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Energy & Natural Resources

Energy & Natural Resources

Mineral extraction, energy and power are highly regulated sectors requiring specialist industry knowledge and international expertise.

Transactions in these sectors are often complex and require a wide range of transactional skills and experience. At Charles Russell Speechlys, we have all these skills and extensive experience.

In addition to our regulatory specialists, we have experts in corporate finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, tax, infrastructure projects, operational contracts and dispute resolution. Our transactional work focuses on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, public takeovers and private M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate structuring. Our international tax practice and our work with Family Offices, who often invest in this sector, enable us to suggest optimal structures from the perspective of investors and group companies.

As for operational matters, we regularly advise on:

  • exploration licences and due diligence requirements, including necessary legal opinions and Competent Person and Reservoir Engineer Reports
  • mine construction and infrastructure contracts, such as those for road access and power connections
  • production sharing agreements, offtake and other product sale arrangements
  • procurement of equipment and fixed plant machinery
  • planning, environmental and health & safety regulation
  • governance structures and anti-corruption legislation
  • shareholder activism and dispute resolution.

Our clients include exploration companies for the oil, gas and minerals industries, mining companies and cleantech and renewable energy businesses, both onshore and offshore.

Our international work covers Africa, Australasia, Indonesia, the Middle East, Russia & the CIS, and Central and South America. We also advise sponsors, nominated advisors and corporate advisors on their obligations on flotations and fundraisings.