Patricio Leyton is the Lead partner of the Environment and Natural Resources Department. With 20 years of practice in environmental law and permitting, Patricio has extensive experience addressing the authorities and negotiating with communities, particularly indigenous ones.
He has worked for Chilean and foreign clients specializing in the development of natural resources projects in the areas of mining, energy and waste management. He has been the leading counsel in the approval of several billion dollar projects in the mining and energy sectors. He has represented clients before authorities, drafted and reviewed Environmental Impact Studies and Declarations, directed public participation processes, negotiated with local and indigenous communities, assisted in the private conservation of lands, and drafted legal memos on environmental and natural resources issues.
With one of the best teams in the market, Patricio heads this area in the vertiginous world of environmental institutionality. His clients highlight his strong commitment, personal devotion for each case, and his huge knowledge of both the Chilean legislation and the environmental practice.
His team works closely with Litigation and Public Law departments.
Mr. Leyton is currently professor of the Environmental Law course in the undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Chile Law School.
Before entering FerradaNehme Mr. Leyton was a partner at Urrutia y Cía. (1996-2008).
Recent publications and presentations
2012 “Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America”, International Bar Association Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
2011 “Land Use Regulation and it Impacts on Tourism Zones, Protected Areas and Investment” Chilean Legal Report of the British Chamber of Commerce.
2010 “Paper Water Rights in Project Development”, Universidad de Chile Law School Workshops.
2009 “Expanding the Frontiers: Regulation of Transboundary Waters”, Catholic University Law School workshops.
2005 “Environmental Aspects of the U.S. - Chile Free Trade and Environmental Cooperation Agreement: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, but a Big One Back”, Universidad de Chile Law School, Environmental Review.
2004 “International Arbitral Courts, Environmental Law and Private Property” Universidad de Chile Law School Workshops, 2004.
2003 Compensation in the Use of Natural Resources under the Environmental Impact Assessment System written with Javier Vergara and published in the Environmental Law Review of the Universidad de Chile Law School.
2001 “Sustainable Development: Emerging Concepts of Governance in the Minerals Industry” written with Luke Danielson to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation conference held in Santiago, Chile.
2001 “The Necessary Test of Article XX (b): From the Tobacco Case Until Today” published in the book Trade and Environment edited by John Jackson and Edith Brown Weiss.