Firms To Watch: Mining

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's mining practice is led by experienced partner Francisco Varela, who has substantial experience in M&A matters involving mining companies, as well as the development and execution of major mining projects.
Appointed a member of the Regional Environmental Advisory Council of the Antofagasta Region for 2022-2024 in January 2022, Claussen & Velasco's founding partner Carlos Claussen is a longstanding mining law specialist who routinely acts as corporate counsel to mining companies.
Launched in January 2020, natural resources and environmental law boutique Lawgic Abogados fields senior of counsel and mining project specialist Andres Verdugo , as well as water law and mining expert Agustín Walker , both of whom previously worked at Núñez Muñoz Abogados as partner and of counsel, respectively.
Specialist environmental and regulatory law firm Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados routinely advises both domestic and foreign companies on the environmental assessment of mining projects, including obtaining the required authorisations and permits for the development, construction and operation of such projects.

Mining in Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile‘s 'great' mining practice has an enviable track record in assisting mining companies of all sizes with their transactional, regulatory and operational requirements; while in the greenfield projects space, it is well known for advising new junior exploration companies. In addition to the firm’s worldwide presence, clients with operations across the region appreciate the practice’s extensive Latin America coverage. With longstanding experience in natural resources and large-scale projects, head of the Santiago office’s mining practice group, Antonio Ortúzar Jr, is also the joint coordinator of the firm’s Latin America energy, mining, chemicals and infrastructure group. Fellow partner Mirco Hilgers ‘stands out in the team for his experience and broad legal mining credentials', while the practice of up-and-coming associate Santiago Vial covers mining, infrastructure and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Ortuzar Jr; Mirco Hilgers

Testimonials

The B&M team has a lot of experience and recognised prestige in the mining industry.

A great team with highly trained and efficient professionals.’

Personalised treatment of its clients, which distinguishes them from other law firms.

Mirco Hilgers stands out in the team for his experience and broad legal mining credentials.

Key clients

Battery Mineral Resources

Haldeman Mining Company

Fortescue Metals Group

Guanaco Compañía Minera

Trafigura

Sierra Gorda

Mantos Copper

SCM Franke

Atex Resources

Orion Resource Partners (USA)

Work highlights

  • Advised both Weston Energy and Battery Mineral Resources Corporation on the latter’s Chilean subsidiary Minera BMR becoming a pivotal shareholder of Minera Altos Del Punitaqui.
  • Advises Haldeman Mining Company (on an ongoing basis) on the development of several copper/gold mining projects in Chile.
  • Advised Australia-based Fortescue Metals Group on the development of mining projects in northern Chile.

Carey

With ‘incredible knowledge and understanding of mining regulation and practice‘, Carey‘s eight-member team consistently acts for metallic and non-metallic mineral mining companies on the country’s most important mining projects. The department assists with project development matters, financing and M&A deals, and its expertise covers exploration, exploitation and processing activities. The practice is co-led by Rafael Vergara, ‘a senior statesman in the mining legal world‘, whose expertise spans all aspects of mining law; Alberto Cardemil, one of Chile’s leading experts on water rights; and counsel Francisco Corona, whose practice focuses on natural resources, mining, energy and environmental law. Within the mining group’s senior associate pool, Maximiliano Urrutia is ‘a solid adviser‘, while Esteban Fresno assists with natural resources, mining, water, energy, environmental and indigenous law.

Testimonials

The teams are very specialised and understand the needs of clients very well.

The lawyers are business oriented – another the plus is that they possess a range of specialisms and work as a team.

Solid expertise, with excellent knowledge of both Chilean law and North American transactional practice, so the lawyers are great advisers to Canadian and US companies doing transactions involving Chile.

Carey has incredible knowledge and understanding of mining regulation and practice.

The firm’s lawyers understand the commercial considerations of the industry, and its trends and issues. They are very commercial and strategic, as well as being technically excellent from a legal and regulatory standpoint.

Rafael Vergara is a senior statesman in the mining legal world – knowledgeable, measured, creative, effective, and a good communicator. He is simply excellent and a joy to deal with. The same can be said of Alberto Cardemil.

Counsel Francisco Corona, partner Rafael Vergara and senior associate Esteban Fresno stand out in the mining space, providing outstanding legal advice on various mining-related issues.

Senior associate Maximiliano Urrutia provides a good service and is a solid adviser.

Key clients

Teck Resources

Codelco

Barrick Gold Corporation

Minera Valle Central

Minera Andes del Sur (Minsur)

Kinross

ENAMI

Aftermath Silver

Hudbay Minerals

Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries

Melon

Marimaca Copper Corp

New Century Resources

Star Royalties

Antofagasta Minerals

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nueva Unión on the implementation of a copper project.
  • Assisted Hudbay Minerals with the acquisition and protection of mining concessions in the north of Chile.
  • Assisted Aftermath Silver with the the acquisition of 20% of the Cachinal silver-gold project.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The seven-strong mining team at full-service firm Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has a particularly strong track record in mining companies’ M&A deals, as well as the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining projects. It also assists with worksite closures and associated aspects. The practice is jointly led by the 2021-2022 co-chair of the IBA Mining Committee, Carlos Pérez-Cotapos, who is regularly sought out for major foreign mining investment projects, mining sector-related M&A transactions, and the financing of mining projects; and Gonzalo Grez, who has notable expertise in mining-related hi-tech agreements, along with other mining-chain matters, community and land access issues, and cross-border transactions. Routinely handling mining and natural resources law work, senior associate Cristóbal Herrera leads the firm’s associate team for this area.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pérez-Cotapos; Gonzalo Grez

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Newmont

NuevaUnion

Hudbay Minerals

Franco-Nevada

Norte Abierto

BHP

Minera Ricardo Resources

Trimetals

Moly-Cop

LS Nikko

Planta Recuperadora de Metales

South 32

Boart Longyear

Newcrest Mining

Solaris Copper

Silver Standard

JSW Steel

Lumina Capital

Minera Cordillera

Milpo

Iamgold Corporation

Bergbau Wagen

Work highlights

  • Advised South 32 on entering into two conditional binding agreements with Sumitomo Metal Mining and Sumitomo Corporation to acquire a 45% interest in the Sierra Gorda copper mine in Chile.
  • Advised Sandvik on the acquisition of DSI Underground Cordillera.
  • Advised Appian Capital Chile on the sale of approximately 30% of Compañia Minera Caserones SCM to Nomad Royalty Company.

Guerrero Olivos

Guerrero Olivos‘ ‘knowledge of mining law and everything associated with mining allows clients to carry out mining activities successfully'. Advising on the full spectrum of mining issues, the full-service team is experienced in several types of natural resources, and metallic and non-metallic mineral mining - including copper, gold, lithium, saltpetre, iodine, potassium and limestone; its scope of work ranges from regulatory work, to high-value project acquisitions, financing, joint ventures and M&A transactions. The practice is led by Pedro Lyon, who focuses on mining-related project development, project finance, project development-related corporate and financing structuring, mining agreements, regulatory matters and environmental permits; and Marco Zavala, who advises mining companies and investment funds on both the transactional side and regulatory mining issues. Benjamín Pérez, who was made partner in early 2020, is the current President of the Chilean-Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Mining Committee.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lyon; Benjamín Pérez

Testimonials

Fully responds to our needs and compliance issues, with personalised attention and availability 100% of the time. In my opinion, it is the best team of lawyers in the mining and energy industry.

In addition to legal advice, it has good knowledge of the industry and good relationships with the different parties involved, namely companies, associations and governments -this is very important.

The team has an excellent network of contacts in the local industry, not only among lawyers, but also among entrepreneurs and operators (among others).

For years, I have developed a professional relationship with Guerrero Olivos in the field of Chilean mining; and its knowledge of mining law and everything associated with mining allows clients to carry out mining activities successfully. I believe that the fundamental difference from other firms is the close relationship we have with the team of lawyers, its attitude to the client, and seeking of timely, efficient and fast solutions.

In over 40 years in the industry I have worked with almost every law firm, and I am more comfortable with the support received from Guerrero Olivos than any other law firm.

Professionalism, availability and knowing the client’s needs (empathy).

Pedro Lyon is a person with a strong pro-business focus and pragmatism, which he combines with careful judgement when advising the client on complex decisions.

Benjamín Pérez stands out for the rigour of his legal analysis, especially when applied to due diligence.

