Mining: Developing projects in an uncertain market

At a glance

It’s an interesting time in the mining industry. China’s perceived economic slowdown has undermined confidence and acted as a catalyst for price drops on everything from iron to lead. The bottom line is, you want to develop your project, but it’s become harder.

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"Memery Crystal LLP’s clients rate the firm for its ‘pragmatism and good value for money’. Michael Dawes (‘technically excellent and fun to work with’) heads the practice, which has seen a significant increase in banking and debt finance matters. Dawes advised Pala Investments on the $10m bridge financing of Alufer Mining’s bauxite project in Guinea. Other clients include Nyota Minerals, Shanta Gold and new client African Thunder Platinum."

The Legal 500 UK - 2016

In detail

At Memery Crystal, we’re well placed to help. We’re a firm with a reputation for helping companies secure finance in many different ways, and we also have specialist understanding and experience in the mining sector.

If you are an explorer, a developer or a miner looking to secure finance to grow, be it public or private debt or equity, or to make acquisitions or disposals, we can help make it happen. Most of our work is international, so we also work alongside the best lawyers in local jurisdictions internationally to navigate you through the local legal issues. We have unique AREAS to a network of trusted lawyers, private investors and institutions.

Recent matters


Acted for Petra Diamonds Limited on an AIM placing which raised £205m.

Advised Petra Diamonds Limited on the issue of a $300 million high yield bond.

Acted for a private investment fund in respect of term loan facilities to Guinea-based and Burundi-based mining companies.

Advised on the admission of Tharisa Plc to the standard listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the LSE.

Advised Caledonia Mining Corporation on its re-domicile from Canada to Jersey and re-admission to AIM.

Advised on a $20m placing for Sierra Rutile by Numis Securities, Investec and RBC.

Advised SP Angel and Jub Capital in relation to the £1 million placing and IPO of Mkango Resources Ltd (TSX-V listed).

Advised on the admission of Rainbow Rare Earths to the standard listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the LSE.

Advised SigmaRoc on the acquisition of LafargeHolcim subsidiary, Ronez, which was funded by a placing of new ordinary shares and convertible loan notes raising £50 million.

Advised Shanta Gold Limited in relation to its US$10.5 million placing carried out by Peel Hunt and open offer.

Advised on a $20m bridge financing for Alufer Mining by Pala Investments and Resource Capital Fund.


  • Chambers UK 2016 - Firm
  • L500 UK 2015 - Firm
  • Chambers UK 2015 - Firm

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