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Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado

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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

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Mining, Environmental, Corporate and Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance.


Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is managing partner of Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados in Peru and leads the firm’s Natural Resources practice groups. He specializes in mining, project financing and environmental matters.


He counsels mining and natural resources companies on regulatory matters, project financing and M&A, based on his comprehensive understanding of corporate, mining and tax law. He has significant experience in structuring and designing strategies for acquiring and merging companies, and is expert negotiating investment and stability agreements, joint venture agreements and other types of agreements related to the exploration and exploitation of natural resources.

He is member of the board of major mining and insurance companies and member of the Advisory Committee at the Canada Peru Chamber of Commerce where he was president (2007-2012), deputy chair (2000 to 2007) and member of the board (1997-2012). In 2011 he was granted the Gold Medallion by the Governor General of Canada. He currently chairs the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association.


Spanish, English.


Lima Bar Association, Prospectors & Developers, Association of Canada, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, International Bar Association.


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – Lawyer (1990), Yale University – Master in Law (1993), Fulbright Scholarship Georgetown University – Orientation in the US Legal System (1992), Research on International Arbitration – Ford Foundation Scholarship (1993). 


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

'Arguably the market leaders', Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is a dominant force in high-end, complex transactions. Clients praise its sophisticated offering that is 'best in class for partner involvement', as well as its legal knowledge, responsiveness and communication. The firm is advising Sempra Energy on the Peruvian aspects of the proposed sale of its Peruvian and Chilean business units, including Luz del Sur - potentially the largest deal of 2019 in Peru. Leading the advice is the firm's head of M&A Jean Paul Chabaneix, who 'provides spectacular insight and service on a client's most challenging problems' and 'gets the deal done', and Jorge Trelles, who 'identifies the main needs of each in-house counsel', 'drafts particularly well' and is 'of essential assistance in negotiations'. Other deal highlights saw a team led by Eduardo López act as local counsel to Belmond on its $3.2bn acquisition by Louis Vuitton; while Trelles teamed-up with Luis Enrique Palacios to advise I Squared Capital on its $341m acquisition of a 25% stake in power generation companies Kallpa Generación and Samay I from Energía del Pacífico. Other key individuals in the practice group, one of the largest in the market, are: Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, a market leader in mining M&A; Ramón Vidurrizaga, who heads the general corporate practice; Sandro Fuentes and Alfonso Montoya. The team has also been strengthened with Augusto Cáceres' July-2019 elevation to the partnership; he focuses on M&A, corporate and project finace, venture capital and technology.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados has a pre-eminent offering, particularly in the mining-projects segment where top-flight lawyers from across the firm's finance, regulatory and mining practices combine to provide 'unparalleled experience in project finance transactions', 'unique dedication'insightful advice' and 'full support, especially in the final mile'. The practice acted as local counsel to Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on the $900m project finance for the development of its landmark Mina Just mining project. In the energy arena, the team acted for the lenders syndicate in the $175m hybrid project financing for the 220kV Cajamarca transmission line. The deals were led by Jean Paul Chabaneix and Fernando Molina respectively, the pair are described as the 'best project finance team in Peru and one of the best across Latin  America'. Other members of the 'fantastic' and 'commercial team' include head of mining Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado and project finance-focused Juan Diego De Vinatea.

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Peru: Energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Within: Mining

The 'deep team' at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados eclipses the competition, showered with praise for its performance as a 'natural and seamless extension of our company's management'; moreover, it is 'comprehensive and well put together to compliment each member', 'driven by the win' and 'differs from the competition in that the lawyers truly operate as a team'. The firm has advised on the construction, operation and expansion of the largest mines in the country, in addition to handling disputes, mining exploration projects and top-drawer transactions. Recent instructions include acting for Southern Peru Copper Corporation on its successful $2.5bn bid for the Michiquillay copper project (due to commence production in 2025, it will be one of the largest copper mines in Peru); and advising Minsur subsidiary Marcobre on its $900m project finance for the development of its Mina Just project. The team also provides ongoing strategic advice to a roll-call of leading mining companies, such as Compañía Minera Antamina, Minera Chinalco Perú, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Hudbay Perú, MMG Las Bambas, Anglo American (Quellaveco) and Tahoe Resources. Department head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is 'the kind of sophisticated corporate partner who would not be out of place in a first-tier firm in New York or London'; other key lawyers include corporate partner Oscar Benavides, who is 'instrumental in making our business a success' and regulatory specialist Francisco Tong, who is 'very detail oriented'.  Also noted is recently made-up partner Francisco Barrios -a former head of legal at Minera Milpo- who specializes in environmental, water and permit-related mining matters

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