Emerging Markets: Sourcing, Revenue, and Navigating Exit Challenges

Monday, 23. May 2016.

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Mr. Tom Speechley

The Abraaj Group

Mr. Nicolas Martin

CFA Baylis

Mr. Renato Tichauer

Tremond Metals Corp

Ziad Abdelnour

Mr. Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC

Emerging Markets: Sourcing, Revenue, and Navigating Exit Challenges

You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council private briefing with a panel of 3 expert speakers on making money in emerging markets and the challenges to watch out for.

  • TOPIC : Emerging Markets: Sourcing, Revenue, and Navigating Exit Challenges
  • DATE : Monday, 23 May 2016
  • TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION : The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby

Emerging markets present a tremendous opportunity for the entrepreneurs and investors who know how to source the right partnerships and actively mitigate risk. With the fears of a global economic and IPO slowdown, increased volatility, and falling oil prices, where are the opportunities? How do the long-term secular trends such as a rising middle class, favorable demographics, and a lack of traditional financing infrastructure create the investment opportunities? What are the trending sectors? Our panel discussion will explore four primary subjects:

  1. Sourcing: the right relationships, right industries, right level of risk tolerance and controls (what is the formula?)
  2. Extracting revenue during the development pre-exit: best structures / business models, reducing liability, dealing with foreign laws and protocols
  3. Exits: navigating exit challenges, best ways to preserve value in negotiations, to be or not to be rolled up, acquired privately, or taken public
  4. Geopolitical Risk: How does geopolitical risk factor into the equation what do you need to know in order to manage it?


Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity “family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets and the trading of key physical commodities.

Mr. Abdelnour is also Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential powerbrokers and policymakers.

Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over $10 billion in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.

Mr. Abdelnour is an astute market player who also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.

On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour, former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, is the author of “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” ; a best seller manuscript written for investors that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post-crisis world and a prolific writer for 100+ entrepreneurial and financial publications advising and educating investors in private equity, hedge funds, crowdfunding, Sovereign Wealth Funds, fund-of-funds, angel networks, venture capital and family offices.

Mr. Abdelnour is also a regular speaker on Private Equity, Physical Commodities trading and Middle East geo-political analysis at industry conferences & TV outlets nationwide including but not limited to Fox News, Newsmax, etc…and a key “influencer” in his own right having a hard core constituency of over 2 million viewers having read his blog postings and analyses since January 2014.

Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.

He was recently listed as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

The Panelists:

Tom Speechley is a Partner at The Abraaj Group and Head of Global Markets, responsible for stakeholder engagement, capital raising and investor relations. He is a member of the Group Management Executive Committee and is based in New York where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America, LLC. Mr. Speechley joined the Group in 2006 as an Investment Director and since then has been responsible for several investments in a number of countries across growth markets. In addition to overseeing various parts of the Group’s investment activities, Mr. Speechley has sat on the Group Investment Committee and led the expansion of Abraaj into several new growth markets.

Mr. Speechley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a member of the Global Board of Junior Achievement (JA Worldwide), an organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills, and a senior advisor to Endeavor, an organization dedicated to supporting high impact entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Mr. Speechley is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, a global network of people committed to enriching society through ideas and action. Mr. Speechley has a First Class Honors degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he was a Falconer Prizeman.

Nicolas Martin, CFA, is a partner of Baylis, a private equity firm that focuses on industrial and other assets in emerging and frontier markets. Mr. Martin was previously a portfolio manager in the private equity group of Ashmore, one of the largest specialist investors in emerging markets with over $60B under management (2014).

Though not a dedicated infrastructure investor, Mr. Martin has closed several infrastructure transactions, typically involving special situations (such as bankruptcy or other distress) that makes high returns possible. Examples include the $500 million acquisition of Maynilad, the largest water distribution company in Manila, Philippines, taking it out of bankruptcy and financing its operational improvement. Mr. Martin also made an investment in a waste water treatment company in Saudi Arabia, and was directly involved in a large container terminal project in Turkey.

Mr. Martin was a founder of Turtle Bay Capital, an advisory firm specialized in Emerging and Frontier markets. Mr. Martin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a MS in engineering from Supelec in Paris.

Renato Tichauer is President and CEO of Tremond Metals Corp., a New York established importer/exporter/trader of metals for the steel and foundry industries. The main countries/areas of activity are the USA, EU, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and other Latin America countries.

Mr. Tichauer has over 40 years of experience in the mining and metals industries. He is also CEO of Prospex Minerios Ltda, a manganese mine in Brazil. He has held executive positions at the mining and metals producer in Brazil, The Hochschild Group (presently Anglo American do Brazil) and served as CEO at Hamanna Alloys in New York. Mr. Tichauer has been president and CEO of Tremond since its founding in 1993.

Mr. Tichauer has a Bachelor in Economic Sciences and Business Administration from Faculdade de Ciências Economicas Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Tichauer has presented seminars for major US corporations under the title “How to do Business Effectively in Brazil”. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and serves as Trustee of The Icla da Silva Foundation.

Business Attire please.


Please register as soon as you can by answering directly to the Board member who invited you as this event is “by invitation” only and as seating is limited.