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Service Provider Directory

The directory includes a list of companies that support the IR function in the Middle East, categorised by their main area of expertise. 

All the listed service providers have a proven track record in the region as a key player in the IR field.



Emperor is a leading UK-headquartered Brand and Corporate Communications agency, with a regional office in Dubai. We’re a 21 year old market-leader in our space, with 180 employees. Our range of complementary Design services helps our clients to define who they are and what they do, communicate where they’re going and how they will get there, and engage audiences in what they care about and why. We act for nearly 300 corporate clients internationally, including c. 15% of the FTSE350, right through to small-caps and a host of unlisted organisations (including for example Sovereign Wealth Funds, private equity backed businesses and professional advisers, lawyers, accountants). We specialise in IPO communications - no other UK design agency has acted on more flotations than Emperor over the last 20 years. Many of our clients’ listings are on the London markets, but equally some are on Toronto, Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Dubai, Moscow, Riyadh, Mumbai, Doha or elsewhere.

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Neil Reynolds, International Director / +971 (0)5 615 08292

MerchantCantos is a leading provider of investor communication solutions. We have been operating in the Gulf for the past 7 years - during this time we have produced multiple award winning annual reports, executive interview videos and IR websites for some of the region’s leading businesses. We have considerable experience working on corporate transactions such as IPO’s and Merger & Acquisitions.


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Dominic Whiting, Director / +971 4 446 6270

One of the very few agencies in the world to focus exclusively on annual reports, Smart has a robust and proven international delivery model and the requisite support on the ground to provide end-to-end annual report services. This in-depth strategic approach along the entire value chain is one that very few in the world can match. Smart’s capabilities include consultancy, design, writing, editorial, production and publication in multiple media such as print, online, video and mobile. With over 1,600 annual reports produced over two decades and business spanning nine countries, Smart’s trailblazing annual reports have won over 300 international awards for its clients.

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Prashani Rambukwella, Director - Corporate Communications / +94 77 320 3988


Arkadin helps businesses build a more flexible working environment and enhance their productivity by delivering Cloud Communication services. 

More than technology alone, we understand that it’s people working with people that actually creates positive change.  Whether its delivering a large event, making video systems interoperate or enabling global Cloud voice, we look after every aspect of the project and we take the hassle out of user adoption.

At Arkadin we have successfully transformed our own business by putting our people at the heart of our communications:  we work with all our customers to help them do the same, to create a digital workplace that will thrive because it is designed around the people who will enjoy it.

Present in 33 countries and part of NTT Communications, we have been changing the way businesses communicate for fifteen years.  We continue to learn from our base of 50,000 clients: many business challenges are similar but every business demands unique attention.

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Maxime Boudier, Business Development / Account Manager / +971 44 462 966


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Rana Abuelgassim, Associate Director - Strategic Corporate Access - MENA /+971 50 260 2943


BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2017, BNY Mellon had $30.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).

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Mahmoud Salem, Managing Director - Head of Middle East and Africa / +1 21 281 52248

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Lisa Williams, EMEA Head of Investor Relations Advisory / +44 20 7508 6135

Deutsche Bank's Depositary Receipts team is part of Trust and Agency Services within the Bank's Global Transaction Banking business. In addition to specializing in administering cross-border equity structures such as American and global depositary receipts and global registered shares,  Trust and Agency Services provides corporates, financial institutions, hedge funds and supranational agencies around the world with trustee, agency, escrow and related services. The Bank offers a very broad range of services for diverse products, from complex securitizations and project finance to syndicated loans, debt exchanges and restructurings.

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany's leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

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Zafar Aziz, Head of DR IR Advisory / +44 20 7545 6619


Brunswick is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations: a global partnership with 24 offices in 14 countries. Founded in 1987, Brunswick has grown organically, operating as a single profit centre, allowing the Firm to respond seamlessly to clients’ needs, wherever they are in the world.

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Dominic Whiting, Director / +971 4 446 6270

Hanover is an award-winning communications consultancy that advises enterprises, institutions, and individuals on building recognition and enhancing reputation. We design and deliver strategies that unlock insight, shape narratives, harness influencers, activate campaigns, navigate regulations and access markets. Our independent status means we’re both agile enough to coordinate tactical responses in a crisis, and astute enough to create strategies for long-term success.

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Amy Piek, Director / +971 55 459 3260

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) was the first global communications consultancy to establish operations in the Middle East, more than 30 years ago. Today we have 8 vibrant, interconnected and fully-owned offices across the MENA region – in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama and Riyadh. H+K in MENA provides governments, brands and businesses with world class strategic communications counsel and localised execution across sectors and services. Our award-winning consultants are trusted advisors for integrated campaigns that drive stakeholders to think + act differently.

