of seismic risk and traffic impact studies, among others. Led by leading public law and real estate partner Carlos Carpio, the practice evidences particular strength in the public law aspect of the practice, as demonstrated by its experience in municipal regulations and major infrastructure projects. Clients particularly appreciate the standout team work, both within the department and across the wider firm. Other key advisers include construction partner Hugo Silva; and capable associates Isabel Carrascal (who advises both the public and private sector), and Hugo Sarria, an 'excellent professional’ with 15 years' specialist real estate experience.  

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Testimonials

The team knows their issues very well, they take a comprehensive approach and always think of the best alternatives for the client. They are distinguished by their coordinated teamwork which involves other areas of the firm if necessary, thus anticipating situations that may arise.’

Hugo Sarria is an excellent professional and excellent person. He is thorough in his analysis.’

Key clients

Cía. Peruana de Radiodifusión

Shahuindo

CBC Manufactura

Constructora Galilea

APM Terminals

Caoba Inmobiliaria

PLM Inversiones Inmobiliarias

Constructores Interamericanos

Desarrolladora del Pacífico

Inversiones La Maddalena

Inversiones Llanac

Inmobiliaria Vistamar

Textil El Amazonas

SM Residencial  – OCTAGON

San José Constructora Perú

Tax Tier 1

The human resources at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados eclipses rivals, its line-up of ten partners unmatched in the market and backed by a formidable pool of associates. The team size is indicative of the breadth of the practice, which encompasses all corporate tax needs, including complex litigation, with added expertise in individual wealth management, an area led by practice co-head Alex Morris. The firm excels in the tax strategy and implications of big-ticket transactions and financings, this year closing the Peruvian aspects of Belmond's global sale of its businesses to Louis Vitton for $3.2bn, advice led by Jose Talledo. The very highly regarded Alex Córdova is fellow co-head of the practice, and it also includes tax luminary Humberto Medrano, who remains active, albeit with a limited practice.  

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Key clients

Cerro Verde

Minera Chinalco Peru

Luz del Sur

Belmond

I Squared Capital

Votorantim Metais Cajamarquilla

Huawei

San Fernando

Compañía Minera Antamina (JV BHP/Glencore/Teck/Mitsubishi)

Southern Peru

Capital markets Tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has valuable capital markets capability within its market-leading finance and M&A practices. The firm's focus is set to grow further with the key hire of securities specialist Nydia Guevara  from top-tier firm Miranda & Amado. She joins experienced counsel Paul Castritius, formerly of the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission, and leading finance lawyers Jean Paul Chabaneix, head of the practice, and Jorge Trelles. Augusto Cáceres was promoted to partner in January 2020.

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Key clients

Graña y Montero

Mizuho Securities USA

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan Securities

Santander Investment Securities

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company / Compañía Goodyear del Perú.

CVC Capital Partners

Southern Copper Corporation

Moody´s Investors Services / Moody´s Local PE Clasificadora de Riesgo.

Atacocha

Credit Andorra / CA Perú Sociedad Agente de Bolsa

Aris Industrial

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is recommended for antitrust advice in major corporate transactions, as well as anticompetitive prevention via compliance review, which it is conducting on behalf of Anglo American Perú, Mitsui & Co (Chile) and Compañía Minera Antamina. The firm also handles some administrative and judicial proceedings on behalf of both complainants and defendants. Despite the lack of full-time specialists in this sphere, the firm nonetheless offers valuable expertise from its cross-disciplinary team led by energy and infrastructure partner Verónica Sattler, while Alejandro Manayalle and counsel María del Rosario Quiroga are also key members of the team.

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Key clients

Asterion Industrial Partners

Anglo American Peru

Mitsui & Co. Chile

Castrol Caribbean & Central America

Statkfraft Perú

Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited

Luz del Sur

Ferrocarril Transandino

Compañía Minera Antamina

Insurance Tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has enjoyed a leading reputation in the field, attracting work of the highest level particularly from international reinsurers. In this regard, it acts for some of the biggest names in the industry, and is also a favourite among leading London-based insurance law firms requiring Peruvian advice. However, the firm's head of practice, the 'brilliant’ Jorge Velarde, stepped down from the helm in early 2020, and while he continues to do some billable work, has semi-retired from practice. In addition, his second-in-command, star associate Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza, moved to rival Kennedys in April 2020, taking partnership there. Hurtado de Mendoza has niche expertise in aviation insurance, and was largely responsible for the firm's reputation and client base in this sphere. The versatile Guillermo Puelles has currently assumed leadership of the practice.

