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Juan Carlos Escudero

Managing Partner

CMS Grau
Av. Santa María 110
Miraflores, L18
Languages Spanish, English

Juan Carlos Escudero has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer. He became part of CMS Grau in 1993 and was promoted partner in 1998. To date, Juan Carlos is the Managing Partner and the head Partner of the Corporate/M&A and Banking and Finance Areas of CMS Grau. He has also participated in the acquisition and/or merger of various companies of the commercial, industrial and chemical sectors; as well as on the reorganization of several companies of great significance. In addition, Juan Carlos has advised in the structuring of the most important funding that has been made to a private company in Peru by international banks.

Juan Carlos has extensive experience in advising financial institutions and companies on the structuring and granting of loans and/or grants in complex transactions in commercial (retail), industry and financial operations, and in complex processes of securities issuance and securitization of assets and other structured products. Finally, Juan Carlos has had an active participation in large-scale real estate projects leading strategies for the acquisition, purchase, sale, division and separation of assets.

Among the major types of clients that Juan Carlos has advised are investment banks, multilateral companies and development banks (CAF, DEG, FMO), foreign and local financial institutions, investment funds, companies linked to the exploitation of natural resources and extractive activities as well as Retail and Consumption.

Juan Carlos is professor of the Mergers and Acquisitions Law Course of Graduate Studies at the ESAN University (Lima, Perú / 2014 to date) and was professor of the Finance for Lawyers Course at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias  Aplicadas (Lima, Perú / 2005 and 2008).

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Head of department Juan Carlos Escudero Velando “facilitates deals and finds efficient solutions to the difficulties that arise in a transaction”, according to clients.

Chambers Latin America 2017 (Banking and Finance)

Head of department Juan Carlos Escudero Velando is experienced in advising financing institutions, from international banks to local private companies, through complex transactions.

Chambers Latin America 2016 (Banking and Finance)

According to clients, practice head Juan Carlos Escudero Velando "knows the Peruvian market inside out and he understands our business perfectly well.".

Chambers Latin America 2015 (Banking & Finance)

Highly regarded department co-head Juan Carlos Escudero Velando is praised by sources, who state: “He has an excellent standing in the market and we have a very highly opinion of him”. In addition to his knowledge of M&A, he is also experienced in banking, capital markets and infrastructure matters.

Chambers Latin America (Coporate/M&A)

Juan Carlos Escudero Velando is recognised by interviewees as a "very good corporate lawyer." He is well versed in corporate reorganisations, often acting for private companies in the real estate, infrastructure and retail industries.

Chambers Latin America 2018

Juan Carlos Escudero Velando is valued by a client for his ability to "quickly understand the needs and objectives and his clients, as well as providing clear explanations of the Peruvian banking regulatory framework."

Chambers Latin America 2018

A ‘top legal advisor for finance matters’, CMS Grau is hailed as ‘very professional, responsive and fully dedicated to its clients’ needs’. Team head Juan Carlos Escudero is an ‘exceptionally intelligent lawyer’, who is ‘able to understand the issues his clients want to resolve, and build the appropriate team to tackle the issue’.

Legal 500 Latin America 2017

Relevant experience

  • Colbún: jointly with international advisers, in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of the company of thermoelectric generation Fenix Power Peru, through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), involving the payment of USD 786 million.
  • Estacionamientos Rivera Navarrete: assessment in the design, negotiation and closure of a financing in the form of project finance for the construction of a project of underground parking spaces in one of the main districts of Lima, for the approximate amount of USD 35 million
  • Banking International Union formed by the Group Westpac Banking Corp., Banking Group in Australia and New Zealand; and the National Bank of Australia: in the implementation of a syndicated credit line modified and reconstituted with the Austin Group and security over the shares of Austin Engineering Peru with a mortgage exchange, in order to ensure the credit line for the amount of USD 155 MM.
  • Empresa Eléctrica Agua Azul, Aluz C&O Perú and Aluz Clean Energy: assessment in the Project Financing of the Hydroelectric Plant "Potrero" in Cajamarca, in the form of project finance, involving a medium-term loan for more than USD 30 MM. The Potrero is a project of renewable energy resources (RER) of hydroelectric generation.
  • Falabella Group: advice in the majority of its financings and in the public issuance of corporate bonds and other commercial documents, for a total amount and jointly for more than USD 380 MM.
  • Banco Internacional del Perú S.A.A. – Interbank: Advice on the emissions and private placement offerings of asset-backed securities of Colegios Peruanos S.A.C., owner of the trademark "Innova Schools" under which operates more than 30 school educational centers in Peru, for the amount of USD 37.50 million.
  • Silver Wheaton: assessment in the acquisition of a percentage of the of gold and silver production of the “Constancia” Project that belong to the Hudbay Group, for the approximate value of USD 650 million.
  • Banco Internacional del Perú – INTERBANK: advice in the granting of a financing through a leasing, for the construction of the LA RAMBLA BRASIL Shopping Center, which will be developed by a company of the Brescia Group, with an approximate investment of USD 38 million plus taxes.
  • Glencore Xstrata plc: One of the largest global companies dedicated to the diversification of natural resources sold Las Bambas copper project in the amount of USD 7.3 billion to the consortium led by MMG Limited. Considered the largest transaction in the history of Peru.
  • ALS Group: advice in the issuance of letters by ALS Group General Partnership and ALS Canada Limited for an amount of USD $ 297 MM, as well as to ALS Limited and its subsidiaries, for the granting of guarantees in this funding.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Lima Bar Association (CAL)
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  • 2008 – Diploma in Mergers and Acquisitions (Lima, Perú) – Universidad del Pacífico
  • 1997 – Continuing Legal education Program (Washington D.C., EE.UU.) – George Washington University CLP, EE.UU.
  • 1996– LLM – Masters in Law (Connecticut, EE.UU.) – University of Connecticut, EE.UU.
  • 1992 – Law Degree – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Perú)
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