Key clients

Anglo American

Antofagasta Minerals

MMG

SQM

Denham Capital

Santiago Metals

Rio2

Fenix Gold

Torq Resources

Atacama Kozan

Simco

Simbalik

Excava

Golden Arrow

Aethon Minerals

SLM San Aurelio

Work highlights

  • Advised Canadian-listed mining company Rio2 on the $135m financing of its Fenix Gold mining project (located in the Atacama Region).
  • Advised Torq Resources on the structuring and execution of the due diligence, acquisition and exploration of the Minero Andrea project.
  • Advising Simco on a $500m lithium project located in the Maricunga salt flats.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a go-to mining practice for M&A and project finance-related due diligence, negotiating transactions involving mining issues, and drafting mining contracts. It also assists with mining disputes and compliance audits; and the sizeable 13-strong practice is able to leverage the firm’s widely respected environmental, water and energy credentials for mining matters. Heading the firm’s mining and natural resources group, Juan Paulo Bambach has longstanding experience in natural resources and corporate law; and mining and energy law specialist Jerónimo Carcelén joined in May 2021, following the firm’s merger with Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia (CDGT). Key associate-level support is provided by senior Natalia Czwiklitzer, who focuses on M&A mining and energy transactions; Felipe Ossa P, who handles mining-related regulatory issues and advises mining companies on their corporate, M&A and financing matters; and María José Sotomayor (at CDGT (until 2021), an expert in mining properties, contracts and litigation. Former senior principal Cristina Olavarría left the firm in January 2022 for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Juan Paulo Bambach; Jerónimo Carcelén

Key clients

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co

Sumitomo Corporation

Kinross Gold Corporation

Resource Capital Funds

Minera Salar Blanco

Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro

Anglo American Chile

Dorado Exploraciones

Dorado Resources

Nova Royalty

Gold Hart Mining Corporation

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

Minera Las Cenizas

Latin Mineral Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo Metal Mining Co and Sumitomo Corporation on their sale of a 45% participation in Sierra Gorda Project to South 32.
  • Advised Compañía Minera Mantos de Oro (subsidiary of Kinross) on the process of reopening the La Coipa Project.
  • Advising Codelco on the Rajo Inca Project, which involves the expansion and operational continuity of the El Salvador mining project.

CMS Carey & Allende

An agile and available practice with significant experience in national and international mining', CMS Carey & Allende's practice group has longstanding experience in advising mining companies on the creation and acquisition of mining properties, as well as the financing, development and operation of mining projects. It also consistently assists with the negotiation and drafting of exploration agreements and mining easements for mining project developments. The team additionally acts for energy companies on the mining law aspects of projects, including the protection of projects’ subsoil. Department head Jorge Allende Z has longstanding mining projects experience that is complemented by his engineering and construction expertise. Recently promoted senior associate Manuel Ponce also routinely advises on mining and water rights.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Allende Zañartu

Testimonials

An agile and available practice with significant experience in national and international mining.

In my experience, the lawyers are faster and more rigorous than several of the Santiago firms, and their various areas of expertise allow them to provide comprehensive advice on the mining business.

Personalised attention whenever requested by the client, and with a specialist for each subject that has the experience to resolve technical and legal issues.

It is involved with different levels of our organisation, providing very strong support while indicating the strengths and risks of decisions, in addition to rationalised billing. I feel comfortable with this team because of its empathy, and it always seeks the best recommendation or solution, in addition to taking care of the company’s interests during negotiations.

Open channels of communication in order to remain flexible towards clients, and it has solid understanding of us as a mining company.

The main partner, Jorge Allende Zañartu, is always present.

Lawyers with a lot of experience and who increase the probability of success in the procedures entrusted to them. Especially outstanding in mining is associate Manuel Ponce.

Key clients

Inversiones Alxar

Compañía Minera Sierra Norte

Hidroeléctrica Lumen

Solarpack Chile

María Elena Solar

Compañía Minera Sierra Atacama

Work highlights

  • Advised Solarpack Chile on the protection and control of the subsoil of its solar projects in Chile.
  • Advised María Elena Solar on its solar project in Pozo Almonte (in northern Chile), including assisting with mining concessions that aim to protect the project’s subsoil.
  • Advising Compañía Minera Sierra Norte on the constitution, conservation and renewal of the mining concessions for its projects, including assisting with mining opposition lawsuits.

