Profile

GII is reaching out globally from its GCC home market. We originate and structure investment opportunities that are relevant to our shareholders, partners and investors. GII is structured on the principles of sustainable growth with a commitment to implement governance best practices and adhere to global standards of risk management In 2014, the company’s board decided to focus primarily on investment opportunities complaint with Islamic finance, a time-tested and growing form of ethical investment.

Islamic Finance


Dubai, Capital of the Islamic Economy

Aiming to building closer linkages between financial sector and the real economy, Dubai has set an exciting and challenging mandate for itself: to become the world capital of the Islamic economy. Market experts envisage that success for Dubai will boost the Islamic finance markets internationally.
With its headquarters located in Dubai, GII is located at the epicenter of this exciting adventure.

GII, with its main operations in Dubai, is located at the epicenter of this entire transition.

Our Markets

In this environment, we believe the GCC is poised to confirm its status as a rapidly emerging economy.. We expect this dynamics to create exceptional opportunities both for local entrepreneurs and global players with a unique value proposition for the GCC market.

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H.E. Mohammed Ali Rashed Al-Abbar

Chairman, gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman, emaar properties

H.E. Mohammed Al-Abbar is one of the key men credited for Dubai’s success story. He is a senior aide to Dubai’s Ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. A global entrepreneur with active interests in high-value property development, retail, luxury hospitality, mining and commodities, Mohamed Al-Abbar is the founder and chairman of Emaar Properties, PJSC. Ranked second in the list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Leaders’ 2014 by Arabian Business, the leading regional business magazine, Mr. Al-Abbar is well-known for his pioneering role in positioning Dubai as a world-class city. He spearheads the growth strategy of Emaar, which has a presence in over 18 countries, with a focus on developing prime real estate, shopping malls and hospitality and leisure assets. Mr. Al-Abbar heads Emaar’s joint venture with Giorgio Armani to set up the Armani-branded luxury hotel and resort chain in key international destinations.

A graduate in Finance and Business Administration from the Seattle University in the US, Mr. Al-Abbar also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University, and serves on its Board of Trustees. A keen sportsman, Mr. Al-Abbar is an active member of the UAE’s endurance horse racing community.

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H.E. Mohammed Rashed Al Nasseri

Vice Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments Office Manager, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifah United Arab Emirates
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Mr. Ali Abdulla Taha Al-Khawari

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments Chairman, Tayseer Group Kuwait
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Mr. Fawaz T. Tamimi

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments Business Development Head, Al-Tamimi Group Saudi Arabia
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Shk. Mohammed Assad Ameen Said

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments Chairman, Assad Said Contracting Company Saudi Arabia
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Mr. Mohammed Alhassan

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments Co-founder, CEO GCC, GII
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Mr. Terence D. Allen

Managing Director, Gulf Islamic Investments United Arab Emirates
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Mohammed Al-Hassan

Co-Founder,
Chief Executive Officer, GCC

Mr. Al-Hassan has over a decade of experience in Islamic Investment Banking across the GCC region. His investment expertise spans across several verticals, including Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate. Mr. Al-Hassan is an extremely well-networked individual with close ties to government and executive circles, including prominent members of the banking, financial institutions, and sovereign funds community in the GCC region.

Prior to founding GII, Mr. Al-Hassan held the position of Vice President of Investments with EJ Capital. Prior to that he worked as a Team Head (Director – Investment Placement, KSA & Kuwait) in Gulf Finance House where he played a stellar role in raising several hundred millions of dollars of capital for various investment opportunities. His domain strengths include: strategic management, structuring investment opportunities, investment management, merger and acquisitions, deal sourcing, capital raising, and advising high net worth individuals.

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Mr. Terence D. Allen

Managing Director

Terence is a seasoned banker and investment adviser with four decades of investment banking experience. He has advised and managed investments for governments, members of the Ruling Families of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as a number of ultra-high net worth individuals in the Middle East for over 30 years. Terry started Union National Financial Consultancy in 2004, an investment advisory company dedicated to assist a prominent member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family in managing his personal assets. The company changed its name to Gulf Islamic Investments in 2014. In 2007, Terrence co-founded Allied Investment Partners in 2007, a UAE-based investment banking company, under the leadership of a number of prominent UAE government officials and business people.

