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Mining & Metals

From the Atacama Desert in Chile to the rainforest of the Congo, from the Northern plains of the USA to the Mongolian steppes, Shearman & Sterling is one of the few elite global law firms focused on the mining and metals industry. Major, mid-tier and junior corporates, international financial institutions, private equity funds and governmental entities all consistently look to us for assistance on their most important and complex transactions.

With our long history in this sector, we have taken part in many of the industry’s market-shaping matters. These experiences enable us to provide commercially advantageous advice to our clients for their business activities around the world.

The firm’s broad financing practice, together with its M&A and restructuring practices, are particularly important to our clients in times of significant financing and liquidity constraints such as have prevailed during the last several years. Whether advising on joint ventures, asset sales or acquisitions or the restructuring of debt, our team has significant experience in assisting clients in the context of transformative transactions and corporate restructurings around the globe for strategic purposes or in a distressed context.

Increasingly, the development of new mines entails a concurrent development of related infrastructure, such as power, water and transportation. With our award winning experience on both private sector and public-private partnership-style infrastructure projects, we have the capabilities to counsel our clients through multiple potential structures for the development and financing of such facilities.

Our team regularly advises on the resolution of significant foreign investment and commercial disputes, including those involving resource nationalism, joint ventures, construction and off-take arrangements. Business risks related to corruption, economic sanctions, and fraud in the mining and metals sector are also an unfortunate reality. Shearman & Sterling’s depth of experience in the management of these matters provides comprehensive counsel to companies and executives as they face compliance challenges throughout the world.

Our insights into the mining sector strengthen our ability to anticipate how to best assist our clients in transactions in this industry. Our clients rely on that insight and experience to guide them through their critical and strategic transactions.

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Video:  Mine Financing in 2017
Partners Cynthia Urda Kassis and Richard Price provide an overview of access to finance, traditional and alternative sources, and the key consideration in mine financing for the year ahead. Watch here >

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