Investcorp Names Placement Chief

James Tanner has joined Investcorp as head of its placement and relationship management team. He will be based in Bahrain, and previously was with London-based Morley Fund Management (now Aviva Investors) as managing director of distribution and alternatives.



Investcorp, the global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announced the appointment of James Tanner as Head of Placement and Relationship Management, and member of Investcorp’s Management Committee, based in Bahrain.


Investcorp’s Placement and Relationship Management (PRM) team is responsible for placement and fundraising for the firm’s alternative investment products, advising its investor base of prime institutions and top-tier high-net-worth individuals in the GCC countries of the Arabian Gulf and beyond.  In the last fiscal year, Investcorp’s placement and fundraising with clients was a record $4.7 billion. The PRM team members cultivate long term, often multi-generational, relationships with clients, working closely with the investment professionals from Investcorp’s five business lines: private equity, technology investment, Gulf growth capital, real estate and hedge funds.


From 2005 to 2008, Tanner was Managing Director, Distribution and Alternatives at leading London-based investment house Morley Fund Management, now Aviva Investors, serving on the firm’s Executive Committee.  Previously, from 2002 to 2004, he was Managing Director, Global Markets at HSBC in London, and before that he spent 19 years at Morgan Stanley in London, New York and Hong Kong.  At Morgan Stanley, his roles included serving as CEO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Europe, and as Head of the International Private Client Group, Asia Pacific.


Nemir A. Kirdar, Executive Chairman and CEO of Investcorp said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jim Tanner to Investcorp.  Our collective experience at Investcorp has always benefitted from bringing in senior individuals with outstanding records; people who share our commitment to culture, rooted in team work and long-lasting relationships.  At a time of unsettled market conditions, we are looking long-term: our ongoing investment in our fundraising and placement capabilities is fundamental for Investcorp, and Jim will play an important part in that process.”


James Tanner said: “Like most in the global asset management industry, I’ve admired Investcorp’s unique reputation for many years. I’m excited to be joining the firm at a time when its product range has substantially broadened and it’s been able to double assets under management in the last two years.  With its strong franchise in the world’s fastest growing wealth region and growing international fundraising, Investcorp is well placed to exploit the continuing trend towards higher allocations for alternatives, as investors seek to improve their risk-return frontier.”


Reporting to Tanner are Investcorp’s three Gulf heads: Mazin Al Khatib, Managing Director and Regional Head of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; Khalid Al Rumaihi, Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Team; and Tim Mattar, Managing Director and Regional Head of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.


About Investcorp


Founded in 1982, Investcorp is a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products with more than $17 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2008.  The firm, which has offices in the New York, London and Bahrain and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (IVC) and the Bahrain Stock Exchange (INVCORP), has five lines of business: private equity, hedge funds, real estate, technology investment and Gulf growth capital. 


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