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Mr. Makram Azar

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Local Address: United Kingdom
Barclays Bank of Dubai

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , Management and Finance
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Web References
KKR hires former Lehman ..., 8 June 2009 [cached]
KKR hires former Lehman Brothers managing director Makram Azar to head MENA operations
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has appointed Makram Azar as managing director and head of Middle East and North Africa. In his new role, Azar will develop the distribution of KKR products in the MENA region and source opportunities for private equity and infrastructure transactions, according to the firm. He will also explore co-investment opportunities with MENA institutions.
Investment Banking [cached]
Makram Azar, an 18-year veteran of the bank who was appointed global head of sovereign wealth funds several months ago, is joining Kohlberg Kravis Roberts as a managing director in charge of operations in the Middle East and North Africa.
KKR: Team: Capital Team, 3 April 2010 [cached]
Makram Azar
Makram Azar
Makram Azar joined KKR in 2008. He is head of KKR's Middle East and North Africa operations and is based in Dubai. Mr. Azar's role includes sourcing opportunities for infrastructure and private equity investments in these regions. He spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers most recently as Managing Director, Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Chairman of Media Investment Banking for Europe and the Middle East, based in Dubai. He holds a Master's Degree in Management and Finance from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a B.A. in Applied Economics from the University Paris-IX Dauphine.
MediaFinance 2009, 26 Oct 2012 [cached]
Read biography | Makram Azar, Chairman of Media, Europe & Middle-East and Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds, Lehman Brothers MediaFinance 2009
Makram Azar
Makram Azar
Managing Director, Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds, Chairman of Media Europe & Middle-East Lehman Brothers
Makram Azar was appointed to the newly-created role of global head of Sovereign Wealth Funds in April 2008. His position demonstrates Lehman Brothers' commitment to serving the important and growing needs of state-owned investment institutions around the world.
Mr Azar joined Lehman Brothers in 1990 and had most recently been leading the Media, Consumer & Retail investment banking businesses in Europe & the Middle East. Under his leadership, Lehman Brothers was named Media M&A Bank of the Year 2007 by MediaFinance magazine for having advised on most of the significant 2007 transactions in the media sector, including the takeover of ProSiebenSat.1 by KKR and Permira and the subsequent merger with SBS Broadcasting, the merger of Canal+ and TPS and the sale of Endemol. In recognition of Mr. Azar's strong knowledge of and relationships in the media industry he is also being named chairman of Media Investment Banking for Europe and the Middle East.
More recently Makram has advised NewsCorp on its acquisition of a 25% stake in German pay-TV company Premiere.
Makram holds a Master's Degree in Management and Finance from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a B.A. in Applied Economics from the University Paris-IX Dauphine.
Barclays Capital enhances ..., 11 Nov 2010 [cached]
Barclays Capital enhances focus on MENA region - ASDA'A Public Relations | Appointing Makram Azar as Head of Investment Banking, MENA and Senior Relationship Banker, EMEA Executive Business Magazine - Your Business News Portal
Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC., announced the appointment of Makram Azar as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Makram will be responsible for all investment banking functions for MENA, coordinating Barclays Capital activities for clients across the region. He will also provide senior coverage support for a number of large clients in the wider EMEA region as a senior relationship banker.
I am delighted to welcome Makram to our team. His appointment reflects both our commitment and our ambitions for the MENA region. Makram enjoys an established global track record and a reputation for supporting clients in achieving landmark investment banking transactions and his recent appointment further enhances our offerings to our clients in the region, said Thomas King, Head of EMEA Investment Banking.
Makram has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry where he held several leadership positions among various internationally renowned entities. Prior to joining Barclays Capital, Makram was head of the MENA region for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Prior to that, he had an 18 year career at Lehman Brothers where his last role was Managing Director and Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Chairman of Media Investment Banking for Europe and the Middle East.
John Vitalo, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays in the Middle East and North Africa, added: Makram brings a wealth of experience in the field of investment banking.
During his career, Makram advised government entities and large corporations on a variety of landmark transactions in different parts of the world. He has successfully led several financial transactions in Europe and the Middle East across a multitude of sectors.
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