Mining and Minerals

We have long-standing relationships with some of the world's largest mining and mineral companies and extensive experience advising on mining and minerals transactions and projects around the world.

Our well-established Mining and Minerals practice provides advice across all legal disciplines for a broad range of clients, including major industrial companies, utilities, government departments, regulators and financial institutions.

Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel when advising on these matters.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the American mining firm, on the European competition law aspects of its proposed US$25.9 billion acquisition of the Phelps Dodge Corporation

Glencore plc on the sale of its Prodeco coal mining operation to Xstrata for US$2 billion

AngloGold Ashanti Limited on a US$1 billion, five-year unsecured revolving credit facility

BHP Billiton Plc on various matters, including its proposed production joint venture with Rio Tinto in relation to both parties’ Western Australian iron ore assets and the US$45 billion bank facilities to finance its offer for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

Government of the Republic of Botswana in relation to its new 10 year agreement with De Beers for the sorting, valuing, marketing and sales of Debswana’s diamond production

Zamin Resources Ltd, the private developer of major new iron ore resources in South America, on the sale of its remaining 50% stake in the Bahia Minerals B.V. iron project, Brazil, to Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC for US$735 million

Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world's largest gold producers, on its possible offer for Triple Plate Junction and participation in placing

First Reserve Corporation and AMCI Capital L.P. on their pre-IPO strategic investments in China Coal Energy Company, the second largest coal enterprise in the PRC