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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Colombia


Lloreda Camacho & Co - 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: Ignacio Santamaría Escobar
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent mining practice with a dedicated group of specialists advising international mining companies on joint ventures, acquisitions and purchase agreements of mining titles. Additional expertise assisting clients with the relevant environmental licences, permits and authorisations, as well as representing them in related litigation. CB Gold and Rockcliff Copper are among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its coherent and thorough approach: "The firm has given us very comprehensible and practical advice and we feel reassured that all our bases are covered."

Another source points out: "The firm is very good. The truth is I'm impressed by the quality and professional nature of the work carried out."

Work highlights Advised Antioquia Gold on the acquisition of land and on the negotiation of easements for one of its mining projects.

Acted for Minera Cobre on a USD30 million share purchase agreement with the seller, Empresa Minera Los Quenuales.

Significant clients B2Gold, Volador Colombia, Red Eagle Mining, Rugby Mining, Antioquia Gold.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Santamaría Escobar is described as "an expert in mining matters," and is praised by clients who say that "he is very pragmatic and knowledgeable about many important legal and mining issues. He is very approachable and we feel secure using him when we require advice on important matters." He frequently assists with the acquisition of mining companies, mining agreements, due diligence and litigation issues.

Ángela Salazar is described by clients as "hard-working and dedicated." They go on to say that "she is very thorough, she clearly understands the law in Colombia and she really understands our business." She has experience in joint venture agreements for mining companies and routinely represents clients before the regulatory authorities.

Department profile by Lloreda Camacho & Co

Lloreda Camacho & Co offers a specialized work team capable of providing to its clients appropriate advice on processing of environmental licenses, permits and authorizations, as well as expert representation in judicial actions and administrative procedures, and in environmental related conflicts in general.

Furthermore, we have efficiently assisted clients in negotiating and drafting mining joint ventures, acquisition of mining companies, establishment of special purposes vehicles, option agreements and purchase agreements of mining titles and related, credit agreements, building, construction and operating mining agreements, earth removal agreements, easements, preparing mining due diligence processes and preparing the required documents from a Colombian legal perspective for listing processes on the TSX, TSXV and ASX.

We perform surveillance of mining concession contracts and mining applications, assisting clients in the procedures carried out before the relevant authorities and in their day-to-day activities.

Our negotiation capacity is known nationwide because Ignacio Santamaría has successfully intervened in the closing of agreements with foreign companies and also with local communities, including indigenous and Afrocolombian communities;

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Norton Rose Fulbright - 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
Heads of department: Jorge Neher and Hernán Rodríguez
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm known for its ability to offer multi-jurisdictional advice across a range of mining matters. Team is equipped to handle M&A transactions in the sector and is experienced representing both foreign and local funds and banks with financings and investments in the mining industry. Continental Gold, High Power Exploration and Metminco are new client wins.

Strengths Clients report that "the firm has provided us with very high-quality advice. The lawyers know the company, have a very good insight, and know the area very well."

Clients also state: "They have a very strong practice and expertise in Colombian mining law."

Work highlights Advised Touchstone Colombia in an environmental licensing process relating to various mining projects. The combined value of the matter was approximately USD10 million.

Instructed by Compañía Minera Alacrán to advise on the acquisition of several mining titles in Antioquia.

Significant clients Tolima Gold, U3O8, Anglo American Colombia Exploration, AngloGold Ashanti, BlueCrest.

Notable practitioners

Hernán Rodriguez is endorsed by clients who comment that "he provides us with a very integral service, he has a lot of insight and he knows the area very well." Interviewees continue to recognise him for his activity in the space. He focuses on M&A for mining companies and the transfer of mining titles.

Associate-to-watch Adriana María Gonzalez Cortés earns recognition for her work in the field. Her main areas of focus are mining and related environmental issues. Gonzalez Cortés routinely advises companies on joint ventures and on the acquisition of mining titles.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - 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: Alvaro José Rodríguez
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected practice at the forefront of the market assisting clients with the acquisition of mining titles, contractual matters and related environmental issues. Team handles regulatory compliance and mining-related litigation before the local authorities. Advises key players in the financial and mining industries, including coal, nickel and gold mining companies. Gemfields is a new client win.

