Rafael Vergara

Partner, Carey - Chair, WAOML

Rafael Vergara

Partner, Carey - Chair, WAOML

Rafael is a partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and Environment Group. He is also the current Chair of WAOML. His practice focuses on natural resources, mining, water rights, energy, environment, surface lands, project financing, and corporate and commercial law.Since 1996, Mr. Vergara has been professor of Mining Law at the Universidad de Chile, and from 2003 at the Universidad de Los Andes.He has been recognised as leading lawyer in Mining and Environment by several international publications such as Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, among others. Rafael graduated from Universidad de Chile.

Jeff Snow

Consultant to IAMGOLD - Vice Chair WAOML

Jeff Snow

Consultant to IAMGOLD - Vice Chair WAOML

Jeffery Snow currently acts as a Consultant to IAMGOLD after retiring from his position there as Senior Vice President Business Development and General Counsel.

Jeff’s academic credentials include a business degree from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and a law degree from Western University, in London Ontario.

In his 39 years in the mining industry, Jeff has also been Senior Vice-President & General Counsel for Noranda/Falconbridge, President and CEO of a mid-tier gold company, General Manager of a world class metallurgical facility, and Managing Director of a Mining Group at a Canadian national law firm. Jeff has also served on the Board of a number of public mining companies and has done extensive work in the area of Corporate Governance. Jeff has led legal teams at a number of international mining companies and has worked on major acquisitions/dispositions, financings, class action litigation and international joint ventures in over 40 countries.

Peter Wright

VP Legal, Glencore

Peter Wright

VP Legal, Glencore

Peter Wright is legal counsel to the Copper and Zinc business units of Glencore Canada Corporation. Prior to joining Glencore, Peter worked at law firms in New York, and later Toronto, advising clients in the extractive resource sector. Peter holds common and civil law degrees from McGill University Faculty of Law (2004).

Yves Baratte

Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Yves Baratte

Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Yves is a French qualified lawyer and a partner in Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office Energy and Infrastructure team. He specialises in advising international corporate clients on complex mining, power, water and infrastructure projects in France and internationally, with a particular focus on mining in Africa.

For more than 12 years Yves has been advising sponsors and financial institutions on all stages of the development of mining projects and related infrastructure (power, rail, port) with particular focus on Francophone Africa. He also regularly works on the drafting of mining and oil regulations. He has for example advised First Quantum Minerals, listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Toronto Stock Exchange, on their mining projects in the DRC and Mauritania, and the sponsor of a major bauxite mine/alumina refinery project in Guinea on all aspects of the project including rail and port infrastructure.

Yves is one of the co-heads of Simmons & Simmons’ African initiative. He regularly speaks at energy and natural resources conferences in France and internationally and lectures international contract law at University of Poitiers.

Julie Blot

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

Julie Blot

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

Julie practises in the areas of public affairs, OHADA law & mining law. She joined La Mancha / Endeavour Mining in 2014. Over the last 5 years, she has developed legal expertise on mining issues. Julie is based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire since 2016. She advices and brings support to all departments of the Endeavour Mining Group, from exploration to operations, including projects, finance, tax, CSR and public affairs throughout the West Africa Region, covering 6 mining operations spanning 3 countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali). She specializes in negotiations with the West African States (mining conventions, commercial agreements, tax and customs negotiations) as well as M&A and Corporate work.

Julie holds the French bar exam.

Jay Kellerman

Partner, Stikeman Elliott

Jay Kellerman

Partner, Stikeman Elliott

Jay Kellerman is a partner and Head of the Mining Group at Stikeman Elliott. He is also a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Groups, and served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Toronto office from 2012 to 2018. With more than 30 years of experience, Jay is widely recognised by market sources as a leading practitioner in his field. He is consistently sought out by senior management of companies, boards and investors for not only transactional assistance, but to advise on strategic direction and growth.

Jay has earned significant praise for his seasoned practice and deep technical knowledge. He is recognised as one of the top mining lawyers in the world by market commentators and directories including Who’s Who Legal, as a Noble Practitioner Capital Markets: Equity and M&A by International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2020, and as a leading lawyer in Corporate Finance and Securities, Corporate Commercial, M&A and Mining by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020, among many others.

Mark Ebel

Associate General Counsel, Newmont Mining Corporation

Mark Ebel

Associate General Counsel, Newmont Mining Corporation

Transactions and Compliance, Newmont Mining Corporation

Mark is responsible for M&A, financing and a variety of additional transactional and compliance activities for Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s leading gold producers. Previously, Mark was CFO and General Counsel for Eyeris, Inc., a company that specialized in cost and profitability analysis software and services. Mark started his career at Holland & Hart, LLP, where he became a partner with a diverse corporate and securities practice. Mark attended Duke University where he majored in Mathematics and Political Science, and received his JD from Stanford Law School. He is married and has three children, and resides in Denver, CO.

Elena Kholina

Head of the Project Office, Navoi Mining and Metals Co

Elena Kholina

Head of the Project Office, Navoi Mining and Metals Co

Elena is currently Head of the Project Office at Navoi Mining and Metals Co. She has a diverse legal background in M&A, corporate, finance, capital markets, and commercial law. Before joining Navoi, Elena held senior legal in-house and board level positions in large Russian industrial groups, including Mechel and En+ Group and previously worked as Senior Counsel at EG Capital Advisors. She has also served as a general counsel for private equity funds managed by Alfa Group and as a general counsel in private European investment firm Sapinda. Elena also worked at international law firms, including Simmons & Simmons, Baker McKenzie and White & Case.

