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Emad Mansour, CEO of Qatar First Investment Bank
09 November 2012
Emad Mansour, CEO of Qatar First Investment Bank, talks to Alastair O’Dell about creating an asset management business to balance out principal investing over the economic cycle
Qatar First Investment Bank
Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) was licensed in 2008 and started operations in 2009. Today it has three divisions: its core business of principal investing and the more recent additions of corporate finance advisory and asset management. Its asset management business is a two-thirds owned subsidiary, with the final third owned by Dubai-based Gulfmena Investments.
In a short period of time you have constructed a multi-faceted bank. What is your strategy?
Principal investments is our biggest business. We invest our own money and take a risk on our balance sheet with the aim of making capital gains – as opposed to the fee revenues from our other businesses. So much is and will be happening in Qatar – so we have a prime seat to cherry-pick investment opportunities for the next decade. Qatar is an exporter of capital at both the sovereign and private level. As an investment bank, it...
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