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Andrew Bone, Chief Strategy Officer / +971 (0)4 553 9543

Instinctif Partners is a leading consultancy advising companies on IPOs, growth strategies and fundraising. Our team combines strategic insight and deep sector expertise with an integrated approach spanning capital markets, corporate affairs, brand building, internal engagement and public policy. We have extensive experience in advising our clients across a full spectrum of communication challenges; fromB2B and B2C brand building, social media strategy and reputation management through to financial PR and transaction support. Instinctif Partners has worked with prominent listed clients in the region against a backdrop of increasingly challenging and uncertain global and local markets.

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Samantha Bartel, Managing Partner / +971 50 656 8851 or +966 54 886 8592

Teneo is a global advisory firm that works exclusively with the CEOs and leaders of the world’s largest and most complex companies providing strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues. Comprised of the most senior talent, we work collaboratively to solve the most complex issues. Our teams integrate the disciplines of strategic communications, investment banking, management consulting, political risk analysis, talent development, risk management, digital analytics, corporate governance, government affairs and corporate restructuring to solve for the most complex business and reputational challenges and opportunities. The Firm was founded in June 2011 by Declan Kelly, Doug Band and Paul Keary and now has more than 700 employees located in 16 offices around the world.

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Nicholas McDonagh, Senior Managing Director 


“Iridium advances the science and practice of Investor Relations to unlock the potential of organizations and leaders.”

Iridium is the GCC region’s leading IR specialist. Our consultants are former in-house IR professionals and IR industry leaders with deep domain expertise in finance, communications and capital markets. Iridium operates as an extended management workbench to design IR functions, build IR capabilities and execute IR programs. We focus on eliminating performance gaps that regional organizations and leaders wrestle with:

  • Maturity gaps: Iridium's IR Director diagnostic assesses IR function maturity against peers and market dynamics, uncovers critical gaps, determines improvement efforts and establishes IR action plans.
  • Disclosure gaps: Iridium develops professional IR and communications materials for earnings cycles, equity/credit stories, investor presentations, investor meetings, IR websites and more.
  • Execution gaps: Iridium deploys a variety of practical and proven techniques – and IR professionals – to execute IR programs with greater speed, efficiency and confidence.

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Pamela Chahine, Director / +971 4 374 5757


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David Massias, Market Specialist Equity - EMEA / +971 4 449 2323

DirectFN – a leading FINTECH company in the MENA region, (also known as Mubasher) is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Technology Group (NTG). NTG is one of the largest ICT companies in the Middle East based in Saudi Arabia.

DirectFN IR solution comprises of web and mobile solutions - with 360 degree coverage on company information including stock prices, interactive charts, company announcements, disclosures, corporate actions, calculators, factsheets and many more.

Web solution is based on latest HTML5 technology with mobile responsive capabilities. Mobile solution is available on iOS and Android operating systems. Both the solutions are available in English and Arabic languages.

DirectFN IR solution also provides market intelligence solutions for IR departments to support their peer’s analysis paralleled with industry/market news, research reports and all required financial and market data for internal reporting activities.

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Parakrama Ratnayake, Product Manager - IR solutions / +971 (0)4 325 9996

Euroland IR has been assisting companies in improving their Investor Relations by providing Best Practice tools and outstanding 24/7 service for years. Rather than embracing an approach that settles for being a Jack of all trades, we believe in being the master of one.

In niching ourselves and focusing on improving the web based IR communication of our customers, we are able to provide the most technologically advanced and user-friendly solutions in the industry. Our services are second to none.

Intuitive design enables comprehensive understanding of your equity story. It is the blueprint to our tools. Making them accessible and interactive encourages users to engage further with your financial history. This is how we engage investors.

Striving always to stay ahead of the curve, we work tirelessly to reinvent and improve the way you communicate with your investors and build relationships with your stakeholders.

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Lisa Marklund, CEO / +971 55 211 1501

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Zoe Lamb, Strategic Marketing Manager / +971 4 453 6713


Hogan Lovells provides high quality legal advice to governmental entities, corporations and financial institutions across the full spectrum of their critical business and legal issues, globally and locally.

We offer our clients:

  • A deep understanding of their issues;
  • Straight talking / practical problem solving;
  • Strong relationships / collaborative approach.

We understand and work with our clients to solve the toughest legal issues in their sectors around the world. As a top 10 global firm with over 2,500 lawyers in 50 offices across the globe, our reach extends to the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Our clients benefit from unique, high-quality international capability, with extensive reach into the world's commercial and financial centres.

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Andrew Tarbuck, Partner / +971 4 377 9377