Garrigues announced the addition of a team of five lawyers from Benites, Forno & Ugaz in Peru.
With the new group, Garrigues is set to establish its litigation and arbitration practice in the country. Hugo Forno and Melissa Núñez lead the team.
Hugo Forno has over thirty years of experience in business law and was a founding partner of his previous law firm. He regularly acts as arbitrator and has held several relevant positions, such as secretary general of the National Foreign Investment and Technologies Commission (CONITE), the Consumer Protection Commission of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI). In addition, Forno has extensive academic experience as a professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Universidad del Pacífico, among other top tier universities, and has authored several publications, particularly in relating to contracts and civil law.
Melissa Núñez has extensive litigation experience, with a particular emphasis in construction issues. Prior to joining Garrigues, she was the lead partner of the civil litigation practice at her previous firm. Nuñez graduated in law from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and studied a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and Dispute Resolution at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Javier Ybáñez, partner and head of the Latin America practice group at the Spanish law firm, stressed “the importance of these new inclusions which, on the one hand, complete Garrigues’ offering in Peru serving all areas of business law and, on the other hand, reinforce Garrigues’ litigation practice in the region, enabling us to handle local and international litigation and arbitration proceedings in various Latin American countries”.
In Latin America, Garrigues has offices in Lima, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and São Paulo.