Natural Resources - Africa Legal Network

Why choose ALN’s Natural Resources Group?

 

We have the right lawyers in the right locations

We have a footprint in key African Natural Resources jurisdictions. Botswana has large reserves of coal bed methane; Tanzania has reported discoveries of 35 tcf gas; Kenya had commercially viable oil; Uganda has an unprecedented 90% drilling success rate; Ethiopia is a significant producer of tantalum; Nigeria is richly endowed with different natural resources including oil & gas which accounts for 35 % of its GDP, other natural resources include and South Africa houses the Southern Karoo area with large shale gas quantities. It is for this reason our firms are in these countries and more (we are located in Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Not only are we in the right locations, but we have internationally educated lawyers that possess a thorough understanding of the local, regional, landscape, culture and business practice. Our Natural Resources lawyers are recognized as leaders in their jurisdictions by international directories. For instance, Chambers Global praises the Group’s head saying, [Sonal is recommended for her] knowledge of business, commercial and other non-legal matters that can affect deals, efficient time management and seamless deal execution.”

 

We do big deals

Our sector group is involved in ground breaking deals such as acting, in on-going negotiations with the NNPC, a consortium led by Chinese contractors and financiers proposing to develop three refineries in Nigeria for an estimated value of US$ 14 billion. We have also acted for Cathay Fortune Investment in its proposed acquisition of Discovery Metals valued at US$ 76.8 million.

 

We are multi-jurisdictional

Our group stands out for our “one-firm” approach to cross border deals. Our lawyers work in virtual teams across multiple offices to offer seamless legal advisory and transactional services., We are the only network that acts as one firm in the areas of provision of legal services, billing and training. Due to our collaborative approach, our Sector Group has handled complex multi-jurisdictional matters such as advising Helios Investment Partners and Vitol Group: acquisition of Royal Dutch/Shell’s downstream operations in Kenya, Botswana and Mauritius and Afrasia Bank’s Petroluem Shipment Project, a cross-border deal involving Mozambique, Zimbabwe, British Virgin Islands and Mauritius.

 

Our deals are cutting edge

Our Sector Group is selected for many ground-breaking deals, We were involved in Malawi’s lagest mining project (Kayelekera Uranium Project); Kenya’s first ever coal concession (National Government of Kenya’s Coal Concession); and Botswana’s only operating coal mine ( Morupule Coal Mine Expansion).

 

We have a strong track record

Our sector experts have 98 years of cumulative experience in handling large mining transactions. In 2013 alone, ALN handled 12 large natural resource transactions. In addition ALN has handled transactions for Oil & Gas companies like AfricaOil, Anadarko, Apache, Tullow, BG Group, Tamoil and Shell. ALN also has a robust mining practice and has completed deals for companies like Anglo-American, Equinox minerals, Discovery Metals, Debswana, Galane Gold, Lucara Diamond and Cupric Canyon.

 

Services

Our Mining expertise covers a very broad range of advisory and transaction services including:

As far as our Oil & Gas Practice goes, we provide advice on all aspects of the oil and gas supply chain, including

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