Martabe mine,
North Sumatra, Indonesia
Kestrel mine,
Queensland, Australia
Capricorn Copper,
Queensland, Australia
Crushed Ore Feed Circuit,
Capricorn Copper,
Queensland, Australia

Our Team

Our team comprise individuals with deep experience in the resources industry, private equity and Asian markets, most of whom have worked together over the last 10 to 30 years.


Investment Committee

OWEN HEGARTY OAM

Executive Chairman

BEc (Hons) (Monash), FAusIMM


Owen has more than 40 years experience in the global mining industry including 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s Australian copper and gold business from 1989 to 1994.

Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to an A$6 billion Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer.

Owen was also Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), one of the world’s largest iron ore companies, Executive Vice Chairman of Hong Kong listed resources companies, G Resources and Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group.

Owen is a Fellow and Former Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is also an advisor on mining and resources generally to a number of government and industry associations.

In 2019, Owen was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the AusIMM. The Honorary Fellowship recognises “exceptional achievement, service or contribution to the minerals sector” and is conferred on senior and influential professionals who have performed “notable, active and sustained service to the AusIMM or made a major contribution to the minerals sector.”

In 2021 Owen was awarded, as part of the Queens Birthday Honours list, the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the mining and minerals sector.

JASON CHANG

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

LLM LLB B Ec (Accounting) (Monash, Australia), Barrister and Solicitor (Supreme Court, Victoria, Australia), Member, Hong Kong Securities Institute (MHKSI), Chartered Tax Advisor


Jason has over 20 years’ experience in transactions and advisory specialising in Asian markets, investment management and the resources sector.

Prior to EMR, Jason was a partner of KPMG in Australia for over 13 years where he was Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia’s Asia Practice and a member of KPMG Australia’s leadership team. In these roles, Jason was the head of KPMG Australia’s businesses across all service lines (transactions, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, tax, and audit) for the Asia Australia corridor.

Jason was a Board Director of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) (2008–2015) and President of the Victorian Branch of the Australia China Business Council (2008–2015).

Jason graduated with a Masters of Laws, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Accounting) from Monash University, Australia, and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

TONY MANINI

Executive Director and Investment Committee

BSc (Geology) (Hons) (LaTrobe), FAusIMM FSEG


Tony Manini is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of EMR Capital with responsibility for business origination and development, geology and exploration. He has over 30 years of global resource industry experience across a diverse range of projects, countries and commodities. Previous experience includes 14 years with CRA-Rio Tinto Group and 10 years with Oxiana-Oz Minerals covering technical, commercial and senior management roles in exploration, business development, project evaluation, mine development and operations.

Tony is also a co-founder of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group, a private incubator company involved in the discovery and development of world class metallurgical coal deposits in Russia (Tigers Realm Coal), development of copper and gold assets in Indonesia (Asiamet Resources) and world class uranium deposits in Canada (NexGen Energy).

Tony holds an Honours Degree in Geology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Society of Economic Geologists.

ROB BURNS

Investment Committee

B Eng (RMIT) Fellowship in Metallurgy, Fellow AusIMM, MAICD


Rob is a senior resources executive with 40 years’ experience in the resources industry including 30 years with Rio Tinto in a number of senior management, operational and technical roles, across a range of commodities.

His roles at Rio Tinto included General Manager Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation, Managing Director of Northparkes Mines and Peak Gold Mine. He also represented Rio Tinto as Chairman of the Northparkes Joint Venture. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Kelian Mine at Equatorial Mining; and Manager, Metallurgical Services, Bougainville Copper.

Rob is currently a Non-Executive Director of Bougainville Copper, Chairman of Indian Pacific Resources, a private iron ore exploration company and with EMR also a Chairman of Redhill Mining Hong Kong.

Rob has been involved in the development of significant greenfields projects including a major tailings retreatment project with Anglo American South Africa to recover gold, uranium and pyrite, the Gregory Bowen Basin coking coal project for BHP, the Hidden Valley gold project in PNG, the Wimmera Industrial mineral sands project in Western Victoria, Australia, and restart studies for the Bougainville Copper mine in PNG. Rob has also been involved in numerous brownfields projects with Bougainville Copper, Northparkes copper and gold mine, Kelian gold and Lihir gold.

Rob has considerable experience in business improvement across Rio Tinto’s global operations and was the founding chief consultant with Rio’s “Improving Performance Together” Team. Rob helped develop operations improvement methodologies and has led improvement teams that have realised reported value of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rob has worked in numerous locations around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, USA, Russia and Laos. Rob holds a Fellowship in Metallurgy (Bachelor of Engineering) from the School of Mines at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

DAVID JONES

Investment Committee and Chairman of Audit & Governance Committee

B Eng (1st Class Hons) (Melb) MBA (Harvard)


David is a senior private equity executive with 17 years’ experience in private equity investing. David was most recently Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity (2002–2011), a leading private equity firm, where he co-led an A$1.5 billion fund raising. Prior to CHAMP, David was the Head of UBS Capital (1999–2002) in Australia, an executive with both Macquarie Bank’s private equity business and McKinsey and Co.

In 2007, David was Chairman of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).

David is currently Executive Chairman of VGI Partners, Chair of the National Museum of Australia, Kudos Energy and Derwent Executive, and a Non-Executive Director of EC English and Global Sources Limited (NASDAQ).

David has considerable experience in all aspects of private equity investing from development of investment strategy, portfolio construction, investment execution and exits to active management of investments. David has represented investors on the boards of more than 20 investee companies during his career.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a First Class Honours from Melbourne University and a MBA from Harvard University.

