Investor interest (especially from the Asian markets) in mining and mineral projects appears to be on the rise again, particularly in emerging markets like Africa, the CIS and Latin America. However, this needs to be balanced with depleting resources and increasing demand in growing markets.
The natural resources sector still operates within an increasingly complex matrix of jurisdictions, compliance regimes and national protection. Managing all these requirements across the world can present many challenges especially since a large proportion of the world's resources are in markets that can be both volatile and unpredictable.
With a network of offices globally, particularly in locations where mining and minerals are booming, Clyde & Co are well placed to advise you on the intricacies and risks concerning your natural resources project in whatever jurisdiction you operate.
Our highly experienced natural resources team focus on mining and mineral projects and are familiar with all forms of natural resources from hard commodities (such as coal and precious metals) to soft commodities (such as cocoa, grains and biomass).
Whether you require corporate, finance, construction or dispute resolution advice, our integrated team approach means that you have access to whatever type of expert advice is needed to get your project off the ground.
Our corporate lawyers assist on all aspects of a mining or mineral related project including:
- Permits and consents;
- Mineral rights;
- Mine development and finance;
- Farm-in and farm-out arrangements;
- Operating agreements;
- Mergers and acquisitions;
- Joint ventures;
- Supply and offtake arrangements;
- Health & safety and environmental issues;
- Trading and hedging arrangements; and
- Anti-bribery and other compliance issues.
Along with this, the Clyde & Co projects and construction team advise on all aspects of developing and constructing mines and power plants and the associated infrastructure needed to transport natural resources around the globe (including road, rail and pipelines). They are familiar with all procurement types, standard form contracts as well in bespoke agreements.
The merged firm of Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde and Gilbert also offers you access to one of the world's leading dispute resolution practices. Our disputes lawyers are always on hand to assist you on both alternative dispute methods (including arbitration, conciliation and mediation) and litigation should a dispute arise on any aspect of your mining or mineral project. To date, they have been involved in some of the world's largest mining related arbitrations.
We also have considerable regulatory experience of this sector including EU and WTO trade regulations. In this area of rapidly developing law, our regulatory team understands that you need legal services that ensure the minimum disruption to your project.
Our team provides legal services to a wide range of clients including mine and quarry owners and operators, commodity traders, promoters, banks and other financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers and carriers.