Firm Profile > Vizquerra Córdova & Gálvez Abodados > Lima, Peru

Vizquerra Córdova & Gálvez Abodados
Av. Pardo y Aliaga 675, Of. 201
27, LIMA

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 1

The only oil-and-gas boutique in this ranking, Vizquerra Córdova & Gálvez Abodados excels in the field, attracting upstream and downstream companies from around the world as clients. The two lead partners, Carlos Raul Vizquerra and Luis Enrique Córdova are both highly-respected specialists in the sector and are consistently praised by clients for their hands-on approach, taking the reins on all key matters. Despite its boutique status, the firm is able to service a comprehensive range of clients' needs, from transactions and regulatory issues to labour, tax and environmental law. The firm has been particularly busy during the past year renegotiating exploratory and other agreements. It acted for Canada's PetroTal Perú on the negotiation of arrangements entered into with Petróleos del Perú to restructure its liability in relation to the recent oil-price movements.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Raúl Vizquerra; Luis Enrique Córdova


Carlos Raúl Vizquerra and Luis Córdova make up an excellent advisory team on hydrocarbon matters. They have excellent relationships in the sector and have a very good management of the applicable legal apparatus, of what is happening in the industry and of the solutions/management that the various contractors in the sector are applying to legal and negotiation issues. They are efficient and fast in their responses, with a high level of analysis, detail and criticality.’

Excellent performance by Carlos Raúl Vizquerra and Luis Enrique Córdova. Their advice and support is a plus for companies in the sector.’

Specialisation in the hydrocarbons sector, many years of experience, excellent analysis and legal support on topics that are very complex and sensitive. It is still difficult to find other firms with similar know-how.’

We principally work with Carlos Vizquerra and Luis Cordova. Their backgrounds and expertise complement each other very well. Excellent organisation and their legal support is invaluable for decision making.’

Easy access to senior partners. Knowledge of the market, the industry, the challenges of the company. Very professional.’

Carlos Raul Vizquerra and Luis Cordova are very professional and practical. They are always available to provide solutions in the required times.’

The firm provides its legal services in perfect sync with the objectives and times of the client, always delivering a product of excellent quality. The law firm places itself in the position of the client, facilitating the transfer of the service sought, the objectives and deliverables thanks to its experience in the sector and empathy with the client. Likewise, thanks to his broad vision of the assignments that are carried out, they will be able to show views that the company may have lost sight of, also generating added value to any transaction.’

Carlos Raúl Vizquerra: as well as a great lawyer he is an excellent communicator, mediator and negotiator. He works closely with the company on all the details of a transaction. Luis Córdova: a very creative attorney, full of resources. It is very stimulating to incorporate him into a work team on large projects.

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation


Gold Oil Peru

Hunt Oil Company Of Peru Sucursal Del Perú

Perú LNG

Petrovietnam Exploration Production Corporation

PetroTal Perú

Pitkin Petroleum Perú Z-38

SK Innovation Co

Sonatrach Perú Corporation

Peru > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

A leading firm in the hydrocarbons sector, Vizquerra Córdova & Gálvez Abodados also handles M&A and capital markets transactions on behalf of a wider sector base, such as retail, agriculture and agro-industrial. Clients appreciate the firm's 'ability to propose creative solutions to problems that may arise' and its commercial approach to deals. A compact team of three partners and five associates is led by 'excellent negotiator' Carlos Raul Vizquerra and Luis Córdova, who is praised for his analytical skills and business approach. Recent instructions include acting for Electro Araza on its joint development agreement with Électricité de France, through its Peruvian subsidiary EDF Peru.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Raúl Vizquerra; Luis Enrique Córdova


The dedication and participation of the lawywers in transactions stands out, as does the ability to propose creative solutions to problems that may arise.

There is a willingness among the partners to interact on the transactions.’

In most meetings, the managing partners or at least one of the partners are present. They are quite commercial, in the conflict points they try to see the best solution.’

Luis Córdova is excellent  with good analysis skills. Carlos Raúl Vizquerra is an excellent negotiator, with good analytical skills. Claudia Arias has excellent capacity.’

This firm has a very good knowledge of business law and the actual laws and regulations for doing business in this country. I worked with them for many years and I have had support on several private legal questions.’

In our conversations they were very helpful to understand our doubts and questions. Also in responding to inquiries presented by our main office in English.

They know the customer’s line of business and do not just see it from a general standards perspective.

Carlos Raul Vizquerra is assertive and has a good intuition. Luis Córdova has the predisposition and the human quality to understand business.’

