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– Law School, Universidad Gabriela Mistral. Santiago, Chile. J.D.: 1990.
– Law School, Universidad de Atacama, Chile. Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Master in Mining Law, 1992.
– Law School, Universidad de los Andes. Santiago, Chile. Doctoral Candidate

Areas of Practice

– Mining Law
– Water Law
– Electric Law
– Civil Law


Hipólito Zañartu Rosselot | Associate Attorney

Hipólito Zañartu Rosselot was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1961. He has been an associate attorney at the firm since 2011, leading the group of natural resources, in the mining law and water law areas.

He provides counsel in mining exploration and in the processes to obtaining, protect and maintaining the corresponding concessions. He defends concessions in process, prepares chain-of-title studies and handles obtaining easement rights, among other matters.

He processes the establishment of water rights, the obtaining of permits and authorizations, and the regularizations and preparation of the chain-of-title studies to perfect water rights, defending them before the judicial and administrative authorities. He also oversees the creation of water user organizations, provides legal counsel in connection with the use of water rights for hydroelectric power generation and handles the procedures and mechanisms for permits required not to make use of water rights.

He has vast experience in these types of companies and was the Chief Legal Officer of Antofagasta Minerals S.A. from 1992 to 2006. And then up to 2010, he was Chief Legal Officer of Antofagasta Railway PLC and Antofagasta S.A. Minera Los Pelambres and Minera El Tesoro projects were developed while he held those positions. He also supervised mining projects for Anaconda Peru and in Argentina.

He was co-founded the Institute of Mining Law of the Universidad de Atacama and was its director for three years. He created the Mining and Water Law Magazine. From 1997 to 2004, he took several courses and earned several diplomas, such as a Diploma in Remedies of Protection at Universidad Diego Portales, a regular course and refresher course on Water Law, both offered by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He is currently writing his thesis for the Master in Public Law at the Universidad de los Andes.

Academically, since 1987 he teaches at different universities in the country. He is currently professor of the “Electrical Regulation Diploma” at Universidad de Chile Law School, of the “Mining Law Diploma” and “Mining and Water Law Master” at Finis Terrae University Law School, of the “Economic Administrative Law Diploma” at Pontificia Universidad Católica Law School, and of the “Water and Mining Law” updating courses at the Judicial Academy. He has also co-authored many publications in his area of expertise and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences given by national and international universities and agencies on those subjects.

He is arbitrator for the National Arbitration Center and member of the Chilean Bar Association.


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