OWEN HEGARTY OAM

Executive Chairman

BEc (Hons) (Monash), FAusIMM

Owen has more than 40 years experience in the global mining industry including 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s Australian copper and gold business from 1989 to 1994.

Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to an A$6 billion Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer.

Owen was also Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), one of the world’s largest iron ore companies, Executive Vice Chairman of Hong Kong listed resources companies, G Resources and Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group.

Owen is a Fellow and Former Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is also an advisor on mining and resources generally to a number of government and industry associations.

In 2019, Owen was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the AusIMM. The Honorary Fellowship recognises “exceptional achievement, service or contribution to the minerals sector” and is conferred on senior and influential professionals who have performed “notable, active and sustained service to the AusIMM or made a major contribution to the minerals sector.”

In 2021 Owen was awarded, as part of the Queens Birthday Honours list, the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the mining and minerals sector.

JASON CHANG

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

LLM LLB B Ec (Accounting) (Monash, Australia), Barrister and Solicitor (Supreme Court, Victoria, Australia), Member, Hong Kong Securities Institute (MHKSI), Chartered Tax Advisor

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in transactions and advisory specialising in Asian markets, investment management and the resources sector.

Prior to EMR, Jason was a partner of KPMG in Australia for over 13 years where he was Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia’s Asia Practice and a member of KPMG Australia’s leadership team. In these roles, Jason was the head of KPMG Australia’s businesses across all service lines (transactions, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, tax, and audit) for the Asia Australia corridor.

Jason was a Board Director of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) (2008–2015) and President of the Victorian Branch of the Australia China Business Council (2008–2015).

Jason graduated with a Masters of Laws, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Accounting) from Monash University, Australia, and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

TONY MANINI

Executive Director and Investment Committee

BSc (Geology) (Hons) (LaTrobe), FAusIMM FSEG

Tony Manini is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of EMR Capital with responsibility for business origination and development, geology and exploration. He has over 30 years of global resource industry experience across a diverse range of projects, countries and commodities. Previous experience includes 14 years with CRA-Rio Tinto Group and 10 years with Oxiana-Oz Minerals covering technical, commercial and senior management roles in exploration, business development, project evaluation, mine development and operations.

Tony is also a co-founder of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group, a private incubator company involved in the discovery and development of world class metallurgical coal deposits in Russia (Tigers Realm Coal), development of copper and gold assets in Indonesia (Asiamet Resources) and world class uranium deposits in Canada (NexGen Energy).

Tony holds an Honours Degree in Geology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Society of Economic Geologists.

ROB BURNS

Investment Committee

B Eng (RMIT) Fellowship in Metallurgy, Fellow AusIMM, MAICD

Rob is a senior resources executive with 40 years’ experience in the resources industry including 30 years with Rio Tinto in a number of senior management, operational and technical roles, across a range of commodities.

His roles at Rio Tinto included General Manager Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation, Managing Director of Northparkes Mines and Peak Gold Mine. He also represented Rio Tinto as Chairman of the Northparkes Joint Venture. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Kelian Mine at Equatorial Mining; and Manager, Metallurgical Services, Bougainville Copper.

Rob is currently a Non-Executive Director of Bougainville Copper, Chairman of Indian Pacific Resources, a private iron ore exploration company and with EMR also a Chairman of Redhill Mining Hong Kong.

Rob has been involved in the development of significant greenfields projects including a major tailings retreatment project with Anglo American South Africa to recover gold, uranium and pyrite, the Gregory Bowen Basin coking coal project for BHP, the Hidden Valley gold project in PNG, the Wimmera Industrial mineral sands project in Western Victoria, Australia, and restart studies for the Bougainville Copper mine in PNG. Rob has also been involved in numerous brownfields projects with Bougainville Copper, Northparkes copper and gold mine, Kelian gold and Lihir gold.

Rob has considerable experience in business improvement across Rio Tinto’s global operations and was the founding chief consultant with Rio’s “Improving Performance Together” Team. Rob helped develop operations improvement methodologies and has led improvement teams that have realised reported value of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rob has worked in numerous locations around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, USA, Russia and Laos. Rob holds a Fellowship in Metallurgy (Bachelor of Engineering) from the School of Mines at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

DAVID JONES

Investment Committee and Chairman of Audit & Governance Committee

B Eng (1st Class Hons) (Melb) MBA (Harvard)

David is a senior private equity executive with 17 years’ experience in private equity investing. David was most recently Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity (2002–2011), a leading private equity firm, where he co-led an A$1.5 billion fund raising. Prior to CHAMP, David was the Head of UBS Capital (1999–2002) in Australia, an executive with both Macquarie Bank’s private equity business and McKinsey and Co.

In 2007, David was Chairman of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).

David is currently Executive Chairman of VGI Partners, Chair of the National Museum of Australia, Kudos Energy and Derwent Executive, and a Non-Executive Director of EC English and Global Sources Limited (NASDAQ).

David has considerable experience in all aspects of private equity investing from development of investment strategy, portfolio construction, investment execution and exits to active management of investments. David has represented investors on the boards of more than 20 investee companies during his career.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a First Class Honours from Melbourne University and a MBA from Harvard University.

Group Board Directors

COLIN MACKAY

Board Director

LLB (Hons) Dip Leg Services (Glasgow)


Colin is a lawyer with significant experience in global funds management and administration, gained through over 20 years working in the Cayman Islands. Colin is an advisor to EMR Capital having been appointed in 2012. Colin is currently a Regional Commercial Director, Caribbean for Intertrust Group.

