Qatar First Investment Bank to sponsor Private Equity MENA Business Summit 2011

CEO to participate in panel discussion on strategies for private equity and capital growth in the MENA region

Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB), Qatar’s independent Islamic investment bank, today announced its sponsorship of and high-level participation in the MENA Private Equity Business Summit 2011, which will be held on the 11th – 13th of September at the Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, UAE.

QFIB CEO Emad Mansour, and QFIB Managing Director & Head of Corporate Finance Shadi Zubeidi will be among 60 expert speakers of CEOs, Chairmen and senior executives attending and participating in this Summit.

The Summit, held in association with CNBC Arabiya, will provide in-depth insight into the latest regional developments and growth opportunities of the PE industry focusing on major issues including value creation, building business confidence and identifying investment opportunities and strategies.

“Whilst the financial crisis slowed down the appetite for PE deals, the Arab spring will certainly create more opportunities for investments due to better corporate governance and transparency” commented Mansour. “We are pleased to support this summit as Event partners. This is the ideal platform to exchange views and gain insights from other experts in PE space”.

Mansour will be participating in a CEO roundtable entitled The Investment Outlook for MENA Businesses, Private Equity and Growth Capital. The discussion will tackle a number of topics including performance of MENA funds, the value of local funds versus global funds, anticipation of spend in MENA infrastructure, health, energy and education sectors. It will also look at ways of financing and preparing for future opportunities; addressing the contained investment flow conundrum and deployment of stagnant funds. The roundtable will be televised live on CNBC Arabiya and moderated by the channel’s Special Business Correspondent, Hisham Al Ayass.

Zubeidi will be participating in a panel discussion entitled Recalibrating portfolios and the use of Strategic M&A where he will share his 14 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance advisory in the Middle East. Zubeidi will also be highlighting some of the key concerns regional corporations face when considering M&A activity and speaking about value creation through asset divestment for large and medium-sized corporations and family businesses.