Mr. Osler joined Guggenheim Securities in June 2009 to help establish and build out Guggenheim Partners’ investment banking platform. Prior to joining Guggenheim Securities, Mr. Osler was Head of Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions for CITIC Securities International Partners, a cross-border M&A advisory business based in New York and Hong Kong and majority-owned by CITIC Securities International (Hong Kong). Previously, Mr. Osler was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where he held a number of positions including Global Head of Media Investment Banking and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to beginning his investment banking career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at CS First Boston, Mr. Osler was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Rich received a JD from the University of Louisville in 1980 and a BA in Economics, Political Science and Urban Studies from Denison University in 1977.
Mohammad Barraj is the Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim KBBO Partners. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mohammad leads the investment banking vertical for the firm and is responsible for the origination and execution of a broad range of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raising and restructuring transactions across the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Barraj has over 16 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience, serving as a trusted advisor to reputed stakeholders and companies in the region. Previously, Mohammad was a Director in Investment Banking at SHUAA Capital psc, with prior roles at Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch. Mohammad earned his Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, a BBA from the American University of Beirut and also attended an executive education program at Harvard Business School. He is a CPA (US) and holds multiple certifications and awards from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK).
Omar has 16 years of experience with top investment banks globally. Omar joined Guggenheim from Goldman Sachs, where he was an Executive Director within its Investment Banking Division responsible for sovereigns, corporates, private equity firms and family offices coverage for the MENA region with a focus on Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council.
In 2003, Omar began his Career with Citigroup in New York within the Global Structured Finance team. He later worked on the execution of over 500 investment-grade bond issuances raising over US$400 billion. He moved to the UAE in 2008 after joining SHUAA Capital psc as Head of Debt Capital Markets and then DBS Bank (Singapore). In 2010, Omar joined Credit Suisse focusing on MENA client coverage and execution.
Omar received his Bachelors of Science degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance and his MBA in Accounting degree from Canisius College. He also passed the CPA and level II of the CFA examinations.
Virginie Afota joined Guggenheim KBBO Partners as Head of Asset Management in 2018. For twenty years, Mrs. Afota has worked with blue chip investors, holding positions as investor or advisor for traditional and alternative asset classes. Most recently, she was head of External Credit Mandates at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), responsible for ADIA’s multi-billion Investment Grade and High Yield external corporate exposure. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she held various positions in London and Paris at Unigestion, Lonestar and Axa IM. Mrs. Afota started her career in 1998 at Goldman Sachs in London where she worked for eight years as a structured credit specialist. She received three M.S. in Mathematics and Finance from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE and Stanford University.
Tarek Akhrass is a Director in Investment Banking at Guggenheim KBBO Partners. Tarek has over ten years of investment banking experience having advised on and executed a range of regional and international M&A, ECM and other corporate advisory mandates for regional-based clients. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2015, Tarek spent five years in investment banking at SHUAA Capital, the Dubai-based regional investment bank, executing transactions from the Dubai and Riyadh offices. Prior to this, he spent two years in Equity Research at SHUAA, where he covered a number of GCC-listed corporates. Tarek holds a B.A. in Finance from the American University of Beirut.
Shadab Taylor is a Director in Investment Banking at Guggenheim KBBO Partners. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Shadab was a Senior Vice President in Investment Banking at SHUAA Capital psc, the Dubai-based regional investment bank, where he gained considerable experience with financial sponsors in particular. Shadab has over twelve years of experience originating and executing regional and cross-border M&A, ECM and restructuring mandates across the healthcare, education, industrials, real estate and consumer sectors, among others. Shadab has advised clients including Ithmar Capital on the acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals, NMC Health on the acquisition of Al Rashid Hospital, Al Faris on the sale of their KSA energy assets via a management buyout, Emirates Hospitals Group on their strategic sale, Amanat Holdings PJSC on their first education investment, and DXB Entertainments, NMC Health and several other clients on their IPOs. Previously, Shadab was a financial analyst in Business Analysis at SHUAA. Shadab holds a B.A. in Economics (Hons) with a concentration in Business Studies from the University of Manchester.
Matthew Chen is the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Company Secretary for Guggenheim KBBO Partners. Mr Chen also performs the Money Laundering and Reporting Officer (“MLRO”) role for Guggenheim KBBO Partners. He has over 15 years of risk analysis, regulatory, and compliance experience. His responsibilities includes highlighting to the board and senior management applicable risks and ensuring the compliance with all laws, rules and regulations in the Middle East. In 2008, Mr. Chen joined Guggenheim Capital Markets in the private funds group to became the responsible officer for Compliance and Anti Money Laundering for the Middle East and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Chen was a manager in the Supervision and Authorisation Division of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (“QFCRA”) in Doha, Qatar. Prior to working in the Middle East, Mr. Chen was employed with the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and HSBC Australia. He has a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, Australia.
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