Gokul Mani joins Awad Capital as Partner & Managing Director


Gokul Mani joins Awad Capital as Partner & Managing Director

Gokul Mani, a senior investment banker with more than 15 years of experience has joined Awad Capital Ltd. as a Partner & Managing Director.

Dubai, 6 November 2016:

Today, Awad Capital Ltd. (ACL) announces that Gokul Mani has joined the firm as a Partner & Managing Director. Mr. Mani brings a wealth of experience from his 15 years in investment banking and will take a leading role in transaction execution and client coverage at ACL.

Mr. Mani joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), and previously Merrill Lynch & Co., where he began his career in 2001 in the firm’s London office, working in the Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets groups. Mr. Mani has been based in Dubai for the past 8 years, covering key regional clients and has executed a number of landmark transactions.

During his career at BAML, he was involved in over $40bn of value in equity & debt capital market transactions and advised on M&A transactions whose value totaled in excess of $30bn across a variety of sectors.

Mr. Mani holds an Advanced Management Program (AMP 191) degree from Harvard Business School, an Investment Banking Institute diploma from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and a BSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).

Ziad Awad, CEO of Awad Capital, stated: “I am excited that Gokul has decided to join us as a Partner. His experience in sectors such as real estate, hospitality, healthcare, consumer and retail, as well as his expertise in Equity Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions will be great assets for our clients. Gokul embodies the culture of the firm which is all about excellence in execution, integrity and team work. His joining us is an important step in our mission of becoming the trusted advisors of the best institutions in the region.”

Gokul Mani, Partner & Managing Director at Awad Capital, recapped: “We are experiencing a growing trend by the region’s leading corporations, financial institutions, sovereigns and family offices to use the services of independent investment banks, such as ours. ACL’s relentless pursuit of client objectives, its values and strength of leadership team, all accord very strongly with my beliefs, and attracted me to the platform.”

About Awad Capital: Awad Capital Ltd. (ACL) is an independent, Dubai-based, DFSA regulated financial services firm focusing on M&A, Corporate Finance and the Capital Markets. The firm’s Vision is to be the trusted strategic financial advisors to the senior leadership of the best institutions in the region.

The firm’s founder, Ziad Awad, has more than 22 years of investment banking experience with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

The firm’s Partners are:

  •   Andrew Gazitua, who has more than 25 years of investment banking

       experience most of which with Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.

  •   Gokul Mani, who has more than 15 years of investment banking experience

        with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  •   Dr. Marc Nassim who has more than 15 years of financial services experience,

        most of which with Deloitte in the Middle East

    Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman of the ACL Advisory Board, is a champion of regional capital markets development and corporate governance. He has an illustrious career in the private and public sector, including having served as Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Lebanon and founder of the DIFC institute of Corporate Governance.