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Lexpert Global Mining 2018/19

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WWW.LEXPERT.CA | 2018/19 | LEXPERT 23 Ignasiak, Martin Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (403) 260-7007 mignasiak@osler.com Mr. Ignasiak appears in courts and tribunals in his regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law practice. He advises on oil sands, electric generation, pipeline, transmission and mining facilities approvals as well as tolls and tariffs. He also advises on Aboriginal issues and impact benefit agreements. Iliopoulos, Alexandra (Alex) Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (416) 860-2909 ailiopoulos@casselsbrock.com Ms. Iliopoulos offers experience representing a broad range of issuers and investment dealers on a variety of transactions, including corporate finance transactions, M&A and metal streaming transactions. She regularly advises companies on general corporate and securities law matters including governance and compliance. Isaac, Thomas Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (604) 691-6108 tisaac@casselsbrock.com Mr. Isaac is a nationally recognized authority on Aboriginal law and related regulatory and environmental matters, and advises mining, energy, oil, gas, pipeline and forestry companies, lenders and investors, and governments across Canada. Kagetsu, Brett A. Gowling WLG (604) 443-7601 brett.kagetsu@gowlingwlg.com Mr. Kagetsu is a corporate finance and securities partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office. His clients are primarily Canadian publicly traded mineral exploration companies active in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He advises on matters such as securities offerings, exchange listings, Canadian National Instrument 43-101, M&A transactions and mining- related agreements. Kowall, Jeffrey A. Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (204) 934-2521 ajk@tdslaw.com Mr. Kowall practises corporate and commercial law with extensive experience assisting clients in the mining industry, including providing advice on mineral interest tenure and the negotiation of letters of intent, purchase agreements, option agreements, supply agreements and joint-venture agreements. Kraag, Scott Torys LLP (416) 865-7980 skraag@torys.com Mr. Kraag's practice focuses on corporate project finance, with particular emphasis on the infrastructure (P3), energy and mining sectors. LEXPERT-RANKED LAWYERS mine developers are currently in talks on poten- tial supply deals with battery and automakers for production at some point beyond late 2019-2021,' company executives told Reuters. "ese include Australia's Aeon Metals (AML. AX), Northern Cobalt (N27.AX) and Cobalt Blue, and Canada's Ecobalt (ECS.TO) and For- tune Minerals (FT.TO). China's Beijing Easpring Material Technology Co (300073.SZ), which makes products for battery makers, has also signed a binding five-year deal with Australian mine de- veloper Clean Teq (CLQ.AX). "'We are speaking to a number of parties about the balance of the oake — that includes not just Chinese potential customers but also customers from other parts of the world,' Clean Teq's CEO Sam Riggall told Reuters. "In an indication of heightened demand, Rig- gall said automotive companies were also show- ing interest, along with cathode manufacturers, the direct users of cobalt, a key material in lithi- um-ion batteries. "In the DRC, production is set to rise sharp- ly, driven by commodity giant Glencore Plc (GLEN.L), the world's biggest producer, and Lux- embourg's ERG taking DRC's share of global out- put to over 75% by 2023, according to UK-based Darton Commodities. "Glencore last week agreed to sell around a third of its cobalt production over the next three years to Chinese battery recycler GEM Co Ltd (002340. SZ). Developments in Australia and Canada will be small to mid-size, producing around 1,000 to 5,000 tonnes each, in a global market expected to swell to some 157,000 tonnes by 2023." e main producing country of cobalt, DRC, has deeply entrenched social problems that the global public, especially those who would drive electric cars, will protest with their wallets and so- cial media activity. "Certainly some of the groups that we have spoken to have said that they won't look at DRC sources, they want clean ethical sources of cobalt," said Matthew Painter, Ardea's General Manager, Gold to Reuters. Cobalt is but one example of the o-mentioned reality that national governments are not the only drivers of political or community risk for mining companies – or crucially, for investors. e de- mand for change can come from dedicated activ- ists and grassroots movements. Ultimately, they can have an impact on commodity prices and ac- cess to capital. High-performance companies are even look- ing beyond the need for cobalt. Japan's Panasonic (6752.T), the main battery supplier to Tesla, Inc.

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