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Making Sense Of Corporate Venture Capital

In the last three years, 25% of all venture capital (VC) investments globally were made by corporates. This investment activity is known as corporate VC (CVC), and in my opinion, may be one of the...

I left my MD job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch to start a boutique. This is what you should know

2016 has been the year of the boutique investment bank. Specialist M&A shops run by a handful of senior investment bankers have been taking advisory work off the bulge bracket banks, while the so...

How Much is Too Much?

Money Is Definitely Flowing Into Dubai's Consumer Sector. Healthcare, education and all consumer-related investment sectors are by far the most popular investment sectors in the MENA region nowadays...

Mideast Boutiques Seek to Become Fashionable M&A Choice

Boutique advisory firms seem tailor-made for a region where personal ties are key, and where most mergers and acquisitions aren't billion-dollar glamour deals for sovereign wealth funds but in the $...

Why GCC Sovereigns Can and Should issue Sukuk or Bonds

With high credit qualities and the global availability of liquidity thanks to quantitative easing, GCC Sovereigns should be able to use the Sukuk or Debt Capital Markets to raise cheap financing for...

Junior investment bankers’ commitment problem

Investment banks want elite graduates with a passion for the industry. Once they’ve snared them, they’re working hard to keep them away from the cloying hands of private equity firms. Banks are...

11 Tips for Junior Bankers

Good advice from senior investment Bankers to new starters regarding how to best navigate the early years in their career....

Dubai Banker Turned Adviser Strikes Out on his Own

Ziad Awad turned his back on banking after a 20-year career in the sector to set himself up as an independent M&A adviser.

Second life bankers thrive in Dubai as boutiques boost fees

This highly read Bloomberg article covers the boom in independent advisory firms being set up in Dubai in 2013 in the wake of the financial crisis.