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Legal Practice: Hydrocarbons and Mining

We advise on the award of exploration permits and exploitation and transportation concessions with the Federal and Provincial Governments, as well as in the drafting and negotiation of association and service agreements with national and provincial state-owned companies for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons. We have correspondent lawyers in all the provinces which develop hydrocarbon activities. We advise on typical contracts of the oil industry such as Joint Operation Agreements, Farm-in Agreements, Areas of Mutual Interest, Lifting Agreements and Gas Balancing Agreements, agreements with service suppliers such as seismic and drilling, agreements for the sale of oil, gas and by-products, treatment and transportation of oil and gas, environmental federal and provincial regulations and environmental licenses; regulations on the use of water and gas venting, agreements with landowners. Also, we advise and represent our clients in all kinds of administrative or judicial processes resulting from conflicts with governments as well as federal and provincial entities or with individuals related to exploration activities.

 

Likewise, we advise our clients on the development of unconventional energy projects (wind energy, bio-fuel, etc.).

 

We also advise mining companies in the acquisition of mining rights through public bids and private negotiations, both corporate and concerning assets. We have correspondent lawyers in all the provinces which develop mining activities. We act before the Argentine Secretary of Mining for the submission of Feasibility Studies to obtain Certificates of Tax Stability of national, provincial and municipal jurisdiction under the Mining Investment Law. We advise on tax and customs planning and compliance, and we assist our clients on labor and union matters of the mining industry. We advise on the compliance with the Argentine environmental regulations, and in negotiating and obtaining water rights. We also advise on legal matters related to landowners, original communities and corporate accountability.


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