Simmons & Simmons

General sponsor

We advise on a wide range of exploration and development programmes, strategic alliances, joint ventures, all forms of finance, high-profile mergers and acquisitions and complex disputes.
Our lawyers have acted or are currently acting on major mining and metals transactions in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa (having advised on projects in each of the 54 countries in Africa).

"Simmons & Simmons mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries. The practice's stellar client base includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies." Mining and Minerals: Legal 500 UK

Our main focus areas:

  • All forms of financing
  • Concessions
  • Corporate and contractual joint ventures
  • Equity and debt investment arrangements
  • Project development
  • Offtakes
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Stewart Assay and Environmental Laboratories

Gold sponsor

Stewart Assay and Environmental Laboratories LLC laboratory was opened in 1997. The laboratory is located at: Kyrgyz Republic, Kara-Balta, #2, Kalinin Str.

Type of activity: provision of chemical analysis services.

Main directions:

  • Analysis of geological samples (geochemical analysis), consisting of sample preparation, Fire Assay, single-element AA analysis, multi-element analysis with ICP-OES and mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-MS), Sulfur and Carbon analysis
  • Analysis of environmental samples, namely natural and waste water, soil and stream sediments for inorganic components.
  • Technological tests of geological samples, including flotation, gravity concentration, cyanide leaching in bottles, percolation cyanide leaching in columns.

The main customers of the laboratory are exploration and mining companies engaged in exploration and mining of non-ferrous and precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, copper, molybdenum and others.

The geography of customers covers mainly CIS countries (Russia, Kazakhstan) and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan).

Monitoring and ensuring the quality of analyzes

The laboratory is accredited for compliance with the international standard ISO 17025-2017 by UKAS, UK, and at the Kyrgyz Center of Accreditation. The scope of accreditation includes most of the methods used.

The laboratory regularly participates in various interlaboratory testings, both international (CANMET, Geostats, LGC), and internal, conducted within the Kyrgyz Republic.

The laboratory has a wide library of certified reference materials from well-known manufacturing companies (Geostats, CANMET, Rocklabs, OREAS, CDN, Sero, IGGE, etc.).

Highland Gold Mining

Gold sponsor

Highland Gold Mining is an established gold producer with a world class asset base and competitive cost structure. It has strong management and operational teams, with local and international expertise, an exciting portfolio of JORC-audited resources, and annual production of 290-300 thousand oz of gold and gold equivalents.

Highland Gold’s main operations are located in the Khabarovsk, Zabaikalsky and Chukotka regions of Russian Federation. The Company has 4 operating mines, two of which are located in Khabarovsk region – MNV and Belaya Gora; Novo in Zabaikalskiy region; and Valunistiy in Chukotka.

Highland Gold Mining Limited was incorporated in Jersey in 2002 with a vision to become the most profitable gold mining company in the region with a firm commitment towards safety, health and the environment, and social responsibility towards employees and communities. The company’s shares are traded on AIM in London under the symbol "HGM.L".

SRK Consulting

Session sponsor

SRK Consulting is a global mining consultancy with offices in each mining region. SRK’s office in Russia opened in 2006 and employs more than 40 people. It provides specialist technical, due diligence and operational efficiency services. With over 20 Russian full-time and three international specialists based in Moscow, it can provide an unparalleled standard of advice through its combination of experience of international best practice, the latest technical software, knowledge of Russian regulations and operating conditions, and access to SRK’s global network. If you need a reliable solution and want a client-focused relationship, contact us at