Peru’s Rodrigo Elías & Medrano promotes four partners, three counsel

Peruvian law firm Rodrigo Elías & Medrano has announced the promotion of seven of its lawyers, creating four partners and three counsel to strengthen its Lima-based team.

Peruvian law firm Rodrigo Elías & Medrano has announced the promotion of seven of its lawyers, creating four partners and three counsel to strengthen its Lima-based team.


The new partners are Francisco Cárdenas, Nydia Guevara, Nicolás Cornejo and Jorge Luis Alvarado, while the firm’s new counsel are Augusto Effio, Claudia Vidal and Ursula Ben Hammou.

Francisco Cárdenas specializes in civil, corporate, foreign investment and contracts matters, counseling Peruvian and multinational companies on diverse branches of economic activity, such as foreign investment, M&As, and in designing more efficient legal structures.

Prior to joining the firm, Francisco was an international attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, and a member of the board of directors of ADV Editores, which publishes Advocatus magazine.

Nydia Guevara specializes in the design, structuring and negotiation of multiple financing transactions including public and private offerings of securities, project finance, syndicated loans, trade finance and derivatives.

She focuses in structuring financing deals, local and cross-border, mainly through capital markets operations, from the side of Peruvian and international banks in their role as arrangers or lenders.

She also assists local and foreign entities such as banks, investment fund administrators, insurance companies, brokerage companies and clearing houses in regulatory matters.

Nicolás Cornejo specializes in project finance, mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets, counseling companies on financing operations and capital markets, M&As and corporate restructuring.

Nicolás participates in large operations from the structuring stages and carries out and leads the due diligence process, drafts and negotiates contracts and transaction documents, and manages to reach a successful completion. Prior to joining the firm, he was an international lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.

Jorge Luis Alvarado specializes in civil, commercial, administrative-contentious, and constitutional litigation and arbitrations.

He was in charge of internships of the Introduction to Procedural Law course at the Universidad de Lima from 2007-11, and chairman of the board of directors of the Foro Jurídico magazine, published by the Law School students of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.He is currently a professor in procedural law at the Universidad de Lima.

New counsel Augusto Effio specializes in administrative law with an emphasis on public procurement, and was technical normative director at Peru’s Supervisory Agency of Public Procurement and director of logistics of the Ministry of Production.

Augusto has offered advice and consulting to different entities of the public sector, and currently teaches at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Claudia Vidal specializes in mining law and corporate and civil matters and participates in legal audit processes, advisng on corporate, commercial,

natural resources matters, mining concessions, mining procedures and administrative processes before the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

For her part, new counsel Ursula Ben-Hammou specializes in corporate, foreign investment and contracts matters, as well as  corporate restructuring, M&As and cross-border financing, and assists on cases regarding financial and corporate matters for the establishment and developments of operations in Peru.

She is a mentoring officer in the Women’s Interest Group committee of the International Bar Association, and was previously assistant editor for Chambers & Partners Latin America in London, supervising the investigation processes of legal markets in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

She has also held the role of legal fellow at the Inter-American Investment Corporation of the IDB in Washington, DC.

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