Clyde & Co Chile

Now known as Clyde & Co Chile (following the rebranding of the merged operations of the former Grasty Quintana Majlis and Halern Pino in August 2022), the office fields a mining group that has significant experience in assisting both Chilean and foreign mining companies with mining title reviews, mining concessions-related due diligence, option and royalty agreements, financing and project development. It also fields experts in land use and easements, mining M&A and disputes, construction issues, and environmental, permitting and regulatory matters. While the firm will no longer be offering mining property services via former subsidiary Tecnomin, the practice continues to be led by Hugo Prieto, who has long had a role in natural resources and energy sector in addition to his corporate and real estate activity, but now in conjunction with projects and construction specialist, Juan Pablo Halpern. Key associate-level support is provided by José Francisco Osman, whose practice covers option agreements, easements and service provision agreements in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Prieto

Key clients

Bergbau Wagen

Sociedad Minera La Frontera

Minera Tres Valles

Sumitomo Metal Mining Chile

Tecnomin

Bridgestone Mining Solutions LatinAmerica

Vale Exploraciones Chile

Cobaltera Chile

Inversiones SMG Chile

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing counsel to Tecnomin (the firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary) in relation to mining concessions in mining districts all over Chile.
  • Assisted Sociedad Minera La Frontera with the the acquisition of the Cortadera Project, which comprises 24 mining exploitation concessions.
  • Assisted Sociedad Minera La Frontera with the acquisition process of the Purísima Project, which is located near the city of Vallenar.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Larrain y Asociados Abogados' eight-member team consistently advises major mining companies and Chilean mining projects at survey, exploration, development, operation and construction stages. It is also sought out in relation to the acquisition and sale of mining companies, real estate and mining assets; project financings; option agreements; the construction of treatment plants; agreements for the development of technology for the mining industry; and the creation of mining properties and rights of way. The practice is co-led by Jorge Granic, who routinely acts for large mining companies; and Cristóbal Morandé, who has vast projects experience. Further support is provided by Joaquín Larrain, who was promoted to partner in January 2022; of counsel Ricardo Peña, a project development expert. Experienced associates Javiera Méndez and Francisco Cerda are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Granic; Cristóbal Morandé

Testimonials

Ability to define a global strategy that is then implemented throughout the project’s process.

Strengths and skills – a team with great technical ability during complex regulatory issues. It is a serious and very professional team with rapid response capacities.

It compares favourably with other firms, with a plus being its availability and agility in resolving doubts.

Key clients

Gold Fields

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Metka EGN

Reden Solar

BHP Billiton

Work highlights

  • Advised South African mining company Gold Fields in relation to the approval of phase one of the construction and development of the Salares Norte mining project in Chile.
  • Advised Pucobre on its joint venture with Codelco.
  • Acting as counsel to Pucobre on the greenfield deposit El Espino Mining Project.

Prieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados' seven-strong mining department benefits from the firm’s highly rated energy, infrastructure and real estate credentials, as well as its close relations with major investment funds. The team is also active in mining-related legal actions, through both judicial proceedings before the civil law courts and private arbitrations before the Santiago Chamber of Commerce. The department is co-led by Juan Tagle, who is experienced in mining and desalination construction projects; and Agustín Martorell (elevated to the partnership in January 2022), whose track record includes advising mining companies on mining option agreements. Bolstering the firm’s energy and natural resources expertise, counsel Federico Rodríguez, and senior associates Andrés Maldini and Jorge Echeverría, joined from former firm Baraona & Fischer in March 2021. Former associate Camila Kutz departed in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Juan Tagle; Agustín Martorell

Testimonials

A very professional team with good communication and good response times.

Professional knowledge, responsible, responsive, easy to contact, and organised.

