Financier, Trader, Activist, Philanthropist, Venture Capital & Private Equity
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Ziad Abdelnour's Bio:
Ziad Abdelnour is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity "family office" that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financings in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets. Blackhawk Partners is also a reliable trader and supplier of a wide range of commodities to industrial and financial consumers globally. The Firm's customers around the world rely upon Blackhawk as a source of Metals and Minerals and Crude Oil and Oil Products. Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over ten billion dollars in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors. Mr. Abdelnour also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm. On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour is Founder and President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL), Founder and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council, Member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Forum and Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut . As a "thought leader, Mr. Abdelnour is the author of "Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics" and a regular panelist and speaker on private equity and venture capital topics at industry conferences nationwide.
Ziad Abdelnour's Experience:
Senior Managing Director at European American Advisors, Inc.March 2001 - April 2013
European American Advisors is a boutique investment and merchant banking firm which specializes in growth sectors with notable expertise in energy and mining production, services and technologies, alternative energy and clean-technologies, telecommunications and emerging markets such as China.
Founder and Co-Publisher at Middle East Intelligence BulletinJanuary 1999 - September 2004
The Middle East Intelligence Bulletin is a privately funded think tank whose main mandate consists of gathering intelligence on leaders in business, finance and politics throughout the Middle East and advising US corporate investors on best means to deploy capital in the region.
Managing Director & Head of Venture Finance at THCG, Inc.(formerly Hambro America Securities, Inc.)October 1999 - January 2001
THCG is an Internet incubator whose main mission is to advise, fund and grow early-stage technology firms into major mmarket players.
Managing Director & Head of Private Finance at Ladenburg Thalmann, Inc.March 1997 - September 1999
Ladenburg Thalmann is a middle market investment bank and advisory firm specializing in performing credit analysis, due diligence, structuring, negotiating and marketing of public and 144A high yield debt offerings and leveraged loans and developing leveraged buyout structures and financing strategies.
Partner & Member of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee at Interbank Capital Group, LLC/Private Capital Group, LLCMarch 1990 - March 1997
Interbank Capital Group is a middle market buyout group and bridge loan fund offering one-stop senior and mezzanine financing for financial sponsors, using high yield bonds and leveraged loans as take-out securities.
Vice President, International High Yield & Convertible Bond Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc.October 1986 - February 1990
Relationship Manager, Global Private Capital Group at American Express Bank LtdSeptember 1984 - October 1986
Founder & Chairman of the Board at Financial Policy Council, Inc.July 2010
The Financial Policy Council is designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation's quintessential powerbrokers and policymakers along with members of the media at large while educating both as to the implications of the actions being currently taken by the Obama Administration and proposing alternative solutions designed to influence the decision making process when it comes to overall fiscal policy.
President & CEO at Blackhawk Partners, Inc.January 2008
Blackhawk Partners LLC is a private "family office" that is in the business of originating, structuring and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financings, and trading key physical commodities
Founder and President at U.S Committee for a Free LebanonJuly 1997
USCFL is a coalition of Americans of all faiths, established for the purpose of educating the public as to Lebanon's strategic and moral significance as an ally of the United States and an outpost of Western values in the Middle East. Mission is to empower a new generation of Lebanese to lead the Lebanon of tomorrow away from the traditional power structures and protect and promote America's interests in the region..
Member of the Board of Governors at Middle East ForumJanuary 1995
The Middle East Forum is a Philadelphia-based think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East and protect the Constitutional order from Middle Eastern influences. It does this in several ways. The Middle East Quarterly provides in-depth analyses. Campus Watch critiques Middle East studies in North America. Islamist Watch focuses on the lawful promotion of radical Islam. The Legal Project protects public freedom of speech in this subject area. The Washington Project monitors and seeks to influence U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Ziad Abdelnour's Education:
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School1983 – 1984MBA
American University of Beirut1978 – 1982BSConcentration: Economics
Ziad Abdelnour's Interests & Activities:
wealth creation, fame, power, success, excellence, money, politics, fashion, jet setting, oil trading, venture capital, VC, private equity, leadership, globalization, capitalism, democracy, freedom, business, emerging markets, finance, high technology, Silicon Valley, New York, Dubai, London, Beirut, Middle East, intelligence, security, entrepreneurship, public speaking.