Prior to founding AIP and GII, Mr. Allen served as Head of the Treasury and Investment Banking Division at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi for 13 years. Mr. Allen is recognized as the pioneer of capital markets in UAE. The first two dirham-denominated bonds issued were created and launched by him during his time in NBAD. Mr. Allen also launched a number of public equity and private equity funds for NBAD including the original “UAE Growth Fund” in 1999, a flagship public equity fund focused investments in the UAE. Prior to his time at NBAD Terrence served as Managing Director of Investment Banking of Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now J.P. Morgan). Terry also served as director of Al-Salam Bank in Bahrain. Mr. Allen is a registered arbitrator for the GCC since 1995. He is the author of several books on finance and history.

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Samson Checkove

Chief Financial Officer

Samson is a financial professional with over thirty eight years of experience as an internal auditor and operations manager. Together with Terrence Allen and Pankaj Gupta, Samson was among the team that started Allied Investment Partners PJSC in 2007, a UAE-based investment banking company and an associate of UNFC, under the leadership of leading UAE government officials and business people. Samson operated for nearly 7 years as Chief Financial Officer of AIP. Prior to that, Samson served a total of 24 years at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw the back and middle office operations of the Treasury, Merchant banking, International Banking Operations and Capital Market Divisions of the Bank. Samson started his career in Bombay at the Union Bank of India, before transferring to the Union Bank of the Middle East and then on to National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Samson is a commerce graduate and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In addition he holds the Operation Certificate of the International Capital Market Association

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Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad Bahar

Head, Shari’ah Compliance

Dr Osama brings several decades of experience in Islamic finance. His expertise includes drafting and reviewing Shari’ah contracts, including Morabaha, Modarabaha, Ijarah and Istisna’a agreements, structuring and reviewing investment opportunities to ensure Shari’ah compliance, disseminating and promoting the understanding of the Shari’ah investment rules by the broader investor community via publication, public speeches and conference attendance. Dr Osama is currently working with First Energy Bank as Head of Shari’ah Compliance & Advisory. Prior to that, he worked with several renowned Islamic banks, including Al-Salam Bank as Head of Shari’ah compliance, ABC Islamic Bank as a Shari’ah Compliance Officer, Shamil Bank of Bahrain as Manager, Shari’ah Department and Secretary of the Shari’ah Board. Dr Osama was also Librarian secretary of Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic center library and officer at Ministry of Justice and Islamic affairs.

Other roles and positions of Dr. Osama include Member of the Shari’ah supervisory Board of Global Banking Corporation, International Investment Bank, Shari’ah adviser for Sakana Holistic Housing Solutions, Bahrain Bourse, International Tharawat, Family Bank, Alizz bank, Allianz Global Investors, Allianz Takaful (Bahrain); Shari’ah adviser for Reef (Real Estate Finance), Chairman of the Shari’ah supervisory Board for CAPINNOVA investment bank.

Dr. Osama has a PhD. at Lahaye University in the Netherlands, a Master Degree from Al-Emam Al Awzae University in Beirut, a Bachelor degree in Islamic Sharia’a from Prince Abdul Qader University of Islamic Studies in Algeria and a High School degree from the religion institute.

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Jayesh Veerkumar Soneji, CFA, CAIA,

Head of Real Estate & Infrastructure

Jayesh enjoys over 23 years of work experience, including the last 14 years in Investment, Finance, Business Analysis and Management. Jayesh transitioned to GII from Allied Investment Partners where he had been Senior Investment Associate since 2012. Prior to joining Allied Investment Partners, Jayesh worked in investments and investment banking roles at a number of organizations including Channel Capital Partners and FirstRand Private Wealth Management in Dubai, First Gulf Bank in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company, as well as Kshitij Investment Advisory Company and Ahuja Group in India.

