Amir Merchant, a global investment banker with 29 years of experience, has headed several divisions across banks and built businesses in private equity, corporate finance, structured finance, debt capital markets, Islamic finance, and treasury and asset management. He has founded and developed investment banking businesses for renowned institutions like HSBC, Credit Agricole, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank Al Khair. Mr. Merchant has developed a vast network of over 1000 institutional relationships and is recognized by Middle East financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices. He is also a public speaker and lecturer on investment Banking, corporate finance, private equity, Islamic finance, structured investment, derivatives, and finance products. He holds an MBA in International Finance from City University Business School, London, and a BSc in Mathematics and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham.