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Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime — Peru


Benites Vargas & Ugaz Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious disputes practice specialising in white-collar and corporate crime. Possesses a wealth of experience advising on sophisticated non-violent and financial crimes ranging from fraud, theft and collusion to plagiarism, illegal appropriation and money laundering. Work also includes advising on issues related to the development of white-collar compliance programs. Client roster is composed of both local and international companies as well as individuals. TYPSA is a new client win.

Strengths A client is quick to praise the team, stating: "I have the best impression of the firm and its lawyers. They are solid and reliable in their arguments, and their commitment in our complex case has been notable. One of their strengths is that they are well organised, therefore we have never felt neglected at any time."

Another client adds that "we are very happy with the service and the results. They are good professionals. I would work with them again."

Work highlight Successfully defended several employees of Warrantech Corporation during an investigation into alleged fraud.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner José Ugaz enjoys an outstanding reputation within the white-collar crime sphere, according to sources. He is deemed by interviewees to be "a reference" and "a prominent" practitioner. Ugaz advises some of the most relevant clients of the firm, including individuals and companies from sectors such as construction and finance. He also co-heads the practice.

Co-head of department Luis Vargas Valdivia is considered a "very good" and "well-known" white-collar crime litigator by market observers, who further emphasise that he possesses "a great deal of experience" in this field. Vargas Valdivia is involved in some of the most relevant cases instructed to the team relating to financial and corporate crimes.

Up-and-coming partner and department co-head Héctor Gadea Benavides enters the rankings due to strong feedback from market onlookers. A client particulary highlights that "he has shown commitment to the cause right from the very beginning."

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Caro & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed boutique firm focusing on white-collar crime litigation and routinely sought after by notable local and international companies from the mining, energy and construction sectors as well as the financial and agro-industrial sectors. Provides services that cover the full spectrum of white-collar and corporate crime, including money laundering, fraud and criminal association.

Strengths A pleased client states: "This is the firm to work with for extremely complex white-collar cases with repercussions in the media. The lawyers are really good and their service is excellent. They are always available to hear you and respond very quickly." The source notes: "Their expertise in these matters gives you great confidence."

Work highlight Successfully counselled DanPer Trujillo on a USD11 million case against the logistics manager of the company, alleging grievous theft to the detriment of Sociedad Agrícola Virú.

Notable practitioners

Hailed by sources as "one of the top lawyers" for white-collar matters, department co-head Dino Carlos Caro Coria is acclaimed by clients and peers alike, one of whom states: "He's an international expert who is not only technically excellent, but also combines a human element that I highly value." Another client further declares: "He gives great support and advice, not just explaining concepts but providing strategies and solutions."

Department co-head Luis Fernando Iberico Castañeda is acknowledged as a white-collar crime lawyer by market commentators. Clients describe him as "a good criminal lawyer who provides great support." Iberico Castañeda advises clients of the firm on cases involving allegations of money laundering and criminal association.

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Estudio Oré Guardia - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Boutique firm focusing on white-collar and corporate crime mandates debuts in the ranking due to its admired litigation capabilities and wide coverage of the area. Regularly sought after by a range of major local and international companies, particularly from the mining, oil and gas and financial fields, as well as by public organisations and individuals.

Strengths Sources in the market consider Estudio Oré Guardia "an important, recognised and solid criminal boutique" with a "team of long-standing experienced as well as young but great lawyers."

Notable practitioners

"Very prestigious" and "important" founding partner Arsenio Oré maintains his status as an authority in the white-collar and corporate criminal sphere. Market feedback holds him to be "a highly recognised and significant figure," and he is noted for his academic contributions to the field.

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Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected practice group with solid capabilities in the full spectrum of dispute resolution matters. Particularly recognised for its great expertise dealing with civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. White-collar and corporate crime cases are also an area of increasing focus. Clientele include both public entities and major private companies. InRetail Perú and Minera Chinalco are new client wins.

