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Rubio Leguía Normand

Public law and regulation Tier 1

Those instructing Rubio Leguía Normand appreciate the 'very experienced team' which has a 'great approach to the client'. Public law and regulation are core areas of expertise for the firm, earning roles on some of the country's more significant projects, public procurement and administrative matters. The small team punches above its weight with a busy caseload, where the key advisers are all praised by clients: practice head Milagros Maraví is a well known figure in the sector; principal associate Milagros Mendoza is noted for her technical and economic understanding; and senior associate Arturo Ruiz rounds out the practice with administrative and regulatory expertise. The team is advising the Aguas de Puno Consortium on its private initiative bid to develop the wastewater treatment system for the Titicaca lake basin (a $252.5m project); and representing the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), a services provider, on the creation of an Urban Transport Authority to co-ordinate the transport systems of Lima and Callao. Other representative clients of the practice include Marfina, Veolia and Torres Unidas.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Rubio Leguía Normand  has 'a lot of experience in this field' and attracts high-value and complex instructions as a result. The team is currently advising on an $80m international arbitration in the energy sector, while judicial cases include acting for telecommunications contractor Torres Unidas in proceedings against municipal authorities all over the country in relation to the constuction of telecoms masts. Practice head Bruno Marchese is 'always on the lookout for his client' and 'maintains permanent communication to give peace of mind'; he is supported by Fausto Viale and a decent-sized team of nine associates, including principals Alessandra Cocchella and Ursula Caro. Clients include Anglo American Quellaveco, American Airlines and Grupo Gloria.

Environment Tier 2

Rubio Leguía Normand 's strong mining team has equal expertise in environmental law, where head of practice Xennia Forno is 'probably the most experienced lawyer for the mining sector' and delivers advice with 'great timing and quality'. However, the team's expertise is not limited to mining-related environmental matters, as evidenced by a broad variety of instructions from an impressive client base, where 'great young lawyer' Miguel Angel Soto, a senior associate, often takes the lead.  His caseload includes acting for Chinese tech-company Huawei on all the environmental and safety requirements for its business activities in Perú, and he is currently leading advice to the national government on its environmental regulation policies following recommendations from the OECD. The practice will also benefit from the environmental expertise of new partner Diego Grisolle, hired from García Sayán Abogados in February 2019.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Rubio Leguía Normand 's labour law team is recommended for companies 'working 24/7 in a high-speed environment', such is the efficiency of their service, clients suggest. A strong practice group of 22 associates and three partners is led by senior partner and recognised labour specialist Víctor Ferro, who is well supported by Armando Gutiérrez and Sandro Núñez . Recent matters include negotiating sensitive collective bargaining agreements on behalf of shipping company Naviera Transoceánica, and immigration advice to various companies including Metro de Lima Línea 2 and Hitachi Rail Italy. Also of note is the firm's gender equality sub-area, which is defending a number of significant companies on matters such as sexual harassment and equal pay. Former partner Marlene Molero left the firm for a non-legal consultancy role.

Mining Tier 2

Rubio Leguía Normand has a 'great mining practice with experienced lawyers'. They include well-known practice head Xennia Forno, a 'senior partner with great knowledge of the mining sector, permits and government affairs', and the very highly-rated associate Miguel Angel Soto, a 'great young lawyer' with a 'keen sense for spotting issues and delivering solutions'. In a fruitful year for the practice, it was instructed by Anglo American to advise on the development of the greenfield Quellaveco project, expected to cost $5bn. Moreover,  the team also welcomed new partner Diego Grisolle, formerly the head of mining at García Sayán Abogados, a substantial coup for the practice. An enviable client base includes Bear Creek Mining Company, Southern Peaks Mining, Minera Yanacocha and Nexa Resources.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Rubio Leguía Normand continued its ongoing growth with the hire of new partners Jeanette Aliaga  from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, and Claudia Chong from Berninzon & Benavides Abogados, plus three new associates including senior Diego Chavez  from an in-house role. Aliaga now co-leads the practice alongside 'well-known figure' Carlos Arata . Clients -who range from significant domestic entities to well-known global corporations- report that the team is 'always willing to help, even if the problem is not included in their scope of work'. Noteworthy transactions during the past year -which saw the team particularly busy in the mining sector- included acting for Anglo American Quellaveco in respect of capital increases made by Quellaveco's fellow shareholder MCQ Copper; and representing Newmont Mining Corp on the $48m sale of a 5% stake in the Yanacocha mine to Sumitomo Corporation.

Electricity Tier 3

Rubio Leguía Normand enters the ranking as a result of genuine focus and capability in the electricity sector by recently made-up Daniela García Belaunde, who has been building the firm's power practice since her 2017 arrival from Laub & Quijandría Energy Group. García 'understands what regulators are looking for and tailors the work to meet that criteria', while her team grasps 'the whole scope and technical aspects of COES and that is quite refreshing', comment clients. The team acted for the Ministry of Energy and Mines, recently, with regard to the transfer of a concession for an electricity distribution company. Other mandates included regulatory advice to Frontera Energy Corporation in relation to its $350m bond offering. Other key team members include senior associate Diana Rivera , who 'delivers all the time and never drops the ball'; and Katherine Yesquén Lihim , who was promoted to principal associate. Other clients include Grupo Energía Bogota and Transportadora de Gas Internacional.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Rubio Leguía Normand acts for lenders, constructors and concessionaires, among others, across a range of sectors and a wide variety of projects. They include the development of the Lago Titicaca Basin municipal wastewater treatment system, where the team is acting for bidder Aguas de Puno Consortium; and representing Banco de Crédito del Perú and Credicorp Capital in $28m financing to Megacentro Lurín, for the construction of a 100,000m² logistics park in Lurin, Lima. Led by specialist partner Milagros Maraví, the 'very experienced team' is highlighted for its 'full availability', and also includes Carlos Arata, who is singled out for his finance expertise, and Jeanette Aliaga who joined from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria in 2018.

