2. About Us
The GCC Partners is a specialised financial consultancy firm run by professionals Specialised
with over 25 years of combined experience of global capital markets. We are
able to offer our clients the benefit of this international experience and insight financial
with local perspective and knowledge, creating a unique and truly value added
We offer tailored solutions to the structural, strategic and operational issues run by
that face all financial markets institutions. We work with Banks, Brokerages,
Asset managers, Hedge funds, Insurance companies and Accountancy firms, professionals
along with Governmental agencies and departments.
The core areas we assist our clients with are Consultancy, Recruitment and
Our objective is to build long term relationships and share our knowledge global markets
and experience with our clients to enable them to grow their businesses.
We benchmark ourselves on the highest levels of performance. Performance
creates trust which is key to any successful relationship.
3. Strategic Consultancy
The GCC Partners offers specialised consultancy to financial market
organizations. We work with a variety of clients to help them improve their
performance through analysing current operational efficiency and offering
honest, insightful advice drawing on many years of experience of working in
the financial markets.
The core services we Executive Search
offer our clients are
Having worked in the financial markets enables us to understand roles
and locate talent with a precision that allows for extreme efficiency in the
recruitment process. Our experience enables us to develop trust with clients
Consultancy and candidates from the region and internationally. As we are based in the
United Arab Emirates we understand the nuances and challenges clients face
when recruiting in the region.
Training Financial Markets Training
We offer financial markets training in a broad range of areas. From one on
one workshops to training for full departments, we can cater for specialised
training at all levels.
We are able to offer a one stop shop with regards to financial personnel. We
are able to asses staffing needs, train existing personnel and through our
executive search business source highly talented individuals at all levels from
juniors through to CEO on a contingent or retained basis, whichever is most
suitable for the mandate and the level of discretion involved.
4. Planning and assisting in establishing a new financial markets
We can assist in every detail of establishing a new business, including
advising on an appropriate company structure, locating premises,
personnel, IT systems and ensuring the right regulatory and risk
management framework is in place.
Strategic Consultancy Examples of areas we can assist include: Increasing market share,
The GCC Partners undertakes a wide increasing product mix, streamlining organisational structures, effective
variety of consultancy projects cost cutting, sourcing clients, evaluating staffing requirements and
appraisals of existing staff members.
Our expertise in international as well as
regional financial markets allows us to Mergers & Acquisitions
offer insight and honest advice on how our
clients can transform their businesses. We In the current climate we are seeing a lot of potential for M&A within
help our clients face a challenging market the financial markets organisations. We can help identify and evaluate
by identifying areas of growth, areas to potential targets and advise on how best to integrate new businesses
cut costs and proposing ways to increase with an existing firm to maximise the potential.
efficiency in current operations.
We can provide a wide range of bespoke reports for our clients. Examples
of reports we have carried out would be:
• Detailed feedback from clients on perceptions of a business
• Compensation surveys
• Competitor analysis
5. We are active across a
number of financial sectors
Treasury and Capital The GCC Partners offers an unparalleled combination of financial experience and
Markets regional presence to deliver the best candidates for our clients. The partners each
having over 10 years of international financial markets experience to draw upon
Wealth and Asset and are able to fully understand the requirements of our clients. This allows us to
be more selective in our candidate search and more selective in the candidates
Management we present for consideration. This saves our clients considerable time and effort
in their recruitment process.
The GCC Partners are based in The United Arab Emirates and operate across
Commercial & Retail the region. We are able to utilise a vast network not only in the MENA region
Banking but globally. We understand the nuances of the local market and the difficulties
clients face either when looking for top candidates within the region or looking
to bring in talent from outside the region.
Many candidates do not feel comfortable talking to recruitment consultants as
Accountancy they feel they do not understand what they do and are likely to misrepresent
them. This is particularly true of senior candidates. Our background in financial
Insurance markets enables us to build senior relationships other recruitment firms simply
could not match.
6. Financial Markets Training
The GCC Partners can deliver a range of financial markets training. Drawing on
our international financial markets experience and our network of trainers we can
provide a very wide range of financial markets training. From technical training
for the front office to courses on financial markets to support staff we provide Over 25 years
content that is tailored to individual requirements and not generic courses. of combined
We are able to deliver a variety of training from simple half day workshops to
week long intensive courses on a number of subjects for all levels within a financial
organisation. All our courses are bespoke to our clients. The types of courses we
have offered include:
banks in Capital
• Financial markets for operational staff • Fundamental analysis - Equity valuation
• Technical analysis • Introduction to commodities
• Introduction to fixed income markets • Introduction to corporate finance
• Equity settlement • Introduction to the equity markets
7. Training for the Sell Side
The GCC Partners management have over 25 years combined experience working
for investment banks providing brokerage services for hedge funds, asset
managers and proprietary trading desks. We can offer training on all aspects of
• Morning notes / Calls • Client management
• Using Bloomberg / Reuters • Sourcing / developing clients
• Selling research • Handling difficult clients
Our training provides • Cross selling the firms products • Idea generation
• Technical Analysis for Sales / Research • Operations
• Middle Office • Settlements / Back Office
Effective • Support Services (HR, IT) • Compliance
Idea generation Training for the Buy-Side
Better execution The GCC Partners can offer buy side execution traders and fund managers the
benefit of many years of trading and broking experience.
Fast track development To understand the brokers perspective we will also provide training from an
experienced broker to help understand what happens to your orders, how are
they dealt with and the behavior of brokers. This training will allow you to provide
better execution for your fund, allow you to manage your orders more efficiently
and select and manage your broker relationships more effectively. Specifics could
• Working orders • Leading indicators
• Market impact of orders • Execution performance analysis
• Effect of technical analysis • Monitoring broker performance
8. The GCC Partners Management Profiles
Office 4, Level 20
Al Shafar Tower Giles Blundell - Partner and Co-Founder
P. O. Box 450198, Dubai
United Arab Emirates Before founding The GCC Partners Giles worked for Makaseb Islamic Financial
Services as Head of Institutional sales in Dubai. Prior to this Giles was a Managing
Tel: +971 4 446 2800 Director at Bear Stearns in London in the Risk Arbitrage department. He spent
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 10 years at Bear Stearns helping build the Institutional and hedge fund sales
www.thegccpartners.com business. Before this he spent three years at HSBC Investment Bank in their
equity derivatives department. He is a graduate of City University Business School
with a Bsc in Insurance and Investment.
Tel: +971 4 446 2802 Charles Francis - Partner and Co-Founder
Mob: +971 50 104 9567
email@example.com Charles has worked in the investment banking industry for 12 years in London and
the UAE. He was hired by Libertas Capital (Dubai) to set up their MENA trading
Charles Francis platform. Before this he was a senior trader in Credit Suisse’s pan-European
Tel: +971 4 446 2801 Equtities trading team where he traded on behalf of clients as well as managing
Mob: +971 50 708 0874 a proprietary trading book. He has intimate knowledge of a variety of sectors
firstname.lastname@example.org including Mid Caps, Risk Arbitrage, Energy, Oil, Utilities as well as American
Depository Receipts. He also holds the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) from
the Securities & Investments Institute.