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 work in this sector is part of our well-established Mining and Minerals practice, which 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:

Government of the Republic of Botswana in relation to its new ten-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.