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Area of focus

Mining and Resources

Mining companies face a range of challenges. Health, safety, and environmental issues. Complex regulatory due diligence. Cybersecurity risks. Weakened commodity prices. ESG considerations. At Hogan Lovells, we work with mining clients in all aspects of the industry. Our global footprint allows us to advise in key jurisdictions for mining operations and outbound investment.

Our clients include every type of mining stakeholder, affording us a unique understanding of all parties’ perspectives and issues. We work as part of your team to mitigate risk and maximize opportunity throughout the lifecycle of any transaction, project, or dispute.

We have experience untangling some of the most complex matters and disputes in the world for mining and metals clients. Working across legal disciplines, jurisdictions, and industry sectors, our teams collaborate seamlessly to advise you and your teams on the issues most critical to your organization, including:

  • Joint venture agreements, prospecting agreements, and participation agreements
  • Operational and commercial agreements, including supply contracts
  • Acquisition, sale, and distribution of mining and mineral interests
  • Import and export matters, including tax
  • Licensing, permitting, and government negotiations
  • Royalties, royalty payment, streaming, and related financing
  • Development, construction, and financing of mining projects
  • Political risk issues in key jurisdictions
  • Environmental permitting and compliance
  • International arbitration and litigation
  • Health and safety and related regulatory matters
  • Employment and HR policies
  •  Cybersecurity and data privacy
  • Debt and equity finance and fund/capital raising


Spotlight on Africa

Africa is one of the world's fasting growing emerging markets. It presents great opportunity and great risk. Our Africa mining team is ideally positioned to assist in successfully managing the legal, regulatory, and political challenges which are inherent in doing business in this sector on the African continent. We frequently advise on all manner of mining-related matters across the continent including complex cross-border M&A, the development and construction of projects, dispute resolution, capital raising and financing transactions, mining health and safety, ESG and regulatory matters pertaining to licensing and local ownership, employment and industrial relations, and offtake arrangements.

Representative experience

Advising China Baowu Steel Group on its investment in the Simandou mining and infrastructure (rail and port) project in the Republic of Guinea, reportedly the largest project of its kind in Africa at the time.

Advised Royal Gold, Inc. on multiple precious metal streaming transactions, with a 2015 aggregate value exceeding US$1.4bn.

Represented Goldman Sachs as advisor to BHP Billiton on their £75bn merger with Rio Tinto Zinc.

Represented the underwriters on a proposed IPO, Hong Kong listing, and Rule 144A placement of shares of a Chinese molybdenum and copper mining company.

Advised The London Metal Exchange on the establishment of a new, EMIR-compliant metal derivatives clearing house, LME Clear.

Represented Qatar Petroleum on the drafting of the offtake contract for the supply of aluminium produced by the Qatalum aluminium smelter.

Advised Rabobank International as lender in relation to an ECA-backed facility (SACE) for a steel producer based in Belgium.

Drafted terms and conditions for internet trading of metals and metals derivatives.

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