Global Mining Finance: Precious & Base Metals Conference


Global Mining Finance Precious & Base Metals Conference 2016


28 June 2016

Speakers 2015

Adam Carling

Adam is a partner in the corporate finance group of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, where he advises on a wide range of transactions, including IPOs and M&A, with a particular emphasis on the equity capital markets. Adam advises companies (listed and private) and brokers across a range of sectors on their financing and transactional requirements, as well as general company law advice. Adam has particular experience of listed company work and City Code M&A, and recently advised the bid consortium on its acquisition of the remaining stake in London Irish Holdings, by way of a Rule 9 offer. Adam spent the first half of 2006 on secondment to the London office of Canaccord, working as a corporate finance adviser to a number of AIM companies. Adam is a regular speaker on corporate finance topics and a contributor to publications including the International Bar Association's Global Insight and Mining World.


Graham Dallas

Graham Dallas has worked in the capital markets of London, Europe and Hong Kong. He has experience in international corporate and government bond markets, and began his exchange career with Nasdaq Europe. He was a senior manager at the London Stock Exchange where he was responsible for opening up new international primary markets in the USA, the Middle East and Latin America. He has extensive experience in the challenges posed by cross-border and international listing, and a deep knowledge of both the issues and the opportunities that globalised capital markets present to companies, investors and advisers.


Charles Gibson

Charlie graduated from the University of Oxford as a chemist, specialising in ligand gated ion channels (the subject of his thesis), before joining Cazenove & Co in the early 1990s. After brief stints working in pharmaceuticals and oils he settled down as Cazenove's mining analyst, spending three years in Johannesburg, among other places. He moved to T Hoare Canaccord in 1999 as a specialist mining salesman and also worked for two years as Cluff Mining's Mineral Economist, responsible for global target asset valuations. In 2003 he moved to New York, where he developed and marketed a 'black box' model for valuing large-cap equities, before returning to join Edison in 2007 as its Head of Mining. He has extensive media experience, having written for MoneyWeek, The Business, Shares, Investors Chronicle and The Evening Standard (among others), presented on LBC and been a recent guest on BBC One and BBC World.


Ken Hoffman

Ken Hoffman leads global metals and mining research at Bloomberg Intelligence. He has prior over 20 years of experience covering base and precious metals as well as the global steel industry. He headed Prudential's global steel research team for five years, ran the top quartile Orbitex Energy & Basic Materials fund for three years, started the commodity research effort at Galleon Group and was a PM at Millennium Partners running a $150 million fund.
He was also a partner and head of research at MarCap European Investors fund, which focused on Northern European industrial and commodity shares. Since 2009, he now heads up Bloomberg's research and data on metals and mining. He frequently appears on Bloomberg TV and other media to provide commentary on global metal markets. A CFA charter holder, Ken holds a BSc in finance from Syracuse University and a MBA from Duke University.


Mark Learmonth

Mr Learmonth joined Caledonia in July 2008. Prior to this, he was a Division Director of Investment Banking at Macquarie First South in South Africa, and has over 17 years' experience in corporate finance and investment banking, predominantly in the resources sector in Africa. Mr Learmonth graduated from Oxford University and is a chartered accountant. Mr Learmonth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Mines, Zimbabwe.  Mr Learmonth was appointed Caledonia's Chief Financal Officer in November 2014.


Ross Norman

Ross started his business career with computer guru Sir Clive Sinclair of Sinclair Research in Cambridge, before joining Johnson Matthey as Gold Refining Manager (then the world's largest gold refiners), later becoming a gold trader at NM Rothschild & Sons (then Chairman of the London Gold Fixing) and then Credit Suisse, where he was a Senior Dealer in physical bullion trading. In 2010 Ross re-founded Sharps Pixley Ltd, bringing back to life a name with a long history in bullion back to 1778. Sharps Pixley is owned by Degussa who are one of the leading physical precious metals houses in Europe. Ross has an enviable record within the London bullion market as the leading gold price forecaster over the last 15 years and he is frequently sought by the media for commentary on the bullion markets.


Chris Putt

Chris is an experienced corporate finance lawyer working for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP on domestic and international deals. Transactional work includes IPO's, M&A, refinancings and reconstructions, joint ventures and private equity investments. His advisory work includes advising on corporate governance matters including requisitions to remove directors and shareholder activism. Chris co-heads the firm's Natural Resources Group and its work on Growth Companies. Chris is admitted to practise in England and Wales and is qualified to practise in Germany.