Apart from his experience as an attorney, Mr. Labarthe also works in academia, as a professor, and has authored two books on criminal matters.
On September 1st, the Peruvian law firm Hernández & Cía announced the hire of Gonzalo del Rio Labarthe as a partner in the white-collar crime practice.
Mr. Labarthe holds a PhD in Criminal Law from Universidad de Alicante, in Spain. He has experience leading the white-collar crime practice of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria. He has also worked at Estudio Loli, a boutique of criminal practice.
According to a press release issued by the firm, the hire comes as a necessity, because the white-collar crime practice has grown in the country in the past few months, due to the adoption of better practices and crime prevention policies within institutions.
The press release also stated: “For this reason, Hernández & Cía. Abogados, incorporates Gonzalo del Río as a leading partner in the corporate criminal law area, which will initially consist of three lawyers, with a vision that will include not only illicit prevention but also advice on corporate criminal issues already generated, in order to provide a complete service to all of its clients.”
Commenting on the move, Mr. Labarthe added: “I decided to join Hernandez & Cía. Abogados because there is a determined commitment to consolidate a leading white-collar practice as a legal service of the firm. In a context where the Peruvian legal market is looking for the incorporation of this practice with a corporative view, the most important challenge that I’ve been tasked is to use my experience in the field of criminal law to consolidate this area as a leading practice in the Peruvian market,” he claimed.
Additionally, Juan Luis Hernandez, managing partner, also shared his take on the situation: “Entering into the criminal practice has always been a challenge for us. Having that in mind, we decided that if we were going to strengthen this area and compete aggressively on this market, the partner who would lead this area at Hernández & Cía. Abogados had to meet the following criteria: an impeccable past and reputation, excellent professional credentials and had to be an attorney who understood the client’s business. The recruiting process took a while as it is very difficult to find a criminal attorney in Peru who meets all these criteria, but finally we agreed that Gonzalo was the right candidate.”
This hire is one of five to have occurred in the past nine months. In this period, Brendan Oviedo came in to lead energy, projects and infrastructure; Michael Vidal joined to lead the labor practice; Oswaldo Alvarado was added co-lead the area of customs and foreign trade; and Fernando Núñez was brought in to bolster the tax area.