Mining Law

Mining companies, particularly those with operations on several continents need to appreciate local law, politics and culture. Understanding the intrinsic issues and identifying suitable opportunities help keep mining companies competitive. The Davis LLP Mining Law Practice Group has far-reaching experience representing mining companies at all stages and in relation to all aspects of projects, both in Canada and around the world. We are the only Canadian law firm with offices in both the Yukon and Northwest Territories, where mining is a vibrant part of the economy.

Mining has remained a primary practice area for us since our founder, E.P. Davis, K.C., organized mining syndicates more than a century ago. As such, we have acted as counsel on numerous initial public offerings, private placements and financings for mining companies based in Western and Northern Canada that operate mines in North and South America, Asia and Africa. Stock exchanges involved include the TSX, NASDAQ and/or the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

We represent mining companies involved in the extraction of all types of metals and minerals, companies involved in oil sands extraction, and suppliers to these companies such as service companies and heavy equipment vendors.

Some examples of our work include:

Mine Exploration Phase

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Option, farm-in and joint venture agreements from the simple to the complex
  • Socio-economic impact agreements and joint venture agreements with First Nations
  • Initial public offerings, stock exchange listings
  • Private placements, flow-through share offerings
  • Claims disputes and title opinions

Mine Development Phase

  • Project financing
  • Mineral production sales contracts
  • Custom milling, toll roasting and similar contracts
  • Environmental assessment and regulatory hearings and permitting
  • Economic development/impact and benefits agreement
  • Construction contracts and litigation

Operating Phase

  • Acquisitions, dispositions, and restructuring
  • Labour and employment issues including collective bargaining and human rights
  • Property tax assessment and appeals
  • Defences to environmental prosecutions

Closure and Abandonment

  • Employee termination and severance
  • Mine reclamation approval, bonding and/or funding
  • Site remediation and abandonment liabilities and certification