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Rubio Leguía Normand


Rubio Leguía Normand - Lima
  • Avenida Dos de Mayo 1321
  • San Isidro
  • Lima
  • Lima
  • Peru
  • 27
  • Managing Partner: Guillermo Acuña
  • Partners: Alfonso Rubio, Víctor Ferro, Fausto Viale, Emil Ruppert, Luz María Pedraza, Oscar Arrús, Bruno Marchese, Xennia Forno, César Luna Victoria, Milagros Maraví, Sergio Amiel, Brendan Oviedo, Thomas Thorndike, Jose Francisco Meier
  • Number of partners: 15
  • Number of other lawyers: 59

The Firm: Since its incorporation in 1980, the firm has been consistently recognised as one of Peru’s top tier full-service firms. Its reputation for high ethical standards and top quality services is reflected in its constant recognition by prestigious international journals. Its 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 privatisation of a state-owned entity, the first IPO of a Peruvian issuer in London’s Stock Exchange, the largest Peruvian infrastructure project, the first power plant project bond in Latin America and the first international greenfield project bond in Latin America, among others. The firm is a member of the international TerraLex Network.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm has a prominent profile in this practice due to its recurring participation in landmark transactions. Recent experience includes a USD300 million loan facility granted to Fenix Power by BTG Pactual, as well as a USD160,000,000 syndicated facility granted to BBVA Banco Continental by Bank of America, Citibank, Standard Chartered and Wells Fargo.
Capital Markets: One of the firm’s key practices in recent years due to its sophistication and participation in almost all international capital market transactions by Peruvian issuers. The firm’s expertise and capabilities allows for a comprehensive service on regulatory issues, as well as issuances of debt and equity securities. Recent experience includes Graña y Montero’s international IPO in NYSE for over USD400 million and Transportadora de Gas del Peru’s USD850 million international debt issuance.
Project Finance: The firm’s experience in pioneer project finance transactions (including extensive work in transactions using payment certificates for advancement of works: CRPAOs, RPICAOs, etc) makes it a preferred choice for sponsors, developers and lenders. Recent experience includes the international project bond financing of the ETEN cold reserve power project for USD132.8 million and the international bank project financing of Contugas’ gas distribution system for USD310 million.
Mergers & Acquisitions: The strength of the firm’s M&A practice has earned its participation in the most complex transactions in past years. Recent experience includes the sale of Rehder to Marsh (consolidating as the largest insurance brokerage business in Peru), the acquisition by Bolsa de Valores de México of an equity stake in Bolsa de Valores de Lima, and the acquisition by Nexus Group of San Miguel Industrias PET.
Mining: Traditionally one of the firm’s key practice departments since its inception. Its renowned reputation continues to make it a favoured choice for investors and mining companies. Its broad experience and depth allows it to provide advice in 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. Recent experience includes projects for Barrick, Newmont, Xstrata, Chinalco and Anglo American.
Energy: The firm’s energy practice continues to grow and has quickly positioned itself as a top tier practice in the market. Services encompass all aspects of energy project development, including energy tenders, advising in the compliance of applicable market regulation, and drafting/negotiating PPA agreements as well as all types of agreements required to operate in the market. Recent experience includes advisory in project prospecting and development for Electrobras and ENEL, among others.
Regulatory: Unparalleled experience in regulatory issues, concessions and PPPs, grants the firm a specialised knowledge regarding complex industries. Recent experiences include advisory in tenders for the Line 2 of the Lima Metro, Longitudinal de la Sierra Tramo 2 highway project, the Chinchero Airport and the San Martin Port.
Environmental: The firm’s extensive experience in environmental matters related to the development of all types of projects (mining, energy, infrastructure, etc) is renowned. Clients praise the environmental team for their ability to work together with technical specialists and lawyers from other areas of expertise in order to provide a complete advisory service relating to the environmental implications of their projects. Recent experience includes advisory with respect to projects developed by Barrick, Newmont, Xstrata, Chinalco, Anglo American, EnBW, Electrobras, among others.
Tax: The team’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters, having significant experience in M&A transactions, cross-border financings, energy, infrastructure and mining project development, among others. The firm is recognised among the top five tax practices in Peru by the World Tax Guide.
Labour & Employment: The firm’s labour and employment practice enjoy a prominent profile in the market. It has broad experience in all aspects of labour and employment law, including hiring plans, income and benefits structures, stock option plans, foreign personnel, collective bargaining, immigration, labour audits and judicial and administrative proceedings.
Dispute Resolution: The firm’s dispute resolution practice encompasses every type of complex litigation, including antitrust, administrative, aeronautical, tax, constitutional and commercial litigation. Past experience includes an active practice in arbitration and domestic and international dispute resolution, including investment arbitration settled before ICSID.

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, German and Italian cLienTs Representative clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Metro de Lima Línea 2, Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Celfin Capital, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, CAF, Credicorp, BBVA, Interbank, Citibank, Newmont, Anglo American, Barrick, Bechtel, Eletrobras and Odebrecht.


