With deep roots in the mining industry, our specialized, multidisciplinary team helps clients achieve results at every stage of the mining lifecycle.

We have worked alongside mining companies and investors in mining projects for almost 75 years, helping clients anticipate what to expect at any stage of a mining project, from initial acquisition and financing through exploration, to permitting and development, and support of day-to-day operations. When a mine closes, we also assist with shut-down and reclamation. 

We have a deep understanding of the business, regulatory, and environmental challenges facing mining industry stakeholders as they continue adapting into the future. We represent precious metals, hard rock, energy, industrial, and critical mineral producers with operations and properties throughout the US and the world. No matter where the mining project is located, we have the industry savvy, experience, and local contacts to assist.

Exploration
  • Due diligence
  • Title examination
  • Land and mineral rights acquisition
  • Permitting
  • Water rights
  • Earn-in agreements
Development
  • Federal, state, and local permitting
    • Air
    • Land
    • Water
    • Hazardous waste issues
  • Community and governmental relations and licensing
  • Public lands
  • Wildlife and habitat
  • Indian lands, tribal consultation, and other NHPA issues
  • Financing
  • Joint ventures, lease negotiations, royalties, and the formation of LLCs
Operation
  • Regulatory and permitting compliance
  • Workplace safety
  • Emergency response
  • Employment law
  • Bonding
Reclamation
  • Bonding and bond release
  • Reclamation plan and regulatory compliance
  • Responding to CERCLA information requests
  • Monitoring CERCLA site studies and cleanup
  • Negotiating consent decrees and administrative orders regarding site study cleanup
  • Defending federal cost recovery actions and natural resource damage claims
Finance, Investment, and M&A

From exploration through development and operations, we provide comprehensive counsel to mining companies and major national and international financing institutions in the financing of mining projects through debt and equity instruments. 

  • Complex mergers and acquisitions
  • Entity selection and formation
  • Tax review and considerations
  • Partnering with joint ventures
  • Auction and bidding processes
  • Acquisition and divestiture transactions
  • Equity financings
  • Tax credit monetization
  • Construction and term debt financing
  • Single-project and portfolio lending
  • Financial swaps and hedges
Challenges to Mining Projects

Clients rely on us to protect their business interests by defending challenges to mining projects in federal and state court or in administrative proceedings.

  • Environmental, tribal, and citizen suits
  • NEPA, Endangered Species Act, NHPA, and Mining Law
  • Contested permitting and rulemaking
  • Consent decrees, agreed orders on consent, and similar arrangements

Mining Client Results

Representative Transactions
  • Canadian company in privatizing a major gold mining property in the Dominican Republic
  • Domestic developers of natural liquids pipelines and related lateral systems in property acquisitions and eminent domain actions
  • U.S. rare earth company in initial public offering
  • Korean company in acquiring minority interest in molybdenum mine in Nevada
  • Mine methane capture and use projects at underground trona mines in Wyoming and coal mines in Utah
  • Financial institutions in financing of $1.2 billion merger of two major U.S. coal producers
  • U.S. companies in permitting a mine methane project in Wyoming
  • Major British mining company in forming joint-ventures and limited liability companies for major mine projects in Alaska and Nevada
  • Canadian company in on all phases of development of U.S. copper-nickel project
  • Korean companies in acquiring interest in copper mine in Arizona
  • Major financial institutions in financing of a nationwide merger of major coal companies, of a molybdenum mine in Idaho, of a uranium mill and mines in Utah, and a lead mine in Missouri
  • Major Canadian investors in providing financing for gold mine in Nevada

Mining Publications

Who's Who Legal: Mining Law

Since 2005, our mining attorneys have been recognized by the international Who's Who Legal: Mining guide as leading lawyers in mining law

BTI's Law Firms with the Best Collaboration

One of nine firms nationwide named in 2017 by leading legal decision makers for “standout collaboration”

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