Our Profile

Track Record* of Managing

$2.5

Billion in Assets

Syndicating

$5.5

Billion in Debt

Raising

$1.0

Billion In Equity

Track Record* of Managing

$2.5

Billion in Assets

Syndicating

$5.5

Billion in Debt

Raising

$1.0

Billion In Equity

*Includes both Sharia’h compliant and conventional (pre-2014) transactions

Gulf Islamic Investments LLC (GII) is a UAE-based financial services company regulated by the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA). 

Gulf Islamic Investments is committed to providing a diverse set of unique, duly researched, well-structured and risk-mitigated investment opportunities to its clients, with a view to achieve consistent and superior returns in the fields of private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate.

Under the leadership of a committed group of prominent shareholders and investors, GII’s team enjoys collective investment, strategic management, finance and accounting experience. GII and its team enjoy a track record of managing $2.5 billion in assets and securing $5.5 billion in debt and in excess of $1.0 billion in equity.

"Gulf Islamic Investment is an established company with more than a decade of operating history advising leading Middle Eastern and global investors across multiple assets classes. In May 2014, our Board of Directors decided to focus our investment activity on Shari’ah-compliant investments only. We set-off on an ambitious journey to become the pre-eminent Shari’ah-compliant investment organization, leveraging the unique competitive advantage of the UAE and the GCC to attract and secure capital, innovation and entrepreneurship. We allocate capital towards well-structured, duly researched and risk-mitigated investment opportunities with a view to achieve consistent and superior investor returns”. Mohammed Al-Hassan, Director and CO-CEO, and Pankaj Gupta, CO-CEO.

Investing in Compliance with Islamic Principles

Shari’ah-compliant investment is a time-tested and increasingly popular form of ethical investing. GII has developed expertise and capabilities to source, assess, structure and certify investments for compliance with Islamic finance.

The core principles of Islamic finance include the following:

  • Humans are merely the ‘custodians’ of wealth, which belongs to God;
  • Material pursuits must be balanced with an individual's spiritual needs;
  • An individual's needs must be balanced with society's needs; and
  • Economic transactions should take place within a just, responsible free-market economy

GII focuses on “GCC-relevant” investment opportunities, on a global basis, based on its shareholders’ and investors’ investment requirements.

The 6 countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council offer robust macro-economic fundamentals because of the region’s geostrategic location, its access to capital, affordable labor costs, business friendly environment, ambitious but sound government policies based an exceptionally strong public fiscal position and ongoing income from oil extraction, which is rapidly being converted into investment in a diversified economy.

Long term GDP growth in the GCC is expected to continue at robust rates, with a decreasing reliance on the oil sector. Non-oil growth will expand as real estate and infrastructure spending continues to rise, and other sectors, like logistics and transportation, manufacturing, renewable energy, retail and trading, financial services, tourism and healthcare further develop across the region.

People


Under the leadership of a Board of Directors composed of prominent entrepreneurs from across all corners of the GCC, GII enjoys exceptional visibility and respectability as an organization. Further, the quality of our leadership helps us reach the right centers of power and decision throughout the region and beyond.

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H.E. Mohammed Ali Rashed Al-Abbar

Founding Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments and Chairman, Emaar Properties, UAE

H.E. Mohammed Al-Abbar is one of the key men credited for Dubai’s success story. He is a senior aide to Dubai’s Ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. A global entrepreneur with active interests in high-value property development, retail, luxury hospitality, mining and commodities, Mohamed Al-Abbar is the founder and chairman of Emaar Properties, PJSC. Ranked second in the list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Leaders’ 2014 by Arabian Business, the leading regional business magazine, Mr. Al-Abbar is well-known for his pioneering role in positioning Dubai as a worldclass city. He spearheads the growth strategy of Emaar, which has a presence in over 18 countries, with a focus on developing prime real estate, shopping malls and hospitality and leisure assets. Mr. Al-Abbar heads Emaar’s joint venture with Giorgio Armani to set up the Armani-branded luxury hotel and resort chain in key international destinations.A graduate in Finance and Business Administration from the Seattle University in the US, Mr. Al-Abbar also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University, and serves on its Board of Trustees. A keen sportsman, Mr. Al-Abbar  is  an  active  member  of the UAE’s endurance horse racing community.


