Focus on West Africa: October 28, 2014

with premier sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills


seminar report



MineAfrica held its 4th Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK on October 28, 2014. Our Premier Sponsor and host was Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Other partners included The Canary Islands, ZEC (Consorcio de la Zona Especial Canaria), Hatch and the Association of Mining Analysts.

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  • Workshop 1 - Current Trends in Mining Law and Regulation in West Africa - Stéphane Brabant, Partner, Co-Head of Global Mining Group, Head of Africa Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris Office: • An overview of West African countries currently reforming their mining codes, or about to enact a reform; • What are the main drivers governing these reforms? • Harmonization of mining legislation with regional legislation; • What are the main tendencies of these reforms (in civil law and in common law countries); • What are the risks arising from these reforms - what renegotiation processes are currently; taking place across West Africa; • How are foreign investors reacting?

  • Workshop 2 - The Challenges and Legal Implications of Securing the Occupation of Land Required for the Implementation of Projects in West Africa - Nicolas Heurzeau, Of Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris Office: • The challenges and legal implications of involuntary resettlement activities and related land acquisition/occupation; • Recommendations on how to minimise the associated risks; • Ancillary issues in the context of project implementation in West Africa

  • Workshop 3 - The Attractiveness of the Canary Islands as an Offshore Investment Hub for Investment into West Africa - Beatriz Barrera, President of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) and Pablo Martín Carbajal, General Director of African Affairs of the Canary Islands Government, PROEXCA and Andrés Alfonso, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, Madrid Office; • The Canary Islands: European business hub to operate in Africa; • How to use a European base in Africa to supply and manage logistics at 4% corporate tax rate; • Examples of operative bases as headquarters: decrease costs and personnel rotation
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  • Keynote Address - Financing Your Project in West Africa: The Local Currency Alternative - Gabriel Fal, Chairman, Board of Directors, BRVM - West African Regional Stock Exchange and Director, Ecobank, Senegal

  • Developing the World's Highest Grade, Greenfield Phosphate Rock Deposit - Luis da Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, GB Minerals Ltd.

  • Investing in West Africa: Reducing the Risk Perception Gap - Alexandra Rotaru, Risk Management & Business Development, Onyx Conseil

  • Three Projects But One Single Viable Approach to Mining Development in West Africa - Marie-Christine Patoine, Regional Director, Eastern North America Environmental Services, Hatch

  • Redefining Exploration Success - John Cole-Baker, Director, Stratex International plc

  • The Impact of Force Majeure Events on Mining Projects - Leïla Hubeaut, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Paris Office)

  • Multi-Project Gold Developer - Robert Monro, Head of Business Development, Hummingbird Resources plc

  • Success Case: Regional Office for West Africa in Canary Islands - Beatriz Barrera, President of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) and Pablo Martin Carbajal, General Director of African Affairs of the Canary Islands Government

  • Ebola in West Africa - Medical Perspectives of Importance to the Mining Industry - Albie de Frey, Director, iNHEMACO (International Health Management Consultants)

  • UPCOMING EVENTS
    Our next seminar is our 8th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in London with Premier Sponsors Toronto Stock Exchange and Fasken Martineau on Monday December 1, 2014 during Mines and Money. Our keynote speaker is Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. Click here for more information on presenting, sponsoring or attending or contact Wayne Floreani.

    Click here for details on participating in the biggest African mining event in North America - MineAfrica at PDAC 2015 - including participation in the Chamber's 16th Annual Mining Breakfast, MineAfrica's 13th Annual seminar and booth space in the MineAfrica pavillion at the PDAC trade show. Our breakfast opening speaker is Ngoako Ramathlodi, South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources and our keynote speaker is Paul Brink, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Franco-Nevada Corporation.