Prior to Intertrust, Colin was previously a Group Director of Elian Fiduciary Services with global responsibility for Elian's fund services division. From 2003 until 2014, Colin was an associated attorney-at-law and, from 2006, a partner of the Ogier Group based in the Cayman Islands. Colin also worked at Caledonian Bank & Trust Limited (2003) and Ritch & Conolly (1999-2002) in the Cayman Islands and MacRoberts (1996-1999) and Maclay, Murray & Spens (1992-1996) in Scotland.

During his career, Colin has advised on alternative investment structuring, operations and governance, private client and estate planning through corporate and trust structures and corporate transactions, including London Stock Exchange listing applications.

Colin received his Bachelor of Laws, with Honors, from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1991 and his Diploma in Legal Practice in 1992. Colin is a registered director, pursuant to the Directors Registration and licensing Law of the Cayman Islands and a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Colin is also a member of the Global Council of Alternative Investment Management Associated (AIMA).

GLEN WIGNEY

Board Director and Member of the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

B Com (Hons) (Carleton) CA (Ontario) CPA (Ontario) CPA (Illinois)


Glen is formerly a member of Deloitte & Touche’s global financial services team and has 30 years of experience with Deloitte in three countries.

After starting his career in his native Canada, he joined Deloitte’s Cayman Islands practice. During his 20 years in Cayman he has served on various alternative investment management industry committees and Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry Group.

Glen was the partner in charge of the audit practice of Deloitte Cayman before relocating to Deloitte’s U.S. firm. Based in Chicago for seven years, he led Deloitte’s Emerging Manager Program in the U.S. Midwest.

Mr. Wigney returned to the Cayman Islands in 2014 and co-founded Five Continents Partners Limited to provide governance services to the investment management industry.

Mr. Wigney holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is an Illinois Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants. With over 25 years of alternative investment management experience he is also an SEC Financial Expert. Glen is a registered director under the Directors Registration and Licensing Law, 2014 of the Cayman Islands. He is also the co-founder of the Cayman Islands Chapter of Hedge Funds Care and has served on the global board of directors for this charity.

As a Board Director and Audit Committee Member of EMR Capital, Glen will focus on governance, financial reporting, investment strategy, assessment of investment proposals and transaction execution.

COLIN MACKAY

Board Director

LLB (Hons) Dip Leg Services (Glasgow)

Colin is a lawyer with significant experience in global funds management and administration, gained through over 20 years working in the Cayman Islands. Colin is an advisor to EMR Capital having been appointed in 2012. Colin is currently a Regional Commercial Director, Caribbean for Intertrust Group.

Prior to Intertrust, Colin was previously a Group Director of Elian Fiduciary Services with global responsibility for Elian's fund services division. From 2003 until 2014, Colin was an associated attorney-at-law and, from 2006, a partner of the Ogier Group based in the Cayman Islands. Colin also worked at Caledonian Bank & Trust Limited (2003) and Ritch & Conolly (1999-2002) in the Cayman Islands and MacRoberts (1996-1999) and Maclay, Murray & Spens (1992-1996) in Scotland.

During his career, Colin has advised on alternative investment structuring, operations and governance, private client and estate planning through corporate and trust structures and corporate transactions, including London Stock Exchange listing applications.

Colin received his Bachelor of Laws, with Honors, from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1991 and his Diploma in Legal Practice in 1992. Colin is a registered director, pursuant to the Directors Registration and licensing Law of the Cayman Islands and a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Colin is also a member of the Global Council of Alternative Investment Management Associated (AIMA).

GLEN WIGNEY

Board Director and Member of the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

B Com (Hons) (Carleton) CA (Ontario) CPA (Ontario) CPA (Illinois)

Glen is formerly a member of Deloitte & Touche’s global financial services team and has 30 years of experience with Deloitte in three countries.

After starting his career in his native Canada, he joined Deloitte’s Cayman Islands practice. During his 20 years in Cayman he has served on various alternative investment management industry committees and Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry Group.

Glen was the partner in charge of the audit practice of Deloitte Cayman before relocating to Deloitte’s U.S. firm. Based in Chicago for seven years, he led Deloitte’s Emerging Manager Program in the U.S. Midwest.

Mr. Wigney returned to the Cayman Islands in 2014 and co-founded Five Continents Partners Limited to provide governance services to the investment management industry.

Mr. Wigney holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is an Illinois Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants. With over 25 years of alternative investment management experience he is also an SEC Financial Expert. Glen is a registered director under the Directors Registration and Licensing Law, 2014 of the Cayman Islands. He is also the co-founder of the Cayman Islands Chapter of Hedge Funds Care and has served on the global board of directors for this charity.

As a Board Director and Audit Committee Member of EMR Capital, Glen will focus on governance, financial reporting, investment strategy, assessment of investment proposals and transaction execution.

Investment Directors

JOHN CHOMLEY

Investment Director

B Eng (Chemical) (Hons) (Mel)


John is a chemical engineer with 25 years experience in the resources industry. The majority of the first 17 years were spent in operational, technical, business improvement and management roles in base metal processing operations. These roles focused on the development of new operations and the significant improvement of existing ones including roles as Metallurgical Superintendent of Aberfoyle Resource’s (Australian Stock Exchange listed), Mt Gordon copper operation and Smelter Operations Leader of the Tomago Aluminium Smelter.