Jayesh is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, a Chartered Accountant and Cost & Management Accountant (India). He has also completed his Masters in Marketing Management at JBIMS, India and B.com. from Bombay University. Jayesh also passed the Financial Analyst certification by the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authorities. Recently, he also passed CFA Level III and is on his way to get the coveted CFA Charter.

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Jean-Noel Odier

Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital

Mr. Odier has 15 years of private equity investment management, strategic management and start-up incubation experience. Prior to joining AIP, Jean-Noel was Managing Director at UAE-based private equity firm Omnia Ventures. Previously, he also held positions as Group Finance Director of a diversified industrials group active across Africa, the Middle East and India; Managing Director and head of Asia office at PCG Asset Management, a $15 billion private equity consultant. Jean-Noel also headed BNP Paribas Wealth Management’s Key Client initiative for Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, he was CFO of Xytis Pharmaceuticals, a company he started and ultimately sold to a US drug discovery company; and Vice president and Investment Manager at the Private Equity Division of US Trust in New York and Palo Alto, where he executed transactions in the healthcare, IT and business services, several of which have successfully achieved IPO stage. In 2010, Jean-Noel was listed by Swiss finance magazine Bilan as one of 40 promising young Swiss business leaders under 40.

Jean-Noel holds an MS in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MA in International Relations Graduate Institute for International Studies and a diploma of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lyon, France. Mr. Odier is a CFA Charterholder and speaks English, French and Arabic.

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Prashant K. Bothra

Associate Vice President, Private Equity and Venture Capital

Prashant is a member of the private equity team of GII and also supports other investment activities in infrastructure, real estate and debt syndication. Prior to GII, Prashant was Investment Associate with Omnia Ventures, a private equity group based in Abu Dhabi. Prior to that, Prashant was research Associate at Credit Suisse in New York in the newly formed Technology Strategy Group, Equity Research Division. Coordinating with technology sector research teams across US, Europe and Asia, Prashant played an important role in successfully designing and implementing one of the largest and detailed bottom-up tech industry forecast models, in addition to creating the Credit Suisse Technology Index. Before Credit Suisse, Prashant began his career in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York, as a Data Strategy Analyst in the Consumer Retail and Healthcare groups. While at Goldman Sachs, Prashant was also an associate to a Senior Partner / Advisory Director, developing forecasting models of economic cycles and related stock-market movements. Prashant work led to the publication of a book: “Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business & Stock Market Cycles” (Joseph H. Ellis, Harvard Business School Press, October 2005).

Prashant holds a Post Graduate Degree in Management with specialization in Finance from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, and a Bachelor of Art in Economics (Hons.) from New York University.

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Rachit Gaurav

Senior Associate,
Private Equity and Venture Capital

Rachit is a Barclays alumnus with 3 years of financial services experience in Investment, Technology and Operations. Sector exposure include Retail Banking and Credit Card technology platforms with experience in shaping and implementing complex IT infrastructure setup projects, business analysis, solution designs and service delivery panning Europe and Asia. Rachit started his career as Graduate Trainee in the Barclays Future Leader Development Program before taking up the role of Barclaycard Implementation Manager for the whole of Europe Business. In this capacity, Rachit played an essential role in making Barclays Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany Businesses compliant with the newly introduced Single Euro Payments Area standards which involved the development of common financial instruments, standards, procedures and infrastructure to economies of scale.

Rachit is a computer engineering graduate from Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

