Cantor Fitzgerald and Strategia Worldwide

Risk & Mining Breakfast Seminar

22 April 2016 – Investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “A comprehensive approach to risk in complex environments.” The seminar was attended by 61 invited guests from the mining, insurance and risk industries.

Guest speaker Chief Operating Officer of Barrick Gold, and former commander of the SAS, Richard Williams talked about some of the challenges mining companies now face in managing multi faceted risks in highly complex, volatile and difficult environments. Risks, such as those impacting operations (including technical, security and safety risks), license to operate (including environment, social, permitting, and political risks), and their potential impact on financial performance in locations where mining companies need to operate. Richard also highlighted the potential impact of digitization on risk management in this context.

Strategia Worldwide partner Sir Richard Shirreff then outlined the comprehensive approach taken to address strategic risk management issues using Strategia’s unique Analysis, Campaign Design & Deliver (ACDD™) methodology. He discussed examples from Strategia’s recent experience, including their work in Cote D’Ivoire. This was followed by an open forum during which the issues raised were discussed in more detail.

“We partner with our clients to identify and manage inter-related risks and reduce their costs. We do this by joining our forces together with the client’s, building consensus with other stakeholders and applying our framework to design and implement forward-looking plans.  We then ensure that these solutions are the ones that best suit their organisations, that ultimately protect their reputation and enhance their shareholder value.” Sir Richard Shirreff.

Strategia Worldwide Ltd brings together combined senior expertise from the military, political, diplomatic, law-enforcement, humanitarian, social development, strategic communications, cyber and insurance worlds and operates in the UK and overseas.

Cantor Fitzgerald is an integrated, full-service midmarket investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in equity and debt capital markets, M&A advisory, market making, sales & trading and commercial real estate finance.

Cantor Fitzgerald’s 1,600 employees serve clients through over 35 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East.

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe is 100% owned by US-based Cantor Fitzgerald. Cantor Fitzgerald Europe advises some 80 corporate clients, makes markets in over 700 companies and investment trusts and provides high quality research coverage of over 150 stocks.

Stewart Dickson, Head of Metals & Mining, commented, “ We are pleased to host  this event with our partners Strategia Worldwide and Barrick Gold. We believe that a comprehensive approach to strategic risk management brings real financial returns to clients and welcome the opportunity to learn from the insights of our market leading speakers”.

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For further information please contact Lucy Michael – lucy.michael@strategiaworldwide.com, M: 07968 941038.

Notes to Editors:

The speakers:

Richard Williams

Richard Williams was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Barrick in August 2015. He joined Barrick in October 2014 as Chief of Staff. Mr. Williams served for 20 years in the British Army [including command of the Special Air Service (SAS), an elite Special Forces unit, leading operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, South America and the UK]. After leaving the military, Mr. Williams worked as an advisor at the UK-based hedge fund Lansdowne Partners, JPMorgan Cazenove, and as a Non-Executive Director of Gem Diamonds Ltd. — a London- listed mining company. He has also been the founder and Managing Director of a number of mineral exploration and services companies active in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Africa.

Sir Richard Shirreff

Over 37 years experience as an international leader and commander rising to highest rank in British Army and NATO. Extensive experience of building unity of effort with different nations, governments, the humanitarian community and wide variety of other stakeholders in order to resolve complex problems. First hand understanding of the challenges of decision making under extreme political and media pressure, and proven record of leading dynamic change management makes him well placed to support corporate leaders in the development and operationalising of strategy to manage complex risks.