Florencia Heredia is a senior partner of Allende & Brea, where she heads the Natural Resources and Energy practice. She is an expert in natural resources matters, including forestry, fisheries and in particular mining law with 28 years extensive experience advising financing institutions and companies in complex mining and energy transactions in Argentina, having 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 Masters 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.
She was founder of HOLT Abogados (2008-2017) natural resources boutique law firm and prior to that member and partner of Estudio Beccar Varela (1992-2008) for 16 years, where she was during 9 years the head of the natural resources and environmental law department. During 1997-1998 she worked for Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener (today Beiten Burkhardt) one of the leading German law firms based in Münich with offices in other European countries. 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 corporate, natural resources, energy, environmental law and finance law related to these areas, daily assisting extractive industries companies established in Argentina. For 28 consecutive years she has been very active assisting mining companies that have 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 that have been financed in the country. She led the Trillium Project which was a binational (Argentinean and Chilean) forestry project located in the Patagonia area. She has represented Rio Tinto for many years specially in connection with the Potasio Rio Colorado project, in the province of Mendoza 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 has been very active during these last years in the lithium sector representing companies developing these projects and also researching in all aspects of the energy transition and views towards a low carbon future.
She is an active member of the International Bar Association, where she held the position of Chair of the Mining Law Committee (2014-2015), she is currently council member of Seeril (Section of energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure law) becoming Vice Chair of this section in 2021 which oversees all related committees.
She has been twice Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which she also served as Secretary to the Board (2014-2015) having a long relationship with the Foundation, member of the Executive Committee of the International Women Forum (Argentinean Chapter) among other relevant entities. She is member of the Academic Board of RADHEM in Argentina, publication specialized in Energy and Natural Resources.
She joined the Women Corporate Directors foundation, since as of January 2018 she holds the position of Non Executive Independent director of Galaxy Lithium, Australian public company leader in the lithium sector.
She has been a member of PDAC for the past years and has been attending the convention continuously for the last 20 years. She has developed a strong relationship with Canada and the mining sector in such country, representing several Canadian mining companies through her career. Goldcorp, Eldorado Gold, First Quantum Mineral sare some of the Canadian companies that she has represented. She is an active member of the Argentinean Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
She was Visiting Professor at Denver University, Colorado, USA were she taught "Comparative Latinamerican 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 Austral University, Argentina, for the Pre Master course where she teaches Mining Law and at the Universidad Catolica de Cuyo, Argentina, at the Masters in Mining Business Management.
She was assistant (ayudante de catedra) 1991-1993 in International Public Law, faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires chaired by Prof Raul Vinuesa.
She was assistant (ayudante de catedra) 1991-1993 in Introduction to Law, faculty of Law, Cathotlic University, chaired by Prof Eduardo Quintana.
As of 2018 she is member of the Advisory Board to the Law School of Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is member of the Executive Committee of Allende & Brea.
She has been constantly nominated as a leading mining lawyer and star individual by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, etc and has been included in the lists of main mining lawyers of the world by Who's Who Editions in the last twenty years, being recipient of the Mining Lawyer of the Year award for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and one of the highlighted women in the Women in Law reviews.