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Pankaj Gupta

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, UAE

Pankaj is a financial service professional with over 14 years of rich investment banking and asset management experience in the United Arab Emirates in various leadership roles. Prior to joining GII, Pankaj was Head of Investment Business Development at Allied Investment Partners, a UAE-based investment banking company he contributed to build from inception in 2007 to manage the assets of number of prominent business people and a leading member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Together with Terrence Allen and Samson Cherkove, Pankaj was also instrumental in starting Union National Financial Consultancy in 2004, an investment advisory company (which changed its name to Gulf Islamic Investments in 2014) dedicated to assist a prominent member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family in managing his assets. During his time at AIP and UNFC, Pankaj was responsible, among other things, of the management of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio, in addition to a number of advisory mandates, which included well in excess of $4 billion in successful debt and equity syndication. Prior to AIP and UNFC, Pankaj was a part of Investment Banking Division of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, where he successfully introduced Indian investment opportunities to NBAD’s investors. Pankaj has been involved in many project and company start-ups, and sits on Management Board & Advisory Board of many companies including CERT (Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training, Abu Dhabi). He is also Ambassador & Strategic Advisor to Horasis (leading emerging market forum). Pankaj is actively involved in social & philanthropic work too.

Pankaj holds BSc (Maths) and an MBA Degree. He is also a Certified Private Equity Specialist (CPES).

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Mohamed A. Sayyar

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations

A highly creative executive and Islamic investment banking specialist, Mohammed enjoys over 12 years of experience, during which he was involved in sourcing, structuring and fund raising for projects in excess of $ 1 billion in total value, in various sectors including real estate, energy, industrial, telecommunication, retail, and food, across various geographical regions. Prior to joining GII, Mohamed was Chief Executive Officer of Mega Holdings group in Bahrain, a private investment office of a prominent UHNWI in Bahrain. He also Held Positions of Executive Director at First Energy Bank in Bahrain, Head of Investment Placement in MENA Real Estate Co in Kuwait and Investment Placement Manager in Kuwait Finance House Bahrain office.


Mohamed holds a Bachelor Degree in Bank Management and Finance from the University of Bahrain and is a Certified Private Equity Specialist, "CPES", from the American Academy of Finance and Management.

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Mohammed
Al-Muawda

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations

Mohammed Al-Muwada has 7 years of experience in Islamic investment banking. Prior to joining GII, Mohammed was a Senior Manager in the Placement Department at Gulf Finance House, covering the Bahrain and Saudi markets, where he spent his whole career. During that time, he was involved in raising capital for projects in excess of $ 2 billion in private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

Mohammed has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the American University of London.

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Sophie Fernandez

Head of Administration
and Accounts

Sophie is a seasoned banking professional with 34 years of experience in operations and administration. Having worked in the commercial banking area with State Bank of India in India in early years, she shifted to national Bank of Abu Dhabi in 1980. During the 27 years with NBAD, she had the opportunity to supervise the operations and administration of the International Syndicated Loans, Investments and Derivatives department. In 2007 she left NBAD to join Allied Investment Partners as Head of Administration and Accounts.

She is a commerce graduate from Mangalore University, India.

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Punit Ved

Associate Vice President,
Real Estate & Infrastructure

Punit Ved, Associate Vice President has over 10 years of diversified experience in Investment Advisory, Equity research, Proprietary Trading, Banking, Project Finance, Transaction Structuring and legal advisory.

Prior to joining GII, Punit has worked as a Financial and Legal Advisor for a Power Equipment start-up in India. Before that he has been instrumental in setting up an Equity and Commodity Proprietary Trading Desk in India. Punit has also worked as a Manager (Planning, Budgeting and Investor Relations) in ICICI Bank the largest Private Sector bank in India, as a Quantitative Analyst with Irevna (A S&P Group Company), as a Financial Analyst with Kshitij Real Estate Fund and as an Associate in Transaction and Legal advisory vertical of BMR Advisor.

Punit is a meritorious Chartered Accountant (India) and a Law graduate from India. He has also passed CFA Level 1.

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Khalid Ahmed Al-Mahmood

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations

Mr. Khalid al-Mahmood joined gulf Islamic Investments in October 2014. He is a highly experienced capital raiser, responsible for capital and fund raising and investors relations within UAE, Oman and South East Asia.

Prior to joining GII, Mr. Al-Mahmood was the Regional Director - Investment Development and Distribution at Barwa Bank in Qatar, which he was responsible for managing the firm’s investment activities and relationships within the GCC and South East Asia.

