Our natural resources team know their way around this global sector.

English law is regularly the governing law on international transactions in this sector, and we have acted on numerous acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.

We act for companies and their advisers with interests in oil & gas, mining, renewable energy and agriculture, including those listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and AIM.

We also have considerable experience advising on public and private financings for issuers and their financial advisers, sponsors, nomads and brokers, with particular experience of those companies listed on the TSX, TSX-V and ASX looking to obtain a dual listing on AIM.

This is a sector where shareholder and joint venture disputes are increasingly common, due in part to the political instability in jurisdictions where the underlying assets are often located. Our dispute resolution and corporate governance specialists are routinely called on to advise on these matters, which they do with the added benefit of industry knowledge. This includes advising on international arbitration to resolve complex disputes.

Our employment and immigration team advises numerous global natural resources companies on their HR issues in what is a very mobile industry.

Natural resources experience

  • Acted for an activist investor on its proposed board changes within an AIM-listed oil & gas company, which achieved its goals without requisitioning an EGM.

  • Advised a large multi-national mining and oil & gas company on their UK employment and immigration needs.

  • Advised AIM listed Scotgold Resources on a £2.65m debt and equity fundraising.

  • Advised a French-listed downstream oil & gas company on the acquisition of companies in the Caribbean and Central America.

  • Advised a Canadian private oil & gas company on its substantial loan facility from a Russian oil & gas company.

  • Advised AIM-listed Scotgold Resources Limited on its £9 million placing, subscription and secured debt funding in relation to its investment in the Cononish gold mine in Tyndrum, Scotland.

  • Advised a TSX-listed Canadian oil & gas company on its dual-listing on AIM and follow-on secondary placings.

  • Advised a TSX-listed metals company on a complex international arbitration arising from a contractual dispute in Asia.

  • Advised a London-listed company on its acquisition of oil and gas assets in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

  • Advised a Dutch oil & gas company on its acquisition of oil and gas assets in Tunisia.

  • Advised an alternative investment manager on an EGM requisition to oppose a bond issuance by an AIM listed oil and gas company and then convened the EGM on behalf of the company when it refused to do so.

  • Advised a US mid-stream company on its proposed AIM listing.

"Fox Williams is noted for its expertise in natural resources."


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