Abu Dhabi Private Equity Breakfast 2024

Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Private Equity Breakfast is an event sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS.

We look forward to welcoming you in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, May 29th, to an inspiring morning of lively discussions. The audience will consist of senior decision makers from Private Equity, Mezzanine & Venture funds, Asset Managers, Financial Institutions, Advisory firms, Family Offices and portfolio companies.

Pedersen & Partners & CMS Breakfast


  • Michael Al-Nassir – Partner & Head of Private Equity Practice APMEA, Pedersen & Partners
  • Graham Conlon – Partner, CMS Abu Dhabi


  • Bilal Baloch – Partner, Shorooq Partners
  • Mirza Beg – Founding Partner, Ruya Partners
  • Rima Hadid – General Counsel, Emirates Investment Authority
  • Yağız Özgüve – Executive Director Private Investments, Waha Capital
  • Noor Sweid – Founder and Managing Partner, Global Ventures
  • Jean-Philippe Syed – Partner, X12 Capital
  • Miray Zaki – Managing Director, Gulf Capital

Panel discussion topics:

  • Importance of ESG criteria in fundraising and when selecting portfolio companies, including the increased demand for governance at both the fund and portfolio levels;

  • Outlook and the latest trends in investment, finance, and M&A activity, including deal flow, valuations and exit strategies, search funds, one purpose funds, private debt funds, continuation funds;

  • High opportunity sectors and market segments: Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Life Sciences, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), energy and food security, smart mobility, private credit;

  • Value creation: portfolio management and exit strategies, change management, the significance of human capital in due diligence, succession planning, and key talent acquisition and retention;

  • Influence of current external factors, such as high interest rates and inflation, armed conflicts, digital transformation, energy transition, and US and EU elections;

  • Fundraising environment - who are the main sources of capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilaterals, funds of funds?

  • Outbound investment destinations - what geographies have the highest potential for investors and their portfolio companies?