Carlos Fonseca Sarmiento


Varela & Fonseca Abogados
Av. El Pinar N° 180, Office 203
Chacarilla del Estanque, Surco
Lima 33

Tel: +511 267 0004
Fax: +511 267 0558


Carlos Fonseca obtained his degree in the Universidad de Lima (Peru), Master in Public Administration in Ortega & Gasset Institute of Madrid (Spain) and Master in Constitutional Law, in Pontificia Universidad Católica (Perú). He has attended an advanced seminary in Gaming Licensing in UNLV (USA) (1997). He attended to the First and Second International Gaming Regulators Conference organized by UNLV (1998 and 1999), and he has been part of the Peruvian Delegation in the 14th Meeting of Experts in Controlling Money Laundering of Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of OAS (2001). He has advised gaming authorities of the governments of Peru and Republic Dominican. Also, he is the author of the Book “Games of chance.Technical and Legal Aspects” (in Spanish). He is an expert in Latin American Gaming Law. He is member of Comission of Admministrative Law of Lima Bar, and of the Commission of Administrative Law and Intellectual Property Law of the Union Internationale des Avocats and he has been founder and current president of Interamerican Institute of Gaming Law (IIAA). In the professional field, he is the Founder of GAMING LAW S.A.C, and partner of Varela & Fonseca Law Firm.


  • 1988-1993 Universidad de Lima. Law and Political Sciences.
  • 2004-2005 Instituto Ortega & Gasset de Madrid. Master Degree in Public Administration.
  • 2007-2010 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Master Degree in Constitutional Law.

Professional Experience

  • 1995-2001 Ministerio de Industria, Turismo, Integración y Negociaciones Comerciales Internacionales.
  • 2001-2004 Vidal Layseca Abogados.
  • 2004-2010 Chehade, Fonseca, Servat, Suarez & Varela Abogados.
  • 2011 to the date Varela & Fonseca Abogados.
  • Country reports on the gaming industry throughout Latin America.
    Acquisition and sale of casinos in Latin America.
  • Gaming approvals and licenses for casinos and slot halls.
  • Participation in public tenders to operate lottery games.
  • Obtaining work permits for sport books.
  • Obtaining licenses to operate online casinos.
  • Obtaining licenses to operate racetracks.
  • Advice on drafting legislation for the gaming industry.
  • Contracts for sale of slot machines.
  • Business research
  • Training and development of seminars regarding public policies and legislation regarding the gaming industry
  • Obtaining licenses for manufacturers, representatives of international manufacturers, importers, assemblers and distributors of slot machines.
  • Import procedures for slot machines.
  • Negotiation of guarantees for the gambling room operations
  • Assistance in obtaining municipal permits and safety certificates for game rooms.
  • Model approval of slot machines and gaming software.
  • Advice on the management of casinos online.
Varela & Fonseca Abogados (Varela & Fonseca Law Firm) is the only law firm specialized in the gambling and entertainment industry in Latin America. The company was established in 2011 by the most renowned lawyers in the region.

Our lawyers are ranked among the best in Latin America by the most important Law rankings around the globe. Our leadership is only possible by our constant desire to improve, effort and our passion towards law, especially by the complex legal regime that rules over the gambling and entertainment industry and business development in Latin American countries in general.

Varela & Fonseca Law Firm has as a mission to increase the value of their clients, therefore, with a proactive attitude is constantly looking for the right projects with the interests of its clients in mind. Under our loyalty and efficiency principles, we stand out for performing with a strategic planning in all the projects we are involved in.

Our team is constantly under training and our contact network in Latin America is carefully verified and supervised in order to make available the best law professionals in the region for our clients.

Peru-based Carlos Alberto Fonseca Sarmiento of Varela & Fonseca Abogados acts on both domestic and international gaming issues, with a focus on serving Latin American clients.
Chambers Global, 2014