A region that has seen dramatic changes in the last generation of
political leadership, the Middle East remains a key investment
destination for our clients. Despite protracted conflicts, the rise
of new cross-border extremist groups and lower oil prices, Frank
Partners has used its experience and expertise in the region to help
clients understand the risks they face and still be able to take
advantage of the economic opportunities.
FP addresses the concerns of multinational corporations, banks and other institutional investors who have long been present in the region or who have just entered the market.
Some have recently found their interests threatened by political
instability or questions over the reputation and integrity of their
business partners or agents; while others have found it difficult to
identify the real stakeholders and gatekeepers of resources required
to operate on the ground.
FP's team, headed by Zakiya Serguro, comprises Arabic speakers from the Gulf and North Africa, experts who have had decades of experience working in the region, and crucially, who understand the business climate and cultural context of familial political rule and the related business elite. This is confirmed and complemented by the insight provided by local on the ground sources. Contact Zakiya
Zakiya heads FP's Johannesburg office and leads the company's Middle East practice. Her expertise is in advising companies and international organisations on emerging market risks and strategy at both higher executive levels and for due diligence or investigation purposes. She has long term experience working on the Gulf, Central Asia and North Africa, in other words, the greater Arab world. Read more