Mines et Métaux

Our Practice

Our team of mining lawyers has for many years been involved in a wide range of exploration and development programmes, strategic alliances, joint ventures and high profile mergers and acquisitions in relation to some of the world’s most challenging markets.

We have acted on more mining projects in Central and Western Africa than any other international law firm and we are currently acting on more than 20 different mining projects in Africa alone.

Our lawyers have also acted or are currently acting on major mining and metals transactions in Asia, South America, Australia and the Middle East.


Some of our team’s recent experience includes advising:

BlackRock World Mining Trust PLC

  • on an innovative $110m royalty financing arrangement with London Mining Plc in relation to its Marampa project in Sierra Leone

A major international company

  • on the financing of the $2.1bn (nickel and cobalt) Ambatovy project in Madagascar

European Goldfields

  • on proposed debt capital market financing prior to its takeover by Eldorado Gold

Anglo Amercian plc

  • in connection with its outstanding convertible bonds

Gem Diamond Mining Company Ltd

  • on the issue of US$50m pre-IPO convertible bonds

A TSX listed company

  • on their copper offtake/financing arrangements relating to their projects in the DRC and Mauritania

A commodity trading company

  •  in relation to a number of copper offtake/financing agreements

First Quantum Minerals Limited

  • on its mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritania, including negotiations with the government and international litigation

A gold producer

  • on its pre-pay financing arrangements

A project developer in Congo

  • on iron ore sale/financing agreements

A private mining company

  • on the development of a major bauxite mine/alumina refinery in Guinea, including port and railway infrastructure

An LSE listed company

  • on its copper and cobalt offtake arrangements as part of various corporate and finance transactions

A major international bank

  • on financings in relation to several mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mining companies

  • on the possible acquisition and development of iron ore projects in the Republic of Congo and Cameroon

A Coal Producer

  • on the possible acquisition and development of a major coal deposit in Mozambique

A major mining company

  • on the development of a manganese project in Gabon

Mwana Africa Plc

  • in relation to the purchase and development of mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Guinea

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

  • on the £47m placing of shares in Avocet Mining plc

The French Government

  • on the Koniambo (US$2bn) and Goro (US$1.9bn) mining projects in New Caledonia

A Chinese based international mining company

  • on its acquisition of a coking coal mine project in Mongolia

Private equity clients

  • on acquisitions of interests in coal mine projects in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and a lead-zinc mine project in Hebei, China

A Russian based investment vehicle

  • in relation to its participation in a uranium mining joint venture in Mongolia

Sumatra Copper & Gold

  • on the financing and development of its copper and gold mining projects in Indonesia

A major Malaysian mining company

  • on its proposed listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and global institutional offering including pursuant to Rule 144A

A co-lead manager

  • on its involvement in the Barrick Gold IPO which raised £547m

Uranium Limited

  • on its £430m merger with Uranium Participation Corporation


  • on covertible bond issues by Vedanta Resources plc and Paladin Energy Ltd

Norsk Hydro

  • on competition issues and the antitrust filing requirements relating to its 100% share acquisition of the German aluminium company VAW A.G. from E.ON

12 of the leading mining and energy companies

  • on guidance in relation to adequate procedures pertaining to the Bribery Act 2010