What We Do

iLiMarkets is a business consulting firm, specialized in the lithium industry, that provides independent and professional advice. The approach of iLiMarkets is unique due to the expertice and background of its team of professionals that includes senior positions in major producers and financial firms. iLiMarkets counts with a vast network across the entire value chain that enables it to offer its clients technical, economic and stategist insights.

Our Team


Daniel Jimenez

Founding partner of iLiMarkets and one of the leading experts in the lithium market. He worked 28 years at SQM, where he held various positions, including Commercial Senior Vice President for Lithium and Iodine for 10 years. He has pioneered the production and commercialization of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide to Asia, Europe and North America and was responsible for developing SQM’s global Li commercial offices including opening of offices in Asia. Since September 2019, is a non-executive director at Galan Lithium, An Australian lithium project development company, with a deposit in Argentina.


José Antonio Merino

Led the business development and M&A unit of SQM until year 2020. He oversaw various transactions for more than US$250M, including the acquisition of the 50% of the MT Holland Li Spodumene project in WA, and divestment of SQM’s stake in the Argentinean brine deposit Cauchari-Olaroz to the Chinese Ganfeng. Before this, he built a successful career in the financial sector, with a particular focus on the natural resources industry, having held positions in investment banking and private equity firms.

Head of Research

Martín Sáez

Economist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, specialized in Asian affairs. He has built vast expertise analyzing the lithium and iodine indutry in terms of suppy, demand and market trends.