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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados stands out for its 'deep knowledge of how an arbitration procedure works' and its ability to provide 'innovative solutions to specific problems'. Within the 'powerhouse team', Alfredo Bullard is 'one of the best construction attorneys in Latin America' and recently acted for a group of foreign investors in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Peruvian government. Huáscar Ezcurra, who has 'astonishing ability to anticipate moves from the counterparty' is also highly recommended. Miranda & Amado has notable expertise in the oil and gas, construction, and transport sectors, and has a number of well regarded practitioners including José Daniel AmadoMauricio Raffo and Luis Miranda. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam and the widely respected Luis Bedoya are names to note within the team which handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and commercial disputes. Construction boutique Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray's Gustavo Paredes is also recommended, as is Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's Ramiro Portocarrero.

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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Few headline deals come to the Peruvian market without Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados' presence at the table, the result of an 'excellent' and 'constructive' team and enviable client roster. It is the firm of choice for most of the country's top domestic banks -such as Credicorp Capital, Banco de Crédito del Perú, BBVA Continental and Scotiabank- for both regulatory and transactions. It also advises major international financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Santander and DNB Bank and some of the country's prime borrowers, namely Graña y Montero and Southern Copper Corporation. The practice's eight partners are led by the  'exceptionalJean Paul Chabaneix, and includes project finance star Fernando MolinaLuis Enrique Palacios (who is lauded for his corporate finance expertise), and regulatory specialist Gino Sangalli. Counsel Paul Castritius, formerly of the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission, brings public sector capital markets experience to the firm. Recent deal highlights included working alongside London's Clifford Chance in advice to Natixis, American General Life Insurance, Pacific Life Insurance and MetLife on hybrid financing (comprising a $75m loan and $100m bond issue) granted to transmission line concessionaire CCNCM. On the borrower side, the firm represented Tahoe Resources on its $200m financing from Scotiabank and HSBC Securities, and avocado distributor Mission Produce on its $275m loan from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The firm also provided local law advice to TMF Group in the $1bn international debt issuance by DirecTV, a deal led by Palacios. Augusto Cáceres, who was raised to the partnership in July 2019, and associates Efrain Salazar and Nicolás Cornejo are also very well regarded. Regulatory lawyer Diego Peschiera moved to CMS Grau.

Leading individuals

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Nicolás Cornejo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Restructuring and insolvency specialist Guillermo Puelles heads a 'very professional' team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, which advises both debtors and creditors in the country's most significant public and private proceedings. It initiated the Doe Run Peru case on behalf of largest creditor, Consorcio Minero – CORMIN which is owed $29m (overall value approximately $600m), and is also advising HSBC in the $1.5bn bankruptcy of China Fishery Group (CFG) and its Peruvian subsidiaries. Other significant matters include representing Santander Peru in public insolvency proceedings against construction company Ingenieros Civiles y Contratistas Generales (ICCGSA), potential value $150m-$200m. Microsoft Perú, Pan American Silver Huarón and Trafigura are clients of the team, which includes partners Hugo Silva and Jorge Trelles and associate Sergio Silva.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Puelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Jorge Trelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Lawyers at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados 'work superbly as a team' and provide 'strong arguments based on facts and in-depth legal analysis'. It utilises the skills of cross-departmental practitioners as opposed to full-time competition law specialists, led by regulatory and energy partner Verónica Sattler, who 'masters the theory, knows antitrust cases well and sets up the strategy'. She is leading advice to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) in INDECOPI proceedings concerning alleged bid-rigging, market repartition and price fixing in the 'roll on–roll off' cargo market. Fellow regulatory and energy specialist María Teresa Quiñones left to establish Quiñones Alayza Abogados.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

