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Alhassan Albaik Joins our Young Leaders Program

YLP is a structured training and development initiative aimed at grooming recent graduates for leadership roles within EMRGO and includes a series of rotational assignments over one year in various departments (including investment banking, venture & growth banking, sales and trading, and research) across our offices in the Gulf and London. The program is designed to provide exposure to different aspects of the business, as well as develop a range of skills and competencies required for success in the industry. Alhassan will begin his first rotation in Venture & Growth Banking working on fundraising solutions (Sukuk, debt, credit, and equity) for scale-up companies from the MENA region.

Bernard Ferran Joins as Advisor to the Board

Bernard is a prominent figure in the global capital markets with 30+ years of experience in senior roles at systemic market and payment infrastructures; and particular experience in local currency bond markets, custody, collateral management and lending programs. Bernard will be providing his expert advice to the Board on our comprehensive fintech offering across primary issuance and securities services (issuer/custody) locally and internationally out of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Doha Islamic Financial Services Board Conference

Thankful to the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority for the opportunity to participate in a lively discussion during the 4th Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Conference themed 'Innovations for Sustainability and Regulation of Financial Services' in Qatar this week. Our CEO Mohammed Alsehli shared lessons learned from our engagements with regulators and other stakeholders across the GCC, our efforts to connect the private markets in the region, and the plan for Qatar as the next jurisdiction for our ecosystem.

EMRGO Group expands to ADGM

We are expanding. Announcing today the launch of Wethaq Securities out of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) under the supervision of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA). Wethaq Securities is offering brokerage services, starting with fixed income products, to emerging markets desks across GCC, Europe and Asia. Our counterparties will include major market makers, investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, proprietary trading desks, pension funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds. Wethaq Securities is part of the EMRGO Group catering to the needs of the GCC markets across primary issuance, custody, securities services, brokerage and fintech. GCC Private Markets, Made Global.

Henri Bergstrom joins as Board Advisor

A well-regarded professional, he has 30+ years of work experience in market infrastructure and post-trade, including with Nasdaq Technology and Exchanges where he was responsible for accounts, prospects and high-level relationships across emerging markets (GCC, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America). His board experience includes Nasdaq OMX Armenia, Lithuanian CSD and Stock Exchange, and Latvian CSD. Henri also served as Advisor to the CEO and Head of Business Development at Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). Henri will contribute with his valuable experience to our development of world-class market infrastructure solutions for the emerging markets.

Lee Adams Joins As MD, Product (Custody & Securities Services)

We are pleased to welcome Lee Adams to the senior management of EMRGO Group as Head of Product (Custody & Securities Services). Lee has 25+ years of technology, product and business domain experience having worked across the front, middle and back offices for leading global custodians (J.P. Morgan and Citibank) and various Fintechs. He has extensive experience in product management, product development and client account management gained within the securities industry. Lee is joining a growing team developing custody and securities services for private banks, asset managers, family offices, and broker-dealers in the Emerging Markets.

Nagy Ghanimeh joins as Advisor to the Board

Nagy has 20+ years of experience in the capital markets of GCC across investment operations, securities services, asset management and treasury in various roles held with global banks (Deutsche Bank, HSBC), regional banks as well as a sovereign wealth fund. Nagy will be providing his expert advice on the development of our fintech platform for the primary issuance, securities services, post-trade services and connectivity to International Central Securities Depositories (ICSDs) out of EMRGO DIFC.

Nigel Brill Joins as Managing Director

Having held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust Corporation, and J.P. Morgan in the Middle East and Asia over 30+ years, he is well known in the industry for his client-centric approach and deep understanding of securities services (agency, custody, securities lending, connectivity to ICSDs). Under his management, EMRGO DIFC will provide, out of DIFC, fairly priced and efficient services to private banks, asset managers, brokers, funds, family offices and other investment professionals across the emerging markets.

Olivier Gueris joins as Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI) Advisor to the Board

Having started from the open outcry pits of Matif in Paris and over a period of 30+ years, Olivier has established and/or moved, merged, spun off, managed operations for 7 exchanges in 6 different countries on 4 continents (including Astana International Exchange, Qatar Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Australian Derivatives Exchange and Euronext Paris). Olivier will be providing his expert advice to the Board, Chief Product Officer Dmitry Maslovsky and Chief Technology Officer Rainer Gellert on the development of our infrastructure (primary issuance, custody/securities services, and trading facilitation) for the private markets of #SaudiArabia, #UnitedArabEmirates and, in due course, the broader GCC.

Our new brand EMRGO (previously Wethaq)

We are pleased to announce our new brand EMRGO. This reflects the expansion of our offering beyond the Gulf to the broader Emerging Markets (EM). Our vision remains to connect the private side of the EM with the global markets and ‘unlock’ opportunities for our clients. Our range of solutions are tailored for the mid-sized EM firms seeking to access the global markets as well as the EM investment community which are underserved and over-charged by the global banks. These range from investment banking & markets, venture & growth banking, sales & trading, custody & securities services, and fintech & market infrastructure. Please take a moment to visit our revamped website at, to explore our new identity, gain insights into our solutions, and stay updated on our latest news and developments.

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