Welcome to the latest edition of the Mayer Brown Mining Update which focuses on some of the key  legal issues and developments that have been affecting the Mining sector over recent months.

UK takes the plunge

This is a bylined article by London Mining group partner Rachel Speight on the introduction of  reporting requirements on UK-based extractives companies to disclose any payments made to  governments in countries where they operate.

Rare Earth Elements: Deep Sea Mining and the Law of the Sea

In this bylined article, global head of Mining Ian Coles presents key legal issues associated with  mining in international waters and illustrates the lengths to which corporations and national  governments will go to secure their rare earth elements supply chains.

Issues in relation to mining projects in Burkina Faso

While Burkina Faso is currently experiencing political unrest, mining companies operating in the  country remain largely unaffected by the recent political changes. Burkina Faso has been ranked by  the Fraser Institute as one of the top five most attractive African countries for mining  investment. Here we provide an update on certain local law issues to be considered in relation to  mining projects in Burkina Faso.

Main issues in connection with the amendments proposed to the South African Mineral and Petroleum  Resources Development Act

This is an article on the recent tendency of resource-rich African countries to favour a more  balanced  distribution of the benefits produced by the extractive industry between the State and  the private parties holding the relevant titles.

Africa is China’s largest investment destination

China’s growth and appetite for foreign direct investment (FDI) has made Africa its largest  investment destination, according to a new report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)  for leading global law firm, Mayer Brown. The report, “Playing the Long Game: China’s Investment in Africa”, finds that  whilst energy and mineral resources have attracted the most Chinese FDI, investments and activities  that support Africa’s physical infrastructure is underestimated.

The Mining Law Review - United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a leading destination for mining companies seeking to have their shares  traded on a public stock exchange. As at 31 August 2014, there were 34 mining companies admitted to  trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market, with a combined market capitalisation of  approximately £200 billion, including many of the world’s largest mining groups by market  capitalisation. The London Stock Exchange’s growth market, AIM, continues to be a popular listing  venue for the mining sector, with 136 mining companies admitted to trading as at 31 August 2014  with a combined market capitalisation of approximately £4.1 billion.