Mr Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado > Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados > Lima, Peru > Lawyer Profile

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados
Av. Pardo y Aliaga 652 piso 8
San Isidro
Lima 15073
Peru

Work Department

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

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

Spanish, English.

Memberships

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

Education

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).

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Leading individuals)

Luis Carlos Rodrigo PradoRodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

A stellar client list at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is indicative of its exceptional practice: the firm attracts a raft of the country’s largest mining companies, including Marcobre, Southern Peru Copper Corporation and Anglo American Quellaveco. With tier-one practices across the firm, it provides a ‘magnificent service‘ in respect of the complex legal needs of the mining sector, be it corporate, financing, dispute resolution or environmental, for instance, combined with pre-eminent mining regulatory knowhow. Practice head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is a stalwart of the industry with a global reputation. Despite his managing partner role at the firm, he remains hands-on, recently leading advice to Minera Antamina on its $250m secured loan from Scotiabank. The 19-strong team also includes lead advisers Oscar Benavides, who focuses on exploration, development and exploitation contracts, M&A and the financing of mining projects; administrative mining regulations and environmental expert Francisco Tong; and the more junior -but nevertheless key- partners Francisco Barrios and Claudio Ferrero. At associate level, Mariana Delgado and Diego Pachas -who both have a decade at the firm- provide key support.

Peru > Projects and infrastructure

Few headline projects come to market without Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados at the table. For example, this year it represented Lima Airport Partners in the $450m financing for the modernisation of Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, and acted for Tacna Solar, Panamericana Solar and Moquegua (owned by Solarpack and Ardian), on three simultaneous financings for three power plants (aggregate amount, $226m). The firm leverages off its strong mining, financing and energy teams to produce a stellar offering, the practice steered by head partners from those areas: Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, Jean Paul Chabaneix and Verónica Sattler, respectively. Integral to the practice group are project finance star Fernando Molina and fellow project finance specialist Juan Diego De Vinatea, who both take the lead on multiple matters. The practice houses a deep pool of 28 associates among whom regulatory senior associate Diana Briones is highly active in this area. Since publication, Briones has been raised to the partnership – effective as of January 2022.