Ziad Awad

About Ziad Awad

Ziad Awad is the CEO of Awad Advisory, an independent corporate advisory firm based in Dubai, UAE, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Valuations, MENA Market Entry and Capital Markets Advisory. He is a seasoned investment banker, with 20 years of experience working for Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.

EXPO 2020: A historical moment for the Arab world

The momentous implications of the Expo 2020 win are still to be fully understood. First, I want to take a step back and reflect on the historical importance of this win, then I will make some bold predictions for the next few years. This win is historical When the Expo comes to Dubai in 2020, [...]

By |December 7th, 2013|Leadership|0 Comments
  • Business Valuation

How to Pick Your Valuation Advisor

As a business owner, you know your business and the value of expertise. As such, you should seek specialized advisors when executing strategic transactions around your company. Depending on what you want to do with your company, there are advisors appropriate for every circumstance. Business Valuation Only There are a wide range of advisors, from [...]

Ziad Awad and Jim Crocker on Business Valuation

By |October 16th, 2013|Business Valuation, Family Business|0 Comments

Mythology of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) are the first clients people think of when they consider doing business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SWFs are evaluated first over Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Capital Markets, or purely commercial transactions. Although SWFs are now a global group, this article focuses on the MENA SWFs and is [...]

By |October 8th, 2013|Business Valuation, International Business|2 Comments
  • business exit

Exit strategies for family-owned businesses

Assuming you have decided to partially or fully exit your family-owned business, there are multiple exit strategies you could use. The choice of strategy depends on: your strategic objective (most important): Are you looking to raise partial financing while retaining control? Are you exiting fully? the overall size or valuation of the company: The valuation needs [...]

  • Arabia Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities in the Arabia Region

Having grown up through 17 years of civil war in Lebanon, it is a subject of pride for me to write about business opportunities in our region at a time of great political turmoil and widespread unrest. This is because I believe that by pushing ahead with economic and business development, we stand the best [...]

By |September 7th, 2013|International Business|1 Comment
  • Business Valuation

Business Valuation is Key to Any Family Business Exit Strategy

As you debate the pros and cons of effecting a partial, or full exit from your family business, it is likely that valuation will be at the front of your mind. Or at least, it should be. The business valuation discussion is key, particularly in an Emerging Market, like the UAE. As a successful businessperson, [...]

  • business exit

Should Your Family Business Have An Exit Strategy?

So you've worked for 15, or 30 years, or more, or you’ve taken over this business from your family, and it is thriving and successful. On a regular basis, private equity, other investors or even other corporates want to meet with you to discuss buying a stake in your business. How should this situation best [...]

By |August 24th, 2013|Business Strategy, Business Valuation, Family Business|0 Comments