John moved into an investments, mergers and acquisitions role with the expanding Oxiana Ltd, working with many members of the current EMR team over the last 8 years. He later joined Tigers Realm Minerals Group in 2010 where as Head of Business Development he was an integral member of the team that established three commodity focused public companies: Tigers Realm Coal; Asiamet Resources (copper); and NexGen Energy (uranium). John was seconded to EMR in early 2015 on a full time basis, as a contractor, and was appointed as Investment Director at EMR in late 2015.

John has led cross functional teams to assess resource opportunities in many parts of the world including Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, Russia and South America.

At Oxiana/OZ and Tigers Realm Group, John worked on the feasibility studies at Oxiana’s Martabe Gold Project, Tigers Realm Coal’s Amaam project and joint venture management at Asiamet Resources (which was formed through the merger of Kalimantan Gold and Tigers Realm Metals).

ROB CURTIS

Investment Director

B Applied Science (Geology) (1st Class Hons)


Rob is a geologist with 20+ years experience in exploration, business development and investments within highly successful teams at Rio Tinto, Oxiana and OZ Minerals which included most of the current EMR Capital team members.

He has an extensive track record in bringing investment opportunities from early stage project evaluation, technical due diligence through to successful execution of investments.

Rob has significant hands on fieldwork, transactional and due diligence experience in grassroots to advanced exploration and development projects across a diverse range of commodities and countries.

A key part of Rob’s role over his 16 year career has been to identify and evaluate resources investment opportunities around the world which involved on site due diligence and developing networks globally to facilitate deal pipeline. As such, Rob has worked on and assessed resources opportunities in many parts of the world including Australia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Papua New Guinea (PNG), North and South America. As part of Rob’s roles, he has lived in Laos, PNG, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne.

Rob’s transaction experience includes execution of investments in Sandfire Resources, IMX Resources, Toro Energy, Beadell Resources, Royalco Resources, Minotaur Resources, Golden Grove, Martabe and many others. Rob was also involved in a number of successful investment exits including Sepon, Wafi and Hidden Valley.

Rob graduated from the School of Mines at the University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) with First Class Honours, and was a winner of the Australian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy Scholarship.

DAMIAN PEARSON

Investment Director

LLB, Chartered Accountant (England & Wales)


Damian is a senior mining investment and financing executive with over 20 years of experience in mining mergers, acquisitions, divestments and financing.

Prior to EMR Capital, Damian was a senior member of Deutsche Bank’s global natural resources team where he led numerous cross-border M&A and financing transactions for companies including Fortescue, Glencore, Baosteel, Minmetals, EMR Capital, St Barbara, Kidman Resources and Galaxy Resources.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for BNP Paribas in a similar capacity. Damian commenced his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Damian has extensive strategic advisory and end to end M&A experience which includes major investments by Asian corporates in Australia, complex M&A situations. His financing experience includes work across the capital structure - equity, convertible bonds, senior bank debt, mezzanine loans and US debt markets.

He has experience of multiple commodities including. coal, iron ore, gold, base metals and battery materials.

Damian graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Birmingham, UK and is a Chartered Accountant.

TIM LU

Director, China

B Eng, Grad Dip Economic, Grad Dip Accounting, CPA


Tim has more than 25 years of working experience with nearly 20 years focusing on metals and mining sectors in Australian and Chinese cross-border trade and investment issues.

Before joining EMR Capital, he worked for KPMG, Chevron, Austrade (the Australian government trade and investment agency). Tim has played a key role on many Chinese outbound investments in the resource, metal and mining sectors.

Tim is qualified with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), Graduate Diploma of Economics and Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Tim is a member of CPA Australia.

JOHN CHOMLEY

Investment Director

B Eng (Chemical) (Hons) (Mel)

John is a chemical engineer with 25 years experience in the resources industry. The majority of the first 17 years were spent in operational, technical, business improvement and management roles in base metal processing operations. These roles focused on the development of new operations and the significant improvement of existing ones including roles as Metallurgical Superintendent of Aberfoyle Resource’s (Australian Stock Exchange listed), Mt Gordon copper operation and Smelter Operations Leader of the Tomago Aluminium Smelter.

John moved into an investments, mergers and acquisitions role with the expanding Oxiana Ltd, working with many members of the current EMR team over the last 8 years. He later joined Tigers Realm Minerals Group in 2010 where as Head of Business Development he was an integral member of the team that established three commodity focused public companies: Tigers Realm Coal; Asiamet Resources (copper); and NexGen Energy (uranium). John was seconded to EMR in early 2015 on a full time basis, as a contractor, and was appointed as Investment Director at EMR in late 2015.

John has led cross functional teams to assess resource opportunities in many parts of the world including Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, Russia and South America.

At Oxiana/OZ and Tigers Realm Group, John worked on the feasibility studies at Oxiana’s Martabe Gold Project, Tigers Realm Coal’s Amaam project and joint venture management at Asiamet Resources (which was formed through the merger of Kalimantan Gold and Tigers Realm Metals).

ROB CURTIS

Investment Director

B Applied Science (Geology) (1st Class Hons)

Rob is a geologist with 20+ years experience in exploration, business development and investments within highly successful teams at Rio Tinto, Oxiana and OZ Minerals which included most of the current EMR Capital team members.

He has an extensive track record in bringing investment opportunities from early stage project evaluation, technical due diligence through to successful execution of investments.

Rob has significant hands on fieldwork, transactional and due diligence experience in grassroots to advanced exploration and development projects across a diverse range of commodities and countries.

