Allan began his career as a Candidate Attorney at Solomon and Nicholson, where he was subsequently promoted to an Associate. He then joined Slomowitz Myburgh Cawood and Brits as an Associate and was later promoted to Director. He was one of the founding partners of Smuts and Reid before joining Savage Jooste and Adams in 1997 as head of their Corporate, Commercial and Intellectual Property department. In February 2008 Allan joined Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Director.

  • Represented Lonmin in Sibanye-Stillwater's all-share offer.  Under the terms of the deal, Sibanye-Stillwater acquired the entire issued of Lonmin.  The deal was effected by means of a scheme of arrangement between Lonmin and the Lonmin shareholders under Part 26 of the UK Companies Act.
  • Advised Anglo American Platinum in regard to the reported Proposed Transaction Kabeljou and its Platinum Review.
  • Advised BHP Billiton on the disposal by bidding process of certain of its non-core coal rights.
  • Represented Platinum Group Metals and Platinum Group Metals (RSA) in their sale, with Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) of 15 per cent of their shareholding in Waterberg JV Resources (Pty) Limited to Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd (Implats). Additionally, Implats was granted a Purchase & Development Option to increase its interest in Waterberg JV to up to 50.01 per cent. Under the terms of the deal Implats can purchase an additional equity interest from JOGMEC, earning into the remaining interest by making a firm commitment to an expenditure of US$130 million in development work, with a right of first refusal to smelt and refine Waterberg Project ore.
  • Drafted submissions to the Minister of Mineral Resources on the Draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill, 2012.
  • Represented Hitachi in negotiations with a Canadian mining company and a consortium of nine international financiers for the supply of fleets of equipment for a new Zambian copper mine.
  • Represented numerous international companies in regard to patent, design and trademark registrations, including para-statals of the Government of Cuba in regard to the Cuban cigar trademarks
  • Acted in a private equity deal take-over and restructuring of a major Canadian food company.
  • Represented numerous major clients in the structuring of mining and mineral transactions and mining law-based litigation.
  • Advised a major French industrial group with regard to its South African structures, mineral interests and BEE alliances.
  • Advised numerous government departments and para-statals with regard to their contractual and commercial interests.
  • Advised major clients with regard to compliance and mineral issues on mines in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Niger, Mozambique, Chad and the DRC.
  • Represented major French mining group Eramet with regard to the acquisition of manganese and smelter interests in South Africa.
  • Advised numerous financial institutions with regard to funding of mining projects and security interests. Acting for Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribe in the restructuring of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribe's various platinum group metal interests and the acquisition and consolidation of additional mining and beneficiation interests, valued R2,6 billion.
  • Advising Lonmin Plc on equity capitalization coupled with a debt restructuring of the senior and revolving term facilities and mining right issues, valued US$ 800 million.
  • Advising Platinum Group Metals Ltd on drafting written submissions to Department of Mineral Resources and presentation to Department on the Draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill.
  • Advising PPC Company Limited on the acquisition by PPC and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of a shareholding in an Ethiopian lime company; relationship agreement between PPC and IDC, valued US$30 million.
  • Advising Interplay Trading on the disposal by Interplay and joint venture partners of prospecting right to Ruukki SA subsidiary, including all regulatory executions, registrations, valued R30 million.
  • Advising Sekoko Resources (Pty) Limited on sale of shares in listed Australian entity, share acquisition/joint venture participation by Seychelles company in Sekoko Coal; funding and group restructuring advice; funding undertaking obligation, valued at AUS$ 29 million; funding obligations AUS$400 million.
  • Acting on behalf of Lonmin in opposition to DMR grant of prospecting rights for associated minerals to a third party over Lonmin mining areas.
  • Acting on behalf of Platinum Group Metals Ltd, Canada on new share issues, legal opinions, prospectus, valued at CAN$180 million.
  • Represented clients (Interplay/DMRC) in the formation of an incorporated joint venture and vending thereof into operating entity with a French subsidiary, including regulatory applications and filings, valued at R1, 26 billion.
  • Acting for Platinum Group Metals in regard to its vending of rights into a new operating entity, including regulatory, funding and mining right issues, valued in excess of R1,29 billion.
  • Disposal of Makana's interest in Vlakplaats coal reserves to a consortium led by Continental Coal, valued at R180 million.
