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María Paz Pulgar

AsociadaAssociate / Chile
  • Practice areas / Energy, Mining and Natural Resources
  • Languages / English, Spanish

Principal Associate of the Natural Resources Area. She has counsel to important mining and natural resources companies, as permanent clients and in relation to mergers and acquisitions transactions. She is professionally recognized in the Chilean market, standing out for her comprehensive and complete knowledge of the mining and natural resources industry. Professor of Mining Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Los Andes, among to other academic activities. She has been speaker in Chile and abroad, as well as the author of several publications on mining and environmental law.

Star associate María Paz Pulgar is held in high esteem by peers and clients alike for "her great knowledge in mining mandates." According to market onlookers: "She is an excellent lawyer" and "very active in the market." Star-associate – Chambers and Partners - Energy and Natural Resources: Mining
She is a very active lawyer who is doing good work in the mining arena. Chambers & Partners 2019 - Mining
She is active advising clients on M&A transactions and on the regulatory mandates affecting the natural resources sectors Chambers & Partners 2019 - Mining
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Work experience

  • November 2003 - March 2011 Associate

    Baker & McKenzie

  • May 2011 - August 2012 Head of the Legal Department

    Lopez & Ashton

  • September 2012 - a la actualidad Senior Associate

    Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría

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Awards

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Featured Cases

  • Barrick Gold Chile 2017

    Counsel in the joint venture with Pan Pacific Copper Exploration Chile Limitada for the exploration of a group of mining concessions for the development of Project Azufreras, for US$15,4 millon.

  • Monarca Chile Chile 2017

    Counsel in the execution of an option agreement for the exploration and development of the nitrates mining project Llamara, for US$40,0 millon.

  • Lithium Power International Limited Chile - Australia 2017

    Counsel in the execution of joint venture agreement with Minera Salar Blanco for 50% of the mining project Salar Blanco, for US$31,8 millon.

  • Barrick Gold Chile 2016

    Counsel in the execution of a joint venture with QPX for the exploration of multiple mining projects in Chile, for US$300 million.

  • Wu Ling Power Corporation Chile - Brasil - Australia 2016

    Counsel in due diligence, for the acquisition of the 100% of the Pacific Hydro PTY LTD through a tender process, with assets in Brasil, Chile and Australia, for US$2,2 billion.

  • Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation - JOGMEC Chile 2016

    Counsel in joint venture with Arena Minerals Inc. and Arena Minerals Chile SpA for development of Atacama Copper project, for US$16,0 million.

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Publications

  • January 2010 Santiago Chile

    Derecho Ambiental en Tiempos de Reformas”, “Cierre de Faenas Mineras en el Marco de la Nueva Institucionalidad Medioambiental

    V Jornadas de Derecho Ambiental - Centro de Derecho Ambiental de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile
  • January 2012 Santiago Chile

    “Visión Ambiental Global: Presente y Futuro”, “La Nueva Ley de Cierre de Faenas ¿Una Regulación Suficiente?”

    VI Jornadas de Derecho Ambiental - Centro de Derecho Ambiental de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile
  • January 2014 Santiago Chile

    “Derecho Inmobiliario Actual”, “Predios y Concesiones Mineras. Derechos en Conflicto”

    Universidad de Los Andes - Universidad de Los Andes
  • January 2017 Colorado USA

    “Mineral Law Series Volume 2017, Number 2” “Enforceability of Royalties Under Latin American Legislation”

    Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • January 2017 Washington USA

    “Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017”

    World Bank Group - World Bank Group
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Studies

  • 2000 Lawyer Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law Degree

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Memberships

  • Colegio de Abogados - Chile
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law FoundationMember of the Mining Committee
  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
  • Women in Mining
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Academic activities

  • Academic Activities - 2013

    Mining Law at the Mining Law Graduate Programme.

    Teaching - Universidad Finis Terrae
  • Academic Activities - 2013

    Mining Law at the Master in Law Programme LLM

    Teaching - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Academic Activities - to date

    Natural Resources Law Graduate Programme.

    Teaching - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Academic Activities - to date

    Natural Resources Law Graduate Programme.

    Teaching - Universidad de Los Andes
  • Academic Activities - to date

    Mining Law

    Teaching - Universidad de Los Andes
  • Academic Activities - to date

    Real Estate Law Graduate Programme.

    Teaching - Universidad de Los Andes
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Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker Cierre de Faenas Mineras en el Marco de la Nueva Institucionalidad Medioambiental - V Jornadas de Derecho Ambiental del Centro de Derecho Ambiental Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile Chile 2010
  • Speaker Visión Ambiental Global: Presente y Futuro - VI Jornadas de Derecho Ambiental del Centro de Derecho Ambiental Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile Chile 2012
  • Speaker Enforceability of Royalties Under Latin American Legislation Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment Ecuador 2017
  • Speaker Desafíos de la Industria Minera Chile Explore Congress Chile 2017
  • Speaker Denuncia de Obra Nueva - XV Jornadas de Derecho de Minería Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile Chile 2017