Name: Daniel Weinstein
Firm Name: Urzua Abogados
Jurisdiction: Chile
Practice Area: Mining Law

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Daniel Weinstein as our exclusively recommended Mining Law expert in Chile. If you wish to get in touch with Daniel, please use the contact information provided above.

Daniel Weinstein has broad experience in the mining sector, leading mining-related transactions for over US$22 billion in recent years, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, farms-in, engineering and construction contracts, and procurement agreements, with experience in mining across five continents.

Additionally, he has led exploration ventures over 2+ million hectares of mining claims, representing both junior and major companies. Furthermore, in the last years, he has advised projects under construction in Chile and abroad worth over US$19 billion, ensuring the delivery of vital infrastructure for mining and desalination.

Daniel joined Urzua Abogados in 2022 after a successful career of nine years  (2004 – 2013) in renowned law firms in Chile and abroad, followed by another nine years leading the legal departments of prestigious companies, as Head of Legal for Chile and Peru at SNC-Lavalin (2013 – 2014); General Counsel at Quantum Pacific Exploration (2014 – 2017); and finally, as Legal Manager of BHP  (2017 – 2021). At BHP, he led the legal teams responsible for Exploration globally, for the Projects and Commercial areas of the Minerals Americas division, and for the Potash business unit.

Daniel has been a director of mining companies and, since 2022, he is a member of the Expert Panel of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Mining Chamber of Chile.

He is a frequent speaker at national and international seminars and post-graduate courses on the legal aspects of mining. He is a recurrent interviewee and columnist in national and international mass circulation and specialized media. He is part of the leadership of mining and construction trade associations and, additionally, he regularly advices governmental entities and trade associations on mining-related matters.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mining.
  • Contracts, Procurement, and Supply Chain.
  • Engineering and Construction.
  • Projects.
  • Complex negotiations.


  • Advanced Management Program (AMP), ESE Business School (2019).
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Chicago (2010).
  • Bachelor of Laws, Universidad de Chile (Summa Cum Laude, 2001).


  • Chile.


  • Spanish.
  • English.

Firm Description:

URZÚA is a niche law firm, specialized in projects, engineering, construction and mining, and within it, its controversies (claims, arbitrations, and litigation).

URZÚA was born from the talent, work and commitment of Cristián Urzúa, who after an intense career in important law firms, decided to create URZÚA, already with five successful years in the industry, and highlighted in  all relevant legal rankings as a key player in engineering and construction law. In August 2022, Daniel Weinstein, who has an outstanding experience working in law firms and in engineering and construction and mining companies, joined the firm as a partner, to create the mining area and deepen the project practice.

What distinguishes URZÚA is that we are an experienced and high standard firm, that not only guides the work, but also thinks, performs and participates directly in its development. In other words, the lawyer who meets with the client in the first meeting is the same professional who will carry out the legal advice.

The hallmark of URZÚA is that we do not leave anything to chance and, especially, we go along with our clients all the time,  always putting them at the center of everything we do.