This practice area covers a wide range of specialist disciplines of growing importance, both in South Africa and across the continent.
We act for a number of mining firms in several jurisdictions. Our work includes applications for prospecting rights and mining rights, all the environmental aspects of establishing and operating a mine, as well as advising on long term off-take and supply agreements. We are also involved in the acquisition and disposal of mining businesses, and the funding arrangements around these transactions and new mining projects. In the South African context we have been involved in a number of significant BEE transactions in the mining sector.
As the long term demand for Africa’s resources grows, we expect a significant increase in mining and resources work across the continent, both in South Africa and in our other African offices.
The energy practice area at Bowman Gilfillan is one of the most experienced practices in the country’s energy sector, and has dealt with both renewable and non-renewable energy projects.
A major focus of our work in recent times has been in relation to the SA Government’s renewable energy programme for solar, wind and bio-thermal energy projects. We have established several dedicated teams working in different area: one team advises the Government, multiple teams are assisting developers and operators on bid submission and evaluation, while further teams provide detailed advice in relation to the funding for these projects. We expect that this programme will be rolled out on an extended basis and that this will be a major source of work in the future. These kinds of projects are also taking off across the continent and we are well placed to service clients who want to establish plants in other African countries.
Eskom is a major client and we are involved in all aspects of its business, ranging from advice on the construction of new power stations to negotiating coal supply agreements for the supply of coal to those stations.
We also have over fifty years experience in the oil and gas industry. The practice group has a unique knowledge base covering the full legal spectrum of energy and related matters for both emerging and established clients. Our specialist knowledge in the oil and gas industry is supplemented by our capacity to draw on An established network of multi-disciplinary experts ,so as to meet the varied needs and requirements of our clients.
We have advised Sasol and other energy businesses on multiple aspects of their businesses, with an excellent understanding of the regulatory environments in which these businesses operate, be it natural gas, oil refining or the retail of energy products. All of these disciplines in our group is backed up by support from our team of experienced environmental lawyers, long recognised as market leaders in the field.