From the Atacama Desert in Chile to the rainforest of the Congo, from the Northern plains of Canada and the U.S. 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, other alternative financiers and governmental entities all consistently look to us for assistance on their most important and complex transactions.

Developing mining projects often requires innovative financings from alternative sources such as private equity, sovereign wealth funds, hedge/pension funds, strategic/industry investors and streaming/royalty companies as well as traditional investors. One of our strongest advantages is our ability to provide clients with a broad spectrum of world-leading finance capabilities.

Increasingly, the development of new mines also 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.

Business risks related to corruption, economic sanctions, and fraud in the mining and metals sector are 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.

International arbitration has become one of the most popular methods of resolving disputes arising out of international business transactions. With respect to mining and natural resources, we have handled commercial arbitrations arising from construction projects, purchase and supply agreements and joint ventures as well as investment disputes on behalf of investors and states.

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.

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.

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