Andrés Donoso

Andrés Donoso co-leads the Energy and Infrastructure area and heads up the Hydrocarbons area. His practice focuses on legal advice to the chief oil and mining companies operating in Ecuador.

Andrés Donoso is a partner at FERRERE Ecuador. He is the co-chair of its Energy and Infrastructure teams and heads up the firm’s Oil & Gas area.

Before joining FERRERE he was a partner in a major law firms in Ecuador, where his professional practice focused on the areas of Oil & Gas, mining, regulatory, and natural resources.

With over 15 years of professional practice, Andrés has accrued broad experience in both the public and private sectors. In recent years his practice has focused on legal advice to the chief oil and mining companies operating in Ecuador.

In the Oil & Gas area he has provided specialized advice at all levels of the crude oil production and distribution chain (exploration-exploitation, transport, distribution and sale). In addition to advice on regular company operations, his practice extends to strategy design for progressive development of investments, and dispute and conflict settlement.

Additionally, he has vast public service experience in Ecuador. Over seven years Andrés held the positions of Secretary of Oil & Gas, Legal Manager of Petroamazonas EP, the chief Oil & Gas exploration and exploitation company, head negotiator for the Ecuadorian State on oil and mining contracts, among other coordination and advisory activities for the Ministry of Nonrenewable Natural Resources.

During his public service he worked on creation and consolidation of Petroamazonas EP, promoting ground-breaking legal reforms on Oil & Gas and mining. As Secretary of Oil & Gas, he led the negotiation of more than 18 oil contracts over the 2010 and 2011 years, signature of the country’s first large-scale mining contract, design of contract models for development of mature fields, creation of socio-environmental processes for prior consultation and social participation in territories of indigenous peoples and megadiverse areas of the Amazon, as well as promotion of investments in different jurisdictions.

In his private practice Andrés worked for several years with Dispetrol S.A. as Legal Director and Executive Vice President, assuming legal and business management roles at the company.

For several years he has been the Director and controller of Fundación por Una Vida, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 to aid low-income children affected by leukemia and other onco-hematological diseases.


  • Forum on Oil and Energy Law
  • Pichincha Bar Association
  • Attorney, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, 2003


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