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Featured Articles: Mining

The Lithium Market: Industry Perspectives On a New Mineral and Its Regulation in Argentina

Florencia Heredia

Florencia Heredia, Allende & Brea

In this article, Florencia Heredia at Allende & Brea explores recent developments in the Argentinian lithium market and the significant issues that must be considered for future regulation of the sector. 

Mining 2018: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Oscar Benavides at Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados, Darrell Podowski at Cassels Brock & Blackwell and Casper Herler at Borenius Attorneys to discuss recent developments in the international mining space including the recovery of commodity prices, key client issues and the relationship between the natural resources sector and politics. 

Mining in Latin America

WWL Mining 2017 - Vergara

By Rafael Vergara, Carey Abogados

Rafael Vergara at Carey Abogados explores the many issues currently facing the Latin American mining industry, including environmental concerns, community relationships, indigenous rights and regulatory developments. 

Mining 2017: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Pablo Mir of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados, Geoff Simpson of Allen & Overy LLP and Florencia Heredia of Holt Abogados to discuss the impact of falling mineral prices, adapting to client constraints in the current market, alternative sources of financing and the legal challenges posed by an increased focus on environmental issues. 

Exploration and Mining In Sensitive Areas – A Nordic View

WWL Mining 2017 - Borenius

By Casper Herler and Niklas Vartiainen, Borenius Attorneys Ltd

Casper Herler and Niklas Vartiainen at Borenius Attorneys highlight the challenges faced by the Nordic mining industry when it comes to establishing exploration projects in novel sites. 

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Analysis: Mining

Mining 2018: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal: Mining 2018 sees 434 pre-eminent mining lawyers from 231 law firms worldwide highlighted for their expertise in the field. The individuals included in this edition are the leading lights in the mining market, boasting proficiency across a range of specialisations, from dirt law and exploration to M&A and corporate financing.

The practitioners highlighted this year are spread across 61 jurisdictions, with those based in North America demonstrating a particularly strong presence. Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright remains the leading firm in the mining sector according to our research, with 17 top-tier practitioners from five continents recognised. International business and litigation firm Fasken is another heavyweight in the mining sector, dominating our listings in Canada as well as achieving multiple nominations in England and South Africa. Multinational firm Gowling WLG also ranks highly this year, along with ENSafrica, which achieves listings in South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius.

Mining 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Having been brought to its knees by the crippling slump in commodities prices and a global drop in demand, the mining industry is finally starting to regain ground. For the past five years, mining companies around the world have been striving to slash debt and increase investor confidence, gradually reviving the market in the process. Through strategic restructurings and distressed transactions, mining houses have battled for survival. At last, commodities prices have rebounded in the past year, leading to renewed vigour in the market. With mining companies finally able to move forward, practitioners we spoke to have noticed a shift in the market, with an increase in financing and M&A transactions signalling that better times lie ahead.

Mining 2017: Analysis

In our latest edition of Who's Who Legal: Mining we identify 420 practitioners from 220 law firms across 58 countries.

Mining 2017: Trends

As commodity prices struggle to recover, the mining industry remains flat. With fewer financings and new projects, lawyers have seen the bulk of their work come from restructurings of existing projects. But new avenues are opening up for those who are willing to take risks – there is a consensus opinion within the legal community that there are plenty of options available to grease the wheels in an atmosphere of low growth. Law firms and mining companies alike are looking to pursue new routes that mean they don’t have to wait for the markets to pick up before they can make headway once again.

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.

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All Experts in Mining (Listed Alphabetically)

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All Firms in Mining (Listed Alphabetically)

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Basham Ringe y Correa S.C.

2 Mining Lawyers featured

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

7 Mining Lawyers featured

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

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AKSET Law

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Allende & Brea

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Allens

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Aluko & Oyebode

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ameria Legal and Tax Advisors

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Arias Fabrega & Fabrega

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Armstrongs Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ashurst LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

AvaConseil

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Avance Attorneys Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Avocat Associé

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ayine & Felli

1 Mining Lawyer featured

AÉLEX

1 Mining Lawyer featured

BKT Fulbright Advisors LLC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Baird Hanson Williams LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Baker Botts LLP

6 Mining Lawyers featured

Baker McKenzie

6 Mining Lawyers featured

Banwo & Ighodalo

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bennett Jones LLP

7 Mining Lawyers featured

Bennett Main Gubbrud & Willlert PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Beretta Godoy

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Berhane Gila-Michael & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bilé-Aka Brizoua-Bi & Associés

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Black Widow Resources Inc.

