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The GCC/Africa investment corridor: A banking perspective

Broadcast on Sep 15, 2021 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2021

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Emirates NBD

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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

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Mashreqbank

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

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BofA Securities

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GIB Capital

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SMBC

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Standard Chartered

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MUFG

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Citi

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Crédit Agricole CIB

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Intesa Sanpaolo

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Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

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Rawabi Holding

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Bank of Jordan

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Barclays

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  • What role are Middle Eastern banks playing in funding the African banks?
    > Which MENA banks are lending to African banks and FIs?
    > What price, size and tenors can African banks and FIs secure borrowing from MENA banks?
  • What support can Middle Eastern banks offer African banks and financial institutions?
  • Which African regions, countries and jurisdictions are MENA banks comfortable lending to?
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Moderator

Abiodun Azeez

Abiodun Azeez

Senior Relationship Manager Corporate and Institutional Banking

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Abiodun Azeez

Abiodun Azeez

Senior Relationship Manager Corporate and Institutional Banking at Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Abiodun Azeez

MCB Group is an integrated banking and financial services player, offering a comprehensive range of tailored and innovative solutions to its retail, corporate and institutional clients. The Group is investment grade-rated by Moody’s and Fitch, and is currently ranked 1st in East Africa, 18th in Africa and 582nd among the Top 1,000 Banks in terms of Tier 1 (July 2020), 27th in Africa in terms of assets (Jeune Afrique Top 200 Banks, The Africa Report, September 2020) and 72nd on the African continent in terms of market capitalisation (African Business Top 250 Companies, May 2020). MCB Group is present in 10 countries overseas via its subsidiaries in Madagascar, Seychelles and Maldives, its representative offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Paris and Dubai, and its associates, Société Générale Moçambique and Banque Française Commerciale Océan Indien (BFCOI) operating in Réunion Island, Mayotte and Paris.

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcbgroup/

Speakers

Sidra Taj

Sidra Taj

Director, Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Investment Banking

Mashreqbank

Sidra Taj

Sidra Taj

Director, Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Investment Banking at Mashreqbank

Sidra is a seasoned Corporate Finance and Investment Banking professional, with 15 years of wide-ranging experience in loan origination, structuring, underwriting and distribution, across the GCC, South Asia, Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Far East.

Sidra is currently acting as Director, Syndications & Loan Distribution at Mashreq. Over her 8 years’ association with Mashreq, Sidra successfully led and raised several billions in financings for sovereigns, GREs, supra-nationals, sponsors, corporates and financial institutions across diverse industries and structures including Corporate and FI loans, Project and Infrastructure Finance, Structured Trade Finance, Non-recourse Acquisition Finance etc. Sidra has demonstrated bookrunning and underwriting capabilities in developing niche markets for the bank, including Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, etc.

Before Mashreq, Sidra worked for 6 years in Investment Banking at Habib Bank Limited, with a focus on Project Finance and Financial Advisory, that saw her lead financings for several notable power and infrastructure projects.

Sidra has a BBA (Finance) and the CFA designation, and was the recipient of the "MBA Women in Business” award from the CASS Business School, City University, UK. She takes special interest in the topic of ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ and actively promotes inclusion of more women in banking.

Mashreqbank

Sidra Taj

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications at Emirates NBD

Mert graduated with a BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2005. He started his career in Consumer Banking in Citibank, Dubai and joined Emirates NBD Group in 2008.

He has been part of Emirates NBD Capital platform since late 2012, focusing on capital market transactions and loan syndications.

Mert has led a number of key transactions across project finance, structured finance, leveraged buy-out landscape and covered key regional markets such as UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Africa and Turkey.

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd