Mauricio Riesco


Mauricio has extensive experience advising the development and operation of projects in the energy, mining, and infrastructure industries. His trajectory highlights the legal support to multinational companies in their investment decisions in Chile, the development and financing of greenfield energy projects, the advice of large-scale copper mines in the management of their legal requirements, participation in public and private infrastructure tenders and M&A operations of conventional and renewable energy assets.

He worked between 2007 and 2011 as an associate in the infrastructure and natural resources practice at Aninat Schwencke y Cía. Between 2011 and 2013, he acted as Chief Legal Advisor of the National Irrigation Commission and –after obtaining a master’s degree from the University of Dundee in 2014– he developed a career as an in-house lawyer, first at Generadora Metropolitana (formerly Biobío Genera) as Legal Coordinator, and then as the Senior Lawyer of Antofagasta Minerals in charge of attending the legal requirements of its 3 mining operations in the Antofagasta Region.

In the academic field, Mauricio has published and collaborated in various publications in Chile, United Kingdom and Germany, on matters such as the regulation of access to critical infrastructure, the development of policies to promote private investment in infrastructure, glaciers regulation and desalination policies, among others. The following publications are highlighted:

  • “Chile: Energy Policy – Encyclopedia of Mineral and Energy Policy”, Editorial Springer, Berlin, 2018.
  • “Shared-use mining infrastructure: Why it matters, and how to achieve it”, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, 2015.
  • “Modification of the irrigation promotion law: a boost to efficient and associative water management”, Water Law Acts (ADAg) No. 5-2015.
  • “Rainwater and Valleys: Legal Nature and Practical Implications”, Proceedings of the XIV Conference on Water Law, Nº3, p. 233-240, Thomson Reuters, 2013.
  • Several opinion columns on infrastructure, energy and desalination.

Mauricio is a member of the Chilean Bar Association and partner of the Chilean Mining Chamber.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law School (2000 – 2005).
  • LLM in Natural Resources and Energy Law, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK (2014).
  • Natural Resources and Energy Law Diploma, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Law School (2011).
  • Specialization Course in Structuring and Documenting Mining Transactions, Saint Andrews, UK (2014).