Despite challenges, South Africa’s mining sector remains a mainstay of the economy and the biggest player in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. In turn, SADC is the most active mining region in Africa, accounting for two-thirds of the continent’s mineral exports by value.
Our mining sector group is a commercially minded, solutions driven, multi-disciplinary team that understands the industry and clients' business needs and requirements.
For more than 100 years we have provided the full range of legal services required by our clients in the mining industry. As the largest dedicated mining team on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa, we offer legal excellence coupled with an integrated approach to our client relationships, a deep technical understanding of the industry, responsiveness and innovative pricing solutions.
Our skills encompass regulatory & government relations, immovable property, general commercial / corporate M&A, environmental law, tax, health and safety, construction / project development, employment & employee benefits, public interest, finance, dispute resolution and competition / anti-trust.
To extract maximum value from existing or prospective investments in Africa, mining companies require a keen understanding of conditions on-the-ground, bearing in mind that mining regulation differs from country to country.
Our significant reach across Sub-Saharan Africa is enhanced by our collaborative alliance with Linklaters, our network of best friend law firms and our associate membership of the Africa Legal Network (ALN), which offers clients seamless access to sophisticated and practical advice through a single point of contact.
We are able to handle transactions over multiple jurisdictions.
We have close relationships with regulators in many countries; understand the political risks and cultural nuances that affect the mining business; and have the capacity to draft documentation and negotiate deals in French and Portuguese.
In the last few years, we have worked for clients operating in Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Click here to download a brochure outlining our mining services.
Click here to read the section on "Mining and Mineral Law" and here to read the section on "Renewable Energy" from Investing in South Africa - Charting the legal landscape.
Click here to read a guide to the regulatory issues facing foreign investors in Australia’s mining sector compiled by Linklaters' other alliance partner, Allens.