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César Zumarraga


César ZUMARRAGA is a partner at Tobar ZVS and head of the Natural Resources, Energy and Infrastructure practice group. He has a wide range of experience in national and international transactions, principally focusing on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure industries. Mr. ZUMARRAGA is member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation).

Due to his work, Mr. ZUMARRAGA has been consistently ranked by publications such as The Legal 500, Who´s Who Legal Mining among others.

Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America ranked César ZUMARRAGA as tier one leading mining practitioner in Ecuador and emphasize: “Top-tier practitioner César Zumárraga is highly esteemed by clients and peers alike in Ecuador for his extensive experience and in-depth expertise in mining transactions, policies, and regulations. He also offers a seasoned practice in energy-related mandates. Same Chambers and Partnes add the following: “A client enthuses: ‘I have never seen someone combining knowledge of energy matters, clarity over the national regulatory framework, and understanding of the investor's needs as César Zumárraga does. His support does make a difference to his clients’."

César ZUMARRAGA has been recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Mining Global Leader in the 2022 edition. The Who´s Who Legal says: “César Zumárraga enjoys a stellar reputation in the international mining market thanks to his expert handling of complex cross-border mining transactions". WWL also says: “César Zumárraga impresses market commentators with his world-class natural resources practice and deep understanding of mining transactions”.

The Legal 500 states: “Cesar Zumarraga possesses ample experience in national and international transactions, mainly focused on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure industries. He has represented Canadian, North American and European companies in the development of investment projects, especially through state concessions in Ecuador”.

He is author of the Ecuadorian chapter for Mining of the Getting the Deal Trough. Recently, he was appointed Professor and Director of Mining Law in the Diploma in Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Law by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ.

Mr. ZUMARRAGA is also an arbitrator of the Arbitration Centre of the Quito Chamber of Commerce.

Practice areas: Natural Resources, Energy and Infrastructure

Languages: Spanish and English.

Acknowledgments: Chambers and Partners 2023 - Band 1

César Zumárraga