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Paul Starling has joined the GSF Commodity Finance group at WestLB in London under Joep Kockmann.  He will work closely with Ian Henderson, regional head for Africa, in promoting the bank’s products and appetite throughout the continent. Starling brings to the group his African experience and is looking forward to working with both his colleagues in London and Düsseldorf on interesting, yet well structured commodity based transactions, says Henderson . Starling was previously at African advisory boutique Africaxis, KBC and UBS.

The aim in the short to medium-term is to build up the African portfolio through a number of countries and products. Energy and mining-related transactions, in conjunction with colleagues in Global Specialised Finance will be the group’s main thrust.