Barclays Investment Bank appoints Davide Sala as MD for EMEA

EMEA – Barclays Investment Bank announced the appointment of Davide Sala as a Managing Director (MD) and Head of Industrials M&A for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective November 2021. Davide will report to Pier Luigi Colizzi, Head of Investment Banking, Continental Europe, and Co-Head of M&A, EMEA, and Omar Faruqui, Co-Head of M&A, EMEA. He will lead Barclays M&A client dialogue for European clients in the industrials sector, working closely with Asim Mullick and Richard Probert, Co-Heads of Industrials Investment Banking. “The Industrials sector is an important focus…

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Infrastructure investor Actis appoints Daulon du Laurens as Head of EMEA region

EMEA – Actis, a global sustainable infrastructure investor, has appointed Charles Daulon du Laurens as Head of EMEA within its Investor Development Group. Daulon du Laurens is based within continental Europe and he will lead fundraising and investor relations activities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Daulon du Laurens will report to Neil Brown, global Head of the Investor Development Group. “We’re delighted to welcome Charles to Actis to engage our existing and prospective investor base across EMEA from within continental Europe,” Neil Brown, Head of the Investor Development…

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MY.GAMES Venture Capital, Google launches second season of their joint business acceleration

EMEA – MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC), the investment division of MY.GAMES, and Google have launched the second season of their joint business acceleration program for mobile game developers. The first season was launched in November 2020, offering EMEA developers free consulting services, including expert evaluation, key metrics analysis, recommendations on step-by-step improvements, as well as advice on scaling and international expansion. This season, MGVC allocates US$30 million for potential investments in studios and projects that have shown the potential of their team and product during the event and, according to…

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Barclays Investment Bank appoints Keith Robinson as Chairman of Technology Investment Banking for EMEA

EMEA – Barclays Investment Bank has announced the appointment of Keith Robinson as Chairman of Technology Investment Banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and a senior advisor within Group Strategy from where he will also provide advice to Barclays. He will be responsible for enhancing the strategic focus of Barclays’ coverage for technology clients in EMEA and developing client relationships in this sector. Prior to Barclays, Keith was Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Sage Group plc, responsible for leading the overall strategic…

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Barclays Investment Bank appoints of Bronson Albery as Head of Real Estate Banking for EMEA

EMEA – Barclays Investment Bank has announced the appointment of Bronson Albery as Head of Real Estate Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He joins Barclays from JP Morgan Cazenove, where he has spent 22 years, starting as an Associate in its M&A team before taking over the management of the UK real estate team in 2016. He brings strong M&A expertise from his time in the product team and has worked on the majority of the UK’s leading real estate M&A transactions. Notable deals include Lone Star’s…

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Real estate services firm Avison Young join hands with Empact CRES, opens first office in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Global commercial real estate services firm Avison Young has announced an expansion of its service delivery to clients across Europe, Middle East, and Africa with the addition of Empact Corporate Real Estate Services (Empact CRES), a full-service commercial real estate services firm in South Africa. It will rebrand as Avison Young and provide customized real estate solutions throughout South Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa. “The team in South Africa share a fundamental belief in delivering the positive impact that commercial real estate can make in people’s lives across the African content,” said Mark Rose,…

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Radisson Blu celebrates a decade as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe, confirms 16 new signings in EMEA

WORLD – Radisson Hotel Group is celebrating Radisson Blu’s reconfirmed position as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe for the past decade and continues its successful portfolio growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa with over 2,000 rooms and 16 signings added to the Group’s portfolio in quarter 1. In a year of historic challenges, Radisson Hotel Group has remained actively committed to its five-year development plan to be recognized as one of the top hotel brands in the world and the brand of choice for owners, guests, and…

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Marriott International appoints two new executive team members for the EMEA region

AFRICA – American multinational company Marriott International, has appointed Sandeep Walia as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East and Jerome Briet as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Walia will assume office on July 1, 2021, following the retirement of current COO, Guido De Wilde in March 2021while Briet will take on the role from Carlton Ervin, who was recently appointed as Marriott’s Global Development Officer, International. Walia will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Turkey, representing 21…

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Netflix appoints Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments for the EMEA Region

EMEA – Netflix, a global movie streaming outfit, has appointed Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments to lead its payments in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Atawodi will oversee these payment dynamics to keep Netflix ahead of shrewd competitors in Africa’s streaming video on-demand market, especially Showmax. The Multichoice-owned service has been working to dominate the market by offering on-demand video streaming and live TV including football matches, music and news. This is coming on the heels of her spearheading Uber’s arrival and growth in West Africa, six years…

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Youssef Merjaneh appointed as Senior Vice President of Black & Veatch for EMEA region

EMEA – Black & Veatch, an engineering firm, has named Youssef Merjaneh as Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as the region’s focus on the dynamic energy transition continues. The company’s expansion in the EMEA region and Youssef’s appointment come at a transformational time for Black & Veatch. In 2020, the company announced it would cease participation in any new coal-based power design and construction and focus its capabilities on supporting the other parts of its portfolio including renewable generation, transmission and distribution, and other aspects of…

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