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ENSafrica are mining law experts in Africa. We are entrusted by major local and international mining clients to service all their requirements across the continent by providing bespoke solutions to complicated problems.

 

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Proven track record

Our lawyers have built a solid reputation over many years by handling large, complex mining and minerals transactions across Africa, covering exploration and prospecting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), mine development, mineral royalty, mining regulation, project finance, resource finance and restructuring. We also have a market-leading mine health and safety offering – click here to learn more.

We add value through our strong understanding of operational and technical aspects such as geology and mining engineering, as well as our deep knowledge of commercial, regulatory and geopolitical considerations.

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Diversity

Our dynamic mining team, headed by Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame, is the epitome of diversity and inclusion, and is known for its trailblazing gender and racial diversity. Prestigious international ranking agency Legal 500 notes: “The strength of the ENSafrica team lies in the calibre of people at the firm.”

Our deep understanding of Africa’s many cultures, languages, practices and markets allows us to draw from a wide array of experience and perspectives to create innovative, multi-dimensional solutions for our clients, who are equally diverse: from prospectors and explorers to the largest mining companies in the world and regulators across a number of African jurisdictions.

Our diversity extends to the languages we speak. We are able to advise in English, French, Portuguese, Cantonese and Mandarin, and we are also fluent in a plethora of African languages across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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ESG

The impact of ESG and sustainability is greatly illuminated in the mining industry. Consequently, our ESG experts collaborate across the African continent to help our mining clients weave environmental, social and governance considerations into every aspect of their business.

We have a proven track record of dealing with environmental aspects of mining, including environmental management, mine rehabilitation and mine closure.

We also have deep experience in the social aspects of mining, such as community engagement and development, local content and stakeholder management.

In respect of governance aspects, we are known for working with and advising African regulators and building robust regulatory frameworks. In advising the mining industry on resource governance and regulator engagement, we are known for our tough but constructive engagement with regulators.

In addition, we have deep expertise in related fields such as climate change, green finance and renewable energy.

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African footprint

ENSafrica has a strong footprint on the African continent, with offices in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Our mining team and our mine health and safety team are highly ranked by respected international ranking agencies, reflecting our prominent presence in mining in Africa.

We have deep roots in African mining and a solid understanding of local cultural nuances and contexts, underpinned by our long-standing partnerships with trusted firms whom we work alongside.

One of the many benefits of our continent-wide approach is that, no matter how many countries your mining interests span, you can always interact with a single point of contact at ENSafrica.

highly-specialised teams in occupational health and safety, mining M&A, mining law and industry-specific employment issues, among others
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accolades

ENSafrica is recognised by leading international ranking agencies Chambers Global and Legal 500 for achieving consistently high standards in mining law.

Furthermore, the firm is a regular recipient of regional awards such as DealMakers and has received the Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year Award at the African Legal Awards.

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leaders in their field
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the depth and breadth of team is extremely impressive
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ENSafrica provides a genuine full-service offering to the mining industry
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always delivering a personal service – you never feel like you are dealing with a large law firm
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prominent mining department … well versed in contentious work
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change
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development
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engagement
Compliance Corporate 
governance
Corporate 
structuring
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litigaresolutiontion
Due 
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Employment Empowerment Environmental 
management
ESG Exploration 
and prospecting
Geology Green 
finance
Land and 
surface use
Licensing 
assistance
Local 
content
Mergers and 
acquisitions (M&A)
Mine 
closure
Mine 
development
Mine health 
and safety
Mining 
engineering
Mine 
rehabilitation
Mineral 
royalty
Mining and 
minerals
Mining and 
regulation
Policies Project 
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Project 
finance
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engagement
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energy
Resource 
finance
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Restructuring Risk 
assessments
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management
Stock exchange 
listings
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experience

USD300-MILLION DISPOSAL
Disposal of a major international gold mining company’s remaining South African assets and liabilities to another major international gold mining company. This deal won us the Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year Award at the African Legal Awards.
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 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.
ACQUISITION AND LISTING
Acquisition of a tin project in the Erongo region of Namibia by a diversified Southern African mineral development company, and its subsequent listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
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.
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