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Oliver Ramsbottom

PartnerHong Kong

Oliver Ramsbottom

PartnerHong Kong

Advises domestic and global clients in resources, commodities, and related industrial sectors, with a particular focus on metals and mining, across strategy and corporate-finance topics

Oliver is a Partner based in McKinsey’s Hong Kong office. He joined the firm in 1998 in London, spent 16 years in Mainland China before transferring to Tokyo in 2016. He has worked extensively in the commodity and resources sectors serving Asian and multi-national companies. His work focuses on strategy, corporate finance, and business development for both industry players and financial institutions with exposure to the sector, including private-equity firms and sovereign-wealth funds.

In the commodities sector, Oliver recently helped a leading global mining company evaluate the future 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. 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 metals company in evaluating an acquisition in the European specialty-metals sector. 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, Oliver leads McKinsey’s institutional research on commodities and is a frequent presenter at investor road shows and conferences on the global commodity sector. He is also the partner sponsor of recruiting for the firm in Asia.

Published work

Metals and mining: Unleashing the power of technology in commodities trading,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

How to navigate mining’s cash-flow conundrum,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

The raw-materials challenge: How the metals and mining sector will be at the core of enabling the energy transition,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Gold industry M&A: Riding the new wave buoyed by lessons from the past,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

In search of alpha: Updating the playbook for private equity in China,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Can the gold industry return to the golden age?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Lithium and cobalt: A tale of two commodities,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018

The future of nickel: A class act,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

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