BárbaraFernández Cobo


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Bárbara Fernández has more than a decade of legal experience in administrative and environmental law, with a robust track record in navigating complex regulatory landscapes.

Bárbara has successfully handled high-stakes litigation, administrative proceedings, and complex regulatory transactions by aligning legal strategies with business objectives. Bárbara's practice spans various business sectors, including energy, mining, and industrial. Bárbara has in-depth experience in environmental law, particularly in the areas of climate change, environmental assessments, permitting, environmental liability, waste management, and water and air quality protection, in Spain and in Latin America, where she worked in 2017.

Bárbara has also served as a professor of administrative practice at the Autonomous University of Madrid and as a professor of environmental law at ISDE Law & Business School.


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  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Provided legal counsel to judicially defend the exploitation of rights obtained through a public tender by an international mining group. Also advised on the processing of the necessary permits required for the commencement of the project. The project involved significant environmental sensitivity due to its proximity to a nationally protected park and pre-existing environmental liabilities.

    Advised a multinational corporation on the status of various mining projects in northern Spain, covering zinc, gold, and tungsten. The objective was to subsequently establish royalties or acquire stakes in the corresponding Spanish SPV (special purpose vehicle).

    Assisted a multinational mining corporation in the competitive bidding process for the acquisition of a relevant Spanish mining company operating a complex comprising three mines for copper, zinc, and lead in the Andalusia region. Reviewed the legal status of the company and mines and provided negotiation support for corporate agreements.

    Provided legal support to an Australian mining group in obtaining required authorizations for a uranium extraction and processing project in Spain. Also represented the group in appeals defending the favorable resolution obtained for the project.

    Counseled a prominent real estate group in opposing a rare earth mining project in Castilla la Mancha due to its impact on the company's land holdings. Also provided counsel to several landowners opposing different mining projects in Valladolid and Ibiza.

    Supported a Spanish mining company in challenging the rejection of its request for an extension of its mining rights in southern Spain.

    Facilitated research and development legal negotiations for the implementation of a pilot plant utilizing a new patented system for the production of pure copper and zinc production in southern Spain.

    Provided a legal defense for a landowner against the imposition of liability for abandoned mining waste facilities located in the Murcia region.