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:

Pretty Fit
Phenicia
Konoz
Beatona
Bice
Intercat
AG
Zuma
Al Nakheel Agriculture & Trading
YACC
Qiwi
Butlers
Wheelers
duproof

Team's Profile

Experienced and Dedicated Team

MUNTHER HILAL

Founder & Managing Partner
With over 16 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.

KHALIL ABOU FADEL

Executive Director

Senior Executive, with over 20 years of leadership and management experience in restaurants and FMCG sectors, across the Gulf and MENA region, leveraging managerial, financial, operations, marketing and supply chain expertise.


Khalil was the General Manager of Burger King in the MENA region, General Manager of King Food in Lebanon and Vice-President of Kout Food Group, Kuwait and the Chairman of the Pizza Hut Franchises for MENA region 2007-2010


Graduated from American University of Beirut in Business Administration and a diploma in management from McGill 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.  

MUHAMMAD IRFAN KHALIQ

DIRECTOR

With over 10 years of diversified experience ranges from investment/asset management and investment banking.


Prior to joining Gate Capital, Muhammad was the head of investments and finance at the private office of Abu Dhabi’s prominent member of royal family, where he was responsible for managing the global investments portfolio and was heading the group’s finance department.


Muhammad has a computer engineering bachelor degree, and pursuing CFA and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) qualifications.

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