Hub Team

Our lawyers have an excellent academic background and a solid professional track record, which includes some of the leading law firms in Peru and Spain, as well as important companies of the Peruvian financial system and capital markets. Our hallmark is the energy with which we approach our tasks and the permanent closeness with our clients.

DIRECTORS

Juan José Hopkins

Director

Lawyer by the University of Lima, he holds a Master’s in Finance and Corporate Law from ESAN University.

Specialist in Corporate Finance, project finance and structuring of banking and securitization trusts. He also has significant experience in financing rounds of startups and Fintechs.

Considered by «Leaders League» magazine as ‘Leader’ in the ‘Fintech’ practice, as well as ‘Highly Recommended” in the ‘Startups and Venture Capital’ and in the ‘Banking and Finance’ practices in 2021. Recognized in the 2021 ranking of «Chambers and Partners» in the Banking & Finance practice.

Álvaro Castro Lora

DIRECTOR

Lawyer from the University of Piura and LLM Banking and Finance Law from Queen Mary University of London. Specialization in Fintech from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in Finance and Business Law from ESAN University.

Specialist in banking and securities regulation; focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and financial inclusion. Experienced in Fintech business models, as well as structuring financing, equity and debt issuance, investment funds and trusts.

Recognized as ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by «The Legal 500» in the Banking and Finance practice in 2017 and 2018. Considered by «Leaders League» magazine as ‘Leader’ in the ‘Fintech’ practice, as well as ‘Highly Recommended” in the ‘Startups and Venture Capital’ and in the ‘Banking and Finance’ practices in 2021.

Chair of the GTL (Legal work team) – Peru of LACChain, the blockchain initiative of the Interamerican Development Bank.

Gabriela Cuadros

Director

Lawyer by the University of Lima, she holds a Master in Corporate Legal Consultancy (LL.M.) from IE Law School.

Specialist in Financial Law, with 15 years of experience in the structuring and negotiation of corporate financing transactions in various sectors of the economy, financing of infrastructure projects, as well as in the structuring of trusts and other financial vehicles.

Recognized by the publication The Legal 500 in its Banking & Finance Peru ranking as «Rising Star» in 2020 and 2019, and as «Next Generation Lawyer» in 2018 and 2017.

LAWYERS

Alma V. Jiménez

Legal Counsel

Lawyer (with honors) from the University of Piura. She holds a specialization in Blockchain from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her practice is focused on the structuring of debt issues and investment funds that qualify as eligible assets for Peruvian pension funds and insurance companies, as well as regulatory advice to investment fund management companies, financial system companies and insurance companies, both local and foreign.

Prior to joining SUMARA Hub Legal, she was an associate lawyer at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas Abogados and, more recently, at Lazo & De Romaña Abogados.

Teresa Alayza

Legal Analyst

Teresa Alayza is a lawyer (with honors) from the University of Lima. She holds a specialization in Data Protection from ESAN University.

Her practice focuses on regulatory consultancy to companies in the financial system, fintech’s, investment fund management companies, data privacy, among others.

Experience in debt issuance and financing transactions, structuring of investment funds and licensing procedures before the Superintendence of Banking, Insurance and AFP and the Superintendence of the Securities Market.

Before joining SUMARA Hub Legal, she was an associate lawyer at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas Abogados.

María Fernanda Vila

Legal Analyst

Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lima. Student exchange program at the University of Salamanca – Spain (2018).

Her practice is focused on advising local and foreign startups, both in their start-up processes in Peru as well as in their investment rounds and in financial and capital market operations.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of the “Asociación Civil ADV Editores” (association in charge of the publication of the legal magazine ADVOCATUS).

She did his pre-professional internship at SUMARA Hub Legal and, before that, in the corporate areas of the law firms Barrios & Fuentes and C&C Abogados.

CONSULTANTS

Albi Rodríguez

Senior Consultant

Lawyer from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela), with a Master’s degree in Microfinance from the Universidad Alcalá de Henares (Spain).

Specialist in commercial and legal structuring of business models linked to Blockchain, Fintech and new technologies, as well as financial inclusion, microfinance and social development. International experience in Fintech training, Blockchain networks (Public and Private), supply chains and payment methods for the commercial, industrial, government, financial and insurance sectors.

Director at WorldSibu.io (company dedicated to creating technology solutions for enterprise DLT), founding member of the Peruvian Fintech Association and Co-Founder of LegalBlock.co.

Melissa Macher

Consultant

Lawyer by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, she holds a Master in International Public Law (LL.M) from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands).

Her areas of legal practice are Corporate Law, Intellectual Property and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Melissa has significant experience in strategic advice and incorporation of legal structures specially designed for start-ups and digital, social, agricultural and other ventures, in which she focused on the formalization and growth process of the ventures.

Tino Vargas

Senior Consultant

Lawyer by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a Second Specialization in Labour Law and Social Security from the same university.

Specialist in Labour Law, Labour Relations and Corporate Labour Compliance. More than 10 years of experience focused on Collective Bargaining and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Advisor and member of Boards and Committees. In-house legal trainer for different companies. Author of legal articles in Thomson Reuters, “Gaceta Jurídica” and “Gaceta Laboral”.

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