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Borenius Attorneys Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bowmans

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Brumskine & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Bryan Cave LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bufete Aguirre Soc Civ

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Bustamante & Bustamante

1 Mining Lawyer featured

C & A LAW

1 Mining Lawyer featured

C R & F Rojas - Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

CGA – Couto Graça e Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

CMS

2 Mining Lawyers featured

CRB AFRICA LEGAL

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Carey

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Cariola Diez Perez-Cotapos

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

9 Mining Lawyers featured

Christopher Russell Cook & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Clayton Utz

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Clifford Chance LLP

2 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

Creel Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Crowell & Moring LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Crowley Fleck PLLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

DBR-Diaz, Bouchot y Raya Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Darkoh & Darkoh & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Deconcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Dentons

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Dentons Cárdenas & Cárdenas

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Dittmar & Indrenius

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

3 Mining Lawyers featured

DuMoulin Black LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Duncan & Allen

1 Mining Lawyer featured

ENSafrica

11 Mining Lawyers featured

Eden M Oliver PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Edwards Kenny & Bray LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Engling Stritter And Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Erwin & Thompson LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Beccar Varela

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Garcia Sayan Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Randle

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Estudio Vargas Galindez

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Etude Kabinda

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Eversheds Sutherland

1 Mining Lawyer featured

FS Abogados Ltda

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

15 Mining Lawyers featured

Fennemore Craig

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Fieldfisher

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Fox Mandal

1 Mining Lawyer featured

GPZ Abogados SA

1 Mining Lawyer featured

GRATA International

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Galicia Abogados SC

1 Mining Lawyer 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

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Gowling WLG

13 Mining Lawyers featured

Greenberg Traurig LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Guess & Rudd PC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Guevara & Gutierrez SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

HB Global Advisors Corporation

1 Mining Lawyer featured

HPP Attorneys Ltd

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Haynes And Boone SC

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

8 Mining Lawyers featured

Hernández & Cía Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hogan Lovells

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Holland & Hart LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Hope Duggan & Silva

1 Mining Lawyer featured

HopgoodGanim

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Houda Law Firm

1 Mining Lawyer featured

J Sagar Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jackson Kelly PLLC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jara Del Favero Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Jeantet 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

Jáuregui y Del Valle SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kalliolaw Asianajotoimisto Oy

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kebreab Habte Michael

1 Mining Lawyer featured

King & Spalding LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

King & Wood Mallesons

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Kinstellar

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Knox & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Koep & Partners

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kunz Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Kéré Avocats

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Larrain Y Asociados Abogados

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

Lexim Abogados

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

MLT Aikins

1 Mining Lawyer featured

MahoneyLiotta

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Malan Scholes 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

5 Mining Lawyers featured

McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

McDermott Will & Emery

1 Mining Lawyer featured

McMillan LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Memery Crystal

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Mendo De Souza Advogados Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Mesfin Tafesse & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

MinterEllison

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Miranda & Amado Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Mkono & Co

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

Musa Dudhia & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

17 Mining Lawyers featured

Nuna Advokater A/S

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Núñez Muñoz & Cía Ltda Abogados

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Orihuela Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Ossa, Bulnes & Asociados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Osterling Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Paksoy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Pardini & Associates

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Parsons Behle & Latimer

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Paz Horowitz

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Pellerano & Herrera

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Pizarro-Suárez & Rodríguez Matus

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Posse Herrera Ruiz

3 Mining Lawyers featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Project Lawyers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Quevedo Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Quintanilla Soria & Nishizawa Soc Civ

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Quinzio & Cia

2 Mining Lawyers featured

RB Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

REM Law Consultancy

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Reindorf Chambers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Risasi & Associés

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Roodt Inc

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Rubio Leguía Normand

2 Mining Lawyers featured

SCPA Legalis

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Saravia Frias | Mazzinghi Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Savjani & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sey & Co

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sherman & Sherman

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Simmons & Simmons

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Simpson Grierson

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Soemadipradja & Taher

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Sole Practitioner

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Stewart McKelvey

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Stikeman Elliott

4 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 Spingarn

2 Mining Lawyers featured

Torys LLP

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Tozzini Freire Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

University of Dundee

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Urenda Rencoret Orrego y Dörr

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Urrutia & Cia Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Uría Menéndez

3 Mining Lawyers featured

VECTOR Corporate Finance Lawyers

1 Mining Lawyer featured

VSG Servicios Legales SC

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Valle & Asociados S C

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Veirano Advogados

3 Mining Lawyers featured

Velma Law

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vieira Rezende Advogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Webber Wentzel

4 Mining Lawyers featured

Werksmans Attorneys

1 Mining Lawyer featured

White & Case LLP

5 Mining Lawyers featured

Wintertons

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Yanogo Bobson SCP

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Yazici Law Offices

1 Mining Lawyer featured

Zaballa • Carchio Abogados

1 Mining Lawyer featured

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