Alvaro Ordoñez, an attorney in Quito, Ecuador, was recently quoted in one of Latin America's leading legal publications about proposed changes to Ecuador's water law.
In LatinLawyer ("Ecuadorean Water Law Will Complicate Investment, Say Lawyers," May 17, 2010) Mr. Ordoñez said, "There is no doubt that obtaining water permits will become more complicated with the new water law, which will most likely be modified again." Commenting about the proposed law's requirement for consultation with indigenous groups Mr. Ordoñez made the following observation: "On the other hand, these consultations with indigenous communities are non-binding, so the future of the law is still uncertain."
Mr. Ordoñez, a May 2008 graduate of the Sturm College of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program, is an associate attorney with the firm of Tobar and Bustamante. His main areas of practice are mining law, environmental law, and sustainability. Currently his firm is working on a large-scale mining project in Ecuador for Kinross Gold Company.