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The firm:  Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados is a full-service firm with over 30 practice groups, covering all areas of law. All of its teams are recognised as leading practices in the market and regularly participate in the most complex and sophisticated matters, including crossborder deals and international arbitration claims. The firm has represented clients in most major Peruvian projects and transactions in the last five decades, as well as in high caliber legal matters in areas such as antitrust, aviation, banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, corporate and M&A, employment, energy, environmental, infrastructure, insurance, intelectual property, litigation and arbitration, natural resources, privatizations and concessions, project development and finance, real estate, tax and telecommunications, among others. The firm is member of Interlaw, World Services Group and Employment Law Alliance.

Recent accolades: The firm was awarded ‘Latin America Law Firm of the Year 2018’ and ‘Law Firm of the Year in Peru in 2019’ in Peru by Chambers & Partners (repeating the awards also won in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2010); ‘Law Firm of the Year 2019’ in Peru by Who’s Who Legal (repeating the awards also won since 2006); ‘Law Firm of the Year 2020” in Peru by IFLR, and ‘Law Firm of the Year 2019’ (repeating the awards also won in 2019) in Peru by International Tax Review.

Main areas of practice:

Banking, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets: The firm covers bank finance, debt and equity capital markets, structured finance, trade finance, acquisition finance, derivatives and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising the Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Securities and Santander Investment in the US$563 MM 144A/Reg S bond issuance by Metro de Lima Linea 2; Impala in its US$250 MM financing granted by ING, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Citibank and The Bank of Nova Scotia; Kallpa Generación in its US$148 MM leasing granted by Banco de Crédito del Perú; Solgas in its PEN303 MM financing granted by Scotiabank Perú; IFC in the US$75 MM financing to Banco Bolivariano; The Central America Bottling Corporation in its US$35 MM financing granted by Banco de Crédito del Perú; Asterion Capital Partners in its EUR285 MM financing granted by BBVA and Santander; and Banco de Crédito del Perú in the US$100 MM granted to Sierra Metals.

Corporate & M&A: The firm regularly participates in the largest, most complex and sophisticated M&A transactions. It also provides regular corporate counseling to a significant number of the most important companies operating in Peru. Recent highlights include advising Sempra in its US$3.59Bn sale of Luz del Sur; Warburg Pincus in its US$500MM acquisition of Cambridge and Altair schools; GyM in its US$130MM equity issuance; Pan American Silver in its US$1.07Bn corporate reorganization; Fidelidade in its PEN44MM public tender offer in La Positiva; Solarpack in its US$51MM acquisition of Tacna Solar and Panamericana Solar; Latin American Power in the acquisition of two hydropower projects; Trafigura in its assets sale to Sierra Poli; Entel in the US$772MM sale of telecom towers; AJ Gallagher in the acquisition of JLT’s aerospace division.

Energy: The firm has been involved in the development and financing of some of the most important energy projects in Peru, including hydropower and other renewable projects. Celeo Redes in the public bidding for three transmission lines; Red Eléctrica group on the development of transmission projects; counsel to conventional and renewable energy ventures; Tahoe Resources, Antamina, Cerro Verde, Marcobre and Southern Peru Copper on the energy requirements for their mines and the development of power plants and transmission lines.

Infrastructure: The firm has extensive experience in the development, financing and regulatory aspects involving ports, airports, toll roads, railways, transmission lines and sanitation, among other areas. It provides regular advice to Mizuho Securities in the US$273MM bond issuance by Metro de Lima Línea2; BBVA, Mizuho Bank, SMBC, Sabadell, Santander and Citibank in the US$355MM financing to Contugas; Santander, Sadabell and BBVA in the US$150MM facility to Metro de Lima Línea2; Credicorp Capital in the US$61MM financing to Transportadora Callao; Latin American Power in its US$127MM refinancing; and Natixis in its US$173MM financing for the Carhuaquero- Cajamarca-Norte transmission line; Marcobre in the US$900 million financing of Mina Justa project.

Intellectual Property: The firm provides a full range of services, including consultancy, protection and enforcement of rights involving patents, trademarks, trade names, copyright, domain names and related rights. The firm’s portfolio includes some of the most valuable brands worldwide.

Litigation & Arbitration: The firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group is also recognised as the clear market leader by clients and peers alike. It covers disputes in all areas of law, including civil, commercial, insurance, insolvency, antitrust, labour, energy and regulatory litigation and tax, as well as white collar crime in high-profile leading cases. The firm’s lawyers have acted as counsel, arbitrators, legal experts and consultants in proceedings before local and international arbitration institutions. Representation an US energy subsidiary in an arbitration proceeding against local Generation Company. Successful representation of a mining company in a procedure to release a letter of guarantee in the legal process against Tax Authority.

