Head Partner: Maria Teresa Quiñones
Partner: Lucía Olavarría
Senior Associates: Margarett Matos, Jorge Alvarado-Aldana, Geraldine Izaguirre and Erick Vargas
Arbitration: Lucia Olavarria
Energy & TMT: María Teresa Quiñones
Construction: Lucia Olavarria
Infrastructure: Maria Teresa Quiñones
Founded in 2018 by María Teresa Quiñones, a 25 years experienced and awarded leading lawyer in the fields of energy, infrastructure, public law and telecommunications, Quiñones Alayza Abogados - QALegal - is a legal boutique with five areas of expertise: arbitration, public and administrative law, energy, infrastructure, construction and TMT. QA Legal has positioned itself as one of the to go firms for energy and telecom matters; its founder, María Teresa Quiñones, is considered a leader in the Peruvian electricity, infrastructure and telecom sectors.
The team is formed by highly specialised young lawyers, who are also involved in academics and research. At the beginning of 2020, the firm took a step further with the arrival of Lucía Olavarría as a second partner, bringing with her over 10 years of experience as an associate at top tier local firms.
QALegal provides advice on highly sophisticated matters related to regulations in the energy, telecom, transport and infrastructure sectors. Its expertise is in the design and implementation of projects in these areas, as well as with regulatory matters. The firm has a clear client centric focus and seeks to add value to the businesses, working with multidisciplinary teams that integrate and enhance legal, economic, and technical approaches to achieve high-impact solutions.
The firm has a genuine commitment to diversity which is reflected in its participation in the most important initiatives in the country as Women In the Profession (WIP Perú), the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (and ERA Pledge). Its partners also participate as mentors in Women In Energy Peru.
Main Areas of Practice:
Design and implementation of power generation and electric transmission projects, including renewable energy projects. Legal advice on gas transport and distribution contracts, controversies and regulatory matters. Negotiation, drafting and performance of power purchase agreements. Interpretation and performance of natural gas supply, transport and distribution service agreements. Design and negotiation of interconnection agreements and access to transmission facilities. Expert opinions in domestic and international controversies. Regulations applicable to the electricity market and natural gas supply chain.
Highly specialised advice in complex domestic, international, and investment arbitration proceedings. Participation as party representatives, arbitrators and legal experts in both domestic and international arbitrations. The team is well-trained on the application of the arbitration rules of ICC, UNCITRAL, and the most representative arbitration centers in the country.
Projects and Infrastructure:
Development and operation of infrastructure projects (ports, airports, toll roads, railways, transmission lines and sanitation).
Public Private Partnerships and Private Initiatives in infrastructure, BOOT projects, concessions, authorisations, permits, negotiation of concession and construction contracts, open-access and interconnection contracts.
Public bids for granting PPP contracts in transport, sanitation, energy and telecommunications projects. Performance and compliance of PPP contracts. Domestic and international arbitrations regarding concession contracts and investment contracts.
Expert opinions in national and international arbitrations (ICSID) regarding Public Law, Infrastructure Law and Public Private Partnerships. Design and implement private bids for infrastructure and construction projects. Preparation, negotiation and performance of BOOT Contracts, EPC Contracts and Design and Engineering Contracts.
Rendering of legal opinions on public and administrative law and regulatory matters. Advice on obtaining concessions, authorisations, permits, negotiation of agreements with the Peruvian government, contencious administrative litigation.
Advice to incumbents and new entrants on telecom regulations, licensing and permits. Represent clients before the telecom authority in tariff setting proceedings. Advice on draft legislation. Representation of clients in sanction proceedings and administrative proceedings Obtaining concessions, authorisations and licenses for telecommunications services. Transfers of concessions and spectrum rights assignments.
Drafting of Design, EPC and BOOT contracts and other construction related contracts. Preparing strategies for managing and settling claims for additional costs and extension of time. Representing clients in construction contract arbitrations.
Languages: English, Spanish.
María Teresa Quiñones is a member of the International Arbitration Court of Amcham Perú. She is also Vice Chair of the Peruvian Society of Construction Law and a member of WIP-Peru Advising Committee.
Lucía Olavarría is an ICC YAF representative for Latin America and a member of the Steering Committee of the ERA Pledge. Margarett Matos is cofounder of Peruvian Young Energy Professionals (PYEP).