Before joining Barwa Bank, Mr. Khalid al-Mahmood was the Senior Director & Country Manager of UAE, Oman & Asia within the Investment Advisory group at Abu Dhabi Investment house, where he was involved in sourcing, advising, structuring, raising capital for and executing transactions in private equity, real estate and merger & acquisition. Throughout his carreer, Mr. Al=Mahmood raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various investment opportunities.

Mr. Al-Mahmood holds a Ma Marketing practice from university of Bradford and Ba (hons) Business administration from university of Bradford, united Kingdom. He is also a Certified Series 7 Investment Banker.

Logistics and transportation

As illustrated by the leadership of companies like Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways or DP World, the GCC’s geostrategic location lends itself perfectly to reinforce its prominent position as a transportation and logistics hub.

Energy

Both conventional and renewable energy in countries where oil substitution, energy efficiencies have become an almost existential challenge.

Technology

Information technology , telecommunication and clean technologies have a tremendous growth potential.

Other Services

Including financial services, tourism, trading.

Our Profile

Track Record* of managing

$2.5

billion in assets

Securing

$5.2

billion in debt

Private equity financing

$500

million

*Includes both Sharia’h compliant and conventional (pre-2014) transactions

Track Record* of managing

$2.5

billion in assets

Securing

$5.2

billion in debt

Private equity financing

$500

million

*Includes both Sharia’h compliant and conventional (pre-2014) transactions

Gulf Islamic Investments LLC (GII) is a UAE-based company regulated by the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA) since 2004.

Gulf Islamic Investments is committed to providing a diverse set of unique, well-structured, duly researched and risk-mitigated investment opportunities with a view to achieve consistent and superior returns to its shareholders, partners and investors, in the fields of private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate.

Under the leadership of a committed group of prominent board members and shareholders, GII’s team enjoys 160 years of collective investment, strategic management, finance and accounting experience. GII and its team enjoy a track record of advising on $2.5 billion in assets and securing $5.2 billion in debt and in excess of $600 million in private equity financing.

Gulf Islamic Investment is an established company with more than a decade of operating history advising leading Middle Eastern and global investors across multiple assets classes. In 2014, our Board of Directors decided to focus our investment activity on Shari’ah-compliant investments only. We set-off on an ambitious journey to become the pre-eminent Shari’ah-compliant investment organization, leveraging the unique competitive advantage of the UAE and the GCC to attract capital, innovation and entrepreneurship. We allocate capital towards well-structured, duly researched and risk-mitigated investment opportunities with a view to achieve consistent and superior investor returns”. It should be Signed by: Mohammed Al-Hassan, Director and CEO GCC, and Pankaj Gupta, CEO UAE

Investing in Compliance with Islamic Principles Investing

Shari’ah-compliant investment is a time-tested and increasingly popular form of ethical investing. GII has developed expertise and capabilities to source, assess, structure and certify investments for compliance with Islamic finance.

The core principles of Islamic finance include the following:

  • Humans are merely the ‘custodians’ of wealth, which belongs to God,
  • Material pursuits must be balanced with an individual's spiritual needs,
  • An individual's needs must be balanced with society's needs, and
  • Economic transactions should take place within a just, responsible free-market economy

GII focuses on “GCC-relevant” investment opportunities, on a global basis, based on its shareholders’ and investors’ investment requirements.

The 5 countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council offer robust macro-economic fundamentals because of the region’s geostrategic location, its access to capital, affordable labor costs, business friendly environment, ambitious but sound government policies based an exceptionally strong public fiscal position and ongoing income from oil extraction, which is rapidly being converted into investment in a diversified economy.

Long term GDP growth for GCC is expected to continue at robust rates, with a decreasing reliance on the oil sector. Non-oil growth will expand as real estate and infrastructure spending continues to rise, and other sectors, like logistics and transportation, manufacturing, renewable energy, retail and trading, financial services, tourism further develop across the region.

People


Under the leadership of H.E. Mohammed Al-Abbar, and a Board of Directors composed of prominent entrepreneurs from across all corners of the GCC, GII enjoys exceptional visibility and respectability as an organization. Further, the quality of our leadership helps us reach the right centers of power and decision throughout the region and beyond.