Key clients

Centro Comercial Plaza Norte


Electro Araza

Grupo Rocío

Compañía Inversionista Maysville


Inmobiliaria Marítima

Summa Asesores Financieros

Teva Perú

Minera Chinalco Perú

Founded in 1984 as Estudio Gálvez Abogados, Vizquerra, Córdova & Gálvez Abogados defines itself as a legal powerhouse boutique that has developed its reputation as one of the leading law firms specialized in oil and gas matters related to the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons. In 2008, Vizquerra, Córdova & Gálvez Abogados added on some new members and expanded its specialized professional practice, positioning itself as well in corporate law, projects, mergers and acquisitions, tax law, environmental law, and labor law. Vizquerra, Córdova & Gálvez Abogados has participated in relevant international and local projects and transactions for the Peruvian legal market, which has been recognized by the main publications dedicated to performing studies of the practice of law.

The firm provides advice on the obtaining of general and sectorial permits, authorizations, and licenses required by Peruvian regulations during the initial investment stage, as well as their renewal for ongoing activities. It also ensures compliance with the applicable administrative regulations. The firm provides preventive advice on administrative matters, supporting the adaptation of the activities to the applicable regulatory changes of their respective sectors or specific municipal jurisdictions.

The firm provides legal advice on corporate planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate aspects related to ongoing activities, relations among shareholders, corporate governance, and compliance policies. In mergers and acquisitions operations, the firm conducts legal audits (due diligence) of the target companies, which involve multidisciplinary participation of the different areas of the firm.

Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas:
The firm advises its clients on the regulatory legal aspects related to hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in Peru. It also provides legal advice on the participation of public tenders or direct negotiations to execute license agreements for the exploration and/or exploitation of hydrocarbons in Peru’s different basins. The firm participates in the preparation and negotiation of farm-in, farm-out and joint operation agreements related to the transfer of participating interests and investments, respectively, in license agreements for the exploration and/or exploitation of hydrocarbons. The firm provides advice on the particularities of the tax, labor and environmental legislation of the hydrocarbons sector.

The firm provides advice on the planning of the environmental management of new projects and ongoing activities in different industrial and productive sectors. Also on the preparation, evaluation and approval of environmental management instruments before the competent environmental authorities. It also gives direct consulting for compliance with environmental obligations, including the filing of annual environmental reports, statements and solid waste management plans, hazardous solid waste manifests, compliance reports, among others.

The firm provides consulting on a wide range of national and international credit operations, negotiating financing contracts, trusts and guarantees in general. Also participates as advisors in bond issuances, securitized bonds and other debt securities. The firm provides legal advice on investment funds, REITs, and in general on regulatory issues related to the fulfillment of obligations before the Peruvian Securities and Exchange Commission and Peruvian Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and Pension Fund Management Companies.

Labour / Immigration:
The firm provides comprehensive and preventive advice on labor matters, implementation of personnel hiring policies, planning of labor strategies and verification of the adequate fulfillment of labor obligations. It has experience in the planning and development of remuneration policies and salary bands, implementation of prevention policies, investigation and punishment procedures for sexual harassment at work, execution of outsourcing services and/or labor intermediation. The firm advises and represents its clients on labor judicial proceedings and administrative proceedings before the National Superintendency for Labor Audits (SUNAFIL), the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion and the Peruvian Social Security Institute (ESSALUD). The firm also provides advice on immigration procedures for obtaining residence visas according to their various categories, such as a worker’s residence visa, an investor visa, an independent professional visa, among others.

Real Estate:
The firm provides legal advice on real estate matters of urban and agricultural properties, which includes the examination of titles, habilitation, property title clearance, accumulation, municipal certificate of construction and real estate partition. It also advices on the obtaining of the different authorizations, permits or licenses required for the various types of real estate property, which includes water and dumping permits. Likewise, in the acquisition processes the firm verifies the existence and compliance of such permits.

The firm provides advise tax audit procedures and other control actions initiated by the Superintendency of Customs and Tax Administration (SUNAT) and other tax administrations, such as municipalities, the Supervisory Body for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN) and the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA); on business reorganizations and business acquisition processes; tax planning and preventive advice; as well as on reviews of compliance with formal tax obligations. It also provides legal sponsorship in non-contentious administrative proceedings (tax refunds, invested capital certifications), as well as in contentious administrative proceedings (claims or appeals) and legal proceedings in tax matters. The firm provides legal advice on matters regarding expatriates, non-domiciled operations and the application of Avoidance of Double Taxation agreements signed by Peru. International Work: The firm has experience assisting domestic and international clients in cross-border transactions and its practice complies with the global standards of quality, efficiency and personal involvement.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, M&A and Oil & Gas practice areas. Carlos Raul Vizquerra +511 716 8777
M&A and Oil & Gas practice areas Luis Enrique Cordova +511 716 8777
Tax practice area. Elizabeth Nima +511 716 8777
Administrative and Environmental practice areas Shirley Gamarra +511 716 8777
Labour practice area Jose Carlos Colona +511 716 8777
Immigration practice area Magaly Feliciano +511 716 8777