Charles Bond > Gowling WLG > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
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Work Department

Natural Resources; Mining; Oil & Gas; Corporate, M&A & Capital Markets; Equity Capital Markets


Partner, Head of Natural Resources


As a corporate finance partner Charles Bond is always on the lookout to help his clients develop their business, whether through the investment of equity capital, a merger, or through acquisition. Clients in the mining sector and in the oil and gas sector – in which he principally operates – benefit from his wide network of connections across the globe to source new money and find growth opportunities.

Charles brings considerable experience to every transaction, having spent ten years as a corporate lawyer within a major international London-based law firm, before heading to a leading equity capital markets and M&A team.


Charles spent ten years, including one in Asia, as a corporate lawyer within a major international law firm in London working for a diverse range of public and private corporates, before heading a leading equity capital markets and M&A team in the resources sector for eleven years, including four years at the Canadian firm Gowlings. He has helped numerous companies float their business on the London and Toronto markets, raise secondary funding and execute their public and private M&A strategies, such as Hummingbird Resources, Stellar Diamonds, United Cacao, CIC Gold Group, Timan Oil & Gas plc, Mytrah Energy, CDialogues and Aureus Mining,

In addition, he has also advised various nominated advisers and brokers, such as Royal Bank of Canada, Strand Hanson, VSA Capital and Shore Capital. Recently in a depressed resources market he has helped clients take advantage of investment opportunities, advising on minority and Rule 9 investments for clients such as Trafigura and AGR Energy into listed entities such as EMED Mining, Max Petroleum and Tethys Petroleum.



Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

(Leading individuals)

Charles Bond  – Gowling WLG

The ‘readily available, approachable and knowledgeable’ team at Gowling WLG deals with private and public M&A, and debt and project financings in the mining sector. It acts for small and mid-cap companies and is well placed to handle multijurisdictional matters with support from its Dubai, Singapore, Germany and Canada offices. Corporate and capital markets practitioner Charles Bond heads the practice and consultant Andrew Wright is a name to note for project management and cross-border transactions.

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

(Leading individuals)

Charles BondGowling WLG

Corporate finance partner Charles Bond leads the Gowling WLG practice and has particular expertise advising clients with assets in developed and emerging markets. His team handles Main Market and AIM transactions, acting for issuers and investment management houses as well as investment banks and brokers. The firm provides a full service in the area, drawing from its strengths in corporate, finance, tax, regulatory and dispute resolution. Notable specialisms include technology mandates, cross-border matters and advising mining companies listing on AIM.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

The projects and infrastructure practice at Gowling WLG is seen by one client as ‘a challenger to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in its approach to transactions and problems‘. The firm has a presence in the utilities and mining sectors, and it has a strong track record of start-up transactions, joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt and project financings in jurisdictions as diverse as Russia and the CIS, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and many countries throughout Africa and South America. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal oversees the firm’s emerging markets work, which involves many key partners. Among them are corporate energy partner Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery and head of natural resources Charles Bond, who ‘has an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride‘. Impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie is ‘very commercial and solution-focused‘. Gordon Bell is the go-to partner for international arbitration.