In the latest edition of WWL: Mining we recognise 435 of the top mining lawyers in the world. Practitioners featured in this edition have been nominated for their expertise in an array of mining matters, including exploration projects, financing and environmental regulation.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
The “fantastic” Michael Bourassa is celebrated as “one of the top mining lawyers in the world” by sources who cite his remarkable experience in the field.
John Turner is widely recognised as a “great lawyer and negotiator” who consistently provides “excellent and reliable advice” to clients.
Paul Fornazzari has an exceptionally strong mining practice where he showcases significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions, as well as regulatory matters.
The “excellent” Alison Lacy is a first-class mining lawyer who excels in project finance matters and stands out particularly for her work in Latin America.
Kevin O’Callaghan is highly recommended by sources thanks to his deep knowledge of environmental and regulatory issues in the mining sector.
Darrell Podowski is a “brilliant mining lawyer” who is widely commended for his stellar work representing mining companies in mergers and acquisitions.
Mark Bennett is a highly regarded mining practitioner with broad expertise in corporate financing matters including IPOs, joint ventures and M&A.
Paul Stein stands out for his considerable expertise in project financing and M&A transactional matters pertaining to the mining sector.
Jennifer Traub is lauded for her top-tier mining practice and earns praise for her skilful handling of complex M&A transactions in the space.
Bob Wooder is widely recognised as “a top mining lawyer” who is commended for his impressive capital markets expertise. He is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
Charles Kazaz draws effusive praise from commentators who cite his “extensive experience in both mining and environmental matters”.
The “excellent” John Wilkin is a distinguished mining practitioner highlighted for his laudable ability across debt financing, acquisitions and project development matters.
Other Leading Individuals
At Stikeman Elliott Jay Kellerman is a “top transactional lawyer in Canada” who stands out among peers as being “great with clients” when handling complex M&A matters in the mining sector.
Ivan Grbesic is highlighted for his strong mining practice where he showcases considerable expertise in cross-border transactions.
Khaled Abdel-Barr at Lawson Lundell is a “top-notch mining lawyer” who wins high praise for his remarkable ability in technically complex cases.
Chris Baldwin is “truly excellent and extremely experienced” when it comes to advising on international mining projects and transactions.
Stuart Breen is widely considered a “bright and excellent lawyer” thanks to his deep knowledge of regulatory compliance in the mining sector.
At Dentons Brian Abraham QC is an acclaimed mining practitioner who is well versed in exploration, project management and regulatory matters.
Global Elite Thought Leader Erik Goldsilver of Borden Ladner Gervais is an “excellent mining lawyer” who is highly adept in corporate and M&A matters involving prominent mining projects.
Fred Pletcher is highlighted for the breadth of his experience in M&A, project development and finance matters within the mining sector.
At Torys Michael Amm is renowned for his superb mining work and related corporate financing matters including IPOs, joint ventures and M&A.
Michael Pickersgill is highly adept in a range of domestic and international mining matters, including M&A, joint ventures and royalty agreements.
Alan Hutchison at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is a leading name in the Canadian mining market, specialising in securities and corporate finance matters.
Gowling’s France Tenaille is a mining specialist who stands out for her sterling work in Latin America where she expertly handles M&A and project financing matters across the sector.
Roger Taplin of McCarthy Tétrault is celebrated for his impeccable mining practice by sources who note his outstanding expertise in complex mining transactions.
At Bennett Jones Sander Grieve is a prominent figure in the market who excels in exploration and transactional mining matters.
At Davis Graham & Stubbs the “excellent” Joel Benson is a distinguished name in the US market thanks to his remarkable experience in cross-border transactional mining work.
Cynthia Urda Kassis at Shearman & Sterling is revered for her “top-notch” work handling restructurings, joint ventures and M&A in the mining space.
Dorsey & Whitney’s William Prince enjoys a superb reputation in the market thanks to his vast experience of regulatory compliance in the mining industry.
James Cress at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a mining specialist widely commended by sources who consider him a go-to name for royalty agreement matters.
At Erwin Thompson Faillers Thomas Erwin is highly experienced in natural resources and environmental matters, including project development and public land issues.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Rafael Vergara is an “outstanding mining lawyer” and “one of the top names in Chile” when it comes to complex M&A in the sector.
Francisco Corona is a key player in the Chilean mining market who excels in sector-related project finance and restructurings.
Juan Francisco Mackenna stands out for his expert advice to mining clients on project financing and M&A matters.
Alberto Cardemil is a leading figure in the natural resources sector who impresses clients with his adept handling of related corporate matters.
