Natalia Zuñiga

Senior Associate
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  • Biography

    Biography

    Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, with expertise in matters related to environment and public law. Natalia has complemented her law degree with a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    During the last 5 years, Natalia has focused her professional practice on advising national and international companies, banks and financial companies in Mergers and Acquisitions, projects and financing, with a main focus on environmental issues for projects in the energy, fishing, mining sector, agriculture and infrastructure. Likewise, she has been part of multidisciplinary teams creating strategies to mitigate and control environmental risks for relevant projects in Peru.

    She has been researching and studying matters involving environmental policy and political ecology issues, sustainable economies, and environmental and social problems in relation to natural resources.

  • Experience

    Experience

    • Advice to Banco Internacional del Perú S.A.A. (Interbank), Banco BBVA Peru (BBVA) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest) in a financing of US$ 160 million granted to Agrícola Cerro Prieto, one of the most important agro-exporters in Peru, Qali Fruits and Cerro Prieto Colombia. The loan is intended to refinance the borrowers' existing debt and to expand their operations in Peru and Colombia, in a sustainable manner.
    • Advice to INNOVA AMBIENTAL in the new legal framework applicable to solid waste management, by (i) updating its matrix of obligations and responsibilities and (ii) preparing a permits matrix applicable to landfills.
    • Advice to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, as a lender, on the occasion of a loan of US$ 30 million granted to Consorcio Agroindustrial Beta, which is backed by a trust of assets and mortgages on properties owned by the borrower.
    • Elaboration of legal audit procedures and / or preparation of legal obligation matrixes applicable to different industries and sectors (Procter & Gamble, Lima Airport Partners, Amec Foster Wheeler Peru SA, Corporación Peruana de Productos Químicos SA; AngloAmerican Peru, among others).
    • Advice on environmental matters to different companies of the Asociación Peruana de Agroindustriales de Azúcar y Derivados (APAAD), including the representation in administrative sanctioning procedures followed by the Environmental Assessment and Enforcement Agency (OEFA).

    Pro bono projects

    • “I am here / Presente” project: Elaboration of a Guide of the Peruvian regulation on identity rights for children and young people living in Peru. 
    • "Vako Vako: vamos a concertar": Legal workshops to the members of two native communities located in Satipo, Junin, Peru.
    • Sinba Sura project: Legal advisory to the project called Sinba, which purpose is to transform organic wastes of Peruvian restaurants into high-qualify feed for animals.
  • Publications

    Publications

    Publications

    • Prometheo. (2021, September 13). La transición a la economía circular como aliado clave en la lucha contra el cambio climático. [Blog post]. Retrieved from: https://prometheo.pe/la-transicion-a-la-economia-circular-como-aliado-clave-en-la-lucha-contra-el-cambio-climatico/
    • Agnitio. (2021, May 26). ¿Qué es la regulación simbólica? Una mirada a la regulación en torno a la minería ilegal. [Blog post]. Retrieved from: http://agnitio.pe/articulo/que-es-la-regulacion-simbolica-una- mirada-a-la-regulacion-en-torno-a-la-mineria-ilegal/   
    • Wales Arts Review. (2021, February 21) Climate justice involves gender justice. [Blog post]. Retrieved from: https://www.walesartsreview.org/climate-justice-involves-gender-justice/
    • Agnitio. (2019, May 7). No basta con pedir perdón: La interpretación de OEFA respecto a la causal de eximente de responsabilidad por subsanación voluntaria [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://agnitio.pe/articulo/la-interpretacion-de-oefa-respecto-a-la-causal-de-eximente-de-responsabilidad-por-subsanacion-voluntaria/
    • Agnitio. (2018, October 7). Abriendo las puertas a un nuevo proceso de adecuación ambiental [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://agnitio.pe/articulo/abriendo-las-puertas-a-un-nuevo-proceso-de-adecuacion-ambiental/
    • Agnitio. (2018, June 19) Si no lo puedes re usar, rehúsate a usarlo. [Blog post]. Retrieved from  http://agnitio.pe/articulo/si-no-lo-puedes-reusar-rehusate-a-usarlo/
    • Drago, I., & Zuñiga, N. (2018) Tras la búsqueda de la erradicación de la minería ilegal: Avances en el Ordenamiento Jurídico Peruano. Revista Advocatus N° 35, pp. 53–64.
    • IUS360. (2018, May 4). Un cambio en el clima: Ley Marco sobre Cambio Climático [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://ius360.com/notas/un-cambio-en-el-clima-ley-marco-sobre-cambio-climatico/
    • IUS360. (2018, February 18). Procesos sin consulta previa: ¿existe una solución correcta? [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://ius360.com/columnas/estudio-echecopar-asociado-a-baker-mckenzie-international/procesos-sin-consulta-previa-existe-una-solucion-correcta/
    • El Cristal Roto. (2016, November 8). La situación actual de la minería ilegal en el país: A 2 meses de culminar el Régimen de Saneamiento. [Blog post].
    • Lizárraga, D., & Zúñiga, N. (2016). Implementación de Proyectos de Servicios Ecosistémicos a Nivel Regional (Notas informativas, Ministerio de Agricultura) Retrieved from http://minagri.gob.pe/portal/download/pdf/rediagro/2016/notas/notas_octubre2016.pdf

    Conferences

    • THEMIS, panelist in the Third International Conference of Environmental Law, presenting about the relevant mechanisms to identify environmental liability in mining activities. - “Minería: mecanismos eficaces para encontrar la responsabilidad por daños al ecosistema.”
    • Círculo de Derecho Administrativo, panelist in the II Conference of Environmental Law, presenting about the situation of the ilegal mining activities in Natural Protected Areas. - “Avances y perspectivas en la relación entre minería informal e ilegal y áreas naturales protegidas.”
  • Additional Information

    Additional Information

    Experience

    • Mid-Level Associate at Estudio Echecopar (2020).
    • Project assistant at Environment x Women’s Health created by Dr. Laura J Brown (2019).
    • Associate at Estudio Echecopar (2016 - 2019).
    • Intern at Estudio Echecopar (2013 - 2015).