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Mexico: Mining 2017

This chapter identifies 13 leading practitioners, who provide counsel and representation to companies operating across the mining sector, and may have specific expertise relating to, among others, dirt law, native title law, mine financing and leasing.

Most Highly Regarded
Rodrigo Sánchez-Mejorada Sánchez-Mejorada Velasco y Ribé, Mexico City
José Ruiz López Creel Abogados, Mexico City
Juan E Pizarro-Suárez Pizarro-Suárez & Rodríguez Matus, Mexico City

Basham Ringe y Correa leads the way in our research this year. Practice head Juan Carlos Serra Campillo is a “well-respected and prominent figure” in Mexican mining. He advises a range of domestic and international mining houses on project development matters and financial institutions on financing projects. Alongside him Daniel Del Rio specialises in mining investments both into and from Mexico, having been involved in various significant corporate transactions. Clients particularly praise his “thorough and consistent approach to complicated issues”.

Further standout out lawyers in this area includes José Ruiz López from Creel Abogados. He represents mining groups operating within Mexico and focuses his “top-tier” practice on regulatory and compliance matters, as well as exploration and exploitation projects. He is regularly seen as one of one of Mexico’s leading mining counsels and respondents highlight his mining knowledge and government connections.

Juan Pizarro-Suárez from Pizarro-Suárez & Rodríguez Matus is referred to as “one of the best lawyers in this area of expertise”. He specialises in handling a wide range of mining contracts including agreements relating to exploration and exploitation, royalty agreements, and purchase and sale agreements regarding assets.

Founder of Kunz Abogados Federico Kunz is very well known and established having “worked all his life exclusively in mining-related matters” and was previously in-house counsel for a major mining company”.

At RB Abogados Enrique Rodriguez del Bosque is certainly one the first port of call for clients who want a “top-tier mining lawyer”. With a practice spanning 30 years, his experience ensures that he is one of the most established players.

Laura Diaz Nieves of DBR-Diaz Bouchot y Raya Abogados advises has an “extensive knowledge” of Mexican mining law, advising clients on regulations and mining concessions, among other matters. 

Rodrigo Sánchez-Mejorada of Sánchez-Mejorada Velasco y Ribé is a very highly regarded mining and natural resources lawyer with over 40 years' experience in the market.

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