HSBC names new equity head in Middle East

Samer Deghaili to lead team on equity capital markets as activity picks up in region
HSBC names new equity head in Middle East
By Reuters
Mon 23 Sep 2013 03:23 PM

HSBC Holdings has named Samer Deghaili to head its equity capital markets business in the Middle East and North Africa, a spokesman said on Monday, as activity picks up in the region.

Deghaili replaces Michael Bevan, who will head coverage of Asian sovereign wealth funds in HSBC's Hong Kong headquarters, said two sources with knowledge of the appointments. Deghaili's move was later confirmed by the bank.

Equity capital markets activity in the Gulf Arab region is showing signs of recovery as financial markets and valuations pick up after years of sluggish activity. Bankers in the region say more companies have been making initial enquiries about IPOs and secondary share offerings.

Dubai is among the best performing equity markets this year with its benchmark index up 65 percent year-to-date.

HSBC revamped its global investment banking operations in July, separating responsibilities for products and client coverage in a bid to drive business growth.

The lender named Mohammed al-Tuwaijri as chief executive of the Middle East and North Africa, replacing Simon Cooper, who was appointed head of the bank's commercial banking arm.

In his new role, Deghaili who joined the bank in 2010, will report to Adrian Lewis, head of EMEA equity capital markets, and regionally to Georges Elhedery, head of markets and capital financing for MENA region. His appointment was effective early September, according to the two sources.

Middle Eastern companies raised $3.2 billion from 12 capital market operations during the first half of 2013, a 15 percent decline from the same period in 2012 ($3.7 billion), according to Thomson Reuters data.

Among companies to express interest in capital raising recently, DAMAC Properties, a privately held Dubai property developer, hired Deutsche Bank and Citigroup Inc to advise on an initial public offering of shares in London, two sources with knowledge of the matter said earlier this month.

Separately, Abu Dhabi private equity firm Gulf Capital appointed Rothschild as a financial advisor for a potential IPO of its majority-owned unit, Gulf Marine Services.

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