Oliver Wright

Partner, New York

Biography

Overview

Oliver Wright is a specialist lawyer in the Firm's Global Mining & Metals Industry Group, focused on the Americas. Prior to joining White & Case, Oliver spent a number of years in-house with investment fund Mubadala Investment Company where he was part of a core team actively managing a global mining and metals portfolio. His breadth of experience, gained as in-house counsel at Mubadala has accounted for Oliver being a global leader in the sector. Oliver has extensive experience advising on a broad range of transactions across the mining & metals sector, regularly taking the lead on project development, financing and M&A transactions.

In his prior roles, the diversity of the portfolios for which Oliver was responsible required him to advise on projects in several challenging jurisdictions, on nearly every continent, requiring an adaptable and resilient approach. Oliver advises clients in relation to deal structuring, investment risks, joint venture management, offtake arrangements and other operational matters, new country entry, and relations with host country governments.

In addition to his depth of knowledge in the mining & metals sector, Oliver has also held senior roles in the satellite telecommunications industry. Prior to joining White & Case, Oliver was General Counsel and company secretary of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat). In this role, he led the legal, governance and compliance teams spanning the UAE and Brazil. During his tenure at Yahsat, Oliver oversaw several key milestones for the company, including the expansion of its fleet, joint venture formation and the acquisition of a complimentary satellite operator.

Prior to working in-house at Mubadala, Oliver worked for leading law firms in Australia and the Middle East for a range of clients in the resources sectors, including investors, developers and financiers.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Queensland, Australia
Education
Bachelor of Laws
Bond University

Australia

Bachelor of Commerce
Accounting / Finance
Bond University

Australia

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills & Ethics
Griffith University

Australia

Languages
English

Experience

Representation of ING Capital, Natixis and Société Générale in the US$140 million limited recourse financing for the development and construction of the Serrote da Laje greenfield copper/gold Project in Alagoas, Brazil. The project is a development stage, long-life copper/gold project consisting of the operation of an open-pit mine and processing facility and will be the first operating mine in Alagoas State. The deal is also thought to be the first US$ project financing for a greenfield mining project in Brazil.

Representation of Evercore and the other underwriters on the offering of 2.3 million American Depositary Shares (ADSs) of Piedmont Lithium Limited, a Nasdaq-listed company incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia. The aggregate gross proceeds of the public offering, before underwriting discounts and commissions, totalled US$57.5 million.

Representation of China Molybdenum Company Limited ("CMOC") in acquiring a 95 percent interest in the Kisanfu copper-cobalt mine ("Kisanfu Mine") in the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") from Freeport-McMoRan Inc. ("Freeport"), for US$550 million in cash.

Representation of a major US-based global investment management corporation in its debt investment in a portfolio of certain mining assets in the US, Brazil, Finland, Canada and Peru.

Representation of Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund, a New York-based private equity fund, in connection with an US$8 million and approximately US$20 million private placement investment in two Australian junior mining companies, respectively, Breaker Resources and Red 5.

Representation of a metals trading company in the distressed work out resulting in the sale of a mining asset in Mexico to a leading royalty company.