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Positive commercial outcomes from pit to port and beyond


Conditions in the mining sector are challenging. While we can debate structural change versus ‘standard’ cyclical movements in commodity markets, there is no doubt that our clients are looking for fresh ideas and different approaches to one of the most ancient of human industries: mining.

And we think we can deliver.

Andrew McLean, Partner and William Breeze, Partner discuss why are innovative forms of funding so attractive.

We work with clients of all sizes, in many geographical regions and at every stage of mine life – we get to see a lot. We are keen to share our insights with you: to help you to make connections you may not have seen, or to identify a new opportunity within your business.

Our dedicated global mining team covers every aspect of the industry and every stage of the project life cycle. We can advise you on any aspect of mining: from exploration and approvals to social licence issues, M&A, financing, mine development and construction, process plants, infrastructure, shipping, marketing, productivity improvements and mine care and maintenance or closure. We are experts in joint venture and corporate governance. We will help to guide you through equity and debt capital markets and restructuring steps. We are also there to help you avoid, and resolve, disputes.

We focus on getting to know our clients and their projects, to truly understand their objectives. You can be confident that we understand the industry. We know that with the scale and timeframes of investment in the mining industry, you need us to be looking ahead, helping you to plan for future developments in the regulatory and business environment before they arise.


 A resource portal to take you from exploration to implementation. View more.

Partner, Simon Reed explains how Herbert Smith Freehills is helping the junior mining sector by providing free legal assistance via an innovative resources portal, Extract.

Recent Experience


Advising on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion


Advising on various aspects of the Fekola Project in Mali

BHP Billiton

Advising on the demerger that created South32, an independent global metals and mining company with high quality aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets


Advising on its approximately €12 billion proposed acquisition of Severstal in the context of an unsolicited US$22.8 billion bid from Mittal Steel NV and in its subsequent US$33.8 billion merger with Mittal

Adani Mining

Advising on all project development aspects of the coal mine, rail and port, which will create Australia's largest thermal coal mine in the north Galilee Basin in Central Queensland