International energy group Sev.en Energy is acquiring US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, being advised by leading law firm Dentons.
The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17 per cent ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market.
“Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic,” said Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy. “What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.”
Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum.
“Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions,” added Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, commenting on the acquisition. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to play our role in this success.”
Sev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the US. It is the largest private operator of coal mines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic and employs more than 3,500 people.
Last year, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50 per cent stake in the multinational energy company InterGen which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia.