Mining

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While the level of growth varies in response to global market conditions, our rich endowment of high-quality minerals ensures Australia's mining sector enjoys long term prosperity. We are undeniably a world leader in the sector, attracting inbound investment and pursuing opportunities offshore.

Both in Australia and globally, mining activities are heavily regulated, complex and often of significant financial and reputational value. Mining companies are grappling with broad-ranging issues, including elevated geopolitical risk, access to resources, shareholder activism and a shift away from traditional resources towards minerals that feed into the battery supply chain and support a transition to a low carbon economy.

How well companies respond to these challenges and convert opportunities into future success depends on their ability to control costs, improve asset productivity and embrace technology and innovation. 

How we can help

Our involvement in the biggest and most significant projects and deals in the Australian mining sector gives us unparalleled knowledge across all aspects of the mining life cycle and has placed us at the forefront of developments in this multifaceted sector.

We advise on all mining sector deals, including:

  • the establishment of joint ventures;
  • cross-border transactions;
  • farm-in arrangements;
  • acquisition or divestment of mining assets;
  • primary and secondary equity offerings on the major APAC stock exchanges; and
  • funding mining projects, with particular expertise in cross-border project financings.

From entry to exit, and at all stages in between

We understand the challenges which participants in the sector face - across all commodity types – through investment, operation, expansion, divestment and closure.

Working with you in an integrated way

We leverage our collective experience and expertise to support our clients in all areas – including competition, regulatory and compliance, taxation, IP, environmental law, native title and disputes – in order to bring mining projects to life and to maximise their potential. Our presence in Asia and Australia, enhanced by our alliance with Linklaters, means we can serve our clients globally.

Providing an innovative and seamless service to achieve the optimal outcome

Helping our clients respond to this ever-changing landscape, combined with our experience of risk mitigation strategies and a proven ability to navigate often untested legal regimes, means we are best placed to achieve the most commercial outcomes for our clients.

Experience

Rio Tinto strategic exit from coal

Advised Rio Tinto on more than US$8.5 billion of coal divestments in Australia since 2013 through competitive and private sale processes.

Sino Iron Project

Advised CITIC Pacific on commercial issues arising from the project agreements and State Agreement governing the development and operation of the Sino Iron Project in Western Australia.

Ernest Henry Mine acquisition and alternative financing

Advised Evolution Mining on its $880 million acquisition of an economic interest in the Ernest Henry Mine in Queensland, and on the equity raising and debt package to fund the acquisition.

Oyu Tolgoi Copper Gold Project, Mongolia

Advised Rio Tinto on its Oyu Tolgoi copper gold project in Mongolia, one of the world’s largest known copper and gold deposits.

Tianqi lithium acquisition and joint venture

Advised leading Chinese distributor of lithium concentrates and producer of lithium chemicals, Chengdu Tianqi Industry, on its C$850 million acquisition of Talison Lithium Limited, and on the creation of a joint venture with Rockwood Holdings Inc.

Highland Pacific streaming deal and scheme of arrangement

Advising Highlands Pacific on a share placement and metals streaming agreement with Cobalt 27 in relation to production from the Ramu Mine in PNG, and subsequently on its acquisition by Cobalt 27 under a PNG scheme of arrangement.

Balla Balla Iron Ore Infrastructure Project

Advised on the proposed $6 billion Balla Balla Iron Ore Infrastructure Project and proposed farm-in and JV arrangements with Brockman Iron in relation to the Marillana and Opthalmia iron ore projects in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto iron ore

Longstanding adviser to Rio Tinto on its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and internationally, including the original establishment, and first, second and third extensions of the historic Channar Mining joint venture with Sinosteel and its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hope Downs deposit and associated joint venture and infrastructure agreements, and development of the mine.

Ok Tedi Copper Gold Mine

Advised Ok Tedi Mining Limited on all aspects of its copper gold mine situated in the remote Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea's Western Province.

GWA's acquisition of Glencore Rail

Advised Genesee & Wyoming Inc. on the acquisition of Glencore Rail for $1.14 billion and the issue of a 49% equity stake in GWA to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.