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Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty

The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation’s economic activity. Federal Judge Steven Logan granted the Navajo...more

Frac Sand: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Quarry Operation Commenced Within the Terms of the Mining Lease

A United States District Court addressed in an August 15th opinion a dispute between parties to a mining lease involving frac sand. See Pronschinske Trust v. Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.and KC Proppants, LLC, 2017 WL 3498712...more

Former Guinean Minister of Mines Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Laundering $8.5 Million in Bribes Paid by Chinese...

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On August 25, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York sentenced former Guinea Minister of Mines and Geology, Mahmoud Thiam, to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised probations,...more

Venezuela Mines for a Reversal in Federal Appeals Court

Venezuela is taking its fight over a $1.4 billion arbitral award to the District of Columbia’s federal court of appeals. The award capped a bitter dispute between Venezuela and Crystallex International Corporation, a...more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

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The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

Senegal's New Mining Code

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Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...more

Minerals Matters - Spring 2016

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Minerals Matters is DLA Piper's bi-annual publication which showcases the breadth and depth of our experience in the mining and minerals sector across our office network and in all practice areas. In this issue, we...more

Quantum Quarterly - Issue VIII – 1st Quarter 2016

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We are pleased to present the latest edition of Quantum Quarterly, a publication of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group. This edition features an interview with Suzana M. Blades and Alberto F. Ravell, Managing...more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Former Securency Manager Convicted of Corruption - On May 11, 2016, Peter Michael Chapman, former manager of polymer banknote manufacturer Securency PTY Ltd. (“Securency”), was...more

SCC Denial of Leave Allows First Nations to Pursue Claims Prior to Proving Aboriginal Title

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied applications for leave to appeal in Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., 2015 BCCA 154 (Saik’uz), and Iron Ore Company of Canada. v Uashaunnuat,...more

Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s Proposed Withdrawal

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (“BLM notice”), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as “sagebrush focal...more

Senegal's New Mining Code: What Mining Companies Need to Know

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Undeterred by the recent drops in commodity prices, Senegal is on the verge of introducing its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the current mining code...more

Agreement Between Mongolia and Rio Tinto Opens Door to Future Mining Projects, Economic Growth

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 18, 2015, the Government of Mongolia, Rio Tinto and the Rio Tinto subsidiary, Turquoise Hill Resources, reached agreement on development of the underground phase of the Oyu Tolgoi mining project. The agreement, termed...more

Another George Clooney Film in the Making? Nevada Supreme Court Rejects Rule Against Perpetuities Argument for Mining Agreement

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Nevada Supreme Court recently decided that the rule against perpetuities does not apply to area-of-interest provisions in commercial mining agreements. While you should not expect this case to become a summer blockbuster...more

February 2015: International Arbitration Update

Accounting for “Country-Risk” in Assessing Damages in Investor-State Arbitration: Gold Reserve Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/01, Award (Sept. 22, 2014). The careful treatment of the...more

Global Mining and Metals Industry Group: Kazakhstan push for reform

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Kazakhstan’s new legal and regulatory changes are part of a push for progress and are a step in the right direction in creating a simpler, more transparent and attractive environment for international investment in the mining...more

Fresno County Aggregate Mine Fends Off Court Challenge

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In Friends of the Kings River v. County of Fresno, No. F068818 (Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist., Dec. 8, 2014), the Fifth Appellate District upheld Fresno County’s (County) approval of the Carmelita Mine and Reclamation Project...more

Minerals Matter - Autumn 2014

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Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. Whilst the economic picture has certainly improved over the last six months, there have been a number of stops and starts along the way. Data suggests further...more

U.S. House Hearing Supports Legislation for Development of Domestic Minerals (H.R. 761)

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On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing, titled "American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical...more

Joint Venture Partners And The Company You Keep Under The FCPA

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As the father of a teenage daughter I am sometimes, reluctantly, forced to admit that upon rare occasions my parents were right about a few things. One was asking for permission first rather than asking for forgiveness after...more

Guinea Publishes Its Mining Contracts

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The Republic of Guinea is home to substantial reserves of mineral resources, notably in bauxite and iron ore, and is widely considered in the mining and metals sector as a key jurisdiction to watch for significant growth in...more

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