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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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading oil and gas boutique with expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters. Advises on the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, including the negotiation of licensing agreements, as well as assisting with infrastructure development and divestments. Clients include major private and state-owned energy companies. Offers supplementary expertise in environmental, employment and tax issues affecting oil and gas companies.

Strengths Interviewees insist that the team is "absolutely outstanding," with clients enthusing: "We find the quality of service extraordinary. They work tirelessly for us. They are phenomenal."

Another client lauds that "they are one of the best firms I have ever worked with internationally, hands down. They did an outstanding job all-around and are able to negotiate within the given time line - they never fail to get everything drafted by the next morning."

Work highlights Represented US-based Anadarko Petroleum on a negotiation with PeruPetro of three licensing contracts for the exploitation and exploration of hydrocarbons.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Francisco Gálvez enjoys a long-standing position in the market. Gálvez is esteemed for his strong track record advising domestic and international clients operating in the Peruvian market.

Co-head of department Luis Córdova is held in high esteem by clients, one of whom comments: "He is extremely knowledgeable of the law," going on to add: "His strength is really his technical skill, and also his ability to communicate with our counterparts in our stead." Other interviewees remark that Córdova is a pleasure to work with.

Department co-head Carlos Raúl Vizquerra is praised by clients as being "really good at interjecting and providing us with context in negotiations" adding that this "was paramount to us understanding what the other side wanted to do." Another source describes Vizquerra as "extremely dedicated and willing to devote the effort required for complex projects."

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

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Revered full-service firm boasting a top-tier oil and gas practice assisting with both regulatory and transactional mandates. Team is active in upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Frequently retained by an impressive client roster of local and international industry leaders. Experienced handling licensing and contract issues related to hydrocarbon production and exploitation, as well as environmental and regulatory aspects.

Strengths One interviewee reports that the firm has "a very solid commercially minded team with a very good reputation," going on to highlight their "knowledge of the area and 360° view of any problems."

Work highlights Advised Gases del Pacífico on the negotiation of the concession agreement, contracts and securitisation of permits relating to the natural gas LNG plant.

Notable practitioners

Star individual and practice co-head Jorge Pérez-Taiman has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector, with notable expertise in the negotiation of commercial agreements and joint ventures with cross-border elements. He recently assisted Karoon Gas subsidiary KEI with permits and licensing contracts relating to the deep water sea-bed exploration of Block Z-38. One client reports that he is "very well known and a good adviser."

Associate-to-watch Carolina Noriega Ackermann is singled out by a source for her work in downstream matters. Clients state: "She has a very direct working style, she is accessible and provides straightforward answers, explaining things in a way that is easy to understand."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice group with extensive knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector. Regularly retained by key domestic and international clients to assist with privatisations, regulatory mandates and the negotiation of licences and concession agreements for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons.

Strengths One market source affirms: "The firm is clearly very linked to the sector and has good clients."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Germán Barrios is highly regarded for his experience across regulatory, transactional and environmental matters relating to the oil and gas industry. One source reports: "He clearly has experience and has spent many years dedicated to this sector." As well as being a standout practitioner Barrios regularly plays a leading role in international conferences and associations.

Associate-to-watch Liliana Callirgos is highlighted by sources for her "very good technical regulatory knowledge," with one interviewee going on to add: "She provides very good support."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with an extremely capable hydrocarbons practice. Regularly assists state-owned companies and multinational oil and gas giants with regulatory advice concerning the production and transportation of natural gas. Also advises on the negotiation and termination of licence contracts and concession agreements relating to offshore production.

Strengths One interviewee praises the "very excellent service" that the firm provides, going on to add: "It is a very well-rounded firm, with lawyers with a lot of experience in different subjects. The lawyers are always very accessible and work very quickly."

Work highlights Assisted investor Enagás with the recovery of assets after the termination of the concession agreement concerning the Gasoducto Sur Peruano.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Carlos Hamann is well regarded by market commentators for his activity in this area, frequently advising on regulatory mandates involving permits, as well as the negotiation of service contracts. One client says: "He has a lot of expertise and he is very solid. He generates a lot of confidence and brings a lot of value to every project."

Co-head of department Augusto Astorga Philippon provides counsel to clients on all stages of hydrocarbon exploration, exploitation and distribution, with further experience in the negotiation of EPC contracts and concession agreements. He is highlighted for his "clear knowledge of this sector."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned oil and gas practice with extensive experience in the negotiation of concession and licensing agreements relating to the exploration, exploitation, storage and distribution of hydrocarbons. Frequently retained by well-known industry names from the domestic and international spheres to advise on administrative proceedings, compliance and environmental mandates.

Work highlights Advised Pacific Rubiales Energy on the review and modification of its contractual, administrative and environmental legal obligations matrix concerning the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alberto Varillas Cueto continues to be viewed as an outstanding oil and gas practitioner. He has significant expertise in this area, with notable activity counselling on licensing contracts concerning the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas blocks. One interviewee says that he is "technically very good in hydrocarbons and highly regarded with a very high level of knowledge."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global firm with a solid offering in Peru's energy sphere. Regularly retained by multinational oil and gas players to advise on a range of transactional and regulatory matters, involving key corporate and tax considerations. Natural gas continues to be an area of strength, with particular activity in upstream and midstream projects.

Strengths A client highlights the firm's "broad knowledge of the hydrocarbons sector," also noting: "I am satisfied with the service and would highlight the respect that government entities have for the lawyers at the firm."

Work highlight Provided legal counsel to Anadarko Petroleum in connection with its upstream Peruvian operations, advising on licensing, regulatory and tax mandates.

Notable practitioners

Valentín Paniagua is the key client contact.

