Chambers Latin America

Energy & Natural Resources: Power – Band 1  2015

What the team is known for Well-established and respected market leader offering the full spectrum of services relating to the power sector. Added value comes from the team’s ability to design fresh strategies for clients – from creating new transactional frameworks, to identifying alternative business opportunities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“I work with this firm because of its deep experience in the sector, the strength of the team and the great client service.”

What’s new? Took on a number of significant new clients, including Electroperú, Invenergy and Volcan Compañía Minera.

Work highlights Represented Proinversión in a combined USD700 million private investment deal in two Peruvian energy projects.

Notable practitioners

Deeply experienced leading light Roberto Santiváñez Seminario is described by market sources as “the best lawyer in Peru for power matters and a top-tier lawyer without a doubt.” Interviewees go on to acknowledge his ample sector knowledge, with one saying: “In terms of his energy law knowledge, I see no weaknesses.” He is highly active in this space and often acts as lead partner in the team’s most notable mandates.

Paul Súmar specialises in private investment matters, an area in which he has been particularly involved over the past 12 months. He also has expertise in regulatory and contractual matters. Sources affirm the quality of his practice.

Lucia Villarán has left the firm for a role at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Significant clients Proinversión, Celsia, ElectroDunas, Fenix Power Perú, Compañía Eléctrica El Platanal.

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining – Band 4  2015

What the team is known for Advises clients on contracts regarding joint ventures, transfers and mining mortgages. Experienced in risk analysis and the identification of necessary permits to smaller companies trying to develop their mining operations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The lawyers in this practice have excellent knowledge and are also very helpful.”

What’s new? María Teresa Capella joined as a partner from Capella & Delgado Abogados.

Notable practitioners

Karim Kahatt is dual-qualified in the USA and Peru. He has solid knowledge of environmental matters, natural resources and workers’ health issues in relation to extractive industries. Clients comment: “His dedication to our needs has been highly appreciated.”

Associate Boris Pacheco is new to the rankings. Sources describe him as “knowledgeable and proficient at responding to clients’ queries.”

Significant clients Stellar Mining del Perú, Bear Creek Mining, Minera Strait Gold Perú.

Environment – Band 1  2015

What the team is known for Well-established team in this sector specifically with regards to energy. Strong focus on power law, and vast experience in working with clients in the mining, electricity, oil, gas, cement and steel industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have wide experience in the energy sector and offer an excellent client service. They have a business focus when it comes to the analysis of a case.”

What’s new? María Teresa Capella arrived from Capella & Delgado Abogados; she specialises in employment law.

Work highlights Advised Proinversión on the implementation of a new natural gas liquefaction system within PERU LNG’s liquefaction project.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned head of department Karim Kahatt is described by peers as “an environmental expert.” His specialisms include natural resources, environmental regulation, occupational health and industrial security.

Significant clients Proinversión, Abengoa, Sulliden, Celepsa, EGEMSA.

Regulatory – Band 3  2015

What the team is known for Large team with a reputation for experience in regulatory matters in the energy sector. Active in high-profile cases in the public and private sectors relating to projects and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“This firm has very experienced lawyers in the energy sector. The strong points are their experience and ability to find novel solutions.”

Work highlights Acting for Proinversión, providing analysis on tariffs and other regulatory aspects to foster investment in matters related to LNG and power transmission.

Notable practitioners 

Energy and regulatory expert Roberto Santiváñez Seminario maintains his participation in high-profile cases, frequently advising notable domestic and international clients. Sources acknowledge his top-tier practice and highlight his ample experience in the energy sphere.

Since publication, Augusto Vargas has left this practice.

Significant clients Abengoa, Compañía Eléctrica El Platanal, Electro Dunas, Grupo ISA, SN Power.

Projects – Band 3  2015

What the team is known for Provides solid advice on electricity and energy projects, covering the regulatory and financial aspects. Also handles infrastructure matters and the processing of permits and licences. Noted for its experience in the electricity space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The firm has a good knowledge of the issues.”

Work highlights Advising Proinversión on a USD200 million natural gas project.

Notable practitioners

Department head Roberto Santiváñez Seminario is advising Unión Andina de Cementos (UNACEM) on an electricity generation project. He is considered a regulatory expert with a specialism in power matters.

Significant clients Compañía Eléctrica El Platanal, Electro Dunas, Fenix Power, Proinversión, SN Power.

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