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Peter Leon
Peter Leon
Position: Partner
Business Unit: Commercial
Practice: Mining Energy and Natural Resources, Africa, Africa Mining And Energy Projects
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5248

Peter Leon is a Partner in the Mining & Energy Resources Practice within the Commercial Business Unit at Webber Wentzel.

His areas of expertise include mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and international best practice), black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law as well as financial services regulation. He has advised on major mine development agreements in Africa, as well as resources regulatory issues in Botswana, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Peter Leon is also a regular speaker at various mining conferences, courses and Parliamentary hearings in South Africa and internationally. Peter is an honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He is also an accomplished speaker, and has written on the topics of mining, resource nationalism and empowerment.

His expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global (Mining), Legal 500 (Mining) and The International Who’s Who (Mining, Business). Peter Leon was recently recognised as one of the world's top twenty mining lawyers by The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers.

Peter holds a BA degree (with distinction in Roman law) and a LLB degree (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a LLM degree (first class honours) and Diploma in Comparative Legal Studies from the University of Cambridge. He is a Senior Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Areas of expertise
  • Mineral and oil and gas law
  • International investment law
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment
  • Regulatory law
  • Financial services regulation
  • Named by:
    • International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2014 as one of the top twenty mining lawyers globally.
    • Chambers Global 2012-2014 as a ranked lawyer (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining).
    • IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Sub Saharan 2013 Guide listed as a leading lawyer (Energy & Natural Resources; Mining & Metals).
    • Legal 500 2011-2013 as a legal expert (Mining).
    • The International Who's Who 2006-2014 as a listed lawyer (Mining).
    • The International Who's Who 2006-2013 as a listed lawyer (Business).
  • Member of the:
    • National Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations (1991 to present).
    • Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism's International Advisory Board (2012 to present).
    • Council of the International Bar Association’s Legal Practice Division (2013 to present).