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
AbFab
FETCHR
Del Monte
Conforama
Al Ghurair Group
ATCO Group
VISION INVEST
LMN
GNDT
Rawabi
Hoshan Group
Belhasa
Jabal Omar Development Company
Hozoon Investments
Pretty Fit
Phenicia
Konoz
Beatona
Bice
Intercat
Butlers
Wheelers
AG
Zuma
duproof
Al Nakheel Agriculture & Trading
YACC
Qiwi

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.

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.

SAMER KHALIDI

Partner - Tech

Samer was a Managing Director at NBK Capital Partners. Samer’s career spans over 23 years of experience in private equity, management consulting, and investment management. Before

joining NBK Capital, Samer was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Dubai where he assisted companies in developing and implementing business and operating strategies. Prior to McKinsey, he spent several years executing and managing investments on behalf of the ASTRA Group in Jordan and Olayan Financing Company in Saudi Arabia.

NADINE BENCHAFFAI

Partner - F&B

With over 20 years of diverse experience covering a variety of roles from Entrepreneurship, to brand management and strategy development.

She is the Co-Founder & Managing partner at Taqado Mexican kitchen in UAE, one of the fastest-growing food chains in the GCC; and has also been a co-founder of Tortilla in London, UK which has over 30 stores. Nadine holds an MBA from the London School of Business.

Advisory Board

RACHA ALKHAWAJA

Advisory Board
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

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

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


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