About Us

Gate Capital is one of the leading regional mid-market M&A advisors in the Middle East

Our Profile

In Gate Capital we work in close synergy with our clients to ensure that their business and growth strategies are supported by efficient financial solutions. We are a strategic advisory firm dedicated to unlocking value through high quality services and innovative solutions.

Gate Capital offers a unique expertise in deal making, financial restructuring and opportunity investing by blending extensive experiences across the Middle East and North Africa in multiple industry sectors. Our team is backed by a solid track record, a wide network of investors and companies and supported with thorough technical, industrial and investment banking skills.

Through our experience with private and family-owned businesses, we understand the value of strategic and non-financial objectives, which are often as important to our clients as our global capital markets experience and local investor relationships. We believe we are the sum of our parts; our principal strength is our team of dedicated professionals with excellent strategic, legal, financial, analytical and communication capabilities intertwined with our broad network of relationships.


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Mission

To be the preferred partner for clients looking for a unique strategic and investment banking relationship based on our innovative strategies, our customer-focused approach and our execution capabilities, all designed to achieve tangible and timely advantages.

Advantages

  • Our market intelligence, from proprietary research and constant market watch, is tuned to moniter and gauge external developments and changing trends in the marketplace to the benefit of our clients' business and investment requirements.
  • We ensure our clients' ultimate success through a dedicated strategic, technical and entrepreneurial approach in identifying and closing complex financial and business opportunities.
  • We thrive on the challenge of the unknown and we pride ourselves with our solid execution success.
  • We are a group of core investment professionals, supported by multiple technical and functional experts. Our team and engagement structure moulds itself to client projects’ needs.

Leading Regional Firms

Proven track record in structuring complex deals and innovative funding structures. Gate has successfully closed over USD 300 million transactions during the past 5 years, a simple of which are listed here:

LMN
GNDT
Rawabi
Hoshan Group
Belhasa
Jabal Omar Development Company
Hozoon Investments
Pretty Fit
Phenicia
Konoz
Beatona
Bice
Intercat
AG
Zuma
Al Nakheel Agriculture & Trading
YACC
Qiwi
Butlers
Wheelers
duproof

Core Team

Experienced and Dedicated Team

MUNTHER M. HILAL

CEO & Founder
With over 18 years of experience in senior management roles servicing regional corporate and family groups, Munther was instrumental in setting up numerous strategic joint ventures and has spearheaded acquisitions in multiple industries covering manufacturing, contracting, logistics, shipping and hospitality.

Prior to founding Gate, Munther was the Chief Investment Officer and heading the Direct Investments Department at Unicorn Investment Bank. He was also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Industries & Investments that won the Private Equity Award of the Year 2008.

Munther holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from McGill University in Canada and on-going MSc in Finance from Leister University.

KARIM EL SHEIKH

Executive Director

With more than 12 years of experience in the investment management and corporate finance fields, Karim has been with Gate since its early years and currently leads the company's entire corporate finance and advisory services team.


Prior to that, he served in the capacity of Vice President of the investment team at CORECAP and an associate at Al Mal Capital, a Dubai based investment bank, where he was involved in several transactions spanning across various sectors.


Karim graduated from the American University in Cairo with an Accounting Major, and earned the right to use the CFA designation in May 2007.  

NADINE BENCHAFFAI

Partner

Ms. Nadine started her career with FMCG marketing at Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina and Yoplait UK Innovation, now has over 18 years of diverse experience covering a variety of roles from Entrepreneurship, to brand management, to strategy development and innovation processes.

 

She completed her MBA from London Business School and soon joined fellow alumnus Brandon Stephens in launching Tortilla in 2006 where she remained on the Board until her move to Dubai, she remains an investor at Tortilla which now has more than 30 stores across the UK.  She co-founded & launched Taqado Mexican Kitchen in 2012 in Dubai which now has 14 stores with aggressive expansion plans in place.

 

In 2015 she went on to launch a new concept called Park House Cafe targeting the underserved beach and park locations. She is also an investor in a number of other start-ups.

MAJED JULFAR

Partner

Majid Julfar has spent more than 20 years in investment banking, asset management, and corporate banking servicing GCC sovereign wealth funds, banking, and financial institutions, financial sponsors and large family offices.

He has held a number of senior leadership positions including Head of Investment Banking Coverage Deutsche Bank UAE and member of the Executive Committee, CEO IFA Financial Services and VP Capital Markets Emirates NBD. In addition, to those roles, Majid Julfar has also held positions with ABN Amro, National Bank of Dubai, Dubai Bank and Daman Investments.

Majid Julfar has originated and managed many of the large transactions involving Deutsche Bank in the last 8 years across the GCC and has deepened its extensive network of relationships across a wide range of industries ranging from oil and gas, aviation, healthcare, technology, infrastructure, and real estate.

Majid is a board member of Unikai Food, a UAE listed company, and Chairman of 3D Advanced Printing.

HUSSEIN HACHEM

Partner - Logistics
Hussein Hachem is a technology leader with over 28 years of experience who led the turnaround at Aramex by bringing technology to the core of transportation & logistics, expanding globally into emerging markets and striking strategic alliances.

IYAD MALAS

Partner - Logistics
With more than 30 years of experience, Iyad Malas is a seasoned professional with experience across financial, retail, supply chain, real estate, leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors in the Middle East, South Asia & North Africa.

MAZEN MAMLOUK

Partner - Logistics
Mazen Mamlouk has more than 30 years of experience as an aviation & logistics senior executive  who played a key role in supporting Middle Eastern commercial airlines, operating a regional cargo airline, setting up FedEx operations in 8 Middle East countries & operating a regional trucking and logistics services throughout the Middle East.

Advisory Board

RACHA ALKHAWAJA

Racha Alkhawaja has over 20 years experience in Investment banks and international organizations, the likes of Lehman Brothers, State Street, Bloomberg and Painewebber, London

Racha has built strategy for investment firms in the Mena region, making a success of start ups and international firms coming to the Middle East, the likes of Fidessa, where she was their Mena business manager. 

Strong execution capabilities coupled with sales and strategy focus, ensures Racha is a much valued member of our team, since joining our Advisory board. 

Racha holds a Mathematics degree from UCL, London and an MBA in finance from Imperial College, London.

MAHESH SHEREGAR

Mahesh Sheregar has over 34 years of rich experience in various industries namely Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Trading, Education, Foods, Hospitality, and Investments.

Mahesh is currently associated with various business verticles and also operates as a member and advisory board member of Sunteck, India (www.sunteckindia.com); Robtstone, Middle East (www.robtstone.com); Amusement White Water (www.awwdubai.com); Dharti Dredging & Infrastructure Ltd. (www.dharti.in); Sokotra Capital (www.sokotracapital.com); Saphon Energy (www.saphonenergy.com) and many others.

Mahesh holds a MBA degree and has credited his career success to the team members with whom he has worked. 


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