Key clients

Mantoverde

Inmobiliaria Puente

Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Engie Energía Chile

Los Andes Copper

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders (Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, BNP Paribas, Export Finance Australia, ING Capital and Natixis, among others)  on negotiations with Mantos Copper for the granting of a $571.6m project finance debt facility to subsidiary Mantoverde for the development and construction of an expansion of the Mantoverde development project.
  • Conducting judicial procedures to constitute exploration mining properties, so as to protect several real estate development projects.
  • Advising Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi on a major natural resources project, comprising the bidding process and negotiation of the construction, operation and maintenance agreements for a water desalination plant.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

The six-member team at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's mining department advises local and overseas clients on major projects from their early stages, including obtaining permits, mining title reviews, purchase options, financing, joint ventures, exploration matters, and royalty, streaming and easement agreements. The group can also draw upon the expertise of the firms specialists in environmental, labour and tax matters, as well as litigation, for its mining projects. A former foreign lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP‘s New York office, practice head Sergio Orrego has longstanding experience in mining, projects, corporate, M&A and energy and natural resources work; and fellow name partner Gonzalo Rencoret's track record includes advising on significant mining projects. At associate level, Verónica Roa regularly advises on exploration, option and joint venture agreements, while Javiera Vicuña assists with water, energy, mining and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Orrego

Key clients

Yamana Gold

Royal Gold

Next Minerals

Minera Meridian

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

Aveng Construcciones Chile

Amerigo Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Next Minerals on various legal issues related to the due diligence and exploration of mining concessions, which are subject to a lease and purchase option agreement.
  • Advised Royal Gold on determining the status of its royalty rights upon the liquidation of Sociedad Contractual Minera El Toqui.
  • Advised Astra Exploration on the division of a mining company Arena Minerals and the incorporation of Astra Exploration Chile (as shareholder).

Barros & Errázuriz

Acting for all types of mining companies and associated operators, Barros & Errázuriz‘s seven-member practice assists with a broad range of mining agreements, such as options, joint ventures, streaming and royalties, as well as mining sector-related M&A transactions. Former Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana senior associate Felipe Allende (mining operations and contracts) was recruited as partner in October 2021 to head up the firm’s extractive industries practice group. Additional partner-level support is provided by energy sector expert Fernando Garrido and transactional specialist Vicente Cordero. Senior associate Martin Vial's practice includes advising on the processing of mining concessions.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Allende

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the willingness to answer issues outside of working hours and quickly resolve problems.

Compares favourably with other firms; and one detail that is appreciated is the delivery of a monthly newsletter where relevant issues about legal reforms, and new mining and tax laws are explained.

Availability and diligence in resolving or responding to all issues.

Felipe Allende is an outstanding partner.

Key clients

Compañía Portuaria Mejillones

Caitán

Asset AGF

Renergética

Pro Drilling

Bray Controls

Exploration Drill Master Chile

Interacid

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium comprising Empresa Constructora Belfi and Grupo Terratest Chile Agencia en Chile on a construction agreement for a water desalination plant to be used by Los Pelambres Mining.
  • Advised Caitán on the development, construction and operation of a desalination plant for the Spence mine (owned by BHP Billiton).
  • Assisted Renergética with the mining concession for five solar power plants.

Bofill Mir Abogados

Having emerged from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana (BMAJ) in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados remains committed to major mining transactions. The practice’s expertise includes the financing, licensing, development, production, regulatory and compliance aspects of mining projects, with the team also advising mining companies on a daily basis on general corporate issues. A very well-known figure in mining circles, founding partner Pablo Mir has profound experience in the sector; key senior associate support comes from Alina Bendersky, who has a focus on mining property issues; she returned to BMAJ in late 2021 from an in-house position, remaining with Mir at the new operation in 2022. Former senior associate Joaquín Perez, who returned to the firm as legal manager in June 2022, also has significant expertise and know-how in the mining and natural resources segments.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mir

Testimonials

The team, led by Pablo Mir, delivers an excellent, timely, and professional service.

The lawyers are responsive to companies, both small and large. My experience with them for over well more than a decade has been excellent throughout, and industry contacts throughout the law firm have resulted in important business opportunities.

All the lawyers provide a timely and high-quality service.

Claro & Cia.

In addition to assisting from a mining regulatory perspective, the seven-strong department at full-service law firm Claro & Cia. assists with mining sector-related financings, project development, M&A deals and litigation; it is also increasingly active in environmental cases further to the creation of the Environmental Courts and Environmental Superintendence. Leading the firm’s natural resources team, Nicolás Eyzaguirre's broad practice includes advising local and foreign companies on developing mining sector projects, as well as transactional and contentious matters; former senior associate Joaquín Rodríguez, who was raised to the partnership in January 2022, focuses on natural resources transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Eyzaguirre

Testimonials

Extensive knowledge of the current regulations and their applicability.

