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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.

EXTRACT

 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

Vedanta Resources

Advising on a claim under the UK-India BIT arising from the imposition of retrospective tax by the Indian tax authorities

Sumitomo Corporation

Advising on their investment and on-going involvement in the Ambatovy nickel mining project in Madagascar. This is a complex project in a challenging jurisdiction on which we have been advising Sumitomo on offtake, shareholder, financing and guarantee arrangements, with multiple shareholders

Polyus Gold International Limited

Advising Russia’s largest gold producer, on a US$9 billion unsolicited takeover offer by Sacturino Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wandle Holdings Limited

Marubeni, POSCO, STX and CSC

Advising on their consortium participation in the A$12 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in Western Australia and associated infrastructure including acquisition, project financing and offtake

Lonmin

Advising in defending a takeover from Xstrata and on a $400 million rights issue and $370 million debt facilities renegotiation

Ferrexpo

Advising in relation to the tender of Ferrexpo's 15.4% shareholding in Ferrous Resources Limited (which amounted to a Class 2 transaction under the UK Listing Rules), the exchange offer by Ferrexpo Finance Plc for its US$500 million 7.875% Notes due 2016, and general corporate governance advice