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Founded in 2010, Auler & Pinto Abogados brings a wealth of experience to Peru’s competitive legal market. Its three main partners each has over 20 years of professional experience, having experience in key government positions, private practice, academia and pro bono. The radical transformation of the Peruvian economy in the 90’s and the new constitution approved in 1992 established the framework under which Peru’s economy would flourish for the next decades. New charters for the Central Bank, the Bank and Insurance Superintendence, the Securities Market Superintendence, among others, assured independence from political influence and brought a new generation of public servants. The creation of the Private Pension Fund system was instrumental in helping boost and channel investment into new projects. Having worked at the Ministry of Finance for more than six years, Jaime Pinto was a key participant in setting up the new legal framework for investment. After leaving government, Jaime and Guillermo Auler worked together in one of Peru’s largest law firms, assisting clients on financial transactions, debt refinancing and corporate restructurings. Milagros Fernandez was also working in the same firm, as part of its taxation team. Years after, the three would then again partner in Auler & Pinto Abogados, a firm that values the prestige and credibility of its lawyers.

Areas of practice

Corporate: advising on best legal forms to conduct business in Peru, whether the client is a domestic or a foreign investor. The firm also provides advice on concession agreements, privatizations, bankruptcy, trusts and partnerships. PPPs are a key mechanism widely used in Peru for the promotion of investment.

Labor and immigration: in order to assure its clients comply with the substantive and formal aspects of hiring personnel. It also advises on employment disengagement when needed.

Taxation: any investment requires adequate planning and solid tax structure to carry out business minimizing contingencies and assuring adequate return on investment. The firm can help its clients with this, as well as carrying out tax audits and advice on price transfer.

Mining and hydrocarbons: probably the two main economic activities that sustain growth in Peru. The firm advises on mining concession agreements, options over mining rights, registration of concessions and other administrative procedures.

Real estate: this is one of the key areas that promotes investment in urban areas. Title ownership studies, options and special vehicle structures are areas in which the firm provides assistance.

Criminal and compliance: this has become an important practice area for the firm, particularly for white-collar cases. The firm mainly assists after conflict checks.

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