Quick and effective response to queries and doubts, with solid knowledge of historical cases and how to consider them so as to construct proposals alongside clients.

Good sense of urgency in offering quick and timely responses.

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra

Freeport McMoran

Toesca Administradora General de Fondos

Esco Elecmetal

Transelec

Glenfarne Group

Eurus Energy

DISAL

Sumitomo Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American Sur on the structuring, negotiation and drafting of reciprocal easement agreements entered into with CODELCO’s Andean division.
  • Advised Anglo American Sur on the structuring, negotiation, drafting and execution process of a planning coordination and mining operation governance agreement entered into with CODELCO.
  • Acting for Anglo American in a civil lawsuit filed by Inversiones Mineras Silex, a Chilean mining company that owns certain mining concessions where Anglo American’s foundry is located.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Dentons Larrain Rencoret‘s seven-member group advises at all stages of mining project development, including concessions and easements. It additionally assists with permits, and due diligence procedures during the acquisition of concessions, options and mining companies. The practice is led by mining law and natural resources litigation specialist Gonzalo Nieto, with additional partner-level support provided by Enrique Benítez, who co-leads the firm’s Latin America energy group; Marisol Ceballos, currently a Mining Engineering Network board member; Pauline Chiffelle, who regularly advises on mining matters; and water law expert Jose Ignacio Moran. Key associate Jaime Cruzat (at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría until late 2020) also specialises in mining law.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Benítez; Marisol Ceballos; Pauline Chiffelle; Gonzalo Nieto

Testimonials

This firm has a very good mining practice.

Dentons has a team of lawyers who are specialists in mining law, and who know the mining business and sector very well. One of the advantages of working with them is that they have been working together for over 10 years, so the team works very well together.

The lawyers are agile in responding and creative in proposing strategies, taking care to see the big picture; and their international office positions them well in terms of understanding trends in other markets, as they can rely on other mining lawyers from Canada, London, US, Australia, South Africa and Peru (among others). That, without a doubt, is an important difference.

Reliability during negotiations from a very pro-deal team that is meticulous and knowledgeable about the industry.

Gonzalo Nieto is a highly experienced lawyer with a good name.

Gonzalo Nieto has strategic vision, excellent credentials and negotiation skills. He has been linked to mining for over 25 years, so he knows the market and the mining business very well.

José Ignacio Morán has extensive experience in water matters. In that capacity, he advises many mining companies on the development of their projects – he is agile, flexible and very precise.

Associate Jaime Cruzat knows the specific mining legislation very well, is fast, and very pleasant to work with.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tewoo Group Co on the mining, environmental and water issues related to its iodine project.
  • Advised Atacama Minerals Chile on the negotiation of a toll agreement with Minera Escondida (BHP) to use a transmission line.
  • Advises Inversiones Barrick Conosur on its day-to-day mining issues.

Lembeye Abogados

Lembeye Abogados‘ mining practice has significant experience in natural resource projects, from greenfield explorations to fully functioning and exporting operations. Recent highlights include acquisitions in the sector and the expansion of major mining projects and concessions. The department is also known for its advice to companies providing services to the mining industry, such as robotics, lithium processing innovators, processing equipment providers and specialty vehicle products. The natural resources and mining practice is led by dual-qualified (Canada/Chile) Rony Zimerman (a partner at Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana until April 2020), who routinely advises Canadian mining companies (among others) on their Chilean operations. Associate Lukas Hudson assists with mining-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lembeye Abogados

Key clients

Angold Resources

Rio Explorations

Apollo Gold Corp

Equus Mining

Southern Gold

Nutrex

Andex

Legend Dragon

Summit Nanotech

Work highlights

  • Assisting Angold Resources with the general operation of an exploration programme.
  • Advising Andex Minerals Chile on the exercise of its option over the Anocarire Exploration Project in northern Chile.
  • Advised Equus Mining on its projects, including the execution of its option over the Cerro Bayo mine project (currently held by Toronto-based Mandalay Resourses).

