Mining & Metals
A combination of decreasing demand and falling commodity prices has created specific challenges for the mining and metals industry. There are ongoing concerns related to infrastructure spending deficits - particularly in key resource jurisdictions where infrastructure and communities are underdeveloped. Projects are routinely being held up by bureaucracy, a lack of political will and red tape. To compound matters, lower commodity volumes are coming out of mines - thus discouraging large infrastructure investment.
While many mining companies have strong assets, they lack the capital to develop them. And with the equity finance market tightening up, funding for mining exploration and development activities is becoming harder to obtain. This means executing projects smoothly is more important than ever before.
Boasting one of the world's largest mining and metals projects practices, our lawyers are comfortable working on mining finance and investment in both established and emerging markets. This allows us to offer clients a strong legal and commercial understanding of countries that offer attractive investment opportunities. We also maintain a network of reliable local counsel in locations where we do not have a presence.
We work collaboratively with clients through all phases of a mining project, including:
- Development, production and processing
- Expansions and acquisitions
- Marketing and sales
- Mine closure
Our comprehensive local knowledge, global reach and expertise enable us to bring together the right people, with the right skills, wherever our clients are operating. Whether you are dealing with our transaction coordinators in outbound centers or core group members in project location countries, we will always compile teams with an appropriate blend of skills in a timely and cost-effective manner.