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Mining Law

Mining Law aspects are a complex field of Romanian and European legislation, in which our lawyers have gained a wealth of experience by managing some of the most complex projects carried out so far in Romania in the mining sector.

Our Services

in-depth analysis of the applicable Romanian and European legislation, in the context of incident EU directives and regulations.
legal assistance in relation to all relevant provisions on mining law, opening of a new mining area or reopening of a closed mine, legal regime of exploration permits and exploration licenses, public procedures for granting a mining exploration license, etc.
assistance on a wide variety of transactions, including the transfer of exploitation rights of mining area, mergers and acquisitions, concessions and various contracts specific to the field, our company assisting the Government in drafting the restructuring and privatisation strategy for state-owned companies in the mining sector, legal audit on the authorisation of projects from an environmental perspective.

Client Highlights

Mining company set up to develop a project for the exploration and exploitation of the biggest and oldest gold mining site in Europe: assistance in relation to the permitting and development of a multi-billion USD prospected investment in a mining project. The firm advised on all legal issues entailed by the project, including complex mining, energy, corporate, M&A, public procurement, real estate, environmental, employment, litigation matters associated with the commencement and expansion of mining activities.
State-owned company in charge with the exploitation of the biggest copper ore in Romania: legal assistance in a large-scale project aimed at expanding the company's mining operations in a separate mining perimeter.
One of the world’s pre-eminent gold producers: legal assistance in connection with client’s proposed acquisition of a local company active in the extraction and dressing of copper ores, as well as in the attempted joint venture with another privately held mineral exploration company. Our lawyers have drafted memos and legal opinions on the legal regime on prospecting permits and exploration license, analysed all relevant provisions of the mining legislation, as well as drafted and amended the joint venture agreement to ensure compliance with the Romanian legislation.
Public agency in charge with management of state participation in mining companies: sole legal advisor in connection with the Government’s strategy for the restructuring and privatisation of the Romanian nonferrous mining industry, including advice on the various restructuring alternatives available under Romanian corporate and mining legislation and provided legal assistance (legal due diligence, public announcements, timetables, contracts, auctions, selection procedures, negotiations with potential investors etc.) necessary for the implementation of the strategy in relation to the biggest nonferrous Romanian state owned companies.
Largest Romanian company in the field of oil exploitation: assistance in negotiating and concluding two production enhancement services agreements for two ring-fenced petroleum fields in Romania. Our advice covered permitting issues; greenhouse gas releases/carbon allowances; compliance of equipment and assets with the legal environmental standards, as provided under the environmental compliance programs in place (issued by the local environmental authorities); health safety and environment procedures; parties’ environmental liabilities (i.e. identifying the mechanisms to allocate environmental liability between the parties pre - and post-takeover of the operations).

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