Banking & Finance - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading practice representing key players from the banking and finance industry in matters such as syndicated loans and mutual funds. Advises both Peruvian and international clients, including US and French multinationals. The team is recognised for its agility and personalised service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a top-notch firm with a proactive banking team. We have had an outstanding and comprehensive experience."

Work highlights Advised BTG Pactual on its USD300 million loan to Fenix Power to finance the construction of a dual-fuel combined-cycle power plant in Chilca.

Notable practitioners  

Emil Ruppert is the key client contact.

Since publication, Óscar Arrús, Thomas Thorndike and Sergio Amiel have left the firm.

Significant clients Banco de Crédito del Perú, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley.

Corporate/M&A - Peru

Basic facts about the department - 4 partners
 - 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice advising clients across a wide range of sectors, including banking, insurance and mining. Practice focus centres on M&A, corporate and investment matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The firm's work is flawless and its client service is extraordinary. The lawyers put the client first and respond quickly. They're proactive, available and focused on the issues. This is a dynamic, reliable team with expertise in corporate matters."

Work highlights Advised Bolsa de Valores de México on its acquisition of an equity stake in Bolsa de Valores de Lima.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Emil Ruppert has more than 15 years' experience working in this field. He was a member of the commission tasked with amending the general corporations law.

Since publication, Sergio Amiel and Thomas Thorndike have left the firm.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barrick Gold, Newmont Mining, Nexus Group, Peninsula Investments Group.

Dispute Resolution - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm noted for its rapid service and strong bench. Advises clients on related matters from the mining, energy, aviation and construction sectors. The team frequently focuses on arbitration and litigation matters involving project developers and corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Rubio Leguía has the knowledge and experience I need - the lawyers are proactive and get fully involved." 

Work highlights Acting for American Airlines on matters related to the nullity of the administrative ruling brought by Lima Airport Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Partner Bruno Marchese "has a strong academic profile," according to sources. Interviewees praise him for his "experience, ability to work with the authorities and full commitment to the client."

Practice head Fausto Viale Salazar is particularly adept at handling civil procedure, arbitration and constitutional law matters. Peers acknowledge his long track record in the litigation field.

Associate Carlos Martínez supports the team with his knowledge of arbitration and litigation matters.

According to sources, associate Úrsula Caro "has wide knowledge in litigation." One adds: "I have been impressed by her involvement in the case and would recommend her for arbitration matters."

Significant clients American Airlines, Anglo American, Barrick, Minera Yanacocha, Peruana de Inversiones en Energías Renovables.

Energy & Natural Resources - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients across all aspects of the mining sphere. The team has noted experience in mining law, specialising in matters relating to prospecting and development projects involving local and international companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I would recommend this practice group for the speed and clarity of response, depth of experience and quality of client service."

What's new? New client wins include Lundin Mining.

Notable practitioners  

Xennia Forno is noted by sources for her "many years of experience and outstanding knowledge of mining law." She has a particular focus on environmental issues and regularly leads the practice in its most significant and complex transactions. She has noted public sector insight given her past experience at the Public Registry of Mining.

Emil Ruppert has experience in providing counsel for matters of project finance, M&A transactions and concessions within the mining industry. Sources recognise his practice, with one saying: "He is at the top of my list." 

Significant clients Newmont Mining, Aluminium Corporation of China, Anglo American, Glencore Xstrata.

Energy & Natural Resources - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on all stages of power plant development and operation, from assistance on all necessary permits and licences to negotiation of power purchase agreements.

What's new? Has taken on a number of important new clients, such as Enel Green Power, Auster Energía, and Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).

Work highlights Provides regular counsel for Enel Green Power on the development of a range of renewable energy projects, including solar, hydro, wind and geothermal power.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Brendan Oviedo leads the compact team in the firm's most significant cases. His focus is on commercial structuring and project development within the power sector.

Significant clients Electrobras, Odebrecht Energía, Enel Green Power Perú, Sojitz, CAF.

Environment - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
 - 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team in areas such as mining, energy and gas. Highly specialised in issues relating to environmental management for extractive industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their work is of a high quality, they meet strict deadlines and they have ample knowledge in this field." 

Work highlights Provides ongoing consultancy to Minera Chinalco Perú in relation to environmental compliance during the development of the Toromocho mining project.

Notable practitioners

Xennia Forno is the key client contact.

Significant clients Barrick, Minera Chinalco Perú, Newmont Mining, Peruana de Inversiones en Energías Renovables, Hidroeléctricas Asociadas del Perú. 

Labour & Employment - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises across the full spectrum of employment and labour matters, with additional experience in related mining issues. Particularly adept at collective bargaining and negotiations with labour unions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has the market knowledge and takes care to learn about the client's business in order to provide a better service. Its strengths are the speed and depth of its answers, as well as its excellent market knowledge and client service." 

Work highlights Successfully advised Minera Yanacocha on a collective bargaining matter involving the SYNDEMI labour union.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Víctor Ferro Delgado is described by sources as an "authority on labour matters with experience in collective bargaining." Clients enthuse about his "labour law expertise and experience," adding: "We go to him for complex and sensitive matters." 

