The McGuireWoods Coal Team provides legal services to the firm’s large and growing group of coal industry clients around the globe. For decades, we have represented some of the largest coal consumers, producers and transporters in the United States. Team members are drawn from across the firm, all of whom devote a substantial part of their practice to coal industry clients. We have provided assistance to our coal industry clients in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the United States.

Our lawyers are adept at addressing the unique issues faced by the coal industry — long-term supply contracting; transportation arrangements; contract compliance; force majeure declarations; price redeterminations; environmental compliance; labor relations; governmental regulation; surety and bonding; reclamation; royalties; permitting; reserve acquisition and sale; and merchant trading. We are equally adept at addressing the issues companies in the coal industry have in common with many other businesses, such as corporate governance, securities, debt arrangements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation plans, labor relations, creditor rights, corporate compliance, ERISA, among others.

Team members have the benefit of working with a variety of players in the industry, including producers, utilities, rail and barge lines, and coal service providers. In addition, they have served as outside and in-house counsel to utilities, railroads and coal companies, providing a perspective that lawyers who concentrate on other industries cannot.