Under the leadership of a Board of Directors composed of prominent entrepreneurs from across all corners of the GCC, GII enjoys exceptional visibility and respectability as an organization. Further, the quality of our leadership helps us reach the right centers of power and decision throughout the region and beyond.

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H.E. Mohammed Rashed Alnasri

Chairman, Gulf Islamic Investments
Director General, Office of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE

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Hesham Al Emadi

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments 
CEO Energy City Qatar

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Mr. Ali Abdulla Taha Al-Khawari

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments 
Chairman,Tayseer Group, Kuwait

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Mr. Fawaz T. Tamimi

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments 
Business Development Head, Al-Tamimi Group, Saudi Arabia

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Shk. Mohammed Assad Ameen Said

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments 
Chairman, Assad Said Contracting Company, Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Mohammed Al-Hassan

Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Co-Founder, CEO GCC, Gulf Islamic Investments, UAE


The GII executive team enjoys in excess of 230 years of collective experience in investments, strategic and operational management, finance and accounting. Deeply rooted in the GCC, our team draws experience working globally, with companies such as Gulf Finance House, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, TDIC, First Energy Bank, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, PCG Asset Management, or Allied Investment Partners.

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Pankaj Gupta

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, UAE

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, UAE

Pankaj is a financial service professional with over 17 years of rich investment banking and asset management experience in the United Arab Emirates in various leadership roles. Prior to joining GII, Pankaj was Head of Investment Business Development at Allied Investment Partners, a UAE-based investment banking company he contributed to build from inception in 2007, to manage the assets of number of prominent business people and leading members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Together with Terence Allen, Pankaj was also instrumental in starting Union National Financial Consultancy in 2004, an investment advisory company (which changed its name to Gulf Islamic Investments in 2014) dedicated to assist prominent members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family in managing their assets. 

During his time at AIP and UNFC, Pankaj was responsible, among other things, of the management of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio, in addition to a number of advisory mandates, which included well in excess of $4 billion in successful debt and equity syndication. Prior to AIP and UNFC, Pankaj was a part of Investment Banking Division of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, where he successfully introduced Indian investment opportunities to NBAD’s investors. Pankaj has been involved in many project and company start-ups, and sits on Management Board & Advisory Board of many companies. He is also Ambassador & Strategic Advisor to Horasis (leading emerging market forum). Pankaj is actively involved in social & philanthropic work too. 

Pankaj holds BSc (Maths) and an MBA Degree. He is also a Certified Private Equity Specialist (CPES).

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Mohammed Al-Hassan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GCC

Mohammed Al-Hassan

Mohammed Al-Hassan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GCC

Mr. Mohammed Al-Hassan is co-founder co-CEO, GCC and director of Gulf Islamic Investments. Mohammed has over 12 years of experience in Islamic Investment Banking across the GCC region. His investment expertise spans across several verticals, including Private Equity, Venture Capital, Infrastructure and Real Estate. Mr. Al-Hassan is an extremely well-networked individual with close ties to family offices, and government and executive circles, including prominent members of the corporate, banking, financial institutions, and sovereign funds community in the GCC region. In addition to the GII board, he sits on the board of various companies, including International Foods Corporation, Limited, and More / Intelligent Foods, Inc. Since founding Gulf Islamic Investments, Mohammed developed leading sharia compliant investment company with a diversified investment strategy and investment portfolio. Mohammed leads all aspects of the Company’s strategy and operations, with a specific emphasis on new business development, shareholders and investors relations, in addition to the Company’s Islamic private banking initiative. Mohammed’s leadership in building a loyal group of investors from reputable private and institutional groups has resulted in nearly half a billion dollars of capital mobilized to fund GII’s investments since mid-2014.
 
