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Featured Articles: Mining

Walking The Line: Conflict Between State and Sponsor

Ian Coles

"An entire country’s budget may have been written and sold to domestic constituencies on the basis of a fixed amount of revenue generated by the mining industry. Reduce that revenue significantly and fault lines beyond the mining industry start to appear."

International Law Trends and Natural Resources: An Integral Perspective

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"Every phase of the mineral industry, from extraction of the resources to the commercialisation of the minerals, is bound to be regulated by international laws and principles that not do not always find synchronicity with relevant domestic regulations."

Mining 2016: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Carlos Vilhena of Pinheiro Neto, Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado of Prado Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Darrell Podowski of Cassels Brock & Blackwell and Peter Leon of Webber Wentzel, to discuss several key issues facing mining lawyers and their clients today.

Mining Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Robert Milbourne of K&L Gates, Ignacio Randle of Estudio Randle and Jim Cress of Bryan Cave to discuss the state of financing and regulatory regimes, as well as expectations for growth, in the industry.

Current Issues in Latin American Mining

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Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado of Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano addresses the current legal, social, political and economic issues facing the mining industry in Latin America.

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Analysis: Mining

Mining 2016: Analysis

In our latest edition of Who's Who Legal: Mining we identify 407 practitioners from 248 law firms across 61 countries.

Trends in the Mining Legal Market: 2016

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The well-publicised crisis faced by the mining industry has had a tangible effect on the practices of the lawyers who support it. A prolonged fall in community prices, weakening global demand and economic uncertainty in China has put huge financial pressure on the industry. Mining houses have been pushed into cost reduction, improving capital management and restructuring their debt. This has meant a serious decline in new project finance, capital markets and M&A work, which has been replaced by a surge of corporate restructurings and distressed transactions.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year’s Mining publication comprises a total of 408 practitioners from 228 firms in 65 countries who are considered leaders in this field of law.

In this section, we have highlighted 10 firms who have performed notably well on both an international and a domestic scale. Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its comprehensive network, while Baker & McKenzie also impresses with strength and depth: its lawyers earn recognition in seven countries. The eight featured lawyers from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin all scored extremely highly. A number of other firms also make an impression, including Cassels Brock & Blackwell in the Canadian market; Holland & Hart in the US; ENSafrica in the African market; and Clayton Utz, followed by Allens, in Australia.   

We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, including the 10 best lawyers in Latin America and North America, as well as further practitioners that stand out beyond the American continent.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

The last year has been another difficult one for the global mining industry as a whole, with stock continuing to underperform and a pick-up in deals yet to really take off. Although the practitioners we spoke to almost universally agree that the market is likely to revive a little in the next 12 months, or at the very least not get any worse, it is still a time of uncertainty, especially in the junior market. The S&P 500 metals and mining index supports this claim, showing the very slight gradual rise in stock prices over the last 12 months that practitioners have observed. However between mid-September and early October 2014 the index dropped by 21 per cent. This could be a short-term dip, as seen in July 2013 when the market fell and bounced again within a matter of months, or it could spell the start of an even more difficult time for the industry.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Mining 2014

This year, we identify 330 practitioners from 197 firms and 48 countries as the world's leading lawyers in the field of mining law. Norton Rose Fulbright leads our research with 11 practitioners recognised around the globe. Following closely behind is Australia-based firm Clayton Utz which achieves 10 listings. Canada is home to many of the best-represented firms in our research: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin has eight individuals singled out and boasts our mining lawyer of the year, Michael Bourassa. Cassels Brock & Blackwell also fields seven practitioners to this edition, and Stikeman Elliott, Bennett Jones and Blake Cassels & Graydon all achieve five inclusions. The Latin American market also performs very strongly with nearly half of our most highly regarded individuals in the world hailing from this region.

Research: Trends and Conclusions: Mining 2014

With the benefit of over 16 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global mining market.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Mining 2013

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Mining 2013

With over 16 years of experience in researching the global business law marketplace, Who’s Who Legal analyses the key trends and developments in international mining law and business over the past year. We identify trends relating to financing difficulties experienced by junior mining companies, and the negative impact of state participation in mining projects.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Mining 2012

Our research utilises the feedback received from corporate counsel and private practitioners across the globe to pick out 287 lawyers in 47 countries who should be considered the leading experts in the world for the full range of mining related work.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Mining 2012

With the benefit of over 14 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the mining legal marketplace worldwide.

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All Experts in Mining (Listed Alphabetically)

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All Firms in Mining (Listed Alphabetically)

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Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee

1 Mining Lawyer featured

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

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GRATA International

3 Mining Lawyers featured

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Núñez Muñoz & Cía Ltda Abogados

3 Mining Lawyers featured

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Pellerano & Herrera

1 Mining Lawyer featured

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

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AELEX

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Abdon Hernandez Abogados SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Akol Avukatlık Bürosu

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Allende & Brea

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Allens

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Aluko & Oyebode

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ameria Legal and Tax Advisors

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Arias Fábrega & Fábrega

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Armstrongs Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ashurst LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

AvaConseil

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Avance Attorneys Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ayine & Felli

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Baird Hanson Williams LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Baker & McKenzie

9 Mining Lawyers featured

Baker Botts LLP

6 Mining Lawyers featured

Banwo & Ighodalo

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Basham Ringe y Correa S.C.

