Prior to his appointment at Jervois, Mr Klassen’s last executive role was as General Counsel of Glencore plc, based in Baar Switzerland, retiring in 2016. Mr Klassen was responsible for the global legal function including a team of in-house lawyers supporting Executive Management, business operations and the Board of one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies, and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities worldwide, with around 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.
Prior to joining Glencore in 2013, Mr Klassen had a successful 20-year career as a Canadian M&A lawyer at leading Canadian law firms. Mr Klassen first began working with current members of the Jervois Board in 2005, advising Xstrata plc on its C$23.8 billion hostile acquisition of Falconbridge and later on its C$6.2 billion offer for LionOre Mining. Mr. Klassen has advised on numerous mining and commodities deals including Glencore’s acquisitions of Viterra, the leading Canadian grain handler, for C$6.2 billion and a controlling interest in Katanga Mining, a leading copper-cobalt producer, and BHP Billiton’s acquisition of Anglo Potash whose project evolved into BHP’s Jansen potash project.