European law firm Fieldfisher closed mining and metals deals in excess of US$1 billion in 2018, despite persistently tough investment circumstances for natural resources equities.
The firm's flagship mining team, led by Head of Mining and Metals, Jonathan Brooks, was involved in a number of significant transactions for small-to-mid-cap mining companies in the last 12 months.
Highlights included the C$537 million (US$402 million) take private of Canada-headquartered Dalradian Gold by specialist US private equity firm, Orion Mine Finance, and a US$60 million extension of a prepayment facility provided by commodities financing business Traxys Europe to AIM-listed copper and zinc producer, Central Asia Metals plc.
The firm maintained a strong pace of mining and metals deal activity throughout 2018, with several further transactions expected to close in the coming months.
With 24 mining specialists across its London and Paris offices and clients on five continents, our Mining and Metals team has forged a truly international reputation, with particular expertise in African, European and CIS region mining and metals projects.
Fieldfisher has maintained its ranking as a top tier adviser to UK AIM-listed companies and provides legal support to many of the natural resources industry's chief institutional and alternative investors and brokers.
Commenting on the team's success over the past year, Jonathan Brooks, Head of Mining and Metals, said:
"The mining and metals sector continues to throw up surprises for legal advisers, repeatedly confounding uncertain market sentiment by delivering creative and valuable deals that are testament to the resilience of companies in this industry.
"Having expanded its Mining and Metals expertise over the last few years, Fieldfisher has broadened its reach to include new kinds of client with increasingly complicated mandates in an ever-growing number of jurisdictions.
"We are very pleased to have been able to support many of our new and long-standing mining clients in closing strategically significant deals that will contribute markedly to the vigour of this sector in 2019 and the years to come.
"We look forward to what promises to be another highly successful 12 months for our clients and our team."
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Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.
Our mining and metals team provides a comprehensive and integrated service from our London and Paris offices to companies, their funders and advisers across the full life cycle of a mining project.
With experts in financing, M&A, commercial agreements, construction, tax and dispute resolution, we advise on a wide range of transactions involving Mining and Metals clients.
Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 24 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.
Fieldfisher is currently Law Firm of the Year - Legal Business Awards 2018.