Strengths A client is quick to state: "The service provided by the firm is really good, timely and comprehensive. They handle very well the legal strategies and propose legal alternatives depending on each case in a proactive way." They add: "Working with them gives me peace of mind."

Work highlight Successfully represented Comité de Operación Económica del Sistema Interconectado Nacional (COES) in the USD2 million arbitration proceeding initiated by Kallpa Generación, in connection with the financial penalties imposed by COES on Kallpa.

Notable practitioners

Reputable lawyer and co-head of the litigation and arbitration practice Julio César Pérez is widely endorsed by clients and peers alike for his role in the litigation arena. A client describes him as "very fast and efficient," while another also highlights "his dedication and attention to our company's needs." Market commentators go on to add: "He is a very experienced lawyer."

Co-head of the litigation and arbitration practice Jose Domingo Rivarola Reisz is highlighted by interviewees for his "ability, commitment and dedication," as well as due to his prestige and focus on the arbitral and litigation arenas. Rivarola Reisz particularly assists local and international clients of the firm hailing from the telecommunication and energy fields.

Co-head of the white-collar practice José Antonio Caro John joins the rankings due to solid feedback from market onlookers, who describe him as "noteworthy and very dedicated." A client also says: "I have the best opinion about him. He is very clear and is very good at explaining matters."

Partner Máximo Gordillo enters the rankings based on enthusiastic market feedback. A client says: "One of his strengths is that he knows the legislation very well. He is also very up to date with the tribunals' criteria and the latest trends. He proposes excellent strategies and goes to the heart of the matter very quickly."

Star associate and co-head of the white-collar practice Juan Diego Ugaz enjoys great endorsement from sources, one of whom states: "There is a great difference between his youth and his experience, he stands out amongst associates." Another continues by describing him as "an excellent and very impressive" lawyer.

About the Team (content provided by Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados)

We have profuse experience in preventing, addressing and resolving disputes, as well as designing strategies and representing clients, before courts, arbitration tribunals, conciliation and mediation panels, administrative agencies and other local jurisdictional bodies.

The aim of our practice is to prevent disputes and offer effective solutions in accordance with our client’s business objectives, not limiting us to managing procedures. Our work starts with the design of an integrated strategy seeking the best for our clients’ interests. Accordingly, we work closely with experts in other practice areas, enabling us to better understand the complexities at the core of the dispute.

We regularly represent foreign and local clients in civil, commercial, corporate, regulatory and enforcement disputes. In recent years, we have counseled and represented clients in the most important local corporate and shareholder litigations. Likewise, on the commercial front, our layers’ experience covers leading cases related to business recovery, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, contract enforcement, civil liability and torts, among other issues.

Similarly, our firm is a leading practitioner in the field of ADR, particularly in arbitrations. We commonly act as legal counsel in arbitral procedures administered by all the major local arbitration institutions on a wide range of topics and some of our lawyers are recurrently appointed arbitrators in highly complicated and significant disputes.

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Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group drawing from a deep well of experience to assist leading domestic and international companies as well as individuals with complex white-collar and corporate crimes. Solid track record handling cases involving allegations of fraud, collusion and money laundering, as well as bribery, corruption and environmental crimes. Augusto Wiese Moreyra is a new client win.

Strengths A client declares: "They have helped us with complex matters and have provided a very professional service. The lawyers are good."

Work highlight Advised the former president of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, on his statement in front of Congress and the Prosecutor's Office regarding white-collar proceedings in which he was called as a witness.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Augusto Loli is held in high esteem by both clients and peers alike, who consider him as "a prominent" as well as "a renowned" practitioner in the white-collar and corporate crime arenas. Loli advises key domestic and international clients of the team, particularly on fraud, collusion and money laundering matters.

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

Arbitration & Litigation: Our area has expertise in litigation of complex and sensitive controversies and legal reasoning, both in the Judiciary and in arbitration (domestic and international). We have extensive experience in litigation and arbitration in a wide range of matters such as commercial contracts, corporate disputes and concession and infrastructure contracts.

