October 12, 2008

Deutsche Bank expands equities platform in the Middle East with new hires and services

Deutsche Bank announced today that it has recently broadened its equities platform in the Middle East and North Africa to include trading, sales trading and equity capital markets, and has strengthened its offering with two senior appointments.

Ahmed Beydoun has been appointed as Head of Equities for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Beydoun joins Deutsche Bank from UBS, where he spent 12 years and was most recently Head of MENA equities at the Swiss bank. In his new capacity, Beydoun will have overall responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s equities business in the region, and will oversee sales, sales trading, equity trading and prime brokerage. Based in Dubai, Beydoun will report to Salman Al Khalifa, Head of Global Markets Sales for the Middle East and North Africa.

Michael Majdalany also joins Deutsche Bank from UBS as Director in the MENA equities team. Majdalany has 13 years of experience in the financial industry, 8 of which were with UBS.

Ricardo Honegger, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Global Markets for the Middle East and North Africa, said “This year has witnessed a considerable positive shift in the size and scope of our equities platform in the region, which has grown from a small sales and prime brokerage team to a sizeable operation that encompasses trading, sales trading and equity capital markets offering our institutional clients access to regional and global equities. Both Ahmed and Michael bring to Deutsche Bank a wealth of experience and I believe that they will play a pivotal role in further strengthening our equities business in the region.”

In addition, Deutsche Bank has recently relocated Carl Hayes, Head of Equity Sales Trading MENA, and Alex Ells, Head of Trading MENA, from London to Dubai. Last July, Deutsche Bank also relocated Christopher Laing, Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets for Central and Eastern Europe the Middle East and North Africa, from London to Dubai.

Salman Al Khalifa said “Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the MENA region is strong and ongoing. Over a short period of time, we have managed to build a fully integrated equities platform that offers our clients access across international and regional equity markets through Deutsche Bank’s global platform. We will continue to invest in strengthening our equities platform regionally by capitalizing on our increased access through our on-shore custody services and the increased opening up of the regional markets, as demonstrated most recently by Saudi Arabia’s decision to give access to non-resident investors to the Kingdom’s stock market.”

Last August, Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority (CMA), the capital market regulator, took the groundbreaking decision to allow a few authorized entities, including Deutsche Bank, to trade in shares listed on the Kingdom’s stock exchange (Tadawul) on behalf of non-resident foreign investors through swap agreements.


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Dana Budeiri
Head of Communications
Middle East & North Africa
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About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 80,253 employees in 75 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

Deutsche Bank’s commitment in the MENA region is more than a century old, beginning with the Bank’s financing of the construction of the Baghdad railway.

Deutsche Bank opened its first office in Cairo in 1959, followed in the early seventies by an office in Bahrain. In 1999, Deutsche Bank embarked on a regional expansion drive across the GCC which began with the opening of an office in the UAE’s Capital Abu Dhabi in 1999, followed by two offices in Dubai: a representative office inaugurated in 2001 and a branch at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2005. In April of 2006, Deutsche Bank opened a branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the capital Riyadh. In November of 2007, Deutsche Bank opened its branch in the Qatar Financial Centre in Doha.

Deutsche Bank AG in the MENA region offers the full range of investment banking, asset management; private wealth management; and global transaction banking services. Deutsche Bank’s AG is well recognized for its leading role on some of the most prestigious regional transactions. The Bank is the recipient of several awards for its activities in Islamic Finance; and was proclaimed in 2007 as the Best M&A Bank in Middle East & North Africa by Global Finance World. Most recently, in June 2008, Deutsche Bank was voted Best Debt House in the Middle East by Euromoney.