Chairman of the Board
Paul has over 30 years' of experience leading the origination, evaluation, negotiation and execution of major complex transactions as both senior adviser and principal, particularly in the natural resources sector.
From 1986-1992, he was an investment banker at Morgan Grenfell & Co where he advised Minorco (Anglo American) on its hostile £3.5Bn bid for Consolidated Gold Fields, at the time the largest ever transaction on the LSE. In 1992, he joined Minorco and was involved in a wide range of transactions, including the acquisition of the Lisheen base metals project in Ireland and the bid for BP's share in Olympic Dam. In 1996 he became Minorco's Managing Director for Asia Pacific & Australia, based in Singapore, where he led the establishment of the Group's presence in the region through a number of copper and gold joint ventures in Australia, Indonesia, PNG and the Philippines.
Paul left Anglo American in 2001 to co-lead the establishment, strategic direction and management of Gazelle Corporate Finance, a boutique investment banking business providing corporate finance, M&A and debt restructuring advice to the Boards of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including Anglo American, British Aerospace, Babcock and United Technologies, and to the Trustees of major UK defined benefit pension schemes, including Thames Water and Cable & Wireless.
Paul returned to Anglo American in 2008 where he became Group Head of Business Development and Head of Strategic Relationships Management. He was a key member of Anglo American's senior leadership team, accountable for the Group's growth agenda and the development and management of the Group's business and relationships in China, India, Japan, Mozambique, Mongolia, Russia and the DRC. His key achievements included leading the origination and execution of Anglo American's defensive $5.4Bn sale of a 24.5% interest in certain Chilean copper assets, including Los Bronces, to Mitsubishi Corporation and negotiating the settlement of Anglo American's subsequent dispute with Codelco and Mitsui through transactions valued in excess of $2.1Bn, and preserving $2Bn of shareholder value. Paul also initiated and led a successful re-evaluation of Anglo American's strategic approach to partnering and is management of key business relationships and led the management of the Group's relationships with Mitsubishi and Mitsui.
Paul is a Senior Adviser, Mineral Resources Investment for Mitsubishi Corporation.
Paul holds an MA in Modern History from New College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.