We focus on commodities of the future.

We connect quality mining projects to investors and off-takers. We assist in speeding up mine developments, maximizing valuation, and securing sustainable sources of raw materials for industrial end-users.

About Us

We address the global shortage of critical raw materials by accelerating the development of new and sustainable supply sources.

We focus on ESG compliant projects that produce the critical elements for car batteries, grid energy storage systems and consumer electronics.

Partnering with owners to accelerate mine development. We assist with time-to-market concepts, access to investors, challenging jurisdictions and complex supply chain requirements.
Supporting off-takers to secure critical supplies from new sustainable mining resources, in line with global supply chain standards.
Assisting investors in making informed decisions on high quality mining projects, in compliance with their individual investment criteria.

What We Do

We support mining companies at different stages with:

  • strategic and operational concepts for successful mine developments
  • introductions to strategic and portfolio investors with aligned investment criteria
  • access to suitable off-takers with long-term supply interests
  • support in all negotiation and contractual matters

We support investors with:

  • pre-evaluated investment opportunities that target critical raw materials
  • detailed project risk assessment and due diligence
  • tripartite negotiations between investor, mining company, and off-taker

We interact between all the parties …

  • investors
  • mining companies
  • industry organizations
  • governments
  • off-takers

… creating value for all stakeholders.

Who We Are

Our Core Team

John Sestan 
John is mining specialist with over 30 years of commercial and finance experience in the resources industry:
  • engineering foundation with MBA (INSEAD)
  • experience within global mining houses to small exploration / development companies
  • provides independent review and assessment of major mining projects
  • advisory services to identify optimized mine development strategy
  • identifying and negotiating M&A to grow/improve businesses
  • solving complex commercial challenges impacting the success of mining assets
  • raising corporate and project financing which relies on mining activities
  • seek out assertive strategies to grow businesses while managing/controlling risks
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Georg Kahle
Georg is a lawyer with almost 20 years of experience in the mining industry:
  • qualified M&A attorney with specialization in mining law
  • significant pan-African M&A experience
  • former head of the South African mining team of a large international law firm
  • currently chair of the German South African Chamber of Commerce legal sub-committee on mining
  • strong network and links to investors that are focused on the mining sector
  • fluent in English and German
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Jürgen Schlichting
Jürgen is an economist with 40 years of experience with international projects:
  • studied economics at the University of Basle/Switzerland
  • specialized in design, implementation and management of international projects
  • experienced in corporate governance
  • worked for Governmental entities and private companies worldwide
  • strong links to EU entities, international finance institutes, and large European off-takers
  • long-term working experience in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia
  • on the Advisory Board of a European mining company (critical raw materials project in Europe)
  • fluent in German, English, Portuguese; working knowledge in Spanish, Italian, French
Jürgen Schlichting
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The members of the Core Team…

…have significant professional experience in

  • mining operations
  • project design and management
  • financial structuring and advice
  • legal advisory
  • international contract negotiations

…have worked for international clients including

  • mining companies
  • industrial and service companies
  • finance entities and investors
  • governmental entities

…maintain close contact to

  • the EU Commission and EU entities
  • German Government and entities
  • large European industrial off-takers
  • relevant finance entities and investors
  • mining industries in Africa, Australia and Latin America

Partners & Memberships

We closely collaborate with mining industry experts, raw material specialists and research institutes according to needs.

Members of our Core Team are associated with…
  • …the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) – erma.eu
  • …the European Lithium Institute (eLi) – lithium-institute.eu
  • …Cross Border Associates (CBA), an international network of more than 300 M&A
    specialists in more than 100 countries – cba.associates

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