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Makram Azar

Founder & CEO

Full Circle Capital

London, UK

Makram Azar

Biography

Makram was Chairman of Banking EMEA and Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC, MENA until January 2019 and has been a Senior Advisor to Barclays since.

Makram has recently founded Full Circle Capital, a private investment firm which partners with some of the world’s most influential families and organizations.

Makram joined Barclays in September 2010 from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) where he was Managing Director and Head of MENA. Prior to joining KKR, Makram had spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, latterly as Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Chairman of Media Investment Banking EMEA. Previously he led the Media, Consumer & Retail Investment Banking businesses of Lehman Brothers in EMEA.

Throughout his 30-year career in the banking and investment industries, Makram has worked on over 215 deals across a broad geographic and sector spectrum, including numerous multi-billion dollar deals in telecoms, media, consumer, retail, hospitality, real estate and natural resources for a broad range of clients across multinational corporates, sovereign wealth funds and governments.

Makram holds a Master’s degree in Management and Finance from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a BA in Applied Economics from the University Paris-IX Dauphine. Makram actively supports numerous philanthropic initiatives across several causes and geographies in the developed and developing countries.

Makram Azar’s Newsfeed

Ex-Barclays investment bank chair Azar launches own firm

The former chair of investment banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Barclays, who left the UK lender in the summer, has become the latest high-profile banker to launch his own firm. Makram Azar, who spent nearly eight years at Barclays in a number of senior roles, launched Full Circle Capital.

Financial Times
Senior Barclays executive retires as chair of European banking

The Financial Times discusses one of the most senior bankers, Makram Azar's retirement from Barclays.

Makram Azar’s Background

Founder & CEO
Jan 2019 - Present
Full Circle Capital (“FCC”) is a private investment company backed by some of the world’s most influential families and UHNWIs. FCC focuses on direct principal investments that offer attractive risk-adjusted returns across the full spectrum of private equity in North America, the UK and Europe, with a focus on cross-sector tech, consumer and media, and hospitality and real estate opportunities.
Chairman of Banking, EMEA
Sep 2010 - Jan 2019
Barclays PLC is a British multinational investment bank and financial services company, headquartered in London. Apart from investment banking, Barclays is organised into four core businesses: personal banking, corporate banking, wealth management, and investment management.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Senior Advisor
Jan 2019 - Present
London, UK
Barclays PLC is a British multinational investment bank and financial services company, headquartered in London. Apart from investment banking, Barclays is organised into four core businesses: personal banking, corporate banking, wealth management, and investment management.
Co-Chairman
2019 - Present
London, UK
Initiated in 2019, the Lebanese British Business Council (LebBBC) aims to proactively facilitate trade and investment between Lebanon and the United Kingdom.

Philanthropy

Grand Donateur
Paris, FR
Established in 1881, HEC Paris is a selective international business school that offers programmes such as MSc, MBA and EMBA, as well as a Master in Management programme, Phd and executive education programmes.
Senior Member
London, UK
Founded in 2009, Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) is a sharing network platform that motivates and inspires Lebanese professionals all around the world to look after one another and be the driving force for positive change.
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Makram Azar’s Education

Master's Degree, Management & Finance
BA Applied Economics