The Mining, Metals & Minerals sectors are cyclical and highly competitive. Profitability depends on volume and operating efficiency, with large producers able to discover and develop new deposits, while smaller players devote their attention to fewer mines and plants. In an industry faced with rising energy and raw material costs, increasing productivity and reducing overheads are key.
A Proud History
Reed Smith was founded in 1877 in Pittsburgh - the heart of the U.S. steel industry - and has been representing clients in the mining, metals & minerals sectors ever since.
Today, we have substantial teams that focus on the buying, selling, financing and carriage of raw materials, and our mining, metals & minerals team is equipped to handle all legal matters relating to the extraction, production, trade and shipment of raw materials and products around the world.
We are identified as the market leader in the energy and natural resources sectors, and our extensive history of expertise in these sectors, combined with our breadth of legal skills across all disciplines, enables us to provide a comprehensive one-stop service.
Deep Prospects Call For Deep Market Understanding
With producers subject to cyclical fluctuations in prices, general economic conditions and end-use markets, clients regularly rely on us to meet their commercial objectives and business needs.
We advise on everything from IPOs (initial public offerings) and secondary fundraisings, the purchase rights and/or land, workers' compensation, employment and similar matters arising in connection with the ownership and operation of mines and production plants, to the construction and engineering aspects of mining infrastructure projects.
We are also a leader in shipping and logistics with a global team that includes seven seafarers, three of whom are master mariners. The team is based in key locations throughout the world - including in Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Piraeus, Dubai and Hong Kong - enabling us to support raw material procurement, shipping and logistics, and marketing operations worldwide.