DANIEL WEINSTEIN

Partner

+56978897565 / +56224709721

dweinstein@urzuaabogados.com

Daniel Weinstein has broad experience in the mining sector, leading mining-related transactions for over US$22 billion in recent years, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, farms-in, engineering and construction contracts, and procurement agreements, with experience in mining across five continents.

Additionally, he has led exploration ventures over 2+ million hectares of mining claims, representing both junior and major companies. Furthermore, in the last years, he has advised projects under construction in Chile and abroad worth over US$19 billion, ensuring the delivery of vital infrastructure for mining and desalination.

Daniel joined Urzua Abogados in 2022 after a successful career of nine years  (2004 – 2013) in renowned law firms in Chile and abroad, followed by another nine years leading the legal departments of prestigious companies, as Head of Legal for Chile and Peru at SNC-Lavalin (2013 – 2014); General Counsel at Quantum Pacific Exploration (2014 – 2017); and finally, as Legal Manager of BHP  (2017 – 2021). At BHP, he led the legal teams responsible for Exploration globally, for the Projects and Commercial areas of the Minerals Americas division, and for the Potash business unit in Canada.

Daniel has been a director of mining companies and is a member of the Expert Panel of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Mining Chamber of Chile. Additionally, he serves as president of theAdvisory Council of the  Ministry of Mining.

He is a frequent speaker at national and international seminars and post-graduate courses on the legal aspects of mining. He is part of the leadership of mining and construction trade associations and, additionally, he regularly advises governmental entities and trade associations on mining-related matters.

“He is a very practical lawyer that always comes up with creative solutions to unlock negotiations and successfully execute the transaction” 

“Weinstein has been for many years one of the most active lawyers in the mining exploration sector in Chile”.

 

Legal 500

Representative experience

  • To a mining company with an international presence, leading the negotiations of contracts worth US$ 4.5+ billion, for a copper project located in northern Chile, actively supporting the administration of such contracts and the resolution of claims submitted by contractors. These contracts include:
    • An EPC for the construction of a concentrator with a capacity of 95,000 ktdp.
    • A BOOT for the construction, water supply, and operation of a desalination plant.
    • A contract for the construction of a tailings dam and auxiliary services.
    • A contract for the financing, construction, and operation of a port facility.
  • To an international mining exploration company, leading the drafting and negotiation of a strategic alliance and joint venture with a Canadian mining company, for the exploration of copper deposits in northern Chile, in areas of both companies, with a budget of US $150 million, being the largest greenfield exploration contract in the history of Chile.
  • To a mining company with an international presence, in the negotiation of contracts and in the construction stage of three desalination plants in northern Chile, both owned and outsourced, for a combined total of US $5+ billion.
  • To a Canadian mining company, drafting and negotiating a mining option and joint venture agreement for the exploration and acquisition of mining concessions in northern Chile, for 303,000+ hectares.
  • To a mining company with an international presence, creating the legal strategy and directing the negotiations of a set of contracts to acquire trucks and other mobile equipment for its mines, for a total of approximately US $3 billion.
  • To a mining company with an international presence, in the structuring and negotiation of various mining contracts, including farm ins, joint ventures and strategic alliances, in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, United States, Canada and Australia, among other countries.
  • To several mining companies, in the design of their strategy to protect their activities in Chile and other Latin American countries, monitoring the regulations and issues that may affect them, proactively developing solutions to protect their investments.
  • To an engineering and construction company, in the preparation and negotiation of two EPC contracts for US $25 million and US $75 million, for the construction of energy facilities in Chile.
  • To an international mining exploration company, leading the negotiations of an agreement with a leading Chilean financial institution, to co-finance a mining exploration program in certain areas of northern Chile, with a budget of US $16 million for the first 2 years, including financing from Fénix Funds (CORFO).
  • To mining companies and contractors, in the negotiations of contracts related to innovation, from new technologies to handle tailings, to alliances with artificial intelligence companies to apply cutting-edge technologies to mining exploration.
  • To an international mining company, in various legal aspects related to the construction of the largest potash mine in the world, in Canada, with a value of US $ 5.7 billion.
  • To several major and junior mining companies, in the drafting and negotiation of dozens of mining exploration contracts with other companies, including mining option contracts, earn ins, joint ventures and strategic alliances, for a combined total of more than 2 million hectares.
  • To major and junior mining companies, supporting them in their expansion plans, advising on the entry to new countries in different continents, designing different contractual models and corporate structures, to decrease the risks of entering into deals in countries lacking a mature legal framework.
  • To various owners and contractors, in the negotiation and resolution of claims for a combined total of more than US $600 million.

Acknowledgements

  • Firm to Watch, Legal 500, Mining (2024)
  • Recognized for 3 consecutive years in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist among the most influential in-house lawyers in Chile (2017, 2018 and 2019).
  • Award as a member of the best legal team in Latin America, awarded by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (2019).
  • LL.M. Award for Integration and Inclusion, to the student showing the most leadership, awarded by the University of Chicago (2010).
  • Beca Chile, scholarship for graduate studies abroad, awarded by the Government of Chile (2009).

Industry-related activities

  • President of the Advisory Council  of the Ministry of Mining (2024-Present).
  • Counselor of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Mining (2023-Present).
  • Counselor of the Council for the modernization of contractual relationships of the Institute of the Construction (Instituto de la Construcción) (2022 – Present).
  • Counselor of the Owner-Contractor working group of the Chilean Chamber of Construction, leading the work stream on collaborative contracts (2022-Present).
  • Expert on the committees sponsored by the Ministry of Mining to review the amendments to the mining code and to propose a new regulation for the small mining (2022 – 2023)
  • Member of the Expert Panel of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Mining Chamber of Chile (2022-Present).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, organized by the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (previously called The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation) (2020- Present).

Certifications

  • Advanced Techniques for Dispute Avoidance certification, by the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (2022).
  • Intensive Program for Directors, by the Adolfo Ibáñez University (2022)
  • DRB Administration and Practice, by the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (2022).
  • Professional Certificate in ESG and social responsibility in the natural resources sector, by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (2021).
  • Professional certificate of Legal Project Manager, by the Australian Institute of Project Management (2020).

Practice

  • Mining.
  • Commercial contracts.
  • Engineering and Construction and Projects Development.

Education

  • Advanced Management Program (AMP), ESE Business School (2019).
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Chicago (2010).
  • Bachelor of Laws, Universidad de Chile (Summa Cum Laude, 2001).

Admissions

  • Chile.

Languages

  • Spanish.
  • English.