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Mining & Natural Resources

We advise on all aspects of the mining & natural resources lifecycle

We advise the mining and extractives supply chain, on both contentious and non-contentious issues and across the whole mining process, including mining risks.

Our clients include governments, mine owners and operators, engineering consultants, traders, banks and other financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers. We also advise the transportation and storage companies that move goods from mine to market.

The increasing scarcity of the world’s resources continues to force the extractive industries to work in new and challenging jurisdictions and environments. Our far reaching international energy and natural resources practice network provides an integrated and comprehensive service on a global basis enablingenables us to guide our clients through the issues and difficulties facing the global mining industry today, such as resource nationalism, environmental and community concerns.

Our Mining & Natural Resources work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Indemnity claim for property damage and business interruption of mine site

    Acting for a large, ASX listed energy company in a claim for indemnity for property damage and business interruption arising out of issues with a mine site in Eastern Africa.

    Central African Republic

    Pre-IPO refinancing and subscription of USD 120 million

    Advising Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC) in relation to various pre-IPO refinancings and involved in a subscription of USD 120 million by London Mining into DMC.

    Central African Republic

    ICSID arbitration

    Advising on an investment arbitration at ICSID for an Australian listed mining company against The Gambia in connection with a dispute regarding cancellation of a mining licence

    Gambia

    USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining in Guinea

    Advising on the high profile, USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining project. This project is one of the world’s largest untapped high quality iron ore deposits and the project includes the construction of a 700km railway and the development of a deep water port to the south of Conakry...

    Guinea

    Construction contracts for the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone

    Advising a mining and exploration company on construction contracts, including labour and material issues, as part of the Tonkolili iron ore project. Their flagship asset is the AIM listed Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone. At Tonkolili African Minerals has a confirmed JORC magnetite...

    Sierra Leone

    Acquisition of coal mining licences

    Advising Cokal Ltd, an Australian Listed Company, on acquiring interests in coal mining licence interests in Tanzania

    Tanzania
  • Acquisition of 96 mining licenses

    Advising one of the world’s largest commodities traders on the acquisition of 96 mining licenses in Brazil

    Brazil

    Revocation of a tar sands mining licence

    Representing US Investors in a dispute concerning the Government of Ecuador’s revocation of a tar sands mining licence and Ecuador’s renunciation of its ICSID membership

    Ecuador
  • Federal Court proceedings for collapse of underground mine workings

    Acting for the insurers of a large consulting engineering firm in relation to Federal Court of Australia proceedings which alleged that they were responsible for the collapse of underground mine workings.

    Australia

    Coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million

    Acting for a coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million, including USD 280 million SIAC arbitration against a power producer concerning the export of several million tones of thermal coal from Indonesia after the Indonesian Government imposed new export requirements

    Indonesia

    Chinese coal trader on multi-million USD dispute

    Advising a major Chinese coal trader on multi-million USD disputes and issues arising from sale of Indonesian coal under SCOTA contract and transportation issues.

    Indonesia

    Design & construction agreements for a Mongolian open-pit coal mine

    Advising an international contractor on the design, construction and exploitation of an open-pit coal mine in Mongolia.

    Mongolia
  • USD 125 million secured financing of copper mining-smelting enterprise

    Advising a bank on a USD 125 million secured financing to a Kazakhstan copper mining-smelting enterprise (involving collateral including the pledge of raw materials, bank accounts and vehicles)

    Kazakhstan

    Investment of USD 10 billion for mine construction in Saudi Arabia

    Advising Amwal Al Khaleej on its investment in a USD 10 billion project for the construction of an alumina mine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

     

    Saudi Arabia

Our Mining & Natural Resources team

Leon Alexander
Leon Alexander

Partner

Rebecca Armstrong
Rebecca Armstrong

Partner

David Bennet
David Bennet

Partner

Owen Carragher
Owen Carragher

Partner

Angela Flaherty
Angela Flaherty

Partner

Alejandro Garcia
Alejandro Garcia

Partner

Michael Grasty
Michael Grasty

Founding Partner

Peter Hirst
Peter Hirst

Senior Partner

Abhimanyu Jalan
Abhimanyu Jalan

Partner

Stephen Jurgenson
Stephen Jurgenson

Partner

Peter Kasanda
Peter Kasanda

Partner

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