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We are an international investment bank with offices based in London and Dubai. We bridge the Islamic financial markets and the multitude of attractive opportunities, sourced from within the developed world by capitalizing on our unique position, expertise and networks.

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Meet Our Team

Duncan Smith

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Duncan, the Chairman of Tejara Capital was, until mid-2020, the CEO of the firm. He also held the position of a Senior Executive Officer of Tejara Capital International in Dubai and was a founding member of Tejara Capital. He brings considerable experience to the Tejara Capital management team, having spent much of his career establishing and managing Islamic banking, investment and asset management businesses with leading institutions in the field.

He started the Saudi International Bank’s Islamic investment activities in the mid-1980s where he established the first Sharia-compliant trade fund. Since then, Duncan has been responsible for launching and running Islamic investment portfolios and funds. These vehicles and instruments have facilitated the investment of several billions of dollars by the leading Islamic Banks in the Gulf, family offices and cooperates via access to Shariah-compliant investments across currencies, commodities, equipment leasing and the UK and US equity as well as real estate debt and REITs. In the 1990s Duncan managed the introduction of Islamic home finance programmes in UK and USA and later, as Global Head of Islamic Financial Services at Arab Banking Corporation Bahrain, he oversaw the design and execution of the early cutting-edge corporate Sukuk, project financing syndication and Sharia-compliant hedging products. He has recently advised group companies on financial restructuring, raising new funds and successful IPO of an iconic brand company, Aston Martin.
He holds an M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge

Amr Abou El Seoud

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Amr is a founding member of Tejara  Capital and held the position of CEO from 2011 to 2015. He was re-appointed as CEO in mid-2020. Prior to his executive role at Tejara Capital, he successfully managed the Investment Dar company in Kuwait for some 15 years. He is responsible for the overall management including all capital market deals, landmark projects and growth strategy for the firm. His aim is to develop Tejara Capital as a prominent investment bank in the UK, that provides both Sharia-compliant and traditional services. For the period 2015 to 2020, Amr served as the Senior Executive Officer of Tejara Capital International, a related group firm based in Dubai.

Some of Amr’s key achievements include overseeing one of the most innovative global Islamic issuances of a Sukuk, raising $100 million on in the first issue and later a second issue was made possible with structural enhancements to the value of $150 million. In 2006, he identified and played a major role in the acquisition of Grosvenor House Apartments, a prestigious building on Park Lane, London which opened to the public in February 2012 as luxury hotel apartments. He also identified, sourced and led the consortium in the acquisition and takeover of Aston Martin Lagonda from Ford in 2007 and still plays a key role in the running of Aston Martin Lagonda. Tejara Capital advised key shareholders on the Aston Martin IPO, that took place in 2018.

Amr holds a BA in Commerce and Accounting from Cairo University and as a Certified Public Accountant.

Mansur Mannan

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Mansur is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has BA (Hons) from Lancaster University. His professional career has spanned over 40 years in both public accounting firms and international banking.

He started his career with Deloitte and Touche in London where after qualifying, he moved to Bahrain to work with an associate firm. As an audit principal, he was responsible for professional services to all the major clients of the firm, in particular in the finance sector. He was, however, keen to play a role in the fast-growing Islamic banking industry and joined, as head of audit and compliance, what is now Ithmaar Bank in Bahrain, a member of DMI group and one of the pioneers in the Islamic banking market. As a member of the senior management team, he played an active role in the development of the regulatory framework for Islamic institutions in Bahrain.

In 2004, he returned to the UK to work with a small team of senior managers to establish the first Islamic bank in this country, the Islamic Bank of Britain, now Al Rayan Bank. Upon successful launch of that bank, he moved to Credit Suisse within the emerging market structuring team. There he was responsible for structuring Islamic products and finance transactions. His major Islamic transactions include the landmark $2.5 bln convertible Sukuk for Al Dar, a leading real estate developer in UAE. In late 2008, he established his own Sharia consultancy practice and in 2011 was appointed as director of Tejara Capital.

Mansur had been involved with the HM Treasury in the tax and regulatory changes that have taken place to promote Islamic finance in the UK. He was a member of the committees established by HM Treasury on Taxation and Islamic banking as well other Islamic finance associations. Mansur is also a member of the technical team for Islamic Finance Qualification of the Securities and Investment Institute in UK.