AER International was once again proud to sponsor the Asian Mines & Money event in Hong Kong again this year. The event was attended by our Global Head of Sales, Simon Kar, and Jon Butler, the Manager of the Asia Pacific region based out of Australia. We were delighted to present the award for Mining Executive of the Year to Li Chaochun, CEO of China Molybdenum (in spite of Simon’s inability to pronounce it!)
Over the following day and a half it was a real pleasure the bump into many familiar faces as well as acquainting ourselves with some new ones. A year on from the 10th Annual event, the difference was tangible. There was a real sense of money in the room and deals getting done, several of which have been subsequently reported in the Press. Lithium seemed to be a particularly hot topic of conversation, as were Battery Minerals in general.
From our own side, although our mandates still remain confidential, we benefited from potential new listings on the ASX and elsewhere meaning that our Executive Search service was in high demand and we returned to Perth keen to talk to Managing Directors with a proven track record of exploration and fund raising. We also came back confident that our ex pat business unit was looking as strong as ever and excited about our future prospects upon opening our Toronto operation in 2019.
Looking forward to visiting Mines & Money Eurasia as part of the World Mining Congress in Kazakhstan in June.