Managing Partner: José Antonio Olaechea
Partners: María Eugenia Yabar, Martín Serkovic, Manuel Villa-García, José Antonio Valdez, José Antonio Honda, Jesús Matos, Carlo Viacava, Jorge Davila, Cecilia Catacora, Mónica Germany, José Luis Velarde, Lucianna Polar, Rossana Natteri, Carolina Rodríguez, Carlos Martínez
Number of partners worldwide: 16
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 50
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Estudio Olaechea is a full-service law firm committed to high quality, creative and efficient legal assistance sensitive to the particular needs of every individual client. Founded in 1878, Estudio Olaechea is among the largest law firms in Peru. The firm places great emphasis on ethical and high professional standards, having inherited a legacy of more than 139 years of legal experience. Estudio Olaechea has as policy a team approach from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective to develop solutions at a competitive cost. The firm encourages this strategy when necessary, often combining legal and business skills. Many of the firm’s professionals have worked, studied and/or lived abroad and are up to date with international business trends and legal working schemes.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Financing:
The firm’s extensive practice in banking and financing includes local representation of several private and international financial organisations. Estudio Olaechea advises on all types of banking and insurance operations, such as the establishment of these institutions and their subsidiaries and representation offices, legal auditing, issuance and marketing of debt, secured and unsecured liabilities.
The practice involves representing issuers, financial institutions, underwriters and sponsors of investment companies in a wide variety of capital market transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities in the domestic and international markets, listing and delisting securities on the stock exchange, launching tender offers and compliance with disclosure and other regulatory obligations.
The firm’s Competition Department boasts an impressive practice, advising domestic and foreign companies on subjects such as anti-monopoly laws, dumping, unfair competition, publicity, smuggling and consumer protection.
Corporate & M&A:
The firm has successfully assisted companies and individuals interested in privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, including due diligences and legal auditing procedures, takeovers, control disputes, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Establishment of branches and subsidiaries.
The firm provides clients with comprehensive counselling in regard to the adaptation to environmental rules in force for domestic and foreign companies.
The firm has substantial experience on regulation regarding different forms of generation, transmission and distribution of energy and acts related to its use.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
The firm has one of the leading insurance and reinsurance practices in Peru. This practice group has been advising insurance brokers, agents insurers, reinsurers, claims adjusters and other market participants, providing a full service to the insurance business. The group’s members advise on matters related to insurance coverage; drafting and negotiation of insurance contracts; statutory and regulatory compliance; coverage disputes on all types of insurance; development of new insurance products; representation before the Peruvian Insurance Authority; filing applications for the organisation and formation of insurance activities; and other regulatory issues in general.
The firm advises on copyrights, patents, utility models, industrial designs, industrial secrets, trademarks, commercial names and slogans and denominations of origin.
Labour & Immigration:
The firm handles all matters concerning labour law, immigration and social security, including all aspects with regards to foreign personnel hired by domestic and international companies. It defends clients against labour law claims.
The firm has extensive experience in litigation in all fields of law, including intervention in national and international arbitrations and has a specialised litigation department. It handles the defence and execution of resolutions before government authorities and courts, gives assistance on insolvency, restructurings and bankruptcies of companies and individuals.
The firm is particularly efficient on processing mining claims up to their registration and on mining procedures to avoid overlaps. It also provides counselling in the incorporation of mining companies and negotiation of the different contracts in this area.
The firm has experience in planning, structuring and developing complex construction contracts and projects. Offers advise to lenders, borrowers, construction companies, owners, operators, developers, investors, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors on all aspects of drafting and negotiating agreements. The firm’s assistance includes corporate matters, due diligence in title of the land, governance matters; review of compliance with Peruvian law of the different agreements; tax planning, cross-border investment structures and investment considerations.
The firm’s tax lawyers provide strategic tax advice to many large companies and work closely with the clients’ corporate attorneys in optimising the tax aspects of all major financing transactions in which the firm is involved. It also provides counselling regarding contentious and non-contentious tax procedures before the Peruvian government authorities. It also gives assistance on tax stability agreements for several economic activities.
Transportation & Communications:
Estudio Olaechea has extensive experience on procedures to obtain operating licences, frequencies, special flight permits, shared codes, contracts for the establishment of pools, maritime conferences, freight bookings as well as financial leasing, charter contracts and others.
Compliance & White Collar Litigation:
The firm has over a decade of experience in compliance and white collar crime law. The team provides legal advice in many matters concerning systems of prevention, detection of illegal actions, litigation and economic and financial issues, including anti-money laudering advisory.
Estudio Olaechea’s attorneys represent buyers, sellers, investors, shareholder groups and financial advisers in structuring, negotiating and consummating complex business matters. The firm has long-standing and valued professional relationships with banks, financial institutions and industries, representing customers from all around the world. The firm has established close working relationships with law firms from all over the world as the exclusive Peruvian member of Club de Abogados, Lex Mundi, The Interlex Group and Ius Laboris, global associations of independent law firms.