Real estate Tier 3

Rubio Leguía Normand boosted its practice in 2019 with the hire of new partner Franco Soria and his team of associates, including the experienced Rubén Quevedo, from top tier practice CMS Grau. He joins public law and projects expert Milagros Maraví in heading the firm's land titles practice. Recent instructions included acting for Credicorp Capital and Banco de Crédito del Perú as structuring agent and lender on a $28m financing to Gre Ves (part of Lindcorp Real Estate), for the construction of the first and second stages of a logistic park in Lurin, Lima.

Tax Tier 3

Rubio Leguía Normand impresses with a standalone practice that is noted for its 'knowledgeable' team. Led by three specialist tax partners, Luz María Pedraza, César Luna Victoria  and Kelly Pérez, it acted for Newmont Mining Corporation and Minera Yanacocha on tax planning in relation to the change of shareholders in Minera Yanacocha (the departure of the IFC depart and entry of Summit Global Management II. The team was also tax adviser to Anglo American on its $600m acquisition of an additional 21.6 % stake in Anglo American Quellaveco by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Rubio Leguía Normand 's finance team handles increasingly sophisticated deals under the leadership of Carlos Arata, who is 'always able to engage with our requirements'. Most notably, the team acted for the initial purchasers -Citigroup, HSBC, Itaú, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch- on Frontera Energy's $350m bond offering; and provided local advice to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in its $50m revolving credit facility for Peruvian conglomerate Ferreyros. Other active clients include Credicorp Capital and Banco de Crédito del Perú. The practice was boosted with the hire of the 'outstanding' Jeanette Aliaga , formerly of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, as partner and co-department head. A number of hires at associate level included senior Diego Chavez from asset managers AdCap Investment Bank.


Since its incorporation in 1980, Rubio Leguia Normand has been consistently recognized as one of Peru’s top-tier full-service firms. Its reputation for high ethical standards and for providing top-quality legal services is reflected in its constant recognition by prestigious international journals and reviews as one of Peru’s leading firms. Its transactional expertise and international standards make it a regular player in milestone transactions, such as the first issuance of ADRs by a Peruvian issuer, the largest issuance of sovereign bonds by Peru, the most significant privatization of a state-owned entity, the first IPO of a Peruvian issuer in London’s Stock Exchange, the first water project and public health infrastructure project financings in Peru, and the first power plant project bond in Latin America, among others.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance/capital markets: the firm has a prominent profile in this practice area due to its recurrent participation in landmark transactions and in almost all international capital market transactions by Peruvian issuers.

Project finance: the firm’s experience in pioneering project finance transactions makes it a favored choice for sponsors, developers and lenders in relation to infrastructure projects such as toll roads, hydro power plants, transmission lines, health infrastructure and water treatment plants.

M&A: the M&A practice has participated in some of the most complex transactions for the acquisition/sale of distressed companies, publicly listed companies, regulated entities and complex asset/business packages.

Mining: traditionally one of the firm’s key practices. Its broad experience and depth allow it to provide advice on all aspects related to mining projects, such as exploration and development agreements, joint ventures, project finance, construction and energy supply agreements, land acquisition and permitting.

Energy: services encompass all aspects of energy project development, including energy tenders, advising on compliance with applicable market regulations, and drafting/negotiation PPA agreements as well as all types of agreements required to operate in the market.

Regulatory: the strength of the firm’s regulatory practice and its experience in privatizations, concessions and PPPs, grant it specialized knowledge regarding complex industries.

Environmental: the firm’s extensive experience in environmental matters related to the development of all types of projects (mining, energy, infrastructure, etc) is renowned.

Tax: the firm’s tax practice encompasses a broad range of matters, including general tax advisory, sophisticated tax planning, transfer pricing and international trade. It has significant experience of the tax aspects of M&A transactions, cross-border financing and investments.

Labor, employment and immigration: the labor, employment and immigration practice has a prominent profile, with broad experience in all aspects of labor/employment law, including hiring plans, income and benefits structures, stock option plans, foreign personnel, collective bargaining, immigration, labor audits, and judicial and administrative proceedings.

Dispute resolution: this practice encompasses complex litigation including antitrust, administrative, aeronautical, tax, constitutional and commercial, as well as an active practice in arbitration and domestic and international dispute resolution.

Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance/project finance Carlos Arata
Banking and finance/project finance Jeanette Aliaga
Corporate M&A Emil Ruppert
Corporate M&A Carlos Arata
Corporate M&A Jeanette Aliaga
Mining Emil Ruppert
Mining Xennia Forno
Energy/climate change Daniela Garcia Belaunde
Tax Marilú Pedraza
Tax César Luna Victoria
Tax Kelly Pérez
Labor, employment and immigration Víctor Ferro
Labor, employment and immigration Sandro Núñez
Labor, employment and immigration Marlene Molero
Labor, employment and immigration Armando Gutiérrez
Dispute resolution Fausto Viale
Dispute resolution Bruno Marchese
Public law Milagros Maraví
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Jeanette Aliaga  photo Mrs Jeanette Aliaga
Mrs Kelly Pérez  photo Mrs Kelly Pérez
Other fee-earners : 60
Total staff : 123
Partners : 16