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Latin-America Guide

Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Peru


Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring powerhouse with excellent knowledge of local legislation. Possessed of considerable experience representing both debtors and creditors in an array of sector-related matters, including restructuring, bankruptcy proceedings, and liquidation. Additionally offers singular expertise advising debtors on preventative bankruptcy proceedings, as well as investors acquiring distressed assets.

Strengths Clients note that "the service was excellent," adding: "The whole team is very experienced, they provide in-depth analysis, processing the information meticulously, and their turnover is very quick."

Another source highlights: "It's a professional and timely service, committed to the client and the delivery of quality, strategic legal advice."

Work highlight Represented Abengoa Perú in the implementation of a private restructuring agreement valued at approximately USD100 million.

Notable practitioners

Stellar co-head of department Gonzalo De Las Casas is held in the highest esteem by clients and peers alike, with one source stating: "He is a deeply knowledgeable lawyer in the insolvency sphere and his advice is always accurate. He is a professional of the highest level any way you look at it." Another interviewee says: "He is clearly the most experienced lawyer around if you consider the number of years he has been working in the area."

Department co-head José Jiménez Chocano has vast experience representing high-level debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and major restructuring matters. Impressed clients describe him as "efficient and committed, with great technical knowledge." He also stands out to market commentators, with one reporting: "José is usually the first person I call when I am working with a debtor."

About the Team (content provided by Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas)

In 2017, we represented Glencore International AG in the liquidation proceeding of Doe Run Perú and its subsidiary; Abengoa Perú S.A. and Termochilca S.A. in the negotiation for private restructuring with their main financial creditors; GyM S.A. (Graña y Montero Group) in the negotiation with its subcontractors for the payment of financial obligations (US$ 53MM); and C.A.M.E Contratistas y Servicios Generales S. A. in the implementation of a restructuring plan (US$ 33MM).

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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious firm acclaimed for its knowledge of the Peruvian bankruptcy and restructuring sphere. Outstanding knowledge of both contentious and non-contentious mandates, regularly representing major debtors and creditors in sector-related arbitration in addition to bankruptcy proceedings and resulting restructuring and liquidation matters. Also highly regarded for its experience advising on the acquisition of distressed assets.

Strengths One client lauds: "They have a lot of experience in this field and were able to guide us through the process, anticipating problems and evaluating alternatives ahead of time. We always felt one step ahead, which helped a lot. "

Other source states: "They are a true service firm with a good team which is very attentive and responsive to clients."

Work highlight Advised debtor Azulcochamining and various creditors on the debtor's bankruptcy proceeding before the Peruvian Bankruptcy Authority, INDECOPI.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators recognise head of department Guillermo Puelles as a very active player in the bankruptcy practice, with one client enthusing: "Guillermo is very knowledgeable of these matters and is very skilled and experienced in dealing with cases in this practice area." Another observer remarks: "He knows every detail of the process you need to go through if you have any bankruptcy problems."

Partner Hugo Silva has a wealth of experience advising debtors and creditors on administrative proceedings before INDECOPI and resulting restructuring agreements. He is well versed in bankruptcy matters concerning the mining, agribusiness and construction sectors, among others.

About the Team (content provided by Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados)

Our attorneys specializing in Restructuring and Insolvency have extensive experience managing the most important and significant processes of companies in crisis through public or private financial restructuring or liquidation processes.

We advise creditors as well as, individuals in financial distress or involved in restructuring or liquidation processes. We further represent debtors in insolvency proceedings in the design and implementation of agreements with their creditors.

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CMS GRAU - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with a solid reputation for its expertise in the bankruptcy and restructuring arena. Advises an impressive roster of debtors and creditors on the liquidation of assets, corporate and debt restructuring, and bankruptcy proceedings before the relevant authority. Has notable experience handling matters emanating from the oil and gas, mining and fishing sectors.

Strengths One pleased observer attests: "They are able to think outside the box and were instrumental in coming up with big-picture strategy as well as helping to navigate every detail of certain parts of the transaction that are driven by Peruvian law."

Work highlight Counselled William Brandt, the appointed trustee following China Fishery's Chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement, on the relevant local and US bankruptcy issues.

Notable practitioners

"The phenomenal" head of department Michelle Barclay Thorne is a respected figure in the Peruvian bankruptcy market. She garners widespread recognition from sources, who declare: "She is an excellent lawyer with great experience at a national and international level. She is persistent, a perfectionist, and always up to date."

