The National Investor appoints Head of Research

Abu Dhabi, February 5, 2006: The National Investor (TNI), one of the leading regional investment and merchant banking firms, today announced the appointment of Amer Halawi as its Head of Research.

Mr. Halawi brings to the role more than nine years experience in European equity markets. As Head of Research, he will be responsible for expanding and managing the research team, with the stated objective of delivering value-added investment advice on regionally listed companies. He will be based in Abu Dhabi and will report to Mr. Orhan Osmansoy, Chief Executive Officer of TNI.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Orhan Osmansoy, TNI’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Amer brings a great depth of experience to our already strong team. His appointment represents an important further step in attaining our ambition of becoming a leading regional banking firm. His banking experience and industry knowledge will make a great contribution to TNI. ”

Prior to joining TNI, Mr. Halawi worked at Goldman Sachs from 2000 to 2004, his most recent role being Executive Director on the Pan-European Sales desk. In this capacity, he was covering French institutional clients out of the Paris office, and participated in the firm’s global push to distribute derivative products to traditional Equity investors.

Prior to that Mr. Halawi spearheaded Goldman Sachs’ Global Products’ distribution strategy to French institutional investors, first out of London and then out of Paris, where he moved to set up the French Global Products desk.

Mr. Halawi started his career in 1995 as Equity research analyst, and worked for three leading European banks in this function. He progressively specialized in the French Capital Goods industry. In 2000, he was ranked as one of the Top 10 European analysts in his sector in the annual Reuters survey.

In addition to his professional experiences, Mr. Halawi has also served as a guest lecturer to graduating finance students at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce to Paris (ESCP).

Mr. Halawi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Masters in Management from the ESCP with a major in Finance. -Ends-

About the National Investor: The National Investor is a leading UAE investment and advisory firm with a distinguished track record in investment banking, private equity, real estate and asset management. The Company is backed by over 80 UAE shareholders who come from the highest echelons of the business and political community. TNI is actively involved in investment banking, private equity, and asset management and is currently ranked as the leading arranger of public share offerings, having lead managed the largest number of public offerings in the UAE to date. For more information, please visit