The Mining Law Review is designed to be a practical, business-focused ‘year in review’ analysis of recent changes and developments, their effects and a look forward at expected trends.
The first part of the book is divided into 21 country chapters, each dealing with mining in a particular jurisdiction. Countries were selected because of the importance of mining to their economies and to ensure broad geographical representation. Mining is global but the business of financing mining exploration, development and – to a lesser extent – production is concentrated in a few countries, Canada and the United Kingdom being dominant. As a result, the second part of this book includes six country chapters focused on financing.
The mining sector continues to face challenging and uncertain times. The current down-cycle is longer than most and shows no sign of abating for most minerals. Stockpiles are high and production capacity has yet to be curtailed in a meaningful manner. Projections are for prices to remain generally soft until such time as supply and demand is rebalanced. While times are tough, we know that mining is cyclical and that continued world population and economic growth as well as the depletion of current resources mean that growth in the mining sector will resume. The question is when.
Erik Richer La Flèche is a partner in the Montreal office of Stikeman Elliott specialising in commercial transactions in Canada and abroad, including natural resource projects. He has led large projects in more than 35 countries. From 1981 to 1984 he was seconded to Anderson Mōri Tomostune (Tokyo).
He is currently involved in two mines (Canada and Peru), a hospital (Quebec), a pulp and paper plant (Canada), a wood pellet plant (Canada), a data center (Quebec), a bridge (Quebec), wind farms (Canada), a transmission line (Canada-US) and a pharmaceutical plant (Quebec).
He is included in Chambers Global’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; IFLR1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys; Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers; The Canadian Lexpert Directory 2015 in mining, infrastructure, electricity and project finance, Who’s Who Legal of Public Procurement Lawyers; Who’s Who Legal 100; Who’s Who Legal: Canada; and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He regularly advises governments and lectures on foreign investments, natural resources and infrastructure. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1979 and the Ontario Bar in 1987.
The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book: