June 21, 2024

Argentina’s Mining Sector Gets a Fresh Start with New Secretary: Luis Lucero Takes over from Flavia Royón

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Luis Lucero appointed as the new Secretary of Mining by Javier Milei’s Government

The Ministry of Economy announced the appointment of Luis Lucero as the new Secretary of Mining, according to a statement from the Government of Javier Milei. Lucero is a lawyer with expertise in mining industry, natural resources law, project financing, corporate matters and complex arbitrations and litigation. He will be taking over the position previously held by Flavia Royón, who was dismissed by Milei following objections from deputies from Salta regarding the Omnibus Law.

Lucero is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires with a Postgraduate Degree in Business Law from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. He has also completed various specialization courses and seminars at institutions such as the University of Dundee, Harvard Law School, Columbia Business School, the University of Cambridge and UCL. Prior to his appointment, Lucero worked at several prominent legal firms in the country including Marval O’Farrell Mairal law firm and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the United States.

The newly appointed Secretary of Mining will be responsible for proposing, executing and monitoring Argentina’s mining policy. The Secretariat will work closely with provinces, municipalities, investors and companies to coordinate international cooperation and maximize Argentina’s geological-mining potential. In 2020 alone, Argentina exported $4 billion worth of minerals with projections to reach $20-25 billion by 2030 particularly with development of copper projects and country’s potential to become a major lithium producer.

Lucero has been recognized as an outstanding professional in mining industry and project financing; he has spoken at various national and international institutions on these topics. His appointment underscores government’s focus on maximizing mining potential while promoting sustainable development in sector.

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