Francisco Ugarte is widely endorsed for his significant experience handling acquisitions, project financing and joint ventures for mining companies.
Fernando Aguirre B is a senior statesman with outstanding experience in the mining field and who offers clients a strong international arbitration practice.
Eduardo Quintanilla is well regarded among peers, who commend his first-rate mining practice which focuses on foreign investments within the industry.
Ignacio Aguirre U is a mining and environmental law specialist who impresses sources with his superb regulatory expertise.
Santiago Nishizawa Takano is a highly skilled mining practitioner who stands out for impressive experience handling related project finance, M&A and contractual matters.
Jorge Neher prominent name in the market who possesses outstanding expertise in mining project matters and cross-border transactions.
Hernán Rodríguez earns acclaim from respondents this year for thanks to his exceptional knowledge of Colombian mining regulations.
Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez performs exceedingly well in this year’s research thanks to his stellar work handling major transactions in the mining sector.
Other Leading Individuals
At Allende & Brea Florencia Heredia is a perennial Global Elite Thought Leader celebrated as “one of the top mining lawyers in the world” by sources who compliment her profound knowledge of the industry.
Luis Lucero at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is recognised as a “very experienced and excellent mining lawyer” who is highly accomplished in project financing and litigation matters.
Estudio Randle’s Ignacio Randle is an “extremely experienced and bright mining lawyer” who is noted for his adept handling of significant international transactions.
Alejandro Massot wins considerable praise from market sources thanks to his strong expertise in finance-related matters within the Argentinian mining and natural resources sectors.
Roberto Fortunati at Beccar Varela is an accomplished mining practitioner who excels in transactional and project finance matters.
At Zaballa • Carchio Abogados Hernan Miguel Zaballa is cited as an “excellent mining lawyer” thanks to his vast experience advising mining companies on a range of exploration, development and production matters.
Sebastian Pedro Vedoya of Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi enjoys a superb reputation for his exceptional knowledge of Argentinian mining regulations.
Sergio Arbeleche is highly skilled in mining regulatory issues as well as handling mining projects and operations.
Marval O’Farrell & Mairal’s Leonardo Rodriguez is renowned for his “outstanding knowledge of the Argentinian mining market and its legal framework”.
At Pinheiro Neto Advogados Carlos Vilhena is a leading light in the Brazilian market whose speciality lies in sophisticated M&A transactions and complex regulatory issues in the mining sector.
Pedro Garcia at Veirano Advogados comes “highly recommended” by sources for his “extensive experience and legal knowledge” that leads to “practical and concise legal advice”.
Carey’s Rafael Vergara is revered as “one of the top names in Chile” thanks to his incredible experience of mining projects, as well as joint ventures and acquisitions within the sector.
Pablo Mir of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados is hailed as a “superb mining lawyer” by impressed sources who note his remarkable expertise in contractual matters related to the mining sector.
At Núñez Muñoz & Cía Ltda Abogados Patricia Núñez is an “extremely experienced” practitioner who excels thanks to her top-class work advising mining clients on project financing and development matters.
Juan Paulo Bambach at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is a distinguished name in the market, revered for his superb regulatory expertise and deep experience in mining exploration matters.
María Paz Pulgar has exceptionally strong mining practice which sees her regularly acting in large-scale transactions for major clients in the sector.
At Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos & Cia the “excellent” Carlos Pérez-Cotapos stands out for his expertise in all matters related to the mining industry, including M&A, due diligence and land acquisition.
Marcelo Olivares at Quinzio & Anríquez Novoa Abogados offers clients extensive expertise in complex contractual issues within the mining sector.
At Posse Herrera Ruiz Álvaro José Rodríguez is a top-rated mining lawyer renowned for his impressive practice encompassing a range of matters, which include mining acquisition and divestment, project finance, and due diligence work.
Ignacio Santamaría Escobar of Lloreda Camacho & Co is revered for his deep knowledge of the mining industry as well as his formidable combination of legal and commercial expertise.
At Margarita Ricaurte Rueda Abogados, Margarita Ricaurte de Bejarano is distinguished for her superb regulatory expertise and her deep understanding of mining legislation in Colombia.
Bustamante & Bustamante’s Roque Bernardo Bustamante is credited with “exceptionally high standards of legal knowledge” by sources who cite his immense expertise in mining exploration and production.
At Rubio Leguía Normand Xennia Forno Castro Pozo stands out for her extensive experience advising mining clients on financing, due diligence and litigation support matters.
Cecilia Gonzáles at CMS Grau is considered “really at the top of her game” and “exceptional”, particularly for environmental regulatory issues pertaining to mining operations in Peru.
At Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado is hailed as a “top mining lawyer in Peru” and “one of the best in Latin America” thanks to his remarkable expertise in corporate and project financing matters.
The “excellent” Oscar Benavides is a highly regarded mining practitioner who is lauded for his negotiation skills in complex acquisition matters.
Francisco Tong is distinguished for his sterling advice to mining clients on joint ventures, financing and project development.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Peter Leon is hailed as “one of the top mining lawyers in the world” who excels in contentious issues arising from mining projects and developments.
David Walton commands over 30 years’ experience in the mining space and is recognised as a key figure for complex M&A transactions in the sector.
Patrick Leyden is praised as “pragmatic and commercial” by clients who value his “lightning quick response time and accuracy” when handling sophisticated cross-border transactions.
Stéphane Brabant is touted as “one of the best in the world” for his work in the mining space, with sources praising him as “vastly knowledgeable on mining disputes, particularly in Africa”.
The “excellent” Greg Mulley is a M&A and securities specialist who stands out for his adept handling of complex cross-border mining transactions.
Manus Booysen is an “excellent lawyer” with a sterling reputation thanks to his vast experience advising major mining companies on transactional and regulatory matters.
Bruce Dickinson is an internationally renowned practitioner with a wealth of experience handling complex M&A transactions in the mining space.
Megan Jarvis “not only has legal skills, but has a practical knowledge of mining, mining legislation and regulations”, praise clients who extol her “no-nonsense practical approach”.
The “excellent” Rita Spalding is highlighted for her tremendous experience advising major mining companies on a range of matters including transactions, due diligence and compliance matters.
Other Leading Individuals
At Mayer Brown Ian Coles is internationally renowned for his immense experience handling project finance and transactional matters for many prominent clients in the mining industry.
Charles Bond at Gowlings WLG is a leading corporate finance lawyer who is highly recommended for his extensive experience securing deals in in the mining sector.
At Linklaters Charles Jacobs is a key player in the market whose speciality lies in domestic and cross-border M&A work.
Raj Karia of Norton Rose Fulbright is praised by international sources for his outstanding knowledge of M&A and joint ventures in the mining and natural resources sectors.
At Borenius Attorneys, Casper Herler is a “well-known mining practitioner” who is considered “first-rate” by peers who cite his wide range of sector-related expertise, from project planning to environmental risk.
ENSafrica’s Wolf Wohlers enjoys an outstanding reputation in the international mining arena and is highly sought after by clients for his strong contractual expertise.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
At Étude Kabinda/Avocats, Alex Kabinda Ngoy is considered a “top lawyer in the country” and the “first choice” for peers who value his impeccable knowledge of the mining industry.
At Werksmans Chris Stevens earns acclaim for his exceptional experience advising major clients on mining due diligence and regulatory matters. He is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
Michael Dale of Norton Rose Fulbright is recognised as a top-tier practitioner thanks to his encyclopaedic knowledge of mining legislation in South Africa.
At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Allan Reid is distinguished for his formidable negotiating skills when securing mining agreements.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Igor Bogdanich is endorsed as a “top-notch mining lawyer” by sources impressed with his skilful handling of complex transactions, project development and joint ventures for mining companies.
Mark McAleer is known as an “excellent lawyer” equipped with a broad range of experience of cross-border transactional work in the mining sector.
Mark Geritz is recognised as “one of the most skilled lawyers in his fields in Queensland”, with clients citing him as a “trusted adviser” for matters including native title law and project development.
Stuart MacGregor is an established name in the market thanks to his strong background advising major mining companies on a range of matters including joint ventures and royalty agreements.
Other Leading Individuals
Allen & Overy’s Geoff Simpson maintains his reputation as an “excellent mining lawyer” who is renowned for his leading work across all elements of the sector.
Jay Leary at Herbert Smith Freehills is hailed as “the doyen of mining lawyers in Australia” by international sources who consider him “absolutely number one” when it comes to complex corporate matters.
At Gilbert + Tobin Michael Blakiston performs exceedingly well in this year’s research and is identified by sources as “the top lawyer in Australia for mining issues in Africa”.
At Jones Day the “excellent” Tony Wassaf is a clear leader in the field. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining sector and is a go-to name for major clients in the industry.
Rahmat Soemadipradja earns widespread acclaim thanks to his outstanding experience in the financing, development and operation of mining projects.
Fortun Narvasa & Salazar’s Roderick Salazar is a key figure in the market who is highlighted for his stellar advice to domestic and foreign companies on a range of mining and exploration matters.