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Mining (International & Cross-Border)

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What the team is known for

The firm offers a market-leading mining group and a full service across key contentious and transactional areas, with highly regarded specialist teams stationed across Canada. The bulk of its resources operate out of Toronto, where it provides strong deal teams, particularly in banking and finance. A major part of its cross-border expertise involves the USA, where it regularly works with clients investing into Canada in partnership with US firms. Another key component of the firm’s international work springs from its stellar mining and natural resources practice, which extends to offices in London, Beijing and Johannesburg to provide a global platform to help service Canadian and global clients on their operations in EMEA and Asia.
The firm excels in cross-border mining matters and is a recognised leader in both transactional and regulatory areas of the industry. In addition to the firm’s boots on the ground in China, South Africa and the UK, its mining practitioners are well versed in Latin American work, and frequently advise on mining projects across the region. The firm is well known by peers and clients for its capabilities in navigating major mining clients through international mandates, with an ability to project-manage M&A and financing deals – for domestic and foreign clients – across continents. The firm’s global mining practice is provided through its close relationships with firms in local jurisdictions, which collaborate with its Canadian offices and strategic global network.


One client comments: "They have some of the very best mining transactional lawyers globally, know the sector very well, and represent clients globally. Fasken aren't a firm in multiple jurisdictions, but in mining they are on par with global firms in terms of deals, due to a deep understanding of the space and strong capacity to execute."

Another source praises the firm's "very high-quality full-service capability for complex mining financing."

Notable practitioners

Alison Lacy is frequently mandated on mining and infrastructure projects across Latin America. She is experienced in the development and financing of mines and associated infrastructure across Latin American markets, offering clients fluency in Spanish. She also has experience acting for international clients on multi-jurisdictional natural resources matters involving Africa and Asia.

Brian Graves is considered "superb" for his handling of streaming transactions, acquisitions and securities matters arising from the mining sector. Interviewees say: "He is an industry-leading specialist who shows remarkable attention to detail."

Head of the firm's global mining group John Turner offers premier expertise across the Canadian and international mining industries and is lauded by sources as "the doyen of the industry." He is frequently mandated on many of the most high-profile securities matters and corporate transactions in the market. Commentators enthuse: "He is among the very best mining transaction lawyers globally."

Michael Boehm provides clients extensive experience of cross-border transactions in the mining and natural resources space. His expertise includes global M&A and financings, with a particular focus on Chinese outbound deals, and he is adept acting for Chinese parties on their Canadian and international investments.

Michael Bourassa is a pre-eminent practitioner with deep knowledge of 'dirt' law and related due diligence mandates, including environmental compliance and title issues. He also has significant experience acting on commercial agreements and advises clients on dispute resolution.

Tanneke Heersche has extensive experience of the South African mining industry and of natural resources matters across the African continent. She regularly advises Canadian and international mining companies on international M&A, financing and project development.

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We are organized as an industry group and advise companies and other
stakeholders on all matter of legal issues affecting the mining sector. 

Our industry contacts and knowledge of material transactions, both domestically and internationally, are second to none among international law firms. Our team is skilled and experienced in all the various legal services required by mining clients, from exploration through development to operation and closure.

We have acted in respect of projects in virtually every country of the globe, with a special emphasis on the Americas and Africa, from our offices in Canada, London and Johannesburg. We rank among the top law firms for financings and new listings on the TSX, the AIM Market, and the JSE.

Mining (International & Cross-Border)



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Mining (International & Cross-Border)

Alison Lacy
Foreign expert for Latin America-wide
Brian Graves
Band 4
John S M Turner
Band 1
Michael Boehm
Foreign expert for China
Michael J Bourassa
Band 1, Foreign expert for Latin America-wide
Tanneke Heersche
Foreign expert for South Africa