Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
Baker McKenzie

Global firm Baker McKenzie has established a presence in the Peruvian market with its Lima office. The firm is recognized for its litigation, arbitration and ADR practices.

Ana Maria Arrate chairs the dispute resolution and arbitration practice where she is focused on civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative disputes. “She is extraordinary with her work,” says a peer, adding, “She is one of the only lawyers who has combined a strong litigation practice along with a strong arbitration practice.”

Maria del Carmen Tovar Gil has represented both the government and bidders in public law and regulatory disputes. She routinely represents clients in arbitration proceedings in relation to investment claims, public services, and construction agreements. She advised the Republic of Peru in one of the largest investment arbitrations in the country’s history. This was the first arbitration under the Investment Chapter of the Peru – United States Free Trade Agreement, which involved the operations of Doe Run Peru´s metallurgical complex in La Oroya. Arrate and Tovar are both recognized by Benchmark Latin America as Top 25 Women in Litigation for the third consecutive year.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a renowned global firm that has taken part in the some of the most complex matters around the world. The firm houses lawyers in more than 40 countries. The Peruvian branch maintains a strong legal presence in the disputes markets, representing local and international companies and institutions in complex contentious proceedings.

Guillermo Hesse, head of the litigation and arbitration practice at DLA Peru, focuses on commercial arbitration, constitutional actions, and administrative procedures. He is active representing clients in energy, gas, and construction-related conflicts. José Allemant heads the firm’s criminal, corporate and compliance practice where he focuses on the detection, prevention, and evaluation of criminal risks in the corporate space. Allemant routinely advises on corporate-related criminal offense litigation in finance, banking, tax, customs, and copyright industries.

Miranda & Amado Abogados

Miranda & Amado Abogados is made up of more than 120 lawyers. The litigation group houses approximately 25 lawyers who are dedicated to complex regulatory disputes in the electric, oil and gas, and labor sectors. The firm is additionally recognized for their work on international arbitration matters, having participated in some of the most high-stakes actions in recent history before ICSID.

Jose Daniel Amado has participated in some of the most high-profile international arbitration disputes and corporate law conflicts in the country. This year, Amado is recognized as a Top Arbitrator. Mauricio Raffo has acted on a variety of disputes on behalf of General Electric in a constitutional and criminal process against high executives. He has also represented Enersur and Egenor in a high-stakes arbitration that included every electric corporation in the country. Giovanni Priori is active in dispute resolution negotiations and arbitration proceedings within the civil, constitutional and administrative spaces. Future star Cristina Ferraro has experience representing clients in commercial disputes and commercial and investment arbitration. Ferraro is also active representing investors and states sued in arbitrations under the rules of the ICSID and ICC. 

Osterling Abogados

Osterling Abogados is recognized for its coverage in the litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution areas. The firm is frequently called upon to handle sophisticated insurance-related disputes, as well as complex civil, commercial, tax, labor, IP, administrative, and constitutional matters. The firm is currently defending claims related to illegal expropriation of several lands and premises amounting to over $200 million.

Litigation star Enrique Ferrando is currently active in numerous arbitration proceedings. He is also widely recognized for his expertise as an arbitrator, earning him the special designation of Top Arbitrator in Peru for Benchmark Latin America. Ferrando remains active in civil and commercial disputes, representing a wide range of companies in the industrial, energy, banking and insurance sectors.

Gabriel Loli co-chairs the insurance and reinsurance practice group of the firm where he routinely acts in arbitration proceedings, and in public and construction law disputes. Ferrando and Loli are currently defending Rimac Seguros y Reaseguros in an ongoing arbitration relating to claims of an alleged indemnification for damages and loss of profit arising from a policy entered between the opposition and Rimac.

Mauricio Martinez leads the litigation and dispute resolution group where he is active in civil and commercial litigation and international arbitration matters. He is also experienced in constitutional law and human rights issues. Martinez and Ferrando are lead counsel representing Constructora Industrial & Comercial Vulcano in an ongoing public law dispute stemming from the acquisition of a 3,000-square-meter land parcel owned by the client that was allegedly purchased without paying any compensation or fair market value, leading to a suit seeking compensatory payment. The two lawyers are lead counsel in charge of the legal defense of this claim. Given the lack of case law on compensation for compulsory acquisition of real estate in Peru, this decision, which is currently pending in the Peruvian Constitutional Court, could set a precedent.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria

The Peruvian branch of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is active in arbitration proceedings and commercial, civil and administrative disputes. The litigation group is active in infrastructure and regulation disputes, with recent representation including a group of cases for the biggest telephone operator in Perú against a telecom regulatory agency. Additional clients include a large mining company in several cases against an environmental agency, as well as a damages claim on behalf of a highway concessionaire that was involved in motor vehicle accident at a curve in the road.

Litigation star Ramiro Portocarrero has been involved in some of the country’s biggest energy regulation arbitration proceedings and has also advised clients in international arbitration matters before the ICC and before the Lima Chamber of Commerce. Portocarrero is also lead counsel representing Fenix Power Perú in an arbitration regarding the breach of a framework agreement in connection with the construction of a thermoelectric plant and a natural gas distribution system.

Sebastian Basombrio focuses on judicial and arbitration conflicts related to commercial, contracts, energy and infrastructure disputes. He is also active in national and international disputes and has been involved in numerous high-stakes negotiations.

Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados

Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados is a full-service firm with a robust litigation and arbitration practice that has been highlighted as “top-tier” by competitors and clients. The firm has participated in some of the most high-stakes disputes over the past decade, ranging from civil and commercial, to energy and regulatory litigation, to white-collar crime disputes.

Juan Guillermo Lohmann, a leading lawyer in the Peruvian market, is recognized for his work in local and international arbitration proceedings. “Juan Guillermo is excellent,” voices a peer, “Nothing less can be said, he is just excellent all around.” Jose Tam practices in the criminal litigation space and is also active in implementing litigation strategies in contentious administrative, constitutional, and domestic arbitration proceedings.

Jose Leandro Reano is an expert in corporate compliance. He represents companies and company executives in criminal proceedings stemming from white collar and corporate crimes. Other notable representatives include Arturo Aza, Efrain Vassallo Sambuceti, and Fabrizio Castellano.