Our team’s distinguishing characteristic in the legal market is our highly specialized approach and our strategic and comprehensive view of controversies, supported by lawyers who are experts in corporate, M&A, securities, tax, and infrastructure matters.

White Collar Crime: Assistance in financial crimes, antitrust crime, securities fraud, tax evasion, commercial crime, embezzlement, criminal product liability, corporate fraud, environmental law violations, money laundering, labour crime, criminal compliance, among others.

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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Cutting-edge practice group within a market-leading Peruvian full-service firm, deploying its deep bench of highly skilled lawyers covering all dispute resolution areas. Impressive track record advising important local and international companies and individuals on sophisticated litigation and white-collar cases. Also renowned experience dealing with civil and commercial arbitration proceedings, both domestically and internationally. Impressive client portfolio is composed of significant mining, transportation and financial entities.

Strengths A client points out: "This is one of the largest firms, with the highest-skilled lawyers, in Lima. They have a very good client service in terms of speed. They reply very quickly and if they are not able to answer back immediately, they tell you. The whole background of the answer is always very accurate and they do not take overly long roads but give you what you need on time."

Another interviewee also declares: "Working with this team is a great experience," and highlights the team's international working style, saying: "To international clients who are used to having full availability of lawyers, this would be the firm to go to. Culturally they work very similarly to US law firms, and all the lawyers are very high quality."

Notable practitioners

Prestigious practitioner Juan Guillermo Lohmann remains a towering figure in the Peruvian litigation and arbitration fields, according to market commentators. Clients hold him in high esteem, saying: "He is a first-rate lawyer and one of the top in Peru with regard to strategy. He possesses an exemplary vision of disputes and promptness in advising." Clients also endorse the way he handles the cases and the good results he provides.

Co-head of the white-collar practice José Leandro Reaño maintains a stellar reputation in the market due to his great abilities dealing with white collar-crime cases. Clients describe him as an "excellent" lawyer. Peers alike also recognise him as "a leader in this arena," and "very active in the market." Reaño assists the clients of the team with money laundering and corporate and financial fraud matters.

Head of the litigation practice José Tam attracts plentiful praise from satisfied clients, who appreciate that "he is able to identify himself with the client's needs and is results-oriented," and also that "he takes very good care of the cases entrusted and is very quick in answering." Others particularly highlight that he is "resourceful, knowledgeable and well known in the market."

"Very active" partner Arturo Aza is well known by sources for his expertise dealing with complex litigation issues. Clients see him as "a very good litigator" and value that he is "meticulous with his work." Aza leads some of the most relevant work highlights of the team in connection with constitutional proceedings.

Key partner Fabrizio Castellano is singled out by clients due to the value he adds to the work he performs. A client particularly endorses him, saying: "He is super-analytical and always available." Castellano assists clients of the firm with their telecommunication and mining-related disputes.

White-collar lawyer Efraín Vassallo Sambuceti receives complimentary feedback from market commentators, who describe him as "an experienced" and "well-known" lawyer. A client also states that "all the work he does for us is great," underlining that "he is always on top of the work."

Ramón Vidurrizaga is "a well-known lawyer" within the disputes field, according to interviewees. Vidurrizaga advises a variety of clients of the firm on commercial arbitration proceedings.

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

Our Dispute Resolution team is the largest litigation department among the Peruvian big full-service firms and the only one offering litigation representation in civil, commercial, criminal and public law. We regularly participate in the most complex arbitration proceedings in the country.

We have some team members work in other practice groups as well, such as electricity, civil law, infrastructure and real state. We also have lawyers experienced in investor-state and international arbitration.

Furthermore, we participate in arbitration cases as defense attorneys or arbitrators in disputes heard by Peruvian or international arbitration courts. We have experience litigating under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL, ICSID and the American Arbitration Association.

