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After leading one of the biggest M&A teams in the Middle East, Anshul Gupta has started his own firm.

HSBC's former head of MENA M&A has decided to go it alone

Anshul Gupta spent 10 years working for HSBC’s investment bank in Dubai, heading up its regional M&A business and leading one of the biggest advisory teams in the region.

As of this month, he’s ditched bulge bracket banks and – like senior investment bankers around the world – decided to go it alone. Gupta is now CEO of his own boutique and consultancy Qatalyst in Dubai (not that Qatalyst), which he says offers a combination of management consulting, project management and deal feasibility studies.

“After having done a long stint at HSBC, it was the natural next step to set up something of my own and create an independent boutique consulting firm,” he tells us.

Gupta was promoted to head of M&A for the Middle East and North Africa at HSBC in April 2013, replacing Omar Mehanna, who moved on to become chief strategy officer for HSBC’s Saudi Arabia operation, SABB. He’s now global head of merchant banking at National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Gupta left his role as head of M&A for MENA in March 2014, and headed up the bank’s regional industrials investment banking team instead. He has experience across multiple sectors and M&A, IPOs and other strategic advice.

Gupta left HSBC in May 2015, to join local investment bank Al Masah Capital, where he was a partner running its advisory business. He left in March and started Qatalyst earlier this month.


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AUTHORPaul Clarke

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