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We are legal experts in mining 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.
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.
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.
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 ENS 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.
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.
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 are Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business.
Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout the continent, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.
ENS 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.