  • Advised Village Main Reef Limited on the acquisition of the majority of the Simmer & Jack Mining assets, valued at R1,2 billion.
  • Advised China African Precious Metals on the acquisition by Hong Kong subsidiary of SSC Mandarin Group of the assets of Orkney Gold Mine from the liquidators of Pamodzi Gold, valued at R150 million.
  • Disposal by Simmer & Jack Mines to Village Main Reef Gold Mining of Simmer & Jack Investments (Buffelsfontein Gold Mine, Hartebeestfontein Gold Mine and the Tau Lekoa Mine) of 60,622,653 First Uranium shares and 392,874 First Uranium notes (convertible into 42,2 million First Uranium shares), valued at R1,31 billion.
  • Disposal by Lonmin to Shanduka of Limpopo assets, valued at R1,1 billion.
  • Acquisition by Village Main Reef from DRDGold of Blyvooruitzicht mine, valued at R150 million. Advised on the R30 million acquisition by Village Main Reef Gold Mining from To The Point 74% stake in Consolidated Murchison Mine.
  • Advised on the R38 million acquisition by Stibium Mining South Africa of the Consolidated Murchison Mine.
  • Advised Lonplats on the acquisition by Shanduka of Lonmin’s 9% indirect interest in Lonplats through the acquisition directly and indirectly of 50,03% of Incwala Resources, including the acquisition of Lonmin vendor finance and other claims against existing HDSA shareholders; transaction value R2,617 billion.
  • Acquisition of President Steyn mine from Pamodzi Gold and their liquidators. Transaction value R405 million.
  • Advised Lonmin plc in relation to its black economic empowerment transaction with the Bapo ba Mogale tribe and the creation of community trusts and an employee share scheme. Transaction value R1,271 billion.
  • Acted for Investec Equity Partners for the acquisition by a private equity consortium of a leading South African miner and producer of industrial minerals and lime which was vended into Synthesis Chemical Holdings (Synchem).
  • Acted for Platinum Group Metals Ltd., a leading Canada-based mining company focused on the production of platinum and palladium, in the unbundling of the Western Bushveld Joint Venture with Anglo American Platinum, the extension, rationalisation and corporatisation of its Waterberg joint venture with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).
  • Acting for Atlatsa Resources Corporation, a Canadian-listed entity, in the R2,3 billion restructuring of its joint venture with Anglo American Platinum in the Bokoni Platinum Mine, including mineral asset sales, preference share and share rationalisation, debt restructuring, share subscriptions, debt reduction structuring, complex company and equity capital markets advice, exchange control, substantive and regulatory mining law advice, increase in working capital facilities and the addition of further mineral properties to the sale portfolio.
  • Acting for Interplay Trading 89 (Pty) Ltd and Ditswammung Mineral Resources Corporation (Pty) Limited in their USD80 million of 74% of their equity in Main Street 779 (Pty) Limited to an off-shore Chinese investment vehicle registered in Portugal and in relation to a range of surface right issues.
  • Represented ArcelorMittal S.A. and ArcelorMittal Sourcing SCA, the Luxembourg-based global steel group, in the disposal of their 50% stake in Kalagadi Alloys (Pty) Limited and their interests in a manganese off-take agreement to Kgalagadi Alloys, with funding from the African Development Bank and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.
  • Represented Lonmin plc subsidiaries Eastern Platinum Ltd (EPL) and Messina Platinum Ltd (Messina) firstly, in regard to EPL's acquisition of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited's 42.5% participation interest in the Pandora Joint Venture and the lease, by Rustenburg Platinum Mines from Messina, of a concentrator for processing PGMs from its Mogalakwena mine. Secondly, we represented EPL in its acquisition of the remaining 7.5% participation interest in the Pandora Joint Venture from Northam Platinum subsidiary, Mvelaphanda Resources.
  • Acting for Platinum Group Metals Ltd and Platinum Group Metals (RSA) (Pty) Limited in the USD 74 million disposal of the Maseve Mine to Royal Bafokeng Platinum.
  • Chambers Global 2017-2023 ranked him in Band 2 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining.
  • Chambers Global 2012–2016 ranked Allan in Band 3 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2011 recommended Allan for mining as a Highly Regarded Individual.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020-2022 listed Allan as a Leading Individual for mining. In 2012–2019 Allan was recommended for Mining.
  • Allan Reid was ranked as a leading lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Mining 2019. Allan was named a Leading Lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Mining for 2018.


  • BProc LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1985
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council
Allan Reid appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch
6 February 2018 Mining & Minerals

Allan Reid appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch

Director Allan Reid appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch and discussed how the Mining Charter III has impacted mining deals in South Africa.

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