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Peter Leon
Peter Leon
Position: Partner
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 Sector Group at Webber Wentzel.

His areas of expertise include mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including the South African 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 a regular speaker at mining conferences, courses and Parliamentary hearings in South Africa and internationally. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He is also an accomplished speaker and has written extensively on the topics of mining, resource nationalism and empowerment.

Peter Leon was recently recognised as one of the world's top twenty mining lawyers by The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers. His expertise has been recognised by Chambers Global (Mining), Legal 500 (Mining) and Who’s Who Legal (Mining, Business). Peter holds a BA degree (awarded with distinction in Roman law) and an 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
  • Mining and oil and gas law
  • International trade and investment law
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment
  • Regulatory law and international best practice
  • Financial services regulation
  • Named by:
    • Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014 - 2015 as a leading individual and recommended lawyer (Mining).
    • International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2014 as one of the top twenty mining lawyers globally.
    • Chambers Global 2012 - 2015 as a ranked lawyer (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining).
    • Legal 500 2011 - 2013 as a legal expert (Mining).
    • IFLR Energy & Infrastructure Sub Saharan 2013 - 2015 Guide listed as a leading lawyer (Banking & Finance); (Corporate and Commercial); (Energy and Natural Resources) and (Mining and Metals).
    • Who's Who Legal 2006 - 2014 as a listed lawyer (Mining).
    • Who's Who Legal 2006 - 2014 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).
    • Mining Dialogues 360 Advisory Council (2014 to present).