Prior to founding GII, Mr. Al-Hassan held the position of Vice President of Investments with EJ Capital. Prior to that he worked as a Team Leader (Director – Investment Placement, KSA & Kuwait) in Gulf Finance House where he played a stellar role in raising several hundred millions of dollars of capital for various investment opportunities. His domain strengths include: strategic management, structuring investment opportunities, investment management, merger and acquisitions, deal sourcing, capital raising, and advising high net worth individuals. Previously, he was also the Board Member of Energy City Mumbai and Board Member of Al-Areen Holding. Mr. Al-Hassan holds a Business Administration degree, specializing in Marketing, from NYIT, Bahrain.

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Samson Checkove

Chief Financial Officer

Samson Checkove

Samson Checkove

Chief Financial Officer

Samson is a financial professional with over 39 years of experience as an internal auditor and operations manager. Together with Terence Allen and Pankaj Gupta, Samson was among the team that started Allied Investment Partners PJSC in 2007, a UAE-based investment banking company and an associate of UNFC, under the leadership of leading UAE government officials and business people. Samson operated for nearly 7 years as Chief Financial Officer of AIP. Prior to that, Samson served a total of 24 years at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw the back and middle office operations of the Treasury, Merchant banking, International Banking Operations and Capital Market Divisions of the Bank. Samson started his career in Bombay at the Union Bank of India, before transferring to the Union Bank of the Middle East and then on to National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Samson is a commerce graduate and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In addition he holds the Operation Certificate of the International Capital Market Association.

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Kuber Rai

Head of Internal Audit

Kuber Rai

Kuber Rai

Head of Internal Audit

Kuber is a financial service professional with over 20 years of consulting and banking experience. Prior to joining GII, he has worked with Ernst & Young, HSBC Hong Kong, ICICI Bank and FGB, UAE. During his career at Ernst & Young, he worked on various assignments with several clients including Coca-Cola, Mitsui & Co., AMEX, ABN Amro, Whirlpool, etc. His latest stint was with FGB where he had had various roles during his 9 years tenure; including Head of Financial & Tax Planning of International Business and Head of FGB India Representative Office during transition. FGB is a leading bank in the UAE controlled by the royal family of Abu Dhabi emirate and Kuber played an instrumental role in realizing its global expansion plans. He lead the projects and setup the footprint for the bank in 7 countries; successfully setting up branches in Singapore and Qatar, representative offices in India, Hong Kong and Korea plus the joint venture in Libya. 

Kuber has been an active participant in the employee engagement, focus groups and staff clubs where he has held various positions from Secretary to President. He is very active in social and philanthropic causes. 

Kuber is an MBA, CFE and holds an executive MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 

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Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad bahar

Head of Shari’ah Compliance

Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad bahar

Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad bahar

Head of Shari’ah Compliance

Dr Osama brings several decades of experience in Islamic finance. His expertise includes drafting and reviewing Shari’ah contracts, including Morabaha, Modarabaha, Ijarah and Istisna’a agreements, structuring and reviewing investment opportunities to ensure Shari’ah compliance, disseminating and promoting the understanding of the Shari’ah investment rules by the broader investor community via publications, public speeches and conference attendance. Dr Osama is currently working with First Energy Bank as Head of Shari’ah Compliance & Advisory. Prior to that, he worked with several renowned Islamic banks, including Al-Salam Bank as Head of Shari’ah compliance, ABC Islamic Bank as a Shari’ah Compliance Officer, Shamil Bank of Bahrain as Manager, Shari’ah Department and Secretary of the Shari’ah Board. Dr Osama was also Librarian secretary of Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic center library and officer at Ministry of Justice and Islamic affairs.