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Band 1

César Azabache Caracciolo

Azabache Caracciolo Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market onlookers, pre-eminent practitioner César Azabache Caracciolo of Azabache Caracciolo Abogados "is a much-admired lawyer" who continues to be venerated for his involvement and years of experience in the white-collar crime field. Interviewees also recognise him as "one of the most important figures" in criminal law.

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Band 1

Dino Carlos Caro Coria

Caro & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hailed by sources as "one of the top lawyers" for white-collar matters, department co-head Dino Carlos Caro Coria is acclaimed by clients and peers alike, one of whom states: "He's an international expert who is not only technically excellent, but also combines a human element that I highly value." Another client further declares: "He gives great support and advice, not just explaining concepts but providing strategies and solutions."

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Band 1

Estudio Oré Guardia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very prestigious" and "important" founding partner Arsenio Oré maintains his status as an authority in the white-collar and corporate criminal sphere. Market feedback holds him to be "a highly recognised and significant figure," and he is noted for his academic contributions to the field.

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Band 1

José Leandro Reaño

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of the white-collar practice José Leandro Reaño maintains a stellar reputation in the market due to his great abilities dealing with white collar-crime cases. Clients describe him as an "excellent" lawyer. Peers alike also recognise him as "a leader in this arena," and "very active in the market." Reaño assists the clients of the team with money laundering and corporate and financial fraud matters.

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Band 1

Benites Vargas & Ugaz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner José Ugaz enjoys an outstanding reputation within the white-collar crime sphere, according to sources. He is deemed by interviewees to be "a reference" and "a prominent" practitioner. Ugaz advises some of the most relevant clients of the firm, including individuals and companies from sectors such as construction and finance. He also co-heads the practice.

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Band 2

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Augusto Loli is held in high esteem by both clients and peers alike, who consider him as "a prominent" as well as "a renowned" practitioner in the white-collar and corporate crime arenas. Loli advises key domestic and international clients of the team, particularly on fraud, collusion and money laundering matters.

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Band 2

Luis Vargas Valdivia

Benites Vargas & Ugaz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Luis Vargas Valdivia is considered a "very good" and "well-known" white-collar crime litigator by market observers, who further emphasise that he possesses "a great deal of experience" in this field. Vargas Valdivia is involved in some of the most relevant cases instructed to the team relating to financial and corporate crimes.

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Band 3

José Antonio Caro John

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of the white-collar practice José Antonio Caro John joins the rankings due to solid feedback from market onlookers, who describe him as "noteworthy and very dedicated." A client also says: "I have the best opinion about him. He is very clear and is very good at explaining matters."

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Band 3

Gonzalo del Río Labarthe

Hernández & Cía. Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of the white-collar practice Gonzalo del Río Labarthe enters the rankings due to solid endorsement from interviewees. According to them, "Del Rio Labarthe is a very good lawyer" who possesses "an excellent vision" and "an outstanding professional track record in the field."

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Band 3

Luis Fernando Iberico Castañeda

Caro & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Luis Fernando Iberico Castañeda is acknowledged as a white-collar crime lawyer by market commentators. Clients describe him as "a good criminal lawyer who provides great support." Iberico Castañeda advises clients of the firm on cases involving allegations of money laundering and criminal association.

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Band 3

Efraín Vassallo Sambuceti

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

White-collar lawyer Efraín Vassallo Sambuceti receives complimentary feedback from market commentators, who describe him as "an experienced" and "well-known" lawyer. A client also states that "all the work he does for us is great," underlining that "he is always on top of the work."

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Up and Coming

Héctor Gadea Benavides

Benites Vargas & Ugaz Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner and department co-head Héctor Gadea Benavides enters the rankings due to strong feedback from market onlookers. A client particulary highlightsthat "he has shown commitment to the cause right from the very beginning."

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Star Associate

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star associate and co-head of the white-collar practice Juan Diego Ugaz enjoys great endorsement from sources, one of whom states: "There is a great difference between his youth and his experience, he stands out amongst associates." Another continues by describing him as "an excellent and very impressive" lawyer.

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