In 2015, Elena was included in the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist as one of the leading Russian general counsels. Elena speaks Russian and English.

Lizelle Marwick

Vice President Legal, Continental Africa Region Anglogold Ashanti Limited

Lizelle Marwick

Vice President Legal, Continental Africa Region Anglogold Ashanti Limited

Lizelle has extensive experience working in multi-cultural environments throughout the African continent, including South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia, DRC, Guinea, Mali and Gabon. She holds various board positions and was responsible for establishing legal services throughout the Continental Africa Region covering 9 mining operations spanning five countries. She has amassed diversified experience in corporate transactions, government negotiations, international arbitrations and driving legislative changes in various jurisdictions.

Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti Lizelle worked for Bowmans in Johannesburg and for Herbert Smith in London.

Hiba Abi Haidar

Chief Legal Officer - International Perimeter, Eurasian Resources Group

Hiba Abi Haidar

Chief Legal Officer - International Perimeter, Eurasian Resources Group

Hiba is the Chief Legal Officer (International Perimeter) at Eurasian Resources Group (ERG). She is an international project (mining, oil & gas) and transaction (M&A, JV, investment in African countries) lawyer.  Before joining ERG in 2015, she was an in-house counsel at Glencore and has practiced as a lawyer in Paris, France in the mining & project departments of a number of international law firms.

She holds a law degree from the French section of the Lebanese University, a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Business Law from the Sorbonne University and is admitted to the Paris Bar. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Ângela Viana

Senior Associate, VdA

Ângela Viana

Senior Associate, VdA

Ângela Viana is a Senior Associate at VdA where she has been involved in several transactions in Portugal and Angola, with a particular focus on energy, mining, investment, water and waste management and shipping.

She has been particularly active in providing assistance to several mining projects in Angola, notably in the negotiation/renegotiation of mining investment contracts, structuring/restructuring of joint ventures, farm-ins and farm-outs, assisting some of the world leaders of the mining sector.

Mduduzi Mamkeli

Legal Principal, AngloAmerican

Mduduzi Mamkeli

Legal Principal, AngloAmerican

Mdu provides advice on strategic security of tenure issues affecting the Anglo American and De Beers Business. He is part of the internal Anglo American and De Beers team which is tasked with diagnosing and proposing reforms in respect of regulatory issues that frustrate regulatory certainty. He is also an advisor the Group Projects Assurance team, which makes recommendations to the Anglo American Investment Committee. In addition to this, he provides advice on strategic legal closure scenarios and assist the South African Business with various ad hoc compliance related advice. Prior to joining AngloAmerican, Mdu worked at African Law Firm ENSAfrica.

Alice England

General Counsel, Anglo Pacific Group PLC

Alice England

General Counsel, Anglo Pacific Group PLC

Alice England joined Anglo Pacific Group in March 2019. She has over 15 years’ experience in the natural resources sector, and a detailed understanding of the legal terms and structures of royalty and streams.

Prior to joining the Group, Alice began her legal career at Herbert Smith Freehills. She qualified as a lawyer at Dentons and during that time worked in the Middle East on hydropower and carbon capture storage projects. Subsequentially Alice worked as a senior legal and commercial adviser at a FTSE 250 oil and gas company, where she provided advice on a wide range of transactional and operational matters with a particular focus on corporate M&A, fundraising, acquisitions and disposals, corporate governance and dispute resolution. She has a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Diploma in Law from Exeter University and Legal Practice Certificate from Oxford University, College of Law.

About Anglo Pacific Group PLC

Anglo Pacific is the leading royalty and streaming business focused on investing in the commodities required to provide for a more sustainable world. Over the last 8 years we have successfully executed on this strategy and today, 75% of the portfolio is exposed to future-facing metals. As well as the green commodity focus, we systematically integrate sustainability into our investment decisions. By assessing the long-term viability of a mine we are able to make informed investment decisions, better identify and manage risks and generate sustainable, long-term value for all of our stakeholders.

Martijn Bosboom

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Perseus Mining Limited

Martijn Bosboom

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Perseus Mining Limited

Martijn has over 25 years of international experience as a corporate commercial lawyer and governance professional in various industries and jurisdictions. After having practised for 10 years in his country of birth, The Netherlands, in both private practice and senior in-house legal roles, he migrated to Australia in 2004. He has since then held senior in-house legal and company secretarial roles with various mining companies.

Martijn is currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary of ASX and TSX listed African gold explorer, developer and producer Perseus Mining Limited which role he has held since July 2013. At Perseus, he is responsible for the general legal affairs, governance and compliance management of the group.

Martijn holds a Master of Laws from the University of Leyden in the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. He also completed the Governance Institute’s Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Julien Naginski

Chief Legal Officer, Sedibelo Resources

Julien Naginski

Chief Legal Officer, Sedibelo Resources

Julien Naginski is the Chief Legal Officer at Sedibelo Resources Limited, a position he has held since April 2022. He is admitted to the bar in New York, England & Wales, and Paris.

Julien holds law degrees from Cornell Law School, Kings College London, and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. Julien has over 25 years’ experience in mining transactions, capital markets, and financing and commercial contracts in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.