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H.E. Mohammed Ali Rashed Al-Abbar

Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman, Emaar Properties

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H.E. Mohammed Rashed Al Nasseri

Vice Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments
Office Manager, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifah, UAE

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Mr. Ali Abdulla Taha Al-Khawari

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman,Tayseer Group
Kuwait

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Mr. Fawaz T. Tamimi

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Business Development Head, Al-Tamimi Group Saudi Arabia

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Shk. Mohammed Assad Ameen Said

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman, Assad Said Contracting Company Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Terence D. Allen

Managing Director, Gulf Islamic Investments, UAE

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Mr. Mohammed Alhassan

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Co-Founder, CEO GCC, GII


The GII executive team enjoys in excess of 160 years of collective experience in investments, strategic and operational management, finance and accounting. Deeply rooted in the GCC, our team draws experience working globally, with companies such as Gulf Finance House, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, TDIC, First Energy Bank, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, PCG Asset Management, or Allied Investment Partners.

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Mr. Terence D. Allen

Managing Director

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Mr. Mohammed Alhassan

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, GCC

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Pankaj Gupta

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, UAE

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Samson Checkove

Chief Financial Officer

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Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad bahar

Head, Shari’ah Compliance

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Jayesh Veerkumar Soneji CFA, CAIA

Head of Real Estate & Infrastructure

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Jean-Noel Odier

Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital

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Mohamed A. Sayyar

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations

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Mohammed Al-Muawda

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations

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Khalid Ahmed Al-Mahmood

Senior Vice President,
Investor Relations


Under the leadership of H.E. Mohammed Al-Abbar, and a Board of Directors composed of prominent entrepreneurs from across all corners of the GCC, GII enjoys exceptional visibility and respectability as an organization. Further, the quality of our leadership helps us reach the right centers of power and decision throughout the region and beyond.

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H.E. Mohammed Ali Rashed Al-Abbar

Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman, Emaar Properties

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H.E. Mohammed Rashed Al Nasseri

Vice Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments
Office Manager, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifah, UAE

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Mr. Ali Abdulla Taha Al-Khawari

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman,Tayseer Group
Kuwait

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Mr. Fawaz T. Tamimi

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Business Development Head, Al-Tamimi Group Saudi Arabia

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Shk. Mohammed Assad Ameen Said

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Chairman, Assad Said Contracting Company Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Terence D. Allen

Managing Director, Gulf Islamic Investments, UAE

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Mr. Mohammed Alhassan

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Co-Founder, CEO GCC, GII

What We Do

GII brings a life-cycle approach to unique, wellresearched, carefully-structured investment opportunities in venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

  • Private Equity
    Syndication
  • Debt
    Syndication
  • Active Management /
    Exit Management
  • Deal sourcing,
    Project Incubation
  • Due Diligence,
    Transaction
    Structuring
  • Corporate
    Finance Advisory

GII has exceptional access to capital through its shareholders, strategic partners, clients and investors in the GCC and around the world. We start at $10 million, we don’t shy away from “large tickets”, and can execute transaction financings in record time.

We leverage our team’s extensive banking experience to structure and arrange Shari’ah-compliant debt finance, including acquisition finance, project finance, working capital finance and other term loans and corporate loans from our network of local a global lenders.

GII prides itself with providing its expertise throughout the investment life cycle, by proving ongoing support to companies in terms of strategic management, business and corporate development, merger and acquisition, public offering, etc.

GII looks for exceptional investment opportunities. We can also develop our own projects by leveraging our network of strategic partners and capital sources. Oftentimes, our investment opportunities are sourced and our projects developed to meet the requirements of specific clients and/or investors.

GII believes in fully due-diligenced projects, where depth and details matter. Further, we strive to incorporate return-enhancing, risk-reducing, incentive aligning features in our transaction structures. Proposed investments are also tested for compliance with Islamic principles.

GII lends its wealth of expertise in providing corporate finance solutions to its clients and portfolio companies, in terms of financing strategy, balance sheet optimization, cost of capital reduction, and resolution of temporary liquidity issues.

