Brevan Howard appoints Middle East CEO

UK hedge fund Brevan Howard has named Qualid Lahsini as chief executive of its Middle East business.

Lahsini, who has also been appointed as head of client partnerships for the Mena and Asian regions, will be based in Abu Dhabi, reporting to Natalie Faye Smith, head of strategy and the client partnership group at Brevan Howard.

Prior to joining Brevan Howard, Lahsini was a partner and head of Middle East and Africa relationship management at US-based asset manager Ares Management.

The appointment comes six months after opening an office in the Abu Dhabi Global Market to serve as its Middle East regional hub.

His responsibilities will include supporting the firm’s growth in the region as well as overseeing hiring practices and partnerships with local firms.

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