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Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados
LIMA 15072
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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

A long-term pacesetter in this discipline, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados continues to be a dominant force, serving its extensive energy and mining client base with all their environmental law needs, contentious and advisory. A specialist environment subgroup, led by leading practitioner Francisco Tong, sits within the firm’s top-tier energy and natural resources team, which is steered by the pre-eminent Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, providing clients with a streamlined offering. The in-demand team has expanded at associate level with two new recruits, while other lead advisors to mention include: Jenny Caldas, who is client partner to Repsol, CNPC and Perú LNG; and counsel Úrsula Zavala, a specialist in environmental and natural resources law.

Peru > Energy and natural resources > Mining

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados dominates the sector, its tier-one corporate, finance, public law and disputes practices combining with expert mining regulatory and market knowledge to provide an unparalleled offering. Consequently, numerous international and domestic mining companies instruct the firm for ongoing strategic advice, such as Anglo American Quellaveco, Pan American Silver, Marcobre and MMG Las Bambas, while at the other end of the spectrum the firm advises over 20 junior mining exploration companies. Practice head Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is pre-eminent in the field, and notably led advice, alongside Francisco Tong, to Southern Peru Copper Corporation on the reinstating of its construction permit for the $1.4bn SPCC Tia Maria mine, which had been suspended by the State following violent local protests. The case attracted international media attention and sets a precedent for the Peruvian mining industry. Other key advisers of the 20-strong team include Oscar Benavides and Claudio Ferrero, who both focus on the corporate and finance aspects of the mining sector; and Francisco Barrios was made partner in August 2019.