Mining in Europe

A One-Stop Shop for Mining and Minerals Companies


Debevoise’s European team has been active advising the mining sector since the 1970s. Today, its team acts as a one-stop shop, having led on some of the most prominent transactions and disputes for natural resources companies and investors around the world.

The corporate team is made up of talented lawyers with a long history advising companies in the sector on a broad spectrum of activities, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financings and securities offerings, several of which have involved greenfield investments. The practice has particularly strong experience with novel cross-border joint ventures structures, and debt and other complex financing transactions for mining companies.

On the contentious side, the practice regularly represents mining companies in complex and high-value disputes with governments and commercial entities. It has a dedicated global Energy Disputes Group, which also advises on investment structuring. The team has acquired an unparalleled, in-depth knowledge of the industry and the challenges that mining companies routinely face. The team has particular experience in international arbitration and public international law, making it well placed to represent companies in sensitive investment disputes with governments.

The practice is notable by the high degree of partner involvement in active matters. Clients receive the hands-on attention of experienced lawyers who have worked on all aspects of the most demanding mining projects across the globe.

The European team works closely with colleagues in other markets, most notably with the firm’s market-leading practice in Russia, to provide an exceptional cross-border service. It also works regularly with clients and local counsel in key emerging markets, such as in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.