Mr Oscar Benavides > Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados > Lima, Peru > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Environmental, Megers & Acquisitions, Mining, Project Finance.


Partner Oscar Benavides specializes in mining law, mining projects finance, and mergers & acquisitions.


His practice focuses on financing contracts, acquisition, sale and joint venture agreements of companies and mining projects.

Oscar has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and executing exploration, joint venture and mining project investment contracts, as well as in acquisition operations for said projects. He counsels clients on corporate and commercial issues in general.

He regularly teaches mining law in top-level Peruvian universities and is a member of the board of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce.


Spanish and english.


Lima Bar Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Instituto de Derecho de Minería, Petróleo y Energía


Universidad de Lima – Lawyer summa cum laude (2000), University of Denver, USA – Master in Natural Resources and Environmental Law (2006), Jan M. and Marjorie G. Laitos Scholarship in Natural Resources

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Energy and natural resources > Mining

(Leading individuals)

Oscar BenavidesRodrigo, 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.