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Jorge Neher


Jorge  Neher




T:+58 212 276 0000

Jorge Neher is a partner practising in our Caracas and Bogotá offices, primarily in the areas of mining, electricity, energy and resources, but also in the environmental practice group. He is the Latin American leader of our infrastructure, mining and commodities practice. His areas of practice also include foreign investments, administrative law and international commercial law.

Mr. Neher’s mining practice is one of the largest in Colombia and Venezuela. He also has extensive experience in other Latin American countries, such as Mexico, Peru and the Guyanas. He advises major and junior mining companies on acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate and project finance, regulatory and environmental matters, development of projects involving precious and base metals, precious stones, industrial minerals and coal.

Mr. Neher’s experience in the oil and gas sector includes mergers and acquisitions and the structuring of equity and project finance in Canadian and other international markets for resource companies located mainly in Colombia.

In the power sector, Mr. Neher has advised domestic and international clients in matters concerning the privatization of integrated and distribution utilities, BOOs and BOTs, project finance for IPPs, and regulatory and other matters.

Mr. Neher acted as special legal counsel to the Energy and Mines Commission of the Venezuelan Congress for the drafting and discussion of the proposed new mining law in 1994-1996.

He also served as an alternate judge of the Superior Court on Administrative Matters of the Capital Region of Venezuela from 1991 to 1994.

Mr. Neher joined us as a principal in 2003, after nine years as a partner in his own law firm in Caracas. Before that he was an associate for four years and a partner for two years at a Venezuelan law firm of international repute (1989-1994). In 1993 he worked with the London law firm Linklaters and Paines (now Linklaters).


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  • Education

    D.S.U. (administrative law), Université de droit d'économie et des sciences sociales de Paris, 1989
    Licentiate in Law, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1988

  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Latin America, Latin America Wide 2015: Band 2:  Projects: Mining/Leading Canadian Firms
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015: Energy & Natural Resources (Band 2 – Colombia), Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms (Band 2 – Latin America Wide) and Energy & Natural Resources (Foreign Expert – Venezuela)
    • IFLR1000: Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America, 2013 – Leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial; and Energy & Natural Resources
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013 and 2015: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Experts Based Abroad) and Energy and Natural Resources (Foreign Experts)
    • IFLR (International Financial Law Review) 1000 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – Leading Lawyer in Financial and Corporate, 2013    
    • Who's Who Legal, Global Mining Law Firm of the Year, 2012
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012: Venezuela – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Band 1), Energy & Natural Resources (Experts based abroad); Colombia – Energy & Natural Resources (Foreign experts)
    • The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets and Mining Lawyers 2012
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Colombia) in the area of Energy and Natural Resources – Regional Experts (Spotlight Table)
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Latin America) Latin America’s Top 20 Mining Experts (Spotlight Table)
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Venezuela) in the area of Energy and Natural Resources: Mining (Band 1)
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Colombia) in the area of Energy and Natural Resources: Mining (Band 1)
    • The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets and Mining Lawyers 2011
    • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2011 in the area of Environment
  • Publications
    • Several articles and notes on specialized publications on investments, mining, oil & gas and energy.
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Upstream Oil and Gas Opportunities in Latin America” (co-presenter), Calgary, AB, September 2011.
    • “Resources Industry and Infrastructure in Colombia,” M&A Transactions in Latin America, Mergermarket, Bogotá, June 2011.
    • “Listing of Resources Companies in the TSX/TSXV,” Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto, March 2011.
    • “Financing of Oil and Gas Projects in Colombia,” BN Americas International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibit, Bogotá, July 2010.
    • “Mining in Colombia: Investor’s Checklist,” Mine South America, Focus on Colombia, Toronto, June 2010.
    • “Colombia on the Radar of Mining Investors,” Congreso Asogravas, Barranquilla, Colombia, August 2009.
    • “Political Risk in South America: Challenges and Opportunities,” Toronto-Vancouver, June 2009.
    • “Mining Taxation in Latin America,” LatAm Mining Conference, Coral Gables, Florida, June 17-19, 2008.
    • “Access to the Markets of Canadian Values II: Doing the Homework,” Argentina Gold 2006, Buenos Aires, November 29-30, 2006.
    • “Social Responsibility for Mining Projects in Latin America,” III Latin American Congress on Mining, Oil & Gas, Cartagena, Colombia, July 5-7, 2006.
  • Memberships and activities

    • Miranda State Bar Association
    • Venezuelan Gold Association
    • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
    • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
    • Society of Mining Engineering (SME)
    • Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VENAMCHAM)
      • Mining Committee (2003- )
    • Venezuelan-Canadian Chamber of Commerce
      • Energy Committee
      • Former Secretary and Director
    • Professor of Administrative Law, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Faculty of Law (1989-1997)

    • Director and Legal Advisor, Venezuelan Mining Chamber (1994- )
    • Director, Venezuelan Canadian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (1996- )