Other roles and positions of Dr. Osama include Member of the Shari’ah supervisory Board of Global Banking Corporation, International Investment Bank, Shari’ah adviser for Sakana Holistic Housing Solutions, Bahrain Bourse, International Tharawat, Family Bank, Alizz bank, Allianz Global Investors, Allianz Takaful (Bahrain); Shari’ah adviser for Reef (Real Estate Finance), Chairman of the Shari’ah supervisory Board for CAPINNOVA investment bank.

Dr. Osama has a PhD. at Lahaye University in the Netherlands, a Master Degree from Al-Emam Al Awzae University in Beirut, a Bachelor degree in Islamic Sharia’a from Prince Abdul Qader University of Islamic Studies in Algeria and a High School degree from the religion institute.

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Chandra Sen Hada B.COM, ACA, CMA, CFM

Chief Operating Officer

Chandra Sen Hada B.COM, ACA, CMA, CFM

Chandra Sen Hada B.COM, ACA, CMA, CFM

Chief Operating Officer

Chandra Sen Hada has 23 plus years of diversified work experience of which 20 years has been in UAE. Over this tenure he has occupied several senior finance and accounting leadership roles within various industries including Higher Education & Training, IT, Real Estate, Automobiles, General Trading, Hospitality and Consulting businesses.

Before joining Gulf Islamic Investments, he was Chief Financial Officer of CERT, Higher Colleges of technology, where he worked between 2001 to 2015. He started his career in UAE with Al Masaood Group where he worked between 1996 to 2001 in the Group’s Corporate Finance as Group Accountant. He has in depth experience in financial operations, banking, and general operations. He has lead several successful JV and M&A initiatives. He has been key player in negotiating JVs with major international institutions such as Thales, Wharton, Strathclyde, NYIT, IIM, Grenoble and others.

As an advocator of the use of technology in business processes and decision support systems he has introduced several business/financial IT systems, successfully, during his professional career.

He has bachelor degree in commerce, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management. He was awarded “Certificate of Distinguished Performance” for exceptional performance by Institute of Management Accountants, USA. He is also Honorary Director General of the Institute of Directors, India, UAE Chapter.

Chandra Sen is avid sports lover and has represented school in Cricket, Badminton, Volleyball and athletics. In UAE he learned to play pool, tennis, squash, bowling and golf.

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Mark Kim

Head of Private Equity

Mark Kim

Mark Kim

Head of Private Equity

Mark is a Private Equity professional with over 9 years of alternative investments experience. Mark also possesses extensive global client relations experience and contributed in raising over $1 billion from institutional investors around the world. Prior to joining Gulf Islamic Investments, Mark was a Director at an Asia based private equity firm EastBridge Partners, where he spearheaded overseas investment transactions and investor relations for the firm. At EastBridge Partners his key responsibilities were to identify & execute investment transactions in various sectors, manage relationships with prospective and existing limited partners, and provide investment advice to core limited partners in a broad array of investment structures. Mark has obtained a great amount of business exposure from the United States, Asia and GCC region over the years. He also serves as a board member of Wiple Games Inc. after conducting a project finance and equity investment in the Company though EastBridge Asia Mid-Market Opportunity Fund I. He remains on the Board to assist the Company in overseas sales and marketing.

Previously, he also held positions at STIC Investments, one the largest Pan-Asian private equity firms. Prior to STIC Investments, he obtained a wide variety of experience at SK Telecom, SK Gas and Albertsons International. 

Mark Kim is a Master’s candidate at Seoul National University majoring in International Commerce. Mark obtained a B.S. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington Kelley School of Business majoring in Finance-Real Estate.


