Firm profile submitted by Miranda & Amado Abogados
Managing Partners: Luis Vinatea and Juan Luis Avendaño C
Other lawyers: 82
Total Staff: 200+
Miranda & Amado is a full-service Peruvian law firm with an international outlook. A market leader across a range of practice areas, it is renowned for its expert handling of highly sophisticated transactions and crossborder deals for a predominantly multinational clientele. This international experience has led to the team being instructed by clients to coordinate regional transactions in the role traditionally assumed by US firms; this is unique in Peru and rare among law firms across Latin America. The firm is also committed to providing its lawyers with international training and experience; among the leading Peruvian law firms, Miranda & Amado has by far the highest number of lawyers with experience working at global law firms in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, London and Paris. Miranda & Amado won the ‘Peru Law Firm of the Year’ and the ‘Client Service’ awards at the Chambers Latin America Awards, and has been shortlisted for the ‘Latin America Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Global Awards. The firm was also named ‘Peru Law Firm of the Year 2014’ at the IFLR Americas Awards.
Miranda & Amado covers all areas of the law while maintaining its boutique approach to highly sophisticated matters in sectors such as electricity, oil and gas, telecoms, mining, infrastructure, real estate and banking and finance. Expertise in these fields is well supplemented by market leading practice groups in finance, M&A, litigation, labour, tax, and competition and antitrust.The firm is part of Affinitas, an Alliance of leading Latin American law firms, recently recognised as Leading Regional Law Firm Network in Latin America by Chambers and Partners; and Taxand, a global network of leading tax advisors from independent member firms in 45 countries. Taxand was awarded ‘Latin American Indirect Tax Firm of the Year’ twice in the 2016 and 2015 ITR Americas Tax Awards, and succeeded as the ‘Latin American Tax Disputes Firm of the Year’ in the 2014 ITR Americas Tax Awards.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets: The firm advised on banking, finance, project finance and capital markets deals totaling more than US$30 billion since 2013. The firm is consistently involved in the market’s biggest, most sophisticated and innovative transactions, particularly cross-border deals. It stands out for its unique regulatory banking experience, having advised on the formation of five banks in Peru, more than any other firm. Its project finance practice is leader in the provision of legal services for the financing of infrastructure projects with a multidisciplinary approach. Its capital markets practice is unrivalled, having participated in more international securities offerings than any other Peruvian firm in recent years and almost all international offerings by Peruvian banks.
Bankruptcy: The firm’s practice has an international focus, representing clients in cross-border insolvency cases carried out in Peru. The department is expert in cross-border insolvency regulations (exequatur proceedings and its effects) and its lawyers are familiarised with the scope and application of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in foreign jurisdictions. The firm’s insolvency and restructuring practice group naturally offers a creditor-oriented service. However, the practice group has the experience and capabilities to advice debtors, if required and in some specific cases. The firm also has experience in the acquisition of companies and assets through insolvency proceedings (distressed transactions).
Competition / Antitrust: The firm has strong expertise as counsel on the biggest and most complex antitrust and unfair competition cases in Peru. Currently, the firm is involved in the majority of all price fixing cases followed by Peruvian Competition Agencies in several markets (telecommunications, transportation, energy). The competition team also has important experience in procedures against public authorities for the elimination of illegal or irrational bureaucratic barriers that affect competitiveness.
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: From mid-2013 to mid-2014, the firm advised on 18 high-end M&A deals with a total value exceeding US$4 billion, including all the market’s headline deals. Other matters include high-end JVs, corporate reorganisations, strategic contracts, solving complex problems and creating complex corporate structures.
Dispute Resolution: The firm has over 20 lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution, handling more than 300 proceedings, including litigation before all levels of Peruvian courts, as well as local and international arbitration. The dispute resolution department has outstanding expertise in complex tax, constitutional, construction and regulatory disputes. The firm regularly participates in many of the most relevant international arbitrations in connection with Peru, being a pioneer in international investment arbitration. The firm continuously advises foreign investors in ICSID arbitration against the Peruvian State.
Environment: The firm handles the complete range of environmental work, from projects, M&A due diligence and finance-related matters to legal opinions and litigation. It stands out for its expertise in matters relating to projects, such as land management issues including water rights, sites of archaeological interest, natural reserves and zoning.
Insurance & Reinsurance: The firm regularly is involved in all aspects of the regulatory insurance and reinsurance legal framework, advising local and foreign insurance and reinsurance companies on both contentious and non-contentious issues, such as transaction, governance, litigation, insurance structuring procedures and regulatory matters. The firm also assists leading insurers on all aspects of their corporate transactions and risk transfer arrangements, as well as the Peruvian Association of Insurance Companies in industry related matters (“APESEG”).
Labour & Employment: Miranda & Amado has the market’s largest labour department, comprising 36 fully qualified lawyers, including 4 partners and 4 senior counsels. The firm participates in the market’s most complex, sensitive and strategic matters. It handles the entire range of non-contentious and contentious labour and employment matters such as specialised consultancy, including social security and safety at work matters; planning and strategy on employment restructuring; collective bargaining and arbitration; and has participated in many of the biggest, most complex and high profile cases in Peru in recent years, representing clients before the Labour Authority and all levels of the Courts.
Projects & Natural Resources: During the past two years the firm advised on 12 major mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects and related transactions, involving total investments and financing in excess of US$28 billion. It is a top choice for projects that have never been tried before in Peru, currently advising on the largest infrastructure project ever in Peru and the first project of its kind in the oil and gas sector.
Real Estate: The firm is regularly called upon to provide one-off legal opinions on complicated real estate issues. It advises on permits and licenses, due diligence, sale and purchase of properties, urban and rural land, and real estate projects. It stands out for its experience advising on the development of housing projects and the sale, purchase and lease of commercial property.
Regulatory: The firm has a comprehensive and fully integrated approach to regulation, bringing together the expertise of its highly specialised practice groups in key areas such as electricity, oil and gas, mining, telecoms, infrastructure projects, administrative law, competition and dispute resolution.
Tax: The tax department assists clients with sophisticated tax structures, complex cross-border transactions and litigation before all levels of the court, including highly sensitive litigation against the tax authority SUNAT. It stands out for its unrivalled expertise in tax matters relating to regulated industries, specifically energy, infrastructure and telecoms.
Pro Bono: As a signatory of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas promoted by the Cyrus R Vance Centre for the Promotion of International Justice and a founder of the Peruvian Fundación Pro Bono, the firm dedicated 1,819 hours of pro bono work in 2016.
LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Spanish