Published May 7th, 2006 - 06:41 GMT

Capital, the investment and merchant banking subsidiary of NBK, today announced the appointment of Suha Najjar as Senior Vice President Investment Banking Group, responsible for the investment bank’s business activities in the Levant, Egypt, Qatar and Bahrain.  Ms Najjar’s appointment is in line with NBK Capital’s strategy to further expand its operations to meet its growing business demands in the region. Ms Najjar will be headquartered in NBK Capital’s new offices in Beirut, Lebanon, NBK Capital’s third operations location in the region since the Bank’s establishment in July 2005.  NBK Capital is also currently located in Kuwait and the Dubai International Financial Centre.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms Najjar whose over 13 years of professional advisory expertise in international and regional investment banking and private equity further complement NBK Capital’s focused strategy to provide our clients with expertise in advisory services on mergers and acquisitions equity and debt capital markets and private equity.  Ms Najjar’s outstanding track record combined with her global and regional knowledge and relationships are a tremendous asset for our clients and our team, as NBK Capital seeks to fulfill its mission to be a trusted partner in helping to build great and enduring companies across the Middle East and the Gulf regions,” said Mr. George Nasra, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of NBK Capital.

Ms Najjar’s previous experience includes various multinational financial institutions such as Robert Flemings Securities, Nomura International and Aspect Capital. Most recently Ms Najjar was Senior Vice President for a Dubai based Private Equity firm where she was Head of Research with responsibilities of identifying acquisition targets.

Ms Najjar has a Bachelor of Science – Economics and Insurance from Kuwait University, Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from Sussex University, Masters in Science – Economics from London University and a Masters in Science – Finance from London University.

About NBK Capital
NBK Capital is the investment and merchant banking subsidiary of National Bank of Kuwait.  Established in July, 2005, NBK Capital specializes in investment banking with focus on providing advisory services on mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity capital raising.  The merchant banking activities of NBK Capital is focused on investing in privately owned companies.


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