Critical Resource specializes in political, sustainability and stakeholder risks facing investments in energy, resources and related sectors. We advise senior executives and investors in some of the world’s largest companies.
We believe the future’s most successful resource firms will be those that manage these risks better than their competitors. Using our unique approach, LicenseSecure, we assist clients to do so in a highly responsible and sustainable way.
We provide due diligence and assurance that these risks are well understood and managed. We also provide practical support, working with clients to achieve commercial success by building common ground with stakeholders.
Our core team brings together experience working for major resource firms, The Economist, McKinsey, and Chatham House, among other organisations. The senior advisory panel for LicenseSecure comprises Lord (John) Browne, Bill Emmott and Prof Sir Paul Collier.
Recent news and articles
- “Mozambique-scale discoveries are a possibility in Madagascar” (May 2017)
Madagascar's Minister of Mines and Petroleum sees a bright future for investment in his country, but only if it makes the necessary reforms. more»
- Ratings update: Shell, Nigeria (May 2017)
The scrutiny facing Shell over a block offshore Nigeria is the latest in a string of corruption-related controversies in the extractive sectors. more»
- The Trump agenda – what it means for resources and energy (Mar 2017)
Critical Resource advisors and other leading experts reflect on the implications of Trump’s presidency for energy and resource companies globally. more»
- Guinea mines minister: “Read beyond Simandou headlines” (Mar 2017)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Abdoulaye Magassouba argues that recent scandals distract from Guinea's improvements as an investment destination. more»
- EITI Chair: Mining companies lead transparency agenda (Jan 2017)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt discusses why oil and gas firms lag behind mining companies on transparency. more»
- Ratings update: Vedanta, Zambia (Jan 2017)
Vedanta subsidiary KCM faces industrial action amidst a series of recent challenges, but Zambia’s broader outlook is improving. more»
- Lonmin CEO: 'Never waste a good crisis' (Oct 2016)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Ben Magara identifies stakeholder relationships as key to beating the ‘winner-takes-all’ mindset that besets the industry. more»
- Ratings update: Noble Energy, Israel (Oct 2016)
Israel's Leviathan field could reshape regional geopolitics - but access to foreign markets and stakeholder opposition threaten development. more»