Mining & Resources

We bring a balance of industry insight, commercial acumen and a genuine understanding of the legal and regulatory framework underpinning resource projects. This unique skill set sees us often acknowledged for “punching above our weight”.

We also sit on the joint venture operating committees with clients, which gives us first hand and deep understanding of the commercial challenges and risks associated with the development of resource projects. That enables us to provide sensible and holistic advice backed up by our tested legal, technical and commercial perspectives. 


  • Farm-in/farm-out agreements
  • Foreign investment
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Native Title
  • Procurement and supply contracts
  • Project acquisition
  • Tenement procurement and registration


Ansaldo STS Australia

Advising on the contract for the provision of signalling systems for rail infrastructure associated with the development of the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia.

ArcelorMittal's Labrador Trough Iron Ore Project (Canada)

Assisting with China Steel Corporation's acquisition (with POSCO) of a 15% interest in ArcelorMittal's Labrador Trough iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Canada for US$1.1 billion.

Iron Bridge Iron Ore Project

Advising Formosa Plastics Group on its US$1.15 billion investment in the acquisition and establishment of the Iron Bridge Joint Venture with Fortescue Metals Group, in respect of a 4.7 billion tonne magnetite resource. This transaction represents the largest ever single investment from Taiwan in Australia.

Lenton Coal Joint Venture

Advising on the establishment of the Lenton Joint Venture with New Hope Corporation, including due diligence investigations, joint venture agreement, sale and purchase agreement, and full suite of project documentation to establish the Joint Venture and operations.

Roy Hill Iron Ore Project

Assisting with China Steel Corporation's acquisition of a 2.5% interest ($300 million) in this $20 billion project via a Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese consortium (including POSCO and Marubeni).

Sonoma Coal Joint Venture

Advised China Steel Corporation's on establishment of the joint venture interest for the $260 million Sonoma Coal Project, Central Queensland.

UIL Energy Inc.

Advising and negotiating farm-in agreements to share conventional and unconventional (shale gas) targets in the Canning Basin (WA) and Joint Operating Agreements.

Our team



Our greatest asset is our talented and committed people – they enjoy what they do and value the opportunity to work together and with our clients. Our people are from diverse backgrounds and approach their work with intellectual rigour and enthusiasm. Find out more


ClarkeKann has received the Australia-Taiwan Business Excellence Award for our efforts promoting and advising on most of the major investments from Taiwan into Australia over the last 20 years. Click below for more details about Foreign InvestmentVIEW MORE


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