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Mr. Ronald S. Barrott

Advisor to the Chairman of ALDAR Properties,
CEO and COO of ALDAR Properties

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Dr. Essa Faqih

Managing Director, E-Hospitality & Tourism
Advisor - Arab Tourism Organization 

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Mr. Robert Booth

Advisor to the Chairman of Emaar Properties. 
Formerly, CEO of Emaar Dubai Real Estate, and Emaar North America

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Mr. Guna R. Mahalingam

Managing Partner of NMG Financial Services in Switzerland, 
Founder of NMG Trading Dubai


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Mohammed Al-Muawda

Head, Investment Placement

 Mohammed Al-Muawda

Mohammed Al-Muawda

Head, Investment Placement

Mr. Mohammed Al-Muwada has 7 years of experience in Islamic investment banking and is currently responsible for fund raising activities in Saudi Arabia market. Prior to joining GII, Mohammed was a Senior Manager in the Placement Department at Gulf Finance House, covering the Bahrain and Saudi markets, where he spent his whole career. During the time, he was involved in raising capital for projects well in excess of $ 2 billion in private equity, infrastructure and real estate. 

Mohammed has a Bachelors Degree in business administration from the American University of London.

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Mohamed A. Sayyar

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

 Mohamed A. Sayyar

Mohamed A. Sayyar

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

A highly creative executive and Islamic investment banking specialist, Mohammed enjoys over 13 years of experience, during which he was involved in sourcing, structuring and fund raising for projects in excess of $ 1 billion in total value, in various sectors including real estate, energy, industrial, telecommunication, retail, and food, across various geographical regions. Prior to joining GII, Mohamed was Chief Executive Officer of Mega Holdings group in Bahrain, a private investment office of a prominent UHNWI in Bahrain. He also Held Positions of Executive Director at First Energy Bank in Bahrain, Head of Investment Placement in MENA Real Estate Co in Kuwait and Investment Placement Manager in Kuwait Finance House Bahrain office. 


Mohamed holds a Bachelor Degree in Bank Management and Finance from the University of Bahrain and is a Certified Private Equity Specialist, "CPES", from the American Academy of Finance and Management.

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Khalid Ahmed Al-Mahmood

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mahmood

Khalid Ahmed Al-Mahmood

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

Mr. Khalid Al-Mahmood joined Gulf Islamic Investments in October 2014. He is a highly experienced capital raiser, responsible for capital and fund raising and investors relations within UAE, Oman and South East Asia. 

Prior to joining GII, Mr. Al-Mahmood was the Regional Director - Investment Development and Distribution at Barwa Bank in Qatar, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s investment activities and relationships within the GCC and South East Asia. 

Before joining Barwa Bank, Mr. Khalid Al-Mahmood was the Senior Director and Country Manager of UAE, Oman and Asia within the Investment Advisory group at Abu Dhabi Investment house, where he was involved in sourcing, advising, structuring, raising capital and executing transactions in private equity, real estate and merger & acquisition. Throughout his carreer, Mr. Al-Mahmood has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various investment opportunities. 

Mr. Al-Mahmood holds an MA in Marketing practice from university of Bradford and a BA (hons) in business administration from university of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is also a certified Series 7 Investment Banker.

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Fawaz Alghalib

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

Fawaz Alghalib

Fawaz Alghalib

Senior Vice President, Investment Placement

Mr. Alghalib has 15  years of experience in financial advisory, private banking, investment banking, wealth management and financial services in the  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. He started his career in 1998 at Merrill Lynch, Bahrain. His work experience includes,  National Commercial Bank , Global Investment House , Abu Dhabi Investment House, 21 North Advisors and Nesma Holding Company. He provided Ultra High Net worth individuals with  opportunities in private equity, real estate & investment banking. At Nesma Holding, he was a board member of the investment committee, board member of the King Abdullah Economic City Finance Committee and a board member at Nesmal Yatirim Holding, Istanbul.

Mr. Alghalib graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe with a B.S. in Finance. He later received his series 7 certificate, registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission(S.E.C.) and National Association of Securities Dealers (N.A.S.D.) He also attended an executive course at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and received a certificate in managing partnerships and strategic alliances.

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Abdulrahman Murad

Vice President, Investment Placement

Abdulrahman Murad

Abdulrahman Murad

Vice President, Investment Placement

Mr. Abdulrahman Murad has more than 10 years of professional experience ranging from Islamic investment Banking to Business Development and is currently responsible for GII's fund raising activities in the Qatar. Prior to joining GII, Mr. Abdulrahman was an assistant manager in the investment placement team in Khaleeji Commercial Bank Bahrain and was responsible for promoting the banks investment products in Riyadh and Qatar. During his tenure, Mr. Abdulrahman managed to bring in USD 65 million in investments for the bank.

