Michael Scherb founder and general partner of Appian Capital Advisory talks to MINING.com about the particular nature of private equity in mining, how the industry if bifurcating and becoming more sophisticated and why now is the ideal time to be active in the industry.

Scherb, an Austrian national, started his career structuring foreign investment into burgeoning China before joining the mining team at JP Morgan Cazenove in London. He worked on deals as diverse as Rio Tinto’s 2008 defence against a hostile BHP, a $1 billion Istanbul gold mining IPO, M&A for France’s Areva in Africa and a bond offering for Russian diamond giant Alrosa.

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