Bahrain's GFH names Rayes as permanent CEO

English football team Leeds United is among the investment firm's most high profile assets

Leeds United Football Club is among Gulf Finance House's most high profile assets

Leeds United Football Club is among Gulf Finance House's most high profile assets

Gulf Finance House, the Bahrain-based investment firm which has restructured a number of debt facilities since the financial crisis, has confirmed Hisham Al Rayes as its chief executive officer, it said on Tuesday.

Rayes had been acting CEO since March 2012, the statement to the Dubai bourse said.

The sharia-compliant investment house was hit hard by the global financial crisis and it was forced to restructure a number of debt facilities - some more than once - since 2009.

Rayes told Reuters in July that a leaner balance sheet and a new strategy in which it engaged more in its investments would help drive the business forward in future.

Its current debt pile was less than $235m, Tuesday's statement added.

GFH Capital, a Dubai-based unit of Gulf Finance House, bought Leeds United in December last year following lengthy negotiations, but sold more than half of its 100 percent holding less than six months later.

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