Mr. Abdulrahman has a bachelor’s degree in Finance for the New York institute of Technology.

What We Do

GII brings a life-cycle approach to unique, well researched, carefully-structured investment opportunities in private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate.

  • Equity
    Funding
  • Debt
    Funding
  • Active Management /
    Exit Management
  • Deal sourcing,
    Project Incubation
  • Due Diligence,
    Transaction
    Structuring
  • Advisory

GII has exceptional access to capital through its shareholders, strategic partners, clients and investors in the GCC and around the world. We start at $10 million, we don’t shy away from “large tickets”, and can execute transaction financings in record time.

We leverage our team’s extensive banking experience to structure and arrange Shari’ah-compliant debt finance, including acquisition finance, project finance, working capital finance and other term loans and corporate loans from our network of local a global lenders.

GII prides itself with providing its expertise throughout the investment life cycle, by proving ongoing support to companies in terms of strategic management, business and corporate development, public offering, etc.

GII looks for exceptional investment opportunities. We can also develop our own projects by leveraging our network of strategic partners and capital sources. Oftentimes, our investment opportunities are sourced and our projects developed to meet the requirements of specific clients and/or investors.

GII believes in fully due-diligenced projects, where depth and details matter. Further, we strive to incorporate return-enhancing, risk-reducing, incentive aligning features in our transaction structures. Proposed investments are also tested for compliance with Islamic principles.

GII lends its wealth of expertise in providing corporate finance solutions to its clients and portfolio companies, in terms of financing strategy, balance sheet optimization, cost of capital reduction, and resolution of temporary liquidity issues.

Investment Focus

GII looks for original investment ideas, backed by strong management team, proven operating models and history. We look for ‘GCC-relevant’ investment opportunities, with a special emphasis on catering to the investment needs of our shareholders and investors.

Private Equity

GII looks for unique opportunities across all segments of the private equity spectrum: expansion capital, buyout, turnaround, special situations. We like to partner with strong operators, either the original management of target companies, or new management we bring in, or third party industry experts providing the required domain expertise to develop the investment value. We like to structure investments in a way that maximizes the downside protection and best aligns the incentives.

We favor sectors which are synergistic with the underlying growth trends in the GCC such as, industrial, manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics, healthcare, education, conventional and renewable energy, technology, tourism and financial services.

We take a life cycle approach to our investments, by taking an active role from entry to exit, with a view to maximize the returns to our investors.

Venture Capital

GII sources opportunity to invest from an early stage in the company life cycle, in innovative projects and companies where technology has largely been de-risked or risk-reduced.

That can be the case in post-revenue, late stage venture transactions in companies which have the potential to rapidly reach on international scale. We typically prefer larger rounds of financing required to scale-up commercial operations overseas, either by setting-up strategic manufacturing plants overseas (we like to think that the GCC is an attractive location) or overseas commercial operations, distribution platforms, or franchises.

Also, we like to launch new ideas and projects from the ground-up (greenfield), when we have identified a compelling investment case, an arbitrage opportunity, a unique asset to be leveraged, a disruptive business model or a proven technology that is well suited and can be easily deployed in the markets we know.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure development underpins GDP growth across our target markets. Infrastructure, being an asset-based investment category also lends itself naturally to Islamic financing. We focus on the following infrastructure categories: transportation and logistics (roads, ports, and logistic hubs), conventional and reviewable energy (generation, transmission), touristic infrastructure, social infrastructure (schools, hospitals), water, sewage, cooling infrastructure.

In partnership with reputable institutional and private investors, GII established the Africa Project Development Company, an early stage infrastructure project development company focusing primarily on Africa, through which we have access to a separate pool of capital, readily available for investment.

