Mining: Experts 2019

Our inaugural chapter investigating mining experts sees 24 individuals highlighted for their outstanding work in the field. Those nominated for inclusion include accountants, engineers, geologists and economists; they provide advice and testimony for clients across a broad range of issues.

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Howard Rosen Secretariat International, Toronto
2. Graham Clow RPA, Toronto

RPA’s Graham Clow is highly rated by market players and is one of the top individuals in our research this year. He has specialist expertise on engineering issues and is also an adept expert witness.
Richard Lambert performs strongly in our research, receiving plaudits for his impressive work on issues including project evaluation, cost estimations and financial analysis.
Brenna Scholey is a widely recognised figure in the North American region, with commentators giving strong support to her inclusion thanks to her standout work on project evaluations.

At Compass Lexecon’s DC office, Manuel Abdala remains immensely popular among market players who give effusive praise to his handling of damages valuation arising from expropriations.
Carla Chavich in New York impresses in our research for her wide-ranging knowledge of international arbitrations, giving evidence on asset valuation and regulatory analysis in hearings across a variety of arbitral institutions.
Pablo López Zadicoff is an outstanding consulting expert with a well-respected and active practice in the mining space. His Washington, DC-based practice provides a wealth of knowledge on international arbitration, providing expertise on valuations of a range of commodities.

At FTI Consulting in Sydney, Quentin Olde is praised by clients for his “efficient and thorough approach” to mining-related restructurings and insolvencies. Sources also note his “great attention to detail and communication skills”.
Alexander Lee, at the firm’s New York office, gains plaudits from market observers this year for his fantastic handling of damages quantification reports for investor-state arbitrations and domestic commercial litigation.

Secretariat International's Howard Rosen is a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field and a go-to name in the North American region. He commands widespread recognition for his excellent work on risk quantification as it relates to social licenses and investor-state arbitration.
Chris Milburn has a “very strong understanding of mining economics” and commands great respect from respondents for his work providing testimony on damages quantification and asset valuation.

Trevor Ellis of Ellis International Service is a “well-known mine appraiser” who is noted for his “very solid” work on market value appraisals concerning a range of mineral commodities.

Behre Dolbear’s Barney Guarnera is a greatly respected expert who receives effusive praise from respondents this year for his in-depth understanding of mineral property valuations, lease structuring and sales and acquisition negotiations.

In South Africa, Nic Barcza of Mintek “performs very well at hearings” according to observers in the field. He has broad experience that covers project implementation and specialist expertise on pyrometallurgy.

Graham Davis of the Brattle Group is commended by observers for his know-how on complex mining issues, with his superb practice seeing him advise on mineral asset valuations and provide expert witness testimony on damages quantification.
Florin Dorobantu has a top-tier reputation and a wide-ranging practice providing advice on mine valuations and royalty issues as well as expert testimony during international arbitrations.

Charles River Associates’ James Burrows wins widespread plaudits from peers for his excellent knowledge of mineral valuations, having provided both testimony and litigation support on a variety of complex cases.

Sacré-Davey Engineering’s John Starkey is a pre-eminent name among metallurgists, having pioneered new methods of ore hardness testing over the past four decades.
Spencer Reeves has a strong reputation in the market and is noted by respondents to our research for his ability on reclamation programmes and mine evaluations.

Pat Willis of BARA Consulting is a go-to name in the European mining space, with commentators praising his top-notch work on feasibility studies, mine exploration and due diligence.

At Richter, Guy St-Georges excels on damages quantification within his Montreal-based practice. He is well known for advising on large-scale litigations.

Quadrant Economics have an outstanding consulting expert in Daniel Flores who is lauded by peers for his in-depth understanding of international mining disputes. He offers clients wide-ranging experience on matters in the South American region.
Jordan Heim has a distinguished reputation in the market, garnering extensive praise from commentators for his work handling economic valuations in mining disputes.

At Accuracy, Erik van Duijvenvoorde is a prominent name in the European market. He is noted for his superb international work covering issues such as ICSID and UNCITRAL cases, as well as mining valuations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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