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Gabriel R. Macchiavello’s work has been focused on advising national and international corporations including industrial, energy, hydrocarbons and mining activities. He also renders legal advice on climate change, carbon market, environmental regulatory and compliance issues. He has a broad experience in dispute resolution, complex environmental litigation, toxic torts and clean-up cases before the Supreme Court and several state and federal courts.

He earned his law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1985. In 1987 he completed a graduate course on Environmental Law and Natural Resources at Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1988 he was invited by the Environmental Law Institute of Washigton DC to take the course “Citizen Suits: Private enforcement of Federal Pollution Control Laws”

Prior to the foundation of the Firm, he was a partner in Allende & Brea and head of that firm’s Environmental Law Department. In 1993 he was a counselor to the Secretary of Natural Resources and Human Environment.

He participated in the development of environmental policies for the Agenda 21 in Argentina and for the clean-up of the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin, a project where he was in charge of designing the regulations governing the control of water pollution in such basin.

He was a counselor of the Inter-American Development Bank for drafting an institutional environmental program for Argentina.

He also rendered advice on environmental law issues to the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

In 1997 he was selected as an environmental law expert of the Inter-American Development Bank and he was appointed by the Province of Neuquén to advise on an environmental institutional strengthening program and to develop comprehensive environmental legislation for the oil and gas industries.

In 1998, as part of the Project of Assistance to the Argentine Mining Industry, supported by the World Bank, he was selected to organize and offer training courses to provincial mining authorities on environmental protection regulations applied to the mining industry.

During the nineties he had an active participation in environmental law issues connected with privatizations.

In addition, he was in charge of preparing a protocol of environmental regulations applicable to industrial activities in Argentina for a group of twenty five multinational companies.

He worked with the Davies, Ward & Beck of Toronto on mining and environmental issues in Latin America, and in 1998, along with the Baker Botts of Texas, he formed an environmental law network to assist clients operating in different jurisdictions in the Americas (RIELA). He has been a member of the executive committee since 2007 and currently he heads the organization.

He was recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers & Partners and by the “Which Lawyer? Yearbook”. He has been included as the only environmental law expert of Argentina in the Expert Guide- Best of the Best. Besides, ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Who’s Who Legal’ have recognized him as one of the most important lawyers in the field. In 2013, ‘Best Lawyers’ selected him as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Environmental Law. ”

He has been specially invited by the Universidad de San Martín de Porres in Lima, Perú to take part in a panel of international environmental law experts in the Fourth Chinese Latin American Forum of Legal Cooperation.

He has written several articles on his field of expertise, including special studies on oil and mining legislation as well as on the environmental implications in business transactions. He frequently lectures at conferences in Argentina and abroad. He has given Environmental Law classes at Universidad Austral de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica Argentina, and a postgraduate course on Corporate Law at Universidad de San Andrés.

He was appointed Head of the Environmental Department of the Argentine Union Industrial, a business organization, for the 2006-2007 terms.

He is a regular lecturer in the country and abroad at seminars organized by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Institute of the Americas, Government Institute and the Inter-American Bar Association. He is a member of the Environmental Law Network (ELN) comprising law firms specialized in environmental law, most of them in the United States.

He is a member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Inter-American Bar Association, the Latin American Mining Lawyers Association, the Environmental Law Institute, the Latin American Environmental Law Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Ethics Working Group at Commission on Environmental Strategy and Planning IUCN.

He speaks fluent English.

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