Real Estate

In a market characterized by ups and down in the real estate asset class, our focus is to look for opportunities with a steady cash yield and some protection on the capital. We seek to reduce tenant risk by investing in single-tenant assets with low tenant turnover. Greenfield development or not, we have interest in assets throughout the GCC, but also overseas.

We have developed a unique know-how in Education and Healthcare real estate, which offer both compelling economics and social impact. We like sale-and-lease-back opportunities in high yielding assets, where the tenant is known to us and is looking at permanent or temporary liquidity. We also can leverage our strategic relationships with some of the world’s largest developers to build large scale commercial and residential projects from the ground up.

Track Record

GII inherits the track record of Union National Financial Consultancy (renamed as GII) and Allied Investment Partners, two companies established over the past decade to manage and advise on the management of private assets of members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Our track record includes $2.5 billion of assets previously under management / advisory, $5.5 billion of debt syndicated and $1.0 billion of equity raised. Illustrated below are the transactions concluded after our board’s decision to focus on Shari’ah-compliance in May 2014, and the prior track record of conventional transactions (Pre-GII).

Chelsea Residential Building Development (Former Chelsea Police Station)

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: Chelsea, London, UK
Type: Development
Amount: GBP 38 million
Status: Open for Subscriptions

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Costra Oasis - Luxury Retail Warehouse

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: Dubai
Type: Development
Amount: Undisclosed
Status: Open for Subscriptions

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Tadwir-E

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: GCC
Type: Joint-Venture / Expansion
Amount: $ 60 million
Status: Open for Subscriptions

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Dun & Bradstreet Office Building

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Type: Acquisition
Amount: $ 48 million
Status: Closed

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GII TECH Tranche 1

Asset Class: Venture Capital
Location: US Focus
Type: Fund
Amount: $ 32.5 million
Status: Closed

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Airbus Real Estate

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: Newport, UK
Type: Acquisition
Amount: GBP 30 million
Status: Closed

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Apttus

Asset Class: Venture Capital
Location: Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Type: Venture Investment
Amount: $ 148 million
Status: Closed

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Staff Accommodation 1,2,3 & 4

Asset Class: Real Estate
Location: Dubai Investment Park, UAE
Type: Acquisition
Amount: $ 66 million
Status: Closed

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zSpace Tranche 1

Asset Class: Venture Capital
Location: Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Type: Venture Investment
Amount: $ 20 million
Status: Closed

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MORE Cafe

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Buyout
Amount: Undisclosed
Status: Closed

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Tandem Fund III

Asset Class: Venture Capital
Location: Silicon Valley, CA, US
Type: LP Subscription
Amount: $ 2.5 million
Status: Closed

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Prysm

Asset Class: Venture Capital
Location: Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Type: Venture Investment
Amount: $ 150 million
Status: Closed

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CERT, Housing Project

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Term Loan
Amount: $ 55 million

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Tourist Development and Investment Company

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Term Loan
Amount: $ 272 million

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Tourist Development and Investment Company 2

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Sukuk
Amount: $ 1450 million

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Tourist Development and Investment Company 3

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Note
Amount: $ 3000 million

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ExCel by ADNEC

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Acquisition
Amount: $ 518 million

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Emaar Properties

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Debt
Amount: $ 85 million

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Trian Partners

Asset Class: Alternative Investment
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: LP Interest
Amount: $ 250 million

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Abu Dhabi Royal Family Member

Asset Class: Debt
Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Debt
Amount: $ 20 million

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HDFC

Asset Class: Debt
Location: India
Type: Structured Note
Amount: $ 100 million

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Prysm

Asset Class: Private Equity
Location: United States
Type: Venture Investment
Amount: Undisclosed

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Investor Relations

Our team of dedicated, experienced, Arabic-speaking senior investor relations professionals enjoys experience with Gulf Finance House, First Energy Bank, Barwa Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment House, Mena Real Estate Company, Kuwait Finance House, and relationships with thousands of private and institutional investors across the GCC and internationally.

