Bruno Hegner

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Bruno Hegner
Of Counsel
Phone: 801.532.1234
Cell: 435.655.1165

Bruno Hegner joined Parsons Behle & Latimer after holding a variety of legal and management positions around the world with Fortune 500 companies. Bruno’s practice focuses on representing individuals, public companies and private companies on business transactions, business organization and governance, and project development matters. Bruno has extensive experience in planning, negotiating and implementing public and private market transactions for clients and advising senior management and boards of directors on a variety of legal and strategic matters. His background in commercial law combined with years of experience as a project manager in some of the world’s toughest business jurisdictions provides him with unique skills and perspectives that allow him to assist clients in solving complicated problems with creative, cost-effective solutions.

Bruno began his career as a special counsel to the City and County of Denver, Colorado for land acquisition during the development of Denver International Airport.

At Cyprus Minerals Company he was responsible for legal affairs related to the company’s Exploration and Copper divisions in the USA and Australasia. He was a member of the team that transitioned the Reserve Mining iron ore mine, now known as Northshore, from bankruptcy to start-up and operations. 

Bruno joined Magma Copper Company in Tucson, Arizona as a staff attorney in 1992. His principle duties were representing the company in the Gila River water adjudication. He also represented the company in complex environmental litigation in the Globe/Miami area. In 1993 he was counsel for privatization of the Tintaya copper mine in Peru from Centromin. After the acquisition, he served as Manager of Legal and Governmental Affairs for Magma Tintaya SA in Arequipa, Peru.

Bruno joined Kennecott Minerals Company as its Chief Legal Officer in 1995. In 1997 he became General Manager-Commercial for Rio Tinto Exploration, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here, he led the acquisition of the Resolution Copper Project, later serving as the project’s first General Manager. During his tenure at Resolution, Bruno was responsible for all aspects of the company’s legislative land exchange with the US Forest Service in the United States Congress, numerous property and water rights acquisitions, and oversight of all property development matters.

In 2005 Bruno was appointed General Director of the RioNor Joint Venture with Norilsk Nickel based in Moscow, Russia. During his tenure, the joint venture discovered the Tumlat copper/gold porphyry in the Russian Far East.

Upon his return from Russia in 2009, he served as Managing Director of Rio Tinto Copper Projects. There he was responsible for development of the Resolution copper project in the USA and the La Granja copper project in Peru. During this time Bruno was responsible for 350 employees world-wide and annual budgets in excess of two hundred million dollars. Bruno retired from Rio Tinto at the end of 2011.

Since 2012, Bruno has been an adviser to several private and publicly listed companies for property acquisition, financing and project development matters.


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University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado – Juris Doctor, 1988

Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado – B. A., Russian History, 1985


Post Graduate Courses:

  • Colorado School of Mines – Mineral Economics 1987-88
  • Duke University – Business Leadership Development 2005
  • London Business School – Strategic Leadership 2007



Member - Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; Southwest Bar Association (Colorado)

Member - Utah State Bar, Park City Bar Association

Member - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


Director – Boyce Thompson Desert Arboretum, Superior AZ, 2003-2005


U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Montana
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit


University of Denver College of Law