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Makram Azar

CEO of Full Circle Capital & Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp

London, UK

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Makram Azar’s Biography

Makram Azar founded Full Circle Capital, a private investment and advisory group partnered with some of the world’s most prominent UHNW families, institutional and sovereign investors. The firm sources direct principal investments that offer attractive absolute returns on a risk-adjusted basis across the full spectrum of private equity - including venture and buy-outs - in the UK, continental Europe, North America and the Middle East, with an emphasis on cross-sector tech, media, telecom, consumer and impact & sustainability.

Makram is CEO of Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, a SPAC listed on the NYSE focusing on the TMT and Fintech sectors in Europe, Israel, the Middle East or North America.

Makram was Chairman of Banking EMEA and Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC, MENA until January 2019 and a Senior Advisor to Barclays from January 2019 until January 2021.

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 developed and developing countries.

Makram Azar’s Newsfeed

Financial News London
Ex-Barclays chair Makram Azar increases Spac to $300m amid surging demand

Makram Azar is mentioned in the Financial News regarding his latest venture Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (Spac).

Financial News London
Former Barclays Europe chair Makram Azar unveils $250m Spac

Founder of Full Circle Capital and former chairman of Barclays investment bank in Europe, Makram Azar, is featured in an article by the Financial News regarding his new venture, a special purpose acquisition company (Spac) called Golden Falcon Acquisition Corporation.

Makram Azar’s Background

Full Circle Capital
Founder & CEO
Jan 2019 - Present
Full Circle Capital provides financial and strategic advice to key partners and select clients within its network, leveraging its global reach and experience across a broad range of sectors and geographies. The FCC team is comprised of highly skilled investment professionals with cumulative experience of over 85 years across more than 400 transactions exceeding $500 billion in value.
Golden Falcon Acquisition Corporation
Chief Executive Officer
2020 - Present
London, UK
Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp. (GFX.U) is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company founded by Makram Azar and Scott Freidheim to pursue a business combination with companies in the TMT and FinTech sectors headquartered in Europe, Israel, the Middle East, or North America.
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Philanthropy

HEC Paris
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.
Lebanese International Finance Executives
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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Media

A complete guide to the future of the IPO
Quoted
May 2021
Quartz's field guide to IPOs contains everything you need to know about special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), investors, direct listings, retailers and more.
SPACs: links between European gems and Wall Street capital
Mentioned
Mar 2021
This French article sheds light on European SPACs, including Golden Falcon Acquisition Corporation which raised $345 million in its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Interviews

Massive Opportunities For SPACs in Europe, Says Azar
Interviewed
May 2021
Makram talks to Francine Lacqua on Bloomberg Surveillance Early Edition about opportunities for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies in Europe.
Europe’s SPAC market is ‘way behind’ the US, according to one SPAC CEO
Interviewed
Feb 2021
In this interview with CNBC, Makram discusses his hopes for European stock exchanges to attract more SPACs in order to avoid missing out on high-growth tech listings.
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Features

Ex-Barclays chair Makram Azar increases Spac to $300m amid surging demand
Dec 2020
Makram's latest venture, special purpose acquisition company Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, which launched in 2020, increases its value to $300 million.
Former Barclays Europe chair Makram Azar unveils $250m Spac
Dec 2020
Financial News announces Makram's new SPAC venture, Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp.

Press Releases

Suncor Energy invests in carbon capture technology company Svante
Mar 2021
Vancouver, CA
Svante Inc. and Suncor announce an agreement providing carbon capture company Svante with an extra $25 million in growth capital.
Svante Raises $75 Million to Decarbonize Cement and Hydrogen Production
Feb 2021
Vancouver, CA
Svante Inc. announce the closing of a $75-million Series D equity transaction, the world's biggest private investment in point source carbon capture yet.

Makram Azar’s Education

HEC School of Management
Master's Degree, Management & Finance
Dauphine Université Paris
BA Applied Economics

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