John Fognani, partner, has practised as a natural resources and environmental lawyer with broad experience in natural resources, environmental and real property law, including permitting, counselling and compliance issues, and numerous complex transactions and litigated matters involving natural resources and environmental matters. His practice emphasises resource project development, access and public lands issues, project finance, and compliance with federal, state and local mining and oil and gas laws and requirements.
John’s experience has extended to international law and financing, particularly relating to mineral and energy development, with experience in negotiating and preparing exploration agreements; international joint venture and consortium agreements; stability agreements and tax analyses; pre-feasibility and feasibility studies; environmental impact assessments to ensure compliance with national and international requirements; financial instruments; construction and engineering contracts; and project development documents. In that capacity, he has worked on various resource projects in Canada, Mexico, China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Myanmar, Niger, South Africa, Burkina Faso, the Congo and Argentina.
For more than a decade, John served as Executive Vice President – Legal and General Counsel for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd and was instrumental in negotiating and documenting the investment agreement entered into by Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia LLC and Rio Tinto PLLC to define and regulate the relationship for the construction and development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mining complex. He received his JD from Northwestern University Law School and his BA from University of Colorado.