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Webber Wentzel

Energy & Natural Resources

6 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Mining and minerals powerhouse with market-leading expertise in M&A, investments and projects, as well as operational agreements. Also well equipped to advise on prospecting and mining rights, and increasingly active representing mining clients in business rescue mandates. Clients, including financiers, suppliers and service providers, also benefit from the firm's respected health and safety practice, as well as from its alliance with global law firm Linklaters.

Strengths

Sources frequently refer to the firm as a "thought leader"in the mining space.

Further interviewees note: "They are truly in a league of their own."

Work highlights

Advised Triple Flag on its initial USD145 million streaming transaction with Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Royal Bafokeng Resources.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Dickinson is a pre-eminent figure in the South African mining space. He frequently handles a variety of corporate mining matters spanning company structuring, M&A and project finance on behalf of enviable clients in the space. Sources say he is "extremely insightful with a quick and in-depth grasp of the issues," adding: "He responds accurately and timeously, and is able to tailor solutions as required."

Giada Masina handles a wide range of matters in the mining space, with particular expertise with respect to M&A. She is further noted for her work on due diligence and regulatory mandates.

Head of the firm's mining group Jonathan Veeran handles both regulatory and corporate mandates. His portfolio also includes BEE compliance issues and he is considered by peers to be a "rising star."

Kate Collier is referred to by sources as "one of the most knowledgeable health and safety attorneys"in the field.She advises employers and contractors in relation to risks borne out of mining and construction activities.

The "well-respected" Manus Booysen "inspires confidence"among clients in the mining space. Respected by peers in the field, he is acclaimed for his long-standing practice and experience across the full suite of mining law matters. He wins praise for his understanding of the corporate, regulatory and legislative requirements of mining matters and is described as "an excellent attorney" who is "deadline-driven and extremely knowledgeable."

Rita Spalding has "deep expertise in mining-related transaction documents and applies that effectively in the context of drafting and advisory work," enthuses one source, adding: "Her style is typically non-confrontational which is extremely effective in negotiations."She is particularly noted for her apt handling of regulatory compliance matters on behalf of national and international clients.

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Overview

Mining remains a mainstay of many Sub-Saharan African economies. To extract maximum value from investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, mining companies require a keen understanding of and insight into conditions on-the-ground, as well as their supranational rights and obligations. Increasing regulatory obligations, international reporting requirements, resource nationalism and sustainable development are just some of the factors that mining companies are being required to navigate. We are active in the key mining jurisdictions in Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We have a long history of delivering innovative solutions to our clients' most complex legal issues in these jurisdictions.

Contact: Bruce Dickinson, Partner ([email protected]).

Energy & Natural Resources

Webber Wentzel

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Location

90 Rivonia Road, Sandton

PO Box 61771, Marshalltown, 2107

South Africa

2196

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining


Bruce Dickinson
Band 1
Giada Masina
Up and Coming
Jonathan Veeran
Band 4
Manus Booysen
Senior Statespeople
Rita Spalding
Band 3

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Health & Safety


Kate Collier
Band 2