Africa Overview


Webber Wentzel’s Mining & Energy Practice is the largest dedicated mining practice based on the African continent. We are uniquely positioned to provide mining clients with the most comprehensive offerings, covering all aspects of mining and resources law.

Comprised of over 40 dedicated professionals, the practice brings together M&A, corporate, commercial, project development, environmental, health & safety, cross-border dispute resolution and regulatory lawyers, all with extensive international experience advising clients in the mining, energy, oil & gas, natural resources and related industries.

Together with the firm’s finance and international tax specialists, this combination of relevant specialist skills gives us a unique insight into clients; technical and commercial needs.

Working with governments, banks and industry clients throughout Africa, we bring a breadth of perspective to our in-depth industry knowledge.

This approach enables us to project manage some of the largest and most complex cross- border transactions.

We enjoy close relationships with regulators in many countries and are thus able to steer our clients through the challenges of an investment in a highly regulated environment.

In addition to this, we understand the cultural and political risks that affect the mining business and help reduce or mitigate those risks.

We are able to offer our clients access to our respective practice area expertise, jurisdiction and language skills, industry knowledge and real ‘on- the-ground’ experience. We achieve this through a combination of factors, including our:

  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of the industry;
  • Relationships with the strongest commercial law firms in Africa through ALN and our best friends law firms;
  • ‘on-the-ground’ experience of doing deals on the African continent;
  • ability to offer one point of contact to handle transactions over multiple jurisdictions;
  • Ability to advise on South African law, civil law and the Uniforms Laws of the OHADA region; and
  • ability to negotiate deals and draft documentation in French and Portuguese.

For more information please click here to read the section on "Mining and Mineral Law" or click here to read the section on "Renewable Energy" from Investing in South Africa.

Click here to read a guide to the regulatory issues facing foreign investors in Australia’s mining sector compiled by another Linklaters alliance partner, Allens.

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