ENSafrica is entrusted by major local and international mining clients to develop innovative solutions to meet their individual needs across the full spectrum of legal services in the mining sector.

Our dedicated mining team offers you comprehensive assistance with all your legal matters throughout Africa, including guiding you in establishing in-country and cross-border operations.

We have a solid reputation for acting on large, complex, high-profile transactions, and we are renowned for our ability to manage risk and leverage opportunities.

Our key differentiator is that we not only have a deep understanding of the commercial and regulatory aspects of the mining business, but we also have a very strong technical expertise and understanding of mining and metals.

Over 200 years experience Over 600 practitioners 12 offices in 7 countries

We have a prominent presence in mining in East Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone Africa, where we have French-speaking lawyers who practise French law.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

As Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the continent. We are able to leverage our resources to suit your pricing preferences and deliver within your timeframes.

prominent mining department
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what we offer

Our experience and expertise covers all aspects of mining law and related areas in Africa, including:

  • Access to mines, and land and surface use matters
  • Administrative and constitutional law
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) (South Africa)
  • Community development and stakeholder management
  • Competition / antitrust, licensing assistance and exchange control approvals
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate commercial, including M&A and corporate formation and structuring (such as joint ventures and alliances)
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Drafting of mining project agreements (project management, structuring, development and operations)
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Employment law, employee tax structuring, immigration and human capital
  • Environmental matters, including regulatory issues, devising environmental and climate change strategies, and the implementation of carbon tax and greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies
  • Forensic investigations, consulting and anti-bribery compliance
  • Insolvency, restructuring and business rescue
  • IP
  • Listings on the JSE, AltX, ASX and AIM
  • Mine and occupational health and safety (MOHS)
  • Mineral royalties
  • Project finance, capital raising and sophisticated funding arrangements
  • Public sector law
  • Regulatory and compliance, including mining and mineral titles
  • Tax, mining tax, exchange control and transfer pricing
  • Upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industry activities
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frequently advises local and overseas mining clients on acquisitions, divestitures and regulatory compliance
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ENSafrica covers the full spectrum of mining-related work with continued prominence in mining law, regulatory, employment and M&A engagements
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the ENS mining team gives prompt, practical advice that you can rely on
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experiENS

USD2.5-BILLION ACQUISITION
USD2.5-billion acquisition of a major American mining company by a major South African gold mining company, transforming it into a global mining giant. This deal won the 2016 DealMakers Deal of the Year Award.
USD472-MILLION DISPOSAL
USD472-million disposal by a French multinational integrated oil and gas company of 100% of the issued share capital of its coal business in South Africa and its related export marketing rights through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to one of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-empowered resource companies, and a leading coal producer.
ZAR3-BILLION DEVELOPMENT
ZAR3-billion development of a major coal mine and a new rail link for export market access. This is one of the largest project finance transactions in the South African coal industry.
USD150-MILLION FINANCING
USD150-million financing by a debt capital provider in Ghana to acquire the mine and mining assets of a Ghanaian gold mining company.
ZAR150-MILLION DISPOSAl
ZAR150-million disposal by a large South African gold mining company of one of its mines, a plant and related infrastructure.
DEVELOPMENT AND MERGER
Development of a major gold mining project in Mali by a West African gold developer, as well as its merger with a major Canadian gold producer.
DISPOSAL OF ASSETS
Disposal of non-core assets (a selection of high quality aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets) by an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company to a new Australian mining and metals company, and distribution of shares.
FINANCING OF COPPER/COBALT MINE
Financing and development of a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a Chinese company, including infrastructure such as roads, a power plant and a concentrator.
MINING AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
Development of mining and energy capacity building, as well as a beneficiation strategy, for an East African Government.
GOLD MINING DEVELOPMENT
Development of a major gold mining project in Mali by an Australian mining company, including an electricity grid connection project.
their experience in the dynamics and the mechanisms of the mining industry gives them the edge on others
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expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
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mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications