Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Strengthens Sovereign Wealth Fund and Financial Sponsor Group Coverage in Middle East & North Africa

Apr 15, 2008

3 Bankers Appointed; To Be Based in Dubai

Dubai —


Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) today announced a significant expansion of its coverage dedicated to advising sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region with the appointment of three bankers, to be based in the Firm’s office in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The move creates the largest team of its kind in the region and underlines Morgan Stanley’s commitment to serving the particular needs of SWFs and financial sponsor investors in MENA.

The three bankers are: Dennis Cornell, Hugo Parson and Hani Ramadan. They will report to David Law, Chairman of Investment Banking in MENA, who between 2004 and the beginning of 2008 ran Morgan Stanley’s Financial Sponsors Group outside of the U.S.

Commenting on the new appointments, Law said: “Dennis, Hugo and Hani bring strong coverage experience and wealth of talent. They are great additions and underscore Morgan Stanley’s commitment to providing superior advice and execution in transactions for the MENA region’s biggest investors.”

“With this team, we have the largest commitment of dedicated bankers in the region to cover sovereign wealth funds and financial sponsors,” he added.

Leading the team, Cornell, 37, was previously a senior coverage banker in Morgan Stanley’s Financial Sponsors Group in New York. He will be supported by Parson, 34, who previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s Leveraged & Acquisition Finance Group in London, and Ramadan, 32, who comes from the Financial Sponsor Group at UBS and has been covering Middle East markets for the past two years from London and Dubai.


“Since we opened our office in the DIFC two years ago, we’ve seen strong growth across all parts of our franchise,” said Georges Makhoul, President, Middle East & North Africa for Morgan Stanley. “Sovereign wealth funds and financial sponsors are a strategic client segment for Morgan Stanley, and with their increasingly international investment focus, it is critical that we have the depth of resource to deliver the capability of the whole Firm.”  

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Note to Editors:

Recent MENA Transactions for Sovereign Wealth Funds and Financial Sponsors

  • Financial Advisor to KIPCO for the €3.7 Billion sale of its stake in Wataniya to Q-Tel (2007)
  • Financial Advisor to Mubadala on the acquisition of an 8.1% stake in AMD (2007)
  • Financial Advisor to Dubai Holding Investment Group through DIC for the 9.9% purchase of a stake in Och-Ziff Capital Management (2007)
  • Structuring Advisor to DIC on the acquisition of a minority stake in EADS (2007)
  • Joint Bookrunner and Lead Arranger for the €825 Million recapitalisation of Paroc Group for Arcapita Bank (2007)

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