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The Team

Karim Moussa

Co-CEO of the Investment Bank 

Karim Moussa joined EFG Hermes in 2008, with primary responsibility for building the Group’s infrastructure private equity platform. During this time, he also closed a number of flagship deals, such as the Nasdaq-Dubai’s USD445m take-private of DAMAS International and later its exit, delivering c. 2x cash- on-cash returns, and the USD208m acquisition of 49% of EDPR France.
Karim Moussa sits on the Investment Committee of several EFG Hermes’ sponsored funds, including the InfraMed Infrastructure Fund, with combined AUM of c. USD1bn. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of various portfolio companies.
Prior to joining EFG Hermes, Karim was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank, in the Global Banking division, with responsibilities for M&A, ECM and DCM advisory in MENA. In this role, he advised on the USD4.2bn Dubai Ports World IPO, the USD670m sale of Sokhna Port to Dubai Ports World, and the  USD1.4bn LBO of the Egyptian Fertilizers Company by Abraaj Capital. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2001 as an Analyst in the M&A execution team in Frankfurt, advising on several mid-cap transactions in Continental Europe. He moved to Dubai in 2005 with the CEO of Deutsche Bank MENA to help establish the bank’s regional business. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Karim worked as an Investment Analyst at Berlin Capital Fund, a Venture Capital Fund managed by the Berliner Bank.
Karim holds a Masters in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering (Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur) from the Technical University of Berlin.


Samer Yassa
Head of Private Equity | Egypt

Samer Yassa is the Head of Private Equity division in Egypt. He has more than 16 years experience in investment banking and private equity in Cairo and London. Samer Yassa started his investment banking career in Fleming - CIIC in Cairo, where he worked on landmark Egyptian capital markets and M&A transactions. Before joining the private equity team of EFG Hermes, he was an Associate in JPMorgan London focusing on healthcare M&A.
In private equity, Samer Yassa has led a team of investment professionals in sourcing, structuring, managing, and exiting private equity investments across different industries in Egypt. Samer Yassa sits on the investment committee of the private equity funds. He also represents the funds on the board of directors of the portfolio companies. During his years of experience in private equity, Samer Yassa made investments in excess of $300mn and achieved investment exits of $186mn. Mr. Yassa holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Edinburgh University.


Bakr Abdel-Wahab
Head of Infrastructure Private Equity 

Bakr Abdel-Wahab is Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure at EFG Hermes Private Equity, where he focuses on leading energy and infra investments in the MENA region and Europe. Most recently, he led the team responsible for negotiating, raising equity/debt and executing a USD 208 million leveraged acquisition of a 49% stake of a 330MW operating wind portfolio in France from EDPR, the world’s fourth-largest wind developer. Previously, he led the origination, negotiation and execution of a USD 100 million investment in the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), one of the largest financing in Africa’s history, on behalf of InfraMed Infrastructure. He also expanded the infrastructure business to include more geographical coverage including Europe and Turkey.
Prior to joining EFG Hermes in 2008, he was an Associate Director of Business Development and Strategy with GMR Infrastructure in London, covering Europe and the MENA region and focusing on principal Greenfield and Brownfield infrastructure transactions, in addition to working on the Group’s international strategy. During this time, he worked on the closing of Istanbul Sabiha Gockcen Airport (25 million PAX) transaction, and the acquisition and divestiture of a 50% stake in InterGen, a global independent power producer with a 7,500 MW portfolio. Previously, he also worked for Laing O’Rourke, focusing on PPP/PFI projects in healthcare and education in the UK. Abdel-Wahab spent his earlier career in project management with Costain Engineering in the UK and the Vinci, Orascom, Belfinger Berger joint venture in Egypt. He holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School, London, a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and Project Management and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds.


Ahmed Eid
Director  

Ahmed Eid is a Director at EFG Hermes Private Equity. He has more than 10 years of private equity experience, and primarily focuses on the food, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, oil & gas and utilities sectors. He has worked on the evaluation, transaction-execution, post-acquisition strategy implementation and exits for the EFG Capital Partners Fund II, with total investments in excess of USD 120 million and exits of USD 200 million. Furthermore, he has led the investment process of several primary and follow-on investments under the EFG Capital Partners Fund III, in excess of USD 100 million.

Ahmed Eid has had extensive strategic/operational value-creation experience through his deep involvement on selected assignments in the portfolio, where he has worked closely with the senior management of several of EFG Hermes’ portfolio investments to implement the firm’s post-acquisition strategy. He also sits on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies representing EFG Hermes-managed funds.

Ahmed Eid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

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Last updated on March 13, 2017