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Baker McKenzie Chile





Mirco Hilgers advises on legal matters related to Chilean mining law. He also has extensive experience and deep local knowledge in matters related to natural resources, energy and infrastructure. Mr. Hilgers is a frequent columnist on mining and energy legal issues in Diario Financiero, Diario Estrategia, Diario El Pulso, Revista Minería Chilena and Qué Pasa Minería. He was nominated as one of the Chilean Leading Lawyers for natural resources law by Qué Pasa in 2013, and by The Legal 500. Chambers Latin America 2015 ranks him as an up-and-coming partner. He is currently professor of Chilean mining law at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Practice Focus:

Mr. Hilgers practices mainly in mining and foreign investment, assisting in the incorporation, maintenance and development of diverse foreign companies in the mining industry and their Chilean subsidiaries.

Representative Legal Matters:

  • Advised Audley Capital Advisors on the purchase of a stake in Anglo American Norte S.A. — with Orion Mine Finance as the main co-investor — for an initial cash payment of USD300 million.
  • Defended Rockwood Lithium’s legal mining easement rights before the Antofagasta courts for the development of its lithium settling ponds.
  • Advised Sprott Resource Lending Partnership as the lender in the USD25 million Credit Agreement to Hot Chili Limited as the borrower.
  • Advised Guanaco Compañía Minera SpA (Austral Gold Limited) on the acquisition of the Amancaya Mining Project.
  • Advised Sierra Gorda SCM in the negotiation with Algorta Norte SA for the pipeline crossings and easements.
  • Advise Atacama Solar SA in the BOO proposed framework agreement with Transelec for their transmission line construction and operation.
  • Advised Li3Energy regarding the transaction and USD8 million share purchase agreement with BBL SpA of 51 percent of Minera Li Energy SpA, Li3’s Chilean subsidiary and holder of the properties denominated as Litio 1–6 and Cocina 19–27, part of the Maricunga Lithium/Potassium project located in the Salar de Maricunga, Chile.
  • Prepared and developed the legal strategy and implementation of the surface land access to the whole mining project of Sierra Gorda SCM in the Second Region of Antofagasta, Chile.
  • Assisted in the acquisition of mining concessions and easements by Minera Quadra Chile Limitada (Sierrea Gorda SCM) of SQM for USD37 million.
  • Assisted in the acquisition of mining concessions and easements of Minera Cerro Dominador by Minera Quadra Chile Limitada (Sierra Gorda SCM) for USD30 million.

Related Expertise:


Spanish - English - German


  • Pontificia University Catolica de Chile (Master Business Law) (2003)
  • Universidad de Chile School of Law (Licencee Juridical and Social Sciences)(1999)


Author, “Chilean Mining Law for the Prospector, Miner and Investor”, Qudragraphics, JC Sáez Editor SpA, October 2014

Author, “Cierre de faenas mineras: la vida útil de un proyecto minero,” Mineria Chilena, December 2013

Author, “Crecimiento, mineria, proyectos e iniciativas legales,” Area Minera (, November 2013

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Leading individuals)

Mirco HilgersBaker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile houses a go-to mining team for mining companies’ transactional, regulatory and operational requirements. The group’s track record includes advising on several greenfield mining projects; and it is particularly well known for its representation of junior exploration companies. Clients with interests across Latin America also benefit notably from the firm’s extensive LatAm coverage. Recent highlights include assisting Battery Mineral Resources with the mining, environmental and corporate aspects of plans to resume mining and milling operations in the Altos de Punitaqui mine. Heading up the mining practice group for Santiago, Antonio Ortúzar Jr has longstanding experience in large-scale natural resources projects; and mining and foreign investment expert Mirco Hilgers routinely assists with the incorporation, maintenance and development of foreign mining industry companies (and their Chilean subsidiaries). At associate level, Santiago Vial is experienced in mining, infrastructure and corporate work.

Chile > Environment

Baker McKenzie Chile‘s environmental law practice routinely leverages the firm’s well-known mining law prowess. The team’s coverage includes assessments regarding compliance with environmental regulations and administrative procedures to obtain permits. In cross-border environmental work, clients additionally benefit from the Santiago office’s membership of the firm’s global and Latin America environment practices. Heading up the group, Chilean mining law expert Mirco Hilgers also has extensive experience in natural resources, energy and infrastructure work. During 2022, senior associate Santiago Vial (mining projects) re-joined the firm (further to completing a Master’s Degree in London), while former associate Rosario Preuss departed for an in-house role at Innergex.

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

Baker McKenzie Chile’s five-member group is best known for its mining-sector credentials. The firm’s projects practice is also increasingly active in relation to renewable energy (solar, wind and geothermal), desalination plants, and port and road projects. The department is co-led by Antonio Ortúzar Jr, who has longstanding experience in natural resources and large-scale projects; and mining project specialist Mirco Hilgers. Experienced in energy, environmental and mining work, associate Santiago Vial re-joined the team in October 2022 (further to completing a Master’s Degree in London).