Todd Boehly is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and controlling member of Eldridge Industries. Eldridge manages a portfolio of diversified businesses across several industries with over 2500 employees.
Prior to founding Eldridge, Mr. Boehly was the President of Guggenheim Partners, where he launched their credit investing business and later assumed responsibilities for the asset management business. He received his B.B.A. from the College of William & Mary and studied at the London School of Economics.
In addition to being the Chairman and CEO of Eldridge Industries, Mr. Boehly is a member of the Executive Committee of Guggenheim Capital and serves as a trustee or board member of several other organizations. He is a principal owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dick Clark Productions, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, Media Rights Capital—the owner and producer of House of Cards—and A24—the owner and producer of Moonlight, winner of the Academy Award for “Best Picture” in 2016.
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.
Mr. Glenn is the Chief Executive Officer of KBBO Americas. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Glenn was a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and was a member of the Guggenheim Partners Public Affairs Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Mr. Glenn also chaired the Multicultural Employee Business Network, an employee resource group. Prior to Guggenheim, Mr. Glenn served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia. Mr. Glenn also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Economic Policy in the White House in Washington, D.C. Mr. Glenn received his BA degree from Davidson College in North Carolina.
Yazen Abugulal is the Group CEO of KBBO Group. As a seasoned banker, Mr. Abugulal has a wealth of financial management experience, both locally and internationally. From his early career at SHUAA Capital, one of the UAE’s oldest financial services firms, to his most recent position as Vice President at Swiss private bank Lombard Odier based in Geneva, Mr. Abugulal has closed a number of successful deals while working with a wide range of high net worth individuals in the MENA region. In 2017, he relocated from Geneva to Abu Dhabi to lead KBBO Group’s new expansion plans, and oversees acquisitions, investments and the structuring of new products to reach international markets with a diverse product offering. Mr. Abu Gulal is also the Chairman of Emirates Healthcare.
Mr. Singh has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector. His career has seen him hold leadership positions in the fields of Finance, Strategy, Risk Management and Business Performance Improvement for global organizations such as KMPG, EY, AIG and HP. Prior to his appointment as the Group COO of KBBO Group, Sunil was the CFO of Centurion Partners Investment (CPI), an investment group headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Sunil is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
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 15 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).
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 the Investment Banking Division of Guggenheim KBBO Partners. He has multiple years of investment banking experience in the region. Prior to joining Guggenheim KBBO Partners, Tarek Akhrass spent five years with the investment banking department of SHUAA Capital, the Dubai-based regional investment bank, working out the Dubai and Riyadh offices where he assisted in the execution of regional IPO, M&A and other corporate advisory mandates. He played a key role in the successful execution and placement of the initial public offering of Emirates REIT, the first public offering and listing of a real estate investment trust in the region. Prior to his work in investment banking, he spent two years as an equity research analyst with SHUAA Capital assisting in coverage of regional equities. He received a B.A. in Finance from the American University of Beirut.
Shadab Taylor is a Director in the Investment Banking Division of Guggenheim KBBO Partners. Prior to joining Guggenheim KBBO Partners, 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. At SHUAA, Shadab spent ten years originating and executing complex regional and cross-border M&A, ECM and restructuring mandates across the healthcare, industrials, real estate and consumer sectors, among others. Shadab has advised clients including Emirates Hospitals Group on their strategic sale, Ithmar Capital on their acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals, Express Group on their strategic sale, Amanat Holdings PJSC on their first education investment, Al Faris on the sale of their UAE energy assets via a management buyout, and DXB Entertainments and several other clients on their IPOs. Prior to this, Shadab was a financial analyst in Business Analysis at SHUAA. Shadab holds a B.A. in Economics (Hons) with a specialism 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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