'Arguably the market leaders', Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a dominant force in high-end, complex transactions. Clients praise its sophisticated offering that is 'best in class for partner involvement', as well as its legal knowledge, responsiveness and communication. The firm is advising Sempra Energy on the Peruvian aspects of the proposed sale of its Peruvian and Chilean business units, including Luz del Sur - potentially the largest deal of 2019 in Peru. Leading the advice is the firm's head of M&A Jean Paul Chabaneix, who 'provides spectacular insight and service on a client's most challenging problems' and 'gets the deal done', and Jorge Trelles, who 'identifies the main needs of each in-house counsel', 'drafts particularly well' and is 'of essential assistance in negotiations'. Other deal highlights saw a team led by Eduardo López act as local counsel to Belmond on its $3.2bn acquisition by Louis Vuitton; while Trelles teamed-up with Luis Enrique Palacios to advise I Squared Capital on its $341m acquisition of a 25% stake in power generation companies Kallpa Generación and Samay I from Energía del Pacífico. Other key individuals in the practice group, one of the largest in the market, are: Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, a market leader in mining M&A; Ramón Vidurrizaga, who heads the general corporate practice; Sandro Fuentes and Alfonso Montoya. The team has also been strengthened with Augusto Cáceres' July-2019 elevation to the partnership; he focuses on M&A, corporate and project finace, venture capital and technology.

Leading individuals

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Enrique Palacios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Cecilia Canepa - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Marco Zaldivar - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is another giant in the sector: not only does it field a 16-strong disputes team (including six partners), but c1an also call on tier one specialists from across the firm as-and-when needed. The 'highly-trained' team advises on a vast array of civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional and public law matters for some of the largest companies in the region. Clients particularly appreciate the 'personalised attention' and partner involvement, as well as the 'professionalism of the team, service spirit and excellent results that are aligned with our expectations'. Lead partners include arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam, widely respected Luis BedoyaArturo Aza (whose work is 'remarkable') and arbitrator Italo Carrano, a 'professional highly dedicated to his clients'. The firm is currently handling over 80 arbitrations -some of which are significant international matters conducted under UNCITRAL or ICSID rules- for an array of clients typically drawn from the mining, finance and infrastructure sectors. They include Minera Las Bambas, Gases del Pacífico and Latin America Power Perú - which the firm is advising on a $150m LCC international arbitration against GCZ Energía concerning the termination of a joint venture agreement.

Leading individuals

Juan Guillermo Lohmann - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Bedoya - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Jorge Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is 'first class' and 'highly specialised' in environmental law, its standalone team having amassed a client portfolio that 'furnishes them with great experience.' The practice handles all main tranches of work: transactional, regulatory and litigious, with recent instructions including: environmental advisory to Sumitomo Corporation on its $48m acquisition of a 5% interest in Minera Yanacocha; acting for Minsur in administrative sanction procedures concerning alleged environmental non-compliance; and acting as legal expert in a high-stakes ICC arbitration. Star individuals include Jenny Caldas, a 'great attorney' who 'provides sharp advice in every case she handles'; Francisco Tong, who has 'great professional versatility and a lot of patience'; of counsel and 'great speaker' Úrsula Zavala;   and recently made up partner Francisco Barrios and senior associate Juan Carlos del Busto , who are both highlighted by clients.

Leading individuals

Francisco Tong - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jenny Caldas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Úrsula Zavala - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados excels in this field, where lead partner Jorge Velarde is widely revered for his experience and expertise. The firm's practice is distinctly international, attracting an array of global insurers and reinsurers as clients, as well as instructions from some of the leading insurance law firms in the London market. The practice is wide-ranging, from litigation and arbitration to advising on regulatory requirements for international companies entering the Peruvian market, for example. The team is currently working alongside a UK law firm in respect of claims relating to an aviation accident in Peru. Also noted is senior associate Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza , who has a growing profile in the sector.

Leading individuals

Jorge Velarde - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is lauded for its 'integrity, full expertise, knowledge and great commitment', as well as 'complete dedication to clients' needs'. Co-led by leading individuals Héctor Álvarez, who 'works tirelessly on a client's behalf' and 'very talentedMaría del Carmen Alvarado, the team acts for a stellar client roster that includes Microsoft, Panasonic, PepsiCo and Intel Corporation, with recent mandatesincluding advising Ferrari and Fiat Group in a joint trade mark enforcement dispute. In a significant boost, the firm recruited the life-sciences team from Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados, including pharmaceuticals specialist Maritza Reátegui-Valdivieso and senior associate, Solange Noriega-Zumaeta.

