Founded in 1985 and incorporated in Luxembourg, the Group's early shareholders included Alex
Brown & Sons, Banque Kleinwort Benson S.A., Kredietbank, S.A. Luxembourgeoise, BHF Bank
Group, Arab Reinsurance Group, National Investments Co., and State Street Research and
Management Co., as well as other institutional and individual investors in the Middle East. In
1996, members of the senior management team acquired the Group. Today, the Group's clients
include many of its former shareholders, along with other institutions and individuals residing
primarily in the Arabian Gulf.
The Group acts as the lead investor in transactions, as well as a co-investor with other financial
institutions. In addition, it provides advisory and investment banking services to its clients with
respect to investments in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The Group’s Directors have accumulated significant investment, financing and mergers and
acquisitions experience, and several of the Directors have held senior management positions in
other organisations and operating companies. They have known each other and worked together
for many years and have developed reputations, within their respective disciplines, for integrity,
insight and professionalism