Under siege

Between lawyer arrests, government investigations, an influx of foreign competitors and a technology arms race, senior partners in Peru are facing pressure from all sides. Vincent Manancourt convened a roundtable of local leaders to discuss the challenges

Under siege

A hush falls over the table. The topic of corruption in the legal profession has just been broached. Footage of police escorting José Francisco Zaragozá, a Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casa partner, from a gym in central Lima in handcuffs is still fresh in people's memories. He is alleged to have helped Brazilian construction company Odebrecht pay bribes to a provincial governor, though Zaragozá claims he does not know why he is under investigation. Against this backdrop, it is hardly surprising that corruption is a conversation stopper. "I was a bit surprised with what has happened with Zaragozá," says Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados' managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, breaking the silence. "But, in general, I don't think companies need lawyers to pay their bribes. On the contrary, I think they probably have done things by themselves."



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