Morales & Besa

Morales & Besa‘s team regularly advises on mining exploration, exploitation, M&A and project finance, with its advice also extending to project development, construction, and regulatory and environmental aspects. Eugenio Besa is experienced in establishing foreign mining companies in Chile. Moreover, the January 2022 arrival of the former head of the Ministry of Mining’s Sustainable Division, Aldo Cardinali, who returned to the firm as partner from Infante Valenzuela Molina Abogados expanded the team’s partner level resources, and came in the wake of the hire of mining law-focused associate Catalina Troncoso from Bertrand-Galindo, Barrueto y Barroilhet Abogados in June 2021. However, former associate Giancarlo Camillieri joined eelaw in October 2021, director Paloma Infante M left for an in-house role in early 2022, and regulatory-specialist senior Katannya Jablonski  recently went freelance.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Cardinali

Key clients

Arena Minerals

Arena Minerals Chile

Fiore Exploration

Anglo Pacific Group

CIMIC

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

KGHM

Monte Oscuro

Mainstream Renewable Power

Sonnedix Chile

DIF Capital Partners

Admiralty Mining Chile

Work highlights

  • Advising Arena Minerals Chile on its participation as a majority (80%) owner of a contractual mining company co-incorporated with SQM (as a 20% participant).
  • Acted as local counsel to Mitsubishi Materials Corporation on its acquisition of a 30% interest in the Mantoverde copper mine (located in the Atacama Region).
  • Advised Fiore Atacama on the termination and release of the option for the purchase of mining concessions in Antofagasta.

Núñez Muñoz Abogados

Boutique legal practice Núñez Muñoz Abogados has strong mining sector credentials, with significant experience in mining-related contracts and transactions, project development, mining property and financing. It also houses specialists in mining industry-related M&A deals. A director at Chilean state-owned copper mining company Codelco since May 2021, and recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Patricia Nuñez has an enviable market reputation for mining law matters, including foreign investment, finance, public works concessions and infrastructure. Fellow name partner Rodrigo Muñoz is also on hand for mining law advice, as well as public works concessions, and environmental law and community matters.

Ossa Alessandri Abogados

Ossa Alessandri Abogados' mining law group consistently assists major Chilean and international companies with mining title studies, exploration and exploitation concessions, and mining easements. Other areas of strength include the protection of mining properties, option contracts, and defending energy projects from previously solicited mining rights. The team is also active as regards project finance and mining-related disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, founding partner Francisco Ossa routinely advises on the execution and development of large-scale mining projects.

Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ

Established in 2019, boutique firm Schenke Brancoli Abogados | SLBZ handles focuses on tender process, regulatory matters and the full dispute resolution spectrum (arbitration, litigation and negotiations) in relation to the natural resources sector. The mining law practice is highly focused on the constitution (and protection) of mining concessions, but also advises on easements and mining law agreements, along with conducting due diligence on mining companies and projects. The principal practitioners are Hipólito Zañartu, a specialist in the project management and litigation of mining, water, power generation and administrative law issues; and founding partner Ricardo Brancoli, who is on hand to act in environmental, mining, water and natural resources-related litigation.

Valdivieso, Gutierrez & Manríquez Abogados

Recent highlights for boutique legal practice Valdivieso, Gutierrez & Manríquez Abogados include advising on the acquisition and sale of greenfield projects and royalties, and option-to-purchase agreements for mining projects. The four-member team also recently acted in judicial actions to protect a project’s mining rights, and assisted various companies with the financing of their extraction projects and joint ventures. The practice is co-led by founding partners Francisco Valdivieso T and Juan Francisco Gutiérrez, who both advise on the acquisition and development of mining projects. Former associate Andrés Valenzuela moved in house at Scotiabank in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Valdivieso; Juan Francisco Gutiérrez

Key clients

Antofagasta Minerals

Nomad Royalty Company

Nueva Unión

TF R&S

Greenfield Explorations

Glencore

Sociedad Minera Candelaria

Consejo Minero And Confederación Para La Producción Y Comercio

Mario Hernández

Cerro Del Medio

Work highlights

  • Advised Norman Royalty Company on the purchase of 30% of the shares of Compañía Minera Caserones, which holds 32.5% of a 2.88% net smelter return royalty.
  • Advised Miguel Pérez and Francisco Aguirre on an option-to-purchase agreement with Gold Fields, in relation to the Laredas mining project.
  • Assisted Compañía Minera Cerro del Medio with an option-to-purchase agreement in relation to its Santa Cecilia Mining Project.