Interviewees see Carlos Cornejo Vargas as a "problem solver who puts himself in the client's shoes." They add: "He is a hard-working and intelligent litigator."

Associate Armando Gutiérrez receives praise for his "clear strategies and deep labour knowledge." Sources also say: "His commitment to the client and sense of urgency stand out."

Significant clients American Airlines, Anglo American, Barrick, LAN, Newmont Mining.

Projects - Peru

Basic facts about the department - 8 partners
 - 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged for its project finance know-how and experience in the energy field. Active across the energy, mining and transport sectors. Acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients, including banks and multilateral entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a dynamic team that responds quickly, is always available and offers a very good client service. We had a very good experience with all of the Rubio Leguía Normand lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten on the financing for the construction of a cold reserve power plant and a 3 km transmission line in the north of Peru.

Notable practitioners  

Partner Brendan Oviedo focuses on projects work in the energy and power sector. He assisted Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten with the aforementioned cold reserve power plant matter.

Associate Arturo Ruiz handles privatisation, concessions and administrative law matters. He gained solid experience in this sector during his time working at Municipality of Lima.

Since publication, Óscar Arrús, Thomas Thorndike and Sergio Amiel have left the firm.

Significant clients Contugas, Corporación Andina de Fomento, Interbank, Odebrecht, Rutas de Lima.

Public Law - Peru

Basic facts about the department
 - 1 partner
 - 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group with a reputation for client service. Experienced in handling procurement and contract matters for clients in the real estate and transport industries, with recognised ability in administrative work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers are professional and very dynamic, and we have great confidence in them - we couldn't be happier with their work. The associates are also highly experienced and knowledgeable, with a great understanding of the Peruvian market."

What's new? New client wins include Americas Green Holdings, Indecopi and Fenix Power Perú.

Work highlights Advised Corporación Aceros Arequipa on title clearance and permitting, as well as representing it before the municipality of Pisco, to enable the donation of four real estate properties to COPRODELI.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Milagros Maraví Sumar is praised for her experience in the sector, with sources calling her "an administrative law expert." Her practice covers negotiations, permitting and contractual work, and she represents a range of notable clients.

Significant clients Corporación Aceros Arequipa, Grupo Graña y Montero, Grupo Apoyo, Odebrecht, LAN.

Real Estate - Peru

Basic facts about the department - 2 partners
 - 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice handling real estate matters across a wide range of sectors, including mining, construction and infrastructure. Covers regulatory, land rights and rural community issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a good real estate team that is prompt, conducts comprehensive analysis and is committed to the final product."

Work highlights Advising Chinalco on real estate matters related to the resettlement of the local population in Morococha.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, associate Carolina Saenz "understands client service and real estate law." They add: "She is a lawyer with great potential."

Significant clients Anglo American, Barrick Gold, Enel Green Power, Newmont Mining, Shougang Hierro.

Regulatory & Public Affairs - Peru

Basic facts about the department
- 2 lawyers

What the team is known for Practice with recognised presence in the regulatory sphere on both the energy and transport sides. The team advises both international and domestic clients from a range of industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers have ample experience and are effective. They are reliable and detail-oriented, and have a good working relationship with the authorities."

Notable practitioners  

Brendan Oviedo "has great technical and legal knowledge," according to clients. They add: "He is proactive, offers a personalised service and has deep market knowledge."

Associate Franklin Acevedo is acknowledged by interviewees for his practice focus on the energy side of the market.

Significant clients American Airlines, Autopista del Norte, Continental Airlines, Edegel, Edelnor.

Tax - Peru

Basic facts about the department
 - 2 partners
 - 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed practice group active across an array of sector issues, with significant experience in tax aspects of major project financings. The team has notable strength in the defence of audits for a high-profile client roster and is praised for its work in the mining sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The work product is very good - the lawyers provide you with safe solutions and are objective when it comes to solving problems. This firm delivers personalised responses in a direct and precise way. The lawyers don't just know the market but also strive to understand your business to better serve you."

"They look after your long-term interests, respond quickly and have a good command of the laws and regulations."

What's new? New client wins include PERU LNG, Sowitec and BTG Pactual.

Work highlights Advised BTG Pactual on the tax aspects of the USD300 million financing for a natural gas power plant.

Successfully defended Huawei del Perú in an audit brought about by the Peruvian tax authority, regarding tax on cross-border technical assistance services.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of department Luz María Pedraza is praised by interviewees as "a top-level professional with a deep understanding of tax work." They add: "She is very good at dealing with counterparties during negotiations." Her practice spans the gamut of tax issues and she represents a notable clientele in high-end audits and transactions.

Department co-head César Luna Victoria is praised by sources for providing "excellent guidance and counsel" in tax issues. He acts in a wide range of audits and transactions, and is known in particular for his experience in representing clients in the energy and power industries.

Counsel Gilberto Ramos is described as "an excellent professional who gives you clear answers." His practice centres on tax planning and transactions.

Significant clients Newmont Mining, Huawei del Perú, Morgan Stanley, Minera Yanacocha, Odebrecht Energía del Perú.