José Ugaz

Graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru Law School in December 1982, joined the Lima Bar Association in April 1984. Post graduate studies in Holland (Human Rights and Development, 1990) and Spain (Criminal Law, 1993). Background in criminal law and human rights, with special expertise in white collar crime cases (finance and corporate crime). During the past 10 years, special involvement in corruption and money laundering issues.

As senior partner of one of the six largest law firms in Peru, Mr. Ugaz, 44, is in charge of all cases involving criminal activity. Also a professor of law at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and president of PROETICA, the Peruvian chapter of Transparency International, he champions the fight against organized crime and for human rights and social justice. Mr. Ugaz has represented the state several times as Special State Attorney during the investigations into the Fujimori regime which resulted in hundreds of investigations and 120 incarcerations, including 14 Generals,

Regarded as one of the most outstanding criminal lawyers of Peru, with ability to combine operational work (investigation and litigation), with academic activities.

Experience in team management. Bilingually fluent (Spanish/English).

Areas of expertise:

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Human Rights and Development
  • Money Laundering
  • Corruption
  • Judicial reform