A key part of Rob’s role over his 16 year career has been to identify and evaluate resources investment opportunities around the world which involved on site due diligence and developing networks globally to facilitate deal pipeline. As such, Rob has worked on and assessed resources opportunities in many parts of the world including Australia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Papua New Guinea (PNG), North and South America. As part of Rob’s roles, he has lived in Laos, PNG, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne.

Rob’s transaction experience includes execution of investments in Sandfire Resources, IMX Resources, Toro Energy, Beadell Resources, Royalco Resources, Minotaur Resources, Golden Grove, Martabe and many others. Rob was also involved in a number of successful investment exits including Sepon, Wafi and Hidden Valley.

Rob graduated from the School of Mines at the University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) with First Class Honours, and was a winner of the Australian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy Scholarship.

DAMIAN PEARSON

Investment Director

LLB, Chartered Accountant (England & Wales)

Damian is a senior mining investment and financing executive with over 20 years of experience in mining mergers, acquisitions, divestments and financing.

Prior to EMR Capital, Damian was a senior member of Deutsche Bank’s global natural resources team where he led numerous cross-border M&A and financing transactions for companies including Fortescue, Glencore, Baosteel, Minmetals, EMR Capital, St Barbara, Kidman Resources and Galaxy Resources.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for BNP Paribas in a similar capacity. Damian commenced his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Damian has extensive strategic advisory and end to end M&A experience which includes major investments by Asian corporates in Australia, complex M&A situations. His financing experience includes work across the capital structure - equity, convertible bonds, senior bank debt, mezzanine loans and US debt markets.

He has experience of multiple commodities including. coal, iron ore, gold, base metals and battery materials.

Damian graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Birmingham, UK and is a Chartered Accountant.

TIM LU

Director, China

B Eng, Grad Dip Economic, Grad Dip Accounting, CPA

Tim has more than 25 years of working experience with nearly 20 years focusing on metals and mining sectors in Australian and Chinese cross-border trade and investment issues.

Before joining EMR Capital, he worked for KPMG, Chevron, Austrade (the Australian government trade and investment agency). Tim has played a key role on many Chinese outbound investments in the resource, metal and mining sectors.

Tim is qualified with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), Graduate Diploma of Economics and Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Tim is a member of CPA Australia.

Vice Presidents

GEORGE FORDYCE

Senior Vice-President

B Eng (Chemical) (Mel), B Com (Finance) (Hons) (Mel)


George has over 13 years’ experience in corporate finance/investment banking roles relating to the natural resources sector with a specific focus on metals & mining.

Prior to EMR, George was an Associate Director in Macquarie Capital’s Natural Resources team, based in Melbourne, with primary client coverage responsibility for procuring new mandates and executing transactions in the Australian coal sector.

George spent over 12 years at Macquarie in a variety of roles relating to the natural resources sector across the Melbourne and Brisbane offices. He has intimate knowledge of, and very strong transaction experience across, the coal and base metals sectors including most recently, the defence role for Riversdale Resources on the A$800m hostile takeover bid by Hancock Prospecting, the sale of Peak Gold Mine by New Gold to Aurelia Metals, a A$150m capital raising for CleanTeQ and all the way back to the defence role for Rio Tinto on its defence from BHP Billiton back in 2008. George’s experience extends across all nature of corporate finance transactions including both public and private M&A, ECM, IPOs, debt finance, listed takeovers, scheme of arrangements, multi jurisdiction transactions and importantly where Macquarie invested its own balance sheet as a principal investor. George also has considerable experience working on coal infrastructure transactions in Australia.

George is well known to the EMR Capital team having led the day to day transactional management of EMR Capital’s acquisition of the Kestrel coking coal mine in 2018.

Prior to Macquarie, George commenced his career in 2004 as an intern at Exxon Mobil’s Altona Oil & Gas Refinery as a process engineer.

George graduated with a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne.

JADE TIAN

Vice President

B. Bus Admin (Nankai, Tianjin), M Fin (Mel)


Jade Tian has seven years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry. Prior to joining EMR in 2012, Jade worked as a finance intern with Chinavestor, where she was involved in fundamental and technical analysis and emerging markets opportunities. Jade also has work experience with self-managed Australian superannuation funds and has had a focus on the resources sector.

Her years with EMR Capital have been focused on due diligence, financial modelling and deal execution (investments and exits) across coking coal, potash, precious and base metals, and she was involved in various business aspects including fund raising and China related businesses.

Jade is qualified with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nankai University, Tianjin, and a Masters of Management (Finance) from Melbourne University, during which she participated in an Exchange Program to The Carroll School of Management at the Boston College, USA. Prior to that Jade also participated in an Exchange Program with Laval University, Canada.

RAZA KHAN

Vice President

B Eng (Mechanical) (Hons) (UWA), B Com (Finance) (UWA)


Prior to joining EMR Capital, Raza had 7 years’ experience covering the natural resources industry in both technical, operational and transaction roles with Fluor Corporation, Barclays and BNP Paribas.

As a mechanical engineer, Raza was involved with the design and construction of gold, copper and iron ore projects for ASX-listed clients including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Regis Resources and Sandfire Resources.

Raza’s transaction experience include mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, debt advisory and project finance in the metals & mining, as well as the oil & gas, sectors. Raza was responsible for developing complex financial models, conducting due diligence and preparing investment papers, industry and financial analysis.

Raza has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from The University of Western Australia.