Natural Resources & Environmental: Premier mining and oil and gas companies with largescale projects in Peru have entrusted the firm with their regulatory, social, environmental, contentious and transactional matters in the last three decades. The firm’s main clients include: Gases Del Norte on the awarding of a US$230MM concession for distribution of natural gas. Gases Del Pacífico on its 250$MM LNG transport and distribution natural gas concession. Shell on matters relating to LNG exports and local LNG sales.

Projects: The firm’s reputation in project development and finance is unmatched. Over the last four decades, the firm has represented all sides of a deal, whether commercial lenders, multilaterals, export-credit agencies, debtors, underwriters, issuers and others. Recent highlights include advising Southern Peru Copper in successful bid to acquire Michiquillay with an expected investment of US$2.5Bn; Tahoe Resources in its integration with Pan American Silver for US$1.1Bn. Marcobre on the development of the Mina Justa project for US$ 1.5Bn; Antamina on US$1.5Bn expansion; Freeport McMoRan on US$4.7Bn additional expansion of Cerro Verde; Barrick in its strategic plans to expand Laguna Norte.

Tax: The firm is recognised as the leading tax practice in the country for its advice on tax planning, tax litigation and transfer pricing, as well as for its experience in tax matters in domestic and cross-border M&A, financial and reorganisation transactions. Recent highlights include representation on tax matters and proceedings of Rimac Compañía de Seguros (US$30MM) and Minsur (US$100MM); Hudbay on challenging US$3.5MM in tax credits by the tax authority.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance/M&A/projects Jean Paul Chabaneix
Bankruptcy/restructuring Guillermo Puelles
Corporate Ramón Vidurrizaga
Dispute resolution José Tam
Environment Francisco Tong
Insurance and reinsurance Jorge Velarde
Intellectual property Héctor Álvarez
International trade Julio Guadalupe
Labor and employment José Balta
Mining Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado
Energy Verónica Sattler
Public law Carlos Carpio
Regulatory Verónica Sattler
Tax Alex Córdova
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Mr Héctor Álvarez photo Mr Héctor Álvarez Partner Héctor Alvarez leads our Intellectual Property area, and specializes in brands,…
Ms María del Carmen Alvarado photo Ms María del Carmen Alvarado Partner María del Carmen Alvarado specializes in intellectual property with emphasis on…
Mr Arturo Aza  photo Mr Arturo Aza Partner Arturo Aza specializes in solving civil conflicts, and in administrative-contested, and…
Mr José Balta photo Mr José Balta Partner José Balta leads our Labor area, and specializes in advising national…
Mr Francisco Barrios  photo Mr Francisco Barrios Partner Francisco Barrios specializes in mining and environmental law, and water resources.
Mr Luis Bedoya  photo Mr Luis Bedoya Partner Luis Bedoya specializes in arbitration and civil litigation.
Mr Oscar Benavides  photo Mr Oscar Benavides Partner Oscar Benavides specializes in mining law, mining projects finance, and mergers…
Mr Augusto Cáceres photo Mr Augusto Cáceres Partners Augusto Cáceres specializes in finance and mergers & acquisitions.
Mr Ernesto Cárdenas photo Mr Ernesto Cárdenas Partner Ernesto Cárdenas specializes in labor contracting, migrations and social security matters.
Mr Alex Córdova photo Mr Alex Córdova Partner Alex Córdova leads our Tax practice area. He specializes in fiscal…
Ms Jenny Caldas  photo Ms Jenny Caldas Partner Jenny Caldas specializes in oil, gas and environmental issues.
Mr Carlos Carpio  photo Mr Carlos Carpio Partner Carlos Carpio leads our Public Law area. He specializes in public…
Mr Italo Carrano  photo Mr Italo Carrano Partner Italo Carrano specializes in arbitration, infrastructure, mergers & acquisitions, and project…
Mr Renzo Carrasco  photo Mr Renzo Carrasco Partner Renzo Carrasco specializes in civil litigation.
Mr Fabrizio Castellano  photo Mr Fabrizio Castellano Partner Fabrizio Castellano is a specialist in representing in civil, commercial, criminal…
Mr Jean Paul Chabaneix  photo Mr Jean Paul Chabaneix Partner Jean Paul Chabaneix leads our Banking and Finance, Projects Finance, Mergers…
