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).