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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas — Peru


Estudio Gálvez Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luis Córdova
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dominant oil and gas boutique with market-leading abilities in both regulatory and transactional mandates. Boasts an impressive roster of clients, including major international energy companies, as well as local industry players. Expertise spans licence agreements for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, concession bidding processes and contract negotiations. Has additional strength in related M&A deals.

Strengths Clients extol the firm for its abilities in this area, with one stating: "Estudio Gálvez Abogados is one of the best law firms specialising in oil and gas matters. Their level of detail and quick responses are greatly appreciated, along with their commitment to their clients and dedication to finding innovative solutions."

Another client considers that "the firm is excellentthe team is efficient, responsive, assertive and technically very skilful."

Significant clients CNPC Perú, SK Innovation, Sonatrach Perú, Petroperú, Maurel et Prom.

Notable practitioners

Department head Luis Córdova is valued by his clients for his "legal abilities, experience and high degree of commitment." Another goes on to mention: "He demonstrates a committed involvement in the matters, understands our needs and can produce detailed work in a short time."

Clients single out Carlos Raúl Vizquerra for his "broad knowledge of contractual issues, which is of great help during highly complex negotiations." He is additionally highlighted for his "experience in the industry and his professional manner."

Senior statesman Francisco Gálvez is recognised by market commentators for his expertise in this market. Sources particularly praise his experience in exploration mandates.

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Barrios & Fuentes Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 3 partners
- approximately 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant energy and natural resources practice group with in-depth knowledge of oil and gas mandates. Highly experienced acting for domestic and international clients, often assisting with the negotiation of concessions and licensing agreements for exploration and exploitation projects. Further areas of strength include privatisation processes, alongside regulatory matters.

Strengths Clients remark that they have been "impressed by the firm" in the oil and gas sector.

Notable practitioners

Clients consider Germán Barrios to be a "strong lawyer in the oil and gas market, with a great level of experience advising on contractual matters." They go on to praise his abilities in complex transactions and his responsiveness. He is a long-standing practitioner in this sector, with expertise in the full range of transactional and regulatory oil and gas mandates, as well as related environmental issues.

Associate-to-watch Liliana Callirgos is well regarded by clients and peers alike, who consider her to be "a great lawyer with particular strength in oil and gas matters."

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García Sayán Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alberto Varillas Cueto
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deeply respected oil and gas practice regularly retained by major industry players from both the international and domestic markets. Expertise spans upstream and midstream project matters, including concessions, licensing contracts, easements and joint operating agreement negotiations. Hydrocarbon storage, distribution and transportation are further areas of skill.

Strengths Market commentators recognise the firm's long-standing presence in this sector and enthuse that "the firm is very good in oil and gas matters and its practitioners are solid professionals."

Work highlights Advised the Peruvian branch of China National Petroleum, which holds two blocks for the exploitation of hydrocarbons, on an audit related to corporate, labour and tax matters, as well as environmental and judicial procedure issues dating back to 2008.

Significant clients SAVIA Peru, Burlington Resources, Pacific, PlusPetrol, Graña y Montero Petrolera.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alberto Varillas Cueto is hailed by market commentators as a "standout practitioner," and a "specialist" in the oil and gas sector. They go on to remark that he "is responsive, with great experience in the field and deserving of the best recognition." He is particularly skilled in hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licence contracts, having acted for a number of high-profile international energy companies.

About the Team (content provided by García Sayán Abogados)

García Sayán Abogados provides advice in the negotiation of contracts and concessions for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, as well as on issues related to storage, transport and distribution. It also provides advice on issues related to electricity and in the defence of administrative complains files as the regulatory agency in charge of environmental and technical issues.

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Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fernando Babarczy Barrera, Renato de Vettori González and Ricardo Silva
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed full-service firm with knowledge of both midstream and downstream oil and gas matters. Clientele includes international and domestic companies requiring assistance with exploration and production projects involving joint operating and royalty agreements, as well as EPC contracts. Also maintains a strong focus on concession bidding processes before the energy authority.

Work highlights Acted for Transportadora del Gas del Perú on the permitting and easement elements of a USD200 million expansion project.

Significant clients BPZ Exploración & Producción, Shell, Gran Tierra Energy, Perenco Peru Petroleum, Promigas.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Ricardo Silva is considered to be "a very experienced practitioner within the oil and gas market," and is valued by clients, who assert that he is "a great lawyer, with knowledge of regulatory mandates and an ability to provide very effective, detail-oriented solutions." He led the team on its work for Transportadora de Gas del Perú.

