Case study | Mediation

International protection of a mining exploration and development license

Despite the existence of an arbitration clause, the Malian partner of two Canadian and Australian companies initiated numerous procedures to try to completely block a contract and prevent further development of one of the largest African gold mining projects (stake of 320 million USD in investments). With the support of our correspondents we argued and pleaded more than 7 cases in various courts in Mali (Commercial Court, TGI, enforcement judge, seizures, etc.) and allowed our clients, through the pressure maintained by our highly responsive dispute resolution team, to facilitate alternative negotiations which then led to a negotiated solution. We initiated a kind of a crisis in the form of an ad hoc mediation by the Malian authorities appointed by the Minister of Mines, which allowed the license and all contractual arrangements to be renewed, and paved the way to develop the new mine.