Gilbert + Tobin advises Mineral Resources Limited on the sale of a 60% interest in its Wodgina Lithium Project to Albemarle in return for US$820m cash and a 40% interest in two lithium hydroxide trains at Albemarle’s Kemerton Project near Bunbury, Western Australia, representing a total transaction value of US$1.3 billion.

Albemarle and Mineral Resources have formed a 60:40 joint venture to operate the Wodgina Lithium Project and the lithium hydroxide trains at Kemerton. The parties have also entered into ancillary arrangements relating to marketing, mining services and plant operations, in support of the new joint venture.

Commenting on the deal, G+T Energy + Resources partner Justin Little said, “We are delighted to be advising our client Mineral Resources on this strategically important and innovative transaction. G+T’s involvement in this transaction was multi-faceted and we are pleased to be able to apply our M&A and project development expertise to successfully complete the transaction, notwithstanding challenging conditions in the lithium sector.”

Justin Little and Corporate Advisory partner Justin Mannolini led the transaction team with support from senior associate Matthew Watkins along with lawyer Gabrielle Sumich. The team were assisted by specialists throughout the firm including partner Luke Woodward and lawyers Amelia McKellar and Richard L’Estrange for Competition, Consumer + Market Regulation matters in Australia and China, partner Muhunthan Kanagaratnam for tax advice and partner Amanda Hempel in relation to Real Estate + Projects matters.

G+T advised Mineral Resources alongside JunHe on Chinese anti-trust law. 

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