Tal is a member of APQ Global’s management team. Previously Tal is co-founder and senior portfolio manager at APQ Partners LLP.
Tal started his career in finance at SanPaolo IMI in 1997. Based on an exceptional quantitative skill set, he quickly developed in-depth knowledge of complex equity and fixed-income derivatives strategies in European markets. During his time at San Paolo IMI and subsequently at Banca Intesa, he was responsible for managing complex cross-asset class correlation trading books.
In February 2006, Tal joined the emerging markets trading desk at Morgan Stanley with responsibility for managing the firm’s complex products risk in emerging markets credit, currency and interest rate products. He subsequently left with other core members of the team to GLG Partners where he focused on managing the firm’s equity and fixed income derivatives risk in emerging markets portfolios.
Tal obtained a BSc in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.
CEO, APQ Global
Bart started his career at the International Monetary Fund where he published extensively on international monetary policy, including ground-breaking research on interest rate liberalization in Africa and the interaction between tax collection and monetary policy in Brazil.
Bart joined Deutsche Bank’s emerging market group in January 1998 and subsequently worked on benchmark transactions in Argentina, the Philippines and Russia.
After a brief stint trading emerging markets on the buy-side, Bart joined Morgan Stanley’s emerging markets group in 2004, leading to his appointment as global co-head of emerging markets sales and trading in 2006 and head of Morgan Stanley’s Emerging Markets Capital Market Group in Europe. Leading a team of one hundred professionals based in Asia, Latin America and Europe, he built the group into one of Wall Street’s pre-eminent proprietary emerging markets trading groups.
On 15 September 2008, Bart and a core team of Morgan Stanley professionals joined GLG Partners to lead its emerging markets practice. In early 2013, Bart co-led GLG’s team move to APQ Partners, a London-based emerging markets asset manager where he now serves as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer.
During his career, Bart has worked on ground-breaking transactions in emerging markets, including the first transaction involving Russian Paris-Club debt, the issuance of the largest Eurobonds denominated in Mexican Peso, ground-breaking currency hedging transactions in Turkey and multi-billion dollar lending facilities in the CIS.
Bart obtained his PhD in Economics at Columbia University. He has obtained various academic awards including fellowships from The Brookings Institution and the Belgian National Science Foundation.
Mazen has two decades of Emerging Markets risk-taking experience, primarily in credit (mostly public), both in buy-side and sell-side roles. He worked at leading institutions of different countries and corporate cultures (Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Sberbank, GLG-MAN Group). His experience includes line management and divisional management committee responsibilities, including crises periods (2008 Lehman crisis, 2014/5 Russian crisis). He has personal entrepreneurial involvement in the Arab world in tech and non-tech ventures. Mazen will assist the company with managing its portfolio of liquid assets.
Executive and Finance Director
Wesley has spent 20 years in Emerging Markets Finance spanning a wide range of roles, products and geographies at Chase/JPM, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, and Renaissance Capital. While he started as a derivatives trader, he ultimately opened up several domestic bond markets to international investors and led the acquisition and financing of new businesses in Central Asia and Africa.
For the past three years, Wesley has been leading the acquisition and development financing of several large IPP’s in West Africa. Projects range from 300-1000+mw in size, and include thermal and renewable assets.
Wesley has acted as Chairman of Advisory Boards and a member of The Board of Directors for several companies in Emerging Markets. He completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Advanced Diploma course in autumn 2015.
Wesley holds a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), an MBA from Arizona State University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Florida.