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File photo of a Rio Tinto mining operation in Western Australia.HO/Reuters

Mining has been the outlier in an otherwise busy deals market, but there's a sense of optimism that the quiet times can't last.

Against that backdrop, law firm Fasken Martineau is adding to its mining team by hiring Alison Lacy, formerly of Torys LLP. Faskens has long had a strong specialty in international mining, and Ms. Lacy will be a partner in the firm's global mining group. In case the mining business does stay sleepy, she has experience in areas such as alternative energy and the electricity sector.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Lacy has a cross-border bent to her practise, having worked on transactions in the power and resource industries all across South America and India and China. She has specialized in project finance. The firm said she is busy at the moment working on mining infrastructure projects in Chile.

She has worked on transactions for companies such as Sherritt International and Brookfield Power.