Strengths Clients value the firm for its exemplary service: "The firm is excellent and they have a top-notch mining group who understand the market very well. They are on top of things and the client's interests come first."

Another interviewee adds: "They provide us with an efficient and quick service and the advice is very concise."

Significant clients Constructora Meléndez, Sociedad Minera de Santander, Vale, Mubadala, AngloGold Ashanti.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees recognise Francisco Urrutia for his contributions to the mining arena, highlighting that "he is on top of issues and forms a trusted relationship with clients." He benefits from over 40 years of experience in the field and focuses on corporate matters for prestigious companies involved in the mining industry.

Associate-to-watch Diana Salazar is valued by interviewees, who comment that "she can handle a large and diverse range of issues and has the knowledge to advise on a wide variety of matters. She is a very efficient, organised and excellent lawyer." One client adds: "She is incredibly accessible, charismatic and she always delivers work of the highest standard."

Department profile by Posse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz is the undisputed  leader in Mining in Colombia, providing legal counsel to the most important gold, nickel, coal and emerald mining companies operating in Colombia.

We provide a full cycle support: mining titles, regulatory and environmental compliance, contractual advice and negotiations, zoning plans, real estate titles, tax, labour, financing and industry specific contracts such as EPCs and BOMTs, and all related litigation.

The firm has extensive experience in mining-related disputes regarding royalties, compensations, tax, transfer pricing, concessions, environmental matters and municipality zoning, involving central, provincial and local authorities, including the Constitutional Court, Council of State, National Mining Agency, Comptroller General, tax authorities, and municipalities.



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Posse Herrera Ruiz has extensive international experience advising global Mining corporations in connection to regulatory and transactional activities as well as in important multijurisdiction transactions. 



Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados - 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: Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla and Yady Villaquirán Castro
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice with relevant experience in the mining arena and a strong client roster of both local and foreign mining companies. Team advises clients on the negotiation of mining concession contracts and on exploration projects. Experienced representing clients in administrative proceedings before the relevant mining and environmental authorities. Galway Resources and Sociedad Minera de Santander are new client wins.

Strengths Clients praise the work of the team, with one source commenting: "They have the best client service, it is impeccable; the service is outstanding, the lawyers are absolutely dedicated and they handle highly technical matters very well."

Work highlights Represented Carbones del Cerrejón in two fiscal liability proceedings, worth USD30 million, regarding the payment of port concession fees and royalties before the mining authorities.

Significant clients Continental Gold, Minería y Energía - MINESA, Carbones del Cerrejón, Drummond, Minera Vetas.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla is praised by clients who say that "he provides us with a very efficient and effective service." They go on to say that "he explains highly complicated technical matters to us very well." Interviewees recognise him as an important figure in the country who frequently represents key mining clients in litigation cases.

Department profile by Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados’professionals are specialised in natural resources, mining and energy law, and offer a comprehensive legal counsel to the largest national and multinational companies with corporate presence in Colombia working in the mining, petroleum and natural gas industries. The legal counsel includes issues relating to environmental licenses, state concession contracts, joint venture agreements, integrated operation agreements, infrastructure projects and assessment in the day to day operations of the respective businesses.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - 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: Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez and James Valdiri Reyes
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known international practice advising clients in the mining industry on both transactional and regulatory matters. Team is experienced assisting with the acquisition and disposal of mining titles and has further expertise advising international mining companies on investments in Colombia. Novum Energy, Brazil Resources and Valparaiso Energy are among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths The firm is highlighted by interviewees for its track record and expertise in mining matters.

Work highlights Advised Novum Energy on carrying out the due diligence for acquisition of three mining titles in Boyaca.

Significant clients Valparaiso Energy, Greenland Resources, Novum Energy, Mr Kenneth Starr, Brazil Resources.

Notable practitioners

Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez is highlighted by market commentators who underline his expertise in mining transactions. He has over 25 years of experience in the area and routinely advises clients in the mining industry on finance-related mandates.

"Excellent lawyer" James Valdiri is praised by market commentators, who say that "he is very knowledgeable." He has experience advising both foreign and local clients on a number of mining issues such as obtaining environmental permits for projects.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - 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: Sandra Manrique
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence in the area providing counsel to international gold and coal mining corporations. Team is well versed in advising clients on joint ventures and M&A matters, as well as regulatory compliance issues related to mining assets. Frequently represents companies in matters before the mining authorities. New client wins include BHP Billiton.

Strengths Clients value the firm for the experience of its senior lawyers. One source reports: "The firm is very good and I always speak with the partners. The lawyers have very good expertise."

Work highlights Represented AngloGold Ashanti in a number of administrative processes before the National Mining Agency.

Significant clients Grupo Penta, National Mining Agency, AngloGold Ashanti, Yıldırım Group, Juan Manuel Ruiseco & Cía.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Sandra Manrique.

Department profile by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

This area is composed of highly specialized lawyers who provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others. The high degree of specialization, skill in the use and understanding of technical aspects associated with the respective specialties and coordination with other areas of our firm allows our area to provide multidisciplinary legal services of high quality and added value to government agencies and companies. Mainly, the group performed the following legal activities:

Support for Due Diligence processes under mergers and acquisitions or Project Finance processes.

Negotiations of transactions involving mining, environmental and energy relevant aspects.

Drafting and preparation of contracts used in related industries.

Environmental, energetic and mining litigation at judicial and administrative levels.

Compliance audits, covering legal and technical aspects (supported by multidisciplinary teams).

Advise for environmental impact assessments to investment projects, as well as in the process of obtaining other permits necessary for implementation and after their closing.

Support to granting processes of mining concessions; assistance regarding mining and surface land disputes, local community; indigenous matters, water rights; among others.

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We provide legal advice in regulatory matters concerning the, the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the National Mining Agency (ANM, for its acronym in Spanish).

Representation of clients in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in these sectors.

Our key clients include some major players in the market.

Our group has ample experience both coal and gold mining issues.

Our group has regulatory experience in this area that allows it not only to advise clients in this area but also to carry out regulatory compliance due diligence for mining companies. 

Our group has expertise in performing due diligence of mining titles and issuing mining titles opinions.

Legal assistance related for the administration of mining titles, such as, representing the companies before the different relevant authorities, regulatory compliance, integrations and mining transactions.

We support to clients beyond the strict legal areas, but also provide negotiation skills and networking.


Brigard & Urrutia - 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: Carlos Umaña and Carlos Urrutia
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a respected offering in the mining sector. Frequently advises clients on acquisitions of mining companies and the sale of mining assets, as well as on the related environmental impact. Experienced representing financial institutions on the funding of mining projects. New client wins include TD Securities and Copperbelt Minerals.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the firm: "The firm provides us with a very comprehensive service and is comprised of good professionals in different domains."

Work highlights Represented Lhoist Group in a matter related to the defence of its mining titles and environmental permits before the administrative authorities arising from a change of local territorial planning.

Significant clients Pacific Stone, Orion Mine Finance, Votorantim Metais, Generarco, Antofagasta.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Marianna Boza.

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Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta - 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: Patricia Arrázola
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team known for advising clients on the acquisition of mining assets and the related due diligence. Regularly advises on mining contracts and environmental issues. Draws on the knowledge of other departments such as corporate and banking and finance to represent both foreign and local companies in the mining industry.

Strengths Clients praise the team, with one source commenting: "The lawyers provide us with excellent and high-quality advice."

Work highlights Advised Comunidad El Cerrejón on the enforcement of a guarantee under an exploitation agreement for the production of coal in an open-pit mine.

Significant clients Atico Mining, ICD Group, Murray Energy, Drummond, Interamerican Coal Colombia Investments.

Notable practitioners

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is endorsed by market commentators, who say that "she manages very important clients and she is a very good lawyer." She focuses on M&A and corporate matters in the mining industry, advising key domestic and international clients involved in the sector.

Clients say that associate-to-watch Fabio Ardila "is very organised and goes in-depth into the matters at hand. He is a great support." He advises clients in the mining industry on contracts and regulatory issues such as operation agreements.

