Cleary Gottlieb has a long history of handling industry-transforming transactions for our clients in the metals and mining industries and has, in recent years, worked on some of the largest-ever deals affecting these industries. We are international counsel to the world’s leading iron ore producer, have represented some of the largest mining companies in the world on numerous matters and have helped to create the largest steel producer in the world. Over the years, we have also represented a major aluminum producer on matters affecting its business globally.
With 16 integrated offices on four continents, our firm offers clients in the metals and mining industries cross-border expertise across multiple jurisdictions and throughout all practice areas. Cleary Gottlieb’s worldwide practice represents the gamut of metals and mining interests—from aluminum to zinc—and in countries all over the world—from Argentina to Zambia.
Our firm offers particular strengths in setting up commercial operations, assisting with IPOs, handling the securitization of receivables, negotiating cross-border joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, advising on international antitrust and trade matters, and negotiating project finance, lease finance, and other types of financial arrangements. Metals and mining companies and the investors and financial institutions participating in transactions in these industries regularly depend on the firm’s expertise to handle commercial paper financings, structure and document note programs for U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, issue and place debt and equity, and negotiate minerals and natural resources contracts.
What Others Say About Our Practice
Best Syndicated Loan
(Ternium’s $700 million 5-year loan)
Energy & Natural Resources Deal of the Year
(Shandong Iron & Steel Group's $1.5 billion investment in African Minerals Limited)
China Law & Practice, 2012
Latin America Loan of the Year
(Americas Mining Corporation's $1.5 billion loan)
International Financing Review, 2011
“This firm is best known for its expertise in mining and metals transactions. The group handles sales, securities offerings and purchases for a range of top-drawer clients. The team has been active over the past year advising on a number of the leading deals in this space.
‘The attorneys are all exceptional: they are assertive and able to manage difficult situations very well, and always look for solutions.’”
Chambers USA, 2013