Leading individuals

Héctor Álvarez - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

María del Carmen Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Ricardo de Vettor - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The practice at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is led by heavy-hitters, José Balta and Mario Pasco, both 'top-notch professionals' who share many years' dedicated focus upon the employment sector. They are supported by the stand-out Ernesto Cárdenas, who was made partner in 2018, and a group of 14 associates, among which senior associate Iván Blume is particularly experienced. Clients rate the 'professional competency' of the team, praising the 'clarity of advice' and the manner in which the lawyers 'connect their recommendations with our business scenarios'. A strong client roster includes market leading firm acrosss a range of sectors, such as Microsoft, Minsur, IC Power and Hudbay Minerals. Recent work included acting for Southern Perú Copper in collective bargaining procedures with six labour unions; advising Marcobre on all labour matters related to the initiation of the construction of the Mina Justa mining project; and defending a number of clients in judicial claims brought by employees.

Leading individuals

José Balta - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Mario Pasco - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Ernesto Cárdenas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Iván Blume - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has a pre-eminent offering, particularly in the mining-projects segment where top-flight lawyers from across the firm's finance, regulatory and mining practices combine to provide 'unparalleled experience in project finance transactions', 'unique dedication'insightful advice' and 'full support, especially in the final mile'. The practice acted as local counsel to Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on the $900m project finance for the development of its landmark Mina Just mining project. In the energy arena, the team acted for the lenders syndicate in the $175m hybrid project financing for the 220kV Cajamarca transmission line. The deals were led by Jean Paul Chabaneix and Fernando Molina respectively, the pair are described as the 'best project finance team in Peru and one of the best across Latin  America'. Other members of the 'fantastic' and 'commercial team' include head of mining Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and project finance-focused Juan Diego De Vinatea.

Leading individuals

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Public law and regulation
Public law and regulation - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados offers a truly panoramic practice that covers all forms of investment projects, public procurement and administrative proceedings, including sanctions, before every level of authority, from sector regulatory bodies to regional governments. Clients rate the team's grasp of complex cases, regulatory knowledge and 'experience with public entities in an area where there are not so many good lawyers'. Practice head Carlos Carpio stands out in construction-related works, including government contracting and public procurement, while other key partners include Hugo Silva and head of public-services regulation, Verónica Sattler. In contrast to some competitors, the firm advises only private companies (as opposed to public bodies), including Microsoft Perú, América Móvil Perú and Sistemas Oracle del  Perú - all three of which it has advised on public procurement recently. Other work includes acting for TECNASA on its ongoing contracts to supply health services in Peru, and APM Terminals Callao on its provision of port services. Regulatory work includes representing Red Eléctrica del Sur, Luz del Sur and Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur in separate disputes with Azteca Comunicaciones, the concessionaire of the national fibre optic network which is expanding broadband services in Peru. Regulatory expert María Teresa Quiñones left to establish Quiñones Alayza Abogados.

Leading individuals

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Augusto Effio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados advises on the complete range of property and land issues at the highest level, with specialist niche capability in -for example- archeology and the analysis of seismic risk to buildings. Carlos Carpio is a leading industry figure and combines his public law expertise to advise on mega-projects with significant public impact, such as representing Inversiones La Maddalena on the development of a cruise terminal in Miraflores, Lima. In other work highlights, the team is representing television company Peruana de Radiodifusión (part of the El Comercio media group), on all its real estate needs, from operational permits to the sale and purchase of buildings; and acting for Inversiones Llanac on the urban development of a large residential project in southern Lima. Clients highlight the team's knowledge, focused application on each individual case and 'its capacity to understand and anticipate the counterparty'. Other key advisers include much-respected partner Hugo Silva, and associates Isabel Carrascal and Hugo Sarria.

