27 April 2021
Clifford Chance advises Wanbao Mining on its partnership with Managem to develop Sudan's gold mines
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised Wanbao Mining, a Chinese state-owned mining company, on its partnership with Managem S.A., an international diversified mining company based in Morocco to develop a large-scale gold mining project in the Republic of Sudan. Sudan is one of the largest gold producers in Africa.
The partnership will help expand the annual gold production capacity of the Gabgaba project from approximately 60,000 to 200,000 ounces, and the strategic development of new projects which will eventually be owned on a 50/50 basis between Wanbao Mining and Managem. The partnership was formed through Wanbao Mining's acquisition of a 35% stake from Managem in two entities, which hold separate mining licenses for blocks within the mine. Concurrently, Wanbao Mining will sell a 35% stake in an entity holding mining licenses to other blocks to Managem.
The deal was led by China Co-Managing Partner Terence Foo, with a team in Beijing which included associate Yanding He and trainee Jiahong Cai, and a team in Sydney, including partner Nadia Kalic and senior associate Georgina Roest, who assisted on mining-related agreements.
Terence said, "We are pleased that our cross-border team was able to support Wanbao Mining on its partnership with Managem in Sudan. We continue to see strong interest in the metals and mining sector, particular from Chinese investors."
本交易由高伟绅中国区联席管理合伙人符国成律师牵头，北京办公室律师何颜玎和见习律师蔡佳宏提供支持。悉尼办公室合伙人Nadia Kalic和高级律师Georgina Roest亦为矿业项目文件提供支持。