Florencia joined Allende & Brea’s Natural Resources department as Partner in August 2017.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry. She is an expert in mining law with extensive experience advising financing institutions and companies in complex mining transactions in Argentina, and has repeatedly represented lenders in all mining project finance taken place in the country.
She obtained her law degree with honors (summa cum laude) from “Universidad Católica Argentina” in 1991 and obtained also with honors (summa cum laude) a Master degree on Business Law from “Universidad Austral” in 1995. She has a degree also with honors (summa cum laude) on corporate sustainability from IESC (“Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa”). She has been researcher in the Doctorate program of “Universidad Austral” on the areas of natural resources and environmental law.
Prior to joining Allende & Brea, she was founder and senior partner at HOLT Abogados (2008-2017). She had been member of Estudio Beccar Varela for almost 17 years, where during 9 years she led the natural resources and environmental law department. During 1997 she worked for Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener (today Beiten Burkhardt) one of the leading German law firms based in Münich. For such law firm she also worked in the Moscow and St. Petesbourg offices mainly in connection with energy, natural resources and environmental related projects.
The principal focus of Florencia’s practice is natural resources, infrastructure and environmental law and finance law related to these areas, daily assisting several companies established in Argentina. She actively participated in the financing of the Bajo de la Alumbrera Project, the Cerro Vanguardia Project and led the financing of the Veladero Project being all the major mining projects financed in the country. Among other clients, she represented Rio Tinto for many years specially in connection with the Potasio Rio Colorado Project, then acquired by Vale.
In recent years Florencia has oriented her practice to the social aspects of the extractive industries as well and has been able to include these views in complex transactions and negotiations.
She is an active member of the International Bar Association where she held the position of Chair of the Mining Committee, she is currently council member of Seeril within the IBA, member of IMPS (International Mining Professionals Society); and also member of the International Women Forum (Argentinean Chapter) among other relevant entities. She was also Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association.
She is currently a trustee at large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and held the position of Secretary of the Board (2014-2015) being the first time that a non US member is appointed to the Board.
She has been Visiting Professor at Denver University, Colorado, USA were she taught “Comparative Latin American Mining Law” at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Graduate Course directed by Professor Don Smith. She has been Professor at the School of Law for Public Officers in Argentina (“Escuela de Abogados del Estado”) where she taught the Mining and Environmental Law course. She is currently professor at the ”Universidad Austral” at the Pre Master course where she teaches Mining Law and at the Master of Mining Business Management lectured at the “Universidad Católica de Cuyo”, in the province of San Juan.
She is currently member of the Academic Council of Argentine Journal on Energy, Hydrocarbons and Mining Law (RADHEM).
For the past 20 years she has been repeatedly cited as a leading practitioner in Natural Resources law by, among others, Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Latin Lawyer 250, including being named “Mining Lawyer of the Year” in 2013, 2015 and 2016 by Who s Who Legal and one of the highlighted women in the Women in Law reviews.