Leading individuals

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a giant in the sector: almost half of its 20-strong specialist team are partners, many of whom are well-known in the field. They include name partner and tax luminary, Humberto Medrano; practice head Alex Córdova, who specialises in corporate tax, litigation and mining and natural resources taxation; and Alex Morris, head of private client wealth management. Other areas of specialisation include employee benefits, transfer pricing and global tax planning via a network of 'best friend' law firms. The firm successfully acted on behalf of clients Minsur and Rimac in separate judicial proceedings against the tax authority regarding tax payable on the transfer of listed shares, which resulted in tax refunds to the client of $69m and $24m, respectively - the advice was led by Medrano, Córdova, Mariella de la Torre and Gonzalo La Torre. Transactional matters included acting for Marcobre on the tax aspects of its $900m loan from an international and domestic bank syndicate for the development of its Mina Justa copper mine. Both Gustavo Lazo  and Jose Talledo were made-up during 2018, while a handful of associate changes included the hire of Paul Nina from Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados and the departure of Cristina Bendezu to an in-house position at COGA.

Leading individuals

Alex Córdova - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Humberto Medrano - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Raúl Hidalgo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados shines in all areas of energy and natural resources, including electricity, where the practice has 'solid knowledge of the sector' enabling it to 'quickly respond to issues, establish strategies and provide sustainable advice'. The practice acts for an impressive roll-call of power producers, transmission companies and distribution concessionaires such as Red Eléctrica, Sempra Energy, and the latter's subsidiary -electricity distribution utility Luz del Sur- which the firm advises on an ongoing basis on a variety of matters, including the expansion of the 96MW Santa Teresa Hydro Power Plant. Verónica Sattler 'works brilliantly in negotiations with third parties and public officials' and now heads the practice following the departure of María Teresa Quiñones to form her own regulatory boutique, Quiñones Alayza Abogados. Sattler is supported by counsel María del Rosario Quiroga  and 'excellent lawyer' Alejandro Manayalle, who focuses primarily upon infrastructure matters.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The 'deep team' at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados eclipses the competition, showered with praise for its performance as a 'natural and seamless extension of our company's management'; moreover, it is 'comprehensive and well put together to compliment each member', 'driven by the win'and 'differs from the competition in that the lawyers truly operate as a team'. The firm has advised on the construction, operation and expansion of the largest mines in the country, in addition to handling disputes, mining exploration projects and top-drawer transactions. Recent instructions include acting for Southern Peru Copper Corporation on its successful $2.5bn bid for the Michiquillay copper project (due to commence production in 2025, it will be one of the largest copper mines in Peru); and advising Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on its $900m project finance for the development of its Mina Just project. The team also provides ongoing strategic advice to a roll-call of leading mining companies, such as Compañía Minera Antamina, Minera Chinalco Perú, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Hudbay Perú, MMG Las Bambas, Anglo American (Quellaveco) and Tahoe Resources. Department head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is 'the kind of sophisticated corporate partner who would not be out of place in a first-tier firm in New York or London'; other key lawyers include corporate partner Oscar Benavides, who is 'instrumental in making our business a success' and regulatory specialist Francisco Tong, who is 'very detail oriented'.  Also noted is recently made-up partner Francisco Barrios -a former head of legal at Minera Milpo- who specializes in environmental, water and permit-related mining matters

Leading individuals

Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Oscar Benavides - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Claudio Ferrero - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Francisco Barrios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has one of the largest teams in the market, combing the specialist regulatory expertise of 'true star' Jorge Pérez-Taiman and Jenny Caldas (environmental law), with market-leading transactional practitioners from across the firm, such as Jean Paul Chabaneix, who has accumulated considerable oil and gas know-how. The result is a fully-comprehensive offering, attracting big-ticket instructions. The team is currently advising Gases del Pacifico (GDP) on all issues related to its $250m project to transport LNG by road for subsequent regasification and distribution as piped natural gas; and representing Colombia's Promigas on its participation in a government tendering process to supply natural gas to several regions in central/south Peru; both matters are led by Pérez-Taiman. Specialised senior associates Carolina Noriega and Eduardo Ramos are also both highly regarded. An enviable client list includes Exxon Mobil, Shell Operaciones Peru, Repsol and Sempra Energy.

Leading individuals

Jorge Pérez-Taiman - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Carolina Noriega - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Eduardo Ramos - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados stands out for its 'deep knowledge of how an arbitration procedure works' and its ability to provide 'innovative solutions to specific problems'. Within the 'powerhouse team', Alfredo Bullard is 'one of the best construction attorneys in Latin America' and recently acted for a group of foreign investors in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Peruvian government. Huáscar Ezcurra, who has 'astonishing ability to anticipate moves from the counterparty' is also highly recommended. Miranda & Amado has notable expertise in the oil and gas, construction, and transport sectors, and has a number of well regarded practitioners including José Daniel AmadoMauricio Raffo and Luis Miranda. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam and the widely respected Luis Bedoya are names to note within the team which handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and commercial disputes. Construction boutique Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray's Gustavo Paredes is also recommended, as is Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's Ramiro Portocarrero.

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Peru

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Few headline deals come to the Peruvian market without Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados' presence at the table, the result of an 'excellent' and 'constructive' team and enviable client roster. It is the firm of choice for most of the country's top domestic banks -such as Credicorp Capital, Banco de Crédito del Perú, BBVA Continental and Scotiabank- for both regulatory and transactions. It also advises major international financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Santander and DNB Bank and some of the country's prime borrowers, namely Graña y Montero and Southern Copper Corporation. The practice's eight partners are led by the  'exceptionalJean Paul Chabaneix, and includes project finance star Fernando MolinaLuis Enrique Palacios (who is lauded for his corporate finance expertise), and regulatory specialist Gino Sangalli. Counsel Paul Castritius, formerly of the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission, brings public sector capital markets experience to the firm. Recent deal highlights included working alongside London's Clifford Chance in advice to Natixis, American General Life Insurance, Pacific Life Insurance and MetLife on hybrid financing (comprising a $75m loan and $100m bond issue) granted to transmission line concessionaire CCNCM. On the borrower side, the firm represented Tahoe Resources on its $200m financing from Scotiabank and HSBC Securities, and avocado distributor Mission Produce on its $275m loan from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The firm also provided local law advice to TMF Group in the $1bn international debt issuance by DirecTV, a deal led by Palacios. Augusto Cáceres, who was raised to the partnership in July 2019, and associates Efrain Salazar and Nicolás Cornejo are also very well regarded. Regulatory lawyer Diego Peschiera moved to CMS Grau.

Leading individuals

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Nicolás Cornejo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Restructuring and insolvency specialist Guillermo Puelles heads a 'very professional' team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, which advises both debtors and creditors in the country's most significant public and private proceedings. It initiated the Doe Run Peru case on behalf of largest creditor, Consorcio Minero – CORMIN which is owed $29m (overall value approximately $600m), and is also advising HSBC in the $1.5bn bankruptcy of China Fishery Group (CFG) and its Peruvian subsidiaries. Other significant matters include representing Santander Peru in public insolvency proceedings against construction company Ingenieros Civiles y Contratistas Generales (ICCGSA), potential value $150m-$200m. Microsoft Perú, Pan American Silver Huarón and Trafigura are clients of the team, which includes partners Hugo Silva and Jorge Trelles and associate Sergio Silva.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Puelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Jorge Trelles - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Lawyers at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados 'work superbly as a team' and provide 'strong arguments based on facts and in-depth legal analysis'. It utilises the skills of cross-departmental practitioners as opposed to full-time competition law specialists, led by regulatory and energy partner Verónica Sattler, who 'masters the theory, knows antitrust cases well and sets up the strategy'. She is leading advice to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) in INDECOPI proceedings concerning alleged bid-rigging, market repartition and price fixing in the 'roll on–roll off' cargo market. Fellow regulatory and energy specialist María Teresa Quiñones left to establish Quiñones Alayza Abogados.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

