Sunrise Americas LLC is a Denver-based, mining advisory firm specialized in strategic planning, corporate development, business development, economic evaluations and commercial contracts 

Michael Gingles – Principal

Professional with corporate and entrepreneurial experience in the mining industry gained over 30 years working in Australia, United Kingdom, Chile, and the USA. Credited with leading corporate transactions that resulted in the development of over 30 million ounces of gold reserves (Pueblo Viejo, Turquoise Ridge).

Co-founded and listed Fortune Valley Resources (FVX-V) through an IPO on the Toronto Venture Exchange before successfully executing an exit strategy through a merger with Orosur Mining (2006-2010). Held executive and management positions during an 11 year career with Placer Dome (1995-2006), including EVP Corporate and Business Development for Placer Dome Americas (2001-2006) and Manager Strategic Planning at Zaldivar copper mine (1995-1998). Prior to 1995, worked for Outokumpu Metals & Resources as a Financial Analyst (1991-1995) and Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie as a Project Geologist (1987-1990). Director of Americas Tailings Inc. ( Recognized as a Qualified Professional (QP) member of the Metallurgical & Mining Society of America (MMSA) with special expertise in Mineral Valuation, Finance. Holds a BSc. in Geology from King’s College (1984), an MSc. in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines (1985) and an MBA from Imperial College Business School (1991) in London.

Transaction Experience

  • negotiation of 118MW renewable contract in Chile between Teck and AES Gener (2019-2020)
  • negotiation of 112MW electricity contract in Chile between Santo Domingo and major Chilean power company (2019-2020)
  • negotiation of 21MW solar contract in Chile between Teck and AES Gener (2013)
  • negotiation of 240MW electricity contract in Chile between Teck and AES Gener (2012)
  • acquisition of minority stake in copper-gold mine in Region IV, Chile, by CorpBanca (2011)
  • negotiation of EPC contract for power plant development in Panama between Inmet and SK Engineering and Construction (2011)
  • negotiation of EPCM contract for Cobre Panama mine development between Inmet and SNC-Lavalin (2010)
  • acquisition of 87% Kori Kollo/Kori Chaca gold mine in Bolivia by private mining company from Newmont Mining (2010)
  • merger between Fortune Valley and Orosur Mining, formerly Uruguay Mineral (2010)
  • option agreement with Anglo American for Fortune Valley to develop the 2Moz Pantanillo gold property in Region III, Chile (2009)
  • option agreement with Codelco for Fortune Valley to explore and develop the Anillo gold property in Region II, Chile (2008)
  • Initial Public Offering by Fortune Valley for $4 million on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada (2007)
  • acquisition of Silver State Ranch by Barrick Gold to secure water rights for Bald Mountain gold mine in Nevada (2006)
  • acquisition of the Curtis Life Trust by Placer Dome to buy-back royalty interest in Cortez gold mine in Nevada (2005)
  • renegotiation of the shareholders’ agreement between Placer Dome and Bema Gold for the Cerro Casale gold project in Chile (2003 & 2004)
  • sale of 25% of 10Moz Turquoise Ridge gold mine in Nevada by Placer Dome to Newmont Mining for processing rights at Twin Creek (2003)
  • award and negotiation of 25Moz Pueblo Viejo gold property in the Dominican Republic by Placer Dome with the Government (2001-2002)
  • sale of Las Cristinas gold property in Venezuela by Placer Dome to Vannessa Ventures for royalty and back-in rights (2001)
  • sale of 631 lps water rights in Chile by Zaldivar to Escondida mine for $135M (2000)
  • acquisition of Outokumpu’s mining and water properties in Chile, including Sierra Gorda and Relincho, by Placer Dome (2000)
  • acquisition of 50% Zaldivar copper mine in Chile by Placer Dome from Outokumpu for $251M (1999)
  • renegotiation of $40M rail transport agreement in Chile between Zaldivar and FCAB (1998)
  • negotiation of 110MW electricity contract in Chile between Zaldivar, Lomas Bayas and Chilgener (1996)
  • sale of 50% Zaldivar copper property by Outokumpu to Placer Dome for $100M and $400M financing commitment (1992)

Note: Some transactions since 2013 are subject to confidentiality undertakings


Sunrise Americas works with strategic partners and has a network to specialist professionals who can provide supplementary support in the following disciplines: feasibility work, permitting & environmental work, mining, metallurgy, community & government relations, human resources, finance, marketing and legal.