Established over 23 years ago, Benites, Forno & Ugaz is a firm committed to ethics, professional excellence and social responsibility. It brings together different generations of attorneys familiar with a multi-disciplinary approach and with a deep understanding of businesses and industries.
Main areas of practice
Arbitration and litigation: The firm manages representation in all kinds of arbitration and judicial procedures, especially in those related to statutory and contract interpretation; contract formation and performance; damages; shareholders’ rights; and corporate affairs.
Banking and finance: The firm provides legal advice on regulatory and transactional matters to local and foreign banks and other financial entities. Likewise, it provides legal advice to non-financial entities on loans and other means of financing.
Criminal law: The firm provides preventive advice to eliminate criminal contingencies in corporate, contractual or tax transactions as well as in business in general. Likewise, it provides advice on criminal contingencies, represents interests before the attorney general’s office and the courts, and solves cases of organised crime by developing strategies of mixed private and police investigations.
Corporate law and M&A: The firm provides legal advice on corporate matters to legal entities that belong to a wide range of industries (from banking to telecommunications), with particular emphasis on matters involving shareholders’ relations and managerial decision-making. Likewise, it provides full advice on the designing and implementation of mergers and acquisitions transactions. Recent experience includes the representation of Interbank in the acquisition of a UTP (US$96 million).
Investment in public infrastructure and services: The firm provides legal advice on private initiatives and selection procedures for the investment in public infrastructure and services. Recent relevant experience including the representation of Terminal Portuario Paracas SA former Consortium Paracas, currently concessionaire of San Martin Port in Pisco during the bidding process until they were granted as a successful bidder.
Real estate: The firm provides legal advice on the development of the most important real estate projects in the country, including the negotiation and execution of the agreements related to them. Its recent experience includes the advisory of the leading real estate companies of Peru in important projects.
Labour and social security: The firm advises on hiring national staff and expatriates, salary planning, work and rest programs, downsizing schemes, collective bargaining, occupational health, social insurance, pension systems, labour audits, human resources management and corporate social responsibility.
Tax: The firm provides legal advice on tax and customs matters, with special emphasis in tax planning and transfer pricing.
Intellectual property and competition law: The firm manages representation in unfair competition and advertising claims as well as consumer protection litigation. It also handles IP cases and registration and vigilance of IP rights.
In recent years, the firm has been involved in cross-border transactions. A representative list of its international work includes the biggest carbon credit back facility (US$10.4 million), multiple restructuring Brazilian debt (US$30 million), the credit facility obtained by Intralot Finance Luxembourg SA through a €325 million (US$432 million) notes issuance on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, the loan granted by a syndicate led by Citigroup Global Markets Limited to Intralot SA (€300 million).www.bfu.pe