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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Mining investment laws

Investing in Guinea

We acted for a major Japanese mining house in relation to its investment process in Guinea and reviewed all the laws relating to mining... More

Target asset & exploration permits for Bauxite & Iron Ore

Target asset and exploration permits for bauxite & iron Ore - Guinea

We advised a London-listed junior company about their activities in Guinea, and conducted a full due diligence review of the target asset,... More

Mining exploration to metal

Legal advice for a mining-exploration-to-metal development company

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

Pre-feasibility in Madagascar

US$350m mineral sands project

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

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

Potential mining investment into Guinea

Mining investment pre-feasibility assessment - Guinea

We advised a major Japanese mining house on its investment process in Guinea. We reviewed all the laws concerning mining investment and law... More

Acquiring two target mining companies

Advising an Australian Junior on Mining Investment

We 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

Mining assets in Burkina Faso & 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... More

Capital raising in Madagascar

Capital Raising - Madagascar

We advised a London-based broker on the legal and regulatory issues concerning their capital raising in Madagascar. We oversaw and... More

TSX-V company acquiring gold mining assets

Acquisition of gold mining assets - Madagascar

We advised a Canadian TSX-V listed gold mining company on its acquisition of mining assets in Madagascar. This included a due diligence... More

Advice on ASX listing for coal and power

ASX Listing - Developing coal & power company

We were instructed by Australian counsel to the listed vehicle to carry out a thorough corporate due diligence on the Madagascar assets... More

From greenfield to ASX

Assisting Australian mining company from Greenfield Exploration to ASX Listing

We have been standing counsel to an Australian mining company since their arrival in Madagascar over six years ago. We assisted them with... More


Safeguarding your potential investments with extensive due diligence

Due diligence on mining assets - Togo

We acted for an AIM listed company and performed an initial due diligence on mining assets in Togo. We advised on specific aspects of the... More

Providing guidance for your nominated advisor with your acquisitions in Togo

Acquisition of mining company - Togo

We advised an AIM-listed junior on its acquisition of a Togolese mining company, including its permits and assets. We carried out the due... More

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

Acquisition of Malian mining asset

We acted for a Singapore-listed company intending to acquire an ASX listed company. We verified statements in the bidder’s statement... More

Getting your due diligence done quickly and effectively

Capital raising on gold project for a TSXV listed exploration company, Burkina Faso

A TSXV listed Canadian exploration company required advice on capital raising. We undertook due diligence on its Bomboré gold... More

Helping your mining company expand with solid corporate law advice

Incorporating subsidiary for a TSX-listed mining company

We have incorporated a local subsidiary for a TSX-listed mining services provider and advised on corporate and tax... More

Restructure your company in a taxation-optimal way

Company restructuring - Senegal

We advised a law firm regarding the corporate restructuring of its Senegal-based mining corporation client. Our advice included an overview... More

We work on nine-figure mining acquisitions

US$157M acquisition of Malagasy assets

We advised a major Thai mining house on its US$157m acquisition of the Madagascar assets of a Canadian listed company. We reviewed a large... More

Our team can handle your due diligence needs

Due diligence of target assets in Ivory Coast

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

Growing your mining corporation in Madagascar

Mining project development in Madagascar

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

Assisting with your corporate mining transactions in Madagascar

Legal advice - 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

Potential acquisition of mining assets - Guinea

We conducted a due diligence for a major mining company on a potential acquisition of mining assets in... More

Mining asset management made straightforward

Asset management in Guinea

We advised a Toronto-listed mining junior in respect of its Guinean assets. We prepared a detailed legal opinion on the underlying asset,... More