BCLP’s international mining and metals practice fields a team of lawyers with experience in all aspects of transactions involving the mining sector.  We assist clients in every stage of mining, from initial exploration through to mine development and production and sales to end-buyer matters.  We have a deep understanding of the legal and practical challenges that the industry faces when operating in developing or emerging markets.  

Our clients include major publicly-traded and other mining companies and we have also advised mining private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds as well as investment banks and brokers who specialise in the mining and metals sector.  

The mining and metals legal team spans the globe, with lawyers in London, Singapore, Moscow, Hong Kong, Dubai and multiple locations across the USA.  We have advised on major sector-related transactions involving opportunities in Africa, Indonesia, Russia and former CIS countries, Mongolia, North and South America and many other countries around the world.  

We have extensive experience in transactions involving all major commodities, including the mining of gold, copper, battery metals, coal, iron ore, uranium, diamonds and gemstones and rare earths.  

The BCLP mining and metals team can assist with every aspect of business in the sector, from M&A, investment and financing, project and construction finance, hedging and derivatives transactions, environmental law, leasing and property law, royalty agreements, export control and sanctions, distribution chain and trade regulation, commodities trading and project and infrastructure construction. We also have a specialist team to help to resolve disputes wherever they arise, from shareholder matters to technical specialists of feedstock. 

Our global team of lawyers work together to share knowledge and experience across jurisdictions and time zones, giving clients the benefits of a truly cross-border and comprehensive service.

Key Facts & Figures

Members of our team have worked on mining transactions in all major mining jurisdictions, involving a range of commodities, including silver, lead, zinc, coal, gold, copper, uranium and industrial minerals (such as potash, trona and phosphates), battery metals, other base metals and precious metals.

Awards

  • Legal 500 UK recognise London partner Alexander Keepin as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Mining and Minerals category. 
  • Chambers and Partners UK recognise London partner Tom Eldridge as a ‘Band 2 Leading Individual’ in the Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: International - UK-wide category. 
  • Chambers and Partners UK recognise London partner Tom Eldridge as a ‘Band 3 Leading Individual’ in the Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: International - UK-wide category.

Private Equity in Mining Report - 2018

For the past five years we have produced an annual 'Private Equity in Mining' report, which takes a look at private equity activity in the mining sector. The 2018 report was published in Bloomberg and can be viewed below:

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Representative Experience

  • Advised Berkeley Energia in connection with the admission of its ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange. 
  • Advised JPMC and Peel Hunt on USD $186m underwritten fundraise for Central Asia Metals and its re-admission following USD $402.5m acquisition of the SASA mine. 
  • Advised a syndicate of brokers on a USD $20m fundraising for AIM and TSX-listed Avesoro Resources in connection with and to partially fund the USD $69.5m acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. 
  • Advised on the Arrangement Agreement in relation to Endeavour Mining’s acquisition of Avnel, by way of a Canadian securities laws-compliant Guernsey scheme of arrangement, in an all-share transaction. 
  • Advised Prairie Mining on its standard listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.  Prairie Mining  is developing the Lublin Coal project in Poland and has recently agreed an up to A$83m capital injection from mining private equity fund, CD Capital.  
  • Advised a Sovereign Wealth Fund on its USD$100m subscription which cornerstoned a wider USD$275m and up to USD$368m equity fundraising and USD$392m debt restructuring of Premium Main Market listed Kenmare Resources. 
  • Advised a syndicate of brokers on a US$20m fundraising for AIM and TSX-listed resources company in connection with and to partially fund the US$69.5m acquisition of gold mines in Burkina Faso.  
  • Advised Peel Hunt on the USD$9m fundraise for AIM listed Serabi Gold. 
  • Advised the government of a small South American country in negotiation of a gold mining concession and mineral venture agreement with a Canadian company, including review of local law and environmental issues. 
  • Advised a US-based gold company regarding the acquisition of a major gold concession in the Union of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and negotiation with Ministry of Mines of a joint development agreement for the concession. 
  • Advised on appeals to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) in support of modification of expansion of gold mine operating plans in Nevada. 
  • Advised a major North American gold company in the acquisition of large exploration and development interests in Nevada and the negotiation of joint venture agreements for their development. 
  • Advised a power development company with an integrated thermal coal power plant and mine project located in Mozambique, on a number of recent matters, including on the restructuring/rolling over of their corporate debt; their newly proposed joint venture with General Electric and CMEC; and a US$1m AIM market placing to provide working capital for the finalisation of their deal with GE and CMEC. 
  • Advised a Polish coal development company on its standard listing on the Main Market of the London Stock ExchangeThe client is developing the a significant project in Poland and had agreed an up to US$83m capital injection from mining private equity fund, CD Capital. 
  • Advised a Singapore-based coal trader in relation to commission and coal marketing agency agreements (governed by English law) and letters of mandate relating to the sale of mining assets in Indonesia. 
  • Advised a major Midwestern utility on federal, state and fee coal lease royalty issues and state severance and ad valorem tax issues arising from restructuring of long-term coal sales contracts from mines in Wyoming and Montana. 
  • Advised on the due diligence aspects of an investigation and advice regarding the acquisition of the largest United States platinum mining operation.

Representative Clients

Examples of mining companies we act for: 

  • Berkeley Energia 
  • Ncondezi Energy 
  • Orosur Resources 
  • Prairie Mining 
  • Silver Bear Resources 
  • Zanaga Iron Ore 

Investment bank clients include: 

  • Numis Securities 
  • Peel Hunt 
  • JP Morgan Cazenove