Jawad Qasim

Managing Director

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Jawad has over 16 years of investment banking and private equity experience.

Prior to joining deNovo, Jawad was the Regional Head for Itaú Unibanco in MENA where he established Itau’s investment banking platform in the Middle East, with primary responsibility for covering Sovereign Wealth Funds and large corporates with interests in Latin America. In that role, Jawad advised a number of Brazilian and Latin American conglomerates on raising capital and establishing partnerships with Middle East investors, as well as advising on over USD 3 Bn worth of direct investment activity by SWFs in Latin America. 

Jawad has extensive buy side and investment experience having worked for Dubai International Capital (“DIC”), the Ruler of Dubai’s investment vehicle. He was involved in the leveraged buyout acquisitions of Doncasters Group and Travelodge Hotels in 2006, and led the execution and structuring of over USD 3Bn PIPE investments into HSBC Holdings, EADS, Sony Corporation and ICICI Bank. During his tenure at DIC, Jawad assisted in establishing and managing Jordan Dubai Capital (“JDCapital”), a country specific fund that managed c. USD 1Bn of assets in power generation, electricity distribution, Islamic banking, and real estate development in Jordan.

Raised between the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain, Jawad graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal, majoring in finance, and is a CFA Charter holder.