Guggenheim KBBO Partners, a global financial services firm headquartered in Dubai, announced today that it has hired Mohammad Barraj as a Managing Director of Investment Banking.
"Guggenheim KBBO is pleased to welcome Mohammad, who has established a reputation for providing superior client service and counsel over the last 10 years," said Hani Buttikhi, Senior Executive Officer at Guggenheim KBBO Partners. "We believe our clients will benefit from Mohammad's unique blend of industry knowledge and execution capabilities. As the Guggenheim KBBO platform grows, we will continue to develop our differentiated offering for clients based on our thought leadership and depth of relationships in the region."
Mr. Barraj joins Guggenheim KBBO Partners from SHUAA Capital psc, where he was a Director in its Investment Banking team in Dubai responsible for the execution of a broad range of high profile mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raising and restructuring transactions. Most recently, he led the closing of Amanat Holdings PJSC's first investment in the education sector - its acquisition of a strategic stake in Madaares PrJSC (Taaleem) - and advised Emirates National Group on its first cross-border acquisition of a majority stake in Egyptian Advanced Company for Public Transportation S.A.E. His track record also includes advising on landmark healthcare deals including NMC Health plc IPO, Al Noor Hospitals acquisition and sale of CosmeSurge and Emirates Hospital Group, amongst others.
Mr. Barraj earned his Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham in the UK and a Bachelor of Business Administration with merit from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is licensed by the Securities & Commodities Authority in the UAE and holds multiple certifications and awards from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment in the UK. Mr. Barraj has been an active CPA license holder since 2007.