Focus on West Africa: October 13, 2015

with premier sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills


seminar report



MineAfrica held its 5th Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK on October 13, 2015. Our Premier Sponsor and host was Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Other partners included The Mineral Resource Analyst Group Canada (MRAG), the Association of Mining Analysts and Toronto Stock Exchange.

A big thank you to Stéphane Brabant and Rebecca Donovan from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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  • Introduction - Stéphane Brabant, Chairman of Africa Group, Co-Head of Global Mining, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Keynote Address - West Africa; Current Situation, Opportunities and Challenges - Benoit Lasalle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Windiga Energy Inc., Chairman of Sama Resources Inc. and ALGOLD Resources Ltd.

  • Workshop One: Creative Ways to Raise Funds for Mining Projects in West Africa - Rebecca Major, Partner, Corporate Mining team, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and David Walton, Partner, Mining Finance team, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Toronto: The World's Strategic Hub for Mining Finance - Graham Dallas, Head of Business Development EMEA, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange

  • Workshop Two - Insurance: Hot Topics and Red Flag Issues - Sarah McNally, Partner, Insurance team, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Greig Anderson, Senior Associate, Insurance team, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Propelling Small-Scale Mining Cooperatives Into the Mainstream of Economic Development - an Investment Opportunity - Aida Kane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nefertari Mining Projects Ltd.

  • Developing the World's Highest Grade, Greenfield Phosphate Rock Deposit - Luis da Silva, Chairman, GB Minerals Ltd.

  • Developing a Top African Gold Mine - John McGloin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amara Mining Plc

  • Workshop Three: Crisis Prevention and Management in the African Mining Industry - Stéphane Brabant, Chairman of Africa Group, Co-Head of Global Mining, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Mining in "Post Ebola" Africa - An Ongoing Challenge? - Dr. Albie de Frey, Director, iNHEMACO (International Health Management Consultants)

  • The Mining Sector After the Coup: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Burkina Faso's New Government - Alex Feytis, Editor, Africa Mining Reports (AMR), Roskill

  • Key Features of Joint Ventures in the African Mining Industry - Yann Alix, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Melting Iron - The Effect of the Collapse in Iron Ore Prices on the West African Mining Finance Environment - Mark Tyler, Senior Investment Banker, Nedbank Capital and Kevin Ryder, UK Country Head, Nedbank Capital


  • UPCOMING EVENTS
    Our next seminar is our 9th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in London with Premier Sponsors Toronto Stock Exchange and Fasken Martineau on Monday November 30, 2015 during Mines and Money. Our keynote speaker is Mark Bristow, Chief Executive, Randgold Resources 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 2016 - including participation in the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 17th Annual Mining Breakfast with Premier Sponsor SGS, MineAfrica's 14th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar and booth space in the MineAfrica pavillion at the PDAC trade show from March 6-9, 2016.

    Click here for more information on our upcoming MASTERMINING courses.