Rebecca is a mining and metals sector expert who brings an industry-focused approach to every aspect of her work. She has forged her expertise as in-house counsel at BHP Billiton and in private practice at top law firms in Australia, New York and London.
Rebecca brings her knowledge and experience to a broad range of transactions across the mining & metals sector globally, regularly taking the lead on financing, M&A/corporate, project development and restructuring transactions, as well as operational improvement and best practice projects for corporate clients. Rebecca is known for her unparalleled knowledge of the commercial, technical and political aspects of the mining and metals sector and her ability to deftly integrate these with the legal considerations on any given matter for her clients.
Representation of the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) lenders (Natixis, BNPP, SocGen, Credit Agricole, ING, IFC and OPIC) on the US$783 million expansion financing of the CBG bauxite project in the Republic of Guinea. This deal won "2016 African Mining Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal.
Representation of Pallinghurst Resources on its £211 million unsolicited takeover of Gemfields Plc. This deal is shortlisted in the 2017 British Legal Awards for M&A Team of the Year.
Representation of the lenders (including UniCredit and SG) in the proposed project financing, benefitting from UFK cover, to be provided to Euromax Resources Ltd. for the Ilovica Gold-Copper Project in Macedonia.
Representation of the underwriters, arrangers and initial lenders (Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Sberbank) for Uranium One's inaugural US$300 million senior secured high yield bond and related US$120 million revolving credit facility.
Representation of EuroChem on a Russian project financing of up to US$750 million, from a syndicate of international and Russian banks, in connection with its Usolskiy potash project located within Russia's Verkhnekamskoe deposit, one of the world's largest potash deposits.
Representation of Norilsk Nickel on the US$337 million sale of its operations in Africa to BCL Limited of Botswana.
Representation of The Miller Group and Argent Group, on their sale of the entire issued share capital in Miller Argent Holdings Limited, a Welsh coal mining business and the owner of one of the last operating coal mines in the United Kingdom.
Representation of Novator in its investment in an African gold exploration and mining company, Taurus Gold.
Representation of a bidder for Freeport-McMoran’s controlling stake in the Tier 1 Tenke Fungurame Copper Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Representation of the MMG-led consortium on the US$7 billion acquisition of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru from Glencore plc. This deal won "2015 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year" by ALB China Law, "2014 Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru" by American Lawyer, "2014 Deal of the Year" by China Business Law Journal and "2014 M&A Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer.
Representation of New World Resources (NWR) in its second round of operational and balance sheet restructuring following the further significant decline in the coal price since the first round of restructuring in 2014. We also represented NWR in its comprehensive, cross-border balance sheet restructuring, allowing NWR to focus on its operational turnaround and survive the prolonged downturn in the global coking and thermal coal markets. This complex transaction involved a UK Scheme of Arrangement and a Rights Issue and Placing on the London, Warsaw and Prague Stock Exchanges, drawing on a complex mix of capability across mining, restructuring, debt and equity capital markets, corporate and tax. This deal won "2014 Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year" at M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards and "Best Restructuring in CEE 2015" at the EMEA Finance Achievement Awards. We also represented NWR on the divestment of its €95 million coke subsidiary OKK Koksovny, a.s., the largest producer of foundry coke in Europe, to Metalimex, a class 1 transaction under the UK Listing Rules.
"Sector focus: Metals and mining", May 2016: Debtwire Investors Summit, New York
"Mining & Metals Roundtable: Is the cycle coming full cycle?", October 2015: White & Case, London
"Mining Investment—Thriving during a commodity downturn", April 2015: Mergermarket's Mining Capital Forum, London
"Cross-border balance sheet restructuring of NWR", April 2015: Mergermarket's Mining Capital Forum, London
"Mining Journal Mining M&A Webinar", January 2015: Mining Journal, Hong Kong
"The Great Divide in Risk Appetite Across the Mining & Metals Sector", October 2014: White & Case, London
"What We Can Learn from Latin America—a roadmap for other emerging countries", December 2013: Mines and Money Conference, London
"Financing in Africa: The Impact of Natural Resources Discoveries", November 2013: White & Case, London
"Assessing the Drivers Behind Chinese and Asian Investment into Latin America", November 2013: Mining and Investment Latin America Conference, Lima
The pressure continues: Lazy capital no more, May 2017
Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form, January 2017
Unlocking value in commodities and distressed markets, July 2016
EU Agreement on Trade Rules for Conflict Minerals, June 2016
Key milestone towards the standardisation of mineral reserve and resource reporting, June 2016
EU agreement on trade rules for conflict minerals, June 2016
Draft mining charter would restructure BBBEE transactions in the South African mining industry, May 2016
Losing strength: US steel industry analysis, Debtwire, April 2016
Battening down the hatches no longer cuts it in mining and metals, The Telegraph, October 2015, and City AM, November 2015
Global Energy Special Report, Engaging Africa—Risk and Reward, Project Finance International, April 2014
On the Cusp of a Boom: Investment opportunities in African natural resources, White & Case, February 2014
Ranked as leading lawyer - Chambers, UK 2016 – 2018: Mining
"She gives her client a significant edge in complex transactions and she never loses sight of the big picture nor the commercial aspects"
The UK Legal 500, 2014 - 2017
Leading Individual: Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining & Minerals