GEORGE FORDYCE

Senior Vice-President

B Eng (Chemical) (Mel), B Com (Finance) (Hons) (Mel)

George has over 13 years’ experience in corporate finance/investment banking roles relating to the natural resources sector with a specific focus on metals & mining.

Prior to EMR, George was an Associate Director in Macquarie Capital’s Natural Resources team, based in Melbourne, with primary client coverage responsibility for procuring new mandates and executing transactions in the Australian coal sector.

George spent over 12 years at Macquarie in a variety of roles relating to the natural resources sector across the Melbourne and Brisbane offices. He has intimate knowledge of, and very strong transaction experience across, the coal and base metals sectors including most recently, the defence role for Riversdale Resources on the A$800m hostile takeover bid by Hancock Prospecting, the sale of Peak Gold Mine by New Gold to Aurelia Metals, a A$150m capital raising for CleanTeQ and all the way back to the defence role for Rio Tinto on its defence from BHP Billiton back in 2008. George’s experience extends across all nature of corporate finance transactions including both public and private M&A, ECM, IPOs, debt finance, listed takeovers, scheme of arrangements, multi jurisdiction transactions and importantly where Macquarie invested its own balance sheet as a principal investor. George also has considerable experience working on coal infrastructure transactions in Australia.

George is well known to the EMR Capital team having led the day to day transactional management of EMR Capital’s acquisition of the Kestrel coking coal mine in 2018.

Prior to Macquarie, George commenced his career in 2004 as an intern at Exxon Mobil’s Altona Oil & Gas Refinery as a process engineer.

George graduated with a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne.

JADE TIAN

Vice President

B. Bus Admin (Nankai, Tianjin), M Fin (Mel)

Jade Tian has seven years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry. Prior to joining EMR in 2012, Jade worked as a finance intern with Chinavestor, where she was involved in fundamental and technical analysis and emerging markets opportunities. Jade also has work experience with self-managed Australian superannuation funds and has had a focus on the resources sector.

Her years with EMR Capital have been focused on due diligence, financial modelling and deal execution (investments and exits) across coking coal, potash, precious and base metals, and she was involved in various business aspects including fund raising and China related businesses.

Jade is qualified with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nankai University, Tianjin, and a Masters of Management (Finance) from Melbourne University, during which she participated in an Exchange Program to The Carroll School of Management at the Boston College, USA. Prior to that Jade also participated in an Exchange Program with Laval University, Canada.

RAZA KHAN

Vice President

B Eng (Mechanical) (Hons) (UWA), B Com (Finance) (UWA)

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Raza had 7 years’ experience covering the natural resources industry in both technical, operational and transaction roles with Fluor Corporation, Barclays and BNP Paribas.

As a mechanical engineer, Raza was involved with the design and construction of gold, copper and iron ore projects for ASX-listed clients including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Regis Resources and Sandfire Resources.

Raza’s transaction experience include mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, debt advisory and project finance in the metals & mining, as well as the oil & gas, sectors. Raza was responsible for developing complex financial models, conducting due diligence and preparing investment papers, industry and financial analysis.

Raza has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from The University of Western Australia.

Analysts

BRENDAN CONNELLY

Associate

B Eng (Mining) (1st Class Hons) (Adelaide), BSc (Geology, Geophysics & Applied Geology) (Adelaide), M Fin (Applied Finance)


Brendan joined EMR having previous natural resources experience working at Olympic Dam mine as an engineering intern with BHP Billiton, and as an Analyst in Standard Chartered Bank’s Mining & Metals M&A Advisory team.

During his time with Standard Chartered, Brendan conducted fundamental and technical analysis of global mining opportunities and worked on a range of mergers and acquisitions in the mining sector. Brendan was involved in advising private equity funds and publicly listed companies across a diverse range of commodities.

Brendan is qualified with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Science (Geology, Geophysics & Applied Geology), and a Masters of Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide. Brendan received a number of University achievements for excellence in coursework, including the Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Honours Prize. In 2009, Brendan was awarded the BHP Billiton Scholarship for Mining Engineering.

Brendan’s Honours Research project was published in the Journal of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the ATSM International Geotechnical Testing Journal.

YUSHAN HUANG

Analyst

BSc (Economics & Finance) (Beijing), M Fin (Paris)


Prior to joining EMR Capital, Yushan had 2 years’ experience in investment banking with Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas in Hong Kong.

Yushan’s experience includes advising corporate clients in Asia across mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and debt raising transactions. She has been focused on conducting financial analysis and due diligence, preparing board papers and executing transactions for China relative businesses in various sectors, including Metals & Mining, Consumer & Retail and Industrials.

Yushan is qualified with a Bachelor of Economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a Masters of Finance from HEC Paris (Grande École).

JAKE FRIEND

Analyst

B Sci (Engineering & Finance) (WA),M Fin (Distinction)


Jake joins EMR after previous experience as an Analyst with Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking and Capital Markets team and BHP in their Mergers and Acquisitions team.

At Credit Suisse, Jake advised public and private corporate clients and private equity funds across several transactions including M&A, debt and equity capital market issuances, takeover defence and strategic portfolio reviews.

More recently at BHP, Jake worked on various base metals M&A transactions, with a focus on conducting due diligence, financial analysis, transaction structuring, portfolio impacts analysis and regulator engagement.

Jake is qualified with a Bachelor of Science (double major in Engineering Science and Finance) and a Master of Applied Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Western Australia. During his time at University, Jake received various awards for coursework excellence, including recognition as the top student in the Corporate Finance and Business Analysis and Valuation classes. Jake also completed internships with BHP in their Western Australian Iron Ore division, EY and PricewaterhouseCoopers whilst studying.

RISHUL DODHIA

Analyst

B Com (Finance & Economics) (1st Class Hons) (Melb)


Rishul joined EMR after working as an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan in their Australian Metals & Mining M&A team.

During his time with J.P. Morgan, Rishul conducted financial and strategic analysis to advise leading global mining companies across mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets and equity capital markets. Rishul has gained experience in a wide variety of commodities including copper, gold, Lithium, iron ore and nickel.

Rishul is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) majoring in Finance and Economics from the University of Melbourne.

BRENDAN CONNELLY

Associate

B Eng (Mining) (1st Class Hons) (Adelaide), BSc (Geology, Geophysics & Applied Geology) (Adelaide), M Fin (Applied Finance)

Brendan joined EMR having previous natural resources experience working at Olympic Dam mine as an engineering intern with BHP Billiton, and as an Analyst in Standard Chartered Bank’s Mining & Metals M&A Advisory team.

During his time with Standard Chartered, Brendan conducted fundamental and technical analysis of global mining opportunities and worked on a range of mergers and acquisitions in the mining sector. Brendan was involved in advising private equity funds and publicly listed companies across a diverse range of commodities.

Brendan is qualified with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Science (Geology, Geophysics & Applied Geology), and a Masters of Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide. Brendan received a number of University achievements for excellence in coursework, including the Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Honours Prize. In 2009, Brendan was awarded the BHP Billiton Scholarship for Mining Engineering.

Brendan’s Honours Research project was published in the Journal of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the ATSM International Geotechnical Testing Journal.

YUSHAN HUANG

Analyst

BSc (Economics & Finance) (Beijing), M Fin (Paris)

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Yushan had 2 years’ experience in investment banking with Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas in Hong Kong.

Yushan’s experience includes advising corporate clients in Asia across mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and debt raising transactions. She has been focused on conducting financial analysis and due diligence, preparing board papers and executing transactions for China relative businesses in various sectors, including Metals & Mining, Consumer & Retail and Industrials.

Yushan is qualified with a Bachelor of Economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a Masters of Finance from HEC Paris (Grande École).

JAKE FRIEND

Analyst

B Sci (Engineering & Finance) (WA),M Fin (Distinction)

Jake joins EMR after previous experience as an Analyst with Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking and Capital Markets team and BHP in their Mergers and Acquisitions team.

At Credit Suisse, Jake advised public and private corporate clients and private equity funds across several transactions including M&A, debt and equity capital market issuances, takeover defence and strategic portfolio reviews.

More recently at BHP, Jake worked on various base metals M&A transactions, with a focus on conducting due diligence, financial analysis, transaction structuring, portfolio impacts analysis and regulator engagement.

Jake is qualified with a Bachelor of Science (double major in Engineering Science and Finance) and a Master of Applied Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Western Australia. During his time at University, Jake received various awards for coursework excellence, including recognition as the top student in the Corporate Finance and Business Analysis and Valuation classes. Jake also completed internships with BHP in their Western Australian Iron Ore division, EY and PricewaterhouseCoopers whilst studying.

RISHUL DODHIA

Analyst

B Com (Finance & Economics) (1st Class Hons) (Melb)

Rishul joined EMR after working as an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan in their Australian Metals & Mining M&A team.

During his time with J.P. Morgan, Rishul conducted financial and strategic analysis to advise leading global mining companies across mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets and equity capital markets. Rishul has gained experience in a wide variety of commodities including copper, gold, Lithium, iron ore and nickel.

Rishul is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) majoring in Finance and Economics from the University of Melbourne.

Finance, Operations, Risk and Compliance

RALPH FERGUSON

Chief Financial Officer

B Com (Melbourne), Chartered Accountant (ICAA) (Australia)


Ralph has over 30 years’ experience in the provision of accounting, assurance and finance related matters.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Ralph had been a Senior Partner in KPMG Australia for 18 years. In that position he has held various senior roles including Partner in charge of KPMG’s CFO Advisory Practice in Melbourne, responsible for advising CFO’s on strategy, operations and risk.

Prior to that position Ralph was Partner in charge of KPMG’s Enterprise Group a dedicated practice established to provide audit, taxation and advisory services to privately owned Corporate Groups and Family Offices.

Ralph’s experience includes transaction due diligence assignments relating to mergers, acquisitions and divestments. In addition to his external client roles and internal KPMG leadership positions, Ralph has led various strategic and operational initiatives for KPMG.

Ralph was seconded to KPMG Singapore on two occasions prior to his admission as Partner.

Ralph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and is an ASIC registered company auditor.

WINNIE LAU

Financial Controller

B Com (Accounting and Finance) (Sydney), Chartered Accountant (ICAA)


Winnie has more than 15 years’ experience in the provision of accounting and financial services. Winnie has had experience in different aspects of finance within the banking industry.

Prior to joining EMR Capital in 2018, Winnie was with Macquarie Group in Hong Kong, where she was responsible for the business performance and financial control of the Securities business in Asia. Prior to Macquarie, Winnie was working in Group Finance at the Head Office of Westpac Banking Corporation. Winnie has also worked in tax consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia.

Winnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Sydney, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

DEARBHLA SAMMON

Governance & Compliance Manager

BSc (Management & Law), Grad. Dip. Applied Corporate Governance, Chartered Secretary FGIA FCIS


Dearbhla joined EMR Capital in 2015 and was appointed Governance & Compliance Manager in August 2018.

