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Legal Update

Mining joint ventures

September 2009
Mayer Brown Legal Update
During the resources boom of 2002 to 2007 exploration joint ventures were a popular structure for junior miners to raise funds to develop green and brownfield mining projects. The incoming party would farm-in, earning an interest in the project by paying exploration expenditure up to a pre-agreed level for its ownership interest giving the owner of the mining tenements farming-out valuable capital, expertise and, in some cases, a guaranteed market for its product.

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