María José Sotomayor Mesa

Associate Attorney | mariajose.sotomayor@ppulegal.com

Her role focuses mainly on mining and aquaculture law, and on corporate, commercial, and contractual matters. María José has advised domestic and international companies in contractual and corporate matters, in the assessment and due diligence phases of mining and aquaculture projects, in the processing of mining property ownership, aquaculture concessions, and easements, among others. She is an adept professional when it comes to managing complex issues that pose a difficult resolution prospect, always proposing and suggesting clear and innovative solutions for our clients.

She has also participated in the drafting of reports and presentations on domestic and foreign mining regulation and legislation; as a speaker at seminars and workshops on the matter and has held the post of Assistant Professor of Mining Law at different universities.

Formerly, María José worked at the Legal Vice Presidency of LATAM Airlines Group.

  • Lawyer, Adolfo Ibáñez University
  • Diploma, Natural Resources and Energy Law, major in Mining Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Water Law Course, Diploma in Natural Resources and Energy Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2012
  • Special Mining Law Course, Diploma in Natural Resources and Energy Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2013

  • Assistant professor, Mining Law, Diego Portales University Law School, 2015, 2018 and 2019
  • Exposition in XV Journal of Mining Law, University of Chile, 2017
  • Exposition in XVI Journal of Mining, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2020

  • “Reform to the system of protection of mining concessions as a mechanism to reduce speculation” of the VII, XII, and XV Conference on Mining Law, Faculty of Law, University of Chile, Thomson Reuters (2019)
  • “Encouraging interpretation regarding the provisional suspension in the denunciation of the new act”, Mercurio Legal, (2019)

  • Best Lawyers, Corporate and M&A, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in M&A 2021
  • Rising Stars Mining Legal 500 2021