Mining and metals

Our team has regularly advised and acted for clients in the mining and metals industry and on a full range of mining and metals related matters. We advise international clients on mining projects, physical commodities, insurance, shipping, sanctions and regulatory related disputes. We have an enviable track record in complex (often cross-jurisdictional) disputes and our lawyers have represented clients in arbitrations under all the major international rules, as well as before commodity trade tribunals. Our mining and metals practice is serviced by specialist lawyers based in our London, Dubai, Greater China, and Singapore offices, and we benefit from close working relationships with a network of law firms across Africa. We are also honorary legal advisers to the Myanmar Federation of Mining whom we assisted in the drafting of the mining law.

Our experience includes:

  • Acting for a European commodity trading group in bringing claims against a buyer under two contracts for the supply of coal and in relation to subsequent enforcement proceedings (including worldwide freezing orders).
  • Representing a UK based private equity investor as claimant in separate arbitration proceedings against an Indonesian supplier and a Singapore based buyer of coal shipments to China. The case involved a non-standard financing agreement with a hybrid arbitration clause for the SIAC to administer ICC proceedings.
  • Acting for a British investor in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a CIS State arising from the expropriation of a mining project.
  • Representing the investor in connection with an Investment Treaty (ICSID) claim against a former Yugoslav state following the failure to grant a full mining licence as required under national law.
  • Advising an international steel group in LCIA arbitrations relating to claims of deficient quality against fraudulent certificates.
  • Advising a leading steel supplier in its claims against the buyer of metals for the purchase price in a series of UNCITRAL arbitrations valued around US$20 million.  
  • Representing an Indian conglomerate in a London-seated ICC arbitration against Middle East state-owned company in relation to non-delivery of Calcium Petroleum Coke.
  • Advising an Eastern European mining company on an ICC arbitration seeking to recover US$3 million paid in shares under an investment contract to develop a nickel mining operation in Indonesia.
  • Acting for a UK-based private equity firm in a US$1 billion ICSID investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern commodity trader in a US$66 million Geneva-seated SCIA (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration) arbitration in relation to the sale of LPG.

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, we have extensive global experience – both representing and sitting as arbitrators – in arbitrations at the world’s leading institutions including the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and DIFC-LCIA.

Zambia

Zambia

Acting for a subsidiary in several arbitrations and related court proceedings concerning the largest copper mine in Zambia.

India

India

Defending a FTSE 100-listed Indian conglomerate against a US$400 million LCIA arbitration and English High Court proceedings in claims of misrepresentation, non-performance and breach of contract regarding the largest mining and metals company in Zambia.

Representing an Indian conglomerate in a London-seated ICC arbitration against Middle East state-owned company in relation to non-delivery of Calcium Petroleum Coke.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Advising on an ICC arbitration seeking to recover US$3 million paid in shares under an investment contract to develop a nickel mining operation in Indonesia.

Representing a commodity trader in defence of claims in SIAC arbitration arising out of the sale of a cargo of Indonesian steam coal. The case involved disputes over delay in payment, quality of the cargo at load port, and delays at the discharge port due to exercise of lien over cargo.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Advising a trading house on litigation and arbitration arising out of a dispute over steel consignments supplied to a customer in Sri Lanka.

Russia

Russia

Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in a US$1 billion ICSID  investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

Kosovo

Kosovo

Acting for Fox Marble in connection with an investment arbitration arising from the unfair treatment and expropriation of an investment (marble quarry) in Kosovo.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in an investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

  • India

    Defending a FTSE 100-listed Indian conglomerate against a US$400 million LCIA arbitration and English High Court proceedings in claims of misrepresentation, non-performance and breach of contract regarding the largest mining and metals company in Zambia.

    Representing an Indian conglomerate in a London-seated ICC arbitration against Middle East state-owned company in relation to non-delivery of Calcium Petroleum Coke.

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  • Indonesia

    Advising on an ICC arbitration seeking to recover US$3 million paid in shares under an investment contract to develop a nickel mining operation in Indonesia.

    Representing a commodity trader in defence of claims in SIAC arbitration arising out of the sale of a cargo of Indonesian steam coal. The case involved disputes over delay in payment, quality of the cargo at load port, and delays at the discharge port due to exercise of lien over cargo.

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  • Kosovo

    Acting for Fox Marble in connection with an investment arbitration arising from the unfair treatment and expropriation of an investment (marble quarry) in Kosovo.

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  • Russia

    Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in a US$1 billion ICSID  investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

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  • Sri Lanka

    Advising a trading house on litigation and arbitration arising out of a dispute over steel consignments supplied to a customer in Sri Lanka.

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  • United Kingdom

    Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in an investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

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  • Zambia

    Acting for a subsidiary in several arbitrations and related court proceedings concerning the largest copper mine in Zambia.

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