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Infrastructure & Projects

We are recognized by our vast experience in providing advice to national and foreign investors in public or private infrastructure projects and / or public services related to: ports, roads, airports, public and urban roads, public schools, hospitals, social housing, treatment plants, logistical infrastructure, and public cleaning services, among others; as well as in private investment projects on assets owned by the State under assignment contract schemes, usufruct, and surface land, among others (Projects over Assets).

Our services include:

  • The design, development and execution of Private Initiatives (Non Solicited Proposals), accompanying the client in all the stages of the process.
  • Advising on the participation in bids or tenders of Public Private Partnership (PPPs) projects or in Projects over Assets, accompanying the client in all stages of the process.
  • Advising in the development and execution of PPPs or Projects over Assets.
  • Permanent advice on issues related to projects of public investment and PPS.
  • Advising in the development and execution of Public Works for Tax Deduction.
  • Advice in all types of public procurement matters.
  • Legal opinions related to PPPs, Projects over Assets, and Public Works for Tax Deduction, among others.
  • Advice on M&A transactions related to infrastructure projects and / or related assets.
  • Design of corporate structures for investment and / or participation in PPPs and / or infrastructure projects in general.

We are a dynamic practice that adapts to the changes in the market and to customer needs. We have a team of professionals specialised in different areas of practice that allow us to meet the requirements of each project and provide a comprehensive service in all related matters, such as environmental, tax, financial, corporate, and real estate (property clearance and interference release), among others.

Market commentators point to CMS Grau's project finance expertise, particularly when it comes to public-private partnership projects.

Chambers Latin America 2022 | Projects

Noteworthy practice group advising an impressive international clientele on a variety of projects. Assists with PPPs, project structuring and operation, as well as public bidding processes. Has particular strength in infrastructure mandates related to hospitals, roads and mining ventures. Regulatory aspects of transactions are a further area of focus.
Strengths Client suggest that the projects team at CMS Grau is formed of "highly professional and proactive strategists that possess vast knowledge and expertise in this field, in addition to a very client-focused attitude."

Chambers Latin America 2018

Well-established team assisting clients with a range of projects including port infrastructure, highways and mining. Regularly advises on PPP, public bids and the structuring and implementation of projects for an impressive portfolio of international clients.

Chambers Global 2017

The lawyers are very committed to collaborating with clients and have Deep knowledge of the sector. They are always very communicative, available and supportive. Co-head of department Michelle Barclay Thorne comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "She is a very professional and committed lawyer, with a good ability to find diverse options to solve any legal issues quickly.”

Sources enthuse that practice co-head Giancarlo Villafranqui "is a dedicated lawyer with ample experience." They add: "He is very knowledgeable about concessions matters and is very experienced in infrastructure projects."

Associate-to-watch Néstor Shimabukuro is particularly active in infrastructure and transport projects. He has noted experience advising on regulatory matters affecting PPP agreements.

Chambers Latin America 2017

CMS Grau boosted its practice with the hire of former Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados senior associate, Ramón Huapaya, as counsel. He is noted for his public law expertise, as is Giancarlo Villafranqui, who heads the team in conjunction with corporate law expert Michelle Barclay. Barclay and Villafranqui are singled out for their ‘great knowledge of their subject matter, timely delivery and client-oriented service’, and have broad sector capability, with particular expertise in public road, port, health and educational infrastructure. Highlights include advising PROINVERSION on the development of the $215m Salaverry Port Terminal project. Associates Úrsula Cedrón, Daniela Camacho and Néstor Shimabukuro are key members of the team.

Legal 500 2017

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01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
01/06/2021
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A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
21/04/2021
BRI - View from LatAm
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is where some of the key is­sues of our time in­ter­sect, in­clud­ing glob­al­isa­tion, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the mod­ern­isa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, new tech­no­logy and health­care. But it also marks the con­ver­gence of some ser­i­ous con­cerns, such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion, in­ter­na­tion­al debt, the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic and, in­creas­ingly, geo­pol­it­ic­al ten­sions between the US and China.Our new re­port shows that sen­ti­ment to­wards BRI in Lat­in Amer­ica re­mains re­l­at­ively pos­it­ive, des­pite such head­winds. From the in­volve­ment of Chinese busi­nesses in Panama Canal ports to Chinese in­vest­ments in lith­i­um min­ing and re­new­able en­ergy, trans-Pa­cific con­nec­tions between Lat­in Amer­ic­an eco­nom­ies and China’s Asi­an power­house con­tin­ue to grow.China’s am­bi­tions to ad­vance Belt and Road co­oper­a­tion high­light the po­ten­tial for BRI to help na­tions in Lat­in Amer­ica bridge the re­gion’s massive in­fra­struc­ture gap and re­cov­er from the ter­rible dam­age of the pan­dem­ic, as well as of­fer­ing many new op­por­tun­it­ies for re­gion­al busi­nesses and in­vestors. 
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What does Chin­a's Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive mean for Lat­in Amer­ica?
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is China’s in­fra­struc­ture and fin­an­cing ini­ti­at­ive, de­vel­op­ing glob­al land and sea trade routes around the world. Many Lat­in Amer­ic­an na­tions have signed agree­ments...
14/01/2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
27/08/2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
07/08/2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
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The Lat­in Amer­ic­an Gen­er­al Coun­sel
The first CMS Gen­er­al Coun­sel re­port in the Lat­in Amer­ica re­gion, “The Lat­in Amer­ic­an GC: Rising to the chal­lenge”, ex­plores the de­vel­op­ment of the Gen­er­al Coun­sel role and how the world in which...
05/06/2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
07/05/2020
GRESB 2020 – It’s Ques­tion Time!
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The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fi­du­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...