Investment Focus

GII looks for original investment ideas, backed by strong management teams, proven operating models and history. We look for ‘GCC-relevant’ investment opportunities, with a special emphasis on catering to the investment needs of our shareholders and investors.

Private Equity

GII looks for unique opportunities across all segments of the private equity spectrum: expansion capital, buyout, turnaround, special situations. We like to partner with strong operators, either the original management of target companies, or new management we bring in, or third party industry experts providing the required domain expertise to develop the investment value. We like to structure investments in a way that maximize the downside protection and best aligns incentives.

We favor sectors which are synergistic with the underlying growth trends in the GCC, industrial, manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics, healthcare, education, conventional and renewable energy, technology, tourism and financial services.

We take a life cycle approach to our investments, by taking an active role from entry to exit, with a view to maximize the returns to our investors.

Venture Capital

GII sources opportunity to invest from an early stage in the company life cycle, in innovative projects and companies where technology has largely been de-risked or risk-reduced.

That can be the case in post-revenue, late stage venture transactions in companies which have or have the potential to rapidly reach international scale. We typically prefer larger rounds of financing are required to scale-up commercial operations overseas, either by setting-up strategic manufacturing plants overseas (we like to think that the GCC is an attractive location) or overseas commercial operations, distribution platforms, or franchises.

Also, we like to launch new ideas and projects from the ground-up (greenfield), when we have identified a compelling investment case, an arbitrage opportunity, a unique asset to be leveraged, a disruptive business model or a proven technology that is well suited and can be easily deployed in the markets we know.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure development underpins GDP growth across our target markets. Infrastructure, being an asset-based investment category also lends itself naturally to Islamic financing. We focus on the following infrastructure categories: transportation and logistics (roads, ports, and logistic hubs), conventional and reviewable energy (generation, transmission), touristic infrastructure, social infrastructure (schools, hospitals), water, sewage, cooling infrastructure.

In partnership with reputable institutional and private investors, we have access to two separate pools of capital readily available for investment.

  • SOUQ Fund: a growth equity fund focused on infrastructure development companies and suppliers to the infrastructure industry, with a specific focus on Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
  • The Africa Project Development Company, an early stage infrastructure project development company focus primarily on Africa.

Real Estate

In a market characterized by ups and down in the real estate asset class, our focus is to look for opportunities with a steady cash yield and some protection on the capital. We seek to reduce tenant risk by investing in single-tenant assets with low tenant turnover. Greenfield development or not, we have interest in assets throughout the GCC, but also overseas.

We have developed a unique know-how in Education and Healthcare real estate, which offer both compelling economics and social impact. We like sale-and-lease-back opportunities in high yielding assets, where the tenant is known to us and is looking at permanent or temporary liquidity. We also can leverage our strategic relationships with some of the world’s largest developers to build large scale commercial and residential projects from the ground up.

Track Record

GII inherits the track record of Union National Financial Consultancy (renamed as GII) and Allied Investment Partners, two companies established over the past decade to manage and advise on the management of private assets of members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Our track record includes $2.5 billion of assets previously under management / advisory, $5.2 billion of debt syndicated and $500 million of private equity raised. Illustrated below are the transactions concluded after our board’s decision to focus on Shari’ah-compliance in May 2014, and the prior track record of conventional transactions (Pre-GII).

Staff Accommodation in Dubai Investment Park

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Sale and Lease-back
Amount: $ 17 million
Status: Closed

track

Prysm

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United States
Type: Expansion Capital
Amount: $ 124 million
Status: Closed

track

Tandem Fund III

Asset Class: Venture Capital Accelerator Fund
Location: US Silicon Valley
Type: LP Subscription
Amount: $ 2.5 million
Status: Closed

track

Sheffield Private School

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Sale and Lease-back
Amount: $ 29 million
Status: Closed

track

New World Private School

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Sale and Lease-back
Amount: $ 29 million
Status: Closing

