Latin Lawyer

Latin Lawyer – Energy

Managing partner Roberto Santiváñez, widely credited as the firm’s main strategist, is in charge of energy matters – an area that accounts for some 65 per cent of deal flow. Santiváñez, who has worked at Mayer Brown LLP, has been especially busy on finance transactions with a special focus on the electricity sector. Clients appreciate his efficient service and he is a trusted adviser of electricity transmission concessionaire Transmantaro. He has advised the consortium in numerous financing and loan transactions. Adding further depth to the department is Paul Sumar, who joined following the incorporation of his energy boutique in 2011. Since then he has been steadily building a name for himself. Also responsible for projects work, Sumar was particularly visible in 2013 helping Peru’s investment agency, Proinversión, award two bids to private companies for the transportation of liquefied natural gas to the north of the country and to develop a new thermal power plant in the Amazonian city of Iquitos.

Latin Lawyer – Corporate and M&A

Roberto Santiváñez’s corporate and M&A work includes helping microfinance bank Compartamos acquire a majority stake in Peru’s Financiera Créditos Arequipa – the Mexican bank’s first overseas investment. In 2012, Santiváñez took over responsibility for the firm’s competition practice following the departure of regulatory specialist Eduardo Quintana to a full-service rival. Power companies are a major strand of the department’s client list, turning to the firm for M&A and financing advice.

Latin Lawyer – Environment

Karim Kahatt is a leading environmental lawyer who spent some years at Peru’s most prominent environment boutique before setting up his own firm (which he merged with this firm three years ago). He uses his experience in environmental law to help clients in the mining sector, such as Pacific Rubiales, which he advised in the creation of self-auditing systems to keep track of their environmental obligations with software he designed.

Latin Lawyer – Mining and Metals

Santivañez Abogados’ natural resources capabilities were augmented by the incorporation of Karim Kahatt’s boutique in 2010. Kahatt now oversees the firm’s mining efforts. The practice also received a boost following the firm’s merger with Capella & Delgado Abogados, which added associates within mining experience and small-scale mining clients owned by Peruvian family Rizo Patron, the boutique’s only client.

Latin Lawyer – Tax

Tax partner Walther Belaunde is a noted figure at the firm, not least for transactional work after his time at one of the country’s major deal-making firms. Belaunde worked alongside Santivañez to help with Compartamos’ investment in Financiera Créditos Arequipa. Contracts issues, tax audits and tax administration are sources of regular work for this department.”

Latin Lawyer – Labour

Labour is the latest department to receive a make-over following the incorporation of a labour and mining boutique in 2013. It is led by María Teresa Capella, who also works closely with the mining practice.

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