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

Work Department

Environmental, Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Resources.


Partner Francisco Tong is co-head of our Environment practice area. He specializes in mining, environmental, water resources law.


He participates in the development and implementation of the main infrastructure and mining projects in the country. He counsels on matters of environmental and natural resources protection, mining concessions, administrative and judicial procedures related to said matters.

He has extensive experience in managing permits, licenses and authorizations for the use and/or harnessing of natural resources. Also in analysis and structuring of operations related to mining concessions, such as transfer, assignment, option and joint venture contracts.

Francisco has counseled the World Bank on a project to improve mining regulations in the Dominican Republic, as well as in other specific matters related to the development of the mining industry in general.

He has taught Mining and Environmental Law at the major universities of the country, and has been president of the National Institute of Mining, Oil and Energy Law.


Spanish, English.


Lima Bar Association, National Institute of Mining, Oil and Energy.


Universidad de Lima – Lawyer (1998), University of Dundee, Scotland – Master’s degree in Law and Mining Policy (2003).

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Environment

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Francisco TongRodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

With an expansive client roster of mining, oil and gas and industrial clients, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is in demand for environmental advice and does not fail to deliver. An exceptionally strong team is led by the much-respected Francisco Tong, who is a full-time mining, environmental and natural resources partner. He is supported by: regulatory and environment specialist Jenny Caldas, who is also highly rated for her abilities; very capable counsel Úrsula Zavala; and seven associates. The team has been particularly busy of late defending clients in administrative sanctioning procedures, Repsol Exploración Perú, for instance, which it is advising in relation to nine alleged infractions related to non-compliance at Block 57, located in the Peruvian Amazon.

Peru > Energy and natural resources > Mining

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.