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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Argentina


Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luis Lucero
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent full-service firm acting on behalf of a number of the mining industry's most prestigious clients. Noted for its considerable expertise handling complex sector-related litigation as well as ongoing regulatory compliance for mining operations. Team is also highly experienced in acquisitions, joint ventures and project finance mandates in the mining industry.

Strengths One source underlines that "Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal's work is excellent; they are professional, agile and provide us with high quality responses to issues."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Oroplata on a range of matters involving Cerro Negro, the company's gold and silver operation in Santa Cruz.

Advised Fortuna Silver Mines on its USD100 million acquisition of Goldrock Mines and the Lindero gold mine in the north of Argentina.

Significant clients Glencore, AngloGold Ashanti, Goldcorp, Anglo American, Hochschild Mining.

Notable practitioners

"Terrific" practice head Luis Lucero boasts extensive experience advising clients within the mining industry. He is widely praised by interviewees as a market leader and is lauded for his responsiveness and well-established presence in the sector. Lucero's primary areas of expertise include project finance and complex litigation and arbitration.

Leonardo Gabriel Rodríguez is identified by clients as "very technical and agile in his responses," as well as being "excellent under pressure." He has noteworthy expertise in handling the full spectrum of mining mandates for a roster of major domestic and international clients. He led the team on the aforementioned Fortuna Silver Mines work highlight.

Andrés Villarreal is recommended by clients for his capabilities advising on mining issues. He has particular knowledge of sector-related M&A, with a focus on the acquisition of mining assets.

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Allende & Brea - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Martín Allende and Marcos Patron Costas
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced group of mining lawyers representing both Argentine and international clients in a wide variety of mining issues. Has a particular niche in the lithium mining sector, as well as regularly advising Asian investors on their mining activities in Argentina. Trans Pacific Minerals is a new client win and Florencia Heredia joined the firm in August 2017.

Strengths One client is quick to praise the lawyers at Allende & Brea, stating: "The service is excellent; the team knows how to detect our needs with precision and responds accordingly."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Minera del Altiplano in the resolution of a dispute with the Province of Catamarca regarding water fee payments.

Significant clients FMC, Goldcorp, Pan Pacific Copper, Trans Pacific Minerals, Minera del Altiplano.

Florencia Heredia is singled out by market commentators, who assert that "she is a very knowledgeable and practical mining lawyer." She is well equipped to represent both foreign and domestic clients in a variety of complex mining mandates, with project financing being a particular area of expertise.

Juan Martín Allende is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." They go on to add that he is "direct and highly involved" in matters. He has considerable experience advising international mining clients on their Argentine operations.

Carlos García Díaz is identified by market commentators as "a very well known name in mining." He has in-depth knowledge of mining transactions and is particularly well versed in cross-border mandates.

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Beccar Varela - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roberto Fortunati
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected practice group noted for its involvement in a range of commercial and regulatory mandates in the mining sector. Team advises on mining rights and concession agreements, as well as project finance, joint ventures and acquisitions of mining assets. Clients includes companies operating major copper and potash mines in Argentina.

Strengths One client asserts: "The service is excellent; the team has in-depth knowledge of the sector and work proactively and efficiently. In addition, they have considerable commercial experience."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Minera Don Nicolás on a broad range of sector-related issues, among them contractual and regulatory matters regarding the project's exploration.

Significant clients Southern Copper, Asphaltum Argentina, Esco, Geotermia Andina, Potasio Río Colorado.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Roberto Fortunati is described as "well respected" by market commentators. He has in-depth knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector, with a particular focus on mining and oil and gas-related project financing.

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Quevedo Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hernán Celorrio and Ignacio Celorrio
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded mining department with experience providing counsel to both international and domestic mining clients. Routinely assists with restructurings and joint ventures, in addition to exploration and development projects. New client wins this year include Argosy Minerals and Latin Resources.

Strengths One client is quick to remark: "The service is outstanding; the team handles very complex matters for us and is available at all times."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Golden Arrow Resources on a USD250 million joint venture with Silver Standard.

Significant clients Franco-Nevada, Sandstorm Gold, Galaxy Resources, Lithium Americas, Centurion Gold.

Notable practitioners

The "impeccable" Ignacio Celorrio receives high praise from interviewees for being "practical and efficient." They go on to add: "He goes above and beyond for us - he works with absolute integrity and builds a very good relationship with the client." He led the team on the aforementioned Golden Arrow Resources work highlight.

Long-standing practitioner Hernán Celorrio is described by interviewees as a "legend" in the Argentine mining market. He has considerable expertise in mining law, with additional strength in handling natural resources and environment matters.

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Zaballa • Carchio Abogados  - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 lawyers

What the team is known for Potent mining boutique that advises domestic and international market leaders. Regularly provides legal counsel on a comprehensive list of complex mining issues, such as joint ventures and M&A deals. Team is particularly well regarded for its experience in mining exploration projects.

Notable practitioners

Hernán Miguel Zaballa is described by market commentators as "a well-known mining lawyer in the market." He is highly experienced in advising clients on administrative and regulatory law matters affecting mining operations.

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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Adolfo Durañona
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service international firm proficient at handling a variety of mining mandates. Assists prominent multinationals with sector-specific matters, as well as advising on tax, labour and regulatory matters affecting their business. Trident Southern Explorations and Rockwood Lithium are amongst the new client wins.

Strengths An interviewee commends the mining team at Baker McKenzie, citing: "I want to highlight how happy I am with the service the lawyers provide. They work very closely with clients and are very quick to respond."

Work highlights Represented Trident Southern Explorations in the drafting and reviewing of documentation relating to a gold project private bid arranged by Corporación Minera del Neuquén.

Significant clients Vale, Catamarca Energy, Redpath Mining, ADY Resources, Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium.

Notable practitioners

Highly revered Adolfo Durañona is praised by clients as "a very organised and available practitioner with an in-depth knowledge of the mining sector." His experience spans a range of commercial transactions for mining companies. He has additional expertise advising clients on matters related to oil and gas and natural resources. He led the team on the aforementioned Trident Southern Explorations highlight.

Associate-to-watch Pablo Alejandro Rodriguez makes his debut in the rankings following a strong client response that sees him described as an "excellent" practitioner in this field. He is routinely involved in matters related to the development of mining projects and sector-related M&A.

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Beretta Godoy - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Federico Godoy and Juan Sonoda
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team of experienced lawyers operating in the mining sector. Practice group has a noteworthy track record handling a variety of sector-related matters for major clients, ranging from exploration projects to mining title contracts. Additionally well regarded for its abilities in corporate and tax matters affecting mining companies.

Strengths Observers emphasise: "The matters that the team handles for us are highly complex but we always receive a very good service. They make us feel like we are their only client."

Work highlights Acted for Barranca Sur Minera on mining, environmental and administrative law matters relating to the acquisition of two coal mines in the Buenos Aires Province.

Significant clients Minas Argentinas, Calypso Uranium, Minera Sierra Grande, Energia Mineral, Orion del Sur.

Notable practitioners

Federico Godoy concentrates his practice on energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on advising both international and domestic clients on investment matters within the mining sector. Market sources describe him as "an expert in mining," going on to add that "he regularly brings new ideas to the table and is very available and well organised. We really can rely on him."

Juan Sonoda is described by interviewees as "a very knowledgeable practitioner" in this field. His main areas of expertise include advising energy and mining clients on a range of sector-related matters within the country, as well as assisting with foreign investment, international law and dispute resolution mandates.

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Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sergio Arbeleche and Sebastián Vedoya
- 2 partners
- approximately 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust group of lawyers offering broad legal expertise in the sector. Has experience advising high-profile domestic and international mining companies. Advice covers concession agreements and regulatory compliance, as well as project financing, corporate restructuring and M&A transactions.

Strengths One client is quick to enthuse: "I am very satisfied with the team's service. The advantage is that the lawyers are very professional and the service they provide is of high quality. They are happy to provide us with a variety of solutions to a problem."

