The firm: Miranda & Amado is a full-service Peruvian law firm with an international outlook. A market leader across a range of practice areas, it is renowned for its expert handling of highly sophisticated transactions and cross-border deals for a predominantly multinational clientele. This international experience has led to the team being instructed by clients to coordinate regional transactions in the role traditionally assumed by US firms; this is unique in Peru and rare among law firms across Latin America. Miranda & Amado covers all areas of the law while maintaining its boutique approach to highly sophisticated matters in sectors such as electricity, oil and gas, telecoms, mining, infrastructure, real estate and banking, finance and insurance. Expertise in these fields is well supplemented by market leading practice groups in finance, M&A, litigation, labour, tax, environmental, insolvency, competition and antitrust. The firm also stands out for participating in the most innovative and first-of-their-kind transactions in Peru.
Top-notch talent: Miranda & Amado is at the forefront of the legal service industry in Peru, for which it relies on its top-notch team of lawyers that is committed to and focused on excellence-based performance. Among the leading Peruvian law firms, Miranda & Amado has by far the highest number of lawyers with experience working at top-tier international law firms.
Acknowledgements: Miranda & Amado has won the ‘Peru Law Firm of the Year’ the ‘Client Service’ awards at the Chambers Latin America Awards, and has been shortlisted for the ‘Latin America Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Global Awards. In 2017, the firm was also named ‘Peru Law Firm of the Year’ for the third time at the IFLR Americas Awards and Peru Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review.
Clients: Miranda & Amado advises major national and international companies in every industrial sector, including the top 10 companies in Peru. Representative clients include: Telefonica, Credicorp, Engie, IFC, Citi, Vinci, BHP, IC Power, Intercorp, APM Terminals, Talma, Sanfer, San Fernando, Terranum, Lindley, Minera Las Bambas and Petroperu.
International work: The firm is part of Affinitas, an alliance established in 2004 and composed of leading law firms in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance. It comprises over 400 lawyers committed to responding to clients’ needs through a close-knit network, ensuring consistency and quality of service. Affinitas is one of only five Leading Regional Law Firm Networks recognised by Chambers Latin America.
Main areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: During the last five years, Miranda & Amado has participated in finance and capital markets transactions with an aggregate value of more than US$30 billion. The firm has advised on the formation of five banks in Peru, more than any other firm, and has participated in more international securities offerings than any other Peruvian firm in recent years and almost all international offerings by Peruvian banks.
Bankruptcy: The firm’s practice is naturally creditor-oriented and has acquired an international focus, representing clients in cross-border insolvency cases carried out in Peru. The firm also has relevant experience in distressed acquisition of companies and assets.
Competition/antitrust: The firm is involved in the majority of price fixing cases followed by Peruvian competition agencies in several markets (telecommunications, transportation, energy). The competition team also has important experience in procedures against public authorities for the elimination of illegal or irrational bureaucratic barriers that affect competitiveness.
Corporate/mergers & acquisitions: From 2015 to 2017 the firm advised on around 40 high-end and/or complex M&A deals with a total value of around US$5 billion, including all the market’s headline deals. The firm is highly active in cross-border deals and stands out for its experience as lead counsel coordinating regional cross-border M&A.
Dispute resolution: The firm has the largest department in the country, with over 25 lawyers, including six partners and two counsel, dedicated to dispute resolution, handling more than 300 proceedings, including litigation before all levels of Peruvian courts, as well as local and international arbitration. The firm is a pioneer in international investment arbitration and continuously advises foreign investors in ICSID arbitration.
Environment: The firm stands out for its expertise in matters relating to projects, such as land management issues including water rights, sites of archaeological interest, natural reserves and zoning, as well as litigation.
Labour and employment: Miranda & Amado is clearly the market leader in labour law, also with the largest department, comprising 36 fully qualified lawyers, including five partners and two senior counsels. It handles the entire range of non-contentious and contentious labour and employment matters. The firm has participated in the most high profile cases in Peru, representing clients before the Labour Authority and all levels of the courts.
Projects and natural resources: During the past two years the firm advised on 12 major mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects and related transactions, involving total investments and financing in excess of US$28 billion. It is a top choice for projects that have never been tried before in Peru, currently advising on the largest infrastructure project ever in Peru and the first project of its kind in the oil and gas sector.
Real estate: The firm is regularly called upon to provide legal opinions on complicated real estate issues. It advises on permits and licenses, due diligence, and stands out for its experience with the development of real estate projects and the sale, purchase and lease of commercial property.
Regulatory: The firm has a comprehensive and fully integrated approach to regulation, bringing together the expertise of its highly specialised practice groups in key areas such as electricity, oil and gas, mining, telecoms, infrastructure projects, administrative law, competition and dispute resolution.
Tax: The tax department assists clients with sophisticated tax structures, complex cross-border transactions and litigation before all levels of the courts, including highly sensitive litigation against the tax authority SUNAT. The firm’s expertise is unrivalled in tax matters relating to regulated industries, specifically energy, infrastructure and telecoms.
Pro bono: As a signatory of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas promoted by the Cyrus R Vance Centre for the Promotion of International Justice and a founder of the Peruvian Fundación Pro Bono, the firm is actively involved in pro bono work.
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.