Euromoney Votes The National Investor Best Equities House in the UAE

04 June 2005

Bahrain – The National Investor, (TNI), one of the UAE’s leading investment and merchant banking firms, has been voted the Best Equities House in the UAE. The award was bestowed on the company by Euromoney at an Awards ceremony held at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. The recognition reflects TNI’s excellence and leadership in the equities and investment banking arenas.

The Euromoney Awards for excellence continue to be the most respected global awards for banking excellence and the award follows TNI’s award it received last month for Best Private Equity House in the Middle East from Banker Middle East.

Expressing his delight at the win, Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO, TNI said: “We are extremely proud to have won such a prestigious award. Euromoney is held in high esteem by the global banking industry and we are honoured that our efforts have been recognized by our peers.”

“Through the firm’s surge in regional equity offerings to date, we have been able to cement our dominant position in Gulf investment banking. Of particular strength is our track record in IPOs where we are currently the number one lead manager of public offerings in the UAE and GCC markets. Recent notable transactions include the IPOs of ALDAR Properties and Aabar Petroleum Investments which set world records in terms of demand raised. To date, TNI-led public share offerings have totalled a transaction value exceeding AED 8.6 billion, firmly positioning the National Investor as the leading UAE investment bank when it comes to equity offerings.”

The Euromoney Awards for excellence continue to be the most respected global awards for banking excellence and the awards are given on the basis of providing solid evidence on sales, trading, research, prime brokerage and equity derivatives. These have been measured on volume and distribution with emphasis on cross border transactions.

The Awards Ceremony is being held in Bahrain for the first time, giving greater focus and attention to the Middle East to help boost the regional profile of the awards and all winners.

The award comes as TNI is about to launch a series of initiatives to mark its 10th anniversary. “Since our humble beginnings 10 years ago, the National Investor has grown substantially and is today firmly positioned as one of the most dynamic, progressive and profitable investment banks in the Gulf. This Best Equities House award and the award for Best Private Equity house, which was bestowed upon us by Banker Middle East are strong testaments to the leadership position we have achieved over the last ten years,” concluded Dr. El Solh.

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 in the UAE, having lead managed the largest number of public offerings to date. For more information, please visit