Omar Al-Gharabally is a 16-year investment banking veteran specializing in fund placement, asset management, risk management, portfolio advisory, private banking & fundraising with global experience with blue chip financial institutions in New York, London and the Middle East.
The Kuwaiti-based Al-Gharabally family has a storied heritage of centuries as merchants and traders within the region. A testimony to this tradition is Souk Al-Gharabally which has stood at the heart of Kuwait City for over 90 years.
Between 2009 and 2011, Mr. Al-Gharabally was Executive Vice President for Wasserstein Middle East in Bahrain, the representative office of Wasserstein & Co, New York, a $2 billion private equity firm. At Wasserstein, Mr. Al-Gharabally was mandated to expand the current client base with a focus on regional family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals while providing investors with advisory services on risk management and asset allocation in relation to specific investment solutions. During his tenure at Wasserstein, Mr. Al-Gharabally successfully developed a comprehensive GCC-independent investment placement business model to coincide with a focused mandate to raise funds over a short time frame.
Between 2006-2009, Mr. Al-Gharabally was Head of Investor Marketing at BMB Investment Bank, a wholesale bank in Bahrain. Mr. Al-Gharabally spearheaded and executed multiple regional private equity placements, providing a vast array of investment solutions including direct investments, funds, fund of funds, hedge funds & equity funds. He developed and implemented an organized client focused relationship maintenance and development program, identifying and qualifying prospective new clients for a strategic relationship with BMB, resulting in high profile, strategic capital inflows.
Between 2005-2006, Mr. Al-Gharabally was an investment manager at Awal Bahrain with total assets around $8.6 billion, making it the fourth largest bank in the country. He aided in the management of the Bank’s portfolio of assets, including regional equity, structured & hedge products, fixed interest & floating rate notes, international private equity and commodities.
Between 2000-2005, Mr. Al-Gharabally was a Private Banker with Lloyds TSB Plc., London, managing high net worth clients with a minimum net asset value of £1 million, to ensure an effective wealth management strategy.