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Due diligence and commercial advisory

Trusted advice from a dedicated team of experts

Working with clients and third parties, SFA (Oxford) has a long track record of providing technical due diligence and financial modelling support to help secure future funding from investors and lenders. We undertake confidential assignments on behalf of a wide range of clients, including mining companies, investment banks, hedge funds, metal traders and high net worth individuals, to support their due diligence activities.

Independent valuations and technical assessments

The SFA team has the experience to evaluate a broad spectrum of assets and scenarios, including corporate entities, projects from exploration to feasibility stage, operating mines, expansions and restarts. We can also assess numerous specific transactions, ranging from corporate deals to commodity market trading opportunities.

Leveraging its extensive experience of exploration, project appraisal, mine operation management, mineral processing, marketing, mining finance and mineral economics, and covering a range of metals, the SFA team is able to make a rapid, accurate assessment of an asset or situation, from technical, financial and strategic viewpoints. 

We have carried out valuation assignments ranging from PGM assets in Southern Africa and cobalt-rich deposits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to gold mines in Papua New Guinea. Valuations by SFA have led to asset sales for major producers as well as for junior mining companies.

In carrying out these assignments, SFA has several significant competitive advantages over 'traditional' technical consultants:

  • We are not constrained by any particular approach and our expertise cuts across traditional demarcation lines. Members of the SFA team have extensive experience of exploration, project appraisal, mine operation management, mineral processing, marketing, mining finance and mineral economics, covering a range of metals. This enables us to make a rapid, accurate initial assessment of an asset or situation, from technical, financial and strategic viewpoints.

  • The whole range of mined commodities is covered. Although we are probably best known for our specialisation in platinum-group metals, the SFA team frequently undertakes assignments on lithium, cobalt, gold and silver as well as in base metals, particularly aluminium, copper, nickel and zinc. We also cover a range of other commodities such as diamonds, iron ore, coal and industrial minerals, applying our proven analytical skills to each.

  • We deliver focused, timely, effective and value-adding due diligence solutions. Our reports are concise and commercially focused and each one is prefaced with an executive summary that sets out clearly the key issues and strategic choices available to the client. Our communication style is tailored carefully according to each client's needs and preferences. In most instances, an initial report is issued within five working days of completing a site visit.

  • SFA has long maintained a strong network of trusted associates and specialist consultants. Where additional specialised input is called for, we identify the requirements and recommend a suitable expert. Typically, we call upon associates for specific engineering, geological, mineral market or other expert input, such as resource audits or engineering studies. More generally, our network penetrates the length and breadth of the mining industry and allied sectors, from senior operating management to investment bankers.

 

 

 

 

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Henk de Hoop

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Beresford Clarke

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Jamie Underwood

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Dr Emilio Soberón

Principal Consultant

Thomas Chandler

Principal Market Analyst

Lakshya Gupta

Senior Battery Technologies Analyst

Sandeep Kaler

Industrial Demand Analyst

Dr Fahad Aljahdali

Energy Analyst

Eknoor Arora

Mining Analyst

Gyubin Hwang

Hydrogen Market Analyst

Carol Lu

Associate Principal Analyst: China

Nelsa Martins

Senior Technical Consultant

Stephen A. Forrest

Retired Chairman

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