About the Team (content provided by Estudio Echecopar - Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International)

We have experience advising a variety of oil and gas transactions and disputes and our practice remains a major player in the country as can be seen in our matters section. Our team is also comprised of several attorneys with in-house counsel experience which allows us to provide a higher level of service to clients. 

We are one of the few law firms with relevant experience in the import, storage, dispatch and wholesale of liquid fuels. We have a multidisciplinary team that is well aware of both, the regulatory and commercial aspects of the importation, storage, blending, dispatch, exportation and distribution of diesel, gasohol and other fuels. We have broad knowledge of the market status and rules.

Our mastering of the oil and gas contracts, of the international petroleum arbitration rules, and of the regulations applicable to upstream activities are well-appreciated by our clients, including the Peruvian oil promotion agency. 

Our opinion has also been requested by such entity in matters related with the fulfillment of different exploration and production contracts ad well as to policies on qualification procedures. 

We help clients gain access to the upstream Peruvian oil and gas market. From the incorporation and qualification of the Peruvian subsidiary or branch, up to the execution of the License Agreement.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a respected energy practice. Advises on the development of oil and gas projects, regulatory and environmental compliance, as well as transactions such as the sale and purchase of oil and gas assets. Boasts complementary prowess representing clients in international arbitration cases arising in the industry.

Strengths The practice group is highlighted for its "commitment to clients," with one source adding: "The team is very solid and attends to our requirements with a lot of celerity."

Notable practitioners

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis advises on regulatory and financing mandates related to the energy and natural resources sector. One interviewee reports that he is "very specialised in energy." De-Bernardis has a front-running project finance practice, as well as strong expertise in the power sector.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice group assisting with the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons. Advice covers regulatory issues involving permits and easements, as well as sanctions proceedings. Clients include midstream and downstream actors in the oil and gas sector, as well as domestic and international financial entities.

Work highlights Advised Transportadora de Gas del Perú on permits and easements relating to the USD200 million construction of a compression plant.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Ricardo Silva has lengthy experience in the oil and gas industry. He is known to assist with the negotiation of operating and interest agreements, contracts and upstream transactions. He recently advised CNPC on the permits required to access Block 58 areas for the exploitation of natural gas.

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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Senior Statesperson

Francisco Gálvez

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Francisco Gálvez enjoys a long-standing position in the market. Gálvez is esteemed for his strong track record advising domestic and international clients operating in the Peruvian market.

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Star Individuals

Jorge Pérez-Taiman

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual and practice co-head Jorge Pérez-Taiman has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector, with notable expertise in the negotiation of commercial agreements and joint ventures with cross-border elements. He recently assisted Karoon Gas subsidiary KEI with permits and licensing contracts relating to the deep water sea-bed exploration of Block Z-38. One client reports that he is "very well known and a good adviser."

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Barrios & Fuentes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Germán Barrios is highly regarded for his experience across regulatory, transactional and environmental matters relating to the oil and gas industry. One source reports: "He clearly has experience and has spent many years dedicated to this sector." As well as being a standout practitioner Barrios regularly plays a leading role in international conferences and associations.

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Alberto Varillas Cueto

García Sayán Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alberto Varillas Cueto continues to be viewed as an outstanding oil and gas practitioner. He has significant expertise in this area, with notable activity counselling on licensing contracts concerning the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas blocks. One interviewee says that he is "technically very good in hydrocarbons and highly regarded with a very high level of knowledge."

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Band 2

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Luis Córdova is held in high esteem by clients, one of whom comments: "He is extremely knowledgeable of the law," going on to add: "His strength is really his technical skill, and also his ability to communicate with our counterparts in our stead." Other interviewees remark that Córdova is a pleasure to work with.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

CMS GRAU

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Carlos Hamann is well regarded by market commentators for his activity in this area, frequently advising on regulatory mandates involving permits, as well as the negotiation of service contracts. One client says: "He has a lot of expertise and he is very solid. He generates a lot of confidence and brings a lot of value to every project."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Ricardo Silva has lengthy experience in the oil and gas industry. He is known to assist with the negotiation of operating and interest agreements, contracts and upstream transactions. He recently advised CNPC on the permits required to access Block 58 areas for the exploitation of natural gas.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Carlos Raúl Vizquerra

Estudio Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Carlos Raúl Vizquerra is praised by clients as being "really good at interjecting and providing us with context in negotiations" adding that this "wasparamount to us understanding what the other side wanted to do." Another source describes Vizquerra as "extremely dedicated and willing to devote the effort required for complex projects."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Augusto Astorga Philippon

CMS GRAU

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Augusto Astorga Philippon provides counsel to clients on all stages of hydrocarbon exploration, exploitation and distribution, with further experience in the negotiation of EPC contracts and concession agreements. He is highlighted for his "clear knowledge of this sector."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis

Miranda & Amado Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Marcelo De-Bernardis advises on regulatory and financing mandates related to the energy and natural resources sector. One interviewee reports that he is "very specialised in energy." De-Bernardis has a front-running project finance practice, as well as strong expertise in the power sector.

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Band 3

Laub & Quijandría Energy Group

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Anthony Laub of Laub & Quijandría Energy Group has notable experience in the energy sector having advised on privatisations, the negotiation of concession agreements and commercial contracts. He is also experienced in administrative proceedings.

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Associates to watch

Liliana Callirgos

Barrios & Fuentes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Liliana Callirgos is highlighted by sources for her "very good technical regulatory knowledge," with one interviewee going on to add: "She provides very good support."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Carolina Noriega Ackermann

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carolina Noriega Ackermann is singled out by a source for her work in downstream matters. Clients state: "She has a very direct working style, she is accessible and provides straightforward answers, explaining things in a way that is easy to understand."

^ See whole ranking table