Media

Highlights

  • Dec 2015: "GII celebrates UAE National Day"
    Dubai: On the occasion of the 44th UAE National day, the chairman, management and staff of Gulf Islamic Investments congratulate UAE’s benevolent leaders and government for their endeavors and vision for this beloved country, and extend best wishes to UAE residents.
  • Nov 2015: “GII successfully convenes the very first Board Meeting for MORE Cafe, post its acquisition in August 2015"
    Dubai: After successfully facilitating the acquisition of More Cafe, an F&B brand born and bred in UAE, earlier this year, GII held More Cafe's first ever board meeting at its local Dubai office. The stakeholders present were provided updates on end of the year numbers for the brand, along with various revenue boosting initiatives taken up post acquisition.

Press Releases & Notifications

  • June 2016: GII forays into US Real Estate market with acquisition of Commercial Property in Pennsylvania en | ar
  • March 2016: GII Tech leads Series D financing round for Valencell, a leader in biometric sensor technology en
  • October 2015: GII Successfully Raises US$200 million for Silicon Valley Technology Companies and Prepares to Launch GII TECH en | ar
  • September 2015: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes the Acquisition of More Cafe and expands its focus into the UK Real Estate en
  • May 2015: GII's yield generating portfolio touches USD 50 million. en
  • December 2014: December 2014: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes a Memorable Year with a Financing Round for Prysm Read More
  • November 2014: GII Explores Foray into Islamic Private Banking Read More
  • October 2014: GII Board Meeting Convened Read More
  • June 2014: GII Closes AED 62.6 million Financing of Staff Accommodation Facility in Dubai Investment Park Read More
June 2016: GII forays into US Real Estate market with acquisition of Commercial Property in Pennsylvania

March 2016: GII Tech leads Series D financing round for Valencell, a leader in biometric sensor technology

October 2015: GII Successfully Raises US$200 million for Silicon Valley Technology Companies and Prepares to Launch GII TECH

September 2015: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes the Acquisition of More Cafe and expands its focus into the UK Real Estate

May 2015: GII's yield generating portfolio touches USD 50 million.

December 2014: December 2014: Gulf Islamic Investments Concludes a Memorable Year with a Financing Round for Prysm

Gulf Islamic Investments LLC (GII) successfully closes financing round of an undisclosed amount for Prysm, Inc., a privately-held developer and manufacturer of video walls and collaboration solutions that are revolutionizing work flow and decision making for corporations, universities and governments around the globe.

November 2014: GII Explores Foray into Islamic Private Banking

After receiving numerous enquiries from its investor base to provide Shari’ah-compliant wealth management services, GII is holding advanced discussion with strategic partners to join forces and set-up an Islamic Private Banking Division. The objective would be to become the leading Islamic family office for the GCC ultra-rich, by offering wealth protection and long term capital appreciation through investments in stocks, bonds, FX, funds and structured products, in compliance with Islamic principles.

October 2014: GII Board Meeting Convened

The GII board of directors met on October 26 to review the Company’s financial performance and approve a number of strategic developments. In addition to the Management discussion, the board members were introduced to the leadership of various GII clients, who showcased presentations about their business and the nature of the proposed collaboration with GII. The board concluded the meeting with a luncheon at La Porte des Indes with the GII leadership team.

June 2014: GII Closes AED 62.6 million Financing of Staff Accommodation Facility in Dubai Investment Park

GII arranged financing for the purchase of 100% of the real estate of a staff accommodation facility in Dubai Investment Park 2. Located very close to the Expo 2020 site, the buildings can accommodate 1,300 staff members in 264 rooms and 124 studios, within its 122,800 of built-in area. The all-equity transaction is expected to generate an IRR of 17%, including 9% of annual cash yield. The investment was closed by GII within weeks of issuance of the offering documentation to investors.

GII in News

  • December 2014: Jayesh Soneiji, Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure Speaks to CNBC Watch CNBC Footage

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