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

Our firm has been recognized as one of the top law firms in the Peruvian oil and gas market by Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer, Legal 500 and other international specialized publications. Our oil and gas team is composed of highly reputed lawyers with extensive experience both locally and worldwide. We serve most oil companies engaged in oil and gas production in Peru, providing permanent advice on all regulatory aspects related to upstream and downstream operations.

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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jenny Caldas, Jean Paul Chabaneix and Jorge Pérez-Taiman
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned firm with an expanding oil and gas practice group providing comprehensive advice on upstream, midstream and downstream matters. Acts for an impressive roster of leading industry names, assisting with financial and regulatory mandates, as well as environmental issues. Exploration and production contracts are areas of further strength for the practice, alongside M&A transactions.

Strengths The firm is held in high esteem for its work in this field, with one client particularly valuing that the team "knows the profile of our company, offers great availability and, of course, has a great knowledge of the industry."

Work highlights Represented Gases del Norte in the final stages of the concession process for the natural gas distribution of Piura, including the negotiation of the contractual terms and the initial stages of the project development. The matter is valued at USD160 million.

Significant clients Gases del Pacífico, Promigas, I Square Capital, ExxonMobil, Repsol.

Notable practitioners

Clients are quick to single out the "great" Jorge Pérez-Taiman, describing him as a lawyer that "is highly experienced, has good ideas, is very strategic and gives a variety of options to solve problems." Another adds: "He is very responsive, clear and direct." He is held in high regard for his oil and gas practice, advising on a number of international and domestic joint ventures and commercial agreements, including E&P contracts, for clients hailing from all industry sub-sectors.

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

Our Oil and Gas team advises on the exploration, production, refining, transport, distribution and commercialization of oil and gas, and on services related to these industries.

In upstream, we advise on exploration and production contract negotiation Peru’s oil and gas national agency, Perupetro. We assist on permitting and operating, venture and service agreements between operating or non-operating, both local and international companies and on compliance with regulations applicable to hydrocarbon activities and on administrative and sanctioning proceedings.

In downstream, we advise on permitting and refining, transformation, sale, storage, commercialization and transport of hydrocarbons and its derivatives (fuel, GLP, GNV, GNC) and on development of projects for transport and distribution of gas.

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CMS GRAU - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Augusto Astorga Philippon and Carlos Hamann
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a noteworthy focus on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas matters. Has considerable strength in natural gas mandates, often acting for public entities, as well as private industry players at both a local and an international level. Also skilled in licence and supply contracts, joint operating agreements and M&A deals.

Strengths Clients hold the team in high esteem, with one citing: "The service is excellent. They are focused on the requirements of the client and on providing quick evaluations and solutions."

Work highlights Assisted Enagás Internacional with the USD4.3 billion financing for the Peruvian Southern Gas Pipeline project.

Significant clients Petroperú, PlusPetrol, Colbún, Perenco, Graña y Montero Petrolera.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Hamann is recognised by market commentators for his presence within the oil and gas sector. He has experience assisting clients with operational and transactional mandates, including project financing and ongoing regulatory advice. He often represents domestic and international companies and led the team on its work for Enagás Internacional.

Augusto Astorga Philippon receives considerable praise from interviewees, who suggest that he is a "transactional lawyer with a strong regulatory profile." Others assert that he "deserves recognition due to his ability and activity within this sector." He has experience assisting clients with all stages of oil and gas projects in Peru.

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Estudio Echecopar - Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Valentín Paniagua
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with a recognised Peruvian oil and gas practice. Abilities cover both upstream and midstream projects, with a particular focus on mandates related to natural gas. Routinely called upon to assist local and international industry players with regulatory issues involving permits and authorisations, dispute resolution, project financing and commercial agreements.

Strengths The firm garners praise from clients in this sector. One points out: "The team is responsive and committed to addressing the needs of the client. In addition to this, the practitioners are highly specialised and efficient."

Work highlights Advised Petroperú on administrative sanction procedures filed by the environmental agency and other public authorities in relation to the oil spills in the Amazon rainforest. The firm also assisted the company with its defence before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issues related to these spills.

Significant clients Silverpeak Strategic Partners, Perupetro, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás, Savia Peru, Woodside Energy.

Notable practitioners

Valentín Paniagua is the key client contact.

Since publication, Diana Lizarraga has left the practice.

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Miranda & Amado Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis and Alberto Delgado Venegas
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice group often called upon to assist domestic and international companies with transactional mandates within the oil and gas sector, including project financing and M&A deals. Environmental and regulatory issues are additional areas of skill for the team, and it regularly acts for clients in complex disputes arising from the industry.

