Pallinghurst (Cayman) GP L.P. (the “Investment Manager”) was appointed as investment manager to the Company on 4 September 2007. The Investment Manager provides investment advisory and management services to the Group and to certain other Pallinghurst Co-Investors.
The Partners of the Investment Manager have over 100 years of collective experience in the resources sector. They have an in-depth knowledge of assets, companies, people and trends. They are recognised for their strategic insight and vision, are highly regarded by international investors, and are renowned for pioneering innovative transactions.
Brian Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. In his early career, he was managing director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, which gained recognition as the world’s foremost producer of platinum in the 1980s.
Following completion of his degrees, Arne H. Frandsen undertook extensive legal research in Europe, Japan and South Africa, leading to the publishing of a number of articles as well as a book. Once his research was successfully completed, Mr Frandsen moved to London to start a professional career as an investment banker.
Andrew Willis has over 15 years’ experience in international finance, structuring and private equity. Mr Willis started his professional career as an accountant in New Zealand and after moving to Europe studied at INSEAD and was awarded an MBA. Before joining Pallinghurst Advisors LLP in 2006, he spent three years with pan-European private equity investment manager Candover Investments plc.
Sean Gilbertson graduated as a mining engineer from Wits University in South Africa having spent time in the country’s deep- level gold and platinum mines. Mr Gilbertson worked as project financier for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London specialising in independent power projects and public/private partnerships.
Priyank Thapliyal acted as deputy to Anil Agarwal (founder and chairman of Vedanta) and was responsible for spearheading the main strategic developments that resulted in the listing of Vedanta from an Indian copper smelting company in 2000 to the current multi-billion dollar revenue LSE-listed global company.