John W Ffooks & Co mining experience as a leading legal practice is renowned across Francophone Africa. Our unparalleled insight into the mining industry, in the region, spans from acting on the world’s largest single resource financing to nurturing emerging junior companies. Our exceptional expertise and knowledge of the local market, is reinforced by an innate understanding of all technical aspects of the business and on how mining works operationally, so we can overcome specific challenges.

Our team of mining lawyers understand the high-risk, complex and sensitive mining disputes and associated political intricacies inherent in the region. Our key strengths cover due diligence, document creation and review, structuring appropriate corporate vehicles, multinational asset sale and purchase, other corporate Opinions, asset verification and general corporate advice including all relevant environmental and regulatory considerations.

We anticipate strong growth in the mining sector across the region. Our mining lawyers are ready to advise and offer innovative solutions on all points of the legal cycle to meet the needs of the industry and bring a results-orientated approach to clients.

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Corporate & tax advice for TSX-listed mining services provider

Corporate advice & tax restructuring advice for TSX-listing subsidiary in Guinea

JWF lawyers incorporated a local subsidiary from a TSX-listed mining services provider and provided corporate advice including tax... More

Mining investment laws

Advice on mining investment laws in Guinea

Acting for a major Japanese mining house in relation to its investment process in Guinea, the JWF legal team reviewed all the laws relating... More

Target asset & exploration permits for Bauxite & Iron Ore

Advice on target asset and exploration permits for Bauxite & Iron Ore in Guinea

Our mining lawyers advised a London-listed junior company about their activities in Guinea, conducting a full due diligence review of the... More

Mining exploration to metal

Advising a mining-exploration-to-metal Development Company

We have advised a mining-exploration-to-metal Development Company on its activities in Madagascar since 2004. Advice has included joint... More

Acquiring assets in Madagascar

Advising a major Thai group on PAM Madagascar Takeover

Advising a major Thai group in its acquisition of the Madagascar assets of a Canadian listed company. The team reviewed a large volume of... More

Pre-feasibility in Madagascar

Advised South African Coal & Heavy Minerals Mining Company on US$350m Mineral Sands Pre-Feasibility

We advised a large coal and heavy minerals mining company in South Africa on the pre-feasibility and feasibility stage of its US$350m... More

Acquiring Tranomaro uranium assets

Advised an Investing company on Acquisition of Tranomaro Mineral Development Corporation Ltd

We advised an investing company on its acquisition of Tranomaro Mineral Development Corporation Ltd, a company with uranium assets in the... More

Around the clock due diligence in Ivory Cost

Performing detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast

We were instructed by a Canadian finance house to undertake a detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast. Working with our... More

US$4.5bn real estate and permits mining investment

Advising Ambatovy Project on US$4.5bn Mining Investment

We advised the Ambatovy Project in Madagascar since its inception in 2003. We advise on the real estate and permitting aspects of its... More

Potential mining investment into Guinea

Mining Investment Pre-feasibility Assessment in Guinea

We advised a client on its potential investment into Guinea. We reviewed all aspects of the mining code, as well as company law and law... More

Acquiring two target mining companies

Advising an Australian Junior on Mining Investment

We are advised an Australian Junior on all aspects of its project development in Madagascar. We oversaw the acquisition of two local target... More

Mining assets in Burkina Faso and Mali

Advising major Canadian fund on investment into mining assets in Burkina Faso and Mali

We advised a major Canadian fund on its investment into mining assets in Burkina Faso and Mali. We conducted full due diligence on both the... More


Looking to make a strategic acquisition in Mali? We can help with that

Acquisition advice for Singaporean company interested in Malian mining asset

A Singaporean company wanted to acquire an ASX-listed company. They looked to the team at John W Ffooks & Co for assistance.... More

Getting your due diligence done quickly and effectively

Worked for Canadian exploration company on capital raising and due diligence in Burkina Faso

Our team provided time-sensitive due diligence as well as assistance on capital raising for a TSXV-listed exploration... More

Helping your mining company expand with solid corporate law advice

Incorporating subsidiary for TSX-listed mining company

A TSX-listed mining company approached us for the incorporation of a Guinean subsidiary, including how to structure the subsidiary to... More

Restructure your company in a taxation-optimal way

Restructuring a mining company in Senegal

Our team advised another law firm regarding the corporate restructuring of its Senegal-based mining corporation client. Our advice included... More

We're proud to be counsel to the Ambatovy mine

Joint counsel to the Ambatovy mine, the largest economic investment in the history of Madagascar

John W Ffooks is proud to be a co-counsel on the Ambatovy mine, a large-tonnage, long-life nickel and cobalt mine located in Madagascar. At... More

We work on nine-figure mining acquisitions

Worked on US$157M acquisition of Malagasy assets for Thai mining corporation

Our counsel worked on a US$157M acquisition of a Canadian mining company's Malagasy assets for a major Thai miner. We provided our thorough... More

Our team can handle your due diligence needs

Due diligence on acquisitions in Ivory Coast

A Canadian financial institution needed a due diligence on an Ivorian target. They retained us for an intensive, detailed process. Our... More

Growing your mining corporation in Madagascar

Advised Australian mining junior on project development in Madagascar

Our team guided an Australian mining junior on its Malagasy project development. We: Oversaw an acquisition of two companies, including... More

Assisting with your corporate mining transactions in Madagascar

Guided Chinese titanium dioxide company on major transaction involving Madagascar

We assisted a Chinese titanium dioxide pigment supplier on the Malagasy elements of a proposed transaction with an Australian Securities... More

Investigating potential mining acquisitions in Guinea

Worked for mining major on potential acquisition in Guinea

A major mining company retained us for due diligence on a potential acquisition of mining assets in... More

Mining asset management made straightforward

Assisted Canadian mining junior with asset management in Guinea

Our lawyers guided a Toronto-listed mining junior on its Guinean assets. We: Prepared a thorough legal opinion on the nature and history... More

Making mining investments work in Burkina Faso and Mali

Helped Canadian fund invest into mining in Burkina Faso and Mali

We guided a major Canadian fund on mining investments in Burkina Faso and Mali. We: Provided thorough due diligence on the target... More