Strengths The team is commended for its oil and gas practice, with one client regarding them as "a strong team – very responsive, on time and accurate in their advice. I would particularly highlight their knowledge of the oil and gas industry."

Work highlights Represented Petroperú in the development and financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Talara crude oil refinery project.

Significant clients CNPC International, Gas Natural Fenosa Perú, Gas Natural de Lima y Callao, Primax, BPZ Exploración y Producción.

Notable practitioners

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis boasts over 20 years of experience in the energy and natural resources sector, with a considerable track record in oil and gas projects. He is singled out by interviewees for "his dedication to the client, as well as his technical expertise in oil and gas matters."

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

We have an outstanding track record in M&A in the oil and gas sector, combining our market leading experience in high-end M&A with strong expertise in regulatory and other sector specific oil and gas matters. Thanks to our fully integrated approach, we serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for clients seeking to develop or finance any kind of oil and gas project in Peru; we draw on the experience and expertise of our lawyers across various practice areas (including finance, corporate, tax, regulatory, environment, real estate and dispute resolution) in order to provide clients with a comprehensive service. We are also a market leader in dispute resolution in the oil and gas sector, currently handling more than 200 oil and gas-related disputes; and are also particularly strong in complex regulatory disputes and a pioneer in international arbitration.


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Senior Statesperson

Francisco Gálvez

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Francisco Gálvez is recognised by market commentators for his expertise in this market. Sources particularly praise his experience in exploration mandates.

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Star Individuals

Jorge Pérez-Taiman

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are quick to single out the "great" Jorge Pérez-Taiman, describing him as a lawyer that "is highly experienced, has good ideas, is very strategic and gives a variety of options to solve problems." Another adds: "He is very responsive, clear and direct." He is held in high regard for his oil and gas practice, advising on a number of international and domestic joint ventures and commercial agreements, including E&P contracts, for clients hailing from all industry sub-sectors.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Barrios & Fuentes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients consider Germán Barrios to be a "strong lawyer in the oil and gas market, with a great level of experience advising on contractual matters." They go on to praise his abilities in complex transactions and his responsiveness. He is a long-standing practitioner in this sector, with expertise in the full range of transactional and regulatory oil and gas mandates, as well as related environmental issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Ricardo Silva is considered to be "a very experienced practitioner within the oil and gas market," and is valued by clients, who assert that he is "a great lawyer, with knowledge of regulatory mandates and an ability to provide very effective, detail-oriented solutions." He led the team on its work for Transportadora de Gas del Perú.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Alberto Varillas Cueto

García Sayán Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alberto Varillas Cueto is hailed by market commentators as a "standout practitioner," and a "specialist" in the oil and gas sector. They go on to remark that he "is responsive, with great experience in the field and deserving of the best recognition." He is particularly skilled in hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licence contracts, having acted for a number of high-profile international energy companies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Luis Córdova is valued by his clients for his "legal abilities, experience and high degree of commitment." Another goes on to mention: "He demonstrates a committed involvement in the matters, understands our needs and can produce detailed work in a short time."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

CMS GRAU

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Hamann is recognised by market commentators for his presence within the oil and gas sector. He has experience assisting clients with operational and transactional mandates, including project financing and ongoing regulatory advice. He often represents domestic and international companies and led the team on its work for Enagás Internacional.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Carlos Raúl Vizquerra

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients single out Carlos Raúl Vizquerra for his "broad knowledge of contractual issues, which is of great help during highly complex negotiations." He is additionally highlighted for his "experience in the industry and his professional manner."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Augusto Astorga Philippon

CMS GRAU

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Augusto Astorga Philippon receives considerable praise from interviewees, who suggest that he is a "transactional lawyer with a strong regulatory profile." Others assert that he "deserves recognition due to his ability and activity within this sector." He has experience assisting clients with all stages of oil and gas projects in Peru.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis

Miranda & Amado Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis boasts over 20 years of experience in the energy and natural resources sector, with a considerable track record in oil and gas projects. He is singled out by interviewees for "his dedication to the client, as well as his technical expertise in oil and gas matters."

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Band 3

Laub & Quijandría Energy Group

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Anthony Laub of Laub & Quijandría Energy Group is a recognised practitioner within the oil and gas market. His wide-ranging practice covers both regulatory mandates and project financings.

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Associates to watch

Liliana Callirgos

Barrios & Fuentes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Liliana Callirgos is well regarded by clients and peers alike, who consider her to be "a great lawyer with particular strength in oil and gas matters."

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