About the Team (content provided by CMS GRAU)

CMS Grau has strong experience dealing with cross/border insolvency issues, cases with international implications and issues, bankruptcy take/overs, bankruptcy cases with strong regulatory and social aspects, distressed M&A, debt refinancing, reorganization proceedings, preparation and negotiation of reorganization plans, exit strategies, bankruptcy liquidations, out-of-court reorganizations.

The team advises clients from all sectors, including consumer products, mining, TMC, energy, fishing, among others, and participates in key cases, including 2 of the most complex bankruptcy cases in the country.

The lawyers’ broad expertise ranges from debt refinancing, reorganisation proceedings of international group of companies, bankruptcy proceedings and related contingencies, including arbitration and legal processes, including experience appearing before INDECOPI’s bodies (Commission, Technical Secretary and Tribunal) and before Court and Arbitral Tribunals. The team constantly coordinates with accountants, auditors, business consultants and relevant bodies of the companies we advise such as board of directors, shareholders, commercial managers and accounting department.

CROSS-BORDER CASE: The team provides advice in a complex bankruptcy Chapter 11 (reorganisation) case in New York together with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. The company’s main assets are located in Peru.

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De Bracamonte, Haaker, Castellares Abogados - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded department with particular market visibility for its role advising on debt restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. Represents investors looking to acquire distressed assets, debtors engaged in liquidation proceedings and creditors seeking to secure debt repayments. Acts for clients hailing from a broad range of sectors, including energy, media and transport.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "high-quality and personalised service," adding: "Their strength lies in the technical quality of their work and being creative problem-solvers."

Work highlight Represented Estratega Consultores, Maple Biocombustibles' appointed administrator, in the implementation of Maple's restructuring agreement.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Gonzalo De Bracamonte Melgar is held in high regard by his clients, with one reporting: "He is very intelligent and creative, and he has the ability to foresee possible scenarios and find solutions to highly complex problems."

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Martinot Abogados - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced practice group boasting considerable bankruptcy and restructuring capabilities. Skilled at representing significant clients in the acquisition of distressed companies as well as advising on the liquidation of assets and high-level debt restructuring. Has valued knowledge of matters pertaining to the mining, food and telecommunication industries.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's service, stating: "Their strength lies in their knowledge of the subject matter."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to debtor CR Group on the restructuring of USD18 million debt with suppliers, banks and employees.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent" department head Fernando Martinot is an esteemed practitioner in the field, benefiting from a stellar track record advising key clients on corporate restructuring and debt refinancing mandates, as well as counselling debtors on bankruptcy proceedings before the Peruvian administrative body. A client highlights that "he has the required knowledge to provide a very specialised service."

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Miranda & Amado Abogados - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy department with experience counselling respected corporations and financial institutions as creditors. Active representing clients from the real estate, fishing and mining industries in asset liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings. Also well known for its expertise in debt restructuring.

Strengths A client reports: "They are professional and organised. They set a plan, offer options, and execute based on the customers’ requests. They are extremely knowledgeable of Peruvian law, efficiently achieving positive results."

Work highlight Advised COINREFRI on the initiation of an insolvency proceeding of its debtor, Pesquera Tierra Colorada, in relation to debts arising out of repeated breaches of an agreement executed between the two parties.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Renzo Agurto is recognised for his experience advising both debtors and creditors on bankruptcy proceedings. Impressed clients single him out for his "commitment, experience and competency."

About the Team (content provided by Miranda & Amado Abogados)

Our Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring Area is recognized in the market for its specialization, as well as for its solid and timely advice to clients, all backed by extensive experience in financial crisis scenarios both in Court and out-of-Court insolvency proceedings.

Our practice stands out for the legal advice to creditors from the institutional financial sector for the assessment of risks and analysis of business opportunities, as well as the design and implementation of legal structures that allow them to adequately protect against a potential insolvency scenario of their debtor.

We provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary advice in all stages of the insolvency proceeding before INDECOPI, including the design of strategies and negotiation with the actors involved. Likewise, we structure asset acquisitions and/or business acquisitions operations in financial distressed situations.

In our practice, we prioritize an international approach by participating as advisors in cross-border insolvency proceedings, which has allowed us to acquire significant experience in complex cases of this nature.

The Firm has incorporated a team with proven experience in this field, since its members have participated directly in the most important insolvency proceedings and corporate restructuring cases in Peru. Likewise, they are members of specialized entities such as the INSOL International and the ABI – American Bankruptcy Institute.

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Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active bankruptcy and restructuring department representing both creditors and debtors. Has a solid reputation for its experience assisting clients with debt recovery and the liquidation of assets. Client roster comprises banks as well as corporations operating in the construction and food and drink industries.

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Doe Run Cayman, creditor to Doe Run Peru, in the liquidation process of Doe Run Peru.

Notable practitioners

Guido Muñiz Pujalt and Gillian Paredes are the key client contacts.

About the Team (content provided by Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados)

Our advice encompasses all aspects of bankruptcy and business restructuring processes from both the debtor’s and the creditors’ perspective in restructuring, dissolution and liquidation proceedings, even as buyers of the bankruptcy estate assets or as finance providers for the purchase of businesses under financial stress.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established full-service firm with a very active insolvency department advising domestic and multinational clients on bankruptcy matters. Recognised for its expertise acting as counsel to both creditors and debtors in significant debt restructuring, liquidation proceedings and debt recovery mandates.

Work highlight Represented Andina de Radiodifusión in negotiations with creditors and INDECOPI, resulting in the termination of its bankruptcy proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alfonso Pérez-Bonany is held in high regard by market commentators, who describe him as "a great lawyer." He is a skilled practitioner who benefits from first-hand experience working in Peru's Bankruptcy Commission.

About the Team (content provided by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría)

Our Firm´s advice not only comprehends the legal framework applicable to the specific bankruptcy proceeding but also we adapt our knowledge to the specific industry where the insolvent is from. Clients usually favour us when we give them legal advice considering the peculiar situation of the company from a business side.

Given the fact that a bankruptcy proceeding comprehends all and every aspect of the debtor, as a multidisciplinary Firm we have the capability to advise our clients in other aspects related to the insolvency proceeding, such as Taxation, Labour, Environment, Mining, and other. Boutique Firms cannot embrace such other areas of expertise.

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Star Individuals

Gonzalo De Las Casas

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Stellar co-head of department Gonzalo De Las Casas is held in the highest esteem by clients and peers alike, with one source stating: "He is adeeply knowledgeable lawyer in the insolvency sphere and his advice is always accurate. He is a professional of the highest level any way you look at it." Another interviewee says: "He is clearly the most experienced lawyer around if you consider the number of years he has been working in the area."

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José Jiménez Chocano

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head José Jiménez Chocano has vast experience representing high-level debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and major restructuring matters. Impressed clients describe him as "efficient and committed, with great technical knowledge."  He also stands out to market commentators, with one reporting: "José is usually the first person I call when I am working with a debtor."

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Fernando Martinot

Martinot Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent" department head Fernando Martinot is an esteemed practitioner in the field, benefiting from a stellar track record advising key clients on corporate restructuring and debt refinancing mandates, as well as counselling debtors on bankruptcy proceedings before the Peruvian administrative body. A client highlights that "he has the required knowledge to provide a very specialised service."

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Guillermo Puelles

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators recognise head of department Guillermo Puelles as a very active player in the bankruptcy practice, with one client enthusing: "Guillermo is very knowledgeable of these matters and is very skilled and experienced in dealing with cases in this practice area." Another observer remarks: "He knows every detail of the process you need to go through if you have any bankruptcy problems."

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Michelle Barclay Thorne

CMS GRAU

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"The phenomenal"  head of department Michelle Barclay Thorne is a respected figure in the Peruvian bankruptcy market. She garners widespread recognition from sources, who declare: "She is an excellent lawyer with great experience at a national and international level. She is persistent, a perfectionist, and always up to date."

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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Hugo Silva has a wealth of experience advising debtors and creditors on administrative proceedings before INDECOPI and resulting restructuring agreements. He is well versed in bankruptcy matters concerning the mining, agribusiness and construction sectors, among others.

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Miranda & Amado Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Renzo Agurto is recognised for his experience advising both debtors and creditors on bankruptcy proceedings. Impressed clients single him out for his "commitment, experience and competency."

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Gonzalo De Bracamonte Melgar

De Bracamonte, Haaker, Castellares Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Gonzalo De Bracamonte Melgar is held in high regard by his clients, with one reporting: "He is very intelligent and creative, and he has the ability to foresee possible scenarios and find solutions to highly complex problems."

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Band 3

Alfonso Pérez-Bonany

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alfonso Pérez-Bonany is held in high regard by market commentators, who describe him as "a great lawyer." He is a skilled practitioner who benefits from first-hand experience working in Peru's Bankruptcy Commission.

^ See whole ranking table