Smithfield’s Mining and Energy Metals practice includes lawyers with experience in all aspects of commodities transactions – from exploration through to development and production.
Having worked with major, mid-cap, and junior mining companies, we are able to provide an industry-focused approach tailored to the underlying asset and the size of in-country operations.
We possess a commercial and holistic understanding of the legal and practical challenges that the industry faces, particularly when operating in developing or emerging markets, namely fluctuating market conditions, political risk, and regulatory uncertainty.
Our clients include listed mining and energy companies and private limited companies located both domestically and abroad. Smithfield has worked with companies in a number of jurisdictions including Zambia, the United States, South America and Kazakhstan. The team has assisted businesses dealing in a range of raw materials, including base, non-ferrous, and precious metals as well as other minerals.
Most recently the firm has engaged with the following commodities:
- Rare earth
In terms of our energy experience, we have expertise in advising companies conducting extraction and survey expedition activities, including shale re-fracking and hydrogen exploration. Given the growing focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing we have found ourselves increasingly involved in energy recovery post disposal, particularly renewables and waste-to-energy enterprises.