Work highlights Advised Barrick Gold on its various activities in Argentina comprising exploitation concessions, restructuring and M&A transactions.

Significant clients Minera Argentina Gold, Minera Rodeo, Linecorp, First Quantum Minerals, Holcim.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators are impressed by the "awesome" Sergio Arbeleche stating that: "He has great potential in this field and keeps on improving." He is proficient at handling mining-related matters and is highly experienced in advising on domestic and cross-border mandates, including acquisitions.

Sebastián Pedro Vedoya is lauded by clients as "an excellent and professional lawyer." He is recognised for his capabilities in providing counsel to both domestic and international corporations on a range of sector-related matters including foreign exchange, foreign trade and financing.

Department profile by Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

The services of the Firm in mining matters include legal advice on all aspects related to the international, federal and provincial regulation applicable to all aspects related to the mining projects at their exploration, construction and operation stages, and include -among others- the processing  and tracking of permits, financial transactions and/or the acquisition of mining projects and joint ventures created for the development of such kind of projects, reorganizations, assignment of mining properties, due diligence performance and title assessment, drafting and environmental audit, analysis of contracts, assistance in the preparation of Feasibility Studies, counselling to binational Argentine-Chilean projects, and design of regulations providing for viability of projects and its operations.

The Firm’s practice in Mining integrate and foster their services with other areas that are fundamental to the development of any project, such as corporate law, foreign trade, administrative, regulatory, taxation, litigation, intellectual property, among others; all of which finally results in the possibility of giving advice to clients on the performance of all kind of transactions in a specialized and comprehensive manner.

With the incorporation of Messrs. Sebastián Vedoya and Sergio Arbeleche as partners in 2014, the Firm expanded its legal advice to the Mining practice, consolidating BFM&L as a leading full service law firm in the area of Natural Resources.

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Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Well known firm with a new offering in the mining sector made up of members of the former boutique of HOLT - Heredia, Lede Pizzurno + Terrel Abogados. Team provides counsel to key domestic and international companies on a range of issues including the acquisition of mining rights, project finance and PPP agreements.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Matias Olcese's principle area of expertise lies within the energy and natural resources sector, most notably project finance and M&A transactions. He is described by interviewees as having "considerable mining knowledge."

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Senior Statesmen

Quevedo Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Long-standing practitioner Hernán Celorrio is described by interviewees as a "legend" in the Argentine mining market. He has considerable expertise in mining law, with additional strength in handling natural resources and environment matters.

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Star Individuals

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Terrific" practice head Luis Lucero boasts extensive experience advising clients within the mining industry. He is widely praised by interviewees as a market leader and is lauded for his responsiveness and well-established presence in the sector. Lucero's primary areas of expertise include project finance and complex litigation and arbitration.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly revered Adolfo Durañona is praised by clients as "a very organised and available practitioner with an in-depth knowledge of the mining sector." His experience spans a range of commercial transactions for mining companies. He has additional expertise advising clients on matters related to oil and gas and natural resources. He led the team on the aforementioned Trident Southern Explorations highlight.

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Florencia Heredia

Allende & Brea

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Florencia Heredia is singled out by market commentators, who assert that "she is a very knowledgeable and practical mining lawyer." She is well equipped to represent both foreign and domestic clients in a variety of complex mining mandates, with project financing being a particular area of expertise.

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Leonardo Gabriel Rodríguez

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leonardo Gabriel Rodríguez is identified by clients as "very technical and agile in his responses," as well as being "excellent under pressure." He has noteworthy expertise in handling the full spectrum of mining mandates for a roster of major domestic and international clients. He led the team on the aforementioned Fortuna Silver Mines work highlight.

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Hernán Miguel Zaballa

Zaballa • Carchio Abogados 

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hernán Miguel Zaballa is described by market commentators as "a well-known mining lawyer in the market." He is highly experienced in advising clients on administrative and regulatory law matters affecting mining operations.

