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Cesar Zumarraga


Mr. Zumarraga is a partner of TOBAR ZVS SPINGARN and the leader of the Natural Resources, Energy and Infrastructure Unit (REI). He has extensive experience in national and international transactions, primarily focused on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure industries. Cesar has represented Canadian, North American and European companies on the development of investment projects, especially through State concessions. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation RMMLF and the PDAC (Prospector and Developers Association of Canada).

Due to his work, Mr. ZUMARRAGA has been consistently ranked by publications such as The Latin Lawyer, Who´s Who Legal Mining and Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America 2019, who emphasize: “Department head César Zumárraga holds significant standing as "a real expert, especially in dealing with mining and regulations. He has a very good and intimate knowledge of the mining sector." He has ample experience advising the firm's major clients on a plethora of mining concessions.”

Who´s Who Legal says: “César Zumárraga is one of Ecuador's most respected mining lawyers. He is highly knowledgeable about the market and has a commercial outlook when advising clients". He is author of the Ecuador for Mining, Getting the Deal Trough.

The Legal 500 states: “Terralex alliance member-firm Tobar ZVS Spingarn’s practice is often instructed by foreign clients on major regulatory and corporate transactions and is highly rated for its ‘deep experience in mining’. ... Led by Cesar Zumarraga, the firm’s ‘deep bench’ of experts ...”.

Cesar Zumarraga was the Executive Assistant of the State Attorney General from 1992 to 1996.

Mr. Zumarraga is an arbitrator for the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito.

Cesar obtained his J.D. from the Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (1994).

He has two Master's Degrees from the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Public Procurement and Privatization, and Taxation (1999 and 2000, respectively).

Subsequently, he received his Master's in Constitutional Law from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain (2011).

Languages: Spanish and English.