The Capital Trust Group, with offices in London, Beirut, Dubai, New York and Washington, initiates, arranges, advises and invests in private equity, mezzanine debt and real estate in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's primary objective is to source investments that will produce superior risk-adjusted returns for the Group and its clients.
The Capital Trust Group’s advisory business is an integral part of its activities. Assignments have included providing clients with mergers and acquisitions advice on petroleum-related investments in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and North Africa, where the Group performed valuations and acted as financial advisor to the principals. The Group has also submitted tenders on behalf of clients for the acquisition of major petroleum-related assets and has worked with leading investment banks in arranging international debt financing for such acquisitions as well as later-stage financing and restructuring. Examples include advising on the privatisation of SAMIR refinery (Morocco), arranging a syndicated loan for the upgrade of SAMIR and advising on the acquisition of Preem Petroleum (Sweden) and the issuance of several bonds and arranging a $2 billion re-financing for Preem Petroleum (Sweden).
The Group has developed extensive experience in corporate acquisitions in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, where it has undertaken greenfield projects on behalf of clients, involving manufacturing and distribution facilities. The Group represents clients on the boards of such companies and has demonstrated its ability to work with the management teams. The Capital Trust Group also provides real estate advisory services.
Assignments have included acting as representative and lead negotiator for the acquisition of US and European real estate and leading the structuring of financing of such projects, as well as managing, monitoring and reporting on the performance of such investments. The Group also provides independent strategic analysis of existing property portfolios where it aims to unlock value and enhance returns. In all cases, the Capital Trust Group seeks to provide and execute recommendations and deliver to its client’s complete solutions.