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Band 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators are impressed by the "awesome" Sergio Arbeleche stating that: "He has great potential in this field and keeps on improving." He is proficient at handling mining-related matters and is highly experienced in advising on domestic and cross-border mandates, including acquisitions.

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Band 2

Quevedo Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "impeccable" Ignacio Celorrio receives high praise from interviewees for being "practical and efficient." They go on to add: "He goes above and beyond for us - he works with absolute integrity and builds a very good relationship with the client." He led the team on the aforementioned Golden Arrow Resources work highlight.

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Band 2

Estudio Randle

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ignacio Randle of Estudio Randle has considerable experience acting for a range of clients within the mining industry. He has in-depth knowledge of both inbound and outbound investments, as well as additional expertise in infrastructure and environment mandates. Sources praise him for his "perfect English skills" and consider him to be "very result-oriented."

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Band 3

Juan Martín Allende

Allende & Brea

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Martín Allende is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." They go on to add that he is "direct and highly involved" in matters. He has considerable experience advising international mining clients on their Argentine operations.

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Band 3

Carlos J García Díaz

Allende & Brea

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos García Díaz is identified by market commentators as "a very well known name in mining." He has in-depth knowledge of mining transactions and is particularly well versed in cross-border mandates.

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Band 3

Beretta Godoy

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Federico Godoy concentrates his practice on energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on advising both international and domestic clients on investment matters within the mining sector. Market sources describe him as "an expert in mining," going on to add that "he regularly brings new ideas to the table and is very available and well organised. We really can rely on him."

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Band 3

María Marcela González

Brons & Salas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

María Marcela González of Brons & Salas is recognised for her experience assisting clients within the mining arena with a range of matters including contracts and financings, as well as sector-related negotiations and government relations.

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Band 3

Carlos Saravia Frías

Saravia Frías / Mazzinghi Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Saravia Frías of Saravia Frías / Mazzinghi Abogados is described by market commentators as "a very good mining lawyer who is well recognised locally and regionally." He is noted for his significant experience within the sector advising both domestic and international clients.

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Band 3

Sebastián Pedro Vedoya

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sebastián Pedro Vedoya is lauded by clients as "an excellent and professional lawyer." He is recognised for his capabilities in providing counsel to both domestic and international corporations on a range of sector-related matters including foreign exchange, foreign trade and financing.

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Band 4

Estudio Fretes & Arieu

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Arieu of Estudio Fretes & Arieu is regularly called upon to advise mining companies, banks and financial organisations on a broad range of sector-related matters.

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Band 4

Roberto Fortunati

Beccar Varela

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Roberto Fortunati is described as "well respected" by market commentators. He has in-depth knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector, with a particular focus on mining and oil and gas-related project financing.

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Band 4

Abeledo Gottheil Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pablo Pinnel of Abeledo Gottheil Abogados has considerable experience advising on a variety of mining-related matters. He is well-equipped to handle both domestic and international transactions for mining clients.

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Band 4

Beretta Godoy

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Sonoda is described by interviewees as "a very knowledgeable practitioner" in this field. His main areas of expertise include advising energy and mining clients on a range of sector-related matters within the country, as well as assisting with foreign investment, international law and dispute resolution mandates.

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Band 4

Andrés Villarreal

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Villarreal is recommended by clients for his capabilities advising on mining issues. He has particular knowledge of sector-related M&A, with a focus on the acquisition of mining assets.

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Band 4

Hope, Duggan & Silva

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Javier Zapiola of Hope, Duggan & Silva is recognised for his abilities advising high-profile mining clients on complex M&A and joint venture negotiations. He has additional experience assisting with sector-related tax mandates.

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Up and Coming

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Matias Olcese's principle area of expertise lies within the energy and natural resources sector, most notably project finance and M&A transactions. He is described by interviewees as having "considerable mining knowledge."

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Associates to watch

Pablo Alejandro Rodriguez

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Pablo Alejandro Rodriguez makes his debut in the rankings following a strong client response that sees him described as an "excellent" practitioner in this field. He is routinely involved in matters related to the development of mining projects and sector-related M&A.

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