Our Team

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Peter Bacchus

Chairman & Chief Executive

Peter has 25 years' experience as a leading global M&A adviser, with particularly deep experience in the natural resources sector.  Over his career, Peter has led a large number of the industry's transformative strategic M&A transactions and financed substantial investments and development projects worldwide.

Peter previously acted as Global Head of Mining and Metals at Morgan Stanley and European Head of Investment Banking at Jefferies.  Prior to relocating to London in 2006, he was based in Australia and Indonesia, where he was Asia-Pacific Head of Industrials and Natural Resources investment banking at Citigroup.

Over this time, Peter has been integral to many of the sector's transformative events, including:

  • Strategic and financial adviser to First Quantum Minerals on its C$5.1Bn hostile public takeover of Inmet in 2013

  • Defence adviser to Rio Tinto in relation to the unsolicited pre-conditional offer received from BHP (the mining sector’s largest ever takeover offer), and defence adviser to Western Mining in relation to the unsolicited offer from Xstrata and ultimate sale to BHP (Australia’s largest ever cash takeover)

  • Strategic adviser to Chinese state-owned MinMetals in relation to its takeover offer for Canada’s Noranda; at the time the largest ever Chinese cross-border takeover offer

  • Adviser and financier to Fortescue Metals in relation to its $2.5Bn financing to build its highly strategic port, rail and mine infrastructure in Western Australia

Peter has direct transaction experience across a diverse range of jurisdictions, including emerging markets such as South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, the DRC, Cameroon, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Indonesia, PNG, the Philippines, India, Myanmar, China, Mongolia and Laos. In addition to his advisory track record, Peter has raised in excess of $15Bn in public and private capital for participants in the global natural resources industry.

Peter is a Non-Executive Director of Gold Fields, publicly listed on the New York and Johannesburg stock exchanges, London-listed Kenmare Resources, and Australian listed Galaxy Resources.  He is also Chairman of Africa-focused conservation charity, Space for Giants.

Peter holds an MA from St John’s College, Cambridge and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.



Paul Cahill

Managing Director


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 its 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 History from New College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.



Richard Allan

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Richard has a 20 year investment banking career spanning three continents.  In recent years he has been based in London as European Head of Mining and Metals at global investment bank, Jefferies, and was previously Managing Director within Morgan Stanley’s global Mining and Metals Investment Banking team.  Prior to this, Richard was based in Sydney with Citigroup Investment Banking covering Australia and Asia. 

Richard has worked closely with Peter on a number of the sector’s major defining transactions, and has considerable experience in advisory and capital markets globally.  His senior coverage role in recent years has led to excellent current knowledge of strategic players and finance providers within the industry.

Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 



Chris Johannsen

Managing Director

Chris has around 30 years’ experience in investment banking, including the last 13 years with Standard Chartered Bank and Gryphon Partners Advisory in the UK and Australia.  Prior to that Chris held various senior management corporate and finance roles within Normandy Mining Limited, at the time Australia’s largest gold mining group.

At Standard Chartered Bank, Chris was a Managing Director in its global Mining and Metals team and Head of Mining and Metals Advisory for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Prior to this, Chris was a founding member of the Gryphon Partners Advisory team established in 2003, a boutique corporate adviser which established a preeminent position in the Australian Mining and Metals sector, completing over US$20Bn of M&A and capital markets transactions, and strategic advisory mandates.  Gryphon was acquired by Standard Chartered Bank in 2011.

Over the course of his career, Chris has acquired extensive finance advisory, structuring and transactional experience to give independent and tailored strategic advice to assist clients with their identification and selection of transaction and funding solutions.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Economics & Commerce degree from Flinders University of South Australia and is a Member of CPA Australia.



Patrick Meier

Senior Adviser


Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking. Most recently he was Head of Investment Banking for Europe and Asia at RBC Capital Markets where he oversaw a major expansion of RBC’s European presence. Prior to this role he headed up RBC’s activities in the Mining and Metals sector in Europe, Africa and Asia for many years, and continues to enjoy strong relationships within the sector. Patrick also served as a Director on the Board of RBC’s main operating subsidiary in Europe.

Patrick is Chairman of Anglo Pacific plc, a Non-Executive Director of Firestone Diamonds and has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.



John Munro

Senior Adviser


John is an international resources industry executive with over 25 years’ experience.  He operates as an independent corporate finance and corporate development adviser to the mining industry, with a focus on African mining projects.  John is currently CEO of Cupric Canyon Capital, a Botswana focused copper development company.

John has been an independent Non-Executive Director of Nord Gold SE since October 2015.  Prior to this, he was a Director at First Reserve’s Buyout Group in London. Between 2008-2012, he was Chief Executive Officer at Rand Uranium, where he was responsible for the establishment of a new gold and uranium company in South Africa, and between 2002-2008, was an executive at Gold Fields Limited, variously responsible for corporate development, strategy and international operations and projects. Prior to that, he held various positions in Gold Fields Limited, Gold Fields of South Africa Limited and Northam Platinum Limited.

John holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.



