FGB, has announced the appointment of corporate finance specialist, Michael Aissaoui. In his new role as Head of Corporate Finance Advisory within FGB's Wholesale Banking Group, Michael will oversee the expansion of the bank's advisory activities for clients, in support of plans to further strengthen its position both regionally and globally.

Michael Aissaoui is a recognised expert in corporate finance advisory, bringing 19 years of professional experience with leading international organisations in Western Europe to FGB. Michael worked at Société Générale's head office in Paris as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region from 2006 to 2011 and joins FGB from the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), where he held the role of Head of Corporate Finance advisory from 2012 to 2014.

Michael Aissaoui has been involved in several cross-border transactions in the MEA region. Most recently he jointly led the advisory team for the merger between Aldar and Sorouh in Abu Dhabi.

Simon Penney, Head of Wholesale Banking Group at FGB, said: "Michael Aissaoui's appointment as Head of Corporate Finance Advisory is at the heart of FGB's strategy to attract the best talent and will add further impetus to the realisation of the bank's advisory capabilities. Michael Aissaoui has a great international investment banking profile, combined with MEA region experience and knowledge, which will support us in our plans to expand FGB's advisory activities with our clients."

Michael Aissaoui added: "I'm very pleased to be taking on this new role as Head of Corporate Finance advisory and having the opportunity to join FGB at such an exciting time. With its diverse client base, extensive reach, solid performance and strong brand reputation, FGB is stronger than ever and I'm looking forward to this new journey with the bank as it continues to grow and expand."

Michael has also worked with the World Bank on privatisation programmes in the MENA region and with Lafarge at Group Strategy Division, where he handled the company's MENA mergers and acquisitions/business development activities. Michael began his career in strategy consulting at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Michael has an Executive MBA from ESCP Europe. He also holds a master's degree in Corporate Finance from Paris Dauphine University and earned another master's degree in Economics and Mathematics from Paris-Sorbonne University. He speaks English, French, Arabic and basic Italian and has worked in Paris, London and Abu Dhabi.

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