Firm Profile > Santiváñez Abogados > Lima, Peru

Santiváñez Abogados
Av. Republica de Panama 3461, 9th Floor
15036 - San Isidro

Electricity Tier 1

A 'leading firm in the Peruvian power sector', energy boutique Santiváñez Abogados has 'remarkable expertise and experience', including a 'great understanding of the commercial realities'. Clients praise the team's work ethic, professionalism and strength-in-depth. It is co-led by name partner and 'outstanding lawyerRoberto Santiváñez ('incredibly intelligent and always on top of everything'); Fidel Rocha (currently leading advice to the Ministry of Energy and Mines on the $200m project to provide solar panels to rural parts of Peru that are off-grid), and Paul Súmar - who is principal adviser on electrical issues to Proinversión, the state agency promoting infrastructure investment. Other highlights include working as local counsel, in conjunction with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, to Spanish energy company Abengoa on the $607m sale of a non-controlling 41% stake in Atlantica Yield, which owns assets constituting almost 40% of the Peruvian power transmission market.

Environment Tier 2

Clients of energy and regulatory boutique Santiváñez Abogados regard the firm as 'one of the best', citing its 'knowledge, experience, business approach and personal availability'. Practice head and leading market figure Karim Kahatt is dedicted to the sector full-time; he leads a team of capable associates among whom Cecilia Azerrad stands out for her experience and focus. Beyond its obvious strength in the mining and energy sectors, the practice group has a good track record in conetntious administrative matters; having successfully defended Compañía Minera Quechu in sanctioning proceedings before environmental agency OEFA, recently, itis now defending Electro Sur Este before the same authority. In non-contentious matters, the team provides environmental advice to agroindustrial company Sunshine Export and steel manufacturer SIDERPERU, while Anglo American is also a client. Since publication, however, Kahatt and Azerrad have both left the firm to establish environmental boutique, Kahatt Abogados, effective December 2019.

Oil and gas Tier 3

Energy boutique Santiváñez Abogados is best known for its electricity work but also has valuable expertise in the gas sector. Co-head of the practice Paul Súmar is a former director of major hydrocarbons trading-company Petroperu; he is currently advising state investment agency Proinversion on a $300m project to distribute natural gas through pipeline networks in seven regions of the country, part of a national policy for the mass use of natural gas. The team is also acting for SDF Energía, Peru's first electricity co-generation plant, on contractual matters with Pluspetrol Peru concerning its natural gas supply. Other key members of the team include 'excellent professionalRoberto Santiváñez, who is 'able to provide additional solutions to the scenarios', and Fidel Rocha.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Energy boutique Santiváñez Abogados naturally has expertise in advising on significant projects in the sector, particularly electricity, gas and mining infrastructure. Key partner Paul Súmar is currently leading advice to government investment promotion agency Proinversión regarding its $400m natural gas massification project, designed to facilitate the delivery of natural gas by pipeline to seven regions in central and southern Peru. In other work, the firm is acting for Gaz Et L’Energie on the development of its $500m CT Humay power generator located in Ica; name partner and high-profile energy practitioner Roberto Santiváñez is leading on this mandate.

Public law and regulation Tier 3

Santiváñez Abogados is a giant in the energy sector, particularly electricity power where few firms can match its administrative and regulatory expertise. Consequently, it is the preferred adviser to a number of relevant government and public bodies, such as the Ministry of Energy and Mines, OSITRAN and infrastructure investment agency Proinversion; the practice also represents a number of electricity distribution companies. The key advisers are Paul Súmar, Fidel Rocha and Roberto Santiváñez.

Santiváñez Law Firm was founded in 1964 in Piura, began operating as a national firm since 2005 and open its independent Lima office in 2009. The firm has experienced permanent organic growth and has benefited greatly from integration with specialized boutique firms, most notably Energy Partners in 2011, an energy and infrastructure firm serving government and state-owned companies, and Capella & Delgado in 2013, a boutique for blue-chip clients specialized in labor law, labor tax and occupational health and safety.

The firm numbers today 32 lawyers at its offices in Lima (24) and Piura (8) and has evolved into one of the most dynamic and specialized law firms in Peru, combining more than 50 years of professional experience with highly specialized industry and sector-oriented practices, adding a personalized -boutique standard- service, that has created strong relationships with clients for several decades.

Professional ethics, transparency, diversity and meritocracy are the core values of our firm, the means used in our daily activities are equally important to the objectives and results. That is greatly valued by our clients, either, national or transnational, governmental or private. 

The attorneys of the firm have been trained in the best universities of Peru, Europe and the USA, and have earned significant domestic and cross-border experience in all the areas of practice required by a dynamic and globalized economy, including: corporate and M&A; labour, safety and health; taxation; project development and finance; concessions and public works; regulation and antitrust; energy and natural resources; environment and climate change; litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration; among others.

Our firm has become a hub of business opportunities for our clients and a strategic partner for the development and execution of new ventures and projects.

Some key facts of our firm and clients: 51% of the firm’s total staff is female; 90% under 55; 44% of the Lima office staff were born in the provinces of Peru and 27% descend from migrants; our work load is divided in 36% cross-border matters for international clients, 34% domestic matters for local and international private clients, and 30% domestic matters for governmental bodies or state owned companies; the total assets under management of our clients -including pension, sovereign and private fund managers- exceed USD 1,670 billion; our local clients include 21 of Peru’s 50 largest companies by revenue; and, our international clients come from over 30 different countries.

Relevant statistics of our firm’s experience of the past 5 years: over USD 5.6 billion in M&A; over USD 12 billion in corporate and project financing; over USD 5.8 billion in BOOT concessions; over USD 2 billion in arbitration; over 3,700 MW of generation concessions; over 4,000 MW of power purchase agreements.     


Department Name Email Telephone
Labour, Mining, Environment, Tax Mayte Capella +51 1 202-7993
Energy, Regulation, Projects, Arbitration Fidel Rocha +51 1 202-8013
Energy, Projects, Climate Change, Regulation Paul Sumar +51 1 202-8007
M&A, Energy, Projects, Regulation & Antitrust Roberto Santivañez +51 1 202-8005
Labour, Public Law, Litigation Waldir Reyes +51 73 32-6994
Litigation, Civil Law, Real Estate, Tax Ricardo Santiváñez +51 73 32-6994
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs María Teresa Capella  photo Mrs María Teresa Capella
 Fidel Rocha photo Fidel Rocha
Mr Roberto Santivañez  photo Mr Roberto Santivañez
Mr Paul Sumar  photo Mr Paul Sumar