Starke joins a global equity research team of over forty people, and will be based in London. The Mining and Metals equity research team (comprising of eight people) collaborates with the Standard Bank commodity analyst team headed by Walter de Wet.
Starke brings with him almost a decade of experience in the resources sector. His main responsibilities will be to support the continued growth of Standard Bank Group’s African resource equity research and to initiate on a range of mining stocks that have their primary assets in Africa. He graduated as a geologist from UCT in 2000 and subsequently worked for Anglo American, a De Beers contract miner and AIM-listed GoldStone Resources.
In 2004, Starke joined the consultancy ERM where he was part of the London-based M&A team performing due diligence across a variety of sectors in the EMEA region. Most recently, Starke worked in the Mining team at Edison, covering a number of mid-cap companies in a variety of commodities.
Peter Davey, Head of Mining & Metals Research at Standard Bank Group, said 'This is an exciting time for the Mining & Metals team at Standard Bank. Our extensive experience and deep knowledge of the mining and metals sectors put us in a strong position within the select emerging market economies in which we specialise. We are pleased to have Michael joining us and the depth of experience he brings with him will be invaluable to the team as we continue to grow'.
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