Firm profile submitted by Miranda & Amado Abogados
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, Paris and Sao Paulo. Miranda & Amado won the “Peru Law Firm of the Year” and the “Client Service” awards at the Chambers Latin America Awards, and is the only Peruvian law firm to have been shortlisted for “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 and recently won “Peru Tax Firm of the Year” and “Peru Tax Dispute Firm of the Year” at the ITR 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, and Taxand, a global network of leading tax advisors from independent member firms in more than 40 countries. Taxand was awarded “Latin American Tax Disputes Firm of the Year” in the 2014 ITR Americas Awards.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets: The firm advised on banking and capital markets deals totaling US$21 billion from mid-2013 to mid-2014. 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. It also stands out for its unique regulatory banking experience, having advised on the formation of five banks in Peru, more than any other firm.
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.
Competition / Antitrust: The firm participates in the biggest and most complex antitrust and unfair competition cases in Peru. It has strong experience representing local subsidiaries of international companies in antitrust proceedings, particularly in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors.
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 is equally strong in all types of litigation, before all levels of the court, as well as in both local and international arbitration. The department has outstanding expertise and experience in complex regulatory disputes, specifically in the electricity, oil & gas and telecoms sectors. It is also a pioneer in international arbitration, participating in many of the market’s biggest cases in recent years, such as representing Duke Energy in one of very few ICSID cases in which the Republic of Peru was defeated.
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.
Labour & Employment: With over 30 lawyers in the department, the firm participates in the market’s most complex, sensitive and strategic matters. It handles general labour and social security matters, legal opinions, planning and strategy, restructuring, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and the government, and has participated in many of the biggest litigation cases in Peru in recent years.
Projects & Natural resources: From mid-2013 to mid-2014, the firm advised on 12 major 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 & 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 2,192 hours of pro bono work in 2014.
LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish