In 2019 the WAOML Annual Conference will move outside of Europe for the first time, to the historical city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Taking place on the 9th – 11th June 2019, the conference will feature a full two-day programme, a welcome dinner on the evening of the 9th June and WAOML’s annual gala dinner on the 10th June. Guest tickets for the dinner events are available during registration.

To register for the conference please click below. Payments can be made online and via bank transfer by selecting the appropriate option at the registration stage.

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The event will be held at the Es Saadi Palace which is located in the luxury Hivernage district, just a 10 minute drive from Marrakech Menara International Airport and a short walk to many of Marrakech’s main tourist destinations.

Es Saadi Palace

Marrakesh, Morocco

9th – 11th June, 2019

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Conference Programme

# Session Moderator Time Venue
1 Artisanal Mining - Challenges & Issues

Artisanal Mining - Challenges & Issues

ASM is a major source of mineral resources production, and with increasing due diligence requirements for mineral supply chains, addressing LSM & ASM interaction has become more urgent. LSM and ASM panellists explore these due diligence challenges & issues.

  • Hannah Koep-Andrieu, OECD (Chair)
  • Evgeny Tulubensky, Norgold
  • Baptiste Coue, Alliance for Responsible Mining
  • Hamidou Traore, CONAPEM
Hannah Koep-Andrieu, OECD Emma Beatty (MineHutte) Masuma Farooki (MineHutte)
2 Artisanal Mining - WAOML Model Regulations

Artisanal Mining - WAOML Model Regulations

The panel reviews WAOML's draft Small Scale Mine Regulations (2019), discussing its  approach to the multiple and often complex challenges in regulating the artisanal mining sector.

  • Frank Mariage, Fasken (Chair)
  • Julie Blot, Endeavour Mining
  • Al Gourley, Fasken
  • Toby Hewitt, Gemfields
  • Lizelle Marwick, AngloGold Ashanti
  • Masuma Farooki, MineHutte
Frank Mariage, Fasken 9.30 - 10.40
3 Modern Slavery & the Mining Sector

Modern Slavery & the Mining Sector

With regulatory pressures to address modern slavery and human trafficking within mineral supply chains – the panel examines the challenges and avenues for mining companies and civil society, in meeting legal and voluntary requirements.

  • Evgeny Tulubensky, Nordgold (Chair)
  • Stephane Brabant, HSF
  • Neill Wilkins, IHRB
  • Chole Bailey, Freedom Fund
Evgeny Tulubensky, Nordgold
4 Recent Trends in Mining Deals

Recent Trends in Mining Deals

As mining companies face changing capital markets, investor discontent, shareholder activism, buyer focus on management teams and ESG factors, this panel examines recent trends in mining deals impacting small and large mining companies.

  • Jon Perry, Norton Rose (Chair)
  • Jay Kellerman, Stikeman Elliott
  • Roger Taplin, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Micahel Pickersgill, Torys
Jon Perry, Norton Rose
5 Risks in the Shipping of Mineral Products

Risks in the Shipping of Mineral Products

With international trade in minerals increasing year on year, this panel examines the emerging risks around insurance and transportation faced by the shipping industry.

  • Al Gourley, Fasken (Chair)
  • Brian Isola, Winter Scott
  • Bathelemy Cousin, Stephenson Harwood
Al Gourley, Fasken
6 Executive Reflections

Executive Reflections

For the second year, Poupak Bahamin leads this discussion with CEOs on changes they see emerging in the mining industry, and how these trends will impact the future of operations, financing and negotiations with governments and partners.

  • Poupak Bahamin, Norton Rose (Chair)
  • Richard Greenfield, Tamesis
  • Richard Robinson, Alphamin Bisie
Poupak Bahamin, Norton Rose
# Session Moderator Time Venue
1 Mining in North Africa: Country Reviews

Mining in North Africa: Country Reviews

Reflective of this years' location, WAOML invites leading lawyers from the region to discuss the national mining legislation and regulations.

  • Julien Naginski, Chammas & Marcheteau (Chair)
  • Mehdi Haroun, King & Spalding
  • Kalidou Gadio, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Julien Naginski, Chammas & Marcheteau
2 Mine Closure & Reclamation

Mine Closure & Reclamation

With legislative & regulatory requirements increasingly necessitating mine closure & rehabilitation plans from the very start of a project, this panel addresses both the technical and legal factors impacting the subject now and in the near future.

  • Andew Van Zyl, SRK South Africa (Chair)
  • Jessica Livingston, Hogan Lovells
  • Andrew Lillie, Hogan Lovells,
  • Jeff Parshley, SRK
  • James Lake, SRK
Andrew Van Zyl, SRK
3 Occupational Health & Safety: Fitness for Duty

Occupational Health & Safety: Fitness for Duty

Fitness for duty, impairment and intoxication continue to be areas of legal exposure for mining companies. Based on case experiences, the panel discussion focuses on how mining companies and regulatory authorities can address these matters effectively.

  • Ben Ratelband, McCarthy Tetrault (Chair)
  • Travis Vance, Fisher Phillips
  • Melanie Hart, Faksen
  • Harold Downes, Mills & Oakley
Ben Ratelband, McCarthy Tetrault
4 Transfer Restrictions

Transfer Restrictions

Sam Bagot (Cleary Gottlieb) approaches the topic of transfer restrictions in light of recent large cases which have focused on such matters, concluding with stories from the floor from Peter Wright (Glencore).

Sam Bagot, Cleary Gottlieb
5 Mining & Finance: Streaming

Mining & Finance: Streaming

Is finance through streaming become more main stream than alternate? In the face of continuing difficulties in accessing finance for mining companies, the panel discusses the do’s and don’ts of streaming finance.

  • Brian Graves, Fasken (Chair)
  • Rachel Speight, Mayer Brown
  • Jake Howard, Norton Rose
Brian Graves, Fasken

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