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Ricaurte Rueda Abogados - 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
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice solely dedicated to mining matters, with a particular focus on regulatory issues. Acts as counsel to companies on mining titles and related environmental mandates, and represents them in administrative proceedings before the authorities. Firm has further expertise advising clients on mining contracts and easements.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The firm is a boutique that is very good in mining matters."

Notable practitioners

Margarita Ricaurte de Bejarano is highly rated by market commentators, who say that "she is a great expert, perhaps the best expert in mining in the country; she is the leader in the market in terms of regulatory matters." Another source adds: "She is absolutely top-notch, she is a level above the rest. She has a great position in the market." She benefits from considerable experience advising clients on a number of regulatory matters.

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Star Individuals

Margarita Ricaurte de Bejarano

Ricaurte Rueda Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Margarita Ricaurte de Bejarano is highly rated by market commentators, who say that "she is a great expert, perhaps the best expert in mining in the country; she is the leader in the market in terms of regulatory matters." Another source adds: "She is absolutely top-notch, she is a level above the rest. She has a great position in the market." She benefits from considerable experience advising clients on a number of regulatory matters.

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Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla is praised by clients who say that "he provides us with a very efficient and effective service." They go on to say that "he explains highly complicated technical matters to us very well." Interviewees recognise him as an important figure in the country who frequently represents key mining clients in litigation cases.

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Adriana Martínez Villegas

Martínez-Córdoba Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Adriana Martínez Villegas of Martínez-Córdoba Abogados is highlighted by peers as an "expert in regulatory matters." They go on to say that "she has a lot of experience and she knows mining law very well." She advises clients on both contentious cases and exploration projects.

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Ignacio Santamaría Escobar

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ignacio Santamaría Escobar is described as "an expert in mining matters," and is praised by clients who say that "he is very pragmatic and knowledgeable about many important legal and mining issues. He is very approachable and we feel secure using him when we require advice on important matters." He frequently assists with the acquisition of mining companies, mining agreements, due diligence and litigation issues.

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Francisco Urrutia

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees recognise Francisco Urrutia for his contributions to the mining arena, highlighting that "he is on top of issues and forms a trusted relationship with clients." He benefits from over 40 years of experience in the field and focuses on corporate matters for prestigious companies involved in the mining industry.

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Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is endorsed by market commentators, who say that "she manages very important clients and she is a very good lawyer." She focuses on M&A and corporate matters in the mining industry, advising key domestic and international clients involved in the sector.

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Bernardo P Cárdenas Martínez

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez is highlighted by market commentators who underline his expertise in mining transactions. He has over 25 years of experience in the area and routinely advises clients in the mining industry on finance-related mandates.

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Hernán Rodriguez

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hernán Rodriguez is endorsed by clients who comment that "he provides us with a very integral service, he has a lot of insight and he knows the area very well." Interviewees continue to recognise him for his activity in the space. He focuses on M&A for mining companies and the transfer of mining titles.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent lawyer" James Valdiri is praised by market commentators, who say that "he is very knowledgeable." He has experience advising both foreign and local clients on a number of mining issues such as obtaining environmental permits for projects.

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Star Associate

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ángela Salazar is described by clients as "hard-working and dedicated." They go on to say that "she is very thorough, she clearly understands the law in Colombia and she really understands our business." She has experience in joint venture agreements for mining companies and routinely represents clients before the regulatory authorities.

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Associates to watch

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients say that associate-to-watch Fabio Ardila "is very organised and goes in-depth into the matters at hand. He is a great support." He advises clients in the mining industry on contracts and regulatory issues such as operation agreements.

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Associates to watch

Adriana María Gonzalez Cortés

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Adriana María Gonzalez Cortés earns recognition for her work in the field. Her main areas of focus are mining and related environmental issues. Gonzalez Cortés routinely advises companies on joint ventures and on the acquisition of mining titles.

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Associates to watch

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Diana Salazar is valued by interviewees, who comment that "she can handle a large and diverse range of issues and has the knowledge to advise on a wide variety of matters. She is a very efficient, organised and excellent lawyer." One client adds: "She is incredibly accessible, charismatic and she always delivers work of the highest standard."

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