DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Werksmans Attorneys

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

1 ranked lawyersBand 2South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
chambers review
department information
Ranked Lawyers
chambers review
department information
Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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.

What the team is known for

Robust department frequently instructed by leading South African mining houses on major M&A deals and financing. Recent work includes a large number of disposal transactions and listings on the JSE and AIM. Also well versed in dispute resolution and business rescue, as well as providing regulatory and compliance advice. The team is well placed to assist with prospecting and mining rights, surface use issues and environmental matters.

Strengths

Sources consider the firm to be "specialists in their respective fields of expertise."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Glencore on its disposal of Springlake Colliery.

Notable practitioners

Chris Stevens enjoys a stellar reputation for his experience in the mining and mineral rights space. He is frequently called upon by leading industry operators and producers to handle both transactions and litigation matters. Interviewees enthuse: "He is a very competent and diligent mining law expert."

Department Information

This content is provided by Werksmans Attorneys.

Overview

The evolving regulatory landscape in the mining industry (including the Mining Charter, as amended, and the Codes of Good Practice for the Mineral Industry) has led to a growing number of administrative disputes over the granting of prospecting and mining rights. In addition, mining companies are subject to increasingly stringent environmental regulation, particularly around waste management and rehabilitation of the surface of the earth disturbed during prospecting and mining. Werksmans mining & resources lawyers come with extensive experience in structuring mining transactions to meet these legislative and regulatory requirements, including the impact of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act.

The team has a well-established international network. Mining clients include North American, European and Australian companies, as well as some of the major South African mining houses and empowerment mining companies.

Specialist services we are known for include: Advising on the MPRDA; Mining Charter and Codes of Good Practice; black economic empowerment legislation and regulation; mergers & acquisitions; environmental law (including waste management); mine health and safety; Joint Venture and Pooling and Sharing agreements; mining and prospecting statutory and regulatory compliance; and processing and off-take agreements.

Members

Stevens, Chris (Head of Department)

Antunes, Jones

de Villiers, Jannie

Gewer, David

Jara, Athi

Kirby, Neil

Kotze, Hendrik

Lochner, Stephan

Louw, Kathleen

Mabasa, Bulelwa

Meiring, Janene

Michael, Helen

Naidoo, Lureshan

Pyzikowski, Adam

Stockwell, Jonathan

Truter, Justin

Williams, Des

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining Department

Werksmans Attorneys

firm
Department location

The Central, 96 Rivonia Road

Sandown

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

View Firm Profile

Ranked Lawyers

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


Chris Stevens
Band 1