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    • Matias Olcese - Heredia, Lede Pizzurno & Terrel Abogados (HOLT)
    • Diego Parravicini - Beccar Varela

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The arrival of high-profile practitioner Florencia Heredia to co-lead the mining practice at Allende & Brea at once reflects a certain expectation of renewed activity in the sector and consolidates a practice with a considerably broader service offering than was on offer at Heredia’s former boutique, HOLT Abogados. Praised as a ‘fantastic lawyer’, Heredia is acclaimed as ‘a genuine expert in the area’, who also has ‘strong commercial knowledge and business savvy’; her recent highlights include acting for emerging lithium producer LSC Lithium on its listing on Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange, and in ongoing work, advising First Quantum Minerals with regard to its mammoth Taca Taca mining project. Heredia joins a practice hitherto led by Juan Martín Allende and which is recognised for both its strong transactional capability and for its advice on project development and regulatory issues. Among its work in the latter area, the team represented Minera del Altiplano in negotiations with the Province of Catamarca to settle a dispute on water fee payments. On the transactional side, the practice advised Goldcorp subsidiary Oroplata on the financial restructuring of its Cerro Negro gold project. Of counsel Carlos García Díaz is also recommended.

The ‘top-class team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is considered ‘within the top rank of mining firms in Argentina’ due to its ‘excellent, balanced and robust team of lawyers’. As the largest mining group in the market, the team brings to bear a broad spread of specialist expertise and regularly advises on exploration, project development, operational matters, M&A and litigation. The firm’s mining services are also complemented by the firm’s strength in corporate finance, environmental law and tax. Group head Luis Lucero is widely revered as a market leader and provides ongoing advice to Oroplata on operational matters regarding its Cerro Negro gold and silver mine. He is also representing Glencore subsidiary Pachón in its $200m dispute with Minera Los Pelambres concerning a waste dump built by Minera Los Pelambres on Glencore’s property in Argentina. Leonardo Rodríguez demonstrates a ‘deep knowledge of the mining industry’ coupled with ‘strong understanding of the ever-evolving Argentine political and legal paradigms’; he advised Fortuna Silver Mines on its $100m acquisition of Goldrock Mines. Senior associate Andrés Villarreal is also recommended for mining M&A. AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and Pan American Silver are also on the department’s books.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘highly professional’ team scores points for its ‘tailored responses’ and ‘pragmatic opinions that reflect a strong knowledge of the industry’. Experienced group head Adolfo Durañona attracts particular praise for his ‘deep knowledge of the mining sector’ as well as his ‘good ability to understand the unique characteristics of his clients’. Among Durañona’s recent mandates, he advised Trident Southern Explorations on its bid for the mining rights of the Andacollo gold project. In addition to transactional matters, the firm also receives a steady stream of cases concerning tax, labour, environmental and regulatory issues. Roberto Grané is another key name in a team that also counts Vale and Rockwood Litio as clients.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s mining practice is co-led by Sebastián Vedoya and Sergio Arbeleche; both are active across the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also possess significant environmental law expertise. The firm provides ongoing advice to an impressive list of mining majors, most notably assisting Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals with their day-to-day Argentine operations, including regulatory and environmental matters. On the transactional side, the firm is advising on the development of an energy grid for two major mining projects in Argentina, and it also advised Troy Resources on the sale of part of its interest in the Casposo mine to Austral Gold. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Minas Argentina, Hecla Mining and Patagonia Gold.

A very capable boutique, Zaballa – Carchio Abogados’ ‘great understanding of the industry’ and ‘deep and broad experience’ ensures it remains a prominent player in the country’s mining scene. The group acts for start-ups through to major mining companies and is well-versed in the full life cycle of mining law, including exploration, M&A, project development and regulatory matters. Recent headlines include advising Canada’s AbraPlata Resource Corp in its acquisition of the Diablillos mining project from Silver Standard. It also represented new client Goldinka Energy in several commercial and regulatory issues over the past year. Hernán Zaballa stands out as a ‘true expert in the mining area’.

At Beccar Varela, corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati has ‘ample mining experience and strong negotiation skills’; he is the primary contact for a mining practice that is ‘well equipped to advise on a wide variety of day-to-day issues, including labour, civil law and tax’. The group also includes senior associate Diego Parravicini, who has ‘good experience in all types of contract negotiations and knows the industry well’. Southern Copper is a key client and the firm advises it on regulatory matters relating to its exploration projects, as well as general corporate and commercial issues. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Esco, Minera Don Nicolás and Saint Gobain Argentina.

Mining is a core practice area at Beretta Godoy, under the joint guidance of project finance expert Federico Godoy and natural resources head Juan Sonada. Although transactional work comprises the bulk of instructions, the firm handles a diverse mix of M&A, finance, joint ventures, environmental, tax and administrative law matters. Among its recent mandates, the group advised Minas Argentinas on the review of the stability certification of its Gualcamayo project before the Argentine Secretariat of Mining.

The ‘responsive’ group at Hope, Duggan & Silva is ‘very active in the mining sector’. The team, which includes key contacts Javier Zapiola and Hugo Vivot, has a broad focus that encompasses regulatory matters, M&A, joint ventures and tax issues. It recently represented a mining company in a joint venture with a significant oil and gas producer for the supply of “frac” sand.

A strong year for Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ mining practice saw the group advise on a string of acquisitions, as well as public tenders, tax issues and general regulatory and compliance matters. Nicolás Perkins and Eduardo Koch co-lead a team that counts Pampa Exploración as a key client.

At Quevedo Abogados, Ignacio Celorrio is the key contact for mining law. The compact practice enjoys a strong reputation for its experience in project development and operational matters, and it also shines in regulatory issues. Clients include major regional and multinational mining companies such as Lithium Americas, Pan American Goldfields and Malbex Resources.

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