track

GII Education

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: US, UK, Middle East and Africa
Type: Management Buyout
Amount: $ 140 million
Status: Open for Subscriptions

track

Building Materials Company

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: GCC
Type: Buyout
Amount: $ 18 million
Status: Open for Subscription

track

Saadiyat Island Hospital

Asset Class: Healthcare Real Estate
Location: Abu Dhabi
Type: Greenfield Development
Amount: $ 200 million
Status: Open for Subscription

track

CERT, Housing Project

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Term Loan
Amount: $ 55 million

track

Tourist Development and
Investment Company

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Term Loan
Amount: $ 272 million

track

Tourist Development and
Investment Company 2

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Sukuk
Amount: $ 1450 million

track

Tourist Development and
Investment Company 3

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Note
Amount: $ 3000 million

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ExCel by ADNEC

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Acquisition
Amount: $ 500 million

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Emaar Properties

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Debt
Amount: $ 85 million

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Trian Partners

Asset Class: Alternative Investment
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: LP Interest
Amount: $ 250 million

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Abu Dhabi Royal
Family Member

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Debt
Amount: $ 20 million

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HDFC

Asset Class: Debt
Location: India
Type: Structured Note
Amount: $ 100 million

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Prysm

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United States
Type: Venture Capital
Amount:$ 25 million

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  • 2014: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes a Memorable Year with $124 million Financing Round for Prysm
    [Abu Dhabi - Dubai, December 21, 2014]: UAE-based investment advisory firm Gulf Islamic Investments LLC (GII) today announced the closing of a fund raising round for Prysm, Inc., a privately-held video wall developer and manufacturer of disruptive but proven video wall displays.
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Press Releases & Notifications

  • December 2014: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes a Memorable Year with $124 million Financing Round for Prysm Download PDF
  • December 2014: GII Closes AED 85 million debt and equity in Sheffield Private School Read More
  • November 2014: GII Explores Foray into Islamic Private Banking Read More
  • October 2014: GII Board Meeting Convened Read More
  • June 2014: GII Closes AED 62.6 million Financing of Staff Accommodation Facility in Dubai Investment Park Read More

GII in News

  • December 2014: Jayesh Soneiji, Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure Speaks to CNBC Watch CNBC Footage

Newsletter

December 2014: GII Closes AED 85 million debt and equity in Sheffield Private School

GII shareholders and investors purchased a 100% stake in real estate of the Sheffield Private School of Dubai. Since 2004, the school has delivered the National Curriculum for England, from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 5 (3 years old to 16 years old). The transaction, funded through Shari’ah-compliant debt and equity, is expected to generate a total return of 16.3% and annual net cash yield of 12.9% for the investors. The transaction was over-subscribed.

November 2014: GII Explores Foray into Islamic Private Banking

After receiving numerous enquiries from its investor base to provide Shari’ah-compliant wealth management services, GII is holding advanced discussion with strategic partners to join forces and set-up an Islamic Private Banking Division. The objective would be to become the leading Islamic family office for the GCC ultra-rich, by offering wealth protection and long term capital appreciation through investments in stocks, bonds, FX, funds and structured products, in compliance with Islamic principles.

October 2014: GII Board Meeting Convened

The GII board of directors met on October 26 to review the Company’s financial performance and approve a number of strategic developments. In addition to the Management discussion, the board members were introduced to the leadership of various GII clients, who showcased presentations about their business and the nature of the proposed collaboration with GII. The board concluded the meeting with a luncheon at La Porte des Indes with the GII leadership team.

June 2014: GII Closes AED 62.6 million Financing of Staff Accommodation Facility in Dubai Investment Park

GII arranged financing for the purchase of 100% of the real estate of a staff accommodation facility in Dubai Investment Park 2. Located very close to the Expo 2020 site, the buildings can accommodate 1,300 staff members in 264 rooms and 124 studios, within its 122,800 of built-in area. The all-equity transaction is expected to generate an IRR of 17%, including 9% of annual cash yield. The investment was closed by GII within weeks of issuance of the offering documentation to investors.

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