Mining and Minerals

Our Mining and Minerals practice acts for some of the world’s leading international mining and minerals companies including BHP Billiton, Glencore and AngloGold Ashanti.

This, combined with our experience of working for Governments drafting both primary and secondary mining legislation, means that we can provide a comprehensive understanding of the mining and minerals sector when acting on behalf of our clients.

We find commercial solutions for investors in complex legal and regulatory regimes. In addition to corporate and financing expertise, we also specialise in all forms of dispute resolution and have particular experience in arbitration. We advise our clients on a wide range of complex arbitrations, involving both English and foreign law, around the world.

Nigel Boardman is Head of our Mining and Minerals practice and Mark Zerdin is deputy-Head.

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Our key experience includes advising:

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, 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.

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

BHP Billiton on offers for Rio Tinto and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

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

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

CVRD, the Brazilian mining firm, in relation to the European competition issues arising from its proposed £17.6 billion acquisition of Inco, the Canadian nickel mining company.

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

PT Borneo Lumbung Energi & Metal Tbk, the Indonesian-listed coking coal producer, on its proposed acquisition of an effective economic interest of approximately 23.8% in Bumi plc from PT Bakrie & Brothers Tbk and Long Haul Holdings Limited.