'Arguably the market leaders', Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a dominant force in high-end, complex transactions. Clients praise its sophisticated offering that is 'best in class for partner involvement', as well as its legal knowledge, responsiveness and communication. The firm is advising Sempra Energy on the Peruvian aspects of the proposed sale of its Peruvian and Chilean business units, including Luz del Sur - potentially the largest deal of 2019 in Peru. Leading the advice is the firm's head of M&A Jean Paul Chabaneix, who 'provides spectacular insight and service on a client's most challenging problems' and 'gets the deal done', and Jorge Trelles, who 'identifies the main needs of each in-house counsel', 'drafts particularly well' and is 'of essential assistance in negotiations'. Other deal highlights saw a team led by Eduardo López act as local counsel to Belmond on its $3.2bn acquisition by Louis Vuitton; while Trelles teamed-up with Luis Enrique Palacios to advise I Squared Capital on its $341m acquisition of a 25% stake in power generation companies Kallpa Generación and Samay I from Energía del Pacífico. Other key individuals in the practice group, one of the largest in the market, are: Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, a market leader in mining M&A; Ramón Vidurrizaga, who heads the general corporate practice; Sandro Fuentes and Alfonso Montoya. The team has also been strengthened with Augusto Cáceres' July-2019 elevation to the partnership; he focuses on M&A, corporate and project finace, venture capital and technology.

Leading individuals

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Enrique Palacios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Cecilia Canepa - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Marco Zaldivar - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is another giant in the sector: not only does it field a 16-strong disputes team (including six partners), but c1an also call on tier one specialists from across the firm as-and-when needed. The 'highly-trained' team advises on a vast array of civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional and public law matters for some of the largest companies in the region. Clients particularly appreciate the 'personalised attention' and partner involvement, as well as the 'professionalism of the team, service spirit and excellent results that are aligned with our expectations'. Lead partners include arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam, widely respected Luis BedoyaArturo Aza (whose work is 'remarkable') and arbitrator Italo Carrano, a 'professional highly dedicated to his clients'. The firm is currently handling over 80 arbitrations -some of which are significant international matters conducted under UNCITRAL or ICSID rules- for an array of clients typically drawn from the mining, finance and infrastructure sectors. They include Minera Las Bambas, Gases del Pacífico and Latin America Power Perú - which the firm is advising on a $150m LCC international arbitration against GCZ Energía concerning the termination of a joint venture agreement.

Leading individuals

Juan Guillermo Lohmann - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Luis Bedoya - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Jorge Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is 'first class' and 'highly specialised' in environmental law, its standalone team having amassed a client portfolio that 'furnishes them with great experience.' The practice handles all main tranches of work: transactional, regulatory and litigious, with recent instructions including: environmental advisory to Sumitomo Corporation on its $48m acquisition of a 5% interest in Minera Yanacocha; acting for Minsur in administrative sanction procedures concerning alleged environmental non-compliance; and acting as legal expert in a high-stakes ICC arbitration. Star individuals include Jenny Caldas, a 'great attorney' who 'provides sharp advice in every case she handles'; Francisco Tong, who has 'great professional versatility and a lot of patience'; of counsel and 'great speaker' Úrsula Zavala;   and recently made up partner Francisco Barrios and senior associate Juan Carlos del Busto , who are both highlighted by clients.

Leading individuals

Francisco Tong - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jenny Caldas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Úrsula Zavala - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados excels in this field, where lead partner Jorge Velarde is widely revered for his experience and expertise. The firm's practice is distinctly international, attracting an array of global insurers and reinsurers as clients, as well as instructions from some of the leading insurance law firms in the London market. The practice is wide-ranging, from litigation and arbitration to advising on regulatory requirements for international companies entering the Peruvian market, for example. The team is currently working alongside a UK law firm in respect of claims relating to an aviation accident in Peru. Also noted is senior associate Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza , who has a growing profile in the sector.

Leading individuals

Jorge Velarde - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is lauded for its 'integrity, full expertise, knowledge and great commitment', as well as 'complete dedication to clients' needs'. Co-led by leading individuals Héctor Álvarez, who 'works tirelessly on a client's behalf' and 'very talentedMaría del Carmen Alvarado, the team acts for a stellar client roster that includes Microsoft, Panasonic, PepsiCo and Intel Corporation, with recent mandatesincluding advising Ferrari and Fiat Group in a joint trade mark enforcement dispute. In a significant boost, the firm recruited the life-sciences team from Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados, including pharmaceuticals specialist Maritza Reátegui-Valdivieso and senior associate, Solange Noriega-Zumaeta.

Leading individuals

Héctor Álvarez - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

María del Carmen Alvarado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Ricardo de Vettor - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The practice at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is led by heavy-hitters, José Balta and Mario Pasco, both 'top-notch professionals' who share many years' dedicated focus upon the employment sector. They are supported by the stand-out Ernesto Cárdenas, who was made partner in 2018, and a group of 14 associates, among which senior associate Iván Blume is particularly experienced. Clients rate the 'professional competency' of the team, praising the 'clarity of advice' and the manner in which the lawyers 'connect their recommendations with our business scenarios'. A strong client roster includes market leading firm acrosss a range of sectors, such as Microsoft, Minsur, IC Power and Hudbay Minerals. Recent work included acting for Southern Perú Copper in collective bargaining procedures with six labour unions; advising Marcobre on all labour matters related to the initiation of the construction of the Mina Justa mining project; and defending a number of clients in judicial claims brought by employees.

Leading individuals

José Balta - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Mario Pasco - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Ernesto Cárdenas - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Iván Blume - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has a pre-eminent offering, particularly in the mining-projects segment where top-flight lawyers from across the firm's finance, regulatory and mining practices combine to provide 'unparalleled experience in project finance transactions', 'unique dedication'insightful advice' and 'full support, especially in the final mile'. The practice acted as local counsel to Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on the $900m project finance for the development of its landmark Mina Just mining project. In the energy arena, the team acted for the lenders syndicate in the $175m hybrid project financing for the 220kV Cajamarca transmission line. The deals were led by Jean Paul Chabaneix and Fernando Molina respectively, the pair are described as the 'best project finance team in Peru and one of the best across Latin  America'. Other members of the 'fantastic' and 'commercial team' include head of mining Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and project finance-focused Juan Diego De Vinatea.

Leading individuals

Fernando Molina - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Jean Paul Chabaneix - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Public law and regulation
Public law and regulation - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados offers a truly panoramic practice that covers all forms of investment projects, public procurement and administrative proceedings, including sanctions, before every level of authority, from sector regulatory bodies to regional governments. Clients rate the team's grasp of complex cases, regulatory knowledge and 'experience with public entities in an area where there are not so many good lawyers'. Practice head Carlos Carpio stands out in construction-related works, including government contracting and public procurement, while other key partners include Hugo Silva and head of public-services regulation, Verónica Sattler. In contrast to some competitors, the firm advises only private companies (as opposed to public bodies), including Microsoft Perú, América Móvil Perú and Sistemas Oracle del  Perú - all three of which it has advised on public procurement recently. Other work includes acting for TECNASA on its ongoing contracts to supply health services in Peru, and APM Terminals Callao on its provision of port services. Regulatory work includes representing Red Eléctrica del Sur, Luz del Sur and Transmisora Eléctrica del Sur in separate disputes with Azteca Comunicaciones, the concessionaire of the national fibre optic network which is expanding broadband services in Peru. Regulatory expert María Teresa Quiñones left to establish Quiñones Alayza Abogados.

Leading individuals

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Augusto Effio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados advises on the complete range of property and land issues at the highest level, with specialist niche capability in -for example- archeology and the analysis of seismic risk to buildings. Carlos Carpio is a leading industry figure and combines his public law expertise to advise on mega-projects with significant public impact, such as representing Inversiones La Maddalena on the development of a cruise terminal in Miraflores, Lima. In other work highlights, the team is representing television company Peruana de Radiodifusión (part of the El Comercio media group), on all its real estate needs, from operational permits to the sale and purchase of buildings; and acting for Inversiones Llanac on the urban development of a large residential project in southern Lima. Clients highlight the team's knowledge, focused application on each individual case and 'its capacity to understand and anticipate the counterparty'. Other key advisers include much-respected partner Hugo Silva, and associates Isabel Carrascal and Hugo Sarria.