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bener Law Office

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bennett Jones LLP

8 Mining Lawyers featured

Bennett Main & Gubbrud PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Beretta Godoy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bilé-Aka Brizoua-Bi & Associés

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Black Widow Resources Inc.

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

8 Mining Lawyers featured

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Borenius Attorneys Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bryan Cave LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bufete Aguirre Soc Civ

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bustamante & Bustamante

1 Mining Lawyer featured

C R & F Rojas - Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

CGA – Couto Graça e Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cabinet d'Avocats Mamadou Savadogo

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Carcelén & Cia

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Carey

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

9 Mining Lawyers featured

Clayton Utz

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Clifford Chance LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Coelho Ribeiro e Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Colin Wise Consulting Pty Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Collins Newman & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Coulson Harney Advocates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Creel Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Crowell & Moring LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Crowley Fleck PLLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cárdenas & Cárdenas

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Darkoh & Darkoh & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Deconcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Dentons

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Djunga & Associés

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

DuMoulin Black

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ducker Montgomery Aronstein & Bess PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Duncan & Allen

1 Mining Lawyer featured

ENSafrica

6 Mining Lawyers featured

Edwards Kenny & Bray LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Elias-Calles y Alonso de Florida SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Engling Stritter And Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ernst & Young

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Erwin & Thompson LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Beccar Varela

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Ferrero Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Garcia Sayan Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Osterling

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Randle

1 Mining Lawyer featured

FB Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

FS Abogados Ltda

1 Mining Lawyer featured

FSD Conseils

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

14 Mining Lawyers featured

Fennemore Craig

2 Mining Lawyers featured

FerradaNehme

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fieldfisher

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Fognani & Faught PLLC

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Foley & Lardner LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fox Mandal

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Franco & Barbosa Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fryberger Buchanan Smith & Frederick PA

1 Mining Lawyer featured

GRAU Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Gallo Barrios Pickmann Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Gamboa & Chalela

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Garcia Sayán

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Geni & Kebe

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Gide Loyrette Nouel

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Gilbert + Tobin

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Gowling WLG

7 Mining Lawyers featured

Guess & Rudd PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Guevara & Gutierrez SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

HOLT Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Harris & Thompson

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Haynes and Boone LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Hernández & Cía Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hogan Lovells

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Hogan Lovells BSTL SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Holland & Hart LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Holland & Knight LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Houda And Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hunt & Humphry Project Lawyers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

J Sagar Associates

2 Mining Lawyers featured

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jackson Kelly PLLC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

JeantetAssociés AARPI

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jing & Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

John W Ffooks & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Johnson Winter & Slattery

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jones Day

1 Mining Lawyer featured

JunHe LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kalamba & Associés

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kalliolaw Asianajotoimisto Oy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kebreab Habte Michael

1 Mining Lawyer featured

King & Spalding LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

King & Wood Mallesons

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Kinstellar

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Knox & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kunz Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kéré Avocats

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Larrain y Asociados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Latham & Watkins LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Lavery de Billy LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Lawson Lundell LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Lear & Lear LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Lee & Ko

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Lim A Po Law Firm

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Linklaters LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Lloreda Camacho & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

LorentzAngula Incorporated

1 Mining Lawyer featured

MahoneyLiotta

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Malan Scholes Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Manokore Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Mayer Brown LLP

6 Mining Lawyers featured

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

McMillan LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Memery Crystal

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Mendo De Souza Advogados Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

MinterEllison

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Miranda & Amado Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Mochtar Karuwin Komar

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Morgan & Morgan

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Musa Dudhia & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

20 Mining Lawyers featured

Nossaman Gunther Knox & Elliott

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Nuna Advokater A/S

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Ossa, Bulnes & Asociados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ottenheimer Baker

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Parsons Behle & Latimer

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Payet Rey Cauvi Pérez Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Paz Horowitz

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Pizarro-Suárez & Rodríguez Matus

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Posse Herrera Ruiz

4 Mining Lawyers featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Project Lawyers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Quevedo Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Quintanilla Soria & Nishizawa Soc Civ

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Quinzio & Cia

2 Mining Lawyers featured

REM Law Consultancy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Reindorf Chambers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Rubio Leguía Normand

2 Mining Lawyers featured

SCPA Legalis

1 Mining Lawyer featured

SSEK

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Saravia Frias | Mazzinghi Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sey & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sherman & Sherman

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Silva y Lira Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Simmons & Simmons

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Simpson Grierson

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Soemadipradja & Taher

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Stewart McKelvey

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Stikeman Elliott

7 Mining Lawyers featured

Stoel Rives LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Sánchez-Mejorada Velasco y Ribé SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Tabacks

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan Law Office

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Tobar ZVS

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Torys LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

TozziniFreire Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

University of Dundee

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Uría Menéndez

2 Mining Lawyers featured

VECTOR Corporate Finance Lawyers

2 Mining Lawyers featured

VSG Servicios Legales SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Veirano Advogados

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Velma Law

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vergara y Cía

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vieira Rezende Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Webber Wentzel

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Werksmans Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

White & Case LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Widyawan & Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Wintertons

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Zaballa • Carchio Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

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