Peter Leon, based in Johannesburg, is a partner and the Africa Co-Chair at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. During the last decade International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, BestLawyer, Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers and Partners and other peer reviewed global legal directories have consistently identified him as one of the world's pre-eminent mining lawyers. His areas of expertise include mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including international best practice), resource nationalism, crisis management, black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law and investment protection. Owing to Peter's expertise he has significant experience in resource regulatory issues across Anglophone Africa. As a consequence, he regularly advises clients on an array of contentious matters involving States in sub-Saharan Africa, including disputes arising from the negotiation and implementation of major mine development agreements.

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