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Mining Sector Disputes

Andrew Van Zyl, Neal Rigby, Jeames McKibben, Cameron Ford, Timothy Nelson
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
First presented: 
Corporate Disputes

Read more articles from the SRK Insights September 2017 issue.

In this "mini-roundtable" discussion with Corporate Disputes magazine, specialists from around the globe offer their insight into the trends in mining sector disputes. SRK's Andrew Van Zyl, Neal Rigby, and Jeames McKibben are joined by Cameron Ford and Timothy Nelson in providing discerning answers to these questions and more:

  • Could you provide an overview of the volume, size and scope of disputes currently taking place within the mining sector?
  • What particular dispute management and resolution techniques would you suggest are most suitable for this sector?
  • How would you evaluate the benefits of mediation, arbitration and litigation?
  • What early steps can assist the process?
  • How do you envisage the outlook for the mining sector over the next 12 to 18 months in terms of the nature and prevalence of disputes?

Feature Author

Dr. Neal Rigby
Dr. Neal Rigby has over 42 years of experience in the international mining industry as a Corporate Mining Consultant and Principal Mining Engineer. Neal has been in a position to independently certify to shareholders, stock exchanges and financial institutions the “bankability” i.e. fundamental value and risks and opportunities of mining projects. Most recently, Neal’s consulting work has been directed at the restructuring and sale of mining assets and the scoping and implementation of business improvement strategies with a specific emphasis placed on factors affecting value, liability and risk.
Risk Management Specialist
SRK Denver
Andrew Van Zyl


  • Mine and project valuation;
  • Mining conventions;
  • Economics;
  • Recent valuations greater than $ 1 billion for chrome, copper and Gold;
  • Technical adviisor to the Government of Cameroon for the Mbalam Mining Convention and rail and port concessions.


Andrew has been involved in the fields of Mining and Engineering.  His expertise includes

  • Technical advice during mining convention negotiations;
  • Financial/techno-economic modelling;
  • Exchange rates and macroeconomics;
  • Research and reporting;
  • Precious and base metals due diligence;
  • Project management (managing tenders, the detailed design of processes and equipment, estimation, the procurement and erection of the equipment and have managed the cold and hot commissioning of process plants;
  • Tender management (analysis of project financials and risk);
  • General management (developing, budgeting, marketing and completing projects);
  • Quantitative analysis including model development and strategic analysis;
  • Process engineering and commissioning experience;
  • Operation of process plants, including a rapid train loading terminal.
Director | Principal Consultant
SRK Johannesburg
Jeames McKibben

James McKibben has served in a diverse range of roles including corporate consultant, project manager, geologist and analyst over more than 20 years in the mining and mineral industry.  He has a strong record in project due diligence, independent technical review, mineral asset valuation and deposit evaluation. Jeames specialises in mineral asset valuations and Independent Technical Reports for equity transactions and in support of project finance.  Other mandates include information memoranda, technical due diligence in support of divestments, acquisitions and mergers, techno-economic studies and advisory services. Jeames has been responsible for multi-disciplinary teams covering precious metals, base metals, bulk commodities (ferrous and energy) and other minerals in Australia, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe.  He has assisted numerous mineral companies, financial, accounting and legal institutions and has been actively involved in arbitration and litigation proceedings.  Jeames has experience in the geological evaluation and valuation of mineral projects worldwide.

Principal Consultant (Project Evaluation)
BSc Hons (Geology, Geochemistry), MBA, AusIMM(CP), MAIG
SRK Brisbane
SRK Africa