Al Gourley is the Regional Managing Partner of the firm’s London office. He is a globally-recognised resource lawyer, having led many UK and Canadian initial public offerings, secondary and alternative finance transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, in the resource sector, particularly cross-border transactions involving Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada. Al is also the Chairman of the World Initiative of Mining Lawyers based in Europe.
Al is known for his knowledge of “pure” mining transactions, including royalty, streaming, carried interest, joint development, joint venture, option, offtake, marketing and other mining transactions. He also has experience working in-house with one of the world’s largest mining companies, as well as more recent experience as CEO of a UK mining company producing industrial minerals for sale to the world’s leading chemical companies.
Al is also a key strategist who helps private equity and other groups build positions and secure influence or control over companies and assets, as well as manage litigation and disputes. Al has litigated trade cases before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, published books and articles on competition and anti-trust law and authored a paper commissioned by the Government of Canada entitled: "A Report on Canada's Conspiracy Laws: 1889-2001 and Beyond".
Al helped to establish the firm's Johannesburg office in late 2003, was Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office from 2005 to 2011 and served as Deputy Managing Partner of the London office from 2007 to 2009. Al has been Managing Partner of the firm’s London office since 2016.
Honours and Awards
Recognised by Chambers UK in the field of 'Energy and Natural Resources: Mining: International' (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions); Al is recommended in the 2017 edition of Chambers UK, quoting a client: "I suspect he's forgotten more about mining... than a lot of people will ever know."
Recognised by The Legal 500 for his expertise in the field of 'Projects, energy and natural resources - Mining and minerals'; Al is praised for his "strong industry expertise in a number of different jurisdictions" (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions)
Recognised by The Legal 500 for his expertise in the fields of 'Corporate and Commercial - Flotations: small and mid-cap' (2015 edition)
Recognised by Legal Experts - Europe, Middle East & Africa as an expert within the field of 'Banking & Finance - South Africa' (2013 edition)
Recognised by Legal Experts as an authority in the fields of 'Energy and Natural Resources' and 'Banking and Finance' (2011 edition)
- Member of International Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business (York University)
- Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Board Member
- The Canada Club Board Member
- The Law Society of England and Wales
- The Law Society of Upper Canada
- World Initiative of Mining Lawyers (WIOML) Chairman and Director