Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has named Antonio Ortúzar, Jr., based in Santiago, Chile as Leader for the Firm’s Global Mining group. Antonio is currently Managing Partner of the Firm’s Santiago office and leader of the Mining group for Latin America at Baker McKenzie. Our mining team is part of our Global Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry group headed by Jose Moran.
Antonio has extensive experience spanning all aspects of project finance, mining and natural resources, and mergers & acquisitions. He regularly represents mining clients in all stages of their projects from “green field” to “brown field,” including acquisition, financing, exploration, operation and closing. He has repeatedly assisted clients with multi-million-dollar transactions and deals in the energy and mining sectors, including financing for major gold, copper and iron projects, facilitating cross-border acquisitions for hydroelectric power plants, and assisting in the purchase of one of Chile’s first wind energy projects.
"As the mining industry continues attracting local and foreign investors globally, I am honored to lead a team of industry experts across all regions, including colleagues in some of the world's richest mining nations," says Antonio Ortuzar, Jr. "I plan to continue leveraging the great success we have achieved advising companies in Latin America on every aspect of the mining business from exploration and rights negotiations with authorities to concessions and environmental impact. I will also take the best practices and expertise gained from working with my colleagues in Latin America and apply them at Baker McKenzie's global mining group."
Jaime Trujillo, Acting Global Chair says, "Baker McKenzie is an established global leader in financial and legal transactions in the mining sector, delivering top legal services in traditional markets and in new jurisdictions. We are delighted that Antonio has agreed, together with several key partners across our advisory and transactional practices, to take the lead on the Firm’s activities in this active industry."
Antonio is consistently ranked as a leading Mining lawyer by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 and has earned various recognitions for his work, including Highly Regarded Lawyer from IFLR1000 as a Mining Expert.