About Oliver

Oliver Ramsbottom is a partner in McKinsey’s Tokyo office. He joined the firm in 1998 in London and spent 15 years in mainland China, then transferred to Tokyo in 2016. He has worked extensively in the commodity and resources sectors serving domestic, regional, and global companies operating in China, Asia–Pacific, and Europe. His work focuses on strategy, corporate finance, and business development for both industry players and financial institutions with exposure to the sector, such as private-equity firms and sovereign-wealth funds.

In the resources sector, he recently helped a leading global mining company evaluate the potential evolution of the iron-ore pricing mechanism as the commodity moves toward a fully liquid spot market supported by transparent and efficient trading platforms and indexes. In particular, this required understanding the future role the derivatives market would have for both price setting for physical deliveries as well as hedging for key midstream players.

In the corporate-finance sector, he recently supported a leading Japanese trading company in evaluating potential partnership options for a soft commodities business. This involved understanding the future regional and global supply-demand dynamics, identifying key value drivers for the business, and providing valuation and negotiation support for the client through the transaction process.

In addition to client work, he leads McKinsey’s institutional research on commodities and is a frequent presenter to investor road shows and conferences on the global commodity sector.

Published work

The growing importance of steel scrap in China,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017


Harvard Business School

Oxford University
BA (honors), classics

Tsinghua University
Advanced Chinese diploma