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

Environmental, Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Resources.


Partner Francisco Tong is head of our Environment practice group. He specializes in mining, environmental and natural resources law.


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

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

His experience includes wide knowledge of environmental sustainability issues, such as those referred to circular economy, waste management, quality standards, recycling, climate change, among others.

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

He was professor of Mining and Environmental Law at the top universities of the country and a frequent speaker at various events both in the country and abroad. He is past president of the National Institute for 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

(Leading individuals)

Francisco TongRodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados offers broad environmental expertise in relation to litigation, transactional and regulatory matters under the leadership of Francisco Tong. It is particularly well versed in matters relating to water, sewage, solid wastes, plastic use, natural protected areas and environmental quality standards. Tong has notable experience in permitting, licensing and matters relating to climate change and recycling, and counts on strong support from Jenny Caldas, who advises on regulatory and environmental issues in the hydrocarbons sector and represents clients before regulatory bodies, such as the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA). Counsel Úrsula Zavala is a key name for water resources and sanitation matters, and issues relating to the carbon market, while Diego Pachas, who was recently promoted to partner, is recommended for health and safety and environmental matters relating to the mining industry.

Peru > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Leading individuals)

Francisco TongRodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

The leading mining practice at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados continues to advise top-tier clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the industry, covering transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. On the transactional side, it is well known in the market for privatisations, M&A and financing deals, while on the contentious side, it handles administrative proceedings and domestic and international arbitrations. Team head and veteran practitioner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is on the board of several mining companies and is a name to note for corporate matters; he is supported by Oscar Benavides, who deals with M&A and joint ventures, as well as exploration, development and exploitation contracts. Francisco Tong is a further key practitioner, who is well versed in administrative regulations and environmental matters and has previously advised on the development of mining regulations in the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Colombia. Claudio Ferrero is another name for corporate transactions and reorganisations; Diego Pachas is recommended for licensing and permitting, and health and safety matters; and Francisco Barrios advises on permitting and strategies for new projects and the expansion of existing projects.