Abraaj Capital appoints Sari Anabtawi as an Executive Director

Published December 9th, 2007 - 10:34 GMT

Abraaj Capital, the premier investment firm specialising in private equity investment in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region, announced today the appointment of Sari Maher Anabtawi as an Executive Director, primarily responsible for coverage and fundraising.

Anabtawi, who has held senior positions at international blue-chips firms such as Drexel Burnham Lambert, Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley, brings 20 years of experience in the global banking industry to this key position at Abraaj. In addition, he has 10 years of experience in private equity.

“The appointment of Sari Anabtawi comes during a period of significant, sustained growth at Abraaj Capital,” said Arif Naqvi, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj Capital. “We have an unparalleled senior management team, which we continue to bolster further to support our growth. I am confident that Sari will make an important contribution to the ongoing success of Abraaj.”
Anabtawi began his professional career in the United States, where he served at IBM and Anderson Consulting. Immediately prior to joining Abraaj, he served as Head of Regional Origination and Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, MENA, at Standard Bank in Dubai. Anabtawi holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
About Abraaj Capital:
Abraaj Capital is the premier investment firm specialising in private equity investment in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. The management team has brought together some of the most compelling and successful transactions in the history of leveraged acquisitions across the region.

With over US$4 billion of assets currently under management, Abraaj has pioneered institutionalizing private equity practice in the region and is setting trends and benchmarks for others to follow.

Winner of industry awards including ‘Middle East Private Equity Firm of the Year’ from Private Equity International (2006 & 2007), the Banker Middle East Award for ‘Best Private Equities Institution’ in 2006 and for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Financial Services in the Middle East’ in 2007 and ‘Best Private Equity House’ at the World Private Equity Awards, MENA in 2007. Arabian Business recognized Abraaj among the 50 Most Admired Companies in the GCC in 2007. Abraaj is also the first pure private equity firm to be registered by Dubai Financial Services Authority to operate out of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Apart from managing its seven private equity funds, Abraaj Capital Holdings Limited (ACHL) itself is extremely well capitalized, with an issued share capital of US$1 billion. Its 135 professionals come from 27 nationalities and achieve a coverage that spans the MENASA region. For more information please visit www.abraaj.com




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