The National Investor appoints Managing Director of Merchant Banking Division

13 June 2005

Investment pro to head merchant banking Abu Dhabi – The National Investor (TNI), the Abu Dhabi based investment and merchant banking firm, today announced the appointment of Orhan Osmansoy as Managing Director of its Merchant Banking Division.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Karim El Solh, Chief Executive Officer of TNI, said: “Being one of the few companies in the region that offer Merchant Banking services, we are continuously looking for a strong management team to maintain a solid position in the market. With over 14 years of experience in corporate finance, structured equity, private equity and activist investing, Mr. Osmansoy brings valuable insights and knowledge to his position at The National Investor.”

Prior to joining TNI as Managing Director, Mr. Osmansoy was a Managing Partner at Dexter Capital Group, a London-based investment firm specializing in strategic block investments in Europe. In this capacity, he was responsible for the origination, evaluation, and execution of activist/special situations investment opportunities. Mr. Osmansoy’s extensive experience also covers responsibility as a Senior Investment Officer at Whitney & Co. (formerly J.H. Whitney & Co.), a leading US private equity firm, where he focused on late-stage venture capital investments and leveraged buyouts in Europe.

In his capacity as Vice President at Morgan Stanley Mr. Osmansoy was a key member of both the equity derivatives and corporate finance groups in New York and London. At Morgan Stanley, he structured and placed a number of equity-linked derivative products and worked on various financial buyer transactions including reverse LBOs/IPOs, public & private placements of equity securities, and high yield debt offerings. Mr. Osmansoy also worked at Mosdev International, a consortium among Brown & Root Civil, Kenzo Tange Associates, and the Russian Academy of Sciences where he was responsible for privatization and investment activities.

Mr. Osmansoy graduated from the University of Virginia with a BSc. in Systems Engineering and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About the National Investor: The National Investor (TNI) is a leading UAE investment and merchant bank 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 currently ranked as the leading private equity house in the Middle East and 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