James Harman

Senior Adviser

James is CEO of Energy Developments Pty Limited ("EDL"), a market leader in long-term distributed power generation solutions.  He is an international executive, with more than 25 years' experience in the mining and energy industries.

Before joining EDL, James held several senior executive positions with global mining companies, Anglo American plc and Rio Tinto.  He was most recently Group Head of Business Development for Anglo American, based in London. James started his career as a corporate lawyer, working with major law firms in Australia.

James holds a LLM from Queensland University of Technology and a BCom/LLB from the University of New South Wales.



Peter Lester

Senior Adviser


Peter was Executive Director responsible for corporate development and mining at Citadel Resource Group and, prior to that, Executive General Manager for Corporate Development at Oxiana and OZ Minerals. His extensive experience has covered Australia, South East and Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.  He is an active board member particularly within the global mining community, with directorships including White Rock Minerals Ltd and Accessio Resources Pty Ltd. and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Millennium Minerals Ltd. and Helix Resources Limited.

Peter has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining-Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 



Karr McCurdy

Senior Adviser


Karr has over 35 years' of geologic and project development experience, combined with a background in executive management, finance and technical advisory.  He has completed more than 200 transactions valued in excess of $100bn, and personally visited hundreds of mines and down-stream operations. As a geologist, he discovered and developed the Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic.

Previously Karr served as the Chief Executive Officer of Behre Dolbear, the world’s leading independent global mineral advisory and technical consultancy, and in this capacity led assignments across 50 countries annually, specialising in providing technical and strategic analysis for natural resource companies, financial institutions, governments and international agencies.  Prior to this, he held senior managerial roles at Standard Chartered Bank and Citigroup, where he built international, sector focused banking and advisory practices.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Karr holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BSc Geological Studies from the University of Michigan.  He is a partner with Rock Elm Capital Management, a private investment firm supporting the global natural resource industry, and is a search and rescue officer for the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association.



Shea O'Callaghan

Associate Director

Shea has ten years' of investment banking and capital markets experience, including cross border transactions and financing advisory in EMEA and South East Asia.

Specifically, Shea has worked on advisory transactions worth over $10Bn, as well as equity and debt financings worth over $8Bn, including acquisition financing for private equity vehicles, and equity offerings across multiple stock exchanges.

Prior to joining Bacchus Capital, Shea was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and RBC Capital Markets in London. Additionally, he earned an MBA from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.



Cillian Spillane

Senior Associate


Cillian has five years' of investment banking experience, having graduated with a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School.

Prior to joining, Cillian worked closely with Peter and Richard at Jefferies in London, where amongst other things he managed the $712MM sale of the Kevitsa mine in Finland to Boliden AB, and in the Equity Capital Markets team.

In addition to his MSc, Cillian has an undergraduate degree in Chinese and Management from the University of Manchester.



Jake Greenberg

Senior Consultant


Jake brings more than a decade of capital markets experience and an extensive network of natural resources investors to the team. Jake is a Portfolio Manager at Murchinson LP, a Toronto-based hedge fund with c. half a billion dollars AUM.

Prior to his buy-side role, he was the Global Head of Natural Resources Specialist Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and was the number two ranked sector specialist in the Institutional Investor and Extel surveys.

Jake helped to build the mining franchise at Jefferies with Peter and Richard, and he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Princeton.



David Putnam

Senior Consultant


David has over 20 years' experience of cross-border transactions involving Asia, advising both Asian companies and those from outside the region.

His experience has included transformational M&A transactions for international companies, and some of the region's most complex restructurings including a going private transaction involving three different stock exchanges, the first ever Section 363 asset acquisition by a Chinese State Owned Enterprise and the largest ever bankruptcy by an overseas listed Chinese company.

David has worked with the principals of Bacchus Capital on transactions in Indonesia, China, Botswana, Australia, Canada, Mongolia and Myanmar. David has also served as the CEO of an Indonesian mining company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

David started his investment banking career in Asia with Schroders and Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Hong Kong, after which he was recruited to establish and build Houlihan Lokey's Asian presence, which he built in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore.

David studied Chinese and Economics at London University and speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese fluently, as well as having a working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia and Cantonese.


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Andrew Speirs

Senior Consultant


Andrew’s experience covers both private and public companies in the UK and overseas, advising on distressed M&A, negotiations with lenders and other creditors and, where appropriate, new financing. He also advises the stakeholders of companies in difficulty. He advised the Government of Iceland on the restructuring of the country's banking system following the collapse of all its main banks.

Andrew has lead the restructuring advisory business at Wyvern Partners, and was previously European Head of Restructuring at Jefferies. Before that he headed Hawkpoint's restructuring advisory business for 10 years, having previously been an investment banker at Deutsche. Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University.



Signey Steckel



Signey has five years' of Mining and Metals investment banking experience. Having spent four years at global investment bank, Jefferies, in London, she is now based in Washington, D.C.

Signey worked closely with Peter and Richard during their time at Jefferies on a number of successful Mining and Metals transactions, most notably First Quantum Minerals' $5Bn hostile takeover of Inmet Mining.

Signey has a JD from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.