Photo from left to right: Andreas Stechl, Operations Manager Robinson Club GmbH; Dr. Ingo Burmester, CEO Robinson Club GmbH; Jonathan Franklin, Chairman Abu Soma Development Company; Ibrahim El Missiri, General Manager Abu Soma Development Company
Jonathan Franklin, UK Head of M&A at Ernst & Young says: "If this rate continues, 2005 will see the best year for M&A activity in the mid market since 2000, when the total value of completed deals reached €51.65 billion."
Mr. Jonathan Franklin is Senior Vice President and Head of Investments for Olayan Financing Company, the Saudi holding company of the Olayan Group, based in Riyadh.Prior to joining Olayan, Mr. Franklin spent four years as a partner with Ernst & Young in London where he led the mergers and acquisitions practice for the UK and Europe, five years at Chase Manhattan Bank in London where he was managing director of the oil and gas investment banking activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and seventeen years with JP Morgan in New York, the last ten of which were spent in the mergers and acquisitions department where Mr. Franklin focused on advising clients on cross-border transactions in the energy sector.Mr. Franklin graduated from Cambridge University in 1979 with a double first class degree in history.
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