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December 14, 2020

Miranda & Amado launches White-Collar Crime & Compliance Practice

– New practice area to strengthen the firm’s full-service approach.

– Focus on business and economic criminal law, preventive counseling, litigation and compliance.

– Comprises specialists in corporate and business criminal investigations and litigation, José Luis Velarde and Rafael Díaz.

In January 2021, Miranda & Amado will launch a new practice area, consolidating its comprehensive and client-centric legal services.

The White-Collar Crime & Compliance practice will bolster the 16 practice areas in the firm’s existing portfolio. Miranda & Amado has been providing services on issues involving criminal matters for a number of years, but this marks the official launch of the practice area.

The new practice group will focus on business and economic criminal law, both through preventive legal counseling, as well as litigation and compliance matters. Client demand for services in the litigation and regulatory compliance fields has significantly increased in Peru, owing in particular to regulatory amendments aimed at tackling corruption and to the commitment companies have made to respect Codes of Ethics as part of their own organizational culture. Miranda & Amado has therefore taken the step to add leading criminal expertise to the broad litigation and compliance counseling services it already provides to clients, with a cross-practice approach that reflects one of the firm’s core values: teamwork.

Jose Luis Velarde and Rafael Díaz, who are well known for both their academic and professional trajectories, join Miranda & Amado as counsel, to lead this area. Both are specialists in preventive counseling and criminal litigation, as well as in the design and implementation of regulatory compliance programs to prevent criminal contingencies.

“We are very happy with our decision to bring these two great individuals and excellent professionals on board. The arrival of Jose Luis and Rafael will strengthen our leading position in the provision of comprehensive services to our corporate clients, as well as bolster our litigation and compliance services offer. The profile of our new criminal lawyers is perfectly aligned to the firm’s litigation and counseling style, with the same proximity to our clients, the same proactivity and the highest ethical standards”, remarked Alberto Delgado, Managing Partner of Miranda & Amado.

The launch of this practice area is evidence of Miranda & Amado’s ongoing commitment to tailor the legal services it provides, with the highest quality standards, to its clients’ needs.


José Luis Velarde:

More than 17 years of experience focusing on preventive counseling in criminal compliance matters and on legal defense in highly complex criminal investigations and litigation, with special emphasis on economic criminal law cases. He has been responsible for advising and developing systems for compliance and the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism, as well as anti-corruption services for his corporate clients.

Regional Vice-Chair of the Latin American & Caribbean Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group of Lex Mundi, and former member of the Compliance Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).

Recognized by the leading publications in the legal market (The Legal 500, Leaders League, Latin Lawyer, LACCA, among others) as an outstanding lawyer in the practice of economic criminal law, anti-corruption issues and compliance.

Worked at Villegas Abogados, as an attorney at Scotiabank, partner at Olaechea and founding partner of Facto Litigios & Compliance.

Professor of Criminal law and Crime theory in the Law School of the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Master’s in Criminal law from Barcelona University and Pompeu Fabra University.


Rafael Díaz:

More than 15 years of experience as a litigation attorney in criminal law and criminal procedure matters. He focuses on the defense of highly complex cases, defending companies and their executives in criminal procedures related to their corporate activities and providing consultancy services on criminal liability and contingencies.

Provided advice and trial attorney services for companies from different economic sectors, especially for the country´s main mining companies in cases related to criminal contingencies in environmental matters and offenses committed within the labor field, which enabled him to develop his litigation career in most of Peru´s judicial districts.

Former attorney at Scotiabank, associate at Olaechea, senior associate at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano and founding partner of Facto Litigios & Compliance.

Master´s in International economic criminal law from Granada University. First place in the Specialization program in Compliance and Good Corporate Practices at Universidad del Pacífico. Specialist in Anti-bribery Management Systems based on NTP-ISO 37001 and the Law 30424 having completed the training workshop at the Lima Chamber of Commerce.