Mr Juan Diego De Vinatea  photo Mr Juan Diego De Vinatea Partner Juan Diego de Vinatea specializes in banking and finance law, projects…
Mr Claudio Ferrero photo Mr Claudio Ferrero Partners Claudio Ferrero specializes in transactional mining matters, and mergers & acquisitions.
Mr Sandro Fuentes  photo Mr Sandro Fuentes Partner Sandro Fuentes specializes in new businesses, fiscal strategy and planning, and…
Mr Julio Guadalupe  photo Mr Julio Guadalupe Partner Julio Guadalupe leads our International Trade and Customs area.
Ms Nydia Guevara  photo Ms Nydia Guevara Partner
Mr Raúl Hidalgo photo Mr Raúl Hidalgo Partner Raúl Hidalgo specializes in tax law with emphasis on consulting, investment…
Mr Eduardo López  photo Mr Eduardo López Partner Eduardo López specializes in banking and finance law, corporate finance, and…
Mr Gonzalo La Torre  photo Mr Gonzalo La Torre Partner Gonzalo La Torre specializes in mining and extractive activities taxation, in…
Mr Gustavo Lazo  photo Mr Gustavo Lazo Partner Gustavo Lazo specializes in corporative tax matters and wealth planning.
Mr Juan Guillermo Lohmann  photo Mr Juan Guillermo Lohmann Partner Juan Guillermo Lohmann specializes in civil law, local and international arbitrations…
Mr Alejandro Manayalle photo Mr Alejandro Manayalle Partner Alejandro Manayalle specializes in antitrust, energy, infrastructure, public-private partnerships and international…
Mr Humberto Medrano  photo Mr Humberto Medrano Humberto Medrano is a founding member and counselor of the Tax practice…
Mr Fernando Molina  photo Mr Fernando Molina Partner Fernando Molina specializes in mergers & acquisitions, project finance and corporate…
Mr Alfonso Montoya  photo Mr Alfonso Montoya Alfonso Montoya specializes in providing commercial and corporate advisory to companies.
Mr Alex Morris  photo Mr Alex Morris Partner Alex Morris leads our Wealth Planning practice area. He specializes in…
Mr Luis Enrique Palacios  photo Mr Luis Enrique Palacios Partner Luis Enrique Palacios specializes in mergers & acquisitions, project finance and…
Mr Mario Pasco  photo Mr Mario Pasco Mario Pasco specializes in advising companies on labor issues.
Mr Guillermo Puelles  photo Mr Guillermo Puelles Guillermo Puelles specializes in restructuring, insolvency and liquidation of corporations, mergers &…
Mr José Reaño  photo Mr José Reaño Partner José Reaño leads our Criminal Litigation and Corporate Compliance practice areas.
Ms Maritza Reategui  photo Ms Maritza Reategui Partner Maritza Reátegui heads our Life Sciences & Healthcare practice area.
Mr Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado  photo Mr Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is managing partner of Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano…
Mr Gino Sangalli  photo Mr Gino Sangalli Partner Gino Sangalli specializes in banking-regulatory issues and international financing.
Ms Verónica Sattler photo Ms Verónica Sattler Partner Verónica Sattler leads our Public Services Regulation, Antitrust, Energy and Infrastructure…
Mr Hugo Silva  photo Mr Hugo Silva Hugo Silva specializes in public law, public procurement, construction contracts, company restructuring,…
Mr José Talledo photo Mr José Talledo Partner José Talledo specializes in tax issues related to investment and financial…
Mr José Tam photo Mr José Tam Partner José Tam leads our Civil Litigation & Arbitration, and Asian Investment…
Mr Tulio Tartarini  photo Mr Tulio Tartarini Partner Tulio Tartarini specializes in tax law, with emphasis on fiscal planning,…
Mr Francisco Tong  photo Mr Francisco Tong Partner Francisco Tong is co-head of our Environment practice area. He specializes…
Mr Efraín Vassallo  photo Mr Efraín Vassallo Partner Efraín Vassallo specializes in criminal law and criminal litigations.
Mr Jorge Velarde  photo Mr Jorge Velarde Partner Jorge Velarde leads our Aviation and Insurance and Reinsurance areas. Also,…
Mr Ramón Vidurrizaga photo Mr Ramón Vidurrizaga Partner Ramón Vidurrizaga leads our Corporate and Commercial, and Litigation & Arbitration…
Ms Mariella de la Torre  photo Ms Mariella de la Torre Partner Mariella de la Torre specializes in tax consulting and fiscal planning…
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