Dearbhla has over 10 years’ experience as a corporate governance, corporate secretarial, risk and compliance professional in various regulated industries.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Dearbhla was the Corporate Compliance Officer at a large private hospital operator (now ASX100) and a Company Secretarial Assistant at Australia’s second largest private health insurance company. Dearbhla’s career commenced in Ireland as a legal secretary while she was completing her undergraduate degree and she spent almost 9 years working as a paralegal, legal executive and legal secretary, at preeminent law firms in both Ireland and Australia prior to moving to in house roles specializing on corporate governance and compliance matters.

Dearbhla holds a BSc (Management & Law) from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute Australia. Dearbhla is a fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators).

ANNIE LEE

Treasury Accountant

B Bus Admin (Accounting & Fin) (Hong Kong)


Prior to joining EMR Capital, Annie had 3 years’ assurance experience in the financial services practice of Ernst & Young Hong Kong.

Annie’s experience included assurance services to listed private equity companies and securities brokerage firms in Hong Kong. As part of the assurance experience, she specialised in the review of Group Accounts and the financial returns for Securities and Futures Commission licensee (SFC licensee) holders.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Hong Kong and is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

AMY KAM

Accounts Payable Officer

BComm (Accounting and Finance) (Curtin)


Amy has over 13 years' experience in provision of accounting services in US listed companies and over 5 years' experience in HK listed company.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Amy worked for Korn/Ferry where she was responsible for managing Accounts Payable and Accounting Operations. Prior to Korn/Ferry, she worked for the Shared Services Centre of Sybase (acquired by SAP) where she was responsible for accounting support across the APAC region.

Her experience included financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, accounting system implementation, and overseeing accounting operation to ensure compliance.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from Curtin University of Technology and a Higher Diploma in Accountancy from City University of Hong Kong.

RALPH FERGUSON

Chief Financial Officer

B Com (Melbourne), Chartered Accountant (ICAA) (Australia)

Ralph has over 30 years’ experience in the provision of accounting, assurance and finance related matters.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Ralph had been a Senior Partner in KPMG Australia for 18 years. In that position he has held various senior roles including Partner in charge of KPMG’s CFO Advisory Practice in Melbourne, responsible for advising CFO’s on strategy, operations and risk.

Prior to that position Ralph was Partner in charge of KPMG’s Enterprise Group a dedicated practice established to provide audit, taxation and advisory services to privately owned Corporate Groups and Family Offices.

Ralph’s experience includes transaction due diligence assignments relating to mergers, acquisitions and divestments. In addition to his external client roles and internal KPMG leadership positions, Ralph has led various strategic and operational initiatives for KPMG.

Ralph was seconded to KPMG Singapore on two occasions prior to his admission as Partner.

Ralph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and is an ASIC registered company auditor.

WINNIE LAU

Financial Controller

B Com (Accounting and Finance) (Sydney), Chartered Accountant (ICAA)

Winnie has more than 15 years’ experience in the provision of accounting and financial services. Winnie has had experience in different aspects of finance within the banking industry.

Prior to joining EMR Capital in 2018, Winnie was with Macquarie Group in Hong Kong, where she was responsible for the business performance and financial control of the Securities business in Asia. Prior to Macquarie, Winnie was working in Group Finance at the Head Office of Westpac Banking Corporation. Winnie has also worked in tax consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia.

Winnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Sydney, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

DEARBHLA SAMMON

Governance & Compliance Manager

BSc (Management & Law), Grad. Dip. Applied Corporate Governance, Chartered Secretary FGIA FCIS

Dearbhla joined EMR Capital in 2015 and was appointed Governance & Compliance Manager in August 2018.

Dearbhla has over 10 years’ experience as a corporate governance, corporate secretarial, risk and compliance professional in various regulated industries.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Dearbhla was the Corporate Compliance Officer at a large private hospital operator (now ASX100) and a Company Secretarial Assistant at Australia’s second largest private health insurance company. Dearbhla’s career commenced in Ireland as a legal secretary while she was completing her undergraduate degree and she spent almost 9 years working as a paralegal, legal executive and legal secretary, at preeminent law firms in both Ireland and Australia prior to moving to in house roles specializing on corporate governance and compliance matters.

Dearbhla holds a BSc (Management & Law) from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute Australia. Dearbhla is a fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators).

ANNIE LEE

Treasury Accountant

B Bus Admin (Accounting & Fin) (Hong Kong)

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Annie had 3 years’ assurance experience in the financial services practice of Ernst & Young Hong Kong.

Annie’s experience included assurance services to listed private equity companies and securities brokerage firms in Hong Kong. As part of the assurance experience, she specialised in the review of Group Accounts and the financial returns for Securities and Futures Commission licensee (SFC licensee) holders.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Hong Kong and is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

AMY KAM

Accounts Payable Officer

BComm (Accounting and Finance) (Curtin)

Amy has over 13 years' experience in provision of accounting services in US listed companies and over 5 years' experience in HK listed company.

Prior to joining EMR Capital, Amy worked for Korn/Ferry where she was responsible for managing Accounts Payable and Accounting Operations. Prior to Korn/Ferry, she worked for the Shared Services Centre of Sybase (acquired by SAP) where she was responsible for accounting support across the APAC region.

Her experience included financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, accounting system implementation, and overseeing accounting operation to ensure compliance.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from Curtin University of Technology and a Higher Diploma in Accountancy from City University of Hong Kong.

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