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 Capital Markets Natural Resources (UK)


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

Praised for its ‘excellent international understanding’, the team at Gowling WLG has a robust track record for complex cross-border work including mining project management, alongside handling start-up transactions, joint-ventures and farm-ins, as well as equity and debt financing work. Mining sector private and public M&A transactions also form a core component of the group’s practice in the space. Practice leader Charles Bond is well-versed advising clients in emerging and established markets on corporate matters. Consultant Andrew Wright  is another key contact.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Gowling WLG has a thriving projects and infrastructure practice in London that is ‘technically sound, pragmatic and risk aware not risk averse, professional and culturally sensitive‘. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal is ‘not only willing, but keen, to get into the detail on projects‘. He worked with project finance specialists Andrew Newbery and Imran Mufti to support Saudi construction company Alfanar Company in the development of five Construction Villages procured by the NEOM Company, each with accommodation for up to 10,000 individuals who will ultimately oversee and deliver a new urban area in Tabuk Province. Corporate energy partner Gareth Baker  ‘provides pragmatic and sound legal advice, taking time to understand the commercials‘, and impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie ‘has a clear interest and passion for emerging markets work and his advice is sound and pragmatic‘. Together they advised InfraCo Africa on a $15m loan to to UK-registered next generation utility company Bboxx for its Africa-focused off-grid solar business. Head of natural resources Charles Bond and standout partner for international arbitration Gordon Bell are also active in emerging markets.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Charles BondGowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ECM offering combines a strong funds practice with a separate team that advises on both Main Market and AIM transactions, with the latter having key experience of acting on landmark IPOs and major transactions in the space. Other core specialisms include technology mandates, cross-border matters and work on behalf of mining companies listing on AIM. Practice head Charles Bond has over 30 years of ECM experience across a wide variety of sectors. Jeffrey Elway – a ‘very knowledgeable partner with a wealth of experience‘ – is also recommended.