Rothschild Names Middle East I-Banking Chief

Rothschild has named Herve Sawko has joined as head of Middle East investment banking. He has been with the firm for 17 years, most recently based in New York with a focus on international transactions.

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Rothschild, the leading independent corporate finance advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Herve Sawko as its Head of Investment Banking in the Middle East. Mr Sawko’s move to Dubai further strengthens Rothschild’s senior management team in the region.

Mr Sawko has over 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and financing advisory. He has been with Rothschild for 17 years, first in Paris and for the last three years in New York, where he contributed to the development of Rothschild’s North American franchise, focusing particularly on international transactions.

Commenting on the appointment, Baron David de Rothschild, Chairman said:

“Our business in the Middle East has grown exponentially and we are optimistic about the prospects for further development. Underscoring our commitment to the regional business, we are pleased that Herve Sawko, one of our senior bankers, has relocated to lead the team. ”

Speaking on his appointment, Herve Sawko said:

“We are committed to developing our franchise and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the firm to its next stage of growth in the Middle East. I look forward to working closely with Michael Helou, head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Paul Reynolds, head of Financing Advisory, and the team, to build on their successes utilising the firm’s extensive global resources and expertise to create value for our clients in the region.”

About Rothschild

Rothschild is a leading independent corporate finance firm providing advice globally on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, equity, debt and restructuring. Rothschild’s objectivity, global network and commitment to a relationship-driven approach, combine to create value for its clients through stability, integrity and creativity.

Rothschild has been in continuous family ownership for over 200 years and continues to be the adviser of choice to governments, financial institutions, corporates and individuals worldwide through its c.1000 advisory bankers in 34 countries.

Rothschild was formally established in the Middle East in 2006, and has one of the largest and experienced investment banking teams in the region of some 20 bankers, including senior local hires, based in the UAE with offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The appointment of Herve Sawko is Rothschild’s third senior hire in the Middle East in 2009.

Rothschild topped the Thomson Reuters table for Middle East M&A published in Q3 2009.