Leading individuals

Carlos Carpio - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a giant in the sector: almost half of its 20-strong specialist team are partners, many of whom are well-known in the field. They include name partner and tax luminary, Humberto Medrano; practice head Alex Córdova, who specialises in corporate tax, litigation and mining and natural resources taxation; and Alex Morris, head of private client wealth management. Other areas of specialisation include employee benefits, transfer pricing and global tax planning via a network of 'best friend' law firms. The firm successfully acted on behalf of clients Minsur and Rimac in separate judicial proceedings against the tax authority regarding tax payable on the transfer of listed shares, which resulted in tax refunds to the client of $69m and $24m, respectively - the advice was led by Medrano, Córdova, Mariella de la Torre and Gonzalo La Torre. Transactional matters included acting for Marcobre on the tax aspects of its $900m loan from an international and domestic bank syndicate for the development of its Mina Justa copper mine. Both Gustavo Lazo  and Jose Talledo were made-up during 2018, while a handful of associate changes included the hire of Paul Nina from Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados and the departure of Cristina Bendezu to an in-house position at COGA.

Leading individuals

Alex Córdova - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Humberto Medrano - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Raúl Hidalgo - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Peru: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados shines in all areas of energy and natural resources, including electricity, where the practice has 'solid knowledge of the sector' enabling it to 'quickly respond to issues, establish strategies and provide sustainable advice'. The practice acts for an impressive roll-call of power producers, transmission companies and distribution concessionaires such as Red Eléctrica, Sempra Energy, and the latter's subsidiary -electricity distribution utility Luz del Sur- which the firm advises on an ongoing basis on a variety of matters, including the expansion of the 96MW Santa Teresa Hydro Power Plant. Verónica Sattler 'works brilliantly in negotiations with third parties and public officials' and now heads the practice following the departure of María Teresa Quiñones to form her own regulatory boutique, Quiñones Alayza Abogados. Sattler is supported by counsel María del Rosario Quiroga  and 'excellent lawyer' Alejandro Manayalle, who focuses primarily upon infrastructure matters.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

The 'deep team' at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados eclipses the competition, showered with praise for its performance as a 'natural and seamless extension of our company's management'; moreover, it is 'comprehensive and well put together to compliment each member', 'driven by the win'and 'differs from the competition in that the lawyers truly operate as a team'. The firm has advised on the construction, operation and expansion of the largest mines in the country, in addition to handling disputes, mining exploration projects and top-drawer transactions. Recent instructions include acting for Southern Peru Copper Corporation on its successful $2.5bn bid for the Michiquillay copper project (due to commence production in 2025, it will be one of the largest copper mines in Peru); and advising Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on its $900m project finance for the development of its Mina Just project. The team also provides ongoing strategic advice to a roll-call of leading mining companies, such as Compañía Minera Antamina, Minera Chinalco Perú, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Hudbay Perú, MMG Las Bambas, Anglo American (Quellaveco) and Tahoe Resources. Department head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is 'the kind of sophisticated corporate partner who would not be out of place in a first-tier firm in New York or London'; other key lawyers include corporate partner Oscar Benavides, who is 'instrumental in making our business a success' and regulatory specialist Francisco Tong, who is 'very detail oriented'.  Also noted is recently made-up partner Francisco Barrios -a former head of legal at Minera Milpo- who specializes in environmental, water and permit-related mining matters

Leading individuals

Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Oscar Benavides - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Claudio Ferrero - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Francisco Barrios - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has one of the largest teams in the market, combing the specialist regulatory expertise of 'true star' Jorge Pérez-Taiman and Jenny Caldas (environmental law), with market-leading transactional practitioners from across the firm, such as Jean Paul Chabaneix, who has accumulated considerable oil and gas know-how. The result is a fully-comprehensive offering, attracting big-ticket instructions. The team is currently advising Gases del Pacifico (GDP) on all issues related to its $250m project to transport LNG by road for subsequent regasification and distribution as piped natural gas; and representing Colombia's Promigas on its participation in a government tendering process to supply natural gas to several regions in central/south Peru; both matters are led by Pérez-Taiman. Specialised senior associates Carolina Noriega and Eduardo Ramos are also both highly regarded. An enviable client list includes Exxon Mobil, Shell Operaciones Peru, Repsol and Sempra Energy.

Leading individuals

Jorge Pérez-Taiman - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rising stars

Carolina Noriega - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Eduardo Ramos - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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