Shuaa Capital names Alseddiqi MD; Fawad Tariq Khan as chief executive

Jassim was instrumental in charting a new course for Shuaa Capital when he took over as Chairman of the investment bank.

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Jassim Alseddiqi.
Jassim Alseddiqi.

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Published: Wed 15 Jun 2022, 6:29 PM

Last updated: Wed 15 Jun 2022, 9:07 PM

The Shuaa Capital board of directors named Jassim Alseddiqi as managing director within the group, effective Wednesday. Jassim, who has been the CEO of Shuaa, will be succeeded in the role by Fawad Tariq Khan, who will also retain his current title of head of investment banking. Jassim will continue to work closely with Fawad and Shuaa’s senior management team to ensure a seamless transition, focusing in particular on strategy, shareholder and key client relationships.

Jassim remains Shuaa’s largest shareholder with a 29.9 per cent stake. He also remains chairman of Salama Insurance and Eshraq Investments. Fadel Al Ali, chairman of Shuaa Capital, said: “On behalf of the board, I thank Jassim for his incredible leadership over the past 11 years. From leading ADFG since its establishment in 2011 to the group’s transformational merger with Shuaa, Jassim has created an investment powerhouse with significant assets under management and an expanded investment portfolio. Jassim’s leadership has been instrumental in consolidating Shuaa’s position as one of the largest and most profitable investment banking and asset management firms in the UAE and across the Mena region. His commitment to creating shareholder value has driven the group’s strategy and success for more than a decade and will continue to serve as a guiding light for the company. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his knowledge, experience and counsel.”

To date, Shuaa has completed many significant transactions - including the successful listing of Anghami, the first Arab technology company on Nasdaq, the management of a $50 million structured sukuk for Pure Harvest Smart Farms, the leading sustainable technology-based agribusiness based in the UAE, and most recently the acquisition by Shuaa’s managed fund of Stanford Marine and Allianz Marine and Logistics Services Holding Limited (Allianz), creating the world’s fourth largest operator of offshore support vessels for the resurgent energy sector.

Fawad Tariq Khan. — Supplied photo
Fawad Tariq Khan. — Supplied photo

Recently, Shuaa also listed a $100 million Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) on the Nasdaq Global Market in New York, which began trading on March 2, 2022.

Ali said: “Our announcement is the result of a deliberate and thoughtful succession planning process, and Fawad was the clear and unanimous choice of the Board to serve as Shuaa’s next CEO. Over the past eight years, Fawad has demonstrated his ability to think strategically, communicate his vision, and effectively grow Shuaa’s investment banking business. He is well positioned to help Shuaa achieve today’s goals and capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead. Shuaa is stronger than ever - with an exciting pipeline of investments - so the timing is right to implement this succession plan. We look forward to working with Fawad and the rest of the management team and are confident they will expertly lead Shuaa through our next chapter of growth and success.”

Jassim founded Abu Dhabi Capital Management, an alternative asset manager, as ADFG was then called, in 2011. After launching the region’s first secondary private equity fund, he followed up with successful investment strategies in alternative debt, a public markets fund (Goldilocks), the acquisition in 2013 of Northacre Plc, a UK-listed real estate developer, and a 48 per cent controlling stake in Shuaa Capital, the region’s longest standing investment bank, in 2016.

Alseddiqi said: “This transition is the next logical step in Shuaa’s journey to become the preeminent investment banking and asset management platform in the region. Fawad’s vision and knowledge of our business, as well as his proven ability to lead, make him the ideal candidate to be our next CEO. The continuity of our experienced management team - many of whom have been with the company since its inception - will ensure Shuaa’s market-leading position. As a shareholder and board member, I believe Shuaa’s best days are ahead of us, and I look forward to supporting the team as needed.”

Jassim was instrumental in charting a new course for Shuaa Capital when he took over as Chairman of the investment bank, which struggled with losses until 2017. In 2019, Alseddiqi led the complex reverse merger between Shuaa and ADFG to create a business with both an asset management and investment banking platform to diversify its revenue streams. Under Jassim’s leadership, Shuaa continues to record strong profitability and performance despite Covid -19 headwinds.

Khan said: “I am honoured by the opportunity to work with our incredible team of people, especially as Shuaa experiences an exciting and dynamic period of growth as a company. As CEO, I am committed to building on Jassim’s legacy by continuing to focus on our expertise in providing innovative investment solutions that have made Shuaa such a successful investment banking and asset management platform. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team to build on our successful track record of growth and value creation for our shareholders, investors and all other stakeholders.”


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